Triton & Rowley Fire & Police Departments

Fire Extinguished on Roof of Pine Grove School in Rowley – School Declared Safe to Open for the Day

ROWLEY — Fire Chief James Broderick, Police Chief Scott Dumas and Triton Regional School District Superintendent Brian Forget report that a fire was extinguished on the roof of the Pine Grove School Friday morning shortly before the start of the school day.

At approximately 8 a.m., a Rowley firefighter working a fire detail at the Pine Grove School, 191 Main St., reported a fire on the roof of the south wing of the school. Construction workers were doing welding work on the roof at the time.

The fire was able to be contained by the detail firefighter with the help of the construction workers before additional firefighters arrived.

Firefighters arrived on scene minutes later and were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

Due to the size of the building, the scene commander called for mutual aid and fire departments from Ipswich, Newbury and Georgetown responded, with the Topsfield Fire Department providing station coverage.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the temporary insulation on the roof ignited and there was no fire damage caused to the building itself.

Firefighters checked to see if the flames extended to anywhere else in the building and checked each classroom in the school for smoke conditions. All of the classrooms were clear and declared safe to use for the school day.

A construction worker suffered from smoke inhalation and was provided care at the scene by Action Ambulance personnel. The worker declined to go to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.

When the fire was first reported, school had not opened for the day and all school buses en route to the school were diverted to Saint Mary’s Church, across the street, and were kept there until the scene was cleared.

Those who were in the building at the time of the fire were evacuated when the fire alarm went off.

School was opened for the day at 9:45 a.m. and will dismiss at the normal time.

“This is a perfect example of why it is so important to have fire details at construction sites where welding or use of an open flame is being done,” Chief Broderick said. “Our detail firefighter was able to quickly alert the department that the fire was ongoing and helped to contain the flames while we were on our way to the school.”

Further roof work on the building has been suspended for the day and there will be a firefighter detail at the school for the remainder of the school day.

“At this point I am highly confident that students and staff re-entering the building are safe and it’s with that confidence that Chief Broderick and I have authorized them to re-enter,” Superintendent Forget said earlier today. “We do not anticipate any further disruption because of this event, but will be in touch if any details do change. The safety of our students and staff are a top priority so I thank you for your patience and understanding.”

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Triton Pre-K & Kindergarten Information Nights Announced

Please save the dates for Triton’s Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Nights at the following times and locations:

Preschool Information Nights:

  • January 24th from 5:30-6:30 pm at Salisbury Elementary School
  • January 30, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Pine Grove School in Rowley
  • January 31, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Newbury Elementary School

Kindergarten Information Nights:

  • Jan. 22, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 at Pine Grove School in Rowley
  • Jan. 31, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 at Salisbury Elementary School
  • Feb. 7, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 at Newbury Elementary School

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact the schools directly at the following numbers:

  • Pine Grove School: (978-948-2520)
  • Salisbury Elementary School: (978-463-5852)
  • Newbury Elementary School: (978-465-5353)
Sea Festival of Trees

Triton Night at Sea Festival of Trees

Tuesday, November 20th from 5:00PM – 9:00PM

The Newbury, Pine Grove, and Salisbury PTA’s are your hosts for Triton Night at the Sea Festival of Trees!


$3 off admission + free cookie for residents from Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury. Show proof of residency or student ID.


The Sixth Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open to the public from Saturday, November 17, through Sunday, December 2. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts.

Get ready for over 150 sparkling holiday trees, holiday stage performances, Seaside Ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa and other fun characters, our Giant Gingerbread House, Santa’s Treetop Shop, and Festival Café. All the trees are generously donated by local individuals, businesses, and organizations and are beautifully decorated for your enjoyment. The trees will be raffled off to lucky winners. Proceeds benefit Salisbury Beach Partnership, Inc.‘s Fund to Bring Back the Historic Carousel.

New Program Initiated around 40 Developmental Assets Approach

I apologize for the length of this message, but it contains very important details about a new effort underway. I am writing with information regarding a newly formed regional partnership aimed at strengthening the likelihood of success for our students in school and as members of the community. This regional effort, the Essex County Asset Builder Network, is being funded by the Tower Foundation. The focus is on proactive measures to equip our youth to make positive choices, rather than being reactive following an unfortunate event. The effort is framed around The 40 Development Assets Approach by the Search Institute, and you can read more about it by clicking here.

Research has identified 40 developmental assets comprised of skills, relationships and behaviors that enable youth to be successful as adults. While the assets build youth self-esteem and competence, the framework also emphasizes the importance of building community supports to help youth thrive. Recently, the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury and Newburyport have partnered together to form the Essex County Asset Builder Network and have received a grant to use a common language of asset development (creating protective factors) that will enhance the great work already being done to support youth and families, and expand community supports, opportunities, and resources. Tina Los is the Regional Project Coordinator for this work.

This fall, all communities in the partnership will be administering the Attitudes and Behaviors Survey which anonymously measures youth assets and risk behaviors with students grades 6 – 12. This data will help create a global picture of strengths and needs of our students and to help us understand how we can best support them to be successful in the future. This survey is being conducted as part of a larger regional partnership bringing the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and Salisbury together to prevent and reduce health risk behaviors among youth. The data will only be reported on a global basis by school, as there won’t be any personal  identifying information included.

We will be administering this voluntary student survey in mid November to all students in grades 6 through 12, with the exact date varying by school. This survey will be administered by your child’s teachers, be taken online, completed anonymously, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. As a parent, your child’s school will be sending a form to officially opt out of the survey. However, students will also be instructed that they can opt out on the day of the survey, or they can skip any questions they don’t want to answer if they do participate. This will be made very clear by the teacher when administering the survey. As this is global data, the more responses we receive, the more information we’ll have to know where best to target our prevention efforts.

There will be an information session for parents/guardians at each school. Tina Los will be present, and able to answer questions about the 40 Developmental Assets, as well as the survey itself. While we can’t send home copies of the survey, we will have them available to review at the schools and also during these information sessions.

Parent Information Sessions:

  • Middle/High School: Wednesday, October 25th @ 5:30 PM
  • Newbury Elementary School: November 16th @ 6:30 PM
  • Pine Grove School: November 7th @ 6:00 PM
  • Salisbury Elementary School: November 14th @ 5:30 PM

I would encourage you to attend the parent information session if you have questions about the 40 Assets or the survey specifically. You can also reach out directly to Tina Los at [email protected] or by phone at (978) 992-1671.

Thank you, and I look forward to partnering with you and our community at large on behalf of our children!

Brian Forget

Musical Instrument Donation to Triton Elementary Schools

The Triton community is beyond grateful to be the recipient of a generous donation of 15 woodwind instruments from the Richard Kaplan Instrument Scholarship Fund in memory of SES alum, Dick Kaplan.  Sisters Abby Kaplan Broughton, Laura Valme, and Melinda Kouloheras, raised over $2700 through a GoFundMe campaign to purchase the instruments & distribute them in memory of their late father. “He would have loved this,” Abby said.  Somewhat of a celebrity in the local music scene, Kaplan’s spirit and love of music will ring through the halls of the elementary schools for years to come.

To read more about Dick Kaplan, check out the story in the Newburyport Daily News

BRYAN EATON/Staff photo. The family of the late Dick Kaplan, a well-known local musician, donated $2,770 to Triton Regional District Schools from a foundation created for his memory. Presenting the instruments to school officials are his daughters, Laura Kaplan Valme, left, and Abigail Kaplan Broughton. Back from left, school superintendent Brian L. Forget; business administrator Michelle Cresta; Newbury Elementary School principal Beth Yango and district elementary band teacher Deb MacKinnon.

 

New Grab-n-Go Breakfast Option Comes to Pine Grove Elementary School!

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Research shows that eating breakfast closer to instructional time has a greater impact on academic success. By serving breakfast at school, we can be sure that all PGS students are ready to learn. Success starts with school breakfast.

 

With the help of a grant provided by the Dairy Council, the new option had a kick-off celebration by offering each student a free breakfast on September 15th!

What is it?

Grab-n-Go school breakfast is easy and fun. Students pick up a healthy breakfast in the lobby, check in with the cashier and bring their breakfast to the classroom to eat. Serving Grab-n-Go breakfast limits the morning rush when students get to school and gives them time to eat their meal without having to worry about being late for class. Breakfast will be served from 8:10-8:25 am at the brand new breakfast kiosk located in the main lobby. Price: $1.75 (paid) $0.30 (reduced price) Free (for students who for qualify for free lunch).

 

 

Graduate Tour Slideshow

Last Thursday, Triton’s graduating Seniors returned to their former elementary schools for a final farewell. It was a wonderful experience for the elementary students, teachers & staff, and the seniors themselves, and will hopefully be the start of a new tradition at Triton. Take a look at the slideshow for a sneak peek of the day.

Triton Seniors Take Graduate Tour

It all started last year when an article was posted on the popular blog site, “Scary Mommy” about a school in Texas that implemented a “Senior Walk” at the end of the year.  The “walk” consisted of this: all graduating seniors donned their caps & gowns and paraded through the hallways of their elementary school as current elementary students cheered them on.  This year, with the support of Superintendent Brian Forget, all three elementary schools in the Triton School District will be part of what promises to be an inspiring new tradition.

On Thursday, June 1st, Triton graduating Seniors will be bussed to their former elementary schools in their graduation regalia to carry out the Graduate Tour.  Current elementary students will line the halls to celebrate the graduates and bear witness to what their own future could look like. It’s no secret that most elementary students are somewhat in awe of and want to emulate “big kids,” so seeing them in such a way will surely serve as inspiration to them.  Likewise, the seniors will have a chance to see how far they’ve come, say thanks to their teachers, and for a moment, step back in time.  Senior Erin Savage reflects, “For me personally, NES was my home away from home when I was a kid, and was where I developed most. I’m beyond grateful for everyone who was a part of the journey and all the opportunities that were given to me. There’s no better way to celebrate than by going back to the place that made it all possible.” Students, of course, won’t be the only ones to benefit.  Former teachers and staff are just as eager to have a chance to congratulate and send off their former students.

Each school has different events planned after the tour, from assemblies to PTA sponsored lunches.  Whatever the day holds, coming full circle will be the perfect way for graduating seniors to complete their experience at Triton. We wish them all the best in the future!

Triton Kitchen Managers Receive School Nutrition Association Certification

Did you know that students who eat a healthy diet are more likely to have improved attention spans,  perform better in academics and generally make healthier life decisions, from food choices to physical activity? 

Triton is proud to announce that every Kitchen Manager across the district has now been certified by the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a national, nonprofit professional organization recognized as the authority on school nutrition. The SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.

Why be Certified?

With the ever changing requirements and regulations of the school nutrition program, it’s more important than ever to invest in school nutrition professional development.  School Nutrition staff who achieve a Certificate in School Nutrition from SNA commit to ongoing training, growth & education that align with the USDA Professional Standards. Earning a Certificate in School Nutrition increases an individual’s knowledge of food safety and nutrition and demonstrates a commitment to the profession.

Congratulations to Lucinda Ward (District Director), Sharon Bolduc (MS/HS Kitchen Manager), Melinda Carey (PGS Kitchen Manager), Tammy Souther (SES Kitchen Manager), and Charlene Walsh (NES Kitchen Manager), who are all SNA Certified!

2017-2018 School Calendar

The Calendar for the 2017-18 School year has been approved by the School Committee and can be found below.

 

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