Triton Studens Make Strong Showing on PARCC Test

In the spring, the PARCC tests were administered to students in the Triton elementary and middle school.  The district had decided to administer the PARCC rather than the MCAS tests because the former are aligned with state standards for English Language Arts and Math, whereas the MCAS tests are not. Further even if the PARCC tests are not adopted in their entirety it is clear that they represent the direction in which the state is moving.  Given that the PARCC tests are designed to be more rigorous than the MCAS tests, this year’s results were anticipated with some trepidation.

In practice, the Triton students made a very strong showing. Across the district as a whole the results in English Language Arts for Grades 3 through 6 were better than the previous year’s MCAS scores.  In Grade 7 they matched the 2014 MCAS scores, and were a little below in Grade 8.

The general view has been that Math would provide the greater challenge. Here, Triton results were lower than the prior year’s MCAS scores, but were nevertheless better than the state average.

The improvement in student achievement was also reflected in student growth indicators.

Commenting on the results Superintendent Christopher Farmer said, “What students and their teachers have achieved is enormously encouraging. Notwithstanding the fact that we try not to teach to the test, the students have shown their mettle when challenged by more rigorous assessments than the MCAS. Whatever the state puts in place in the form of MCAS 2.0 we have shown that we are on the right track.”

The state has mandated that Triton students will take the PARCC tests again next year while it develops an updated version of MCAS. High school students will continue to take the MCAS tests this year as they are a graduation requirement.

The Mass School Building Authority visits Pine Grove School

The process to evaluate the needs of the aging Pine Grove School began in earnest yesterday with a visit from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Rowley Board of Selectmen Perry and Petersen, and Pine Grove and district administration met with Diane Sullivan, the Director of Program Management at the MSBA, along with architects and MSBA project managers. The purpose of the meeting was to review the renovation proposal submitted in the spring of 2015, and for the MSBA representatives to walk through the building to gain firsthand knowledge of the renovation the school needs to meet current school building standards.

The visit began with a thorough review of the application, with follow up questions to ensure the full detail of the proposed request were understood. Later, the whole team toured the building from top to bottom. This included a review of all internal spaces, as well as rips up to the roof and down into the bowels of the basement and boiler room. Ms. Sullivan and her staff left with a full appreciation of the challenges the aging infrastructure at Pine Grove provide in terms of offering a contemporary education for its students.

The visitors revealed that there were 97 applications submitted from across the state for acceptance into the Core Program, which involves a full building renovation/addition/construction rather than simple repairs. Of the 97 applicants, 57 have already been ruled out, leaving 40 projects vying for between 15 and 17 invitations into the building program for funding, or roughly 1 in 3 of the remaining applicants. Pine Grove is one of the 40 still in the hunt, which is promising, but there is still an uphill climb.

The MSBA will notify the District whether or not it will be invited into the Feasibility Study Phase of the process in January. If the Pine Grove School is selected as a project to be MSBA funded, the Town of Rowley will have 9 months to approve its share of the funding to conduct a full feasibility study to determine the best approach to upgrading the facility. The Triton administration will be working closely with Rowley Town Officials to plan for next steps in the process. The earliest possible vote would be at the Spring Town Meeting in May, 2016.  Commenting on the visit Superintendent Christopher Farmer said, “ We had a very promising visit. I’m confident that the MSBA staff appreciate that while the building is well maintained and looks good on the surface it actually needs a significant overhaul to bring it up to modern standards.”

Grades 1 -12 District Engineering/Technology and Computer Programming

Triton Regional School District will be offering a comprehensive Engineering/Technology and Computer Programming curriculum in Grades 1 -12 beginning this school year.

The comprehensive program will be implemented by the Technology specialists of the five schools where they will facilitate the learning and exploration of Engineering concepts using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum units (EIE) offered by the Museum of Science in Grades 1 – 8. Students in Grades 3- 5 will also begin learning how to program using Scratch 2.0 computer software and Microsoft EXCEL and students in Grades 6 – 8 will program using Alice 4.0 computer software and Microsoft EXCEL. This new program, which aligns with the new Massachusetts state 21st Century STEM standards, will enhance students’ ability to think logically and methodically as they sequence through learning how to code. This will in turn afford students with fundamental skills in problem solving as they matriculate through school. Increasing one’s ability to think logically is a skill that will prepare our students for college and careers. On a global scale, there will be 1.4 million computer programming jobs available by 2020. By offering Engineering and Computer Programming in our district we provide our students with greater options when applying to college and seeking employment in the job market. In a world where the current job market is flooded with Computer Programming positions, Triton students will leave their footprint leading the charge in Computer Science and Engineering domain.

The middle and high school will continue its efforts offering a wide array of Engineering/Technology and computer programming classes in Grades 7 – 12. Engineering classes include Engineering Technology 1, 2 and 3, web design, 3D design software programs and a computer science program, which includes BASIC/Visual BASIC, C++ Programming and Robotics and AP Computer Science.

We have put Triton on the 21st Century STEM map and are providing our students with college and career readiness in Engineering/Technology and Computer Programming.

Triton School District Completes School-Wide Website Updates

True to the district’s commitment to technology and functionality upgrades, the final stages of website redesigns have been accomplished with the completion of the Middle School and three Elementary school websites.  These websites join the already updated District, High School and Athletic sites.  Not only do the websites now all share a cohesive look and feel, but the information within has also been organized in such a way as to make it as user-friendly and easy to navigate as possible.  Additionally, each site employs custom features and menus to cater to the specific needs of each of the website’s users. The websites are built with mobile functionality to adjust for parents and students on the go who may be using smartphones and tablets, as well as calendars that can be subscribed to in order to follow important events. The websites are fully developed, but will continue to be a work in progress as they continue to build out the available content.

With the vast number of browsers and operating systems, each one responds differently to changes. As such, you may have to use the ‘refresh’ or ‘reload’ button on your browser for the new site to show accurately. Further, there may be a need to empty the browser cache to remove all history of the old site.

In conjunction with the completion of the websites, the district has updated its website address (URL). You will notice that www.trsd.net will automatically redirect to www.tritonschools.org.  Additionally, the email addresses of all teachers and staff have been updated to [email protected].  Please note that the old website address and all email addresses will continue to work indefinitely. Messages sent to the old addresses will continue to forward to the correct people, and replies will now come from the new address.

Direct Websites:

 

School Committee Votes to Reinstate Late Buses

On Wednesday evening, the School Committee voted unanimously to reinstate late buses with funds made available in the final FY2016 State Budget. This restored funding does not allow for the district to restore late buses every day, but late buses will be running at the Middle/High School campus Monday through Thursday, and 2 to 3 days per week at each elementary school. Information about which days the buses will be running at the elementary level will be communicated further, as it is dependent on the days in which after school programs are running. Late bus routes will begin the week of September 21st and will run throughout the year until the end of May, except for the week before the winter holiday break.

These late routes are established in an attempt to provide the greatest coverage of stops across the towns as allowed by timing and distance, while still remaining consistent and predictable on a daily basis. With only two buses running per school/town, stops are much less frequent as compared to the regular day morning and afternoon runs. This is how the routes have been set in recent years, and this will remain unchanged.

The detail routes and stops for the late runs are posted on our website at www.tritonschools.org/transportation/#tab-id-5.

K-8 Math Program Presentation

Over the course of this year the district has been reviewing, piloting , and observing a number of K-8 Math programs that align with the revised state Math Framework that was adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2011. Last week the Math Program Adoption Committee led four information sessions for parents so that they could learn about the recommendation of the Math in Focus program to the Superintendent-of-Schools.  Assemblies were held at each elementary school as well as the Middle School where the following PowerPoint presentation was shown.

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Triton School District Athletic Program 2015 Clinic Schedule

The Triton School District Athletic Program has finalized its schedule for its upcoming slate of summer athletic clinics and registration for a wide variety of camps is will be underway soon. Seventeen different Viking athletic teams offer a wide range of clinics throughout the summer months. These clinics will be offered for students in grades K-12. As in years past we will be offering a Jr Viking option for students in grades K-3 as well as a Viking option for students in grades 4-8. Each clinic is run by one of our highly qualified coaches and members of their high school teams. In addition there will be no rate increases from last years clinics. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the athletic office at 978-462-8174 or via email at [email protected].

So please save the date and select from a great array of offerings this summer and we can’t wait to see you! Registration is now open at www.tritonschools.org/athletics.

Below are the available offerings of clinics this summer:

Viking Prep for Success and JR. Viking Prep for Success

WHEN:

  • Viking Clinic Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting June 26, 2015 and going through August 14, 2015
  • Junior Viking Clinic Tuesday & and Thursdays, starting June 25, 2015 and going through August 13, 2015

TIME:

  • Viking Prep for Success Clinic is 8:00 – 9:30 AM for students in grades 8 through 12
  • Junior Viking Prep for Success Clinic is 8:30 – 9:30 AM for students in grades 3 through 12

CLINICS:

  1. Summer Baseball Clinic — June 24-27, 2015
  2. Girls Lacrosse  —  June 24-27, 2015
  3. Softball Clinic  —  June 24-27, 2015
  4. Boys Tennis  —  June 29- July 2, 2015
  5. Girls Summer Basketball Clinic  —  June 29 – July 2, 2015
  6. Field Hockey  —  July 6-9, 2015
  7. Summer Cross Country  —  July 8, 15, 23, 19 & August 5 & 12, 2015
  8. Girls Soccer Session I  —  July 6-9, 2015
  9. Boys Soccer  —  July 6-9, 2015
  10. Boys Summer Basketball Clinic Session I  —  July 13-16, 2015
  11. Girls Summer Tennis Clinic  —  July 13-16, 2015
  12. Boys Lacrosse Session I  —  July 20-23, 2015
  13. Boys Lacrosse Session II  —  July 27-30, 2015
  14. Volleyball  —  August 3-6, 2015
  15. Cheerleading Youth Clinic  —  August 17-20, 2015
  16. Girls Summer Basketball Session II  —  August 17-20, 2015
  17. Girls Soccer Session II  —  August 10-13, 2015
  18. Boys Summer Basketball Clinic Session II  —  August 10-13
  19. Jr. Viking Boys Basketball Clinic  —  August 10-13

To  Register for One of These Programs please go to Summer Clinic Registration

Finalized 2015-2016 Calendar Available for Download

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District Arts Festival – Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Triton District’s annual District Arts Festival will be held Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Student musicians from the elementary schools will travel to the Triton campus in the morning, and spend the day making music, learning theater techniques, and seeing presentations from their high school and middle school counterparts.

Art work from all levels will be on display throughout the day, as well.

Doors open to the public at 5:00 for the art exhibit, which will include student demonstrations and “make and take” stations along with the art on display.

At 6, the Triton Winter Percussion and Winter Guard will present their competitive routines and take some questions.

Finally, the evening culminates with a concert, in which bands and choirs from all levels will perform. We will also hear pieces from our massed choirs and bands. The concert begins at 7:00, is free of admission charge, and all are welcome.

We hope many in our communities will come and join us for the wonderful and inspiring event.

“READING COMES ALIVE” – A Collaborative Artists’ Traveling Show is on Display at PGS

Two local artists have combined their art in imaginative themes for enhancing children’s (and adults’) reading interests now showing in the Pine Grove School, Rowley, MA.    Artists Leslie Beauregard, using acrylics in her story-telling paintings and Barb Harrold, sewing her creative puppets in soft sculpture, will combine their art to encourage viewers to indulge their imaginations in their reading times.

In addition, the display shares a genealogy portion in the upstairs alcoves.  Three family tree canvases give ideas of ways to portray family connections, along with family themed paintings and puppets.  One of the alcoves hosts a fantasy group – of dragons, unicorns, carousel horses and horses/ponies inspired by one of the artists’ Celtic heritage

On view from January 20-to – February 13, this display is hosted in The Pat Marshall Gallery portion of the Pine Grove Elementary School.  It is open daily to students, staff and visitors of the school.  

There is a Special One Time Opening for the Public at the

 “Meet & Greet the Artists Reception”
Thursday Feb. 5, 2015
4pm  to  7:00pm  in  The Pat Marshall Gallery
Pine Grove School  
191 Main St.
Rowley, MA
(Please enter at the front main doors)

DO COME AND ENJOY THE IMAGINATION TOUR!

Your questions are welcome!

Contact either artist:–
Leslie Beauregard   [email protected]
Barb- Harrold  – [email protected]

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