French Exchange Students Visit Triton

Twenty four students from the Lycee Saint Francois d’Assise in La Roche Sur Yon, a city in the Vendee Department of the Loire Valley, France will be visiting Triton from October 12th to the 27th with the School’s Director of International Relations Sean Morris, and English Teacher Annabelle Fouquet-Audige.

Twenty two Triton families ( 2 families with twins! ) and two Triton teachers will be hosting the students while they are here. While in Massachusetts, the students will hike in the White Mountain National Forest, visit the Triton Communities, visit Harvard and M.I.T. , walk the Freedom trail, be given a tour of the State House by State Reps Brad Hill and James Kelcourse, visit Lexington and Concord, visit Salem, and finally go on a Duck Tour and visit the Prudential skywalk.

Each of the visiting French students and teachers will open their homes in Vendee to Triton students and teachers from April 12th to the 27th, 2019.

French Students Holding Flag

Triton Arts Logo

It’s Alive – One Show Revival of “Zombie Prom”

It’s ALIVE!

Triton Arts presents the revival of the Triton High School spring musical, “Zombie Prom”, on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the THS auditorium.

This alarming tale of atomic teen angst, takes us back to those Fabulous Fifties when Ike and Mamie were in the White House, Dad was home from WWII, Mom was in the kitchen, and kids were spinning those rock and roll 45’s!

“Zombie” was a huge hit in March and has been nominated for nine Massachusetts Educational Theatre/Broadway in Boston musical theatre awards – including Best Production!

We are bringing “Zombie Prom” back for one show only as a fundraiser for some much-needed auditorium upgrades, and we want to pack the house! This is a reserved seating event, and tickets are on sale now.

Dress circle tickets are $15, and General Admission tickets are $10. We will still offer a $5 discount off those prices for students and senior citizens.

Order tickets on line by going to this link:

Order by paper form and check by clicking this link to download and print the form:


Call Sue Densmore at 978-462-8171, x1130 if you have questions or want to place a credit card order by phone.

Triton Students Win Statewide Stock Market Game

Congratulations to Sophomores Joseph Luciano and Benjamin Campbell who took first and second place, respectively, in the “year-long” Stock Market Game in Massachusetts! They were competing against 889 other players/teams in the state.

The Stock market game is run by the “Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association” (SIFMA), a United States industry trade group representing securities firms, banks, and asset management companies.

The Stock Market Game is really more of a simulation than a game. Players’ achievement in the game is based on real companies and the actual stock prices of those companies.  Each player/team get a “virtual” $100,000 to invest in the stocks of real companies, and gain earnings based on actual stock performance.

Individually, Joe made an $82,012 profit and Ben made a $55,231 profit, in less than 8 months.

Richard Fisher, a Business Education teacher at Triton, has been using the game in his Accounting and Principles of Finance class for the past 10 years.  In 2012, Triton student Henryk Jankowski rank 23rd in the game statewide.  This was the highest ranking achieved at Triton until this year.  That score helped propel Henryk to qualify for the DECA International competition in Florida. Henryk is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Accounting at Bentley University.

Joe and Ben will be honored at a luncheon awards ceremony on May 31 at the Fidelity Investments Auditorium. Again, a huge congratulations on this impressive accomplishment. We envision a prosperous future for you both!

Triton Sends Students to DECA State Finals

Triton Regional High School brought 45 students to the DECA DISTRICT competition at Endicott College on January 8th.

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is a Entrepreneur and Leadership training program that holds competitions at Local, State, and National Levels throughout the country. Students create business and marketing plans, deliver professional presentations, and role-play interview and managerial situations with local business volunteers. DECA students receive recognition and are eligible for scholarship awards from colleges around the Country.

We are happy to announce the students who will be moving on to the STATE FINALS in BOSTON-March 8th – 10th!

FIRST PLACE

Mitchell Hopkinson
Sarah Harrington

SECOND PLACE

Franklin Cohen
Thomas Marshal
Sydney Johnson
Drew Bouley
Brad Killion
Jack Niska

THIRD PLACE

Jack Taylor
Linda Freeman
Colin Dennis
Farrah Gabrian
Grace Poster

FOURTH PLACE

Jack Tumino
Joe Doucot
Juliet Sparks
Kate Taylor
Kolton Brown
Sophie Desimone
Rachel Lees

 

High School Students Participate in Wind Energy Project

Exciting things are happening at Triton! This year, the Applied Mathematics students are participating in a Project Based Learning experience related to designing, building, and testing home built wind generators.  Their math lessons are designed around wind energy, and cover topics including measuring techniques, unit conversions, rotational equilibrium, torque, wind pressure, force, volume, mass, density, and electricity.  Students use Google Sheets to mathematically model speed/torque data collected from lab activities, and then use integration to determine which blade design has more power.  Designs are modeled in 3D using AutoDesk Inventor or SolidWorks, and some complex parts are 3D printed. Students will rework ceiling fan motors into generators, and connect these to their blade assemblies with the goal of charging 12V batteries which will power DC devices such as cell phones, LED lights, etc.. Students will visit the UMASS Lowell Wind Energy Center in the spring where they may learn more about wind energy by speaking with students and their professors.

 

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 TLos@cityofnewburyport.com 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

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!

High School Students inducted into Foreign Language National Honor Society

Eighteen students were recently inducted into Triton High School’s Foreign Language National Honor Society: the name of Triton’s chapter is: “Tous Ensemble“, “Todos Juntos”, “All Together”.  Our motto is: “Toujours Mieux”, “Siempre es Mejor”, “Always Better”. The philosophy of the organization is “Man who knows two languages is worth two.”

The inductees were honored at a multilingual “transmission of the torch” induction ceremony in the school library on Wednesday evening, March 16th, 2017 by current FLNHS members of the graduating class of 2017, and by the Society’s Officers.

Foreign Language Teachers grades 7-12 were present at the event,  as were parents, School Committee members, and members of the Triton Regional School District administration.

Opening the ceremony were FLNHS resident Sarah Mclellan and Chief Academic Officer Kimberly Croteau. Mrs. Croteau stressed the academic achievements of the new inductees and current members: all are currently enrolled in a foreign language course, have a minimum 90 percent cumulative average of all foreign language courses taken from ninth grade to the present, have an 83 percent cumulative average and have a behavioral record free from suspension, instances of academic dishonesty and/or a pattern of inappropriate behavior.  

Sarah Mclellan led the recitation of the Society’s Pledge to all of the students:

“As a member of the Triton Regional High School Chapter, I promise to devote myself to the study of the French and Spanish language/s in order to master them. Someday, remembering that a language can be a strong tie between persons of differing origins of race or religion. As a citizen of my country, I promise to promote friendship and understanding between the United States and the other lands of the world. This is my promise and my oath.”

The aim of the society is to promote high standards of scholarship, to reward excellence in the highest level of instruction of Foreign Language at Triton High School and to provide a service to the school and community. The Triton advisors to the society are Regina Symonds for French and Eben Williams for Spanish.

The organization’s goal is to stimulate interest in the study of foreign language, global learning and diplomacy, and to create enthusiasm for and an understanding of foreign cultures and civilization, to promote and perpetuate international friendship and to reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in the International world.

Membership in this organization, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, is the highest honor for secondary students of foreign language in the country. These honor societies offer students a variety of scholarships, travel awards and other opportunities, such as writing contests and the opportunity to serve in leadership roles in directing chapter events.

Congratulations to this year’s inductees: 

Sydney Accomando Malia Hulbert
Jamie Ciarmataro Joseph Killion
Gabrielle Doucot Erica Lamkin
Justin Flodman Thomas Lapham
Alden Giedraitis Anthony Lentz
Luke Groder Carolyn MacDonald
Alexandra Hall Kyle McKendry
Benjamin Hall Elisabeth Odoy
Owen Heffernan Danielle West

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!