Welcome Back from Superintendent Forget

Good Afternoon,

The summer is winding down, and our attention turns to welcoming back students for another school year. I am looking forward to seeing the halls and classrooms bustling with students and teachers, abuzz with excitement and energy as old friends reconnect, and new friendships are formed. I hope your summer was good and relaxing, and that everyone is ready for a return to the fall routines.

As is true in any summer, transitions were made, as some faculty and staff retired or moved on and new educators have been hired in their place. I am truly appreciative to those that have served Triton students in the past, whether for a short period of time, or those that dedicated their entire career spanning decades to the betterment of our children. Detailed information will be coming out about new hires through your child(ren)’s school(s), but I am confident you will find that our newest recruits will show the same passion and dedication to your children that you’ve come to expect from Triton educators.

As I begin my first year as Superintendent, I wanted to express how thrilled I am to have been given the opportunity to serve your children in this new role. I am excited about the challenges and opportunities this coming year will present, and look forward to working to ensure that our students have the greatest opportunities for success in academics, artistic performance, and in athletic competition. Your children deserve our very best, and it is my commitment to ensure that is what they receive.

The final details are coming into place, as schedules and class lists have been shared, and bus routes have been posted online. The school year calendar was approved last spring, and I the final version can be found here.  Students return on Tuesday, September 6th, with preschool programs starting the following week.

If there is ever a question I can answer, my door is always open. I look forward to the 2016/2017 school year, and wish you a wonderful final full week of summer next week.

Respectfully,

Brian

Teacher Assignments: Wednesday, August 17th

A reminder to parents: Teacher assignments will be released on Wednesday, August 17th. In order to find your child(ren)’s teacher for the 2016-17 school year, please log on to ASPEN using the following link: https://ma-triton.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do.

Usernames typically follow the format “fam-FirstInitialLastname.” (example: fam-jsmith for Jane Smith) and are usually under the mother’s name.  If you need assistance, please enter a HelpDesk ticket via email or visit https://www.tritonschools.org/students-parents/aspen-help/ for additional information.

PLEASE NOTE: all elementary parents will be getting an email tomorrow (8/17) with their child’s placement. ASPEN login will not be necessary.

Triton High School Has A New Principal!

For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – 1:00 PM

Triton High School has a new principal.

The search for a new principal for the Triton Regional High School has been completed. Drawing from a field of 23 applicants, a thorough screening process was completed, involving parents, faculty/staff, and administration. Six candidates were chosen from the very qualified field and brought in for interviews. Separate panels comprised of the aforementioned groups interviewed each candidate for about an hour independently. From that round of interviews, 3 candidates were called back for a second discussion with a mixed group of parents, faculty, and administrators from the original panels. This provided an opportunity to talk in even greater depth about each candidate’s values and experience, and what they would bring to the high school. Following this second round, the panel unanimously agreed that Timothy Ruggere was the right person to lead Triton High School.

Mr. Ruggere comes to Triton with very extensive credentials and experience in secondary education. Timothy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UMass Boston, a Masters of Education in Reading from Boston University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. Mr. Ruggere began his career in Brighton, MA as a Communication Arts Teacher at the Taft Middle School for two years before spending 9 years at North Reading High School as a Reading Specialist and English Teacher. Following his teaching experience, Timothy has held several secondary administrative positions, including the Dean of Students at Salem (MA) High School, Assistant Principal at Dedham High School, and Principal of Dedham Middle School. Most recently, Mr. Ruggere has been the principal of Ottoson Middle School in Arlington, MA since 2009, a middle school with an enrollment of roughly 1,200 students. Under Timothy’s leadership, Ottoson has moved from a Level III school to Level I as of this past year.

On Friday, July 1st, Brian Forget began his tenure as Superintendent of the Triton District. Asked about his first official hire in that new role, Forget stated, “There were several very qualified candidates that emerged during this process, and we were afforded a great opportunity to select an individual that is not only highly qualified, but someone who will be a perfect ‘fit’ for the high school community. I am thankful to the parents, faculty, staff and administrators who took part in this process, and am confident that with our unanimous choice, we have placed the right person into the principalship. There is so much talent at Triton High School, including educators and students. From those I spoke with in Arlington, Mr. Ruggere has been a highly impactful leader, and I expect great things from everyone at Triton High School under his leadership.”

Mr. Ruggere will take the helm at Triton High School on Monday, July 11, 2016. The summer will provide an opportunity for him to transition into the position, and begin the process of learning the current processes and systems in place. This time will also be helpful as he begins working with the high school leadership and Triton Community at large. “I cannot tell you how excited I am for the opportunity to join the Triton Community and learn more about the wonderful traditions that exist here,” Mr. Ruggere commented. “I look forward to learning and sharing with everyone over the coming months and years. I will begin on July 11th and will be sending everyone an email the day I begin. In the coming weeks, I will be setting up times to meet with families, students, and staff. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Superintendent Forget and the staff, parents and administrators that were on the selection committee.”

Anyone with questions about the process or appointment are encouraged to contact Superintendent Brian Forget at [email protected] or via phone at (978) 465-2397.

French Students Travel to Quebec

23 Triton High School students traveled to Quebec with their chaperones Dr. and Mrs. Symonds and Mr. and Mrs. Williams from May 27-29, 2016.

Students learned about the history and culture of the City of Quebec and tried their hand at French for the weekend.  Triton Quebec Trip participants danced Friday and Saturday night away on a cruise down the Saint Lawrence River and at a traditional French Canadian Sugar Shack,  where they played the wooden spoons and listened to folk songs from the region while dining on traditional Quebecois fare,  including maple syrup on snow!  As usual,  Triton students were outstanding,  and are welcome back to Quebec!
Pictured here, all twenty three students with chaperones Mr. and Mrs. Williams in front of the Chateau Frontenac: shirts read “Parlez-moi en français, je veux apprendre!” 
2016 Quebec May

Put Your Name on the New Triton Stadium – Order a Triton Stadium Brick Today!

Construction of the new Triton Stadium is well underway with completion expected for fall of 2016. It is time to purchase a brick and have your family, company, team or club name engraved on a brick that will last a life time.

The 200,000-square-foot Triton Stadium is the place where our students will undeniably hear, feel, and see the support of our community cheering them on from the grandstands. Buy a Triton Stadium Brick and know that your donation will help to build a vibrant, multi-purpose outdoor facility that is to become the hub of our Triton community. For parents of graduating seniors, what a wonderful way to leave your child’s name permanently at Triton!

You can purchase an engraved commemorative brick – detailed with a personal message, important dates, and names of family members or a special milestone.

  • The cost of a 4”x 8” brick is $100 with your two-line message. A third line may be added for an additional $25.
  • An 8”x 8” brick with five lines of print may be purchased for $250. This is ideal for a family or group of names or a special message.
  • Once your order and payment are received you will receive a Triton Brick Certificate of Authenticity suitable for framing or gift-giving.
  • Order Form is included below!

If you have any questions or want to place an order, please email Kathy Norton, TEAM TRITON Brick Program Fund Director @[email protected].

 

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Triton French Students Receive Recognition

Great things are happening in the Foreign Language Department at Triton High School.  To start, three Triton High School Foreign Language National Honor Society members, Jamie Kelly, Nicole Mailhoit and Marianno Doy,  submitted work to the Société Honoraire de Français’ annual Creative writing Contest. The topic for this year’s writing was: Imagine that a thousand years in the future someone discovers an object representative of today.  What object would one find and what would one think? 

2016 French Writing Contest 2Congratulations to Nicole Mailhoit for her winning submission on the iphone.  Her work will be published in the 2016 Spring Edition of the magazine. She won a $50 check,  a fleur de lys medallion,  and a Société Honoraire de Français blazer patch.  Congratulations also to Honorable Mention Jamie Kelly, who suggested that the object found would be a 2015 issue of Time magazine,  recapping the events of the year.

Also in news, 84 Triton students recently competed in the 2016 National French Contest.  85,832 students participated in total in the contest this year.  Every student will receive a lauréat national certificate, a certificat d’honneur, or a certificate de mérite for their participation.  Congratulations to all those who participated and the following students for their recognition:

National Laureate/Gold Medalist Anthony Lentz who ranked in the 95th percentile in the nation and placed 8th in his level.

National Laureate/Silver Medalists Jacob Daniels, Michael Taggart, Jonah Davis, Justin Flodman,Sara Stackpole, Haley Morgan, and Jacquleine Downs. These students ranked between the 80th and 90th percentile in the nation, and placed in the top 14 in their level.

National Laureate/Bronze Medalists Liam Cashman, Amanda Sheehan, Ryan Farrell, Zachary Benesh, Allie Hawkes, Malia Hulbert, Jeremy Duford, Anna Behringer, Margaret Oliver. These students ranked between the 75th and 80th percentile in the nation, and placed in the top 15 in their level.

Honorable Mention to Hannah Morgan, Christina Abouzeid, Kayla Bastolla, Abibigail Booth, Samantha Brown, Renee Dolloff, Kyle Gagne, Peter Jankowski, Sandra Jankowski, Conrad Jankowski, Ashleigh Litcofsky, Michelle Martens,  Elisabeth Odoy, Sofia Desimone, Riane Vatcher, Isabel Rasmussen, Mackenzie Tatro, Gillian Nichols, Emma Leahy, Abigail Densmore, Wasif Shawman, Alice Thornton, Alexandra Zabroski, Stephen Baiardi, Kathryn Eaton, Kendale Sicard, Lillian Fulford, Samantha Kennedy and Gracie Burnim.

Put Your Name on the New Triton Stadium – Order a Triton Stadium Brick Today!

Ground breaking and construction of the new Triton Stadium is well underway with completion expected for fall of 2016. It is time to purchase a brick and have your family, company, team or club name engraved on a brick that will last a life time.

The 200,000-square-foot Triton Stadium is the place where our students will undeniably hear, feel, and see the support of our community cheering them on from the grandstands. Buy a Triton Stadium Brick and know that your donation will help to build a vibrant, multi-purpose outdoor facility that is to become the hub of our Triton community.

You can purchase an engraved commemorative brick – detailed with a personal message, important dates, and names of family members or a special milestone.

  • The cost of a 4”x 8” brick is $100 with your two-line message. A third line may be added for an additional $25.
  • An 8”x 8” brick with five lines of print may be purchased for $250. This is ideal for a family or group of names or a special message.
  • Once your order and payment are received you will receive a Triton Brick Certificate of Authenticity suitable for framing or gift-giving.
  • Order Form is below!

If you have any questions or want to place an order, please email Kathy Norton, TEAM TRITON Brick Program Fund Director at [email protected].

The Triton Regional High School Stadium is an investment in our youth, in our community, and in our future.

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Triton Silhouettes

In spots throughout the high school that were at one time considered plain, perhaps even boring, there is now artwork that adorns the walls. And not just any artwork, but students’ own contemplations about “What is Triton, and what is the experience of school to you?”

The project came about through a desire to create artwork that the Triton community could enjoy for years to come; something to brighten the halls and that would serve as a reminder of the arts and a reflection of themselves.  Each artist went through a creative process to generate an idea, and each one had to problem-solve as they worked.

Art teacher & project lead, Josh Andrews noted, “Some took the project in a very literal direction and some took it in a more metaphorical manner.  You can see that some see school/Triton as a place to dream and wonder and others feel it is a place to work or meet their friends, or even as a tool to shape the future leaders of the world.”

Each student worked very hard and took a great amount of pride in the work they did.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the artwork in person, we hope you’ll enjoy a sampling of their creativity in the photographs below.  We are grateful for their willingness to share their experiences with us and are impressed by their artistic efforts & achievements.
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Superintendent Responds to Fox News Story

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am contacting you to clarify a recent and in parts inaccurate report on Fox News regarding an issue surrounding a piece of student art.

The backstory is that some art students were asked to create silhouettes which would reflect the experience of being a Triton High School student. One of our most talented artists prepared an elegant silhouette of two young women kissing.

Concern about the depiction of two students kissing had nothing to do with the fact that they were both young women.

The administration and teachers would have been equally concerned if the silhouette had depicted a boy and a girl kissing; and that was explained to the Fox News reporter. In preparing students for the world beyond school the expectation is set that public displays of affection are as inappropriate in school as in the workplace.

Despite the explanation provided and on the basis of at best anecdotal evidence the broadcast chose to raise the question as to whether there was really a deeper concern about the depiction of intimacy between two young women. That is not the case. The school is supportive of its LGBTQ community through  a publicly recognized club that includes “straight” members. Two transgender students have in the recent past been supported through that experience, including the opportunity to play varsity sports.

The real issue was that we had an excellent piece of art – in the wrong place.

Christopher Farmer

 

 

Triton Addiction Awareness Concert/Event – January 30th

The following Letter to the Editor was written by Triton student, Samantha DiBacco, speaking for many students at the High School:

The heroin and opioid epidemic has hit our area hard, and caused so much devastation. In response, Triton High School’s four Anatomy and Physiology classes, led by Ms. Riel, have invested time in creating an action plan to raise awareness and fundraise for the problem.

In these student based learning classes, we first researched the pleasure centers of the brain relating to the effects of opioid abuse, and then we all read the National Institute of Health’s “The Science of Drug Addiction,” to further our knowledge on how the problem negatively affects the human body. We discussed Governor Baker’s new approach to this addiction, and debated different ideas and approaches on what we could do to help.

We, as a student body, decided on selling purple bracelets that say “Stop Heroin In It’s Tracks,” on the side to our entire school as our first fundraiser. We then chose to go further into our fundraising and have joined efforts with our SADD (students against destructive decisions) organization making it an all-year project. We proposed an Addiction Awareness Event featuring Heroin awareness acts, skits, and music, as well as a bake sale and donations.

The Pettengill House will receive all donations and all profits from the event  It specializes not only in a food pantry, but also a support system for families and individuals suffering drug addiction. It donates money to organizations that deal with addiction problems and offers the opportunity for them to come for support and take the next step towards recovery.

The Triton classes are passionate about the subject, and the momentum is strong. We are discussing possibly doing a 5K walk once the weather gets warm, but for now, our focus is primarily on making the Addiction Awareness Event as strong, informative, and powerful as possible. Over 60 Triton students are involved in the event, and Ms. Riel is the teacher involved overseeing the event details.  

The Addiction Awareness Event event will take place on January 30, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the Triton Regional Auditorium. The doors open at 6:45, and tickets are $5 at the door. This topic is very important to us; we feel as though it has affected everyone in some way or another, and we need to do something about it.

Thank you to all who help us to make an impact.

Sincerely,
Samantha DiBacco,
Student at Triton High School

2016 heroin event