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TRSD Improves Technological Access Through Three Computer Grants

Triton Regional School District is thrilled to announce the receipt of three grants which will be used to fund three new mobile computer labs, two in the high school and one at Pine Grove Elementary

The first grant, in the amount of $20,000 was issued by the Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation through the Triton Education Foundation and will help finance the purchase of 32 Chromebooks which will occupy a mobile cart, an additional 10 Chromebooks that will reside at a rechargeable station, a portable, wireless white board with projection, and 2 laptops for the High School Library Media Center. Librarian, Andrea Sargent, who wrote and applied for the grant, spoke of the critical need for improved technology and resources in the Media Center. She noted, “The adoption and integration of the Common Core Standards and 21st century skills commands a vast emphasis on the use of technology.” Further, she commented that “the addition of a 3rd mobile lab will greatly contribute to the teaching and guiding of students through the process of research, reading, and projects.” With the addition of the new computer lab, the library itself will be restructured to create a more work-centered environment. Andrea envisions separate spaces for labs, a quiet work study area, collaborative space and a snack area.

The second grant was issued to the High School English Department through teacher Mr. James Allen who received $13,000 from the Newburyport Area Industrial Development group. The funds received will go to purchase 26 small Chromebooks, 2 larger screen Chromebooks, 2 laptops, a mobile cart and a wireless printer for the English Department. Similar to Andrea, referred to the overwhelming need to have additional computers to satisfy the growing needs of the 700+ students at the high school. He stated, “These Chromebooks will be used for long- or short-term writing assignments, as well as research.” Since the computers will reside on a mobile cart, all teachers in the department will have easy access to them.

Of course, the addition of new technology to the school requires that teachers and staff are up-to-speed on how to instruct in the new medium. To ensure an adequate knowledge-base, professional development funds have been set aside to send at least 2 teachers from each department to a six-hour training on the Chromebook and Web 2.0 tools.

The final grant was issued to the Technology committee at Pine Grove Elementary and was written by fifth grade teacher, Erica Geyer, Library Media Specialist, Elizabeth Cominole, and IT Specialist, Lilian Chalifour. The Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation presented the school with approximately $40,000 which will fund the purchase of 50 teacher notebooks, plus an additional 60 notebooks and 2 recharging carts which will make up two mobile computer labs that will be available to all staff and students. The addition of the mobile computer labs to the two existing stationary computer labs will allow technology to reach a greater population through flexible scheduling and movement to classrooms. By arming children at an early age with digital literacy skills and integrating technology into the traditional curriculum, students will be better prepared to move on to middle/high school and beyond.

The use of the technology will be facilitated by the installation of district wide WiFi access during the summer. Triton is honored to be the recipient of these generous grants and is excited to continue moving forward with its technological resources for its students!

Triton State Champion Cheer Team Visits State House

The Triton High School State Champion Cheer Team was honored on May 8th with an invitation to visit the State House! The girls took a tour of the State House, met and had lunch with Senator McGee, Senator Ives, Senator Tarr and Rep. Brad Hill, and took some time for photo ops. Governor Deval Patrick, who was also supposed to meet with the team, got delayed at a prior appointment. However, he called in and spoke with Coach Dempsey, expressing his regret for not being there and of his hopes to congratulate the team in person in the near future. What an honor for the team. Way to go, ladies!

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High School Students Make Art From Plastic Pollution

High School Marine Biology students are getting a rare opportunity to express their creative side while educating others about ocean plastic pollution by entering the 2014 Ocean Awareness Student Contest, sponsored by the organization, “From the Bow Seat.” Plastics account for 80% of all ocean pollution and pose a huge threat to the ocean ecosystem because they do not biodegrade. Countless sea animals and birds die each day from ingesting and getting entangled in plastic debris. Students from across the nation have been invited to explore some of the major questions surrounding ocean plastic pollution and raise awareness of this international situation through art, essay and advocacy. Over 70 Triton students participated and the contest submissions are now on display in the library. Not only is each piece an impressive display of artwork, but also the message they convey as a whole is one that cannot be ignored. We applaud the efforts of our students and invite the public to come to the high school library to view the projects and recognize the lessons they impart. (For more photos, visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TritonRegionalSchoolDistrict)