The Triton School Committee was pleased to honor the final Student of the Month for the 2018/19 school year last week, freshman Aidan Pasek. Aidan’s work ethic and determination are beyond impressive, spending several hours each night preparing for the next day’s lessons, and rising to the challenge of difficult classes. He maintains excellent grades, is on the student council, and participates in several extracurricular activities including band, men’s choir, school plays and the drama program. He is also a member of the “Assist Program” where he meets with other schools in the north shore communities to brainstorm how they can better their communities not just academically, but in all areas. “He is kind and helpful to others and always willing to offer his assistance academically to anyone who asks him,” said Special Needs Liaison, Cheryl Caracciolo. “His teachers remark on his drive to achieve as well as his excellent attitude while always displaying a positive, warm, humble and non-judgmental demeanor.” Congratulations, Aidan, on your achievement and recognition. We are so proud to have you as a member of our Triton Community.
Earlier this week, the Triton School Committee was pleased to announce this month’s Student of the Month, Pine Grove 5th grader, Mia Dupuis.
The adjectives her teacher, Elyse Earls, used to characterize Mia are many and read like the description of a model student: well-rounded; dedicated; determined; honest; hard-working; committed to learning. She is described as “a model peer and friend” who “helps her peers work through difficulties, and praises them on their successes.” She is known for her voracious thirst for knowing, doing and being more, always reaching to be better even if she has already exceeded expectations. The Triton community is proud to celebrate Mia this month and we look forward to watching her future, which will undoubtedly be bright, unfold. Congratulations, Mia!
Two of Triton’s longtime School Committee Members have recently received awards from the MA Association of School Committees for their many years of service and dedication to the school. Recipients Dina Sullivan and Deborah Choate were presented with their awards during the MASC conference on Cape Cod last week.
Dina Sullivan, a 13-year member of the Triton School Committee received the Life Membership award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Association. Nominated by her colleagues, she is described as “a true leader, whether serving as an Officer of the Committee, hosting events or mentoring new members.” She has advocated for the best and broadest education possible for every student and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the appropriate resources and policies were in place. Meticulous in her work, she ensures every detail is covered and every open issue finds resolution. During her time on the Committee, Dina served as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair, and also lead numerous subcommittees. Prior to her election to the School Committee, Dina served as vice president and president of the Newbury Elementary and Triton Middle School PTAs, school council member and volunteer program coordinator. At MASC, she served as Co-Chair of Division I, and as a member of the Regional Schools Committee to which she was recently appointed Chair.
Deborah Choate, who has served on the Triton School Committee for 14 years, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was established “to honor individuals who, through their service to their community and their local school committee, have exhibited the best characteristics of public service.” Not only has Deb served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the School Committee, but also served on various subcommittees. She began her engagement with the school in 1995, as a member of the Salisbury Elementary PTA and School Council, and then continued her involvement as a member of the Triton Middle School PTA and School Council, coordinator of the Triton Safe Homes Project, and as a member of TMPO, the Triton Music Parents Organization. Her colleagues describe her as having made “tough decisions based solely on what was best for our students.” They add, “Deb has spent countless hours studying complex issues like student achievement data and school financing, contacting our state legislators to support regional schools, and attending many school and district events.”
“We are so fortunate to have such passionate advocates among our School Committee members,” said Superintendent Brian Forget. “The enthusiasm and dedication demonstrated by both Dina and Deb is beyond comparison, and we are thrilled that they have received these honors.”
NewburyTown Election: May 8th 7:00 am- 8:00 pm / BallotPrecinct 1 – Newbury Fire Station at Firemen’s Memorial Hall, 3 Morgan AvenuePrecinct 2 – Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt Street
Town Election: May 8th 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Mary’s Hall, 202 Main St.
SalisburyTown Election: May 8th 10:00 am – 8:00 pm / BallotHilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Rd.Annual Town Meeting: May 14, 20187:00 pmSalisbury Elementary Cafeteria
Congratulations to the nineteen students who were recently inducted into the Triton High School Foreign Language Honor Society, Triton High School’s Chapters of the Société Honoraire de Français and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica:
Juniors inducted in 2018:
|Société Honoraire de Français
|Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica
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.
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 Mrs. Regina Symonds for French and Dr. 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.
The inductees were honored at a multilingual “transmission of the torch” induction ceremony in the school library on Thursday evening, April 12th, 2018 by current FLHS members of the graduating class of 2018, and by the Society’s Officers. Opening the ceremony were Superintendent Forget and Principal Ruggere, who 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.
“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.”
You may have heard that Facebook is making some changes to their News Feed. In an effort to bring more of a community focus to the social media platform, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the News Feed would prioritize news from friends and family, as well as local news stories and events, and show less from businesses, brands and media. “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” wrote Zuckerberg.
What does this mean to me?
Unless you regularly engage with the Triton District’s Facebook page and posts on your News Feed, you will likely see fewer and fewer of our posts. However, there is a way to combat this. Simply prioritize Triton in your News Feed by selecting the page as “see first.”
How do I do this?
It’s actually quite easy. Simply go to the Triton Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TritonRegionalSchoolDistrict, click on “Following” and from the drop down menu, choose “See First,” as shown below.
See you soon!
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!
I apologize for this lengthy email, but please review in its entirety. This information is being sent as a follow up to my message of August 31st. In that message I outlined a change we were making with regular daytime bus runs on a trial basis through this week as a last ditch effort to restore late busses for the current year. For the past three weeks we ran one fewer bus in both Rowley and Salisbury. If these routes had worked, the money saved would have restored late runs at all campuses.
Unfortunately, the changes did not work as smoothly as we hoped, and numbers of students riding have been too high on some runs. We have heard from many families who are not having their children ride because the buses are so packed. Further, arrival times in the morning have been impacted with the changes, causing disruptions to the start of the day. While student numbers are still within safety guidelines, the disruption is too great to continue long term. With that in mind, I have made the decision that we need to add back the daytime runs for both for Rowley and Salisbury, which means late buses will not be running this year.
As outlined in my previous email, we determined that we would make the call by this week, and institute changes as of this coming Monday. Unfortunately, our transportation company (NRT) is still in the process of hiring and training drivers as substitutes and for these runs. This has proven very difficult as there is a shortage of drivers that is well documented across the state and region. We are dependent on the state for their approvals of licenses and testing of drivers, and there is a considerable back log of drivers awaiting approval at the state level. As a result, we will not be able to restore the additional Rowley and Salisbury run until Tuesday, October 10th, the day after the Columbus Day holiday.
Bus routes will be re-posted to the website and a notice sent out to families no later than Friday, October 6th. Again, actual bus stops will not change, but the bus (#) picking up your child(ren) and corresponding pickup/drop off times may change accordingly. Again, these changes will not take place until Tuesday, October 10th.
I sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused. Given the impact of losing late buses, I still believe it was worth giving these alternate bus routes a try. However, now confirming that the changes have created complications that we can’t remedy, we will not be able to sustain the modified routes, and therefore are not able to add late buses back.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.
Triton Regional School District
112 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922
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