THS Robotics Team

Triton Senior Takes Home 1st Place in Robotics Competition

The THS Robotics team competed in the WPI Robotics competition last Saturday, taking home the Champion Trophy for the second year as well as Judge’s favorite trophy.
Congratulations to Seniors, Nate Piccard and Zach Benesh for designing the winning robot. This is Nate’s second year winning first place at the competition.
Maddie MacDonald, Ivy Huang, Adrianne Deeb, Zach Godfrey and Nate Ewell also made it to the semi-finals with their two respective robots.  Rounding out the team were Mia Surridge, Ross Lyons, Alexander Chouvelon, Tyler Godfrey, Sam Bell, Jonah Burd, Eric Buczala and Alex Wing.
The team entered a total of 5 robots into the competition. The kids did a fabulous job working collaboratively (and under time constraints set by WPI) designing, building and coding their robots for the competition.  Great job to all!

Triton School Committee Members Receive State-Wide Awards

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.”

Dina Sullivan

Dina Sullivan with MASC President, Beverly Hugo

Deborah Choate

Deb Choate with MASC President, Beverly Hugo.

Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury Election Information

Newbury
Town Election: May 8th 7:00 am- 8:00 pm / Ballot
Precinct 1 – Newbury Fire Station at Firemen’s Memorial Hall, 3 Morgan Avenue
Precinct 2 – Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt Street


Rowley
Town Election: May 8th 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
St. Mary’s Hall, 202 Main St.


Salisbury 
Town Election: May 8th 10:00 am – 8:00 pm / Ballot
Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Rd.
Annual Town Meeting: May 14, 2018
7:00 pm
Salisbury Elementary Cafeteria

Students inducted into Foreign Language National Honor Society

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

Abigail Densmore
Jacqueline Downs
Lillian Fullford
Allie Hawkes
Samantha Kennedy
Ainsley Marsh
Sophie Proctor
Abigail Wing

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica

Carisa Boyle
Ashleigh Cheshire
Evelyn Densmore
Elizabeth Eliot
Lindsey Gardella
Isabella Lesinski
Elisabeth Lindholm
Tirth Patel
Rachel Phillips
Caitlyn Rooney
Sophia Simeone

 

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.”

How to See Triton’s Posts in Your Facebook News Feed

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 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

 

Transportation Update from Superintendent Forget

Good Afternoon,

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.

Thank you,
Brian

National PTA Names Salisbury Elementary “School of Excellence”

Salisbury, MA (August 18, 2017)–Every child deserves an excellent education and school community. Salisbury Elementary School Community is celebrating the school’s recent selection as a National PTA School of Excellence, for achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. Salisbury Elementary is one of only two Massachusetts schools to earn this national designation (along with Rehoboth), and one in 143 schools recognized across the United States. National PTA’s School of Excellence program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools that work to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child. This program provides guidance to assist school in engaging families in the school decision-making, and helps school build inclusive policies related to education, health, safety or the arts. National PTA’s certification recognizes schools that uphold the highest standards in parent involvement and provides resources and guidance needed to improve parent involvement in schools.

Salisbury Elementary School PTA (SES PTA) recognizes that it’s not so much that it takes a village to raise a child, rather than the tremendous strength, growth, and benefits that come from engaging the “village.” SES PTA, the oldest continuously operating PTA (1910), has continuously worked with Salisbury Elementary School (SES) to strengthen ties amongst family and the community. As part of the certification process, SES PTA shared information amongst a team consisting of the principal, teachers, parents, and representatives from the community, completed assessments, and applied for certification of excellence.

SES PTA prides itself in being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership to SES PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information visit our website:  Salisbury PTA.weebly.com

Whittier Tech Project Discovery Program Information

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Cyberbullying & Social Media Parent Speaker Series – Nov. 29th

Please save the date, November 29, 20166:30PM at the Salisbury Elementary School.

Salisbury Elementary School PTA Presents:

Dr. Elizabeth Englander speaking on Cyberbullying & Social Media – What Every Parent Needs to Know

This event is free and open to the public.

Please see the flyer for complete information.

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