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.”

Salisbury Representative Needed

Salisbury Community Members,

The Triton Regional School Committee is responsible for appointing our towns’ representatives to the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School Committee. We were recently notified that the Salisbury seat is up for appointment due to a resignation, and effective as soon as a replacement can be appointed. The seat would be for the balance of the 3 year term, which expires in March 31, 2022, and the candidates must be a registered voter in the Town of Salisbury.

More information about the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School Committee, including the upcoming meeting schedule, can be found at https://whittiertech.org/district-landing#school-committee.

If you are interested in applying for this seat, please submit a short letter of interest by mail to Triton Regional School Committee, 112 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922 or by email to [email protected] by October 31, 2019.

The Triton Regional School Committee will discuss and vote on the appointments at its meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Regards,
Nerissa


Nerissa Wallen
Chairperson
Triton Regional School Committee
Standardized Testing

Triton’s 2019 State Accountability Data Released – Growth & Progress

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) released the 2019 Accountability Ratings for all public schools and districts yesterday, Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Now in the second year of the revised accountability structure, the ratings clarify two major components; whether or not a district as a whole and each school individually is in need of assistance from the state, as well as noting the reasoning for that rating. The assessment has also morphed in recent years to its current version, ‘MCAS 2.0’, a test taken entirely online at all grade levels and aligned with the current state standards. With changes to testing formats and the increasing rigor of new standards, this has become more a more challenging measure, particularly at the 10th grade level where a passing score is required for a student to graduate. As a district, the Triton Schools have been found to not require assistance, and that is due to the substantial progress made towards the improvement goals established by the state.

The aggregate results of the MCAS will be presented in further detail to the School Committee on October 16th along with more information on the accountability standing. Each of the five district schools, including Newbury Elementary, Pine Grove, Salisbury Elementary, Triton Middle, and Triton High School made substantial growth towards improvement goals established through the accountability formula. “This is the result of consistent and deliberate decisions and efforts being made by educators, administrators, the School Committee and our communities as we look towards continuous improvement for our students,” noted Brian Forget, Triton’s Superintendent. Newbury Elementary School is to be further commended as they join an elite group of only 67 out of the 1,845 schools across the entire state to be named a 2019 School Of Recognition for their high growth in student performance. More details on district performance will be outlined during the October 16th presentation.

The Department of Elementary & Secondary Education has signaled their understanding of the shortcomings of the state accountability system in recent years, and have made changes to better align with the reality of 21st century learning. While the system is governed by Federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the state does have some leeway in its implementation. “As I have routinely said, this is a single measure of our performance as a school or district, though the system has evolved and become a more accurate indicator of our overall performance in recent years,” Forget said. However, he remains hopeful that the system for holding schools accountable will continue to morph and include other measures that cannot  be captured by a single test. “We obviously have many positive programs and opportunities for our students that cannot be measured by the current system, but everyone should be proud and pleased with the progress we have made.”

Parents can expect to see their child(ren)’s MCAS results report by mail later in October, and we will confirm an exact date shortly. In addition, DESE publishes School and District Report Cards on their website that provide a clear and concise snapshot of the performance for subgroups and in the aggregate, along with other contributing factors for determinations. These report cards are usually published around the winter holidays, and information will be sent home to families once those are posted online with links to these reports added to the district website.

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Triton Designated as Lead Agency to Engage Youth on National Days of Service

Triton Regional School District will serve as a Youth Service America Lead Agency, mobilizing the area’s young people to lead volunteer service projects that help meet community needs on 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance (September 11, 2019), MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020), and Global Youth Service Day (April 17-19, 2020). These three days are officially designated as National Days of Service by the 2009 Serve America Act.

With grant funding from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service along with training and support from YSA (Youth Service America), Triton will build a culture in which all young people in the three towns that make up the district have the opportunity and support to find their voice, take action, and make an impact in their communities. As the official local organizers for these national days of service, Lead Agencies are a vital part of YSA’s work to activate all youth, ages 5-25 – especially those in under-served communities who aren’t usually asked to participate.

The first of the three large-scale community events is set to take place on 9/11, where the entire district, along with Amesbury High School will work together to “Remember and Serve.” Triton has partnered with several local organizations including the VA hospital in Bedford, MA to bring the project to life. Elementary school students will decorate donation boxes and collect items for our veterans and active duty military, while Middle and High School students will have a moment of silence at 8:46am, and then will take 10-15 minutes at the same time to write thank you notes to our active duty military.

“We are thrilled to partner with Triton Regional School District and the thousands of young people in the area who will serve and celebrate on these days of service,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. “We’re currently leaving two-thirds of our young citizens out of actively participating in our democracy.  Volunteering is a gateway to a lifetime of civic participation and days of service are on-ramps to volunteering, especially for first-time volunteers.”

“I truly believe that creating a culture of service to others has a widespread and lasting impact on the world around us,” said Brian Forget, Superintendent at Triton. “We are so thankful to YSA for trusting in our efforts and the proposal we put forward to continue to build a service mindset in our schools and community at large, and to Julie Romano for her work in making this partnership a reality.”

Triton Hires New Athletic Director, Tim Alberts

It is with great excitement that we announce Tim Alberts as Triton’s next District Athletic Director. Tim will officially begin his role as athletic director on August 1, 2019, just in time for the start of the fall sports season. Tim has a vision for the mission of interscholastic athletics at the middle and high school levels that is consistent with the philosophy we hold here in the Triton Schools. His focus is on how we learn values and character, specifically respect for oneself and others, through competition. Tim has demonstrated a strong belief in equity across all sports, wanting to support, recognize, and celebrate all of our athletes. These pillars highlight his community first approach as a director of interscholastic athletics.

Tim comes to our district from his current position as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Health at Wilmington High School, where he has spent the past three years focused on developing service oriented student athletes. While student athletic accomplishments have certainly been celebrated during Tim’s time in Wilmington, he has equally recognized the distinctions teams have received for their community service work. Prior to his work in Wilmington, Tim was the Director of Athletics at Matignon High School. Tim has coached both soccer and lacrosse at the high school level and has been the league chair for a variety of sports in both the Middlesex and Catholic Central leagues. Additionally, Tim was named the 2016 Ted Damko Award winner as the Massachusetts Athletic Director, having five years of experience or less, who has made outstanding contributions to his or her school, league, and state.

The appointment of Tim comes after a rigorous search process that included three rounds of interviews, starting with an extensive first round that included a representative group of students, parents, coaches, teachers, and administrators. Following that first series of interviews, three candidates were selected by the committee to move forward, and candidates then met with us for a more in depth discussion. We brought two finalists back a third time to observe summer clinics that were running and interact with our students and coaches, and the candidates then provided us with feedback and ideas for how to continue to develop our programming. Through each phase of the interview process Tim excelled and demonstrated time and again that he is the right person to continue to move our athletics program forward, and that he will become an integral part of the leadership team within the district.

Tim is eagerly awaiting the start of his contract so that he can begin to meet with students, parents, faculty, and community members. We are thrilled to be bringing him in to be part of our team. If you have any questions about his appointment process please feel free to contact either one of us.

Regards,

Brian & Patrick

 


Brian L. Forget
Superintendent of Schools
Triton School District
Patrick Kelley
Principal
Triton High School

[email protected]

Student of the Month

Student of the Month – Aidan Pasek

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.

Aidan Pasek

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Triton Alumni In The News

At Triton, we have the pleasure of not only celebrating the academic and athletic achievements of our students, but also the continued accomplishments of our alumni.  Recently, several former students have been recognized for their success in “the real world.” Max Bard – Max Bard graduated from Triton High School in 2008. During his time […]

Congratulations Graduates

Video: Triton Graduates Visit Former Elementary Schools

It’s a tradition that has been passed down for several years now in the Triton Community; Graduating Seniors visit their former elementary schools wearing their caps and gowns to take one last walk through the halls where it all began, and to inspire the next generation of elementary students. In the midst of graduation festivities, it provides another opportunity for our students to reflect on their achievements and how far they have come.  Likewise, current elementary students witness the pride and exhilaration that accompanies their accomplishments and are encouraged to achieve the same goal. It is a lovely day in the Triton Community. Just take a look…

NES Trash Tower

NES Trash Tower Gives Triton Community A New Mission

Did you ever drive by Newbury Elementary and wonder what the 12’ “trash tower” in front was all about?  As of May, it is officially gone, but the trash tower was started as a public “living art” project in 2014 by local artist and teacher Carol Baum to help bring awareness to and change people’s behavior towards littering.  Students from Whittier High School, Triton High School and Newbury Elementary all assisted in turning Carol’s idea for the project into a reality.  The bulletin board that stood next to the “trash tower” was filled with information about how long it would take for the trash collected by Carol to decompose, and also provided space for public comment.  In the beginning of the project, students from NES would assist Carol in loading the trash she collected each week from her daily walk into the tower which helped serve as a visual reminder about protecting the environment.

Carol continued collecting trash around the NES area for the last 5 years filling up the tower nearly two-thirds. It was truly shocking to see how much trash was collected from one small walking route.  Unfortunately, as trash filled the tower, the structure started to list during the winter months prompting the project’s completion.  But, what if it isn’t over? What if now, we as a Triton community carry forth Carol’s mission every day?   What if when we are outside, in a parking lot, on the street, at the fields, we pick up one piece of trash and dispose of it properly?  What if we become living “trash towers,” picking up our neighborhoods and towns and making a difference each day?    Let’s join together to continue Carol’s mission for our world, cleaning it up, spreading the simple message of “don’t litter” to make our community a better place!  Thank you Carol for your years of commitment to this project and for making a difference in our community!

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