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.”

Joseph Luciano

A Financial Trifecta for Senior Joseph Luciano

A huge congratulations to Triton Senior Joseph Luciano who has ended his Triton career with a “financial” Trifecta. For the third consecutive year, Joe has won the The Stock Market Game, which is an annual competition run by the “Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association” (SIFMA), a United States industry trade group representing securities firms, banks, and asset management companies.

Achievement in the game is based on actual companies and the authentic daily stock prices of those companies. Contestants are provided with a “virtual” $100,000 to invest and are then expected to maximize this investment stake in real companies, and gain earnings based on their actual performance. This year, Joe made over a million dollars in The Stock Market Game! He ranked number one out of 1,491 in the Massachusetts competition, and astounded all observers. Within the 8-month competition window, Joe realized an extraordinary final account balance of $1,005,202.63! For comparison, the next best mark in game performance in Massachusetts for the same time-period came in at a normally outstanding $208,130.

Joe’s performance was so extraordinary, that his account was reviewed for rules compliance and/or an IT/system glitch by a Stock Market Game team of analysts. However, after careful review and a detailed refutation statement to the SMG Director, his account was found to follow all rules and he had won, fair and square.
Typically, a Stock Market Game Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon is held at Fidelity Investments in Boston. The luncheon includes invitations for the winner’s family members, teacher, the school principal, and the district superintendent. Unfortunately, the ceremony was, of course, cancelled, however Joe will still go down in the Stock Market Game’s Hall of Fame!

Similar to an athletic champion, Joseph Luciano’s name has become well known among high school students and faculty. In 2018/19 Joe competed in a similar 3-month event achieving first place out of 1,165 teams with an incredible $88,956 in realized gains, and in 2017/18 he also placed first out of 1,701 competitors, realizing $80,592 in approximately 8 months.

Congratulations, Joe on this incredible achievement. There is a bright future ahead of you! In fact, we believe there may already be a line forming for your services! Enjoy this well-deserved recognition as you take the next steps beyond Triton High School.

A Statement About Recent Events & Protests

Dear Triton Community,

As a district, we have always sought to celebrate diversity in our community and our student body. We are committed to remaining a place where students, staff, and families feel supported and treated with respect, grace, encouragement, and appreciation.

During the last few months, our students and families have experienced anxiety and confusion around the pandemic and the ways it would impact all our lives. These feelings have been further compounded by the most recent protests happening across our country, speaking out against the killing of George Floyd, the latest example of centuries of racially-motivated abuse, assaults, and the killing of black women and men. It is a pain that many of us can never truly understand, but we must be committed to living in ways that ensure that we as a district and community are contributing to productive dialogue, experiences, and solutions. Part of that process is learning by listening, and then, when we are prone to speak, choosing to listen even more to those whose experiences differ from our own. It is vital that we all do our part in the hard work of developing a more thorough understanding of the challenges they face. Collectively, we can and must be better.

These most recent tragedies have sparked a nationwide response, and at the core of the anger, fear, and the tumult is a cry for understanding, dialogue, and change. If we are willing to have difficult conversations to fully understand the past that has led us to where we are today and the roles we have played, then we can be part of the solution.

Never forget the eyes that are watching all of us right now. Our children and teens are listening, watching and searching for helpful ways to understand what is occurring, and are keenly on the lookout for those who are peacemakers, leaders, and champions of a world where racism does not exist. We as adults, educators, parents, and guardians, need to have age-appropriate discussions with our students about the issue of systemic racism, and the hurt it continues to cause. Ultimately, we want our entire community to have an appreciation for and conviction in our core values:

  • Respect for Self and Others,
  • Integrity in Words and Actions, and
  • Excellence for All

I challenge everyone among us to keep these, our ideals, in the forefront of your mind as a lens through which we might view and understand the events occurring in our country. These deeply-rooted challenges will not be fully solved in weeks, months, or even years, but it is incumbent upon all of us as individuals, and as a community, to do our part to work toward change and improvement each and every day. Below you will find links to various collections of resources that you may find helpful as you have these difficult conversations in our classrooms and in our homes.

We promise to do our part as educators and role models to ensure that our students are not only well-versed in our responsibilities as U.S. citizens but also equipped to help create a world where racism and prejudice no longer exist. The preparation for sending contributing citizens into the world begins at home, but you have our pledge that we will do our best to educate our students in an environment that fosters respect and integrity, where each student can explore and learn how they can be productive agents-of-change in a world that desperately needs them.
“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”  Bell Hooks, Killing Rage

Resources: 

Sincerely,
Brian

Brody Hawkes – Student of the Month

Prior to our departure from school, Brody Hawkes, a vivacious and gregarious first grade student at Newbury Elementary School, was named by the School Committee as Student of the Month. While Brody has many strengths, enthusiasm for life might be his greatest.  Learning is sometimes tough for Brody, however, this six-year-old is rarely deterred.  “He is a gregarious young man who is thoughtful in his interactions and relationships with others,” said Special Education Teacher, Amanda Struss. She continues, “Brody is incredibly engaged with peers and reflective when conflict arises. The gains that he has made this year alone are phenomenal and the joy that he brings to those around him is unparalleled.” We are happy to bestow this honor on such a well-deserving student. Congratulations, Brody!

Brody Hawkes Student of the Month

Viking Day of Giving

2nd Annual Viking Day of Giving

Last year Student Council President, Lily Fullford worked with staff member Stacey Beaulieu to start a tradition called The Viking Day of Giving.  Lily’s original thought was to have groups of Triton students go out and volunteer in the community, yet ultimately the decision was made to stay focused on things that could be done on the high school campus.  The initiative was started with the hope to promote volunteerism, school spirit, and Viking pride.   

Last year over 100 students, 20 staff and several community members participated in the day.  Three classrooms were painted, a number of walls that were not school colors were painted to columbia blue, brag boards were added to exhibit students’ excellent work, two English teacher’s doors were painted their favorite book cover and photos were hung of Athletics and Visual and Performing Arts.   The work done was simple and small in scale, but it made an immediate impact when the student body returned to school on Monday.  

The first Viking Day of Giving was a success.  Countless students remarked about how much they liked walking down a hall with Triton colors, seeing pictures of their teams and friends on display and many asked how they could help next time.

The second annual Viking Day of Giving will be Saturday, March 7 and we hope to make the same impact.  Volunteers will continue painting some of the walls that are currently not our school colors and we will add a school/building timeline on the wall heading from the office to the cafeteria behind the auditorium.  We are gathering more pictures to hang throughout the building and working with an English teacher to paint another classroom door.   

These are ambitious projects and it will take a lot of volunteers.   The Student Council is again asking the student body, along with faculty and staff, to volunteer to help.  We will need community volunteers, as well. On Friday, March 6  we will have a small group after school 11:30 – 4:00 to do the prep work.  On Saturday, March 7 we will run a morning and an afternoon crew to get it all done.   

Thank you for your consideration of this Student Council initiative.  Please contact Stacey Beaulieu, for additional information or if you wish to join this initiative in any way. [email protected]

 

Hannah Earley – Student of the Month

Congratulations to PGS First Grader Hannah Earley who was chosen as February’s Student of the Month by the Triton School Committee. Hannah was nominated by her first grade teacher, Lisa Manganello for her amazing attitude towards learning and her confidence to never give up, even when things may not come easy to her. “She has actually taught me a thing or two about the type of attitude I should have in a learning environment,” said Ms. Manganello. She goes on to describe her as kind, respectful, helpful, responsible, honest, fair and funny – all qualities of what a good person should look like. Congratulations, Hannah!

Student of the Month

Hannah and her family with 1st grade teacher, Lisa Manganello and PGS Principal Christine Kneeland.

Triton School Committee – What’s It All About?

For many people, the idea of the “school committee” is somewhat elusive. You know it’s there. You think it’s important. But other than that, you don’t know much about it.  In fact, not only is it important, but there are ways and reasons that you can and perhaps should get involved.

The Triton Regional School District School Committee is made up of nine members; Three community members from each town who are elected for a three year term on a rotating basis. The individuals who make up the School Committee are parents and community members, like you and me. They may or may not have children in the system, but they understand the importance of a strong school system in helping to elevate the towns in which they live.

The School Committee has three main functions: to determine policies and practices for the school district; to hire the superintendent; and to create and approve the budget.  Every member also serves on a subcommittee which includes Finance, Policy & Advocacy, and Personnel and Negotiations.

In 2020, two of Triton’s longest-term School Committee members are considering retiring. Dina Sullivan and Deb Choate have been on the Triton School Committee for 15 and 16 years respectively and have both been a tremendous asset to the district. While they leave behind enormous shoes to fill, they are both passionate about the importance of the job and hope others will step up to take on the role.

“Being on the school committee is one of the most important things we can do for our communities,” said Deb Choate. “The children in our schools will one day be running our communities. Giving them a quality education is what will allow them to successfully do that.” Ms. Choate goes on to describe her time on the School Committee as a very rewarding position, and one that she will miss if she does indeed step down.

Unquestionably, advocating for the students and staff of Triton is at the heart of what the School Committee does. “My work and decisions made while a member of the School Committee have always placed the needs of the students as the priority. I am proud of the time spent working on behalf of the staff and students of Triton,” Dina Sullivan explains.  “It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Committee, but it is time for me to ‘graduate’ and move on to the next chapter in my life.”

For those interested in exploring the role of School Committee member, nomination papers are available from the town clerk in your town and require a minimum number of signatures from the candidate’s town of residence. Elections are May 12th and voters from all three district member towns vote for school committee members from all three towns. One person is elected from each member town for a term of three years. Should you have questions about the process or would like more information about the responsibilities of the school committee, please feel free to reach out to Dina, Deb or any other school committee member.  Their contact information can be found on the website: https://www.tritonschools.org/school-committee/

Dina Sullivan

Dina Sullivan

Deb Choate

Deborah Choate

 

Ryan Lattig & Kyle Odoy Recognized

We would like to recognize and congratulate our most recent Students of the Month, Ryan Lattig and Kyle Odoy.

Ryan Lattig, a member of Triton’s class of 2020, was nominated by high school English teacher Erin Dempsey and acknowledged by the School Committee in November. Ms. Dempsey described Ryan as a student for whom concepts did not come easily, but through hard work and determination became one of her top students and a true Triton success story.

Kyle Odoy was the Committee’s January Student of the Month. Kyle, a current Junior, was nominated by Shawn Devenish. Kyle is a member of the National Honor Society and is a three-sport athlete, holding the honor of being named captain of the football team as a junior this past fall. Mr. Devenish stated, “Not only is Kyle involved all over the school, he shows great character and respect to staff and fellow students. Kyle is a great example of the mission that Triton has for its students.”

Congratulations to these two students!

Student of the Month

Ryan with Erin Dempsey, Cheryl Wotton, and Melissa Janvrin

Student of the  Month

Kyle with members of the staff and school committee.

MLK Day of Service

Students Participate in MLK Day of Service Activities

As we continue our district wide year of service at Triton, and we approach our next National Day of Service, MLK Day, our students are involved in a variety of service projects to remember and serve.  Here’s what’s happening around the district:

Salisbury Elementary School is running a “Toiletry” drive and will be creating hygiene gift totes to donate to the Pettengill House.  Any donations from our greater community will be happily accepted at SES or at Central Office in the high school.

Pine Grove School is holding a “Book Drive” to collect new or gently loved books to create book totes which will be donated to local community partners to increase literacy and home libraries.  Community donations can be brought to PGS or to Central Office in the high school.

TMS student council is creating “Birthday Bags” full of decorations and party supplies to give to families at Pettengill House so that children there will feel extra special on their birthdays. The middle school drive for requested donations will run this week. Our middle school art classes, high school students with special needs and other student volunteers, as well as the Kid’s Club at NES are helping to decorate these special bags.

THS is taking on a large scale project based on financial literacy.  All math classes are focusing on different financial literacy topics and will be creating a public awareness financial literacy booklet from their studies. The booklet will then be published and distributed to our greater community.  We thank Salem Five and the Bureau for Consumer Protection for partnering on this project with us.

We are excited to share pictures in the coming weeks of these great projects!  Stay tuned!

Thank you to our grant funding partners: Youth Service America @youthserviceamerica, The Charles Mott Foundation @mottfoundation, and CNCS @nationalservice.

Triton PTA’s Awarded Outstanding School Partner Award

The three Triton elementary school PTA’s have recently been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees with an Outstanding School Partner Award for 2019. The PTAs have a long history of successfully supporting each of their schools with events, programming, and donations, however they did so separately within their school communities, each with their own culture and priorities.

What made 2019 even more special is that for the first time the three PTA’s came together to create a campaign called “#TritonKind, A Random Act of Kindness Campaign” to encourage the ENTIRE Triton Regional community across all three towns to participate in random acts of kindness.  From collecting food donations for food pantries, to leaving anonymous notes to brighten a stranger’s day, the community watched as kindness grew within the district.  The campaign culminated in two major events that involved all five schools in the district – a Random Acts of Kindness week in February and a “Kindness Rocks!” event in June.

Together with MASC, we applaud the efforts that our three PTAs put into uniting and channeling their creativity and energy into one campaign which benefitted the entire district. We are so lucky to have their support and congratulate them on this acknowledgement of their efforts.

Triton PTAs accept award

Jennifer Roketenetz, SES PTA President, Liz Sforza, NES PTA President, and Sara Spaulding, PGS PTA Treasurer joined by other members of the PTAs officially accept the award,

MSCPA

Triton HS Students Get a Taste of Accounting as a Career at Conference Hosted by the MSCPA

Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Hosts Six Students Interested in the Profession at Merrimack College

BOSTON, MA—December 5, 2019—The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), the professional association of CPAs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, recently previewed what an accounting career future would look like for 91 students, including six students from Triton High School at its “Is Accounting for Me?” conference at Merrimack College on November 22.

The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life and a networking lunch. Students heard from CPAs about their jobs and spoke with college accounting majors about their coursework and experience. They also took part in an accounting-based case study competition focusing on personal finances.

Amy Pitter, president and CEO of the MSCPA, said these programs are crucial in building and sustaining a pipeline of young people interested and passionate about the profession.

“Today’s event is the first step in what could be a very exciting and fulfilling career in accounting for these young people,” said Pitter. “Our organization wants to introduce as many students as possible to the many benefits of working as a certified public accountant. The industry is ready and hungry for the next generation.”

Teachers selected the students in attendance based on their aptitude for accounting.

The following seniors from Triton High School attended the event:

Kaia Cohen
Jack Crocker
Bradford Killion
Joseph Luciano
Benjamin Smith
Jack Sullivan

For more information about MSCPA’s outreach to aspiring CPAs and resources for high school and college students, visit cpatrack.com.

About the Massachusetts Society of CPAs
The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. is the state’s professional association of certified public accountants, representing over 11,000 members in public accounting practice, industry and business, government and education. The Society works to develop and maintain high professional standards and offers a wide array of legislative, technical and referral services to its members.

MSCPA Conference

From left to right: Jack Crocker, Jack Sullivan, Benjamin Smith, Joseph Luciano, Bradford Killion, Kaia Cohen