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.”

Whittier Tech Logo

Whittier Tech School Committee Open Seats

Rowley and 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 and Rowley seats will be up for appointment in March 2019. Each seat would be for a 3 year term, and candidates must be a registered voter in the specified town. More information about the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School Committee, including the upcoming meeting schedule, can be found at If you are interested in applying for one of these seats, 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 January 31, 2019. The Triton Regional School Committee will discuss and vote on the appointments at its meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Thank you,

Nerissa Wallen

Chair, Triton Regional School Committee

Triton Education Foundation

Triton Education Foundation Appreciation

How much do you know about the Triton Education Foundation? Without this amazing group of parent and community volunteers, our schools would not have nearly as many opportunities to work with the latest technology, enhance student learning, or experience projects and programs outside of the normal school budget.  The Triton Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation that supports all five schools in the three towns of Rowley, Salisbury and Newbury.

Through their hard work so far this year, TEF has provided financial support in the following areas:

  • Chromebooks for classrooms in the High School Special Education department, Foreign Language Department, & History Department, as well as the Writing Lab in the Middle School.
  • Funds to hire a Science MCAS tutor to help prepare students for the Biology MCAS retest
  • Organic model kits for high school science teacher, Dr. Moore
  • Funds for a chiller for a marine aquarium in the high school
  • Funds to order science probes in the high school
  • Funds to purchase REFLEX Math for all 3rd graders at NES

We are so very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people helping our schools to give the best to our students.  They rarely turn down a request for help, and always work to find a way to support and work with our teachers and faculty.  As a district, we are able to do so much more because of their efforts and work! Thank you, TEF!


Welcome, Tracker, to PGS!

The PGS community is excited to welcome Tracker, a 7-year-old Labrador Retriever owned by Mrs. LaPerriere, to Pine Grove Elementary. Tracker is a certified therapy dog through the Nice Dog Therapy Program as well as a Canine Good Citizen through the AKC.

Empirical evidence has shown that therapy dogs can enhance children’s psychological development, improve social skills, and increase self-esteem among other benefits. Dogs can also teach responsibility, compassion, and respect for other living things. Dogs in the school can be used to calm fears, relieve anxiety, and teach skills.

Below is a summary of the potential benefits of therapy dogs (Data adapted from the Australian Companion Animal Council):

  • Physical – interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk, and stimulates the senses
  • Social – a visit with a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, promotes greater self-esteem and well-being, and focused interaction with others
  • Cognitive – companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem solving, and game playing
  • Emotional – an adorable four-legged visitor improves self-esteem, acceptance from others, and lifts mood often provoking laughter
  • Environmental – a dog in a facility decreases the feeling of a sterile environment, lifts mood and this continues after visit.
  • Reading – reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dog’s presence has on children as well as the fact that a dog will listen to children read without being judgmental or critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence to read aloud.

Before Tracker’s arrival, children and staff will be educated on how to approach and interact with him so as to make the transition for everyone as smooth as possible. Tracker is not the first therapy dog at Triton schools. For several years, Salisbury elementary students enjoyed the company of Warren, a black lab. We look forward to welcoming Tracker to PGS within the next week.

National Honor Society

2018 National Honor Society Induction

On Tuesday, December 11th, 15 Triton High School Students were inducted into Triton High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Following a brief yet solemn candlelight ceremony, newly inducted candidates were led in the National Honor Society pledge.  With this pledge, students promised to maintain their high scholastic standing and untarnished character.  They also pledged to endeavor to be courageous leaders and to give of themselves in service to others.

We are very proud of our students and congratulate them on their tremendous accomplishment.

Guest Speaker: James Allen
NHS Officers: Lily Fullford, Anna Behringer, Juliana Orlandi, and Isabella Lesinski
New members:
Jaimeson Bell
Samuel Bell
Eric Buczala
Sarah Burd
Adrianna Deeb
Sophia Dixon
Linda Freeman
Tyler Godfrey
Ivy Huang
Tirth Patel
Samantha Protopapas
Keegan Ritchie
Nicholas Ritchie
Olivia Ritchie
Abigail Wing

National Honor Society Officers 2018 National Honor Society Induction

Triton & Rowley Fire & Police Departments

Fire Extinguished on Roof of Pine Grove School in Rowley – School Declared Safe to Open for the Day

ROWLEY — Fire Chief James Broderick, Police Chief Scott Dumas and Triton Regional School District Superintendent Brian Forget report that a fire was extinguished on the roof of the Pine Grove School Friday morning shortly before the start of the school day.

At approximately 8 a.m., a Rowley firefighter working a fire detail at the Pine Grove School, 191 Main St., reported a fire on the roof of the south wing of the school. Construction workers were doing welding work on the roof at the time.

The fire was able to be contained by the detail firefighter with the help of the construction workers before additional firefighters arrived.

Firefighters arrived on scene minutes later and were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

Due to the size of the building, the scene commander called for mutual aid and fire departments from Ipswich, Newbury and Georgetown responded, with the Topsfield Fire Department providing station coverage.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the temporary insulation on the roof ignited and there was no fire damage caused to the building itself.

Firefighters checked to see if the flames extended to anywhere else in the building and checked each classroom in the school for smoke conditions. All of the classrooms were clear and declared safe to use for the school day.

A construction worker suffered from smoke inhalation and was provided care at the scene by Action Ambulance personnel. The worker declined to go to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.

When the fire was first reported, school had not opened for the day and all school buses en route to the school were diverted to Saint Mary’s Church, across the street, and were kept there until the scene was cleared.

Those who were in the building at the time of the fire were evacuated when the fire alarm went off.

School was opened for the day at 9:45 a.m. and will dismiss at the normal time.

“This is a perfect example of why it is so important to have fire details at construction sites where welding or use of an open flame is being done,” Chief Broderick said. “Our detail firefighter was able to quickly alert the department that the fire was ongoing and helped to contain the flames while we were on our way to the school.”

Further roof work on the building has been suspended for the day and there will be a firefighter detail at the school for the remainder of the school day.

“At this point I am highly confident that students and staff re-entering the building are safe and it’s with that confidence that Chief Broderick and I have authorized them to re-enter,” Superintendent Forget said earlier today. “We do not anticipate any further disruption because of this event, but will be in touch if any details do change. The safety of our students and staff are a top priority so I thank you for your patience and understanding.”


Triton Pre-K & Kindergarten Information Nights Announced

Please save the dates for Triton’s Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Nights at the following times and locations:

Preschool Information Nights:

  • January 24th from 5:30-6:30 pm at Salisbury Elementary School
  • January 30, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Pine Grove School in Rowley
  • January 31, 2019 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Newbury Elementary School

Kindergarten Information Nights:

  • Jan. 22, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 at Pine Grove School in Rowley
  • Jan. 31, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 at Salisbury Elementary School
  • Feb. 7, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 at Newbury Elementary School

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact the schools directly at the following numbers:

  • Pine Grove School: (978-948-2520)
  • Salisbury Elementary School: (978-463-5852)
  • Newbury Elementary School: (978-465-5353)
Maple Crest Farm

Maple Crest Farm Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Program to Aid The Triton Education Foundation

Please consider purchasing your Christmas Tree this season at Maple Crest Farm.  They will once again donate $5.00 for each tree bought to the Triton Education Foundation!  Simply complete a designation form which will be available at the check in/out booth when you go.

As always, the farm will have wagon rides, marshmallow toasting, picture taking opportunities with a cut out Christmas tree,  hot chocolate and Christmas ornament coloring, all included with the price of the tree!

The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends and by appointment during the week.  Maple Crest Farm is located at 102 Moulton Street, West Newbury, Mass.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact John Elwell at (508) 641-5955.

Triton's Annual Report

Triton’s First Annual Report

We are excited to announce the release of Triton’s first Annual Report which looks back at the 2017/2018 School Year! We invite you to review the report to get a better sense of your schools, including academics and finances, and our successes and challenges.  View the report here, or pick up a printed copy in your Town Hall, Town Library, Council on Aging, or in any of our schools.

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!
Sea Festival of Trees

Triton Night at Sea Festival of Trees

Tuesday, November 20th from 5:00PM – 9:00PM

The Newbury, Pine Grove, and Salisbury PTA’s are your hosts for Triton Night at the Sea Festival of Trees!

$3 off admission + free cookie for residents from Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury. Show proof of residency or student ID.

The Sixth Annual Sea Festival of Trees is open to the public from Saturday, November 17, through Sunday, December 2. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts.

Get ready for over 150 sparkling holiday trees, holiday stage performances, Seaside Ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa and other fun characters, our Giant Gingerbread House, Santa’s Treetop Shop, and Festival Café. All the trees are generously donated by local individuals, businesses, and organizations and are beautifully decorated for your enjoyment. The trees will be raffled off to lucky winners. Proceeds benefit Salisbury Beach Partnership, Inc.‘s Fund to Bring Back the Historic Carousel.