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.”

Student of the Month – Anthonio De Azevedo

Congratulations to Anthonio De Azevedo, who was celebrated by the School Committee prior to break as the April Student of the Month!  Anthonio is a fifth grader at Salisbury Elementary School and was nominated by his English Language teacher, Patricia Silvestro.

Anthonio moved to Salisbury from Brazil in November of 2019.  Speaking only Brazilian Portuguese upon his arrival, Anthonio quickly learned the English language. He continues to show an incredible determination to not only learn social English, but also academic English. Over the past five years, SES has continued to welcome students from Brazil. Along with many other wonderful character traits, what has stood out to the community at SES is Anthonio’s willingness and ability to help translate from English to Portuguese and vice versa.  According to Ms. Silvestro, “On numerous occasions when information entered into Google Translate has literally gotten “lost in translation” I have asked Anthonio to help me.  He has done so with great success.”  She adds, “Most everyone here knows Anthonio because he is friendly to everyone. He makes us smile. And his keen ability to translate has made him quite a role model for other students.”

What a wonderful skill to have and share, Anthonio.  Thank you for being such a valued member of our Triton community!

Anthonio, along with Chairperson Linda Litcofsky, his parents, sister, and EL teacher Patricia Silvestro

Student of the Month – Owen Fournier

Congratulations to NES 3rd Grader, Owen Fournier, on being named this month’s Student of the Month by the School Committee.  Owen was nominated by Principal Yando for his wonderful display of caring and empathy when a new student joined his classroom.  As anyone can imagine, joining a new school where you don’t know anyone can be a terrifying experience.  Owen seemed to sense what a difficult transition this must and immediately befriended the new student.  Owen made sure he felt included in the classroom and, at recess, invited him to play basketball.  They developed a special friendship and continue to play together at recess to this day.  “It can often be intimidating when you are a new student in a classroom,” said Principal Yando, “but Owen showed compassion and empathy.  He did this because he is a kind and caring boy.”

Way to go, Owen! Thanks for being such a good example of CARES (Compassion, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control) at NES!

Triton At Home Rapid COVID Testing Program

Dear Triton Parent/Guardian,

As the pandemic has continued to evolve, so too has our response to ensuring we do everything possible to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

I am writing to let you know that, in accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), we will be updating our District COVID-19 Testing Program, effective the week of Monday, February 7, 2022. This new testing program will provide all students and staff who opt into the program weekly rapid tests that will be administered at home on Wednesday of each week. For more detailed information about this update to the statewide testing program, please click here to view information on the DESE site.

We strongly encourage all families to opt into this program as it will increase the amount of available testing for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. The at-home testing option will begin as of Wednesday, February 9th for students. In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will also continue with symptomatic testing in school. More information is included below.

As part of this shift in the testing protocol, we are discontinuing contact tracing for in school contact with a positive individual, and the associated Test and Stay program we had in place for in school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine.

This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opt-in using the form below will receive the rapid antigen tests. The option to join this testing program will be ongoing and you can join at any time, but I strongly encourage you to fill out the form by THIS Monday, January 31, 2022 in order to begin receiving tests that will be sent home with your child starting on Wednesday, February 9th.

To participate, you must opt in by completing the online form at https://forms.gle/7tneA7zzArB7A83o9


   PROGRAM DETAILS: (Effective February 7, 2022)


NOTE:  We will continue with our symptomatic testing program, available to all students and staff who become symptomatic while in school. This testing option remains unchanged from the protocols we’ve used all year, so be sure to fill out the required consent if you would like your child to participate. Consent can be provided electronically on the CiC Health website by clicking here.

 Overview: NEW At-Home Rapid Testing Program

  • About the Test: The iHealth test is a 15-minute at-home FDA-approved rapid antigen test

  • Opt-In: To participate, you must opt in by completing the online form at https://forms.gle/7tneA7zzArB7A83o9. Complete by Jan 31st to begin the week of February 7th.  By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration, report positive test results to your student’s school, and administer the tests according to these guidelines as provided to you.

  • Delivery: Every two weeks on Wednesday your child will receive an iHealth at-home rapid test kit sent home with them. Each kit contains two individual tests. The tests will be sent home every other Wednesday with all students who have opted into the program as of that date, and a reminder message will be emailed to everyone to remind families to look for the test with their child(ren). One test will be used the night they are sent home, and the other test is to be used the following Wednesday.

  • Testing: The tests will be administered for your student, using one test each week on Wednesday evening.

  • Reporting Positive Test ResultsIf your student tests positive on an at-home antigen test or on a PCR done through a provider, you will inform their school of the positive result using this link https://forms.gle/17vdm5Hr95MXZ6v26. You can also call your child’s school nurse with questions, but we request that all positive results get reported through this form to ensure accuracy. Negative results do not need to be reported! The school will keep the results confidential and will not make individual results public. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you inform your healthcare professional of the positive result.

  • Easy, Free, and Flexible: This test is administered at home (not at school), reducing the burden on school staff and the time required to administer tests and increasing a family’s flexibility to do testing in the home for free.

How do I administer the test?

  • Click here for a full “how to” written guide in various languages

  • Click here for a video of an individual self-testing

As always, if there are any questions about the district’s participation in this optional new testing program in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. If there are any medical questions about the tests or results, please contact your child’s school nurse directly.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Regards,
Brian

 

Mason Colby – December Student of the Month

The School Committee was happy to present 9th grader, Mason Colby with the December Student of the Month Award.  Mason was nominated by Physical Education teacher, Jim Hounam, for the compassion and kindness he demonstrated when he realized another student was struggling to complete an activity.  In this particular instance, students were taking part in “trust falls” where one person climbs three steps up on the bleachers and fall backwards into the arms of their classmates.  One student who really wanted to complete the task was having trouble balancing.  Without hesitation, Mason volunteered to assist the student up the stairs, stabilized him with a bear hug and then gently released him into the arms of the waiting students.  “It was a special moment for me to see a student show that level of compassion for another student,” remarked Mr. Hounam.  Thank you, Mason, for reminding us what true character looks like, and congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!

student of the month

Hailey Bradley – November Student of the Month

A big congratulations to 8th grader Hailey Bradley who was chosen by The School Committee as the November Student of the Month. Hailey was nominated by Middle School Science teacher, Paige Ribaudo-Smith, who worked with Hailey last year in the full-time remote academy and has her as a student again this year.  As any student will tell you, learning in a remote atmosphere is anything but easy, and Hailey would be no exception. As she entered 8th grade in-person learning this fall, there were a number of obstacles that met her head on.  However, what she has accomplished as a result of overcoming these challenges has been nothing short of amazing.  “Hailey blew me away from the first day of school,” said Ribaudo-Smith. “She has completed every assignment and has put forth amazing efforts to do so. She is advocating for herself and seeking me out during our study hall period in order to get the one-on-one support she needs to ensure her work is done above and beyond the expectations I have put forth for her.  She exemplifies the hard work, determination, and excellence of our core values. I know that Hailey can do anything she puts her mind to in the future.”

Congratulations Hailey for being recognized for your tremendous efforts! We are so proud of you!

 

Rafael Galarza – Student of the Month

Congratulations to SES Fifth Grader Rafael Galarza who was chosen as the first Student of the Month for the 21/22 School Year by the Triton School Committee.  Rafael was nominated by Principal Dawe for his wonderful display of compassion, determination, and understanding that he showed to a fellow student who was struggling with the return to school this year.  When no one else could get through to this student, Rafael quietly connected with him in a demonstration of kindness and empathy that one would not expect from a 10-year old.  Ms. Dawe explained, “What he gave to that student was the most powerful gift. And that gift was not only given to the student, but it was a valuable gift to all of us, as well. He exemplifies the type of positive character that SES and the Triton District wants for each and every student.  For everything Rafael did that day and continues to do each day, we are so lucky and proud that he belongs to us at SES.” Congratulations, Rafael!

Student of the Month

Addressing the Needs of the Triton Regional MS/HS Campus

The Triton Regional Middle and High School campus building was first built and came online in the fall of 1971. A renovation and addition project was completed in the late ’90s and opened in 2000, adding the current middle school and making some updates to the remainder of the original building. Many systems and structures from the original building were updated at that time, however, there were some that remained unchanged from the 1971 building construction. While routine maintenance and upgrades have been completed over this period, many of the systems are nearing the end of their useful life and are needing significant updates and improvements.

After discussion with town officials from Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury, the district contracted with Habeeb & Associates Architects to complete a Comprehensive Facilities Assessment to get a firm sense of the scope of the need. The report (available at https://bit.ly/3DiGiGO) categorizes the needed repairs and prioritizes them into four separate ‘scopes’ based on the urgency of the existing condition, scope 1 being the most urgent.  A summary of the needed repairs identified in the assessment, as well as next steps for the district can be found here.

Federal COVID Grant – District Funding Priorities

Dear Triton Community,

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, was enacted on March 11, 2021. The ARP Act provides additional funding for school districts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Education portion of ARP is known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund. The purpose of money is to support the safe reopening and sustaining safe operations of schools while meeting students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We did not access any funds last year, so we have the entire grant entitlement for use in addressing COVID impacts over the next three years.

You can read the full scope of requirements of ESSER III here: https://www.doe.mass.edu/federalgrants/esser/

Triton has received an allocation of $1,965,791 to be spent through September 30, 2024, so this will be a multi-year plan for anticipated activities. However, as this federal grant is a short-term and limited funding source, the long-term sustainability of any investments made will be a factor we must consider.

This survey is to inform each stakeholder group of the potential uses of this funding and anticipated priorities as we complete the grant application. As required in the grant, we are seeking feedback from the entire Community around those areas we have identified as a need to be addressed due to pandemic impacts.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey to identify your top 5 priorities for the allowable uses of these funds no later than next Wednesday, September 15th.

If you have any questions about this grant or its potential uses, please feel free to contact me directly.
Regards,
Brian

District Vaccination Clinics Next Week!

As we approach the start of the school year, we continue to do all that we can to ensure a safe opening for all students and staff. While there are decisions to be made with regard to other safety measures, we know that vaccination is a key component of maintaining our collective health.
Thanks to our partnership with Conley’s Pharmacy in Ipswich, we are going to be offering a vaccination clinic in each town next week. We will be holding them at the elementary schools as a central location in each town. While we are focused on ensuring all students age 12+ are vaccinated, vaccination is important for everyone eligible so this clinic will be open to anyone who is 12 or older. They will be offering the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
We have one clinic scheduled in each town and with varied times. There is no requirement that you sign up for the clinic within your town, so you can feel free to choose the date and time that works best for you.
Each clinic is showing a single hour of time slots to start. If there is enough demand to expand, more slots will be added as the spaces are filled. The folks at Conley’s should be able to stay ahead of the need, but please let me know if you attempt to register and there are no slots available.
Once you select ‘first dose’ on the form and select your time, the option to schedule your second dose will open on the form so you can schedule both doses upfront.  The second dose will be exactly 3 weeks from the date of your first.
Again, these clinics are open to anyone who is 12 or older, but those who are minors will need parent/guardian consent. That process is clarified as part of the form at the link below.

CLINIC  SCHEDULE:


Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 PM


Thursday, August 19th at 2:00 PM


Friday, August 20th at 10:00 AM