Serving Newbury, Rowley, and Salisbury, MA
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The Triton Regional School District serves the Massachusetts coastal towns of Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury. Located in the northeast corner of the state, these three communities provide a distinct population of students to the school district. With all three rural towns dating back to the 1630’s, the area is rich in historical traditions and attractions which add to the academic experience of our students.
The District is comprised of one elementary school in each town ranging in population from 575 to 675 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 6. Upon completing the sixth grade, students attend the Triton Regional Middle School which houses approximately 475 students in grades 7 and 8. Sharing the same campus in Byfield, the Triton Regional High School houses around 900 students in grades 9 through 12. The total student population of the district is approximately 3,250 students from Preschool through the 12th grade.
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Why choose Triton for your high school experience? Listen to the remarks from these proud students and parents.
Why choose Triton for your high school experience. Listen to the remarks from these proud students and parents.
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Check back regularly to read about the students and staff who make Triton Regional a special place of learning.
Angela Couse joined the district this year in her position as a School Psychologist for the Middle & High Schools, as well as Salisbury Elementary.
Angela received her BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, M.Ed. in School Psychology at UMass Boston, and her Ed.S. in School Psychology at UMass Boston, which included a full-time internship at Andover Public Schools for the 2013/14 academic year. Angela has also presented at several industry conferences and has worked with individuals with Autism for over 6 years. Angela sites the wonderful community of faculty, staff and students as one of the best parts about working at Triton.
In her free time, Angela volunteers as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and enjoys swimming, the beach, scrapbooking, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Gillian Beckwith joined Triton Middle School this year as an 8th Grade Science Teacher.
Gillian received her BA from Bucknell University and her Masters in Teaching Middle School Science from Salem State. Not satisfied with these accomplishments, Gillian hopes to pursue her doctorate in Education next! She points to her students, who she calls curious, interested, funny and smart, as the best part of her job and also refers to the amazing team of people she works with, as well as the warm and accepting culture as reasons why Triton is so special.
When not in school, Gillian and her husband, who are avid kayakers, own a company where they teach others how to kayak. She also enjoys spending time with their 2-year-old daughter, reading, hiking and hunting for cool geological sites.
Dawn McCarthy joined Triton Middle School this year as the Special Education Teacher of the REACH program.
Dawn attended Pine Grove Elementary and Triton Middle & High Schools, and is a proud alumnus of the class of 1987. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Fitchburg State University, and completed her Master’s program last December for Special Education, Moderate Disabilities 5-12 From American International College. Prior to working at Triton, Dawn spent five years as part of the Alternative Education program at Hamilton Wenham.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys watching her children participate in after school sports for Triton, and spending time with her dog, Lucy.
In case you haven’t already heard, 9th-grader Alden Giedraitis has made quite a name for himself in the National robotics scene. Last year, he was accepted as one of only 30 students to be a finalist in the 4th annual Broadcom MASTERS® – the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. As if the recognition that came with his inclusion in the National Science Fair wasn’t reward enough, Alden also secured for the Middle School a $1,000 grant.
Alden chose to explore the topic of Artificial Intelligence for the science fair – a topic that he found both exciting and challenging. His research involved various trials that tested his robot, the A.I.P (Artificial Intelligence Platform) on its level of intelligence. Alden has participated in various Science Fairs since 2011, and while he continues to find new and thought-provoking topics to cover, he readily admits that one of the most challenging aspects of his participation has been summoning the confidence and courage to speak in public and present his work. Now as an old pro, engaging and interacting with the judges seems to come easy!
In his free time, Alden is a robotics engineer, and has been since the age of 6. He runs his own garage-based company, ARI Robotics, and enjoys making various electronics projects, both functional and fun. His long-term goal is to one-day obtain his PhD as an Electronics Engineer, or better yet, as a Robotics Engineer at MIT.
Welcome to Nicole Carter who has joined Pine Grove Elementary School as a Kindergarten teacher this year.
Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Plymouth State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Reading at Salem State University. Previously, she taught preschool in Amesbury and was a reading interventionist in Beverly, MA.
Nicole remarks that the communication and positive relationships in the Triton District make it truly unique, and that she is especially proud of the overall commitment to provide children with the best possible education.
In her free time, Nicole plays field hockey every week in an adult league, and enjoys reading, especially at the beach!
Triton welcomes Caitlin Barry as a Special Education teacher at Newbury Elementary School.
Caitlin taught 6th grade ELA and Social Studies in New Bedford for two years before coming to Triton. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State University and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Bridgewater State University.
Caitlin is originally from Franklin, MA, but is enjoying her new home in Newburyport. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys cooking and working out.
Welcome to Emma Hunt who has joined Pine Grove Elementary School as a first grade teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bridgewater State University.
Emma grew up in Rowley and attended PGS, as well as Triton Middle and High Schools. Emma cites the wonderful educational experience she had at PGS as one of the main reasons she returned to the school as a teacher, and says working alongside many of her former teachers has been an incredible opportunity.
In her free time, Emma enjoys seeing family and friends, shopping and reading.
Pine Grove Elementary is pleased to welcome Courtney Choate as a Speech and Language Therapist.
Courtney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and in Language and Linguistics from Brandeis University and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. Courtney holds certifications from both the Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association as well as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Prior to joining the Triton Regional School District, Courtney served children in an integrated preschool in Groton, Massachusetts.
Courtney is from Salisbury and is an alumna of Salisbury Elementary School as well as Triton Regional Middle and High School. While primarily serving grades 3 through 6 at Pine Grove School, Courtney also has the privilege of working in the Triton Adaptive Learning Center. Outside of school, Courtney enjoys ballet, Pilates, and cooking.
Ron Tatro is the Head Custodian of Salisbury Elementary School, a position which he has held for 18 ½ years! As such, Ron has had the privilege of watching several generations of students go through the SES hallways! SES holds a special place in Ron’s heart – not only did he grow up here, but he also met his future wife when she was a 4th grade teacher at SES. Both he and his wife enjoy working with and being around children, and while his wife has retired from her teaching job, Ron remarks that she still delights in the stories of the day-to-day happenings at the school that he often relays to her. Ron truly enjoys going to work every day and credits the staff at SES as the reason that his job is so gratifying. In fact, his advice to younger generations is to not only find a job that you love to do, but to make sure the people you work with are equally enthusiastic about their jobs. In his free time, Ron enjoys gardening, skiing and cruising.
Thank you, Ron, for being such a valuable member of the Triton Community!
Dan Collins has been the Head Custodian for Pine Grove Elementary School for the past 19 years! Prior to joining the PGS team, Dan worked in the Maintenance Department at Ipswich High School. He identifies being around the children and staff as the best part of his job, and remarks that Triton is special simply for the way it treats its employees. Dan’s advice to younger generations is straightforward and timeless: Behave, Be Positive and Be Respectful; Wonderful lessons for today’s youth. In his free time, Dan enjoys being with his wife, children and three grandchildren.
Thank you, Dan for your many contributions to the Triton community!
Triton is pleased to announce Michelle Lojko’s appointment as the Pine Grove Math Specialist. Michelle has served as a Grade 6 and Grade 4 teacher at Pine Grove, and previously was the district Gifted and Talented specialist.
Michelle earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education & Liberal Studies from Emmanuel College, and her Master of Education degree in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia.
Michelle grew up in Rowley and is an alumna of both Pine Grove Elementary and Triton Middle and High Schools. In her free time, when she has free time, she enjoys fishing and golfing.
Triton welcomes Anna Bates as the new Differentiation Specialist for the district.
For the past 12 years, Anna has taught Middle School social studies first in Chelmsford (2002-2006) and then in Danvers (2006-2014). She has received her Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies & Political Science from Brandeis University; a Master of Arts in Teaching middle school social studies from Tufts, and a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Salem State.
In addition to teaching, Anna has mentored multiple teachers over the years and served as the teacher leader of the social studies department.
As the Differentiation Specialist for Triton, Anna will work with teachers in planning, implementing and evaluating a differentiated curriculum to meet diverse student learning needs.
In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and competing in triathlons.
Triton welcomes James Sforza as the Assistant Principal at Pine Grove Elementary School.
James comes to Triton after serving 12 years as a 4th grade teacher at Essex Elementary School. While there, James also served as a Team Leader and a Substitute Principal. James received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in Economics and Psychology and his Master of Education in Elementary Education from Boston College. James earned his Principal/Assistant Principal licensure through the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development.
In his free time, James enjoys being outside, especially if it involves running or skiing. He considers himself a history buff, and loves to read.
As a Guidance Counselor at Triton High School, Erik Champy is already a busy man. But this hasn’t stopped him from volunteering his time and expertise to a number of different organizations, all of which are involved in the improvement of the academic opportunities for our state and nation’s children. Serving as the President of the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association for the past two years is just one such appointment. Within his 2-year term, Erik has helped to double the size of the state board, created partnerships with other organizations, such as WGBH, and established the Massachusetts PTA Youth Committee. He is extremely proud of the expansion of the Health Care committee, the presentation of PTA/NFL Back to School program, a conscientious legislative agenda and PTA’s role in urging Governor Patrick to proclaim September as Arts & Education Month. Erik is passionate about his work, both within the school and at the state and national level, and credits his colleagues, principal and central office administration for being so supportive of his undertakings and personal growth. Triton has been so fortunate to have Erik serving our children for the past 20 years and recognizes that we are all the beneficiaries of his many achievements.
By now, you’ve likely already heard of Kerstin Darsney, the track and field star who surmounted a potentially career-ending injury last year to come back and make Triton history in this, her senior year of high school. But her accomplishments are so inspiring that it’s worth taking a second look!
Kerstin enlisted in spring track during her freshman year upon her mother’s insistence. But instead of just going through the motions to appease her mom, Kerstin put her heart and soul into training and is now one of the most decorated athletes to come through Triton. Among her other events, the hurdles and high jump have been where Kerstin has shined th
e brightest. However, during an indoor meet last January, Kerstin landed on her arm in such a way that she aggravated an old shoulder injury, rendering her inactive for the remainder of the season. She returned several weeks later to compete in the outdoor season, but had to forgo the high jump, her signature event. Kerstin continued to train, condition and ready herself for her senior year, where she has not only competed again, but has proven she is a force to be reckoned with. Kerstin is now ranked the Number 2 high-jumper in the state, 3rd in the country and is also the State Triple-Jump Champion. Kerstin will be competing for UMass Lowell next year, whose program is now Division 1.
Alicia Chiasson teaches sixth graders at Newbury Elementary School. Her interest in Mathematics led her to join a group of teachers who collaborated to develop new units of study aligned with the new Common Core curriculum under the auspices of the state Department of Education. Alicia’s contribution impressed the state so much that on Thursday, April 3rd it will be sending videographers to Newbury ES to film Alicia working with her students, teaching Ratios and Rates. The video will be posted on the DESE website as part of the Model Curriculum Unit program, so that teachers across the state can see the unit in a real-world classroom.
When Triton Senior, Mara Spears graduates this spring, she’ll leave behind quite a large pair of shoes to fill. Mara has been recognized as one of the finest actors to grace the stages at Triton. She has worked tirelessly to perfect her singing, which resulted in a solo performance with the Singers this year. Additionally, she has shown her talents as an award-winning visual artist who recently won Best of School in Congressman Tierney’s annual art contest. And if that isn’t enough, Mara is a top-notch Varsity Softball pitcher and an honor roll student. It has been an honor to be a spectator at her performances over the years and the Triton community will look forward to hearing more about her accomplishments as she moves on to the next stage of life.
Kevin Crowley is a high school teacher with Triton. And like many high school teachers, Kevin teaches a lesson around the book, “The Lord of the Flies.” However, whereas most teachers might ask their students to take an exam or write an essay regarding parts of the story, Kevin must find alternative ways for his students to communicate their intentions. That’s because Kevin is a teacher in the Adaptive Learning Center at Triton. He teaches six students with multiple severe cognitive and physical disabilities. As such, none of his students can speak, and must rely on photo books, eye movements, and pre-recorded messages to communicate.
Kevin is passionate about finding alternative ways for his students to access the curriculum and that enthusiasm has evoked a respect and admiration from not only his fellow teachers, but also from his students, parents, and the rest of the student body. For his achievements, Kevin has now been recognized as one of 10 semifinalists for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award. He is a true asset to Triton and the community at large.
Triton Junior Kiersten Flodman has made a name for herself in the Triton sports community as a power-house swimmer and the Swim Team Captain. However, did you know that she is an accomplished musician, as well? Kiersten is a talented flute-player, piano-player and singer, and has even accompanied the Triton Choir. An Honor Roll student, Kiersten has been described as smart, thoughtful and polite – an awesome example of a well-rounded student!
As Senior Mark Boyle wraps up his final year of wrestling for Triton, his performance is guaranteeing him a spot within the school’s unofficial “Hall of Fame.” Mark most recently competed at the NHSCA High School Senior National Championships where he was eliminated one round short of earning All-American status. Besides his undeniable athletic prowess, Mark conducts himself with the grace and humility that make him a true role model for not only his younger brothers, who are following in his footsteps, but also for all high school athletes. When Mark popped his knee in his final match at the National Championships and could no longer wrestle using his usual moves, Mark didn’t throw in the towel and give up. He finished out the match, proving he has what it takes to be considered one of the best.
Eight modules, each consisting of a sixty-page tutorial, an on-line quiz to be completed within ten minutes, an online discussion, a “whole-day” math problem, and a report with a graphic–all done within two weeks.
What’s the reward? A free trip to the Space Center in Houston.
Triton junior Kelly Herrick has almost completed her online college course, Women in STEM, Highschool Aerospace Scholars. The rigor started before the course even began with a application process involving essays, an online application, teacher recommendations, and transcripts. After all that, Kelly was chosen to be part of the select group of 250 girls to participate in the class.
The best part, for her, has been the opportunity to chat with girls across the country, and the biggest benefit, according to Kelly, has been learning ways to be more efficient with her work load. A slow test taker, Kelly has had to schedule and figure out a way to “balance, make it work.”
An even more select group of 80 girls was selected from the 250, and Kelly, as one of them, will be traveling to Houston this summer.
Tony Castro, Kelly’s physics teacher, sees more achievement in her future: “Kelly is a determined young lady who will succeed. She was tenacious and never gave up in her pursuit of this beautiful goal.”
Beth Yando, formerly Principal of Dolbeare Elementary School in Wakefield, has replaced Michael Tracy as the Newbury ES Principal.
Beth has taught Grades 1,2 and 3; sometimes in multiage configurations. She served as Triton’s Math Specialist prior to her appointment in Wakefield.
Beth was the unanimous choice of the parents, teachers and administrators who conducted the final interviews. She holds a BA in Elementary Education (cum laude) from Johnson State College, VT, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont.
Most recently an Assistant Principal/Grade 5 Teacher at Burke Elementary School in Peabody, Amy has previously served as Curriculum Coach/Teacher-in-Charge, and Integrated Media Specialist in Winthrop, and Instructional Technology Teacher with Hamilton-Wenham. Amy also has elementary school teaching experience in Virginia and Connecticut. She holds a BA from UMASS Amherst, an MA from the University of Virginia, as well as a Salem State leadership qualification and a Principal/Assistant Principal license.
Sean McInnis has joined Triton as full-time Athletic Director. For the past seven years he has worked for UMASS Boston, most recently as Director of Budgeting and Financial Reporting. Prior to that Mr. McInnis held a senior management positions with a Fortune Top 20 Company. He began his career as a special police officer with the Tufts Medical Center. Outside of his formal career Mr. McInnis has established a very strong reputation as a basketball coach over twenty years with Wakefield HS, Weston HS, and latterly King Philip Regional High School. He was the MIAA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 2010-11, the Boys Division II Coach of the Year in 2010-11 and the Girls Division III Coach of the Year in 2007-8.
Mr. McInnis holds a BSc from New York State University, an MBA from Norwich University, VT, and a Massachusetts License as a Principal/Assistant Principal.
Michael Weisberg, coach of the Triton girls’ soccer team, lead his team to the state tournament this fall for the first time in the school’s 35-year-old history. This was Michael’s first year coaching girls’ soccer for Triton, but he has definitely made an impact in a short time. When asked why he makes a good coach, senior captain Madison Williams credits his success on his strategy and on his holistic approach to coaching: “He knew what he was doing—he had a good plan for the season.” Madison went on to say, “He cared about us as more than just players. He always checked up on schoolwork. If we were having a bad day, he always asked how we were doing. He made it a family.”
This has definitely been an emotion-filled season for Michael. He enjoyed remembering “what it felt like to have a soccer home and what it felt like to be part of a team.” But he also faced one of his worst moments as a coach: “This year I faced something new that I have never encountered before. The tears of my entire team in the semi-finals. Knowing that words could not console the team was the worst feeling ever. They all had to face this on their own and heal their own way.”
In the future, Coach Michael hopes to achieve league titles and state championships “but most of all always having a team.”
Devon Shuman, a senior at the high school, placed in the top five percent of the 1.5 million students who took the PSAT this year, earning him recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program.
He credits his success on the exam with his practice on other standardized tests, such as the MCAS exam. But perhaps his unique life experiences are what really gave him the edge. He has been on four trips with People to People student ambassador program: Japan, Ecuador, South Africa, and Peru.
Devon plans to go into education and become a high school English teacher.
Daniel (Dan) Jewett has joined the district as the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Coordinator, replacing Amy Richardson as of July 1. Since 2002 Dan has served the Manchester-Essex Regional Middle-High School in a variety of capacities, including high school Social Studies teacher and department chair (6-12), coordinator of the senior internship program, and director of its highly regarded Debate and Speech program. Prior to entering teaching Dan served as director of constituent services for a member of the Massachusetts Senate.
Dan holds a BA from Gettysburg College, and an MA, and CAGS from Salem State University. While a student at Salem State he spent one year studying at the University of East Anglia in England.
Of local interest will be fact that that he is a descendent of the Jewett family that left Rowley in Yorkshire, England, and settled in Rowley, MA in 1639.
Donna Andersen, who was named field hockey coach of the year this fall, never really intended to become a field hockey player. She joined the team her freshman year just so she could get in shape for her favorite sport, basketball. Donna ended up getting a full scholarship to play field hockey for a division one team.
Since that first serendipitous mistake, she has developed a true passion for the game. And it has been that passion that has kept her going through the highs and lows: last season’s team recorded only one win, earning them 2 of the 18 points needed to qualify for the state tournament. This season’s team was only one point from qualifying for state’s.
So what was the secret to coaching a team through such a dramatic turnaround? According to Donna, it was the “great leadership” that from captains Courtney Brown, Michaela Dunn, and Emily Hirtle as well as the preparation that began at the end of last season. Michaela credits her coach’s “encouragement to work in the offseason” at leagues, camps, and clubs.”
And Coach Andersen hopes to continue to spread her love for competition and the sport of field hockey: “My goal is always to have those that play this game develop a love for the sport.”