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Friday, November 22, 2013

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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."

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"I was named coach of the year because I had the team of the year. A coach is nothing without their team."

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."




Monday, November 04, 2013

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In his own words, he is "a bit of a Renaissance man," someone who has always liked both English and math, and someone who has always placed a big importance on academics.

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. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

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Daniel Jewett – Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment


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.

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Sean McInnis – Athletic Director


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.

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Amy Pasquarello – Assistant Principal, Newbury ES 

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.

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Beth Yando – Principal, Newbury ES

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.

Monday, June 10, 2013

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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."


Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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Triton Regional Middle School and Newbury Elementary School students (left to right) Alden Giedraitis, Lily Fullford, Travis Tkaczek, and Quentin Callewaert represented Triton Regional Schools at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, held June 2nd at Worcester Technical High School.

Lily's project examined whether magnets accelerate plant growth, Travis's project was on hydroelectric power, Quentin tested different paper towel brands for absorbency, and and Alden engineered a system to help visually-impaired people avoid obstacles. Alden and Lily won Honorable Mentions. All students were also winners at the Regional State Fair, held earlier in May, with Alden receiving a First Place award for his innovative design, and Lily earning a Second Place award.

Based on their performance in the regional and state science and engineering fairs, Lily and Alden have been invited to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science and engineering fair in Washington, D.C. next fall.

This project was been supported by the Gelfand Endeavor in Massachusetts Schools (GEMS), and Strem Chemical. 

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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Most people are terrified to speak in public.  So giving a speech in a foreign language?  Not for the fearful.

Elizabeth Proctor, senior at Triton High School and president of the Foreign Language National Honor Society, won first prize and $400 at the Club Richelieu Oratorical Contest; additionally, her win landed her an opportunity to compete in Manchester New Hampshire in a second round where she won another $250.  Regina Sternlicht, French teacher at the high school, commented on Elizabeth's success: "Her competition was good; she, however, was really dynamite! She really knows how to command a room." 


Lizzie said that she likes studying French because of the opportunities it has given her--to travel to Quebec last year and France with the exchange program the year before. And she attributes her success in the competition to her experiences with French.


She plans to attend the honors college at UMaine Orono next year to major in anthropology and minor in studio art and Medieval studies.


Monday, March 11, 2013

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"Only one or two kids from the top high school programs go off to play in college," according to Drew Wile, hockey coach at the high school.

But next year, one of Drew's former players will be playing at Fitchburg state. 

He came from a school with a still-developing hockey program; Mike Fish also took a risky route to get to the college team.

Rather than going straight to Fitchburg, where, according to Coach Wile, he most likely would not have made the team, Mike decided to defer his acceptance so that he could improve his game by playing for the New England Wolves, a junior hockey program.

That decision paid off when Mike was told that he would play for the Fitchburg Falcons next year; because of his hard work, he has earned a spot on the team without trying out.  The experience should prove to be an interesting one; as Drew explained, "College teams now recruit around the world, so Mike may be playing with kids from Europe or Russia."

Coach Wile went on to applaud Mike's character, on and off the ice: "He was and still is a model of what we want Triton hockey players to be like when they are here and when they leave." 

Read more about Mike's decision and his time at Triton in the Newburyport Daily News.


Monday, March 04, 2013

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March is scholarship season for seniors at Triton, but some have already had some good news.

Rebecca Garibaldi, a current senior and full-year creative writing student, submitted four writing pieces to a contest at Colby-Sawyer College and has won thousands in scholarship money.

When asked what probably set her apart from the other applicants, Margaret Flaherty, Becca's English teacher, said, "Becca has talent. There is fluidity in her phrasing that is pleasing to the reader. Along with three other pieces, she submitted her children's book (the first project in the creative writing course) to this contest. It sticks out in my memory against all of the other children's book projects over the years. It read like the books already published and on shelves at Jabberwocky."

Becca plans to attend Colby Sawyer next year, where she will be taking creative writing and English classes.


Friday, March 01, 2013

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Newbury Principal Michael Tracy and Reading Specialist Margot Ryan ready for guests arriving to read to students in celebration the birthday of Dr. Suess.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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After auditioning with hundreds of other students on January 26, Triton freshman Kelsey Coady was selected for the MMEA District Junior Honors Band.  While this achievement definitely speaks to Kelsey's ability as a musician, the benefits extend the band.  As Sue Densmore, Program Coordinator  for Triton Arts explained: "Being put through the pressure of preparing an audition piece, then auditioning, is good experience for all sorts of life situations."

Kelsey will attend three rehearsals (March 20, 22, and 23), and then perform in a concert on March 23, all at Lowell High School.

Friday, December 21, 2012

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After a rigorous process that includes preparing music to be performed in front of judges, and a recommendation to audition at the all-state level, Triton's Justin Kelley has been accepted to the All State Jazz band. 

While making district bands or choruses is certainly a commendable accomplishment, making all-state is something that only a small group of students in the state can boast.  Even more impressive--jazz band is the most selective state group.

Justin is considering music education as a college major, and his principal instrument would be trumpet. 


Thursday, December 06, 2012

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Matthew Faulkner         Dmitri Hunt

Triton seniors Matthew Faulkner and Dmitri Hunt have been named Commended Students by the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 

Matthew plans to major in applied math and statistics, while Dmitri hopes to become an engineer. 

And what do they do when they are not busy impressing their teachers or the National Merit Scholarship Program?  Dmitri plays guitar and writes songs; he likes Lou Reed and Moby Dick.  Matthew plays eight instruments.  



Friday, September 28, 2012

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Most of us can barely troubleshoot our personal devices or computers.

Nick Amello is a sophomore in high school, and he has already applied for patents on his software programming. 

Nick, who is working on an independent study project with math and computer science teacher Kathy Norton and technology and engineering teacher Scott Dube, has written most of the code for the Triton textbook barcode system. It was Mr. Dube's suggestion to write the code in house after it became apparent that the system that Triton was considering for purchase would be too expensive. 

Nick has been an impressive force in streamlining this seemingly-daunting task.  As Dennis Buck, Network Administrator, explained, "My initial reaction was that this could get complicated. But, after meeting and speaking with Nick, he easily conveyed exactly what he needed, making it a very simple task."

Kathy Norton describes Nick as an inspiration for his teachers as well as his fellow students:  "The job market is flooded with software programming positions and it is encouraging to watch this young man in action. His passion for programming is infectious. We need to encourage more students in the US to take programming in high school and continue in software engineering or programming in college."


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

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How do we prepare our students to compete in the world of the 21st century?

That question is an important one to Dan Boyle, who spoke this month at the Teaching American History conference "Imagination, Invention, and Innovation: The Making of American History" grant. 

Mr. Boyle, who is a history teacher in the high school, explained why he thinks that it is important to use technology in the classroom: "Based on a number of classrooms, we are preparing them for something from the mid- to late-20th Century rather than the world that they are moving into.  I feel that if I don't use various forms of technology with my students, then I am not giving them the skills they need to compete when they leave here, whether that is to compete at college or in the workforce.  This is not to say that what we consider to be traditional forms of teaching won't do the same thing, but if we don't expose them to different ways to demonstrate what they have learned then we are not helping them learn to experiment."

He began his journey down this "tech road," as he calls it, three summers ago when he took a class on how to create podcasts and use them in the classroom.  Since then, he has participated in a three-day seminar on "Teaching History with Technology" and read Curriculum 21, edited by Heidi Hays Jacobs, which is a combination of articles dealing with the question of how we can best prepare our students to compete when they leave our classrooms. 

Looking around at the typical American teenager, you might think that students today do not need any instruction on how to use technology.  But as Mr. Boyle points out, "while they are great at texting or using Facebook, they don't have other skills to allow them to use technology to their advantage.  We need to show them the power of the devices that many of them have in their hands as more than just a place to play 'Angry Birds.'"

As much as he's learned about technology in the classroom, Mr. Boyle plans to continue to educate himself on the subject--for himself as well as for his students: "We all want our students to be "life-long learners" and I feel that it is my responsibility to model that for them, that if they see me do it, maybe some of them will be willing to do it as well." 

Monday, May 07, 2012

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"As gifted as Blaise is, he is never satisfied," commented Pat Sheehan, head football coach at the high school, when asked to describe his two-time captain's qualities as an athlete scholar.  "His work ethic is unparalleled.  He is the first to be at practice and he is the last to leave.  He is always willing to help a younger player or student."   

Though others see his talents as extraordinary, Blaise Whitman is pretty modest when asked to explain his success in sports.  He has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember.  And his talent for the sport, as he says, just seemed natural.  Still, Blaise has nurtured that gift with hard work.  He has gone to baseball summer camps at URI, has been in contact with the coach at URI, and next year will be going to the university as a walk-on.  This means he won't have a scholarship or be guaranteed a spot on the the team, but will likely be given a chance to play for this Division One school. 

While in school, Blaise plans to study kinesiology, which is the study of human movement, in hopes of doing pre. med. after that.  And the work ethic that he's developed through sports at Triton will likely help him tackle the challenges of such a difficult path of studies.  

Friday, May 04, 2012

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English Program Coordinator Sarah Scruton has been appointed Assistant Principal at the high school for the 2012-13 school year.
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