NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 7, 2013

Triton to hold district-wide safety forum

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — Administrators from the Triton Regional School District will host a district-wide School Safety Forum oday in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m.

Superintendent Christopher Farmer said in an email to parents that while specific details and protocols of the district’s comprehensive safety plans cannot be discussed at the meeting, the goal of the meeting will be to share and answer questions about the extensive work and planning that the School Safety Teams have done over the past several years.

Representatives from all district School Safety Teams will be present, including building and district administrators along with the chief of police or an officer from each of the three member communities — Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury.

All parents and interested community members are encouraged to attend.

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The Triton Youth Basketball Association recently accepted a $5,000 donation from the Institution for Savings. The association had been working for the past few months with the bank’s CEO and President Michael Jones to secure these funds in an effort to improve the players’ experience and basketball skills.

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There will be a meeting of the Triton Regional School Committee on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Visit the district website (www.trsd.net) for agenda information.

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Beginning on Thursday, Jan 17, the Pine Grove School will host a lunchtime series for parents and caregivers of children with ADD/ADHD. The series, titled “Creating Effective Home-School Teams for Helping Children with ADD/ADHD,” will be held on four Thursdays and is designed for attendees to share information and gather expertise from one another. The noon to 1 p.m. sessions are free and all are welcome to attend any or all sessions.

Topic discussions include diagnosis, ADHD characteristics at different stages of childhood, therapies, school-based interventions, establishing routines and the debate about medications. Sessions will be facilitated by: Donna Graham, licensed clinical psychologist and a Pine Grove parent; Margot Lacey, the school’s assistant principal who administers the school’s 504 accommodation plans; and Marion Prescott, a second-grade teacher at the school for more than 20 years who also has a degree in special education.

Sessions run on Jan. 17 and 31 and Feb. 14 and 28. Registration is not necessary. Bagged lunches are welcome, and lunch items also will be available for purchase in the school cafeteria.

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Story time hours will resume at the Rowley Public Library on Wednesday and run on Wednesdays through May 29, with the exception of Feb. 20 and April 17. There are morning story hours for babies, toddlers and a family group time. Children’s yoga follows the story times at 1 p.m.

Visit the library website for details www.rowleylibrary.org or contact Hermayne Gordon, associate for youth services at the library, at 978-948-2850.

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Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net