Upcoming Tri-Town Council Programs

Don’t miss these Amazing programs from the Tri-town Council!


A dynamic program of designed for parents, guardians and educators interested in expanding children’s social competence and confidence. (Pre-K through 6th grade)
Tuesday April 14, Flint Library, Middleton 7pm-9pm
In this workshop you will learn how to introduce & reinforce fundamental social skills.

This program is FREE but PRE-REGISTRATION is HELPFUL!  Click here for registration.


In this program developed for the Tri-Town Council, Stephanie Meegan will provide practical insights and simple, yet powerful recommendations that parents, guardians & educators can implement at home and in the classroom supporting the unique needs of all young boys.  Thursday May 7th, Topsfield Library, 7-9pm Free but space is limited. More Info and Register Here!

Check out the Tri-Town Council’s website here.

Assets program at Fuller Meadow

Today, our students were able to watch a program by Mrs. Meredith Shaw of the Tri-Town Council.  Check out this Intro to Developmental Assets which discusses the 40 Developmental Assets that people need to be successful.

Also, Mrs. Shaw showed the students this adorable video.  The students loved it and so did I!  Ask your students about what Mrs. Shaw needed in her backpack!

Tri Town Council is a community based non-profit serving Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton with the mission of  preventing and reducing at risk behavior and strengthening the social and emotional well-being of tri-town youth.  Tri Town Council’s Coalition collaborates with and serves many different sectors of the tri-town community (public safety, schools, administrators, congregations, health etc) to identify needs and provide proactive solutions to support and empower youth to make healthy, safe decisions. 

Tri-Town Council staff member and educator Meredith Shaw (M.Ed) is a classroom teacher and social and emotional learning (SEL) trainer and coach – having worked in the Newton Public Schools and with the Open Circle SEL program, a program of the Wellesley Center’s for Women at Wellesley College.  She is a Boxford resident and mom of 2 elementary aged children.


TTSU substitute teachers needed!

The Topsfield, Boxford & Middleton Elementary Schools (PK-6) are looking for on-call substitute teachers and special education assistants.  If you are interested, please click on the links below (or cut and paste into your browser) for more information:



Curious George

CuriousGeorge-web550Our Kindergarteners and First Graders had a great time at Curious George today!  So did their principal!  For the first time in a very long time, I went on a field trip!  Thank you to the PTO for inviting me and for providing such amazing enrichment and field trips for our students!

Here is a quick gist of the story, just in case you would like to ask your kindergartener or first grader about it:

All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away. Something pretty big.

And that “something” was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs O’Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more.Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest…in  Rome.

With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome…and meatballs…and the “secret ingredient” to cooking!

Don’t forget to ask your kindergartener or first grader what Chef Pisghetti’s secret ingredient was!

Dance Party in 1Hi!

Sometimes, you’ve got to just dance it out!

Mrs. Higgins’ class wrote persuasive letters this week, asking me for certain things:  a carnival, new technology, pets at school, naptime…and other creative things. Unfortunately, I had to say no to most of these requests, even though their persuasive letters were just so….persuasive.  :)

The one thing that we determined was that Mrs. Higgins’ first graders love to dance, and several of them persuasively asked me if they could have a dance party.  While there is no disco ball, and it was pretty short, we had a mini dance party this morning as a motor break.  Luckily for me, they invited me to join them.

And sometimes on a Friday, you’ve got to just dance it out!

Happy Weekend!


Museum of Science visit: Animal Habitats

The Museum of Science has excellent programs for our students.  They came today to teach our students about animal habitats.  Their program incorporates live animals and talks about what certain animals need to survive.  This program was generously brought to our second graders by the Middleton Parent-Teacher Organization.  Support our AWESOME PTO!  We love how our enrichment programs directly connect to our curriculum!


Principal for the Day!

My friend Cameron Bucchiere was the Principal for the Day today!  His family won this in the PTO raffle at the comedy night.  Check out Cameron’s Day below!!!  Being a principal can be hard work, but Cameron thought it was a fun day!

Reporting for the day!Beginning our walk through the second grade classrooms.Taking notes in Mrs. Ochoa’s class.Observing Mrs. Kennedy’s class during morning meeting.Checking out the back room with Mr. Lovasco.Visiting with his former Kindergarten teacher.  Relaxing in Kindergarten.Announcing in the cafeteria that it is time to clean up.Sometimes principals do hard math too!

Thank you to the Bucchiere Family for supporting the PTO!

The Invisible Boy

We read The Invisible Boy for Team Time this week.  It was a wonderful story about Brian, who is always so well behaved that he feels invisible!  We tied in the word of the month “compassion” to this story, as a new student, Justin, comes to school and befriends the boy.  Justin shows Brian compassion. This book shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish.


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