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Thomas Browne, Principal
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Email:  browne-thomas@montytech.net
Phone: (978) 345-9200 Ext. 5205
 
From the Principal's Desk

Greetings to the Monty Tech Community!
 
At last, spring has arrived and we can stop watching early morning weather forecasts until November!!
 
Yes, it was certainly a crazy winter, but that is all behind us now as we move into the important month of May.  This month is full of important national and state assessment exams, but more importantly May marks the final days of our seniors, the Class of 2015.  We hope that it will be a special month for all.
 
Of course, April concludes and May opens with the state level SkillsUSA competitions in Marlborough, MA on April 30th-May 2nd.  Monty Tech has nearly fifty students competing and another two dozen students serving as delegates at the competition.  We wish the best of luck to all our student representatives and a hearty thank you to our SkillsUSA advisors – Anne Marie Cataldo (Early Childhood), Kelsey Moskowitz (ELA) and Brad Pelletier (Student Services).
 
In terms of our upcoming assessments, May opens with our second round of PARCC testing.  Approximately 300 students will, once again, participate in this online pilot test in English Language Arts (May 4-6th) and Math (May 7-8th).  At the same time, approximately 100 seniors and juniors will be sitting for their advanced placement exams.  Qualifying scores of these exams often will allow students to earn college credits which, in turn, can result in tuition savings.  Therefore, we wish the best of luck to all these students.  Finally, on May 12-13th, our sophomores will be sitting for the annual MCAS Math exam.  All students must earn a competency determination on this exam in order to graduate, and we feel that our Math teachers have done a great job preparing their students.  Along those lines, I am happy to announce that during the various MCAS retest exams this spring, all Monty Tech students who sat for a test passed meaning there are no upperclassmen at Monty Tech who have not earned their competency determination.  A great “Thanks” goes out to these students, their teachers and Noemi Robertson, our Assessment Coordinator, for all of their hard work.
 
Lastly, again, May will conclude with the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2015 on Wednesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm.  Seniors and their parents/guardians will receive a full schedule of events at the start of the month, but the Graduation Ceremony is merely the culmination of a month that will also include the Jr./Sr. Prom on May 8th and our Senior Awards night on May 26th. Please note that with the shortened term due caused by all of those wintry snow days, seniors will not receive fourth term Progress Reports while all others receive them on May 15th.
 
I am sure that some of you felt that these spring days would never come and others are stunned that May is already here.  Either way, it is always an exciting month, and I hope that is cheerful and gratifying for all!!
 
Tom Browne
Principal
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