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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!
 
So, when I wrote my last update at about this time in January, I was warning everyone that snow was on its way, and that it is always a challenge for Dr. Harrity and the administration to make decisions about having school.  Who knew at the time that we would be buried under 70+ inches of snow just four weeks later?!  It certainly has been a difficult winter, but we are forging ahead into second semester and the month of March will bring us many other challenges and moments to demonstrate the accomplished work of our students and faculty.
 
Before I update you on the assessments, we will conclude February with a very special school-wide presentation.  Earlier this month, the entire student body watched the film Homeless to Harvard, the true story of Elizabeth Murray who overcame numerous problems as a teen living in New York on her way to becoming a successful motivational speaker.  On February 24th, once again, the entire student body will get an opportunity to hear from Ms. Murray as she visits our school to personally share her story. We hope that Ms. Murray’s words will energize our students as they prepare for the busy month of March.
 
As many families know, March brings with it several of our state assessments.  This year, besides English Language Arts MCAS exam, Monty Tech will be participating in a limited pilot of the PARCC assessment which will be given to Freshmen and Juniors.  Not all of these students will participate in PARCC but all affected families will receive notification prior to the exam.  The essential dates to remember are –
 
  • March 2-4 – MCAS ELA make-up exam ( identified Juniors)
  • March 5-6 – MCAS Math make-up exam (identified Juniors and Seniors)
  • March 16-18 – PARCC ELA pilot exam (identified Freshmen and Juniors)
  • March 19-20 – PARCC Math pilot exam (identified Freshmen and Juniors)
  • March 24-26 – MCAS ELA exam (all Sophomores)
 
Besides those annual assessments, it should be noted that our students will be showing off their talents in March as we compete at the state-level competition for SkillsUSA to be held at Bay Path Regional Vocational School on March 11th and, almost simultaneously, Monty Tech’s Cyber Patriot team will be competing in its national competition in Maryland.
 
Lastly, March also brings our annual Open House event on Wednesday, March 18th.  This is a perfect opportunity for interested students, parents and families who hope to become members of our Class of 2019 to tour the building in order to familiarize themselves with what Monty Tech has to offer.  Of course, current families are more than welcome to avail themselves of the opportunity to catch up on what their students have been experiencing in their vocational programs. Clearly, March is a very busy month for the entire school community, and we have not even mentioned preparations for the Superintendent’s Dinner or the ongoing application process. 
 
For now, let me conclude this update with a sincere wish of “Good Luck” to our students as they prepare for their upcoming assessments and competitions!!
 
Tom Browne
Principal
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