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Principal's Office
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!

While the temperatures are still warm, the reality is that the calendar tells us that it is back to school time. So, on behalf of the faculty, staff and administration of Monty Tech, I am thrilled to say Welcome Back to all of our students and families!!

It was a busy summer as usual at Monty Tech as we hosted a number of programs.  This included programs including our annual Summer School credit recovery program, the MCAS Summer Academy and the Summer Camp for incoming 6th-8th grade students.  Altogether, this resulted in over 200 students and dozens of Monty Tech instructors working throughout the summer.

However, we now turn our sights toward the upcoming year, and there are several new initiatives that will be launched this year.  Some of those efforts include the following –

 There are several major developments in our Health Occupations program where those students will now have access to a dual-enrollment program with Mount Wachusett Community College that will allow them to attain their Emergency Medical Technician certification.  In addition, the program’s space was renovated in order to allow two Simulation Rooms to be developed that include high-tech simulation mannequins as well as live streaming video that will allow classmates observe while students perform a simulation exercise.

 In late September, Monty Tech hopes to open its first formal School Bank as we have partnered with Workers’ Credit Union to provide a full service facility to the public while also creating opportunities for cooperative learning experiences for our Business Tech students.

 This year, Monty Tech will continue its efforts to offer rigorous learning opportunities to our students in a variety of courses as we add two new advanced placement programs.  Those programs will be AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science.  We will also continue to explore opportunities for our Information Technology program to consider the efficacy of our students sitting for the AP Computer Science related assessments.

 We have renamed one of our programs as Industrial Technology will now be called HVAC & Property Maintenance.  The reason for this change is that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) no longer recognizes the prior title and the new name reflects the actual curriculum from the program.

 Lastly, in an effort to provide the most up-to-date instruction possible, Monty Tech will begin a long-term initiative to improve classroom technology by providing all instructional faculty with a Chromebook device.  Our hope is that this effort leads to new instructional strategies across the school.

Of course, these are but a few of the many improvements we hope to see at Monty Tech this year, and we hope that everyone is coming back refreshed and ready to go.  As you return, I want to remind everyone of the following upcoming dates –

 August 27th – First day for all students – Soph. and Srs. in shop
 August 27th – Freshmen and New Student Parent Orientation – 6:00pm
 Sept. 4th – ½ Professional Development Day – Students dismissed at 11:00am
 Sept. 9th – Back to School Night – Soph. & Sr. – 5:30-7:00 / Fr. & Jr. – 7:00-8:30pm
 Sept. 25th – ½ Professional Development Day – Students dismissed at 11:00am

As always, I would also remind families to review our bus routes which are listed on the home page, the 2015-2106 Student Handbook as there are some new policies, and the summer reading, A Long Way Home.

Again, Welcome Back to Everyone!! We hope that you all have a great year!!

Tom Browne
Principal
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