It's hard to imagine that 2020 is already here, which means we are halfway through the 2019-2020 school year. The past few months have proven to be remarkable - with so many outstanding accomplishments and achievements by our students, faculty and staff. Our school saw the opening of an all-new training facility and community veterinary clinic, renovated instructional space and state-of-the-art equipment added to numersous shops and classrooms throughout the shcool, students earning more industry-recognized credentials than ever before, and new partnerships with area colleges and universities.
Students who attend Monty Tech have chosen a high school experience unlike any other. While completing all of the same high school requirements of students enrolled in a traditional, comprehensive high school, our students are also learning a valuable trade – skills they will carry with them for a lifetime. These vocational skills may provide opportunities for our graduates to work their way through college; they may open the door to new, related career pathways, or they may be the foundation for a lifelong career. The education and training they receive at Monty Tech will open doors and allow them to choose a college and/or career pathway that will define their future.
Monty Tech academic programs continue to serve students at all levels well. This year, students completed the Next Generation MCAS, and earned commendable passing rates: English Language Arts 99%, Mathematics 97%, and Biology 99%. Monty Tech students exceeded the state averages in all 3 subjects. In addition, great strides were made in our relatively new Advanced Placement programs, with more than 60% of test takers earning a score of 3 or better. Finally, an all-new science program was fully integrated in FY19 – Biomedical Sciences. This rigorous sequence of courses was met with enthusiasm from students and staff, so plans to expand this Project Lead the Way programming are underway. Our talented academic faculty continue to refine curriculum, incorporate new instructional strategies, and challenge every student to reach new levels, and we couldn’t be prouder of the results.
And while we are certainly proud of our academic and vocational training programs, a Monty Tech experience would not be complete without participating in meaningful community service. In 2018, we were honored to host the Wreaths Across America Convoy with a remembrance ceremony as it made its way down to Arlington National Cemetery. As the convoy left the school parking lot and hundreds of American flags waved, I was reminded of the unique value of a Monty Tech education. For a moment, our students were taken out of the classrooms and shops and asked to think about what this convoy meant, where it was heading and how they were a small part of the ceremony. They were asked to consider service, and through the waves and cheers it was clear that Monty Tech students knew and understood the meaning behind that experience. In 2019, these same students dedicated countless hours of service, raising more than $20,000 for the local Salvation Army - experiences these students will carry with them for a lifetime. It’s not often that high school students are asked to stop and think about others and how they might contribute to another person’s well-being. But at Monty Tech, our students are not only familiar with the concept, they are committed to community service. Whether it is building a carriage house for the NEADS program, designing and building dugouts for area Little League programs, or ensuring handicap accessibility in dated town offices, our staff and students are proud to serve.
While students and instructors across the school continue to demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership, school leaders continue to keep an eye on emerging trends in vocational education. As we prepare these talented students to make important life choices, we are reminded that in the end, the choice is theirs to make: college or career or both. It is our job to support their aspirations and to educate and train them to achieve at the highest possible level. On behalf of our talented educators and administrators, who remain focused on delivering the highest quality academic and vocational-technical education possible, I thank you for your interest in Monty Tech, and hope you will agree - thanks to the many talents of our students, faculty, and staff, a Monty Tech education is like no other!
Best wishes for continued success in 2020 - Go Bulldogs!
Sheila M. Harrity, Ed.D.