browne
  • Hello to the Monty Tech Community,

     

    The warmth of spring has finally arrived after a chilly but relatively snow-free winter that leaves us with a final day of the school year on June 12th. Such an early dismissal has not occurred in years so I hope that everyone eventually enjoys the somewhat extended summer vacation.

     

    However, before we move on to thoughts of the summer, I want to highlight some of the events that occurred since the Winter Break in February and then make sure that everyone is aware of the important events as we make our way towards the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2019 at the end of May.

     

    • First, to wrap up our winter season coverage from the most recent Principal’s Desk, we were all very proud of the Girls Basketball team who went on to win the Central Massachusetts Division 4 Championship. They continued on to the state semi-finals where they did lose to Hopkins Academy. Still, this was the most successful season in the program’s history.

     

    • March 6th - Monty Tech was pleased to hold its annual Motivational Speaker Day as Mr. Frank Abagnale visited our school and spoke to the entire student body. Mr. Abagnale, the subject of the award winning film Catch Me If You Can, shared his experiences as a young man who was in trouble with the law for bank fraud and forgery. However, following his arrest and incarceration, Mr. Abagnale went on to become one of the world’s foremost experts on bank fraud for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr Abagnale went on to share the dangers of social media and identity theft with the students. It was an eye opening discussion for all.

     

    • March 11th - The final session of our 7th and 8th grade VIP Program kicked off this month. Once again, our Dean of Admissions, Christine Leamy, along with Guidance Counselor, Kelsey McCarthy, and our STAY Program Paraprofessional, Hayley Kelley, hosted a variety of introductory opportunities in a number of our vocational programs. The participating communities in this final session included –

    Sending Town

    Number of Students

    Applewild

    1

    Ashby

    10

    Athol-Royalston

    20

    Fitchburg (Total)

    176

    Petersham

    7

    Princeton

    2

    Home Schooled Students

    6

    Parochial School Students

    6

    Total -

    228

      

    • March 13th - Besides the VIP session, Mrs. Leamy was also very busy organizing our school’s annual Open House. While the Open House is primarily an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour our vocational areas and meet with academic teachers, it also provides an occasion for the community-at-large to become more familiar with the school. This year, more than 225 guests took advantage of our community Spaghetti Supper provided by Sean Lowe, our cafeteria manager, and his staff. Meanwhile, hundreds of other guests participated in the numerous raffles in each shop and games in the academic fair in the library.

     

    • March 13th - After their outstanding performance in our local competitions, dozens of Monty Tech students were led by their advisers AnneMarie Cataldo, Mike Forhan and Brad Pelletier to the SkillsUSA District Competition held at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical School. As a result of these competitions, the following students qualified for the State SkillsUSA Competition held in Marlborough on April 25-27th. Overall, Monty Tech earned 34 medals at Districts - 10 Gold, 9 Silver and 15 Bronze.

     

    3D Visualization & Animation (Team)

     

     

    Gold

    Joseph Occhialini*

    Holden

     

    William Reagan*

    Holden

    Silver

    Nicholas Caron*

    Gardner

     

    Shi-Ann Bourgeois*

    Hubbardston

    Bronze

    Quinn Kneeland

    Sterling

     

    Riley Conrad

    Gardner

    Advertising Design

     

     

    Gold

    Ariana Calder

    Fitchburg

    Automotive Refinishing Technology

     

     

    Gold

    Ashley Cauvil*

    Ashby

    Bronze

    Juliette O'Meara

    Lunenburg

    Basic Health Care

     

     

    Silver

    Rebecca Whittier*

    Lunenburg

    Bronze

    Natalie Dokulil

    Winchendon

    Cosmetology (under 500 hours)

     

     

    Gold

    Kimberly Quirk*

    Fitchburg

    Culinary Arts

     

     

    Bronze

    Chantelle Gonsalves

    Lunenburg

    Digital Cinema Production (Team)

     

     

    Bronze

    Cole Carignan

    Hubbardston

     

    Joseph Egan

    Ashburnham

    Early Childhood Education

     

     

    Gold

    Kelsey Aggrey*

    Fitchburg

    Silver

    Jillian Bussiere*

    Winchendon

    Bronze

    Arabella Sauer

    Fitchburg

    Graphic Communications

     

     

    Gold

    Tyler Howard*

    Barre

    Graphic Imaging Sublimation

     

     

    Silver

    Patrick Homer*

    Hubbardston

    Industrial Motor Control

     

     

    Bronze

    Jarek Michalak

    Sterling

    Masonry

     

     

    Gold

    Nathan Ferrazza*

    Templeton

    Silver

    Annalisa Denio-Miller*

    Leominster

    Medical Assistant

     

     

    Gold

    Celine Pelton

    Gardner

    Silver

    Hailey White

    Holden

    Bronze

    Jayen Kumar

    Gardner

    Screen Print Technology

     

     

    Gold

    Christopher Chase*

    Lunenburg

    Bronze

    Leonardo Demacedo

    Holden

    Urban Search & Rescue (Team)

     

     

    Silver

    Javier Melendez-Rodriguez*

    Lunenburg

     

    Nathan Gaulin*

    Winchendon

    Welding

     

     

    Bronze

    Jason Tavares Jr.

    Winchendon

    Welding Sculpture

     

     

    Gold

    Destiny Deschenes*

    Fitchburg

    Bronze

    Risa Connors

    Gardner

     

     

     

    State Voting Delegates

    Alison Miller*

    Winchendon

     

    Ariana Calder*

    Fitchburg

     

    Brooke Young*

    Winchendon

     

    Francisco Melo*

    Fitchburg

     

    Hailey Lunn*

    Winchendon

     

    Hannah LaGrassa*

    Winchendon

     

    Hannah Shultz*

    Gardner

     

    Jade Bailey*

    Athol

     

    Jillian Meattey*

    Gardner

     

    Jordin LeBouf*

    Fitchburg

     

    Joseph Egan*

    Ashburnham

     

    Kylee Cormier*

    Fitchburg

     

    Kayla Cintron*

    Fitchburg

     

    Natalie Dokulil*

    Winchendon

     

    Nia Manderson-Matheson*

    Athol

     

    Rachel Patricks*

    Holden

     

    Sadie Wright*

    Royalston

     

    Stephen Peterson*

    Lunenburg

     

    Tazia Newton*

    Templeton


     

    • March 26-27th - For the first time, Monty Tech, along with all other secondary public schools across the commonwealth, participated in a fully web-based MCAS English Language Arts exam. 363 sophomores completed the exam at Monty Tech facilitated by the planning and organization of Assessment Coordinator Noemi Robertson, Director of Technology Donnie Kitzmiller, Instructional Technologist Ellen Gammel and Academic Coordinator Christie Favreau.

     

    • March 28th - The Guidance Department hosted sophomore and junior students and parents to discuss college planning and the application process. Guidance Counselors Sara Storm and Kelsey McCarthy hosted 155 attendees along with Shannon Vasconcelos from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.

     

    • April 3rd - Following our annual tradition, Monty Tech hosted more than 340 guests at the 32nd Superintendent’s Dinner. With a six-course meal prepared by the students from our Culinary Department and their instructors Nancy Despres, Mike Banks, Paul Gosselin and Joe Haggerty, guests celebrated under this year’s theme of the Kentucky Derby. Proceeds and donations from the dinner will be used to support dozens of scholarships for members of the Class of 2019.

     

    • April 11th - Finally, the annual Most Outstanding Vocational Student Award Dinner was held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Monty Tech’s chosen recipient was Rebecca Whittier from the Health Occupations program.

     

    Looking ahead, Monty Tech will be entering the very busy awards and Graduation season of April, May and June as everyone looks forward to the following events -

     

    • April 24th - Monty Tech will once again collaborate with the United Way for its third Combat Hunger event. This great community service opportunity results in student volunteers packing over 20,000 meals for economically disadvantaged families in the Monty Tech region.

     

    • April 30th - On this day, in collaboration with more than 70 of our North Central Worcester County business and industry partners, Monty Tech will be hosting a Career Expo - an opportunity for area students to meet with prospective employers in an effort to promote regional hiring. All students in the North Worcester County region can attend this public event.

     

    • May 3rd - Monty Tech will hold its annual Senior-Junior Prom at Wachusett Mountain. Participating students must complete a parental approval form if they plan to take advantage of early dismissal.

     

    • May 6 -16th - The Advanced Placement Testing, scheduled at Monty Tech, will occur at this time. Please consult the web page for specific test dates and times. Please note that a student’s testing session does count as their day at school.

     

    • May 13-17th - Senior Final Exams will occur this week. Again, please review the webpage for specific testing days.

     

    • May 17th - For those interested, the Class of 2019 will hold its class trip to Six Flags. Please see the class advisers — Mr. Pirri or Mrs. Quinn — for more information.

     

    • May 21-22nd - All sophomores will participate in the MCAS Math Exam. Seniors should report to school at 10:20am.

     

    • May 23rd - Due to the MCAS Biology exam, Final Exams for juniors and freshmen will begin on this day and continue on through June 12th.

     

    • May 24th - Senior Sign-out - This will be the final day of classes for all seniors. Seniors will be dismissed to the Senior BBQ by 11:00am.

     

    • May 28th - Senior Awards Night will be held in the PAC at 7:00 pm. All families are invited. Seniors should wear their graduation gowns and any honor cords to this ceremony.

     

    • May 29th - The Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2019 will begin at 6:00pm on the football field. The public is welcome, as there are no tickets. Seniors should report to the cafeteria by 4:30. All families will receive two parking passes, which can be used for parking on campus. Others will need to use our satellite parking and shuttle service. The rain date for the event will be May 30th at 6:00pm.

     

    • June 4-5th - Select freshmen and sophomores will sit for the MCAS Biology Exam.

     

    • June 5th - Monty Tech will host the vocational liaisons and advisory chairmen and chairwomen for the end of the year Advisory Program Reports and Dinner at the Mountain Room Restaurant.

     

    • June 6th - The Admissions Department will host its now annual Freshmen Acceptance Night at 6:30pm in the PAC. The night offers presentations for our prospective incoming members and families of the Class of 2023 including an opportunity to meet with fall sports coaches.

     

    • June 12th - The last day of school will be a half-day and will conclude with the school’s annual Bulldog Pride celebration, our annual recognition of students for their efforts to achieve throughout the year.

     

    Clearly, it will be a very busy final few months at Monty Tech. If questions about specific events arise, I encourage you to contact Mrs. LaFalam in the Main Office at 978-345-9200, ext. 5205.

     

    Have a great remainder of the school year!!

     

    Tom Browne

    Principal

    Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School