Greetings to the Monty Tech Community,
When the school year opened, I commented on the fact that we were coming off an extended summer vacation as the 2018-2019 school year ended so early due to the lack of snow days last winter. Oh, how things have changed. It is not even Christmas and Monty Tech has already had three snow days, with three full months of winter ahead of us. No matter what happens the rest of the way, I am sure that the members of the Class of 2020 are having a much happier year than their predecessors in the Class of 2019.
Before we take a look ahead at upcoming events to start the winter season, it is always important to reflect on a number of accomplishments that occurred during the fall season at Monty Tech –
- On September 16th, after two years of constructing the facility, followed by an additional year of preparing our students, the Monty Tech Veterinary Clinic officially welcomed their first clients. The Clinic is currently only to open to patients during B week, providing a variety of wellness services and tests. However, now that the instructors and students have a few months of experience, surgical and dental visits will be welcomed soon. Please note that the Clinic’s mission is to provide health services to pets from economically disadvantaged families, and eligibility requirements can be found on the school website at - https://www.montytech.net/Page/6268. In addition, pet grooming services are currently available to all customers. For my information you can contact the clinic to make an appointment via email at MTVetClinic@montytech.net or call 978-516-0888.
- On October 2nd, our Guidance Department held its 13th Annual College and Career Fair as 72 different colleges, universities, technical schools and vocational unions were available to answer questions for students and families regarding their potential post-secondary pathway. Later in the month, they followed this highly successful event with the annual MEFA Parents’ Night which allows parents to become familiar with the college application and financial aid process. Such sessions will continue through the year, with special emphasis on our Career Fair where students can meet with local employers on April 28, 2020.
- Our Annual Fall Advisory Meeting was held on October 9th, and 385 of our community and business partners were in attendance for this very important meeting. This session allows all of our industry advisors to meet with our instructors to help ensure that we are offering the most up-to-date curriculum and equipment to our students, such that they are career ready upon graduation. Each year, we add new members to our advisory committees as we seek diverse input for all of our programs. This year’s new partners included –
New Advisory Partner
New Advisory Partner
Big Moe's Plumbing and Heating
Sterling Municipal Light
Devens Fire Dept
Giguere & Dufresne Concrete Foundations
M.G. Martin Masonry
Added Touch Salon
Applewood Controls, Inc.
Clearview Property Development
H.A. Stone Construction
Central Animal Hospital
Lancaster Humane Society
CHC of Franklin County
Fruitland’s Museum Café
Movement Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness
Dutch Kitchen Bake Shop
Paplin Home Services
Leominster Credit Union
Precision Optics Company
Stills and Motion Studios
Allied Machined Products Corp
Loose Ends Hair Studio
- Once again, to acknowledge the ongoing excellence of so many of our students, Monty Tech hosted its Honor Roll Dinners on October 10th and 24th. The purpose of the dinner is to recognize all students who made the Honor Roll, High Honors Roll or Principal’s List for all four quarters during the previous school year. We were thrilled to announce that this year’s honorees consisted of 353 students which is the highest number of honorees since this tradition began.
- The first of three annual VIP Programs began in October and ran through autumn. Each year the school provides opportunities for middle school students from our sending communities to participate in a program that will introduce students to a variety of our vocational offerings. This year’s fall session included Ashburnham-Westminster (Overlook MS), Gardner, Barre & Hubbardston (Quabbin MS), Phillipston & Templeton (Narragansett) as well as students from Holy Family Academy, St. Anna’s School and St. Leo’s School. While the winter session is now underway, families interested in the spring session may contact our Dean of Admissions, Christine Leamy, for more information.
- Once again, following the acceptance of a nearly $500,000 grant, through the Massachusetts Capital Skills Grant program, Monty Tech officially opened its Automation, Robotics and Mechatronics (A.R.M) Lab in October. The program is directly related to our Electrical, Engineering Technology and CAD/Drafting programs as it will allow our students to develop skills that are often reserved for post-secondary training, making them even more prepared to enter the workforce. It was an honor to host our Lieutenant Governor, Karen Polito, as the keynote speaker for our ribbon cutting ceremony.
- Later in the fall, the Monty Tech Chapter of the National Honor Society was pleased to induct a new class of members during their annual ceremony. This year’s inductees included –
Luke St. Pierre
- The Monty Tech administration and faculty were happy to welcome parents and guardians to our annual Parent-Teacher Conferences in November. With nearly 2,300 individual conferences over the two sessions, we hope that we addressed a number of parental questions and concerns.
- During the fall sports season, Monty Tech was thrilled to have a number of teams represent our school in the post-season as the Field Hockey, Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball teams all qualified for the Central Mass. tournaments. Meanwhile, the Football team, for the first time since the adoption of the new playoff system, qualified for the Central Mass. tournament earning its way to the finals where, despite a great effort, the boys were defeated by eventual Division 7 State Champion, St. Bernard’s. Nevertheless, the team rebounded and made everyone’s Thanksgiving a bit happier with a victory again on rival, Nashoba Valley Regional Vocational School to finish the season 8-3.
Clearly, it was a very busy and successful fall season for the students, faculty and administration of Monty Tech. We are sure that this will continue into the winter, and I would encourage families to be aware of the following upcoming events –
- January 8th - Our Winter VIP Session will begin with students primarily from Harvard, Holden, Lunenburg, Princeton, Sterling, & Winchendon.
- January 20th – School will be closed in recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday.
- January 21st-24th – With the end of first semester approaching, Sophomores and Seniors will sit for their Mid-year Exams this week with ELA and Elective course exams on Tuesday, Math and Social Studies (Part 1) exams on Wednesday, and Science and Social Studies (Part 2) on Thursday. The week will conclude with a make-up exam day on Friday.
- January 21st & 22nd – Monty Tech will be participating in its state-required Tiered Focused Monitoring review over these two days. This in-depth review of the school’s Vocational Program, Special Education Program, Civil Rights Policies, Title 1 Program and ELL Program occurs every six years and involves a lengthy document/data submission, potential site visit and record reviews. The school will receive a summary conclusion after the visit followed by a more complete list of any required action steps that must be addressed as a result of the review.
- January 24th – This day will mark the end of Freshmen Exploratory and all freshmen will receive their Shop Selection Forms. Students will identify, in order, their top six shop preferences. The process must be completed over the weekend and submitted during homeroom on Monday, January 27th, with shop assignments being announced on January 31st.
- January 31st – As noted in a number of School Messenger calls, the end of Semester 1 was pushed back due to our Chromebook issue in November. Therefore, this will be the final day of Quarter 2 and Semester 1. Semester 2 half-year courses, as well as Freshmen shops, will begin on Monday, February 3rd. Quarter 2 report cards will be issued on February 7th.
- February 5th & 6th – Students who have previously taken, but did not earn a passing score on the MCAS Biology Exam, as well as select upperclassmen new to Massachusetts, will sit for the MCAS Biology Retest on these two days. Please note, you should have already been contacted by Mrs. Robertson, our Assessment Coordinator, if you are expected to participate in this exam.
- February 12th & 13th – Spring sports sign-ups will occur during all four lunches on these days. If your student has never signed up for sports before, you should review the school’s Athletics tab on the school’s website – montyech.net.
- February 12th – The school will host its winter Program Advisory meeting with a snow date scheduled for February 13th. Invitation reminders will be sent out in late January.
- February 17th-21st – The Winter Vacation week will occur this week with no classes throughout the week. In addition, the school will be fully closed on Presidents’ Day, the 17th.
Again, considering the start of this winter, I would urge students and families to monitor school /weather-related announcements on the school’s website (www.montytech.net), Facebook page (@MontachusettRegionalVocationalTechnicalSchool) and Twitter account (@montytech) for the most up-to-date information. I look forward to updating everyone on future Monty Tech events during the next quarter. Hopefully, the winter season will have calmed by then!