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Pesticide Application Notice

posted Jul 21, 2021, 12:36 PM by Paul Chasse

Northern Turf Management will be spraying for weeds and other invasive vegetation around the Madawaska Middle/High School (135 7th Ave) and Madawaska Elementary School (353 11th Ave) building perimeters and riprap areas on 7/22 starting at 8AM. 

 

Northern Turf Management will be using the same chemical as previous years that are free of glyphosates.  The chemical(s) used are Rely 280 or Cheetah Pro mixed with Sure Power. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Paul Chasse at 207-728-3371 x2409. 

Summer Lunch Program

posted Jun 8, 2021, 1:42 PM by Benjamin Sirois

In an effort to determine how many Madawaska School Department children would like to receive free school lunches this summer, we are asking residents to complete a short survey using the link below.  Thank you for your time!



School Dismissing Early

posted Jun 7, 2021, 6:18 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 7, 2021, 6:19 AM ]

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Due to high classroom temperatures, in combination with required face masks, we will dismiss students at noon. No after school activities.

District Parent and Family Engagement

posted Jun 3, 2021, 10:12 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 7, 2021, 6:06 AM ]

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Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The responses will be used to determine how Title 1 monies are used next year, and to help improve the parent involvement program for the 2021-2022 school year. Since the Madawaska Elementary School has been approved for a School-Wide plan, all students and staff, K-6, have the opportunity to benefit from these funds. This would include programs, reading and math materials, technology items, books and tutoring. Funds will be focused in the areas that show the greatest need based on the data. We are seeking and appreciate your input as we plan for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions about the survey or parent involvement at the Madawaska Elementary School, please contact Principal Lise Pelletier by email at
lisep@madawaskaschools.org.


June COVID19 Vaccination Reminder

posted Jun 3, 2021, 4:28 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 4:56 AM ]

We are writing to remind you that in our on-going efforts to
keep our students, staff and schools safe and open for
in-school instruction, we will continue to partner with St.
John Valley Pharmacy to host Pfizer vaccine clinics at our
three Valley Unified Middle/High Schools on the following
dates and times.  See the attached document for details.

School Reintegration Update for Students, Parents and Families: Month of May 2021

posted May 23, 2021, 6:52 AM by Benjamin Sirois

As the end of the school year approaches, we need to acknowledge how far we've come in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students, staff, and community members in Maine are getting vaccinated at a higher rate than any other US state!  There is much to be excited for as we look ahead to the summer months!  

Here are some updates for the month of May.  Take care and be well! 

https://bit.ly/3udy2TA
Click here or the image above for this month's updates. 

Outdoor Face Mask Update

posted May 20, 2021, 5:23 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 20, 2021, 5:24 AM ]

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Throughout the year, Valley Unified and the member districts/schools have followed the guidance of the Maine CDC and Maine Department of Education with respect to COVID-19 health and safety measures.  On May 13, the office of Governor Mills announced that effective May 24, Maine will:
  • lift all capacity limits and requirements to physically distance in all public outdoor settings.

  • lift all capacity limits in public indoor venues. Physical distancing requirements are also eliminated, except in settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering – such as indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas in camps or in congregate living facilities, and break rooms.


The same guidance also indicated that the Maine Department of Education will separately update school-based protocols.  This week, the Maine Department of Education updated their school guidance which removes all social distancing requirements for adults.  Additionally the DOE is no longer requiring schools to mandate face mask wearing outdoors for staff or students; however, schools can choose to keep outdoor face mask mandates if they so choose. 


Earlier this morning, we met with school administrators and nurses to discuss this information. In that conversation, we reflected on the fact that since day 1, we have always followed the recommendations of the Maine CDC and the Maine DOE.  We also reflected that student and staff behavior at home or in the community does not match what is currently happening at school. Based on this, our team is in consensus that if the Maine CDC and Maine DOE support no social distancing and no mask wearing outdoors, we will as well.  


Beginning tomorrow, May 20, 2021, students and staff will no longer be required to social distance and wear a face covering when outdoors. This includes, but is not limited to: Outdoor classrooms, outdoor events, recess, and athletic games. All indoor mask requirements remain in place at this time, which includes school buildings, school offices, buses and other school vehicles.


It is important to Valley Unified and the member districts that we support the easing of restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic while also maintaining our health, safety and contact-tracing efforts. We also encourage all parents to consider vaccinating their 12 and older children against COVID-19. Parents are encouraged to watch this informational video hosted by the Maine DOE. If you are interested in securing a vaccine for your child, please contact your child’s school nurse and they will help guide you.  Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe while we begin the journey back to normal. 


Respectfully, 

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Benjamin Sirois

Superintendent of Schools: Valley Unified Education Service Center

For more information, please see https://vuescsuper.blogspot.com/2021/05/outdoor-face-mask-guidance-update-51921.html

Updated COVID 19 Vaccinations

posted May 12, 2021, 4:48 AM by Vincent Vanier

Dear Valley Unified Students, Parents, Families and Staff:

We are writing to inform you about an important opportunity for students ages 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine. Yes, you read correctly, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with children as young as 12 years. 

In our on-going efforts to keep our students, staff and schools safe and open for in-school instruction, we will continue to partner with St. John Valley Pharmacy to host Pfizer vaccine clinics at our three Valley Unified Middle/High Schools on the following dates and times: 

May 19 and 20 Clinics 

(2nd dosage for those vaccinated at school in April, 2021 and 1st dosage for those wanting to start the vaccine series) 

Date 

Location and Time

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 

Wisdom Middle/High School - 8:30 AM 

(Gymnasium)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 

Madawaska Middle/High School - 1 PM (Lobby outside Cafeteria)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 

Valley Rivers Middle School/Community High School in Fort Kent - 8:30 AM (Music Room)



June 9 and 10 Clinics 

(2nd dosage for those vaccinated at school in May, 2021 and 1st dosage for those wanting to start the vaccine series)

Date 

Location and Time

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 

Wisdom Middle/High School - 8:30 AM 

(Gymnasium)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 

Madawaska Middle/High School - 1 PM (Lobby outside Cafeteria)

Thursday, June 10, 2021 

Valley Rivers Middle School/Community High




School in Fort Kent - 8:30 AM (Music Room)



June 30 and July 1 Clinics 

(2nd dosage for those vaccinated at school in June 9 or 10, 2021 and 1st dosage for those wanting to start the vaccine series) 

Date 

Location and Time

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 

Wisdom Middle/High School - 8:30 AM 

(Gymnasium)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 

Madawaska Middle/High School - 1 PM (Lobby outside Cafeteria)

Thursday, July 1, 2021 

Valley Rivers Middle School/Community High School in Fort Kent - 8:30 AM (Music Room)



These school-based clinics are entirely voluntary and have been arranged for the convenience of our students and families as well as any Valley Unified staff who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated. With questions or to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated, students' parents can contact the School Nurse at their local Middle/High School. Parental permission is required for 12-17 year old students to participate. 

Consent forms are available from your School Nurses or by clicking here. 

School Nurse Contact Information 

School 

Nurse 

Phone 

Email

Wisdom High School 

Stephanie Gagnon 

543-7717 

sgagnon@msad33.org

Madawaska High School 

Lynn Wetmore 

728-3371 

lwetmore@madawaskaschools.org

Community High School 

Monique Michaud 

834-5540 

moniquemichaud@sad27.org



This school year has presented many challenges for our students and their families, for our schools and staff, and for our communities. Over a year has passed since schools across the country, our state, and our Upper St. John Valley region closed for remote learning. We are pleased that our students have been in school for the majority of this school year and hope to build upon this successful foundation for the rest of this year and during 2021-2022. We believe voluntary vaccination against COVID-19 can help us achieve this goal. Stay safe and be well. 

Respectfully, 

Benjamin Sirois  

Superintendent of Schools  

Valley Unified Education Service Center


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MMHS Parent Survey

posted May 4, 2021, 1:17 PM by Vincent Vanier

Planning for 2021
Click here for the parent survey:  Madawaska Middle/High School Survey

The Maine Department of Education currently requires all school districts to have a plan for in-classroom instruction (green model), hybrid learning (yellow model), and remote learning (red model). The DOE however does not require districts to offer a choice of these models at the same time.

As we begin to plan for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, It is important that we gather the following information to assist us as we determine the instructional structures for the coming school year.  

Updated Travel Advisory

posted May 3, 2021, 12:19 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 3, 2021, 12:20 PM ]

Dear Staff and Families:
Please see the following updates to travel testing and quarantine requirements:

United States Travel

As of May 1, 2021, the state of Maine no longer requires proof of a negative test or quarantine for travelers to the state. Following the Maine guidance, Valley Unified Schools will also no longer require a negative test after United States travel to return to school.

Per the Maine Travel and Visitor FAQ page, “If one or more states see a spike in cases of high contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement on travelers to and from that state The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.” In the event that Maine does identify one or more states that require test or quarantine requirements, Valley Unified will also require the same to return to school.

International Travel

In line with U.S. CDC guidelines, all people who arrive in Maine within 7 days of entering the U.S. must quarantine for 7 days from arrival in the U.S. AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after arrival in the U.S. Even if the COVID-19 test is negative, individuals must complete the 7-day quarantine after travel. If the test is positive, individuals must isolate. Individuals arriving from international travel who do not get a COVID-19 test should quarantine for 10 days after arrival in the U.S. 

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