Madawaska Elementary School Guidance Services

Shirleen Gendreau

Elementary Guidance Counselor


Connie Malenica

Licensed Clinical Social Worker



NWEA Parent Toolkit

Bullying Resources for Parents

Important Dates

          eMPowerME Math, Reading, Writing & Language                      March 20 - April 14, 2017

         MEA Science                                                              April 24 - May 5, 2017

       eMPowerME Essay                                                      May 8 - May 19, 2017

       Spring NWEA                                                             May 15 - May 31, 2017


Students in grades 5/6 had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) in February 2017.

Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to attend Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle from Sunday, July 23rd through Thursday, July 27th 2017.  
The cost is four payments of $62.50 due April 7, May 7, June 7 and July 7.  
Any questions please call:  Shirleen Gendreau (728-3635),  April Leclair (728-3371) or Amber Stedt (498-6431).
Please visit their website for more information.   Links that will provide information and answers for people fighting addiction.

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics 
is celebrating their 20th year hosting 
an exciting and unique summer camp 
for students ages 10-14.
Campers will enjoy the fun of a 
"traditional" summer camp
while also immersing themselves in
hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.
Anyone interested in MSSM summer camps, 
please call my office, 
(Shirleen Gendreau 728-3635), 
for more information.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.

Defining Homeless
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youth awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

 Homeless Education Assistance Act Resources

Madawaska School Department Liaison: 
Ms. April LeClair

Who is Homeless?             

Determining Eligibility               

Liaisons Role                

School Selection Checklist               


Foster Care and Education

Unaccompanied Homeless Youth                

When Legal Guardians Are Not Present: Enrolling Students On Their Own               

Parent Poster               

Youth Poster

McKinney Vento Most Frequently Asked Questions

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