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Snow Day Feb 13th

posted Feb 13, 2019, 4:46 AM by Vincent Vanier

Snow Day
The Madawaska Schools are closed today due to the weather conditions.  Stay home and stay safe.  All after-school events have also been canceled.  

Project RISE Nominations 2019-20

posted Feb 8, 2019, 9:31 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Feb 8, 2019, 9:39 AM ]

Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s),

Madawaska Elementary School began an exciting pilot program for Personalizing Learning called Project RISE. This program is for students in grades 3 - 6.   At the bottom of this page, you will find more information about what Personalized Learning is and some ways it may benefit your child.

Personalized Learning is happening in schools across the country.  One of these schools in Harrisburg, South Dakota hosted a group of our teachers just a year ago.  This past year, our own MES Project RISE, along with the Fort Kent Elementary Project RISE learned a lot about personalized learning and how learner empowerment can be so powerful for young learners, but we know there’s so much more potential as we have only begun our journey!  

In order for this pilot to continue into year two, we need you to consider nominating your child!  Learner nominations are easy! Just go to the following website to complete the online form:

If you do not have access to the internet, you may nominate your child by calling the school at 728-3635.  From all of the nominations, we will be working to fill the open slots based on learners that are leaving us to go to middle school. We are accepting nominations until February 28, 2019.  Note: Not all students who are nominated will be selected.  We will be using a lottery of all those nominated, aligned to correct age and academic information ratios, to make the final determination.  

If you have any questions about the pilot or would like to discuss the pilot further, please email Benjamin Sirois at or Lise Pelletier at

Yours in Education,


Gisèle Dionne                    Lise Pelletier

Superintendent of Schools Building Principal

Madawaska School Department Madawaska Elementary School

Top 10 Tri-District Personalizing Learning FAQ’s

1.    What is the difference between Personalizing Learning and the Traditional Learner Pathway?

Both programs use best practices.  Personalized learning has a more flexible setting (changeable daily routine, learners focus on personal learning goals and have more voice and choice).  The curriculum is integrated, taught by content-blended facilitators. Learners have the opportunity for flexible pacing/instruction, depending on whether they are behind, on pace, or ahead of pace.  Learners are empowered to co-design their learning. They are given the option to choose how to learn and/or how to demonstrate their learning.

2.    What makes this the right fit for my child?

This is all about a learning style preference. Personalized learning has many benefits such as learners being able to advocate for their learning, becoming intellectually curious, persisting, becoming comfortable with technology, collaborating, and learning how to be a flexible thinker.

3.    What are the reasons for making a change in pathways?

Not all learners progress at the same pace.  The world is calling for people who can collaborate, unlearn and relearn new concepts, and create/innovate/problem solve.  The way we learned in school does not fit all learners today. This type of learning will marry several subjects together to produce cohesiveness in instruction.

4.    How will we communicate to parents?

In addition to traditional ways, facilitators and parents communicate (email, conferences, phone calls, facilitators’ websites, our learning management system - Empower), parents will have access to their learners’ Personalizing Learning portfolio.

5.    What does their day look like?

As with the traditional schedule, learners will have recess, lunch, and specials throughout their day with their peers at their appropriate grade level.  The Tri-District Personalizing Learning schedule will still have designated times for subjects throughout the day, but it will be flexible.


6.    If my learner qualifies for the Gifted and Talented Program, will he or she still have his or her needs met through the Tri-District Personalizing Learning program?

If your learner qualifies for the gifted and talented program, his or her needs can be met in the Tri-District Personalizing Learning program. All learners will start their learning pathway where their needs indicate they should and will progress through the measurement topics at their own pace.  

7.    When they finish grade level content before the year is complete, where do they go next?

The goal isn’t to move as fast as you can through skills and content but to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and skills through cumulative projects, and at a pace that fits each learner’s needs and interests.

8.    If my child receives Title I or special education services, will he or she still have his or her needs met?

Yes, learners receiving Title I or special-ed services will still have their needs met through modifications and accommodations aligned with their learning goals.

9. What does instruction look like?

Instruction of learning targets/standards will take place through a variety of best practices including; whole group, small group, use of seminars, coaching sessions, and independent/partner practice.

10. Are there due dates for assignments?  Do learning opportunities (homework) look different? Due dates are flexible but facilitators will constantly be monitoring each learner’s progress to make sure they are on pace.  Learning opportunities (homework) will be based on learner need and progress. Therefore, the frequency of learning opportunities may vary for each learner.

District Geo Bee

posted Jan 24, 2019, 3:26 PM by Vincent Vanier

Geo Bee
The district will be holding their local geography bee competition on Tuesday, Jan. 29th at 1:00pm in the MMHS Library.  The competition is for students in grades 4 through 8 at MMHS and MES.  Students from MES will be picked up around 12:45 and delivered to the library.  We begin at 1:00 and have everyone back their buildings and classrooms by 2:15.  The winner of our local competition becomes eligible to take a test to compete at the state level competition.  The winner of the state competition will then be flown to Washington, DC for the national competition.  Good luck to all students!  For more information and study information, visit

School Closed 1/24

posted Jan 24, 2019, 2:58 AM by Vincent Vanier

School Closure
Madawaska Elementary School and Madawaska Middle/High School will be closed for classes today due to the weather and road conditions.  All classes and activities are postponed until further notice.  Stay safe, and stay warm.

New Calendar Adjustments

posted Jan 17, 2019, 6:23 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 6:35 AM ]

calendarTo better meet the professional development needs of our staff, we have changed three of the Late Start days and turned them into Early Release days.  The new calendar may be found below. The dates that are now Early Releases are January 28th, March 25th, and May 20th.  Please make the necessary adjustments.  Thank you.  This is in effect for all Madawaska schools.

Holiday Celebrations at MES

posted Dec 21, 2018, 7:37 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 7:41 AM ]

The students at Madawaska Elementary School were in full holiday celebration mode on Friday, December 21st.  Students heard musical performances, did some signing and even enjoyed a play from the 6th graders.  A great festive time was had by all.  See some of the images at


Holiday Break

posted Dec 21, 2018, 5:21 AM by Vincent Vanier

We at Madawaska School Department would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.  School will be dismissed early on Friday, December 21st and will resume again on Wednesday, January 2nd.  May everyone have a safe and happy break!  Enjoy the time off to get some rest and find some peace and happiness in the company of others.

Early Dismissal Nov 16

posted Nov 16, 2018, 7:39 AM by Vincent Vanier

early dismissal
Madawaska Schools will be dismissing students at 1 pm due to the weather conditions.  Students will be eating lunch at the normal time.  Be safe!

Lifetouch Photos Delayed

posted Nov 2, 2018, 5:03 AM by Vincent Vanier

lifetouchDue to a mistake with lining up the names and photos, the school pictures from Lifetouch will be delayed a few weeks while we get things sorted out.  You should see them in a few weeks.  Packets with your child's photos and options will be sent home when we get them like they have been in the past.  We apologize for the delay, but we've seen the photo samples and the results are precious!  Thanks.

Message Received

posted Oct 30, 2018, 1:47 PM by Vincent Vanier

Parents may have inadvertently received a message mistakenly stating that school will be dismissed early on Wednesday.  This message was mistakenly sent to Madawaska parents, and it should not have happened.  It was a very innocent mistake, and we all make them. 
Madawaska's schools will operate with normal school hours on Wednesday, October 31st.  If you would like more information on how the error happened, you can check that out at:  We're sorry if this caused any confusion!

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