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Fishing with Mr. Gerard

posted Jun 7, 2021, 8:57 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 7, 2021, 8:58 AM ]

Students in 5th and 6th grade went fishing today at Danny Daigle’s pond.  A big THANK YOU to Tom Gerard! He led the activity showing students how to fish, teaching them how to bait hooks.  and fixing non agreeable poles. Andy Daigle, our bus driver, aka “The Fish Whisperer”, was an outstanding helper! Violet Sirois was the winner! She was able to catch 3 fish (only kept 2)  with her tiny Barbie rod. The students packaged up what they caught in Shop N Save bags, put them in the fridge and will bring them home tonight. This was the culminating activity for our salmon project which we began in early March.
Here are the photos of the activity:

Early Dismissal 6-7-2021

posted Jun 7, 2021, 6:18 AM by Vincent Vanier

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

District Survey

posted Jun 3, 2021, 10:12 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 7, 2021, 6:07 AM ]


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

June COVID Clinic Reminder

posted Jun 3, 2021, 4:28 AM by Vincent Vanier

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.

Outdoor Mask Update

posted May 20, 2021, 5:23 AM by Vincent Vanier

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. 


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Benjamin Sirois

Superintendent of Schools: Valley Unified Education Service Center

For more information, please see

Be Safe, Be Healthy

posted May 7, 2021, 4:57 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 7, 2021, 4:57 AM ]

Twin Rivers Paper's annual FACE poster contest had a theme of "Be Safe, Stay Healthy" this year.  Fifth grade students created their posters and the top four were included in the annual FACE calendar for 2022.  Winners received an Amazon gift card, and all participants received a certificate, pencil, and notepad.  The winners were as follows: 1st place, Yrah Tismo, 2nd place- Khloe Roy, 3rd place- Ronnie Crawford, and 4th place Issiah Gendreau. Congratulations to all participants! Photos can be found here.

Updated Travel Advisory

posted May 3, 2021, 12:19 PM by Vincent Vanier

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. 

Real World Math at MES

posted Apr 26, 2021, 4:53 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 26, 2021, 4:54 AM ]

Real World Math at MES
The lack of storage space has always been an issue at Madawaska Elementary School, but when the pandemic struck and students had to be spaced further apart in the classrooms, necessitating the removal of student desks/chairs and other furniture, the storage problem became critical. In addition, all the extra supplies purchased to keep students safe, PPE--personal protective equipment, sanitation supplies, and other stored equipment exacerbated the situation.

The Madawaska School Department applied for a grant to help fund storage sheds and the application was approved last fall, just before the snow began to fly. Two large sheds were ordered and recently built by J&J Mini Barns in Easton, and are due to be delivered to the elementary school in the next several days.

For this real-life project, 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Bonny Tingley, and bus driver/custodian, Mr. Roger Lagasse, discussed how to involve students in helping select the direction to place the sheds in a corner of the school’s parking lot, either in an east-west direction or in a north-south direction. Mr. Lagasse described what to consider and what was needed in the placement design, and Mrs. Tingley’s students got to work immediately. Students used their problem-solving skills and advised that the sheds should be placed in a north-south direction. In addition, their math skills helped them design a blueprint using the size of each shed, the need to leave space for snow removal between and around the buildings, and included a plan that is mindful of the current flow of traffic in the parking area.

Principal Lise Pelletier stated, “Today’s activity was a great way for our students to witness that we all work together--teachers, students, support staff--to find answers to questions, and solving real-world math problems using skills learned in class can be fun.”

Photos show students calculating dimensions and creating a blueprint for the sheds, then measuring the location and marking off the parking lot in preparation for delivery of the two sheds at Madawaska Elementary School.

School Buses for sale

posted Apr 14, 2021, 12:49 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 14, 2021, 12:51 PM ]

buses for sale
The Madawaska School Department has two buses for sale by sealed bids.  

Buses can be seen at the Madawaska Public Works/Bus Garage Bids are to be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “BUS BID” by 3:00 P.M. Friday, April 23, 2021

We reserve the right to refuse or reject all bids.

Gisele Dionne
Assistant Superintendent of Schools MADAWASKA SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 328 St. Thomas St., Suite 201 Madawaska, ME 04756

2008 International Model 3800

§ Engine – Max Force
§ Transmission – Automatic § Mileage – 123,289
§ 77 Passenger

2013 Thomas - Freightliner School Bus
Engine – Cummings
§ Transmission – Automatic § Mileage – 126,440
§ 77 Passenger

(207) 728-3346 

Early Dismissal 4-1-2021

posted Apr 1, 2021, 9:29 AM by Vincent Vanier

Madawaska Schools will be dismissing at 1:30pm this afternoon.  Please click this link to read in more detail.

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