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posted Jun 29, 2020, 1:07 PM by Vincent Vanier

Parents are asked to go to the following web page to complete a survey which we are conducting to get a sense of parent's opinions on the options we have for going back to school in the fall.  You can find the information for the survey at

Looking Ahead to the Fall

posted Jun 4, 2020, 7:17 AM by Vincent Vanier

Valley Unified will be busy over the next few weeks and the summer months planning for what school will look like in the fall.  We are hopeful that the State of Maine will allow us to return to classroom instruction; however, we need to plan for other possibilities.  Please click on the letter below for more information on the plans that are currently underway.  

We wish you a very happy, healthy, and safe summer!  

New Student Registration

posted Jun 4, 2020, 6:48 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 6:49 AM ]

The Madawaska Elementary School is accepting new student registrations for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please contact the school at 728-3635 Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00-3:00 to make arrangements. 

Reintegration Plan

posted May 13, 2020, 3:20 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 13, 2020, 3:23 PM ]

The Valley Unified Regional Education Center has created four planning teams to develop a road map and timeline for a safe and efficient return to school for students and staff from MSAD #27, MSAD #33, and the Madawaska School Department for the 2020-2021 school year. Each planning team will consider multiple possibilities and formats in order to develop a flexible, fluid plan that can be quickly adjusted to ensure our schools, students, staff, families, and communities remain safe and that teaching and learning continue as local, regional, and state developments take place relative to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guidance from the Governor's office, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will guide our progress through each phase of the plan.  On-going communication with health and safety professionals, school staff, students, parents, families, and community members will be a critical part of the on-going planning process.

Information and notifications concerning each phase of the plan will be sent through SwiftReach and will appear here, on the Valley Unified Facebook page, and on both school and school unit websites and social media pages as steps are finalized.  For preliminary, general information concerning the components of the reintegration plan, the planning teams, and the plan timeline, go to


Schedule Change

posted May 13, 2020, 4:53 AM by Vincent Vanier

A revised current (2019-20) school year calendar has been approved by the Madawaska School Committee, the MSAD27 Board of Directors, and the MSAD33 Board of Directors. This calendar revision has a final student school day as June 5, 2020. This will be the final day of the 2019-20 school year and our current remote learning plan. The revised calendar is attached.

Our educators will be working the week of June 8 and June 15 on plans to refine and improve remote learning plans, should we need to implement them again in the future. Soon, you will receive a survey about remote learning, specific to what we have done well and what we need to improve upon. We appreciate the feedback as we look to improve the remote learning experience for all involved.

Finally, plans are currently underway for summer school offerings. The method of summer school delivery is contingent on the Governor’s plans for a phased re-opening of the economy and businesses and the guidance provided to schools. More information on summer school offerings will be available as we receive guidance from the Maine Department of Education.

As always, we appreciate the support and dedication so many of you have put into our remote learning plan. We couldn’t have accomplished all we did without you!


Benjamin Sirois
Superintendent of Schools
Valley Unified Education Service Center

Parade Notice

posted May 8, 2020, 7:55 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 8, 2020, 8:49 AM ]

The Madawaska teachers and staff are going to have a parade!!! We decided that it was time to put some smiles on everyone’s face while maintaining social distancing guidelines. We will be driving around Madawaska next Thursday, May 14th beginning around 3 pm. The parade will leave from the bus garage and travel throughout town, trying to pass as many student’s homes as possible. If you live outside of town or are not on the route, we hope that you and your children will come to town and sit, alongside the parade route so that we can see as many of our students as possible. Here are the streets we are going to be traveling:
 Lower 18th Ave  Birch St  8th Ave  Legion St  Grandview
 Maple Street  Hillcrest Ave  Fox St  10th Ave  Brookwood

 Lower 19th Ave  Clover St  14th Ave  Pleasant Ave  3rd Ave
 Main St  21st Ave  13th Ave  Summer St  Gerard St
 25th Ave  Upper 16th  Alder St  7th Ave  6th Ave
 Highland Ave  19th Ave  12th Ave  Mt. View Ave  Evangeline
 Lavoie Ave  Cedar St  11th Ave  Spring St  4th Ave
 Dionne Dr  20th Ave  French St  Winter St  Riverview St
 22nd Ave  Pine St  School Ave  Summer St  1st Ave
 Fox Street  St. Catherine  St. Thomas St  Townview St  St. David Trl Park

Please continue to maintain social distancing recommendations and stay in your yards and on the sidewalks. Have a nice weekend and see you next week.


Tricia Armstrong, MES School Counselor
April Leighton, MMHS School Counselor

MES Yearbooks 2019-20

posted May 6, 2020, 8:00 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 6, 2020, 8:03 AM ]

yearbook flyer
The MES yearbooks will be going on sale this week.  The 2019-20 yearbook features student and staff photos, student activities, and some traditional school-related information that is very popular with parents, grandparents, students, and staff.  Now's your chance to get one.  We're running a Coronavirus special at $10 to cover production costs.  We have limited copies, so please order quickly.

Option #1
. Drive-thru pick up at the elementary school. 
Drive-up with your car and $10 in cash or check made out to Madawaska Elementary Yearbook and someone will be out front to hand you a book.  The drive-thru session time will be on Friday, May 8th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  

Option #2 Email
You can email and arrange for payment and pickup.

Reopen Economy

posted May 1, 2020, 6:49 AM by Vincent Vanier

On Tuesday, April 28, Governor Mills updated the state on her phases to reopen the State's economy.  Phase one begins today.  Please see our Valley Unified COVID19 letter #9 below for our school response to this plan.

We're All on the Same Page!

posted Apr 15, 2020, 12:05 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 15, 2020, 12:08 PM ]

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Without a doubt, remote learning cannot replace classroom instruction. It is difficult to find any way to educate students that will be as successful as being in school and working with teachers. Remote learning however does ensure that the learning progression continues, and students are not falling further behind, as this would happen if no instruction were going on. For remote learning to work however, we need more home to school communication than ever before.
We know this has not been easy for so many families. Like any other major change, this is difficult and sometimes frustrating. Please know that the teachers, the schools, and the districts are here to help. We encourage each and every student and family to discuss what is most difficult in remote learning so we can find solutions for each child. Please click on the letter below encouraging each and every family to communicate with teachers during this remote learning phase of our school year.

We thank you all for your continued support and efforts to help ensure learning continues during this national crisis.

School Lunch Change 4-14-20

posted Apr 14, 2020, 1:26 PM by Vincent Vanier

Please read the following blog post to get updates to the school lunch program.  There were adjustments needed heading into vacation week.  You may also read the document attached to this post.   

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