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Pumpkin Contest

posted Oct 8, 2020, 2:41 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Oct 8, 2020, 2:44 PM ]

There is going to be a pumpkin carving and decorating contest held by the Madawaska Recreation Department in two sessions on Saturday, October 24th.  For more information and/or to register, please see the attached flyer or call the Madawaska Recreation Department at 728-3604.  Due to COVID restrictions, there will be limited numbers of participants.

COVID 19 Message

posted Sep 5, 2020, 9:51 AM by Vincent Vanier

September 5, 2020

Dear Madawaska School Department Family Members,

We wanted to update you on our efforts to combat COVID-19 as we welcome students back to school. Our school community is diligently adhering to our strict safety protocols and behaviors. Over the course of the coming year, we will be updating you regularly on our COVID-19 efforts as part of Valley Unified Education Service Center’s commitment to transparency.

Toward that end, we wanted you to know that we have identified one individual who has tested positive this week for COVID-19. This individual is currently in isolation at home and will only return to work once clearance is obtained according to CDC guidanceand confirmed by the primary care physician. As planned, we immediately activated our tracing program and began reaching out to the people in our school community who may have been in contact with this individual. Luckily, because of how early in the school year this was detected, the identified individual had yet to come on school grounds or appear for work.

Our protocols call for anyone who tests positive to notify the School Department right away. Contact tracing for students and staff commences as soon as the School Department is informed of a positive test result. If contact tracing determines that your child has come in close contact with an individual who has tested positive, you would be notified immediately.

As the pandemic continues, there is an expectation that there will be positive cases within our community. COVID-19 is everywhere, and many people across the state and country who are testing positive are asymptomatic. We wanted to assure you that we are taking all necessary steps to prevent additional cases or a spread. After preparation all summer, in consultation with our health and wellness advisors and experts, we are pleased that our requests to have staff and students perform symptom screenings before coming to school, and staying home when symptoms appear, have worked in identifying this case.

We appreciate the cooperation and work that everyone here at the Madawaska School Department is doing to help combat COVID-19, including your child(ren). You can help us as part of this process. Let your child(ren) know that you support our masking, hand washing, physical distancing and symptom screening each morning before leaving the house. Please encourage them to avoid gatherings with large numbers of people in close proximity to each other. Let’s work together to keep our students and staff healthy. The health and well-being of our school community remains our first priority.

Thank you for your cooperation and support! 


Benjamin Sirois
Superintendent of Schools 

Staying Healthy and Well During COVID19

posted Aug 20, 2020, 5:33 AM by Vincent Vanier

Resource Guide for Staying Healthy and Well During COVID-19

As a service to our students, staff, and their families, the Valley Unified Education Service Center, relying on the experience and expertise of our Health and Physical Education teachers, has compiled a resource guide of sample indoor and outdoor physical and fresh air activity suggestions to engage in during these challenging times brought on by COVID-19.

To review the guide and even add suggested activities you'd like to share with others across the Upper St. John Valley, go to  Stay healthy and be well.

Delayed Reopening

posted Aug 14, 2020, 12:58 PM by Vincent Vanier

In order for our schools to open safely, we want to ensure that all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for our staff and students. Additionally, we need to ensure that all safety measures, including temperature screening tools, floor signage, and informational displays are in place. Finally, we still need all parents/guardians to complete a school enrollment form for their children, so we know if they are coming back to in-classroom instruction or if they will be participating in remote learning to start the year. School enrollment forms are available at

Because all of the above measures have not been finalized, Valley Unified Schools, including MSAD27, MSAD33, and the Madawaska School Department have delayed the start of the school year by one week. All 7-12 students will be now starting on August 27 and all K-6 students will be starting on September 10. The preK start remains the same, beginning on September 21. Please click the calendar below for the most recent version, dated 8.13.20.

We thank you for your understanding as we prepare for a safe return to school.

Playground Work in Progress

posted Aug 5, 2020, 6:19 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Aug 5, 2020, 6:20 AM ]

Madawaska Elementary School's playground gets used year-round for the public.  We are presently doing some work on the equipment and we ask that people pay attention to the signs in the area.  We hope to have the work done shortly so that we have it completed for the start of the new year.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Parent-Student Update on Reopening

posted Jul 29, 2020, 8:11 AM by Vincent Vanier

To review early information on Valley Unified return to school plans, please download the document below or go to  In the bottom of the document, there is a section titled MAINE DOE FRAMEWORK TO RETURN TO SCHOOL

Click the blue headings for the question and answer page for each section.  There you will be able to ask questions and have someone answer them as best they can.

●  COVID risk categories
●  Symptom Screening
●  Physical Distancing
●  Masks & Face Coverings
●  Hand Hygiene
●  Personal Protective Equipment 
 Part 2: Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Considerations
●  Return to School Info
●  Types of support for staff and students
●  Resources for support 
 Part 3: Academic & Learning Outcomes
●  Planned PD for return to school
●  Flexible Grouping
●  Assessment Summative
●  Students with Disabilities
●  Recovering Lost Learning
●  Progress Data Monitoring
●  Specialized Teams 
 Part 4: Expectations for Hybrid & Remote Learning
●  Remote Learning Plans

●  Expectations for Learning for Teachers & 

 Part 5: Other Considerations
●  Adult Education
●  Career & Technical Education
●  Nutrition Program
●  School Health
●  Transportation 


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


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