This page is maintained by Vincent Vanier and Gina Jandreau.

Dollars and Sense Fair

posted by Gina Jandreau   [ updated ]

Acadia FCU sponsored a Dollars and Sense Fair at UMFK on May 24th.  Fifth and 6th grade students traveled to stations to learn how to use, save and work with money.  They did this all while having a whole lot of fun.  Photos of the event can be found here.

Robotics @ MES

posted May 19, 2017, 11:16 AM by Gina Jandreau   [ updated May 19, 2017, 11:16 AM ]

5th & 6th grade students presented their robotic creations to students at the elementary school on Wednesday, May 18th, and they presented at the Jr. Lego Robotics competition in Ft. Kent on Thursday, May 19th.  See the photos of the MES presentations 
here.   See photos of the Ft. Kent presentations here:    The news story on robotics is here

College Aspirations Scholarship Awards

posted May 16, 2017, 8:07 AM by Gina Jandreau   [ updated May 16, 2017, 8:08 AM ]

Bob Stuart from the Maine College Circle came to MES to present thirty-four  $100 scholarships to students from grades 3-6.  Students needed to write about what they wanted to be when they grow up, the classes they need to take and why they would be good at this job.  Their essays were judged by community members.  Presenting awards were superintendent, Gisele Dionne, town manager, Ryan Pelletier, Bob Stuart and past recipients of the college essay, Keri Hebert and Lexi Albert. See photos 

George "Pinky" Nelson

posted May 12, 2017, 8:57 AM by Gina Jandreau

Students from MES, Frenchville and Ft. Kent in grades 4-6 were invited to Ft. Kent Elementary school to listen to astronaut, George "Pinky" Nelson, who is scheduled to speak at the  UMFK graduation on May 13th.  He spoke about his travels in space, fixing the satellite and his return to earth.  Scott Voisine, the organizer of the talk, donated a space book to Frenchville, Madawaska and Ft. Kent Elementary libraries.  See photos here.

3D Printers in Schools

posted May 5, 2017, 10:15 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 5, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

ginas project
The Perloff Family Foundation recently released a Google Slideshow demonstrating how 3D printers are being used in schools across the state.  Our own Gina Jandreau at Madawaska Elementary School had her Mother's Day Keychains as part of the promotional material.  Nice to see all the wonderful projects that students are able to generate.  These projects combine math and science skills with other topics like history and art to make wonderful learning experiences.  You can see the project at 

Tri-District Engagement Meetings

posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:42 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 10:45 AM ]

Tri-District Strategic Planning Committee to Host Public Engagement Meetings
 in Fort Kent, Madawaska, St. Agatha, and Eagle Lake

Since early September, 2016 the Tri-District Strategic Planning Steering Committee, under the coordination of Scott Voisine, Strategic Planning Consultant, has been developing a collaborative, ten-year strategic plan for MSAD #27, MSAD #33, and the Madawaska School Department. The planning process was approved by all three school boards and a final plan is due this summer.

Throughout the planning process, hundreds of community stakeholders were interviewed and engaged in feedback sessions using an appreciative inquiry process. In addition, the steering committee examined a significant amount of educational, demographic, and fiscal information. The responses collected from that appreciative inquiry process and information collected from the research reviewed were analyzed and are reflected in a draft plan that will be unveiled at the public engagement meetings.

“What the public will see at these meetings are the primary components of the strategic plan in their most polished draft form,” states consultant Scott Voisine. “The public will see this plan does not support a status quo approach to the future of education in the upper St. John Valley. It is bold, but it is also realistically responsive to what the area will be facing in the next decade and beyond.”

There will be four public meetings. All are invited. Voisine and members of the steering committee will be on hand to answer questions and to hear feedback from the community before finishing their work on the final plan. The dates, times and locations are listed below. If you cannot attend the meeting in your immediate area, feel free to attend any of the other sessions.

Tuesday, May 9, 6:30-8:00 pm, Madawaska Middle High School
Monday, May 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, Wisdom Middle High School Gymnasium
Monday, May 22, 6:30-8:00 pm, Fort Kent Community High School VRMS Gymnasium
Tuesday, May 23, 6:30– 8:00 pm, Eagle Lake Elementary School Cafeteria

For more information, please contact Scott Voisine at or call 834-8644.

Tale of Princess Kaguya

posted Apr 24, 2017, 9:05 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 8:21 AM ]

Students from kindergarten to sixth grade attended the Tale of Princess Kaguya on April 24th at the UMFK Fox Auditorium.  It was a production put on by the Theater at Monmouth.  Both the Madawaska and Fort Kent PTO helped to bring this production to our area.  Pictures of the event can be viewed here.

Jump Rope for Heart

posted Apr 13, 2017, 5:06 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 6:20 AM ]

The Jump Rope for Heart event was held on April 13 in the MES gymnasium. Mr. Dan Cyr, the phys. ed teacher, organized the event. Students in grades 2-3 jumped in the morning and students in grades 4-6 jumped in the afternoon.  They collected over $11,500 for the American Heart Association. Nicolas Poitras was the top money raiser, raising $1,700.  Andre Theriault was the 2nd with $1,300.  Photos of the event can be seen here.


posted Apr 13, 2017, 5:48 AM by Vincent Vanier

Fifth and sixth grade students attended the Health Fair in Fort Kent on April 12, 2017.  Students went around to booths that educated them on all sorts of health related topics.  They were able to do yoga, play basketball and soccer in a section of the gym. See photos here.

Autism Awareness

posted Apr 3, 2017, 5:07 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 5:08 AM ]

Buddy BenchThe ELEMENTARY SCHOOL's Light It Up Blue was also a great activity for our elementary students (awareness for diverse learners, autism, CP, tangled brains...) Students were excited to parade in a dark gymnasium with their blue light sticks and enjoyed the "You've Got a Friend" theme.  Judy Bouchard, on behalf of the Heather and Liam Connection, presented the school with a beautiful outdoor "Buddy Bench" . Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to Judy for organizing this event, to the teachers for preparing their students, and to the entire staff for helping with this worthwhile awareness event. Gina Jandreau has posted photos at: 

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