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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.

MES Book Fair March 2021

posted Mar 4, 2021, 4:41 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 4, 2021, 4:45 AM ]

book fair
Our school will celebrate the power of reading at the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. You are invited to help our school create a culture of reading, build our school libraries,
and you will have the opportunity to shop and select books with your child for your home library! A portion of all the proceeds will go back to our school – your support makes a difference!

The more your children read with you at home, the better their comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Check out this reading research and find more information on how you can support your child’s reading life at home:

Please mark your calendars to visit our Virtual Book Fair and help your child discover their next favorite book.

Save the date!

Book Fair dates: Mar 8 - 12, 2021

Shopping hours: 24/7

New Online Shopping Option! Shop The Scholastic Store online and choose from over 6,000 items! All orders ship direct to home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Plus, all purchases benefit our school.  Visit our homepage to get started:

Click here for the Madawaska Elementary School Book Fair 2021 

 See you at the Virtual Book Fair! Until then, happy reading!

Yours truly,

Deborah Lavoie

District Librarian

Snow Day 3-2-2021

posted Mar 2, 2021, 2:58 AM by Vincent Vanier

Due to high winds, drifting snow, whiteout conditions, and dangerous windchill temperatures, all Valley Unified Schools will be cancelling school today for students. If you have to be on the road today, please travel with extreme caution.

Weather 3-1-2020

posted Mar 1, 2021, 7:31 AM by Vincent Vanier

badweatherMadawaska School Department will be releasing at noon today due to the weather situation.  Please visit the following link for more information.

School Dismissal 2-2-2021

posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:29 AM by Vincent Vanier

Due to inclement weather, the Madawaska School Department will be dismissing all students at 12:00 noon today, Tuesday, February 2, 2021.  Please take extra caution when driving this afternoon and evening. 


posted Jan 19, 2021, 12:05 PM by Vincent Vanier

At this point of the 2020-2021 school year, the Valley Unified Leadership Team would like your feedback regarding your child's recent remote learning experience. The results from this questionnaire, along with input from students and teachers, will help guide our on-going planning as we prepare for various possible learning models depending on the spread or containment of COVID-19 in our region. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with information that will help us improve.

Madawaska Survey Link:

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.

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