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Remote Learning Guidelines

posted Apr 1, 2020, 2:22 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 2, 2020, 8:15 AM ]

Remote Learning Plan Guidance for Students and ParentsStudents and Parents are advised to take a look at the following document which is a guide for getting parents and students through this remote learning process.  This document will not only outline expectations, but also gives some good ideas on how to handle the process.

Schools Closed to the General Public

posted Mar 24, 2020, 5:15 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 5:20 PM ]

An Executive Order issued today by Governor Janet Mills calls for all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine that allow customer, vendor or other in-person services to close their physical locations, beginning tomorrow, March 25 until April 8.

As a result, all Valley Unified offices, including schools and central offices will not be open to the general public for the next 14 days except by appointment for essential services.  For more information, read a letter from Superintendent of Schools, Benjamin Sirois, at  or click on the image below.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Student Contact

posted Mar 20, 2020, 6:37 AM by Vincent Vanier

All students and parents in MSAD27, MSAD33, and Madawaska Schools are asked to connect with teachers today if they haven’t done so. Middle/High School students are asked to check their school email and respond to their teachers today if they haven’t done so yet this week. We need to ensure that we are reaching each student to deliver remote learning. If you are having trouble with your school email, call your school for assistance.

Madawaska Schools Closing

posted Mar 15, 2020, 10:31 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 10:34 AM ]

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March 15, 2020

Dear Valley Unified Parents and Community Members:

Our three Upper St. John Valley School Administrative Units (MSAD #27, MSAD #33, Madawaska School Department) together with other Aroostook County school units, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine School Management Association, have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). After reviewing all of our options, we have determined it is both wise and necessary to take the precautionary measure of closing our schools for the next two weeks, effective tomorrow, Monday, March 16. There will be an emergency meeting of the collaborative boards of MSAD27, MSAD33, and the Madawaska School Committee tomorrow evening @ 6:30pm to share plans and details.

The closure affects all school programming, including before-school and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events. This is not a decision we take lightly. We realize school closures pose challenges for many families in our region. Still, closing schools to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 will help lessen the burden on local healthcare entities and emergency service responders, if either confirmed cases or a local outbreak should occur.
We are not aware of anyone in our region who has been infected or exposed to the coronavirus. This is a purely precautionary measure to help safeguard our communities. District teachers and staff have been developing and will continue to prepare Remote Learning Plans for our
students. Your teachers will be providing more information soon. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal.

Arrangements to provide individualized services to children identified with special needs will be made by teachers who will be contacting families soon. If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or your school unit’s Director of Special Education.

We are making arrangements to continue providing school lunch services at school and community sites throughout our region, with the possibility of bus delivery. We will be making these plans public and providing this service by Wednesday, March 18.

This two-week school closure is a precautionary response. We will continue to monitor news about and consider best practices relative to COVID-19 and will update you on a regular basis concerning our plans for continuity of learning and services for our students moving forward. Updates will be forwarded via our SwiftK12 Message System and will be posted on school, school unit, and Valley Unified social media platforms.


Benjamin Sirois
Superintendent of Schools
Valley Unified Education Service Center


posted Mar 9, 2020, 7:36 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 9, 2020, 7:37 AM ]

Three students represented Madawaska Elementary School at the 3D Design Challenge and Expo at Kennebec Valley Community College this weekend.  Hailey Thibeault, Dasha Danilichava, and Lucy Hartvigsen won a 2nd place prize for their project creating soap screens using the school's 3D printer.  The project was developed to assist local entrepreneur Julie Rayder, who makes nutritional soaps for her company Nutritious Skin.  Julie needed soap screens to create unique patterns she could use to make her soaps.  Mrs. Gina Jandreau's students were up to the task.  They used the engineering design methods learned in class to help come up with their solutions.  Take a look at the YouTube video of their impressive presentation here: and photos of the weekend here:

Anticipated EdTech Openings

posted Feb 28, 2020, 9:45 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 4, 2020, 6:55 AM ]

The Madawaska School Department anticipates having the following employment openings for various Educational Technician positions at Madawaska Elementary School during the 2020-2021 school year.  Please visit our website to apply online or visit our Superintendent of Schools Office for an application.  

Anticipated Openings 20-21

posted Feb 28, 2020, 9:13 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 11:51 AM ]

Anticipated Openings
The Madawaska School Department will have several anticipated openings for the 2020-2021 school year.  

CLASSROOM TEACHER – GRADES 7–12 Chemistry/Biology

If you are interested in any of these positions, please apply online at:

VUESC Meeting

posted Jan 23, 2020, 9:55 AM by Vincent Vanier

The 11th meetingof the Board of Directors for Valley Unified Education Service Centeris scheduled for January 28, 2019 beginning at 6:00 the Madawaska Middle/High School library.

  1. Call meeting to Order

  2. Roll Call

  3. Adjustments to the Agenda

  4. Period of Public Participation on Items of this Agenda

  5. Approval of Minutes

a. Approval of the 10th Meeting, December 10, 2019

  1. Executive Director

    1. Straw Poll Format

    2. VUESC Meeting with the Commissioner of Education

    3. Valley United Concerned Citizens v. Valley Unified Education Service Center

    4. March Valley Unified PD Day

    5. Valley Unified Administrator Reports

  2. Items of Business

    Policy Review

    1. Second read of Policy BCA: Board Member Code of Ethics

    2. Second read of Policy BCB: Board Member Conflict of Interest

    3. Second read of Policy DJH: Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct

    New Business

    1. VUESC Inter Local Agreement amendment for Board Governance

    2. Budget Hearing #1: Valley Unified Proposed Staffing

    3. Motion to enter into executive session to discuss the employment of the Executive

      Director/Superintendent of Schools pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(A)

  3. Motion to Adjourn 

Back to School

posted Jan 3, 2020, 9:56 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jan 3, 2020, 9:59 AM ]

back2schoolStudents will be back to class on Monday, January 6th.  Teachers have spent January 2nd and 3rd in workshops across the Valley Unified Schools working on a variety of technology, curriculum, and safety issues.  Instructors and staff are looking forward to seeing our students back in classes on Monday!

5th grade Ridgewood Visit

posted Dec 18, 2019, 11:59 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Dec 18, 2019, 12:40 PM ]

Fifth grade students went to Ridgewood with Ms. Connie Cloutier to help residents with their Christmas Bingo game.  Students had a great time helping and the residents had smiles on their faces when they saw those students' smiling faces!  Pictures are posted here.

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