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Tom's Trees

posted Jun 10, 2021, 10:56 AM by Vincent Vanier

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Today Mr. Tom Gerard's students were able to plant 500 trees at various locations throughout the Acadia Loop on the Four Season's Trails and also along the ATV trail. The sophomore students did a wonderful job and a big thanks to Tom for coordinating with Tim Cyr at Irving, who provided the seedlings.
Tom’s first student-planted trees over 12 years ago, are now over 7 feet tall!! In case people are not aware, he is retiring from his PE teaching position this year. Job well done Tom Gerard!

Early Dismissal 6-7-2021

posted Jun 7, 2021, 6:18 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 7, 2021, 9:59 AM ]

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Due to high classroom temperatures, in combination with required face masks, we will dismiss students at noon. No after school activities.

June COVID Clinic Reminder

posted Jun 3, 2021, 4:28 AM by Vincent Vanier

We are writing to remind you that in our on-going efforts to
keep our students, staff and schools safe and open for
in-school instruction, we will continue to partner with St.
John Valley Pharmacy to host Pfizer vaccine clinics at our
three Valley Unified Middle/High Schools on the following
dates and times.  See the attached document for details.

Outdoor Mask Update

posted May 20, 2021, 5:23 AM by Vincent Vanier

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Throughout the year, Valley Unified and the member districts/schools have followed the guidance of the Maine CDC and Maine Department of Education with respect to COVID-19 health and safety measures.  On May 13, the office of Governor Mills announced that effective May 24, Maine will:
  • lift all capacity limits and requirements to physically distance in all public outdoor settings.

  • lift all capacity limits in public indoor venues. Physical distancing requirements are also eliminated, except in settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering – such as indoor restaurants, bars, dining areas in camps or in congregate living facilities, and break rooms.


The same guidance also indicated that the Maine Department of Education will separately update school-based protocols.  This week, the Maine Department of Education updated their school guidance which removes all social distancing requirements for adults.  Additionally the DOE is no longer requiring schools to mandate face mask wearing outdoors for staff or students; however, schools can choose to keep outdoor face mask mandates if they so choose. 


Earlier this morning, we met with school administrators and nurses to discuss this information. In that conversation, we reflected on the fact that since day 1, we have always followed the recommendations of the Maine CDC and the Maine DOE.  We also reflected that student and staff behavior at home or in the community does not match what is currently happening at school. Based on this, our team is in consensus that if the Maine CDC and Maine DOE support no social distancing and no mask wearing outdoors, we will as well.  


Beginning tomorrow, May 20, 2021, students and staff will no longer be required to social distance and wear a face covering when outdoors. This includes, but is not limited to: Outdoor classrooms, outdoor events, recess, and athletic games. All indoor mask requirements remain in place at this time, which includes school buildings, school offices, buses and other school vehicles.


It is important to Valley Unified and the member districts that we support the easing of restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic while also maintaining our health, safety and contact-tracing efforts. We also encourage all parents to consider vaccinating their 12 and older children against COVID-19. Parents are encouraged to watch this informational video hosted by the Maine DOE. If you are interested in securing a vaccine for your child, please contact your child’s school nurse and they will help guide you.  Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe while we begin the journey back to normal. 


Respectfully, 

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Benjamin Sirois

Superintendent of Schools: Valley Unified Education Service Center

For more information, please see https://vuescsuper.blogspot.com/2021/05/outdoor-face-mask-guidance-update-51921.html

Updated COVID19 Vaccination Information

posted May 12, 2021, 4:48 AM by Vincent Vanier

Dear Valley Unified Students, Parents, Families and Staff:

We are writing to inform you about an important opportunity for students ages 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine. Yes, you read correctly, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with children as young as 12 years. 

In our on-going efforts to keep our students, staff and schools safe and open for in-school instruction, we will continue to partner with St. John Valley Pharmacy to host Pfizer vaccine clinics at our three Valley Unified Middle/High Schools on the following dates and times: 

May 19 and 20 Clinics 

(2nd dosage for those vaccinated at school in April, 2021 and 1st dosage for those wanting to start the vaccine series) 

Date 

Location and Time

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 

Wisdom Middle/High School - 8:30 AM 

(Gymnasium)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 

Madawaska Middle/High School - 1 PM (Lobby outside Cafeteria)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 

Valley Rivers Middle School/Community High School in Fort Kent - 8:30 AM (Music Room)



June 9 and 10 Clinics 

(2nd dosage for those vaccinated at school in May, 2021 and 1st dosage for those wanting to start the vaccine series)

Date 

Location and Time

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 

Wisdom Middle/High School - 8:30 AM 

(Gymnasium)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 

Madawaska Middle/High School - 1 PM (Lobby outside Cafeteria)

Thursday, June 10, 2021 

Valley Rivers Middle School/Community High




School in Fort Kent - 8:30 AM (Music Room)



June 30 and July 1 Clinics 

(2nd dosage for those vaccinated at school in June 9 or 10, 2021 and 1st dosage for those wanting to start the vaccine series) 

Date 

Location and Time

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 

Wisdom Middle/High School - 8:30 AM 

(Gymnasium)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 

Madawaska Middle/High School - 1 PM (Lobby outside Cafeteria)

Thursday, July 1, 2021 

Valley Rivers Middle School/Community High School in Fort Kent - 8:30 AM (Music Room)



These school-based clinics are entirely voluntary and have been arranged for the convenience of our students and families as well as any Valley Unified staff who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated. With questions or to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated, students' parents can contact the School Nurse at their local Middle/High School. Parental permission is required for 12-17 year old students to participate. 

Consent forms are available from your School Nurses or by clicking here. 

School Nurse Contact Information 

School 

Nurse 

Phone 

Email

Wisdom High School 

Stephanie Gagnon 

543-7717 

sgagnon@msad33.org

Madawaska High School 

Lynn Wetmore 

728-3371 

lwetmore@madawaskaschools.org

Community High School 

Monique Michaud 

834-5540 

moniquemichaud@sad27.org



This school year has presented many challenges for our students and their families, for our schools and staff, and for our communities. Over a year has passed since schools across the country, our state, and our Upper St. John Valley region closed for remote learning. We are pleased that our students have been in school for the majority of this school year and hope to build upon this successful foundation for the rest of this year and during 2021-2022. We believe voluntary vaccination against COVID-19 can help us achieve this goal. Stay safe and be well. 

Respectfully, 

Benjamin Sirois  

Superintendent of Schools  

Valley Unified Education Service Center


https://docs.google.com/document/d/18xMd_5J9w2DBSj_ETfhzP_cRnYcjk5TKp9Ds0eWVhuw/edit?usp=sharing

Fall 2021 Survey

posted May 4, 2021, 1:17 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated May 4, 2021, 1:18 PM ]

Planning for 2021
Click here for the parent survey:  Madawaska Middle/High School Survey

The Maine Department of Education currently requires all school districts to have a plan for in-classroom instruction (green model), hybrid learning (yellow model), and remote learning (red model). The DOE however does not require districts to offer a choice of these models at the same time.

As we begin to plan for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, It is important that we gather the following information to assist us as we determine the instructional structures for the coming school year.  

Updated Travel Advisory

posted May 3, 2021, 12:19 PM by Vincent Vanier

Dear Staff and Families:
Please see the following updates to travel testing and quarantine requirements:

United States Travel

As of May 1, 2021, the state of Maine no longer requires proof of a negative test or quarantine for travelers to the state. Following the Maine guidance, Valley Unified Schools will also no longer require a negative test after United States travel to return to school.

Per the Maine Travel and Visitor FAQ page, “If one or more states see a spike in cases of high contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement on travelers to and from that state The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.” In the event that Maine does identify one or more states that require test or quarantine requirements, Valley Unified will also require the same to return to school.

International Travel

In line with U.S. CDC guidelines, all people who arrive in Maine within 7 days of entering the U.S. must quarantine for 7 days from arrival in the U.S. AND get a COVID-19 molecular or antigen test 3-5 days after arrival in the U.S. Even if the COVID-19 test is negative, individuals must complete the 7-day quarantine after travel. If the test is positive, individuals must isolate. Individuals arriving from international travel who do not get a COVID-19 test should quarantine for 10 days after arrival in the U.S. 

MMHS Recognized by US News & World Report

posted Apr 28, 2021, 4:41 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 28, 2021, 4:49 AM ]

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Madawaska Middle/High School was recognized by US News & World Report as the 8th highest performing high school in Maine in their April 2021 edition.  This is the 3rd time MMHS has been recognized for their performance.  US News & World Report cited the school on a combination of factors contributing to a quality education.  Among the highlights:
          • The graduation rate of 95% was well above the state's median score
          • Students scored at the 79.5th percentile, well above expectations
          • 43% of the school population took the Advanced Placement tests for college credit
          • Students scored in the 60th percentile in reading, well above the state average
          • Math and reading performance ranked as 3rd highest in the state

School Buses for Sale

posted Apr 14, 2021, 12:49 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Apr 14, 2021, 12:51 PM ]

buses for sale
MADAWASKA SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
The Madawaska School Department has two buses for sale by sealed bids.  
TO BE SOLD AS IS

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.

FORWARD TO:
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
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Engine – Cummings
§ Transmission – Automatic § Mileage – 126,440
§ 77 Passenger


(207) 728-3346 

16+ COVID-19 Vaccinations

posted Apr 14, 2021, 12:31 PM by Vincent Vanier

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Here is information for parents about some clinics being offered for students 16+ that would like to receive some COVID-19 vaccinations.  See the attachment.  For more information, please contact school nurse Lynn Wetmore at 728-3371 extension 2413.

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