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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


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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 ]

USNWR
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
§
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

Vaccination 1
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.

Early Dismissal 4-1-2021

posted Apr 1, 2021, 9:29 AM by Vincent Vanier

dismissal
Madawaska Schools will be dismissing at 1:30pm this afternoon.  Please click this link to read in more detail.  https://vuescsuper.blogspot.com/2021/04/early-release-for-valley-unified.html

Snow Day 3-2-2021

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


Snow
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.  https://vuescsuper.blogspot.com/2021/03/all-valley-unified-schools-to-dismiss.html

School Dismissal 2-2-2021

posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:29 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Feb 2, 2021, 6:33 AM ]

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. 



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