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Schools Closed to the General Public

posted Mar 24, 2020, 5:15 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 5:21 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 https://bit.ly/39mUUFW  or click on the image below.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Letter to Seniors

posted Mar 24, 2020, 6:40 AM by Vincent Vanier

DATE: March 24, 2020
TO: All CHS, MMHS, and WMHS Seniors, Parents, and Guardians 
FROM: Benjamin Sirois, Superintendent of Schools
RE: COVID-19 Impact on Senior Year

Dear Class of 2020,

The final months of your senior year were not supposed to be like this. You were not supposed to be sent home from school for an indefinite period of time. You were not supposed to be entering into a remote learning plan that has never been attempted before. You certainly were not supposed to be separated from one another after all your years of working together, earning the right to experience all the wonderful things that senior year brings. I know this is not what you expected and I know this is unfair. I
t is perfectly understandable to be upset and to feel disappointed. I’m very sorry this is happening to you during your senior year. Although it may seem possible right now, we will get through this. As each day passes, and you have one less day remaining in your senior year, please know that we are working hard to support your needs as you make preparations for your future. We want to ensure that this shift to remote learning does not harm your future plans and goals. Please continue to reach out to your teachers on a regular basis. Please continue to connect with your guidance counselor, your school administrators, and your network of school supports. We are still here for you! Regarding major senior year milestones, such as prom, senior week, and of course, graduation, we will be monitoring the coronavirus impact on our local region before making any changes or recommendations regarding these events. That being said, please know that regardless of when or how, these major milestones will still occur, even if they need to be delayed or if they need to be restructured. As a senior, you have earned the right to participate in these events, so we will find a way to ensure that they happen for you. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. Please take care of yourselves. Please support one another. And please continue to enjoy your senior year, making the most out of this challenging situation. You deserve nothing less. 

Respectfully,

Benjamin Sirois
Superintendent of Schools/Executive Director Valley Unified Education Service Center

Student Contact

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

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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, 10:33 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.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Sirois
Superintendent of Schools
Valley Unified Education Service Center

AnticipatedOpenings20-21

posted Feb 28, 2020, 9:13 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 11:50 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
CLASSROOM TEACHER – GRADES 7–12 English/Art
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER – GRADES 7-12
SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR Full Time position

If you are interested in any of these positions, please apply online at:
http://www.madawaskaschools.org/district/employment-opportunities

PBE Think Tank Modifications

posted Feb 14, 2020, 4:38 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Feb 14, 2020, 4:41 AM ]

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As a result of a recent PBE Think Tank collaboration between teacher representatives who teach grades 9-12 from our regional high schools, small modifications to our grading/scoring system will begin immediately.  Please see the attached notice or go to 
http://bit.ly/PBEmodifications for more information.  

Winter Carnival 2020 (Adjusted)

posted Jan 24, 2020, 8:06 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Feb 14, 2020, 4:34 AM ]

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(Adjusted Schedule) The start of the second semester means that winter is in full swing.  It also means that it's time to break up the routine a little and enjoy a long-celebrated tradition here at MMHS.  Winter Carnival events bring the spirit of camaraderie and excitement to the season.  This year's events are listed on the agenda.  The theme for this year's event will be announced on January 30th.  Time to create some memories that will last a lifetime.  Students will compete in academic, artistic, and athletic challenges by graduating class to determine which class is this year's champion.  This year's theme days include School Pride Day, Occupation Day, Twin Day, and Formal Dress-Up Day.  Rumor has it that the ever popular Treasure Chest has long been buried as well.  What's your favorite event or memory?

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 p.m.at 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!

Tragic Loss

posted Dec 5, 2019, 11:30 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 11:31 AM ]

Dear Parents and Students,

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. This afternoon, Jenna Guillemette, a junior at Madawaska Middle/High School, passed away from complications of an illness while hospitalized. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students. Our school has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. At Madawaska Middle/High School, we will have counselors available this afternoon and evening until 10:00pm, for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. These services will continue throughout the day tomorrow. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources. We want to let parents and students know that we will have a crisis team available at the school this afternoon and evening until 10:00pm, and throughout the school day tomorrow, to assist in dealing with this tragic loss. If students need assistance they may make use of these services. If additional services are needed throughout the evening, please do not hesitate to call the AMHC Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112. We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need. 

Sincerely, 

Benjamin Sirois 

Superintendent of Schools

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