Madawaska Elementary Receives National Energy Education Development Program
The National Energy Education Development Program recently recognized one school per state for their work with energy conservation programs in their classes. MES was recognized for the work in Ms. Gina Jandreau's class. See the write up at http://www.need.org/Maine-Program or the annual report at http://www.need.org/needpdf/NEEDAnnualReport.pdf
NWEA Testing Season Begins at Both Schools
Madawaska Elementary School and Madawaska Middle/High School will be participating in the winter NWEA testing cycle beginning on Tuesday, January 22nd and ending on Thursday, February 7th. Students in grades K through 10 are instructed to eat a good breakfast and get plenty of sleep before this testing. Students will be tested in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics, with the results compared against national results. The students are tested in the Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions to provide sufficient data on individual progress. MMHS Schedule
PowerSchool Outage Resolved
Madawaska School Department's PowerSchool server suffered a catastrophic hard drive failure early Friday, November 2nd. The server has been rebuilt and is currently back online as of Monday, November 5th at 9:30 AM. We apologize for the interruption in service. You can access the server at http://188.8.131.52/public
We will be having Early Childhood Registration for the 2012 - 2013 school year on Wednesday, March 14th
at the Madawaska Elementary School. If you have a child that will be four year old by October 15, 2012, please call the MES Office to make an appointment.
MES Teacher Assignment Changes
Madawaska Elementary School has recently made some changes to the teaching staff. Mrs. Julie Cyr
is now working as a half-time fifth grade teacher. She will be working each afternoon with her students. Our fourth grade teacher Mrs. Rita Pelletier has retired and Mrs. Tina Albert
will be taking her place. Mrs. Albert was teaching half time in Kindergarten. She will be replaced by Ms. Michelle Bassett
effective December 1st. Best wishes to Mrs. Pelletier as she begins her retirement! Good luck to Mrs. Cyr, Mrs. Albert, and Ms. Bassett on their new classroom endeavors as well!
MMHS Produces New Online Student Newspaper
Student's in Mrs. Jenny Bechard's Advanced Computers class have produced a new student run newspaper called, "Eye of the Owl" that is published online here
. The students are using Google Sites to produce the material. Senior editor Kyle Blanchette has been working hard at both generating the necessary page templates and gathering stories from his fellow student writers. If you have any ideas for stories, contact Kyle by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phase One of Heating System Conversion Begins
The first phase of the heating system conversion has begun at Madawaska Middle/High School. Local contractors have been hired to begin digging and make preparations for the new biomass boiler to be installed. Crews have broken ground in the area of the former metals shop on the School Street side of the building. The installation of the boiler and the necessary bunkers should be completed by the spring of 2012, and the second phase of the project should follow in the summer and fall of 2012. This project will allow MMHS to make their heating system more reliable and energy efficient. See the photo gallery here.
Fall 2011 NWEA Testing Grades K-10
Students in grades K through 10 will be taking the NWEA exams beginning September 6th. MMHS will be done testing by September 15th, while MES will complete their testing schedule for the fall on September 20th. The NWEA tests are standardized tests in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, and Language Usage. Results from these tests help teachers tailor their instruction to the needs of the students.
MES Open House September 20th
Teachers and Administrators at Madawaska Elementary School invite parents to come to an Open House on Tuesday, September 20th from 6pm to 7:30pm. Ben Sirois will introduce parents to the new MES Behavior Expectations project that will apply to students. Fourth grade parents will be invited to presentation on PowerSchool for their children. Usernames and passwords for those students will be handed out at that time. Jennifer Sirois and Missy Morneault will introduce parents to the RTI program as well as the new reading series. Hope to see you there!
New Madawaska Superintendent of Schools
The Madawaska School Department has hired Mrs. Terry L. Wood to be their new Superintendent of Schools. Her first day of work was July 1st. Mrs. Wood comes to us from Eagle Lake where she was the Principal of the Eagle Lake Elementary School. Prior to that she was the Principal at the Garland Elementary School and the Dexter Primary School for MSAD 46 in Dexter. She has also worked as the Assistant Principal at the Fort Kent Elementary and Middle School. She takes over for Mr. Todd LeRoy who has left to pursue another superintendency. The entire Madawaska School Department would like to take this opportunity to welcome her aboard!