ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 166
(Senate - October 05, 2018)

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                         ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS



 Ms. HEITKAMP. Mr. President, I want to congratulate the 
students, faculty, and parents of Central Valley School, located in 
Buxton, North Dakota, on being awarded the 2018 National Blue Ribbon 
School Award.
  Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes 
public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students 
perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being 
made in students' academic achievement. A National Blue Ribbon Schools 
flag overhead has become a mark of excellence in education recognized 
by everyone from parents to policymakers in thousands of communities. 
Since the program's founding, the U.S. Department of Education has 
bestowed this coveted award to more than 8,500 of America's best 
  Central Valley School serves roughly 196 students and was one of 
three schools in North Dakota to receive the honor of Exemplary High 
Performing School in 2018. Receiving recognition as a National Blue 
Ribbon School signifies the hard work and dedication of the educators, 
students and parents involved, and I have no doubt the students at 
Central Valley School are on a path to success. At Central Valley 
School, teachers focus on each individual student using their multi-
tiered system of support. This personalized teaching can consist of 
one-on-one with students to focused instructional help from a web-based 
program. The faculty meets eight times a year to assess what certain 
students might need to be successful. Central Valley's innovative 
commitment to developing student potential has resulted in high student 
outcomes for which we can all be proud.
  Central Valley School holds true to its motto, ``A Commitment to 
Educational Excellence for Students, Staff, and Community: Achievement; 
Enhancement; Involvement,'' by constantly looking at the needs of each 
individual student. I wish the very best to the community of Buxton and 
congratulations to all engaged at Central Valley School for achieving 
this high honor. Thank you for your commitment to our children and 
leaders of tomorrow.