With blue confetti in hand, I am honored and elated to announce that Valentine has been awarded this morning the honor of being named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School! Valentine is being honored as an Exemplary High Performing School for being among our nation's highest performing schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards this morning. He stated, "This honor recognizes your students' accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success. Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence- in vision, in implementation, and in results- and we want to learn as much as we can from you."
Our amazing Valentine staff strives to keep children in our school on the edge of their seats, engaged in learning whether it be while discussing a science discovery with a peer, editing an opinion paper, sharing ideas on how to resolve a playground dispute, analyzing a work of art, or learning to play the marimba. Essential to our school success, is the amazing support our school and students receive from all of our parents and members of our community. It is truly a team effort and we thank all of you for your contributions to the learning and success of our students!
Colleen Shields, Principal, on behalf of the Valentine staff
Department of Education Announcement of 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools
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