Richland School District

Art clubbers learn about world renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly (photo gallery)

Earl Wright of the Glass Punty helps L & C students understand more about glass blowing techniques.
Earl Wright of the Glass Punty helps L & C students understand more about glass blowing techniques.

Art club students at Lewis & Clark Elementary School are learning about world renowned artist Dale Chihuly, a Washington native who is famous for his glass sculptures. On Thursday, the students took a field trip to Glass Punty in Richland to observe glass blowing techniques in action.  

“They loved it so much they are already asking about the next field trip,” says Lulu Jones, Lewis & Clark art teacher.

While at the Glass Punty, the art clubbers had the opportunity to create jewelry holders using cut pieces of colored glass. The glass pieces were placed in a kiln to melt and fuse together. The jewelry holders will be on display at Lewis & Clark next week.


Hanford High School cheer squad places second at nationals (photo gallery)

HHS Varsity Cheer Squad earns second at nationals.
HHS Varsity Cheer Squad earns second at nationals.

The Hanford High School varsity cheer squad earned Second Place in the Non-Tumbling Super Large Division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship February 11-12 in Orlando, Florida. This is the first time that the HHS cheer program has cracked the top 10 at nationals.

Varsity cheer squad team members are: Grace Benitz, Abrianna Boarder, Krizia Brooks, Brie Buchanan, Brooklyn Jorde, Stevie Kanyid, Natalie Lawrence, Payton Mayer, Rae’Lu McBride, Kylee Mitchell, Jalen Moberg, Jordan Murphey, Michelle Ni, Caitlyn Palmer, Sydney Parsons, Jasmine Rice, Shaylee Richey, Aspen Rohrer, Kabriah Rullman, Chloe Schumacher, Grace Stephens, and Grace Sypher.


District reaches election validation figure; voters approve construction bond issue


Richland School District residents have approved the $99 million construction bond issue. Updated election results Wednesday afternoon show the measure passing with a 61% yes vote (60% is required for passage). Official vote totals from the Benton County Auditor’s Office are:

9,529 – Yes

5,967 – No

“We thank District residents for their show of support,” stated Superintendent Rick Schulte. “It’s a positive result for the entire community.”

“The citizens of Richland and West Richland realized there was a need to keep improving our facilities and have responded in a big way,” added Rick Jansons, Richland School Board President.


Middle school math scholars earn hardware at MATHCOUNTS

Carmichael team (l to r): Coach Michelle Gotthold, Mr. Hendrickson (WSPE organizer), Shaheer Arif, Zoe Gotthold, Sofia Marina, and Johnnie Norsworthy.
Carmichael team (l to r): Coach Michelle Gotthold, Mr. Hendrickson (WSPE organizer), Shaheer Arif, Zoe Gotthold, Sofia Marina, and Johnnie Norsworthy.

The Carmichael Middle School math team (photo above) earned first place at the Tri-Cities Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition held February 11 in Richland. Team members are Shaheer Arif, Zoe Gotthold, Sofia Marina, and Johnnie Norsworthy.  The Carmichael team has qualified for the Washington State MathCounts Championship which will be held in March on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. The CMS coach is parent Michelle Gotthold.   

The Enterprise Middle School math team earned second place and also qualified for the state competition. Team members are: Austin Wang, Nicolas Chang, Hannah Chavla, and Ajay Harilal. The EMS coach is parent Hailong Wang.


High school students get creative with their photography work (photo gallery)

Photography students from Hanford and Richland High Schools produce some excellent work. You can enjoy some of their photographs at the Photo Gallery web page. Some of these will be entered in the regional high school art show.


Election ballots deadline is Tuesday, February 14


Richland School District bond issue election ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, February 14.

The $99 million bond issue addresses 10 facility improvement projects:

  • Replace Badger Mountain Elementary School
  • Replace Tapteal Elementary School
  • Build a new elementary school on Belmont Boulevard in West Richland
  • Build a new elementary school in south Richland
  • Richland High School - auditorium improvements
  • Fran Rish Stadium - home side improvements and installation of field turf
  • Hanford High School - athletic field improvements including installation of bleachers, restrooms, and field turf
  • New RSD Teaching/Learning/Administrative Center
  • Preschool Center (renovate 1982 Jefferson wing)
  • Classroom additions/Land purchases

Students preparing for regional high school art show (photo gallery)

Diana Mart
Diana Mart

The Southeastern Washington High School Art Show is coming up later this month. Here are some of the entries from Richland High School.


FIRST Lego League team earns Innovative Solution Award


A combined team from Carmichael and Enterprise Middle Schools earned the Innovative Solution Award at the FIRST Lego League Eastern Washington Finals January 21 in Spokane. The Zoomasters were honored for their project encouraging zoo specialization through the use of virtual reality technology.

Team members are: Nikhita Bontha – Enterprise, Jessica Boyd – Carmichael, Bella McDermott – Carmichael, and Liana Ruedel – Enterprise. The coaches are Jason McDermott, senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Kristin Ruedel, principal researcher at American Institutes for Research.