Richland School District

Middle schoolers reaching out to help foster care teenagers (photo gallery)


Chief Joseph Middle School students and staff are reaching out to help local foster children. AVID students finished making blankets Friday afternoon (see photo gallery).

Meanwhile, students and staff are raising money through “Ten for Teens". The money will be used to purchase $10 gift cards for teenagers in foster care.


Three Hanford High student-athletes selected to All-State Cheerleading Team


Five members of the Hanford High School cheer squad competed in the All-State Cheerleading Competition last month….left to right above are Krizia Brooks, Brie Buchanan, Michelle Ni, Jasmine Rice, and Rae'Lu McBride. The girls were judged on jumps, tumbling, cheer, and dance.

Brie, Michelle, and Jasmine were selected to the 25-member All-State Cheerleading Team. Michelle placed in the top three for cheer, and Brie placed in the top three for jumps. Congratulations to all. The HHS cheer coach is Kim Mayer.



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Community invited to mental health forums and suicide prevention walk this week


Hanford and Richland High Schools invite the public to three important events this week focusing on Youth Suicide Prevention. Experts will present information and answer questions at two Mental Health Community Forums....

  • The first forum is tonight (Tuesday), 6:00 pm, in the HHS library
  • The second forum is Wednesday, 6:00 pm, in the RHS library

Then, the two schools invite everyone to the “Strides to End Teen Suicide Walk” on Thursday, December 1, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Fran Rish Stadium.
“We don't want to lose one more youth to suicide in our community,” says RHS counselor Chandra Markel. “Hanford and Richland High Schools are working together to make sure every student knows they are loved and supported….that suicide should never be an option.”



Bombers to play for state 4A football title Saturday night in Tacoma


Congratulations to the Richland High School football team on winning their state 4A semifinal game over Skyview 35-7 on Saturday. The Bombers now advance to the state championship game this Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm, at the Tacoma Dome. The Bombers will meet the Camas Papermakers for the state title. The championship game will be broadcast on Root Sports.


RSD students take the lead in holiday food drives


Food drives take place throughout the Richland School District during the holidays. One example is at Wiley Elementary School where leadership students coordinated a Thanksgiving Food Drive that resulted in 2,295 pounds of food being collected and donated to the Richland Food Bank.  


Leona Libby selected as name for new middle school

The Richland School Board voted Tuesday night to name the Richland School District’s new middle school Leona Libby Middle School. The school is currently under construction in West Richland and will open next August. Leona Libby Middle School will be 108,000 square feet in size and house 800 students.


Jefferson Elementary School project moving along on schedule


The Jefferson Elementary School replacement project is moving along right on schedule. This Tuesday night, the Richland School Board will review the architect design plans. The next phase will be preparation of construction documents. The District will break ground on the new Jefferson next summer. The new school will open in August 2018. Replacement of Jefferson is one of the bond issue projects approved by voters in 2013. You can access the construction timeline at this link.


Join the Richland School District in helping our community this Saturday


The Richland School District invites community members to “Stuff the Bus” on Saturday, November 19, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, at Fred Meyer on Wellsian Way, or Yoke’s Fresh Market on Keene Road. The goal is to help families in need by filling a school bus with new or slightly used clothing, shoes, and blankets (sizes for middle school and high school ages are especially needed). Non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items will also be welcome.

“Stuff the Bus” is sponsored by Public School Employees #112 and Richland Education Association in partnership with Communities in Schools of Benton/Franklin.


Congratulations to RSD All-Northwest and All-State musicians


Fifty-one Richland School District students have been selected to perform in the 2016-17 All-Northwest and All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs.

“Congratulations to all of these outstanding musicians for their dedication and effort,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte.


Service to others....doing your best.....are themes of Veterans Day Assembly


At the Hanford High School Veterans Day Assembly today, Captain Michael Baddley, U.S. Army, spoke about service to others. He presented “Challenge Coins” to five HHS staff who were involved in saving the life of student Leighton Tomerlin last week. Leighton suffered a heart attack and collapsed during a P.E. class.

Reacting immediately by administering CPR, calling 911, and utilizing an AED to restore Leighton’s heart rhythm were….security guard Andy Ashworth, P.E. teacher Jeff Crow, assistant principal Mike Gaddis, school resource officer Jory Parish, and secretary Debra Branson. Leighton is now recovering at home and may return to school next week.


Enterprise Middle School math teams take home First Place awards

Enterprise 8th grade math team - First Place - Math is Cool Regional Competition
Enterprise 8th grade math team - First Place - Math is Cool Regional Competition

The Enterprise Middle School seventh and eighth grade math teams earned First Place awards at the Math is Cool Regional Competition November 4 in Moses Lake. The Carmichael Middle School seventh grade math team earned a second place award.

A number of students from Carmichael, Chief Joseph, and Enterprise placed in the top five including first place finishers Austin Wang and Nicholas Chang from EMS.