Richland School District
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Classroom Support Teacher Katey Bryan (r) works with first grade teacher Kristen Good

Mentoring…coaching…collaboration…support. The Richland School District this year implemented Classroom Support Teachers, a student-centered coaching model designed to improve instruction. It’s all about teachers helping fellow teachers improve their craft. The results after five months are positive. “Our Classroom Support Teachers are offering relevant support to teachers through sound partnering practices,” says Nicki Blake, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning.


Congratulations to the Hanford and Richland High School drama students who finished in the top ten percent of judging scores at the Eastern Washington Thespian Festival January 17 in Spokane and have qualified to audition at the Washington State Thespian Festival showcase March 19-21 in Bellingham.

RSD teachers discuss importance of early learning (KVEW-TV)

The Rulers and Hidden Depths teams

A combined Richland School District team “The Rulers” earned the Grand Champion Award at the First Lego League Washington State Robotics Competition January 17 in Ellensburg. Team members are: Kimberly McKinnon, Camilla McKinnon and Olivia Walton - Chief Joseph MS; Noah Walton - Sacajawea Elementary; Emmaline McKinnon - Jefferson Elementary; Calvin Webber - HomeLink.

Hanford High students Animesh Pattanayak, left, and Natasa Kvesic congratulate each other during Thursday's ceremony honoring students who are naturalized citizens. Students Lauren Townson and Giovana Pinheiro, right, also were recognized during the event. (Tri-City Herald photo)

Many of the 24 Hanford High students honored during a ceremony Thursday were very young when they came to the United States. While most became naturalized citizens years ago, seeing and hearing dozens of their classmates applaud them demonstrated they are truly welcome members of the American family. “My parents just thought we’d have better opportunities in life,” said senior Animesh Pattanayak, who was 2 when his family came to the U.S. from India.


You can’t miss the nearly 400 college pennants that line the main hallway of Carmichael Middle School. The pennants are colorful and eye catching. Universities, technical schools, and community colleges from all over the United States are represented. “It’s one of the ways we’re building a career readiness and college-going culture at Carmichael,” says counselor Becky Thomas.


All 10 RSD elementary schools will offer full-day kindergarten next year even if the state doesn’t provide additional money to pay for it. The Richland School Board voted unanimously to support the proposal. Currently, only Jefferson Elementary offers the full-day option. “Test results demonstrate substantially greater growth in student reading and math skills compared to similar students in half-day kindergarten programs,” stated Superintendent Rick Schulte. “We’ve seen it first-hand at Jefferson.”

Shanta Katipamula

Hanford High School senior Shanta Katipamula is one of 300 Semifinalists in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search competition. Katipamula’s project is titled “Harvesting Hydrogen through the Electrolysis of Water: Investigating the Relationship Between Electro-Catalytic Composition, Electrode Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness”.

Hanford High DECA students

Over 40 DECA students from Hanford and Richland High Schools placed fifth or higher at the regional DECA Conference and have qualified to attend the Washington State Career Development Conference. There were 17 first place winners. DECA students test their marketing skills by solving a business related problem and presenting it to a business professional who evaluates the presentation.


Many Richland elementary schools could have full-day kindergarten next year even if the state doesn’t provide the money to pay for it. Superintendent Rick Schulte is proposing implementing full-day programs in more of the district’s schools next year. It could cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars without state support. “Test results demonstrate substantially greater growth in student reading and math skills compared to similar students in half-day kindergarten programs,” Schulte said.


The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Lindsey Bradley of Richland High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Washington Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Bradley raced to the Class 4A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:24. Bradley captured bronze at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships. She has maintained a 3.90 GPA in the classroom.

District to start transfer process over with clean slate (Tri-City Herald0


With the Richland School District establishing new elementary boundaries for the 2015-16 school year, hundreds of students whose parents have chosen to send them to schools outside their neighborhoods will have to re-apply to stay there next year. The Richland School Board agreed Tuesday night to rescind all transfer agreements after the current school year. Creating a clean slate will make it easier to determine where students actually want to be, school officials said.