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Alice in Wonderland opens October 26

Chief Joseph Middle School drama presents Alice in Wonderland October 26-27 at 7:30 pm, and October 28 at 2:00 pm, in the auditorium.

Tickets at the door are $5 adults, $3 students/children.

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State Education News

More than $4 million in federal grants was awarded to support afterschool and summer learning programs for students in high-poverty, low-performing schools, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.
Six schools in Washington won awards for their creative and innovative programs that contribute to student success, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.
Washington state students performed higher on SAT exams than the national average and increased participation from 2016, according to results released today by the College Board.
Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced that four teachers from Washington were selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

U.S. Dept. of Education News

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the winner in the EdSim Challenge, a competition to design the next-generation of simulations that strengthen career and technical education.

The EdSim Challenge called upon the virtual reality, video game developer and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for a globally competitive workforce and spur an ecosystem of virtual and augmented reality technology in education.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced that all consolidated state plans submitted by 34 states and Puerto Rico under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for the fall deadline were found to be complete and ready for peer review.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today released the following statement on the announcement of new members to the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.
Washington — As states and territories recover and rebuild from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, the U.S. Department of Education continues to provide assistance to the impacted students, schools and institutions. On Friday Oct. 6, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited two impacted schools in southern Florida—Everglades City School in Everglades City and Pinecrest Elementary in Immokalee—to speak with students and hear directly from teachers and administrators about their communities' recovery efforts and needs.

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Students learn about Careers in Manufacturing


Nearly 30 high school students from the Richland School District attended Careers in Manufacturing at CBC Friday. The hands-on learning labs included electrical, CAD, welding, and precision machining (photo above).

Precision Machinists are among the most highly educated production technicians in manufacturing. They find rewarding careers in the automotive, agriculture, and aeronautics industries.  

“There are many manufacturing career paths in the Tri-Cities and beyond,” said Lance Stephens, AREVA manager. “These careers are rewarding and offer good wages and benefits.”


Jefferson students sign construction beam for new school (photo gallery)


The Jefferson Elementary School construction project is moving along on schedule and Jefferson students are now officially part of the project.

The 400 plus students signed one of the construction beams for their new school Wednesday morning and a crane will move it into place on Friday.

The new Jefferson will open in August.


A big thank you to local firefighters (photo gallery)


Leona Libby Middle School students are helping out local firefighters. The students collected useful supplies such as energy bars, lip balm, hot chocolate, toothpaste, and presented those supplies Tuesday morning to a crew from Benton County Fire District #4.

“Our firefighters have been busy locally and now down in California. Libby students wanted to say thank you,” stated assistant principal Kelly Lindsley.


First place award at Cavalcade of Bands (photo gallery)

The Hanford High School Marching Band earned a First Place award at the Southeastern Washington Cavalcade of Bands October 7 in Kennewick….

  • The HHS show “Street Beats” featured over 150 students performing on instruments and flags.

  • The HHS Color Guard earned the top color guard award for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

  • The event at Lampson Stadium attracted 28 marching bands from schools around the region.

Reaching out to help foster care children


Foster children are getting a big boost thanks to the efforts of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and AP Physics students at Richland High School.

After collecting personal items and school supplies, the student leaders filled up 15 backpacks which are being donated to Teytum’s Gifts, a non-profit that helps foster care children.

Over 10,000 children of all ages are currently in foster care in Washington State.



Parent appreciates Richland High staff

From a Richland High School parent….
“My son is on an IEP for his Autism disability. The level of service I have received for my son and this school's creative program to integrate and make my son college-ready is amazing. He went from a 5th grade level in middle school to a 9th grade level in one year not only because of the out of the box thinking, but also the teachers’ commitment to my son.”


Football players raise cancer awareness

Socks of all colors were worn by the Carmichael Middle School 8th grade football team Wednesday to recognize the American Cancer Society’s various cancer awareness initiatives. The pink associated with breast cancer awareness is very well known, but some of the others are:

  • Black - Melanoma
  • Purple - Pancreatic Cancer
  • Gray - Brain Cancer
  • Light Blue - Prostate Cancer

One of the Carmichael players, Joey Pearson, lost his father to brain cancer four years ago so Joey wore gray socks yesterday in memory of him.


Experience of a lifetime for string musicians


The Richland High School String Orchestra performed last Sunday at TRAC with the Mid-Columbia Symphony and Grammy award winning recording artists Mark and Maggie O’Conner.

“It was an epic performance by our musicians,” noted director Sarah Berglund. “The students will remember this experience for a lifetime.”


Sorensen named “School Social Worker of the Year”


Michelle Sorensen, social worker at River’s Edge High School, has been named 2017 Distinguished School Social Worker of the Year by the Washington Association of School Social Workers (WASSW). The award honors a school social worker who is making outstanding contributions in direct practice and leadership.

“Michelle is a skilled social worker who builds trusting relationships with students and guides them toward success,” says Erin Vidler Romanuk, WASSW President.


District Report Card

The Richland School District Report Card link has all sorts of data about test scores, demographics, teacher qualifications, graduation rates, and special programs.  You can take a look at the District as a whole or by individual school.


HHS drama presents The Crucible

Hanford High School drama presents The Crucible October 27-28 & November 2-4, 7:30 pm, in the auditorium.

Reserved tickets at the door or online are $10 and $12. The Crucible is a story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-1693.

RSD Media

KONA Radio news update - October 11, 2017 KONA Radio news update - October 11, 2017
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2018 Levy - Interview with Supt Rick Schulte (KONA Radio) 2018 Levy - Interview with Supt Rick Schulte (KONA Radio)

Upcoming Events

School Board Meeting Oct 24 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
Oct 27
End of 1st Quarter
Nov 1 :  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov 2 :  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
High School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov 3 :  11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Early Release - Grades 6-12
Nov 10
No School - Veteran's Day (Observed)
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Abby DeFever, Richland High School
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Sibel Akyol, Hanford High School