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Art students draw with charcoal

This charcoal sketch was drawn by Sophie Sullivan, sixth grader at Enterprise Middle School (click on image to enlarge).

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State Education News

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).
Washington public schools play a vital role in children’s health by providing free and reduced-price meals to students in need.

U.S. Dept. of Education News

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.
The financial aid filing season officially began at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 1 with the launch of the 2018‒19 FAFSA® at fafsa.gov. Nearly 238,000 online applications were submitted the first day, representing an eight percent increase compared to one year ago.

Most students and parents are eligible to use the IRS DRT to electronically transfer their 2016 tax return information. The tool returned Oct. 1 for the 2018‒19 FAFSA with extra security and privacy protections to safeguard sensitive taxpayer data.

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Louise Bohl, Richland High School
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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.


Fostering positive partnerships with families

The Chief Joseph Middle School Action Team Partnership Committee partnered with Big 5 and Richland Baptist Church to provide new shoes to 21 students last Saturday.

“Fostering positive relationships with our families is a top priority,” says teacher Jill Loftus.


Creating a positive culture makes a difference for students (KNDU-TV)


The Character Strong program is making a positive difference at Enterprise Middle School. It’s all about students being the best they can be and treating their fellow students with respect and kindness.

"We're trying to educate the whole child," says teacher Ben Barr. "More than just math and science; we want to educate them on how to interact with each other, how to be kind to each other...how simple that is and how it can go such a long ways."

Learn more in this KNDU-TV news story.



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.

“At River’s Edge, we build relationships with students and families and believe this is the foundation of success,” says Sorensen. “It truly takes a village and River’s Edge is a great village to be a part of as we break down barriers to graduation.”


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.


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.


GLOW Walk for Diabetes is Wednesday

Community members of all ages are invited to join Richland High School at the GLOW (Go Lead Our World) Walk for Diabetes on Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at Fran Rish Stadium.

Make a luminaria, bring donations, and support someone you know with diabetes by walking the track for an hour.

“We’ll honor friends and family who are fighting diabetes and remember those who have already lost their battle with diabetes,” says Jim Qualheim. “Everyone is welcome.”


Giving back to help hurricane victims


Lewis & Clark Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, and Communities in Schools teamed up for an “Eagles for Relief” fundraiser. The funds raised went to Alexander Elementary in Houston, and Poinciana Park Elementary in Miami. Both schools were affected by the recent hurricanes.

“We are so proud of our students for raising a combined amount of $1,353,” noted Bre Kays, L & C counselor.


Sacajawea secretaries making a difference


At the Tuesday Richland School Board meeting, Sacajawea Principal Jim Bruce and Assistant Principal Kindra Clayton recognized secretaries Haley Knutson and Ruby Palencia for their positive work with students, staff, and parents. “Haley and Ruby have a can-do and will-do attitude. They make a tremendous first impression with everyone who walks through our doors. They play a key role in the success of Sacajawea Elementary School.”

RSD Media

KONA Radio news update - October 11, 2017 KONA Radio news update - October 11, 2017
2018 Levy - TV interview with Superintendent Rick Schulte 2018 Levy - TV interview with Superintendent Rick Schulte
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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Diana Mart, Richland High School
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Cyrille Villas, Richland High School