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WASHINGTON —U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Utah and California’s consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

"I am pleased to approve Utah and California’s plans, both of which comply with the requirements of the law," said Secretary DeVos. "I look forward to seeing how these states utilize the flexibilities afforded in ESSA to rethink education and to improve outcomes for all students.";
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a total of approximately $94,500 in new federal assistance for Georgia under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (K-12 Restart) program. The award announced today is the first in a multiphase award process designed to provide prompt initial funding, while offering subsequent opportunities for additional assistance through future applications.
WASHINGTON —U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Oklahoma’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“I am pleased to approve Oklahoma’s plan, which complies with the requirements of the law,” said Secretary DeVos. “I encourage states to use their plans as a starting point, rather than a finish line, to improve outcomes for all students.”
WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced that the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) will be the first to pilot new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to create a student-centered funding system. The model is designed to equitably allocate local, state and federal resources based on student needs.

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Timo Saage, Richland High School
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Hanford High School teacher’s work selected for textbook

Bedford /St. Martin's Press has selected Hanford High School teacher Kim Reifle to be a contributor to the third edition of Language of Composition. The company asked Reifle to submit questions for the teacher’s edition and her questions were included in the recent publication.

Reifle teaches AP English, Mythology, Senior Writing, and Shakespeare at Hanford High. Bedford/St. Martin's specializes in publishing AP, Pre-AP, and humanities college textbooks.


Excellent progress on Elementary School #11

This aerial photo shows the progress being made on Elementary School #11 in West Richland. The new elementary school is one of ten projects being funded from the 2017 bond issue. Elementary #11 will open in August 2019 and house Tapteal Elementary students during the 2019-20 school year while the new Tapteal is being built.


Hanford High hosts national Guitar Building Institute (photo gallery)

A Guitar Building Institute took place in the Hanford High School wood shop last week. Teachers from all over the west coast learned how to build guitars so they could take that knowledge back to students in their home school districts.

“The primary focus was the application of Computer Numerical Control technology as it relates to manufacturing guitar components,” stated Ed Ufford, Hanford High teacher and one of the Institute instructors.


Enjoying the clay during summer break (photo gallery)

The Richland High School ceramics studio is open once again this summer for the Richland School District’s annual summer school pottery class.

"Students are creating hand built projects, using the potters wheel, and learning decorating methods,” explains RHS art teacher Robert McMinn who has led the summer pottery class for 19 years.


Richland Education Foundation grants enhance RSD academic programs

The Richland Education Foundation has awarded over $11,000 in grants this year to support Richland School District academic programs:

  • Lisa Wildey, Badger Mountain - $740 for STEM Materials
  • Toni Cuello, Tapteal - $372 for Family Engagement Math and Language Packs
  • Lorie Morrison, Marcus Whitman - $305 for 25 Chromebook Cases
  • Sylvia Hall, Badger Mountain - $1014 for Fine Motor Skills Toolkits
  • Sara Flores-Anderson, Hanford High - $1412 for 16 Plastic Human Model Skulls
  • Michele Duberstein, Badger Mountain - $3904 for 19 Samsung Tablets
  • Stephanie Becker, Annie Wysok, and Michele Morgan, Lewis & Clark - $2508 for Incubators and Supplies

RSD students give back through blood donations

Richland School District high school students and staff donated over 400 units of blood through American Red Cross blood drives this past year:

  • Richland High School - 289 units**
  • Hanford High School - 120 units
  • Rivers Edge High School - 29 units

“Thank you to all for replenishing the community blood supply and sharing a lifesaving gift,” stated Shana Duncan of the American Red Cross. “These 438 units of blood can potentially save over 1,300 lives.”


Middle school summer camp focuses on health sciences

Over 80 Richland School District middle school students are engaged in the health sciences this week at the Zombie Apocalypse Summer Camp. “The students are learning about healthcare careers while investigating and having fun with our zombie virus mystery,” explains Jon Lobdell, Director of the RSD’s Academy of Health Sciences.

The students will be focusing in on one of five interest areas as the week moves along: emergency operations, medical researcher, outbreak analyst, media specialist, or medical professional.



Public invited to principals candidate forum on Thursday

The Richland School District invites parents and community members to a public forum to meet four candidates being considered for three elementary school principal positions. The open positions are at Marcus Whitman, Sacajawea, and White Bluffs. The forum is Thursday, July 19, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, in the Carmichael Middle School library. "The Richland School District is committed to finding exceptional leaders,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte.


Serve on Richland Education Foundation board

Do you want to help make sure RSD students and teachers have enough resources to be successful? If so, you should consider serving on the board of the Richland Education Foundation. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded over $247,000 in grants to support Richland schools. For more info, call 528-9102 or REFfoundation@gmail.com


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Elian Bock, Hanford High School
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