Richland School District

Elementary orchestra students work with CBC instructor (photo gallery)

Bruce Walker, CBC faculty member, leads the Lewis & Clark orchestra
Bruce Walker, CBC faculty member, leads the Lewis & Clark orchestra

The Lewis & Clark Elementary School orchestra worked Friday morning with Bruce Walker, music faculty member at Columbia Basin College. Walker is a veteran music leader who led the 30 orchestra students through a number of exercises and pieces.

“These fourth and fifth grade musicians impressed me with their playing ability,” said Walker. “It’s always valuable and engaging for elementary students to interact with a guest conductor.”

Hanford High Me to We Club helps school children in Haiti

The HHS Me to We Club is motivated to help those in need
The HHS Me to We Club is motivated to help those in need

The Hanford High School Me to We Club is reaching out to help those in need. The club’s recent “Totes for Goats” fundraiser collected enough money to purchase 25 goats for the rural community of Marialapa, Haiti.

The school in Marialapa currently has 10 goats. Each goat produces 16 cups of milk a day. The milk supplements student meals and is sold to help pay for school improvements.

Richland High freshman is state math champion

Bryan Fang
Bryan Fang

Bryan Fang, Richland High School freshman, earned a state championship at the Washington State Mathematics Contest April 23 in Ellensburg. Fang placed first in the Ad-Hoc Team Problem Division. Fang also was recognized with a Distinguished Freshman award. The contest, sponsored by the Washington State Mathematics Council, brought together the top high school math scholars from nine regions in the state.

Community invited to Richland School District art show

WSU Tri-Cities is hosting the 7th Annual Richland School District K-12 Art Show in the CIC Building (just north of the main campus) from April 26 through May 19. A variety of art work will be displayed including drawings, ceramics, and paintings. Access to the exhibit is during normal CIC Building operating hours - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

Lawsuit claims against Richland School District are dismissed


There is positive news to report regarding the one million dollar wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Richland School District by former Superintendent Jim Busey in February 2013. All of Dr. Busey’s claims against the District (including five Richland School Board members) have been dismissed.

National honors for Hanford High School journalism students

Caroline Waring and Emily Tan
Caroline Waring and Emily Tan

Hanford High School media students earned a number of top awards at the National High School Journalism Convention April 14-16 in Los Angeles. The student newspaper The Altitude earned a Best of Show 3rd Place Award. Seniors Emily Tan and Caroline Waring are the editors-in-chief. Nine other students earned individual awards. “I’m proud of these students who show critical thinking, initiative, and creativity in their work,” said faculty advisor Nancy E. Smith.

Math scholars qualify for state Math Masters competition


The fourth grade math team from Lewis & Clark Elementary School earned First Place in Division 1A at the 2016 Math Is Cool! Regional competition held April 15. The team will now compete in the Elite Division at the Washington State Math Masters competition next month in Moses Lake. In the individual competition, Lewis & Clark student George Hu earned the First Place trophy.

Jewelry-Metals courses offer students creative opportunities (photo gallery)

Wade Newman forms a ring band around a ring mandrel in preparation for soldering.
Wade Newman forms a ring band around a ring mandrel in preparation for soldering.

Jewelry-Metals courses offer RSD high school students excellent opportunities to be creative and express themselves. Students learn the principles of contemporary jewelry design and layout, and then get right to work in forming, fabricating, casting, and finishing. “As students progress and develop their skills, more emphasis is placed on individual expression and solution of problems,” explains Kelley Muntean, Hanford High School art instructor

Marcus Whitman teacher serves on state science committee


Becky Mittleider, fifth grade teacher at Marcus Whitman Elementary School, recently served on a Washington State Science Assessment Committee. Mittleider and 11 other teachers from across the state developed fifth grade test items written to the Next Generation Science Standards. The first state exam for these standards is set for 2018.

Construction update - Marcus Whitman and new middle school (photo gallery)

Some underground conduits in place at new middle school
Some underground conduits in place at new middle school

Richland School District voters approved a $98 million bond issue in February 2013. Six of the nine projects are complete with two more currently underway.....Marcus Whitman Elementary School and the new middle school in West Richland. Construction is nearing completion at Marcus Whitman with the opening set for this August. Meanwhile, work began three weeks ago on the District's fourth middle school located at Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard.

Enterprise is state science fair “School of the Year”


Congratulations to Enterprise Middle School on being named “School of the Year” at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. Five Enterprise students competed and all five earned First Place awards in their respective divisions.....Sankar Harilal, Shreya Mehta, Nikhita Bontha, Nischal Allena, and Daniel Li. “These students are to be commended for their hard work and dedication,” noted teacher Debbie Ellefson.

High school and elementary students interact at science fair (photo gallery)


Nearly 40 science scholars from Hanford and Richland High Schools served as evaluators at the recent Wiley Elementary School science fair. “It’s wonderful to see high school students engaged in scientific discussions with our K-5 students,” said Wiley Principal Marc' Nelson.