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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are pleased to announce that their publication, "Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention," has received a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). The NAGC announced the winners at the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Reception held during the 2018 NAGC Communications School in Fort Myers, Florida.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement:

“President Trump campaigned and won with his promise to reduce the federal footprint in education and to make the federal government more efficient and effective. Today’s bold reform proposal takes a big step toward fulfilling that promise. Artificial barriers between education and workforce programs have existed for far too long. We must reform our 20th century federal agencies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) will meet this week to gain more insight into how entertainment, media, cyberbullying and social media may affect violence and student safety. The meeting, "The Ecology of Schools: Fostering a Culture of Human Flourishing and Developing Character," will take place in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's Indian Treaty Room, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

The Commission meeting will consist of three panels:
Washington, D.C. - Today the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative) announced the new membership of its Interagency Working Group (IWG) and held its inaugural meeting at the White House.

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Louise Bohl, Richland High School
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Michael Shuen, Hanford High School

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.


Teachers learn more about Project Based Learning (photo gallery)

Over 70 Richland School District teachers used their first three days of summer break last week to get additional training on Project Based Learning. The training focused specifically on improving student centered learning, and giving students voice, personal path, and flexible futures through Project Based Learning.


Seattle 5th Avenue Award for Hanford High School drama

Hanford High School drama received one award Monday night at the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards. Congratulations to Jake Isom who earned the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Isom played Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in the school’s production of Curtains.

Judges evaluated 119 productions from 95 high schools around the state.


Jefferson nearing completion

Construction of the new Jefferson Elementary School is right on schedule and will open this August. Jefferson is the ninth and final project from the 2013 bond issue. All projects have been completed on time and within budget.

“The continual updating of our facilities ensures that all RSD students will learn in high quality educational environments," says Superintendent Rick Schulte.


Students celebrate after meeting challenges to show respect and help others (photo gallery)

A dance party and a principal duct taping were part of a fun celebration at White Bluffs Elementary School on Friday afternoon.....

  • The dance party was the reward for earning 4,000 PAW points for the third trimester; students earn PAW points for showing respect, making good decisions, and solving problems.
  • Principal Paul Chartrand challenged White Bluffs students to raise at least $3000 during the school’s Pennies for Patients drive; students met that goal and had the opportunity to duct tape Mr. Chartrand to the wall.

Star Dinner recognizes students for hard work and positive attitudes (photo gallery)

Thirty outstanding fourth and fifth graders from Jason Lee Elementary School were honored with a dress up Star Dinner Wednesday night at Lulu’s restaurant in Richland. Teachers Liesl Batdorf, Lyn Leyde, Crystal Silvia, and Megan Smith treated the students based on their excellent homework completion during the year as well as for their exceptional behavior.

Image Title: Crystal Silvia
Crystal Silvia
Image Title: Lyn Leyde
Lyn Leyde
Image Title: Liesl Batdorf
Liesl Batdorf
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Megan Smith



New Jefferson will open in August

Excellent progress is being made on construction of the new Jefferson Elementary School. Jefferson is the ninth and final project from the 2013 bond issue. All projects have been completed on time and within budget.

Image Title: Flooring nearly complete in the zone 4 corridor.
Flooring nearly complete in the zone 4 corridor.

Commissioned art piece for Sacajawea Elementary (photo gallery)

A colorful 90 square foot woven tapestry with a Tri-Cities theme is being created for Sacajawea Elementary School. Master weaver Cecilia Blomberg is using special wools to depict the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima Rivers along with science, history, recreational, and nature caricatures.

“I hope the tapestry will trigger the desire to discover what is all around us, learn more, be creative, play, and feel part of the community and the world,” says Blomberg.

Image Title: The tapestry will be unveiled September 12
The tapestry will be unveiled September 12

Nutrition Services subs needed

The Richland School District is seeking applicants for the position of substitute Nutrition Services Worker. Paid training is provided. Work days are the same as school days; work times are usually between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

RSD Media

Hanford High School Symphonic Band - Opening Night on Broadway Hanford High School Symphonic Band - Opening Night on Broadway
Hanford High School Trombone Choir - Three Equali Hanford High School Trombone Choir - Three Equali
Hanford High School Symphony Orchestra - Bacchanale Hanford High School Symphony Orchestra - Bacchanale

Upcoming Events

School Board Meeting Jun 26 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
Jul 4
Independence Day
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Diana Mart, Richland High School
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Miranda Reisenauer, Hanford High School