The Richland High girls soccer team toured the Union Gospel Mission Women and Children's Shelter on Wednesday. "We learned what they do there and also what their immediate needs are," said coach Sara Elfering. "The girls were very moved and put together a haul of donations for immediate drop off. We are planning to return to serve in whatever capacity the Mission and Shelter may need us."
Enterprise Middle School and Sacajawea Elementary School have been named Washington State “2014 Schools of Distinction”. Enterprise,Sacajawea, and other Schools of Distinction represent the top five percent of schools whose students have shown outstanding and sustained growth in both reading and math skills over the last five years.
Hanford High School students earned first place finishes at the Math is Cool High School Regional Competition October 22 in Spokane. In the individual competition, Michael Shuen (9th grade) placed first in Algebra, while Alex Fang (10th grade) placed first in Pre-Calculus. In the team competition, Hanford High placed first in the 9-10th grade division.
The Richland School District is getting closer to naming the new elementary school which is being built in south Richland. A committee overseeing the naming process received over 130 nominations from the community and narrowed the list to five finalists:
Growth top concern as board considers boundaries (Tri-City Herald)
Some south Richland kids could still end up attending central Richland elementary schools based on proposals made by the school board Wednesday. No decisions on how to adjust school attendance areas were made during a meeting with the district’s boundary committee.
Concerns with preserving capacity in south Richland schools, where the district’s newest school will open and where the most population growth is expected, were at the front of board members’ minds. That means making sure schools in the core of the district are accommodating as many students as possible.
As part of Nuclear Science Week, Energy Northwest engineers Jamie Dunn and Steven Kartchner visited Annette Barnes’ classroom at Enterprise Middle School on Tuesday to help the eighth grade students understand more about the positive benefits of nuclear energy and to dispel some of the myths related to nuclear plants and nuclear waste. “The Columbia Generating Station here in Richland produces about 10% of Washington’s power,” said Kartchner.
Jason Lee Elementary School has been honored with the 2014 School Psychology Services Award from the Washington State Association of School Psychologists (WSASP). The WSASP bestows this honor on schools, school districts, or clinics/hospitals which exemplify effective school psychology practice.
Tory Christensen, Assistant Principal at Hanford High School, has been named Distinguished Assistant Principal of the Year for Southeastern Washington. Christensen is now eligible for the 2015 Washington State Distinguished Assistant Principal Award. “As both a counselor and an assistant principal, Tory has impacted students and fellow staff in a positive and significant way,” stated Dr. Rick Schulte, Superintendent of the Richland School District.
Getting students ready for career and college (video)
What does the move to the Common Core State Standards mean for Richland School District students? Erika Doyle and Kristina Tucker from the Teaching Learning Curriculum Department discuss this important issue in these video clips from the RSD's Focus on Learning television program.
School board reluctant to give more money for HHS project (Tri-City Herald)
Costs to help a Hanford High School booster club build a new athletic facility have more than doubled and the Richland School Board is reluctant to provide the extra money. The district previously agreed to pay $75,000 for needed utility improvements to help the boosters build a new concession and locker facility for the school's softball program. However, fire protection requirements from the city have bumped that cost to $200,000.
District receives thoughtful feedback on boundaries
About 15 to 20 parents turned out for the second elementary boundaries public input meeting last week. “We received some thoughtful comments that will help us as we move toward finalizing the elementary boundary lines in November,” stated Assistant Superintendent Mike Hansen. You can read the public comments from the October 9 and September 11 meetings at this link.
The art creations of some Tri-Cities high school art teachers are on display thru October 31 at the Allied Arts Gallery in Richland. RSD teachers exhibiting are Shawn Murphy, Consuelo (Connie) Murphy, Shelly Tucker, April Ottey, Mike Boynton, and Robert McMinn. The exhibit includes paintings, photography, metal works, and ceramics.