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Members of the HHS Cheer Squad do some mentoring at Sacajawea Elementary

The recently formed Cheer Club at Sacajawea Elementary School has taken off. Under the leadership of advisor Tatia Joyner, nearly 40 girls have been turning out twice a week since February. “The girls are dedicated and eager to learn,” says Joyner. “The Cheer Club has helped the girls gain confidence in themselves.” Just this week, members of the Hanford High Cheer Squad visited and led the Sacajawea club through stunting routines (see photo gallery).

Jennifer Hubbard, White Bluffs fifth grade teacher, leads a lesson on the U.S. Constitution

RSD fifth graders study the United States Constitution as part of a year-long focus on early American history. Students in Jennifer Hubbard’s classroom at White Bluffs Elementary are currently learning about how the Constitution clearly defines the specific responsibilities of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. “Fifth grade is an ideal time to start discussing government,” explains Hubbard. “I believe the founding fathers’ original purpose for education was for citizens to understand and participate in their government.”


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college and career readiness system designed to increase school-wide learning. The AVID elective focuses on students in the academic middle……2.5 to 3.5 GPA……who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of their potential. “We have seen tremendous growth from the AVID students this year," noted Richland High School AVID teachers Toree Markussen and Tim Turner.

Top honors for Hanford High math scholars

The Hanford High School math team earned a First Place award in the 2014-15 American Scholastic Math Association math competition. Over 300 schools participated in six monthly tests including 60 teams from outside the United States.

“These math scholars enjoy the challenge of performing under pressure,” said Sonia Moursund, HHS math team advisor. “I am proud of their consistent efforts all year.”

Team members Michael Shuen and Sean Thompson were recognized as Top Scoring Students.   

Caitlin Gallivan (freshman), Darby Miller (sophomore), and Trevor Morrow (senior) have earned Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

A significant number of Richland High School students are earning Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. Currently, there are 163 certifications in Word, 176 in PowerPoint, 125 in Excel, and 106 with all three. “These are corporate level certifications highly respected in the business world,” says Annie See, MOS teacher.


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Two theatre productions offered this weekend

Two theatre productions continue their run this weekend. Hanford High School presents "The Three Musketeers" May15-16, 7:30 pm, in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 - adults, $5 - students/ seniors. Richland High School presents the musical "Bye Bye Birdie" May15-16, 7:00 pm, in the auditorium. Tickets are $15 - adults, $12 students/seniors.


RSD issues letter to parents regarding May 21 walkout

Due to a planned one day walkout by members of the Richland Education Association (REA is the local Teachers’ Union), the Richland School District will not hold regular classes at any school on Thursday, May 21. Unfortunately, this will cause the District to extend the school year by one day to meet the state requirement of 180 school days. So, the last day of school for students will now be Wednesday, June 10 instead of the planned last day of June 9.


Tri-City teachers intend to send a resounding message to state legislators with a walkout approved for May 21. A sea of red-shirt clad teachers poured Thursday night into Kennewick High School to vote on whether the unions should participate in a series of rolling walkouts statewide meant to let legislators know just how fed up teachers are with their actions and inaction. Pasco teachers led with 94 percent approval, while 85 percent of Richland teachers and 81 percent of Kennewick teachers voted for the day of protest.


Richland School District residents interested in running for a position on the Richland School Board must file with the Benton County Auditor’s Office during the week of May 11-15. There is no filing fee. Three positions are up for election this year.

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District provides summer camps resource list

The Richland School District is compiling a list of local athletic and academic camps which will take place this summer. There are camps for children of all ages. You can access the list by going to our Summer Camps web page.