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Students help POPP

01/19/2018

The Marcus Whitman Elementary School Leadership Club coordinated a pet supplies drive and recently donated those supplies to Pet Over Population Prevention. Pictured below are (right) Lisa Thompson, Leadership Club advisor, and Amanda LaRiviere, Enterprise Middle School teacher and POPP volunteer. “The pets we care for will benefit from this generation donation from Marcus Whitman,” said LaRiviere.

 

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U.S. Dept. of Education News

01/19/2018
Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of six consolidated state plans—Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana and New Hampshire—under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Today's approvals bring the total to 35 states whose ESSA plans have been approved.

"I am pleased to approve these plans which comply 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."
01/16/2018
Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of 11 consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

"The plans approved today met the requirements of the law," said Secretary DeVos. "These plans should not be seen as a ceiling, but as a foundation upon which states can improve education for students."

Today's approvals include Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
01/16/2018
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Puerto Rico's consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
“Puerto Rico’s plan met the requirements of the law, and so I am happy to approve it,” said Secretary DeVos. “This plan should not be seen as a ceiling, but as a foundation upon which Puerto Rico can improve education for its students."
01/16/2018
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Washington’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
“Washington’s plan met the requirements of the law, and so I am happy to approve it,” said Secretary DeVos. “This plan should not be seen as a ceiling, but as a foundation upon which Washington can improve education for its students.”

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Hunter French, Richland High School
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Delaney McEuin, Richland High School
 

Lewis & Clark choir preparing for state concert performance

01/19/2018

Justin Raffa, artistic director of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, is helping the Lewis & Clark Elementary School choir get ready for a state concert performance. Raffa was in the L & C choir room Friday afternoon working with the young singers as they prepare to perform at the Washington Music Educators Association Conference next month.

“What a privilege it is for us to work with such an experienced choral musician as Justin Raffa,” says Carri Rose, Lewis & Clark choral director.

 

FOG Busters robotics team earns Champions Award (photo gallery)

01/18/2018

A combined Richland School District teamFOG Busters” earned the Champions Award and Global Innovation Award at the First Lego League Eastern Washington State Robotics Championship January 13. The students from Chief Joseph Middle School, Leona Libby Middle School, HomeLink, Jefferson Elementary School, and Sacajawea Elementary School will represent the state of Washington at the international competition.

FOG Busters team members below l to r are: (top) Calvin Webber, Emmaline McKinnon, Emilie Cooper, Noah R. Walton, Ivan Catalan; (bottom) Max Genetti, Grant Tadlock, Sariah Rhoten, Katherine Cooper, Levi Clements.

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FOG Busters
 

DECA students show off marketing and business skills

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Richland High School DECA
01/17/2018

Over 40 DECA students from Hanford and Richland High Schools earned top finishes at the regional DECA Conference and have qualified for the Washington State Career Development Conference. The 17 first place regional winners are:

Hanford High School
Maha Fathali, Madeline Dawson, Annalisa Moursund, Jillian Eder, Morgan Stradley, Chris Kang, Annie Shen, Melody Lam, and Michael Pham.              

Richland High School
McKay Carneau, Aislyn Hammer, Trenton Brown, Sarah Molu, Melinda Merrill, Bryce Hendricks, Maddy Hoke, and Piper Schirm.

 

District moving ahead on athletic fields and auditorium

01/16/2018

The Richland School District is beginning the process of designing three projects from the successful 2017 bond issue. These voter approved projects are:

  • Upgrade the Hanford High School athletic field
  • Upgrade Fran Rish Stadium
  • Modernize the Richland High School auditorium

“We’re preparing to select architects and form planning committees,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “Members of the respective music, drama, and sports booster clubs will be invited to participate. We also look forward to working with engineering firms that specialize in designing athletic and auditorium facilities.”

Image Title: The Fran Rish stadium home side will be upgraded and field turf installed.
The Fran Rish stadium home side will be upgraded and field turf installed.
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HHS athletic field - field turf, restrooms, bleachers, and concession stand will be installed.
Image Title: The RHS auditorium will be upgraded.
The RHS auditorium will be upgraded.
 

Transformational teaching and learning taking place in RSD classrooms

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Sheldon Weddle
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Jessica Fife
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Tami Simundson
01/12/2018

Powerful instruction integrated with technology, professional development, and instructional coaching, is transforming teaching and learning in the Richland School District. At a recent Richland School Board meeting, classroom teachers Sheldon Weddle, Jessica Fife, and Tami Simundson discussed how transformational teaching and learning is taking place in their classrooms through:

  • Project-Based Learning
  • Embedded technology/professional development
  • Ongoing instructional coaching by Classroom Support Teachers
 

Teacher's art work featured on CBS-TV show (photo gallery)

01/11/2018

The paintings of Richland High School art teacher Consuelo (Connie) Soto Murphy will appear on the CBS-TV show “Madam Secretary” beginning Sunday night January 14. Murphy’s work will be seen in character Kat Sandoval’s office played by Sara Ramirez.

Murphy has been an art teacher with the Richland School District for the past 28 years. She uses her life experiences as a migrant worker to create bright, beautiful landscapes. Murphy’s parents were migrant workers who came to Washington in the 1950’s from Mexico. 

“These landscapes and memories inspire my work,” explains Murphy. “My paintings honor my culture, heritage, and especially my family who worked so hard in the fields.

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Walla Walla Onions
 

Students benefit from learning AVID strategies

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Bella Funk
01/09/2018

The Richland School District implemented Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) in 2013. AVID is a college readiness system which teaches students the academic habits and soft skills they need to succeed in school and life. Here is some recent student feedback….

 “The AVID elective has helped me focus on my future. Without AVID, I wouldn’t be applying to colleges, let alone getting into them! - Bella Funk, Richland High AVID senior.

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District committed to comprehensive arts program

01/22/2018

Local levy dollars support the Richland School District’s excellent K-12 art program. RSD art teachers are dedicated to helping students improve their skills. One example seen below is the work of Enterprise sixth grader Modou Kinteh. Modou’s sketch on the left from late October is contrasted with her end of quarter sketch from last week.

“Art, music, and drama are key components of RSD instructional offerings and we will continue to support these programs as best we can,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte.

 

Foundation seeks grant proposals

The Richland Education Foundation is now accepting grant proposals from RSD teachers.

  • Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded over $240,000 in grants to fund innovative educational programs.

  • Learn more about the application process at this link.

RSD Media

2018 Levy - TV interview with Superintendent Rick Schulte 2018 Levy - TV interview with Superintendent Rick Schulte
The state has made changes to how schools are funded (video) The state has made changes to how schools are funded (video)
Learning with Technology RSD Learning with Technology video
Bond Construction Update with Superintendent Rick Schulte Bond Construction Update - TV interview with Superintendent Rick Schulte

Upcoming Events

Jan 22
Semester Day - No School
School Board Meeting Jan 23 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
School Board Meeting Feb 13 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
President's Day - No School Feb 19
President's Day - No School
Feb 21
Middle School Evening Conferences
Feb 22
High School Conferences
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Catherine Guevara, Hanford High School
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