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Construction documents almost complete

01/12/2018

Construction documents are being completed for the Richland School District's 11th elementary school. The project will go out to bid in March.

The school will be built near the intersection of Belmont Boulevard and Bluewood Street in West Richland. The timeline and site plan can be accessed at this link.

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U.S. Dept. of Education News

01/11/2018
Washington—The U.S. Department of Education (Department) released today the findings of monitoring activities relating to Texas Education Agency's (TEA) compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This comes after the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the Department initiated monitoring following reports about the significant decline in the number of children identified as children with disabilities eligible for special education and related services in Texas.
01/10/2018
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Minnesota and West Virginia's consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“States continue to embrace the flexibility and power given to them under ESSA,” said Secretary DeVos. “I am pleased to approve these plans, which comply with the requirements of the law. I look forward to seeing how the states turn ideas into action to improve outcomes for all students."
12/20/2017
WASHINGTON – After careful review to ensure a fair and efficient process, the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) today unveiled an improved discharge process for borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims.
12/14/2017
Washington — Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced $10.4 million in additional funds to assist students at more than 900 schools affected by the recent natural disasters. The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program funds will be distributed to schools located in Federal Emergency Management Agency-declared major disaster areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as schools across the nation that have enrolled a significant number of students from the impacted areas.

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Adriana Ellis, Richland High School
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Rachel Schmidt, Hanford High School
 

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.
Image Title: HHS athletic field - field turf, restrooms, bleachers, and concession stand will be installed.
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
Image Title: Jessica Fife
Jessica Fife
Image Title: Tami Simundson
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.

 

Community invited to "Community Strong: Connecting Hearts & Saving Lives

01/08/2018

Enterprise Middle School invites community members to a lasagna dinner and silent auction to benefit the American Red Cross on Wednesday, January 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

EMS teacher Ben Brost suffered a cardiac arrest in November and is making a full recovery thanks to two CPR trained colleagues, EMT's, doctors, and nurses.

“In the weeks since this incident, community members have stepped up to support the Brost family,” says EMS counselor Hans Appel. “We will celebrate this effort and remind those attending about the importance of receiving CPR training.”

 

Young children invited to fun clinic with Gold Rush dancers (photo gallery)

01/05/2018

Richland High School’s Gold Rush Dance Team will hold a Dance Clinic for kindergarten through fifth grade students on Monday, January 15, 9:00 to 11:30 am, at the RHS Gym. Cost is $20 per child. Kids will learn a routine and then perform during halftime of the varsity basketball game on January 19.

“Our Gold Rush dancers are looking forward to working with the young children,” says coach Wendy White. 

 

Cross curriculum project focuses on river systems (photo gallery)

01/03/2018

Leona Libby Middle School seventh graders have embarked on a year-long cross curriculum study of river systems. The River Project involves history, science, math, and language arts classes.  

In history, groups of students have selected one of ten different people groups to research. The students are learning how their specific people were impacted by and impacted river systems.

“Students will put together Google slideshows and exhibits that detail their people groups and how their lives were influenced by the river and how they influenced the river,” explains teacher Jeremy Kinlock.

Image Title: Jackson Booker created this frontier fort as part of the River Project.
Jackson Booker created this frontier fort as part of the River Project.

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Prepping for Destination Imagination

01/16/2018

The Richland School District is hosting the Destination Imagination regional tournament in early March. Teams from across the District are now preparing for the competition including the team below from White Bluffs Elementary School (see photo gallery).

The Destination Imagination program helps young people build lifelong skills in creative and critical thinking, teamwork, time management and problem solving.

 

Jefferson construction update

01/12/2018

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. The new Jefferson will open this August.

RSD Media

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Hanford High Jazz Band I – Caravan Hanford High Jazz Band I – Caravan
Hanford High Jazz Band II - Aim High Hanford High Jazz Band II - Aim High
Hanford High Jazz Band II – Triste Hanford High Jazz Band II – Triste

Upcoming Events

Jan 19
End of 1st Semester
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
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Sydnie Nguyen, Richland High School
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