Richland School District
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Early childhood learning is the key


The Richland School District is seriously focused on early childhood learning. Why? Children who fall behind in the preschool to third grade years typically never catch up. The research is clear….the most effective and cost efficient time to build a successful academic foundation is the early years. The District is taking action in several powerful ways:

  • reaching many more preschool age children through Partners for Early Learning
  • expanding kindergarten to a full-day program in all schools
  • educating and meeting the needs of the whole child

The Kid Calypso steel drum band from Tapteal Elementary School performed last week at the Capitol in Olympia. “The students met Representative Brad Klippert, toured the Senate and House floors, and asked questions about state government,” said Rachael Clayton, Kid Calypso director and Tapteal music teacher.

Yebel Mosqueda

Fourteen Richland School District students earned Judges Choice Awards at the 42nd Annual Southeastern Washington High School Art Show and are eligible to have their art pieces entered in the Washington State High School Art Show next month in Olympia. Some of these pieces are featured in the gallery link below.


In April 2013, the Richland School Board selected CKJT Architects, Kennewick, to be the architect/engineering firm for the Fran Rish Stadium safety upgrades (visitors' side) project. All visitors' side bleachers, restrooms, and other structures are being replaced. Here are a couple of architect drawings of the project that will be completed this summer.

Meet the team - (from left to right) Kristel Kinder (Teacher/Advisor), Amanda Arellano (River’s Edge HS), Chloe Westphal (Mid-Columbia Partnership), Stephanie Lopez (Kiona-Benton City HS), and Marina Stepanov (Pasco HS).

A team of Tri-Tech Skills Center students who recently won the National Verizon Innovative App Challenge will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2015 White House Science Fair on March 23. One of those students is Amanda Arellano from River’s Edge High School. The team was invited to demonstrate their app called Safe&Sound, which addresses ways for teens to manage stress and feelings of depression.


Thank you to AREVA Federal Services for donating $500 to the Sacajawea Elementary Lego Club. The purchase of additional Lego sets is making it possible for more first and second graders to attend the recently established club. “We use Legos to teach math problem solving concepts along with team building skills,” noted Marie Holst and Kristen Good, Lego Club advisors and first grade teachers.

Lupe Mares (r), CIS Coordinator at Marcus Whitman, is shown here with a Grinovations staff member and a Marcus student

The Richland School District’s collaboration with Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin Counties is only three months along, but is already making a positive impact on students and families:

  • The Second Harvest Bite 2 Go program is delivering food to schools.
  • The Grinovations mobile dental service is providing free dental checkups/cleanings to hundreds of RSD students.

A number of Hanford and Richland High School students earned top recognition at the Washington State Career Development Conference and have qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference, April 24-29, in Orlando, Florida:

  • Emily Tan, HHS -  Business Finance Series
  • Brandon Crawford, Makayla Ferritto, Katie Gosselin, RHS -  Chapter Awards Project  
  • Annie Lai, Rachel Wolski, Christina Wong, RHS – Student Store Gold Level Certification
  • Amanda Landon, RHS -  THRIVE Promotional Campaign Challenge
RHS Mock Trial students with their District trophy

A Richland High School team won first place in the YMCA District Mock Trial competition held February 28 at the Benton County Courthouse. Students acted out an actual trial before real Superior Court judges. The judges then rated the effectiveness of their presentations. The team now heads to the YMCA State Mock Trial Championships in Olympia.

Excellent jazz music featured at Hanford High concert

Architect drawing of Marcus Whitman Elementary School

The Richland School District Tuesday night awarded the general contractor bid for the new Marcus Whitman Elementary School to Fowler General Construction, Richland. Fowler’s bid of $16.28 million was the lowest of four bids submitted. The new school will replace the existing Marcus Whitman which opened in 1971. Demolition of the existing Marcus Whitman will begin in June.

California Gold Rush

From sports and science displays to art creations and experiments, Badger Mountain Elementary fifth grade students research, write, and create for several weeks in preparation for “Specialty Fair”. It’s called Specialty Fair because students choose a topic of special interest to them. Students gather resources, design their own displays, and work on communication skills by explaining their projects to parents and students.