Demand for special needs teachers higher than ever (KEPR News)
The start of school required the hire of hundreds of new employees to fill all the open positions across local districts. "Kids are coming and we've got to do our best to try and get them in classrooms with good teachers," said Tony Howard, Executive Director of Human Resources for the Richland School District.
Richland is struggling to find special ed teachers. Roughly 11% of students in the district have special needs. "We're all competing for the same positions in the same hiring pools," said Howard.
Richland High School FFA students earned some top honors at the Benton-Franklin Fair last week. The four students purchased their market goats last February and have been learning about real life agriculture and the responsibilities involved in taking care of the livestock:
New RHS teacher ready for first day of school (KVEW-TV)
After spending over 10 years in education working in human resources and as a school attendance secretary, Richland High School teacher Marta Jisa is finally fulfilling her dream of being a classroom teacher. "I liked what education meant and what schools are doing for the community and I wanted to be a part of it, I wanted to be on the front lines of that," said Jisa.
RSD bus driver talks about keeping kids safe on the road (KVEW-TV)
Kids are heading back to school this week which means school buses will once again be hitting the road. Richland School District bus driver Ron Arthur has been driving buses for seven years now. He said the biggest thing drivers need to be aware of is the 8-way flasher system.
Getting kids ready for school (Tri-City Herald)
The number of students who show up to school behind in their studies is something one Tri-City businessman said he hears about regularly. Mike McWhorter's wife, a second-grade teacher, tells him about the students who show up to the first day of school not reading at their grade level or lacking valuable social skills. McWhorter was one of about 30 business and community leaders at a fundraising breakfast Thursday morning for Partners for Early Learning, an organization stemming from a Richland School District initiative.
Public invited to review boundaries option
The Richland School District Boundaries Revisions Committee has been working since March to develop options for new elementary boundaries. With the District’s tenth elementary school opening next August, elementary boundary lines must be adjusted prior to the 2015-16 school year. All community members are invited to take a look at the recommended option and give their feedback at a public input meeting on Thursday, September 11, 6:30 pm, at White Bluffs Elementary School.
A poem authored by Hanford High School student Ryan Vandersommen has been selected for inclusion in this year’s edition of the Writers in the Schools anthology “The Sixth Breath Blows You Home”. Ryan is in a major battle with cancer. He recently started a second round of chemotherapy. While Ryan was a patient at Children’s Hospital in Seattle this past year, he wrote the poem "My Scar is my Trophy".
Badger Mountain Elementary School teachers recently completed a successful summer reading outreach program. Every Wednesday morning from mid-June to mid-August, Badger Mountain teacher teams visited Orchard Hills Apartments and Santiago Estates to meet with children, read them stories, work on vocabulary skills, and continue the reading interventions that take place during the school year.
Districts serving large numbers of autistic children (Tri-City Herald)
The differences between the autistic sons of Janine Frakes and Laurie Sarver are as vast as their experiences with teachers and school administrators. Frakes said her 13-year-old son Grant, who lacks social skills and has difficulty communicating, was kept for long periods in a small padded room at Finley Elementary School. Sarver's son Jacob, 9, is high functioning and spends most of his school days in a regular classroom at Badger Mountain Elementary School in Richland. The boys are two of the more than 6,600 students in local school districts who receive special education services, and autistic children make up a growing portion of those students each year.
The Hanford High School Athletic Booster Club invites community members to participate in the 2014 Falcon Golf Classic on Saturday, September 6, at Horn Rapids Golf Club in Richland. The four-person scramble shot gun start event begins at 9:00 am. There will be a special $50,000 Shootout opportunity for the first place team. Guest host is Terry Chick of KEPR-TV.
Providing free meals for all students worth a test run (Tri-City Herald editorial)
Taking the lead is never easy. It is always safer to wait and watch while others test something new. It takes courage to be first. So the Richland School District is to be congratulated for having the confidence to be the first in the Tri-City area to try a new federal food program that will allow all children at Jefferson Elementary School to have free meals regardless of their ability to pay.
Twelve teachers from around the state are learning how to build ukuleles at a STEM workshop this week at Hanford High School. Ed Ufford, HHS Career & Technical Education teacher, is one of the workshop leaders.The teachers are learning the math and physics behind why ukuleles sound the way they do, and learning how to effectively pass the workshop knowledge on to students back at their home schools.