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RHS winter concert preview on KEPR morning show


The Richland High School Music Department will present a winter concert on Thursday, December 18, 7:00 pm, in the auditorium. Instrumental and choral groups will perform holiday music. Admission is free. KEPR-TV reporter Jordan Wilkerson previewed the concert during the KEPR morning show.

Chief Joseph National Junior Honor Society students

National Junior Honor Society students at Chief Joseph Middle School are helping make the holidays a little brighter for foster children in the Tri-Cities. The school partnered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to fill Christmas stockings for the children. CASA estimates that about 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect across the nation each day.

Alexis Bass

As a girl, Richland High School alumna Alexis Bass played a game with a friend — pretending to be authors, they’d sit down and quietly compose imaginary masterpieces. What started as a childhood fantasy has come full circle. The 30-year-old’s debut novel, Love & Other Theories, hits bookstore shelves December 30. “I’ve always loved to write,” said the 2002 RHS graduate who will sign her book January 2 at the Kennewick Barnes & Noble store.

Children invited to have fun at Cheer Clinic


The Hanford High School Cheer Squad is holding a Cheer Clinic for elementary and middle school children on Saturday, December 20, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, in the gym. Those attending will learn a routine and then perform it at the varsity basketball game that night. Cost is $25. Registration begins at 8:30 am. For more info or to pre-register, contact Kim Mayer at: or 509-528-2019.


Nineteen members of the Enterprise Middle School National Junior Honor Society volunteered at the West Richland Senior Citizens dinner on Tuesday night. About 150 senior citizens enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner prepared by Yokes. The Enterprise students made over 200 paper snowflake decorations, set up tables, served the meal, and then cleaned up afterwards. “National Junior Honor Society is founded on scholarship, leadership, service, and character,” explains Lisa Corning, Enterprise NJHS advisor.

Hanford High math scholars earn second place at state.... (l to r) Michael Shuen, George Zhang, Omar Ibrahim, Alex Fang, An Wang, Animesh Pattanayak, Cyrus Stephens, Sean Thompson.

A number of Richland School District students and teams earned top three finishes at the Washington State Math Masters competition held December 6 in Moses Lake:

  • Hanford High School 9-10th grade team, second place
  • Hanford High School 11-12th grade team, second place
  • Delta High School 11-12th grade team, third place, small schools division
  • Michael Shuen, 9th grader at Hanford High, third place in Algebra 2
  • Carmichael Middle School, second place, 8th grade Elite division
  • Chief Joseph Middle School, second place, division 1
  • Enterprise Middle School, third place, division 1

The Richland School Board unanimously approved new elementary school boundaries Tuesday night, deciding to keep most students in schools near their neighborhoods. Superintendent Rick Schulte said there still are some loose ends to look at next month — policies for transfers and grandfathering students into their old school if the new boundaries moved them — but families now know where the kids will end up next fall.

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Students in John Bittinger’s physics class at Richland High School have been learning about projectile motion, and discovering how much information can be calculated after collecting just a few pieces of data. In a recent lab outside Mac Hall, students launched pumpkins and measured 1) the angle of launch, 2) the time the pumpkins were in the air, and 3) the horizontal distance the pumpkins traveled.


Twelve Richland School District teachers earned certification this year from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the highest credential in the teaching profession. “Students today must be able to solve problems by applying what they’ve learned in new and unexpected ways,” says U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “National Board Certified Teachers are well positioned to move our students, workforce, and country forward.”


World renowned bass guitar player Victor Wooten will join the Hanford High School Jazz Band for special guest artist concerts on December 12 & 13, 7:00 pm, in the HHS auditorium. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Ted Brown Music, Adventures Underground, or at the door. Wooten is a five-time Grammy winner who hit the worldwide scene in 1988 as a founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.


The Richland School District Tuesday night awarded the general contractor bid for the Fran Rish Stadium upgrades project to Siefkin & Sons Construction, Richland. Siefkin & Sons’ bid of $1.65 million was the lowest of 10 bids submitted. All bleachers, restrooms, and other structures on the west side (visitors’ side) of the stadium will be replaced.