As part of Nuclear Science Week, Energy Northwest engineers Jamie Dunn and Steven Kartchner visited Annette Barnes’ classroom at Enterprise Middle School on Tuesday to help the eighth grade students understand more about the positive benefits of nuclear energy and to dispel some of the myths related to nuclear plants and nuclear waste. “The Columbia Generating Station here in Richland produces about 10% of Washington’s power,” said Kartchner.
Jason Lee Elementary School has been honored with the 2014 School Psychology Services Award from the Washington State Association of School Psychologists (WSASP). The WSASP bestows this honor on schools, school districts, or clinics/hospitals which exemplify effective school psychology practice.
Tory Christensen, Assistant Principal at Hanford High School, has been named Distinguished Assistant Principal of the Year for Southeastern Washington. Christensen is now eligible for the 2015 Washington State Distinguished Assistant Principal Award. “As both a counselor and an assistant principal, Tory has impacted students and fellow staff in a positive and significant way,” stated Dr. Rick Schulte, Superintendent of the Richland School District.
Getting students ready for career and college (video)
What does the move to the Common Core State Standards mean for Richland School District students? Erika Doyle and Kristina Tucker from the Teaching Learning Curriculum Department discuss this important issue in these video clips from the RSD's Focus on Learning television program.
School board reluctant to give more money for HHS project (Tri-City Herald)
Costs to help a Hanford High School booster club build a new athletic facility have more than doubled and the Richland School Board is reluctant to provide the extra money. The district previously agreed to pay $75,000 for needed utility improvements to help the boosters build a new concession and locker facility for the school's softball program. However, fire protection requirements from the city have bumped that cost to $200,000.
District receives thoughtful feedback on boundaries
About 15 to 20 parents turned out for the second elementary boundaries public input meeting last week. “We received some thoughtful comments that will help us as we move toward finalizing the elementary boundary lines in November,” stated Assistant Superintendent Mike Hansen. You can read the public comments from the October 9 and September 11 meetings at this link.
The art creations of some Tri-Cities high school art teachers are on display thru October 31 at the Allied Arts Gallery in Richland. RSD teachers exhibiting are Shawn Murphy, Consuelo (Connie) Murphy, Shelly Tucker, April Ottey, Mike Boynton, and Robert McMinn. The exhibit includes paintings, photography, metal works, and ceramics.
David Krieg, fifth grade science teacher at Wiley Elementary School, and 25 students/parents were up at 4:00 am on October 8 to view the total lunar eclipse. They looked through Krieg’s homemade 8” Newtonian Reflector telescope which was set up on the dark side of the school. After viewing the reddened moon in the southwestern sky, the star gazers looked at the four Galilean moons of Jupiter, and the Andromeda Galaxy.
Public invited to review boundaries option Thursday
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. All community members are invited to take a look at the proposed adjustment and give their feedback at a public input meeting on Thursday, October 9, 6:30 pm, at Jason Lee Elementary School.
Update on elementary school projects (KNDU-TV morning show)
Superintendent Rick Schulte was in the KNDU-TV studio Monday morning to update viewers on the elementary school construction projects. The projects are part of the $98 million bond issue approved by voters in February 2013.
Richland School District proudly announces that 22 high school seniors are Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Becoming a Semifinalist is the first stage of a process that will end next spring with scholarships for some of the students honored. About 7,000 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $33 million will be offered.
Weight and how it is distributed affect how an object balances. RSD second grade students investigate the various ways that a beam, a fulcrum, and some cubes can be combined to create balanced structures. They build, make drawings, and write down observations in their science journals. “Most children have daily experiences with balance, like riding a bike, but they may not have the vocabulary to explain how the distribution of weight affects balance,” says Kitty Compton, Tapteal Elementary teacher.