In a special ceremony today at Richland High School, representatives of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) presented the school’s leadership students with The Milestone Award. The prestigious award recognizes Richland High’s efforts in raising over $115,000 since 2004 to help find a cure for blood cancer. “This is the first $100,000 Milestone Award ever to be presented in our Washington/Alaska Chapter,” said Leslie Otto, LLS Student Series Campaign Manager. "Schools like Richland High are making a difference in our quest to find a blood cancer cure.”
The Hanford High School Cheer Squad tumbling team are state champions. The 17-member squad earned First Place in the 3A/4A Large Division at the WIAA Washington State Cheer Championships January 30 in Seattle. It is the program’s sixth state title under the leadership of Coach Kim Mayer. “These girls over-came injuries and adversities, but always remained focused on their goal,” stated Mayer.
Hanford High School’s Varsity Cheer Squad earned fifth place in the 2015 American School Spirit Awards competition. Judges evaluated the portfolios of cheerleading teams from across the nation. The judging categories were community service, academics, athletic support, spirit raising ability, and cheer skill. “I’m proud of these student-athletes,” said Coach Kim Mayer.
A combined Richland School District team “The Oscars” earned two engineering awards at the First Lego League Eastern Washington State Robotics Championship January 16 in Cheney. The students from Chief Joseph Middle School and Three Rivers HomeLink achieved the highest scores in Robot Programming and Robot Performance.
A number of River’s Edge High School students have earned Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in Outlook and Word this year. Jennifer Tuck teaches the MOS/IT Academy class and says her students are mastering valuable skills. “These are common software applications that the students will find very useful in the working world and in college.”
Physics, robotics, brain puzzles, math games, instructional technology, and much more were featured at Enterprise Middle School's STEM Night on Thursday. Hundreds of students and parents turned out as interactive exhibits filled the gym, commons, and classrooms.
"STEM education engages students in processes of discovery and innovation, and encourages them to solve problems through critical thinking," noted Maren Benedict, Enterprise science teacher. "It was wonderful to see so many families learning together tonight."
Operations levy helps support RSD music programs
Richland School District residents are voting on the operations levy this month. About 17% of the District's operating budget comes from local levy money including music programs. Enjoy these video tracks of recent music performances.
A Three Rivers HomeLink team earned First Place at the Eastern Washington Regional Future City Competition January 16 in Pullman. Team members are Abigail Macduff, Jinu Choi, Patrick Jones, Thor Walter, and Kira Baum. The HomeLink team also earned the award for “Best Architectural Model”. This year’s Future City theme “Waste Not, Want Not” challenged students to design waste management systems using solid waste not as trash, but as a resource.
The operations levy election is February 9. The Benton County Auditor's Office will mail out ballots on January 20. Local levy money makes up about 17% of the Richland School District's operating budget. The money is used to help fund essential programs which are not fully funded by the state. Some of these essential programs can be seen in this photo gallery.
All RSD principals, assistant principals, and administrative assistants attended emergency protocol training this week at Benton County Emergency Services. Local police led the sessions focusing on the response tactics needed if an armed intruder comes on campus during lunch time.
“These trainings are part of the District’s ongoing efforts to help our school administrators be as prepared as possible for a worst case scenario,” noted Superintendent Rick Schulte.
Over 30 DECA students from Hanford and Richland High Schools earned top finishes at the regional DECA Conference January 7 in Pasco and have qualified to attend the Washington State Career Development Conference in Bellevue. DECA students test their marketing skills by solving a business related problem and presenting it to a business professional who evaluates the presentation. Students also compete in written events which involve preparing research and marketing related projects.