Richland School District

Carmichael students learn about Richland High AVID elective (photo gallery)


The Richland School District’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is helping prepare students for college. The AVID elective focuses on students in the academic middle…2.5 to 3.5 GPA…who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.  

Last week, over 50 Carmichael Middle School students visited the 11th grade AVID class at Richland High School. The 11th grade AVID students answered questions and helped the middle schoolers understand more about the high school elective.

“The feedback from our middle school students was positive,” says Rachel Halley, Carmichael AVID teacher. “One of my eighth grade girls had been thinking about dropping out of AVID next year, but this interaction with the Richland High students has changed her mind. She is excited for next year."


Sixth grade math scholars earn top regional awards; moving on to state

Enterprise Middle School - first place
Enterprise Middle School - first place

Enterprise Middle School’s sixth grade math team earned 1st place in the top “i” division at the Math is Cool Middle School Regional Competition held February 10. Team members are Sean Xu, PJ Ryan, Ourania Glezakou-Elbert, Nathan Hu, Jessie Shi, Ashitha Chintapatla & Aditha Chintapatla, Anika Halappanavar, and Humayl Hashmi. The team has qualified for the Washington State Math Masters contest later this year in Moses Lake.

In the individual competition, Anthony Petyuk, Carmichael Middle School, earned 1st place.


Opportunity for middle school students to explore future career options (photo gallery)

Plumbers and Steamfitters Union
Plumbers and Steamfitters Union

From a district court judge, welder, and veterinarian, to a boilermaker, nurse, and design engineer, Chief Joseph Middle School students had the opportunity to interact with nearly 40 different professionals at College and Career Day Friday morning.

“Our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders learned about all sorts of possible career choices,” says assistant principal Kevin Norris. “They were engaged and asking good questions. Middle school is the time for students to start thinking about their post high school plans.”


Crystal Apple Award recognizes Hanford High School teacher


Laurie Price, Career Choices and Work Based Learning teacher at Hanford High School, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Tri-Cities Crystal Apple Award. The award will be presented at the 19th annual Crystal Apple Awards ceremony March 9 in Pasco. Community businesses coordinate the program to honor exceptional educators and innovative instruction in the Tri-Cities area.

Price has worked diligently to refine the Richland School District’s work-based learning program for students with special needs. She’s developed a strong link between the District’s Special Education Department and the Career/Technical Education (CTE) Department.

“Laurie is continually interacting with employers, helping them understand the value of providing job placement opportunities for special needs students,” says Claudia Cooley, CTE Director for the Richland School District. “Her efforts have resulted in life-changing opportunities for students.”


Hanford and Richland High School musicians qualify for state solo and ensemble contest


A number of Richland School District students won their divisions at the Columbia Basin Solo and Ensemble Music Competition held February 11 in Pasco (see link below). All of these outstanding instrumental musicians have qualified for the state competition April 28-29 in Ellensburg. 



Local high school musicians selected for All-Northwest Jazz Band (Tri-City Herald)


About 20 students arrived in Bellevue this week, ready to rehearse in two 12-hour sessions before launching into a set of jazz standards at a public concert Saturday night. Four of the musicians — Elijah Hyatt, Gavin Allen-Dunn, Andrew Lanning and Collin Iedema — come from the Tri-Cities.

All were excited to be part of the event, held every two years. The concert was performed in the grand ballroom of the Westin Bellevue Hotel. They were chosen by the National Association of Music Educators northwest division, from schools in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.

“It’s kind of incredible, honestly,” said Andrew, a Hanford High School trombone player. “All-Northwest is a 20-person band, and 20 percent of it came from the Tri-Cities."

All of the boys practiced with the music by themselves so they could learn their parts before arriving. Part of the challenge in creating an ensemble across six states is that none of the musicians can hear what the music sounds like with an entire band.


Art clubbers learn about world renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly (photo gallery)

Earl Wright of the Glass Punty helps L & C students understand more about glass blowing techniques.
Earl Wright of the Glass Punty helps L & C students understand more about glass blowing techniques.

Art club students at Lewis & Clark Elementary School are learning about world renowned artist Dale Chihuly, a Washington native who is famous for his glass sculptures. On Thursday, the students took a field trip to Glass Punty in Richland to observe glass blowing techniques in action.  

“They loved it so much they are already asking about the next field trip,” says Lulu Jones, Lewis & Clark art teacher.

While at the Glass Punty, the art clubbers had the opportunity to create jewelry holders using cut pieces of colored glass. The glass pieces were placed in a kiln to melt and fuse together. The jewelry holders will be on display at Lewis & Clark next week.


Hanford High School cheer squad places second at nationals (photo gallery)

HHS Varsity Cheer Squad earns second at nationals.
HHS Varsity Cheer Squad earns second at nationals.

The Hanford High School varsity cheer squad earned Second Place in the Non-Tumbling Super Large Division at the National High School Cheerleading Championship February 11-12 in Orlando, Florida. This is the first time that the HHS cheer program has cracked the top 10 at nationals.

Varsity cheer squad team members are: Grace Benitz, Abrianna Boarder, Krizia Brooks, Brie Buchanan, Brooklyn Jorde, Stevie Kanyid, Natalie Lawrence, Payton Mayer, Rae’Lu McBride, Kylee Mitchell, Jalen Moberg, Jordan Murphey, Michelle Ni, Caitlyn Palmer, Sydney Parsons, Jasmine Rice, Shaylee Richey, Aspen Rohrer, Kabriah Rullman, Chloe Schumacher, Grace Stephens, and Grace Sypher.