The Richland High School PTSA is coordinating a community-wide “Shoes 4 Love” drive which will benefit local landfills, needy children in Africa, and Richland High students. Community members are being asked to help out by donating used shoes of any kind. “Instead of going to local landfills, people can donate old shoes and they will be used by children who may have never owned a pair of shoes,” said Jill Beo, President of the Richland High PTSA.
Richland School Board criticizes government intrusion (Tri-City Herald)
Richland School Board members are asking lawmakers to stanch the flow of new education policies and directives for the next few years. Board Chairman Rick Jansons said it was almost like the state and federal governments are "ganging up on" school districts through the implementation of new educational standards and testing, requirements for teacher evaluations, and mandates on what school lunches must include.
District focusing on STEM instruction
The Richland School District’s “Focus on Learning” television program features an excellent discussion about STEM instruction with Erika Doyle, RSD curriculum coordinator......Maren Benedict, Enterprise Middle School teacher.......and Kelly Lindsley, Chief Joseph Middle School teacher. Here are links to the three YouTube segments:
Some of Tania Guaman’s Spanish 3 students at Richland High School recently volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission in Pasco. Students sorted through donations and organized the free store located in the basement of the women and children’s shelter. “We were studying volunteering so I wanted a way for my students to experience it first hand and give back to those in need,” said Guaman. “It was a rewarding experience for the students.”
The Richland School District yesterday (Wednesday) awarded the general contractor bid for the Chief Joseph Middle School HVAC Upgrades Project to TW Clark Construction, Spokane. The bid of $3.02 million was the lowest of five bids submitted. Construction work is expected to begin in March 2014 and be completed by August 2014.
Marimba and steel drum performances are featured
We invite you to watch and listen to some of the outstanding performances from the 2013 Richland School District Mallet Showcase........
All Schools Combined - Eye of the Tiger
Badger Mountain - I Can See Clearly Now
White Bluffs - Lady Madonna
Sacajawea - Marimba Monsters
Wiley - Cha Cha
Learning about the U.S. Constitution (KNDU News, Tri-City Herald))
Students in Nick White's U.S. Government classes at Richland High are shooting and editing short movies about constitutional amendments, all on iPads. White says the tablets make quite a difference as a teaching tool. "Kids love using the iPads. It's interactive, it's engaging, it's hard for them to tune out when there's a screen right in front of them with all the capabilities that are there, so they love using them. They would probably beg me to use them more if I let them."
WASHINGTON, DC – Brian Sites, River’s Edge High School teacher, will receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala to be held February 7 in Washington, DC. “Brian has been selected for this award by his peers because he has attained the highest teaching standards, as shown by his exemplary instruction, advocacy for the profession, attention to diversity, and engagement of parents and community,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Honoring these educators is our way of thanking them for their excellent work.”
Earlier this fall, students in Jeanne Davis’s Extended Resource special education class at Enterprise Middle School initiated an unusual writing/science assignment. The students placed written notes in miniature bottles and launched half in the Columbia River and half in the Yakima River. The notes ask anyone who finds a bottle to contact Ms. Davis with the date and location of the find.