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The Richland School District’s One-to-One Chromebook initiative combined with expanding use of Google Suite is positively impacting students, teachers, and parents. Learn more in this short video “Learning with Technology”.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today new federal assistance for students and schools impacted by the October 2017 California wildfires. The California Department of Education will receive $2 million in Project SERV funds to aid in their recovery efforts.

According to education officials in California, the award will specifically help to fund portable classrooms, substitute teachers, mental health services, transportation for displaced students and substitute bus drivers.
Today U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced full forgiveness of the hurricane relief loans provided to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005.

"This additional disaster relief will lift a huge burden and enable the four HBCUs to continue their focus on serving their students and communities," said DeVos. "This relief provides one more step toward full recovery."
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the reallocation of $22.9 million in unexpended funds to assist students at colleges and universities located in Federal Emergency Management Agency-declared major disaster areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as postsecondary schools across the nation that have enrolled a significant number of students from the affected areas.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that more students who attended Charlotte School of Law can now be eligible for a closed school discharge.

“My focus is and will continue to be on doing what’s right for individual students,” said DeVos. “Several students, through no fault of their own, fell through the cracks as Charlotte School of Law closed. It’s important that they, too, are made whole.”

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Austin Johnson, Hanford High School
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Louise Bohl, Richland High School

Students show off culinary skills with original recipes (photo gallery)

The Future Chefs Challenge offered eight Richland School District elementary students the opportunity to show off their culinary skills Thursday at the Tri-Tech Skills Center kitchen. The young chefs cooked up their original Asian-Inspired healthy food recipes with the help of mentors from the Tri-Tech culinary arts program.

“The Future Chefs Challenge gets children thinking about making healthy food choices and encourages them to get creative in the kitchen,” says Cathy Albertson, Assistant Director for RSD Nutrition Services. “A big thank you to the Tri-Tech culinary students for all their help.”


Students and Richland Rotary Club make Buddy Bench a reality (photo gallery)


A new Buddy Bench is being installed on the Lewis & Clark Elementary School playground thanks to the initiative of some students and a partnership with the Richland Rotary Club. A year ago, students in Erika Boruff’s second grade classroom wrote a persuasive essay to Principal Liz Crider stating…. “Having a Buddy Bench follows the Big 3 because helping others shows respect, solves problems, and helps us make good decisions. The Buddy Bench will help us show compassion to others, a character trait that we have studied.”

Image Title: Erika Boruff's 2016-17 second grade class got the Buddy Bench project off the ground
Erika Boruff's 2016-17 second grade class got the Buddy Bench project off the ground

DECA students qualify for international conference (photo gallery)


A number of Hanford and Richland High School DECA students earned top recognition at the Washington State Career Development Conference March 3 in Bellevue and have qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference:

  • Holly Craven, HHS - Financial Literacy Promotion
  • Maisie Bowles, Sarah Molu and Piper Schirm, RHS - Student Store Gold Level Certification
  • Emma Kinnunen, Kyle Strong, and Maddy Hoke, RHS - THRIVE Level for Chapter Campaign and Membership  
  • Melinda Merrill, RHS - Aspire Academy (Outstanding Senior)
  • Piper Schirm, RHS - Area 6 President & State Officer Team 2018-19
Image Title: Piper Schirm, Sarah Molu, and Maisie Bowles - Richland High School
Piper Schirm, Sarah Molu, and Maisie Bowles - Richland High School

Richland School District addresses possibility of student walkout


Here is information from the Richland School District regarding the possibility of student walkouts on March 14 to protest school gun violence:

“Students in the Richland School District and across the nation have the right to attend schools that are safe and secure,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte. “They have the right to attend school free from fear and worry about gun violence. And they have the right to raise this serious issue with constructive actions and dialogue.”


Symphony Orchestra heading to Indianapolis for prestigious festival


The Hanford High School Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Music for All National Orchestra Festival next week in Indianapolis. The HHS Symphony Orchestra is one of only 13 orchestras from across the nation selected. In addition to performing at the prestigious festival, the young musicians will have an opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the top orchestra clinicians in the world.  

“It's amazing to be able to attend a world class music festival like this,” stated Chris Newbury, HHS music teacher and symphony orchestra director.


Destination Imagination teams qualify for state (photo gallery)


Over 80 teams competed in the Eastern Washington Regional Destination Imagination Tournament March 3 at Richland High. Seven Richland School District teams performed at a high level and are advancing on to the Washington State DI Tournament. Congratulations to:

  • Oh, I Get it Too! - Leona Libby Middle School
  • The Mad Mars Bars - Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • Global SarCATstic Kat Korp.- Lewis & Clark Elementary School
  • Wild West Wolves - White Bluffs Elementary School
  • Richland High School
  • Squid Squad - Enterprise Middle School
  • Daring Dragons – Lewis & Clark, Orchard, White Bluffs
Image Title: Lewis & Clark Mad Mars Bars
Lewis & Clark Mad Mars Bars
Image Title: White Bluffs Wild West Wolves
White Bluffs Wild West Wolves
Image Title: Lewis & Clark Global SarCATstic Kat Korp.
Lewis & Clark Global SarCATstic Kat Korp.
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Richland High School
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Enterprise Squid Squad
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RSD Daring Dragons

District will break ground next month on new elementary school


The Richland School District is getting closer to breaking ground on the new elementary school in West Richland. Awarding of the construction bid is expected in early April.

Elementary #11 will be built near the intersection of Belmont Boulevard and the future Sunshine Avenue. The school will open in August 2019.



Serve on Richland Education Foundation board

Do you want to help make sure RSD students and teachers have enough resources to be successful? If so, you should consider serving on the board of the Richland Education Foundation. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded over $247,000 in grants to support Richland schools. For more info, call 528-9102 or REFfoundation@gmail.com


Crystal Apple recognizes Hanford High teacher


Rachael Morgan, German and AVID teacher and former dance team coach at Hanford High School, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Tri-Cities Crystal Apple Award. The award will be presented at the 20th annual Crystal Apple Awards ceremony today (March 15) in Pasco. The Crystal Apple honors exceptional educators and innovative instruction in the Tri-Cities area.

“Rachael is passionate about helping students learn and grow,” says principal Tory Christensen. “She has a gift for creating personal connections with students….meaningful connections that contribute to each student's life.”


Steve Hill recognized for service


At the Tuesday Richland School Board meeting, Jason Lee Elementary principal Joe Jisa honored physical education teacher Steve Hill for going the extra mile to serve students, staff, and parents including supervising lunch and breakfast, facilitating Safety Committee meetings, and willingly covering classrooms when subs are unavailable. “Steve gives generously of his time to make Jason Lee a better place for kids. He believes that all children are capable of success…no exceptions….and his actions everyday back up that belief.”

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KONA Radio news update - March 14, 2018 KONA Radio news update - February 14, 2018
Richland High Wind Ensemble - Florentiner March Richland High School Wind Ensemble - Florentiner March
Hanford High Jazz Band II - Aim High Hanford High Jazz Band II - Aim High

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School Board Meeting Mar 27 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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End of 3rd Quarter Mar 30
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Spring Break - No School Apr 2- Apr 6
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School Board Meeting Apr 10 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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School Board Meeting Apr 24 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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School Board Meeting May 8 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Isaac Robertshaw, Hanford High School
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Anna Shi, Hanford High School