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Swetha Shutthanandan, Grand Prize winner at GENIUS Olympiad

Richland High School senior Swetha Shutthanandan earned a Gold Medal Grand Prize in the Science Category at the prestigious GENIUS International Olympiad held June 14-19 in Oswego, New York. Shutthanandan’s Grand Prize was one of only five awarded in this year’s Olympiad. “I created a new photosensitizer which has high light absorption and emission properties for use in next generation solar cells and in cancer therapy,” explains Shutthanandan.

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Working on dribbling skills at the Bomber Basketball Camp

The annual Bomber Boys Basketball Camp has once again drawn a large number of elementary aged boys to Art Dawald Gym this week. Richland High head coach Earl Streufert and his staff are providing the instruction and leading the skill development drills. "We try to help our campers understand the desire and dedication it takes to become a successful player and person," says Streufert. "And our camp is great place for these youngsters to have fun."

Still no state budget deal; layoff notices go out next week (KUOW Radio)

Budget negotiators continue to meet at the Washington capitol, but there’s still no deal on a spending plan for the next two years.
That means preparations continue for a possible government shutdown at the end of the month. Temporary layoff notices go out next Tuesday to tens-of-thousands of state employees. That will be the day that it starts to seem very real and very likely that the state could be facing a July 1 shutdown.

Looking for summer activities for your kids? Check out our camps web page

Arts, sports, drama, music...... The Richland School District has compiled a list of nearly 50 athletic and academic camps which are taking place this summer. There are camps for children of all ages. You can access the list by going to our Summer Camps web page.

Richland Fire Chief Tom Huntington, Jim Williamson, Shanon Flynn, and Dave Filipy

City of Richland Fire Chief Tom Huntington presented City Manager Medallions to four Carmichael Middle School staff members in a special ceremony today. Shawnta DiFalco, Dave Filipy, Shanon Flynn, and Jim Williamson were honored for taking quick action at Fran Rish Stadium April 15 when a student collapsed during a P.E. class.


The Richland School District's Summer Food Program will be offered at three elementary schools.....Jason Lee, Jefferson, and Tapteal. Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to children.


Erik Snapp, Enterprise Middle School 7th grader, is one of 16 students nationwide who have been named 2015 National 180 Award winners by Scholastic. Despite challenges, these students are being recognized for achieving significant gains in their reading and math skills through the use of READ 180 and MATH 180….intervention strategies used to help students who are below grade level.

Washing socks the old fashioned way

Students in Deanie Sullivan’s fourth grade class at Jason Lee Elementary School have learned a lot about pioneers, the settling of the old west, and the Oregon Trail during the year. On Thursday, the students experienced a small taste of that life during Pioneer Days. The hands-on stations included leather stamping, sock washing with a washboard, lemonade making, and handkerchief doll making. The students were also treated to a yarn spinning demonstration.

Photo courtesy of Tri-City Herald

More than a few tears fell as longtime music teacher Mary Dann said farewell to her students at Chief Joseph Middle School this week. Dann is retiring after 35 years as a Richland music teacher. Some Treble Choir singers couldn’t make it through an entire serenade to Dann without shedding a few more tears. Dann said she will miss the culture of teaching music, hanging out with students and working with her colleagues. “I feel like I am the luckiest person in the world when I get to make music with kids.”

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson, longtime volunteer math coach in the Richland School District, has been named a recipient of the Community Leadership Award from the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators. Johnson has coached the math teams at Carmichael Middle School for the past eight years. The teams have earned numerous trophies at regional and state competitions. Johnson also coached at Lewis & Clark Elementary School.

“Chris Johnson is an incredible educational resource,” says Deborah Madison, Lewis & Clark fifth grade teacher. “He goes out of his way to support kids who are interested in strengthening their reasoning, critical thinking, and higher-level math skills.”

Dante Tyler (photo courtesy of Tri-City Herald)

Dante Tyler is taking his ability to multitask with him when he graduates from Richland High School on June 5. As a proud Bomber, he’s juggled football, basketball, track, served as Associated Student Body president and completed school work without any major fumbles. Dante, 18, says people tried to tell him this was impossible to do. But he didn’t let that stop him. “I’ve done a lot of things that haven’t been done before,” he said.