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A Tapteal second grader adjusts the fulcrum

Weight and how it is distributed affect how an object balances. RSD second grade students investigate the various ways that a beam, a fulcrum, and some cubes can be combined to create balanced structures. They build, make drawings, and write down observations in their science journals. “Most children have daily experiences with balance, like riding a bike, but they may not have the vocabulary to explain how the distribution of weight affects balance,” says Kitty Compton, Tapteal Elementary teacher.

TV program focuses on bond projects and Common Core


The District’s “Focus on Learning” television program will air the next two Saturday evenings on KNDU-TV: October 4, 6:30 pm, and October 11, 6:30 pm

Superintendent Rick Schulte will give an update on the bond issue construction projects. Erika Doyle and Kristina Tucker will explain how the Common Core State Standards are being implemented in the District. KNDU anchor Meredith Boggs moderates the 30-minute program.

Karen Lipp helps early care and education providers understand more about teaching Number Sense.

It’s all about getting young children ready for kindergarten. That’s why 60 early care and education providers attended the Partnership for Early Learning’s recent workshop at the Richland High library. Karen Lipp, White Bluffs kindergarten teacher, presented on Number Sense and the developmental theory behind teaching it to young children.

“Current research indicates that math proficiency is the best predictor of future academic success, and data indicates that it is our region's area of greatest need for incoming kindergarteners,” explains Lipp. “How will we reach them in preparation for kindergarten? Our early care and education providers are the key!”

Student selected for prestigious National Honor Choir


Hinako Kawabe, Hanford High School senior, has been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) National Honor Choir. Kawabe will sing in the National Honor Mixed Choir at the NAfME In-Service Conference October 26-29 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Kawabe is one of four students from the State of Washington selected to perform with the choir of 150 vocalists. She currently sings with the Hanford High Chamber Choir.


The Richland School District has received nearly 60 suggestions so far for the name of the new elementary school in south Richland. Some of the suggested names are Orchard Hills, Enrico Fermi, Franklin Mathias, Mountain View, Leona Libby, and Columbia (see link below for all nominations).

Those wishing to submit a nomination still have plenty of time to do so before the October 3 deadline. The nomination form can be accessed at this link.

“After the nomination window closes, the school’s Planning Team will review the merits of all the names and present a list of five recommendations to the school board for their consideration,” explains Robert Broecker, principal of the new school.

First year German students have a very large number to deal with

In Jennifer Hesse’s first year German class at Richland High School, students solve multiplication problems and then write out and verbalize the answers in German. “Dice and calculators are simply tools to engage students in learning the German language,” explains Hesse.

It sometimes turn lighthearted and fun when students roll several high numbered dice that result in a product in the billions. “They can end up with quite a challenging answer to write down and state,” adds Hesse.

Hanford High may become manufacturing site for guitar kits (Tri-City Herald)


Students in a popular electric guitar building program could eventually be building guitars for themselves and helping other West Coast students do the same. Teachers Ed Ufford of Hanford High School and David Lake of Kiona-Benton High School are in preliminary talks with the Ohio teachers who developed the program to designate HHS and Ki-Be as manufacturing sites for the kits needed to build the guitars. Becoming manufacturing sites could mean more job skills training for students.


Jason Lee Elementary fourth graders are learning about the  Element of Space in their art classes with Katherine Bokinskie. The students have been creating a name design using lines to create a 3-D illusion on a flat surface. “This project leads in to a more complex assignment where the students will be creating a one-point perspective drawing of a building,” explains Bokinskie.

Parents want carved-up school boundaries to end (Tri-City Herald)


South Richland parents just want their neighborhoods to stay together. There are 10 houses on Kari Williams' street and yet the children are divided among nearby Badger Mountain and central Richland's Marcus Whitman and Lewis & Clark elementary schools. "No more doughnut holes," she said of the mosaic of boundaries that divide up her neighborhood. The Richland School District sought public input Thursday night on proposed new boundaries during a meeting at White Bluffs Elementary School.

Help us name the new elementary school in south Richland!


The Richland School District invites community members to nominate names for the new elementary school which is being built near Brantingham Road and Gala Way in south Richland. The District's tenth elementary school will open in August 2015. Those wishing to make a nomination can do so at the link below.

Swetha Shutthanandan

The Washington State Academy of Sciences has selected Swetha Shutthanandan, Richland High School junior, to participate in the American Junior Academy of Sciences Convention February 11-15, 2015, in San Jose, California. Shutthanandan will have an opportunity to speak about her project "Next Generation Supercapacitors for Ultra Fast Energy Harvesting".

Help get our youngsters off to good start (Tri-City Herald)

Editorial page column by RSD Assistant Superintendent Erich Bolz..........Children do not have to start school behind! Public school teachers do a fantastic job of ensuring children make a year’s growth in a year’s time. However, kids entering kindergarten are performing somewhere between three and eight years old on academic tasks. Kids who start school behind tend to stay behind whereas kids who start ready tend to perform well in school over time. One of the smartest investments a community can make is to address skill gaps in children prior to when they start school.