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HHS scholar earns top honors at international science competitions

Naveena with her project at ISEF in Phoenix
Naveena with her project at ISEF in Phoenix
05/24/2016

Naveena Bontha, Hanford High School junior, earned second place awards in two prestigious international science competitions this spring:

“Being selected to compete at both Intel ISEF and I-SWEEEP was an incredible opportunity and I loved sharing my ideas on an international platform,” says Bontha. ”I learned more about the fantastic work that is being done by high school students in the United States and around the world."

Poetry in the spotlight at Enterprise (photo gallery)

05/23/2016

Poetry Slam with a 1960s beatniks theme was in the spotlight last week at Enterprise Middle School as sixth graders showed off their poetry writing to fellow students, parents, and grandparents.“We’ve been reading, analyzing, and writing poems since the beginning of the year and this was our culminating event,” says teacher Hope Nichols. “We try to make poems fun while encouraging creativity.”

Sea star dissection helps students understand body systems (photo gallery)

Science teacher George Reddick explains the dissection lab
Science teacher George Reddick explains the dissection lab
05/19/2016

Seventh graders in George Reddick’s science classes at Enterprise Middle School carried out a sea star dissection on Thursday. “Our animal unit learning standards focus heavily on identifying and understanding body systems,” explains Reddick. During the dissection, students located the mouth and the ring of oral spines surrounding the mouth. The young scientists also examined the stomach and the pyloric ducts that aid in digestion.

Hanford High School productions earn nine 5th Avenue nominations (photo gallery)

Urinetown....Devin Duggan with the plunger, nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role; behind Devin are the Rebels, nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group
Urinetown....Devin Duggan with the plunger, nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role; behind Devin are the Rebels, nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group
05/19/2016

The Hanford High School production of Urinetown has received seven nominations in the 2016 Seattle 5th Avenue High School Musical Theater Awards including Outstanding Overall Musical. In addition, Hanford High’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid received two nominations. Judges evaluated 104 productions at 95 high schools around the state. The winners will be announced at the 5th Avenue Awards ceremony June 6 in Seattle.

Community invited to jazz swing dance

05/16/2016

The Richland High School and Chief Joseph Middle School jazz bands invite community members to a Jazz Swing Dance on Friday, May 20, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Richland Community Center. A swing dance lesson will be offered at 6:30 pm. Admission is $7-adults $5-students and includes dessert. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the school band programs.

President’s Council Community Leadership Award to Magie Wade

05/13/2016

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has selected Magie Wade, physical education teacher at Chief Joseph Middle School, to receive a 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals who improve the lives of others by providing opportunities to engage in sports, fitness, and nutrition-related programs.

“Magie consistently promotes opportunities for individuals to lead healthy lifestyles through physical activity and healthy nutrition,” says Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the Office of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Wiley families get rare opportunity to view transit of Mercury (photo gallery)

Mercury is the small back dot in the lower right
Mercury is the small back dot in the lower right
05/12/2016

Wiley Elementary third thru fifth grade families had an opportunity to view the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun on Monday. Teacher David Krieg set up his telescope for students and parents to watch this rare event.

Big Bear Solar Observatory in southern California has released stunning photos (see photo gallery) of what it says are “highest-ever spatial resolution images of Mercury crossing the Sun".

Transportation staff reminds drivers to stop for school buses (photo gallery)

05/11/2016

Student safety is the reason why RSD Transportation staff held a Stop Paddle Awareness Effort last week near the intersection of George Washington Way and Van Giesen Street. “Our goal was to remind drivers of stopping for school buses when the reds are flashing and stop paddles are out,” explained Tricia Callahan, RSD Driver Safety Supervisor. “We want students safe when getting on and off our buses.”

RHS team earns Grand Prize in Junior Achievement High-Tech Business Challenge

Grand Prize winners are Steele Roberts, Shandra Creech, Melinda Merrill, Jossalyne Medina, and Hannah Oldson.
Grand Prize winners are Steele Roberts, Shandra Creech, Melinda Merrill, Jossalyne Medina, and Hannah Oldson.
05/09/2016

A Richland High School team earned the Grand Prize trophy at the Junior Achievement regional High-Tech Business Challenge. Team members are Steele Roberts, Shandra Creech, Melinda Merrill, Jossalyne Medina, and Hannah Oldson. Teams run their own companies, “manufacture” and “sell” a fictional high-tech product, and compete for market share against other teams. “It was impressive to watch these students work as a team and treat each other with respect,” said RHS teacher Danielle Jelinek.

Students show off reading skills at Poetry Night (photo gallery)

05/05/2016

Reading intervention teachers at Orchard Elementary School have been using poetry to help students become more fluent readers. On Tuesday night, students showcased their hard work by reciting poems to an audience of more than 200 family members.

“We transformed the cafeteria into a Parisian café as a way to celebrate the students’ efforts,” said instructional specialist Stacy Hall.

Community invited to take in District K-12 art exhibit (photo gallery)

Aydia O'Hara, Jason Lee Elementary, 5th Grade
Aydia O'Hara, Jason Lee Elementary, 5th Grade
05/04/2016

The Richland School District K-12 Art Show continues weekdays through May 19 at the WSU Tri-Cities CIC Building. Community members are invited to view over 500 art pieces including drawings, ceramics, and paintings. Access to the exhibit is during normal CIC Building operating hours - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. See some samples of this creative work in the photo gallery.

State art awards to RSD high school students

05/02/2016

Richland School District students earned two of the 15 major awards at the 2016 Washington State High School Art Show in Olympia. The winning students are Abby DeFever, Richland High School, for a clay-glass-wood piece “Charlie” and Sarah Didericksen, Hanford High School, for an oil pastel “Beauty on Fire”. The winning entries from this year's state competition are on display through June 2 at the Old Capitol Building.