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Thank you to RSD school psychologists


This week is National School Psychology Awareness Week and the Richland School District thanks all of our school psychologists for their service. School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn, and teachers' ability to teach.

School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face. They are a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.


Learning about STEM topics (photo gallery)


Students, parents, and community members learned about all sorts of STEM topics at the Chief Joseph Middle School interactive Science Night last week.

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State Education News

A national report released this week named Washington as a state with strong systems to ensure school districts are accountable for students’ education.
The Supreme Court largely affirmed the state’s position that most of the mechanisms for full funding of basic education are in place.
Almost $1 million in grants were awarded to improve access to computer science and related educational programs in Washington state, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today.
Students who are taught in two languages – English and their home language – learn both languages, as well as the content of the class.

U.S. Dept. of Education News

Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands — Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos traveled to both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to observe the recovery and rebuilding efforts firsthand and to discuss with local leaders how the Department of Education can best assist in those efforts.
WASHINGTON— As part of the ongoing Administration-wide effort to reduce the regulatory burden on Americans, today the Department of Education announced it will withdraw nearly 600 out-of-date pieces of subregulatory guidance on its books. Each item has been either superseded by current law or is no longer in effect. Removing these out-of-date materials will make it easier for schools, educators, parents and the public to understand what guidance is still in effect.
WASHINGTON – As part of the Department's recognition of National Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today convened a roundtable of parents and advocates from the disability community to engage in a dialogue on how the Department can best serve children with disabilities.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 2017 recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The eight principals from the 2017 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on Nov. 6, in Washington, DC.

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Andros Acevedo, Richland High School
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Austin Johnson, Hanford High School

Firebird Leadership Club hosts successful blood drive

The River’s Edge High School Firebird Leadership Club hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday. Thank you to the 31 students and staff who donated 18 units of blood.

“The Firebird Leadership Club is off to a great start building community on the River’s Edge campus this year,” noted Paulina Valdez, Communities in Schools Site Coordinator.


Virtual reality expeditions enhance student learning

Image Title: Libby art students taking a tour of Egypt
Libby art students taking a tour of Egypt

Leona Libby Middle School students are taking field trips without leaving their classrooms. From the California gold rush and an Egyptian art museum to New Orleans and the White House kitchen, students learn all over the world thanks to Virtual Reality glasses and Google Expeditions.

“Libby teachers utilize these instructional tools to help students understand more about the subjects they’re studying,” says librarian Rhonda Howard.


Richland School District prepares for the winter weather season

Image Title: RSD has plenty of ice melt ready
RSD has plenty of ice melt ready

Richland School District Facilities & Operations staff are busy preparing for the fast approaching winter season. “Our planning begins well before the bad weather hits,” says department director Jeff Lettau.

Some of the preparation steps are:

  • Researching and purchasing ice melt chemical. 
  • Pre-winter training and safety briefings. 
  • Inspections and maintenance of equipment. 

RSD marching bands salute veterans at Veterans Day Parade (photo gallery)


Richland School District marching bands showed up in full force on Saturday to salute our veterans at the 19th Annual West Richland Veterans Day Parade.

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Richland High School

Partnership with World War II veteran Des Howarth


Thank you to World War II veteran Des Howarth for helping Orchard Elementary School honor all veterans today. First Lieutenant Howarth served in the U.S. Army Air Force and saw action as a navigator on a B-24 Liberator Bomber. Howarth provided his personal collection of WWII paintings, models, and books for the school’s Veterans Day display case including a special memento helmet with a drawing of his B-24 on the front.


Richland High School math scholars are tops at regional competition


Two Richland High School math scholars earned First Place awards at the Eastern Washington Math is Cool Competition October 25 in Spokane. Congratulations to Nicholas Chang - Algebra 2, and Bryan Fang - Calculus.

In addition, the Richland High 9th/10th grade team and 11th/12th grade team had the distinction of being the only teams out of 34 total teams to achieve perfect scores on the mental math test.

Image Title: Bryan Fang, John Titus Barnett, Nicholas Chang from RHS
Bryan Fang, John Titus Barnett, Nicholas Chang from RHS

Finalist at prestigious national science fair competition (photo gallery)

Image Title: Zoe and her teammates won the Teamwork Award at the Broadcom MASTERS (photo: Society for Science and the Public).
Zoe and her teammates won the Teamwork Award at the Broadcom MASTERS (photo: Society for Science and the Public).

Richland High School freshman Zoe Gotthold recently returned from Washington D.C. where she was a Finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Fair Competition. Zoe’s project focuses on the dangers threatening penguins from emulsions….oil trapped in pockets under the water’s surface.

The Broadcom MASTERS is the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competition for middle school students.

The 30 Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists from 2,500 applicants representing 49 states, four U.S. territories, and 1 military base abroad.



Stuff the Bus

RSD invites community members to “Stuff the Bus” on Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Office Depot on George Washington Way, or Yoke’s Fresh Market on Keene Road. The goal is to help families in need by filling a school bus with new or slightly used clothing. Non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items are also welcome.



Parents invited to fill out survey

The Richland School District is conducting a comprehensive audit of the District’s educational program. We invite all RSD parents/guardians to participate in a brief online survey. Data collected from these anonymous surveys will be utilized to inform improvement planning processes. Please take a few minutes to share your  ideas and suggestions. Your participation is greatly appreciated!


Nutrition Services employees recognized


At the Tuesday Richland School Board meeting, Jefferson Elementary principal Bobbi Buttars recognized her nutrition services staff Anne Merrill, Jaime Green, Lisa Dequise, and Jinju Mak for their outstanding work providing meals to students. “These four women have done an excellent job implementing breakfast in the classroom after the bell where they serve 400 students each day. They also serve 350 students at lunch and at-risk after school meals. Thank you to all four for preparing and serving nutritious food to Jefferson students.”


HHS cheer program will return to nationals

Hanford High School Cheer Squads earned First Place awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Northwest Regional Cheer Championship November 4 at Bellevue High School:

  • Purple (varsity) - 1st Place in the Super Large division and 2nd Place in the Game Day division;
  • Gold (junior varsity) - 1st Place in the JV Non-Tumbling division.
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HHS Gold Squad

Veterans Day poem "Gone Forever"


Chief Joseph Middle School eighth grader Grace Cadman wrote “Gone Forever” for the school’s Veterans Day assembly on Thursday.

Not a day goes by
That a mother doesn’t wonder
About her precious baby boy
In heaven looking upon her.


Gold Standard for HHS


Hanford High School has earned the Gold Standard School designation from NextGen Personal Finance. The award is presented to schools that make personal finance education a priority for all students. HHS is one of only seven schools in the state to receive the award.

Congratulations to Consumer Economics department chair Pam Kehret (seen here with Principal Tory Christensen), and Consumer Economics teachers Shane Essency and Teresa Shively

RSD Media

KONA Radio news update - November 15, 2017 KONA Radio news update - November 15, 2017
District prepares for winter season District prepares for winter season - KEPR News
Richland High Wind Ensemble - Florentiner March Richland High School Wind Ensemble - Florentiner March
Richland High School Symphonic Band - The Blue and the Gray Richland High School Symphonic Band - The Blue and the Gray

Upcoming Events

RSD Focus on Learning - KNDU TV Nov 19 :  9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
RSD Focus on Learning - KNDU TV
Nov 20- Nov 22
No School for Grades K-5 - Elementary Conferences
Nov 22
End of 1st Trimester
Early Release - Grades 6-12 Nov 22
Early Release - Grades 6-12

PM Kindergarten: 11:40 AM

Grades 1-5: 12:30 PM

Grades 6-12: 11:00 AM

Nov 23- Nov 24
Thanksgiving - No School
School Board Meeting Nov 28 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
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Anna Shi, Hanford High School
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Cyrille Villas, Richland High School