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Community invited to groundbreaking Wednesday

The Richland School District will hold an official groundbreaking for the new elementary school in West Richland on Wednesday, May 23, at 1:00 pm. The15-acre site is located at 2100 Sunshine Avenue….just northwest of the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. Community members are invited.

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U.S. Dept. of Education News

05/18/2018
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement on the violent attack at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas:

My heart is heavy from watching the horrific events that unfolded at Santa Fe High School today. My prayers are with each student, parent, educator and first responder impacted. Our schools must be safe and nurturing environments for learning. No student should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many today and in similar events prior. We simply cannot allow this trend to continue.
05/17/2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today held an informational meeting with survivors and family members impacted by the mass shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Parkland, in addition to authors of official reports following incidents of school violence.
05/17/2018
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a total of approximately $84.5 million in new federal assistance for Florida under the Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations (K-12 Restart) program. The award announced today is the first in a multiphase award process designed to provide prompt initial funding while offering subsequent opportunities for additional assistance through future applications.
05/17/2018
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced it is launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Michael Shuen, Hanford High School
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Kaitlyn Williams, Richland High School - state art show
 

RSD Special Education Field Day takes over Fran Rish (photo gallery)

About 230 student-athletes from 15 RSD schools participated in the Special Education Field Day Tuesday at Fran Rish Stadium.

“We are promoting inclusion and awareness for individuals with disabilities through traditional and non-traditional events,” says organizer Scott Piippo. “Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who made this field day happen.”

 

100% approval rating for RSD transportation fleet

Richland School District students are riding to school on safe buses. Washington State Patrol inspectors thoroughly inspected the District's entire fleet of 86 buses and gave the District a 100% approval rating.

"The inspectors literally check everything in the bus and under the bus," says Dave Conrad, Transportation Director.

RSD bus mechanics are Jim Stickler, Terry Simonson, Bill Reed, and Tim Henderson.

 

Research and writing leads to podcast production (photo gallery)

Students in Margie Roueche’s sixth grade class at Leona Libby Middle School recently produced a series of three podcasts exploring what it means to live a “good life”. Based on a unit in the Summit Learning platform, the sixth graders researched a well-known person, wrote scripts, and met specific goals and timelines.

“The podcasts are an innovative way for students to showcase their learning,” says Roueche.

 

1982 time capsule opened as Jefferson community looks to the future (photo gallery)

It was a reunion and celebration at Jefferson Elementary School Friday afternoon as former and current staff and students were on hand for the opening of the 1982 Time Capsule.

“In anticipation of our new Jefferson opening this fall, we opened the 1982 capsule with special guests who worked here during that era,” says Principal Bobbi Buttars.

For the past 36 years, the time capsule was hidden behind the cornerstone plaque near the front entrance.

Image Title: RSD Support Services staff Harold Haptonstall (r) and Joe Schultz open the cornerstone plaque.
RSD Support Services staff Harold Haptonstall (r) and Joe Schultz open the cornerstone plaque.
 

Student problem solving results in tree planting (photo gallery)

Leona Libby Middle School sixth grade students have been working on a project based learning unit “How can we reduce the human footprint?”. The practical end result of their research on Thursday was the planting of new trees near the football field.

“The additional trees will scrub CO2 from the atmosphere,” explain the sixth graders. “The trees will also beautify our Libby campus.”

 

Lewis & Clark librarian recognized for excellence

At the Tuesday Richland School Board meeting, Lewis & Clark Elementary principal Liz Crider honored librarian Tawnya Ostrer for her excellent work with students and staff. 

“In her first year at Lewis & Clark, Tawnya has been a leader with book studies, delivering a student safety survey, and improving library accessibility. Tawnya has made it her personal mission to model and teach kindness She is a source of encouragement for all of us.”

 

Enterprise Middle School recipient of the 2018 Whole Child Award

Washington State ASCD has announced Enterprise Middle School as the recipient of the 2018 Whole Child Award.

The Whole Child Award is intended to acknowledge and honor a school that has made significant contributions to student learning by creating a school culture with programs that exemplify two or more of the five tenets of The Whole Child Initiative: Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported, and Challenged; as well as serve as models for all educators across the state.

Enterprise Middle School has rebranded their culture as Wildcat Nation  Wildcat Nation is a shared belief that the EMS community wants a safe and supportive school where everyone feels welcome, valued, and ready to learn.

Announcements

 

CWU selects Abrianna Boarder

Congratulations to Hanford High School senior Abrianna Boarder on being selected to next year’s cheer team at Central Washington University. Abrianna is a four-year member of the HHS cheer squad. During her four years with the program, the Falcons earned three state championships, two second place finishes at nationals, and a world championship. “Abrianna will be an amazing college cheerleader,” says HHS coach Kim Mayer.

 

LIGO and art engages students (photo gallery)

How are science and art related? Leona Libby Middle School eighth graders were recently challenged to find a connection between the world of art and the science concepts of light, sound, and gravitational waves. Students created sculptures, paintings, animations, musical pieces, and baked items to display their understanding of waves.

 

Leader at Stanford University

Shanta Katipamula, Hanford High School class of 2015, is serving as President of the Associated Students of Stanford University. Shanta is leading a team of student leaders focused on improving student life at Stanford. During her time at Hanford High, Shanta was involved with journalism, soccer, Knowledge Bowl, and science fair. She was a valedictorian and named Falcon of the Year.

RSD Media

Hanford High Jazz Band I - Almost Like Being in Love Hanford High Jazz Band I - Almost Like Being in Love
Learning with Technology RSD Learning with Technology video
KONA Radio news update - May 9, 2018 KONA Radio news update - May 9, 2018
Podcast about Leona Marshall Libby - by sixth grader Emily Freeze Podcast about Leona Marshall Libby - by sixth grader Emily Freeze

Upcoming Events

School Board Meeting May 22 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
May 25
No School or Snow Make-Up Day
May 28
Memorial Day - No School
Jun 8
Graduation Ceremonies
Jun 12
Last Day of School - Early Release...Grades 6-8 at 11:00 am / K-5 at 12:30 pm
School Board Meeting Jun 12 :  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
School Board Meeting
District Administration Bldg.
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Faith Brown, Hanford High School - Passing the Torch exhibit
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Emily Ellwein, Hanford High School - state art show