Richland School District

Enterprise students step up to help out Tri-Cities Cancer Center


Camryn Dezember, ASB secretary at Enterprise Middle School, organized a successful coin drive last week for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation. Camryn provided milk jugs to each 1st hour class in which students were asked to drop coins in throughout the week. The result was a check for $1550 that Camryn (second from right above) presented to the Cancer Center Foundation. Great job Enterprise!


Richland School District announces $15 million savings for taxpayers

Richland School District taxpayers are getting a $15 million break. On May 17, the District sold $69 million worth of construction bonds at a 2.82% interest rate, significantly lower than the expected 3.46% rate. This favorable market sale will result in interest savings of $15 million over the 15-year life of the bonds.

“This is $15 million that RSD taxpayers will not have to pay in interest costs,” explains Superintendent Rick Schulte.

The District’s strong Aa2 bond rating from Moody's attracted investors to purchase the bonds. “The Aa2 rating reflects the District's sound financial position and our history of solid money management,” adds Schulte.


Young math scholars compete and have fun at State Math Masters Contest (photo gallery)

Lewis & Clark 4th grade team - Audrey Xu, Ethan Gotthold, Colin Shen, and Adam Tan.
Lewis & Clark 4th grade team - Audrey Xu, Ethan Gotthold, Colin Shen, and Adam Tan.

Congratulations to all the Richland School District 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students who qualified for, and participated in, the Washington State Math Masters contest May 20 in Moses Lake.

Some of the top individual and team finishes were:

  • Badger Mountain - 2nd place, 4th grade Division "e"
  • Lewis & Clark - 4th place, 4th grade Division "i"
  • Colin Shen, Lewis & Clark - 4th place, 4th grade Division "i"
  • Mooyoun Kim, Badger Mountain - 4th place, 4th grade Division "e"
  • Cooper Carey, Orchard - 4th place, 5th grade Division "phi"

Long distance video linkup brings salmon and Orca ecosystems learning to life


Students in Diana Anderson’s and Bobbi Eslick’s fifth grade classrooms at Wiley Elementary were transported to the San Juan Islands last week when they participated in a distance learning lesson on Orca whales and the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Scientist Jeff Hogan led the video linkup learning session from Lime Kiln State Park near Friday Harbor. He was connected via technology to students all over the northwest.

“As part of our salmon life-cycle study, we tied in eco-systems early and, along the way, we adopted an orca, Oreo J-22, from the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor,” explains Eslick. “We’ve talked all year about how the salmon and Orcas are connected and what else is in their ecosystems.”


Community members invited to RSD K-8 Art Show (photo gallery)

Maya Clark, Lewis & Clark, 4th grade
Maya Clark, Lewis & Clark, 4th grade
Hailey Anderson, White Bluffs, 4th grade
Hailey Anderson, White Bluffs, 4th grade
Hannah Kieneker, Enterprise, 8th grade
Hannah Kieneker, Enterprise, 8th grade
Joanna Martinez, Sacajawea, kindergarten
Joanna Martinez, Sacajawea, kindergarten
Chloe Norman, Marcus Whitman, 5th grade
Chloe Norman, Marcus Whitman, 5th grade
ElliAnn Somes, Carmichael, 6th grade
ElliAnn Somes, Carmichael, 6th grade
Ian Hummel, Orchard, 4th grade
Ian Hummel, Orchard, 4th grade

WSU Tri-Cities is hosting the 8th Annual Richland School District K-8 Art Show in the CIC Building (just north of the main campus) through May 31.

A variety of art work is on display including drawings, ceramics, and paintings (see the photo gallery link below for a sample of the exhibited work).

Community members are invited to view the exhibit during normal CIC Building operating hours - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.


Tournament of Books a creative way to get children reading


Another creative way to get kids reading took place at Wiley Elementary School where teacher Diana Anderson and librarian Rhonda Deniston created the Tournament of Books. Based on March Madness, there was a bracket of 16 books. Each week, third thru fifth grade students read the bracketed books and voted on which books were moving on to the next round.

“Wings of Fire” won the championship round.

“The kids really got into reading and were excited to find out each time which book made it to the next level,” explained Anderson.



Ecology & Biodiversity students study forces that have shaped local shrub steppe (photo gallery)


It was hands on learning for some Richland High School science students on Monday. The Ecology & Biodiversity class traveled to the Hanford Reach National Monument North site to learn more about how the basalt lava flows and last ice age floods impacted the current biodiversity of the local shrub steppe.

“This course offers students the opportunity to study the forces that have shaped the earth with the main focus on ecology and evolution,” explains teacher Audra Richter.

Among the learning activities at the Hanford Reach, students:

  • Analyzed quadrat vegetation between the river and the trail to determine wildflower species population coverage and interspecific competition;

  • Determined species richness and energy flow through this micro ecosystem.

Elementary students try their hand at composing music (photo gallery)


Lewis & Clark fifth grade students performed original music compositions Friday at a lunch with special guests Superintendent Rick Schulte and Richland School Board members Brett Amidan and Heather Cleary. The fifth graders have been learning how to write music under the tutelage of Lewis & Clark music teacher Carri Rose. The students composed short pieces for violin, bass, ukulele, and xylophone.

“I applaud these fifth graders for their efforts at writing music for the first time,” said Superintendent Schulte.