Jan Barber, Lewis & Clark Elementary School fourth grade teacher, and David Holmberg, Carmichael Middle School mathematics teacher, have been named recipients of the 2014 Tri-Cities Crystal Apple Award. The awards will be presented at the 16th annual Crystal Apple Awards ceremony March 13 at Columbia Basin College. The Crystal Apple program honors exceptional educators and innovative instruction in the Tri-Cities area.
Thirty-four Delta High School students earned high scores in the regional History Day competition and have qualified for the Washington State History Day competition May 3 in Auburn. Guided by this year’s National History Day theme, Rights and Responsibilities, students selected topics and conducted original research to create websites, documentary films, museum exhibits, or theatrical performances.
Beginning March 3, parents in the Richland School District may register their children for kindergarten at their neighborhood elementary schools. Registration will continue through the spring.
The child’s state certified birth certificate and an immunization record listing dates that shots were received are required for registration as well as proof of address. To be eligible for kindergarten, the child must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2014. For more information, call 967-6003.
An innovative teacher preparation program is coming to the Richland School District. HU105, a joint project between Heritage University and Educational Service District 105, trains students to become teachers by placing them directly into elementary and middle school classrooms. “Not only will it be terrific for the classrooms that have HU105 candidates in them, but the teachers that graduate from the program are extremely talented and will likely stay in the District once they graduate,” said Assistant Superintendent Erich Bolz.
Science scholars from Hanford High School won the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Regional Science Bowl competition February 22 at WSU Tri-Cities and have qualified for the 2014 National Science Bowl. Team members are: An Wang, Chenchen Li, Jonah Bartraand, Sean Thompson, and Sathvik Ramanan. The five students and advisor Brian Palmer have earned an all expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
Award winning River's Edge teacher believes in his students (Tri-City Herald)
Much of Brian Sites' teaching career has been spent at River's Edge High, Richland's alternative high school. It's where he's won a slew of teaching honors, most recently the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence from the National Education Association. And it's where Sites refined the dual roles of teacher and mentor, students and staff say.
RHS student wants to form wheelchair basketball league (Tri-City Herald)
It's the basketball postseason, but one Richland High junior has to drive to Spokane every two weeks just to play the game. Asuanti Foner says there are plenty of kids in the Tri-Cities who could play wheelchair basketball with him. Asuanti and organizers think a wheelchair basketball tournament they've arranged at Richland High this Saturday will go a long way toward educating people and bringing them to the sport.
Wiley Elementary School’s recent Interactive Science Night was a resounding success as families had fun mixing it up with science experts from PNNL, CREHST Museum, and Hanford High School. Wiley teachers David Krieg and Tami Simundson wanted their families to experience scientific inquiry and build interest for students to participate in the school science fair next month.
Mel Haug to perform with HHS Jazz Band
Vocalist Mel Haug will join the Hanford High School Jazz Band for a special guest artist concert on Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm, in the HHS auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door - $8 adults and $5 seniors/students. Proceeds from the concert will help HHS music students travel to Indianapolis and perform at the Music for All National Festival in March. Haug was a former music teacher at both Kennewick and Pasco High Schools.
The Richland School District operations levy was approved last night. District residents passed the ballot measure with a 65% yes vote.
“A big thank you to our community for their continued support of Richland schools,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte. “This local support benefits all aspects of our school programs and operations."
"Our residents have a long tradition of being very supportive of District students, teachers, and programs, and for this we are grateful," stated Phyllis Strickler, President of the Richland School Board.
A number of Richland School District students won their divisions at the Columbia Basin Solo and Ensemble Music Competition held earlier this month. These outstanding musicians have qualified for the state competition April 26 in Ellensburg.
The Richland High School Cheer Squad are state champions. The nine-member squad earned first place in the 4A small/medium non-tumbling division at the WIAA Washington State Cheer Championships February 1 in Seattle. This is the first year that the school has ever fielded a competition cheer squad.