The Richland School District Tuesday night awarded the general contractor bid for the Fran Rish Stadium upgrades project to Siefkin & Sons Construction, Richland. Siefkin & Sons’ bid of $1.65 million was the lowest of 10 bids submitted. All bleachers, restrooms, and other structures on the west side (visitors’ side) of the stadium will be replaced.
The Richland School Board voted unanimously tonight (Tuesday) to name the Richland School District’s tenth elementary school Orchard Elementary School. The school is currently under construction in south Richland and will open next August. Orchard Elementary will be 71,000 square feet in size and house 714 students.
A team of Three Rivers HomeLink students is one of 15 teams nationwide whose satellite experiment idea was selected to participate in the final stages of the 2014 ASE AstroSat Challenge. Students were challenged to design an experiment using the tools aboard a CubeSat currently in orbit. "This challenge gave us a great opportunity to delve into the reality of a good experimental design," says teacher Trevor Macduff. "We had fabulous discussions.”
School Board will review two boundary options Tuesday (Tri-City Herald)
The Richland School Board will consider two elementary boundary revisions on Tuesday night after recently backing off a plan to send some south Richland students to central Richland schools. Both plans would increase the number of students at south Richland schools, including the new elementary under construction near Westcliffe Boulevard and Brantingham Road.
The Richland School District announces a new regional collaboration to help children be successful and stay in school. It’s a partnership with Communities in Schools....the nation's leading dropout prevention organization. “Our collaboration with Communities in Schools is based upon feedback from principals that, although we have quality teachers and academic supports, the scope of need in our community around accessing services ranging from basic living needs to mental health support is sharply on the rise,” explains Assistant Superintendent Erich Bolz.
School Board to review revised boundaries options next week
Richland School District administrative staff will present two revised elementary boundaries options to the Richland School Board on Tuesday, November 25, at 6:30 pm. The two options differ from the proposal presented at the November 12 public hearing including possible changes for families in the Meadow Springs, Country Ridge, Duportail/Bypass, and Jason Loop neighborhoods.
Forty-five Richland School District students have been selected to perform in the 2014-15 All-Northwest and All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs. Congratulations to all of these outstanding musicians!
South Richland neighborhood to stay at Badger Mountain (Tri-City Herald)
The Richland School District will again revise proposed school boundaries after parents from a south Richland neighborhood criticized a plan to bus their children to a central Richland school. More than a dozen people, most from the Riverview Point neighborhood, commented during a public hearing. “We thank all of you who have spoken,” board Chairwoman Phyllis Strickler told the crowd. “You’ve made some good points.”
Jason Lee Elementary fourth grade classes had their own version of Shark Tank last Friday. The students expanded on the knowledge they learned in a recent science unit, conducted research, and came up with an idea for an innovative product which they pitched to a panel of “sharks” (local scientists and engineers).A few of the 30 ideas submitted were The Super Shoe Scrubber, The Velcro Bed, and The Book Buddy.
The annual Tri-City Artists Open Studio Tour is November 15-16 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors are invited into the private studios of 11 local artists including two RSD art teachers Consuelo (Connie) Murphy and April Ottey. “I like to see the look on students’ faces when they come in to the studio,” says Murphy. “For some, being in the studio finishes off the art experience… ‘This is you!’ ‘You did all this?’ ‘How did you get started?’”
Chief Joseph Middle School's 6th Annual Family Science Night was a huge success on Thursday. Hundreds of students and parents attended the hands-on interactive event that featured engaging STEM exhibits from local organizations including PNNL, Bechtel National, Benton Conservation District, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, City of Richland Utilities, and Kadlec. “The students saw a relevant application to the concepts that they’ve been learning in class," said Laura Robertson, Chief Joseph science teacher.
The staff of Lewis & Clark Elementary School got an up close look today at the new school they will be working in starting next August. Construction of the new Lewis & Clark, just east of the existing school, is right on schedule. Needless to say, staff members were excited to see the progress being made on the 64,000 square foot building.