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Fourth grade leaders making sure salmon fry are ready for Salmon Summit next week


RSD fourth grade students have been raising salmon and learning about the life cycle of salmon since January. The culminating activity is the annual Salmon Summit April 26 when students release their salmon fry into the Columbia River.

Badger Mountain Elementary fourth graders will have the additional bonus of seeing their salmon fitted with Passive Integrated Transponder tags to monitor their progress downstream. Seen above are Badger students Whitley Hilmes, Bailee Kasparek, and Madison Maxwell who have been responsible for monitoring conditions in the tank including water temperature and the pH and nitrate levels. Their efforts have been a big reason why the salmon fry are thriving.



Home Depot partners with District to help students


Thank you to Home Deport for donating time and materials to improve the Clothes Closet at Richland High School. Home Depot workers helped RHS staff plan a redesign of the room and came in this week to implement that plan which will allow more clothes and hygiene products to be stored there.     

“The Clothes Closet serves students in need who may be looking for a shirt, coat, or a pair of shoes,” says Todd Kleppin, RHS Communities in School site coordinator. “We appreciate this partnership with Home Depot.”



Enterprise science scholars earn state School of the Year recognition


Congratulations to Enterprise Middle School on being named “School of the Year” at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair April 1 in Bremerton. Ten Enterprise students competed and all ten earned First Place awards in their respective divisions:

  • 6th graders - Rachel Tucker and Anika Halappanavar

  • 7th graders - Sankar Harilal, Abby Kerbyson, Shreya Mehta, Nikhita Bontha, Nischal Allena, and Daniel Li who also won the overall first place award for all seventh graders in the state.     

  • 8th graders - Afrah Aftab and Ajay Harilal   

Basketball players raise money to provide free mammograms


Richland High School girls basketball players are giving back to the local community. The Lady Bombers raised money for the Kadlec Foundation which uses the money to provide mammograms for women who can't afford them.

Shown above (l to r) are Maysun Wellsandt, Taryn Webb, and Chloe Mitchell presenting an $1130 check to Whitney Clark and Autumn Clark of the Kadlec Foundation. Team members have raised $3700 in the last three years, helping more than 200 women receive a free mammogram.  



Kids steal the show at Jefferson Elementary groundbreaking ceremony (photo gallery)


It's official.....the Jefferson Elementary School replacement project is underway. The entire Jefferson student body emptied out to the north playfield Friday morning to watch the groundbreaking ceremony. And the students had some extra fun when they joined school board members, district administrators, and teachers in turning over some of the dirt with gold shovels.

"This is a very exciting day for our entire Jefferson family," said Principal Bobbi Buttars.

Design West Architects, Kennewick, is the architectural firm for the Jefferson replacement project. The new Jefferson will be 65,000 square feet in size and house 537 students.


Utilizing a variety of learning tools engages students in math (photo gallery)


Students in Tami Simundson’s fourth grade class at Wiley Elementary School used a variety of tools this morning to improve their math skills: small white boards, pencil and paper, and Chromebooks. Students worked alone and in groups to solve problems involving improper fractions, multiplication and addition.



Nicole MacTavish named Deputy Superintendent/Successor Superintendent


The Richland School Board Tuesday night selected Dr. Nicole MacTavish to be the Deputy Superintendent/Successor Superintendent of the Richland School District. Dr. MacTavish currently is Assistant Superintendent of the Nampa School District, Nampa, Idaho. She will assume her new position on July 1, 2017. 

"We are uniformly excited about this hire. Dr. MacTavish is a talented instructional leader with a broad range of teaching and administrative experience," said Rick Jansons, President of the Richland School Board. "Our educational program will be taken to the next level under her guidance.”

You can learn more about Dr. MacTavish’s background at this link.



National honors to Hanford High School journalism students


Six Hanford High School journalism students won write-off competitions at the National High School Journalism Convention April 6-9 in Seattle (left to right in photo):

Kyle Campbell, Excellent - Literary Magazine Poetry

Jadon Fickle, Superior - Feature Writing

Naveena Bontha, Excellent - Newsmagazine Layout

Natalie Schueddekopp, Superior - Editorial Writing

Sonali Matta, Superior - Yearbook Layout

Kevin Weng, Excellent - Commentary Writing

Almost 2,000 students competed in 48 media contests. Only 92 total received superior ratings and 155 received excellent ratings. HHS journalism adviser Nancy E. Smith served on the organizing committee for the Seattle convention.


Maintenance staff providing quality service to students and staff


Thanks to the Richland School District Maintenance Department for their ongoing work to serve RSD students and staff.

  • By implementing efficient methods and management, the Maintenance team completed 59% of work orders in seven days or less in 2016; this compares favorably to 2015 when 45% of work orders were completed in seven days or less. 

  • The maintenance team completed 4,156 work orders in 2016, a significant increase over the 3,200 completed in 2015.

“The Maintenance staff are service oriented and we are becoming more responsive to our customers, the students and staff of the Richland School District,” says Jeffrey Lettau, Director of Facilities & Operations.