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District issues administrative guidance on transgender students (KVEW-TV News)

08/17/2017

The Richland School District is issuing new guidance for staff addressing transgender students. In the document, Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte said the district has taken note of community input and national news stories surrounding transgender issues over the last year.

In April, many LGBTQ advocates packed a Richland School Board meeting to call for more support of LGBTQ students. Many sited real examples of bullying and statistics indicating a higher rate of suicide among LGBTQ youth. The emotional meeting also included board president Richard Jansons sharing a story of a transgender family member who experienced challenges.

At that meeting, the district said it was committed to protecting its LGBTQ students from discrimination.

 

Leona Libby Middle School will open in two weeks (construction photo gallery)

08/15/2017

Construction of Leona Libby Middle School is almost complete. The doors will open to students on August 29.

The school is being built on a 30-acre site in West Richland near the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction, Richland. Leona Libby will be 108,000 square feet in size and house 800 students.

While construction of the Richland School District's fourth middle school has been proceeding, a group of dedicated teachers, parents, students, industry professionals, and community members have come together to plan the startup of this authentic STEAM school. STEAM stands for science, technology engineering, arts, and mathematics.

 

RSD teachers learn how to enhance STEM instruction at summer institute (photo gallery)

08/14/2017

Teams of teachers from Marcus Whitman Elementary School and Leona Libby Middle School attended the Washington State LASER STEM Education Leadership Institute earlier this summer. The Institute focused on helping teachers enhance their STEM instructional efforts.

“The Institute provided our teachers with clear direction as we continue our efforts to enhance STEM opportunities for students,” says Erika Doyle, Richland School District Curriculum Coordinator.

 

Applications for 2017-18 free and reduced price meals are now available

08/11/2017

2017-18 applications for free or reduced-price meals are now available.  Most RSD households should have received an application in the mail this week. If not, they are available at all school offices, the RSD Administration Building, and at the Stevens Center. 

Additionally, the application can be printed from the RSD website, or an electronic version can be found at www.mymealtime.com. The electronic version is always the fastest route.

Last year’s applications are good through October 10, or until a new application has been processed.

 

HHS and RHS students to have orientation/registration on Monday, August 21

08/08/2017

Hanford and Richland High Schools will have all-student orientation days on Monday, August 21. Students will pick up their class schedules, sign up for clubs, deposit money into their lunch accounts, register for fall sports, have their ID card photos taken, purchase PE uniforms, and pay fees.

See the link below for more details on what is happening at each school.

 

 Three Hanford High track athletes earn All-American honors at nationals (Tri-City Herald)

08/03/2017

Area track athletes put their talents on display this past week at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Lawrence, Kansas, and four came home as All-Americans.

Hanford High School athletes Joe Gauthier, Beau Franklin and Nyenuchi Okemgbo, along with Southridge’s Keanu Daos, placed in the top eight in their respective events to earn All-American status.

Gauthier, the state champion in the Class 4A 100 meters in May, ran a 10.72 on Sunday to finish fifth in the men’s division among the 58 competitors.

Franklin, an incoming junior at Hanford, placed seventh in the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.14. He ran a personal best 14.79 in the semifinals and placed second in his heat to advance.

Okemgbo finished fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.75. She placed second at the Class 4A state meet in May with a 14.32.

 

 More classrooms will help ease the crowding at HHS and RHS (photo gallery)

Excellent progress is being made on the addition of 12 classrooms at both Hanford and Richland High Schools. Each of the modular buildings is 16,500 square feet in size.The HHS modular is already complete and furniture is being moved in. The RHS modular is almost complete and will be ready for students on August 29..

  • The RHS modular addition is located just west of the 2000 Building.

  • The HHS modular is located just east of the library.
Richland High School
Richland High School
 

 Richland High teacher creating Vietnam War unit for state online toolkit

07/25/2017

Theresa Buczek, social studies teacher at Richland High School, is developing an online unit about the Vietnam War that will be available to teachers state-wide. Buczek’s work will become part of the state’s Open Educational Resource, a new toolkit of inquiry based social studies units.

In late June, Buczek joined 26 teacher leaders from across the state and professors from the University of Washington and Eastern Washington University to begin work on the digital toolkit.

“We’re creating inquiry based units with engaging lessons that other teachers can replicate in their classrooms,” explains Buczek. “As we continue, we will train other teachers forming a statewide collaboration. Washington has amazing teachers with incredible ideas to share with others. The Open Educational Resource connects us.”

 

 District's fourth middle school to open in five weeks (construction photo gallery)

07/24/2017

Construction of Leona Libby Middle School is moving along on schedule. The doors will open to students on August 29.

The school is being built on a 30-acre site in West Richland near the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction, Richland. Leona Libby will be 108,000 square feet in size and house 800 students. The total project cost is $35 million.

While construction of the Richland School District's fourth middle school has been proceeding, a group of dedicated teachers, parents, students, industry professionals, and community members have come together to plan the startup of this authentic STEAM school. STEAM stands for science, technology engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Installation of flooring in the commons
Installation of flooring in the commons