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Community invited to tour Leona Libby on September 27


The Richland School District invites all community members to tour the new Leona Libby Middle School on Wednesday, September 27, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The school is located at 3259 Belmont Boulevard (intersection of Keene Road and Belmont in West Richland). Introductory remarks will begin at 6:00 pm with tours to follow.

“We encourage everyone to come and see first-hand how their tax dollars have been invested,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte.


Suicide Prevention Walk is Wednesday


Hanford and Richland High Schools invite all community members to the second annual “Take Strides to End Teen Suicide Walk” on Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm, at Fran Rish Stadium.

Hanford and Richland High Schools are working together to make sure every student knows they are loved and supported….that suicide should never be an option,” says RHS counselor Chandra Markel.


Equipment donation aims to improve student safety (photo gallery)


In an effort to improve the safety of student-athletes, the Leona Libby Middle School football program is using the Shadowman tackling system. Local optometrist Bruce Robertson purchased and donated the innovative tackling dummies. Shadowman is the same tackling system used by the University of Washington and many other football teams across the nation.

“As optometrists, we’ve seen a rise in concussions due to athletics and we know football is a real concern for parents,” said Robertson. “Libby is a new school in need of equipment so we donated these dummies which teach players a safe and effective way to tackle.”


Symphony orchestra selected for National Festival (photo gallery)


The Hanford High School Symphony Orchestra auditioned and has been chosen to perform at the 2018 Orchestra America Festival next March in Indianapolis. The Hanford High Symphony Orchestra is one of 13 orchestras from across the nation selected. In addition to performing at the prestigious festival, the young musicians will have an opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the top orchestra clinicians in the world.  

“Our orchestra program is relatively young so it's amazing to be able to attend a world class music festival like this,” stated Chris Newbury, HHS music teacher and symphony orchestra director. “Both the students and myself are focused on achieving the highest level of performance.”


Flags at half-staff for Patriot Day


Richland School District flags are being flown at half-staff today in honor of Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance in memory of those killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. We remember the courage of the many firefighters and policemen who died in the line of duty that day. We are also grateful to the brave Americans who are currently serving in the military all over the world.


Instrument Swap Saturday at Hanford High; instruments at affordable prices


Join the Hanford High School music department and Miss Tri-Cities Hannah Mowry (HHS graduate) at an Instrument Swap on Saturday, September 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, in the HHS Commons. Community members are invited to sell and buy used instruments by paying a small entrance fee.

“Students and parents will find music instruments at an affordable price,” says HHS music teacher Chris Newbury. “We thank Hannah for her support of music education and performing with us on Saturday.”


Helping those with special needs experience a rodeo


Leona Libby Middle School ASB officers are serving the community. Last week at the Benton Franklin Fair, the student leaders helped out with the Rascal Rodeo, an association which offers those with special needs an opportunity to ride horses, milk cows, meet cowboys, and more.

The officers above are Treasurer Katie Banta; President Ernest Tumanyan; Vice President Myrna Gharari; Activities Coordinator Rachel Higbee; and Secretary Lexi Franklin.


Honors for Richland High School FFA students (photo gallery)


Richland High School FFA students earned a number of top honors at the Benton-Franklin Fair last week. The students purchased their market goats, swine, and rabbits last winter and have been learning about real life agriculture and the responsibilities involved in taking care of livestock since then….

  • Sydney Hoeft, Grand Champion, Goat Showmanship 
  • Tatum Gauf, Reserve Grand Champion, Goat Showmanship
  • Sydney Hoeft, Reserve Grand Champion, Market Goat
  • CJ O’Connor, Grand Champion, Market Rabbit
  • Makenna Lakey, Reserve Grand Champion, Market Rabbit
  • Jossalyne Medina, Grand Champion, Rabbit Judging

Tatum Gauf and Sydney Hoeft

Tatum Gauf and Sydney Hoeft
Tatum Gauf and Sydney Hoeft

Leona Libby Middle School opens doors for Orientation Day (photo gallery)


The Richland School District's fourth middle school is officially open as Leona Libby staff welcomed students and parents for Orientation Day on Monday. The sixth, seventh, and eighth graders picked up schedules, met their teachers, toured the brand new school, and stopped in the library to pick up their own personal Chromebook (photo below). Leona Libby is a one-to-one school meaning each student receives a Chromebook for use at school and to take home at night.