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Jefferson students sign construction beam for new school (photo gallery)

10/18/2017

The Jefferson Elementary School construction project is moving along on schedule and Jefferson students are now officially part of the project.

The 400 plus students signed one of the construction beams for their new school Wednesday morning and a crane will move it into place on Friday.

The new Jefferson will open in August.

 

A big thank you to local firefighters (photo gallery)

10/17/2017

Leona Libby Middle School students are helping out local firefighters. The students collected useful supplies such as energy bars, lip balm, hot chocolate, toothpaste, and presented those supplies Tuesday morning to a crew from Benton County Fire District #4.

“Our firefighters have been busy locally and now down in California. Libby students wanted to say thank you,” stated assistant principal Kelly Lindsley.

 

First place award at Cavalcade of Bands (photo gallery)

The Hanford High School Marching Band earned a First Place award at the Southeastern Washington Cavalcade of Bands October 7 in Kennewick….

  • The HHS show “Street Beats” featured over 150 students performing on instruments and flags.

  • The HHS Color Guard earned the top color guard award for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

  • The event at Lampson Stadium attracted 28 marching bands from schools around the region.
 

Reaching out to help foster care children

10/13/2017

Foster children are getting a big boost thanks to the efforts of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and AP Physics students at Richland High School.

After collecting personal items and school supplies, the student leaders filled up 15 backpacks which are being donated to Teytum’s Gifts, a non-profit that helps foster care children.

Over 10,000 children of all ages are currently in foster care in Washington State.

 

Fostering positive partnerships with families

The Chief Joseph Middle School Action Team Partnership Committee partnered with Big 5 and Richland Baptist Church to provide new shoes to 21 students last Saturday.

“Fostering positive relationships with our families is a top priority,” says teacher Jill Loftus.

 

Creating a positive culture makes a difference for students (KNDU-TV)

10/11/2017

The Character Strong program is making a positive difference at Enterprise Middle School. It’s all about students being the best they can be and treating their fellow students with respect and kindness.

"We're trying to educate the whole child," says teacher Ben Barr. "More than just math and science; we want to educate them on how to interact with each other, how to be kind to each other...how simple that is and how it can go such a long ways."

Learn more in this KNDU-TV news story.

 

State makes changes in what levies can pay for (interview with Superintendent Rick Schulte)

10/09/2017

The Richland School District will place an Enrichment Levy before voters in February 2018. As directed by the state legislature, levy money can no longer be used for basic operating expenses such as student transportation and maintenance. Levy details are still being worked out by the Richland School Board.

Learn more about the levy changes in this TV interview with Superintendent Rick Schulte (three minutes).

 

 

 

Year-long ecosystem study focuses on Leslie Groves natural area (photo gallery)

10/05/2017

The water quality of the Columbia River matters to salmon and can affect their survival. Some Wiley Elementary fourth grade students collected water samples Thursday near the Snyder boat ramp in north Richland. They took reading levels of important data points including phosphate, pH, and temperature.

“This is my passion…to have students out working in the field,” stated teacher Lindsay Gailey.

Thursday’s outside lab activity is part of a year-long study of the North Leslie Groves ecosystem. Gailey and her students will return to the area every few months. The research project also includes studying the shrub-steppe ecosystem at the north Richland natural area.

 

Richland High School student heads to D.C. with penguin project (Tri-City Herald)

Image Title: Zoe Gotthold, Richland High freshman, stands in front of her science fair project board which is full of data on “Predictive Characteristics of Emulsion Stability.” She studied how long it took for oil to break down when it is in water. Gotthold is one of 30 students across the nation competing in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Fair (photo courtesy of Tri-City Herald)
Zoe Gotthold, Richland High freshman, stands in front of her science fair project board which is full of data on “Predictive Characteristics of Emulsion Stability.” She studied how long it took for oil to break down when it is in water. Gotthold is one of 30 students across the nation competing in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Fair (photo courtesy of Tri-City Herald)
10/03/2017

Zoe Gotthold is fascinated by penguins.

Since she was 6 years old, the birds have captured her attention. She read books, collected information, even picked up the bassoon because — at least to her — it looks like a penguin.

So it’s no surprise that the science project that earned her a trip to Washington, D.C. focuses on the dangers that threaten her beloved birds.

In this case, it’s from oil trapped in pockets under the water’s surface, called emulsions.