Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the closure of all schools in Washington state for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year and expects instruction to move toward a distance learning model.
News & Announcements
Through technology, innovative teaching and collaboration with families, our new Virtual Classroom program will help students meet their goals and push their education forward while schools are closed in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Will your soon-to-be kindergartner be joining our schools in the fall? Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year opens March 1. Learn about the process and how you can start from the comfort of your own home.
Community members will be able to watch meetings through the videoconferencing tool Zoom either on a computer or smartphone or listen in on any telephone.
Jefferson Elementary will be among 31 schools in the state taking part in a study looking at how they are helping students be successful in the classroom.
Mark Davidson, currently superintendent/CEO of Medicine Hat Public School Division in Alberta, Canada, is expected to start this summer after Dr. Rick Schulte, RSD’s superintendent since 2013, retires.
The Richland School Board will meet in executive session the morning of Saturday, March 28 to discuss the finalists for the district's superintendent position. This will be followed by a public meeting at noon for the Board to potentially make a decision.
The district is partnering with the City of Richland to livestream the community meetings with the finalists, who will participate via video conference over four nights. The new format will allow community members to still hear from the finalists while meeting new requirements for social distancing in the midst of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
The Richland School Board has selected the finalists under consideration to be the district’s next superintendent when Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte retires on June 30.
The Richland School Board and district administrators will be in emergency meetings on March 13 to discuss when and how to close schools in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The district asks families to begin making plans for their children in the event that schools close with short notice and for an indefinite extended period of time. Check out www.rsd.edu/coronavirus for the latest information.
The Richland School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. on March 12 to discuss candidates for the district’s superintendent position and select which to move to the next level of the selection process.
Nine pieces earned Judge’s Choice awards, qualifying them for the state Superintendent’s High School Art Show in May. Five other artworks received Honorable Mention, which are awarded by teachers to their students.
Communities across the country and around the world are working to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 through thorough cleaning and disinfecting of community spaces. While that means having proper practices and procedures in place, RSD custodial staff are using technology and data to verify their cleaning is limiting the spread of germs in schools.
Join us for the next Outreach Team meeting of our Special Education Task Force at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Marcus Whitman Elementary.
Come learn about our partnership with Tri-Cities Community Health and their interest in providing a community health center next to our Early Learning Center and Jefferson Elementary to serve students and their families.
Tracy Blankenship, currently a director in the district's special education department and with more than 20 years of special education experience, will become executive director beginning March 1. Blankenship’s position will be filled by Zac Carpenter, who was recently hired to be a special education coordinator providing support to the Early Learning Center (ELC) and the district’s student behavior efforts.
The Academy will launch in the fall of 2020 with students able to now enroll in its courses. Done in partnership with Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Columbia Basin College, it is a new innovative way to engage and inspire students interested in health care careers.
Whether attending after-school events to connect with and cheer on students, supporting families, making school a place where kids feel safe and have fun or just being willing to be covered in Silly String or drenched in ice water to reward students for reaching a goal, Brian Neill does all of that and more.
Who knew a book written by students about their lovable but escape-prone class pet more than a decade ago would inspire another team of students to create a book about a pig learning the importance of budgeting and planning?
Join us in congratulating our teachers who recently earned or renewed their certification with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Richland School District's success in helping more students enroll and succeed in Advanced Placement (AP) courses recently earned it recognition on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The district is also planning to expand its AP offerings to include project-based courses to better prepare students for life after graduation.
Join us in congratulating the 25 elementary, middle and high school students from our schools who took top honors in this year’s Reflections competition from the Richland PTA Council.
Junior Zoe Gotthold is just one of three students in the state of Washington named to this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search. The competition recognizes 300 student-scholars from across the United States for research skills, academic excellence, innovative thinking and potential as scientists.
The district has partnered with the state Department of Health to test every water fixture in some of our schools as part of ongoing efforts to have safe and healthy environments for students and staff.
A rebuilt Badger Mountain Elementary and new Elementary 12 in the Badger Mountain South development are two of several projects included in a bond approved by voters in 2017.
Two grants totaling $2,000 will give students at William Wiley Elementary and Enterprise Middle School hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities to expand their horizons.
The Richland School Board is inviting parents, staff and community members to participate in upcoming focus groups to share what qualities and characteristics the community wants in the district’s next leader.
Is your eighth-grader interested in a science- or technology-related career or just looking for something different than the traditional high school experience? Have them apply for Delta High School for the 2020-21 school year!
The district will have an informational meeting to share how school and district staff are addressing bed bugs brought into Jefferson Elementary and how families can prevent them in their homes.
Read all the messages shared by the district regarding a reported incident at Richland High School the afternoon of Nov. 21.
After learning how hunger affects others in our community, students participating in a new project-based learning program at River’s Edge High School are asking the community to join them in helping others.
Spend time with friends and family and support students the arts in by attending a concert or performance at schools in the Richland School District through the month of December.
Junior Regan Geldmacher took the top spot on the podium in the 500-yard freestyle at the WIAA Swim & Dive Championship in Federal Way, capping off a great season in the water.
Join us in congratulating the nearly 40 students recently selected for all-state performing arts groups and other recognitions by state and national musical education organizations.
It's that time of year again—make sure you know as soon as our schools are on delay or canceled due to inclement winter weather.
When the opportunity arose last spring for Amy Kohn to join Richland School District, she leaped at the possibility of joining schools where she'd long admired the educators.
Ellie Rosser’s first job out of college was working in a special education program at Sacajawea Elementary. Discover why she's returned to the school in a new role:
Fifth-grader Isla Fowler is committed to making this the best year at school ever. Discover how she's reaching that goal.
We're inviting the whole community to attend one of the upcoming Strategic Plan Community Meetings to share what should be priorities for programs and measurements of success in the district’s strategic plan.
Richland High School senior Jack Allen has worked his way up through the culinary arts program at Tri-Tech Skills Center. He recently had the opportunity to bring everything he's learned back to his high school and put it all into practice.
For the third straight year, Orchard Elementary is being recognized by the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University for its efforts to build connections between the school and its community.
Read a message from Principal Tim Praino regarding a threat made against Richland High School.
See a sneak peek of Hanford High School students preparing for the school's one-act plays festival, where they will be on stage and in the director's chair.
Wondering if your student could benefit from some additional academic enrichment? Learn what Richland School District's Highly Capable programs have to offer.
Students representing Hanford, Richland, Delta and River's Edge high schools and Three Rivers HomeLink have kicked off a year of discussions around issues affecting them and their classmates.
All students are invited to enjoy free breakfast in our schools Oct. 14-18.
Read a message from Principal Brian Stadelman regarding a threat reported against Carmichael Middle School.
Join us for the first Outreach Team meeting of our Special Education Task Force at 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Marcus Whitman Elementary.
Read how kindergartner Axel Harrington found the confidence he needed to ride the school bus thanks to the Orchard community.
Every student who Ree Rykiel helps on the bus each day is different and she says it takes a team to meet their needs.
Learn about our new Promise Kindergarten (Promise K) program, an early entrance kindergarten for children who have had little or no preschool experience.
Join the district in congratulating four high school students named National Merit Semifinalists for 2020.
Carmichael Middle School students know that it is at the toughest times that community is the most important. See how the whole school came together to support two students tied to the school who are fighting cancer.
Read a message from Richland High School Principal Tim Praino regarding a lockdown at the school on Sept. 18.
Richland School District continues to grow and the Richland School Board is seeking candidates for a Facilities Planning Committee to help plan for new or expanded schools, including the district's third high school.
Jocelyn Bahena and Eddie De La Paz have long been good students. In middle school, though, they didn’t see how what they were learning each day could impact what came after they graduated.
Then they enrolled in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and their future began to come into focus.
Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte will retire from the district on June 30, 2020. The Richland School Board is committed to finding a superintendent to lead the district as it adapts to the growing and diverse needs of a community with a tradition of wanting more than a basic education for its children.
Richland School District has partnered with Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to offer community flu shot clinics at some district schools ahead of the winter flu season.
After being a call-in guest on Enterprise Middle School's student-led "Award Winning Culture" podcast, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal wanted a behind-the-scenes look and to meet with students.
Students from Hanford and Richland will take to track at Fran Rish Stadium on Sept. 25 to raise awareness about and help prevent teen suicide.
We're so glad to see our students again and it sounds like students are happy to be back, too. Here's a sample of what some of them said when we asked them why they are excited to be back in school.
Senior citizens: support our students when they take the field or the stage by applying for a Tri-Cities Senior Citizen's Gold Card.
Road construction on George Washington Way will affect vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the Early Learning Center, Jefferson and Sacajawea elementary schools and Hanford High School. Learn about designated pedestrian crossings, alternate routes and other steps students and families can take to stay safe and reduce delays.
Read the latest on the formation of our Special Education Task Force and its efforts to improve our programs for students.
Student activities, athletics and other needs will get a boost from a $43,275.10 donation thanks to Gesa Credit Union and the community.
Mr. O'Konek joined the district in 2013 and most recently served as assistant principal at Jason Lee Elementary. He is thrilled to become part of a school with such dedicated staff and families who have long put students first.
We have more than 50 new teachers joining our schools this fall. All are excited to start the year and begin inspiring their students.
Want to help make a difference in our students' lives? We are always in need of community members who want to come into our schools to share their expertise and help students grow and succeed.
Our families at Jefferson Elementary are invited to meet principal candidates for the school from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Jefferson.
Calling all Tapteal Elementary families, staff & alumni! Mark your calendar to be at the ground breaking for the new Tapteal at 10 a.m. on Aug. 7 at 705 N. 62nd Ave. in West Richland.
Read a letter from the Richland School Board regarding the leadership of our district in the 2019-20 school year.
We are excited to launch our new district and school websites so our families, staff and community can better learn about the great things going on in our schools and find the information they need.
Have questions about how to enroll your child, where to find menus for school meals or what school supplies are required? Check out the answers to those questions and many others in our Back-To-School Guide.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to have Phyllis Ferguson, president of local non-profit Partners For Early Learning (PFEL) be our district's winner of the 2019 Community Leadership Award honoree of Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators (SEWASA).
A $1,000 grant from the Dream Builder's Educational Network gave seventh-graders at Chief Joseph Middle School the opportunity to explore hydroponics this spring, sparking their curiosity about where their food comes from and potential future careers.
Students in Audra Richter's Biodiversity class at Richland High School got some field experience recently when they visited White Bluffs along the Columbia River.
Applications to join our Special Education Task Force are now open. Learn how you can be a part of shaping the future of our special education programs.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! You are off to do great things. Revisit your big day in photos and videos from each school's graduation ceremony.
Thank you to everyone who turned out the evening of June 5 to hear the stories of and congratulate our retirees. Take a look at this year's list and see if that favorite teacher, bus driver or custodian was among those honored.
Every graduating senior has a story to tell about their educational journey. Here are just a few stories showcasing everything our seniors brought to each day in the classroom, on the field and in planning for their futures.
We are continuing to work toward making our special education programs the best they can be and ensuring we are meeting student needs. We appreciate the entire community’s interest in making sure we are providing a quality education to all of our students.
Hanford High School’s production of “Disney’s Newsies” is this year's Outstanding Overall Musical of all high school drama productions across the state. The school also earned three other awards.
We will provide free breakfast and lunch this summer to children under of the age of 18 as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Program For Children.
Richland High School sophomore Zoe Gotthold and Hanford High School freshman Nikhita Bontha are award-winning international scientists after presenting their work at the recent Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix.
We are thrilled to announce that Jason Lee, Lewis & Clark, and White Bluffs elementary schools are being recognized by state education officials for closing achievement gaps and helping students grow and be ready for their futures.
Looking for a way to keep your child engaged and learning this summer? Our summer school classes begin June 18 and go through July, with academic credit courses available for high school students and pottery classes open to students in Grades 3-12.
Meet your 2019 Washington State Outstanding Young Educator, science teacher Jessica Saddler at Leona Libby Middle School.
They guide our students in the classroom, help them find the perfect book and are there for them when they are hurt or need someone to talk to.
Our certificated staff—teachers, nurses, counselors, psychologists, librarians and others—are always there for our students. May 6-10 is Certificated Staff Appreciation Week. Join us in thanking them for everything they do to make our schools great.
See how STEP (Student Transition Experience Partnership), a program between Richland High School and Goodwill Industries, is providing students receiving special education services with job training and other skills so they can be successful after graduation.
Read a letter from Superintendent Dr Rick Schulte on an update on the 2019-20 budget and upcoming Richland School Board meetings.
The two-story building will be more than 65,000-square feet, have more than 30 classrooms, a multipurpose space, library, art and music rooms, gym and a new playground. The new school is scheduled to open in August 2020.
Student athletes with disabilities will take to the field at Fran Rish Stadium on May 15 to raise awareness, celebrate their strengths and build community at the second annual RSD Field Day.
Nikhita Bontha is really interested in the footprint people are leaving on the planet. More specifically, the Hanford High School freshman wants to make that footprint as small as possible, so she conducted research on how to make fuel cells more efficient and available.
Now that research has earned her gold at the recent Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF).
Read the latest information on how we will continue to provide special education services and how the community can be part of the conversation.
Hanford High School's FIRST Tech Challenge team will compete at the world championship in Houston in April after an award-winning performance at the recent state-level robotics competition.
Richland High School sophomore Zoe Gotthold loves penguins. She loves them so much, her research project on oil spill cleanup earned her a Grand Champion prize at the recent Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair.
Jason Lee Elementary has joined Three Rivers HomeLink and Enterprise Middle School in offering archery to its students. From teaching determination, focus and physical strength, the program is providing a new challenge for students.
Sixteen pieces earned Judge’s Choice awards, which sends them on to the state Superintendent’s High School Art Show in April and May.
Nicole Anderson will be the next principal of River’s Edge High School and will lead efforts to transform the school and bring in new ideas that will help students be successful after graduation.
The varsity cheerleaders earned the top spot in the super varsity non-tumbling division at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 9. This is the fourth national championship the school has earned under coach Kim Mayer.
Enterprise Middle School's efforts to build a powerful and positive school culture are once again getting recognition. A short film about the school is one of the selected entries for the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) Film Festival in mid-February in Washington D.C.
The best athletes work with coaches they know will push them, help them better understand their strengths and discover what they need to work on. Learn how the district's Classroom Support Teachers, or CSTs, are helping teachers refine their craft so their time with students can be even more powerful.
Richland School District is thrilled to announce Kim Mayer, a language arts teacher and cheerleading coach at Hanford High School, will receive the Crystal Apple Award for 2019.
Check out just a few of the high school students the Careers In Education program at Richland High School is helping prepare to become the next generation of teachers.
Join us in congratulating our teachers who recently earned or renewed their certification with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Join the district in congratulating Alexa Best and Michael Pham for being nominated by state education officials for the U.S. Presidential Scholar award.
Preparing students for their futures includes showing them how to serve their community. See how fifth-graders in the Highly Capable QUEST program at Lewis & Clark Elementary are using community service projects to help make the world a better place.
Sharon Alfaro was eighteen and working five jobs to support herself when she started attending River’s Edge High School in the fall of 2017. A little more than a year later, she’s a high school graduate, enrolled at Columbia Basin College (CBC) and working toward her dream of working as an immigration and humanitarian attorney.
Hanford High School’s Wind Ensemble students will perform for a regional convention of music educators in Portland in February 2019.
Join us in congratulating all our students recently selected for all-state and all-regional performing arts groups by state and national musical education groups.
Whether a student is interested in fabrication, solar energy or robotics, they can explore it in the Smart Lab at Leona Libby Middle School. The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused class gives students the tools and freedom of hands-on learning that can truly inspire students and help them imagine their future.
Enjoy seasonal entertainment while supporting students in the arts by attending concerts and performances in our schools through December.
Students at Chief Joseph Middle School had a surprise on Friday, Nov. 16 when James Mattis, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, paid a visit.
An after-school program focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects at William Wiley Elementary and an aeroponic gardening project at Chief Joseph Middle School will benefit from $1,250 in grants awarded to those schools.
Congratulations to Denise Reddinger, a counselor at Richland High School, for her appointment to a state committee that will advise the Legislature on how to create and support career-related learning opportunities in schools.
Student growth is about more than academics. From racing to the finish to encouraging each other to do their best, see Chief Joseph Middle School students show how they are building relationships during an adaptive physical education class.
We have more than 1,600 students receiving special education services in our schools. That includes Xander Iracheta, a Richland High School senior. Learn more about Xander's story and how staff at Richland High are helping him prepare for his future.
Efforts by Enterprise Middle School students and staff to establish a culture of kindness have earned the school a global award as well as a $6,000 cash reward.
Join the district in congratulating the five high school students named National Merit Semifinalists for 2019.
The tapestry includes numerous details about the school and its community, from natural features and wildlife to elements of scientific work done at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Hanford site.
Support for activities, athletics and other student needs will get a more than $31,074.97 boost thanks to Gesa Credit Union and our community members.
The school is the first in Richland to receive the award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), which advocates for strong partnerships between schools and communities to increase student success.
Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate the opening of the new Jefferson Elementary on Aug. 27 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Richland School District is pleased to announce that members of the Richland Education Association (REA) have approved a new three-year contract for teachers in the district.