The month of February is used to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of our CTE programs, teachers and students.
News & Announcements
It’s official! The first day of school (grades 1-12) for the 2023-24 school year will be August 29.
Two Chief Joseph Middle School teachers are using food-focused activities to inspire students when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Elizabeth Crider and Callie Graff each received $1,000 from the Dream Builder’s Education Foundation as part of its STEM Like ME! classroom grant program. The program supports pioneering educators wanting to enact their best ideas for providing students with rich and robust learning experiences.
Hanford High will be the home of the only U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) unit in the Tri-Cities when the 2023-24 school year begins in August.
School and district leaders along with community members have worked for nearly a decade to bring a JROTC program to the Richland School District. Designed to prepare students for a future as an Army officer, the program’s focus on leadership skills, character development and self-discipline are valuable for any student whether they pursue a military career or not.
Advaitha Motkuri has long been interested in science and wanted to help people. But it was a sixth-grade coding class that set her on the path to develop an award-winning app aimed at reducing drunk driving and saving lives.
Join us in recognizing our 23 instrumental and vocal music students from Richland School District’s middle and high schools were selected for state and regional honor ensembles for 2022-23 school year.
Leona Libby Middle School and William Wiley Elementary are receiving $9,750 from the credit union’s Local Heroes grant program. The grants will pay for students to learn from and perform with a professional musical ensemble and support a program aimed at nurturing a positive school culture.
Learn about the ways you can be informed if schools are delayed or closed due to inclement weather.
What do you do when you want to eat healthy, but don’t know where to start? Students at River’s Edge High School created a cookbook to help their peers increase their culinary skills beyond heating up some instant noodles.
RSD is launching a new student wellness program aimed at getting students access to mental health care they need quickly and effectively, whether at home or at school, and at no cost to them and their families.
Five Richland School District students with aspirations of careers in STEM were named 2023 National Merit Semifinalists!
Students had a lot of questions for Lieutentant Commander Kayla Barron when the NASA astronaut returned to her hometown this past week. Whether answering those questions, showing students the work she engaged in on the International Space Station or working with a few on a space exploration-themed project, her message to students was to push themselves toward their goals.
The school was awarded a 2022 Partnership School Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. This is the fourth time in six years the school’s Action Team for Partnership (ATP) was applauded by the national network for its work, with the organization specifically praising how the school’s efforts sought to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.
UPDATE 9/22/22: The survey on the draft strategic plan has closed. The Richland School Board will consider a final draft of the strategic plan for adoption in October 2022.
Richland School District has updated its latest draft of "Richland Ready," the district's 2022-25 strategic plan aimed at making sure every student is Richland Ready upon graduation.
Senior citizens: support our students when they take the field or the stage by applying for a Tri-Cities Senior Citizen's Gold Card!
While federal and state support for universal free meals for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic has ended, RSD will still support students in need. Here’s how our student meal program is changing, what that means for students and families and how you can help ensure students get the resources they need.
Join us in thanking Gesa Credit Union for its latest annual contribution, made possible through its Richland- and Hanford-branded debit cards. All funds will go toward activities, athletics and other student needs at RSD schools.
Join RSD in celebrating Hanford High School broadcast teacher Cheyenne LaViolette and Ryan Beard, RSD’s director of career and technical education (CTE) for receiving the state-level awards for their work supporting students and enhancing CTE in RSD schools.
Whether you are wondering about when the first day of school is, what school supplies are needed or how to get bus route information, we have answers for you.
For the second year in a row a Richland School District staff member will be one of nine individuals considered for the Washington State Classified School Employee Of The Year.
Roughly 20 students from a variety of cultural backgrounds participated in the four-week ELL Summer School program.
As Executive Director of Elementary Teaching, Learning & Curriculum, Derek O’Konek will join Zachery Carpenter, Executive Director of Elementary Special Education, on a team led by Brian Moore, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, focused on the needs of elementary schools and early learning programs.
Mike Johnson, currently principal at Delta High School in Pasco, replaces Principal Tory Christensen, who will be a Principal on Special Assignment supporting all RSD secondary schools during the 2022-23 school year. District leaders say Mr. Johnson’s plethora of academic and leadership experience, deep ties to the RSD community and record in educational innovation make him a perfect fit to lead the Falcons.
Paul Shaber, who most recently served as an assistant principal at Hanford High School, replaces Principal Andre Hargunani, who is leaving to pursue an opportunity outside the Tri-Cities. District leaders say Mr. Shaber is the ideal administrator for RSD’s burgeoning fully online and teacher-directed K-12 school.
Current Assistant Principal Eric Davis will replace Principal Rhonda Pratt beginning in the 2022-23 school year. Mr. Davis’ career has been focused on empowering students and district leaders are confident he will help the school’s students and staff be successful.
The Richland School District will be offering free summer meals for any child 18 years of age and younger.
Two RSD students who attend Delta High School are headed to nationals after placing second in the Washington State History Day Competition!
Public meetings of the Richland School Board are when RSD’s stakeholders may see firsthand the business of the district. The Board has also made these meetings an opportunity for the community to share their joys, concerns and feedback on the Board, the district, and its schools. The district has policies, practices and protections in place to ensure Board meetings are productive, constructive and focused on the needs of students.
Nine members of the district’s grounds team are now Certified Grounds Technicians (CGTs), a specific national certification through the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).
RSD is celebrating Certificated Staff Appreciation May 2-6! Our certificated staff, which includes teachers, school counselors, librarians, school psychologists, and school nurses, work hard each day to support, engage and inspire students. If you see them around our schools, be sure to thank them for all they do!
Many parents struggle with how to support their children through a mental health crisis. That’s why three parents teamed up with RSD leaders and experts from the University of Washington to start the conversation and provide support through the Asking Is Caring program. Initial parent trainings start in May.
What started as a simple class assignment for some Hanford High School students is now a published book aimed at helping other youth cope with the struggles of adolescence and the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A team of problem-solving and creative students from William Wiley Elementary took brought home top prizes from this year’s joint regional/state Destination Imagination competition and where 16 teams from RSD schools represented the district.
Congratulations to counselor Denise Reddinger for being named School Counselor of the Year at the recent conference of the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA) for her outstanding work with students! In addition, Assistant Principal Jerry Riggs was awarded the WSCA’s School Counseling Administrator/Supervisor of the Year award for his support of the school’s counselor team.
The entire RSD community is invited to the first All Kids Every ____ Day Community Night from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 28 at the Teaching, Learning & Administration Center (TLAC) to learn how dozens of the district’s educators are providing learning options for students to demonstrate their understanding and grow.
An award-winning school administrator with a record of successful innovative educational programs and supporting students, Steve Fisk replaces current principal Tim Praino, who was recently selected to be RSD’s new Executive Director of Human Resources.
Dozens of RSD high schools were honored March 26 at the Washington State Thespian Festival. This year’s “Super State” event was held in three regions of the state, allowing for more students to participate without hours of travel.
The Lamb Weston RSD Field Day is back! For the first time since 2019 student athletes with disabilities will take to the field on May 11 to raise awareness, celebrate their strengths and build community.
DECA students from Hanford and Richland high schools took Bellevue by storm when they attended the State Career Development Conference.
The eating habits of screech owls, machine learning, robotics and using artificial intelligence to diagnose pneumonia were just a few of RSD student research projects to take home awards at this year’s Mid-Columbia Regional Science Fair.
Their collective efforts made it possible for students and staff to safely learn and work in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. And that is why they were awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Crystal Apple Advisory Committee of Educational Service District 123.
Eating healthy can be a challenge for some kids, but 11 RSD elementary students used their culinary skills to create delicious, healthy meals anyone would want to eat at Sodexo’s Future Chef’s Challenge!
RSD is celebrating Classified Staff Appreciation Week March 7-11! Our classified staff — nutrition services, custodians, secretaries, paraeducators, bus drivers, maintenance and grounds crews, IT and all other support staff — ensure our schools have the resources and support needed to make each day count for kids. If you see them around our schools, be sure to thank them for all they do!
Student artists from Richland and Hanford high schools as well as Three Rivers HomeLink showed their creative talent in painting, pastels, photography in the 49th annual Educational Service District 123 Regional High School Art Show.
Will you have a kindergartner starting their academic journey or will your child be joining our schools for the first time in the fall? Our online enrollment portal for the 2022-23 school year is now open.
As William Wiley Elementary's administrative assistant, Stephanie O’Brien-Green plays a role in maintaining William Wiley’s day-to-day operations but it is her individual relationships with students, staff and families that shows her commitment to student success.
The newest piece of public art in RSD schools was a team effort! Learn how students and staff worked with mixed media artist Melissa Cole to create a piece of art that can be seen throughout the new Tapteal Elementary and built memories that will be treasured for years to come.
The current assistant principal of Enterprise Middle School will become the school’s leader beginning in the 2022-23 school year.
District leaders said Tim Praino’s nearly 20 years of experience as a school administrator, building successful learning cultures and supporting thousands of students and staff have fully prepared him for managing the district’s staffing operations.
The core staff team for Elementary 11 has taken all the suggestions for the official name of the school and narrowed them down to 18 options. Now you can pick your top three choices to determine which names are presented to the Richland School Board for a final decision.
Hanford High School’s cheerleading team has a long history of bringing home titles and the 2021-22 school year was no different as the Falcons took home two state titles and made it to the national cheerleading competition!
Dedication to each student’s needs paired with outstanding instructional practices and support of her colleagues, all honed over a 36-year career, has earned Mrs. Leggett the 2022 Crystal Apple Award for Richland School District.
National Board certification is a multi-year process that requires teachers to thoroughly examine their work in the classroom to ensure they are connecting with students and helping them succeed. Only 3 percent of all teachers across the country are National Board Certified.
The new resources are largely paid for by hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations. They are currently expected to bring as many as six student support staff and establish a suicide prevention training for parents through the district’s high schools.
District leaders say Mrs. Klauss, who is currently prinicpal of Enterprise Middle School, has a track record of leadership and collaboration that makes her an ideal choice to lead the department and ensure that students receive instruction and have curriculum that will best prepare them for their futures.
Arianna Caiceros is among the 1 percent of Hispanic and Latinx students being recognized by the College Board for outstanding academic performance.
UPDATE 9 a.m. 3/23/22: A make-up Special Education Parent Forum is now scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at Enterprise Middle School.
Sarah Berglund was recently named 2021 Washington State Middle School Music Teacher of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA).
Our newest elementary school, Elementary #11, will open to students for the 2022-23 school year. Here’s some initial information for the school’s future students, families and staff as we prepare to build our next school community.
Congratulations to the Hanford High School Robotics Team 8099 for earning their spot in the state First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition!
Anika Halappanavar’s outstanding scientific research into content posted to social media during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to her selection as one of the 2022 Washington State delegates for the American Junior Academy of Sciences (AJAS).
Amy Salinas will be the next principal for Jefferson Elementary!
Three RSD high school science teachers received STEM Like Me! Innovative Grant funds for the 2021-22 school year.
A team of RSD elementary students may be helping chart the future of robotics, logistics and how you get that item you ordered online.
Richland School District invites student families to share their feedback on the return to full-time in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year as well as how the district is assisting students and families in addressing learning loss and challenges connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are inviting the whole RSD community to use ThoughtExchange to share input on building needs in our growing district! This is a new tool that allows everyone to be heard and help identify common ground and shared ideas.
RSD is moving forward with preparations to open Elementary #11 with its own school community at the start of the 2022-23 school year. This will directly impact students, families and staff at five of the district’s elementary schools—Badger Mountain, Orchard, Tapteal, White Bluffs and William Wiley—and district leaders want everyone to know what to expect through the transition.
More than 20 instrumental and vocal music students from RSD middle and high schools were selected for all-state honor ensembles for 2022!
A Hanford High School senior is one of two Washington state students selected for a national government program and will receive a $10,000 scholarship as well.
Michelle Lane is one of 12 school librarians who recently received the Washington Library Association’s 2021 President’s Award for their efforts to support teachers providing remote and online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Richland High School senior Brevin Wickham one of more than 70 high school students participating in the district’s Work-Based Learning offerings. There are opportunities for students of any ability level and interest, whether students just want something different from a classroom experience or want to intentionally prepare for a specific future career.
Delta High School is accepting applications for the class of 2026! Applications are open to eighth-grade students in Richland, Kennewick or Pasco school districts.
The Richland School Board unanimously approved resolutions seeking renewal of the district’s Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) and Technology levies during its Nov. 23 regular meeting. These measures will be considered by voters in the Feb. 8 special election.
RSD is partnering with Rite-Aid to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 20 at Jefferson and Tapteal elementary schools.
Our schools celebrated and honored veterans in the days around Veterans Day! We are so proud of our students and how grateful they are to the veterans who have served our country.
Angie Withers, a Richland School District school psychologist and co-leader of the district’s Mental Health Assistance Team (MHAT), is the Washington State School Psychologist of the Year.
Trevor MacDuff, a teacher at River’s Edge High School, is one of the winners of the Award For Excellence in Science Teaching of the Washington Science Teachers Association.
From a national student film festival in New York City to local competitions with the Tri-Fi International Film Festival, Hanford High podcast production and filmmaking students are creating and sharing compelling stories.
No more digging through your child’s backpack to look for the latest school newsletter or flyer. RSD is partnering with Peachjar to implement a fully digital flyer distribution model.
New aisles. New seating. New restrooms. Richland High’s auditorium is ready to host productions once again after its most extensive renovation in decades.
The 12-member team recently earned an Honor recognition in the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) annual Green Star Awards for its maintenance of the field at Fran Rish Stadium. Team members are set to formally accept the award at the PGMS annual conference in Louisville, Ky., in mid-October.
Thanks to the support of students, parents, teachers and the PTO, a grand total of $1,486 was raised for childhood cancer research.
Several River’s Edge High School students were among the roughly 40 juniors and seniors from high schools across Idaho and eastern Washington to visit the University of Idaho for its Women in Engineering Day event on Sept. 24 and even came away with $500 scholarships.
Elementary #11 in West Richland will soon need its own school community and district staff will share potential adjustments to fill the school during information meetings throughout October.
The Richland School Board recently approved the purchase of the vacant two-story Salvation Army building at 1219 Thayer Drive. District operations staff will make renovations to the space through the fall of 2021 ahead of HomeLink students and staff moving in later in the 2021-22 school year.
Meet your 2022 National Merit Finalist from Hanford High School, Maia DeMeyer!
For the fifth 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.
Wondering what lunch hour will look like with COVID-19 precautions, or what the plan for school sports and performances is? We have answers!
Cheyenne LaViolette has only two years under her belt as Hanford High’s computer science and broadcast media teacher but her work in the classroom with students is already getting noticed.
A donation of tens of thousands of dollars will go toward activities, athletics and other needs at RSD schools thanks to Gesa Credit Union and the community.
New turf, expanded restroom facilities, improved locker rooms and increased accessibility are one step closer for Fran Rish Stadium.
The Early Learning Center will have new leadership this fall from Julie McDougall, its new principal.
Brian Ploghoft, a veteran school administrator trained in student and family support, will be the principal of White Bluffs Elementary.
Patricia Thomas, who brings nearly two decades of experience working in school transportation from a bus driver to an administrator, will now lead Richland School District’s transportation department.
Holly Hernandez, kitchen manager at Chief Joseph Middle School, and Linda Johnson, lead ECEAP teacher at the Early Learning Center, are your ESD 123 Regional Classified School Employee and Teacher of the Year respectively.
The Richland School Board unanimously approved a resolution affirming local control of curriculum and a motion to open schools normally for the 2021-22 school year during a special board meeting on June 24.
We are making modifications to our summer operations in anticipation of temperatures meeting or exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the weather forecast for the week of June 28 to July 2.
Junior Alexander Marquez’s expressive self-portrait took the top prize in the Congressional Art Competition for all students residing in Washington state’s 4th Congressional District.
The district is excited to announce Dr. Rick Schulte, RSD's former superintendent, as the district's winner of the 2021 Community Leadership Award of Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators (SEWASA).
Our Summer Meals Program starts June 21 and will provide FREE meals for all children in our community Monday-Thursday through July 29.
Join us in congratulating Richland High counselor Denise Reddinger and Sacajawea fifth-grade teacher Rachel Doyle on earning their National Board Certification!
River’s Edge High School, with its small class sizes and project-based learning approach, will have an open house on June 2 for students looking for something different from their education.
The second round of COVID-19 vaccination clinics at our middle schools hosted by Walgreens are June 11 and 12. All individuals who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the clinics in late May are invited to attend to receive their last dose to become fully vaccinated.
RSD is currently accepting applications for its preschool classrooms for the fall of 2021 at the Early Learning Center.
Join us in celebrating our staff who have dedicated their careers to our schools!
Hannah Chavala and Cassandra Lam have earned a distinction few other high school seniors ever achieve: National Merit Finalist.
Richland School District's fully online and teacher-directed K-12 school has a new name and will have enhanced offerings and be open to middle and high school students across Washington state beginning in the 2021-22 school year.
Happy Certificated School Staff Appreciation Week! Despite a challenging year, our students have plenty of praise for our teachers, counselors, school nurses, psychologists, librarians and other certificated specialists.
COVID-19 led to a very unique year of Destination Imagination competition and RSD teams still did an impressive job demonstrating their creativity and problem-solving.
Our 2021 summer school programs are going to be the biggest RSD has ever had! And it will be FREE for all students!
Nutrition Services staff will continue to provide FREE weekly meal packets for students and community kids who are continuing to learn remotely.
Our Nutrition Services staff reached out to our elementary Future Chefs this spring and asked if they'd like to share their recipes with the community and show them working their magic in their kitchens at home.
Hanford High's Maria Gardner jewelry piece, "Eye of the Cat," will compete at the state level after being selected as a Judge's Choice winner at this year's Educational Service District 123 Regional High School Student Art Show.
Two Hanford High School juniors and a Richland High School sophomore will have the opportunity to present their scientific research at the international level after winning Grand Prizes at the Mid-Columbia Regional Science & Engineering Fair.
Through the fall of 2021 Richland School District will use a screening tool to help gauge where students are in their social-emotional learning and help them grow.
Our classified staff are often the first to greet our students each morning and the last to wave goodbye each afternoon. They keep our schools and grounds safe and clean. They help students learn by supporting technology, providing meals and encouraging them. Our schools would not be the same without them. Join us in thanking all of them as we celebrate Classified Staff Appreciation Week 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about schools and how they serve their communities but for Holly Hernandez, the historic event hasn’t changed her focus or determination to serve kids. That is why she is our nominee for 2021 Washington State Classified Employee Of The Year.
Kennewick-based Chervenell Construction will build the new Badger Mountain Elementary on the site of the current school in south Richland. Students and staff will move temporarily to the school near the intersection of Belmont Boulevard and Keene Road in early April while the new school is built. Construction is scheduled to begin after the old school is demolished.
The community is invited to celebrate Read Across America Day on Tuesday, March 2 by tuning into virtual storytime events with celebrity readers.
COVID-19 precautions are limiting public attendance at games and events but you can still watch our students take the field or court! Atomic TV and Falcon Report, Richland and Hanford high schools’ respective student media YouTube channels, are broadcasting many of their school’s sports competitions.
It has been a long journey to bring students back safely and the hard work of school and district staff made it possible while also ensuring students were supported while learning at home. All told the district has invested $1.7 million in reopening schools, supporting students remotely and keeping staff safe. We want to show you how we got here and what lays ahead.
The project includes installation of an artificial turf football field, construction of a 2,000-seat grandstand with press box, new restrooms and concession facilities, resurfacing of the existing track, a new venue entrance with improved accessibility, parking expansion, and installation of a new scoreboard and stadium lighting.
Will your soon-to-be kindergartner be joining our schools in the fall? Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year opens March 1. Learn about the process and how you can start from the comfort of your own home.
Adrian Ochoa was recently named the 2021 New Teacher of the Year by the Washington Association of Marketing Educators (WAME). The award is for outstanding educators who are in the first three years of the careers.
Richland School District is thrilled to announce Linda Johnson, a preschool teacher at the district’s Early Learning Center (ELC), will receive the 2021 Crystal Apple Award.
Seventeen instrumental music students from Richland School District’s middle and high schools were selected for state and regional honor ensembles for 2021.
With middle school students and eventually high school students able to receive a FREE lunch when attending in-person learning, middle school Friday curbside meal kits will change to contain 7 breakfasts and 5 lunches beginning Feb. 5. Packets distributed at high schools will also follow that model beginning Feb. 26.
We have a new tool in our middle and high school classrooms that will help teachers connect with students learning remotely while also engaging students in-person. Teachers and students already using it say it is a game changer in how they are working and learning together.
Do you have a middle or high school student and are still wondering how you can learn whether they are in Group A or Group B for in-person learning? Curious about how we'll enforce COVID-19 public safety precautions? Check out answers to those questions and more.
Our school staff are excited to see middle and high school students back in buildings, and that includes our nutrition services crews. Learn how they are preparing for students to be back in lunchrooms, what to expect for lunch offerings (which will be FREE!) and more.
Wondering what to expect when middle and high school students return to in-person learning? Join Richland High senior Sierra Thomsen and Hanford High junior Paris Nichols in learning how we'll keep students and staff safe, how schedules will be structured and what in-person learning will look like.
The Richland School Board approved a timeline during its Jan. 12 regular meeting that will begin the transition to in-person learning for middle and high school students at the beginning of the second semester in late January.
We’re preparing to bring more students back into our schools for in-person learning in the new year. Join our team as a substitute teacher or paraeducator and help engage and inspire students as they return to our classrooms.
Richland High student Brianna Simpson and her fellow Tri-Tech Skills Center student team members win with their app aimed at educating players about the issue of food insecurity and inspiring them to volunteer or support food banks.
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 2021-22 school year!
Inclusion means more than just having students of different abilities and talents in the same classroom; it means each of those students is able to fully engage in the learning that is occurring, regardless of their ability.
Wondering if your student could benefit from some additional academic enrichment? Learn what Richland School District's Highly Capable programs have to offer.
Gosney was one of six candidates interviewed during a special Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 26 to fill a vacancy on the Board. He will be sworn in at the beginning of the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
The fifth annual Take Strides To End Teen Suicide event is being done in partnership with the Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition. The virtual walk will be a multi-day event starting Oct. 29 and ending Nov. 1.
Keeping schools clean and sanitized is crucial as we bring students back into our elementary classrooms. Check out a video showing what our custodians will do each day to make sure elementary schools are ready for students every morning and afternoon.
Are you and your child wondering what it will be like to return to in-person learning at school? Watch as one of our kindergartners starts her new daily routine at home and school.
RSD administration offices are in a new home at 6972 Keene Road in West Richland near Leona Libby Middle School.
As RSD moves toward bringing students back into schools, are you not ready for your elementary-aged child to return to in-person learning? RSD has two options for families looking to stick with remote learning.
Learn how we conducting health attestations as students return to in-person learning.
Face coverings are one of the public health precautions our schools will follow as students return to the classroom. We understand this is a big change for a student’s in-person learning experience and want to share what the requirements are and how schools will help students adjust.
RSD Transportation Department staff have finalized bus information for our elementary students returning for in-person learning and for middle and high school students coming into schools for in-person support
Andre Hargunani, who led the launch of the science- and technology-centered Libby, will be the first principal of the new Richland Virtual School (RVS). He will be succeeded as principal at Leona Libby Middle School by Maren Benedict, currently an assistant principal at Hanford High School.
The Richland School Board has selected six finalists for a vacancy on the Board and will interview them in a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 26 before selecting one for appointment.
The Richland School Board has approved hybrid learning schedules, set target dates for elementary students to return to limited in-person learning and authorized high school student-athletes to take part in limited activities in the district's Stage 3 of Return To School.
Students and community members are invited to apply to join one of several new groups being established by Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger aimed at building relationships and including more voices in how schools are operated.
A $35,000 donation from the Albertsons and Safeway Foundation will be used to support Richland School District’s weekly distribution of free meals to all children in the community.
Join the district in congratulating our high school students named National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students for 2021.
For the fourth 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.
Richland School District will begin in-person instruction for identified groups of students receiving special education services on a part-time basis beginning Sept. 15.
School is in session! A few of our teachers, principals and special education staff have a message for students and families as we begin online learning.
Student activities, athletics and other needs will get a boost from a $53,228 donation thanks to Gesa Credit Union and the community.
Meet Dr. Shelley Redinger, our new superintendent, and hear an update on our return to school for the 2020-21 school year.
It’s time to get ready for school! Schools are opening with online instruction this fall and staff are excited to connect, work and engage with students so they can be successful. Here are details about enrollment, student meals, daily schedules, supporting student learning at-home and more.
Mr. Donahoe has served on the Richland School Board for 11 years and been involved in various educational initiatives in the Tri-Cities. Board President Rick Jansons says the Board will move to fill Mr. Donahoe’s seat in the coming weeks.
Richland Virtual School is Richland School District’s new, fully online and teacher-directed learning program for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. Offering engaging learning tailored to a virtual platform with RSD teachers trained in online instruction, it provides a powerful and personalized learning experience.
RSD is currently accepting applications for the fall of 2020 in preschool classrooms funded by the state’s Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) at the Early Learning Center.
Richland School Board members say they are excited to have Dr. Redinger, who has spent the past eight years leading Spokane Public Schools, taking the helm of the district beginning Aug. 1.
Delta High sophomore Alexandria Pereira’s documentary about the first Black woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose will get a national and virtual stage thanks to the National History Day program and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Did you know that, due to the circumstances caused by COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school are eligible for extra food benefits?
Looking for activities to help your child be ready for the next grade level or keep their skills sharp? Check out our Summer Learning materials for elementary and middle school students.
Our Summer Meal Program begins June 17 and will offer FREE to-go meals for children in our community as our Student Meal Assistance Program has this spring.
The Richland School Board is saddened to announce that Mark Davidson has withdrawn his acceptance of the Board’s offer to become the next superintendent of Richland School District.
In horror we have watched and read of the recent senseless deaths of black Americans. As a board and a school district, we want to say that we reject all forms of racism in our nation and community.
While our schools can’t have field day as they traditionally would, our elementary physical education teachers came together (at a safe social distance) to put together Family Field Day 2020 for the community.
Students wanting to complete courses for high school credit this summer may register for our online summer school beginning June 1.
Watch how our middle school music teachers have stepped up to keep their student musicians engaged and developing their talents.
The last day of school will be June 16, per direction from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to add five days to the end of the school year to make up days and instructional hours lost in the initial days of schools closing due to COVID-19.
We have some important updates for our students, families and the whole community regarding student participation in At-Home Learning and plans for graduation.
Onalise Soto’s “Marching Band Life” is one of five entries in the general assignment category for the High School Student Production Awards of the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Certificated Staff Appreciation Week is May 4-8 and usually involves students and families thanking them with small handmade cards or a tasty treats, not to mention numerous hugs and high fives. While this year's festivities need to be a little different, we still have a deep desire to thank those staff for everything they have done and are doing to support and inspire kids.
The Richland School Board selected Kennewick-based G2 Commercial Construction to complete the Richland High School Auditorium renovation project aimed at updating the facility and improving accessibility.
The district will delay the opening of Tapteal Elementary and start of construction for Badger Mountain Elementary due to the novel coronavirus.
Richland School District school buildings may be closed but learning continues! Teachers, school principals and district administrators have updated the district’s At-Home Learning program so students stay engaged in their education through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year while following guidance for social distancing in response to the novel coronavirus.
For the second year in a row, Jason Lee Elementary is being recognized by state education officials for closing achievement gaps and helping students grow and be ready for their futures.
Additional food items for students to eat through a weekend will begin being distributed on Fridays beginning April 24. This will include a quart of milk and frozen food items to reheat and a short instruction sheet will be included.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.