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Back-To-School Guide 2018

We’re excited to welcome students back for the first day of school on Aug. 28. 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 below. Don’t see an answer to your question? Contact us at (509) 967-6000.


Elementary School #11 moving along on schedule (drone video)

Excellent progress is being made on construction of Elementary School #11 in West Richland.

Here is the latest drone video of the construction site (56 seconds). The school will open in August 2019.


Elias Duran delivers inspirational speech at AVID conference

Watch Richland High School 2018 graduate Elias Duran deliver the keynote speech at the recent AVID Summer Institute in Seattle. Elias delivered his inspirational speech to an audience of 5,000 students, teachers, and administrators from throughout the northwest.

“Elias overcame a tremendous amount of adversity the last four years,” says Toree Markussen, a12th-grade AVID teacher at Richland High.

Elias is the first in his family to graduate from high school and will be the first to attend college.

Image Title: Toree Markussen and Elias Duran
Toree Markussen and Elias Duran

Hanford High math scholars lead popular summer math camp

Hanford High School math team members are so pumped about math that they are coordinating this week’s Falcon Frenzy Math Camp. “We are always looking for ways to share our enthusiasm about math,” says team president Annie Shen.

The Hanford High math scholars are mentoring the 21 campers and helping them deepen their knowledge of math concepts. They answer questions and take turns explaining different ways to solve problems.


Hanford High School teacher’s work selected for textbook

Bedford /St. Martin's Press has selected Hanford High School teacher Kim Reifle  to be a contributor to the third edition of Language of Composition. The company asked Reifle to submit questions for the teacher’s edition and her questions were included in the recent publication.

Reifle teaches AP English, Mythology, Senior Writing, and Shakespeare at Hanford High. Bedford/St. Martin's specializes in publishing AP, Pre-AP, and humanities college textbooks.


Excellent progress on Elementary School #11

This aerial photo shows the progress being made on Elementary School #11 in West Richland. The new elementary school is one of ten projects being funded from the 2017 bond issue. Elementary #11 will open in August 2019 and house Tapteal Elementary students during the 2019-20 school year while the new Tapteal is being built.


Hanford High hosts national Guitar Building Institute

A Guitar Building Institute took place in the Hanford High School wood shop last week. Teachers from all over the west coast learned how to build guitars so they could take that knowledge back to students in their home school districts.

“The primary focus was the application of Computer Numerical Control technology as it relates to manufacturing guitar components,” stated Ed Ufford, Hanford High teacher and one of the Institute instructors.


Richland Education Foundation grants enhance RSD academic programs

The Richland Education Foundation has awarded over $11,000 in grants this year to support Richland School District academic programs:

  • Lisa Wildey, Badger Mountain - $740 for STEM Materials
  • Toni Cuello, Tapteal - $372 for Family Engagement Math and Language Packs
  • Lorie Morrison, Marcus Whitman - $305 for 25 Chromebook Cases
  • Sylvia Hall, Badger Mountain - $1014 for Fine Motor Skills Toolkits
  • Sara Flores-Anderson, Hanford High - $1412 for 16 Plastic Human Model Skulls
  • Michele Duberstein, Badger Mountain - $3904 for 19 Samsung Tablets
  • Stephanie Becker, Annie Wysok, and Michele Morgan, Lewis & Clark - $2508 for Incubators and Supplies

RSD students give back through blood donations

Richland School District high school students and staff donated over 400 units of blood through American Red Cross blood drives this past year:

  • Richland High School - 289 units**
  • Hanford High School - 120 units
  • Rivers Edge High School - 29 units

“Thank you to all for replenishing the community blood supply and sharing a lifesaving gift,” stated Shana Duncan of the American Red Cross. “These 438 units of blood can potentially save over 1,300 lives.”