Hanford High School provides a safe and positive learning community that promotes innovation, intellectual curiosity, and citizenship in order to allow students to realize their full potential and to become life-long learners.
A poem authored by Hanford High School student Ryan Vandersommen has been selected for inclusion in this year’s edition of the Writers in the Schools anthology“The Sixth Breath Blows You Home”. Ryan is in a major battle with cancer. He recently started a second round of chemotherapy. While Ryan was a patient at Children’s Hospital in Seattle this past year, he wrote the poem "My Scar is my Trophy"……..
U.S. News and World Report just released their "Best High Schools" list
For the 2nd year in a row HHS has been fortunate enough to make the list with a Silver Ribbon! The link below shows our national and state ranking according to their criteria. This makes three big awards for HHS this month, Washington Post's rankings, the Washington Achievement Award and this one. All use different standards in their rankings so it's nice to see that what we're doing works for more than just one set of criteria. Keep up the good work Staff, Students, and parents. -Ken Gosney
The Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia announced today that Hanford High School in Richland is a recipient of the 2013 “Washington Achievement Award” in the category of Reading Growth.
The award is based on the school’s performance on the Washington Achievement Index, a comprehensive measurement of how schools in Washington State are performing over time.
According to Principal Ken Gosney, there are a number of reasons why Hanford High School earned this state recognition:
Targeted instruction that meets the needs of individual students
Using data to properly place students in classes that allow them to thrive
Dedicated teaching staff that constantly looks for innovative ways to improve their practice and increase student achievement
Supportive parents that place a high value on education
“So many schools in our state are doing good work to make a difference for kids,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “Spotlighting best practices provides an opportunity for all of us to learn what these schools are doing right and how we might incorporate these successful strategies in other schools across the state.”
HHS made the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014” list
The Washington Post’s education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list. Noted in the national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each school’s average SAT score.
The top three national schools include American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, CA; Uplift Education North Hills Preparatory in Irving, TX; and Corbett Charter in Corbett, OR. The top DC area schools include: Saint Anselm's Abbey (P), Washington International School (P), and H-B Woodlawn.
The new question added to the survey this year reflecting a change in school cultures was whether each school has an 11-person football team. Jay Mathews writes that research indicates that high school sports, including football, give students valuable time-management and leadership skills.
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