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HHS Reflections Winners

Kelly Hayes
Kelly Hayes
Zoe Allen
Zoe Allen
Quinn Bundrant
Quinn Bundrant

Congratulations to the following students for winning this year's Hanford High School Reflections Contest.

1st place- Kelly Hayes. Unity Through Diversity
2nd Kathrine Moon. Comfort
3rd. Zoe Allen. You"ll Be Alright Kid
Honorable Mention. Quinn Bundrant Looking to the Future

These pieces will be on display at the Richland Public Library starting Dec. 16th through January 5th, 2018 and compete at the city wide level. Reception for the city winners is January 5th from 6-7:00 p.m.

RSD Weather Information

As we get closer to winter, it may be necessary for the Richland School District to close or delay school due to ice, snow, or other emergency conditions. During inclement weather conditions, the Transportation Director is responsible for conducting road checks. He assesses the road network for safety of school buses and other commuter traffic. Based upon this input, the Superintendent of Schools will make the decision to delay or cancel school, or to open on time.
The Superintendent’s decision will be communicated via the District web site (www.rsd.edu) and Facebook page, and by local radio and television stations beginning at approximately 5:45 am.
If ever you disagree with our decision regarding school delays or closures, please know that it is considered an excused absence if you decide to keep your child home from school. Please inform and provide your child's school with a signed note. The final decision on whether or not to send your child to school is yours.

Gold Standard for HHS

Hanford High School has earned the Gold Standard School designation from NextGen Personal Finance. The award is presented to schools that make personal finance education a priority for all students. HHS is one of only seven schools in the state to receive the award.

Congratulations to Consumer Economics department chair Pam Kehret (seen here with Principal Tory Christensen), and Consumer Economics teachers Shane Essency and Teresa Shively

District announces $9.5 million savings for taxpayers

The Richland School District is reducing tax costs for taxpayers. On December 7, the District sold $29.5 million worth of construction bonds at a 2.80% interest rate, significantly lower than the expected 3.02% rate. This favorable rate along with paying off some of the bonds in four years instead of 15 years will result in interest savings of $9.5 million.

“This is $9.5 million that RSD taxpayers will not have to pay in interest costs,” says Superintendent Rick Schulte.

The District’s strong Aa2 bond rating from Moody's attracted investors to purchase the bonds. “The Aa2 rating reflects the District's sound financial position and our history of solid money management,” adds Schulte.

The bonds sold are from the February 2017 bond issue election. RSD residents approved the measure with a 62% yes vote.



At the Richland Invite on Saturday, October 8th during their Cross Country race, a girl collapsed next to Kara Shibley.  Kara stopped and cared for the girl who had passed out and was not responding, but did have a pulse.  Kersten saw the situation and ran to get a parent of one of our runners (Mr. Taylor) and then got back into the race.  Kara stayed with the girl until she was assured things were ok and then started running again.  Both of these girls exemplified what we want in our young people.  They noticed a situation where help was needed and responded.  So often, we may see a situation but assume someone else will respond – and no one does. – Coach Sean Mars

Students honored for commitment to school

At Tuesday night's Richland School Board meeting, Hanford High School principal Tory Christensen recognized students Gabe Grenz, Makayla RattyDaunte Blackwell,and Briana Martinez for their improved efforts and decision making. “These students are committed to being at school every day, having a positive attitude, and staying on track academically.”

Hanford High teacher recognized for career readiness efforts

Laurie Price, Career Choices and Work Based Learning teacher at Hanford High School, has been named Teacher of the Year for Career Counseling and Employment Readiness by the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education. “Laurie is continually interacting with employers, helping them understand the value of providing job placement opportunities for special needs students,” says Claudia Cooley, CTE Director for the Richland School District. “Her efforts have resulted in life-changing opportunities for students."



Falcon Attendance


  • Students should miss no more than 9 days each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation. 
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  • Missing 10%, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.

Hanford High is in the top 50 Best High Schools in Washington