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Levy election in February

There will be a significant decrease in the Richland School District tax rate if voters approve the 2019-2022 levy in February. New state finance regulations require less dependence on local levies.

The upcoming local levy will be comprised of two parts which total $2.00 per $1000 of assessed valuation, significantly lower than the current $3.40 levy rate:

Educational Programs Levy -
$1.50 per $1000 assessed valuation.
Money used for extracurricular activities, additional staff (i.e. adequate number of nurses and paraprofessionals), professional development, teacher pay for extra time, course offerings (i.e. zero hour).

Technology Levy -
$0.50 per $1000 assessed valuation.
Money used for replacing tech equipment and staff training.

Current 2017 levy Proposed 2019-2022 levy
$3.40 per $1000 $2.00 per $1000*

*Yearly property taxes will decrease $280 on a $200,000 home.

Service to others....doing your best.....are themes of Veterans Day Assembly

At the Hanford High School Veterans Day Assembly today, Captain Michael Baddley, U.S. Army, spoke about service to others. He presented “Challenge Coins” to five HHS staff who were involved in saving the life of student Leighton Tomerlin last week. Leighton suffered a heart attack and collapsed during a P.E. class.

Reacting immediately by administering CPR, calling 911, and utilizing an AED to restore Leighton’s heart rhythm were….security guard Andy Ashworth, P.E. teacher Jeff Crow, assistant principal Mike Gaddis, school resource officer Jory Parish, and secretary Debra Branson. Leighton is now recovering at home and may return to school next week.



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."



National Merit announces scholars

Richland School District proudly announces that 17 high school seniors are Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Becoming a Semifinalist is the first stage of a process that will end next spring with scholarships for some of the students honored. About 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $33 million will be offered, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


List and photos of Merit scholars

Emerald Award for yearbook staff

The 2016-2017 "Gyre", Hanford High School’s yearbook, received an Emerald Award from the Washington Journalism Education Association, the highest award for excellence by a high school publication.

The HHS staff received the award at Journalism Day last week at the University of Washington. The yearbook advisor is Nancy E. Smith.

Flu Shot Clinics

The Richland School District is committed to helping keep our students, parents, and community members healthy throughout the flu season.

That is why we have partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provideFlu Shot Clinics for all children and adults in our community. Find out all the details and schedule at this link.


Winter sports are almost upon us

WInter sports are almost upon us and registration is open now. If you have a student interested in participating in Basketball, Wrestling, Boys Swim/Dive or Girls Bowling please plan on attending our Winter Sports Parent Information Night on Monday, November 6th at 6PM in the HHS Commons. The first day for Girls bowling will be October 30th, 3PM, at Atomic Bowl. All other sports begin practice on November 13th.

There are three things your student MUST do to be eligible for the first day of practice:

  1. Online Registration: go to https://www.familyid.com/organizations/hanford-high-school-athletics and complete the online registration.
  2. Pay fines/fees- $30.00 ASB & $55.00 sports fee plus any fines at the booking office or online at https://payments.rsd.edu/
  3. Make sure your physical is current with Mrs. Branson in the main office.

Please complete all of these items quickly to ensure a smooth start to the season for your athlete.