Welcome to Richland Elementary School! For those of you who are returning to Richland, we are looking forward to another fantastic school year. We would also like to welcome our new students and parents to our school. We are confident that you will have a wonderful experience and be a part of our Richland family. Richland is home to approximately 500 students in kindergarten through third grade. Since Richland is the former high school, our building features a full size gymnasium and auditorium. Additionally, our spacious grounds include a large playground area, nature trail, basketball and tennis courts, and a full size track.
The most outstanding aspects of our school include our teachers, staff, students, and parents. Our teachers and staff are incredibly dedicated and work extremely hard to meet the unique needs of each and every student. Our parents are very involved and continuously seek opportunities to support our school. The students at Richland are outstanding, and we are proud of their achievements and their eagerness to learn.
At Richland Elementary School we strive each day to create a safe and challenging learning environment. The mission of the Pine-Richland School District is to focus on learning for every student every day. We are vested in providing our students with a strong academic foundation, and our vision is a picture developed by a student that captures the mission and provides a vivid reminder of the challenge and opportunity of our schools. The image conveys the following:
- Learning is our primary purpose.
- Learning occurs inside and outside the classroom.
- Learning is measured as BOTH achievement AND growth.
- Learning happens differently for different people so flexibility and variation is needed in the approach.
- Learning requires effort and persistence.
- Learning is for all of us and requires the support of everyone (e.g., student, staff, and parents).
Our mission and vision ensure the building blocks of education are set to support the positive, academic experience our children must have for their continued, life-long success.
In addition to the District’s mission and vision, our stakeholders have identified Shared Values. The values that guide our actions are based on the PRIDE acronym (emphasis on PR):
Personal Growth represents a belief in the whole child and development through the years at Pine-Richland. In addition to academic growth, this value is meant to represent social, emotional, and physical growth as well. Personal growth can also be applied to the staff.
Resiliency is locally defined as "the ability to adapt well in the face of hard times and build upon one's strengths." It was adapted from the American Psychological Association. We believe that students must be equipped to handle success and adversity in their lives. Innovation represents break-through change. Through the town hall discussions, innovation also signals an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking. These skills are important for post-high school success.
Innovation represents breakthrough change or new ways of performance in a discontinuous manner. Through the town hall discussions, innovation also signals an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking.
Diverse Opportunities capture the importance of a wide range of choices in academics, athletics, arts and activities. It acknowledges the fact that students have varied interests. Exposure to a wide variety of opportunities helps them achieve personal growth and potential areas of future interest.
Engagement reflects the degree to which students, staff, parents, and community are part of the school district. It reflects engagement in the classroom for students as well as their connection to other aspects of student life. For our staff and community, engagement is a critical element of achieving our goals.
Lastly, teacher assignments and bus information will be available through our Home Access Center toward the middle of August. Parents and guardians need to login or register to view student information. If you experience technical difficulties, please call the office at 724-443-1558. Additionally, in order to ensure another successful school year, please take time to review the Student Handbook and Pine-Richland School District Discipline Code with your child before the start of school. Also, if your child is new to Richland Elementary School, click HERE for a digital book to read with your child. It is a great way for your child to become familiar with Richland Elementary School.
It is with great pride that I welcome you to our school. I believe the Pine-Richland reputation as a leader in quality education begins at our primary schools.