Welcome to Sacajawea Elementary - Home of the Trailblazers! My name is Kindra Clayton and I have the distinct honor of serving as lead principal at Sacajawea. Whether you have been with the Sacy community for many years or you have just recently joined us, we are excited to have you in our learning community and school family! Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our school.

This year we welcomed approximately 500 eager learners to Sacajawea; this includes about 40 students in the Richland Virtual School (RVS) whose home school is Sacy. Our school has grew to 22 general education classrooms of students in our traditional model, 4 classrooms as part of RVS program, and two self-contained special education classrooms, known as the B.E.S.S.T. program. 

At Sacajawea, we place high value on our partnership with parents, families, and community and we invite you to be an active part of helping students to achieve their full potential. We consider it a privilege to work with your kids every day to help them be their very best selves. We believe that each and every student has a gift to share with the world, and we work hard to unlock their highest potential. We have high expectations of our students, and we have high expectations of ourselves to help all Sacy students learn and grow into well-rounded citizens and critical thinkers.

Sacajawea Elementary is a PBIS school and we embrace the “Kids at Hope” philosophy as the foundation of our work with students, parents, and our wonderful community.  We consider our parents, guardians and community of as our school’s greatest resource and critical to the success of each child. Building relationships is essential and our staff will do all we can to strengthen and maintain relationships to best help our students increase their achievement and overall success.

In our ongoing effort to partner with our parents and guardians, here are a few things that you could do to help your children:

  • Ensure a great night’s sleep every day
  • Provide breakfast or have your child participate in the breakfast program at school.
  • Ensure students are at school on-time each day. Tardiness of even 5 minutes has a significant impact on your child, the teacher, and other learners.
  • Pick up students promptly after school.
  • Model safety and respect for school rules while on campus and in the parking lot
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher(s).
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences.

Please continue to visit our website for updates throughout the year. Additionally, be sure to sign-up for Class Dojo alerts and follow us on Facebook (@sacajaweaelementary). We try to keep our Facebook updated with regular posts regarding activities and announcements at Sacy.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach me at or the school office at 509-967-6325.

Assistant Principal

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Welcome back to Sacajawea Elementary School!  I’m Melissa Ferris, and I am honored to your assistant principal. This is my second year as the assistant principal at Sacajawea, and my 5th in Richland as a school administrator.   I have enjoyed the privilege of working with students as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal in settings that span early learning to 6th grade. 

My primary objective as the assistant principal is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students so that we may improve academically through the excellent instruction and the numerous activities made available to students.

Sacajawea Elementary is a Kids at Hope School. Our students and staff believe that all kids are capable of success no exceptions! Ms. Clayton and I have a foundational belief that school is a place where students are at the center and we do “whatever it takes” because all of our kids are worth it. We support an environment that fosters growth in the four domains; Home & Family, Education & Career, Community & Service, and Hobbies & Recreation.

Not only are we here to nurture and educate your children, it is also our role to offer support to our students' parents.  If you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. You can reach me at or the school office at 509-967-6325. Please feel free to view updated information posted on our school website and visit us at school.