February 19. 2021

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Columbia River High School

800 NW 99th ST.

Vancouver WA 98665


Principal/ Head of School - Alex Otoupal

Associate Principal/Curriculum - Rob Duncan

Associate Principal/Activities - Ken Roberts

Associate Principal/Athletic Director - Nick Davies

Report Card

We are planning our return to campus for River Hybrid

Back to Class: Middle & High School Overview

Campus & Classroom Preparation for Hybrid Learning

We are preparing for the return of students to the building! All classrooms will have hand sanitizing stations as students walk in the door, and common touch areas will be cleaned at the beginning and end of each class period. We also have cleaners to appropriately clean shared electronic devices. Seating will be assigned in every class, and students will be a minimum of 6 feet apart from each other.

There will be individual seats in the upper and lowers commons for lunch, and the school has floor arrows to indicate one way walking paths.

We are excited for a safe return of our students!

Student Parking and the ReModel

Due to construction we will have very limited parking on campus. The entire west "Senior Lot" is an active construction zone/ hard hat area.

  • There will be no access or parking through the 9th Street entrance.
  • The main parking lot will be limited to River Faculty and short term visitors.
  • We are actively looking at alternatives and will continue to update you.

Big news from IB:

As previously shared, we recently completed a survey for The International Baccalaureate regarding Columbia River’s ability to safely administer examinations in May, 2021.

IB has reviewed the data and had extensive conversations with school administrators globally to ensure consistency and fairness to all students and schools.

Based on the information we provided and in line with local or national health and safety restrictions we are considered unable to administer IB examinations, therefore our students’ results will be awarded using coursework marks and predicted grades for the May 2021 examination session.

We have been assured that IB deeply understands the impact that the global pandemic has had on our students, and that the grades awarded via the non-exam route will be the best estimation of what River students would have achieved had they sat for their examinations.

As I previously remarked, this decision is value-added to our students’ rich experiences in their daily interactions with their classmates and our faculty. This takes significant strain off of our system and allows us to focus on those situations that we can better influence. I want to thank Julie Nygaard, our Program Coordinator for her continued advocacy for our students and our faculty alike. We will finish the 2020-2021 school year strong.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me: or call 360-313-3900.


Alex Otoupal - Head of School

River Athletics

We are in full swing for fall sports! Boys Golf and Tennis started competitions last week. Cross Country and Volleyball had their first competitions last night on Thursday. Football and Soccer start tomorrow on Saturday!

Link to River’s full athletics calendar. Currently, there are no spectators allowed at events, but this will be evaluated each week. We will do our best to stream as many events online as we can. The links to watch home soccer and volleyball games will be posted to this website. If you would like to help stream events like Cross Country, Golf, Slow Pitch Softball, or Tennis, please contact Nick Davies ( to get the necessary information.

To get the most up to date links for any competition, follow CRHS Athletics on twitter. We will post links on a daily basis for events happening.

Athletic Events Upcoming


Plays at Woodland at 4 PM on Saturday February 20th. Here is a link to the live stream of the game:

Girls Soccer

JV and Varsity play against Ridgefield at River on Saturday February 20th. JV plays at 5PM and Varsity plays at 7PM. Here are the links to the live stream of the games.

River Alumni

We are trying to keep in contact with all Columbia River Alumni!

If you are a graduate, please fill out this short form so we can keep you updated on all Alumni news. Please share this form with your high school friends as well!

Help is on the Way!

A Virtual Resource Room is available for students served by an IEP. It is open Mondays - Fridays, 7:30-8:30. For more information, contact your student's case manager. Check out this resource to find out how to access the resource room.

Parking Lot Bingo!

Pre-order everything you’ll need (including lunch) at:

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Coffee with Counselors

Parents, come join the counselors from 7:30-8:30am on Wednesday, March 3rd to ask us questions. This is a casual event in which we will share updates on what we will be doing in the Spring as a counseling team for students, and to answer any questions that you may have. Agenda/topic items, so far, will be around forecasting, testing, and graduation requirements. We look forward to seeing you! Bring your coffee and zoom with all of us, Alexis Bruce (seniors), Jennifer Waller (juniors), Rachael Howington (Sophomores), & Ashley Thurber (freshmen). Zoom link will be posted closer to the March 3rd event. (if you need an interpreter, please let us know several days in advance so we can make arrangements)

School Day SAT for the Class of 2022

River will be offering the School Day SAT to students in 11th grade in March and April. Currently, two dates are scheduled; Wednesday, March 24, 2021 or Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

We are currently planning for exam assignments for one of the two days for our students. Assignments will be based on student groupings determined when students return to school for Hybrid learning. VPS is again paying all fees for all 11th grade students this year for the School Day SAT.

All 11th grade students will be registered for the SAT unless they choose to “opt out” of testing. This means that you inform the school that you choose not to participate. A short student interest survey has been sent out to all 11th grade students and their parents via email, or you can access the 11th Grade SAT survey here.

Seniors: Now is the time to apply for scholarships!

Did you know that many scholarships go unawarded each year because no one applies!? Simply by turning in a completed application, you have a great shot at getting awarded a scholarship!

Check out these resources to review currently available scholarships and mark your calendar to check back every few weeks for updates with new scholarships.

Future Me Scholarships Page

"Get a Job" Virtual Workshops!

Sign up here to join in on job prep workshops each Thursday in March.

March 4th: Resumes

March 11th: Cover Letters

March 18th: Interviewing

March 25th: Mock Interviews

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Cascadia Technical Academy

10th and 11th graders: Remember to submit your applications for Cascadia Tech by February 28th! Want to complete an application? You can apply between February 1st to February 28th. Just click here.

Have questions about applying? Contact Morgan Parker:

What exactly is Cascadia Tech? Good question. Based in Vancouver, WA – Cascadia Tech is a free resource for all students in the Clark County area (11th and 12th grade). With over 15 innovative programs led by industry professionals, you can start learning the tools you need to get on track for a professional career right away. And not only will you gain invaluable skills, you’ll also have the opportunity to earn college credits, professional certifications and licenses, and real on-site job experience. Students at Cascadia Tech also gain access to exciting internships and hiring opportunities right out of high school! Imagine earring money right after high school to help further your education or jump right into the workforce.

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Running Start Information Sessions

If you are considering Running Start for your junior or senior year, let your counselor know check out the information below on the program and on available information sessions.

About this event: These optional information sessions are for students and their families who want to know more about beginning the Running Start program in the 2021-2022 school year. You’ll hear current Running Start students describe their experiences in the program and learn about eligibility, enrollment steps, placement options and tips for academic planning. There will also be a designated Q&A time at the end of the event.

What is Running Start? The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits while completing their high school education—saving students money while advancing their education. Students are able to attend college, at minimal cost, while still living at home as a high school student.

Virtual Running Start Information Night Dates (All nights are optional and provide the same information.)

  • Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30pm

  • Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm

Location: Zoom Webinar

Registration: Register to attend on Eventbrite for a link to the Zoom webinar and reminders as the meeting approaches. All Eventbrite registrations will receive a packet of information and a link to the meeting prior to the event. You can also find links to the Zoom Webinar on the Running Start webpage.

Interested in Learning More about the Trades?

Did you know that you can make great money, even if you don’t go to college? Did you know that in an apprenticeship, they train you on-the-spot, WHILE you get paid?! We call this “earn while you learn”. Some apprenticeships even pay for tuition at a college! Would you like to consider going into a trade or apprenticeship that has these benefits? Hear what it’s all about directly from the people working in those trades!

Click on each link below to pre-register for an event. If you want to learn a little bit about what any of these are about before signing up, check out these videos!

Tuesday, 3/9 @ 12:10 PM

Operating Engineers

Tuesday, 4/13 @ 12:10 PM

Tuesday, 5/11 @ 12:10 PM

Check Out our Industry Insider Series!

Our Industry Insider series is a chance for you to learn about great careers that you may have never known existed! On Fridays during lunch time (11:40-12:10) you can hear directly from professionals working in these industries! Make sure to register in advance.

Friday, February 26th:

Join us on Zoom on Friday, 2/26, 11:40-12:10 to learn about what it's like to be a chiropractor from Karis Cooper. Karis opened her own chiropractic practice in 2006.

Click here to register in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Schedule Appointment with the Student Pathways Center

If you want to talk individually about your plans for after high school or need support with any planning, please schedule an appointment! We're here to help.


Vancouver Public Schools is an equal opportunity district in education programs, activities, services, and employment. The district does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, age, families with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The district complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Older Worker Protection Act, and all other state, federal, and local equal opportunity laws. You may contact any of the following people at 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA, 98661, or by writing to them at VPS, PO Box 8937, Vancouver, WA 98668-8937 or by calling 360-313-1000: ADA & Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator––; Title VII, 504–; IDEA–; Title IX Elementary–; Athletic Equity & Title IX Secondary– This notification can be provided in the appropriate language for communities of national origin and minority persons with limited English language skills by contacting 360-313-1250.