Columbia River Weekly Newsletter


Columbia River High School

800 NW 99th Street

Vancouver WA 98665


Principal :

Alex Otoupal -

Associate Principals:

Rob Duncan -

Ken Roberts -

WA State Report Card:

CRTV - 5/5/23

CR Weekly News (Full Broadcast) - May 5 | CR News

Semester 1 Honor Roll

Semester 1 Honor Roll - the Honor Roll is back!

We are proud to recognize students who earned a Semester 1 GPA of 3.3 or higher. This represents over 40% of the Columbia River student body.

Great Work Rapids!

Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23

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Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23 - Cont.

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Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23 - Cont.

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Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23 - Cont.

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Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23 - Cont.

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Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23 - Cont.

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Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23 - Cont.

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Semester 1 Honor Roll 2022-23 - Cont.

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Counseling Corner

Counselors are still working on calling kids down for social/emotional support, college & career readiness, and graduation plans. We are also gearing up for summer school so please watch for email communication in the upcoming week or so.

What does it take to graduate?

All you need to know is in our curriculum guide which is linked here, and also linked on our Counselor Page on the CRHS site.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask the grade specific counselor

Tuileisu Anderson - Gr 9

Kirin Casteel - Gr 10 (long term sum through June is Reid Wetterau)

Jennifer Waller - Gr 11

Rachael Howington - Gr 12

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Fort Vancouver Regional Library will be sharing summer volunteer opportunities with River students in the library media center during Rapid Response on Monday, May 15.

Students who would like to attend should check in with their 2nd period teacher and then get a pass to join us!

Annual Plant Sale

FFA and Horticulture thank you for all of your support with our Annual Plant Sale! Our students enjoyed seeing you and our community members. I think they were surprised that people really liked their plants. We raised just over $5,000 to fund our sale supplies and our trip to the State FFA Competition. Our students will be competing in Agricultural Sales this year.

Thank you and Happy Growing!

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Save the Date: Freshman Welcome Night 2023

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 6:00 PM

We welcome the class of 2027 to CRHS!

The IB Program Has a New Website!

The IB Program has a new website!

Check it out here:

IB Exams

IB Exams begin on May 2 and continue through May 19. If you would like to send any snacks in for students to eat prior to their exam, please bring them to the counseling center and mark them for IB exams. Please see the IB website for IB exam details and the IB exam schedule.

School Attendance = School Success

Research has shown that there is a strong positive correlation between school attendance and academic success. Students who attend school regularly tend to have better grades, higher graduation rates, and aremore likely to pursue higher education. When students attend school regularly, they have the opportunity to engage in the learning process, develop critical thinking skills, and build relationships with their peers and teachers. These factors contribute to a positive academic experience and help students achieve their full potential.

On the other hand, students who miss school frequently are more likely to struggle academically and are at a higher risk of dropping out of school. Chronic absenteeism can lead to gaps in learning, lack of engagement, and disconnection from the educational environment. Therefore, it is essential for parents, educators, and policymakers to recognize the importance of school attendance and prioritize strategies to reduce absenteeism rates. By encouraging regular attendance, we can provide students with the support they need to succeed academically and reach their full potential.

Student Shout Out

Congratulations to Ashton Jiang who won third place honors at the WIAA State Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday in solo guitar performance. If you would like to enjoy his performance, you may watch it in the video below.


Are you interested in hosting an exchange student from Spain or France this summer?

Mrs. Ramey from Columbia River High School is working with Aventuro (Spain) and Mobiliteen (France) to find host families for several students that would like to come and stay with an American family this summer.

This is a great opportunity to make a life-long friend and have an amazing cultural experience. Your family would provide room/board and the students would bring their own spending money.

Students usually want to stay 3-4 weeks.

Please email Ms. Ramey if interested at

Unified Soccer

Unified Soccer is starting! If you are interested in playing, sign-up forms can be found in Room 204.

Players will meet Wednesdays 7-7:30 am in the gym.


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Students have plenty of clubs to choose from this year. River has 41 club offerings, representing many interests. Last year River had 29. Click here to view our club offerings. Go Rapids!

Columbia River High School Care Closet

Did you know Columbia River has a Care Closet?

The care closet provides food, clothes, shoes, school supplies and toiletries to Columbia River students who are in need. It can be a one-time need, or an ongoing need.

The Care Closet is low on supplies and is accepting donations. Please click on the link below for a wish list.

Check grades, attendance and schedule in Skyward

Is your student not logged in to Skyward? They can reset their password using their school Gmail account here.

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Class of 2023 - Senior Calendar

The Senior Calendar is updated regularly as we add dates, times and places to important events for seniors. To view the senior calendar, please click here.


Senior ads: go to www.yearbookordercenter, and then enter in either the school’s name or your yearbook job code (6590). Due 3/20/2023

Senior Awards Booster Info

Hello River Community,

Monday, June 5th, 7pm Senior Awards Night is approaching fast and we could use some help! We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help bring refreshments, setup/serve/cleanup refreshments and help setup/sell/cleanup spirit gear sales while Senior parents enjoy the event.

Please click here for more information and to sign up. We appreciate you!

CR Boosters Information





CR Student Pathways Center (Inside Next to Business Office)

DATES: (2nd Monday's, except as noted)

JUN. 7 GENERAL *1st Wednesday*

~CR Boosters, 501(c)(3) Established 2013







For the school's new BSN Sports Sideline Store to order all year long click on the link below:



Email -

Facebook - CR Senior Boosters

Instagram - @crseniorboosters

Twitter - @CRSRboosters


Are you, or do you know someone who would be a great addition to our Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) team? Did you know that VPS hosts monthly Substitute and Classified Candidate Day interviews for qualified applicants?

Vancouver Public Schools is now hiring for full-time, part-time, substitute, and seasonal employees in the following areas:


Cafeteria Assistants

Bus drivers

Custodial Assistants


Further information can be found HERE!

JUNIORS! Prepare for the Fall

If you know you will be applying for colleges and universities in the Fall, set up your Common App account beginning August 1, to streamline the process later. Also, see the Essay Prompts article below.

Every year on August 1, Common App launches its refreshed application with updated information. Fortunately, students don’t have to wait until then to begin planning their application.

Common App Account Rollover is a college planning tool that allows students to create an account when they are ready to explore the application. Students can add key information to their accounts and roll over most of that information when the new application year begins on August 1. This could be a time-saving solution for students who are considering multiple college options or looking to get a head start on their college planning.

2023-24 Common App Essay Prompts

Common App announced that the 2023-2024 essay prompts will remain the same. Past research shows that overall satisfaction with the prompts remains high among students, counselors, and member colleges. Moving forward, we want to learn more about who is choosing certain prompts to see if there are any noteworthy differences among student populations.

We hope that by sharing the prompts now, students will have the time they need to reflect on their own personal stories and begin thinking about what they want to share with colleges. As you assist students with their planning, feel free to share our essay prompts video on approaching the essay.

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SummerWorks Internship

Sign up at the QR code below for the orientation session. Graduating Seniors can apply!
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Current Sophomore and Juniors!

"UNCF Portfolio Project” is a signature college preparatory program for high school juniors and seniors providing a pathway to success. We offer a 13-week curriculum-based program providing knowledge and tools to navigate college and beyond. See flyer below.
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Volunteer Opportunity

Sacajawea Elementary School Carnival on Friday, May 19th. The Sacajawea PTA is looking for students volunteers to help out. The times are approximately 4:30-8:30pm with 2 shifts available (4:30-6:30pm/6:30-8:30pm approximately) in years passed we have needed around 70 student volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Heather Lodahl at

Salmon Creek Elementary School Carnival on Saturday, May 13th. The PTA is in need of student volunteers to run the carnival. You can sign up here.

Military Visits

On the following dates, a branch of the military will be in the lower commons during lunches to answer questions and visit with interested students:

US Marines - 5/30

US Coast Guard - 5/9

US Navy - 5/16

US Army/National Guard - 5/23

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Featured Scholarships

Fifth Month Scholarship

One is the loneliest number. Three is a crowd. Then there is five. What's so special about five? Well, for starters, this lucky number could help you win a $1,500 scholarship.

It would take more than just one hand to count all the reasons why the number five is important - and we want to know what you think! What is it about the number five that's so significant to you? One great reason is that May is the fifth month - which just so happens to be a great time to apply for fun scholarships.

Help us bring awareness to the fifth month and the number five. We're awarding one $1,500 scholarship to a lucky student - and an endless supply of high fives. Deadline 5/31/23. Click here for more information.

A Voice for Animals Essay Contest

The contest is supported by a partnership between the Animal Welfare Institute and the Humane Education Network with additional support from the Palo Alto Humane Society.

Participants must currently be enrolled in middle or high school, or be home-schooled, and less than 19 years of age on February 1, 2023 (the date the contest opened for entries). No exceptions!

The contest is open to all otherwise eligible students worldwide regardless of nationality, citizenship, or country of residence.

For more information on eligibility and application, click here. Deadline 5/21/23.

American Workforce Group Scholarship

American Workforce Group (AWG) provides motivated, qualified candidates with the opportunity to find great places to work! With the need for trade workers on the rise, the AWG Pay It Forward Scholarship is looking to reward a local student with a scholarship to help bring back the trades that built America. Deadline is May 31. To apply, click here.

LSW Architects Legacy Scholarship

The LSW Architects Legacy Scholarship Fund was established in honor of LSW Architects' founding leaders and their ability to imagine and build in creative space.

Number and Size of Awards: The number and size of awards may vary and are determined by the selection committee. Minimum award amount is $2,500.


Eligibility Criteria: Students selected to receive this scholarship must:

  • Be residents of southwest Washington
  • Be a graduating senior or graduated high school (or equivalent) student, current college student, or graduate student.
  • Plan to continue their education at a 2-year or 4-year college, university, vocational or technical school during the upcoming school year
  • Pursue an education that supports creative growth

Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need. Deadline 5/15/23. Click here to apply.

PCC Foundation Scholarship

Opens May 1st for high school seniors who have not previously submitted their PCC Foundation scholarship application. They must be a PCC admit to complete the application, and they will need to include an unofficial copy of their transcript. Please stop by the Pathways Center for more information. The deadline is May 15th .

This program is not sponsored by Vancouver Public Schools. Approval to distribute flyers/postings is a community service and does not imply endorsement.


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. 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. You may also contact any of the following people by writing to them at Vancouver School District, PO Box 8937, Vancouver, WA 98668-8937, or by calling 360-313-1000: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)- Daniel Bettis; Education Ombuds - Rachel Cason; Title VII and 504 – Steve Vance; Civil Rights and Affirmative Action – Janell Ephraim; ADA and Title IX – Jeff Fish; Title IX elementary and secondary Athletic equity – Kristie Lindholm; Title IX elementary and secondary
Athletic equity – Jim Gray; Title IX elementary and secondary Athletic equity – Bill Oman.