Columbia River Weekly Newsletter


Columbia River High School

800 NW 99th Street

Vancouver WA 98665


Principal :

Alex Otoupal -

Associate Principals:

Rob Duncan -

Kim Johns -

Ken Roberts -

WA State Report Card:


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Curriculum Night, Tuesday, 9/27 at 6:00 pm

Columbia River will host Curriculum Night on Tuesday, 9/27. Parents and families will be able to attend each of their student’s classes for a short informational “class”. Student schedules will be available in the Lower Commons if needed. Curriculum night is intended to be an introduction to your student’s classes, and is not the intended time for individual conferences. For space reasons, we are asking families to not bring their students with them. Below is the evening’s schedule.

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Off Campus Pass Reminder

Off Campus Lunch Passes may be issued to students in the 11th or 12th grade with parent permission. Students must complete an Off Campus form, with parent signature. Students are expected to make sure they return to campus on time, so they do not miss class time. Students in 9th and 10th grade are NOT allowed to leave campus at lunch.

Rapid Response Returns for 22-23

During the 2022-2023 school year, we will again be on the Rapid Response Schedule for most Mondays.

Rapid Response is an additional period added into the school day on most Mondays. The Rapid Response period is time set aside for students to get additional help, participate in enrichment activities, or catch up on missed school assignments. Each week, the Rapid Response period rotates, allowing students support in each of their classes.

Click here to view the Rapid Response Schedule for Semester 1.

River’s Mock Trial Team

River’s Mock Trial Team begins Thursday, September 29 in River’s Gallery from 6-7:30 pm. Mock Trial is a competitive team that is coached by local attorneys. The team competes at the county and state level and is sponsored by Washington’s YMCA Youth and Government Program. Students interested in acting, debate, public speaking and/or the law are encouraged to join the team. You can find more information here and join the student mailing list here.

Arrive by 25 is back!

Once again this year we want to focus on the importance of students arriving on time at the start of the school day. Students arriving at school with time to spare have the luxury of settling in, preparing their class materials and focusing their minds on the lessons to come.

While classes officially start at 7:30 am, our goal is to have the majority of our students in the school building by 7:25 AM, so they can start their classes on time and ready.

This month we will be encouraging all students to “Arrive by 25” - to be here at Columbia River no later than 7:25 AM. Look for random recognitions and prizes for students who are here by 25.

We would like to have our entire student body here on time. So do your part, whether that means setting your alarm a little earlier, or leaving the house with a little more time. And don't forget to - Arrive by 25!

Free PSAT for all 10th Grade

This year in an effort to maintain and increase access and equity for all students, Vancouver Public Schools will again pay for all 10th grade students to take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). The PSAT is a practice college entrance exam most closely linked with the SAT.

Columbia River will be hosting the PSAT for it's students on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. NOTE: THIS IS A DATE CHANGE. Testing will occur during the school day at Columbia River, starting at 7:30 am. All 10th grade students will be automatically registered and expected to participate in the PSAT, unless they complete the OPT OUT form. This is a great opportunity for students to take a version of the practice college admissions exam.

The PSAT will also be open to 11th grade students by invitation only. This group will include 11th graders who had a NMSQT qualifying score in 10th grade and students new to VPS who did not test last year.

10th grade students wishing to Opt Out should use this link and complete the form.

All registered students and their parents/guardians will receive PSAT practice information and updates via email.

Questions about the PSAT should be directed to Kim Johns ( or Rob Duncan (

NATIONAL Hispanic Heritage Month

Students studying Spanish created an exhibit for the school celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with in-class presentations to follow.
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Hey River Rapids, have you purchased your ASB membership (card) this year?

If you did, and you missed picture day in August – HAVE WE GOT A DEAL FOR YOU!

Pick up your TEMPORARY ASB card today – available on Friday in the commons, or pick up from the Business Office.

Remember, your ASB card gets you into all Home Sports events for FREE, and your entrance to away games for a reduced price. You can still buy your ASB in the Business Office.

International Baccalaureate - River Information

Upcoming IB Meetings

Oct. 4, 2022 IB Freshmen and Sophomore and Parents/Guardians Meeting

7 pm - 8 pm in 500 Wing (park in the back/west lot and enter through the back of the building)

What to expect in the IB

Students are welcome to attend and will have an opportunity to get to know each other

Yearbooks have arrived!!!

Yearbooks will be available in the Business Office. We still have extra yearbooks for sale.

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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.

Picture Retake/Make-up Day

Will be on September 26, 2022. Order forms are available in the main office or use the link below to order online.


Dropping off and picking up students

  • Use the East Lot Entrance to drop off and pick up your student. Please do not drop off students in the bus lot (by the rock) or west lot

  • Form one line to drop off and pick up your student

  • Students may be dropped off and picked up safely by using the sidewalk next that is south of the stadium/field

  • Please look out for students and staff

  • During drop off and pick up times, the maximum speed limit in the parking lot is 5 mph

  • Follow directions for leaving the lots. During drop off and pick up cars are to turn right when leaving

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.

River Clubs and Activities

Club Fair for the 2022-2023 school year will be September 23, 2022. We will be on an assembly schedule on that day.

All non-curricular clubs will need to apply after the Club Fair and prior to October 15, 2022

Clubs will need to have at least 5 members and a certificated advisor.

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Homecoming/Spirit Week

Columbia River’s Spirit Week and Homecoming are the week of September 26, 2022. Themes for the days of Spirit Week will be announced by ASB. We will have a pep assembly on Friday, September 30, 2022 during the school day. River’s Homecoming football game is slated for Friday, September 30, 2022 against RA Long. Our Homecoming dance will be on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

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 Photos Due on 11/30/22

Senior photos are due 11/30/22.


  • Plain/neutral background preferred
  • Full face view, facing forward
  • Clothing and jewelry must fit school dress code guidelines
  • No creative filters or photographic treatments
  • No weapons or hand signs of any kind

Use the QR code to the right to upload photos.

Senior Parent Night

Wednesday, October 5th, CRHS will hold a Senior Parent Night 6:30-7:30 in the 500 wing of the building. You can park in the West lot behind the school and enter through the back. Topics to include:

*Senior Calendar

*Graduation Information

*Senior Boosters

*Graduation Requirements

*Post High School Options


Senior Newsletter

Occasionally the Pathways Center has a Senior Newsletter. Here is the link to the first one of the year, in case you missed it.

CR Boosters Information





CR Student Pathways Center (Inside Next to Business Office)

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


NOV. 7 GENERAL *1st Monday*





APR. 17 BOARD *3rd Monday*


JUN. 7 GENERAL *1st Wednesday*

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







Spirit Gear will be available at FALL River events: (Freshman Orientation, Curriculum Night, and Athletic Events) See prices/choices here:

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

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Congratulations Winners!!

Congratulations to the following Seniors for completing their High School and Beyond Plan, and during the first month! Impressive. For finishing up this graduation requirement, they have won a Dutch Bros. gift card. If your name is below, come see us in the Pathways Center to pick up your reward.

Talyn Axlund

Cole Benner

Mikenna Burgad

Ashlyn Cornelius

Ashley Gulick

Dominick Laugen

Ciara Murray

Donta' Patterson

Zakaree Pickles

Varsity Academics

The CR Varsity Academic Letter program honors students who have consistently shown a high regard for academics, citizenship and involvement in the school community.

Applications are open now for Juniors and Seniors. Deadline to apply is October 24, 2022.

Apply here

Senior Newsletter

Earlier this month, Morgan sent out a Senior Newsletter. If you missed it, or it was buried in your email, here is the link.

Job Opportunity

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Registering for the SAT test

Did you know that more students take the SAT than any other college admissions test? When surveyed, 83% of students said they want the option to submit their test scores to colleges and universities, including those that are test optional. Stand out on your college applications and use your SAT score to your advantage. Click here to register.

Upcoming test dates: October 1, November 5, December 3. **CRHS will host an SAT test for Juniors in March, at no cost to students.**

Technical School

Perry Technical Institute is having an open house Saturday, October 22nd. See flyer below. You can register here.
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NACAC National College Fair

Virtual College Fair happening September 11, October 9 and November 6.
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Portland PNACAC college Fair

Date: Sunday, October 9 & Monday, October 10
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton - Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232
Sunday: 12:00 - 3:30pm
Monday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Free and open to the public, PNACAC fairs connect you with colleges and universities in one convenient location.

Students: register in advance with StriveScan by filling out a quick form. After you sign up, StriveScan will send a barcode via text message and email. At the college fair, present your barcode to college representatives to receive more information about that college. The next day, receive an email with a report of all of the colleges and representatives you met, along with contact information and social media profiles.

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

Real Talk: HBCU Edition

What is Real Talk?

Real Talk is a virtual college exploration initiative designed to connect Black students and families with Black representatives from colleges and access organizations across the country. We empower Black students to own their futures their way.

Real Talk is a safe space for you to learn and engage, while also getting answers to your most pressing questions about life after high school. No matter where you are on your journey, we’re here for you. Family members and educators are also encouraged to participate!

HBCU Edition

Connect with Black HBCU representatives over two nights.

Night 1: Wednesday, September 28, at 7 p.m. ET

Night 2: Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. ET

To learn more and to RSVP, click here

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

Explore OSU - Portland

Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PMPacific Daylight Time

Map and Directions

World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221
United States

This is a unique opportunity to meet with OSU representatives and explore the offerings of Oregon's Premier Research University. Information about 200+ academic programs, scholarship opportunities, student life, and more will be discussed by our Regional Admissions Advisor from your area.

The admissions process and timelines for Early Action and Regular Application for both University admissions and Honors College will be covered as well.

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

Featured Scholarship

US Bank Student Scholarship

Get a chance to win up to $14,000 toward your college tuition with the U.S. Bank Student Scholarship Sweepstakes.

Get rewarded for learning about important topics like financing higher education, building a strong financial foundation and developing healthy habits.

To be eligible for a chance to win, complete these two steps:

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Then complete financial education lessons. Be sure to enter your name and email address at the completion of each lesson to record your progress and have a valid email in case we need to notify you.


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.