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 - 5/26/23

CR Weekly News (Back to the 60's) - May 26 | CR News


We have many items in our Lost and Found areas. If you have lost a water bottle, sweatshirt, coat, shorts, sunglasses, glasses, Airpods, wallets, keys, jewelry, or any other item, please come to the front office and retrieve. Everything left after June 20th will be donated to a local charity.
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Counseling Corner

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

Study Habits for Teens

  • Make a consistent time to do homework each afternoon or evening. For HS age, the suggestion is one hour. Add more time if needed, but make sure to take a 5-10 minute break. Think of other obligations that might get in the way and pick times that will work around this (such as little sibling's soccer practice or your own violin practice etc.)
  • If students don't have any homework, then research shows that they should still quietly read (anything, even a comic book) for that hour, without any electronics/devices (no notifications on phones either).
  • Have good time management - use a planner that breaks the day down into 30-60 minute increments (6am-11pm). This planner should have due dates but also should have some indicator to check off once the assignment is turned in. The planner should also include all extracurricular activities.
  • Take frequent, short, breaks.
  • Attend classes regularly.
  • Know your learning style (quiz answers are in each student's Xello HSBP) and use that style for studying. Examples: take copious notes or stand while you read if you are a kinesthetic learner. If visual, use colored pens/pencils to write and highlight your notes and/or draw diagrams. Use flash cards and verbally go through them with a partner if you are Auditory.
  • Review notes from the day each and every night.
  • Eat good nutrition throughout the day.
  • Drink water throughout the day.
  • Get good sleep.

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May/June 2023

Hello Columbia River Families!

I am the Mobile Family Community Resource Coordinator and one of the schools I cover is Columbia River High School. The goal of the Family-Community Resource Coordinator is to help children succeed, and we do that removing barriers and connecting families with community resources. Help can come in many forms; anything from school supplies to health services, clothing food, housing resources and more.

As the summer months approach, I wanted to remind you of the resources and supports available to you through our Family Community Resource Centers. I know that summer can be a challenging time for families, especially those with limited financial resources and we are here to help. I will be working throughout the summer and I encourage you to reach out to me if you or your family need any of these resources or services. We are here to support you and your family throughout the summer months and beyond. I’ve included several resources available to the community.

It has been my pleasure being the Family Community Resource Coordinator for Columbia River High School!

Warmest Regards,

Tina Cruz, Family-Community Resource and Engagement Coordinator

Cell phone/text: 360-901-7059


Seniors!! Please look for an email dated 5/1/23 from VPS CTE that includes the link to the Senior Exit Survey. This must be completed by 5/26/23 to be included in the Senior Awards Program book. The absolute deadline is 6/6/23.
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Student Device Renewal and/or Check In Information

Senior laptop check in will take place during classes on Monday, June 5. Please remove all personal stickers or other embellishments. Desktop computers are available in the library from 7 am - 3 pm Tuesdays - Thursdays and 7 am - 2:30 pm on Mondays and Fridays for students who need to wrap up digital work. Seniors who enroll in summer credit recovery will turn in devices as soon as that wraps up. Running start seniors can schedule a check in day and time with Shana Ferguson, Don’t forget your power cords!

Grades 9-11: We’re excited that students can renew devices and take them home for the summer. If you need summer storage or have plans to leave Vancouver Public Schools, check in devices after your last digital final exam. Please remove all personal stickers for summer storage and bring your power cord set. Laptops are being renewed in all English classes before the end of the year. Running Start Juniors can come in and renew any school day during our open library hours: 7 am - 3 pm Tuesdays - Thursdays and 7 am - 2:30 pm on Mondays and Fridays. If you need tech support during the summer, you will need to work with our district ITS department at the Jim Parsley Center.

Don’t forget to run updates on your student laptop! There is an icon on the desktop to install the latest Windows Updates. This will improve the speed and performance and solves many tech glitches that students experience.

Students can turn in library books, textbooks and other materials any time before the end of the year. If you have questions about your account, please contact the library media center, We’ll be sending out reminders soon.

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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.


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

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Message from the Senior Boosters

The time has come for the senior parents to pass the torch to the 2024 families!

The Senior Boosters are the only parent group that support the senior class and all of the activities they participate in during their final year of high school.

We need LOTS of help and want to pack the house on June 7 at our spring planning meeting. Join us to find out where the needs are and consider where you might help The 2024 Senior Booster Team.

RSVP for the meeting here .

Email with any questions.

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!

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Youth Conservation Corps

This is a paid summer position at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, for teens ages 15-18. Applications must be postmarked by June 1st. The application can be found here.

Healthcare Pathway Camp 2023 at Clark College

Could your middle or high schooler benefit from some structured activities this summer and learn about Healthcare careers? Consider having them join the Healthcare Pathway Camp 2023 at Clark College. There will be free food; breakfast, lunch, and snack; hands-on-activities taught by professors in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assistant, EMT, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Tech, Health Information Management, Health and Physical. These activities will help middle and high schoolers learn about what college has to offer; free application vouchers, prizes, and a free celebration luncheon, with families invited. It's a great opportunity, sponsored by the ESD 112 and Guided Pathways. We would love to see your middle and high schooler there. More details about the camp are listed at this link.

Please follow the link

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

Advisory Board Opportunity

The Clark County Youth Commission, an official youth advisory board to the Clark County Council, is seeking youth from all walks of life to join its group for the next school year.

The Youth Commission wants to be even more intentional about reaching out to youth who are currently underrepresented or unrepresented in the group and extend an invitation for those youth to apply to join the board.

Between now and June 1, we are actively recruiting for Youth Commission members to fill 13 vacancies throughout Clark County:

· All open positions are available for youth who live in Clark County.

· New Leader positions are available for youth with no previous leadership experience.

· We have some positions open to students living in the geographical boundaries of specific school districts as the Youth Commission uses school district boundaries to ensure broad representation of youth from all areas of the county.

More information about the Youth Commission and applications to apply can be found at The application is available in Word, PDF, and Google Forms.

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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Featured Scholarships

Career & Technical Scholarship

We have hundreds of $1,500 scholarships to give away to students pursuing high-demand trade, STEM, and health care careers this fall through our Career & Technical Scholarship!

Washington residents of any age can access flexible funding to pay for their housing, transportation, food, and more while pursuing an eligible program at any of the state's 34 community and technical colleges; plus, rural students may be eligible for thousands more in support!

Eligible students must:

  • Be low- or middle-income
  • Complete the FAFSA or WASFA by June 6
  • Enroll in one of hundreds of eligible STEM, trade, and health care programs

This is a life-changing scholarship, but it can only benefit those who apply. We need your help to spread the word to students and your community!

Questions? Join us every Tuesday beginning May 23 to get your questions answered live, get application support or learn more.

Tuesday, May 23, 9–10 a.m.: invite link

Tuesday, May 30, 3–4 p.m.: invite link

Monday, June 6, 3–5 p.m.: invite link

You can also reply to this email or reach us at

Application deadline is 6/6/23 by 9:00pm

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.