Columbia River Weekly Newsletter

November 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

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News from the Principal

Greetings River Community,

As we have a very short work week ahead of us, and in the spirit of the season of gratitude, I want to share how much I appreciate the collective effort each member of our community has contributed to launch this school year. Every single one of us - students, faculty and community - have worked to improve teaching and learning at River on a daily basis. Together, we have overcome significant challenges, set backs and delays. And, when I think back to where we were a year ago, I am inspired and energized by the strides we have made to safely return.

On behalf of the Columbia River High School Faculty, we are especially grateful you are part of our River community.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving break!

Alex Otoupal

Principal/Head of School


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IB Magnet Advisory Committee Meeting

The IB program at River is looking for student, parent, and community input! Each year, we host two magnet advisory meetings where we provide updates regarding the direction of the program, and invite participants to provide input.

Our first one for the 2021-22 school year will be held on November 30th at 2:15p.m. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on this form.

Class of 2022 Yearbook Information

Senior Parents,

As we enter November, it is time to be thinking about deadlines for our Senior Yearbook features. The deadline to submit Senior Photos is December 1, 2021. The deadline to submit Senior ads is February 25, 2022.

To get to the Yearbook website use this link:

Click on these links for fliers about Senior Photos and Parent ads.

Questions about the Yearbook and Senior Yearbook features can be sent to Bradford Williams (

Senior Caps and Gowns

Click here for information regarding cap and gown orders.


After a two-year hiatus from travel due to COVID, we are pleased to announce that the Courts for Kids spring break service trip is back! This spring break, Clark County high school students are invited to travel with us to the Dominican Republic for a 10-day immersion-service opportunity building a multi-purpose athletic court for a rural community in El Rodeo, Dajabón, Dominican Republic.

Come see Ms. McAnally in room 610 to find out how to join the trip.

For more information, consider these video resources:

· A general video about the origins of CFK (~7:45)

· A parent informational video about this year’s opportunity (~29:00)

· An informational video about COVID protocol for this year’s travels

· The recent informational meeting on Zoom was recorded and can be watched here.

Or these documents:

· A one page handout that describes the trip, generally.

· A multi-page packet that has trip details, community information, flight itinerary, etc.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email or contact Selene Nesland directly at or by calling 360-909-0684.

CRTV Friday November 19th

CRTV Friday Nov 19

COVID Updates

We have received many questions about contact tracing from parents. Here is a very short summary of the process:

-The school is told about a positive case

-We identify close contacts

-During the school day:

We call students out of class and use the State K-12 Guidelines to determine if a quarantine is necessary. We give the students a Close Contact Letter and District COVID-19 Testing information. If students are sent back to class, we will follow up as soon as we can with an email to the families. If students are being sent home, we will call the families or talk with them in person.

-After the school day:

We will call home to contact families. If no one answers, we will follow up with emails to the primary contact in Skyward.

COVID Testing for basketball, cheer, and wrestling

Unvaccinated middle and high school athletes participating in basketball, wrestling and indoor cheer will be required to participate in twice-weekly COVID-19 screening testing to compete.

Parental consent is required for testing. Fully vaccinated athletes do not have to participate in screening testing.

More information will be provided by the school after sign ups. If you have questions, please contact Nick Davies -

Early Release Mondays and Rapid Response: River’s Academic Support Efforts

More information on our Early Release Mondays - Here is a link to all of the details - including the year long schedule.

Helpful digital resources for families:

Students who need help logging in to Skyward can use these directions to receive an e-mail with their username and a link to create a new password. They can also watch this video on YouTube or EdPuzzle to help walk them through the steps. Students can find more tech support information in the Canvas Toolkit. Tech support is available every school day in the library, temporarily located in our concessions stand in the main hallway across from the upper commons.

Parents and guardians can connect to Canvas as observers to help students stay organized. Find more information here on how to set up your account & watch a helpful video on how it works.

Don’t know your family access login to Skyward to check on grades and attendance? Contact Jolly Monzon in our front office for help:

Lost and Found

Dear Families:

Our Lost and Found area in the front office is filled with items needing to be claimed. We have sweatshirts, coats, water bottles, notebooks, books, and even a few pairs of AirPods.

Due to space issues, all of these items will be donated to a local charity after December 17th.

Please have your student come to the Front Office here at Columbia River if they have a lost item.

If you have any questions, contact Patty Kellum at 360-313-3902.

School Supplies

If your student needs school supplies please call the school at 360-313-3900 and ask for Cheri Chavers.

New Logo Information

Rapids Branding Guide - Detailed information on our logo and how to use it.


The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be held at 5:00 pm on June 13, 2022. The location is yet to be determined.
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Washington State University Vancouver invites seniors and their parent or guardian to attend College Goal Washington to get free on-site help filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) for college next fall.

Did you know Washington state ranks 49th in FAFSA filing? At the same time, the Washington College Grant is the most generous state college need grant in the country. This year, a family of four making up to $102,000 can qualify for financial aid in Washington. More Washington residents are able to attend college for less money—many for free. But you have to file the FAFSA or WASFA to access it.

Most students need financial aid to pay for college, whether they choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school. Completing the FAFSA or WASFA is the first step in receiving financial assistance for education beyond high school. Students looking to attend WSU Vancouver next fall should complete their application by Jan. 31.

We encourage you to attend College Goal Washington

  • 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30
  • 3 – 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3
  • 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9

Undergraduate Building Room 100
WSU Vancouver

Free and open to all no matter where your student attends

Students are encouraged to register in advance at to receive a free parking pass and additional instructions.

If you have a student who experiences a disability that requires special materials, services or assistance, please ask them to contact WSU Vancouver’s Access Center at 360-546-9739 or as soon as possible to discuss their specific needs.

If you have questions, contact Student Financial Services at 360-546-9559 or

Senior Shout Outs!!

If you would like to be recognized for an award, scholarship, new job, etc. fill out this form and you can be in a future Senior Shout Out!

Upcoming College & Career Presentations

Career and College Presentations happening next week! Please sign up via the links below, or at one of our sign in tables - near Pathways Center or near back door to Senior Parking - we will send a pass for you to attend.

US Army Monday, 11/22 at 11:45am

Charter College Dental Hygiene Program Tuesday, 11/23 at 12:15pm

Electrical Apprenticeship Tuesday, 11/30 at 7:45am

Grand Canyon University (virtual) Wednesday, 12/1 at 9:00am

Pacific NW College of Art (virtual) Wednesday, 12/1 at 11:00am

University of Idaho Wednesday, 12/1 at 12:15pm

Eastern Oregon University Thursday, 12/2 at 9:00am

Clark College Thursday, 12/2 at 10:00am

College of Idaho (virtual) Thursday, 12/2 at 12:15pm

Featured Opportunity from Xello

Community Service Opportunity! Plus the chance to complete a Coaching and Leading with Racial Equity 6-week course. JEDI which stands for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is looking for student participation in their advisory committee for the Foundation for VPS. If you are a 10th or 11th grader and interested in this meaningful experience, here's what you do next:

  • Contact: Timothea Sutton at or call 360.313.4725.
  • Email: A quick statement (yes, only 2 or 3 sentences) about why you are interested in this opportunity.
  • Provide your grade level, school and contact information

The chosen student(s) will join meetings the first Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 on Zoom. You will receive community service hours and have a voice in creating an inclusive culture. Your voice matters! The committee is looking for a student that is invested in the values of JEDI, eager to learn more, and can attend the monthly meetings regularly.

Featured Scholarship

10 Words or Less Scholarship Deadline: November 30th, 2021 ($500)

To be eligible for the 10 Words or Less Scholarship a student must:

A) Be between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2022.

B) Be attending a school in the US or Canada in the Fall of 2022.

This scholarship is provided by In order to apply for our scholarship follow these instructions:

1) In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship. Please write your answer below.

2) Before or After writing your Answer you will also need to "Like" our Facebook page at Note we will only read the answers provided from people that have "Liked" our page.

Scholarship Hot List

Click this link to see available scholarships. Bookmark this link to keep updated on current opportunities.

Looking for Scholarships?

Try out the new app: Going Merry!
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.

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The Vancouver School 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 and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America, and other designated groups. 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: 504 – Steve Vance; Civil Rights and Affirmative Action – Janell Ephraim; ADA and Title IX – Kathy Everidge; Title IX Elementary Schools – Kristie Lindholm; Title IX Secondary Schools – Jim Gray.