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:

The 800 Wing is Complete!

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Come Celebrate With Us!

Columbia River High School celebrates a significant milestone this month – its 60th Anniversary! The celebration is even more meaningful because it coincides with the opening of the new “500” and “800” wings, a construction project that has been underway for several years.

The CRHS building improvements were funded by the 2017 bond creating new spaces to accommodate additional students and offering improved science laboratories supporting student work in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. In September 2022, the school dedicated the John O’Rourke Field, serving as an access point for everyone in the community, improvements also supported by the bond.

To celebrate the anniversary and the completion of the building improvement projects, the school invites the community to an open house and tour of the new classrooms, laboratories, and student spaces.

This event is open to the public, but we would like an RSVP for planning purposes.

Columbia River High School

60th Anniversary Open House

800 NW 99th Street

Vancouver, WA 98665

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

Spread the word!

Please click on the link below for information about the Magnet Night here at Columbia River in January.

Magnet Night for students interested in coming to River 2023-2024

PSAT Results and Student Test Booklets Now available

Results are now available for students who participated in the School Day PSAT on 10/25/22.

Students who have created an account on the CollegeBoard website can use this link to access scores:

Students can also use the PSAT scores to practice for the SAT. Use this link for free test preparation using Khan Academy.

If a student does not have a CollegeBoard account, they can access their scores in the Counseling Center.

Students may also pick up their Student Test Booklet for review. These are available in the Counseling Center. Test Booklets will be available until Winter Break (12/17/22).

Pedestrians and Student Pick Up

As we move into the darker winter months, we want to review some safety reminders for student drop-off and pickup.

  • Please pay extra attention to student pedestrians before and after school, especially at the parking lot entrance/exits

  • Students should cross streets only at marked crosswalks.

  • Parents are discouraged from parking in our immediate neighborhood area for student pick-up, this causes congestion and potential safety issues

  • Please be courteous of our neighbors by not blocking driveways


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!

Sophomore Parent Night

December 13th in the 500 wing at 6p.m. Please park in the west (back) lot and enter through the back gates.

We will go over graduation requirements, program options for junior year, and post high school planning

Winter Formal

River’s Winter Formal will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2022, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Columbia River High School

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.

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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.

Graduation Items

If you were not able to pick up your graduation items, please see Bonnie in the Attendance Office. For more information click here.

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.


Yearbook Senior ads: Go to and put in school code 6590.

Ads due January 9th.

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CR Boosters Information





CR Student Pathways Center (Inside Next to Business Office)

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





APR. 17 BOARD *3rd Monday*


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!

Field Trip Scheduled

Fort Vancouver and Hudson Bay High Schools have 1/2 day magnet programs that CRHS students can attend, and planning has begun for the 2023-24 school year. Courses include: Culinary, Architecture, Construction, Environmental Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Careers in Education, and Medical Careers.

The Student Pathways Center will be taking interested students to HBHS on Tuesday, 1/17, and FVHS on Wednesday, January 18th, to tour the programs. If you would like to go on either of these field trips, please stop by the Pathways Center for a permission slip. Please note, that these slips must be returned by December 16th.

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Get your FAFSA/WASFA in!

Reminder to Seniors: get your financial aid submitted by December 31st.

A number of college applications and scholarships require you to have submitted your FAFSA or WASFA form to be considered. Even if you aren't sure what your plan is for next year, take this important step to keep your options open for when you are ready. It is far easier to have it available and not use it, than it is to need it and have it delayed due to processing.

If you have any questions, or need assistance, please stop by the Pathways Center before Winter Break.

Virtual College Fair

NACAC Virtual College Fairs are a great opportunity to connect with colleges and pursue your college dreams all from the comfort of your own home. Have a quick video chat with a rep, drop in on a virtual presentation, send a question through chat - make a connection YOUR way!

You can also check out a quick video on how it all works! We look forward to seeing you and your students at an upcoming college fair soon!

Virtual College Fair - Feb 19 Sunday, February 19, 2023 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST) More Info

Virtual College Fair - Mar 19 Sunday, March 19, 2023 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT) More Info

Virtual College Fair - Apr 23 Sunday, April 23, 2023 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT) More Info

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 - 1/3, 2/7, 3/14, 4/25, and 5/30

US Air Force/Air Guard/Space Force - 1/10, 2/14, 3/21, and 5/2

US Coast Guard - 1/17, 2/21, 3/28, and 5/9

US Navy - 12/6, 1/24, 2/28, 4/11, and 5/16

US Army/National Guard - 12/13, 1/31, 3/7, 4/18, and 5/23

ASVAB test

We host 3 testing opportunities each year - the next test date is 12/13/22 from 8-10am. If you would like to take advantage of this career exploration tool, please let Kris or Morgan know. **Open to Junior and Seniors**

Scholarship Club

Scholarship Club is held in the Pathways Center on most Thursdays after school. We provide a quiet space to work on scholarship applications, college applications, essays, etc., plus Morgan is available to answer questions.

Meeting times and dates for December:

12/15 2:15-3:15


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.