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:


CR Weekly News Friday, March 10

IB Art Exhibition Week and Opening Night

During the week of March 20-24th Senior IB Visual Artists will have on display their best collection of art works from 2 years of study in the Black Box for public viewing during school hours.

In addition, all are invited to the Opening Night Celebration from 6-8 on Tuesday, March 21st where you will be able to meet the artists and join in celebration of a job well done!

If you have any questions contact Mr. Phelps at or Ms. Keiser at



March is the time for forecasting. All counselors will be out helping students in grades 9-11 this month for 2 days each. Again, we will be going over transcripts and 4 year plans and then we will have them fill out a forecasting form for parents to see at home. The next day we will be directing students to input their courses into Xello. Schedules will not be built until August but this is the kick off event to see what students need and want. The dates we're forecasting are below.

  • March 14th & 15th - Gr 11
  • March 16th & 17th - Gr 9
  • March 21st & 22nd - Gr 10

Additionally, we will have a parent forecasting night for questions.

  • March 28th, 6pm via Zoom (link will be provided closer to the event)


Tuileisu "Tee" Anderson - Gr 9

Kirin Casteel - Gr 10 (long term sub, through June, is Reid Watterau)

Jennifer Waller - Gr 11

Rachael Howington - Gr 12

CRTV Sports Crew

Last week, several students from CR’s Sports Crew went to the Tacoma Dome to be a part of the broadcast team for the state basketball championship tournament.

The crew broadcast over 60 games, working more than 60 hours to complete the monstrous task over 3 days. They worked alongside other VPS students and a team from Richland High School.

The CR Sports Crew was AJ Ferguson, Ethan Reyes, Derrick Ruggles, Michael Ryan, Marcus Vela, Ethan Wolfe, and an additional student who helped out was Jean Hallderson.

Good job putting on a great show Rapids!

IB Forecasting/Planning Information Night

IB Forecasting/Planning Information Night for current freshmen and sophomores only who want to do the IB diploma program or the IB career-related program.

Date: March 21, 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the CRHS Gallery.

IB Exam Registration Update

Any junior or senior that registered for an IB exam in May 2023, may not drop or change their IB subjects at the semester without incurring a fee of $119 per IB course. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Julie Nygaard,

School Day SAT for 11th Grade - March 22, 2023

Columbia River will again host the School Day SAT, an optional college entrance assessment, for interested 11th grade students. The SAT is offered FREE of charge, and will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 during the regular school day. 11th grade students who wish to participate will need to sign up.

Please use this School Day SAT Sign Up form to register. The deadline to register is Friday, February 24, 2023.

Many students who take the SAT spend some time practicing before the exam. Free practice is available from Khan Academy (

Info for test prep

Students can access free ACT, SAT and other test prep resources through our partnership with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library. To get to their materials, students can go to the Learning Express Library:

Every student has a free digital login. The username is: 98661000 + their student ID number. Their password is their birthday year, ie 2005.


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

Knowledge Bowl

The CRHS Varsity Knowledge Bowl Team clinched 2nd place in the 2A regional finals last week and are on their way to the state championships today in Wenatchee!


There will be an assembly on 3/17/2023. It is also a spirit day. Wear green!

There will be an assembly on 3/24/2023.

Spring Dance is on Saturday 3/25/2023. If students are inviting a guest, please have guest passes turned in by 3/22/2023. Here is the pass.

Endo What?

Endometriosis (Endo) affects 1 in 10 people born female; up to 200 million worldwide. What is

it? Endometriosis is tissue similar to the lining of the uterus found elsewhere in the body. Why is

it important? It can cause painful periods, nausea, vomiting migraines, constipation, diarrhea,

and much more. Students and adults miss time from school, work, sports and other

extracurricular activities.

The documentary Endo What? directed by Shannon Cohn examines and gives insight into the

many facets of endo, its treatments and management skills for this debilitating and

misunderstood disease.

Join us for this 55 minute viewing of the documentary Endo What? to

learn more about this disease and how it affects people worldwide. Details below:

- Where? Media Center

- When? 2:15-3:30 on Thursday March 30th

- Sign up forms and more information coming soon


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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.

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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.

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

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!

Family Outreach Events for Financial Aid

Understanding Financial Aid Offers

Make sense of financial aid offers from colleges and learn how to use uAspire's College Cost Calculator to compare the total costs of attending different colleges.

Tue, Mar 14 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT

Mon, Mar 27 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT

To sign up for this presentation, please click here.

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Volunteer Opportunity

Lakeshore Elementary School Carnival on Saturday, March 18th. If you would like to volunteer at this event, sign up here.

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

Family Event at Anderson Elementary on Thursday, April 27th. The Dual Language program at Anderson Elementary is looking for volunteers to help set up and take down, as well as various activities throughout the event. There are 2 shifts - 3:30-5:00pm and 5:00-6:30pm. If you are interested, please email Meriba Diaz at

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Upcoming Field Trips

If you are interested in any of these field trips, please stop by the Pathways Center for a permission slip.

Tuesday, April 18 - Clark College Career & Technical Programs Showcase - permission slips due by 4/10/23.

Friday, April 21 - NW College of Construction Program Tour - permission slips due by 4/14/23

Tuesday, May 2 - Clark College Campus Tour - permission slips due by 4/25/23

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 - 3/14, 4/25, and 5/30

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

US Coast Guard - 3/28, and 5/9

US Navy - 4/11, and 5/16

US Army/National Guard - 3/7, 4/18, and 5/23

Featured Scholarships

Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE)

The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarship was created by the Legislature in 1984 to help emphasize the importance of career and technical education, and the value of real-world, hands-on learning.

WAVE recognizes high-performing career and technical education (CTE) students at both the high school and college level. There are up to 147 potential award winners each year. This year’s application deadline is March 17. For more information and application, click here.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest

The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may express their newfound knowledge by drawing, paintinAny K-12 student attending public, private or homeschool in the United States and the U.S. Territories is eligible to enter, as long as you are a U.S. Citizen, resident alien, or national (a social security number, Green Card or Visa will be required for all Best of Show winners).g or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Submit your Junior Duck Stamp entry to your state contest by the state's deadline. All entries must be postmarked by March 15. For more information, please click here.

Louie Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school seniors and students who will be attending a college or university in the United States as a freshman during the 2023-2024 academic year. Applicants should have demonstrated outstanding personal achievements, academic merit, leadership qualities and/or community service. Special consideration will be noted for applicants:

* who have parents that are United States veterans or are currently in the U.S. military;

* with a demonstrated financial need; or

* with parents who did not attend college

For more information and requirements, please click here. Deadline is 3/17/23.

AFA Teen Alzheimer's Awareness Scholarship

AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship provides educational funding to college-bound high school seniors who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Applicants are asked to write an essay (1,500 word maximum) or submit a video no more than 4 minutes long, describing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned.

The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners up. More than $350,000 in college scholarships have been awarded since the program’s inception. For eligibility requirements and link to application, please click here. Deadline is 4/1/23.

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

Boeing Portland Tech Prep Open House

Thursday, March 16th @ 6:30pm

Tech Prep Open House is an excellent opportunity for interested students and their parent/guardian to visit our training facility and learn more about the 2023 Boeing Portland Student Development paid learning opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.

Please see the flyer below for details on the Open House and how to register to attend. Space is limited.

Visit our website for more information on all of our student programs and how to apply!

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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.