March 26, 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

Mascot Update & Next Steps for Students

Dear River:

I am pleased to announce that we are ready for a student vote on the next step in our mascot change. We have four approved options and two rounds of voting ahead. I have provided a step by step procedure for student input in the video introduction for our community as well as a document linked below to show you all the steps ahead.

I look forward to your feedback and comment. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns:


Alex Otoupal, Principal/Head of School

March Mascot Update and Next Steps

CRTV for March 26th

CRTV March 26

ReModel Updates & Parking

Beep! Beep!! Some good news for the Class of 2023

We are happy to report that we have settled on parking assignments for River Faculty, the Class of ‘21 and the Class of ‘22.

After two weeks with two different cohorts parking on/ near campus we have plenty of evidence we can pull this off by “parking harmoniously”. Thanks to everyone for the flexibility.

We have done so well, we have carved out a bit of room for the Class of 23!

Sophomores, we have a limited number of spaces to assign for students in the Class of 2023 who have a need to legally drive and want to demonstrate this milestone by driving to/from River.

The spaces are off campus only. Messiah Lutheran and Eisenhower Elementary - both more than a six minute walk from our campus have partnered with us during our construction and remodel. Be reminded no off campus passes will be issued to 9th or 10th grade students.

The only time you will be able to be in the parking lots are 6:45 AM and at dismissal between 1:05 and 1:45. All 9th and 10th grade students will remain on campus during the academic day (Security is checking daily for off campus passes).

Our first steps in offering this privilege is to complete a needs assessment. The members of the Class of 2023 will receive and email regarding parking needs this weekend.

Please drive safely!

Planning Ahead for Conferences:

2 Hour Early Release Schedule on April 15, 2021
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Did you complete forecasting?

Forecasting was DUE March 23rd.

If you haven't completed yours, please reach out to your counselor.


Class of 2025 (also current Class of 2021) - Alexis Bruce,

Class of 2024 - Ashley Thurber,

Class of 2023- Rachael Howington,

Class of 2022 - Jennifer Waller,

Athletics Update

Fall Sports Wrap Up

Congrats to our fall sports teams for successful (short) seasons! Here is how each team ended up:

Cross Country: Boys were league champions and placed third at districts! Congrats to Coach Scott Jones and the boys team! Girls ran hard all year and sent 5 runners to districts.


Football: Played a 5 game season and finished 3-2 with very close losses to Hockinson and Washougal.

Boys Golf: League and District Champions! Congrats to Coach David Long and the Boys Golf Team!

Slow Pitch Softball: League Champions! Congrats to Coach Marc Hacault and the Slow Pitch Team!

Girl’s Soccer: In the most competitive league in the state, the girls finished second in league and third at districts!

Boy’s Tennis: League co-champions! Congrats to Coach Jim Sevall and the Boys Tennis Team!

Volleyball: The girl’s finished second in league and fifth at districts!

Spring Sports:

Spring sports started this week, and the first competition will be Softball tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 PM at VGSA! Spectators this spring will depend on the event location. Based on the Department of Health Guidelines all River home events (baseball, soccer, tennis) will be allowed to have 2 spectators for each home and away athlete. We will not have not to do attestations or pre-set lists ahead of time. Spectators need to sit in their family groups, wear masks at all times, and stay 6 feet away from the closest group.

Winter Sports:

Winter sports will start on May 3rd. We have the OK to compete in all sports!!!

Open gyms have started for both Boys and Girls basketball. For more information, please contact the head coaches:

Boys Basketball: David Long:

Girls Basketball: Jesse Norris:

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Join the Spring Forward CRHS Fundraiser 5k!

What: The Spring Forward CRHS Fundraiser 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk, a virtual run to fundraise for the CR Boosters

When: March 27th - April 2nd

Where: Salmon Creek Trail, or anywhere you want

Who: Students, parents, and anyone else who wants to participate can participate, or simply donate without running/walking

Why: Support the CR Boosters -- help get new equipment for sports, make a new 'chip trail' and to get an awesome t-shirt, as well as a sticker! You can also participate without donating if you would like.

Extra Details: This run/walk is totally flexible based on how you want to participate! You could either run the set up course at the Salmon Creek Trail or run your own course of the same distance. This also means that you can run at any time during the week from March 27 to April 2. Times will be submitted online, but you can also run/walk casually as well.

To sign up for the fundraiser:

For questions email:

AVID is recruiting!

An AVID student:

  • Is determined to succeed in high school and beyond

  • Benefits from strong staff and peer relationships

  • Has the desire and ability to take advantage of rigorous courses at River

  • May possibly face hardships or barriers to accessing education and opportunities

If you know a freshman or sophomore who fit these criteria, please share their names with us using this form.

Cascadia Tech has re-opened their applications!

Cascadia Tech is still accepting applications for most programs. Space is limited and it is on a first come first serve basis. The programs that are full at this time are: Business and Construction. If you are interested in anything else you will probably get in. If you are interested in those two still apply and you will be put on the waiting list. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Apply Today

Cascadia Tech Academy Mandatory Orientation for 2021-2022 Students

If you accepted admission to Cascadia Technical Academy, you need to attend a mandatory orientation. All orientations for the 2021-2022 school year will be virtual.

Orientation is mandatory for the student and one parent. Please choose either May 25th or May 27th at 6-7:30 PM. All program instructors will be sending out Zoom or Google Meet invitations to your email. All students outside of Evergreen Public Schools will need to use a personal device.

Clark College Professional Technical Days

Did you know that you don't have to attend 4 years of college to get a great job!? Professional-Technical schooling is one way to get hands-on experience in a specific career field that doesn't require a lot of additional schooling, but still gives you access to great jobs with competitive wages. At the Clark College Professional-Technical Days event students get to explore Clark College’s Professional-Technical program options, most of which can be completed in 1-2 years.

This year’s events will be organized loosely by theme, which we hope will guide students to sign up based on their academic and career interests.

All four events will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:00pm. The four dates and themes are:

· April 21: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

· April 28: Health Care

· May 5: Business, Culinary, & Early Childhood Education

· May 12: Advanced Manufacturing & Mechanical

More information on how to register is coming soon! Save the date.

Thinking About College? Attend the one of the NACAC College Fairs!

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.


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. You may contact any of the following people at 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA, 98661, or by writing to them at VPS, PO Box 8937, Vancouver, WA 98668-8937 or by calling 360-313-1000: ADA & Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator––; Title VII, 504–; IDEA–; Title IX Elementary–; Athletic Equity & Title IX Secondary– 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.