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:

CRTV -1/20/23

CR News Friday, January 20, 2023


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. We will share sign up information soon.

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

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Honor Choir

Audrey Haney, Abigayle Maitland, and Annelise McNally are participating in Honor Choir, compiled of 100 of the top singers from high schools around the SW Washington region.

Performance is Saturday February 4th at 5PM at Mountain View High School.

The International Student Alliance Club

The International Student Alliance Club (ISA) at River is excited to be starting their fund drive this week to raise money for the Newcomer Tea and Game Centers (NCT&Gs) in "Newcomer" classrooms to help support refugee students to build relationships and know that they are welcomed by the larger Vancouver School community. They have, after lengthy discussions with various stakeholders, decided to focus on the following: Three NCT&Gs; One at McLoughlin Middle School in the shared classroom and two at Fort Vancouver in the two Newcomer classroom spaces.

Each NCT&G will consist of... A rolling cabinet that can store all supplies when not in use, an electric hot water dispenser with a 40+ cup capacity, teas from around the world (based on survey) Hot Chocolate, Cups/napkins, Board games (based on survey) and a Amazon gift card to help keep it stocked. They are budgeting $400 for each NCT&G. The club is selling "I support VPS Refugee" stickers at both lunches. They are also accepting direct donations through this link. Please feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Junior Focus Week

Junior Focus Week will be 2/13-2/16 during English and History classes. Both our Student Pathways specialist and the Class Counselor, will be presenting to students about their classes, graduation needs, career goals, options, & programs.

The 4 days of presentations will help to prepare students for their future, as well as for their forecasting in March. Please make sure to ask your child throughout the week about what was presented and what they learned!


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!

Club Photos

Club photos are Wednesday Feb 1st and Thursday Feb 2nd in the Small Gym.

Here are the schedules (subject to change - so check the day before/day of)
Club/Group photos Wednesday Feb. 1st

Club/Group photos Thursday Feb. 2nd

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

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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!

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Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Council

The Washington State Department of Health is inviting young people living in Washington to apply to become an Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Council member. Council members will serve for about two years starting in 2023 and help the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Unit make key programming decisions.

We are looking for young Washingtonians ages 13-22 with internet, social media, and email access. Members will be compensated for their time.

Applications selected will center communities most impacted by health care inequities in our state. We especially encourage young people with these lived experiences to apply:

  • Experiencing visible or invisible disabilities
  • Experiences with different systems, including juvenile justice, child protective services, or foster care
  • Experience with behavioral and mental health conditions and treatment
  • Experience with chronic disease conditions and treatment
  • Feeling left out at school or experiencing challenges at school
  • From communities facing economic and/or structural barriers
  • Experience with houselessness or unstable housing
  • Struggles with access to or challenges with health care

We are accepting online applications until January 31, 2023. For more information and to apply, see the attached documents or go to Youth Engagement and the Youth Advisory Council | The application and communications materials can be found in additional languages at Translated materials |

If you have questions, please reach out to Alexis Bates, adolescent health consultant, at

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LiveSET Winter 2023 Opportunity

Join the LiveSET cohort and learn the basics of sound engineering in a venue with professionals in the field. The program is a commitment of 6 workshop sessions for a cohort of ~10 students.

After a series of informational and hands-on practice, the students take part in a sound check day with live musicians, and fully engineer a free all-ages concert that is open to the public. The concert day is an exciting day featuring musicians in collaboration with partner organization Friends of Noise. Following the concert day, students will have the chance to connect as part of Friends of Noise' team of sound professionals for continued job experience.

Winter 2023 - Session Dates

Workshops at Alberta Abbey
February 11 (10:30am-3:30pm)
February 12, 18, 19 (10am-3pm)

Sound check day at Alberta Abbey
February 25 (a time slot sometime between 10am and 4pm)

Show day at Alberta Abbey in collaboration with Friends of Noise*
February 26 (onsite from 10am to 6pm)

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Boeing 2023 Internships

Boeing is now accepting applications for our 2023 high school and community college manufacturing internships! Applications will be accepted through Feb. 6, 2023.

Students can apply at:

For more information on our 2023 manufacturing internship programs and who should apply, please see the attached flyer.

Check out more information on the Core Plus Aerospace internship below:


Promotional video:

Have questions?

Email us at

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

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 - 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 - 1/24, 2/28, 4/11, and 5/16

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

Featured Scholarships

Twin Star Credit Union Scholarship

TwinStar Credit Union is awarding fifteen $2,000 college scholarships to Seniors graduating in 2023. Deadline is March 31, 2023. Click here to submit your application.


*must be a member in good standing with TwinStar Credit Union

*applicant must submit a transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)

*submit application by 3/31/23.

Vancouver Methodist Foundation

The Foundation offers this scholarship to graduating high school seniors to help them pursue their higher education goals. Surprisingly, the number of applicants has dropped over the years; the number of scholarships available has not. This is not a church only scholarship. The Foundation remains committed to helping as many students as possible.

The completed applications are due to the Vancouver Methodist Church by April 1, 2021. Please submit your application, essay, personal resume, scanned transcript and scanned letters of recommendation to: or printed out and mailed to First United Methodist Church , 401 East 33rd St., Vancouver, WA 98663. The scholarship amount is $1250.

**If you would like a paper copy, please stop by the Pathways Center**


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.