Columbia River Weekly Newsletter

September 3, 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

A message from the Principal

Please see below for a video message from the Principal: updates on safety, parking information for The Class of 22 & 23, and a few comments on the start up of our 2021-2022 school year.
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COVID Safety - What to expect at River to start the school year

As we get closer to the school year, we are updating the ‘River Playbook;’ similar to last year’s version. Here is similar information - River Playbook Slides. Here are some key points to know about Columbia River:

  • We will be on a regular 6 period schedule with all students back in the building!

  • Masks are required for everyone who comes into the school and social distancing is expected when possible.

  • Students will be 3 ft apart whenever possible. Teachers will remain 6 ft whenever possible.

  • All classrooms will have seating charts.

  • We will be back to eating lunch in the commons and courtyards.

  • At this time, we are no longer doing attestations or temperature checks.

  • Many COVID/School questions can be found on the district’s FAQ Page

Safe and Healthy Classrooms Update

The school district will be posting specific COVID-19 case notifications on our website, You can find the information on the bottom right of the page. The district will be doing the same thing on the district website through the VPS COVID Dashboard. Additionally, here is a link to the district’s detailed health and safety plan.


Go to the 2021-2022 Playbook to learn more about important procedures for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Sports and Activities: September 13, 2021

Students will have the opportunity to investigate Sports and Activities offered at River: sign up for sports and activities and apply to form new clubs. More information to come.

Assembly Schedule

We will be on an assembly schedule on 9/10/2021 for class meetings

School Supplies

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

Picture Make-Up Day

Our rescheduled Picture Day will be on Wednesday, 9/8/2021. Pictures will be taken during lunches, students will follow a schedule by alpha for periods 5 and 6. Staff photo will be taken at 2:15.


Note - The football game against Skyview is Saturday, September 4th at 7:00 PM. This was changed from the 3rd. Ticket gate will be in place.

Schedules are mostly set, but there have been a few changes. ArbiterLive is becoming very reliable for up-to-date scheduling.

Schedules by Team

Schedules by Calendar

Girls Swim Schedule (Their schedule does not show up on ArbiterLive)

Job Opening - We had so many athletes join our Cross Country team that we are adding an additional coach! We plan on a quick turn around, so please apply if you are interested.

Cross Country Job Posting

Some common questions we have been getting:

Are we charging an entrance fee to games?

Yes - all JV and Varsity games at Columbia River and Kiggins will have an entry fee (Football, Soccer, Volleyball) - $6 for adults / $4 for kids

How many spectators can come?

As many as show up!

Are there COVID restrictions?

Yes - Masks are required indoors. As of today, there will be no indoor concessions. Masks are not required outdoors. There will be pre-packaged concessions only for some events.

The school district is required to follow all state and local guidelines. Below are links to detailed state documents that we have to follow:

WA K-12 COVID Requirements for schools

WA COVID Requirements for athletics

Are there construction restrictions?

Yes - the grandstands at the stadium are still under construction. Please bring a chair and sit outside of the track. Parking is open in the west lot by the new 500 wing! If the main lot is full, you can now park on the other side of the school.

How can I support athletic programs?

Join the CR Booster Club!

Booster Website

Booster Membership Form

New Logo Information

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

Curriculum and Classrooms

  1. Where can I find the school readiness / School Supply list? The VPS website has school supply lists for all schools - Supply List link here
  2. Which lunch will I have? Where can I find information about breakfast/lunch? Lunch is determined by 4th Period class. Students with a 4A class will have 4th period class, followed by Lunch. Students with a 4B class will have Lunch first, followed by 4th period. We will have lists of Lunches by Teacher posted throughout the building. This year Breakfast and Lunch will be free for all students (during the 2021-22 school year).

  3. Who can I talk to about a schedule change or questions I have like: “what if I am missing a class or assigned to the wrong class”?

    Students and Families should contact their grade level counselor for schedule questions. Schedules are created based on requests made by students/families in the Spring of 2021.

  4. Where can I find out information about the bus and parking on campus? Bus information can be found under the “Our School” section on the CRHS Website. Parking information and Parking Permit request forms will be available through the Attendance Office ~ Bonnie Womack will distribute forms after August 31..

Remodel Photo Update

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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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Watch out for a special Senior Information Newsletter coming the week of 9/7/21.

Monday Clark Question Hour

Check out this overview video from Clark College, showcasing the programs offered and information on how to enroll. Q&A Sessions available via Zoom on Mondays 3-4pm beginning September 13th. Click here to enter the meeting.

Apprenticeship Program Opportunity

Interested in a program that will work toward an Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship? You do not need to be a current Cascadia Tech student to apply, however, you must be 16 or older. See flyer below. Cascadia will be having an information session on Thursday, September 9 from 4:00-5:30 PM.
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Trade School Open House

Are you more of a hands-on learner? Perry Tech might be the right fit for you. They are holding a virtual open house on September 15th from 4-5pm. See flyer below for more information.
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Women In Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Careers

This roll-up-your-sleeves event is designed specifically for women to learn about the exciting career opportunities that are available in advanced manufacturing and mechanical. You will preview each program in our industry-standard labs and participate in hands-on activities led by Clark College professors. Get your questions answered and explore the fulfilling careers that women can have in the Automotive, Diesel, and Welding fields. We look forward to having you on campus! Explore the exciting opportunities for you in these fields: Automotive, Diesel, and Welding Clark College expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal in its programs and activities. Learn more at If you need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, you should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-992-0901 VP, as soon as possible. Closed-toe shoes and long jean pants are required; long-sleeved shirts are recommended. Safety goggles will be provided.

RSVP here.

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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.