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 - November 18th

CRTV Nov 18

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!


The Columbia River National Honor Society is putting on a Rummage Sale fundraiser today, Friday, 11/18 during both lunches AND after school in the Media Center!

What is a rummage sale?

Your peers and community members have donated used clothes they no longer need... AND NOW THEY CAN BE YOURS!

For $5, students can come and fill a bag with whatever donated items they'd like. This way, we can recycle and reuse.

When: Friday 11/18 - Both lunches and after school

Where: Media Center

Cost: $5 to fill a bag

Other Info: Please bring your own reusable bag if you can!

International Baccalaureate - Columbia River Information

IB Exam Registrations are now closed!

If you missed the deadline, please see Mrs. Nygaard in the Counseling center during 2nd lunch, before school or after school. You may still register, but you may need to pay a fee for registering.

Upcoming IB Meetings

IB Senior/Junior Social

November 18, 2022

6 - 9 pm

Location: Lower Commons

Any senior or junior who is taking at least one IB class is invited to attend this event.

Sophomore Parent Night

December 13th in the Lower Commons at 6p.m.

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.

Winter Holiday Fund Drive

Teachers and staff are participating in a Winter Holiday Fund Drive. Departments and staff are competing to see who can raise the most money. This fund drive is also open to the whole community. Simply click on this link to support our efforts.

Holiday Help Needed

We have many families/students at Columbia River High School needing holiday assistance.

If you are interested in helping by adopting a family or student this holiday season, please contact Echo Moran-Prince at 360-313- 3840.

Student Shout Out

Ashton Jiang (9th Grade student) participated in the Cyber Patriot competition this year. With his contribution, Team TitanTortoises advanced to Platinum Tier (Nation’s Top 30% out of 2,092 Open Division teams).

Team TitanTortoises Roster: (Global #116, OR #4)

  • Jerry Zhong: 9th Grade Westview High School
  • Anya Li: 9th Grade International School of Beaverton
  • Derek Zhao: 8th Grade Willamette Valley Academy
  • Mandy Chang: 7th Grade Shahala Middle School
  • Nathan Chen: 11th Grade Camas High School
  • Ashton Jiang: 9th Grade Columbia River High School

According to his coach, this season (which started in August, 2022), Ashton demonstrated gracious professionalism, intellectual curiosity, perseverance, collaboration and a fun spirit. The competition was organized by US Air Force Academy. This is the 15th year of the event. Total participation teams across the world this year are 3,439 teams, Open Division 2,092 teams.

The competition subjects include the below defense of the systems:

  • Windows
  • Windows Server
  • Linux
  • Cisco Networking

Ashton specializes in Cisco Networking and serves as Vice President of Networking. This is his rookie year of learning Cisco Networking. Ashton’s team ranked #4 in Oregon and #116 amongst the 2,092 teams in Open Division.

State Test Results

Results for state testing will be sent home next week. The results are from the Spring 2022 testing session. Students in grade 10 participated in the ELA and Math SBA. Students in grade 11 participated in the WCAS (Science) assessment. Results will be handed out to students to bring home to share with families.

More information about assessment scores is available here: State Test Results Letter ; Carta de resultados

Winter Sports News

  • Winter Sports Registration is open! Click here to register your student-athlete:
  • Mark your calendars! Our Winter Sports Night will be held Monday, November 21st @ 7:00 PM in J. Hoover Gym! This is mandatory for the parents/guardians of all Winter Sports Student-Athletes! Following our general session, we will break out into individual team meetings. We look forward to working in collaboration with you all for a successful Winter Sports season! Go RAPIDS!!!
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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.

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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.

Senior Photos Due on 11/30/22

Senior photos are due 11/30/22.


  • Plain/neutral background preferred
  • Full face view, facing forward
  • Clothing and jewelry must fit school dress code guidelines
  • No creative filters or photographic treatments
  • No weapons or hand signs of any kind

Use the QR code to the right to upload photos.


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

Ads due January 9th.

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







Spirit Gear will be available at FALL River events: (Freshman Orientation, Curriculum Night, and Athletic Events) See prices/choices here:

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

Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering (ASE)

ASE typically offers about 110 internships each year. Mentor partners vary but usually fall under one of the following general disciplines: Biology, Health or Medicine, Earth or Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. Starting in early January, ASE will update position descriptions as mentors submit them.

Interns contribute to one or more projects at the mentor’s organization throughout the summer. Interns complete 296 internship hours with their mentor between June and late August.

Interested students can learn more about the application process by visiting our website or watching our virtual info session here:

Important Dates in 2023 Application Cycle:

January 9th - Application window opens

January 17th - Virtual Info Session

January 28th - Virtual Info Session

February 1st - Virtual Info Session

March 3rd - Application closes at 11:59 pm

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

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Application Workshop and Info Session

The workshop this week was a success! Clark, WSU, and University of Idaho had reps here and were able to answer questions and help students apply.

Our next workshop will be December 7th. There are 11 schools signed up to attend - Univ. of AZ, EWU, WOU, and many more. Please sign up here if you would like to attend.

Apprenticeship Info Session

Are you interested in an apprenticeship? Students can participate in the next Quarterly Information Session hosted by the union apprenticeship coordinators. It’s Dec 2 at 9:30. No pre-registration required, it’s a drop in opportunity. For more information, click here.

CWU On-the-spot admissions

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our Virtual On the Spot Admissions Appointments starting this week! The goal of these individual appointments is to provide a fast and transparent admissions process for your students where we can admit and celebrate with seniors on the spot! Not only are these events enjoyable for us, but they also create a positive and exciting experience regarding college applications for your students.

During their Virtual “On the Spot Admissions” appointment your seniors will be able to:

· Complete their application

o We will waive their application fee- woohoo!

· Receive an immediate evaluation of their high school transcripts

· Receive an offer of admissions, if eligible

· Celebrate with their CWU Admissions Representative!

Eligibility Requirements for CWU “On the Spot Admissions”:

· Students with a 3.0+ GPA and have met CADRs* will be automatically admitted!

· Students with a 2.5-2.99 GPA must meet CADRs* and provide a personal statement that adequately addresses all 3 prompts on our application.

o **CADRs are “College Academic Distribution Requirements” these classes required for college admission at any Washington State University.

Students below a 2.5 GPA:

· Students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.5 are not eligible to participate in this event but are highly encouraged to apply to CWU through the regular admissions process.

· Please encourage these students to schedule an admissions appointment with one of our counselors if they’d like someone on one to help with the application or with questions regarding admissions requirements

Below you will find a list of things students will need to make their appointment a success!

· Access to a laptop

· Unofficial High School Transcript - uploaded upon registration

· Completed personal statement if below a cumulative 3.0 GPA

o Uploaded with application or sent to our office before appointment

· Current class schedule - uploaded upon registration

· High School Counselor name and contact information

Registration link for “On the Spot Admissions” Appointment Here!

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

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 - 11/15, 1/3, 2/7, 3/14, 4/25, and 5/30

US Air Force/Air Guard/Space Force - 11/22, 1/10, 2/14, 3/21, and 5/2

US Coast Guard - 11/29, 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 November and December:

11/17 2:15-3:15

12/1 2:15-3:15

12/8 2:15-3:15

12/15 2:15-3:15

Featured Scholarship

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Scholarship

Each year Samsung asks public school students across the nation to dream, develop, and build solutions to problems facing their communities. For more information, click here. Deadline 11/29/22.

Stephen J Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship

A program that recognizes student innovation and youth-led solutions to fight hunger in the U.S. These young people are creating awareness and mobilizing peers in their communities to be catalysts for change. The scholarship awardees comprise a wide variety of students, ages 5 to 25, who are recognized at the national level and hail from across the country. A program that recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in the U.S. For more information, click here. Deadline is 12/5/22.


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.