October 8, 2020

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Columbia River High School

800 NW 99th ST.

Vancouver WA 98665


Principal - Alex Otoupal

Associate Principal/Curriculum - Rob Duncan

Associate Principal/Activities - Ken Roberts

Associate Principal/Athletic Director - Nick Davies


Dear Columbia River Students and Families,

Fall Conferences will be scheduled online. River teachers will be holding conferences using Zoom.

Conferences will be held on Thursday 10/15 from 2:30-4:30 and 5:00-7:00 pm, and on Friday 10/16 from 7:30 -11:30 am. Conferences will be 15 minutes per scheduled meeting; prior to your scheduled conference, you will be in a “waiting room.” To schedule your preferred time for a parent-teacher conference please take the following steps:

  1. Go to

  2. Click on the name of your child’s teacher.

  3. Select the desired date/time for your conference by clicking on “Sign Up.”

  4. Submit the requested information.

After you schedule a conference online, the date and time are reserved for you. If you entered your email address correctly, you will receive email confirmation of your conference. Your email confirmation will include a link to change or cancel your conference if that is needed.

On the day of your conference use the Teacher Zoom Link page to find your conference link. The Teacher Zoom Link list will also be available on the CRHS website.

All participants will start in the waiting room and teachers will admit at the scheduled conference time.

Again, conferences will be limited to 15 minutes. If a longer meeting time is needed, please schedule for another time. Our remote learning schedule allows for these meetings to take place during “office hours.” You will find much more specific information on each teacher’s Canvas landing page.

If you need help signing up, please watch this video:

If you are unable to sign up for a time and date online, please contact our school office at 360-313-3900 and we will help get your conference scheduled.

If you would like this document read to you please call:

Если Вы хотите, чтобы Вам прочитали этот документ, пожалуйста, позвоните по телефону: 360-936-9574

Si desea que le lean este documento en español, favor llamar al: 360-518-8494

Please click here to request an interpreter for parent teacher conferences.

Haga clic aquí para solicitar un intérprete para la conferencia de maestros y padres.

Пожалуйста, нажмите здесь, чтобы запросить переводчика для родительских конференций с учителями

We look forward to connecting with you all very soon.


Alex Otoupal

Head of School

Athletics Update

Athletics may return (in very limited groups) on Monday, October 5th. There are very specific procedures that must be followed and are non-negotiable as we inch our way back together. You can find more information in this letter about athletics.

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Teacher In-service Day

Teachers will be in statewide in-service/professional development on Friday, October 9th. Reminder that there will be no classes on Friday, October 9th.

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56th Volume of the Tyee Annual Yearbook

Good news on the 56th Volume of the Tyee Annual Yearbooks. Pre-ordered copies of the 2019-2020 Yearbook will be available for pickup on Wednesday, October 7th from 3-6 pm. We will be using a drive-up format in the East parking lot. We will be sending out email notifications to all students who pre-ordered.

If you did not not purchase a copy of the 2019-2020 Yearbook and would like to buy one, they are now available. Online sales will be open 10/2 - 10/16/20. Purchases made before 10/7/20 will be available for pickup on 10/7. Purchases made between 10/7 and 10/16 will be available for pickup on 10/19/20. Online Sales information here. Remember this is for the 2019-2020 Yearbook only.

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Newly Added College, Trades, and Military Virtual Visits!

We're excited to announce several college, trades, and military visits coming to you virtually!

Click the links below to pre-register for virtual college visits that sound interesting to you. You must pre-register to attend!

We have listed all October visits below. If you would like to check out visits scheduled for November/December, see our blog post with the most up-to-date scheduled visits. If you don't see a college or trade on the list that you'd like to hear from, reach out and let us know! We will get it scheduled for you.

Wednesday, 9/30

Washington State University Pullman, 8:30 AM

Wednesday, 10/7

Military Branches, 8:00 AM

Pacific University Oregon, 10:30 AM

Portland Community College, 11:30 AM

Oregon State University, 1:30 PM

Thursday, 10/8

Clark College, 12:10 PM

Tuesday, 10/13

Trade Tuesday: Electrical Apprenticeships, 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 10/14

Gonzaga University, 8:00 AM

Whitworth University, 10:30 AM

University of Portland, 11:15 AM

Western Oregon University, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, 10/20

Washington State University Vancouver, 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 10/21

Seattle University, 8:30 AM

California Lutheran University, 10:30 AM

Southern Oregon University, 11:15 AM

Azusa Pacific University, 11:30 AM

Central Washington University, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, 10/27

Trade Tuesday: Cement Masons, 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 10/28

University of Oregon, 8:30 AM

Grand Canyon University, 10:30 AM

Western Washington University, 11:30 AM

Eastern Oregon University, 1:30 PM

Office Hours for Seniors

Are you a senior needing support in completing a college application, applying for a scholarship, figuring out what apprenticeship might be right for you, or are just confused all together about what happens after high school? Visit us during our office hours on Wednesday from 9:30-10:30. Click this link to register and receive the Zoom link to attend.

Financial Aid Opens October 1st!

Did you know that on October 1st the FAFSA and WASFA open up for application? The FAFSA/WASFA are financial aid applications that can help you pay for university, community college, trade or technical school. These applications are completely free to fill out and could result in you getting money to cover the cost of college!

These applications might get you:

  • Grants -- free money towards school that you don't have to pay back!
  • Work Study -- an opportunity for a job on campus that works with your school schedule
  • Scholarships -- the school you are attending may require that you complete the FAFSA or WASFA application to consider you for scholarships
  • Subsidized loans -- loans you can take out that do not collect interest while you are attending college (in other words, you don't have to pay on them until you graduate)
  • Unsubsidized loans - a last resort, but a loan that does collect interest throughout your time in college

You can't complete the FAFSA application until October 1st, but you can get yourself ready by doing these 2 things:

  1. Create an FSA ID -- you AND your parent will both need an ID
  2. Have your parents' 2019 taxes and w2s (if you worked in 2019, you need your taxes too!)

Should I complete the FAFSA or the WASFA?

  • If you are a US citizen and have a social security number, you should complete the FAFSA
  • If you are not a US citizen, you complete the WASFA
  • If your parents are not US citizens, but you are a US citizen, you complete the FAFSA
  • Still unsure which application you should complete? Use this quick questionnaire to help you decide.

SENIORS: Join us for Financial Aid Fridays!

Join us each Friday in October for different support completing your financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA)! Overviews of each of the events are below; check our newsletter next week for links to register and more details about time and accessing events.

October 2nd, Financial Aid Friday Drive-Thru Edition: Join us for a drive-thru at CR to pick up packets that will support you in taking your next step after high school! Packets will include tips and info on completing the FAFSA/WASFA, the college application process, apprenticeship/trade options, military information, and other great tools you can use in your planning! More details to come... check your emails on Tuesday next week for timing and procedure!

October 9th, Financial Aid Friday with CollegeBound Expert, Kurt Reeser: Join us virtually for a presentation from Kurt Reeser about the FAFSA/WAFSA, paying for college, and how to access CollegeBound grants.

October 16th, Fill it Out Friday! Join us on a virtual Zoom session for any questions you have run into while trying to complete your FAFSA/WASFA.

October 23rd, Financial Aid Friday with WSUV's Kim McDougall: You don't have to be planning to attend WSUV to get a lot out of this presentation! Kim McDougall is an expert in all things financial aid and will talk with you about what comes next after completing the FAFSA/WASFA.

October 30th, Fill it Out Friday! Join us on a virtual Zoom session for any questions you have run into while trying to complete your FAFSA/WASFA.

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Did you know that there are many local scholarships that go unawarded each year because no one applies!? Just by completing a scholarship application, you have great chances of receiving that money! Check out our website for the most up-to-date local scholarships! We update this list regularly. If you need help completing an application, or need someone to proofread your essays, reach out! We're here to help!


Did you know that each year you have required lessons to complete for your High School and Beyond Plan? Did you know that the High School and Beyond Plan is a requirement to graduate? These lessons should help you start to think about what you want to do after high school!

To complete these lessons, you should log into ClassLink and find the Xello app. Click on that and complete the lessons that correspond to your grade level:

9th Grade:

  • Getting Experience

10th Grade:

  • Workplace Skills and Attitudes
  • Program Prospects

11th Grade:

  • Goals & Plans
  • Choosing a College or University
  • Job Interviews
  • Resume

12th Grade:

  • Goals & Plans
  • Financial Aid
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Resume
  • Job Interviews (if not completed in junior year)

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

Remember that if you are requesting a transcript to be sent to a college, you should request that transcript through Xello. Transcript requests will be filled every Monday.

If you are using Common App for your college application, you should also request letters of recommendation through Xello.

If you need directions on how to do any of these things, check out these videos:

Instructions on how to request a transcript through Xello

Video on how students integrate common app with Xello

Video on how students request documents for Common App

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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.


Our Child Nutrition Program will return to charging for daily meals using student PINs (issued at registration) once the Fall 2020-2021 school year begins on September 1, 2020. Students can receive free or reduced price meals by applying and qualifying for the National School Lunch Program (see below). Any enrolled student can also purchase a meal using their student meal account.

During Distance Learning, grab-and-go meals will be available for pick-up, Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Serving sites for the Vancouver School District, beginning September 1, 2020:

· Anderson Elementary, 2215 NE 104th St.

· Fruit Valley Elementary, 3410 NW Fruit Valley Rd.

· Ogden Elementary, 3200 NE 86th Ave.

· Roosevelt Elementary, 2921 Falk Rd.

· Washington Elementary, 2908 S. St.

· Discovery Middle School, 800 E. 40th St.

· Jason Lee Middle School, 8500 NW 9th Ave.

· McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd.

Whether you are renewing an application or applying for the first time, we encourage you to fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application:

· English

· Spanish

· Russian

A new application must be completed each school year.

Find additional Child Nutrition information on our website at


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.