Columbia River Weekly Newsletter

October 1, 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

News from the Principal

Don’t Forget: Next Week’s Bell Schedule:

We are on a special schedule Monday, October 4, 2021. This will be our first Early Release/Rapid Response Monday. Also, note that there are no classes on Friday, October 8, 2021. Friday is a Professional Learning Day for VPS and Staffulty will be in Equity, Social/Emotional and Technology workshops.

ReModel Updates: The 500 Wing is open for business!

Robert Russell is now in Room 500

Chris Molyneux is now in Room 501

Corey Mowrey is now in Room 502

Kassondra Young is now in Room 503

Jennifer Johnson is now in Room 504

Lisa Cavola-Chilcote is now in Room 505

Naveed Eshragh is now in Room 506

Jordan Rabin & DeWayne Patterson are now in Room 507

In other news, on October 8, we will close the West Parking lot for a fresh coat of striping and numbering of the parking spaces. This means we are getting closer to finalizing parking assignments for River Faculty, the Class of 22 and the class of 23.

Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding of these temporary adjustments. When these projects are all finished, this campus will be amazing! Our students deserve it!


Alex Otoupal

Early Release Mondays and Rapid Response: River’s Academic Support Efforts

More information on our Early Release Mondays - Here is a link to all of the details - including the year long schedule.

The “LowDown” on Homecoming 2021

Columbia River’s Leadership/ASB Class is amazing. They have worked to ensure that we honor the traditions of our annual homecoming assembly and dance in a COVID Safe 2021 version. They are so groovy.

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The Triumphant Return of CRTV: Season 58; Episode 1

CRTV Friday Oct 1 2021

State Testing and Schedule

State Testing Information and our Wednesday Schedule (Follow the 2-hour late start schedule for Wednesday’s Testing Schedule)


A big shout out to senior, Daniel Barna, from the cross country team! Daniel was named one of the WIAA Athletes of the Week!

We have had some schedule changes. Continue to check ArbiterLive for the most accurate information. Now that it has started raining, there will be many rainouts for tennis and slow pitch softball. Additionally, due to official shortages, we have moved the times/dates of some varsity football games.

Interested in Winter Sports? FamilyID will open up soon. Until then, please reach out to a head coach if you have any questions. Here is our head coach contact information list.

Clubs and Activities

New club applications are due on October 8, 2021. Students can access all the information they need by visiting this CANVAS Module

Financial Aid Applications Open Today!


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 to attend a 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

Get started today!

  1. Determine which application you should complete (the FAFSA or WASFA). Unsure? Fill out this questionnaire to find out
  2. If you need to fill out the WASFA, click here. If you need to fill out the FAFSA, follow these next steps:
  3. Create an FSA ID -- you AND your parent will both need an ID
  4. Have your parents' 2020 taxes and w2s (if you worked in 2020, you need your taxes too!)
  5. Head to the FAFSA website to complete the applications

Have questions or feeling confused about this process? Connect with Morgan Parker to set up a time to get questions answered or support on finishing the application.

Financial Aid Information Sessions

Want to get an overview of financial aid and how to apply? Join us on any of these dates to get an overview, start the application, and ask questions. You must register to attend. Click the links below to register.

Monday, 10/4 (Zoom)

Thursday, 10/7 (in person at CRHS)

Monday, 10/25 (Zoom)

Monday, 11/4 (in person at CRHS)

You can also join the 12th Year Campaign at their virtual financial aid session to get help with important steps you need to take to apply for financial aid. Join one of the events listed here to learn more and get help. Please note, most events are offered virtually.

Varsity Academics Deadline Approaching

The CR Varsity Academic Letter program honors students who have consistently shown a high regard for academics, citizenship, and involvement in the school community. After Sophomore year, students may apply for the award. You can find the application here, or stop by the Student Pathways Center for a paper copy. Applications are due by 10/11/21, with the ceremony on October 19th.

Senior Parent Night

Mark your calendars for a Q&A session for senior parents on Thursday, October 14th at 6p.m. via Zoom. A recorded presentation will be released on 10/12 for you to view, then come to the Q&A session on the 14th to ask any follow-up questions.

PSAT October 26, 2021: Free PSAT for all 10th Grade

This year in an effort to maintain and increase access and equity for all students, Vancouver Public Schools will again pay for all 10th grade students to take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). The PSAT is a practice college entrance exam most closely linked with the SAT.

Columbia River will be hosting the PSAT for it's students on Tuesday, October 26,2021. Testing will occur during the school day at Columbia River, starting at 7:30 am. All 10th grade students will be automatically registered and expected to participate in the PSAT, unless they choose to OPT OUT. Use this link here, to OPT OUT from the free PSAT. 10th grade students and parents will be emailed this afternoon with more PSAT information. This is a great opportunity for students to take a version of the practice college admissions exam.

Update on student parking

With the great news of our moves into the 500 Wing, we are waiting for the finishing touches on landscaping and the exterior security fences around the west side of our campus. This will allow for our year long parking assignments.

We are so grateful for your continued patience as we can confirm that on October 8, the west lot will be closed for another round of striping and clean up before we make assignments official for River Faculty and members of the Class of 2022 and the Class of 2023 in both the East and West Lots. All parking will be assigned to those three groups October 7, 2021.

Remember we are a closed campus. Students in grade 9 and 10 are not to leave campus during the day.

Helpful digital resources for families:

Students who need help logging in to Skyward can use these directions to receive an e-mail with their username and a link to create a new password. They can also watch this video on YouTube or EdPuzzle to help walk them through the steps. Students can find more tech support information in the Canvas Toolkit. Tech support is available every school day in the library, temporarily located in our concessions stand in the main hallway across from the upper commons.

Parents and guardians can connect to Canvas as observers to help students stay organized. Find more information here on how to set up your account & watch a helpful video on how it works.

Don’t know your family access login to Skyward to check on grades and attendance? Contact Jolly Monzon in our front office for help:

Mock Trial Begins Thursday, September 30th from 6 - 7:30 pm

River’s Mock Trial team will meet Thursday in our library media center. The team meets through March to prepare for YMCA’s Clark County and Washington State competitions, including dress rehearsals and scrimmages. Members learn courtroom procedures from local attorneys as they analyze and script each side of a courtroom trial. We’d love to see new members on Thursday as we prepare for another successful season. We do practice indoors, so students should wear a mask and observe social distancing during practice. We’ll adjust our schedule to adhere with any changes to the district and state safety guidelines. Reach out to advisors Jacob Burton or Shana Ferguson if you have questions: or

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Washington State Healthy Youth Survey 2021

Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey on October 12, 2021. The survey will be given to students in Grades 10 and 12. 10th Graders will take the survey in their English classes. 12th Graders will take the survey in their CWP classes. The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous. We will be administering the survey online this year. No privacy issues were identified in the E-survey pilot conducted in 2019. This year, schools and districts are being instructed to disable any recording, keystroke tracking, and video capture software on school-issued devices used to take the survey. If you use any software to monitor the device your student will use to take the survey. Please read the attached Parent and Student Notification Letter for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.




State Assessments (Fall 2021)

Columbia River 9th Graders and 11th Graders will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment on the following dates:

ELA Fall SBA CAT (Estimated Time = 75 minutes)

  • 9th, 11th & 12th optional

  • 10/6/2021: ELA CAT – all 9th graders, 11th grade & 12th grade optional

  • 10/7: Make-ups

  • Spring Window: 3/14 - 4/1

Math Fall SBA CAT (Estimated Time = 60 minutes)

  • 9th, 11th & 12th optional

  • 10/13/2021: Math CAT – all 9th graders, 11th grade & 12th optional

  • 10/14, 10/15: Make-ups

Columbia River 9th Graders and 12th Graders will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science:

WCAS/Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science Fall (Estimated Time = 45 minutes)

  • 10/27/2021: (All 9th & 12th graders)

  • 10/28, 10/29: Make-ups

  • Spring Window: 4/11 - 4/29 (11th graders)


Please click on the links below for information on the 2021-2022 Activities and Sports Fair.

Video Introduction

Athletics Web Page

Example of Club Offerings

Club Application


Masks will now be required for some outdoor events. This will impact all football games. Thank you for your understanding!

Outdoor Mask Guidance

Continue to check ArbiterLive for schedule updates

Swim Schedule *note - no spectators are allowed at Saturday’s event.

Cross Country Schedule (with results and invitationals)

Picture Make-Up Day

Picture makeup day will be held on October 13th.

Future Monday Early Release Days for the 2021-2022 School Year:

September 13, 20, 27

October 4, 11, 18, 25

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

December 6, 13

January 3, 10, 24, 31

February 7, 14, 28

March 7, 14, 21, 28

April 11, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16

COVID-19 symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms not caused by another known condition or medication, please have them tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. See box below for when to return to school.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


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

School Supplies

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

New Logo Information

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


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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Sign Up Now for College & Career Presentations

Career and College Presentations begin next week! Please sign up via the links below, or at one of our sign in tables - near Pathways Center and back door to Senior Parking - and we will send a pass for you to attend.

Seattle University (virtual), Tuesday 10/5 11:00am

US Navy (virtual), Wednesday 10/6 11:00am

Clark College Thursday 10/7 10:30am

Pacific University (virtual), Thursday 10/7 12:15pm

Upcoming Events

PSU College of Education (virtual) Open House

CONNECT WITH US Friday, Oct. 15th, 3 - 5pm

Connect with faculty, hear about PSU support services, and get valuable information on your program as you make important decisions for your career. Register now so you don't miss out on this great event! Register here.

Internship Opportunities

While you are in Xello working on your High School and Beyond Plan lessons (hint, hint), take a look at the Opportunities listed under Explore Options at the top of the page. Here are a couple that are interesting:

Sports Video Internship

Selected interns will work with TV Studio staff to actively participate in filming, editing and broadcasting VPS sporting events and other TV shoots. Interns will not work longer than 20 hours per week. The students will assist in the production of live sports broadcasts and pre-produced video projects for television and the web. The student must be willing to try various positions within a broadcast environment, including camera; editing; live graphics and video playback; and more. Interested students may also seek on-camera experience, if desired. Contact if interested.

Coding Internship

Interested in coding? Then this REMOTE internship might be for you! NO coding experience is required. The ideal candidate has an interest in learning how to code. They will also have a growth mindset, a friendly personality, empathy for others, and excellent verbal communication skills. This role strikes a balance between learning how to code and communication tasks.

Deepen Your Skills by learning how to code in Python, and work with professionals in the tech industry.


  • *You must be 16 or older
  • *Excellent verbal communication skills
  • *Work 5 to 10 hours per week in remote intern position (TechSmart & VPS CTE team will ensure you have necessary IT equipment to do this role from home).

DEADLINE: October 15, 2021

Job Opportunity

The Clark County Family YMCA is hiring for various positions! They YMCA's featured position right now is for a certified lifeguard; however, they have a number of other positions available. After-school instructor positions are great for students looking for a part time job after school. You can see a list of positions and apply at
Scholarship Hot List

Click this link to see available scholarships. Bookmark this link to keep updated on current opportunities.

Looking for Scholarships?

Complete a profile on and be emailed updates with scholarship opportunities you are eligible for.
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.