MAY 2019

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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 - Tony Liberatore


Greetings River Community,

You may have already heard this week is an important one related to our name “Columbia River High School Chieftains”. Our CRTV Studio put together a very informative news bulletin on Friday, May 10. On Thursday, May 16, we will be asking students to vote on the topic of “Yes to change” or “No to remain” the Columbia River High School Chieftains.

This topic was last reviewed on a school-wide scale 25 years ago, in 1994, after the Washington State Board of Education asked Boards of Directors to study the district use of Native American-Alaskan Native symbols as school mascots.

Preparation for discussion and voting

Prior to voting, we want to ensure students have information. The Canvas Course: Chieftain contains resources and documents were curated by the Associated Student Body Executive Council and Administration of Columbia River High School. On behalf of these leaders, it is our hope students take time to read, reflect and connect with other members of school so that students are informed and when they make decision to vote “Yes to change” or “No to remain” on May 16, 2019. The voting is only open to current, active Columbia River High School students who will be voting through Canvas.

About the Course

The course in Canvas contains multiple modules for students to review prior to our student vote. The modules will guide students through the issue with a brief history of our school’s use of the name “Chieftain”. Students will look at the “mascot debate” on a national level. In these materials, students will notice that “Chieftain” is often associated with other Native American symbols and names. Next, students will learn about how two high schools (Toledo High School “Indians” north of us in Cowltiz County, Washington and Rogue River “Chieftains” High School in Southern Oregon) have worked through this issue as recently as February, 2019. Finally, students will be able to review two documents directly connected to our immediate Columbia River High School community.


Voting will open at 9 am on May 16 and will close at 4 pm on May 16. If students are unable to participate in the period 2 Socratic Seminars on May 16, they will still be able to voice their stance. Again, in order to get to the module that contains the ballot, students must review each of the modules mentioned above.

Accessing resources so that students are prepared and informed when they vote

Students have had access to the course in Canvas since Monday, May 13 afternoon. Because of the depth of material and the serious nature of this topic, we want to allow everyone a couple of days to review the materials prior to classroom Socratic seminars on Thursday, May 16.

What happens after May 16?

Majority (or 51%) will determine Columbia River High School’s Student Body’s recommendation to “change” or “remain” to the Associate Superintendent. Any next steps will be guided by the central office and will likely be carried over into next school year.

Alex Otoupal, Principal

Columbia River High School

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As we enter May district and state tournaments will begin for all of our teams.

Please check for schedules, brackets, and other information.

Tony Liberatore

Associate Principal/Athletic Director

Columbia River High School

Respect, Integrity, Values, Excellence, Responsibility

Twitter - @ColRiverSports

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End of Year Reminder: IPAD Check In

Don't forget to bring in the case, charging brick and cord when you turn in your school iPad. Keyboards and hotspots are also due. Back up important files to your district Google Drive account before you turn in. If you need help backing up or need to check in your iPad early, swing by the library media center for help.

Friday, June 7: Seniors check in during CWP

Thursday, June 13: Freshmen check in during English.

Friday, June 14: Sophomores and Juniors check in during English.

Hosting Opportunity

Is your family interested in hosting a student from France during the month of July this summer?

There are both girls and boys, (ages 14-15) who would like to spend a month in the U.S. and experience American culture. Students just need room and board and will have their own spending money.

Please email Ms. Ramey if you'd like more information.

News From the Intervention Specialist

Did you know May is mental health awareness month? Here are some quick facts about mental health in the US.

  • 1 in 4 young adults will suffer an episode of depression before age 24.

  • Over 8% of adolescents in the United States suffer from depression at a given time.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24. Talk openly and often about suicide with your teen.

  • 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health diagnosis and half of all mental illness begins by age 14.

  • 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness.

Clark County Crisis Line

The Clark County Crisis Line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide phone triage for crisis calls from children and adults. Call (800) 626-8137 or (360) 696-9560. Professional counselors will answer your call.

For emergencies that require immediate response, dial 9-1-1

Yearbooks For Sale

The 2019 Yearbooks are on sale for $40 in the Business office or online at:

We have a limited number available so order yours now. If you still need a 2018, 2017 or 2016 book you can get them in the Business office.

Get all four for the discount price of $90.

Care Closet

Did you know Columbia River High School has a Care Closet? If you are a family in need of non-perishable food items and/or clothing please contact
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FFA Plant Sale

Thank you to all who supported the FFA Annual Plant Sale!

If you have empty pots that you don't want, feel free to drop them off at the greenhouse gate anytime!

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CR Color Guard

The CR Color Guard is looking for students to join our team. If you are interested, please get cleared through Family ID. For more information contact the CR Business Office.
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Plastic Recycling at Columbia River High School

From the Waste Management Website:

Did you know that every year we produce enough plastic film in this country to shrink-wrap Texas? Or that although Americans recycle more than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic each year, it only makes up around 27 percent of the waste stream? While plastic offers the advantages of being flexible and lightweight, it also consumes fossil resources for its manufacture and contributes waste in our environment.

Plastics come in a variety of shapes, colors and chemical formulations - all with different recycling needs. The code number does not mean the plastic can be recycled. It is simply a way to identify the resin, or plastic type.

How can you tell what kinds of plastic to put into your recycling bin? The code number on the bottom of your product is not a reliable indicator of whether something can get recycled. Recycle by shape!

Bottles, jars, and jugs – is the best way to know what is accepted.

Please bring in your plastic recyclables and deposit in locations throughout the school.

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CR Sports has been nominated for a Student Emmy!

The team will attend the NW Emmy Ceremony in Seattle on Sat. June 8th.









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Summer Opportunities for CR Students

Check out the College and Career Center website for summer opportunities, paid and volunteer positions are available. Invest in your future by getting out and exploring some different occupations, there isn't a better time than now!

Need a Job? Check out the College and Career Center Website

Check out the College and Career Center website for job opportunities. There are jobs available in a wide variety of fields for graduates from the class of 2019 as well as students who are still in high school.

To Infinity and Beyond, Class of 2019!

Seniors we want to recognize your plans for next year. Please stop by the College and Career Center and share what is next, beyond CR. We want to know if you are going to college, entering an apprenticeship, going straight to work, enlisting in the military or planning a GAP year. Whatever you have planned, let us know!

Senior Awards Night

Seniors will be honored for their academic achievements on Monday, June 10 at 7 PM in the main gym. Outstanding seniors in a variety of programs will be recognized. Honor cords will be distributed to those students who have earned a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better. Invitations will be coming in the mail for those who have qualified for a variety of awards and honors. If you have questions regarding Senior Awards Night contact Cindy Harrington at 313-3923.

Seniors Report Scholarships

Seniors who have been offered scholarships may report those offers to the Career Center to be recognized. This information is used at Senior Awards Night and Graduation. Scholarship forms are available on the Career Center website under the scholarship tab, please return to the Career Center by June 3.

Clark College Representative Office Hours at CR

Adrienne Bocci, Admissions Officer for Clark College is visiting CR monthly this school year. She is available to answer questions regarding all aspects of attending Clark College. She will also help with the application process. There is one last opportunity to meet with Adrienne in the CR College and Career Center on May 13. Stop by and get answers to all of your questions about Clark!

Counseling Center Staff

Freshman Counselor-Jennifer Waller

Sophomore Counselor-Alexis Bruce

Junior Counselor-Lou Gill

Senior Counselor-Rachael Howington

School Psychologist-Mike O'Bryan

Clerk-Gina Gasser

College and Career Center Staff

Career Guidance Specialist-Dave Bennett

Clerk-Cindy Harrington

2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-20 school calendar

NOTE: Every Monday from Sept. 9 to May 18 is a 40-minute early release, when school is in session, excluding holidays.

August 2019

Aug. 27 – First day of school

September 2019
Sept. 2 – Labor Day, no school

October 2019
Oct. 11 – In-service day, no school
Oct. 16 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – elementary schools only
Oct. 17 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – middle and high schools only
Oct. 17 – Parent conferences, no school – elementary schools only
Oct. 18 – Parent conference, no school – all schools

November 2019
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day, no school
Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving break, no school

December 2019
Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 – Winter break, no school

January 2020
Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Day, no school
Jan. 24 – Semester break, no school **

February 2020
Feb. 17 – Presidents Day, no school

March 2020
March 30 - April 3 – Spring break, no school

April 2020
April 16 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – all schools
April 17 – Parent conferences, 2-hour early release – elementary schools only
April 17 – Parent conferences, no school for middle and high school only

May 2020
May 25 – Memorial Day, no school

June 2020
June 9 – 2-hour early release**
June 10 – Last day of school, 2-hour early release**

** If schools are closed due to weather, the calendar may change. Snow make-up days, in priority order, are June 11, 12, 15 and Jan. 24.