COLUMBIA RIVER NEWSLETTER
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
NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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
NEWS FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
As we enter May district and state tournaments will begin for all of our teams.
Please check www.2sgshl.com for schedules, brackets, and other information.
Associate Principal/Athletic Director
Columbia River High School
Respect, Integrity, Values, Excellence, Responsibility
Twitter - @ColRiverSports
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.
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
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.
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!
CR Color Guard
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.
CR Sports has been nominated for a Student Emmy!
The team will attend the NW Emmy Ceremony in Seattle on Sat. June 8th.
BRODY DUKE, DIRECTOR
KEEGAN DUKE, AUDIO OPERATOR
MILES CAMPBELL, CAMERA OPERATOR
JAELYN GAYLOR, CAMERA OPERATOR
JAXON PACE, GRAPHICS
RHYS HOLMES, REPLAY
JORDAN RYAN, ANNOUNCERDAVID RYAN, ANNOUNCER
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!
Senior Awards Night
Seniors Report Scholarships
Clark College Representative Office Hours at CR
Counseling Center Staff
Sophomore Counselor-Alexis Bruce
Junior Counselor-Lou Gill
Senior Counselor-Rachael Howington
School Psychologist-Mike O'Bryan
College and Career Center Staff
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.
Aug. 27 – First day of school
Sept. 2 – Labor Day, no school
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
Nov. 11 – Veterans Day, no school
Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving break, no school
Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 – Winter break, no school
Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Day, no school
Jan. 24 – Semester break, no school **
Feb. 17 – Presidents Day, no school
March 30 - April 3 – Spring break, no school
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 25 – Memorial Day, no school
June 9 – 2-hour early release**
June 10 – Last day of school, 2-hour early release**