June 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


2020 By The Numbers

2.4 Million dollars in scholarships and awards reported by 48 students
73 Honors students earned a 3.3 cumulative grade point average or better

45 International Baccalaureate Course Candidates
21 Department Awards and individual / recognitions (link to June 1, 2020 video)
17 Seniors in the AVID Elective Class of 2020
16 Associates of Arts degrees earned by River/ Clark College Running Start students
15 Full IB Diploma Candidates in the Class of 2020 (link to the June IB Dessert video)
10 Knowledge Bowl finished in the Top 10 in the nation after winning the Region in May 2020
8.13 date for Prom at Warehouse 23
8.14 date for Senior Graduation / Stadium walk-across the stage at River - Class of 2020 wear your cap and gown one final time
8 weeks of Remote Learning between March 17 and our June finish -- unprecedented!
6 GSHL League Titles in the fall and winter
5 District IV Athletic League Titles in the fall and winter
3 National Merit Scholar Finalists
3 Emmy nominations, AND 1 WIN for CR Sports- Live Event!
2 Faculty retirements: Sheree Fitzpatrick and Pam Emmons
2 Teams qualified for the National Science Engineering Fair
2 Citizenship Award Winners in the Class of 2020: Alex Miller and Yaneisy Rodriguez
1 Soccer State Title and 1 Player of the Year: Yaneisy Rodriguez
1 Virtual celebration honoring graduating seniors (link to June 8, 2020 video)

Please click here for a send off video from Columbia River High School

Alex Otoupal, Principal
Columbia River High School

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Athletic Department News

In this ever-changing environment, we can never be 100% sure, but here is what is currently going on:

When Clark County enters Phase 3, workouts may begin in groups of 9 plus one coach. We will have safety and cleaning measures in place to make sure that we are doing our part to keep our students safe. This will include taking the temperatures of everyone that comes to campus to be a part of the workouts.

For fall competitions, we know that there are a few sports that can start competitions during Phase 3 (cross country, track and field, swimming, golf, and sideline cheer), and most sports can start competing in Phase 4 (volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, tennis, bowling, gymnastics, 7 on 7 football, marching band)

Nick Davies

Associate Principal/Athletic Director

Columbia River High School

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Grade Reports

Mid-Quarter progress reports, dated May 22, were mailed home on 6/24.

Semester 2 Report cards will be mailed home between July 7 and 10.

News For 2020 Seniors

Senior Events in August:

  • Prom/ Class of 2020 Social: August 13, 2020 4-6pm at Warehouse 23

  • In person Commencement Walk / Graduation with the Superintendent/ School Board of Directors will be August 14th, 8pm at Chieftain Stadium on the campus of Columbia River High School (Graduates only)

News for Incoming Freshmen - Link Crew

Link Crew is the Freshmen Orientation Program we run the day before school starts. This is an excellent opportunity for Freshmen to become familiar with Columbia River High School and the climate and culture we aim to maintain and build upon year-to-year. You will see how the RIVER ideals of Respect, Integrity, Value, Excellence and Responsibility are part of who were are, what we do, and how it feels to be a student at Columbia River High School.

  • Freshmen Orientation - August 31st (11AM-3PM) and the first day of school Sept. 1st (6:30AM-8AM).

Summer Homework - Incoming 10th grade PB Students

No summer homework is required for incoming 10th grade students.

Given the state of the world, it's a great idea for everyone to take a break, focus on family, fitness, recreation, and creativity.

Students are encouraged to read for pleasure, and to collect artifacts that document the events of the spring, summer, and fall in a personal reflective journal.

We will kick off the year with The Great Gatsby.

Happy summer!

Summer Homework for Incoming 9th grade PB English Students

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Free Reading Resources

How to access free reading resources, including Overdrive/SORA for either ipads or chromebooks:

Info on how to set up Sora on a chromebook and link it to FVRL:

Info on free rec reading resources:

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Summer Office Hours

Columbia River's office will be open through June 30th and will reopen on August 4th.

Office hours in August will be from 7:00-2:00 pm.

Have a wonderful summer break and we will see you soon!

Counseling Center Staff

Freshman Counselor-Ashley Thurber

Sophomore Counselor-Jennifer Waller

Junior Counselor-Alexis Bruce

Senior Counselor-Rachael Howington

Clerk-Gina Gasser

Student Pathways Center Staff

Pathways Coordinator-Morgan Parker

Clerk-Cindy Harrington

Vancouver School District – Non-Discrimination Statement

Vancouver School District – Non-Discrimination Statement 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/ADA – Kym Tylelyn-Carlson/Tamara Shoup; Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinators – Human Resources – Kathy Everidge; Elementary – Debra Hale; Secondary – Chris Olsen