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 - Nick Davies
Secretary - Patty Kellum
Registrar - Mary Hyde
NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Greetings River Community,
As we prepare to close the offices and complete our summer cleaning and maintenance on campus, we are sharing some "Clean Water" tips from our partners in Clark County Public Works Clean Water Division. As many of you recall, a water main under NW 99th Street ruptured on May 20th and it was a very powerful reminder of our dependency on this precious resource. We were also extremely grateful for the quick response of our county agencies that kept our daily operations running smoothly.
Alex Otoupal, Principal
Columbia River High School
Summer Office Hours
Office hours from August 6th -August 23rd - 7:00-3:00
The office will be open from 7:00 - 4:00 after August 23rd
Enjoy your summer!
River's Class of 2019...by the numbers
River's Class of 2019... by the numbers
Number of students in the 2019 Cohort: 309
Number of students earning AA from Clark: 25
Reported amount of scholarships awarded: $6,520,720
Number of IB Full Diploma Candidates: 19
Number of AVID Elective Students: 21 -- ALL 21 have been accepted to university
Number of CAS Hours completed by the Class of 2019: 3134
Number of Honors Cords Awarded: 115
Number of Students in National Honor Society: 51
Number of 2A GSHL Championships in 2018-2019: 12
Number of 2A District 4 Championships in 2018-2019: 7
Number of Team State Championships: 2 Women's Tennis & Bowling Academic
Number of Individual State Championships: Grace Gordon - Gymnasictics/Beam; Faith Grisham/ Singles Tennis
Outstanding Senior in Math: Mika Munger
Outstanding Senior in Science: Lauren Huynh
Outstanding Senior in English & Social Studies: Zoe Luderman Miller
Oustanding Senior in Spanish: Grace Gordon
Oustanding Senior in German: Ivan Tarasenkov
Outstanding Senior in French: Aine Jordan
Outstanding Senior in ASL: Phoenix Bennett
C. Adiar Hilligoss Award for Instrumental Music: Grant Hobbs
Outstanding Senior in Orchestra: Symphony Koss
Oustanding Senior in Band: Sarah Giovannozzi
Oustanding Senior in Choir: Meagean Halfacre
Outstanding Senior in Visual Art: Chistine Choi
Oustanding Senior in Photography: Mattie McChesney
Oustanding Senior in Pottery: Gabi Smith
Outstanding Senior in Video Production: Brody Duke
Outstanding Senior in Horticulture: Connor Ponath
Oustanding Senior in FFA: Ashley Long
Outstanding Senior in Physical Education: Alicia Wallingford
Outstanding Senior in Mock Trial: Mika Munger
Outstanding Senior in Marketing: Avori Martinez
Outstanding Senior in DECA: Erin Besteman
Outstanding Male Athlete: Rylee Sadler
Outstanding Female Athlete: Liz Canton
Outstanding IB Student in CAS: Mika Munger
Outstanding IB Student in TOK: Curran Connelly
Outstanding IB Extended Essay: Lauren Huynh
IB Student of the Year: Zoe Luderman Miller
Commencement Speakers: Zoe Luderman Miller & Symphony Koss
Mr. & Miss CR / Friends of the Children: Audry Keenan & Natalie Black
Citizenship Award for the Class of 2019: Colby Rabitoy & Erin Bestemen
Pollution prevention help needed!
We depend on clean streams, rivers and lakes for swimming, fishing and wildlife habitat. Today, the biggest threat to the health of our waterways comes from pollutants left outside that get picked up by stormwater. Many of these pollutants come from everyday activities such as lawn care, having pets, driving and home improvements.
Here are three easy things you can do at home to prevent pollution from reaching our streams, rivers and lakes.
Scoop it, bag it, trash it. Stormwater carries pet waste left on the ground to storm drains, which discharge to waterways, untreated. Fecal coliform is one of the top water pollutants in local streams, and pet waste left outside is a main contributor. Pet waste also harbors harmful organisms that can persist for months, such as E.coli, hookworms and giardia. Take the Canines for Clean Water pledge at www.cleanwaterdogs.com, and Clark County will send your pooch a free bandanna.
Don’t drip and drive. Fix that leak! Vehicle fluids are toxic to humans and fish, and even small drips matter. A study of Puget Sound found that more than 66 percent of oil pollution came from small vehicle leaks and drips. Every time it rains, those drips are carried to storm drains before emptying into our streams, rivers and lakes. Fixing leaks will keep your car running well and reduce water pollution. Get a free leak inspection and up to $50 off leak repairs at www.fixcarleaks.org
Practice earth-friendly yard care. Using fewer fertilizers and pesticides is good for your family, your pets and our waterways. When over-applied or spilled on hard surfaces, fertilizers and pesticides are carried by stormwater to our streams, rivers and lakes. Nutrients in fertilizers cause potentially toxic algae blooms that also deplete dissolved oxygen needed by fish. Always read the label and use only as directed. Sweep up spills rather than washing them away. Find more earth-friendly yard care tips at www.stormwaterpartners.com
“Only rain down the drain” begins at home; thank you for being part of the solution.
Saturday Night CR Sports Win
Saturday night CR Sports won the NATAS NW (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, NW Chapter) Student Emmy for Live Sport Event.
Brody Duke (Senior), Director
Keegan Duke, Audio Operator
Miles Campbell, Camera Operator
Jaelyn Gaylor, Camera Operator
Jaxon Pace, Graphics
Rhys Holmes (Senior), Replay
Jordan Ryan, Announcer
David Ryan, Announcer
The submission was the Boys Basketball game vs Ridgefield, from Jan. 17th...
The Emmys only nominate programs that are "worthy". If they don't feel submissions are good, then there are no nominations. And, there are no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place rankings- just a winner.
This is a huge accomplishment for these students- truly a glorious start to some long and prosperous careers!
The win will now be sent on to the National Emmy competition, representing the NATAS NW.
See below for a picture of the team!
Great Job Opportunity
If you are a parent or guardian of a student and want a job that matches your child’s schedule, becoming a bus driver is the perfect job for you. In addition to being on the same daily schedule as your student, you will be able to spend holidays and summer vacation together. Please consider starting a great career with a good wage and benefits.
So, if you like to work with children, are a good driver and are looking for a good wage job, please go to VANSD.ORG. Look under the Employment tab for more information. You can apply on-line from home or come to Transportation Bldg and apply on-line with our assistance. If you have any questions or need any assistance with the application process, please call 313-4800. We, here at Transportation, are more than happy to assist you.
Summer Reading Assignment for PB English 2019-2020 School Year
Summer Reading Assignment for To Kill A Mockingbird
Welcome to the Columbia River International Baccalaureate Program.
The summer reading assignment serves two purposes: it keeps literacy skills active during the extended break and it provides the English instructors essential information for identifying the range of skills in each PB class. This unit will begin the investigation of the IB Literature Global Issues study of Culture, Identity and Community. The summer work for To Kill A Mockingbird includes two steps:
Individual work: per chapter summary
As you read, write a one or two sentence summary of what just happened or what idea stands out at the end of the chapter. This will be useful information to help review before school starts and for keeping track of ideas for seminars. Use the composition book given to you at the Ice Cream Social.
Project Work: Individual Quilt Square (12”x12” paper)
One of the most popular styles of patchwork quilt is the Story Quilt. A story quilt tells the history of a person or family by symbolically depicting their journey or family tree through imagery of the patchwork, much like a family photo album.
Each class is going to make a quilt/bulletin board using scrapbook pages as quilt squares. Each student will create one square that is a creative response to the novel. There are two options: 1) a symbolic image that represents an event or theme in the novel, or 2) a square that relates to a setting or character in the novel. Each square needs to be based on a specific passage in the novel: approximately one paragraph is ideal. Squares can be hand drawn or painted, or collage work using mixed media materials.
On a separate piece of paper, type the passage from the novel that inspires the creative response presented in your quilt square. Identify the theme, symbol, characterization, or sense of setting expressed in the passage and explain how your quilt square conveys this meaning.
Link Crew Training Dates
Link Crew Trainings (FOR LINK CREW LEADERS ONLY, not freshmen)
Monday, August 19th, 2019 2-5 pm (in the small gym)
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 9-12 noon (in the small gym)
Monday, August 26th, 2019 from 12:00-3:30 pm (main gym, small gym, and most of the building)
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 (First Day of School) from 7:00-8:00 am (main gym)
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.
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**