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
NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Getting the most out of our Mondays *and every day* at River
On September 4, instructional faculty at Columbia River High School designed graphic representations of what our “Academic Intervention Period” is designed to support.
This particular format is often called the Frayer Model. The product generated by small groups reflects the intentional focus on Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading (WICOR).
In a faculty meeting designed for teachers to review mutual expectations for school-wide “tutorial”, we collaborated to make our thinking visible for students. Our products were then posted our work in our busiest hallways.
In the Fall of 2018-2019, River spent significant of time and resources discussing what the Professional Learning Communities at River should look, sound and feel like. Faculty focused on PLC Question #3: “What do we do when students aren’t learning?” Our theory of action was that with more dedicated time and targeted interventions we would be able to address the needs of students in a more personalized manner.
With the schedule set for Semester 1 Intervention Periods on Mondays, followed by a 40 minute early release for students, instructional staff will have time to ensure that students are receiving more services and achieving at higher levels.
Link to our thinking posted on PhotoCircle
Link to our schedule for Mondays and rotations through periods 1-6
From gamer to creator: Columbia River student brings video game concept to life
NEWS FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Fall sports have gotten off to a solid start. River has 386 students signed up for one of our many fall sports! We are exited for Brett Smedley and Lisa Cavola to start their first years as head football and girls cross country coaches respectively.
Boys golf has had the most number of contests so far, already having played 5 matches. The cheer leaders led a boisterous crowd at the first football game, which was lost in a close game with Centralia. Boys tennis started the year off with a win at Battle Ground. Cross Country started the season off strong with an invitational at the Oregon Coast. Girls soccer won big in their first game against Mountain View. Girl’s swimming has their first league meet at Mark Morris on September 21st. Volleyball won their first match of the year against Camas. Finally, slow pitch softball has combined with Heritage High School, and they start playing games this week.
We need parent volunteers to help with ticket taking for fall sports. Please email email@example.com if you are willing to help out.
Make sure to stay up to date on the schedule by going to 2agshl.com and following @ColRiverSports on Twitter.
Did You Know?
COLUMBIA RIVER OFFERS FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES!
STUDENTS CAN JOIN GROUPS OR RECEIVE ONE ON ONE SERVICES.
- FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE IN RECOVERY FROM SUBSTANCE USE.
- FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY USING SUBSTANCES AND WOULD LIKE SUPPORT.
- FOR STUDENTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO BUILD SKILLS TO COPE WITH STRESS, EMOTIONS, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND SELF-ESTEEM.
- FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY A LOVED ONE’S SUBSTANCE USE.
NICOTINE QUIT GROUP
- FOR STUDENTS WHO WOULD LIKE HELP QUITTING NICOTINE
- A GROUP JUST FOR SENIORS TO LEARN COPING SKILLS FOR STRESS
- FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT USING SUBSTANCES AND WOULD LIKE SKILLS TO REFUSE
NEW COMERS GROUP
- A GROUP FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE NEW TO THE SCHOOL
YWCA HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS GROUP
- LEARN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS
FAMILY SESSIONS CAN BE ARRANGED AS WELL.
September Is Addiction Recovery And Suicide Awareness Month
September 8th through the 14th is suicide awareness month,
show your support by wearing a yellow ribbon.
- Talk to your teen about suicide and self-harm.
- Avoid criticism and show love.
- Get professional help if your teen is experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions.
- Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-talk(8255)
Recovery from addiction is possible
Addiction is a treatable disease. Research in the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of evidence-based interventions that help people stop abusing drugs and resume productive lives.
Are you interested in the law? Do you enjoy acting, debate and critical thinking? Are you a mega-fan of shows like Law and Order or Criminal Minds? Do you want to make some amazing new friends and have a blast doing it? Mock Trial is the club for you!
Students are coached by local attorneys Bruce Colven and Emily Sheldrick at least one evening a week to prepare for county competition in February. Mock Trial is sponsored by YMCA and scholarships are available to help pay for competition fees.
The first official team meeting is Thursday, September 26th, in the Gallery, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.
Project Lit Community
Students are invited to learn more about River's new Project Lit Community Chapter during both lunches in room 600 on Wednesday, September 25. Project Lit Community is a nationwide program that promotes discussion of current issues related to social justice, identity and culture through YA lit.
Questions? Drop by the school library media center or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courts For Kids
For more information on the trip, please stop by Ms. McAnally’s classroom (610) to receive an informational packet and links to the sign up forms. You can also email Ms. McAnally directly at email@example.com with your questions.
Calling all Orchestra and Band Parents!
Did you know that the orchestra and band are planning a Disneyland trip this coming spring?
There have been a number of fundraisers the past couple of years to help pay for music program events, including saving up for Disneyland. We’d love your help!
Please join us at an upcoming Music Association meeting, which for the remainder of this year will occur the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at The Megabite in Hazel Dell.
If you cannot make the meeting but would like to help please ask your music student about the upcoming apple and coffee fundraisers, or email the Music Association board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support!
What: Upcoming Music Association Meetings
Date: 10/3, 11/7, and 12/5 (Thursdays)
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: The Megabite - 6920 NE Hwy 99
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 Wednesday, October 16, 2019. 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 complete the OPT OUT form. This is a great opportunity for students to take a version of the practice college admissions exam.
The PSAT will also be open to 11th grade students by invitation only. This group will include 11th graders who had a NMSQT qualifying score in 10th grade and students new to VPS who did not test last year.
10th grade students wishing to Opt Out should use this link: https://forms.gle/un9n5STfoKCsBGUp8 and complete the form.
All registered students and their parents/guardians will receive PSAT practice information and updates via email.
Questions about the PSAT should be directed to Chad Waldman, Assessment Coordinator (email@example.com).
National Honor Society Meetings
Columbia River High School Plastic Recycling
Columbia River High School will recycle plastic again this year. Recycling bins for plastic are located in Room 503, and both the main east and west building entries.
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.
Counseling Center Staff
Sophomore Counselor-Jennifer Waller
Junior Counselor-Alexis Bruce
Senior Counselor-Lou Gill
School Psychologist-Chad Waldman
College and Career Center Staff
Senior Parent Night
Monday, October 1, 2019
Topics of discussion will include: Senior Party, Cap & Gowns, Graduation Requirements, Community College, College Admissions, Important Dates for Seniors plus more!
College Representatives Visiting CR this Fall
During the school year many college representatives will be visiting CR. Students have the opportunity to sign up for these visits in the CR College and Career Center. These visits are not just open to seniors. Additional visits are being added daily, for the most up to date information see the College and Career Center Website: http://portalsso.vansd.org/portal/page/portal/Building_Pages/Career_Centers/Columbia_River_Career_Center2
September 16 University of Denver
September 24 Boise State University
September 25 University of Chicago
September 26 Central Washington University
September 27 Vanderbilt University
October 8 University of Southern California
October 9 Washington State University
October 10 Western Washington University
October 17 Grand Canyon University
October 22 University of Washington
October 23 Whitworth University
October 25 Gonzaga University
Financial Aid for the Class of 2020
Other Financial Aid Events/Resources
Need more help with Financial Aid?
Here are some great additional resources.
College Goal Washington
October 3, 8, 16, 21 and 30, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Washington State University Vancouver Campus
Seniors and their parents have the opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance with their 2020-2021 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This is a free event. Students do not have to be planning on attending WSU Vancouver.
See the College and Career Center for more information.
WSUV A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshops
These workshops will be held multiple times until December.
You do not have to be planning on attending WSU Vancouver.
Visit the WSUV website for more dates/times.
University of Portland Financial Aid Workshop
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM
You do not have to be planning on attending the University of Portland. This opportunity is open to Juniors and younger students and parents as well.
You may pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/portland-area-high-school-financial-aid-seminar-tickets-69151856063
SAT/ACT Testing Dates
The SAT and ACT are used by college admissions offices in the selection process of prospective students. Students are required to take one or the other as part of their college application. Students may register on-line at https://www.collegeboard.org/ and/or http://www.act.org/
SAT Basic Test $49.50 and with writing $64.50. The test dates are 11/2, 12/7, 3/14, 5/2 and 6/6. See their website for more information.
ACT Basic Test $52.00 and with writing $68.00. The test dates are 10/26, 12/14, 2/8, 4/4, 6/13, 7/8. See their website for more information.
Columbia River will again offer the SAT School Day at no cost to current juniors on March 4, 2020. If students wish to test again, or at another time they should register online using the information above.
Portland National College Fair
Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, October 28, 2019 9:00 AM - Noon
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
This is a free opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from over 300 colleges and universities. Attend workshops about topics like financial aid and other college admission related information. Visit the Counseling/Resource Center to talk to a counselor about choosing a major, financial aid scholarship information, and more. To save time register prior to attending at https://www.nacacfairs.org/
Take a friend, parent or event both! Open to all grade levels.
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**