March 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


Dear River Community,

We have much to highlight and celebrate in the month of March. This month's newsletter is loaded with great news, highlights and celebrations for a variety of accomplishments of our River students. Ranging from Athletics to Academics and throughout Activities, we have been very active as we spring ahead to the blooms of March and April. Throughout this newsletter you can read about our students' accomplishments. I encourage you to pay careful attention to our upcoming assessments and our forecasting process as your students selects their course of study.

There are many opportunities to get involved at Columbia River High School and at some point this spring, I hope to see each and every one of you for forecasting, conferences, competitions or celebrations.

Thanks for all that you do to support River students. Look for another round of great news in next months newsletter. Until then, please don't ever hesitate to reach out and contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


Alex Otoupal, Principal

Columbia River High School

Winter Sports

Bowling (Coach Logan Burnett)

Girls took 2nd in state on Friday! Rileigh Chinn placed 5th overall and Jenna Chinn placed 7th! The other athletes on this runner up team were Maya Burnett, Kylee Wisinski, Sadie Burrows, and Jamie Green.

Cheer (Coach Allie Bull)

Girls took 5th in state on Saturday! Check out the River Athletics twitter for a video of part of their routine.

Girls Basketball (Coach Will Jones)

The girls lost two close games in the district basketball tournament. Tough way to end a great season!

Boys Basketball (Coach David Long)

The boys won on Tuesday night against Washougal, but lost a hard fought game against Black Hills on Thursday night to end their season.

Gymnastics (Coach Alicia Green)

The girls qualified as a team to state, and they finished 7th in that category on Thursday! Here is the state team:

Kendall Ball, Emma Garrow , Grace Hopkins , Naomi Kirkwood, Rachel MacArthur, Rubee Mickel, Sydney Stahl, Lauren Stewart , Xia Webster, Jaycee Williams

Wrestling (Coach Jose Del Moral)

Adam Deeney and Attitcus Kurtz competed at state. Atticus took 3rd in state for the 170 lb weight class!

Boys Swimming (Coach Alyssa Bissell)

There is a lot to celebrate here! The follow boys made up the relays and individual races: Wesley Anderson, Landon Fish, Derrick Holen, Daniel Ishchuk, Reagan Karcher, Liam Noftsker, Simon Parish, Owen Yamashita

200 Medley Relay: placed 5th

200 Individual Medley: Simon Parish placed 4th and Daniel Ishchuk placed 6th

50 Freestyle: Reagan Karcher placed 13th

100 Butterfly: Simon Parish placed 9th

100 Freestyle: Liam Noftsker placed 4th

200 Freestyle Relay: placed 5th

100 Backstroke: Liam Noftsker placed 2nd and Daniel Ishchuk placed 6th

400 Freestyle Relay: placed 4th

Spring sports start on Monday the 2nd!

Go Chiefs!

Nick Davies

Associate Principal/Athletic Director

Columbia River High School

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River's Mock Trial

River's Mock Trial Team won first in their division at the Clark County Courthouse and will be competing in the State Competition March 20-22. The team is coached by local attorneys, Bruce Colven and Emily Sheldrick, with the assistance of speech coach Kristina Martin. Nominated for best witness were team members Jill Allmain, Bridgette Bromell, Dariian Holloway, Camille King, Josh Like. Amelia Martin, and William Popkes. Every attorney was also nominated for best attorney: Shelly Ferina, Angel Fritz, Karen Mulholland, Elizabeth Prater, Audrey Wheelock, and Elizabeth Zimmerman. Congratulations on a fantastic season!

Project Lit Community

Thank you to CR Boosters for supporting Project Lit Community's movie showing of The Hate U Give! Over 30 River students were able to attend. Still haven't read the book? Copies are available at River's Library Media Center.

Project Lit Community will be exploring various issues during Black History Month. We invite River students to join our next conversation on March 4 during both lunches in Room 600. Read one of the Project Lit books that will inform our discussion. Some books have mature content and themes. You can find more information linked below.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

March: books 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Thank you, voters!

A three-year supplemental levy that will maintain current levels of programs and services in Vancouver Public Schools was recently approved by Vancouver voters with 60.51% yes votes. The levy will make up a multimillion budget shortage due to changes in state funding for education.

“I am extremely grateful to this community for providing more than 55 years of continuous financial support for our students and schools,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “This election shows the value our voters hold for the education of our children and youth.”

For information about the levy, please visit

Спасибо, избиратели!

Трёхгодичный дополнительный налоговый сбор, который сохранит программы и услуги на уровне, предоставляемом Ванкуверским школьным районом в настоящее время, был недавно одобрен избирателями Ванкувера, при этом в поддержку налога проголосовало 60.51% избирателей. Эти средства восполнят многомиллионный дефицит бюджета, который возник в результате изменения предоставляемого штатом финансирования школьного образования.

«Я чрезвычайно благодарен жителям нашего района за то, что в течение 55 лет они предоставляют постоянную финансовую поддержку нашим учащимся и школам», - сказал Управляющий Ванкуверским школьным районом Steve Webb. - «Эти выборы продемонстрировали большое значение, которое наши избиратели придают получению образования нашими детьми и молодежью».

¡Gracias, votantes!

Un impuesto suplementario de tres años que mantendrá los niveles actuales de programas y servicios en el Distrito Escolar “Vancouver Public Schools” fue aprobado recientemente por los votantes de Vancouver con un 60.51% de votos a favor. El impuesto suplementario cubrirá un déficit multimillonario en el presupuesto debido a cambios en la financiación estatal de la educación.

“Le estoy extremadamente agradecido a nuestra comunidad por su continuo apoyo financiero para nuestros estudiantes y escuelas,” dijo el Superintendente Sr. Steve Webb. “Esta elección demuestra el valor que la educación de nuestros niños y jóvenes tiene para nuestros votantes.”

Para más información sobre la recaudación fiscal, visite

Ach kapasen kinisou ngeni meinisin ekkewe aramas re útút!

A wor úkkúkkún 60.51% aramas rá útút wón ewe mwonien takises an epwe sópwenó ne ánisi ekkei prokrám me áninisin pekin sukkun me VPS nón ekkei 3 ier sipwe tonong nón. Ei mwonien takises epwe ne awora ewe fite minion mwonien sukkun kich mei nafangaw wón mwúrin an mwuun a awora eóch/ewe ekkesiwin ngeni mwonien sukkun.

Meinapen ewe Vancouver Public School ren Superintendent Steve Webb e apasa pwe “Ngang úwa men unusen kinisou ngeni aramasen iká chóóchóón nón neniach kei ren ar sópwenó ne awora áninisin mwoni ngeni ach kei sukkun me néúch kei chon sukkun non úkkúkkún 55 ier.” A pwan apasa pwe “Pwúngunón ei útút mi pwáranó ach aúcheani néúch kewe semirit me ar sukkun.”

Ren tichikin póróusan ekkei mwonien takises, ouse mochen nó ngeni ach ewe website ren

IB Art Exhibition Week and Opening Night

Please join River's IB art students on the evening of March 17th for the opening night of the annual IB Art Exhibition. Senior IB visual art, pottery, and photography students will have on display their best works from two or more years of study. The opening night celebration will last from 6:00-8pm in the Media Center where there will be hord'oeuvres, live music performances by students, and of course great art. The exhibition will be on display during the entire week of March 16th-20th during school hours. If you have any questions contact Mr.Phelps at, Ms. Wilson at, or Ms. Keiser at

International Science Fair

Congratulations to River IB Bio 2 & IB Chem 2 students who participated in Friday's regional ISEF competition at WSUV. River students dominated the competition earning the majority of awards.

The best of fair went to the team of Brady Decker and Dominick D'Emilio and 2nd place to Bridgette Bromell. They earned an all expense paid trip to the International Fair in Anaheim in May.

Please congratulate them and look for our other award winners to be announced in the Friday announcements.

Columbia River Choir

Columbia River choirs will be collaborating with Felida Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Hudson's Bay High School in a combined concert on Tuesday, March 17th at 7PM at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Come join us for an evening of music!
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Columbia River Plant Sale

The CRHS Plant Sale will be on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 in the Greenhouse. Please email with any questions.

Below are risk and protective factors surrounding substance use.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Intervention/Prevention Specialist, Echo Moran-Prince at (360)313-3840 or

Did you know March is marijuana awareness month? 	Nearly 45% of high school seniors have used marijuana.  	Two-thirds of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana smoking as harmful. 	Teens who perceive that their parents are permissive about marijuana use are much more likely to use marijuana compared to teens who believe their parents would not be okay with it. 	Research indicates that parents have a big influence on their teens, even when it does not show! So talk openly with your children and stay actively engaged in their lives. Below are risk and protective factors surrounding substance use.    If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Intervention/Prevention Specialist, Echo Moran-Prince at (360)313-3840 or

News From the Intervention Specialist

Dear Families of CRHS,

Did you know March is marijuana awareness month?

  • Nearly 45% of high school seniors have used marijuana.
  • Two-thirds of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana smoking as harmful.
  • Teens who perceive that their parents are permissive about marijuana use are much more likely to use marijuana compared to teens who believe their parents would not be okay with it.
  • Research indicates that parents have a big influence on their teens, even when it does not show! So talk openly with your children and stay actively engaged in their lives.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Intervention/Prevention Specialist, Echo Moran-Prince at (360)313-3840 or

2019-20 River Assessment Schedule

ELPA 21/WIDA (2/25 – 3/27) (Limited to Academic Language Learners)

· During this timeframe, select students who qualify for ALL (Academic Language Learners) services will take the ELPA 21 during 1st and 2nd periods in room 207. Testing will start on 2/25.

SAT’s (3/25)

· Wednesday 3/25: Normal Bell Schedule

· All 11th graders

· Big Gym

Off Grade SBA (3/9 – 3/13) – ELA & Math (Normal Bell Schedule)

· Monday 3/9: ELA Performance Task (10th – 12th IEP students only): Rooms 606, 609

· Tuesday 3/10: ELA CAT (10th – 12th IEP students only)

· Wednesday 3/11: Math Performance Task (10th – 12th IEP students only)

· Thursday 3/12: Math CAT (10th – 12th IEP students only)

· Friday 3/13 : Make-ups

ELA SBAC (3/17 – 3/24) (Special Testing Schedule)

· 10th grade accountability measure; 11th & 12th optional: Small Gym, 600 wing

· Tuesday 3/17: ELA Performance Task – all 10th graders, 11th grade & 12th grade optional

· Wednesday 3/18: ELA CAT – all 10th graders, 11th grade & 12th grade optional

· Tuesday 3/24: Make-ups

Math SBAC (4/21 – 4/28) (Special Testing Schedule)

· 10th grade accountability measure; 11th & 12th graders optional: Small Gym, 600 wing

· Tuesday 4/21: Math Performance Task – all 10th graders, 11th grade & 12th grade optional

· Wednesday 4/22: Math CAT – all 10th graders, 11th grade & 12th optional

· Tuesday 4/28: Make-ups

· Small Gym, 600 wing

WCAS/Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (5/27 – 6/2) (Normal Bell Schedule)

· All 11th graders test on 5/27, with make ups on 5/28-6/2

· Big Gym


· September 19 – November 15: 12th grade IEP students only

· October 14 – April 3: 10th grade ELA/Math and 11th grade Science required for accountability measures

IB Exams (4/30 – 5/22)

· Limited to juniors and seniors who have registered in October 2019

· Specific subject exams dates and times can be found at

· All IB exams are scheduled off campus

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Homework Club

Homework Club is held on Tuesdays in the Media Center from 2:15 - 3:15.

CR Student Wins Award

Emily Smith, a sophomore here at Columbia River is the recipient of the Award for Aspirations in Computing from the The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

Congratulations Emily!

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News from The Washington State Department of Health

Meningococcal and HPV

February 2020

As a parent, there is nothing more important than safeguarding your child’s health. The Washington State Legislature requires us to make information available to you about meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV). Know the facts about these diseases and the vaccines available to protect your child.

Meningococcal Disease and Prevention

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection. Fortunately, this life-threatening illness is rare, with only 20-30 cases reported each year in Washington. The most common symptoms of the disease include fever, cough, headache, and rash. It can cause meningitis (swelling of the covering of the brain and spinal cord). The disease spreads through close contact with an infected person. Teens and young adults are more likely to get meningococcal disease, especially if they live in group settings like college dorms.

How can I protect my child from meningococcal disease?

The meningococcal conjugate vaccine, or MCV4, prevents against four types of the disease. It is a 2-dose series recommended for all children between 11 and 12 years of age, and again at 16 to 18 years of age. The meningococcal B vaccine, or MenB, is recommended for some children with rare health conditions or who are at risk during a meningococcal B outbreak.

For more information about meningococcal disease and how to prevent it:

· Washington State Department of Health:

· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Prevention

What is HPV?

HPV is a common virus. Most people exposed to HPV will never develop health issues. But for others, HPV causes major health problems, including cervical, anal, vulvar, mouth, and throat cancer. Most infected people have no symptoms and may spread the virus without knowing it. HPV spreads mainly through sexual contact.

How can I protect my child from HPV?

Make sure your child gets the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is highly effective. The HPV vaccine can prevent infection from some of the most common and serious types of HPV that cause cancer and genital warts. The vaccine does not get rid of existing HPV infections.

Who should get the vaccine and when should they get it?

Because the immunization is more effective when given at younger ages, 9 through 14 year olds need 2 doses. Those starting at 15 or older need three doses. The recommended age is 11 or 12. HPV vaccine may be given up to age 26.

For more information on HPV, the vaccine, and cervical cancer:

· Washington State Department of Health:

· Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

· American Cancer Society:

Where can I find the meningococcal and HPV vaccines?

Talk to your healthcare provider about the vaccines your child needs. In addition to meningococcal and HPV, your preteen should receive Tdap. Washington offers vaccines at no cost to kids through age 18. Providers may charge an office visit fee or administration fee to give the vaccine. If you can’t afford these fees, you can ask to have them waived.

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National Honor Society

Spring is a whirl of activities for Senior parents, and one of those events is the senior cording of National Honor Society students. This year’s cording will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Commons. Following the cording and awards ceremony, refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Fitzpatrick at

Remaining meeting dates are:

April 9

May 7

June 4

Earn World Language Competency Credits with AVANT

The World Language Competency Credit Program is a way to earn credit for a language you already know. Please see the flyer below for more information. You may also download the flyer below to print.

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. We have collected more plastic this year than all of last. Keep up the great work!

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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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Mark Your Calendar-Upcoming Spring Testing Dates

March 17 & 18 - English/Language Arts SBA - all 10th graders, 11th & 12th grade as needed - Special Testing Schedule

March 25 - School Day SAT - All 11th graders (opt out forms available in Main office)

April 21 & 22 - Math SBA - all 10th graders, 11th & 12th grade as needed - Special Testing Schedule

Counseling Center Staff

Freshman Counselor-Ashley Thurber

Sophomore Counselor-Jennifer Waller

Junior Counselor-Wayne Wanke

Senior Counselor-Rachael Howington

School Psychologist-Chad Waldman

Clerk-Gina Gasser

Student Pathways Center Staff

Pathways Coordinator-Morgan Parker

Clerk-Cindy Harrington

Youth Employment Summit Field Trip

March 19 Sophomores are able to participate in the Youth Employment Summit at the Clark County Event Center. The summit is designed to allow high school students to connect with employers from a variety of companies in industries such as technology, manufacturing and construction. Many companies offer transitional positions for pre-college job-seekers, as well as entry-level positions for career occupations.

To participate in this trip, students should stop in the Student Pathways Center and pickup a field trip permission slip.

IB Career-related Programme Authorization Visit

The IB Career-related Programme Authorization Visit will be taking place at CR on Thursday, March 26th. Faculty, students, and parents will be invited to be a part of this process, so stay tuned!

We plan to implement the IB Career-related Programme in the fall of 2020. Current sophomores can let our Student Pathways Center know if they are interested in either of our two pathway options: Computer Science or Digital Arts (Photography, Video, and/or Graphic Design). In this program, students take two or more IB courses, participate in a Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) course, do language development and service learning, and complete a reflective project.

Need something to do for Spring Break?

Spring Break is a great time for students to tour College campuses. There are so many college campuses located in the area, this can be a Staycation option! Take your parents or friends and check out future educational options, those could be trade schools, two year colleges or four year colleges and universities. It is a good idea to contact the school and set up a tour time, you will get more individualized attention and more than likely see more than if you went on your own! If you need help, see the CR Student Pathways Center.

Running Start Students High School and Beyond Plan Completion

Running Start students need to complete their High School and Beyond graduation plan. This is a state of Washington graduation requirement.

Drop by the Student Pathways Center for help or if you would like to set up an appointment call Cindy Harrington at (360) 313-2923

Seniors 2020!

Seniors if you need help planning for next year or completing the High School and Beyond plan for graduation? Go to the Student Pathways Center and sign up to get help during Intervention.

Did you know that you can get free money for college and trade schools?! We’re here to help you figure it out! Join us during Intervention Periods to get help completing the FAFSA and researching other ways to pay for training and education after high school. Come see us in the Student Pathways Center to arrange for a pass!

What Pathway Will You Take?

Thinking about what comes after high school? Unsure about what you want to do? Want to learn more about what’s out there? The Student Pathways Center has options! Each month, the Student Pathways Center has a unique career pathway focus - come visit to test out hands-on activities of different career paths you can take.

We Want Your Input!

We are adding new workshops to help you get ready for life! We want your input on what workshops will be helpful for you -- College 101? Applying for Apprenticeships? Creating a Rockin’ Resume? How to Get a Job? Come let us know what you need and we’ll make it happen!

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Xello is the new tool that students are using to complete their state of Washington High School and Beyond Graduation Plans. The Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores have already been introduced to this great tool. The Freshman classes will be in the Student Pathways Center in February, learning about and exploring Xello too!

Financial Aid for the Class of 2020

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened up on October 1, 2019. Families will report income from their 2018 tax return for students entering college in the fall of 2020. Students planning to attend college at a four year, two year, or technical school, will want to file FAFSA early (in October). Filing your FAFSA is free, and filing early will ensure that you don't miss out on aid that you qualify for. You can get a head start on filing by creating your FSA ID. Both students and parents will need one. Get started and learn more at
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Other Financial Aid Events/Resources

Need more help with Financial Aid?

Here are some great additional resources.

WSUV A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshops

These workshops will be held multiple times until April.

You do not have to be planning on attending WSU Vancouver.

Visit the WSUV website for more dates/times.

Class of 2020 Scholarship Opportunities and Reporting Awards

As Seniors receive scholarships and awards throughout the year, the Student Pathways Center wants to know! Use this link to report your great news!

Many local scholarship opportunities are posted on the Student Pathways Center website, do not miss the opportunity to apply for these great scholarships with very small applicant numbers. Scholarships are a fabulous way to pay for colleges, universities and trade schools.

College Representatives Visiting CR

During the school year many college representatives will be visiting CR. Students have the opportunity to sign up for these visits in the CR Student Pathways Center. These visits are not just open to seniors. Additional visits are being added daily, for the most up to date information see the Student Pathways Center Website:

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 and/or

SAT Basic Test $49.50 and with writing $64.50. The test dates are 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 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 25, 2020. If students wish to test again, or at another time they should register online using the information above.

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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.

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