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
Greetings Columbia River High School Community:
We are happy to report that we had an extremely successful and energetic Homecoming Week last week. Events were packed into our annual Spirit Week with our theme: Area 51. Athletic teams and activities took us into the late evenings and in addition to some exciting league competitions and wins, we had a wonderful turn out for our Homecoming Dance on Saturday.
River students continue to achieve in the classroom room and this is on display at the Tuesday, October 8 VPS Board of Directors meeting (and noted below in the caption). Students who have participated in the National Merit Scholarship Testing/Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Testing (PSAT/NMSQT) in the 2018-2019 school year have been recognized as they move forward in the Merit Scholarship competitions for their respective classes. We are very proud of their work!
River students in the Class of 2022 have been invited to participate in the School Day PSAT on Wednesday, October 16.
As you plan ahead for the next weeks, please be certain to set time aside to participate in our Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 17 and October 18. Progress reports will be sent home this week and there is no better time to check in with teachers about progress. Please continue to look for more detailed information regarding PSAT (grade 10 only) and conferences (all River students) over the next several days.
Remember that Friday, October 11 is a statewide in-service day. This means that teachers may be participating in professional learning at various locations. There will be no classes and most offices will be closed. The main office at River will be open on Friday, October 11.
Friday, October 18 will be a very busy day at River. In addition to Parent/Teacher Conferences, River will be hosting about 100 esteemed educators at the the regional Northwest Association of International Baccalaureate Schools' fall conference on Friday October 18 and Saturday, October 19. This is a professional learning opportunity for IB teachers from IB schools in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. I am sharing this because we have a chance to showcase our school and our IB Programme. We are certainly grateful for the opportunity and the chance to highlight the outstanding work of our IB Diploma Program Coordinator, Julie Nygaard, and our IB teachers.
Alex Otoupal, Principal
Columbia River High School
NEWS FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Come support the football team on October 18 in our final home game of the season! We will recognize our senior cheer leaders at halftime.
Soccer and Volleyball have big league matches against Ridgefield, today, October 8!
Slow Pitch Softball, combined with Heritage High School, is having a great season. They beat Skyview last night, 7 - 4.
Cross Country will be at the Hole in the Wall Invitational this weekend, where our athletes will have a chance to showcase their improvement this year.
Boys golf and boys tennis both have league districts next week!
Make sure to stay up to date on the schedule by going to 2agshl.com and following @ColRiverSports on Twitter.
Associate Principal/Athletic Director
Columbia River High School
Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
National Merit Semifinalists
The Vancouver Public Schools board of directors will give special recognition at the Oct. 8th school board meeting to three Columbia River High School students who were named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists. Abby Kinney, Noel Sims and Elizabeth Zimmerman are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.
U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Award Nominee
Nominees will go through an interview process in which two students will be selected to represent Washington State next spring in Washington D.C.. Along with the week long trip, the two winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The program and scholarships are made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Company.
News from Echo Moran-Prince/Prevention Intervention Specialist
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports the following facts about drug and alcohol abuse:
- Approximately 25 million Americans, age 12 and older, are current using illicit drugs.
- In 2013, an estimated 8.7 million people, or nearly 23 percent of individuals aged 12 to 20, reported drinking alcohol during the past month
- In 2012, alcohol was a factor in approximately 31 percent of deaths from motor vehicle accidents
- More than 17 million Americans, aged 12 and older, are classified as dependent on or abusing alcohol.
Prevention aimed at teenagers is particularly important due to the process the brain is going through at this time in life. Neuroscience studies have discovered that the brain is going through a complex development process during adolescence, which lasts until around the age of 25. Evidence suggests that the young prefrontal cortex of the brain, the region responsible for making judgments, is one of the reasons teens are at risk for experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Abuse during this time can have a lifelong effect on the brain’s ability to control impulses.
The earlier a person uses drugs or alcohol, the more likely they are to develop addiction to drugs or alcohol. In fact, NCADD reports that children who use drugs or alcohol before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol or drug dependence and addiction issues.
Individuals, adolescents included, with substance abuse problems can also suffer from a dual diagnosis, which is the presence of a mental health condition, like depression or anxiety, along with addiction. Some studies suggest that as many six in 10 people with substance abuse disorder have a mental illness. This can be particularly challenging because regardless of which came first, both conditions make the other worse. Treatment must address both issues in order for a person to gain a strong foothold in recovery.
If you feel your student is in need of intervention, please contact:
Prevention Intervention Specialist
Columbia River High School
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.
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).
If your student is a member of the National Honor Society, here are important dates to remember for this school year. Our meetings are held in the Forum at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to give everyone an opportunity to meet. Members can only miss two meetings before being removed from the membership role, so it is important that they attend. If you have any questions, email Ms. Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also a concession opportunity on Thursday, October 24 to raise money for NHS activities. Parent volunteers are needed. Time slots range from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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
Changes are coming soon to the CR College and Career Center! Watch for more information coming next week!
Financial Aid for the Class of 2020
FAFSA Intervention Workshops
Financial Aid Night at CRHS
October 15, 2019, 6:00 PM, Gallery at Columbia River High School
This will be a Washington State University A-Z Workshop held at Columbia River High School. You do not have to be planning to attend Washington State University. Parents and students will learn all about the financial aid process.
Other Financial Aid Events/Resources
Need more help with Financial Aid?
Here are some great additional resources.
College Goal Washington
October 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.
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
October 9 Washington State University-Pullman
October 10 Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University
October 14 Washington State University-Vancouver
October 16 Multnomah University
October 17 Grand Canyon University
October 21 Carroll College
October 22 University of Washington-Seattle
October 23 Whitworth University
October 25 Gonzaga University
October 28 Linfield College
October 29 Northern Arizona University, University of Hawaii Hilo
October 30 Cornish College of the Arts, George Fox University, Portland Community College
November 1 Montana State University
November 4 Seattle University
November 5 University of Portland, University of Washington-Tacoma, Willamette University
November 6 Concordia University
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.
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.
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**