Principal’s corner

Principal Alex Otoupal

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Principal’s corner 2018-03-07T13:11:56+00:00
Jim Gray, principal

Dear students,

Welcome to the start of the 2017-2018 school year! Some of you are returning to the place you love, while others are joining the River student body for the first time. This year we welcome the Class of 2021 to our Chieftain family. You may know that Columbia River High School has an outstanding reputation for its commitment to excellence. You are now part of our acclaimed programs in academics, extracurricular activities and athletics. If you have not already, you will quickly sense our commitment to tradition and our strong community.

This fall marks the beginning our school’s 55th year. This milestone gives each of us an opportunity to both celebrate and reflect on our place in River’s history. Each day you will have a new opportunity to get involved and leave your positive mark in the record books at our school. I hope you push yourself to get involved as a learner, and a positive contributing member of the school. We need you because each of us plays a vital role in maintaining the excellence for which Columbia River is known.

Columbia River’s mission statement—which speaks to respect, integrity, value, excellence and responsibility—are words that demand action and words that hold each of us to high standards. Maintaining such high standards is essential to ensuring that all who claim the title Columbia River Chieftain are deserving of such an honor, so I challenge you to put forth your best efforts in all you do.

As a Chieftain, much is expected of you. Teachers will expect you to be prepared for work in the classroom. Coaches, advisors, advocates and supports expect you to always give your best effort. I expect you to think about your experiences here and your place in the world. Make your positive mark in our history this year.


Alex Otoupal

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