Visitors to Schools

Please be aware that in line with recent policy deliberations by the Scappoose School Board, we remind Visitors to Schools that all visitors to schools are required to sign in with each school office if they have business in a school. Patrons will be required to wear a badge throughout their visit and must be authorized for that visit by the Principal or their designee.

While Scappoose school district always encourages visitors, we are also aware of the need to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation in our efforts to protect your children and provide an undisturbed educational environment for their learning.

Scappoose Administration

Parenting Boys Workshop Series

The Scappoose School District will present a series of three workshops targeted at understanding boys and young men, and how to support them in the challenges they face in school and life. All workshops will be held on Tuesday evenings in April at the SHS Auditorium. Childcare is provided for free. For additional information, please see the event flyer. Registration is now open online via this link

Spirit Wear

Families at OPE can now order spirit wear with our school logo and colors for wear on our Friday spirit wear days. Options include t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and sweatpants. Orders submitted by February 28 will be delivered to school on March 17. To view the options and place an order online, please click the icon below.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Otto Petersen is a beautiful school, with state of the art architecture, where students have access to current technology at every grade level. As the principal, I am proud of the hard work our students are doing. I am continually impressed with the quality of teaching going on in all of the classrooms at Petersen, the level of compassion that all the staff have for our students and the supportive families in Scappoose. 

The students at Petersen have made great academic gains over the past several years. In 2015­-16 we were identified as a bright spot for our region from Oregon Department of Education. While we continue to be in focus school status, we were rated favorably once again for our academic achievement during the 2015-­2016 school year. 

Our focus school goals for the 2016­-2017 school year are to continue to improve the health of the core. This means that we will continue to provide a high quality instructional program using a researched based curriculum and high impact teaching strategies. Our teachers have the opportunity to attend trainings in these strategies from experts in the field and to use those strategies in the classrooms. In addition to improving the health of the core, we will expand the use of data to make decisions about how to target support for those students who need an extra boost to acquire grade level skills in both reading and math. We will provide this extra boost with intervention classes at every grade level in both areas to all those students who are not performing at grade level. 

This year we will begin to provide more enrichment opportunities for students who may benefit advanced courses of study. We will be working this year to increase our communication to the community about the great things our students do every day in our school. We encourage parent participation and we are always looking for volunteers. Our community is growing quickly and we are excited about outreach opportunities and hope to collaborate with community businesses this year. 

Otto Petersen is a PBIS school. This means we intentionally recognize the positive behavioral choices that the students make. We emphasize being Safe, Responsible and Respectful. If your student attends Petersen and brings home a “hooty” that means that they have demonstrated one of these positive behaviors. 

I am excited about the 2016­-17 school year. I expect great things from our students, staff and families at Petersen, it takes everyone working together to make Petersen a Great Place to Learn.

Thank you,

Whitney Hessong