Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

While Grant Watts has changed its building hours, Petersen has not. Our school will open for student drop off at 7:55 am, where families may drop off students at the doors nearest the gym. Students are dismissed to class at 8:15 am, and the tardy bell rings at 8:20 am. 

Starting this coming Monday, September 11, school arrival at start times will be one hour later on Mondays. 
Please remember that student supervision will not be available until 8:55 am on Mondays.
Regular start times (as above) are in effect Tuesday through Friday.
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

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 Otto Petersen Families,

It is an honor and a pleasure to be your new principal this year. When I was fortunate enough to attend the incredible opening of the mural installation this past June, seeing the students’ hard work and the joy of the community in getting together to celebrate, I knew that Otto Petersen was a learning community of which I wanted to be to a member!

This year marks my eighteenth year as a school administrator, serving schools as near as North Marion, and as far as Shenzhen, China and Dubai. Prior to supporting schools as an administrator I taught elementary school for over a decade in both Oregon and outside of Boston. In fact, after having been an Oregon principal for eleven years I then taught second grade for a year when my family moved to China. I note this as my passion for education is really in the classroom where teaching and learning take place. At heart, I am a teacher and always think of what is best for students as I help support students, staff and families.

Otto Petersen is truly, as the saying goes, A Great Place to Learn. Having been working here over the summer, each day I meet committed teachers and staff members, supportive parents and carers, and awesome students! We will strive to continuously improve in all areas to best meet the needs of our students academically, as well as socially and emotionally. I look forward to partnering with you in this work and I look forward to meeting all of our OPE families soon!

Here’s to a terrific school year!

Kind Regards,

Matthew Wilding