Message from the Principal

  • Hello and welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

    I am truly honored, excited and humbled to be the principal of Otto Petersen Elementary. In my time at OPE I have found it to be a school with amazing students, supportive parents, strong community roots, and a deeply caring and committed staff - I am thrilled to be a part of this terrific team!

    As principal it is my role to ensure we, in partnership with families, support the growth of the whole child - academically, socially and emotionally. The OPE staff is committed to working together and with community support, so that our academic program is rigorous, relevant, responsive to individual student needs, and engaging for all. Our PBIS systems, mind up curriculum, soundness center, counselor and care coordinator are some of the supports we use to help Petersen students develop the organizational, socio-emotional, and self-regulation skills needed for success in middle school and beyond.

    As a parent of seven and nine year old daughters, I truly understand the importance of strong family connections in schools. I know what a difference clear, regular communication, a listening ear, and an open door make in creating a welcoming, supportive school. I care about our OPE families and our community. Please know my door is always open to you; I invite you to please stop by for a visit, to ask questions, or problem solve with me. Other communication tools I use include:

    • Our school newsletter: posted online and shared electronically the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.
    • Cup of Joe with Dr. J: an informal chat and information session, 8:30 - 9:00 am the first Thursday of the month.
    • Follow us @OPEowls on twitter where I will regularly share the amazing work happening at Otto Petersen.
    • Otto Petersen Parent Organization meetings

    Thank you for welcoming me into the Scappoose community and I look forward to this new partnership with the students, families and staff of Otto Petersen Elementary!


    ~ Jenni Stackhouse - “Dr. J.”