OSD QuickNews

Nov. 20, 2022

Scootney says a final farewell

t’s been a tough week in our community and at Scootney Spring Elementary in particular as we’ve mourned the loss of William and Oliver Porfirio-Maldonado and their father, who died in a tragic canoeing accident last weekend. Another student, Miguel, survived the accident and is home with his family. On Friday, students and staff at Scootney had an opportunity to say their final farewell, as a funeral procession for the boys made its way through the school bus loop. The crowd fell silent as the vehicles slowly passed by lines of students holding signs with messages for the family.


There has been an outpouring of support for the family from all across the Othello community. A meal train has been set up. If you’re able to help, there are still delivery slots available.

William and Oliver are both remembered by their teachers and classmates as hardworking, fun, and kind boys. They are truly missed.

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Hiawatha 5th grade celebrates DARE graduation

Fifth grade students from Hiawatha Elementary celebrated their graduation from the ten week long DARE program in a ceremony on Thursday evening. The culminating event gave students an opportunity to share what they had learned. Each student received a diploma as they walked across the stage. DARE is taught at Hiawatha and Lutacaga elementary schools by Othello Police Sgt. Aaron Garza and our SRO Fernando Lopez. The program has evolved from what you may remember from your youth. Drug abuse prevention is still a core component, but the program now also focuses on social emotional skills to help combat bullying and build self esteem.
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Winter weather information

Our recent chilly fall weather is a good reminder that real winter weather is coming. Our transportation team evaluates bus and walking routes early in the morning to determine if it's necessary to delay or cancel school. If we do make a schedule change we will notify you in several ways:

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Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date so that we can be sure to reach you with important information.

OHS Drama Club wraps up fall production

Our OHS Drama Club wrapped up a successful run of their fall production The Importance of Being Earnest in three shows November 10, 11 and 12 at McFarland Middle School. The performances were the culmination of several months of rehearsal and set building by the club and their advisors.
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FFA racking up acomplishments

Our OHS FFA teams have also been racking up accomplishments. Our FFA tractor driving team placed first in state as team. Individually. Dalton Weyns scored 3rd, Garrett Weyns placed 4th and Dayton VanLandingham placed 7th.


Our FFA Apple team competed in Quincy Tuesday night and placed 2nd overall in districts. For top 10 individual scores Sami Shade placed 3rd, Alondra Hernandez placed 6th, America Gonzalez placed 7th, Ryder Henley placed 9th, and Giselle Hernandez placed 10th. They’re on their way to state next!


The FFA Potato team competed at state recently as well, placing 19th out of 52 teams.

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New scoreboards made possible by STCU

New scoreboards were installed at the Othello High School softball and baseball fields this week, with the board at Huskie Stadium soon to follow. Replacement of the aging scoreboards was made possible by a generous grant from Spokane Teachers Credit Union. We also want to thank Big Bend Electric Cooperative for their help in hoisting the new signs into place.
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Football season comes to an end

Our OHS Huskie Football team traveled to Enumclaw for a quarterfinal game on Saturday. Their season came to an end with Enumclaw winning 20-17. Our Huskies finished the season 9-2. Congratulations to them for an outstanding season.

Thanksgiving week schedule changes

It's a short school week due to the Thanksgiving break. Schools will operate on their normal schedules on Monday, Nov. 21 - we do not have a late start this week. Students will be release two-hours early on November 22. We hope everyone has fun and safe thanksgiving break!
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Othello School District

Othello School District provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or use of trained dog, guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For more information, contact Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator: Executive Director of Human Resources, Sandra Villarreal, (509) 488-2659, svillarreal@othelloschools.org; and 504 Coordinator: Heidi Wagner, (509) 488-2659, hwagner@othelloschools.org.

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