• Education has been thrown a lot of curveballs in the past few years, and we are thankful that our students and staff still show up every day and put in their best effort.  In addition to their school-level recognition programs, the OUHSD would like to recognize students who are making a difference, whether it’s by helping others, reaching higher in their academic and personal pursuits, and more. The help may have been a small gesture or a large undertaking; we want to hear all about it!

    January 2023 Student Spotlight

    Each student received a Yeti tumbler and a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.

    • Madisyn Dunn-Irwin (LPHS Junior) Nominated by Terri Dawn Arnold:  Maddi improved her attendance. She tries her best in classes and always has a positive attitude.  

    • Riley Bathurst (OHS Freshman)  Nominated by Rhonda Copelin:  I have transported Riley since he was a Kindergartner. I have watched him grow into a fine young man. He is respectful and kind. He always uses phrases like "yes please" or "no thank you." He is helpful to other students on the Bus/Van. Riley has reached several of his personal goals. He has come a long way. I am so proud of him. I would like him to be recognized for all the hard work he has put in to be where he is. I know he will continue on this successful journey to graduate. Great job Riley!

    January 2023 Staff Spotlight

    Each staff member received a Yeti tumbler and a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.

    • Dave Butler (LPHS Targeted Case Manager)  Nominated by Keely Frazier:  Dave is an incredible resource for our students working as a targeted case manager. He always goes above and beyond to support students and assist them in getting services they may need. He is always willing to help both students and staff and is a positive role model on campus for our students.

    • Russell Grimenstein (Maintenance Technician)  Nominated by Jim LaGrone:  Russell was recently tasked with eliminating multiple roof leaks on a gymnasium prior to a basketball tournament. Russell was able to correct this issue and it is his determination and dedication that he continually strives for that completes the difficult tasks that are assigned to him. Thank you Russell for all that you do and your continued dedication to OUHSD!!!

    • Paul Montanez (OHS Para-Educator)  Nominated by Jen McKim:  Always willing to step up to help the kids, by example or through conversation. He is a powerhouse in the Access program, which wouldn't be able to function without him.

    • Constance Otis (PHS Teacher)  Nominated by Erica Garman:  It's an honor to work with Constance. She is ​a beautiful person, through and through, who is passionate about teaching and inspiring students in alternative ed. Daily, she works to instill kindness and compassion in her students and it SHOWS!