September 25, 2020

Dear Outlaw Community,

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On September 23rd, Rianna McGonagle, a 2020 graduate of Sisters High School tragically passed away in a car accident. This loss is sure to raise many emotions and concerns for our entire school community. Our hearts, positive thoughts and prayers go out to the McGonagle family especially, Bindie, Rianna’s 8th grade sister.

A loss to the Outlaw Community is always felt far and wide.  Our district and community distinguish themselves by the investment and care for each of our citizens but even more so for our students.  We are brokenhearted by this loss and will be here to support the McGonagle’s. 

We currently have two ways those interested in supporting the family can offer their support at this time.  First, the following link is for a meal train and online donations  Second, a fund has been set up at the Mid Oregon Credit Union here in Sisters for those wishing to make a donation.

Please, remind your youngsters that each of us will react to a death in our own way, and we need to be respectful of each other. Feeling sad is a normal response to any loss. Some may not be affected and others may experience a great deal of sadness. Some may have difficulty concentrating, and others may find that diving into activities is a good distraction.  

Sisters School District has a Crisis Counseling Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. At each of our schools, we have counselors available for any student or staff member who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources.

Attached is a more comprehensive list of resources that may be useful to you in helping your child at home. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our counselors:  Katie Kuitert (ES), Brook Jackson (MS) or Lindy Weddel (HS).

A loss of this magnitude to our community is difficult but working together, we can help our students through the grief process.




Joe Hosang
Sisters High School


Grief & Loss Resources


Counseling & Mental Health Resources

Deschutes County Behavioral Health: Mental Health Information & Therapy (541) 322-7500

Please be aware that you need to request Jennifer Noble if you are seeking therapy in Sisters specifically

James Janoski, The Child Center: Therapy for SSD students (541) 668-4798, 

St. Charles Behavioral Health: Therapy (541) 706-2768

OSU Cascades Free Counseling Clinic: Therapy (541) 322-2047

2020-21 School Year