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You can register to vote!

You can register to vote!

Register to Vote

Did you know, Oregonians can register to vote at 16 years old? You won’t receive an official ballot until you turn 18, but that shouldn’t stop you from registering. The registration deadline for the 2018 Oregon elections is October 16, 2018. The election will be on Tuesday, November 6, and there are lots of important decisions on the ballot. In addition to races for Congress and Oregon Governor, there will be local races like city council and county commissioner, as well as five important ballot measures on issues ranging from taxes to immigration to housing.

You can register to vote at the DMV while getting your driver’s license, or you can register online here: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/register.do?lang=eng&source=SOS

Why choose a political party?

Unlike what some people may say, you do not need to join a political party to vote in an election. In fact, many local elections are nonpartisan, meaning that candidates do not run as Democrats, Republicans, or some other party. However, joining a political party allows you to vote in the primaries (where the parties choose their representatives for the general election). When choosing a political party, you should pick a political party that’s values are most inline with your own.

While there are many parties you can join, five of the biggest parties nationally are:

Democratic Party: https://democrats.org

Republican Party: https://www.gop.com

Libertarian Party: https://www.lp.org

Green Party: http://www.gp.org

Constitution Party: https://www.constitutionparty.com  

You can learn about each other parties by clicking on the links above. To help you choose a party, you can use https://www.isidewith.com or http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-party-quiz/ to help understand where your personal viewpoints fit with political parties.

What you can do before you can vote:

If you’re under 18 can can’t vote yet, you can still support our democracy. Here are a few ways you can help.

  • Encourage friends and family members aged 18 and older to register to vote and vote in the upcoming elections.
  • Research issues you are interested in and become knowledgeable about candidates running for office, then help educate your family and community members.
  • Join a politics or government club like the OASC Capitol Ambassadors.
  • Contact your elected representatives to tell them your thoughts and ideas on important issues like education. Find out who represents you in Oregon by going to this link: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/findyourlegislator/leg-districts.html
How to Help Someone with Mental Health Issues

How to Help Someone with Mental Health Issues

It’s always hard to watch someone struggling. It’s even harder to know what to do. Below are some tips to help someone struggling with Mental Illness and Suicidal thoughts.

What to DO:children with umbrella dark clouds

  • Keep in touch, do reach out to them. Text them, call them, drop by for a visit. Let them know you’re thinking of them.
  • Bring them something to eat, take them out for ice cream, or invite them over to dinner.  Often those who are struggling neglect simple things like eating and drinking water. We need nourishment to help our bodies and brains stay healthy.
  • Sit with them, listen to them, be with them,  talk with them. Suicide can be a lonely thought. Having someone with you can be a step towards asking for help.
  • Have them join you in an activityーwatch a movie, play a boardgames, do some art, run some errands, go for a walk; keep it simple”
  • Talk to a trusted adult about your concern for the individual.
  • Ask directly if they want to kill themselves or if they want to commit suicide. It is a myth that saying this will increase the chances of the person completing suicide.
  • Ask if they have a plan . If they state that they will kill themselves (different than “I want to die”), that’s when you need to call 911
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. It’s not just for suicidal people, anyone can call for resources or help.
  • Call or text Youthline 877-969-8491 or text “teen2teen” to 839863high school students at sunrise

What NOT to do:

  • Make them list things they’re grateful for. That indirectly sends the message of shame and that their feelings are not real
  • Force them into some type of activity. If they want to talkーlisten.  
  • Bring up too much religion. You can ask if they practice religion and if they want to talk about that but don’t impose your beliefs onto the person
  • Shame them for having suicidal thoughts. They’re not exactly something they decided they wanted to think about, nor did they “invite” them with something they did. Acknowledge the person is having those thoughts and talk about them.
  • In the end, just be a friend.

If you want more information, check out this page of resources from Well Being Trust.

Senior Traditions

Senior Traditions

Starting off the final year of high school is an exciting time. Senior traditions can help bring your senior class together and help them bond. It can also help underclassmen look forward and work toward being a senior themselves. Below are a few traditions happening in Oregon High Schools. If you have any senior traditions you want to share with us, tag us in social media (@OASCLeaders) or email Katie at katie@oasc.org.

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Liberty High School 2018 Senior Sunrise

Tualatin High School 2018 Senior Sunrise Oregon

Tualatin High School 2018 Senior Sunrise

Senior Sunrise

A new school year always brings new possibilities–just like the sun rising every day. Celebrate your seniors with Senior Sunrise–gather your seniors to watch the sunrise together. Whether you do it at your high school or at a nearby park, celebrate a new beginning and the start of the final chapter of high school.

Tualatin High School chose to hold theirs at a local park this year. They invited local businesses to donate donuts and coffee to hand out to students. Liberty High School held theirs on their football field and played music. The final song of their playlist was “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.

Senior Walk

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Grants Pass High School Senior Walk 2018

Giving seniors exclusive access to hallways and walkways is another well known senior tradition. At Grants Pass High School, a sidewalk in their quad is dedicated to seniors only. They show this by painting it in school colors and allowing seniors to sign it.

While not all campuses have the opportunity to have senior exclusive walkways, creating a special path where students can have their name can create school spirit. You may consider bricks, which can easily be changed out and new names written on then.

Senior Parking Spots

Hillsboro High School Senior Parking Spot

Hillsboro High School Senior Parking Spots

Assigning parking spots and letting seniors decorate them is another fun senior tradition. It gives students a chance to show their creative side, beautify the campus, and promote school spirit. If you’re looking for guidelines, check out these guidelines by Plano East Senior High School. (Click Here for Guidelines)

Hillsboro HS, Scappoose HS, Century HS, and Mazama HS all use decorated parking spaces as some sort of fundraiser for their school or senior class fund. Hillsboro High School allows any student (not just seniors) a small portion of the parking space. And Century High School paints their seniors nick names instead of painting the whole spot.

While some school districts will not allow paint, another alternative would be Chalk. Your ASB can also offer to clean the chalk off the parking lot after so many days if the rain doesn’t take it away.

Senior Night

“Senior Night” is another great way to celebrate seniors. On the last home game of the season, celebrate senior players before the game by announcing them and their accomplishments. Many schools involve parents to join the students before the game.

You can celebrate more than just players too! While many sporting events bring out the community, before the last home game, it would be the perfect opportunity to announce seniors in the pep band, dance team, cheer squad, and clubs at your school.

Senior Traditions Are Not Over

Some of the traditions above can be used at the end of the year as well. Consider a “Senior Sunset” on the last day of the school year or a “Senior Walkout” where seniors walk out of the school year on the last day of school together. Banks High School does a Senior Walk at the end of the year where they dress up in their Cap and Gowns and walk through their feeder elementary and middle schools. 

Whatever traditions you choose to do, we hope you use it as a way to unify and strengthen your school.