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15 Things to Try the First Month of School

15 Things to Try the First Month of School

Ahhhh. Can you feel it? The start of a new school year! We love the feeling! But while everyone jumps into the business of a band new year, we hope you’ll slow down and enjoy this moment because as cliche as it may sound, you’ll never get it back. Here are a few things to try for your first month of school!

  1. Make a new friend.
  2. Sit in the front row of class.
  3. Make a before and after school schedule to stay organized.
  4. Save a parking space in front for a friend.
  5. Stay after lunch to help clean up.
  6. Ask your teacher how their day is going.
  7. Write a note and leave it for your secretary.
  8.  Join a new club! 
  9. Instead of buying new school clothes, trade clothes with friends.
  10. Go to one event of every category of activities at your school: band, lacrosse, theater, football, water polo, soccer, volleyball… etc. 
  11. Volunteer in your community. Use this link as help you find opportunities in your region: http://oasc.org/?p=5411 
  12. Read a self help book.
  13. Write 3 goals for your school year.
  14. Start looking at SAT/PSAT/ACT test prep books.
  15. Put up pictures of your dream board in your locker. What’s a dream board? Click here to learn more: https://www.bjclearn.org/resiliency/PDFs/031110.pdf
OASC Students help bring Mental Health Days to Oregon Schools

OASC Students help bring Mental Health Days to Oregon Schools

A new law in Oregon allows students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days.

(From Left to Right) Sam Adamson, Lori Riddle, Hailey Hardcastle, Derek Evans

Former OASC President, Hailey Hardcastle and At-Large Rep Derek Evans helped champion the mental health bill which will allow “mental health days” just as they would take a sick day. You can read more about the story in the following links: (Special Thanks to Kristen Downey of Providence Health & Services for putting these links together.)

AP story: https://www.apnews.com/b2ce8f6a019846f7844f59af449ad567

Oregonian: https://www.oregonlive.com/education/2019/07/teen-activists-win-excused-mental-health-days-for-oregon-students.html

KGW: https://www.kgw.com/article/news/education/teen-activists-score-mental-health-days-for-oregon-students/283-32e76736-f658-438c-944f-2cefcf0104c8

KOIN: https://www.koin.com/news/oregon-student-activists-score-mental-health-days/

KATU: https://katu.com/features/kind-is-better/teen-activists-score-mental-health-days-for-oregon-students-07-22-2019-020649081

KTVZ: https://www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-teen-activists-score-mental-health-days-for-students/1097937456

NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-bill-allows-oregon-students-take-mental-health-days-n1032141

ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/feeling-blue-oregon-students-mental-health-days-64470354

NY Post: https://nypost.com/2019/07/22/oregon-approves-mental-health-days-for-students/

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/feeling-blue-oregon-students-can-take-mental-health-days/2019/07/21/c93b8252-abd0-11e9-9411-a608f9d0c2d3_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e0ce048a8eaf

Time: https://time.com/5631238/oregon-students-mental-health-days/

BBC News: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-49070822

Huff Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/oregon-mental-health-day-teens_n_5d34bdf2e4b004b6adb1871a

Kaiser Health News: https://khn.org/morning-breakout/oregon-bill-would-give-students-a-mental-health-day-florida-schools-will-be-required-to-provide-students-with-mental-health-education/

The Hill: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/454081-oregon-students-able-to-take-mental-health-day-under-new-bill

Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/oregon-adopts-mental-health-days-as-excused-absence-for-students

The Blaze: https://www.theblaze.com/news/ready-mental-health-days-now-among-excused-school-absences-in-oregon-students-who-pushed-for-change-say-its-not-coddling

The Weekly: https://theweek.com/speedreads/854072/innovative-new-law-allows-oregon-students-take-mental-health-days

Newser: https://www.newser.com/story/278112/oregon-students-win-right-to-take-mental-health-days.html

The Morning Call: https://www.mcall.com/news/nation-world/mc-nws-oregon-mental-health-days-new-law-20190722-4ebo7pbdlrfqbbnooxgt2tb2tm-story.html

NJ Herald: https://www.njherald.com/article/20190721/AP/307219900

KOTA TV (South Dakota): https://www.kotatv.com/content/news/Feeling-blue-Oregon-students-can-take-mental-health-days-1-513011251.html

KDRV News: https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Oregon-students-can-now-take-mental-health-days-513026471.html

WSB Atlanta: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/national/feeling-blue-oregon-students-can-take-mental-health-days/968883675

The Denver Post: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/21/mental-health-days-oregon-students/

Bluefield Daily Telegraph: https://www.bdtonline.com/region/correction-mental-health-day-story/article_7f1d28f1-a032-518f-bb51-85915c8d4777.html

WSBT (Michigan): https://wsbt.com/news/health/teen-activists-score-mental-health-days-similar-to-sick-days-for-oregon-students-1

Courthouse News: https://www.courthousenews.com/oregon-will-let-students-take-mental-health-days/E

Education Week: https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2019/04/should_mental_health_days_be_excused_absences_these_students_think_so.htmlRegisterRegislater

Register Guard: https://www.registerguard.com/news/20190707/4-changes-coming-to-k-12-schools-after-2019-legislative-session

KPTV (4/22): https://www.kptv.com/news/ore-high-schoolers-push-for-bill-allowing-students-to-call/article_af8c435c-655b-11e9-8aa8-2bfe3679bc4c.html

KATU (2/27): https://katu.com/news/local/blumenauer-backed-bill-aims-to-fight-increased-youth-depression-suicide-rate

Community Service in your Region

Community Service in your Region

Summer is a great time to make connections and strengthen your leadership resume. It’s also a time to give back to the community that supports you through your school year. Your Student Executive Council has taken the time to compile a list of service organizations in your region to partner with this summer.

Click Here to Know Your Region.

Metro Region: Oregon Food Bank, Red Cross, Home Plate, Habitat for Humanity, Tigard Youth Court, Tualatin Youth Advisory Council, Camp Rivendale

Central Region: Haven, Challenger Baseball, Y.E.S. House, Home at Last, Youthline

East Region: Public Libraries, Parks and Recreation

Mid-West Region: Habitat for Humanity, Willamette Humane Society, Project Able

Northwest Region: YCAP, St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen, MCMinnville Elementary School

Southern Region: Meals on Wheels, Hospitals, Girls and Boys Club

Do you know of organizations not on this list? Please send them to Katie at katie@oasc.org.