OASC Blog

10 High Schools and 7 Middle Schools Honored for Outstanding Achievement

OASC was proud to honor 17 schools with awards for high achieving student council / leadership programs for the 2013-2014 school year.  OASC sets high standards for school programs and if they reach or exceed these goals, submit proof of their achievements then we are excited to honor them!  “Student leaders have the opportunity to make a tremendous impact on(…)

OASC Community Fundraiser at the Oregon Public House

OASC has partnered with the Oregon Public House (OPH) to help raise money for our summer leadership camp scholarship fund. Who:  Anyone and Everyone (including children) who enjoys food, drinks and music (by Pro-J Events)! Where: Oregon Public House 700 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR 97211 When: March 25, 2014 Noon -10pm A portion of(…)

Anxiety . . .

Julie Kasper, Advisor at Century H.S. and OASC Board Member My anxiety came to an apex this September as my oldest daughter started the first grade at a new school with nary a familiar face.  The shyest of my three girls, starting at a new school scared her.  Even though I work for the school(…)

Halbakken elected statewide student president

Oregon City High School junior Jake Halbakken was elected Oregon Association of Student Councils state president last week at its conference in Seaside. Halbakken had just completed a year-long term as OASC’s metro-area representative during the previous school year. He also has been elected vice president of the OCHS student body. “For me to be(…)

Increase Engagement by Using Names

At the OASC Leadership Advisor Institute, we were able to hear the Paul Bernabei of Top 20 Teens speak. According to Paul, one of the easiest tools that we have as educators to increase engagement is to use our student’s names.  Many students in our schools are actively trying to be invisible. Using their name(…)

Embracing & Accepting the Positives of Change

Recently I have changed my  position from a middle school teacher/advisor to a first time high school advisor. I wanted a change of pace and a little bit more of a challenge, and I think that I have given myself just that. Although this is something new, where I feel like I am just barely(…)

2013 OASC HS Activities Advisor of the Year

Mike Verhulst Parkrose High School  Each year, OASC recognizes outstanding advisors who embody the ideals of our organization with the Warren E. Shull Advisor of the Year Award.  Warren E. Shull founded the National Association of Student Councils more than three-quarters of a century ago when he was a student council officer at his high(…)

IMAGINE a Positive School Culture

Written by Sara Nilles for the March 2013 OASC Newsletter I recently attended the CADA (California Activities Directors Association) Conference San Diego.  I was not alone, there were about 1,300+ attendees including about 200 from Canada and other states.  I helped represent Oregon with advisors Laura Lewis (Forest Grove HS) and Vanessa Tharp (Tualatin HS). 

Alliance for Student Activities

  Q: What is the Alliance for Student Activities?  A:  The Alliance for Student Activities was founded by a group of educators and trainers who realized the need for a unifying voice and network to promote the benefits and processes of co-curricular activities. Q: What are their goals? A:  The Alliance for Student Activities is(…)

OASC College Scholarships

Each year COSA and OASC sponsors and/or assists in processing twelve $1000 college scholarships. These scholarships are given to Oregon seniors attending 2- or 4-year Oregon colleges.  The following are the available scholarships: * George Martin (1 scholarship) * Joe Benninghoff (1) * L.G. Wells (3) (One for Baker County) * Wilma Wells (1) * David Putnam(…)