OASC Blog

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(…)

Alumni Ben Bowman – At a Glance

A glimpse into the life of OASC alum Ben Bowman’s life, interviewed by student executive council member Max Denning of Parkrose H.S.   Ben is a 2010 graduate of Tualatin High School, attended OASC summer camp five times and was a Junior Counselor for two years.  Bowman now attends the University of Oregon and holds a(…)

2012 Middle School Activities Advisor of the Year

Shelley Lute Happy Valley Middle School OASC MS Activities Advisor of the Year – 2012   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(…)