OASC Newsletter

Ohio Association of Student Councils, November 2017

The Ohio Association of Student Councils is an organization dedicated to the teaching of leadership skills, organizational skills, and people skills valuable to the members and officers of all student organizations!

Looking back: Middle Level MADness!

OASC held the 1st Annual Middle Level Madness event on Saturday, October 21st at Eastern Heights Middle School in Elyria, Ohio. The day's theme was "Power On" and centered on various aspects of student leadership such as commitments, barriers, persistence and more!

A multimedia presentation with the same theme was shown to all delegates from Motivational Media, a company based in Burbank, California. Motivational Media Founder and President, Jim Hullihan, made the trip all the way from California to spend the day with our students!

After lunch, delegates were divided into small breakout groups for more activities, with the end of the day concluding with a powerful activity. Delegates literally "shredded" the barriers and obstacles that keep them from being their best. With this symbolic finale, OASC sent our young middle school leaders back home with a stronger sense of empowerment!

OASC would like to thank Heather Baker, and the Eastern Heights Middle School Student Council, for being extraordinary hosts for the day! We appreciate all the hard work that went into making our day run smoothly, and providing lunch for all delegates and staff who attended!

We look forward to next year's Middle Level Madness!

Fall 2017 iBELIEVE & OASC Staff Training

Two weekends of staff training were held to get our 209 staff members more prepared for all fall programming! The first weekend was held in Parkersburg, West Virginia on October 7-8th. The second weekend was held in Columbus, Ohio on October 14-15th. The professional development during this series of staff trainings centered on "The Art of Processing" and debriefing experiential learning activities so students can take away valuable and meaningful lessons and skills back to their home schools and communities. Adrian Dennis led the professional development both weekends! A special thanks to Patrick Klein and the iBELIEVE Foundation for funding both weekends of training so staff members were able to attend at no cost.

We look forward to the memories our new staff members will help create for our delegates!

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Coming to Fall Retreat?

We look forward to seeing 133 students at OASC's Fall Retreat Nov 4-5! If attending, please use this link or the docs below to check the info packet for Camp Willson's special packing instructions & be sure to bring a completed Health Form!

Winter & Spring Dates!

Here are the dates for our winter & spring programming! While we will have more complete and updated information in the following months, we want you to mark your calendars now!

If you are new to OASC, you can read more about these events under our "Past Events" tab on our website to get a better idea of what each event can offer the students you send to us! As we move closer to 2018, we will update the descriptions on our website to reflect the details & dates for 2018!

Winter Retreat Registration Opens - January 1

Summer Workshop Registration Opens - March 1

Student Council & NHS Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights- Tuesday, March 6

Winter Retreat 2018 - Proctor Center, London Ohio - March 10, 11

State Conference 2018 - Fort Jennings High School, Fort Jennings Ohio - April 26, 27, 28

Students can nominate their advisor for OASC's Advisor of the Year Award that is presented at State Conference in April. Advisors - you also have the opportunity to nominate an Administrator of the Year if you have tremendous support from an administrator in your school or district!

Applications must be submitted by January 1st to be considered for this award at the 2018 State Conference!

Advisor of the Year Nomination Form

Administrator of the Year Nomination Form

November's Monthly Motivation - Thanks"GIVE"ing

"What does it mean to be charitable? Do we have to be charitable all the time? If you were given $50, would you donate it or keep it? Neither answer is right or wrong, but one could have a greater effect on your happiness."


Returning advisors - renew your membership today if you have not done so already! Follow this link to complete the membership form and you will receive an electronic invoice to your email for your treasurer.

For new schools or interested schools - membership in OASC is by school. When your school joins, your student council becomes a member and receives price breaks for all of our events throughout the year. Member schools are also able to attend OASC's annual State Conference which is being hosted by Ft. Jennings High School April 26, 27 & 28th!

Some advisors expressed the desire to "contribute" more to our membership funds in addition to the $50 membership fee. Therefore, the OASC Executive Board adopted a special membership program with four separate tiers for advisors wishing to further support OASC. If your high school or middle school student council is not a member of OASC, join today!

7 Leadership Lessons From the Thanksgiving Table

National Turkey Day is once again upon us. Some people enjoy and others dread the holidays. The food, the family and commercials, all can be a bit overwhelming. But if you can keep your wits about you, the holidays can be a time of fun and learning as well. Here are seven clear leadership take-a-ways to be had this Thursday.

1. Plan well.

Whether you are the host or traveling to see the folks, there are a myriad of potential problems associated with Thanksgiving. Among them are traffic jams, uncooked birds, deep fryer house fires and unforeseen family feud fistfights. Avoid these issues by setting some time aside to think through how the holiday will play out. Spontaneous pleasure works better when you have foreseen most of the obstacles. Make some notes, take some precautions and prepare to have fun.

2. Recruit a compatible team.

You may not be able to control who attends the holiday festivities, but you can choose who is in your direct company. If the gathering is at your house, consider the mix and invite people who you know you can trust and support you.

3. Meet or exceed expectations.

Don't invite a bunch of people over randomly and just expect they'll be thrilled with the standard turkey fare. Think through the experience your guests are looking for. Get their input upon invitation and design the experience accordingly. It doesn't have to be a Martha Stewart affair. Even TV dinners, and big screen can be the perfect Thanksgiving affair for some people. Find out what will make them thankful to you for a great day, and then deliver.

4. Pick your battles.

Great leaders know they can't win every fight. You are bound to get that hated cheek pinch from Aunt Martha or get into that fight about facts with Uncle Charlie despite the availability of Google on your smartphone. Remember the objective is to get through the day with as little collateral emotional damage as possible. Set your limits and only go to war when something critical is at stake.

5. Establish your limits.

Gluttony isn't pretty. And lord knows there will be enough carbs to take down an army this weekend. Pre determine your limits so you can stay sharp and resourceful. That extra helping of stuffing can cost you the time for 3 more workouts next week. Exercise restraint.

6. Help everyone keep perspective.

Senses will be heightened, which makes for a fun holiday. But if things get out of hand, it's your chance to shine with your leadership qualities. Bring in the calm and remind people of all the great benefits of spending time together. Help remind people why they care about each other. If you can resolve family squabbles, workplace conflict will seem easy as pie, pumpkin, in fact.

7. Let everyone see your gratitude.

This holiday has definitely been over commercialized, but there is a core purpose, which is to give our thanks to the forces of nature and the people in our lives for the great bounty of good things bestowed upon us. Everyone has something to be thankful for and most have many blessings to count. Make sure others see how grateful you are for the blessings in your life and help them do the same by your example.


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Save the Dates for Summer Workshop 2018!

Sunday, June 17th 2018 at 1pm

Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky

Save the dates for Summer Workshop now!

OASC partners with the iBELIEVE Foundation to offer 5 different calendar weeks at multiple college campuses of summer workshop programming! Summer workshop is a 5 day, 4 night summer camp opportunity for student leaders in the middle level program (entering grades 7-9) and the senior high program (entering grades 10-12). These summer programs encourage the development of leadership skills, improves understanding of setting and achieving worthy goals, and inspires young leaders to accept challenges and responsibilities, so they may return to their communities with knowledge, convictions and understanding which will empower them to better all they encounter. Our summer programming also facilitates life long connections between student leaders from all over the state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and most recently, Kentucky.

We hope you will come to workshop with a desire and the spirit to learn, to try new things, and to share your talents, ideas, and feelings with others. If you do that, we promise you will leave with more information than you ever thought you could remember, with more new friends than you thought you could make, and with a feeling that you can make a positive difference in your school, community, and in the lives of the people you know!

The cost of workshop is $300/delegate. This includes the program materials in addition to room & board for the 5 days at workshop. While scholarships are available, we know this can be a large investment of money for many families - so we want you to start planning now so you can join us in the summer of 2018! Most students describe their experience as unforgettable, life changing, inspiring, motivating and "one of the best weeks" of their lives. We hope to see you at one of TEN workshops being offered!

Registration will open March 1, 2018 - stay tuned for updates!

June 17-21, 2018

June 24-28, 2018

July 8-12, 2018

July 15-19, 2018

July 22-26, 2018

Check out this Summer Workshop video made by Max Leu, a member of the iBELIEVE staff!