The Oregon State Board of Education welcomes upcoming high school seniors to apply for a one-year appointment as a student advisor to the Board. This appointment begins August 2021 and ends July 2022. To qualify, students must be a current high school junior (senior during the 2021-22 school year) in good academic standing. As a State Board Advisor, students are expected to attend board meetings beginning in August 2021 and assist the Board in analyzing the policies, proposals and requests before it.
Criteria for Advisor Selection
Applications will be reviewed as submitted, and the application portal will remain open until positions are filled. If you have any questions about this appointment or the application, please review the full announcement or contact State Board Administrator Corey Rosenberg by email.
The United States Senate Youth Program, funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and endorsed by the U.S. Senate, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service, history or political science. For the 2021-22 school year, two delegates will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and attend an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., on March 5-12, 2022 (the Hearst Foundation is planning for in-person programming in Washington, D.C., pending public health and safety guidance for travel and indoor gatherings). Two alternates will receive a $200 cash award from the Oregon Department of Education.
All high school juniors and seniors must be nominated by their high school principal or designated school official to apply for the program. Nominated students must be active in elected or appointed leadership positions that relate to government, public affairs, education and/or community service. School officials must publicize the opportunity to all qualifying juniors and seniors, develop a process for selection of a nominee(s) from the school, and identify a student(s) to apply.
We encourage public and private high schools to share this information with eligible juniors and seniors, especially those from historically underserved communities.
The state online application will be available on Oregon’s U.S. Senate Youth Program webpage by late summer 2021 and will be due by Friday, October 15, 2021. Please review Oregon’s process requirements for additional details or contact Jenni Knaus at 503-947-5860.
Dear School and District Leaders,
The updates affect determination of cohort size, physical distancing and overnight trips. Updates to cohort size and physical distancing bring these pieces of guidance into alignment with the current iteration of the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance.
The update to overnight trips bring the guidance into alignment with OHA’s current guidance around youth programs and essential travel.
As always, if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the COVID-19 Inbox.
Press Release from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission:
The deadlines are June 1 for high school seniors and July 12 for GED® test graduates
Salem, OR – The Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC ) encourages Oregon’s graduating high school seniors and GED® test graduates to apply for the Oregon Promise by the upcoming deadlines, even if they are still deciding on their college plans this fall. The Oregon Promise Grant is a state-funded grant for recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates to pay for tuition at Oregon’s 17 community colleges. Every student gets only one opportunity to apply for the grant, which is during their senior year or immediately after completing their GED®.
With the effects of the pandemic, many students and families are facing uncertainty related to their postsecondary education and training plans. Oregon Promise application numbers are currently lower than they were for prior graduating classes, and OSAC is working to ensure that every eligible student is aware of the upcoming deadlines. Students who are graduating from high school or receiving their GED® between March 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 can still apply. High school graduates have until Tuesday, June 1 to apply and GED® test graduates have until Monday, July 12 to apply. The application process has two steps:
Applying for the grant does not bind a student to attending a particular college; they will only be asked to accept the award with their college if/when they enroll.
Juan Baez-Arevalo, Director of OSAC, says, “We hope that every student completing high school or the GED® applies for financial aid—starting with completing the FAFSA or the ORSAA and grant applications like the Oregon Promise—even if they are still considering their postsecondary education and training plans. Meeting the deadlines is critically important so students don’t miss out on grants and scholarships that could open doors for them.”
Last week, OSAC began awarding Oregon Promise grants for Class of 2021 students who have already submitted their application, but OSAC is still seeking additional applications from students who may begin community college this upcoming fall term.
The Oregon Promise Grant is now in its 6th year of awarding, established by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 to begin awarding funds to the Class of 2016. More information about the eligibility and awarding criteria of the Oregon Promise Grant, along with the application link, can be found online at www.OregonPromise.org. Schools, colleges, and partner organizations are encouraged to share this information with students and families.
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"We would like to remind our communities that this year, more than ever, it is important to celebrate the holiday safely to keep the spread of COVID-19 as low as possible within our school communities."
Click here to read the full letter from NCESD Region Superintendents including Information Regarding Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel and Two-week Freeze
Columbia Gorge ESD, North Central ESD, and the Columbia Gorge STEM Hub have curated the following resources to assist educators and families with leading distance learning. These include ALL subjects.
Learning from Home Resources (for parents)
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is part of the statewide response working to address and reduce the effects of COVID-19 on the lives of Oregonians. Data presented here are from the OHA Public Health Division.
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