Just a reminder that first semester ends on 1/20. Be sure to check those Skyward grades with your student and encourage them to attend 7th period intervention. As always you have a question call or come by the office.
Here is an opportunity: The world has gone digital. Internet service has become essential for success. While we will continue to provide internet access to students of Onalaska HS who do not have internet at home, there is an opportunity that may assist some of you depending on where you are located. Comcast created a program they call Internet Essentials. It’s available to households with children who receive free school lunches. The program includes:
Internet at 9:95/month with no activation fees or equipment rentals.
You can also purchase a computer through them for 149.99
If you are interested you can contact them at: 1-855-8-INTERNET or InternetEssentials.com
1) Congratulations to our volleyball girls who took third at the Sun Dome Tournament this past weekend. There was a mix of 2A, 2B and 1A schools...very impressive. 2) On Saturday, September 19, the Onalaska High School Band attended the UW Husky Band day. While there, they musically collaborated with 2300 other students from around the state as well as the UW Husky Marching Band. While we were one of the smallest bands, we held our own with bands from larger schools. We were also a fan favorite with our T-Shirt design and many students took pictures with fans and were cheered for during the performance. 3) If you have not had a chance to come see our girls soccer team, you will want to do this. They are fierce competitors and are very well in to our second year of OHS soccer. 4) Two more home football games and plenty of action to watch. The team is 2-1 and poised to continue this hot streak. Check the OHS website for schedules and I’ll see you at the game!
1) Well done to all our track athletes who will be participating in state this year. 2) Congratulations to our Softball team as well. You fought very hard and we are all proud of how you competed. 3) The equestrian team made state in one event, congratulations! Although the tournament has been postponed as there are some health concerns with some Oregon horses.
Congratulations to the students who wrote and published, “A Natural Field Guide to the Plants of Carlisle Lake". It is for sale on Amazon and is about the natural history of Carlisle Lake and the plant life that makes up its ecosystem. This is a wonderful accomplishment for these Onalaska High School Students.
One of our student had the opportunity to speak at a legislative secession this week. The following is her response to House Bill 1294:
Mr. or Madam Chair and members of the committee, I am ... from Onalaska High School. I am here representing the Legislative Youth Advisory Council, I support HB 1294.
I have heard many complaints about this bill and I would like to address them.
To vote in Washington State you have to be: A resident of Washington, A U.S. citizen, At least 18 years old by the time of the election, cannot have felony convictions or can’t have a court order saying they can’t vote. Nowhere in here does it say that being an uninformed voter will prohibit you from voting. The constitution states “Who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age” Being young doesn’t make you an uninformed voter. Voting yes or no to this bill based on the belief that young voters are “uninformed” seems like a type of poll tax in disguise trying to restrict certain groups from voting. With that being said, in 2014 only 74.79% of eligible citizens have registered to vote. Meaning that we are losing 25.21% of Washington’s voters. Having youth pre-register to vote will only increase these numbers and voter turnout.
When youth register to vote -- they might move and their ballot will then be mailed to a random address and it could be filled out by someone else -- false voting. According to News21, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, there have only been 35 KNOWN cases of voter fraud since 2000. Typically we hear about preventing voter fraud but from my research it does not appear to be as much of a concern as it is made out to be.
2) The organization that distributes ballots simply can't handle the increase. Plus it would cost a lot of money.
Counter: Six states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. If they can do it why can’t we? King County has indicated that implementing preregistration “would not be a problem”. As for the cost, this is not just about getting youth to vote, but encouraging the next generation of voters to become involved with their local, state and national governments. We HAVE to do something about voter turnout because if we don’t, at this rate, we aren’t going to have any voters left.
I believe that this bill will help to address many voter issues that Washington is currently facing. Thank you for your time.
What a wonder event this Saturday! The Senior Students and the Onalaska Scholarship Committee did an outstanding job with dinner and the auction. Thank you Linda, Dorris, Phillis, Dora and other Committee members. Onalaska students benefit greatly from your assistance!