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Lead On 2012

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

This year’s Lead On! Youth Leadership Mini-Summit applications are now available!!!!!


Lead On! is a youth leadership conference aimed at promoting peace and equality throughout the state of Alaska! Alaskan youth (ages 13-18) from all over the state are brought together to explore a diverse range of topics, including healthy relationships, nonviolence, culture & identity, leadership skills and community activism. Youth are able to attend workshops held by local and national speakers who use creative methods, such as theater, art, media, and discussion.  In addition, they develop skills that help them complete their own youth-led projects that promote individual, community, and/or relationship wellness.


This year’s Lead On will take place during Veteran’s Day weekend, November 10th-12thin Anchorage, AK . Scholarships are available for travel and lodging (please see application).   More information can be found at Videos, including our digital story video created by youth at Lead On! and our documentary,  can be found on this page, too!


We will have three review dates this year. Youth can choose which deadline to submit their application by. HOWEVER, we will continue to award  spots on a first-come-first serve basis; so it is best to submit applications by the first two due dates.  The review dates are:

  • June 15, 2012
  • August 28,2012
  • September 14, 2012

Click here for the Lead On Application 2012

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Alicia Ali

Prevention VISTA & Project Coordinator

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

130 Seward St. Suite 214

Juneau, AK 99801

(p) 907.586.6566

(f) 907.463.4493

End of Year Message from the Principal

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Hello Steller Community,

I can’t believe how fast the year has gone.  In looking back, we have covered a lot of ground, and our students are ready for a break from academic life.  Hopefully, the summer will bring them all the rest and recreation they deserve.  I’m sure you are due an equal amount of rest and a break form the daily grind.

This year, we have seen growth in many areas of concern.  We have worked hard to consolidate our practices and philosophy as a building by making sure we have accurate records of our policies.  We have instituted a Passages program that shows how important it is to us to follow our own philosophy of being self-directed and community oriented.  We have instituted a Homework center after school to help students on probation and on plans for success.  Lastly, we have also had many seventh hour programs that have helped our students stay focused and active.

We have had three National Merit Finalists in our building, two State Science Fair winners, two Presidential scholarship winners, and recently, we have had a Grand Champion in the National Portrait Gallery Teen Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institute (Micky Mann).  Our students have accomplished a lot.

Our building will be going through some small renovations this next year.  We received a grant to turn the old dark room into a Seminar teaching room.  Though we didn’t receive a grant to help us plan a Greenhouse and Teaching space, we will move forward in seeking funds.  We did receive some new equipment in our weight room that makes it safer for students.  We will continue to work on making our building a better place for all students.

Again, I want to thank all of the parents and staff for creating a work environment that is beneficial for students.  They are the reason we’re all here, and they can reach great heights with our support.  I hope you all have a wonderful summer.



Staff Corner

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
May is a busy month for the staff as we work on wrapping up this school year while looking forward to the next.  We have concluded our interviews with incoming students and are currently doing end-of-year conferences, which provide a good time for both reflection and goal-setting.


Next school year will begin with a 3-day Orientation before regular classes start.  Orientation offers a chance to familiarize new-to-Steller students with the philosophy and unique aspects of the program and allows time to re-establish the strong sense of community that our school so highly values. We have time built in for advisory groups and for grade-level classes to meet.  We are excited to see several opportunities for students to take the self-directed learning course, Passages. Passages will be equired for every student, beginning with next year’s 9th graders, but high school students, especially juniors and seniors, should consider completing a Passage.


The staff would like to thank the Steller community for another great school year.  It takes all members of our community to make our school run, and we greatly appreciate the students and parents who have put forth extra time and effort in the numerous extracurricular events throughout the year.  We wish everyone a safe, fun summer and look forward to seeing you all in August.

From the Nurse

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Attached is a document written by Dr. Jeffrey Demain, a prominent allergy and immunologist in Anchorage.  It was taken from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Alaska chapter newsletter. The document discusses how to deal with seasonal allergy symptoms. It has some great information even for those may not have been diagnosed with chronic allergies, but have intermittent symptoms.  Studies say that 20% of the population suffers from seasonal allergies, however, from my experience, I would say that number is greater in Alaska. Please read the information, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms. The information is very thorough. Included is the link for up-to-date pollen information for Alaska which is at

Thank you for the Cup of Noodles, other food contributions and the many great things you do for this wonderful school. There have been many hungry Steller students who made it through the remainder of the school day  thanks to your generosity.  Have a great summer and be safe!


Anne McCarron


Return of Spring and Summer
10 tips to ease your allergy symptoms
Jeffrey G Demain, MD, FAAAAI, FAAP

Millions of Americans are keeping their tissue boxes close by in preparation for the peak of the spring allergy season. The budding trees and blooming flowers associated with the return of spring mark an increase in itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other allergy symptoms.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever,” affects more than 20% of the people living in the United States, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Allergies are triggered by substances called allergens, such as pollen or mold spores. Many trees, grasses and weeds contain small and light pollens that are easily carried by the wind, causing allergy symptoms to flare up in the spring.  Tree pollens, especially birch have broken all records in the last few years.  High tree pollen levels are considered >90 grain/m cubed.  We had record tree pollen levels in May 2010 with over 3900 grains/m³

One of the best ways to help prevent allergy attacks is to start taking medication prescribed by your allergist about a week before peak allergy season in your area begins. With continued use of medication and avoidance of potential triggers, allergic symptoms can be minimized.

In addition to timing medication, the AAAAI offers the following tips to help allergy sufferers find some relief this spring:

  • Do a thorough spring cleaning – windows, book shelves and air conditioning vents collect dust and mold throughout the winter that can provoke allergy symptoms.
  • Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen times are usually between 10 am and 4 pm. Get up-to-date pollen information for Alaska at
  • Take medications at least 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity. Consult with an allergist/immunologist to ensure medications are helping you and notify an allergist/immunologist when reactions to medications occur.
  • Shut windows in your house on days pollen counts are high. Avoid using windows or fans that may draw pollen inside.
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  • Dry laundry indoors. Sheets hanging on an outside line are an easy target for blowing pollen.
  • Shower and wash your hair before bed – pollen can collect on your hair and skin.
  • Keep pets off of furniture and out of the bedroom. Pollen can cling to the dog or cat after being outside.
  • Keep car windows closed during peak season. Use air conditioning and point vents away from face.
  • When mowing lawn or doing gardening, wear a filter mask.

Seek proper treatment prior to and during your peak allergy season:
If you are an allergy sufferer, consult with an allergist/immunologist to discuss treatment and environmental control options. An allergist/immunologist is the best-qualified medical professional trained to manage the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma

Student Accompishments

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Student Happenings

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

ACT and SAT – Small “bumps”

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

ACT and SAT article -

Parent Group Seeks Applicants for Recruitment and Retention Coordinator- Stipend awarded

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Parent group feels that the most important aspect in any school is the quality of its students.  As in any alternative school, students much choose to come to Stellar.  We feel it is very important to attract students who not only have high personal and academic standards, but who fit the philosophy of Steller.  To that aim, many discussions have been held with many good ideas suggested on how to promote Steller to potential students and retain excellent students.  Unfortunately, it has been difficult to implement many of these great suggestions with an already taxed staff and volunteer base.  The idea was proposed to parent group to create a recruitment and retention coordinator to facilitate recruitment and retention activities at Stellar.  Parent group felt strongly enough about this to dedicate funds from our budget to provide a stipend to the individual willing to take on this position.  The proposal has been endorsed by Staff, Op group and Ad board.

Please click the link below for details and expectations of the position. If interested, please contact Mark Thorndike at Serious inquiries only please.

Click here for the RRC Expectations

Mural Cards

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Mural Cards and Steller Wear for sale during conferences and presentation day in the kitchen.

mural cards are – $2.50/each or 10 for $20

Cash and Checks only please

Camp Erin

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Imaginarium Discovery Center Summer Science Guide Program

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Karen Glavinic – Steller Alumni Parent and Volunteer

Monday, May 14th, 2012


Steller Volunteer Webmaster



As many of you know, our long-standing volunteer webmaster Karen Glavenic is recovering from a lengthy illness and unable to work. Denali Montessori Elementary School has developed ways to stay connected with Karen and ways to help and wanted to share these with the Steller community.


Ways to connect: Cards and kind words by email or on Caring Bridge would be wonderful, as Caring Bridge is a way to easily stay updated about Karen (Please note that donations on their website go to Caring Bridge, not to Karen).

Caring Bridge for Mobile:


Ways to help:  At our companion/feeder school Denali Montssori, students created Heart Pins for Karen and they have donated some of these pins to Steller.  These pins are available for anyone who wants one and are displayed in the Steller main office.  Donations are welcome and a collection jar is on the counter in the office.  Cash or checks to Karen Glavenic only please.  Thanks!

Carpool Needed for 2012/2013

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Fall carpool needed from Jewel Lake and Dimond area.  Schedule is odd, dad works on the slope, so for two weeks at a time we are good.  Step-dad works shift schedule for AKANG, so it will only be 2-3 days a week for two weeks at a time.  We are willing to supply gas money in exchange for your kindness for a polite, well behaved incoming freshman to Steller who needs a ride.  Please contact Elizabeth at 441-9092 or email at  Thank you!

End of Year Schedule

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Monday – Activity Day : 9:00am Buses leave for Cuddy Family Park. 1:50pm Buses leave Cuddy and returns to Steller

Tuesday – Student Led Conferences: only students scheduled for their Year End Conference should be on campus

Wednesday Stand and Deliver: 8:30-11:45am All school presentations in the MPR.  11:45 – 12:00pm Locker Clean-up

Graduation Rehearsal: @ Wendy Williamson 10:00-12:00 pm.  All students must be off campus by 12:00 pm .  Graduation seniors must arrive by 2:00 pm.  Everyone else by 2:45

Thursday – Student Led Conferences: only students scheduled for their Year End Conference should be on campus

Report Cards: will be mailed home the week of June 4th.

Request your transcripts NOW!!! : They will be ready to be picked on Friday, June 1, 2012.

Video Camera in Lost and Found

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Video camera, flip camera and bag.  Please come into the office to identify and claim.