CIRCAC/Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
Guidelines – 2019 Capt. Barry Eldridge Scholarship for Maritime Studies $2,500.00 Scholarship Available

Background: Congress created the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) via the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The Council is mandated to perform environmental monitoring in Cook Inlet, Alaska; engage in oil spill prevention and response planning; and educate the citizens of Cook Inlet with information about our work. In that spirit, we are pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship for a selected student with educational and career ambitions that mirror our Congressional mandates. CIRCAC’s goal is to assist Cook Inlet area students to launch or complete maritime skills training in any of a broad range of applicable programs of study at a Maritime Academy, vocational school or maritime program.

~ Please read and follow these Guidelines carefully; omissions may disqualify applicants ~

Eligibility:

Submission:

Graduating seniors and recent graduates who are planning to attend maritime vocational schools or academies for certifications or undergraduate degrees – and who reside in the vicinity of Cook Inlet, Alaska (specifically: Anchorage, the western Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island) – are eligible to apply. Seniors must be attending schools in the Anchorage School District, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (excluding Seward), Kodiak Island Borough School District, a home schooling program, or private schools within the boundaries of these districts, or be a recent high school graduate. Recently discharged veterans are encouraged to apply.

A completed application package must be submitted and received by the deadline indicated on the application, and must be accompanied by:

 Completed and signed Application Form

  •   Most recent transcript (copy acceptable)
  •   Letters of recommendation (at least 2; not from family members)
  •   Personal essay (500 words or less) outlining educational and career goals (particularly as

    they align with CIRCAC’s objectives), a statement of financial benefit, personal accomplishments, and how this scholarship will help you impact the culture and environment of Cook Inlet

  •   Proof of Alaska residency (PFD eligibility; driver’s license; military ID; other)

    Late or incomplete applications at deadline will be rejected. Materials will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. A Committee of CIRCAC Directors will select the finalists for interviews, which will be conducted via teleconference. All applicants may re-apply for future scholarships. Interviews of about 15 minutes will be held telephonically.

    Scholarships are in the form of a “Letter of Award” issued by CIRCAC to the recipient. Scholarship funds will be released in a single payment directly to the school or program upon receipt of verification of enrollment (e.g. – course schedule and Student ID) issued by the school’s proper authority. Scholarship funds may not be used to cover payments for any prior academic period. Any scholarship funds paid to the school and not used within twelve months will be returned by the school to CIRCAC.

    Applicants and their schools will be notified by letter following the Committee’s decision. Scholarship Awards will be announced to the community through notices to local media outlets, and through public outreach.

Process:

~ Completed Applications Must be Received by 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2019 ~

Send Applications and related materials by mail, FAX or e-mail to:

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council – Scholarship Committee
8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611
FAX: (907) 283-6102 ~ jerryrombach@circac.org ~ Questions? Call: (907) 283-7222

 

DEADLINE: Completed applications must be received at CIRCAC by 5:00 pm, TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019. Call (907) 283-7222 if questions or for more information.
8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611 ~ (907) 283-6102 (FAX) ~ jerryrombach@circac.org

~ ALL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL ~

CIRCAC/James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Sciences 2019 Application

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council announces its application for the James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Sciences:

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
Program Guidelines – 2019 James Carter Scholarship for Environmental Sciences $2,500.00 Scholarship Available

Background: Congress created the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) via the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The Council is mandated to perform environmental monitoring in Cook Inlet, Alaska; engage in oil spill prevention and response planning; and educate the citizens of Cook Inlet with information about our work. In that spirit, we are pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship for a selected student with educational and career ambitions that mirror our Congressional mandates. CIRCAC’s goal is to assist Cook Inlet area students to launch or complete an undergraduate degree program in environmental sciences in any of a broad range of applicable fields related to ocean studies.

~ Please read and follow these Guidelines carefully; omissions may disqualify applicants ~

Eligibility:

Submission:

Graduating seniors and recent graduates who are planning to attend a college or university to pursue an undergraduate degree in an environmental science – and who reside in the vicinity of Cook Inlet, Alaska (specifically: Anchorage, the western Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island) are eligible to apply. Seniors must be attending schools in the Anchorage School District, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (excluding Seward), Kodiak Island Borough School District, a home schooling program, or private schools within the boundaries of these districts, or be a recent high school graduate. Recently discharged veterans are encouraged to apply.

A completed application package must be submitted and received by the deadline indicated on the application, and must be accompanied by:

 Completed and signed Application Form

  •   Most recent transcript (copy acceptable)
  •   Letters of recommendation (at least 2; not from family members)
  •   Personal essay (500 words or less) outlining educational and career goals (particularly as

    they align with CIRCAC’s objectives), a statement of financial benefit, personal accomplishments, and how this scholarship will help you impact the culture and environment of Cook Inlet

  •   Proof of Alaska residency (PFD eligibility; driver’s license; military ID; other)

    Late or incomplete applications at deadline will be rejected. Materials will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. A Committee of CIRCAC Directors will select the finalists for interviews, which will be conducted via teleconference. All applicants may re-apply for future scholarships. Interviews of about 15 minutes will be held telephonically.

    Scholarships are in the form of a “Letter of Award” issued by CIRCAC to the recipient. Scholarship funds will be released in a single payment directly to the school or program upon receipt of verification of enrollment (e.g. – course schedule and Student ID) issued by the school’s proper authority. Scholarship funds may not be used to cover payments for any prior academic period. Any scholarship funds paid to the school and not used within twelve months will be returned by the school to CIRCAC.

    Applicants and their schools will be notified by letter following the Committee’s decision. Scholarship Awards will be announced to the community through notices to local media outlets, and through public outreach.

Process:

~ Completed Applications Must be Received by 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2019 ~

Send Applications and related materials by mail, FAX or e-mail to:

CIRCAC Scholarship Committee – 8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611 FAX: (907) 283-6102 ~ jerryrombach@circac.org ~ Questions? Call: (907) 283-7222

 

DEADLINE: Completed applications must be received at CIRCAC by 5:00 p.m., TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019. CALL (907) 283-7222 if questions or for more information.
8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611 ~ (907) 283-6102 (FAX) ~ jerryrombach@circac.org
~ ALL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL ~

Band Students Fare Well at Solo/Ensemble Festival

Steller 7th and 8th Grade Band Students Fare Very Well
The 7th and 8th graders in the Steller Band participated in the ASD Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival last Friday.  The 8th grade band students were: Ry Allwright on alto saxophone; Avery Bashford-Blumer on tenor saxophone; Sarah Duot-Kelley on flute; and Reagan Miller on alto saxophone.  The 7th graders were: Elliot Beck on clarinet; Kaila Gibson on flute; Kamryn Lyons on flute; Abbey Markel on clarinet; Kiera Markel on flute; Wyatt Mohs on baritone; Alan Nunn on alto saxophone; Anthony Schofield on trumpet; Milo Scott on trombone; Maddox Tomassoni on alto saxophone; Bjorn Van Der Goore on bass clarinet; and Hasan Wilkerson on percussion.  All of the 7th and 8th grade students formed one ensemble and received the superior rating.  Alan, Anthony, Bjorn, Kamryn, Milo, Reagan, Ry, and Sarah each performed solos, too.  Alan, Anthony, Bjorn, Kamryn, Reagan, and Sarah achieved the superior ratings, and Ry and Milo earned the excellent ratings.  “We have a strong group of middle school-level musicians in band”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “The Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival is the gateway to a successful future in music.  I am delighted that the students took the extra time to prepare these songs for the festival.” The soloists would like to thank Marcia Stratman for the piano accompaniment.

Opportunity for 8-12 Graders- FEMA Emergency Preparedness Camp-August, 2019

BOTHELL, Wash. – FEMA Region 10 is seeking 40 youth in grades 8 through 12 representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to be selected to attend a Youth Preparedness Camp in Stanwood, Wash., in August. This will be an engaging and empowering way for teens to learn about and practice emergency preparedness. There will be a variety of exciting leadership and team-building opportunities as well as traditional camp activities to ensure a fun week for all.

There will be a competitive application process, through which forty (40) high school aged youth, from Region 10 states and tribes, will be selected to attend.

Students wishing to be considered for the upcoming camp can find application information at:http://www.fema.gov/region-x/community-preparedness. Applications will be accepted by March 15, 2019. 

For those selected to participate, FEMA will fund youth participants’ travel costs. It is critical that participants do not make any travel reservations on their own, for FEMA staff will assist with the pre-departure travel voucher process and ensure all required documentation is collected and submitted. Parents/guardians will need to submit a signed waiver allowing their child to travel un-chaperoned. The waiver complies with camp guidelines, keeping safety the focal point of the entire experience. Lodging and meals are included in the camp. Transportation to/from the SeaTac airport to/from the camp will be provided by FEMA staff.

 

Measles Outbreak – What Alaskans Need to Know- From Our Nurse

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and CDC Measles (Rubeola) is a highly contagious viral respiratory illness.  Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes followed by a rash over most of the body.

Measles can be serious.

  • ​About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized​
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage
  • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care

Measles is very contagious.

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. Your child can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left. An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing he/she has the disease—from four days before developing the measles rash through four days afterward.

Some people think of measles as just a little rash and fever that clears up in a few days, but measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children younger than 5 years of age. There is no way to tell in advance the severity of the symptoms your child will experience.

A highly effective vaccine has resulted in a dramatic reduction in measles cases and deaths worldwide. However, outbreaks and deaths continue to occur, primarily related to overseas travel and unvaccinated individuals.

 

For more information:

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/measles/default.aspx

 

 

Alaska Public Health Advisory January 29, 2019 

Measles Outbreak in Washington State — What Alaskans Should Know 

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/Documents/phan/AKPHAN_20190129_Measles.pdf

 

Steller Band Students Fare Very Well in Solo/Ensemble Festival

Steller 7th and 8th Grade Band Students Fare Very Well in Solo/Ensemble Festival
The 7th and 8th graders in the Steller Band participated in the ASD Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival last Friday.  The 8th grade band students were: Ry Allwright on alto saxophone; Avery Bashford-Blumer on tenor saxophone; Sarah Duot-Kelley on flute; and Reagan Miller on alto saxophone.  The 7th graders were: Elliot Beck on clarinet; Kaila Gibson on flute; Kamryn Lyons on flute; Abbey Markel on clarinet; Kiera Markel on flute; Wyatt Mohs on baritone; Alan Nunn on alto saxophone; Anthony Schofield on trumpet; Milo Scott on trombone; Maddox Tomassoni on alto saxophone; Bjorn Van Der Goore on bass clarinet; and Hasan Wilkerson on percussion.  All of the 7th and 8th grade students formed one ensemble and received the superior rating.  Alan, Bjorn, Kamryn, Milo, Reagan, Ry, and Sarah each performed solos, too.  Bjorn, Kamryn, Reagan, and Sarah achieved the superior ratings, and Ry and Milo earned the excellent ratings.  “We have a strong group of middle school-level musicians in band”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “The Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival is the gateway to a successful future in music.  I am delighted that the students took the extra time to prepare these songs for the festival.” The soloists would like to
thank Marcia Stratman for the piano accompaniment.
Nobuo Toba
Band Teacher
ASD Fine Arts Department
(907)742-0171

Parnall Law Scholarship Opportunity- Due May 1, 2019

Distracted Driving Family Plan Scholarship

The Parnall Law Office is proud to offer the 2019 Scholarship Program that is designed to help interested high school (upon graduation from high school) or college students in the United States to attend an institution of higher education, while also bringing to attention to the dangers of distracted driving. $5000 in prizes will be awarded to the top 3 applicants.

Essay Topic

Create a “Distracted Driving Family Plan” within which you address the safety of your family by proactively committing to a plan that avoids the occurrence(s) of distracted driving by you and the members of your family.

Distracted Driving Quick Facts

  • Talking and texting while driving cause over 300,000 injuries every year.
  • Drunk and distracted driving cause nearly half of all deaths on the road.
  • Cell phone distractions cause 2,600 deaths every year.

Important Dates

Start of Submission of Application: January 1st, 2019
Deadline of Submission of Application: May 1st, 2019

Prizes

  • First Place Prize: $2,500
  • Second Place Prize: $1,500
  • Third Place Prize: $1,000

For more information, visit https://www.hurtcallbert.com/scholarships/

News from our Counselor- February, 2019

SCHOOL COUNSELOR NEWS – FEBRUARY 2019

 

I am looking out my office window at the pink sunrise over the mountains and it tells me that the days are indeed getting longer and spring is right around the corner. Last night I was walking my dogs up in the hills by the mountains just as dusk turned into a clear and crisp night. It was beautiful and relaxing and my mind was wandering in its own directions. Children and young people are increasingly dealing with ADHD and anxiety, making it hard to function well at school and among friends. I sometimes talk with students and parents about mindfulness. It has become sort of a buzzword these days, and many people think that it needs to involve meditation and a spiritual path that is not for them or for young people. Some people do practice meditation to obtain mindfulness; however, anyone can develop mindfulness through simple activities that may help with relaxation, stress release and focus. Beach combing, picking berries, watching birds, a walk in the woods, watching the sunset, arts and crafts activities, etc. are among things you can do to relax your mind. Ideally, you will do these activities in solitude but company is OK if you agree to not having conversations. Did you know that there has been a lot of research on knitting and its healing effects on a variety of physical and mental health conditions? Stress, anxiety, eating disorders, cancer, heart disease…They have found that knitting heightens the brain’s alpha-wave output, which is also takes place during yoga and meditation. They key to mindfulness and allow the brain to relax is to set aside time on a daily basis and making it a routine.

 

Testing is a part of the annual routine for ASD. We just finished NAEP (National Assessment for Educational Progress). This assessment takes place every other year and at Steller we only need to assess 8th graders. I coordinated and organized the test at Steller but a “NAEP team” comes in to proctor the test. They were very impressed with how well our students behaved. Please let your child know if they were participating in NAEP.

 

Next up is YRBS (Youth Risk Behavioral Survey). The survey will take place Monday February 25th. High school students with a survey release on file will be sampled for the survey. I don’t know yet which students are selected.

 

Steller starts PEAKS Monday March 25th and we will test students every day through April 1st. Students in grades 7 and 9 will be tested in English Language Arts and Math. Students in grades 8 will be tested in English Language Arts, Math and Science, and 10 will test in Science only.

 

Seniors should have filled out their FAFSA and either completed or started their college applications. If you haven’t filled out the FAFSA, please do so asap. Students applying to colleges in Alaska should apply as soon as possible. Students are often of the impression that they don’t have to submit FAFSA and application until later if they are staying in AK. Applying early (now) will potentially make them eligible for additional scholarships. Also, please check the websites of local colleges for institutional or private scholarships and the deadlines for applying.

 

I have talked with many juniors about taking the SAT or ACT in the spring. The spring dates are posted in the hallway and sign up needs to happen as soon as possible. Seats fill up. I plan to host a college night in March or April depending on my schedule.

 

It is also time for our current sophomores and juniors to think about next year. Our school district offers selected students a great opportunity through the Gifted Mentorship Program. There is an application process involved so interested students may want to check out the requirements early to make sure they meet eligibility and make the deadline. Here is a link: https://www.asdk12.org/Page/5390

 

It is now noon and the day is beautiful, just as promised by the morning sunrise. A walk or run in the woods with my dogs is on my afternoon schedule before I head back to Steller to the Ice Cream Social.

 

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope you find time to relax your mind and enjoy the present.

 

J

 

Marianne

Steller Parent Group Meeting is Tuesday, February 12 at 6 pm

This week, Tuesday February 12th 6:00-7:30– Join Parent Group to hear updates from Principal Reed Whitmore, as well as student reports from Op Group, news from teachers, and upcoming opportunities for families and students.

Parent group is a great way to learn more about making the most of Steller, navigating middle school and high school, and helping to support student travel opportunities and other non-traditional learning at Steller. Newcomers and new ideas are always welcome!

Parent Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in Ken’s room. If you have any items for the agenda, please email them to: stellerparentgroup@gmail.com

Thank you!

Ann