DEA National Drug Take Back Campaign – Oct 27

Hello Steller Community,

It is time for DEA’s National Drug Take Back – 
Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer and not even now it.

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription of a doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.
  • Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available:
    • Take the meds out of their bottles;
    • Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
    • Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.
  • For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to:

Below are Prescription Drug Take Back locations in your community: Find site locations

Be safe and not sorry, have a great week.
Nurse Annette

Nurse’s News

Hello and welcome to a new school year at Steller Secondary. The nurse’s office is working to keep students’ medical history and shot records up to date to stay in compliance with the State of Alaska’s requirements and provide safe care to students.

Please update your student’s medical health history records yearly and as necessary. By updating their medical history your child can continue to receive the best nursing care.

If you have completed any medical forms during online registration, please print and bring them in to the nurse’s office, as I do not have access to print these completed online forms.

Immunizations Due – Some students will need an immunization booster shot prior to starting school and during the school year. The immunization must be administered and documentation provided to the nurse prior to attending classes. The State of Alaska has a strict “NO SHOT, NO SCHOOL” policy…. [read more – Nurse’s News-Aug2017.pdf]

Save the Date…Blood Drive January 9

blood-drop-iconSteller is hosting its annual Blood Drive on Friday, January 9, 2015. Appointment times are from 8 4 p.m.

• Donors must be at least 16 years old
• Weigh at least 113 pounds.
• Provide photo ID
• Students under 18 must have a parental consent form signed
• Be in good health
Staff and parents are encouraged to come by and donate as well!
If you are a student under 18 planning to donate blood, then fill out the consent form below. If you are a parent, staff member or student 18 years old who is interested in donating blood then provide your name and phone number on either interest sheet posted on the white board and the Be The Change board.
Parental Consent Form
Donator Guidelines

Flu Vaccination Consent Form

Parents, for your convenience, here is a link to the consent form which you may print and complete before your student’s conference, but please do not drop off at the office or send in with your student. I would like to take a few moments to go over the form with you in person for accuracy.
14-15 Flu_Vaccine_Consent Form
Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Annette Johansen, RN

Sophomore Day additional info

I have had a request to post more specific information about the Sophomore Day schedule.  If the information below does not answer your questions, please call me for more specifics (742-4963). Here is the agenda.
From 9:15 – 11:15 A.W.A.I.C. and S.T.A.R. will give a presentation on healthy relationships and assault prevention. They will have a question-answer session afterward. Their questions will be related to services and where they can be located. There will not be talk about sex specifically, but they have agreed to talk about abstinence.
11:15 – 12:45 pizza lunch
From 11:45 – 12:45 the P.O.W.E.R. peer outreach presentation will be given. In the past they have talked about the services they provide at their clinic and safety issues, including the proper use of a condom.  Again, they are not promoting sexual activity, but rather preventative safety measures.
From 1:45-1:50 Drew Phoenix who works with Identity will talk about gender identity issues and tolerance.

Please Google information about Drew Phoenix and the above organizations. These speakers often give presentations in the community and again, all of them have spoken at Steller in the past.
If you need additional information do not hesitate to contact me.
Anne McCarron
Steller Secondary School Nurse

Free EpiPens

Parents, A fellow Steller parent discovered a website offering a manufacturer’s program for people who have severe allergies and use EpiPens. If you are the parent of an adolescent who has the potential for an anaphylactic reaction, please take a look at these sites and consider ordering a FREE EpiPen for him or her. As you know, EpiPens are expensive. I Googled and found it is not uncommon to pay $329 dollars for a set of two! I can understand a hesitancy to pay that much especially since they typically expire in a year or so. If you have not left an epi pen in the nurse’s office for school use and have an adolescent with an anaphylactic history or the potential for an anaphylactic reaction, please consider going on this website and ordering a free pen. Pass the word on to your friends who may have a child with severe allergies as well. **Please note you must have a doctor’s prescription in order to obtain your free EpiPens**

Nurse Anne