After School Basketball Camp – Nov  27th thru Dec 1st

Hello, my name is Cameron Snow and I’d like to invite students to an event that I am planning as part of my passage. This quarter I am hosting a week long basketball camp on November  27th through December 1st. I believe this camp is important because it can help students increase their basketball and communication skills. The camp will run from 2:30-4:00pm. 7-10th graders are able to participate, with a maximum of 20 students. The camp is FREE and each participant will receive a free T-shirt on the last day. I will hand out flyers and permission slips during the next advisory and they will be available in the office as well. The deadline for the permission slips is Friday, November 10th.  If you have any questions, please see me or email me at

10-day perfect attendance = opportunities to win $100 prizes

District Receives BP’s Support for 2017-18 Attendance Program

A call to action for students to maintain 10-day perfect attendance with opportunities to win $100 prizes

The Anchorage School District announces support from BP for the 2018 attendance program, a call to action for ASD high school students. Knowing that any absence from school is a missed opportunity, the Anchorage School Board and ASD Administration thank BP for providing funds for an incentive program for students. BP has contributed $12,600 for the year-long program, rewarding high school students who come to school every day for 10 days throughout the school year.

Based on a model of reinforcement, ASD Superintendent, Dr. Deena Bishop, said, “We are rewarding students for good attendance behavior with the praise of an intermittent reward.” [ … continue reading 2017-18 BP Attendance Program.pdf ]

Steller Band Sends Three Students to the All-State Band

Three Steller Band Students have been accepted to the All-State Band.  They are Sebastien Libbercht on trumpet; Tatiana Rogers on flute; and Kohlby Vierthlar on trombone.  The All-State Band is the highest honor that high school musicians can achieve. The students went through very competitive auditions.  “it is rare that a small school sends three students to the All-State Band,” said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “This is the 2nd year in row that Sebastien made the All-State, which is quite an accomplishment.  Tatiana and Kohlby worked very hard for the auditions, and it paid off.  I am very proud of these All-Staters.”

The All-State Gala Concert will be Saturday, November 18 at West High School.  The admission will be 10 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for students.  Public is invited.  

Student Spotlight – Allison O’Leary

Here’s What our Steller Students are up to:

Allison O’Leary to Uganda, Africa!  WHAT?

Congrats to Allison for her interest and involvement in One World Today and Bery’s Place, both of which benefit young disadvantaged orphan girls in Uganda. One World Today pays for the education of girls through sponsors, of which Allison is one of them, and Bery’s Place provides refuge for these girls when they are not in school. Allison (11th grader) traveled to Uganda as part of her Passage project and winter Intensive to meet Immaculate, the girl she sponsors and to experience the people and culture of Uganda. Allison was truly inspired by the success of the programs. She is planning to return in the summer to do a month long teaching project in schools attended by Immaculate and other girls at Bery’s Place.

We wish Allison and the girls at One World Today and Bery’s Place the best of success! 

Steller Sends Two Students to the All-Northwest Honor Band

bellasebastien-nov-2016-1Steller Students, Isabelle “Bella” Libbrecht on flute and Sebastien Libbrecht on trumpet, have been accepted to the 2017 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Northwest Division Honor Band.

It is an honor group for the high school students in the Pacific Northwest Region. “The auditions were very selective. Bella and Sebastien competed against the most talented students not only from Alaska but also from the states like Washington and Oregon,” said Mr. Toba, the band director. “The audition results for Bella and Sebastien are the true reflection of their commitment to excel in instrumental music. Bella and Sebastien will proudly represent the entire Steller Community. I am so proud of Bella and Sebastien.” The All-Northwest Band will rehearse in Bellevue, WA, from February 17 through 19, 2017. All-Northwest Instrumental Concert will be in Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, on February 19, 2017.

Also, don’t forget the All State Band and Orchestra will have a gala concert on Saturday, November 18 in the West High School Auditorium, at 6 p.m. Admission will be 10 dollars for adults, 5 dollars for students. Public is invited.

Tatumn Willis, Bret Congdon and Ned Murphy are headed to Juneau for the state swim meet

Steller Students Tatumn Willis and Ned Murphy, who swim for Dimond High School, and Bret Congdon, who swims for West High School, are heading to Juneau for the high school state swim meet.  They will each compete in several events. Congratulations to these talented Steller athletes and good luck at State!

Bret Congdon a junior at Steller who swims for the West High Eagles will be competing in Juneau in 2 events and in one relay team event. Her relay team set a new West High record for the 200 medley relay at the Conference Championships last weekend.

Congratulations, Bella and Sebastien!

Steller students, Bella L and Sebastien L, have been accepted to the 2016 ASAA All-State Band and Orchestra.  Bella, a senior flautist, and Sebastien, a freshman trumpeter, competed, through audition process, among the most talented high school musicians in state, to earn the spots in the prestigious student ensembles.  “For Bella, she has made the All-State Band and Orchestra for four straight years, and that is an accomplishment that only a few high school students may achieve,” said, Mr. Toba, the band director.  “I can not find a word to describe how proud I am of Bella.”  “Sebastien is only a 9th grader, and he has already made BOTH the All-State and Orchestra, which is quite an accomplishment.  He has three more years to even get better with his playing,”  Mr. Toba added.  The All State Band and Orchestra will have a gala concert on Saturday, November 18 in the West High School Auditorium, at 6 p.m.  Admission will be 10 dollars for adults, 5 dollars for students.  Public is invited.