Congratulations Xavier!

A Steller band student, Xavier Libbrecht, will now be heading to Portland, OR in February, to participate for the NAfME All-Northwest Wind Symphony.  He is a freshman bassoonist.  “The Wind Symphony is an honor ensemble for small schools in the Pacific Northwest Region”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “The auditions are still very competitive.  Xavier is the first student in the history of Steller band to participate in the honor ensemble. I am so proud of Xavier’s accomplishment.”  The All-Northwest Wind Symphony will rehearse at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland, OR, from Friday, February 15 through Sunday, the 17th.  The gala concert, along with the NAfME All-Northwest Honor Band (which Xavier’s brother, Sebastien, will be participating
in) will be held at the Oregon Exhibit CC in Portland, on Sunday, February 17th.

Congratulations Steller – National Blue Ribbon Award KTVA news

The U.S. Department of Education has named three Alaska schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The Alaska recipients include Homer Middle School, Pioneer Peak Elementary School in the Mat-Su and Steller Secondary School in the Anchorage School District.

Click the following link to watch the KTVA news interview with Steller students:

Congratulations Reagan Miller!

8th grade Steller student and alto saxophonist, Reagan Miller, has been accepted to the ASD Junior Youth Symphony Band.  She went through a competitive audition.  “Reagan is motivated to excel in alto sax playing”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “Her commitment and dedication surely paid off.  I am so proud of her achievement.”

The JYSBO will have their first concert on Wednesday, December 5, from 7 p.m., at Bartlett High School.  Admission is free and public is invited.

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!