Creative Writing Contest Winners!!

Congratulations to Steller students Aryeh Lax and Tziporah Lax, who won in the 2012 Statewide Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the Anchorage Daily News and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Aryeh’s short story “River Take Me Home” won the grand prize, and Tziporah won the Grades 7-12 Nonfiction category with her piece, “Lost Tides.”
See the complete list of winners and sample the winning entries here:

Chemistry & Cupcakes!

Seventh grade students, Payton G., Meredith H., and Grace M. showed their enthusiasm for chemistry by creating a Periodic Table of the Elements out of cupcakes!  They shared the cupcakes with classmates and staff on Monday, March 19th.  What a great way to start the 4th quarter after Spring Break!  Thank you for your initiative and enthusiasm for science!

Steller Band

The Steller Band of 14 students entered the ASD Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival Friday, February 10th as a mixed ensemble.  We received the I (superior) rating, which is the highest.  In addition, Zach Dahlseng, who plays the trumpet with the band, played a solo and he, too, received the superior rating.  I am so proud of my band students’ dedication, commitment, and achievement.
Nobuo Toba
Steller Band Teacher

ASAA’s World Language Declamation Regional Competition

Congratulations to two outstanding students of Spanish who competed and placed in ASAA’s World Language Declamation Regional Competition on Saturday, January 28th. Spanish IV student Max Von Hippel placed third in the advanced impromptu speaking division.  He competed against other Spanish IV, V and AP students from around the district.  Spanish III student Rebecca Gottstein placed third in the Spanish III poetry recitation competition.  They both qualified for the State Competition, please wish them luck on February 18th.