You are invited – Tonight! Youth Art Month Opening Reception

The annual Youth Art Month opening reception is tonight, Friday, March 1st  from 6-8 at the museum. Admission is free.   Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Museum Director, Julie Decker will speak at 6:30.

Come celebrate the hard work of five of Steller’s most talented artists. This year’s participants are Emily Collyer, Anika LaVine Tritt, Jainy Dolata, Liv Putzel, and Lucca Duke.

DIVERSITY” is the theme of the 47th Annual Anchorage School District student art exhibition at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.  The exhibition is presented in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, an acknowledgement of the visual arts programs in American schools.

Exhibition Sites & Dates: 

Primary Exhibit Location

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

March 1 – April 5, 2019

Auxiliary Exhibit Locations

Anchorage City Hall

March 1 – April 5, 2019

Chugiak-Eagle River Municipal Library

March 1  – April 5, 2019

ZJ Loussac Municipal Library

March 1  – April 5, 2019

The Mall at Sears

March 4 – April 6, 2019  (delayed start)

2019 Youth Art Month Committee Members

Elementary: Megan Henry, Julie Drulis, Ricki Morton

Secondary: Liz Gailey, Rachel Wall, Kelly Hebert

For further information, contact Leah Maltbie, Coordinator, ASD Fine Arts Department, 742-0151.

Scholarship Contest Open Now


I hope you are doing well today. I’m reaching out to you on behalf of Englander Peebles, the firm is offering a rewarding scholarship opportunity to students of your school. As the number of distracting driving accidents is increasing, the prompt for the scholarship is “do you own a smartphone, how does it affect your daily activities, are you ever tempted to use the phone while you are driving?

Students who would like to enter the contest must submit an essay or a video. The essay should be 600 words or less, a video should be 2 minutes or less. More information can be found here; The first place prize is $1,000, second place is $500. With that being said, could you please include this awesome scholarship contest on your schools website? If there are any questions, feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you,
Have a great day!

Brittany Cotton


Parents and Students,

The annual standardized testing is just around the corner. Steller’s PEAKS schedule is from March 25 through April 1.

Testing calendar:

Monday 3/25 – 7th grade and Small Groups English Language Arts 8:30

Tuesday 3/26 – 8th grade English Language Arts 8:30 and 10th grade Science12:10

Wednesday 3/28 – 9th grade English Language Arts 8:30 and 8th grade Science12:10

Thursday 3/29 – 8th grade and Small Groups Math 8:30

Friday 3/30 – 9th grade Math 8:30

Monday 4/1 – 7th grade Math 8:30

Please note the time of Science testing for 8th and 10th grades. We start at 12:10to have enough time to finish before school ends. We ask that students bring a sack lunch that day so they don’t have to leave the building for lunch.

Please SEE ATTACHMENT for more information about PEAKS

Marianne Pedersen
School Counselor
Steller Secondary School
(907) 742-4951

Behavioral Health Career Pathways – March 11-15, 2019

The Behavioral Health Camp is designed for high school students who are interested in exploring career pathways in the field of behavioral health. Must be 16 years old on or before November 8, 2018. Careers include behavioral health aides, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other positions. Students will get certified in Mental Health First Aid and learn about key topics in behavioral health including abuse, neglect, wellness strategies, addiction, grief, stress, therapeutic practices, and mental health. Funded by Carl Perkins.

Please contact Karen Chin by email with questions. Her email is
Warm regards,

Carrie Ziolkowski

Alaska Area Health Education Centers

3211 Providence Drive, BOC3-250
Anchorage, AK 99508

KTHS Veterinary Assisting Dog Wash

It’s that time again. Saturday,  March 2nd from 9am to 1pm at KTHS in room 205. We will be having a bake sale and Cosmetology will be doing manicures for pet parents. Cats welcome. Pets must be current on their Rabies vaccine. Please bring their Rabies Certificate.
We are raising money for our overnight field trip to the Sealife Center and our CTSO competitive team. They are going to state the end of March. 


Vanessa Forbes, EdS, MSHEd,  BS-AS, LVTg
Teacher, Veterinary Assisting
King Tech High School
Career Custer Chair, Health Science
Anchorage School District

Nurse News – Tips to help sleep

A good night’s sleep is especially important because it helps improve concentration and memory formation. It allows your body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day, and refreshes your immune system, which in turn helps to prevent disease. People who don’t sleep well are more likely to suffer from depression, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, and it can lead to serious health problems, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight problems, and breast cancer in women. Sleep is just as important to our physical and emotional health whether we are children or adults.

Waking up in the middle of the night is called insomnia, and it’s a common problem. Mid-sleep awakenings often occur during periods of stress. Over-the-counter sleep aids rarely offer significant or sustained help for this problem. Rest with some good sleep habits can help you catch more ZZZs and stay asleep through the night. Try some of these strategies to relieve insomnia. See attached for some sleep tips… Tips to Try if Insomnia Strikes


Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and others with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.


In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home from work or school when sick, getting your annual flu shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others. 


Surveillance Data

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can range from mild to severe. Alaska typically has sporadic flu activity year round, some of it related to our robust tourism season, with peak activity occurring as early as November or as late as March. 

                  Alaska Seasonal Influenza Surveillance Data

                  Alaska State Virology Weekly Report

                  FluView :  that latest weekly U.S. flu surveillance summary from the CDC

                  Flu Near Youan online flu surveillance tools that allows the public to report their flu symptoms on a weekly basis, to help in tracking influenza activity

Health care providers interested in participating in outpatient influenza-like illness surveillance may contact the SOE Influenza Coordinator at 907-269-8000.

Resources for the General Public

                  Influenza InformationCDC’s comprehensive website with general information on influenza transmission, symptoms, prevention, treatment and more.

Avian Influenza Information from the State of Alaska

                  Influenza Fact Sheet from the Alaska Division of Public Health

                  Influenza Vaccination:  Who Needs It?

                  Influenza Vaccine Information

 Places to get vaccinated in Alaska

 Private clinics, public health centers, many retail pharmacies, and other locations may have vaccine available. Click here to get a map of retail pharmacies offering vaccine near you.

Alaska Influenza Report for the Week Ending February 9, 2019 Week 6

This report provides a weekly snapshot of seasonal flu activity in Alaska. Additional information about influenza is available on the Section of Epidemiology’s (SOE) influenza page: A detailed review of CDC influenza surveillance indicators is available at: Please call 907-269-8000 with questions. Information about the Alaska State Virology Lab influenza microbiology is available at

Statewide Lab-Confirmed Influenza – Previous Seasons Since 2014, and Current Season, Sep 15, 2018 – Feb 9, 2019