Yearbooks: Everything You Need to Know!

Cover Contest- Steller students remember the deadline for the cover contest is Nov. 3rd. All submissions must be sent in before 12 am Sunday the 3rd. Please make your art on a normal size piece of paper. The winner will get a free yearbook. Please contact Bonnie with any questions.

Out of School Activities – Please send your out of school activities photos in for our out of school activities page. These photos could include sports, outdoor activities, and much more. Please also include a description of what you are doing.

Pets page– Yearbook also needs photos of you and your pets for the yearbook.

Band and Orchestra– Band and orchestra students please send photos from both classes. Yearbook needs them for the band and orchestra pages.

Seniors Portraits pages– Seniors, please remember portraits and pages are due February 1st. Yearbook recommends sending them in sooner rather than later in case any issues may occur.

Please send all photos to the yearbooks official email. 


The Ol’ Steller Yeller

Steller is bringing back our monthly newsletter, The Ol’ Steller Yeller.  In it you can find updates and stories from students and teachers about the wonderful learning, projects, and events happening at Steller.  If you would like a hardcopy, there are some in the office.  Look for upcoming editions on the first Friday of each month.  Comments, questions, or story ideas about the publication, please contact Ashley at

Ashley Van Hemert
English/Spanish teacher



A Few Lucky Families!!

We have an exciting opportunity for the Anchorage (hopefully Steller) community.  We have high school students all the way from Recife, Brazil who have been awarded a government scholarship to attend one semester of high school.  They will be here from January for just 5 months and we are looking for host families to welcome these students into their homes for this short-term stay.  Would you mind sharing this with your students and families?  In return, CIEE would like to thank your classroom with $250 for referring a family that ends up hosting!

They speak good English, have their own medical insurance, and their scholarship covers the cost of their personal expenses.  They will attend the high school closest to their host family so they can take school transportation.  A family simply welcomes them as one of their own.  This is a great way to learn about a new culture, enjoy showing these students around the community, and learn a little bit of Portuguese.

A host family can be a family with our without kids of any age, single adult, retired, etc.  Anyone who is willing to open their home to these great students make wonderful host families.

Here are notes from some of our students:

DANYLLO, 16 year old boy – Hey, I’m Danyllo, and I’m from Brazil. I don’t know how to play soccer or to dance samba, but I can cook brigadeiro for you! I like to talk about everything, to get out of home and see incredible places, to play cards, board games, I like cooking, I love pets and children. I am funny, happy, a smart guy. During my exchange, I want to learn about the USA and, of course, have the best experience of my whole life, we could share it all!

CAIO RAFAEL, 16 year old boy  I am a very quiet person, but if you try to talk to me you certainly notice that I’m very talkative, I just don’t usually start the conversation. I’ve liked music since I was little, because of that I learned how to play the electric guitar and the acoustic guitar I also now some musical theory. People say I’m funny. I’m an only child and I’ve never had a pet, mainly because I’ve lived the most of my life in apartments. I like videos games, I have a PC so I play my games there and my favorite type of games are the competitive ones like CS: GO, Rainbow Six, Fortnite, etc.  I like exercising too, I do things like working out and running, it’s the complete
opposite of playing video games but I like them both.

DEYSIANE, 16 year old girl- My name is Deysiane. I love to smile and see the people around me smiling too, I don’t like to see anyone sad. People say that I am very sweet, affectionate, intelligent, smiling and friendly. When I get to know people, I’m a little shy at first, but then I start mingling with them. I enjoy spending my free time reading, studying, listening to music, cooking and hanging out with my family and friends. My family takes me to know new places and learn new things.  I like children very much, I get along very well with them. I like to play with the kids in my neighborhood, they are very cute.

DAVI, 16 year old boy  I have facility to make new friends. They always say I am a calm person and I think this is a good point. I love to be with them and to play soccer, which is my favorite sport. I also enjoy traveling with my family. My favorite game is dominos and I usually play it at school.

Please visit for more information, or contact me directly.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Regional Director

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P.S.  When our kids went to Ecuador for a quarter last year, they were welcomed into the families, community and school with warmth and love!


December Alyeska Intensive Drivers Needed

Dear Parents,
Here are the package prices for the Alyeska Skiing and Snowboarding December intensive. This is just informational,  you cannot sign up or pay yet.
If we have enough parent-volunteer drivers, we will not have the added cost of a school bus.   This will not only eliminate the cost of the bus, but we will get back to Anchorage earlier.
One parent-volunteer with a vehicle will need to stay with the group  all
day, in case of an emergency.
If your student is planning on taking this intensive,  and you are able

to drive, please email Svetlana as soon as possible.
Thank you,


The new FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available on Tuesday, October 1.  Students who are interested in attending college or job training programs of approximately 2 years should fill out the form to find out how much Pell Grant (free money), Federal Work Study, and federal student loan aid they will be eligible for.  Filling out the FAFSA does not obligate anyone to take out a loan, but it can reveal eligibility for Pell Grants and Work Study aid that many are not aware of.  Did you know that there are far more Alaskans who are eligible for a Pell Grant than the number who actually apply for one?

Do you have questions about how to fill out the FAFSA?  Go to for help.  More questions are answered at  Remember – this is the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid.  No one has to pay to fill out or file the FAFSA .

If you know a student who has been in foster care or who is homeless, specific information about accessing federal student aid for these groups is available at

Those who would like to get a free early estimate of their eligibility for Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, and federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans can find out by using the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA4caster.

FAFSA filers no longer have to wait to fill out the FAFSA until they’ve filed their federal income tax forms in April.  Due to a change in the law, FAFSA filers should use their “prior prior” tax returns.  So on October 1, use the 2018 federal tax and income information to fill out the 2020-2021 FAFSA. The FAFSA also has the Data Retrieval Tool that will fill in the federal tax information automatically.

For those interested in the Alaska Education Grant or the Alaska Performance Scholarship, they must file their FAFSA as soon as they can after October 1 but no later than June 30th and select at least one Alaskan institution of higher education.

Looking for scholarships? can help students find them and explains how scholarships can affect other student aid.

Don’t know what school offers the best education for the money?  Try the College Navigator.  Using data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, it allows comparisons of different kinds of schools and programs in different locations.  Another great tool is the College Affordability and Transparency Center, also by the U.S. Department of Education.  This is a one-stop-shop for price and quality information.

And don’t forget – there are tax benefits for education, including tax credits for higher education expenses, student loan interest deductions, Qualified Tuition Programs (529 Plans), and more.  Learn more about these opportunities at and

Have more questions?  Contact the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education’s Success Center for one-on-one coaching on career exploration, career training information, help filling out the FAFSA and other aid applications, scholarship searches, and more.  They also provide group presentations on a variety of important topics and various printed materials.  To contact them, call toll-free to 1-800-441-2962 opt 4, e-mail, or if in Anchorage, check out their brick and mortar locations at the Dimond Center Mall or the University Center Mall.


Here’s a post that parents and students will want to read just to figure out what all those letters mean!!  🙂

****************************************************************************************************PSAT (Preliminary SAT) & NAMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

  • WHEN & WHERE:  Wednesday October 16 @ 8:30 am in the MPR
  • DEADLINE: September 18, while seats are available (so sign up early!!).
  • COST: $20 – due by September 18 (cash, check).

The PSAT/NMSQT is designed for high school juniors but sophomores can also take the test. Only juniors however, can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

Click this link for more information

Juniors and sophomores are welcome to sign up to take the PSAT at Steller.

***Students MUST sign up and pay in person, see Tami in the front office!

Please see me if you have any questions.


School Counselor News September 2019


Welcome to a new school year at Steller and a special welcome to our new families. I have a new office this year. It is next door to my old office but I have much more space and more privacy for confidential conversations. It is nice to have seats for both parents and students when they come in for a meeting. I also have a new phone number: 742-4965. I have not set up my voicemail yet but this will happen soon. Email is always a good way to reach me.

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)

All students in grades 7, 8 and 9 will be tested in Math and Language Arts. Students are tested three times a year. Next time is early December and the last testing is in April. Steller will start MAP this Friday and end the fall testing next Thursday.


The annual Anchorage Alaska College Fair is Sunday October 13 and Monday October 14 at the Alaska Airlines Center at UAA, 3550 Providence Drive. We encourage families to go together on Sunday October 13. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with college admission counselors and also to learn about colleges they may not have heard about before. Many of the colleges present at the fair offer WUE tuition. Private colleges are also present. Remember to ask about scholarships and financial aid.

UAA College Fair Link


I would like to meet with all seniors to discuss their college applications and other post-secondary plans. Students can stop by any time to set up a time. I will provide more information about the college application later. If you are applying to universities outside Alaska, please check the application requirements and process for each college. If any of the colleges on your list is a member of the Common Application, please get started on the application as soon as possible.


Seniors and parents – mark your calendar! I have invited ACPE to do a financial aid presentation this fall. They will be at Steller on Tuesday September 24 at 6 pm. The presentation will cover cost of attendance, federal aid, state aid, scholarships, important financial deadlines, financial literacy, and FAFSA overview.


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 – 2:30 & Tuesday: 11:30 – 3:30