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Update from Steller Parent Group

  1. Join the grade 7 Committee to talk about how we can help build community for our 7th grade students.  Email if you are interested in learning more and we can choose a date and time that works for everyone. 
  2. Check out the Student Showcase page to see the great work our students have been doing this year. 
  3. Here are the Minutes from the January meeting.  
  4. We are looking for a volunteer to help manage the Steller Directory (less than an hour a month commitment). 

We are here to serve the Steller community, please feel free to reach out if you have ideas or see areas of need. 

Warm regards,

Kirsten (Chair)

Congratulations to Senior Lucca D for Your Passage Project!

Last January, Lucca Duke began a community service passage that incorporated her artistic abilities and interest in working with children. Lucca’s original passage goals were to paint a mural at Rogers Park Elementary with a map of the Iditarod trail that teachers could use to teach about the Iditarod, and to assist the art teacher in an after-school art program. Lucca was designing and painting her mural and coordinating with the art teacher for a spring after-school program when the pandemic hit and she lost all access to the school and her passage. Luckily, Lucca was eager to finish her passage this semester and created a beautiful mural for the Rogers Park Elementary community. Lucca had to work through many challenges from coordinating with different teachers at Rogers Park, finding a safe time to work at the school, and figuring out how to incorporate her artistic vision with the needs of the teachers, beyond the regular challenges of the pandemic. 

Lucca’s persistence paid off in the form of a beautiful mural and an appreciative staff at Rogers Park. Among many other compliments, Lucca received this praise from a Rogers Park teacher: “Just as wonderful is the fact that you, “one of our own” (ex-Rogers Park Elementary student), has given back to your neighborhood school/community! In addition to your excellent artistic talents, you have demonstrated responsibility, perseverance, and commitment to a real-life project.”

Thank you, Lucca, for representing Steller so well! Congratulations on a wonderful Passage.

Ashley Van Hemert

Students are welcome to share their Passage projects with the community.  You can submit images, text and short videos via email.  We encourage everyone to check the “Student Showcase” tab on the website regularly. 

ESports Registration on Now!

Steller high school students, it has been announced that Esports for the spring is on!

There are two games that will be supported: Madden 21 and FIFA 21. Are you a player of either? Do you want to learn? Games will be played on PS4’s which the district has purchased for our school. I do not know all the details yet, but if you are interested, please send me an email.

Our team needs to register by Tuesday, January 19 (there is a later registration deadline as well) to get in on all the action, and I need to make sure we have enough players. Please send an email to if interested. I will also hold a zoom meeting to go over any questions and what I know on Tuesday at 1:45pm. Here is the link: Talk soon!

Meeting ID: 796 606 2308

Passcode: starwars


Welcome to a New Year from SPG

A Welcome Message from the Steller Parent Group

Dear Steller Families,

On behalf of the Steller Parent Group we want to wish you all a Happy New Year.

The Steller Parent Group is an integral part of the Steller Community, and all parents/guardians, staff and students are automatically part of SPG.  We meet via Zoom on the following dates:

  • January 12, 2021 06:00 PM
  • February 9, 2021 06:00 PM
  • March 16, 2021 06:00 PM
  • April 13, 2021 06:00 PM
  • May 11, 2021 06:00 PM

Every member of the Steller Community is welcome to attend, ask questions and share their ideas. You can find agendas and meeting minutes on the Website here.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736
Passcode: STELLER

We are currently looking for help managing the Student Directory.  This would take less than an hour a month. 

It’s also time to start thinking about transitioning to the new board next year.  Becoming a co-chair, co-treasurer or co-secretary now would be an easy way to learn more about the position, without the responsibilities. 

If you are interested in learning more about SPG positions please let us know.

SPG wants to make sure that we are reaching as many members of our community with up to date and relevant information as possible.  We have four ways we communicate with you:

  1. Website/Steller Flash updates appear on the SPG website or parents, students and staff can SUBSCRIBE to receive updates directly in your inbox.  
  2. Steller Secondary Parent Group is a closed Facebook Group created to promote communication between current parents, teachers and staff for organising school activities, announcements, questions, and keeping up with everything that is going on. Feel free to jump in with questions or posts.
  3. Steller Secondary Page is an open page visible to the public. If you are a Steller Alumni and want to stay informed about special activities, fundraisers and student highlights we encourage you to follow our page. 
  4. Student Directory is a new online directory for parents, students and staff to be able to contact each other directly. You must create an account and add your information using the access code CGYJAU when prompted. Add the information for each student and then download the app to be able to access contact information from anywhere. 

We also encourage all community members to follow OpGroup’s Instagram account at  

Warm regards,

Chair, Steller Parent Group 

*Please note the SPG website/Flash is meant to complement the district website  For official communication from the school and district please visit Q to update your contact information and settings to receive their communications via email, text or call. 

Voting for Senior Superlatives!

This year’s Yearbook will include a page for Senior Superlatives and Steller students grade 9 to 12 are invited to vote!

Please vote for who you think is “Most Likely to Kickstart a Multimillion-Dollar Company” or “Most likely to survive the Hunger Games” and more!

Steller high schoolers are welcome to participate. All the superlatives are optional in case you can’t think of someone for that category. Even if you only know one senior that could be “Best Gamer,” you should cast your vote!

The final results will end up in this year’s yearbook. Click this link to access the form:

Thank you so much!
Isabel MarshallSenior

Apply to National Honor Society!

The National Honor Society is open to all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students that have a GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher and are in good academic standing.  The Society promotes scholarship, service to others, leadership and resourceful problem solving.  Membership also promotes the development of character in terms of honesty, reliability, courtesy and concern and respect for others.

NHS volunteers give of their time to support programs such as the Food Bank of Alaska and Bean’s cafe.  In addition to these efforts, volunteers have established and maintained a Homework Club that helps students with lessons and study skills.  The Society requires that members understand the commitment of time that is associated with the honor.  Students must be willing to schedule time to attend regular weekly meetings and set time aside for volunteer work.  NHS meets every Tuesday at 1:30.  Brian Gehring is the staff adviser.  A Canvas shell has been created and contains application material and an more information about NHS.

Contact Brian for more information. 

Learn about Children’s Lunch Box at SPG Meeting

The Steller Nutrition Committee has been exploring ways to ensure all students have access to nutritious food.  Join us Tuesday January 12 at 6:00 pm to hear about some of the options we have explored.  Special guests from the Children’s Lunch Box will join us to tell more about the programs they offer.

You can find the Agenda and previous Meeting Minutes on under the “Parents” tab of the website, here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Kirsten Tschofen 

Chair, Steller Parent Group

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736

Passcode: STELLER

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Material Pick Up on January 6

Hello Students, Parents and Staff,

Third Quarter class book and material pick up will be Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, please check with your teachers. You may also return class books and materials from second quarter.

We still have the drop-off box available Monday thru Friday, located outside the front doors on the bench to return books or materials between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm.  

Thank you and have a Great Day!

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