Author Archives: Kirsten Tschofen

Steller Parent Group Meeting Tuesday at 6:00pm

Attending Steller Parent Group meetings is a great way to hear about what is happening at school directly from Reed and teachers, ask questions, and have your say in school decisions.  It is also a good way to meet other parents – especially when we aren’t seeing each other in person.  We are a friendly group and happy to see new faces! 

Now is also the time to start thinking about next year’s committee.  Our current treasurer Brandon Brooks will be stepping down, so we will need someone to fill his shoes. If you think you might be interested, or know someone who would be, please reach out.  The more time we have to hand things off the easier it is! 

We will also need a co-chair for next year. Co-chairs are usually two years, and the positions are staggered so that one person always has some experience. If you are interested in joining me for the rest of this year, or next year I’d be happy to talk.

You can always find Meeting Minutes and Agenda’s under the Parents Tab on the Website here. 

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Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736
Passcode: STELLER
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Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen 



Yearbook Club Meets Monday’s

Also, don’t forget to purchase your yearbook. They won’t be around much longer!!
Reminder for the following deadlines:
All students – February 10th
  • Home study area photos
  • Student art
  • Passages

Email to and include your first and last name, grade, and a description of your photo.

For Seniors – February 20

  • Senior pages
  • Baby and 7th grade photos for the “guess that senior and glow up page”


Steller Information Night!

Dear Steller Families,

As you know, Steller is a unique and special school where students thrive as they are inspired to become  independent, confident, self-directed learners. 

We would like to ask your help to spread the word about what a great school this is, and to encourage students to apply for the 2021-2022 school year via the ASD lottery system before the deadline on March 18.

Due to Covid restrictions we won’t be able to use our traditional ways of promoting Steller – the Ice Cream Social and school visits by our students. 

We are excited to offer a fun and informational night via Zoom, led by students and staff.  Interested students and their parents/guardians can join us at 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 17 OR Thursday, February 18. 

They can also learn more about the school by visiting the main ASD website and the Steller Parent Group website.

Please share the Steller Secondary Flyer widely! 

Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen 

Chair, Steller Parent Group


Link to join Zoom Meeting

Time: Feb 17, 2021 06:00 PM Alaska

    Feb 18, 2021 06:00 PM

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Steller Band Sends Two Students to Prestigious Honor Groups

More great news for Steller Community came out last night!

Steller band students, Xavier Libbrecht on bassoon ,and Kamryn Lyons on flute, have been accepted to the 2021 All-Northwest Honor Ensembles.  Kamryn made the Wind Symphony, which is an honor band for small schools in the Pacific Northwest Region.  Xavier even earned a chair in two honor ensembles:  The Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony.  This is his second time being accepted. T

he Symphony Orchestra auditions are open to all schools in the Pacific Northwest Region.  The audition process for all of the All-Northwest Honor Ensembles is rigorous and competitive. “I am super duper delighted that Xavier and Kamryn made the All-Northwest”, said Mr. Toba, the band director, “attaining a spot is a pinnacle for high school students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  The hard work and dedication that Xavier and Kamryn have put paid a huge dividend. I just can not be more proud of these highly motivated students.”  Because of the COVID pandemic, there will be no rehearsals or concerts for the All-Northwest Honor Ensembles.  However, the students will still receive certificates.

Submitted by Mr Toba

Congratulations Kamryn and Xavier, the whole school is very proud of both of you!

Personalised Yearbook

Dear Steller,

For personalized  orders the 2020-2021 school yearbook needs to be ordered by January 29th 2021 to ensure the personalizations can happen.
Normal yearbooks will be up for sale till April. 
We still need photos of students with art work, your home study area and passages! Please send them to yearbook at


Steller Parent Group Meeting February 9

All parents/guardians, students and staff are automatically part of the Steller Parent Group and welcome to attend meetings, share ideas and vote on decisions.  This month in addition to regular updates from Reed, staff, and OpGroup we will be discussing a Social Club for grade 7 students, the plan for student recruitment for 2021-22 school year, and a proposal for gifts for Senior students. We are still accepting funding requests as well. 

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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Yearbook Deadlines

All students – February 10th

  • home study area photos
  • student art

 Email to and include your first and last name, grade, and a description of your photo. 

For SENIORS – February 20th

We at yearbook understand making senior pages are difficult, so we have extended the deadlines for:

  • Senior pages
  • Baby and 7th grade photos for the guess that senior and the glow up page.

Remember this is the last day since the yearbook needs to be submitted 9 days later so it is crucial we have everything either before the 20th or on the 20th.

Avoid disappointment and order Yearbook now!

Secondly, if you haven’t purchased one already yearbooks won’t be for sale much longer. We at yearbook recommend purchasing earlier rather then later. We have sold about 68% of our goal. 

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)