June 10-21, 2022
Explore an Alaskan glacier
Each June, a team of nine girls spends 12 days in the Eastern Alaska Range, exploring an alpine landscape. We experience everything from hiking through alpine meadows to observing a noisy icefall; from spotting caribou on the mountain slopes to traveling across snow-covered glaciers, all while taking advantage of Alaska’s long summer days!
Each year, the day-to-day details of the expedition change due to mountain weather and glacier conditions. The basic itinerary typically looks like this:
Day 1: Meet the team, pack for the expedition, and camp out at a local farm in Fairbanks.
Day 2: Drive to the vicinity of Gulkana Glacier, and get comfortable with packs and boots by enjoying a short day hike through alpine meadows.
Day 3: Hike up to basecamp overlooking Gulkana Glacier, and set up home for the week.
Day 4-9: Explore the glacier and surrounding environment. Develop and test science experiments, practice art, and learn glacier travel skills!
Day 10: Hike out and travel back to Fairbanks
Day 11: Stay at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while wrapping up science, art, and reflection activities. Deliver public presentations about science experiment results and the overall experience of the expedition.
Day 12: Enjoy a final morning of activities together before heading home!
Thank you to Yareth Rosen for sharing this exciting opportunity.
Thank you to everyone who attended the November SPG meeting. All students, staff, parents and guardians are invited to attend SPG meetings, share their voice and participate in our votes.
Our next meeting is this Tuesday, December 14, from 6:00 to 7:00pm, on Zoom.
In addition to the usual school updates, Maria will be sharing with us the procedures to apply for Travel Intensive Scholarships.
- You can find the Draft Meeting Minutes from November, and the December Agenda here.
As always, if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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Last week Steller Outreach Group students, with the support of Steller Parent Group, launched our fundraising campaign “Steller Cups for Kids” and it was a great success!
Despite the cold weather we had almost a dozen student and parent volunteers before and after school each day, passing out coffee/cocoa along the pickup/drop off line, and sharing with parents how they can donate to our check-writing campaign.
If you would like to learn more about how Steller Parent Group uses the funds we raise please see here.
We are grateful for the generous donations we have already received and will be running “Cups for Kids” until December 15th (although we happily accept donations at any time throughout the year!).
There are three easy ways to donate:
- Write a check to Steller Parent Group and drop off or mail to the office.
- Use this QR Code
- Visit the Steller Website
Join us for the “Seussification of Romeo and Juliet” on November 18 at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Directed by peer teacher Taylor Stewart, you’ll enjoy talented students, constant costume changes, and lots of laughs.
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You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 18, 2021 06:30 PM Alaska
Topic: Stellar School Play
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Webinar ID: 983 3475 5953
Steller Parent Group and the Steller Student Outreach Group are planning our first “Write-a-Check” Fundraising Campaign from November 22 to December 14.
Your support is critical. As you may know, SPG has not been able to do any fundraising since January of 2020 due to COVID. We hope to take the pressure off of parents and students to organize, buy and sell things or attend events, and simply to ask you to donate what you can. ($25 to $50 per family is suggested and would help us meet our goal of $6000).
———- Three Easy Ways to Donate ————-
Write a Check to “Steller Parent Group” and drop off between the 22 and 24, or leave in the SPG mailbox before December 14.
In person (using Square)between November 22 and 24
Steller Students will be handing out coffee/cocoa along the drop off/pick up line outside and sharing their stories of how Steller Parent Group funding has positively impacted their experiences at school on the following dates:
|Monday November 22||Tuesday November 23||Wednesday November 24|
|8:10 to 8:30||8:10 to 8:30||8:10 to 8:30|
|2:15 to 2:40||2:15 to 2:40||2:15 to 2:40|
Other ways to Donate
Your everyday purchases can also generate donations to our school and support SPG! See here for more information about Fred Meyer and Amazon community donations.
With your generous donations and support, Steller Parent Group will be able to continue providing the following kinds of things for Steller Students, Staff, and Families (these are just examples, actual expenses are requested and approved throughout the year):
|SPG Operational Expenses||
|SPG Hosted Expenses||
|School Hosted Expenses||
We thank you for your generous support!
Students from Steller Outreach Group and Leigh Anne
SPG Fundraising Committee – Amy Dummann and Dee Dee Zobian
100% of your donations benefit the Steller Community, and are eligible for tax deduction (Tax ID 06-1760342). If you would like a receipt please contact email@example.com
Steller Secondary School students are invited to an exciting project mentorship opportunity available to students of all programming levels, AI + Humanitarian Aid.
Our global landscape of humanitarian issues has grown increasingly complex, and often, artificial intelligence can help supercharge the development of real solutions. No problem embodies this more than Predicting Refugee Displacement in Somalia with Weather Pattern Analysis where students analyze recent weather patterns in Somalia to predict the movement of climate refugees. Combining political theory, environmental justice, and computer vision, this AI + Humanitarian Aid focus will be the newest addition to our project-based curriculum taught to 4500+ students from 75+ countries.
Applications for our Winter 2021 Program are open– the deadline to apply is November 15th.
Interdisciplinary AI Project Mentorship Opportunity (Beginner-Friendly) by MIT Graduates
Inspirit AI is a 25-hour enrichment program that introduces middle and high school students to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts in order to work through socially impactful projects in areas including art, healthcare, education, and more. Developed and taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-instructor ratio of 5:1, and custom curriculum appropriate for complete beginners to more advanced students.
Applications for our Winter 2021 programs are now open.
Please contact Program Manager, Aidan Goltra at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our team at +1 (240) 226-1366 with any questions. Thank you!
NB SPG/chair has no affiliation with this program or personal knowledge, but wanted to share the information in case it was of interest to some students.
The ASD/Steller Website has information for students and parents about clubs and organizations currently running. Check them out! There are so many opportunities for our students!
Amelia, 8th grade, Anika, 12th grade
More than 40 students participated in the drawing. To participate, they completed a form reflecting on a banned book they had read and what impact it had on them. We had three drawings a day for the week of Banned Books (Title Wave gift card (donated by Title Wave), Banned Book (donated by Title Wave), TOB gift card (donated by SPG)) for a total of 15 winners.
We had lots of great questions and discussions in the library about book banning and censorship when students saw the display. Students were most curious to explore why the books had been challenged/banned. Advisors also noted that the optional advisory activities elicited curiosity and discussion. Becky’s Advanced Composition class used the topic of banned books for their persuasive essays. Becky reported that students were very passionate about the topic and gave excellent presentations in class. Some students (5 completed the recommendation and permission slip, 10 completed the recommendation) followed up even more and created “Customer Recommendations” that were displayed at Title Wave Books and in the Steller library.
Thank you to Ashley for organizing this great event, and all the students who participated!
Steller Parent Group
In 2021 the Steller Finance Committee (Chair, Treasurer, Member at large) created a DRAFT BUDGET.
In a typical year most money raised through Parent Group goes to four areas:
- SPG Operational expenses
- Steller Parent Group expenses (Welcome BBQ, Staff Appreciation etc)
- School expenses ( Souper Steller, Ice Cream Social, Steller Olympics etc.)
- Steller Travel Intensives
- Program Support (Band trips, art supplies etc)
- Passages & Special Projects
The letter accompanying the DRAFT budget for 2021-2022 explains more about the circumstances for the budget. Please read it carefully.
All members of the community are invited to review the attached Budget, and then vote “Yay” to
accept the budget as presented *with the provision we will revisit it in January or February* in
light of new budget needs and fundraising plans. Or “nay”. If you vote nay you will be provided
an opportunity to make suggestions – given the funds we currently have on hand. The vote
closes at 10 pm on Wednesday, October 20. The budget will be passed with a simple majority of
Steller Parent Group is a charitable 501(c)3 organization to which contributions are tax-deductible. To learn more about how to support SPG please see here.