Category Archives: General Announcements

Reminder – Retirement Card for Reed

Steller Parent Group has coordinated a digital Retirement card for Reed with the online tool called Kudoboard. Using the link below, we invite members of the Steller community to post messages of well wishes that display our thanks and gratitude for his years of service to our school.  Please share this link widely with anyone you think would like to recognize Reed for the wonderful work he has done to support students, staff and parents.

Click this link to sign the Well Wishes Card for Reed.

Selection of our New Principal

Dear Steller Families, 

Dr. Bishop and Secondary Education are pleased to share the selection of Maria Hernandez as the new principal of Steller Secondary School for the 2021-22 school year.  

Mrs. Hernandez brings a wealth of enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge to Steller.  She is currently serving as the Assistant Principal of Benny Benson Secondary School and prior to her time at Benson, Mrs. Hernandez has served the Anchorage School District in many capacities including Project Management Supervisor, Acting Counselor Coordinator, and Counselor at Benson and Service HS.  

Shortly, Steller families will receive a letter from Mrs. Hernandez introducing herself in her own words. Additionally, Mrs. Hernandez will spend the coming months working with the Steller community on a smooth transition into the next school year. She will also be walking the halls at Steller periodically so students can get to know her better as well.  

Mrs. Hernandez is excited to lead Steller moving in the next school year and I am excited for you to get to know her as well. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Kersten Johnson

Sr. Director of Secondary Education

Anchorage School District 

Reminder – Retirement Card for Reed

Steller Parent Group has coordinated a digital Retirement card for Reed with the online tool called Kudoboard. Using the link below, we invite members of the Steller community to post messages of well wishes that display our thanks and gratitude for his years of service to our school.  Please share this link widely with anyone you think would like to recognize Reed for the wonderful work he has done to support students, staff and parents.

Click this link to sign the Well Wishes Card for Reed.

Steller Band Students Bring Fantastic Results for Solo/Ensemble Competitions

Five high school students and four middle school students entered solo/ensemble adjudications.  The results are utterly amazing:

High School

  • Arnan Anthony, trumpet – excellent
  • Johnathen Jencks, tuba – superior
  • Xavier Libbrecht, bassoon – superior
  • Griffin Lindsday, French horn – superior
  • Bjorn Van der Goore, bass clarinet – superior

Middle School

  • Shepherd Brown, alto saxophone, superior
  • Zane Hopewell, baritone – superior
  • Marley McDonagh, flute – superior
  • Riley Strodtbeck, clarinet – excellent

The high school students who earned the superior ratings will advance to the ASAA State Solo/Ensemble Festival.  It will be virtual.

This school year has been challenging for band, but I am so proud of these students who spent extra time preparing,” said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “I would like to congratulate all of the students for their accomplishment.  I wish the best of luck for state for state-bound students as well.

Nobuo Toba

Band Teacher

Yearbook Pick up May 5th

YEARBOOKS are here!!

 If you pre-ordered a yearbook they will be available for pick-up next Wednesday, May 5th from 10:00am -3:00pm. 

If you did not order a yearbook and would like one, we have very few to sell.  It is a first come-first serve basis and will not be able to hold any for future purchase or pick-up.

Thank you and Have a Great Day!

Tami

Welcome and Q & A for Incoming Students

Welcome Social and Q & A for Incoming Students:  Monday, May 10 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Steller Parent Group will host an online welcome event for incoming students: 

  • Q & A for new students with current students

  • What to expect the first week of school

  • About Steller Parent Group

https://zoom.us/j/97391496736?pwd=NVlNbkc4N3Q5REZSMUxqcXFWTmcxZz09

Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736

Passcode: STELLER

NHS Food Drive

Hello everyone, 

The Steller community has done a steller job collecting food. As a school we have collect about four big tubs of food ( for reference these tubs are about the size of a large trash can). Listed down below are the updated numbers of points  by 1st hour class as of 4/28/21.

  • Troy: 6350
  • Rosa & Ashley: 1750
  • Ken: 0
  • Simone: 5,916
  • Leigh Anne: 5,350
  • Marla: 8,900
  • Bob: 400
  • Jason: 0
  • Brian: 62,250
  • Becky: 22,750
  • Mike: 0 
  • Philip: 18,350

As of 4/28/21 Brians first hour class is taking the lead. There is still plenty of time to catch up. We will continue collecting food till 5/7/21. 

Alana P

 
 

Grade 7 Zoom Party May 4

The first two Grade 7 Social Club Zoom Party have been a great success! Thank you to everyone who joined – I hope you had a good time. We are going to host a third party on Tuesday, May 4th at 3pm.  We would love to get as many grade 7 students as possible and have even more fun.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97391496736?pwd=NVlNbkc4N3Q5REZSMUxqcXFWTmcxZz09

Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736

Passcode: STELLER

The goal of the Social Club is to provide an opportunity for grade seven students to get to know each other and have some fun. Everyone in grade seven is invited to participate, but it is not mandatory.

How it works:

    1. We will post a new Creative Challenge and a Discussion Prompt every Monday on a platform called Padlet.
    2. You can post as much as you want, and respond to your friends, whenever you want. Padlet lets you post comments, photos, video and even links. The Challenges and Prompts are meant to be a bit silly, so get creative and have fun!
    3. We will also host Live Zoom sessions where we will play some games, have some breakout rooms, and get to know each other.

Participating is easy:

  1. Complete the Registration Form Here (both student and guardian).
  2. When you receive an email from Padlet scroll down and click on “Take Me to Padlet”. You don’t have to create an account! 
  3. Pick up a Steller Jay Mascot at the school office. We will use our Mascots in many of our Creative Challenges so please take care of it.  If you can’t pick up your Mascot please contact me at the email below to make arrangements.
  • Students can join any time.
  • Steller Parent Group will be moderating posts. 
  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen 

Chair, Steller Parent Group

chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com

Virtual Discussion for Teens: The Power of Connection

Last December Volunteers of America hosted a town hall event titled Wellbeing During Covid: Underage Alcohol Use and Prevention Strategies. We deemed the event a success after receiving positive feedback from the attendees and suggestions on what other types of virtual events would be beneficial to our community.

We’ve gathered some ideas regarding events needed for our community and are excited to announce that on April 28th, 2021 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm we will be hosting a virtual conversation titled Let’s Talk About It: The Power of Connection. This conversation will be teen focused and include teen led breakout groups focusing on healthy conversations regarding peer pressure, self-advocacy, and sober activities.

In preparation, we have collaborated with teen housing and treatment facilities such as the Covenant House Alaska, ARCH, and The Pathway Home to make this event accessible to teen clients in their care. Although this event is teen focused, we’d love for you to be in attendance or pass this information along to those who should be there (parents, teens, and community leaders).

To register for this event, visit voaak.org/letstalk and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the registration box. ***Please note*** that any youth who pre-registers for the event will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a brand new IPAD!

Lonnie Ridgeway | Coalition Director | Public Health & Prevention
VOA Alaska | lridgeway@voaak.org | (907) 265-1904

Thanks for sharing Jessica!