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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

Dial by your location

     877 853 5247 US Toll-free

     888 788 0099 US Toll-free

Meeting ID: 943 4933 0810

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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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        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)


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)

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.