Category Archives: College and Careers

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. 

Note from the school counselor

Parents and students,
I have attached a parent handout from the National Association of School Psychologists with suggestion on how to communicate to your children about the Coronavirus. The situation we are experiencing may trigger anxiety in children and this is a time when everyone need a little extra TLC. COVID-19 Parent Handout.pdf
Many of our juniors plan to take the SAT and ACT this spring. Please check College Board and ACT websites for updates. SAT has canceled the May test date so they expect the available seats at the June test date to fill quickly. Please sign up as soon as possible if you plan to take the SAT this spring. There is another test date in August, but I recommend that is your backup date in case you want to retake the test.
If you are looking for something educational and interesting to do online as a family, what about visiting a museum online? Check out the link below.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide any support to your family. You can send me an email or leave a message on my phone if I am not in my office.
Stay safe. 
~ Marianne


Outer Coast visit to Steller

Outer Coast will visit Steller and have a lunch presentation in Ken’s room on Wednesday March 4th at 12 Noon. The presentation will be 20-30 minutes. The target population is juniors and seniors and their parents but everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning about a post-secondary school with an alternative approach to learning.

Outer Coast Programmatic Flyer.pdf
Outer Coast Summer Seminar Flyer.pdf
Outer Coast Year Flyer.pdf

Scholarship News from UAF

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has some very exciting news to share! UAF will offer four-year scholarships to eligible students beginning in the fall 2020 semester.

The new scholarship program, Nanook Pledge, will provide four years of annual assistance to first-year students, transfer students and readmitted students at UAF enrolled in bachelor degrees. Awards for eligible students will range from $1,000 to $10,000 per year, and will be calculated based on criteria that include test scores, grade-point averages and tuition rates. Students can check their eligibility and determine the amount of their award with our online calculator.

As many of you are aware, most scholarships that UAF currently offers only provide funding for a single year at a time. Nanook Pledge is designed to overhaul the UAF scholarship process to allow for four years of predictable financial assistance to students.
Starting in January, admitted UAF students who qualify for the award will start receiving notification of their scholarships. This spring, students will receive a financial aid offer letter detailing their total cost to attend UAF, factoring in Nanook Pledge scholarships, tuition rates and other financial aid. UAF will also provide each newly admitted student with a personalized video that outlines their anticipated financial aid and expenses in clear terms.

More details about the scholarship program are available at

ASD Gifted Mentorship 2020/21

**Attention Sophomores and Juniors:  Would you like to explore a career and earn credit?  The Gifted Mentorship Program will begin accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year on February 1, 2020  You must meet GPA, coursework, and standardized test score requirements to qualify.  Students spend 45-60 hours with a mentor in their field of interest and complete various assignments, including a final project.  Mentorships are available in many fields, including healthcare and engineering.**

Visit the website for more information:

or contact the coordinator, Amber Jaasma, (907) 742-3841

Amber Jaasma, M.Ed.
Gifted Mentorship Coordinator, Gifted Education
Anchorage School District
5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99504

Joint Science Education Project to Greenland

REMINDER: Applications are due January 31, 2020.
We want to remind you of our exciting polar science program currently available to 11th grade high school students called the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) to Greenland. JSEP is supported by a National Science Foundation grant to Dartmouth College. Travel, lodging and meals are provided at no cost to selected students.

Competitive applicants must possess a strong interest in the natural sciences, passion for learning, sense of adventure and openness to other cultures. Applicant must be a current high school junior and a U.S. citizen.

Review the Program Requirements and Eligibility here.

Download A Flyer

Learn More About The Program Here

View the Application