Category Archives: Student Accomplishments

Congratulations, Griffin and Xavier!

Steller Band students, Griffin Lindsay and Xavier Libbrecht have been selected to participate for the 2019 ASAA All-State Band.  The membership for the All-State Band signifies the highest honor for high school band students in Alaska. Griffin is a sophomore French hornist, and Xavier is a sophomore bassoonist.  They were rated so high in the very competitive auditions that the students have attained chairs for the wind sections for the All-State Orchestra, too.  “I can not be more proud of Griffin and Xavier”, said Mr. Toba. “They regularly and wisely practice their instruments, and the effort the boys have put paid the big dividend.  I know they will have a great time participating in the All-State Band.  I am so glad to have the boys in band at Steller.  They are among the quiet leaders.”  The All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra will rehearse on Thursday, November 21st through Saturday, the 23rd at East High School.  The All-State Gala Concert will be at West High School, starting at 6 p.m. in the Saturday evening.  Admission is 10 dollars for adults, 5 dollars for students.  Public is invited.

Erica on the Move

A former Steller Band member, Erica Stryker is now participating the Washington State University Cougar Marching Band.  She is probably the first Steller Band student ever  to participate in a college marching band.  “I am super delighted to see Erica with the uniform”, said Mr. Toba, the Steller band teacher.  Each Cougar Marching Band member will get a stipend at the completion of the season. “Many college marching bands will offer all kinds of financial assistance.  I encourage all of the Steller Band members should keep playing until they graduate from college. Erica is taking advantage of that.”  

You are invited – Tonight! Youth Art Month Opening Reception

The annual Youth Art Month opening reception is tonight, Friday, March 1st  from 6-8 at the museum. Admission is free.   Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Museum Director, Julie Decker will speak at 6:30.

Come celebrate the hard work of five of Steller’s most talented artists. This year’s participants are Emily Collyer, Anika LaVine Tritt, Jainy Dolata, Liv Putzel, and Lucca Duke.

DIVERSITY” is the theme of the 47th Annual Anchorage School District student art exhibition at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.  The exhibition is presented in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, an acknowledgement of the visual arts programs in American schools.

Exhibition Sites & Dates: 

Primary Exhibit Location

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

March 1 – April 5, 2019

Auxiliary Exhibit Locations

Anchorage City Hall

March 1 – April 5, 2019

Chugiak-Eagle River Municipal Library

March 1  – April 5, 2019

ZJ Loussac Municipal Library

March 1  – April 5, 2019

The Mall at Sears

March 4 – April 6, 2019  (delayed start)

2019 Youth Art Month Committee Members

Elementary: Megan Henry, Julie Drulis, Ricki Morton

Secondary: Liz Gailey, Rachel Wall, Kelly Hebert

For further information, contact Leah Maltbie, Coordinator, ASD Fine Arts Department, 742-0151.

Congratulations Xavier!

A Steller band student, Xavier Libbrecht, will now be heading to Portland, OR in February, to participate for the NAfME All-Northwest Wind Symphony.  He is a freshman bassoonist.  “The Wind Symphony is an honor ensemble for small schools in the Pacific Northwest Region”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “The auditions are still very competitive.  Xavier is the first student in the history of Steller band to participate in the honor ensemble. I am so proud of Xavier’s accomplishment.”  The All-Northwest Wind Symphony will rehearse at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland, OR, from Friday, February 15 through Sunday, the 17th.  The gala concert, along with the NAfME All-Northwest Honor Band (which Xavier’s brother, Sebastien, will be participating
in) will be held at the Oregon Exhibit CC in Portland, on Sunday, February 17th.

Congratulations Steller – National Blue Ribbon Award KTVA news

The U.S. Department of Education has named three Alaska schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The Alaska recipients include Homer Middle School, Pioneer Peak Elementary School in the Mat-Su and Steller Secondary School in the Anchorage School District.

Click the following link to watch the KTVA news interview with Steller students:

Congratulations Reagan Miller!

8th grade Steller student and alto saxophonist, Reagan Miller, has been accepted to the ASD Junior Youth Symphony Band.  She went through a competitive audition.  “Reagan is motivated to excel in alto sax playing”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “Her commitment and dedication surely paid off.  I am so proud of her achievement.”

The JYSBO will have their first concert on Wednesday, December 5, from 7 p.m., at Bartlett High School.  Admission is free and public is invited.

After School Basketball Camp – Nov  27th thru Dec 1st

Hello, my name is Cameron Snow and I’d like to invite students to an event that I am planning as part of my passage. This quarter I am hosting a week long basketball camp on November  27th through December 1st. I believe this camp is important because it can help students increase their basketball and communication skills. The camp will run from 2:30-4:00pm. 7-10th graders are able to participate, with a maximum of 20 students. The camp is FREE and each participant will receive a free T-shirt on the last day. I will hand out flyers and permission slips during the next advisory and they will be available in the office as well. The deadline for the permission slips is Friday, November 10th.  If you have any questions, please see me or email me at