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Elizabeth Peratrovich Day!


Elizabeth Peratrovich, who played an instrumental role in the 1945 passage of the first anti-discrimination law in the United States. In 1941, after encountering an inn door sign that read “No Natives Allowed,” Peratrovich and her husband–both of Alaska’s Indigenous Tlingit tribe–helped plant the seed for the anti-discrimination law when they wrote a letter to Alaska’s governor and gained his support. 

Elizabeth Peratrovich—whose Tlingit name is Kaaxgal.aat, a member of the Lukaax̱.ádi clan of the Raven moiety—was born on July 4, 1911 in Petersburg, Alaska during a time of extensive segregation in the territory. She was lovingly raised by adoptive parents, living in various small Southeast Alaska communities throughout her childhood. With a passion for teaching, Peratrovich attended college in Bellingham, Washington where she also became reacquainted with her husband, Roy Peratrovich, who was a student at the same school. The couple married and moved to Klawock, Alaska where their role in local politics and Elizabeth’s knack for leadership drove her heavy involvement with the Alaska Native Sisterhood, one of the oldest civil rights groups in the world, leading to her eventual appointment as the organization’s Grand President. 

Seeking better access to lawmakers who could help effect change, the Peratrovichs moved in 1941 with their three children to the Alaskan capital of Juneau, where they were met with blatant discrimination. When attempting to buy a home in their new city, they were denied when the sellers saw they were of Alaska Native descent. Instances like these were unfortunately common for Alaska’s Indigenous peoples and further motivated Peratrovich to take action in the name of systemic change. 

Elizabeth and Roy worked with others to draft Alaska’s first anti-discrimination bill, which was introduced in 1941 and failed to pass. On February 5, 1945 following years of perseverance, a second anti-discrimination bill was brought before the Alaska Senate, and Peratrovich took to the floor to deliver an impassioned call for equal treatment for Indigenous peoples. She was met with thunderous applause throughout the gallery, and her moving testimony is widely credited as a decisive factor in the passage of the historic Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945.

In 1988 the Alaska State Legislature declared February 16 as “Elizabeth Peratrovich Day,” and in 2020 the United States Mint released a $1 gold coin inscribed with Elizabeth’s likeness in honor of her historic achievements in the fight for equality.

Thank you, Elizabeth Peratrovich, for helping to build the foundation for a more equitable future.


(Taken from Google Doodles)

Register for Classes December 9

November 19, 2020

Good Morning Steller Families and Staff,

Second semester (third quarter) registration will be Wednesday, December 9, 2020.  Students will meet with their advisor on Zoom.  Please check with your Advisor for the Zoom link.

Registration Times:

8:00 – 9:00 = 12th grade

9:00 – 10:00 = 11th grade

10:00 – 11:00 = 10th grade

11:00 -12:00 = 9th grade

1:00 – 2:00 = 8th grade

2:00 – 3:00 = 7th grade

The class descriptions and schedule are posted on the Steller website, (see links below) to find a possible schedule. You will use this data to create your schedule with your advisor.  If you started a semester-long class in the first quarter, you must choose it again in the third quarter. For example, Algebra is usually a year-long class so this year you will take it first and third quarter. 

Course Schedule: (Links to an external site.)

Course Description: (Links to an external site.)

Please contact the front office staff or your advisor with any questions.

Have a Great Day!

Steller Office

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is now accepting applications.

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is now accepting applications for the 2013 program. We are seeking college bound juniors and seniors for these exciting programs. We would greatly appreciate your help in sharing this information with your students.

RAHI – May 28 – July 12

RAHI Archaeology – July 12 – July 26

Visit our website for all the details!

Application Deadline: March 1

Apply online!

Click here for details.




Advisory Group Announcements for February 4

AG Announcements – 2/04/1There will be a 7th grade class meeting on Tuesday at noon in Natalie’s room.  We will be discussing and organizing our upcoming bake sale.

There will be a mandatory SHORT open house volunteer meeting at the beginning of lunch this Wednesday in Jen’s room.  If you are planning on volunteering at the open house this Thursday you need to attend.  If you have a conflict with another meeting, see Jen before Wednesday.

The FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) College Night has been changed from Tuesday February 5th to Tuesday February 12 , 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

Terra Nova Assessment: Tuesday Feb 5 & Wednesday February 6th.  All 7th grade students need to be in the MPR Room at 8:30 AM.

Terra Nova Assessment:  7th Grade    8:30 MPR Room       Tuesday Feb 5            Wednesday Feb 6 

                                                          95 minutes                    70 minutes

Make up testing: February 7 and/or 8  

High school mock trial team: We are having a work session after school on Tuesday to finish our case preparation. Come and work and be there at lunch on Friday to begin to work as witnesses.

The sophomore class is selling Valentine Grams this week during lunch starting Tuesday. Buy one for all the special someones in your life.

Everyone should come to the dance on Friday. Dress as a famous due, such as Bonnie and Clyde, Sunny and Cher,  or Peanut butter and jelly.

Students who would like to offer a peer-taught during spring intensives should present their proposals to the staff on Monday, February 25th.

Providence Alaska Medical Center is hosting a Career Night on Wednesday, Feb. 4th, from 3 – 7 p.m. in the PAMC’S East & West Auditorium. The fair provides students with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with many professional staff–including nurses, physicians, therapists, technologists, social workers and counselors who work in a variety of specialties and medical settings. If you  are interested in the heath profession this is a great opportunity.

Nurse Anne organizing a clothing drive for big Brothers and Big Sisters. This drive is going to be different in that it will be for both clothing exchange and clothing donation. Bring clothes that you have outgrown but are still in good shape and sort them according to male/female, pants, jackets, shirts, etc. Label the bags before you bring them in (a black marker works on plastic bags). The  clothes will be in the gym after school on Thursday the 14th and students can sort through them for anything they might want. You can even go in the locker room to try them on if you need to. Thank Dale for this great idea. It will be like a free shopping spree!

We need students volunteers to help with the open house this Thursday, February 7th from 6:30 to 8 pm. If you are outgoing and talkative and would like to greet people at the door and conduct tours, please submit your name to your adviser or talk to Nurse Anne.  If you prefer helping with serving ice cream and cleaning up at the end of the evening, that is an option as well. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.   

This week, February 4th through February 8th is National School Counseling Week. Please wish our fantastic counselor, John, a great week and let him know how very much he is appreciated! 

There will be a Planet Steller meeting on Wednesday, February 6th at noon in Ken’s room. New and old members are encouraged to come! We also would appreciate help with the recycling Monday at lunch or after school. If you have questions, see Maya Heubner or Wright Franklin.

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday February 5th at 3:00 pm is the deadline to sign up guests for our dance this coming Friday.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to sign up!!!