The Steller Parent Group held a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 PM. The meeting minutes have been prepared and posted. Click here to download the draft minutes.
Coming to Anchorage Oct 1st
- Travel scholarships are due on Wednesday the 18th to the office.
- Troy and Leigh Anne will be in Leigh Anne’s room at 5:30 on the 19th for the half an hour before back to school night to answer any questions parents might have. Stop in.
- There is room more students to register. All students are welcome. Save $100 by registering with the voucher code Travel6V by the 27th.
- Students can register at https://www.explorica.com/
sign-up.aspxwith the tourCenter ID: Fast-4605
- If you are already signed up for the trip, double check that your passport is good through October 2020 or get your paperwork in to apply for a passport soon. Don’t put this off to that minute.
Hello Steller Community!!
Put it on your calendar: the FIRST Souper Steller of the year is Friday, September 20th and we’re going to need all hands on deck!
Parents, Staff, and Students are ALL welcome to help prep Thursday after school from 2-4pm. We’ll also need some SOUPER helpers to help set up, serve, and clean up on Friday from 9am to 1pm (one does not have to be there the entire 4 hours). We’re going to need as much help as we can get on both days, remember the more the merrier!
Remember to BRING YOUR BOWLS- not only do you get to hop to the front of the line, you’d also be helping the planet!
-Souper Steller Team
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.”
Here’s a post that parents and students will want to read just to figure out what all those letters mean!! 🙂
****************************************************************************************************PSAT (Preliminary SAT) & NAMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
- WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday October 16 @ 8:30 am in the MPR
- DEADLINE: September 18, while seats are available (so sign up early!!).
- COST: $20 – due by September 18 (cash, check).
The PSAT/NMSQT is designed for high school juniors but sophomores can also take the test. Only juniors however, can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.
Juniors and sophomores are welcome to sign up to take the PSAT at Steller.
***Students MUST sign up and pay in person, see Tami in the front office!
Please see me if you have any questions.
SCHOOL COUNSELOR NEWS – September 2019
Welcome to a new school year at Steller and a special welcome to our new families. I have a new office this year. It is next door to my old office but I have much more space and more privacy for confidential conversations. It is nice to have seats for both parents and students when they come in for a meeting. I also have a new phone number: 742-4965. I have not set up my voicemail yet but this will happen soon. Email is always a good way to reach me.
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
All students in grades 7, 8 and 9 will be tested in Math and Language Arts. Students are tested three times a year. Next time is early December and the last testing is in April. Steller will start MAP this Friday and end the fall testing next Thursday.
The annual Anchorage Alaska College Fair is Sunday October 13 and Monday October 14 at the Alaska Airlines Center at UAA, 3550 Providence Drive. We encourage families to go together on Sunday October 13. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with college admission counselors and also to learn about colleges they may not have heard about before. Many of the colleges present at the fair offer WUE tuition. Private colleges are also present. Remember to ask about scholarships and financial aid.
I would like to meet with all seniors to discuss their college applications and other post-secondary plans. Students can stop by any time to set up a time. I will provide more information about the college application later. If you are applying to universities outside Alaska, please check the application requirements and process for each college. If any of the colleges on your list is a member of the Common Application, please get started on the application as soon as possible.
FINANCIAL AID NIGHT AT STELLER BY THE ALASKA COMMISSION OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION (ACPE)
Seniors and parents – mark your calendar! I have invited ACPE to do a financial aid presentation this fall. They will be at Steller on Tuesday September 24 at 6 pm. The presentation will cover cost of attendance, federal aid, state aid, scholarships, important financial deadlines, financial literacy, and FAFSA overview.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 – 2:30 & Tuesday: 11:30 – 3:30