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Letter from the Principal - End of Year

Hello Steller Community,

 Another year down! Happy end of 2023/2024 school year.  Students had a wonderful school year, and we are all very proud of their accomplishments.  As always, I love sharing some of the things, we know our students worked on this semester.  Remember this is not an exhaustive list.

  • 15 Steller Graduates
  • Steller Jays traveled to: Aurora Music Festival in Healy, AK, Seward and Costa Rica
  • Our Steller Band got 3rd place at the Aurora Music Festival
  • Our Steller Orchestra got 1st place at the Aurora Music Festival
  • of our students got 2nd place for the Cello Solo in state competition and 1st place in the duet string ensemble.
  • 12 State music competitors
  • 7 Students earned a Seal of Biliteracy
  • Over 900 hours of volunteerism was completed in just the 2nd Semester.
  • A very successful play Steller Shenanigans and Steller's first Project Runway
  • TOB started selling heated food options – student initiated.
  • Leadership class hosted 2 successful dances, Steller market, $2000 donation to a non-profit among the many other achievements.
  • 43 passages completed.
  • 1 student earned a $17,000 NOLS scholarship.
  • 2 students traveled to Juneau during the legislative session to be student representatives on various topics.
  • 1 student was ranked as a top speed skater in the Artic Winter Games
  • Our Middle School Battle of the Books placed 2nd and our High School team placed in 7th.
  • 2 students applied for and received a $4000 grant for their student taught computer class.
  • 1 student was in the finals at the “Great AK talent competition.”
  • and various students placed within top three in many sports such as swimming, track/field, hockey, volleyball etc.

I can go on and on about all our students' many, many talents, as they all bring something important to our community. Thank you to the students for showing our Steller community all you have to offer, and for following in our philosophy of being creative, courageous, respectful, responsible, and community oriented.

This summer has been well-earned. Please enjoy the time with your family and friends and think about what new things you want to learn and share when you return to Steller August 15th. I want to take the time to talk about a couple of important things coming up for the new school year 2024-2025.

To get ready for the 2024/2025 school year please remember to register your child through Q/ParentConnection.   Make sure to register your students by August 8th. Find instructions for logging in and registering here: Online Registration Video

If you are new to the District, then Pre-Enrollment is now open online! Not sure if you are "New-to-district"? You can find student information here. Find instructions for pre-enrolling here.  Steller will be holding an in-person registration July 30th and 31st, from 9:00am-3:30pm.

For Steller, ALL students will be starting on August 15th.  ASD has a staggering school start, but Steller is not participating.  We expect all 6th -12th graders here on August 15th at 8:45am to meet with their advisory group and start orientation.  All students should have turned in their schedules already if you have not done so, please email our counselor with your requested courses.

Next year we are expecting approximately 120 new students and their families.  I hope all of you can join us August 13th from 6:00-7:30pm for our Back to School BBQ.  Thank you very much Steller Parent Group for hosting this wonderful event.

September 13th & 14th we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary.  SPG has been doing a lot of work putting this together, please take the time to check out their website for more detailed information.  We can’t wait to celebrate the 50 yearof our Steller Community.  I want to say a special thank you to Skye Nevada of The Bridge Co., and Molly and Kyle Bates, whose generosity has allowed for these amazing events to happen. Steller's 50th Anniversary Invitation

Parents and Guardians, I hope you also take the time to relax and enjoy the summer.  As next year starts, we hope to see you in many of our Steller events. Our Steller Parent Group continues to grow, and needs many volunteers to help it achieve its goals. Please think about what you can do to assist in their efforts.  

Personally, I cannot wait to welcome our new 6th grade students as well as our 10 new staff members.  I will continue to advocate for our program and students with more knowledge, better understanding, and greater ideas. Next year our focus will be on welcoming our 6th graders and looking at how Steller will utilize the College Career & Life Ready framework.

From all the Steller staff and teachers, we thank you for another incredible year.  Enjoy your summer and see you all in the fall.   GO TEAM!


Maria Hernandez