Join the Parent Academy: Como Park Senior High School (CPSHS) is recruiting parents for the fall session of Parent Academy. St. Paul Public Schools sponsors a free six-week program that is designed to empower parents to increase their skills and abilities to become active participants in their children’s learning, which is especially important in the high school years. CPSHS’s Parent Academy will meet on Monday nights starting Oct. 20. Transportation, childcare and a light supper will be provided. For more information call Sandy Kestner at 651-744-3997.

Congratulations to CPSHS senior Ellen Purdy, who is Como’s 2015 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. She qualified for this honor last year with her outstanding 2014 PSAT score. Ellen is in the top 16,000 out of 1.4 million students who took this exam and will now move onto the stages of becoming a National Merit finalist.

Learn about college financial information at Como Oct. 9 CPSHS will host a college financial information night from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the school library. This is a chance for students and families to become acquainted with and receive help on the Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) form.

The CPSHS community will celebrate homecoming Sept. 22-27. School groups, including the marching band and the football team, will march in a parade starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. The parade will start at the school and go through the Como Park neighborhood. Parents, neighbors and community members are invited to watch the parade and then follow join the school for a light picnic lunch, a powder puff football game and other assorted games. The Como Park Booster Club sponsors the parade. Fan buses will leave the school at 1:15 p.m. to travel to Griffin Stadium at Central High School to cheer for the football team in its homecoming game against Patrick Henry High School of Minneapolis. The homecoming dance will be held in the school cafeteria from 7-10 p.m. that night.

The Como Park Booster Club is looking for CPSHS families and friends and local businesses to join the club and consider making a financial contribution to the organization, which supports music, arts, athletics and extracurricular clubs and activities at the school. Find out more by calling the school at 651-693-8800.

Four teachers received Ecolab grants to supplement their teaching this school year. The teachers and their projects are as follows: Kathryn Kahn, funding to purchase the book Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections between Disease and Longevity and create lessons from material in the book; Elizabeth Luby, funding to purchase lab materials for the College in the Schools anatomy and physiology course to provide students with opportunities to investigate and understand the functions of their own bodies; Jason McIntyre, funding to purchase used digital cameras and recycled printers and toner to enable an entire classroom to create class projects; and Donna Norberg, funding for materials to build an interactive learning prototype that involves flipping classroom lessons to learn difficult science concepts with students teaching each other.

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