National Honor Society inducts 30
The National Honor Society (NHS) held its induction ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Nov. 18 in the Como cafeteria. A potluck dinner was served and hosted by NHS members from the class of 2016. A formal candle-lighting ceremony followed with a pledge and recognition of the new members. Congratulations to the 30 new inductees of the Como Park National Honor Society.
Como’s AP Night highlights school’s academic rigor
Como’s Nov. 12 Advanced Placement (AP) Night was a fun and informational event. Prospective students and their parents learned more about Como’s extensive AP course offerings and curriculum. The school has a deeply embedded history of AP success, preparing students for college with rigorous coursework. A majority of students test at levels that earn multiple college credits while in high school. College in the Schools (CIS) classes in conjunction with the University of Minnesota are also taught for college credit at Como, and post-secondary educational options are also available. A student panel spoke of their experiences with Como’s advanced curriculum. The students and Como teachers and administrators answered questions from parents and visiting students.
AOF students are busy
Ninety freshmen Academy of Finance (AOF) students participated in an all-day field trip on Nov. 12 to Junior Achievement in Maplewood for JA Finance Park. Students engaged in a budget simulation with professionals from the finance sector who volunteered their time. On Nov. 17 and 18, 60 AOF freshmen visited AT&T Xerxes in Bloomington. They learned about careers at AT&T and the history of cell phones, and they participated in a simulation to help understand the dangers of texting while driving. On Nov. 19, 30 AOF sophomores visited AT&T Marquette in downtown Minneapolis. Students toured the facility, received information about AT&T careers and completed a small-group, problem-solving activity. Students also job shadowed employees for part of their workday.
Close Up students will bag groceries at Cub this month
AP Government students participating in the national Close Up Washington, D.C., program will bag groceries for customers at the Roseville Cub Foods on Larpenteur Avenue for three days in late December. Donations from customers will help defray the cost of the D.C. trip. Students will be working 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19; Wednesday, Dec. 23; and Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Choirs perform pops concert
The Como choirs presented the annual pops concert on Dec. 14 in the auditorium. The Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers all performed music from movies of the students’ birth years. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are currently participating in multiple fundraising efforts to help pay for their trip to New York City and a performance in Carnegie Hall.
Shadow a student at Como
Prospective students who are interested in experiencing a day at Como Park Senior High School are invited to shadow a current student. Opportunities for shadowing are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in December, January and February. You can register online at comosr.spps.org. Click “Prospective Students and Parents” under Popular Links. Tours are also available upon request through parent coordinator Sandy Kestner, 651-744-3997.