Robotics Team has 45 members
The Como Robotics Team is 45 members strong this season under the leadership of teachers Donna Norberg and Mike Fisher, with assistance from community experts and dedicated parents. The team is working on developing its robot in preparation for the FIRST Robotic Competition (FIRST is the acronym “For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology.”) in mid-February, followed by the regional competition at Williams Arena in early April. Elected captains are senior Evan Hulick and junior Marie Wulff. Safety captains are seniors Chrys Sowards and Garrett Yzaguirre.
An eye on the caucuses
AP Government students will be making a road trip to Iowa after school on Monday, Feb. 1, to be political observers of the Iowa Caucus. After studying presidential politics and the significance of the early caucuses and primaries, students will get a first-hand view of the democratic process by attending both the Republican and Democrat caucuses in Mason City. Students will return from the whirlwind political adventure late Monday night and have a unique experience to share during the presidential campaign and beyond.
Music to our ears
Over the last month, the Como Park choirs sang for more than 2,000 students at the five Area E elementary schools: Chelsea Heights, St. Anthony Park, Como Park, Galtier, Hamline and Je Ming Elementary. The singers enjoyed performing for the young and attentive audiences, and the elementary school students and staff enjoyed the music and performances.
The Como Park bands and orchestra performed a concert in the Como Auditorium on Jan. 25. The concert featured the intermediate band, concert band, jazz band and the orchestra. Musical selections included Mozart’s Symphony No. 6, arrangements from Vivaldi’s Spring, famous marches and an improvising ensemble.
Quiz bowl set for Feb. 3
Two foursomes of Como students will participate in the annual Academic WorldQuest quiz bowl competition on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The statewide event is sponsored by the Minnesota International Center and tests student knowledge of global affairs in a wide range of topics. The competition will take place at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center and will be emceed by the Current’s Mark Wheat.
Prospective students can shadow a student
Prospective students who are interested in experiencing a day of Como Park Senior High School are invited to shadow a current student. Opportunities for shadowing are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through February. Interested students can register online at comosr.spps.org by clicking “Prospective Students and Parents” under “Popular Links.” Tours are also available upon request through Sandy Kestner, parent coordinator. She may be reached at 651-744-3997.
Showcase Night is Feb. 4
Como’s Showcase Night for prospective students and families is an opportunity to learn more about Como’s academic offerings and extra curricular activities. Students and families interested in attending Como are invited to visit the school on Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Students, teachers, staff and community members will be present to show a sample of programs, answer questions, provide tours and highlight what new students can choose to do as a Como Park Cougar.