News from Como Park Senior High School

Students learn about finance

All 330 Academy of Finance (AOF) students in grades 9-12 participated in the Wells Fargo corporate visit to Como on Nov. 16. Volunteers and mentors from Wells Fargo guided AOF students in small group discussions, conducted mock interviews and provided instruction on resume-building, cover letters and job applications. They also presented financial-literacy lessons and answered student-generated questions about Wells Fargo’s business lines and programs.


BEASTBot is a Halloween treat at MOA

Como’s BEASTBot Robotics Club went to the Mall of America (MOA) on Halloween for the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota’s annual Allergy-Free Zone. Young superheroes and goblins were able to drive the robot and collect food-free treats while learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts from Cougar role models.


Grocery bagging helps students raise funds for D.C. trip

The annual Close Up trip to Washington, D.C., is slated for the first week of March, and fundraising is already in full swing. Students from AP Government classes will bag groceries for customers at the Roseville Cub Foods on Larpenteur Avenue from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. Cub customers can support the students with donations to help defray the expense of the educational adventure. There will be more grocery bagging for the Close Up students scheduled during winter break in December. Community members interested in financially supporting the students can also contact Como’s trip coordinator at


Learn about Como’s AP program

Como Park High School’s Advanced Placement (AP) Night is Monday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. AP Night is an opportunity for prospective students and families to learn more about Como’s AP program from staff, parents and a student panel. Middle-school students and families interested in learning more about Como’s award-winning AP college-prep curriculum will be able to visit with current AP students and teachers and ask questions about the AP experience. College in the Schools (CIS) classes are also offered at Como and will be presented at the meeting.

The event will take place in the school library and refreshments will be provided. No reservation is required, but questions can be directed to Como’s AP Coordinator Molly McCurdy Yates at 651-744-5354.


Volunteer at Como

Como students and staff are looking for community members who would like to volunteer in the classrooms. There are frequent opportunities in a school day for tutoring. Interested individuals can contact Molly McCurdy Yates at 651-744-5354 to explore the idea and learn more about this opportunity.


Construction update

Construction on the Como’s new addition continues to progress. Steel beams are now two-stories high in the space south of the building toward the railroad tracks. Work crews are busy all day and manage the project so that the loudest, most intensive structural assembly adjacent to the existing walls is completed after the official school day ends at 2 p.m. Teachers with classrooms near the construction have been making accommodations to provide their after-school help to students and do their grading and preparation in alternative locations away from the noise.

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