• Como Park Senior High Newsletter 5/30/2016

    Good News!

    • What do spring and high school graduation have in common? How about sunny afternoons, ice cream and making memories? The specialized services department of autism spectrum disorders is proud to announce that on June 7, Como Park Senior High School students Val Diaz and Keith Travis will have personal long-time wishes realized. Val has always dreamed of the possibility of someday working as an ice cream truck vendor and Keith Travis loves anything related to fast, sleek sports cars. So to honor these two students for their accomplishments of completing high school, Val will be working the counter of a Blue Bell Ice Cream truck while Keith hosts a car show spotlighting the cool sports cars owned by Como staff members, Ms. Vicky Schuch and Ms. Amy Dutton. Invited guests include 50 students and staff who have contributed to Val and Keith’s success. Gratitude goes out to the Como Park Parent Boosters for providing the funding to make these dreams come true.

    • Como Park Future Educators hosted Positivity Week to put a spotlight on the importance of good mental health and suicide prevention. The week was filled with affirmative messages, a guest speaker from NAMI (the National Alliance of Mental Illness) and a raffle with prizes. Money was raised for a non-profit organization that helps adolescents struggling with addiction, depression, and self-injury called "To Write Love on Her Arms".

    • Over 90 sophomores and juniors trained this week to be Link Leaders for the 2016-2017 school year. Link Leaders form Link Crew, a group focused on helping freshmen through kindness and generosity. Link Crew will lead a freshmen orientation on Thursday, September 1st from 8am-12pm to welcome new students and connect them with mentors. Thank you Link Leaders for your dedication and service!

    • The Como Park Robotics team competed in their first State Tournament last weekend and finished in the top half of all teams! While we did not get chosen for the elimination rounds, Sparky performed admirably and everyone had a great time. The MSHSL even had a generous gift for our hospitalized teammate, which all the teams were able to sign. We are looking forward to next year and our next run at State! Huge thanks go out to all of our supporters, parents, and mentors for a fantastic season. Don't forget to follow our adventures on Twitter @ComoBeastBot!

    • Conny’s Creamy Cone Fundraiser for Senior All-Night Graduation Party — Stop by Conny’s Creamy Cone on Wed. June 1 and enjoy an ice cream or a treat — mention “Como Senior All-Night Grad Party” when you place your order! A portion of the day’s sales will be donated for the Party. Our thanks to Conny’s to being a great supporter of Como High and its students!

    Get Involved, Kids!

    • Como students can purchase a summer bus pass for just $30. From June 1 through September 6, students can get unlimited rides on buses and trains up to a $3 fare(for fares higher than that amount, like some Northstar trips, just add stored value to your pass). Passes are valid between 5 am and 10 pm daily. Buy you Summer Student Pass with a credit card, or cash at Metro Transit Service Center (downtown St. Paul).

    • SENIORS — Register NOW for your All-Night Graduation party tickets! Registration forms can be picked up in the Main Office. Completed registrations and payments can also be dropped off in the Office and will also be taken at the Senior BBQ on Friday, June 3. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 (cash) at the door. We will accept registrations at the $50 price until the end of the school day at 2:00on Thursday, June 9. After that the cost is $60 at the door. Scholarship money is available to ensure that seniors have the opportunity to attend.

      • In addition to lunches this week, Registrations and payments can also be dropped off in the Office and will also be taken at the Senior BBQ on Friday, June 3. We will accept registrations at the $50 price until the end of the school day at 2:00 on Thursday, June 9. After that the cost is $60 at the door.

      • Activities and entertainment go on All Night long! The All-Night Party starts with check-in (*bring your Photo ID) at CPHS at 10:30 pm following graduation, Thurs. June 9. Have fun with your friends with DJ/music, photo studio, casino, movie, video games, pool/ping pong/foosball, henna, air brush tattoos, caricature artists, basketball, volleyball, badminton and swimming —bring swimming gear! There will be food and beverages throughout the night and raffle prizes. The Party wraps up at 5:00 am, Fri. June 10. Any questions - please email:

    Get Involved, Parents!

    • The 34th Annual 'Senior All-Night Graduation Party’ is less than 2 WEEKS away and WE NEED over 100 VOLUNTEERS! This event (sponsored by the Booster Club) provides our graduating seniors with a safe, fun environment to celebrate with friends “All Night” following graduation, Thursday June 9 pm to Friday June 10 am.

      • Parents from all classes are asked to help make this event a success. Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior parents — Pay It Forward and help now! You can help before, during, and after the party with Food, Decorating, Registration, Chaperoning, Prizes, Activities, Coat Check, Clean up and Donations. Shifts run 2-3 hours the days of the party, Thursday June 9-Friday June 10.

      • Click on our VolunteerSpot link to sign up to Help! Any questions - please email: Thanks!

    • The Senior BBQ will be held on Friday, June 3 from 10am - 12pm. If you'd like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Como Park Senior High with a memo for the Senior BBQ
      and send them to Shelly Storelee. Your support is much appreciated!

    Upcoming Events - mark your calendar!

    • Top 10 Night - Thursday, June 2nd - 6pm - Cafeteria

    • Graduation - Thursday, June 9th

    Como Park High School Booster Club congratulates the following 2015-2016 Award Grantees!

    • Homecoming 2015 - starting the year with school and community spirit

    • Math Team - to host a Regional Competition

    • Student Council - gift cards to increase student participation

    • Yearbook - to decrease overall costs to students

    • Dare 2 Be Real - t-shirts

    • Korean Student Group - to host a festival

    • Aztec Dancers - hosted by the ELL team to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    • Ultimate Frisbee - transportation and deferred participation cost

    • Jazz Band - U of MN Jazz Band Master Class

    • Choir - transportation to competitions

    • AP Government - to assist with cost of bus to go to Iowa Caucuses

    • ELL (English Language Learners) - transportation cost to Minneapolis Art Institute

    • Robotics - host regional tournament

    • Girl's Basketball - funding to support team costs

    • Advanced Placement Department - banner for department

    • GSA (Gender/Sexuality Alliance) group - yoga instructor for GSA participants and all school students

    • ASD and DCD (Autism Spectrum Dept. and Developmentally Cognitively Delayed Dept.) - ice cream truck and celebration

    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters - worked with Como Park High School students to make blankets for Como Elementary students

    • Senior BBQ - last day for seniors celebration

    • All Night Grad Party 2016 - year end party

    Contact us!

    Parent Coordinator Sandy Kestner:


    Please note: This newsletter is put together by a busy counselor who believes that parents and students can make the Como Park HS community better when they know what is going on each week. News is collected via responses to an all-staff email as well as from active parents who regularly share news about non-staff affiliated groups. If you have something new you’d like to see in the newsletter, send an email to