Debra Frederiksen


November 14: Underclassmen Photo Retake/Make-Up Day

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Employers are launching their United Way and SEFA payroll deduction enrollments right now. Don’t miss this opportunity to help our students! Families and alumni can contribute through any United Way Campaign in the United States! Simply write the name of the City Honors/FMP Foundation on the enrollment form provided by your employer and the Foundation’s agency code (5326 for United Way, 57-00391 for SEFA). If you have not received a form, consult with your organizations’ payroll department for assistance. Payroll deductions are a smart way to make your gift to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. 37% of our students at CHS come from below the poverty line. Your gifts help the CH/FMP Foundation as it works to see that no student’s learning experience on the Hilltop is compromised by a lack of funds! Learn more about the Foundation and its Annual fund here:

Here are just a few of the things you support at CHS by giving to the Foundation:

-Athletic team gear and equipment

-Extracurriculars such as: Speech & Debate, Chess, Masterminds, African Dance & Drum, Key Club, AP Chemistry Club

-Equipment and materials for science, math, and visual arts courses

-CHS Writing Center

-STARS Program for students with autism

-Fosdick Field Restoration Project

-Reforesting our campus and landscape enhancements

-8th Grade Class Adventure to Pathfinder Island in Algonguin

-The International Baccalaureate Program

-Pelion Community Garden

-CHS Science Research Program

-Babel Literature Series at CHS

-and much, much more!

Thank you for your support of our students, teachers and school!

Do you want to support your child’s interest in their Mandarin studies? Does your child need tutoring in Mandarin?

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The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute, longtime partner and supporter of the Mandarin Language program at CHS, distributes an e-letter once-a-month with all kinds of exciting classes, activities and tutoring opportunities related to the study of Chinese language and culture.

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Parents: Unstructured time, unoccupied homes due to family travel, empty cottages and college students home for the recess all increase the likelihood of underage drinking events during school breaks. Please set up systems to closely monitor your home if you are away and string accountability for your child if they are out with friends. Your vigilance helps our city and helps our children stay safe while they are still developing! There is a chance your child may begrudge you in the short term for this good parenting, but they will definitely respect and love you more in the long-term when they understand the world better.

As noted at the bottom of every Hilltop Notes: Children are endangered by underage house parties and underage drinking. Concerned adults, teachers, students and friends can call 24 hours a day in Erie County to report planned underage drinking parties; underage drinking parties in progress or other activities that may be harmful to the health, safety and welfare of young people. The tip line (1-800-851-1932) is ANONYMOUS, CONFIDENTIAL and free. Erie County now has a “Social Host Law” that holds adults accountable for allowing minors to drink. Learn more at 

Happy 103rd birthday to Sydney Cole ’34!  Mr. Cole is the oldest known surviving Fosdick-Masten Park High School Alumnus and a hero from WWII. This past winter, he received his long overdue FMP diploma from Dr. Kresse and WWII medals from Congressman Higgins. Channel 4 documents his story in this piece. Happy 103rd Sydney!

A local veteran received some long overdue recognition as a hero

Take a moment to view this brief clip from Stanford University’s Assistant Dean of Admissions (also a former IB parent) on the value of an IB education: 

Pathfinder Island Photo Album

119 members of the Class of 2020 just returned from four days of teamwork, risktaking and learning at Pathfinder Island on Source Lake in the Algonguin Forest. Start your weekend with a smile and get a taste of why our 8th graders are raving about putting aside their electronic devices and living in nature through this incredible photo album complied by the adult chaperones on the trip! Follow this link to the photo album:

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that made this 3rd annual excursion to Pathfinder a reality and great success for our students:

  • -8th Grade Advisor, Mr. Sharratt
  • -Class of ‘20 Parent Leaders, Kim Lonas and Candice-Titus Fuller
  • -PTSCO and Mary Beth Murray
  • -The CH/FMP Foundation
  • -All the faculty and parents who volunteered to serve as chaperones
  • -The Buffalo Public Schools and BPS Board of Education
  • -The Algonquin Campership Fund
  • -All the other people who pitched in, both big and small!

The following photos are from the City Honors School Music Department Facebook Page (via Todd Richards).






















The following are from the City Honors School Facebook page.

Day 3:   This gorgeous sunrise panoramic brought to you by the Class of 2020 on day 3 of their annual 8th grade trip at Pathfinder Island in the Algonguin Forest. — at Source Lake Algonquin Park.






Day 2:

Rise and shine from the CHS Class of 2020 on Pathfinder Island. — at Source Lake Algonquin Park.









As evening begins, so does the nightly council fire for the CHS Class of 2020 at Pathfinder Island. Stay tuned for full photo album when our 8th graders return Sunday night! — at Source Lake Algonquin Park.









Day 1: The Class of 2020 is enjoying this spectacular view this evening as a part of the annual 8th grade trip to Pathfinder Island. Collaboration, risk taking and learning for the sake of learning: The CHS Way.


City Honors School is a unique environment with students of diverse backgrounds, including those who are seen differently by our world. Though we do not adjust readily to differences in people, we must come to terms with understanding our classmates with disabilities that which are irreversible. The STARS (Students with Autism Rising to Success) includes students ranging from those with autism to those with Asperger’s Syndrome. In the fall of 2014, our STARS students joined CHS’s Social Club for the first time so that all of us could communicate, cooperate, and reach understanding in a social setting. It is imperative that we as a society never underestimate the capabilities of STARS students. All of us at CHS can lead by example by being “bridge builders” to advocate awareness for the problems of autism that should never be overlooked.

Autism is a series of disorders on the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autistic criteria include lack of communication skills, repetitive behavior and mannerisms that doctors identify according to the severity of the condition. However, it is important to look at strengths such as academic excellence that can bring hope to autistic people. Each form of autism is unique, but it is compiled in a range of symptoms and classified on the Autism Spectrum.  If you look up autism in a Google search, you will find that symptoms appear within the first year to year and a half of a child’s life that would lead to an autism diagnosis. While these symptoms inhibit the development of social and human relationship skills, they do not necessarily mean a dismal, failing outcome. 

In a PBS film series titled “This Emotional Life” (2010), social psychologist Daniel Gilbert searched for the meaning of happiness by trying to understand the elements that make people happy. We learn how to interact with people and then fall into the normal social queues of society. Thus, we avoid loneliness by finding substitutes that, at least temporarily, let us gain companionship. However, some of the elements of learning maintain social relationships are absent in autistic people. Jason Ross, a 29-year-old in the film, tries to express what happiness is for him with has Asperger’s Syndrome. His language deficits are prominent barrier because he often does not interpret the irony or subtle rhetorical shifts in a word or phrase. Jason experiences great frustration because of his lack of perception. He then is asked to watch a movie using an ocular device that allows scientists to assess what he is looking at in real time. Throughout the film, he is seldom concentrating on the conversation, but rather on the light as his eyes constantly shift in that direction, strengthening the perception that Jason, as with others with Asperger’s Syndrome, takes extreme interest in specific objects. In the end, Jason, mentioned that he completed post-secondary education and became a sonographer, one who studies medical imaging through high frequency waves to analyze patterns such as heartbeats in children in the womb. Asperger’s, for Jason, did not imprison him in a life of incapability. Rather, it opened him up to success in the field of sonography by using the unique abilities of his condition.

Breaking away from the norm seems to be a trend among our generation. Disabilities, reform, and overall change have never pleased everybody, but what does? We have the power to exercise our rights, so we should now make the effort to embrace with tolerance those children and adults who have autistic disabilities. Canisius College has recently established the Institute for Autism Research (IAR), an initiative to join student researchers from disparate disciplines to study causes, clinical treatment and to differentiate between fact and misconception. Since a defining characteristic of the autistic people is their lack of social connection to others, the institute has worked on creating social breakthroughs for them. Their five-week summer program, summerMAX, teaches high-functioning autistic children to enhance their social skills by teaching them to maintain eye contact, to interact in groups, and to read facial expressions. By using “pro-social behavior”, their success is rewarded by field trips. This goal of positive social behavior is one that we all should strive for when stepping into adult society: to strengthen our social skills and to maintain relationships at work and in school.

None of us can understand firsthand the difficulties of living with a disorder as consuming as autism. We must therefore be considerate and caring.  Taunting and tormenting is absolutely unacceptable and should never be tolerated for people with Asperger’s and autism disorders are an addition to our society. It adds to our world by showing what a mysterious and wondrous organ the human brain can be, capable of harnessing beautiful, unknown patterns that bring about differentiation in our species.

Submitted by: Morgan Morris, ’17, The CHS View Student Reporter

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    October 29: Senator Kennedy’s College Fair
    October 31: Pelion’s Spook-a-Rama
    October 31 – November 8: Cardinal Craze Week
    November 2: SAT Testing
    November 14: Underclassmen Photo Retake Day
    December 5: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 5-7p
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