Community Announcements

West Side Studios is a media arts education and workforce development program partnership between Squeaky Wheel and PUSH Buffalo that provides year-round, quality out-of-school opportunities for Buffalo residents ages 13-19. Workshops take place at Grant Street Neighborhood Center, an open, safe and productive community space on the West Side of Buffalo.

We are now accepting applications for our next West Side Studios program cycle. The application period will be continuing from Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 to Friday, January 12th, 2018.

If you know any youth that might be interested in learning the many forms of digital creative expression, send them our way. We’d be more than happy to help facilitate their education in the media arts. And best of all, the program is free to attend for all participants! Prospective students can apply online at: Paper applications can be mailed to our office in the Market Arcade at 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203. For more information about the program, contact, or visit the website.

Northrop Grumman is now accepting applications until midnight, February 4, 2018 for the 2018 Engineering Scholars Program. Two (2) scholarships of $8,000 over the course of four years ($2,000 a year) will be awarded by Northrop Grumman to qualified graduating high school seniors in Erie and/or Niagara County (ongoing eligibility requirements apply). Applications are accepted on-line only.

Northrop Grumman provides engineering scholarships in selected areas through the Engineering Scholars Program

City Honors has been a partner with the Rotary Club of Buffalo for the past eleven years, helping countless incoming and outgoing students to learn through highly supportive international exchange experiences. This is the time of year when the Rotary Clubs of Buffalo are in recruitment mode for Youth Exchange programs for the year 2018-19.

The Rotary short term exchange program (6-8 weeks in the summer-underclassmen or seniors) is a direct family-family exchange program with participating partner countries. The Long Term Program (10-12 months- current seniors) takes place starting in the late summer of 2018.

For those who already know they want to apply for a Rotary Exchange:

In efforts to simplify the process, we have installed an online application process for the PRELIMINARY APPLICATION. Any all applications will be received at a District level and distributed out to the corresponding club. The link to this application is available at

In terms of timelines, once the clubs receive the preliminary application they will set up a time to interview and select students. As soon as a Club chooses their candidate, they will notify the student that they are to immediately start to complete the LONG FORM APPLICATION (also located in the same tab on our website), and identify to the District their selected candidates by NO later than the beginning of December.

District interviews where further eligibility to the program is confirmed, will be conducted on the weekend of January 14th and 15th, 2017.

All information about the program is available at our website Please contact CHS Parent and Rotary Club of Buffalo Sunrise representative, Jill Norton for questions at:

Youth Community Builder Essay Contest

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As part of Open Buffalo’s annual Justice & Opportunity Series, we are hosting a competition for local high school students who want to make a difference in their community! The first-place finisher will be awarded $2,500 to carry out a community project described in an essay proposal. They will also have honor of introducing Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, nationally known social justice leader, at his community presentation in Buffalo this October!

What’s your project?

If you had $2,500 to solve a problem that you see in your community, what would the problem be, and what would you do about it to create change in your community?

Write or record an essay proposal of your community project and submit it by Oct. 10, 2017.

 Submission instructions (what we’re looking for):

  • Essays can be submitted in written or video formats.
    • Written essays should be no more than 4 pages, double spaced.
    • Video essays should be 3-4 minutes in length.
  • Sustainability: How will you keep this going once the $2,500 runs out?
  • Community Impact: Who would be impacted by the project? Who would you collaborate or work with on your project from your community?
  • Essays should be submitted by email to, or to Open Buffalo, 617 Main Street, Suite 350, Buffalo, NY 14203.
  • Video entries: Please upload your video to YouTube and email the link to
  • All entries are due no later than Oct. 10, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Grade levels: Students currently enrolled in 9th Grade through 12th Grade are eligible. Please indicate what school you attend and what grade you are in.
  • Entries from individuals or small groups (1-3 people) will be accepted.
  • If you already have a community project, please explain how you would improve or expand upon the project with this funding.
  • Higher consideration will be given to projects that have not previously received funding.

Note: Second and third place finishers will receive awards of $1,000 and $500, respectively, to complete community projects.

Download this information page here.

Questions? Contact Open Buffalo at or 716-243-8777.

The Battle of the Books is a summer reading program for students entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2017. Battle of the Books encourages students to read good books and compete with peers by answering questions about the five chosen books for 2017–all while building team relationships, maintaining their reading chops, and, of course, having fun! This year’s books are: The Iron Trial by Holly Black, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson, The Apothecary by Maile Meloy, and The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver.

CHS students are invited to participate! The annual competition takes place at the Erie Community College South Campus on Saturday, August 5th, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 716-858-7192

Additional details can be found here:

Applications for the 2017 Ninth Annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Denton Cottier and Daniels Music Scholarship are now available. Applications are being sent to Western New York’s public and private schools. Students can check with their Guidance Office and/or Music teachers to obtain an application. The application is also available online at The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame web site:…

All applications are due by a deadline of June 30, 2017. They may be submitted electronically to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame via email:

The winners will be notified by August 4, 2017.

The annual Tech Savvy conference will be held on Saturday, March 18, at UB’s North Campus.

For girls in grades 6-9:

  • The conference features fun workshops to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Parents are also invited to sessions to help you support your daughters’ plans for college.

For girls in grades 10-12:

  • The conference will feature fun sessions to prepare for college and STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math). High school students can also choose to take a free SAT practice exam.

Please call 716-559-3037. For a brochure, please see your guidance counselor or visit

You must register by February 23. The $5 registration fee includes meals, materials, and student t-shirt. A shuttle from the Main Street Campus is also available.. Again, please call 559-3037 or see your guidance counselor for more information. Tech Savvy is sponsored by the American Association of University Women Buffalo Branch.

Named for the first African American to walk in space, ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to 2016 graduating high school seniors in school districts represented by the Council of the Great City Schools.

Four scholarships for two males and two females — $5,000 each — will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. Students may apply to the scholarship online.

Please distribute the scholarship application and guidelines in your districts.  For students to apply, they should follow this link:

Buffalo State College offers an enrichment program called the Community Arts Academy (CAA). CAA is a K-12 enrichment program in the visual and digital arts, creative writing and music areas. Most of the courses meet on Saturdays with some music classes being held on Sunday (Jazz workshop grades 6-12) and Tuesday evening (Digital Audio – grades 9-12 – for which a 25% discount is given to Buffalo Public School students).

Registration and details on this program may be found at the links below.

Music programs begin February 4, 5 and 7.
Creative Arts (visual and digital art; creative writing) begin March 4.
Submitted by:  Stacy Bisker

The University at Buffalo has again made tickets available free of charge to City Honors School for UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

20 tickets have been allocated (and possibly 10 additional) to our CHS community to hear the 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015) Eric Holder speak on Thursday, February 16th as UB’s 41st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Keynote Speaker. The talk will take place at UB’s Alumni Arena

Preference will also be given to community members who were not already selected to receive tickets to a previous UB speaker series event earlier this school year.

If you would like tickets to this event, please fill out the google docs form available at:

President Barack Obama nominated Eric Holder to be Attorney General and the United States Senate confirmed his nomination on February 2, 2009. Holder began his service as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States the following day. He was the first African-American to serve in that position. He remained in office until April 27, 2015, becoming the third-longest-serving Attorney General in the nation’s history.

While Attorney General, Holder oversaw the government’s efforts to address many critically important issues arising at the intersection of law and public policy, including national security investigations and prosecutions; landmark antitrust, environmental, fraud and tax cases; the defense of voting rights and marriage equality; and reform of the federal criminal justice system. In 2014, TIME magazine named Holder to its list of “100 Most Influential People,” stating that he “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.”

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, due to the limited number of tickets available, there is a maximum of two (2) tickets available per request.

You will be notified on or before Monday, February 13th regarding whether we were able to fulfill your request and, if so, the date that tickets can be picked up in the IB Office.

The tentative schedule for the evening is as follows:

7:00 pm Doors to the lecture seating (Main Gym) open

7:30 – 7:45 pm Pre-lecture entertainment

8:00 pm Welcome, Lecture, Question & Answer period

9:30 pm (approx.) Lecture & Q&A ends

  • Box Tops Homeroom Contest – Now through 2/16/18!

    Box Tops for Education Loyalty Program Coupons
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  • Events at a Glance

    Dec 11: “Anything Goes” Auditions
    Dec 15: Winter Bazaar, 10:30a-1:30p
    Dec 25-29: Winter Recess (No School)
    Jan 1: New Years Day (No School)
    Jan 12: Keeping the Dream Alive Assembly
    Jan 15: MLK Day (No School)
    Jan 17: Winter Vocal Concert, 6:30p
    Jan 18: Winter Instrumental Concert, 6:30p
    Jan 22-25: HS Regents Exams
    Jan 27: CHS Performance @ Kleinhans
    Jan 28: Class of 2018 Pancake Breakfast
    Feb 9: 2nd Camp Pathfinder Deposit Due
    Feb 19: President’s Day (No School)
    Feb 20: BoxTops Clip Party @ 279 Northampton, 6-8p
    Feb 20-23: Mid-Winter Recess (No School)
    Mar 15-18: CHS Spring Musical: “Anything Goes!”
    Apr 20: Talent Show
    Apr 25: Spring Vocal Concert, 6:30p
    Apr 26: Spring Instrumental Concert, 6:30p
    May 8-9: Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Trip
    May 11: Senior Service Learning Initiative (SLI) Begins
    May 22: Senior Dinner @ Riverworks
    Jun 3: CHS Performance @ Kleinhans
    Jun 11: Senior Service Learning Initiative (SLI) Ends
    May 31-Jun 3: Gr 8 Camp Pathfinder Trip
    Jun 20: Gr 8 Moving Up Day, 9a
    Jun 21: Senior Graduation @ Kleinhans

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