Community Announcements

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

The Buffalo Public Schools Art Education Department is currently accepting registration forms for RadioARTS – Buffalo’s only student-run internet based podcast radio station.

The program will take place at #187 (333 Clinton Street) in the library (aka Radio Lab) on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30 pm starting February 9th.  There will be 20 BPS slots open for students in grades 5-12. We will meet weekly.

We will use our RadioARTS deejays to uncover and collect arts-related stories that can be showcased on our internet-based radio station.

Our goal is to offer students another tool to express their passion for the arts. We want to highlight all the great things happening in the arts in our schools and community.

Join our program and help us maintain this first ever student-run radio station in WNY. For applications and other information please go to

Thank you!

-Michele Agosto
Supervisor of Art Education

Bryant and Stratton College offers one free college course to any junior or senior in high school as a part of their Jump Start Program. Learn more at this link:

Beginning at the start of the New Year, students in the CHS community will be coming together to join the NYS Youth Activation Committee.  Students that would like to participate are invited to apply by Friday, December 23rd.  As a member of “YAC” students and their Coach/Adviser, Mrs. K. Johnson, will be joining other schools throughout Section VI to participate in a Unified Basketball League – in which students with and without intellectual disabilities partake in a competitive spring basketball league, as well as attend meetings and conferences with other schools to develop ways school athletics can become unified.  This is a great opportunity for development in leadership, athletics, and potential careers in coaching!  All students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to apply by visiting Mrs. Johnson in Room 306!

See the flyer here for more information:

Website for Project Unified and the Youth Activation Committee:

Email for Mrs. Johnson:

This unique college scholarship opportunity is offered through the United States Youth Program (USSYP) for incoming juniors and seniors (2016-17 school year).  A few highlights of the program are:

  • $10,000 College Scholarship
  • a week in Washington: all expenses paid for by The Hearst Foundation
  • meet Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies and hear major policy addresses
  • meet with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

The chief state school officer from each state, the District of Columbia and DoDEA must submit in writing to The Hearst Foundations by DECEMBER 1, 2016 the names of their two delegates and alternates.

Click here to view the flyer.

Additional information can be found at:

Questions may be directed to Elisabeth Egetemeyr, Ph.D., USSYP Director for NYSED, at

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    September 4: Crew Open House @ WSRC, 6p
    September 6: First Day of School
    September 12: Parent Get Acquainted Night, 6-8p
    September 18: Senior Photo/Make Up Day
    September 20: Back to School Food Truck Party, 5-8p
    September 28: Open House, 9-11a
    October 5: CHS Admissions Testing @ Olmsted
    October 10: Underclassmen Photo Day
    October 14: Columbus Day – No School
    October 16: PSAT Testing, Gr 10 & 11 (Periods 1-4)
    October 19: CHS Admissions Testing @ Olmsted
    October 25: Ice Cream Social/Haunted Lockers, Gr 5&6, 6:30-8:30p
    October 26: CHS Admissions Testing @ Olmsted


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