From the PTSCO President

According to federal, state and local educational laws, school parent groups are required to elect/select parents to sit on committees that allow parents and guardians the opportunity to have a voice in school policies. There are two committees that require parent representatives from our school. Parents serving on these committees must be active members of the school parent organization (at City Honors this is PTSCO):

1) The Site Based Management Team (SBMT): The school is seeking five parents (including the Parent Facilitator and DPCC representative, plus five alternates) to attend monthly meetings of the SBMT. This team is school-based governance body responsible for the annual Budget and Growth Plan.

2) District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC): The DPCC has monthly business meetings to consider and address issues facing families and students across the Buffalo Public School district. Each school is expected to elect/select two parents – a representative and an alternate, but all meetings are open to all parents. This year, the meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please feel free to attend the next meeting on Tuesday October 10th from 6-8 pm at the Stanley P. Makowski school. A committee fair explaining the different opportunities for committee participation within the DPCC will be held directly prior to the Business Meeting, from 5-6 pm.

Additional information regarding these committees can be found on the CHS Website under parent resources. If you require a paper copy please contact Donna Graham (donnamariegraham@mac.com).

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another person, please contact Donna Graham (donnamariegraham@mac.com) and copy Mau Tripp (mautripp@roadrunner.com) by 10-13-17. If you have any further questions regarding these committees please contact Dr. Wendy Mistretta (wpmistretta@msn.com).

Should enough parents express interest in the SBMT and DPCC committees we will schedule a vote in late October. Otherwise we will use a selection process with those who step forward to volunteer. Every parent voice is valued. Please consider making yours heard!

Gratefully,

Donna Graham
PTSCO Lead Parent
716-697-1447

The 2017-2018 school year will be underway before we know it!

City Honors School’s Parent Teacher Student Community Organization (PTSCO) always has plenty of volunteer opportunities for our parents.

Stay tuned to The CHS View for upcoming PTSCO meetings and additional ways that you may support your student and City Honors School!

In the meantime, click here for information on some of our long-standing volunteer opportunities – https://cityhonors.org/page/ptsco-documents/

See you in September!

On Monday, November 14, 2016, we will hold the first Parent, Teacher, Student, Community Organization (PTSCO) meeting for this school year. This meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the LGI room.  We will be discussing the outline of events for the coming school year, hearing from staff and students regarding school updates, and looking for parent volunteers to support our students and organization. Whether new to City Honors, parent of a senior, or somewhere in between, we hope to see you there as all input is valued and needed! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Gratefully,
Donna Graham
Parent of a 12th grader and 7th grader
donnamariegraham@mac.com
(716) 697-1447

The City Honors School Parent Teacher Student Community Organization (PTSCO) is looking for Middle School PARENT VOLUNTEERS. As PTSCO, we work collaboratively with the Student Council, the CHS staff, and various community groups through student initiatives and many events. We spent a great deal of last year initiating new work and planning.  This coming school year we need YOU to support the work to enrich your student’s experience at CHS. We NEED parents that have the following skills or interest:

  • Accounting and/or book keeping
  • Event Planning & Coordination
  • Community Building

Please contact Mary Beth Murray at marybeth.murray@gmail.com or 716-239-8136 if you are interested or have questions.

Grade Level Parent Leadership Contact Information:
We look forward to hearing from you!

The City Honors School Parent Teacher Student Community Organization (PTSCO) welcomes you to attend our 2nd formal meeting of the school year on January 19th from 6:30-7:30pm. We will hear from student leaders, learn more about a developing college & career pathway program and look at a newly designed fundraiser/community event.

As PTSCO, we work collaboratively with the Student Council, the CHS staff, and various community groups through student initiatives and many events. This is your PTSCO and you are welcome and encouraged to join all meetings and events.

Please join us Tuesday the 19th of January, or contact us to learn more about what is happening with PTSCO this year and how to get involved.  Together we strengthen our student’s experience and our entire school community.

To get involved in one of PTSCO’s Focus Areas please contact:

 

2015-2016 PTSCO Board

Co – Chairs:

Mary Beth Murray – marybeth.murray@gmail.com

Lisa Sutton – lsutton@frontier.wnyric.org

Carrie Hamlett – carrie1690@me.com

Treasurer: Kathy Grieco – kagrieco@gmail.com

Secretary & DPCC Rep: Donyelle Crapsi – donyellecrapsi@gmail.com

 

Grade Level Parent Leadership:

Class of 2023              LeeAnn                 Flewellyn              flewellyn1@roadrunner.com

Class of 2022              Donna                   Graham                donnamariegraham@mac.com

Class of 2021              Hillary                    Rifkin                    hillaryrif@aol.com

Class of 2020              Kimberly               Lonas                   klonas@theregentgroup.com

Class of 2020              Candice               Titus-Fuller           candice_titusfuller@yahoo.com

Class of 2020              Tamar                   Rothaus               trothaus@gmail.com

Class of 2019              Maureen               Chapman             moalrutz@gmail.com

Class of 2018              Carrie                   Hamlett                carrie1690@me.com

Class of 2017              Lisa                       Sutton                   lsutton@frontier.wnyric.org

Greetings CHS Families,

The City Honors School Parent Teacher Student Community Organization (PTSCO) welcomes you to get involved in celebrating and supporting our school and community. As PTSCO, we work collaboratively with the Student Council, the CHS staff, and various community groups through student initiatives and many events. There are three formal meetings per school year and several planning meetings for various initiatives. This is your PTSCO and you are welcome and encouraged to join all meetings and events.

Please contact us to learn more about what is happening with PTSCO this year and how to get involved.  Together we strengthen our student’s experience and our entire school community.

To get involved in one of PTSCO’s Focus Areas please contact:

2015-2016 PTSCO Board

Co – Chairs:

Mary Beth Murray – marybeth.murray@gmail.com

Lisa Sutton – lsutton@frontier.wnyric.org

Carrie Hamlett – carrie1690@me.com

Treasurer: Kathy Grieco – kagrieco@gmail.com

Secretary & DPCC Rep: Donyelle Crapsi – donyellecrapsi@gmail.com

Grade Level Parent Leadership:

Class of 2023              LeeAnn                 Flewellyn              flewellyn1@roadrunner.com

Class of 2022              Donna                   Graham                donnamariegraham@mac.com

Class of 2021              Hillary                    Rifkin                    hillaryrif@aol.com

Class of 2020              Kimberly               Lonas                   klonas@theregentgroup.com

Class of 2020              Candice               Titus-Fuller           candice_titusfuller@yahoo.com

Class of 2020              Tamar                   Rothaus               trothaus@gmail.com

Class of 2019              Maureen               Chapman             moalrutz@gmail.com

Class of 2018              Carrie                   Hamlett                carrie1690@me.com

Class of 2017              Lisa                       Sutton                   lsutton@frontier.wnyric.org

Please join us for our next PTSCO meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00 PM in the LGI Room. Our guest speaker will be Assistant Principal Ms. Barinas, who will present on the Seal of Biliteracy pilot program, which is now an additional option for our 11th and 12th grade students.

Our City Honors PTSCO (Parents, Teachers, Students, Community Organization) will have its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6PM in the LGI Room at City Honors.  Please join us and see how you can get involved in your child’s school.  Involved parents do make a difference!

If you have any questions please contact Donyelle Crapsi (donyellecrapsi@gmail.com)

The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

It’s been a long time since Barney the Dinosaur was filling our mornings with his simple wisdom. Lately, as our pre-teen becomes a teen, I’ve found myself becoming nostalgic for the big purple dinosaur. You can still find him singing on YouTube, if you need a little extra syrup with your waffles one of these mornings.

We are clearing through the season in which the major events sponsored by PTSCO are achieved, and we seem to be doing rather well with the help of all of our volunteers. Our teacher appreciation day, back to school picnic, and Halloween social were all well received and well attended. We’ve also had a very successful eighth grade dance.

As many of you know, our PTSCO meetings have been well attended this year, with many new faces at each meeting. I would like to thank Vice Principal Angela Hannah, for helping us get our first meetings off the ground this year.

Please be sure to attend at least one of these meetings if you are able. They are held monthly and usually on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 pm on the first floor of the school. We have tried to have an interesting speaker or presentation at each meeting, and we’ve kept to our promise to limit the meetings to one hour so no one feels overburdened. Our next meeting is scheduled for December 17, 2013.

At our November PTSCO meeting this past week, we addressed the concerns many of us have had in the wake of recent reporting that questioned the ever bright future of our school. Our principal, Dr. William Kresse, gave a wonderful interview on WBFO providing many interesting statistics and observations about the diversity of our student body and families, and he spoke directly to our meeting attendees about the expectations City Honors will meet in these challenging times. The City Honors School is an asset to our public school system that few members of our community would overlook. The view from the hilltop is confidently outward, supporting a brighter future for our community.

We need pictures to post on our online school bulletin, The CHS View. Things like sporting events, club activities, etc. can be high lighted with more impact with the addition of a few pictures. It seems that it would help to have them taken in Landscape view if you use your cell phone cameras. Of course, as I found out at the last middle school basketball game, taking action photos of sporting events isn’t as easy as I would have thought, but that’s no reason not to try.

Our plans for the Winter Bazaar are on hold for this year. It seems like it was a little more than our volunteers could coordinate this time around. Of course, this is a perfect example of why we need your participation.

If we put our heads together, we can come up with better ideas to enrich our school and community. Don’t just wait, come to the meetings, submit photos and content, read the school website and The CHS View from time to time, and contact people to ask questions.

The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Salvatore T. Sanfilippo

PTSCO President

PTSCO General Meeting – 9-17-13

 

Meeting called to order by President Salvatore Sanfilippo

 

Members present:

Salvatore T. Sanfilippo

Kathy Grieco

Angela Hannah

Mary Beth Murray

Donyelle Crapsi

Sarah Ambrus

Lisa Sutton

Carrie Hamlett

William Kresse

Sue Eagan

Elena Blatto

 

 

Topic #1: PTSCO Website

Notes

Reviewed group’s purpose: as an advocate for sbmt, dpcc, foundation, enhance activities and community outreach

Unfilled Positions:

VP is not filled as Sarah has resigned the positions to focus her talents/abilities in other aspects of school activities.

5th Grade Rep, 9-12th grade rep.

5th grade is important to fill.  Discussion on 9-12th grade reps and why those tend to go unfilled.  Question of burn out vs. kids taking leadership roles for themselves.

Discussion of various groups: SBMT (Mine is the parent facilitator for City Honors)

DPCC (Donyelle is the rep)

Foundation (Sarah was the liason)

 

 

Topic #2: Growing PTSCO

Notes

Discussion on how to expand parent involvement

Speakers/Guests at meetings to make them more interesting

Communication Issue (how to best get the information out)

Emails to parents should be coordinated through Mrs. Hannah.  First you send her your idea and

she will check dates, etc.  Once okayed then formally put together the email you want sent with

subject.  Send to Mrs. Hannah and cc Mrs. Hamilton.

Website: (also facebook and twitter) Mrs. Bannis (spelling?)

Secretary should make sure meeting is announced for October.

 

Topic #3: Meeting Dates

Notes

Third Tuesday of every month except for February and April.  Those meeting dates will be for Feb 25th and April 22nd.

Topic #4: Officer Reports

Notes

Treasurer’s Report

Another discussion of restricted account.  Foundation holding funds for PTSCO.  We will be given a budget of $5000.00 with unrestricted use of that amount.  If more is needed then go back to the Foundation for additional funds.

Budget Discussion: hold on to funds for 2 years to determine how much are PTSCO’s annual needs.

 

Topic #4: Liability issues

Notes:

Discussion that some members are concerned that PTSCO carries no liability insurance and as such could have some exposure in potential lawsuits from money that is handled in the pass through accounts (class trips, ski club).  Discussion as to how to mitigate that exposure.  Mary Beth is looking into the possibility of a rider on district’s insurance.  Exposure due to 8th grade trip.

 

 

Topic #5: New Business:

Notes:

1)     Appreciating Volunteers.   Giving a “goodwill thank you” event for parents who take time to volunteer with the school.

2)     Picnic Needs for Upcoming back to school event.  Water and desserts still needed.

3)     Holiday Bazaar:  Theme suggested “magic of words”.  All money going to foundation.  Reach out to those that put on event to discuss ideas. 

4)     Admissions Process: Discussion by Dr. Kresse of changes in admissions process.  One day of testing essay is redundant and no longer needed. 

 

Next Meeting:

October 15th at 6PM.

 

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    Oct 17: Picture Day, Grades 5-8
    Oct 19: Picture Day, Grades 9-11 & STARS
    Oct 22: All City Jazz Band @ Kleinhans, 1:30p
    Oct 23: WNY Consortium College Fair
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