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This past year we have been able to recruit 2 high schoolers to help with our mobile vermicompost outreach. It’s one of the ways Pelion/CHS can get into enviro-fairs and schools to educate about healthy soil, invite people to Pelion, and encourage them to volunteer with us.

We need another 1-2 students on the team so that we can capture more events and maintain continuity as students graduate or become busy with other activities.

Often times these outreach events coincide with Saturday workshops or volunteer sessions we have scheduled at Pelion and Ms. Caesandra cannot supervise both locations so we are seeking students that are mature, responsible, and not afraid of the worms or meeting humans of all ages.

Interested 9-12th graders should contact Ms. Caesandra directly via email peliongarden@gmail.com or txt 716-803-5566

Cardinal Craze Spirit Week 2019 (October 31-November 8)

Here are the theme days for Cardinal Craze week (students earn points for their grade level by dressing for theme days.

This helps their class to compete to win ‘The Rock’. Not familiar with The Rock? Read more here: https://cityhonors.org/files/documents/final_story_of_the_rock.pdf

Thursday, October 31: Halloween- dress up in your favorite costume (no masks, no blood, must be appropriate to an educational setting!)

Friday, November 1: School Spirit Day- Wear your cardinal red and silver to look sharp for our kick-off assembly! Come to the girls volleyball sectional game at the CHS gym later that afternoon. We are trying to break the all-time record for attendance at a CHS indoor sporting event. Students earn points for their class by attending!

Monday, November 4: Music Day- wear the t-shirt of your favorite band or a concert that you have been to. You can also dress up as your favorite musician. Anything to do with music!

Wednesday, November 6: Tie-Dye Day- dress up in your brightest tie-dye colors!

Thursday, November 7: Jersey Day- wear the jersey or shirt of your favorite sports team (Go Bills and Sabres!)

Friday, November 8: Class Color Day- Wear the color assigned to your grade to represent at the wrap-up pep assembly and awarding of The Rock. 2019 Class color tshirts go on sale shortly. $5 each!

The Cardinal Craze Dance for students in grades 9-12 will be held at CHS from 7:00-9:00pm on November 8. Tickets will be on sale next week.
Students may also earn points for their grade level by bringing in non-perishable food items to homeroom to benefit the Macedonia Food Pantry or used shoes and sneakers that will be recycled by the CHS Environmental Club.

Our CHS boys’ JV and Varsity volleyball teams faced Lafayette at CHS right before our Back-to-School party on September 20, 2019. After five months of learning the game and scrammaging, the teams were able to participate in their inaugural game on the Hilltop!

We welcome dedicated athletes of any size and experience.

Our team consists of novices, varsity rowers and state champions.

If you’re ready to practice hard and be on a great team, we have a boat for you!

  • We compete against high schools across New York, and Ontario at regattas in Buffalo, Rochester, Welland, St. Catherines and Saratoga Springs.
  • We face schools across the nation in Philadelphia each Fall.
  • We often qualify for nationals in New Jersey and Ohio.

Email Patrick Lakamp, club president, at plakamp@gmail.com for more information.

The Buffalo Public Schools have posted the 2019-2020 school year calendar! We’ve modified the district ‘calendar at a glance’ to include many additional important dates specific to CHS. Please review this document  and note the important upcoming dates for this school year.

November 14: Underclassmen Photo Retake/Make-Up Day

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: https://cityhonors.org/support-chs/ch-fmp-foundation/.

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!

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: https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2016/04/26/stanfords-assistant-dean-of-admissions-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:https://goo.gl/photos/ny2SF75HjXgko5Hi9

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
    December 13: Winter Bazaar
    January 17: Keeping the Dream Alive Assembly


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