School Happenings

Earth Day Cleanup in the CHS Neighborhood

Saturday, April 21 – 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 – 10- 12:30 p.m.

Pelion Garden at 206 Best Street

This is a TWO DAY option. You can come Saturday from 1-3pm or Sunday from 10am-12:30p. Join us as we spruce up around our neighborhood. We will collect refuse, rake a little, transplant some perennials, prune many of the shrubs, and possibly turn the soil, and repair raised beds damaged by the winter. No skills necessary. Bring your favorite sunhat & work gloves. It might be chilly–dress appropriately. If you have an extra weed wacker or wheel barrow, please get in touch with Pelion Garden Manager, Caesandra.


On Saturday, April 28, 2018, a delegation of CHS Parents, staff and students will participate in the Summit Center Autism Walk which is a community-wide effort to raise funds in support of Summit’s programs and services as well as acceptance of individuals with autism in Western New York. The Summit Center services children, young adults, and families affected by autism. This is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts at CHS where approximately 10% of our students have autism and many of our families have accessed Summit’s services at one time or another.

Please consider making a gift at the link below to sponsor the CHS team participating in the Autism Walk. Once you arrive at this page, you will need to select a CHS team member to sponsor. You can choose some familiar faces from the CHS staff such as Mr. Ross, Mrs. Gillotti, Ms. Cronin, Mrs. Keller, Ms. Ford and more! Our team encourages you to counter Mr. Ross’s highly competitive nature by supporting other staff members, particularly in honor of Mrs. Gillotti who is expecting any day now!

You can also support the CHS STARS Program (STudents with Autism Rising to Success) by purchasing a custom designed CHS Autism Awareness Month tshirt at this link:

If you would like to join the CHS group participating in the walk, please follow this link to the registration page and look for the “City Honors STARS” team. Bring your whole family out to walk in honor of your child, student, neighbor, or friend!

Thank you for your support!!!

Our next PTSCO Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 27, at 6:30 pm in the LGI room. Agenda topics include Teacher appreciation breakfasts for June and September; support for Strawberry Festival; early planning for Welcome back picnic; PTSCO budget review; and new leadership for PTSCO for the 2018-19 school year. All are welcome and encouraged to join us on the 27th.

CHS students in the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute practiced at UB Law School on March 3, 2018 in preparation for the mock assembly in Albany the following weekend where they will debate, on the Assembly floor, current legislation impacting the Hispanic/Latino community in NYS. Judge Betty Calvo-Torres addressed the students as a part of their preparations.


















Next week, March 12-16 is City Honors Spirit Week!

Students are invited dress up each day to show school spirit.


  • Pajama Day – Students may wear “school-appropriate” pajamas


  • Twin Day (dress the same as a friend, 2 friends, 3 friends, or a teacher)


  • Mix and Match Day.(mix and match clothes on your own)


  • Decades Day – Research the fashions of your designated decade and recreate them this Wednesday!
    • 5th grade- 1920’s
    • 6th grade-1930’s
    • 7th grade-1940’s
    • 8th grade-1950’s
    • 9th grade-1960’s
    • 10th grade-1970’s
    • 11th grade-1980’s
    • 12th grade-1990’s


  • Jersey Day– Wear your Favorite Team Jersey


  • School Spirit Day -Wear your City Honors Gear and deck the halls with Cardinal Red and Silver.

Don’t miss it!  Next Week!  CHS will put on another fantastic musical on the CHS auditorium stage!

Anything Goes!

  • Friday, March 16th at 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 17th at 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 18th at 2 pm

$7 adults, $5 students and children 12 and under

Tickets available at the door!



Keep on clipping Box Tops for Education from your favorite brand items throughout the year to help support Pelion Community Garden!

Click here to download one of a number of handy collection sheets that you may use … or simply collect them in a small baggie.

Thank you for your continued support!

Middle School Hockey
Sign ups for the Grade 5 & 6 JV and Gr 7 & 8 Varsity CHS/Olmsted Spring Ice Hockey teams are due before 2/26/18. All levels are welcome but all players must be registered with USA Hockey to play. Contact Monica Richards at to sign up for either team or to ask any questions.

The league plays at the Harbor Center, with games starting the week of March 12, 2018, and wrapping up before Memorial Day weekend. The coaches will run a practice session or two before the games begin, time and location to be announced. The cost is minimal and will be determined based on the number of players we have signed up for each team – so invite your friends to sign up – the more who play, the less you’ll pay!

Friday was the Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog). Over 300 students a year study Mandarin at CHS and our students have been celebrating the New Year in a number of ways!

-Students in our Mandarin Language Program created this video to educate their classmates about Chinese New Year. This video was viewed in all homerooms on Friday morning: Link: Password (all uppercase): YEAROFTHEDOG

-Students from the Mandarin Language program also decorated the front hallways to the school with elaborate Chinese lanterns and other decorations were placed throughout the school.

On Friday afternoon, Dr. Kresse, Mrs. Zheng, and Mrs. Lu surprised all students in grade 7-12 with special CHS Mandarin Language Program golf shirts to celebrate the New Year and to thank all of the students for their extraordinary work in the classroom. Thank you to assistant principal, Mrs. Barinas for helping to coordinate this special gift for our students and to the UB Confucius Institute for making the funding available through the ongoing Confucius Classroom grant program.

On Saturday, the UB Confucius Institute held the annual Chinese New Year Gala at the UB Center for the Arts. The sights and sounds were incredible. Mrs. Zheng, Mrs. Lu and Mr. Sharratt organized a group of CHS Mandarin Language students to perform at the event. Watch their performance here!:

IB Diploma Program:
More than 11,000 former IB students who graduated between 1979 and 2017 completed a survey that gives us further insight into the impact of the Diploma Programme (DP) in life after IB. Are IB learners fulfilling our mission—to create a better world through education?:

February is a busy month in the IB Diploma Program. It is the month our 10th graders decide whether they want to be IB Diploma Program Candidates (full diploma) or IB Diploma Program Course Candidates (take IB DP courses, but not enroll in the full diploma program). Mrs. Banas presented in all six of our AP Lit classes the first week of February and will be presenting to our sophomore parents on Tuesday, February 13th at 5:30 pm.

Another reason February is busy is that our full IB DP seniors are conferencing with Mrs. Banas about their Theory of Knowledge essays and also participating in their final meeting with their Extended Essay supervisors. This mandatory meeting, called the viva voce, serves as a check on plagiarism and malpractice in general, as an opportunity to reflect on successes and difficulties in the research process, gives an opportunity to reflect on what has been learned, and as an aid to the supervisor in writing his/her comments about his/her supervisee’s essay.

Finally, seniors in our IB Diploma Program Literature course upload their Works in Translation papers and those in senior year IB Mandarin, IB French, or IB Spanish are also uploading their Written Assignments. From there, each teacher checks the uploaded work of each student to make sure it is the final version, and that it is, in fact, the student’s own work – while the coordinator oversees the entire process to make sure all students have uploaded and everything is in place by the final deadline in March.

IB Middle Years Program:
We are approaching our 5 year evaluation for the MYP at CHS and we want your input! On Wednesday, March 21st at 6pm on the hilltop, Mr. Moses will be holding a focus group for interested parents of students in grades 5-10.  The focus group will participate in discussions and surveys to help ensure we as a school community are meeting our goals for the IB in terms of accessibility and visibility as a program. If interested, Mr. Moses would love to have you join the discussion.  To attend, please email Mr. Moses at with your name and the grade of the child you will be representing.

Grade 10 Parents: We are just about 6 weeks away from the final due date for the MYP Personal Project. Today, your children had a workshop with Mr. Moses as he prepared them for how to finish the project and explained when everything is due.  Please note, the Personal Project will be due on Friday, March 23rd! To see what was covered today at the meeting, please follow this link below for the presentation:

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  • Events at a Glance

    May 19-20: Fantasy Island Music Competition for Middle School
    May 22: Senior Dinner @ Riverworks, 7-10p
    May 25: Junior & Senior Prom, 6-10p
    May 26-27: Darien Lake Music Competition
    May 28: No School- Memorial Day
    Jun 3: CHS Performance @ Kleinhans
    Jun 11: Senior Service Learning Initiative (SLI) Ends

    May 31: 11th Grade Senior Pictures
    May 31-Jun 3: Gr 8 Camp Pathfinder Trip
    Jun 3: CHS Music Dept performs for BPO Community Spotlight
    Jun 5: Regents Exam- No classes Gr 9-12
    Jun 5: Regents Transition Exam-Global History
    Jun 12-22: Regents Exams – no classes Gr 9-12
    Jun 15: Strawberry Social, 3:30-6:30p
    Jun 20: Gr 8 Moving Up Day, 9a
    Jun 21: Senior Graduation @ Kleinhans
    Jun 22: Last Day of School
    Jul 20: 8th Annual Alumni Reunion Kick-off Party, 6:30-8:30p

    Looking for sports-related event dates? Click on the link to the master calendar: Open CHS Master Calendar

    Click here to view or download the 2017-2018 BPS District Calendar.

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