School Happenings

A PTSCO-sponsored middle school dance will be held on December 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion, 533 Amherst Street,14207. Cost per person is $10.

The Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School is in desperate need of volunteers to help us finish up our fall chores before the winter weather sets in. We have been hampered in our efforts to harvest, clear out, and dismantle our rotting raised beds by extremely low volunteer turnout for our recent work events and the persistently wet weather. It’s essential that we get the garden cleaned up and organized before the snow starts to fall! We are asking that anyone who has a hand to lend and a free bit of time to come out to any of our three remaining work days. The work is not difficult (no experience necessary!) and even an hour’s assistance can help a lot!

Final Fall Garden Work Days:
Friday, November 9, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 AM – Noon
Monday, November 12 (Veteran’s Day), 10:00 AM – Noon

Your hands-on volunteer contribution reduces our expenses greatly and helps us keep our outdoor classroom in shape for next year’s activities. Plus, all volunteers get to take home the remaining veggies and herbs!

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Thank you to the students of Capital Normal University in China which treated our students to a series of exciting performances on September 19, 2018 to build upon lessons learned in Chinese culture and language in the CHS Mandarin Chinese Program.

 

 

Please head over to restoreourfield.org for info on our efforts regarding the field.

Save the Dates:

Friday, November 2nd – Middle School Dance at the American Legion from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Thursday, December 13th – Middle School Skyzone Jump Party from 4:00 – 8:00pm: Come anytime during this window to jump with your friends! 2 hours of jumping for $15.00

Friday, January 11th – Middle School Dance at the American Legion from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

All profits from these events will help pay for the 8th grade class trip.

Registration is now open for the City Honors Middle School and High School Ski Clubs!* Please register as soon as possible while seats remain. Information and registration forms can be found at the links below.

Middle School Ski Club Document #1
Middle School Ski Club Document #2
Weekend Registration Form
High School Ski Club Document

*Please note that this activity is organized by parent volunteers and is not organized by City Honors School or the Buffalo Public Schools staff or endorsed by these organizations.

It is that time of the year when many employers are launching their United Way and SEFA payroll deduction enrollments. Don’t miss this opportunity to help our students!

If your employer participates in the United Way or SEFA (State Employees Federated Appeal) payroll contribution system you can help our school in a big way by giving directly to the City Honors/Fosdick-Masten Park Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive.

Simply write the name of the Foundation on the annual 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. Families and alumni can contribute through any United Way Campaign in the United States! Payroll deductions are a smart way to give.

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.

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!

Congratulations to Eliot Solomon ‘19 and Hannah Murphy ‘19 who were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Congrats also to Connor Desai, Stuart Jarzab, Alaya Kirkley, Julia Penchaszadeh Robert, Trinity Ridout, Pepper
Schneekloth and Valerie Wales, all from the senior class, who were named commended students in the competition.

All 10th and 11th grade students will take the P.SA.T. on October 10.

The test will start at the beginning of first period. The PSAT serves as the National Merit Qualifying Test for students taking it in grade 11.

Please encourage your grade 11 student to give their best effort as a strong performance can qualify them for the National Merit Scholarship Competition as well as bring attention from college admissions offices and merit based scholarship providers

Our first PTSCO meeting for the year is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 pm. We are still looking for interested parents to take leadership roles as President and Grade Representatives. Please join us for this organizational planning meeting to help shape the organization for upcoming years.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Additionally, federal, state and local educational laws, require school parent groups 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:

  1. School-Based Management Team (SBMT)SBMT is a shared decision-making body comprised of administrators, staff, parents, and community representatives. Discussions at monthly meetings focus on academics, processes and logistics, resource allocation, and communication at our school. The school-based budget is also discussed and finalized for submission to the district at a spring SBMT meeting. All members of the SBMT serve one-year term and are eligible for re-election. SBMT members are expected to attend all meetings for continuity.

     

  2. District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC)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 a representative and an alternative, but all meetings are open to all parents.

Requirements:

  • A parent/grandparent, legal guardian, or person acting “in loco parentis” on all aspects of the child’s education.
  • Must have a child or children currently enrolled at the school.
  • May not be employed by the district.

Five parents, including the DPCC representative and the President of PTSCO are required to serve on SBMT. Five parent alternate spots are also available, for a total of seven elected/selected spots on SBMT.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another person but will not be able to attend the PTSCO meeting, please email Mau Tripp (mautripp@roadrunner.com) and copy Melissa Meehan (melmeehan@gmail.com) by October 16th. If you have any further questions regarding SBMT or DPCC, please contact DPCC Vice President Dr. Wendy Mistretta (Wendy.Mistretta@live.com).

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

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

City Honors PTSCO

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  • Events at a Glance

    Nov 22-23: No School-Thanksgiving Recess
    Nov 29: Parent-Teacher Conference Day
    Dec 21: Last Day of Classes
    Jan 2: Classes Resume
    Jan 15: CHS Winter Vocal Concert, 6:30p
    Jan 21: No School
    Jan 22-25: Regents Week – Only Gr 5-8 Report

     

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