Class News

Something to make you smile: check out this remarkable performance by CHS strings students playing with the ‘Piano Guys’ onstage at Shea’s on Saturday, December 3.

Congrats to Julia Anderson, Sophie Henderson, Richard Li, Francesca Noel, Lindsay Ork, Julia Penchaszadeh-Robert and Matthew Pasnik.

Thank you to Ms. Dobmeier and Mrs. Kerr from the CHS music department for preparing our students for this performance!

You can see more photos and video of the students performing on our CHS Music Department Page here:…/

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.

Details will be coming soon on a class boxtops competition. Stay tuned to the CHS View for details.

Thank you for your continued support!

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 the Anne Frank Project from Buffalo State College will present “Hello, my name is _____.” to our fifth and sixth grade students.

Inspired by the wisdom of Anne Frank, The Anne Frank Project (AFP) provides tools and vocabulary for conflict resolution, community building, and identity exploration in communities and schools world-wide.  We are excited to have AFP, who works locally, nationally, and internationally, provide this opportunity to our fifth and sixth grade students.

“Hello, my name is _____.”, is the story of a young girl named Alex, who lives in a future world where individual identity is forbidden, and conformity mandated.  A moment of inspiration launches her into a journey through mystical lands and dangerous obstacles.  Will Alex brave the unknown to claim her identity or will she surrender to the status quo?  Alex learns she must embrace her struggles in order to celebrate her Self.  An Interactive workshop immediately follows the performance focusing on identify exploration, peer pressure, and social conformity.

The students will engage in powerful and impactful conversations that will ask them to practice the skills and vocabulary they experienced in the play, while encouraging them to tell their stories and build community.  Students will even have an opportunity to do some acting!

If you have any concerns or ask that your child not participate please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Senior Portrait Retake Days are, Monday & Tuesday, September 26th & 27th. A sign up sheet will be available outside room 109 by next Monday.

Regarding Senior Portraits:  If you had your senior portrait taken last spring there is no need to do anything else but to wait until you receive an email from LifeTouch/Prestige stating your portraits are available for selection. Once you receive this email please respond immediately.  If you do not select which portrait you would like used in the yearbook, the committee will select it for you. You are encouraged to stop in room 109 during yearbook meeting times to make sure we have the portrait of your liking.

Senior Quote, Selfies & Baby Pictures:  You will need to submit a selfie, a quote of your choice and a baby picture. These will be due no later than Friday, November 18, 2016 via email to In the subject line of the email please put your name. In the body of the email please state what you are including in the email. Please send everything in ONE email. If you miss this deadline there will be a blank space next to your senior portrait.  If you have any trouble submitting your quote, baby picture and selfie via email see Ms. Moda in room 109. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Please understand the Yearbook Committee has much tighter deadlines this year because we are producing a full color yearbook.

The cost of the yearbook will be included in your senior dues. SO YOU WILL NOT NEED TO PURCHASE A BOOK. The senior adviser will take care of this purchase.

Your parents may purchase a ¼, ½ or full page dedication to you in the back of the book. The deadline for this will be Friday, January 13, 2017.

ALL dedication ads will be designed and purchased online. You will receive an email from CHS and two mailers from Herff Jones regarding this deadline and specific instructions.

We appreciate your effort to meet all deadlines.

If you are a senior that would like to be more actively involved in producing the yearbook please see Ms. Moda in room 109 or email her at Our first yearbook meeting date will be announced shortly. We are looking for photographers, writers, copy editors, designers and someone to sell and organize the Senior Pages(collage pages of you and your friends.) No experience needed.  Meetings will take place every Thursday. Attendance at every meeting is not necessary.

I am writing to announce the appointment of a number of new members of the faculty over the past few weeks since my Back-to-School letter in August. Please welcome to The Hilltop:

  • Deborah Casseri (Grade 9 AP World History)
  • Jean Claude Delettrez (temporary teacher for Mrs. Roche – IB French & French Grades 5 & 6)
  • Jennifer Dobmeier* (Orchestra/Strings)
  • Evan Kaderbeck (IB Economics/AP Human Geography)
  • Lisa Kankolenski (French 7, French I & French II)
  • Carrie Martin** (temporary school counselor for Mrs. Allman – student last names G-M)

I again want to thank all those who volunteered as members of our stakeholder review committees this year. Teacher and parent voice is a critical element in securing teachers in an effective and contemporary school culture. I also appreciate the continued patience our students and parents have shown as we worked through late teacher movement, district procedures and contractual obligations to get our new teachers in place.

Sincerely, William A. Kresse, Ph.D.


*Ms. Dobmeier is currently teaching in the New York City area. She will transition to CHS in early November. In the meantime, Mr. Sharratt has been convening grade 9-12 orchestra in the mornings.

**Ms. Martin has a start date of October 12.

October 27 marks the final day for the 43North Competition, a competition for new entrepreneurs to present their products to a panel of judges for evaluation for the grand prize: $1 million! International entrepreneurs that have been in business for at least a year come to Buffalo from varying countries to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity to make their product well-known for prospective customers.

Last year, students from Ms. Frischholz’s Business and Management course thoroughly enjoyed the intensity of perfecting business pitches against competitors. They were able to get visual realization of the realm of business beyond the IB curriculum in the classroom. Some of last year’s startups that rose above others were Voiceitt, an Israeli company that provides a service for people with speech and language disabilities. Co-founder and CEO Danny Weissberg created this product based on a personal setback that caused him to think about a possible solution. Their vision is to observe people’s reactions to having the chance of hearing voice even when the odds were against them. The best part about the journey is to hear gratitude from friends and family of the consumer to hear their children, parents and loved ones say simple words that we take for granted.

For athletes looking to go professional or for people devoted to staying healthy, CoachMePlus revolutionizes the way we look at sport science starting in our wonderful city. The product allows you to track athlete information (heart rate, blood pressure, routines, etc.) in one spreadsheet. Athletes can use this product to find methods based on their performance trend to get to the professional level. They also have the opportunity to reach well-renowned clients such as NBA, NFL, and MLB if they choose to reach that level.

Students in Ms. Frischholz’ Business and Management class are asked to turn in their permission slips by October 27, 2016 to attend this incredible competition held at Shea’s.

Hopefully, this can make people become self-starters and innovators to take today’s problems and transform those problems into ideas and eventually goods/services that can really make a difference.   

Submitted by:  Morgan Morris, ’17, The CHS View Student Reporter

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    October 14: Columbus Day – No School
    October 16: PSAT Testing, Gr 10 & 11 (Periods 1-4)
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    October 25: Ice Cream Social/Haunted Lockers, Gr 5&6, 6:30-8:30p
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