Class News

On Friday, December 14th during school lunches, PTSCO will be holding their annual Winter Bazaar.

It will be held in the school Atrium during lunch periods. Classes and clubs are invited to sell items to our student body.

This is a joyful activity for the students to do a little holiday shopping and for clubs to promote themselves while raising funds.

Message from the 8th Grade Class:

The 8th grade class will have a table at the bazaar and they will be selling baked goods and food/candy items to raise money for the Class of 2023 trip to Camp Pathfinder. They are in need of donations from the 8th grade class. If you are able to donate items, please contact Tracy King Rosenhahn. She can be reached at or you can text or call her at 716.241.2022. Please have the donated items individually wrapped and/or packaged to be sold to the students. Volunteers are also needed to help sell the items.

Questions about the winter bazaar may be directed to Maureen Chapman at

City Honors Middle School Sky Zone Jump Party Sponsored by PTSCO

Thursday, December 13th

Come anytime between 4:00-8:00 pm

Jump for a 2 hour session

425 Cayuga Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

$15.00 per person

Proceeds to benefit the Class of 2023 trip to Camp Pathfinder

Save time and fill out the waiver online

Click HERE  for the flyer

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.

The yearbook could use your help gathering photos that represent all areas of student life. Please consider sending your photos of City Honors School sporting events, clubs and everyday school life directly to the yearbook. To submit a photo please go to: and use the school code: cityhonors

Yearbooks are officially on sale! Buy one now and save $10 on the full book.

  • Full yearbook cost: $72 through November 16th
  • Full yearbook cost: $82 after November 16th
  • Middle school book (5th – 8th) only $24

Click here to view the letter from Dr. Kresse on Ms. Barinas.

Click on the links below for important information for our Class of 2018 Centaurs!




The CHS Student Council would like you to know that Cardinal Craze Week 2017 is here! Cardinal Week is October 2-6. Cardinal Craze week celebrates the spirit of CHS and each class at CHS.

Here is the line-up of theme days:

America Monday (10/2): wear your red, white, and blue!!!

-Hallway decorating begins

Tropical Tuesday (10/3): get out your leis and Hawaiian shirts!

School Spirit Day Wednesday (10/4): break out the City Honors gear! Cardinal Red

and silver!!!
-Assembly in the school auditorium to view the senior skit and learn more about the rest of the week.

Sporty Thursday (10/5): wear your favorite team apparel and jerseys!

-hot dog sale during lunch periods

Friday Class Color Day (10/6): put on your special class tees!!! (colors below)

-school wide lip dub filming

-pep rally in the gym where the winner of the rock is announced!

-high school dance from 7:00pm-9:30pm (tickets $10 each. For sale during lunch periods. 300 student limit, first come, first serve. No ticket will be sold without signed parent/student agreement)

Class Colors (For Class Color Day and Hallway Decorations!)

5th – white
6th – purple
7th – orange
8th – pink

9th – yellow
10th – green
11th – blue
12th – red

2017 class color t-shirts will be on sale during lunch periods starting Monday and are $5.00 each. (Shirts are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Buy early and get your size while it lasts!)

Points System- Ways to help your class win ‘The Rock’!!!

(Don’t know what ‘The Rock’ is? See the bottom of this email

-1 point per canned good or nonperishable (put in homeroom box. All items go to benefit the Macedonia Food Pantry across from CHS on North Street)

-3 points for each student who dresses up for each theme day

-5 points for each student who attends sporting events (list of events that qualify below)

-100 points to best decorated hallway, 50 to second place, 25 points to third place

(decided by secret faulty judges)

Sports Calendar:

Monday (10/2):

-Varsity Volleyball Game at 4:30pm (City Honors Gym)

-Varsity Boys Soccer Game (time and place TBD, check board outside Mr. Hingston’s


Tuesday (10/3):

-Varsity Girls Soccer Game at 5pm (All-High)

Wednesday (10/4):

-Varsity Boys Cross-Country at 5pm (Delaware Park Rose Garden)

-Varsity Girls Swim Meet at 5pm (City Honors Natatorium)

-Varsity Boys Soccer Game at 6pm (All High)

Thursday (10/5):

-Varsity Girls Cross-Country at 5pm (Delaware Park Rose Garden)

Story of “The Rock”

City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park


The story of “The Rock”, more formally “The Rock of Mount Pelion”, begins with Dr. Amelia Trant in 1912. Dr. Trant was a member of the faculty of Masten Park High School from its founding in 1897 until she retired in 1925. Dr. Trant was a remarkable individual. Not only was she an English and Psychology teacher, she was a medical doctor. She was beloved by the students of the school for her calm mentoring and the way in which she gently but persistently challenged each of them to grow and arrive at their full potential. When a few of the crankier Masten teachers complained that some of the students entering their nationally prestigious public school did not have the skills or motivation to succeed, she rejected these complaints and famously commented, “Well why am I here if all the children come to us as perfect packages?” There is a moving tribute to Dr. Trant located outside room 118 cast in bronze that was placed there by the students of the school.

After Masten Park High School burned to the ground in the great fire of 1912, Dr. Trant decided she needed to take a vacation to get her mind off the tragedy. Dr. Trant was a life-long learner of anything and everything so her vacation was not sitting on a beach. She travelled to Italy and Greece to study the ancient empires and mythologies of those lands. While travelling through Greece she was encouraged on one her stops to visit Mt. Pelion, the mythical home to Chiron the Centaur: teacher to the great heroes of Greek myth. Although remote, rugged and rural, Dr. Trant made the trip up Mt. Pelion. While there, locals shared with her the location of a rock formation said to have special powers. Dr. Trant not only visited this out cropping, she spent several days camping there. During this time, she found a unique sense of physical and spiritual renewal. This renewal may have been one of the reasons that by the time of her retirement, Dr. Trant had managed to teach for fifty years, a full 20 years beyond the average teacher these days!

Arrival on The Hilltop

One of the things Dr. Trant did before she left Greece was to have one of the rocks from that special formation at Mt. Pelion shipped back to Buffalo at great expense. Dr. Trant presented the rock to a confused principal, Pop Fosdick, upon her return. She assured him that if the “Rock of Mt. Pelion” remained a part of Masten Park High School, the school would be protected and they would never again face a fire or tragedy as they had in 1912. Pop Fosdick did this and indeed good fortune followed for the school and school community. Not only was the school free from future fires, it seemed to have an extraordinary effect on all who came in contact with it. Examples include teachers claiming that after touching the rock they were more patient with their students and knowledgeable about their subject matter. Students noticed after touching the rock, their grades improved, discipline referrals diminished, the sports teams were victorious and their acne cleared. The Rock of Mt. Pelion, or simply “The Rock” as it became known, was held with such reverence that each year a different grade level was assigned as its guardians.


The Rock of Mt. Pelion was a fixture at the school until 1977 when it was brought out at a school disco dance for students to view and celebrate. Somehow, amidst the glow of twirling lights from the mirror ball and multicolor dance floor illuminated from below, it disappeared never to be seen again. In a strange coincidence, a few months later, the school lost its playing field out front and had a street run through the campus. A few years later, the school suffered the misfortune of being closed and then abandoned. The loss of the rock clearly led to tough times. The City Honors program took over the abandoned building in the early 1980’s. Although the founders of City Honors did not have the rock of Mt. Pelion, they knew of it and how it had kept the school safe and helped its students. In tribute to the legend of the rock, they selected Chiron the Centaur as their mascot. As the years passed, only a few knew of the legend of the rock.


On August 28, 2014, Dr. Kresse was in our school’s massive attic with some CHS student leaders trying to locate our trusty popcorn machine for school activities this year. The summer heat made it boiling hot in the dark attic and frustration grew as the popcorn machine was not to be found. The group worked their way into a remote back section of the attic in hopes of finding the elusive corn popper. Eventually, they made their way into a narrow passage between two walls when the usually surefooted senior, Ben Reading, took a tumble to the ground. Dr. Kresse and the students picked him up, dusted him off the best they could in the dark and sarcastically poked at him for his clumsiness, but he insisted he had fallen over something. In searching with their hands, they found an opening along the floor and a small object protruding from that opening. With great effort, they were able to extract the full object and drag it to one of the only windows in the attic. There, in the dim light, they brushed an inch of dust and soot off the object and could just make out an inscription that confirmed what had been found was what had been lost for decades. On the object, it said “The Rock of Mt. Pelion” with the initials A.T. for Amelia Trant and the year 1912. All present sat quietly in amazement while other wept with joy for the lost treasure that had been found.

Strange Happenings

Since that August day in 2014, the Rock of Mt. Pelion has been safeguarded in a very special fashion. It spent time in the school vault and then was transported by school security officers to the labs of Mr. Mueckl and Mr. Minervino where these CHS geologists worked late evenings to analyze its composition. The very best of their efforts have yielded no match with the make-up of any other rock known to this earth. Since the rock has come back into the school’s possession, Dr. Kresse attests to some strange things happening. He claims he is able to climb the massive staircases of our building without being winded or the pain to the knees he might usually experience. For the first time in his life, he has been able to complete the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in a day’s time. He has beaten Mr. Krause four times in a row during weekly meetings of the Faculty Arm Wrestling Club. And, although disputed by many students, he claims some of the hair on his head has been growing back.


In the fall of 2014, for this first time in decades, the school resumed the tradition of assigning a grade level of students to be the guardian of the Rock of Mt. Pelion for the year. This is not a task to be taken lightly as the rock holds great symbolic and literal powers. Therefore administration, faculty and students determined to use the week of Cardinal Craze to select the class most worthy of serving as guardian through a series of challenges and tests. The class that accumulates the most points through these challenges is named “the guardians of the rock” for the upcoming year at a ceremony that culminates the week. The Rock has become a sort of Stanley Cup at CHS if you will. Each class is asked to use all their skills of ingenuity, team work and good sportsmanship to determine if they have what it takes to be the guardian of this one-of-a-kind Hilltop treasure. Since the tradition was reinstated, all agree that the quest itself, whether their class wins The Rock or not, brings us closer together and highlights all that we have to offer each other and our beloved school.

The 2017 Back-to-School Mailing is on its way to you.  But there’s no need to wait. Everything you need to know about the start of school at City Honors can be found right here!

Artwork by Ms. Tandy Hamilton

In October of 2016, the Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Teacher Federation settled a new three-year
contract. As a part of this agreement, twenty-five minutes were added to the students’ school day at each
building. We received final confirmation this week regarding the impact of these changes to City Honors (if you
have students at other Buffalo Schools as well, you should expect a unique letter from them).

Click here to view the July 10, 2017 letter from Dr. Kresse.


City Honors School held its 41st commencement at Kleinhans Music Hall on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

The keynote speaker was the The Honorable Byron W. Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo.

The school’s Alma Mater and the musical selection “Until We Sing Again” was sung by City Honors Chorale.

Ms. Cassandra Cammarata ’04 inducted the Class of 2017 into City Honors Alumni Association.

“Since the year 1897, young men and women have climbed these steps to enter the hallowed halls of learning upon this hilltop.  Advance your intellect.  Empower yourself with empathy and compassion.  Prepare yourself to lead and innovate.  Give rise to progress in the great city of Buffalo and around the world.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!


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  • Events at a Glance

    Dec 11: Gr 7-12 Teen Survey
    Dec 13: Skyzone, 4-8p
    Dec 13: Middle School Dance, 6-8p
    Dec 14: Winter Bazaar, during lunch periods
    Dec 14: Swim Program Info Session, 3:15-4p
    Dec 21: Last Day of Classes
    Jan 2: Classes Resume
    Jan 7: Pelion Committee Mtg, 6:30p
    Jan 15: CHS Winter Vocal Concert, 6:30p
    Jan 21: No School
    Jan 22-25: Regents Week – Only Gr 5-8 Report


    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 2018-2019 BPS District Calendar.

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