Bethany Halbreich ’08 is involved in a very special project. Below are her words, followed by a link if any CHS community members would like to help with this amazing undertaking.
On July 15th, we take off to drive 10,000+ miles from Berlin through Eastern Europe and Mongolia to Ulan-Ude, Russia, crossing 23 borders, and partnering with TEDx communities along the way to host events around building bridges using the arts and dialogue to spark conversation. Read more about my 3 spectacular teammates here:, and view our route here: Migration is one of the most pressing issues in the world right now, and I believe passionately in what we’ve set out to do. However, we can’t do it without a strong community behind us. This GoFundMe is not just about raising money; it’s about building a unique and active community of believers, supporters, and doers. But the money is the machinery, and every bit makes a difference.
I deeply believe that if access to tools and opportunity to embrace creativity were ubiquitous, more of the world would be empowered to further social progress, and solutions to our greatest challenges would move forward like wildfire. In my eyes, in every community, there is an undeniably strong correlation between equal opportunity investment in the arts and economic/social progress. In 10 locations along our route, I’ll be setting up a big blank canvas for the community to create collaborative visual records of their state of affairs to share with the world. We’ll also be filming the journey to share during screenings and impact-oriented events post-trip, to continue moving the mission forward.
This work, this bridging between cultures, working within community lines, and beyond.. is not only critical to empowering communities, but also strengthens local business, and – therefore – our capacity to effectively integrate the best parts of our world. This work transcends community-building, and plays a larger, critical role in building peace, resilience, and prosperity on our planet.
Please support this mission and, if you’re unable to at this time (please.. no pressure, we just want you to be a part of this!), it would mean the world to me if you shared this project with your network. We’re ready to learn, to do, and to make some magic happen …and we want you along for the (10,000+ mile) ride.

Help water the garden this summer and earn fresh veggies, fruits and herbs for your efforts.

Your family, office, community group, frat, class or SELF can sign up for a week or a day.

Morning is best for the plants; it will take about an hour each morning.

It’s a lot of FUN and super inspiring to hang out with all the flowers and sunshine!

No skills necessary, we will train you and be there the whole time to guide. Connect with Garden Coordinator, Caesandra Seawell at or 716-803-5566 to choose your week.


Thank you to all the parents and community members who attended the ‘Party in the Hall’ on Friday, May 18. This event raised a large amount of money to benefit our African Dance/Drum Troupe and Speech/Debate Team. Many of our students that participate in these activities were on hand Friday night to volunteer. They asked to express their sincere gratitude to all of those adults who attended or made contributions. A special thanks to Tracy Wehr and Megon Gachette who organized the event as well as Mrs. Franke and Mr. Belge who helped coordinate student volunteers from their clubs.

Congratulations to our award winners, Sharon Lomison, John & Lisa Samar, and Lisa Bell Wilson ‘87!

Photos from this year’s Party in the Hall may be found on the City Honors’ Facebook Page.


Click here for the 2018-2019 Buffalo Public School district calendar.

Congrats to first year Head Baseball Coach Mike Moretta and his team which captured the Cornell Cup Championship earlier this week (week of May 14) by defeating Olmsted 3-0. Freshman Matt Cambria threw a three hitter over six innings and junior Colin Sullivan made a spectacular catch in right field to rib Olmsted of runs. The Centaurs also recently won the Cardinal O’Hara baseball tournament. This young squad has only three seniors. (information taken from Dr. Kresse’s 5/20/18 Hilltop Notes).


First year head baseball coach and CHS PE teacher, Mr. Moretta, has hit the ground running despite carrying only three seniors. Last weekend the Centaurs won the Cardinal O’Hara tournament including a late comeback win against rival Hutch Tech in the championship game. Volunteer assistant coaches Grandits and Barry have been crucial to guiding the young squad as well! (information taken from a 5/11/18 City Honors Facebook post).

Coach’s Corner (Updates from our CHS Instructional Coach, Ms. Cammarata)
The past few months have been an especially busy time as we tackle the continuous task of studying the quality of our instructional practices at our school and supporting the professional development of our teachers. In March, I attended the NYS Next Generation Standards Conference in Rochester, NY. At the conference, we learned about the upcoming changes to the NYS Learning Standards, how these standards relate to the current standards, and a timeline for implementation. I’ve had the opportunity to share this with administrators and some teachers during common planning time. I will be sharing more information in this regard as we get closer to implementation dates. Right now the state is in the Phase I – “Raising Awareness” of implementation, with Phase III – “Full Implementation” of the new standards happening in September 2020.

The school’s first educational book club met last month and we discussed a chapter from A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. This book was referenced multiple times at an MYP conference I attended, and we focused on the chapter dealing with students and building questioning skills in the classroom. Teachers who attended the book club received one hour of CTLE credit toward their certification requirements.

Quill, Schoology, and BPS Instructional Priorities have been the main focus of coaching with teachers during the 3rd and 4th quarters. Quill is a literacy/writing improvement program that all teachers, grades 5-12, have access to and can assign supplemental activities. I had specialized training sessions with the ELA Dept and grades 5/6 to introduce Quill and how our students can benefit from it. Since then, many teachers have signed up and Grade 5 has been completing hundreds of activities! Schoology is a Learning Management System that allows teachers to upload classroom work and create/grade assignments/activities all in one place…it is an exciting glimpse into the future of education. On the last Early Release Day, I had a the opportunity to walk through Schoology with every single teacher, in addition to Office 365 and eDoctrina, which will continue to be useful as our school expands to full 1-1 technology implementation. Our City Honors Schoology group has 80 members consisting of teachers, administrators, and teacher assistants/aides. I use this group to communicate initiatives (like the BPS Instructional Priorities), helpful resources, and it is a one-stop shop for all of our data/assessment information. I have also been meeting bi-weekly with our building’s district technology liaison to help answer questions and learn new programs which I can turn-key to teache

Pelion has an open account at Bucks 4 Bottles at 1866 Elmwood (Elmwood/Hertel. Please bring in your recyclable aluminum cans, glass beer bottles and plastic soda bottles and designate Pelion Garden-City Honors as the recipient of funds!

Thanks to all who have been bringing in recyclables–we really appreciate it!

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Please click on these links for information on the 2018 senior prom!

2018 Prom Rules

2018 Prom Permission Slip

2018 Prom Guest Permission Slip

Below are the summer reading and supply lists.   These links may also be found on the website under Families – Resources.

The CH/FMP Foundation is seeking a part-time campaign coordinator.  This position will work with City Honors/Fosdick Masten Park Foundation for seamless implementation of the capital campaign to restore Fosdick Field – a fundraising effort to restore the former athletic field and parkland in front of City Honors School. By mid-June we’re looking to hire a development professional with 3-5 years experience who will help take this campaign to the next level. The part-time campaign coordinator will manage the donor and alumni database, assist in identification and research of donor prospects, coordinate meetings and campaign events, implement a communications plan and assist with campaign volunteer organization. This grant-funded position is temporary through May 1, 2019. The position offers flexible working arrangements. Visit this link for full job description:

Please forward this notice to anyone in our school community that you think may qualify and have interest. Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Argentine at

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