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.


  • 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 ( and copy Melissa Meehan ( by October 16th. If you have any further questions regarding SBMT or DPCC, please contact DPCC Vice President Dr. Wendy Mistretta (

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

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

The Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School would like to welcome everyone back for another fun, exciting, and educational year in the garden! Fifth and sixth grade classes have already begun their weekly garden science lessons and we look forward to engaging students of all ages and grade levels this season with our ever-expanding garden curriculum.

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the many easy ways you can help City Honors School and the Pelion Community Garden. The garden relies on grants, donations, and fundraising efforts like these to help keep us growing. If you have other fundraising ideas we might want to consider, please contact the Pelion lead parent volunteer, Molly Hutton, at The following are all no-cost ways to help support garden programming:

Box Tops for Education: Please clip and send in your Box Tops to the main office or your child’s homeroom teacher! Each clipped Box Top is worth ten cents, and the dimes really add up if everyone participates! Click here to see a list of products, including natural and organic items, on which Box Tops for Education can be found here. You can also set up an online account at this link where you can enter monthly sweepstakes to help us earn extra Box Tops credit!

** We are looking for a new Box Tops for Education coordinator for City Honors School! Our current coordinator has been doing the job for the past several years and needs to pass on this task to another parent. It’s a fun and easy way to help us out! Please let us know below if you are interested!

TOPS in Education: Please register your TOPS BonusPlus card here and choose City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park as your chosen school to help us earn 5% back on many TOPS brand purchases. ** Remember** you must re-register your card every new school year!

Dash’s Market Tape Saver Program: Do you shop at Dash’s? Save your register receipts and send them in to the main office! The school earns $2.50 for every $100 in receipts that we submit.

‘Imagine It’ Small Electronics Recycling: Please bring us your out-of-date or obsolete cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, tablets, GPS devices, e-book readers, toner cartridges, etc. There is a drop off box located in the hallway outside the main office. For a list of accepted items click here. If you would like to host a satellite collection bin at your business or office location please let us know!

‘Bucks 4 Bottles’ Recycling: The Pelion Community Garden at City Honors has an ongoing account at the Bucks 4 Bottles location at Elmwood and Hertel Aves. Please bring in your aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles and tell the sorter to add the funds to the garden account!

Pelion Wish List: We keep an ongoing list of items that we would love to have donated. Click here for our list.

The best way to keep up with Pelion Garden events and news is to follow us on Facebook!


Parents: Unstructured time, unoccupied homes due to family travel, empty cottages and college students home for the recess all increase the likelihood of underage drinking events during school breaks. Please set up systems to closely monitor your home if you are away and string accountability for your child if they are out with friends. Your vigilance helps our city and helps our children stay safe while they are still developing! There is a chance your child may begrudge you in the short term for this good parenting, but they will definitely respect and love you more in the long-term when they understand the world better.

As noted at the bottom of every Hilltop Notes: Children are endangered by underage house parties and underage drinking. Concerned adults, teachers, students and friends can call 24 hours a day in Erie County to report planned underage drinking parties; underage drinking parties in progress or other activities that may be harmful to the health, safety and welfare of young people. The tip line (1-800-851-1932) is ANONYMOUS, CONFIDENTIAL and free. Erie County now has a “Social Host Law” that holds adults accountable for allowing minors to drink. Learn more at 

Are you finding it hard to keep up with the daily risks our youth face? Do you ever feel “out of the loop” with what’s going on in the life of your child? Do you not know how to approach conversation about the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse with your child? We recognize the struggle and want to help.

Please join the Erie County Council for Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ECCPASA) for a Parent Forum discussion to help parents become more informed and educated on the risks children face daily.

The sessions will take place at CHS on:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6pm-8pm (for High school Parents)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6pm-8pm (for Middle school Parents).  

Any parent can attend either session. The high school program will outline current trends and warning signs, and the middle school program will focus more on prevention for the younger student.

We would encourage every parent to attend these sessions, as they will be informative, relevant, and necessary as your child navigates middle and high school. No school or students are immune to these dangers.

This link to their parent forum info

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  • Events at a Glance

    Oct 17: PTSCO Mtg., 6:30p
    Oct 17: Underclass Picture Day
    Oct 27: Open House, 9-11a
    Nov 6: No School-Election Day
    Nov 12: No School-Veterans Day
    Nov 13: Picture Re-take Day
    Nov 22-23: No School-Thanksgiving Recess
    Nov 29: Parent-Teacher Conference Day
    Dec 21: Last Day of Classes
    Jan 2: Classes Resume
    Jan 21: No School
    Jan 22: 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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