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The University at Buffalo is again providing our school community with tickets to another Distinguished Speaker Series event. The tickets are to hear Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D. speak on Wednesday, April 17th. Dr. Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as a professor of political science at Stanford. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Rice served as the 66th secretary of state, the second woman, second African American, and first African American woman to hold the post.

Read more about Dr. Rice at:

Twenty (20) tickets have been allocated to our CHS community to hear Dr. Rice speak. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed from the main office.

The tentative schedule for the evening is as follows:
• 6:30 pm Doors to the lecture seating (Main Gym) open
• 7:00 – 7:30 pm Pre-lecture entertainment
• 7:30 pm Welcome, Lecture, Question & Answer period
• 9:00 pm (approx.) Lecture & Q&A ends

After a record number of CHS students qualified for the State Championship for Speech & Debate this year in New York City, we had the most students ever to advance to Day 2 of the quarterfinals.
Highlights included:

  • In his 1st state tournament ever, freshmen Roman Rogalski finished among the top 24 debaters in his category.
  • Sophomore Ella Kaderbeck was also among the best to qualify for Day 2 in her speech category.
  • Joining Ella and advancing in Oral Interpretation was senior Alexis Marshall!
  • After going nearly perfect with a 4-1 debate record on Saturday, senior Gabby Merlo lost a close debate to the eventual state finalist on Day 2.

Congratulations to all 23 students who qualified to attend the state championships and to all the members of the team for an unprecedented year of success at tournaments throughout the year.

Thank you to our dedicated and fearless CHS Speech and Debate Team Advisor, Mr. Belge!

On February 5, 2019, Kyra Wood (grade 10) became the youngest Centaur in school history to arrive at 1000 points in a 98-28 victory over McKinley. Kyra had 45 points, 8 rebounds, 8 steals and 8 blocks to lead the team. 8th grade sensation, Ava Purks, had 23 points and 5 assists. Freshman Kaori Segars grabbed 13 points and six steals. Sophomores McKenzie Alveri and Natalie Milne each added six pts. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this young Centaur team is that they play like a family, support each other and demonstrate great sportsmanship. CHS could not be more proud of this squad and excited for the good things to come!

On January 2, I sent home a letter with the students of Mrs. Jennings to give to their parents (CHS French & Spanish Teacher). This letter shared that Mrs. Jennings will be on indefinite medical leave due to a sudden and acute medical condition. See my letter here 

A co-worker of Mrs. Jenning’s husband recently established a GoFundMe page to support the Jennings family during their time of need. I have been asked to share the link to this page which explains more about Mrs. Jennings condition and her family:

Thank you for your consideration. The outpouring of support from students, staff and parents is a tribute to Mrs. Jennings and our school community. Thank you also to Mrs. Roche (CHS French teacher) who has spearheaded efforts at CHS to assist the Jennings family. 

Letters and cards to Mrs. Jennings can be directed to the main office of the school. We will have someone bringing them to her regularly.

Thank you-
Dr. Kresse

We are hoping to once again offer the Girls on the Run program this spring on The Hilltop, but we are in need of coaches! This is a wonderful program that for years has helped to nurture young women at our school well beyond running. Girls on the Run is currently accepting applications for coaches. Please review this flyer to learn more.

Interested coaches can email Katie Joyce at or respond to the directions on the flyer.

Congratulations to senior Katherine Wachter on being named a 2018 fall sports All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete Team member for varsity soccer.

To be nominated for the team, students must have carried a 90-plus average for the previous six semesters and been a starter or significant player in their fall sport.

Congratulations also to the following students for receiving Honorable Mention: Cecelia Favorito for Cross Country; Julia Penchaszadeh Robert for Swimming; Shanaz Uddin for Golf; and Hannah Fisher, Aniejah Humphrey, Mackenzie Milne, Natasha Panepinto, and Anna Pyne for Soccer.

Click link below to access the Buffalo News article.

All-WNY Scholar Athletes: Fall 2018

It’s not every day that a Pulitzer Prize winner visits with our students!

We were thrilled to welcome back Jake Halpern ’93 to talk during a special assembly for our 600+ grades 9-12 students on November 27, 2018.

City Honors holds a special place in Jake’s heart, and he has been extremely generous with his time over the years. Today’s visit marked the fourth time in the last ten years that he’s taken time, while back home visiting family in Buffalo, to come to City Honors and meet with our students.

Of course, Jake winning the Pulitzer Prize earlier this year made today’s visit the most special yet.

The fact that you could hear a pin drop for the almost 40 minutes he spoke is a testament to Jake’s great talent as a story-teller.

Thank you to Jake, and all of our alumni who have continued to give back to City Honors with their time and/or money. Your contributions enrich the lives of the students who have followed after you.

Ms. Moda, CHS Visual Arts Teacher, is leading high school students through a one hour Vinyasa-style yoga class. No prior experience is needed. Students are encouraged to bring a towel and a water bottle. Please wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats will be provided. This class is for high school students only.

We will focus on slow mindful movements that are appropriate for all levels. By practicing slow thoughtful postures we will work toward reducing stress and anxiety, improve optimism, focus and encourage creativity. This is a great opportunity for students find balance in their lives and prioritize mental health when dealing with the demands of being a CHS student.

Permission slips and waivers for new students can be obtained from Ms. Moda. We will discuss how the class will work including postures, music playlists and needs of students. No student will be able to participate in the yoga class without a signed permission slip and waiver. Students are not obligated to attend every class but are encouraged to.

Where & When: Tuesdays & Thursdays for 3:10-4:10 pm in the Orchestra room (112)

Students are encouraged to come ten minutes early and relax on their mat prior to the start of class. Classes run until Mid-May.

Ms. Moda has been art teacher at CHS for the last five years. She has been practicing yoga daily for the last twelve years and will be working toward a yoga certification starting in January 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact her at

A modified swim meeting will be held on Friday, December 14th from 3:15PM to 4:00PM for parents and students in grades 5-8.  The meeting will take place in the LGI Room.

Meet the coaches, find out about the competitive swimming program, fill out the registration paperwork and get answers to any questions you may have about the upcoming swim season.

The CHS modified swimming program is offered to students in grades 5-8.  It is a wonderful opportunity for swimmers to participate on a school team and improve upon their competitive swimming experience. Swimmers will work on stroke technique in each of the four swimming strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.  They will also work on: racing starts, relay starts, flip turns and open turns.  Swimmers will have an opportunity to compete in swim meets with schools within the district.

Swimmers that are interested in participating in the program must be able to swim:

25 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly for grades 5 and 6

50 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly for grades 7 and 8

February 4th for grades 5 and 6
February 5th for grades 7 and 8

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    Jun 3: Regents Exams
    Jun 6: PTSCO Mtg, 5:30p, LGI Room
    Jun 18: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast
    June 18-25: Regents Exams
    Jun 20: Strawberry Social @ Pelion, 3:30-6:30p
    June 26: Last Day of Classes


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