News From the Hill

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: 

https://www.gofundme.com/jennings-family-fund

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 katiej@gotrbuffalo.org or respond to the directions on the flyer.

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 rmodalowinger@buffaloschools.org.

Congratulations to Class of 2007 Alumna Molly Burhans on being selected as a 2018 Ashoka Fellow.

“Ashoka evaluates more than 500 promising nominations every year in the United States and conducts hundreds of hours of in-person interviews before selecting Ashoka Fellows. This year’s Fellows come from small towns and urban centers all across the country. With creativity and commitment, they tackle complex challenges, imagine a new way forward and build it for everyone, for the good of all. They forge partnerships and pathways for everyone – all ages, backgrounds, walks of life – to contribute fully as changemakers.”

https://www.forbes.com/…/can-this-lay-woman-transform-the…/…

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Families need to complete only one form, regardless of the number of children attending Buffalo Public Schools. Although you may not have submitted a form in the past, ALL families are asked to submit these applications. We cannot tell you how many times we have had families fill out these forms and find, to their surprise, that they do indeed qualify. Schools that include secondary grade levels, such as City Honors, historically have fewer families applying for this program than actually qualify. This lack of participation hurts the school district when it comes to state and federal funding, which in turn hurts our school. In addition, many families fail to realize that the State, College Board, and the International Baccalaureate Program assist with the cost of expensive AP and IB examinations if you qualify for these programs. There are also other programs, grants, and scholarships your child may have access to if they qualify. So, regardless of whether you think you qualify, we ask all families to submit this form for the possible multiple benefits to the school and your child.

2018-2019 Household Income Form in English Click HERE , in Spanish Click AQUI

Please return your completed form to our school guidance office, Rm. 106 no later than Friday, November 16th. Forms can also be scanned and returned via email to Ms. Islanda Taggart at Itaggart@buffaloschools.org

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.

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.

Parent volunteers from CHS will be offering Middle Soccer to the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls again this Fall 2018! There will be 4 teams (dependent upon number of registrations):

-5/6 Girls Soccer Team
-5/6 Boys Soccer Team
-7/8 Girls Soccer Team
-7/8 Boys Soccer Team

The game schedule usually includes some co-ed and some non-co-ed games for all teams. The CoEd soccer games occur due to other school requests and what their population of their soccer team is.

The cost per play is $45. All fees go toward helping to pay for our insurance, officiating (increased by $1 from last year per contract agreement), first aid, general soccer supplies, and end of season party.   Checks can be made out to: “City Honors PTSCO”.

Middle School Soccer is a Club Sport at CHS, run entirely by parent volunteers. All are welcome regardless of experience. This is a fun, non-competitive program, with a concentration on ball skills, scrimmaging, team building, and sportsmanship. It is a great way to get a fresh air and exercise as well as make new friends (or become re-acquainted with old friends).

Each player is required to have the following:
-Soccer Ball (size 4 for 5/6 and size 5 for 7/8)
-Shin guards
-Cleats
-Black Soccer Socks (for games only- otherwise any color is fine for practice)
-Black Soccer Shorts (for games only)
-Water Bottle (this is important for practice and games- please make sure your child has one)

Game jerseys are provided and must be returned at the end of the season.   The game schedule usually includes some co-ed and some non-co-ed games for all teams.

There will be a Parent Meeting in September.  We are waiting for a room to be assigned to us, an email will go out to let everyone time and place. We will discuss the program as well as parents will sign waivers and submit the fee for participating in the soccer program.

Families are encouraged to register as soon as possible using the link below. To sign up, please submit your information on this form and email back to laczie1@gmail.com

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aABpUd6WomjePez2NpXe82CqHbr97n_-Eapd9mB5fSA/edit?usp=sharing

We are looking for Coaches/Assistant Coaches for Grade 5/6 Boys and Girls level as well as Grade 7/8 Boys and Girls level. We are also looking for an assistant administrator to help run the program.  If you are able to help out in either capacity, please contact me direction at laczie1@gmail.com .

Thank you for your support and your time! We look forward to another awesome season!

Liz Laczi, Administrator
CHS Middle School Soccer

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    September 4: Crew Open House @ WSRC, 6p
    September 6: First Day of School
    September 12: Parent Get Acquainted Night, 6-8p
    September 18: Senior Photo/Make Up Day
    September 20: Back to School Food Truck Party, 5-8p
    September 28: Open House, 9-11a
    October 5: CHS Admissions Testing @ Olmsted
    October 10: Underclassmen Photo Day
    October 14: Columbus Day – No School
    October 16: PSAT Testing, Gr 10 & 11 (Periods 1-4)
    October 19: CHS Admissions Testing @ Olmsted
    October 25: Ice Cream Social/Haunted Lockers, Gr 5&6, 6:30-8:30p
    October 26: CHS Admissions Testing @ Olmsted

     

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