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Cardinal Craze week wrapped up at CHS last week with a flourish. In the week-long competition to win ‘The Rock’, the 8th graders proved victorious by a hair over the senior class who took second place and the grade 11 students who took third place. This is first time an 8th grade class has won The Rock and the second time the Class of 2022 has won The Rock.

Just as importantly as the CHS spirit that was on full display throughout the week, were some of the outcomes to benefit others. CHS was able to send off a truck load of supplies to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief. In addition, nine full carloads of non-perishable food items were dropped off by Dr. Kresse and a group of student volunteers to the Macedonia Food Pantry on Wednesday. These donations will help to sustain the food pantry throughout the winter as it assists families in need. This is largest donation CHS has ever made to the food pantry! The Macedonia community wishes to express that they are overwhelmed and grateful for the support from their neighbors at CHS. Thank you to all the students, staff and CHS families who helped to make Cardinal Craze week a success this year!


Registration for the CHS High School Ski & Snowboard Club is now open!

Register by October 31 to avoid late fee.

Click here for registration form and additional details.

This information may also be found on the City Honors website under School Life > Clubs/Activities:

Please contact Alex Thomson, City Honors Ski Club Advisor, with any questions you may have about CHS Ski & Snowboard Club.

Alex Thomson, 716-884-8532,

The University at Buffalo has again made tickets available free of charge to City Honors School for several UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series events. The first is taking place in a few weeks.
20 tickets have been allocated to our CHS community to hear Theresa Payton speak at Alumni Arena on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
If you would like tickets to this event, please fill out the google docs form available at:

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, due to the limited number of tickets available, there is a maximum of two (2) tickets available per request.

You will be notified on or before Monday, October 16th regarding whether we were able to fulfill your request and, if so, when tickets are available for pick up in the IB 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

Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy. As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Payton is a proven leader and influencer who works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats.

Improve your public speaking skills!
Boost your confidence
Join for…. A challenging, fun, and rewarding experience that colleges love to see!
No experience necessary! We will teach you!
Choose between many different debate and speech categories. Find what fits you!
Actors, performers, poets all welcome!
Tournaments are on Saturday mornings and are in Buffalo and Rochester
Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:00 in Room 316 (*subject to change)
Newcomers are more than welcome! Try it out!
Looking for all students grades 9-12!

Mr. Belge (coach) Room 316,
Isadora Toledo (Debate Captain) Homeroom 325
Hannah Nathanson (Speech Captain) Homeroom 311

On Friday, September 15, 2017, the basketball courts at Masten Park were dedicated in honor of Lamont Edwards Yancey, Jr., a City Honors School student who passed away two years ago in September 2015. He was a volunteer for The Ride For Roswell & Habitat for Humanity Buffalo.

Click here for video of Masten Park Basketball Courts honoring the memory of Lamont Yancey.

The video may also be found here on WGRZ’s Kelly Dudzik’s Facebook page.









Wednesday, September 6, 2017 marked the debut of a new traffic pattern on Fosdick Street. It is now one way starting at North Street and heading north to Best Street.

There are additional traffic patterns that have been modified with relation to the start and end of the school day at City Honors School. Specifically:
At the end of the school day, all yellow busses will now be lined up along Masten Avenue and along North Street so that we can load and dismiss all middle school students and students with special needs at once. As our school has grown over the past few years, we have increasingly needed to have yellow busses in a “wait line” on the other side of Best Street. This arrangement delayed the return home of many students and created the need for movement of busses while students waited. The new yellow bus arrangement should correct this situation.
End-of-day metro bus specials will be moved to Fosdick Street to allow yellow busses to access our North Street curb.
Please note that all parent drop-off in the mornings must be on Fosdick Street. Masten Avenue is a yellow bus drop-off lane and entry to the service parking lot. Please do not attempt to use Masten as a drop-off as this creates an unsafe situation for our students. The Masten Avenue atrium entrance is for the use of students coming off of Metro busses at Masten and Best.

Please use patience and caution at all times when driving near the school campus.

-We will continue to monitor and adjust our traffic patterns to maximize student safety. In years to come, we expect the future annexation of Fosdick Field and restoring our full original campus will provide us with the additional curb space needed to further improve traffic flow and safety.

The rich legacy of Fosdick-Masten Park High School lives on in so many ways.

“Let There Be New Flowering,” by Lucille Clifton ’53 (one of America’s most decorated poets of the 20th century) has been featured before several Joshua Tree 2017 U2 shows.

At Tuesday night’s (9/5/17) concert, Lucille was added to a tribute to women during the song “Ultra Violet (Light My Way).”

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Happy 103rd birthday to Sydney Cole ’34!  Mr. Cole is the oldest known surviving Fosdick-Masten Park High School Alumnus and a hero from WWII. This past winter, he received his long overdue FMP diploma from Dr. Kresse and WWII medals from Congressman Higgins. Channel 4 documents his story in this piece. Happy 103rd Sydney!

A local veteran received some long overdue recognition as a hero

Luqman Muhammad ’18 received a pay-off for his studies in the intensive two-year IB Film Program at CHS when his screen play was selected to be turned into a movie by the organizers of the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival. Luqman got to be a part of the production process from start to end this summer including crossing paths with fellow CHS Centaur, Byron Brown III ’08 who acted in the film entitled ‘Fallout’. Read more about this great project and Luqman’s experience in this Buffalo Rising article.

It’s no secret that Western New York has been making its mark as a destination city over the past decade. With exquisite architectural bones and a rich cultural…

Congrats to 2007 Alumna, Molly Burhans! Molly, and the work she is doing for the organization she founded, GoodLands, was recently the subject of an article featured on the front page of the Boston Globe’s Metro Section.

She is creating a first-of-its-kind digital map of the global Catholic Church to advance Pope Francis’s call for action on climate change and care for the poor.
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    Oct 17: Picture Day, Grades 5-8
    Oct 19: Picture Day, Grades 9-11 & STARS
    Oct 22: All City Jazz Band @ Kleinhans, 1:30p
    Oct 23: WNY Consortium College Fair
    Oct 24: Financial Aid Night, 5:30-6:30p
    Oct 27: “I Scream!” Social, 6:30-8:30p
    Oct 28: Engineering Rocket Club @ Geneseo Airport
    Oct 28: Speech & Debate Meet, Rochester
    Oct 31: Ski Club Registration Due (late fee after 10/31)
    Nov 1-7: National French Week
    Nov 7:  Election Day (No School)
    Nov 10: Veterans Day (No School)
    Nov 11: Speech & Debate Meeting, Canisius
    Nov 15: Picture Retake Day
    Nov 15: Rock the Hilltop, 6:30p
    Nov 23-24: Thanksgiving Recess (No School)
    Nov 30: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5-7p
    Dec 1: City on Stage Musical Revue, 6:30p
    Dec 25-29: Winter Recess (No School)
    Jan 1: New Years Day (No School)
    Jan 12: Keeping the Dream Alive Assembly
    Jan 15: MLK Day (No School)
    Jan 22-25: HS Regents Exams
    Feb 19: President’s Day (No School)
    Feb 20-23: Mid-Winter Recess (No School)

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