News From the Hill

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

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.”…/can-this-lay-woman-transform-the…/…


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

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.

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    Feb 18: No School – President’s Day
    Feb 19-22: No School – Mid-Winter Recess
    Feb 26: Pelion Garden Parent Mtg, 6:30p
    Mar 15, 16: Mamma Mia!, 7p
    Mar 17: Mamma Mia!, 2p
    Apr 2-4: NYS ELA Testing (Gr 3-8)
    Apr 10: Early Release Day
    Apr 11: No School – Superintendent Conf Day
    Apr 19-26: No School – Spring Recess
    May 1-3: NYS Math Testing (Gr 3-8)
    May 8: Early Release Dsy
    May 9: No School – Superintendent Conf Day
    May 27: No School – Memorial Day
    June 26: Last Day of Classes


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