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Bethany Halbreich ’08 is involved in a very special project. Below are her words, followed by a link if any CHS community members would like to help with this amazing undertaking.
On July 15th, we take off to drive 10,000+ miles from Berlin through Eastern Europe and Mongolia to Ulan-Ude, Russia, crossing 23 borders, and partnering with TEDx communities along the way to host events around building bridges using the arts and dialogue to spark conversation. Read more about my 3 spectacular teammates here:, and view our route here: Migration is one of the most pressing issues in the world right now, and I believe passionately in what we’ve set out to do. However, we can’t do it without a strong community behind us. This GoFundMe is not just about raising money; it’s about building a unique and active community of believers, supporters, and doers. But the money is the machinery, and every bit makes a difference.
I deeply believe that if access to tools and opportunity to embrace creativity were ubiquitous, more of the world would be empowered to further social progress, and solutions to our greatest challenges would move forward like wildfire. In my eyes, in every community, there is an undeniably strong correlation between equal opportunity investment in the arts and economic/social progress. In 10 locations along our route, I’ll be setting up a big blank canvas for the community to create collaborative visual records of their state of affairs to share with the world. We’ll also be filming the journey to share during screenings and impact-oriented events post-trip, to continue moving the mission forward.
This work, this bridging between cultures, working within community lines, and beyond.. is not only critical to empowering communities, but also strengthens local business, and – therefore – our capacity to effectively integrate the best parts of our world. This work transcends community-building, and plays a larger, critical role in building peace, resilience, and prosperity on our planet.
Please support this mission and, if you’re unable to at this time (please.. no pressure, we just want you to be a part of this!), it would mean the world to me if you shared this project with your network. We’re ready to learn, to do, and to make some magic happen …and we want you along for the (10,000+ mile) ride.

The CH/FMP Foundation is seeking a part-time campaign coordinator.  This position will work with City Honors/Fosdick Masten Park Foundation for seamless implementation of the capital campaign to restore Fosdick Field – a fundraising effort to restore the former athletic field and parkland in front of City Honors School. By mid-June we’re looking to hire a development professional with 3-5 years experience who will help take this campaign to the next level. The part-time campaign coordinator will manage the donor and alumni database, assist in identification and research of donor prospects, coordinate meetings and campaign events, implement a communications plan and assist with campaign volunteer organization. This grant-funded position is temporary through May 1, 2019. The position offers flexible working arrangements. Visit this link for full job description:

Please forward this notice to anyone in our school community that you think may qualify and have interest. Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Argentine at

Click here to view the letter from Dr. Kresse on Ms. Barinas.

Friday was the Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog). Over 300 students a year study Mandarin at CHS and our students have been celebrating the New Year in a number of ways!

-Students in our Mandarin Language Program created this video to educate their classmates about Chinese New Year. This video was viewed in all homerooms on Friday morning: Link: Password (all uppercase): YEAROFTHEDOG

-Students from the Mandarin Language program also decorated the front hallways to the school with elaborate Chinese lanterns and other decorations were placed throughout the school.

On Friday afternoon, Dr. Kresse, Mrs. Zheng, and Mrs. Lu surprised all students in grade 7-12 with special CHS Mandarin Language Program golf shirts to celebrate the New Year and to thank all of the students for their extraordinary work in the classroom. Thank you to assistant principal, Mrs. Barinas for helping to coordinate this special gift for our students and to the UB Confucius Institute for making the funding available through the ongoing Confucius Classroom grant program.

On Saturday, the UB Confucius Institute held the annual Chinese New Year Gala at the UB Center for the Arts. The sights and sounds were incredible. Mrs. Zheng, Mrs. Lu and Mr. Sharratt organized a group of CHS Mandarin Language students to perform at the event. Watch their performance here!:

Please take a moment to read these important letters from Dr. Kresse:

Letter from Dr. Kresse to CHS parents 1.9.18

Letter from Dr. Kresse to CHS Parents 1.31.18

The University at Buffalo is again providing our school community with tickets to another Distinguished Speaker Series event. The tickets available are to hear Ambassador Susan Rice speak at Alumni Arena on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. This UB’s 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Keynote Speaker.
Ambassador Rice served as President Obama’s National Security Advisor from 2013-2017 and before that served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of President Obama’s cabinet from 2009-2013. Read more about Ambassador Rice here:
 20 tickets have been allocated (with a possibility of receiving 10 additional tickets) to our CHS community to hear Susan Rice speak at Alumni Arena on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
 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. However, those who have NOT received/been offered tickets this school year will be given priority.

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, February 26, 2018 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

We are greatly saddened to pass on the news of the death of Michael Locurto ‘89.

Mike was a tireless advocate for the City of Buffalo and was also the first recipient of the City Honors Alumni Award.

We will post arrangements when they become available.

Michael LoCurto, a lifelong Buffalo resident who represented the Delaware District on the common council from 2006 to 2015, has died.

We are super excited to announce that Pelion has been awarded a Sponsor-a-Hive grant from The Honeybee Conservancy!

This spring we will be introducing mason bees to the garden, and in the summer, leafcutter bees. Both species of bees are gentle and hard-working pollinators and will increase yield in our garden as well as in other neighborhood gardens.

Thanks @honeybeetweets!

On the day before Thanksgiving, the CH/FMP Foundation held a reception for family members of several loved ones who had been connected to City Honors. They gathered for the dedication of plaque recognizing trees planted in memory of those lost around the City Honors campus.





















































Registration for the CHS Middle School Ski & Snowboard Club is still open! Middle School skis Kissing Bridge on Sunday mornings. Middle School Students are welcome to ride the bus, middle school families may all register for the club!

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

Please contact Dave Reading, City Honors Middle School Ski Club Advisor, with any questions you may have about CHS Ski & Snowboard Club.

Submitted by:  Dave Reading,

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