October 25, 2018 marks the 50th Birthday of the @iborganization. City Honors wishes the #IB a very Happy 50th Birthday! We are proud to have been a part of the #IBDP since 1989 and the #IBMYP since 2008. #happybirthdayib

Parents: Unstructured time, unoccupied homes due to family travel, empty cottages and college students home for the recess all increase the likelihood of underage drinking events during school breaks. Please set up systems to closely monitor your home if you are away and string accountability for your child if they are out with friends. Your vigilance helps our city and helps our children stay safe while they are still developing! There is a chance your child may begrudge you in the short term for this good parenting, but they will definitely respect and love you more in the long-term when they understand the world better.

As noted at the bottom of every Hilltop Notes: Children are endangered by underage house parties and underage drinking. Concerned adults, teachers, students and friends can call 24 hours a day in Erie County to report planned underage drinking parties; underage drinking parties in progress or other activities that may be harmful to the health, safety and welfare of young people. The tip line (1-800-851-1932) is ANONYMOUS, CONFIDENTIAL and free. Erie County now has a “Social Host Law” that holds adults accountable for allowing minors to drink. Learn more at http://www.eccpasa.org 

The City Honors/Fosdick-Masten Park Foundation was formed in 1996 by a dedicated group of parents, alumni and educational leaders aiming to help bridge a widening gap between the increasing cost of a high quality learning environment and the uncertain funds available from State and district sources. The Foundation also serves as a unifying organization for members of both the CHS and FMP communities who share a common love for our school and school building. Charitable giving from alumni is administered by the Foundation through a partnership with the alumni associations.

Christina MacIntyre recently joined our faculty as our new permanent grade 6 teacher within the STARS Program at CHS. Mrs. MacIntyre is an experienced special education teacher who has worked extensively with students with autism, including as a temporary teacher within the STARS program at City Honors at the start of her career in Buffalo. During her previous work with us, we came to know Mrs. MacIntyre as an energetic, positive and caring individual who was passionately committed to our students.

Please welcome new school clerk, Carla Briglio, who will start on January 3rd. Ms. Briglio will work alongside current clerk, Ms. Maracle, out of the main office. School typist, Ms. Taggart, will return to working in the school counseling office.

For the safety of our students and staff, NO PARENT VEHICLES are permitted in the main parking lot or in the yellow bus lane on Masten Avenue at arrival and dismissal. Please use Fosdick Street (entering from North Street) for all drop-off/pick-ups during arrival and dismissal windows. Thank you for cooperating on this important matter and for being patient during peak congestion times.


Our traffic, parking, and entry patterns are designed with student safety in mind:

  • Parent drop-off/pick-up of students is on Fosdick Street. Again, we ask parents dropping off students to enter Fosdick Street from North Street so that students can exit right onto the school sidewalk and will not need to cross the street. Please be patient during high volume times. A little bit of patience will provide our students with a great deal of safety!
  • Visitor parking is on Fosdick Street. Abide by all street signs.
  • Yellow bus drop-off/pick-up is on Masten Avenue, through the Atrium doors. Parents: please do not attempt to use Masten Avenue or the Masten Avenue service lot/delivery door as a student drop-off from your car. It creates a number of dangerous issues for our yellow busses and student safety.
  • The parking lot on North Street has one entrance/exit and one direction through the lot. The entrance to the lot is on North Street. The North Street lot is not for student drop-off or pick-up at any time. For the safety of our students, there is no entry, except for handicapped, faculty, and staff parking from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM on school days.
  • Please continue to drive cautiously and carefully around our school building.
  • Parents dropping off by car are asked to avoid the bus zones on North Street and Masten Avenue.
  • For the health of our students, please do not idle your car or truck near the school. This is a city ordinance and signs are posted along the perimeter of the campus.

Parents- did you know that in keeping with IB requirements, CHS teachers participate in Grade Level Assessment Calendars?  These calendars include major tests and deadlines for each grade level as submitted by teachers (they do not include minor deadlines like homework and quizzes). Every teacher publicizes the calendars with their students but please share this resource with your child if for some reason they are not aware of it! Here is the link- https://cityhonors.org/page/grade-level-assessment-calendar/.

The IB Learner Profile of the Month at CHS is “Reflective”: Reflective learners give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.  They are able to assess and understand their limitations and strengths in order to support their learning and personal development. Visit this link to see the entire IB Learner Profile: http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/fd82f70643ef4086b7d3f292cc214962/learner-profile-en.pdf 

The IB Minute is a new regular feature to Hilltop Notes to keep the school community in touch with everything IB.

Take a moment to view this brief clip from Stanford University’s Assistant Dean of Admissions (also a former IB parent) on the value of an IB education: https://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2016/04/26/stanfords-assistant-dean-of-admissions-on-the-value-of-an-ib-education/ 

See additional clips from Stanford about IB and college admissions: http://blogs.ibo.org/think-like-an-admissions-officer/

I am writing to announce the appointment of a number of new members of the faculty over the past few weeks since my Back-to-School letter in August. Please welcome to The Hilltop:

  • Deborah Casseri (Grade 9 AP World History)
  • Jean Claude Delettrez (temporary teacher for Mrs. Roche – IB French & French Grades 5 & 6)
  • Jennifer Dobmeier* (Orchestra/Strings)
  • Evan Kaderbeck (IB Economics/AP Human Geography)
  • Lisa Kankolenski (French 7, French I & French II)
  • Carrie Martin** (temporary school counselor for Mrs. Allman – student last names G-M)

I again want to thank all those who volunteered as members of our stakeholder review committees this year. Teacher and parent voice is a critical element in securing teachers in an effective and contemporary school culture. I also appreciate the continued patience our students and parents have shown as we worked through late teacher movement, district procedures and contractual obligations to get our new teachers in place.

Sincerely, William A. Kresse, Ph.D.


*Ms. Dobmeier is currently teaching in the New York City area. She will transition to CHS in early November. In the meantime, Mr. Sharratt has been convening grade 9-12 orchestra in the mornings.

**Ms. Martin has a start date of October 12.

Does your employer participate in the United Way or SEFA (State Employees Federated Appeal) payroll contribution system? If so, you can help our school in a big way by giving directly to the City Honors/Fosdick-Masten Park Foundation. Simply write the name of the Foundation on the annual enrollment form provided by your employer and the Foundation’s agency code (5326 for United Way, 57-00391 for SEFA). Indicate whether you would like part or all of your annual contribution to go to the Foundation. If you have not received a form, consult with your organizations’ payroll department for assistance. You can contribute through any United Way campaign in the United States!

Payroll deductions are a smart way to give and your gifts to the CH/FMP Foundation help to ensure that our students enjoy the highest quality of education during their years on The Hilltop. Here are just a few of the things you support at CHS by giving to the Foundation:

  • SOS Peer Tutoring Program
  • Athletic team gear and equipment
  • Extracurricular Clubs such as chess, Masterminds, African Dance Troupe, Key Club, AP Chemistry Club
  • Equipment and materials for science, math, and visual arts courses
  • STARS Program for students with autism
  • Fosdick Field Restoration Project
  • Reforesting our campus and landscape enhancements
  • 8th Grade Class Adventure to Pathfinder Island in Algonguin
  • The International Baccalaureate Program
  • Pelion Community Garden
  • CHS Science Research Program
  • Babel Literature Series at CHS
  • and much, much more!

Thank you for your support of our students, teachers and school!


Dr. William Kresse, Principal

David Reading, CHS Parent and CH/FMP Foundation President

City Honors School is a unique environment with students of diverse backgrounds, including those who are seen differently by our world. Though we do not adjust readily to differences in people, we must come to terms with understanding our classmates with disabilities that which are irreversible. The STARS (Students with Autism Rising to Success) includes students ranging from those with autism to those with Asperger’s Syndrome. In the fall of 2014, our STARS students joined CHS’s Social Club for the first time so that all of us could communicate, cooperate, and reach understanding in a social setting. It is imperative that we as a society never underestimate the capabilities of STARS students. All of us at CHS can lead by example by being “bridge builders” to advocate awareness for the problems of autism that should never be overlooked.

Autism is a series of disorders on the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autistic criteria include lack of communication skills, repetitive behavior and mannerisms that doctors identify according to the severity of the condition. However, it is important to look at strengths such as academic excellence that can bring hope to autistic people. Each form of autism is unique, but it is compiled in a range of symptoms and classified on the Autism Spectrum.  If you look up autism in a Google search, you will find that symptoms appear within the first year to year and a half of a child’s life that would lead to an autism diagnosis. While these symptoms inhibit the development of social and human relationship skills, they do not necessarily mean a dismal, failing outcome. 

In a PBS film series titled “This Emotional Life” (2010), social psychologist Daniel Gilbert searched for the meaning of happiness by trying to understand the elements that make people happy. We learn how to interact with people and then fall into the normal social queues of society. Thus, we avoid loneliness by finding substitutes that, at least temporarily, let us gain companionship. However, some of the elements of learning maintain social relationships are absent in autistic people. Jason Ross, a 29-year-old in the film, tries to express what happiness is for him with has Asperger’s Syndrome. His language deficits are prominent barrier because he often does not interpret the irony or subtle rhetorical shifts in a word or phrase. Jason experiences great frustration because of his lack of perception. He then is asked to watch a movie using an ocular device that allows scientists to assess what he is looking at in real time. Throughout the film, he is seldom concentrating on the conversation, but rather on the light as his eyes constantly shift in that direction, strengthening the perception that Jason, as with others with Asperger’s Syndrome, takes extreme interest in specific objects. In the end, Jason, mentioned that he completed post-secondary education and became a sonographer, one who studies medical imaging through high frequency waves to analyze patterns such as heartbeats in children in the womb. Asperger’s, for Jason, did not imprison him in a life of incapability. Rather, it opened him up to success in the field of sonography by using the unique abilities of his condition.

Breaking away from the norm seems to be a trend among our generation. Disabilities, reform, and overall change have never pleased everybody, but what does? We have the power to exercise our rights, so we should now make the effort to embrace with tolerance those children and adults who have autistic disabilities. Canisius College has recently established the Institute for Autism Research (IAR), an initiative to join student researchers from disparate disciplines to study causes, clinical treatment and to differentiate between fact and misconception. Since a defining characteristic of the autistic people is their lack of social connection to others, the institute has worked on creating social breakthroughs for them. Their five-week summer program, summerMAX, teaches high-functioning autistic children to enhance their social skills by teaching them to maintain eye contact, to interact in groups, and to read facial expressions. By using “pro-social behavior”, their success is rewarded by field trips. This goal of positive social behavior is one that we all should strive for when stepping into adult society: to strengthen our social skills and to maintain relationships at work and in school.

None of us can understand firsthand the difficulties of living with a disorder as consuming as autism. We must therefore be considerate and caring.  Taunting and tormenting is absolutely unacceptable and should never be tolerated for people with Asperger’s and autism disorders are an addition to our society. It adds to our world by showing what a mysterious and wondrous organ the human brain can be, capable of harnessing beautiful, unknown patterns that bring about differentiation in our species.

Submitted by: Morgan Morris, ’17, The CHS View Student Reporter

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