COVID-19 Update

By CHS staff

 

Canisius has resumed normal operations, to the extent possible, in accordance with guidelines provided by state leadership. We have implemented a plan to make on-campus learning as safe as possible. The health and well-being of our school community is our highest priority.

Reopening Plan

FAQs

View letters to parents and additional resources below.

MAY 21, 2021 LETTER TO PARENTS FROM DEAN OF STUDENTS

MAY 17, 2021 LETTER TO PARENTS

APRIL 26, 2021 LETTER TO PARENTS FROM DEAN OF STUDENTS

APRIL 20, 2021 LETTER TO PARENTS

MARCH 22, 2021 LETTER TO SENIOR PARENTS

MARCH 9, 2021 LETTER TO PARENTS

FEBRUARY 1, 2021 LETTER REGARDING ATHLETICS

JANUARY 11, 2021 LETTER TO PARENTS

DECEMBER 8, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

NOVEMBER 24, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

NOVEMBER 18, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

NOVEMBER 9, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

OCTOBER 23, 2020 Video Messages from the Society of Jesus to All Jesuit Schools

OCTOBER 15, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

AUGUST 19, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

AUGUST 5, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

JUNE 26, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS FROM NURSE

MAY 29, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

MAY 15, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS OF INCOMING FRESHMEN

MAY 14, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS OF SENIORS

APRIL 30, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

APRIL 27, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS

APRIL 20, 2020 LETTER TO PARENTS OF SENIORS

APRIL 9, 2020 LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL

APRIL 9, 2020 LETTER REGARDING AP EXAMS

APRIL 7, 2020 VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT

MARCH 27, 2020 LETTER FROM PRESIDENT RE: FINANCES

MARCH 25, 2020 GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING LETTER

MARCH 21, 2020 HEALTH ADVISORY

MARCH 20, 2020 VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT

MARCH 19, 2020 HELP DESK

MARCH 18, 2020 E-LEARNING VIDEO

MARCH 17, 2020 E-LEARNING PLAN

MARCH 15, 2020 LETTER FROM PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL

MARCH 13, 2020 LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL RE: FACULTY DEVELOPMENT DAY

MARCH 13, 2020 LETTER FROM PRESIDENT REGARDING GAMBIT

MARCH 12, 2020 LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL

MARCH 3, 2020 LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL
 

COVID-19/novel coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation, with frequent new developments and guidance. Please check back often for the latest information.

Canisius High School’s Response to COVID-19/coronavirus: 
Our top priority is to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty, administration and staff. This webpage is intended to update community members on our status, report safety enhancing initiatives, and provide resources for our community’s use.

Canisius Health Office: Ms. Denise Keating, RN is our school nurse. She is in ongoing dialogue with the Erie County Department of Public Health. We also receive regular recommendations for schools from the New York State Department of Health, and updates from the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Association of Independent Schools.

To contact our nurse, please call 716.882.0466

Health Resources:

At this time, as with all viruses, common sense should prevail:

  • wash your hands regularly, using hand sanitizer when water and soap are unavailable
  • do not touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth
  • practice proper etiquette when coughing or sneezing
  • avoid close contact with ill persons
  • stay at home if you are ill
  • wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you are around others

Please explore the following resources for additional, up-to-date information:

Military appointments among scores of students honored at Senior Awards Ceremony

Tuesday’s Senior Awards Ceremony honored scores of members of the Class of 2022, which collectively has earned more than $21 million in college scholarships and grants.  

Students attending service academies, earning national honors and school-wide recognition for a wide range of activities and achievements were honored before their parents and schoolmates in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022

The 61st Mr. Canisius was announced by principal Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres during this morning's senior awards.

These are the words of Mr. Canisius 2022 upon being nominated:

"I am beyond thankful for the formative role the entire Canisius community has played in my life. No longer am I the shy, anxious kid that walked through the Blue Doors in 2018 ... 

Peter Reiser ’84 named dean of students at Canisius

Peter Reiser ’84, who has 22 years of experience in Jesuit education, including six of those here at Canisius, has been named dean of students at Canisius High School, Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres announced Monday morning.

Reiser was the director of college counseling at Canisius from 2000 to 2006. He has spent the last 16 years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Finalists announced for 2022 Mr. Canisius award

The Mr. Canisius Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, in the estimation of his peers, epitomizes all that Canisius stands for. 

Read the reflections written by the 2022 finalists about their time at Canisius and what it means to be a candidate for this award. 

Requiescat in Pace, Liz Lyons Friedman

We mourn the loss of Friedman, who was the first female full-time teacher at Canisius High School.

The Buffalo native and Nardin graduate taught at Canisius from 1970 to 1977 and was also the first female lay faculty member at CHS; she helped establish the fine arts program at Canisius.

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

Check out hundreds of awesome items, from a signed Josh Allen authentic Buffalo Bills helmet to an embroidered CHS dog sweater (dog not included :-) ).

The auction runs through Saturday night, when hundreds will gather at CHS for GAMBIT XLVII.

'All you really need is heart:' Great run for 'Damn Yankees' cast and crew

"You've gotta have heart ... all you really need is heart. ... When the odds are sayin' you'll never win ... that's when the grin should start."

Congratulations to the grinning cast and crew of "Damn Yankees," who seemed to take manager Van Buren's advice after they endured several Covid-related delays and switched musicals in the middle of the rehearsal schedule (!) ... only to respond by putting on a great show for three evenings last week in our historic Scaccia Auditorium.

CHS students raise more than $5,500 in Lenten Mission Drive

A special dress-down event on St. Patrick's Day capped off a very successful Lenten Mission Drive by Canisius students.

More than $5,500 was raised in two weeks, marking the drive's highest total in five years. The Lenten Mission Drive, as it has for the last decade, benefitted two fellow Jesuit schools in Micronesia, located in the western Pacific Ocean: Yap Catholic High School and Chuuk Xavier High School.

CHS presents 'Damn Yankees' this week

OPENING THIS WEEK: Canisius High School presents our musical, “Damn Yankees."

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in our historic Scaccia Auditorium. Tickets ($12.50 adults, $7 students) can be purchased at the door starting at 7 each night.

Requiescat in Pace, Dr. Donald Pinkel '44.

We mourn the loss of Dr. Pinkel, who was a pioneer in cancer treatment and the first director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

“Donald Pinkel introduced the word 'cure' to cancer,” said Dr. James Downing, current president and CEO of St. Jude.

Read our 2017 CHS Today story on his legacy.

CHS Black Student Union hosts Darius Pridgen's 'Power to the People' show

The CHS Black Student Union hosted Darius Pridgen and the Power to People Show at Canisius.

Pridgen, the Common Council President and the senior pastor at True Bethel Baptist Church, joined with co-host Marc Pope for an on-air discussion with CHS students about the Black Student Union, life at Canisius and the students’ future plans.

From the President's Office

Read "From the President's Office" by President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., from the Winter edition of CHS Today magazine. 

Upon completion of our accreditation process with the New York State Association of Independent Schools, Larry Frye, chair of the visiting team and the Head of School at The Harley School in Rochester, began his report to the faculty and staff with what he referred to as the highest compliment a visiting team can make: “You are who you say you are."