• Dear Buffalo School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Families,

    The Buffalo Public Schools are deeply saddened by the recent tragedy that has shaken the City of Buffalo. The mass shooting at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue has impacted our students, families, and community in various ways. The BPS Student Support Staff will be available to support our students’ social emotional needs, to address feelings, and to develop coping strategies. The Buffalo Public Schools’ Student Support Services Teams, Crisis Prevention & Response Team, teachers, and other community support will be available to students, teachers, and parents on an ongoing basis.

    Please know that for the coming weeks, our school will  be focused on the following 4 areas: (1) Taking extra precautions to ensure physical safety and security for all students and staff; (2) Deliberately setting aside time to provide all students needing social/ emotional support with counseling and restorative justice circles that focus on healing; (3) Providing all students with healthy breakfast and lunch meals and sound medical support as needed; and (4) Excellent instructional practices within our CLRI curriculum and in Art, Music, and English classes- allowing access to grade appropriate materials that will encourage  students to discuss, draw, and/ or write about their fears, concerns, and feelings.  

    An unexpected event such as this may affect young people in a variety of ways, depending on age and prior experiences with trauma. The information below may help Parents/Caregivers have sensitive conversations with your children/family members as we recover from this tragedy. It is important to reassure children that they are safe, make time to talk while keeping the conversation developmentally appropriate.

    • Early elementary school students need brief, simple information that should be

    balanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are

    there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety, like reminding children

    about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and

    emergency drills are practiced during the school day.

    Upper elementary and early middle school students will be more vocal in asking

    questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school.

    They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and

    community leaders to provide safe schools.

    Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions

    about the causes of violence in schools and society. They will share concrete

    suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society.

    Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school

    safety guidelines (e.g. not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on

    campus, reporting threats to the school safety made by students or community

    members, etc.), communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators,

    and accessing support for emotional needs.

    If your family was impacted by last weekend’s events, please let a member of the Student Support Team or Administration know so that we can provide additional support:

    Mrs. Opiela, Guidance Counselor: Iopiela@buffaloschools.org

    Ms. Pilgrim, Social Worker : Mipilgrim@buffaloschools.org

    Mrs.Vaarwerk, School Psychologist: Rvaarwerk@buffaloschools.org

    Mr. Bass, Assistant Principal: DJbass@buffaloschools.org

    Ms. Cunningham, Assistant Principal: CMCunningham@buffaloschools.org

    Ms. Schuta, Principal: Kschuta@buffaloschools.org

    Reach out to the school at 716-816-4778 if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions. There are only 4 weeks left to the school year and we want them to be happy ones. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 14th. After June 14th, students must show up on dates and times they are scheduled to take REGENTS EXAMS. Each student should have received an individual exam schedule in the mail. A copy is available in the main office if needed. 

    Important dates 

    • May 30th – No School Memorial Day 
    • June 1st – Regents Exam Day for JUNIORS only!

    • June 14th – Last Day of Instruction 


    • June 24th - CLASS of 2022 Graduation at Waterfront @ 10:00 am


    Ms. Schuta

    Please see below for a District Announcement -  

    May 21, 2022 

    To all in our Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) Learning Community 

    This past week, has been the saddest and most trying of times that we in the Buffalo Public Schools, have ever faced. It has been filled with extreme trauma and unexplainable grief, at the senseless and horrific loss of ten beautiful lives.  

    Hate in any form is poisonous and unacceptable! It will not be tolerated in any form, in any of our schools. I am urging all BPS employees, students, families, and community members to report all hate messaging, which they may experience or witness. It is important to understand that silence is complicity, and we must not be complicit to evil and wrongdoing. My plea is that “if you see or hear something… report it… swiftly!”! Do not stand by and hope that someone else will report it. WE MUST BE THE CHANGE; WE WANT TO SEE! The future of our children requires this!  

    We have also witnessed, in this last week, unyielding kindness and a coming together, in our “City of Good Neighbors” like I have never seen before! It gives us all hope for better tomorrows, even in this moment of deep despair.  

    I must share that I could not be prouder of our BPS employees. Every single one! You came together this past week to: care for, teach, and support our beautiful students, while suffering from your own grief over this tragedy. The professionalism and genuine concern that I witnessed, is best in class! Thank you!! 

    To our BPS students and families please continue to demonstrate resiliency, trust, and courage. I know that this last week was confusing, frightening, and may have evoked feelings of anxiety for you… rightfully so! But, despite this YOU have showed our country that your EDUCATION MATTERS and that we shall not allow cowardly and hateful acts of violence to interrupt the BPS mission and vision! I am deeply appreciative to you. We know that you have hopes and dreams for a bright and productive future, and we as the educators in your lives take our role seriously, in helping each of you to reach all of your goals.  

    Finally, to our school- based community partners; you have stood shoulder to shoulder with us, embodying the meaning of true partnership! Thank you for meeting the call of duty and providing generous and thoughtful support to the children and staff in our schools. …AND STILL WE RISE!  

    Yours Truly,  

    Dr. Tonja M. Williams, Interim Superintendent  

    CC: Members of the Board of Education 

    Important Information for the 2021-2022 School Year:


    • The first day of school is September 8, 2021. Please see the attached District Calendar.
    • Buffalo Culinary’s school day is 8:15 am – 3:10 pm. Please see the attached Bell Schedule.
    • Supply Lists are available on our school website buffaloschools.org/schoolsupplies355 .


    See below to help with questions or concerns:


    If you have a question about …


    You can … 

    Attendance – Student

    Call the Main office at 716-816-4778

    Change of Address:


    Family must send copy/picture of bill to smurphy@buffaloschools.org OR ccalteaux@buffaloschools.org

    Change of Phone Number or Email Address in Infinite Campus:

    Email new phone number to smurphy@buffaloschools.org OR ccalteaux@buffaloschools.org Indicate the first and last name of the student.

    General School Information or Updates

    www.buffaloschools.org/ps355 or www.buffaloschools.org/parents355

    Hotspot Request


    Laptop Questions

    Call the Buffalo Public Schools Hotline 716-816-7100 or Laptop Deployment 716-816-7070

    You can contact Mr. Nigro at rnigro@buffaloschools.org 

    Parent Portal


    Or Email rnigro@buffaloschools.org

    Restaurant Menu & Hours


    Student Schedule:

    Irene Opiela – Iopiela@buffaloschools.org

    Irene Opiela – Google # 716-221-0121

    Schoology :

    Learning Resources from Home (Schoology Videos) https://www.buffaloschools.org/Page/88626  

    School Supply List


    Special Education



    Mrs. Vaarwerk rvaarwerk@buffaloschools.org

    Mrs. Rovner : srovner@buffaloschools.org,

    Mr. Lamont alamont@buffaloschools.org.


    Call the Buffalo Public Schools Hotline 716-816-7100


    Working Papers

    Irene Opiela – Iopiela@buffaloschools.org

    Irene Opiela – Google # 716-221-0121



    School-Based Management Team (SBMT):  Meetings take place each month where we focus on School-Based Planning and Shared Decision Making. ALL parents/guardians are welcome to attend.  Please find the meeting link at www.buffaloschools.org/sbmt355 . All meeting will take place online until further notice. The dates and time of the meetings are as follows:


    September 29, 2021

    1:30 pm

    October 27, 2021

    1:30 pm

    November 17, 2021

    1:30 pm

    December 22, 2021

    1:30 pm

    January 19, 2022

    1:30 pm

    February 16, 2022

    1:30 pm

    March 30, 2022

    1:30 pm

    April 27, 2022

    1:30 pm

    May 25, 2022

    1:30 pm

    June 8, 2022

    1:30 pm


    The staff here at Buffalo School of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management is even more committed to providing necessary supports to lead our students toward their full potential.  We look forward to working with your child this school year. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the school at our 716-816-4778, Mr. Bass at DJbass@buffaloschools.org or  716-241-9790, Ms. Cunningham at CMCunningham@buffaloschools.org or 716-393-8724  or Ms. Schuta at Kschuta@buffaloschools.org  or 716-241-9709.






    Ms. Schuta, Principal              Mr. Bass, Assistant Principal                  Ms. Cunningham, Assistant Principal