Keeping Our Children and Schools Safe…At the May 14 Zone PTA meeting, Dr. Maureen Reusche shared with our PTA Presidents some of the recommendations of the security assessments that were conducted by district staff and members of the Cherry Hill Police Department. Click HERE to view the video of Dr. Reusche’s message. As a result of the security assessments, and after consultation with the building principals, the district will be implementing a series of recommendations to enhance the safety and security of our schools. Some of the changes will be implemented in September 2013, but some – which involve changes in behaviors of staff and parents – will be implemented after the Memorial Day holiday. Click HERE for a summary of the changes. Many thanks to the officers of the Cherry Hill Police Department for their assistance and professional expertise in conducting the security assessments and developing the recommendations.
Concussions - A Free Presentation by Dr. Arthur Bartolozzi on May 29 at CH East... With growing concerns over the effects of head injuries sustained by teenagers, a very relevant and important presentation by one of the area's top orthopaedic doctors, Dr. Arthur Bartolozzi, will take place in the CH East auditorium on Wednesday, May 29 at 7pm. All are welcome to attend; click for details on Dr. Bartolozzi and the presentation.
In special action on May 14, the Board of Education appointed Dr. Kwame Morton as Principal of Cherry Hill High School West, effective July 1. Click for details.
Congratulations to Beck Middle School, a 2013 National School of Character! Beck underwent a site visit in April and was notified by the Character Education Partnership of its selection on May 8. Stay tuned for details! Way to go Beck!
We love our teachers! Dr. Reusche sent a special video message to our teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week – with a little help from some of her friends throughout the district. Click HERE to view! (Thanks to our PTA leaders and school staff who helped make this video happen!)
The next "Community Conversation" with Dr. Reusche will be held on Thursday, May 30, from 12-1 pm at the Malberg Administration Building. Bring your lunch and your questions to this casual conversation!
In special action on April 9, the Board of Education approved an Energy Savings Plan which will include boiler replacements at 16 schools, lighting controls, hot water pump replacements, “miser” controls for vending machines, power optimization controls for computers, and more. The Board also approved submitting the projects to the NJ DOE and amending the district's Long Range Facilities Plan to include the projects. A resolution for the lease purchase financing plan for these projects will be on the May 14 Special Action agenda. Funding for the lease purchase financing would come through the district's annual capital budget. Click for more information.
Congratulations to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation for another successful Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars! Funds from this annual event are used to support grant initiatives in our schools! CHEF has posted a highlights video on YouTube; click HERE to view (or check it out on the CHEF Facebook page. Bravo to the students, teachers, parents, and administrators who participated in the group production number “Dancing in the Streets” and to the student musicians from the Cherry Hill East Jazz Standards Group and the Carusi Jazz Band who shared their remarkable talents for the show. And, finally, a special shout out to our colleagues Marta Audino, Michelle Smith, Jodi Raditz, Cindy O’Reilly, Heather Esposito, and Deborah Jacobs, and to our students Molly McGee and Madison Girgenti, who competed as dancers in the show! You were ALL awesome!
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, please click to find resources to help support children.
Registration is open for the Cherry Hill School District's Summer Arts Enrichment Program 2013. Classes will be held from June 24 - July 25 in the following areas: Mixed Media Art, Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Intermediate Band, Intermediate Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Elementary Chorus, and Secondary Chorus. Click HERE for details, including fees, schedule, and registration form.
Two of our Cherry Hill teachers are recognized in this month’s SJ Magazine as our region’s top teachers! Grand Prize winner in the magazine’s third annual “Top Teachers” contest is Colleen Girgenti, third grade teacher at Johnson Elementary School, who was nominated by student Catherine Williams. Kingston fourth grade teacher, Jackie DeCola, was a runner up in the contest; Jackie was nominated by former student Alex Dudley. Click HERE to read the nominating essays submitted by the students. Congratulations to Colleen and Jackie – and to the students they’ve inspired!
Congratulations to the 15 students from Cherry Hill High School East who have advanced to Finalist standing in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Finalists are: Juliet Brooks, Jennifer Cha, Alison Chen, Hao Chen, Hannah Germaine, Michael Hwang, Shriya Joshi, Sarah Kim, Derrick Lin, Ajay Nadig, Kieran O'Donnell, Arun Reddy, Angela Sun, Monica Wei, and Susanna Yu. Winners of Merit Scholarship awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. Selectors evaluate a variety of information, including the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay. Congratulations Finalists!
The Cherry Hill School District operates a tuition-supported Extended Day Child Care program for kindergarten students. The program operates each day that school is in session. EDCC's trained professional staff provides a safe and stimulating program of kindergarten enrichment activities (playtime, arts, crafts, games, nature, science, music and movement activities). Click HERE and select EDCC Registration for more information.
2013-2014 School Calendar...At the February 26 action meeting, the BOE approved the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. Students will return on Tuesday, September 3. Click HERE to view the full year!
The annual testing report, presented at the December 18 action meeting, shows that Cherry Hill students continue to perform well on state assessments, scoring at or above the averages of schools in the district’s wealth category—District Factor Group (DFG) GH – in 100% of the testing areas. Click HERE to view the presentation by District Coordinator of Research and Assessment Valerie Sadwin - including a summary of testing highlights to celebrate and challenges that the district faces. Click HERE to view the complete testing report.
Here they are! Click for the middle school and high school Graduation Dates for June 2013.
The Cherry Hill School District has been named to the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Cherry Hill is among 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada – and just 34 New Jersey districts - recognized by the College Board for achieving both of these goals. Click for more information.
In special action on November 19, the Cherry Hill Board of Education ratified a new teachers’ contract that will add 30 minutes of instructional time to the secondary (Grades 6-12) school day beginning in September 2013. At the elementary schools and the Barclay Early Childhood Center, the 30 minutes will be added to the teacher work day. The two-year pact was ratified on November 15 by the Cherry Hill Education Association. Click for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Contract Settlement...When will the student day begin and end? Is there any impact on the school day this year? Click for answers to these and other questions. Check back frequently; the FAQ will be updated as we receive new questions.
At the September action meeting, the Board of Education approved the Board Goals for 2012-2013. Click to view the approved goals.
The Cherry Hill School District has been designated a “high performing” district by the New Jersey Department of Education through the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) district performance review.
The Cherry Hill School District proudly announces the designation of Cherry Hill High School East as a "Reward School" by the New Jersey Department of Education as part of the DOE's new statewide accountabilitiy system. Click for details.
New to Cherry Hill? All registration is conducted centrally at the Malberg Administration Building. Click HERE for information on registering your students in our great public schools.