Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:38 AM
This Week's District e-News

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Up Front

A Message from the Cherry Hill Board of Education: In light of Dr. Maureen Reusche’s announcement of her resignation as Cherry Hill Public Schools Superintendent, the Cherry Hill Board of Education has begun discussions about the process of the search for a new superintendent. We will publish updates about the process as it progresses. The Board realizes the importance of this task and we will work diligently to select the best candidate for our students, staff and community.

Register now for the SAT/PSAT tutorial, sponosred by the Cherry Hill Guidance Departments, offered in several sessions this August. This is a 4-day, 14 hour tutorial workshop (28 hours if taking both Math and Verbal), which will be held the weeks of August 3-6 and August 10-13.  The session hours are: 9 am - 12:30, 1 pm - 4:30 pm, or 5 pm – 8:30 pm. There will be a break in each session.  We recommend that if you are taking both Math and Verbal, do not take them the same week. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East & West. Enrollment will determine if courses run and where. This year there are Two Options for students who wish to become familiar with the changes projected for Winter/Spring 2016 SAT.  Also, according to the College Board, the October 2015 PSAT will feature the new design. You should choose Option 1 if you intend to take the SAT before March 2016.  If you plan to take the SAT March 2016 or beyond, choose Option 2. The fee for this session is $225 for all Cherry Hill high school students and residents and $250 for non-residents. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:  Sign up before June 1 - $200 for In-District & $225 for Out-of-District students. Click HERE for details and a registration form.

Register now for THE COLLEGE ESSAY: A TUTORIAL, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Guidance Departments. This is a 4-day, 13 hour tutorial workshop, which will be held the weeks of August 3-6 and 10-13.  The session hours are: 9 am - 12:15, 1 pm - 4:15 pm, or 4:45 pm - 8 pm. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East & West.  Enrollments will determine if courses run and where. Tutorials will contain a maximum of 10-12 students who will complete all steps of the writing process (from prewriting through production of a final draft) to create a college essay. By the end of the tutorial, students will complete a final draft of an essay to submit to a college. All checks and registration forms must be submitted to the Guidance Department by Friday, June 12, 2015. Each registrant will receive a letter confirming registration, and another letter of final details a week before the workshop begins.  We have made every effort to schedule the workshops so they will not conflict with pre-season training. The fee for this course is $165 for all Cherry Hill high school students/residents and $190 for non-residents.  EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign up before June 1 - $150 for In-District & $175 for Out-of-District student. Click HERE for details and a registration form.

UPDATE: Because of the make-up days for inclement weather, MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADUATION DATES HAVE CHANGED. Click for the dates and times of our middle and high school graduations.

Haven’t yet registered your new Kindergartner or 1st grader for school in September? Please call 856-429-5600 Ext. 4430, 4432, or 4436 to schedule an appointment for one of our make-up days on April 21 or April 23, 2015.

Due to the overwhelming success of ticket sales for "Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars," online ticket sales are closed. The Cherry Hill Education Foundation (CHEF) will place on a wating list the names and emails of those interested in returned tickets. If interested, please contact CHEF at info@cherryhilleducationfoundation.com Voting continues online HERE for your favorite couples, or vote during the intermission at the event.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PARCC? Click HERE for the PARCC eboard, which includes information pertaining to all grade levels tested, graduation requirements, sample test items and information regarding our PARCC Primer Series of interactive meetings for parents. 

A video of Part 2 of the PARCC Primer Series, filmed at Cherry Hill West on February 3, 2015, is available in its entirety by clicking HERE.

Preschool openings are still available at the Barclay Early Childhood Center. The Cherry Hill School District offers preschool inclusion classes during the 2015-2016 school year for Cherry Hill residents. The Inclusion Program began 16 years ago in an effort to provide our population of children with special needs the opportunity to be educated in the least restrictive environment alongside their typically developing peers. Each class is comprised of approximately (16) 3- and 4-year-old children, six of whom are classified as having special needs and 10 of whom are typically developing. We offer a half-day program five days per week with morning classes from 9-11:30 am and afternoon classes from 1-3:30 pm. Children must be three and no older than four years old on or before October 1, 2015. As a result of overwhelming demand, we are NOT able to accept requests for morning placements; AM and PM spots will be assigned by a lottery system. There is currently a $1,500.00 charge for the school year ($150.00 per month). NO TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED. Please click HERE for details and a registration form.

At the Strategic Planning Committee Meeting on February 3, 2015, the Athletic Facilities Committee, composed of parents from both Cherry Hill High School East and Cherry Hill High School West, as well as the principals and athletic directors from both schools, presented a proposal to convert each school's football fields to turf fields. The football field at Jonas C. Morris Stadium and at the football field at East both would be converted to turf, for use by the football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams. The fields also would be used by Cherry Hill Township. Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation.

New to Cherry Hill? Click HERE for information on registering your child for school.

We've added Instagram to our social media platforms! Follow "chpsinsta" for fun photos and announcements about school closures, delays, snow make-up days and more.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:  Representatives from the Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA) met Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in a mediator-facilitated negotiation session. The Board appreciates the careful thought and dedication exhibited during negotiations and will continue to work with the CHEA toward a resolution. Click for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the negotiations process to date.

If your child will be 5 years old on or before October 1, 2015, he or she is eligible to start kindergarten at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Click HERE for information on registering your child for public school for the first time.

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.

Click HERE for a video message from Dr. Reusche, which details facilities improvements made throughout the district during the past five years, reviews projects that are currently underway, and outlines plans for the future.   Also, for a recap of activities and accomplishments from 2013-2014, click HERE.

Looking for the current issue of CHPS Weekly? You can now find it in the News & Info section of this web site, or click HERE. Back issues also are available in New & Info, or by clicking HERE. Want to subscribe? Simply scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address in the designated box.

Parents of private school children who are considering attending either Cherry Hill High School East or Cherry Hill High School West in September 2015 are invited to attend our Guidance Orientations and High School Open Houses beginning in January. Click HERE for dates, times and locations. Click HERE for a letter explaining the registration process.

High school interim reports will now be issued on a paperless basis. Click HERE for a letter with details. Click HERE for instructions on how to retrieve your high school student's interim report online.

The 2015-2016 District calendar includes several changes compared to the current year. The 2015-2016 school year will start on September 1, 2015, six days before Labor Day. School will be open on Election Day, November 3, 2015. Click HERE for the full 2015-2016 calendar.

Check out the new Cherry Hill Public Schools YouTube Channel, where we're posting videos from events around the District. Click HERE to view.

Director of Security Michael Nuzzo presented the annual Violence, Vandalism, Weapons & Substance Abuse Report at the Board of Education Action Meeting on October 21, 2014. Click HERE for the full report.

The Cherry Hill Public Schools App now includes “Stream.” Stream consolidates the view of News, Calendar Events, Notifications and Alerts into a single location to avoid hunting through several places to get all of this information. Stream is designed to save you time and provide easy viewing of the information. It is placed in the first position on the app. Still haven't downloaded our free ParentLink App? Click for details.

At the BOE Action meeting on August 26, 2014, the Board of Education approved the Cherry Hill Public Schools Mission Statement and Board Goals for the 2014-2015 school year. Click HERE for the statement and goals.

The Cherry Hill School District Sustainability Plan is focused on forging a new paradigm for what we do, based on an ethos of social, economic and ecological sustainability and regeneration. Click HERE for a full presentation of the plan.

District News

Registration information is now available for the 2015 Cherry Hill Public Schools Summer Enrichment Camp. The camp is for students who will be entering grades 1 through 6 in September 2015. The camp will be open from 7 am to 6 pm, five days a week, from June 22 through August 14. Click HERE for the flyer, registration form, and other important information about the camp. Tuition remains the same as last summer. Includes swimming, field trips, athletic, pinelands, nature, science discovery, performance, and arts.

Work on our facilities and beyond continues. We're happy to show you our completed projects! Click HERE for the latest update with pictures.

School News

Music news from Cherry Hill High School East: Congratulations to the East Jazz Band. The band earned a superior (highest) rating at the West Chester University Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Festival on March 21. The festival featured nine competitive bands from around the Philadelphia area. In addition the band was also awarded the Best Rhythm Section trophy. Best Soloist medals were awarded to senior Patrick Oberstaedt on bass and junior Ben Turner on guitar. This is a "sweep" for the jazz band this season, having won highest ratings, section and soloist awards at all of their festival competitions. Congratulations as well to the East Symphony Orchestra. At the Pennsbury High School Orchestra Festival on April 16, they received a rating of Superior. Senior Daniel Jang was awarded a Best Musician award, and Amanda Liu received the Best Soloist award. They also were awarded Best Violins, Best Cellos, Best Bass and Best Woodwinds section awards.

Congratulations to Cherry Hill East junior Madeline Bowne, who will represent New Jersey at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Conference this summer in Washington, DC, at the Newseum. Madeline is one of 51 students in the country who will attend. The program includes a $1,000 college scholarship. Way to go, Madeline!

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East students who participated at the Delaware Valley Science Fair, a regional science fair for students from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The East program performed better than it ever has. East was able to take home eight category awards (two of which were First Place), nine Special Awards, and two scholarships to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Click for a list of names and awards. Great work, all!

Cherry Hill East Girl’s Track and Field Boosters will hold a fundraiser on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 5-8 pm at Rock Hill Restaurant on Route 70. Click HERE for the flyer to bring to the restaurant.

Help support Cherry Hill East's Project Graduation by buying a gift card (or several) for upcoming birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduations. Many retailers participate, including new this year: The Container Store and Groupon. Order deadline is April 23, 2015 at 3 pm. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Upcoming Events
Community News

The 6th Annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival is just days away: Saturday, April 25 from 10 am-2 pm at Croft Farm, rain or shine!  Come out to this great family event to see our schools' sustainability projects and performances, as well as vendors and healthy food offerings. Recycling and E-waste collection on site! Click HERE for a flyer with details. The Mayor's Family Fun Bike Ride will take place that morning at 9 am with registration at 8 am or ahead of time online. Click HERE for more information on the bike ride and a registration form.

S.C.O.P.E. (a partnership of the Cherry Hill Public Schools, Zone PTA, Kennedy Health Systems, Character Education Initiative and the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol & Drug Abuse) is sponsoring a parent education evening On May 12, 2015, 7-8:30 pm called “OMG! Moving Out?! Off to College! R U Ready?” Bill Lynch, Clinicial Staff Pharmacist from Kennedy Hospital, presents an interactive and informative free evening at the Cherry Hill Public Library Conference Rood.  Topics include everything from laundry to food to tough topics. Click HERE for details.

Cherry Hill Township is holding a poster contest for the young residents of Cherry Hill in connection with the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2015. Using the theme, "Liberty for all," children may create a poster showing the importance of Memorial Day. The Contest is open to any Cherry Hill Township resident who is a student in grades K-5. Judging will be done for each grade level separately, and at the sole discretion of the Committee members. A minimum of 1 entry per grade will be chosen. All submissions must be received by May 18, no late entries will be accepted. Click HERE for details and an entry form.

Are you interested in sharing your way of life with a European student? This summer in both July and August, 16 students from Spain will arrive in the United States to learn about American culture, improve their English and meet you! These high school students are eager to visit the U.S. and experience American life. While here, they will attend school three days per week to improve their English. Also, they will take day trips to New York, Great Adventure and Ocean City. You and your family are invited to attend all trips. Luxury bus transportation is provided and tickets to eventsare greatly discounted. If you are interested in hosting a student during either or both months, contact Dan Herman at hermanator3@comcast.net. Click HERE for more information.

Looking for announcements about community events and opportunities outside of the Cherry Hill Public Schools? Check out our Community Bulletin Board by clicking HERE.

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