Wednesday May 27, 2015 1:31 PM
This Week's District e-News

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Up Front

Update on the Superintendent Search: The Cherry Hill Board of Education announces a new feature on this web site. A red button labeled "Superintendent Search" has been added to this page, above left. Please click on it for regular updates on the search process. You'll also find information on upcoming focus group meetings and online surveys for those who would like to participate in the search process.

BOE Committee Meetings new dates and times: The Curriculum & Instruction Committee Meeting on June 1, 2015 has been moved to 5:30-6:30 pm. The Policy & Legislation Committee Meeting originally scheduled for June 1 has been moved to June 2 at 7 pm. The Business & Facilities Committee Meeting remains as scheduled for June 2 at 6 pm. The Strategic Planning Committee meeting originally scheduled for June 2 has been postponed. A new date will be publicized when it has been determined.

UPDATE ON TURF FIELD PROPOSAL: Please click HERE for an update of the Turf Field Proposal from the Board of Education.

Summer reading lists are now available!

For the High School Summer Reading List, click HERE.

For the 8th Grade Summer Reading List, click HERE.

For the 7th Grade Summer Reading List, click HERE.

For the 6th Grade Summer Reading List, click HERE.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE: The Board and CHEA met on April 21 in a six-hour session mediated by the state appointed fact finder. The Board and CHEA are actively working to reach a settlement. Our next mediation session is scheduled for June 1. In addition, the Board negotiating committee continues to be willing to meet with the CHEA negotiating team at any mutually convenient time, with or without the state appointed fact finder to assist the settlement process. The Board’s top priority is the education of the children of Cherry Hill. We remain committed to bargaining in good faith with CHEA, keeping in mind our responsibility to our children, our taxpayers and our budget. Click for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the negotiations process to date.

The Cherry Hill School District is offering a variety of summer enrichment opportunities for students in grades four through rising twelfth graders at Cherry Hill High School East and Cherry Hill High School West. Participants must be Cherry Hill Township residents. Registration forms and payment MUST be received by Friday, June 12, 2015. Click HERE for a flyer with details and a registration form.  

Register now for the SAT/PSAT tutorial, sponsored 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Still haven't downloaded our free App? Click for details.

Haven’t yet registered your new kindergartner or new 1st grader for school in September? Please click HERE for the forms needed to start the process or pick up a registration packet at any of our neighborhood elementary schools - then call 856-429-5600 Ext. 4430, 4432, or 4436 to schedule an appointment. Central Registration is open during the summer.  If your child will be 5 years old on or before October 1, 2015, he or she is eligible to start kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.

New to Cherry Hill? Click HERE for information and forms to register your child for public school.

District News

On Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the State of New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) will be administered to any student enrolled in an introductory level Biology course (H or A) for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Biology AP and Biology II students DO NOT have to participate in this assessment. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test for introductory level Biology students will begin at the regular school start time of 7:30 am. Testing will last approximately two (2) hours and 30 minutes on Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday, May 27. Any student NOT enrolled in a Biology I (H or A level course) should report to his/her bus stop 2 hours and 30 minutes later than normal on Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27. First period will begin at 10 am on Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27. Click HERE for a letter with details.

PTA members in Cherry Hill are invited to attend the NJPTA Spring Advocacy Day, held in conjunction with the NJ School Boards Association on June 11, 2015 from 8:30 am to 2 pm at the Wyndham Garden Trenton. Commissioner David Hespe will be the keynote speaker. Both breakfast and lunch are included, and the event is FREE for all PTA members, but registration is necessary. To register, please go to the NJPTA website: http://www.njpta.org/advocacy-events

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.

School News

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East students who participated in the Mainstage Center for the Arts One-Act Play Festival at Camden County College. Click to see the numerous awards the participants won.

East Project Gradution Balloon Sale: Put a smile on a sernior's face with our "Happy Gradustion" balloons. For $3 each, you can send a balloon with a personal greeting to your graduate, friends, neighbors, etc., to recognize their big day. Deadline to order is June 2, 2015. Order forms can be found at EastPTA.cherryhill.site.eboard.com. Proceeds benefit East Project Graduation.

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill West students of Italian, French and Spanish who were inducted in their Honor Societies on Wednesday, May 6. The ceremony was conducted by students in their target languages. The West World Language Department teachers and families of inductees came to celebrate with the students. Click for the names of the student inductees. Congratulations to all!

Two West juniors—Phyo Phyo (Vivian) Thu and Natalie Tikunov—have been accepted into the 2015-2016 Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Medical Science Academy, a 28-week orientation program for rising senior high school honor students. Candidates are selected based upon academic record, test profile, genuine interest in pursuit of a health related field and school endorsement. RUSOM also seeks candidates who have demonstrated emotional maturity, dedication to studies and the willingness to commit to the program (which occurs twice per week after school). Students in the RUSOM Medical Science Academy shadow present medical school students and attend lectures and presentations at the institutions. There will be opportunities to participate in lab work, to observe medical procedures and to learn about medical research. Students who complete the program are accorded extra consideration if they apply to RUSOM to study medicine. Congratulations, Natalie and Vivian!

The Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra wrapped up their festival competition season at the Council Rock South High School Orchestra Festival. The orchestra received rating of Superior and was awarded Best Cello Section, Best Bass Section, Best Woodwind Section and Best Soloist Award. The symphony orchestra will be presenting their program along with the award winning East Jazz Bands Thursday, May 21 7:30 PM at the East Auditorium. Admission is free. Come out and hear these excellent young musicians.

The Cherry Hill High School West French Department is delighted to announce the extremely high rankings for the 2015 National French Exam. More than 90,000 French students throughout the United States sat for Le Grand Concours (National French Exam) this year! Cherry Hill West is proud to have the following winners: French level 2, six Mention d'honneur-Ethan Angud, Peter Cao, Joanna Kuo, Chase Williams, Joshua Yang and Brayden Romanos, Bronze medal Kenny Lin, Silver medal Louise Bittout ranked 9th in the chapter and 11th nationally. In French level 3; Mention d'honneur Danielle King, Bronze medal Angelina DiFelice  and Silver medal Julia Klukoff. In French level 4, a Gold medal, ranked #1 in the chapter and #5 nationally Michel Nguyen. Finally, in French 5, Mention d'honneur Rebecca Gorelick. The French teachers at West, Ann Cottone and JoyceAnna D'Alessandro, are so proud of our French scholars! Vive le français! 

The Txt L8r, Drive Now campaign was created by Cherry Hill East students to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. Like their Facebook page at facebook.com/TxtL8rDriveNow, follow their Twitter at twitter.com/txtl8rCHE, and vote for them at ugotbrains.com/champion-schools/online-voting to help them win a free driving simulator for all East students to use!

Congratulations to Stockton Elementary School teacher Kelly Burns, who was nominated by her student, Jessie Gollin, in SJ Magazine's 2015 Top Teacher Contest! The editorial staff selected Kelly to be recognized as an Honorable Mention teacher. Click HERE to read the story.

Upcoming Events
Community News

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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