Saturday March 28, 2015 1:41 PM
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.

Notice: The Policy & Legislation Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2015 has been canceled. The Curriculum & Instruction Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2015 has been moved up to 6 pm. The Strategic Planning Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2015 also has been canceled.

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.

Kindergarten & First Grade Registration for children entering public school for the first time will be underway beginning March 4, 2015. Each elementary school has its own registration date: 

  • March 4 - James Cooper
  • March 5 - Thomas Paine
  • March 6 - Horace Mann
  • March 9 - Clara Barton
  • March 10 - Joseph Sharp
  • March 11 - James Johnson
  • March 18 - Woodcrest
  • March 19 - Russell Knight
  • March 20 - Bret Harte
  • March 23 - Richard Stockton
  • March 24 - Kingston
  • March 25 - Joyce Kilmer

It is not necessary to bring your child to registration with you. Please click HERE for detailed information about the registration process.

Due to the school closings the week of March 2, 2015, kindergarten registration has been rescheduled for Thomas Paine & Horace Mann elementary schools:

Paine - March 17th

Mann -  March 30th

Please report at the following time, according the first letter of the child's last name:

A, B, C, D, E –          8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

F, G, H, I, J –           9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

K, L, M, N, O –       10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

P, Q, R, S, T –         11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

U, V, W, X, Y, Z –    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

If you missed your scheduled registration date, please call 856-429-5600 Ext. 4430, 4432, or 4436 to schedule an appointment for one of our make-up days on April 21st or April 23rd.


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 Voting continues online HERE for your favorite couples, or vote during the intermission at the event.

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Middle School Principals presented a proposal regarding an examination of the English Language Arts structure and a change for 6th and 7th grade to the Curriculum & Instruction Committee of the Board. The proposal seeks to provide a double period of English Language Arts instruction to 6th and 7th grade students. It also transitions the exploratory/cycle classes at the middle level, providing 4 exploratory/cycle experiences each year instead of the current 5. In the proposal, World Language would become an exploratory in 6th and 7th grade, and Library Research Skills would become an exploratory in 8th grade. This is a proposal; no definitive decision has been made as other alternatives continue to be explored.  To view the full presentation, click HERE. For a Q&A based on questions asked at the meeting, click HERE.

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. Application deadline is April 2, 2105.

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

Cherry Hill West presents Disney’s Mary Poppins on March 27 & 28 at 7 pm and March 28 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets go on sale February 24. Please call 856.663.8006, ext. 1224 or click HERE for a poster with more information.

Cherry Hill High School East's Random Acts of Kindness Club is selling Shop Rite gift cards to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, which allows families to live the house while their children are receiving treatment or recovering from medical procedures. For every $1,000 sold, 5 percent will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Cherry Hill High School East PTA’s SAT/ACT Practice Test Fundraiser: Experience a full-length SAT or ACT at the Tutoring Club of Cherry Hill on Sunday, March 29 from 8:30 am- 12:30 pm. The $35 fee includes full analysis, including score, strength & weakness areas, timing & strategy analysis, available by April 13. Open to all high school students. Space is limited-reserve now! Register with the Tutoring Club at 856.616.8808 or at Tutoring Club is located in the Short Hills Towne Center at 484 Evesham Rd. (behind Starbucks & Classic Cake). Proceeds benefit Cherry Hill High School East’s PTA. Click HERE for the flyer.

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.

2015 Volley for Support T-shirt orders are now being taken. Please click HERE to see a photo of the Kingston staff wearing the shirts. Click HERE to download or print event flyer and t-shirt order form and return to your school. Volley for Support will take place April 17, 2015! The wonderful charities that will benefit from this fundraiser are Camp No Worries and Camp Erin.

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

Congratulations to the 27 Research in Science students from Cherry Hill High School East who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the Coriell Science Fair, a tri-county science fair held at Camden County College. Twenty-two of the East students will compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fair, a tri-state competition held March 31-April 2 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Click HERE for the names of the students, their projects and their awards.

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.

Beck Middle School presents the musical, Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Friday, March 13 at 7 pm; Saturday, March 14 at 7pm; and Sunday, March 15 at 2pm. Tickets available at the door for $5.

Congratulations Madeline Bowne, a Cherry Hill East junior, for winning her fifth consecutive C-SPAN documentary. She earned 2nd place in the High School - East Division. Her video is called: "Student Loan Debt: A Burden on America's Scholars." The video will be aired nationally on April 16th. You may view the video at

The Horace Mann PTA presents its Second Annual Designer Bag Bingo, Friday, March 27, 2105 at the Rosa Middle School Cafeteria. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill High School West's Project Graduation is sponsoring a night at the Phillies game April 9, 2015, 7:05 pm. Tickets are $20 and must be ordered by March 17.Click HERE for details and an order form.

The Camden County NJ Miracle League will hold a special sign up event at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Saturday, March 28, 1-3 pm for the spring baseball season. Anyone with a disability in invited to play in the Miracle League. Registration is $30. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

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.

On April 16, 2015, 7 pm at Cherry Hill High School West, renowned researcher Angela Duckworth, PhD, will conduct a lively presentation of her research on grit - the tendency to pursue challenging goals over years with perseverance and passion.  She'll also share her ideas about how we can cultivate grit in ourselves and in others. Click HERE for a short video TED Talk from Dr. Duckworth. Click HERE for a flyer with more information.

The Joffe family – Leila, Ian, Daniel and Justen – invite you to join them in celebrating the 25th Milestone Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure this spring, beginning with a kick-off bagel brunch on March 1, 2015. Click for details.

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 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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