Tuesday March 3, 2015 11:29 AM
This Week's District e-News

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Up Front

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.

In related news, State Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly’s education committee, on January 29, 2015 introduced a bill to provide a process for students to sit out the upcoming PARCC exams, including a timeline for families to give a 14-day notice to their districts and a requirement that schools provide someplace supervised for opt-outs during testing. Click HERE to view this proposed legislation.

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.

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 events are greatly discounted. If you are interested in hosting a student for either or both months, contact Dan Herman at dherman@chclc.org. More infomation is available HERE.

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.

It's that time of year when our 5th Graders begin thinking about where they would like to go to middle school. Click HERE for the dates and times of the Middle School 5th Grade Information Nights for 5th Graders and their parents. Click HERE for detailed information on Middle School Open Enrollment.

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.

Making plans for GRADUATION? Click for the dates and times of our middle and high school graduations.

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

Prom season is upon us! Come out the first-ever Prom and Graduation Expo at Cherry Hill High School East, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 am-3 pm. All funds raised benefit programs at the high school library. The expo is open to the public and free to attendees. Click HERE for a flyer with details. 

Congratulations to the Rosa International Middle School MATHCOUNTS® team for their honors at the recent competition at Rowan University. Rosa's individual competitors came in 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th.  The team came in first place and will advance to the state competition at Rutgers in March. Continued success to all!

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 alan@tutoringclubch.com. 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.

Cherry Hill High School East presents Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. This Tony Award-winning musical follows the hilarious mishaps aboard the S.S American in 1933. Performances of this family friendly, high-energy show are February 27 (red cast), 28 (white cast), March 6 (white cast), and 7 (red cast) at 7:30 pm and on March 1 (red cast) and 8 (white cast) at 2 pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm starting February 21. Tickets also will be sold at the door. The box office can be reached at 856-424-2222 ex. 2019. Visit www.chetheatre.com for more information.
 

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

The Barclay Early Childhood Center has openings for 3 & 4 year old boys and girls in the PM session (1-3:30); five days a week.  They could start as early as December 1, 2014 if paperwork and registration is complete.  A $300 deposit is required for first and last month.  Payments would be $150/month starting on the 15th of the first month of attendance.  Families need to be residents of Cherry Hill and children have to be potty trained.  If interested, please contact COLLEEN THOMPSON, Secretary at Barclay, 429-7283, Ext 4010.

School News

Bret Harte Elementary School hosted the district’s first Family Engineering Night on Thursday February 26, 2015.  Families came out to the school to explore some of the new Next Generation Science Standards by working through the engineering design process together. Click HERE for photos and details about the evening.

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.

The Cherry Hill High School East Girls Lacrosse Team is holding a fundraiser, offering a full-length SAT or ACT practice test on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm at The Tutoring Club. Cost is $35. Space is limited. Reserve NOW! Call 856-616-8808. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School West Mock Trial Team, who are on their way to the Regional Finals, making them one of the top 6 Mock Trial teams in the state. The group had a 4-0 sweep to make it to the County Championships, where they defeated Bishop Eustace. West went on to win the first two rounds of the Regional Competition. The team's current record is 7-0. We wish them continued success as they compete February 24 in the Regional Finals. The members of the team are Colleen Clancy (junior), Sean Dugan (junior), Samantha Foxwell (senior), Matt Hinger (senior), Tim Intelisano (junior), Hannah Johnston (junior), Nicole Kahan (junior), Will Neumann (senior), Khoa Nguyen (senior), Gabrielle Rash (junior), Aaditi Tamhankar (sophomore).

Congratulations Cherry Hill High School East Boys Swim Team, on winning the 2015 New Jersey State Championship! Click HERE for the story on sjsportsdigest.com.

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East Chess Team for winning the South Jersey High School Chess League Championship for the second year in a row!

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East Jazz Band. They opened their festival season at the 2015 Shawnee High School Jazz Festival Friday, February 6, 2015 competing with bands from around the South Jersey area. The band overall won a rating of GOLD (highest rating). The band also won the Best Saxophone Section award and two best soloist trophies: senior Peter Frank on saxophone and junior Ben Turner on guitar.

The Barclay Early Childhood Center will accept Applications for the 2015-2016 school year for any child who is 3 or 4 years old as of October 1, 2015. OPEN HOUSES are scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10 am and Wednesday, February 11 at 7 pm. We advise that these are PARENTS ONLY INFORMATION SESSIONS. Applications will be accepted from February 2, 2105 through March 2, 2015 at 4 pm. Click HERE for details and an application form.

Got Recycle Bank points? Beck Middle School would love to have them for a school-wide art project. Click HERE for 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.

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.

Cherry Hill West presents Disney’s Mary Poppins on March 20, 21 27, 28 at 7 pm and March 22 and 28 at 2 pm.  There will be a character breakfast before the March 22 show. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. The character breakfast is $20 per person, all ages, and includes a ticket to the Sunday performance. Tickets go on sale February 24. Please call 856.663.8006, ext. 1224 or click HERE for a poster with more information.

Community News

The Rotary Club of Cherry Hill, joined by NeurAbilities, presents a benefit concert featuring a collection of masterpieces performed by The Rachmaninov Trio, Sunday, March 1, 2015, 2:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Cherry Hill. Tickets are $15. To order tickets, contact David Lummis, (609) 440-1441 or dlummis@ignarrilummis.com Click HERE for details.

Mayor Chuck Cahn, the Obudsman fo Disabled Citizens, and the Cherry Hill Alliance present Cherry Hill's Free Conference for Professions and Parents of Children with Special Needs, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8:30 am-1:30 pm at the Carman Tilelli Community Center. This free conference includes a free continental breakfast. Registration is recommended. Contact (856) 488-7868 or Ombudsman@CHTownship.com Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Weisman Children's is looking for high school and college students to assist as swim buddies and lifeguards in its 2015 Adaptive Swim Program. This program involves children with and without special needs between the ages of 3-11. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Due to the blizzard of 2015, the Social Skills Development presentation originally scheduled for January 27 was cancelled.  It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 pm at the Cherry Hill Library in the downstairs conference room. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

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