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Camp Thomas Paine opens Wednesday, July 1 and runs through Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Thomas Paine Elementary School. Participation in the program is by invitation only. Click for detailed schedule.

The Cherry Hill Board of Education on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 announced a contract agreement with the Cherry Hill Association of School Administrators (CHASA), which represents the District's principals, assistant principals and certain other district administrators. The agreement, with a duration of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, includes a 2.5 percent salary increase for CHASA members, as well as concessions by the members for their health care coverage. Negotiations between the Cherry Hill Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA) are ongoing.

Applicants for the Superintendent position have until July 2 to apply. We welcome Mark Cowell to the Interim Superintendent position, beginning July 1. Mr. Cowell comes to us as a retired Superintendent from the Pemberton School District. Before becoming Superintendent he held the positions of Assistant Superintendent, Business Administrator, Assistant Personnel Director and Middle School math and science teacher in Pemberton. From 2007 to 2013 he served as a Fiscal Monitor for the NJ Dept of Education in the school districts of Asbury Park, Trenton, Camden and Pleasantville. Mr. Cowell will serve until a new Superintendent is selected and in place. The Board's NJSBA consultant, Gwen Thornton, conducted a series of focus group sessions with students, teachers, administrators and community members during the first two weeks of June. Ms. Thornton is compiling the results of these sessions and will communicate this information to the Board. Parents, students and community members also were invited to share their thoughts with us by completing an online survey, which closed on Monday, June 15. Ms. Thornton also will communicate the results of that survey to the Board.
Updates on the Superintendent Search periodically will be posted under the red button on this web site labeled "Superintendent Search."

Summer meals are being served in your community. Open to all children 18 and younger. No cost! Click HERE for details.

La comunidad sirve comida durante el verano. Abierto a todos los niños de 18 y menores. Sin costo alguno. Haga clic aquí para más detallas.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE JUNE 3, 2015: Representatives of the Cherry Hill Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association met on the evening of June 1, 2015 to continue their negotiations seeking a contract to replace the one that expired on June 30, 2014. They were joined by a State-appointed fact-finder.

During the meeting, the Board increased its first year salary offer, added a fourth year salary offer, and withdrew several of its proposals.  Despite CHEA’s statement at the school board meeting on May 26, 2015 that they were prepared to meet continuously to resolve the negotiations, almost all of the CHEA negotiating team members abruptly left the June 1 session, without any further communication, approximately 90 minutes after the Board made their offer. The Board committee expressed its surprise and disappointment with the actions of the CHEA negotiating committee to the CHEA leadership who remained.

Due to the termination of bargaining by the CHEA, the next step in the negotiations is a formal hearing before the State-appointed fact-finder, which will result in a report by the fact-finder recommending settlement terms. While the Board was hopeful to schedule a hearing in July, they were informed that the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), which assists the local union in preparations for fact-finding, requires six to eight weeks to prepare for the formal fact-finding hearing. Due to NJEA and CHEA scheduling conflicts, the hearing could not be scheduled before the week of August 24, with the fact-finder’s report to be issued about two months later.

Click anywhere on this update for the latest FAQ document on the negotiations process. 

The registration deadline for summer enrichment opportunities through the Cherry Hill School District has been extended to Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Students in grades four through rising twelfth graders are eligible for programs 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 Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Click HERE for a flyer with details and a registration form.  

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.

We are now one year into our sustainability efforts. Our Sustainability Update was presented at the May 26, 2015 BOE Action Meeting. You may view the PowerPoint presentation by clicking 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.

A message from the Cherry Hill Board of Education:  The Cherry Hill Board of Education has secured the services of the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) to facilitate the search for our new superintendent. On April 22, 2015, the Board met with NJSBA field service representative Gwen Thornton to begin the search and hiring process. Community members, parents, staff and students will have the opportunity to participate in the superintendent search process through focus groups beginning in mid May. Specific dates, times and locations will be publicized. The process of finding the best superintendent for our district will require time.  Therefore, an interim superintendent will be selected and in place beginning July 1. The search for an interim superintendent is currently underway.

Click for a statement regarding a lockout on March 31, 2015, at A. Russell Knight Elementary School and the Barclay Early Childhood Center.

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. 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. Click HERE for details and a registration form.

Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent of the Cherry Hill Public Schools, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 announced her resignation effective July 1, 2015. Click for a statement from the Cherry Hill Board of Education. 

The School District offers offers Holiday SACC Child Care during the Spring Break from April 6-10 (Monday through Friday).Families may register their elementary school children for the program which is held at the Rosa International Middle School.  The program is open from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm each day.Click HERE for a flyer containing information about how to register.  Families do not have to be attending SACC or EDCC to register for Holiday SACC.

A committee has been formed to examine the curriculum structure at the middle school level. This committee's work will continue through the 2015-2016 school year. Click HERE for a slide presentation about the work ahead regarding Middle Level Practices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations Cherry Hill Alternative High School: 2014 National School of Character! The school received its official banner on November 1, 2014. Click HERE for photo. 

UPDATE: The US Department of Education has provided school districts with additional resources for parents regarding Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Click HERE for a fact sheet, "What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D-68." The DOE's brochure, "Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68" is available by clicking HERE. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document regarding EV-D68 is available at and is continuously updated, so please check back often. We will continue to monitor the instances of the virus throughout the State and will be in contact with additional information if necessary.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding EV-D68 and your child, please contact your building principal.

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.

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.

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.

There are many new faces in our schools' principal's offices this year. Two new principals, Mr. Sean Sweeney and Mr. Eugene Park, join Clara Barton and A. Russell Knight Elementary Schools, respectively. Click HERE to see a "who's who" of our principals in all of our buildings.

District Summer Enrichment Programs in everything from fitness to technology are available to students in grades 6 through 11. Click HERE for details, and HERE for a registration form.

Farrah Mahan, Ed. D., current Principal at Clara Barton Elementary School, was approved as Cherry Hill Public Schools Director of Curriculum at the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  George Guy, current Principal at A. Russell Knight Elementary School, was appoved as Principal at Rosa International Middle School. Both Dr. Mahan and Mr. Guy will begin their new positions on July 1. Congratulations to both!

The Board of Education on January 28, 2014 approved the appointment of Dr. Lawyer Chapman as Principal of Cherry Hill High School East. Click HERE for a press release detailing Dr. Chapman’s appointment. The Board also approved the appointment of Dr. Joe Meloche as Assistant Superintendent, PreK-12. Click HERE for a press release detailing Dr. Meloche’s appointment. Congratulations to both Dr. Chapman and Dr. Meloche!

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

District News

The totals are in for the funds raised at Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars on Sunday, May 3: More than $62,400 came in via sponsorships, advertising, and donations received through online “voting” prior to the show and from the audience at the event (one dollar = one vote). Funds raised by this and other Foundation-sponsored initiatives are used to fund grant applications submitted by teachers for innovative educational opportunities for the students of the Cherry Hill Public Schools. Foundation President Eleanor Stofman called this year’s event the most successful ever and praised the efforts of the participants – teachers, students, community leaders, and professionals—who delighted the sold-out audience with their energy, talent, stage presence, and bravery.  She also credited the creativity and professionalism of the show’s volunteer director, Drew Molotsky, and his crew. Click for award results from this great event.

And click here to visit the CHEF Facebook page for photos from the show!

The 2015 STAR Games were a great success Friday, May 1, 2015. STAR stands for Specially Talented Athletes Recognized. The mission of the games is to provide those students with intellectual and physical disabilities the unique opportunity to strengthen their characters, develop their physical skills, and display their talents. Students in grades K-12 participated in a full day of events today including shot-put, the long jump, hurdles, the 40-yard dash and whiffle ball, to name a few. The goal of the program is to give participants the opportunity to compete at a high level of competition. Click HERE for photos from the event.

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!

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.

As curiosity about the upcoming PARCC assessments grows, the Cherry Hill School District is sponsoring "PARCC Primer," a series of community discussions beginning in December about this new assessment process.  If you were unable to attend Part 1, "PARCC Overview," the full 90-minute session is available for viewing by clicking HERE. Part 2, "How It's Done," will be held February 3 & 4, 2015. Part 3, "What PARCC Means," will be held April 21 & 23, 2015. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

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

Congratulations to the 60 high school seniors who have been recognized for their exceptional performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test®! Click for our list of Commended students, Semifinalists and more.

How would you like to cruise in a luxury bus to New York, Great Adventure, Philly, and Ocean City?  How about seeing the Philadelphia Orchestra, a real live rodeo, and professional baseballConsider hosting a student from Spain this summer in either July or August, and you can attend all of the trips and events.  Transportation is free and tickets to events are greatly discounted.  Four students and a chaperone have been placed with Cherry Hill families already, but we still need 12 more great families to get involved!  Have fun, share your way of life, learn about another country and culture, and form lifelong friendships! Click HERE for more information about this worthwhile program.

Cherry Hill High School West and the Alternative High School have been designated as 2013 New Jersey Schools of Character! They will now be considered by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in the National Schools of Character program. Beck Middle School is also moving forward for national consideration, based on its NJSOC designation in 2011Woodcrest Elementary School (a 2008 NJ School of Character) received an “Honorable Mention” from the NJSOC, and Russell Knight Elementary School has been designated an “Emerging School of Character.”  The schools will be honored on March 18 at the annual conference of the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD) – and at an upcoming Board of Education meeting! Congratulations to all!

School News

Congratulations to Cherry Hill East Sophomore Cellist Daniel Kim. Daniel, a member of the Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra, has been selected to the All National United States Honors Orchestra. This selection process is by competitive audition. Daniel will be performing with the orchestra this coming October in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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!

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, follow their Twitter at, and vote for them at 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.

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 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 High School East's Vex Robotics "F Team" won the New Jersey State Championship on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The team also received the Excellence Award, given to best overall robot at the tournament. The top 40 robots in the state competed at the State Championship. The F Team's first place status means they will compete at the World Championship, held in Louisville, Kentucky in April. The team from East will compete against about 450 other high school teams from more than 20 countries worldwide. Congratulations to the entire team and their adviser, Mr. Joe Dilks. Continued success to all at the World Championship!

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.

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

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.

At the New Jersey state journalism conference on October 27, 2014, Eastside, Cherry Hill High School East's newspaper, was awarded the New Jersey Distinguished Journalism Award for the sixth year in a row, as determined by the number and quality of individual awards. In addition to 29 individual awards based on material printed or online in the 2013-2014 school year, Kaitlyn Boyle ('17) won third place in the state's on-site writing competition held on Monday. Congratulations to the entire staff! Click for a list of individual winners.

Congratulations to Greg Gagliardi, recently named runner-up for National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. The award, Distinguished Journalism Adviser, is given to the people who finished second, third, fourth and fifth in the national contest. The contest has been run annually for over 50 years by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund in conjunction with the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association. Mr. Gagliardi will be honored at the National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, DC, and a scholarship will be given to a Cherry Hill East journalism student in Mr. Gagliardi's name.

Congratulations Cherry Hill Alternative High School for being named a 2014 National School of Character. This prestigious designation requires vigorous screening and has been awarded to just 41 schools across the country this year. Schools of Character foster an environment that prepares students, both academically and socially, to be respectful, responsible and ethical citizens as they begin the transition to their next phase in life. AHS's character education efforts began six years ago, and these efforts have fostered an atmosphere where students can begin to realize their unlimited potential. Congratulations to the AHS staff, students and parents on this tremendous achievement!

Congratulations to the 45 students from East and West who received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards by taking the 2012 PSAT.   Click to view the list of Commended Students.

Christian Butts and Mahir Sufian, seniors at Cherry Hill East, have been designated Semifinalists in the 50th Annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. The program was initiated in 1964 to recognize and provide scholarships to academically promising black students throughout the nation.  More than 160,000 high school juniors requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship program when they took the 2012 PSAT.  Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in their respective geographic region.  Christian and Mahir will continue in competition with more than 1,600 students nationwide for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarships.  Three other East students – Sagar Desai, Lydia George-Koku, and Jonathan Harris – have been recognized as Outstanding Participants in the program.  Congratulations to all!

Cherry Hill East seniors Freya Thanner and Kimberly Cardenas have received Honorable Mention status in the 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).  The NHRP recognizes academically talented Hispanic/Latino high school students based on PSAT scores and grade point average. Congratulations!

Teacher Feature...The Cherry Hill School District is fortunate to have a number of educators who have served our district for more than 25 years and continue to bring their passion and enthusiasm to school with them each and every day. We are introducing a video series featuring some of these veteran educators.  Our first featured teacher is Tom Weaver; in addition to having served as a teacher at Cherry Hill East for 36 years, Mr. Weaver is also the heart and soul of the East theater program.  Click HERE to view our Teacher Feature on Tom Weaver.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

Cherry Hill Public Employees Bowling League will start on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4 pm at Playdrome Bowling Alley on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill.  Anyone current Cherry Hill School District employee or retiree who would like to join us may come out and bowl. 

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