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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.

The Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 District calendar on March 25, 2014. Click HERE for the calendar. The Board also approved the 2015-2016 District calendar on May 27, 2014. Click HERE for the 2015-2016 calendar.

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.

Click HERE for an Welcome Back video message from Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent of Schools.

Back-to-School Night dates and times are set! Click for a complete list.

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.

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.

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.

The Cherry Hill Schools welcome 65 new teachers this year - eight of them brand new to the teaching profession. Click HERE for photos of some them, taken during a three-day orientation workshop. Welcome, all!

The Barclay Early Childhood Center is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. As of May 14,2014, we have a few 3-year-old boy and girl slots available. There is a waiting list for any 4-year-old boys and girls. Click HERE for details and a registration form.

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!

The make-up day for the snow day January 3, 2014 will be March 14, 2014.

Because of the snow day January 3, 2014, the make-up day will be March 14, 2014.

District News

The Cherry Hill Special Education PTA (CHSEPTA) presents a question/answer session with LaCoyya Weathington, Director of Pupil Services, on Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm in the Malberg Administration Building, 45 Ranoldo Terrace. Click HERE for more information.

Energy-saving improvements are being installed in many District buildings this summer! Click HERE to see before and after photos of some of the boiler work being done throughout the District.

Cherry Hill High School West incoming freshmen were treated to a new kind of orientation on August 27, as they went on a scavanger hunt and had a barbeque lunch served up by principal and "grill master"-for-the-day, Dr. Kwame Morton. Click HERE to the Cherry Hill Sun's account of this innovative event.

Councilman John Amato came to Barton Elementary School on June 16 during a surprise assembly for Principal Dr. Farrah Mahan, who will be leaving her post as principal to become director of curriculum for the Cherry Hill School District beginning July 1, 2014. Mr. Amato presented Dr. Mahan with a proclamation from the mayor, declaring June 16, 2014 Dr. Farrah Mahan Day.

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!

Title I Information for Parents… Click for important information regarding the Cherry Hill School District’s compliance with the Title I requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

School News

As National Bullying Prevention Month begins on October 1, we recognize the Athletes Against Bullying organization at Cherry Hill High School East. Click HERE for more information on the work of this group.

The Cherry Hill East Music Boosters are holding a full-length SAT or ACT practice test fundraiser on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at The Tutoring Club of Cherry Hill. Click HERE for more information.

The Bret Harte 5th grade class received a taste of STEM education during their literacy lessons recently. On Tuesday, September 23, students had the opportunity to learn about goal setting by working through the engineering design process. Click HERE to see photos and an explanation of their learning process.

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.

Kingston Principal Bill Marble accepted Barton Elementary School Principal Sean Sweeney's nomination to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge this week. Mr. Marble encouraged students to bring in spare change as donations for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research. Students were promised Mr. Marble would be doused with one bucket of ice water for every $50 raised. By September 12, 2014, Kingston students had raised $450! Nine students each were allowed to dump a bucket of ice water on their principal's head. And, for good measure, Mr. Marble invited the Kingston teachers to dump an extra-large "bonus" 10th bucket of water on him as well. Click HERE to see photos from the event, and HERE to learn more about the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Cherry Hill East exchange student from Germany, Elena Rettweiler, was the subject of an interview in a major German newspaper this summer. Elena comes to East as a political and cultural ambassador through the acclaimed Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange program under a sponsorship of a German parliament member. Click HERE to see the original article, and HERE to read Elena's translation. Welcome, Elena!

Congratulations Maxwell Lee and Blake Mitnick, co-champions of Barton Elementary’s 2014 Spelling Bee. Maxwell and Blake were among the fourth and fifth graders who took a 50-word written test and made it to the finals on June 6. After many rounds of spelling difficult words such as circumference, allegiance, aerodynamic, candelabra, ambiguity, beguiling and precocious, Maxwell and Blake were named the winners. Great job!

Congratulations to the competitors from Rosa International Middle School on placing 4th in the nation at the National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland, June 15-19. What a wonderful accomplishment!

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.

Barton Elementary will have Family Fun Night at the Silver Diner on Tuesday, January 7, from 5-8 pm. Teachers will be serving - come join the fun!

Barton Elementary will have Family Fun Night at the Silver Diner, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 5 - 8 pm. Teachers will be serving - come join the fun!

Upcoming Events

The Cherry Hill Education Foundation will host is annual Golf Outing on Wednesday, October 1, at Pennsauken Country Club.  Click HERE for a brochure with details on the event and sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds will fund grant initiatives in our Cherry Hill Public Schools.  Parents, local business owners, retirees, golf enthusiasts - All are welcome!  Get your foursome together and come out for a great day of golf, food, and fun - all for a great cause.

Community News

Are you interested in volunteering, but don’t know where to start? The Cherry Hill Public Library is holding a Volunteer Fair on Sunday, October 5 from 1:30-4 pm in the Library Conference Center, lower level. Meet volunteers and volunteer managers from various community organizations that need your help. Click HERE for more information.

The Franklin Institute presents Education Night, Thursday, October 9, 4-7 pm. Adult educators and group leaders interested in information on how to plan a field trip as well educational activities to bring back to the classroom are invited to attend this free event. Click HERE for details.

Downs Farm Swim Club will be hosting a Community Yard Sale on Saturday October 11, 2014, 8 am-2 pm.   Sellers and shoppers are wanted. The cost is $20 per family - great visibility at 1701 Haddonfield Berlin Road. Interested sellers should contact Marisa Randall at

Mayor Chuck Cahn and the Cherry Hill Township Council invite you to the Harvest Festival and Fire & Life Safety Day, Sunday, October 19 from noon-4 pm at Croft Farm. This free event includes a costume parade, petting zoo, Kid Card ID, valuable fire safety information and an emergency and antique fire vehicle display. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable food items to the festival to benefit the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. Click HERE for 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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