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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.

It's not too late to get your copy of “Cherry Hill-opoly," The game that showcases the Township of Cherry Hill and the Cherry Hill Public Schools in the traditional Monopoly® format that we all know and love! Games are available for sale at the following locations: Ponzio’s, Springdale Farms, Garden State Discovery Museum, the Accessory Warehouse on Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club, the Bistro Restaurant and Toy Genius in the Cherry Hill Mall, Bluedeer Yoga in the Toscany Marketplace, and NuEar Hearing Center on Cooperlanding Road. In addition, the games will be available at our Kiosk in the Cherry Hill Mall (across from Banana Republic) on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and Wednesday, Dec. 24. The games also are available for sale online at:

Members of the Cherry Hill community, as well as students and parents in the Cherry Hill Public Schools, have begun to express curiosity about the status of the teachers' contract. Click HERE for the December 5, 2014 CHPS Weekly letter discussing this topic. To receive the CHPS Weekly e-newsletter, enter your email address in the box at the bottom of the District web site home page.

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. 

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

Back issues of the Cherry Hill School District's weekly e-newsletter, CHPS Weekly, now are available on our web site! Click the "News & Info" link on the left side of the home page to access each issue since August 15, 2014. Not yet receiving CHPS Weekly? Enter you email address in the designated space at the bottom of the home page.

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.

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.

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 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

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 I, "PARCC Overview," the full 90-minute session is available for viewing by clicking HERE. Part II, "How It's Done," will be held February 3 & 4, 2015. Part III, "What PARCC Means," will be held April 21 & 23, 2015. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Cherry Hill High School East is in the news! Click HERE for the Courier-Post article about the school's diversity.

Congratulations to the 15 Cherry Hill Schools students who placed in the local and county competitions for the 2014-2015 National PTA Reflections’ Contest with projects relating to the theme, “The World Would Be a Better Place If...”  The Awards of Excellence recipients will move on to the state competition. Click for a list of results. Good luck to all!

Congratulations to Eric Stinson, secretary at Carusi Middle School, for being named Camden County Educational Support Person of the Year!

This year, the National PTA ran a contest for a theme for the 2016-2017 Reflections program year. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in Charlotte, North Carolina from June 25-28, 2015. Of the 5 New Jersey State PTA Winners, two are Cherry Hill Students: Max DuBoff  - Senior at East - "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” and Drew DuBoff – Senior at East - "What Defines Your Identity?" Max and Drew’s submissions were sent to National PTA for judging at the national level. Good luck to both!

Veterans from all eras, beginning with World War II, visited our schools to commemorate Veteran's Day. Our middle school social studies worked lessons about the military into their classes leading up to the visits. Click HERE for a photo collage with pictures of some of the veterans who participated.

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.

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.

The date for Volley for Support is set: April 17, 2015! The wonderful charities that will benefit from this fundraiser are Camp No Worries and Camp Erin. See you there!

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.

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

Congratulations to the following West students for successful auditions for the 2015 All-South Jersey instrumental groups.  Junior Josue Villegas (trumpet) made the Wind Ensemble, and freshmen Joanna Kuo and Sean Valdez, along with junior Arianna Rivera, all made the Orchestra on violin.

Congratulations to Hannah Kim who auditioned and placed into the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Honor Choir! 1,405 singers auditioned for the 300 member choir. We wish Hannah the best as she performs at the ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this February. Her experience will include not only working with the nationally-renowned Dr. Andre Thomas but also alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

East Vocal Department is also proud to announce two students who placed into the All-Eastern Honor Choir. Juliet Bender and Patricia Irwin will perform in Rhode Island this January. Congratulations to these students and their directors Laurie Lausi and Heather Lockart.

The students at Bret Harte Elementary School have demonstrated once again that they are Harte Smart. At Harte, being "SMART"  means that you have demonstrated one or more of the characteristics of a Harte Student  They are: S- striving, M-mindful of others, A-acceptance, R-responsibility and T- teamwork. This year our students were mindful of others as they collected over $5,000.00 for the Pennies for Patients Program. As a team, the students, families and staff collected "pennies" and other monies to help The Leukemia and Lymphoma's Society's mission to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and families. Students who collected fifty dollars or more were entered into a raffle with other schools across the country to be eligible to win a GoPro Camera. The following students will be entered in the drawing: Olivia Ding, Elad Hayon, Dylan Pirylis, Jacob Shanks, Peter Luongo,Gabrielle Kramer, Jake Weitzman, Daniel Jacobs, Jack Weinberg, David Kane, and Jack Svaboda. Way to be Harte Smart!

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill East Ethics Team for winning the Regional Competition at Villanova on November 22. The team now qualifies to compete in the National Ethics Bowl in Chapel Hill, NC, in April for the second consecutive year! Great work and good luck to team members Lele Meng, Luke Bonnani, Nihkil Sharma, Mason Williams, Alyssa Poletti, Sri Shankar and Lauren Poletti.

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.

Rosa International Middle School is now on Twitter! Follow us: @RIMStweets for the latest school news and information.

Cherry Hill East's gift card fundraiser is now underway. Buy gifts for family, friends, coaches, and teachers without  the hassles of holiday shopping. Order gift cards through this program for upcoming holiday gifts and everyday purchases like food, gas, restaurants, and retailers. There's NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU and merchants give the East PTA a percentage back on each card you purchase. It's easy, saves you time and it helps support Project Graduation! Feel free to share order form with friends and relatives. Don't miss this great opportunity! For more information, visit the PTA E-board by clicking HERE. Orders are due December 5, 2014. Pick-up: December 15, 2014 from 6-7 pm in East's Main Lobby by the Communications Window. Any questions, please call or email Jodi Gorenberg (424-4972) JGSUNSHINE@AOL.COM or Karen Benson (424-1970) JK_BENSON@VERIZON.NET.

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 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 program Down Syndrome: As We Grow, a panel discussion with parents and their adult children, will be held Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 6-7:30 pm at Thomas Paine Elementary School. We will discuss the experience of growing up with Down Syndrome from elementary school through graduating high school, and the next steps. Please RSVP by January 7, 2015 to Elizabeth Davis or Linda Petz Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Community News

Come out and see great hockey action with the Checkmates Charitable Association taking on the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni. The proceeds will benefit Inflammatory Bowel Disease research. Barclay parent, Justin Mirigliani, who suffers from Ulcerative Colitis, is spearheading the event, which will be held on January 10, 2015 in Aston, PA at the Ice Works Arena ( The puck drops at 7:30 pm. For details about this event, please see the website, or e-mail Justin at for more info.

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. 

And Finally...

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