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SNOW MAKE-UP DAYS FOR SENIORS will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 am – 12:15 pm and Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8 am - 12:15 pm.

An SAT/PSAT Tutorial, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Guidance Departments, will be available to students this summer. The 4-day, 14-hour workshop (28 hours if taking both Math and Verbal), will be held the weeks of July 28-31; August 4-7; and August 11-14. Sessions are available from 9 am - 12:30 pm; 1 pm - 4:30 pm; or 5 pm - 8:30 pm. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West. Click HERE for more information and a registration form.

Save the date! Thinking about upcoming college essays? The Cherry Hill Guidance Departments are sponsoring a 4-day, 13-hour workshop, The College Essay: A Tutorial this summer. The workshop will be offered the weeks of July 28-31; August 4-7; and August 11-14. Session hours will be 9 am - 12:15 pm; 1 pm - 4:15 pm; or 4:45 pm - 8 pm. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West. Click HERE for more information and a registration form.

Congratulations to Cherry Hill East boys’ basketball coach Dave Allen, named  2014 Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year by the Courier-Post. Coach Allen, a graduate of East, guided  the team to win the South Jersey 4 Championship for the first time ever. Click HERE for the full article in the Courier-Post.

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

ATTENTION APPLICANTS FOR ROSA MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR: The number of applications submitted this year has exceeded the maximum enrollment for the 6th grade class for the 2014-2015 school year. We will be conducting an enrollment selection process per district Policy 5117.1. The results of the enrollment selection process will be mailed home on or about March 14, 2014, to all students who applied for Open Enrollment to Rosa Middle School.

The District calendar for the 2013-2014 school year has been amended to 180 days for students to adjust for snow days. This means the make-up day for the March 3 snow day will be June 19. The make-up day for the February 13 snow day will be June 18. High school graduations will take place as scheduled on June 17. March 14 will be a full school day to make up for the snow day on February 3. 

Dr. Terry Molony, Cherry Hill Schools school psychologist, has been selected by the National Association of School Psychologists to receive the School Psychologist of the Year Award for 2014. Dr. Molony was awarded the honor at the recent NASP Annual Convention in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Dr. Molony!

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!

Monday, February 17, 2014, is a full school day. All elementary schools will operate on a Day 1 schedule on Monday, February 17; elementary schools will operate on a Day 4 schedule on Tuesday, February 18. All high schools will operate on a Day 3 schedule on Monday, February 17.

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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!

ATTENTION PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN THE AFTER SCHOOL SACC PROGRAM: Because of the predicted inclement weather, please pick up your children as soon as possible after the close of the school day on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

BOE members voted into office November 5, 2013, were sworn in at the Board Organization Meeting on January 7. Board candidates Sherrie Cohen, Steven Robbins, and Elliott Roth ran unopposed for their seats in November's race, and all were re-elected. The Board also voted in Kathy Judge as BOE President and Carol Matlack as BOE Vice President. Congratulations to all!

The Jones Gym Entrance at Cherry Hill West is open! Click HERE for a full explanation of the project.

Kindergarten and First Grade registration for children entering school for the first time will begin in February. Please click HERE for more information.

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.

High school Course of Study orientation sessions will begin in January at our middle schools, followed by open houses at our high schools later in the month. Click HERE for a letter detailing the sessions, including dates and times.Click HERE for a Power Point presentation on 2014-2015 Course Offerings for High School Freshmen.

Because of recent erroneous reporting in the media, there has been some confusion about the Nov. 26 BOE approval of the first reading of both the School Attendance Area (Draft Policy 5117) and the Open Enrollment (Draft Policy 5117.1) Policies, both of which relate to enrollments at Rosa International Middle School. The changes for the coming school year are minimal, and affect only a small group of fifth grade students at Johnson Elementary School. These students, if they do not go to Rosa, will have the option of chosing either Beck or Carusi as their home school. A letter explaining this procedure will be sent to the affected students' parents.  Click HERE for a press release regarding the updated policy. Although changes to the policy are minimal for this school year, the board will continue to discuss possible further changes for future years. The public is invited to join the conversation by submitting your feedback online at the following link:

At the BOE Action meeting on Nov. 26, the Cherry Hill Rotary, along with the Cherry Hill Education Foundation, donated dictionaries to the third graders of the Cherry Hill Public Schools. CHEF President Eleanor Stofman joined Rotary President Bob Downie, pictured at right, to present dictionaries to three Johnson Elementary third graders, who accepted on behalf of their fellow classmates.

Congratulations to the five seniors from the Cherry Hill School District who are Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship CompetitionKimberly Cardenas, Jay Park, Sarah Sosland, Mahir Sufian, and Valerie Wilson. Click for details.

At the June 25 action meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution to appoint ARAMARK Education Services as the district’s food service management company for 2013-2014.  Click for details.

The district will pursue grant funding from the Schools Development Authority (SDA), potentially saving taxpayers more than $2 million is capital project costs.  Click for details.

At the May 28 Board of Education meeting, the Board recognized Beck Middle School for its selection as a 2013 National School of Character! Beck underwent a site visit in April and was notified by the Character Education Partnership of its selection on May 8. Click for more information.

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.

The Cherry Hill School District has been designated a “high performing” district by the New Jersey Department of Education through the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) district performance review.

District News

Congratulations Cherry Hill West on their win at the 10th Annual Volley4Support. The true winners of this event were the fundraiser's recipients: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the National MPS Society, and Devereux New Jersey. Thanks to all who participated!

Representatives from the DECA teams at both East and West attended a Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce luncheon on April 1, where they presented some of their competition projects, explained their experiences in DECA and answered questions from Chamber members in attendance.

Join “SAT Boot Camp” and help benefit the Project Graduation programs for both Cherry Hill East and West. The session runs Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cherry Hill. Click HERE for more information.

Is your family interested in sharing your way of life with a student from Spain?  This summer, on behalf of Global Friendships, the Cherry Hill School District will be welcoming 32 students from Spain to the South Jersey area, 16 in July and 16 in August, to experience life in America.  The goal of the program is to promote learning and cultural awareness for both Spanish students as well as their American host families. Click HERE for more information about this worthwhile program.

The Cherry Hill Alliance on Drugs and Alcohol, along with SCOPE, will be hosting a “Boys Night Out” on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Rosa International Middle School in the Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  This interactive presentation featuring the Vice Principal of Rosa International Middle School, George Zografos, will be an opportunity for fathers/guardians and sons to have an open dialogue on areas that our sons may experience in their day to day life—stress management, making good decisions, communication and respect. Click HERE for more information

Cherry Hill High School East is hosting the State Vex Robotics Competition this Saturday, February 22, from 8 am to approximately 4 pm. Please come show your support for our talented students who have qualified for this competition, and good luck to our Cherry Hill competitors!

Congratulations to Dr. Matt Cieslik, STEM teacher at Rosa International Middle School, on the publication of his children’s book, Dante and Kamryn Explore the Pine Barrens. The book, written to teach kids about nature in our area in a fun way, is now available on

Cherry Hill East math teacher Ms. Emily Cajigas has had four new math games published, now available on enasco. com. Congratulations Ms. Cajigas!

Cherry Hill West hosted a community-wide Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20, at the school. Students and community members, pictured at right, joined together to make lunches for Cathedral Kitchen and write letters to armed service members oversees, among other projects. Thank you to all who took the time to serve!

For your planning purposes... click for the dates of the high school and middle school graduations in June 2014!  (Please note – the middle school dates are subject to change depending upon weather-related school closings.)

Thursday afternoon ESL classes for parents of Cherry Hill students will begin on Jan. 9 in the Cherry Hill West library from 4-5:30 pm.  Tuesday evening classes will be held at the William G. Rohrer Center at Camden County College from 5:30-6:30 pm. Click HERE for more information.

“Teen Scene,” a program developed collaboratively by Cherry Hill High School West students and Cherry Hill Township, recently received national recognition with a “Promising Practices” Award from the Character Education Partnership. Teen Scene was designed to bring together teenagers with special needs and their typically developing peers in fun and engaging social events. Click HERE for more information about the program and the award. Congratulations Cherry Hill West and Cherry Hill Township!

Guidance counselors are available during evening hours by appointment. For more information about this and other news from the Guidance Department, click HERE.

Congratulations to the 55 high school students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their performance. The Board of Education recognized students from both Cherry Hill East and West at the work session meeting November 12. Click for a list of the honorees and their awards.

CHSEPTA – the Cherry Hill Special Education PTA – offers support, education, socialization, and advocacy for the whole family and everyone involved in the education of children with special learning needs. Click HERE for CHSEPTA registration information and the group's 2013-2014 meeting schedule.

District Director of Security Michael Nuzzo presented the report on Violence and School Security Measures for 2012-2013 at the October 8 Board of Education meeting.  He noted a decrease in the total number of incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons, substance abuse and HIB compared to the 2011-2012 school year.  The decrease is attributed primarily to a decline in the number of HIB incidents.  Click for more details and a link to Mr. Nuzzo's report.

Several representatives of the Cherry Hill School District were in Washington, D.C. recently for the 2013 National Forum on Character Education. Presenters included members of Beck Middle School's Character Education team.  Click for details.  

At the October 29 action meeting, the Board of Education recognized 22 staff members who have reached the milestone of 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service to the Cherry Hill Public Schools. Click for the names of these dedicated employees.  All told, the cumulative years of service exceeds 625 years. Thank you for your service!

Can't get to the polls on Election Day? Vote by Mail allows a voter to cast his/her ballot without going to the polls. Any registered voter can Vote By Mail. No reason is necessary to apply. Click HERE for the link to the Vote by Mail application and further instructions. Once you apply for a Mail-In Ballot, you will not be permitted to vote by machine at your polling place in the same election. Your Vote By Mail application must be received by the County Clerk not later than seven (7) days prior to the election, unless you apply in person during the County Clerk's office hours up to 3:00 pm the day prior to the election. For more information, call (856) 225-7220.

This week (October 7-11) was designated as “Week of Respect” by the Cherry Hill School District and public school districts throughout the state.  Click HERE for a recap of activities that took place throughout our district this week, as well as activities planned to observe Red Ribbon Week later this month. 

Congratulations to our school Green Teams and Environmental Clubs for their efforts to observe the Green Apple Day of Service!  The Cherry Hill School District had the most projects of any school district participating in the region! Click HERE for details and pictures.

On November 5, Cherry Hill voters will elect three members of the Board of Education. Three candidates are running for the three open seats; click for links to the Candidate Biographies.

At the September action meeting, the Board of Education approved the Mission Statement and Board Goals for 2013-2014.  Click to view the approved goals.

Click for a message from Dr. Reusche regarding Monday's events at Cherry Hill High School East.

What does rigor mean to you? What does it mean in Cherry Hill?  Dr. Joe Meloche, District Director of Curriculum, presented to the Board of Education on this topic at the September 10 meeting.  Click HERE to view the presentation.

At the Action Meeting on Tuesday, August 27, the Board of Education recognized Dr. Terry Molony, school psychologist at Kilmer Elementary School.  Dr. Molony was named NJ's School Psychologist of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists. 

Also at the August meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Kathy Gendelman as Assistant Principal at Cherry Hill High School West, effective on or about September 9.  Ms. Gendelman has been an Assistant Principal in the Philadelphia School District since 1999, most recently at George Washington High School. She began her career as a Special Education teacher. She has a BS in Education from Penn State University, an M.Ed. In Educational Leadership from Beaver College, and is completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Widener University. She replaces Dr. Ira Kosloff who is retiring September 1 after 44 years of service in the district.  For more highlights from the August action meeting, check out Board Notes by clicking HERE.

Notes from our Nurses...Please be advised that, effective for the 2013-2014 school year, the district has revised the protocol for administration of prescription medication.  In addition to written parent/guardian permission, the district now requires a form that is completed by the prescriber. Our school nurses will no longer accept just a pharmacy label on the medication in lieu of the completed form.  Click HERE for details and the new form.  Also, when your student visits a private physician for a sports physical, please be sure that the physician completes every section of the assessment form. This includes the vision assessment (in addition to height, weight, blood pressure, and pulse). Thank you!

Free and reduced lunch applications...Please note that a new free/reduced lunch application must be submitted each year! Unless you received a letter indicating that your child has been directly certified, you must complete a free/reduced lunch application for the 2013-2014 school year, even if your child was eligible in 2012-2013.  Students who were eligible in 2012-2013 but have not submitted an application will revert to paid status in mid-October and will not be eligible for free or reduced lunch until a new application is submitted. Applications are accessible on the district website by clicking HERE.

At the July 23 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Dr. Lawyer Chapman as Assistant Superintendent/Interim Principal at Cherry Hill High School East. Dr. Chapman will serve as East's Interim Principal for the 2013-2014 school year.  Click for details.

At the June 25 action meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Rebecca Tiernan as the Principal of Joyce Kilmer Elementary School.  Click for details.

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

Carusi & Company presents Disney’s Aladdin, JR., Friday, April 25 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 26 TWO SHOWS at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at Carusi Middle School: 315 Roosevelt Dr. Cherry Hill. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $7. General Seating.

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East Ethics Bowl Team for placing fourth out of 18 nationally competing high schools in the 2nd annual National High School Ethics Bowl which took place on April 4-5 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Team members are: Max DuBoff, Lele Meng, Kevin Pang, Alyssa Poletti, Srihari Shankar, Samantha Stein, and Mason Williams, Retired East teacher Mr. Frank Lodge is the coach.

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill West Softball Team, runners up in the Eastern Camden County Softball Tournament, and to Alycia DeFlaviis, on achieving her 100th hit in a game against Gloucester Catholic during that tournament. Way to go, girls!

Students from Mrs. Kerry Molino’s art classes at Sharp Elementary School are competing in the Endangered Species Coalition’s Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. You can view the semi-finalists’ artwork HERE. The grand prize and grade category winners of the 2014 contest will be chosen by a panel of artists, photographers and wildlife experts. Good luck, Sharp contestants!

Students and staff at Kingston Elementary School marked Autism Awareness Month on April 9 by forming a large “Autism Ribbon” in front of the school. The event included story time for students, with two books relating to autism read by Mr. Sheckman, Kingston principal. Cherry Hill Township Councilwoman Melinda Kane presented the school with a proclamation recognizing its awareness efforts. Congratulations to all on this wonderful event!

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill East Jazz Band on earning a Rating of Superior at the "Cavalcade of Bands-Jazz at the Rock" Festival held at Council Rock HS South on April 5. Senior trumpeter Mason Kramer was also awarded a Best Soloist Medal and Senior Clarinetist Ben Borokhovsky received a Best Soloist Honorable Mention Award. Great work, all!

JF Cooper Elementary School PTA is pleased to invite you to our COACH BAG BINGO EXTRAVAGANZA on April 22. Why is it an extravaganza? Because your $30 admission fee includes the following: 11 rounds of BINGO with the chance to win 11 beautiful Coach bags, entry into the door-prize drawing, free buffet and $2 drinks! It's also a great cause: help us raise money for needed technology, including iPads, for our students. This event is open to the community. Click HERE for more information and an order form, or contact Lauren Thompson at

East Project Graduation is holding a gift card fundraiser for the next few weeks. Orders are due by Thursday April 24th. All profits go to Project Graduation. Orders will be delivered before Mother’s Day and are great for Father’s Day and Graduation too. Click HERE for more information and an order form.

Two Cherry Hill teachers have been named runners up in SJ Magazine’s Top Teachers 2014 contest. Cherry Hill West's Major Luis Then, nominated by one of his students, senior Sean Milligan, is lauded for his work as an Air Force JROTC instructor. Mrs. Jennifer Henrythird grade teacher at Kingston Elementary School, was nominated by her former student, fifth grader Aidan Davidson, who praised her for "always mixing work with fun." Click HERE for the article.

Mrs. Denise Augustyn, a math teacher at Carusi Middle School, won an Honorable Mention Award in the Philadelphia Phillies’ Lesson Plan Contest. The award included an opportunity for Mrs. Augustyn to present her lesson plan at the organization’s Teacher Workshop on April 3. Congratulations Mrs. Augustyn!

David Chen, an eighth grader at Beck Middle School, was selected as one of the Honorable Mention Award winners from the Letters about Literature contest. Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4 - 12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author about how the book affected them personally. There were more than 2000 letters entered in the 7th & 8th grade category in New Jersey. David will be recognized at an award presentation on May 13th. Congratulations, David!

More than 40 eighth grade Rosa International Middle School students participated in National History Day NJ Competition the weekend of March 29. Rosa had a very strong showing, with many entries moving on to the next round.  Rosa made one of the strongest showings at the event, not for the number of qualifiers, but for the cheering, support and caring of each Rosa student for their fellow classmates. Congratulations to all who participated!

Johnson Elementary School is receiving a $1000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., to fund its new community garden program. Sustainable Cherry Hill applied for the grant on behalf of Johnson school. Each week, the harvest from the garden will be made available to students to take home, increasing the Johnson School community’s access to fresh, sustainable produce. Congratulations, Johnson students, faculty and staff!

On Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, the East Ethics Team will compete with 16 teams nationwide in the National High School Ethics Bowl in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They earned the honor of competing in this national event by winning the Philadelphia Regional Ethics Bowl at Villanova University in December. Good luck to the entire team!

Congratulations to Cherry Hill East Instrumental Music students selected by audition to the following ensembles: Region 3 All South Jersey Jazz Band - Peter Frank, Baritone Saxophone; Patrick Oberstaedt, Bass. New Jersey All State Orchestra - Abigail Hong and Daniel Jang, Violin; Andrew Magnus, Viola; Daniel Kim, Cello.

The West Jazz Ensemble took part in the 2014 NJIAJE State Prelims on March 12 and has been selected to compete in the State Finals in Princeton on April 26 against 8 other finalists.  Congratulations to these fine young musicians on this tremendous accomplishment!

The new graduation date for Beck Middle School is Thursday, June 19, 2014, 9:30 am at Cherry Hill High School East. The new graduation date for Carusi Middle School is Thursday, June 19, 2014, 9:30 am at Cherry Hill High School West. The new graduation date for Rosa Middle School is Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 4 pm at Cherry Hill High School East.

Rosa International Middle School sixth grader Susannah Balderstone recently broke two NJ records in gymnastics.  Susannah scored a 9.775 on floor and a 38.650 in in the State of New Jersey All Around Gymnastics meet.  Both scores broke the New Jersey state record. Susannah will represent Team New Jersey at Regionals on March 29, 2014 in Doylestown, PA, at Delaware Valley College.

The students of Beck Middle School far exceeded their goal of raising $4,500 for the Red Cross during Spirit Week this year.  When the final tally concluded late Friday night, March 7, the students had raised more than $5,200 to support the Red Cross.  This is a remarkable accomplishment considering that the week was shortened due to the weather.  During the final push on Friday, more than $2,000 was donated on that day alone. Monday morning, March 10, Beck students and staff celebrated conclusion of Spirit Week.  Mr. Morales, Mr. Deo and Dr. Perry all received pies to the face for having exceeded each of the pre-established thresholds for monies raised.

Congratulations to Cherry Hill East Boys’ Basketball Team for their win of the South Jersey Sectional title – the first ever for Cherry Hill. Read more about it HERE.

Madeline Bowne, a sophomore at Cherry Hill East, has  won second place in C-Span's national StudentCam Competition. Her is titled "Driving Under the Influence (of Cell Phones)" and it explains the dangers of using a cell phone behind the wheel and how it might be prevented on the national scale. Madeline’s entry will air on national television on April 14th at 6:50 am. C-Span will air it during the Washington Journal. Madeline’s win means East will receive $250 to spend on digital video equipment.

Students at Joyce Kilmer Elementary got a great surprise visit from the Cat in Hat on February 27, to kick off Read Across America Week starting March 3. The Cat led students in a "read-along," and donated the Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches - And Other Stories, to the school library.

Cherry Hill East is making history with their first Poet Residency Workshop with Lamont Dixon on April 22 and 25.  The workshops are part of the brand new Poetry-in-the-Schools Initiative, spearheaded by English teachers, Skye Silverstein and Alicia DeMarco.  The residency is made possible by the New Jersey Writers Project, a co-sponsorship of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, along with the Cherry Hill Education Foundation and Cherry Hill East PTA. Click for details.

Several Cherry Hill West students will participate in the annual DEBORAH® Heart Challenge and Art Competition this Sunday, February 23, 1:30 pm at Pemberton Township High School.  Four West students have submitted art pieces: Jenny Chung, James Jensen, Vivienne Lee and Carlie Urian.  All art winners will be announced on Sunday. Sophomore Sam McGonigle’s winning t-shirt design will be on the official t-shirt for the event, and she will receive her $100 award on Sunday. Senior Anna Mourovannyi will sing the national anthem to begin the event. Daniel Joffe, Christiana Ogunsami, Laura Giordano, Kirandeep Kaur and Marium Rashid are the academic team. The academic competition starts at 3 pm. Liberty Bank will display the students’ artwork in March. Good luck to all!

Congratulations to the following seniors, who earned National Merit Finalist status this week: from Cherry Hill West - Valerie Wilson; from Cherry Hill East - Jay Park, Mahir Sufian and Sarah Sosland . Additional congratulations to Cherry Hill East seniors Chistian Butts and Mahir Sufian, who are both Finalists in the 2014 Competition for National Achievement Scholarships. Continued success to all in the scholarship process!

Congratulations to the 19 students from Cherry Hill East who took part in a Model UN Conference hosted by Johns Hopkins University from February 6-9.  More than 2,000 students from all over the United States and several other countries attended; the students participated in simulations of United Nations committees with the goal of developing resolutions to address major current world problems. Four students from East were recognized for their performance in committeeLydia George-Koku received Honorable Mention, Samantha Kell and Hari Asuri were named Outstanding Delegate, and Christian Butts was named Best Delegate.

Congratulations to Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra students Hannah Lam and Abigail Hong on being accepted by nation-wide audition to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Hannah and Abigail will be participating in the upcoming 2014 performance residency and concert tour, including a Carnegie Hall debut in New York City and spanning six states from New York to California this summer.

Rosa International Middle School placed first in the annual MATHCOUNTS® South Jersey Regional Competition held at Rowan University on February 1, 2014.  The Rosa team, coached by Scott Goldthorp, included Jennifer Luo, Katherine Ji, Nishaad Khedkar and Kevin Hu. The team will advance to the state competition in March.  Third place individual winner Eugene Kim of Beck Middle School also will advance to the state competition. Beck Middle School, coached by Michael Winter, placed second in the team contest. Congratulations to all of our competitors, and continued success to those advancing to the state competition!

Congratulations to Cherry Hill West standout football player Rodney Williams, who on National Signing Day, Feb. 5, signed on as a safety for the Syracuse University Orangemen. Way to go, Rodney!

After two wins at the Regional Preliminary Competition on Feb. 6, Cherry Hill West’s Camden County Champion Mock Trial Team will advance to the Regional Finals on Feb. 26. This is the first time in more than 2 decades that the West team has advanced this far in the competition. Congratulations to the team: Jon Abesh, Brian Cieslewicz, Kyra Denish, Katie Dickson, Jacob Dvortsyn, Jeremy Figueroa, Michael Hoeschele, Josh Rozov, Nick Sansone and Valerie Wilson. Continued success to all on Feb. 26!

Cherry Hill West senior Alicia Jensen recently spoke at the United Nations as the only female and only non-professional athlete on a speaking panel about concussions. Alicia, a senior who can no longer play soccer as a result of the syndrome, has made it her mission to raise awareness about concussions. She also has been published on , explaining how the 504 Plan has helped cope as a student with Post-Concussion Syndrome.  Click HERE to read her article. Way to go, Alicia!

The award-winning musical ensembles of Cherry Hill East present the Kaleidoscope Concert and Silent Auction, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:30 pm - 10 pm. The Motown-themed Kaleidoscope Concert raises scholarship funds with a Silent Auction all evening! $10 per ticket/adult, $5 per student/child.

Cherry Hill East freshman flute player Emma Parker has been selected (2nd flute overall) to All State Band.  Emma will be first chair in the All State Orchestra and 2nd flute in the All State Wind Ensemble. Congratulations, Emma! 

On January 23, Bret Harte's All-Purpose Room transformed into a buzzing, blinking, oozing, blooming display of science at its best. More than 50 students (K-5) participated in the annual fair. The eager young investigators presented their findings using posters, live demonstrations and other interactive media. As an incentive to visit as many stations as possible, guests were challenged to complete a "scavenger hunt" questionnaire, collecting specific information from the presentations. Several prizes were raffled. While there was no competitive judging, students received meaningful feedback via a team of "evaluators.” Great job to all who participated!

Congratulations to the following Rosa Middle School band members who auditioned for and were selected to participate in the All South Jersey Junior High School Band: Elizabeth Bishop, Arya Amaro, Lily Yang, Hoon Kim, Elysia Kang, Claire Kim, Jennifer Luo, David Cheng, Harrison Smith and Jonathan Szeto. They were selected out of over 300 other musicians from South Jersey and will perform in a concert at Lower Cape May Regional on Sunday, March 2nd.

As has been their tradition for the past 6 years, Beck's basketball teams (boys and girls) volunteered at Lions Gate retirement community in Voorhees, pictured at right, as part of the MLK Day of Service on January 20.

Johnson Elementary got an early start on the MLK Day of Service by devoting January 17 to service projects involving the entire student body. Coordinated by the 5th graders, each grade level took on a different task. Click for a list of all that the students accomplished. Great job to the entire school! 

Students at A. Russell Knight Elementary put their creative talents to work in honor of the MLK Day of Service. Students worked with the theme: Life's persistent and most urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?" a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They created placemats that exemplified the theme and delivered them to Cathedral Kitchen. Three students whose placemats best represented the theme will be honored at an assembly on January 31. All 356 Russell Knight students will receive MLK t-shirts from the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service. Good work, everyone!

Beck Players are performing "School House Rock Live, Jr." on February 14 at 7 pm, February 15 at 7pm, and February 16 at 2 pm. Tickets are $5.

Thursday, January 30, from 5 - 8 pm, West's Theatre Workshop is having a fundraiser at the Silver Diner on Rt. 38.  The Silver Diner will donate 20% of all checks to Theatre Workshop.  In addition, several students and faculty members will be serving  that night.  Come get served by your teachers and friends, and enjoy a roaring good time and some great food!  See you there!

The Board of Education recognized the members of Cherry Hill East's Ethics Team, pictured at right with adviser Frank Lodge and East Interim Principal Dr. Lawyer Chapman, for their first place win in the Philadelphia Area Regional Qualifier of the National High School Ethics Bowl. This accomplishment earns them a spot in the National High School Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in April. Congratulations to team members Fanyi Meng (Captain), Alyssa Poletti, Samantha Stein, Max DuBoff, Kevin Pang, Mason Williams and Arihari Shankar!

Cherry Hill Alternative High School was recently mentioned in the No Place for Hate newsletter for its implementation of a service learing project. Students studied the history of Mount Peace Cemetery, one of New Jersey's largest historical African American cemeteries. They learned about the cemetery to explore the history of racism in New Jersey, biographies of African Amercans interred at the site, and past and present struggles to maintain the cemetery. After the lessons, students reinforced their learning by visiting and caring for neglected parts of Mount Peace Cemetery, and then wrote reflections about the experience. No Place for Hate noted that the project "embodies the idea of service, learning, and No Place for Hate themes."

The East community honored student athletes for their character contributions to their sport. Students were nominated who exemplified some or all of the following characteristics: leadership with humility; selfless acts of service to/for teammate; service to our community without seeking recognition. These students were recognized at a breakfast on Friday, January 17 at High School East. Click for the list of students honored.

Sharp Elementary will hold its 2nd annual Family Art Night on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Come and join the family fun and take home something you made together - but come prepared to get a little messy! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase, along with an opportunity to make a small donation to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Demogorgon, Cherry Hill East's literary and art magazine, won the coveted top place award from the American Scholastic Press Association - first place with special merit. This means that Demogorgon is rated the best magazine in its category in the country. Congratulations to the Demogorgon staff!

A. Russell Knight Elementary School will hold its 6th annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. Click HERE for more information on the event.

The Cherry Hill HS East Singers and Thespian Society will host their annual Coffee House on Saturday, January 18 from 7-10 pm. Admission of $5 includes coffee or tea for this family friendly event. There will be musical entertainment in the East auditorium as well as a bake sale in the cafeteria. Guests will also find a moon bounce for the kids, artwork sold by East art students, coffee house t-shirts for sale ($15) and a table for children to create artwork and letters for our troops.  This event is a highlight at Cherry Hill East and draws hundreds of people. Come be a part of this worthy cause where all proceeds will benefit the GI-GO Fund! If you wish to make a donation and are unable to attend the event, your donation can be sent to: Laurie Lausi, Cherry Hill HS East, 1750 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. Checks are payable to CHHSE. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lausi at or 856-424-2222 ext. 2047.

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

Horace Mann educational assistant Loraine Boris has retired after 37 years of working at the school.  Mrs. Boris, who started at Mann as a library volunteer, was honored at a breakfast Dec. 20 where two books were donated to the school library in her name. Mrs. Boris received the honor from Mann librarian Diane Oesau.

The Woodcrest Carnival is here and we need YOU! The Carnival will be Saturday, January 25, 11 am- 3 pm at Woodcrest Elementary School, 400 Cranford Road, All Purpose Room. To make our carnival a success, we need more than 100 volunteers. If you are looking for a FUN volunteer opportunity, then this is for you. Students can earn community service hours when they volunteer to help. We have two shifts: 10:45am-1:00pm or 12:45pm-3pm or both shifts are available.  Please contact Tiffany Mogell at or 609-440-8406.

West Orchestra students Arianna Rivera(grade 10 - violin), Alex Covelli (grade 10 -violin), and Tom Michel (grade 12 - bass) all completed successful auditions for the 2014 All-South Jersey OrchestraTom scored the highest of all the bass players auditioning in South Jersey and is the Principle Bassist for the group.  Congratulations to these outstanding musicians from West!

An amazing 38 Cherry Hill East instrumental music students have been selected to All South Jersey Region III Orchestra and Bands. Many of the students were selected to principal chair positions.  Click HERE for a list of those chosen. Congratulations to these exceptional young musicians!

Students in Beck Middle School’s Animal Lovers Club made toys for animals at the Animal Welfare Association with the help of shelter volunteers. The students’ ongoing involvement with the shelter has included raising $500 for the organization. The club will be collecting blankets, towels and food to donate to the AWA in the new year.

The BOE recognized staff members of Cherry Hill East's student newspaper, Eastside, Dec. 17 for its multiple accolades this year, including New Jersey's Distinguished Journalism Award for the fifth year in a row. Adviser Greg Gagliard's win of the Golden Quill Award for lifetime achievement in NJ scholastic journalism.

Students at Stockton Elementary (pictured at right) received citations from the Senate and General Assembly commending them for being selected to participate in the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) National Children's Choir for 2014. Congratulations on this recognition for such a great achievement!

Congratulations to Bret Harte Elementary school, whose students, families and staff collected more than $2200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Pennies for Patients Program. This is the fourth year that Bret Harte has participated in this worthwhile program dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. A special thank you to Tyler Burke, a fifth grader in Ms. Caldwell's class, who co-chaired the program and worked diligently to assist in the programs' success.

Students and teachers from Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School "Danced with the Big Dog" at a dance party on Friday, November 22nd to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Sharp parent Jade Cero and her family (pictured at right), who are from the Philippines, organized the event to help all of the families now displaced from their homes and in need of food and medical attention.  The massive bake sale and dance party with tunes played by Sharp Principal Robert J. Homer (aka “DJ Dog”) raised just over $1,500 to benefit Sagip Kapamilya, an emergency humanitarian assistance program. Sagip Kapamilya provides food and non-food relief, rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction projects.

Anatomy students at Cherry Hill High School West got to see the inner workings of surgery on Dec. 12 as they watched streaming video of a carotid artery stenting procedure, while a doctor answered their questions about the procedure in real time. See the television news coverage of the event HERE.

The Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club (CHHRC) has awarded Cherry Hill High School West a $500 check for its participation in the Teen Fitness Connection program. This summer, local teens from various Cherry Hill schools were offered a complimentary membership to the club. For every student who joined, the CHHRC donated $20 to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. Cherry Hill West earned the grand prize of $500 for having the most utilized memberships over the span of two months this summer. Congratulations Cherry Hill West!

Three teams from Cherry Hill East took home trophies from the New Jersey regional Vex Robotics competition November 16. In a powerful alliance, two of the teams swept the tournament, which automatically qualifies them for the state competition in February. Way to go, East!

In the national write-off competition at the National High School Journalsim Convention in Boston on November 14 - 17 Cherry Hill East's Rebecca Cohen earned the distinction of Excellent in review writing and Thomas Hudson earned the distinction of Excellent in the broadcast commercial category. The following additional East students won honorable mention awards in their categories: Brielle Clearfield, Maya Mintz and Bogdan Vitoc - Online News Package; Allison Grossman - Editorial Writing; Kaylin Magosin - Sportswriting; Julia Rothkoff - Newswriting; Haley Schultz - Logo Design; and Jenna Wilson - On-Air Reporter. Congratulations to all!

Fifteen of Rosa International Middle School’s student vocalists have earned spots in the All-South Jersey Chorus: Danielle Allen, Xavier Barker, Nancy Bowne, Alyna Cabrera, Dylan Harding, Sonia Kangaju, Robert Milner, Emily Nilsen, Melissa Oberstaedt, Benjamin Paris, Aden Savett, Jared Smith, Nikolas Vasiladis, Harrison Yang and Matthew Young. Congratulations to all and to Scott Graser, Rosa Vocal/Choral Teacher!

Cherry Hill High School East made history this year at the auditions for All-South Jersey Chorus. Not only did they have 25 students place into the honor choir, but 5 students placed first chair in their section! Many of the East students also placed in the top 10 of their section. At  least  100 students audition in each section. Congratulations to the students and their directors, Laurie Lausi and Heather Lockart. Click for a list of the students who earned spots in the chorus.

For the first time ever, Cherry Hill High School West Football has made it to the playoffs. The first playoff game is Friday, November 15, 7 pm at Timber Creek. Click HERE for media coverage. Go Lions!

To learn more about the meaning of Veterans Day, students in Mr. Sariahmed’s  fifth grade class at A. Russell Knight welcomed Staff Sergeant Holly Gilmore and Chris Edwards to speak on November 13. Staff Sargeant Gilmore served in Afghanistan and now works in All Source Analysis. Staff Sargent Chris Edwards served in Iraq from 2001-2010 and currently works as a civilian Senior Consultant for Human Intelligence Operations for the Army Reserve. They answered an array of questions from what was it like getting shot at to what's the hardest part about being away from their families for as long as they were.

A. Russell Knight Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary November 13. Mayor Chuck Cahn (pictured from left) and Councilwoman Susan Shin-Angulo presented Principal George Guy and PTA President Laurie Deitch with a proclamation marking the event. Superintendent Dr. Maureen Reusche also spoke, and the Fifth Grade Chorus performed an original school song with lyrics by fifth-grader Karoline Griffis. Congratulations to the entire Russelll Knight community, past and present!

The West Jazz Combo was the featured performing group at the VIP area for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Annual Walk-a-Thon on October 26th.  The ensemble (seniors Jon Abesh, Carmelo Villegas, Treat Dunne, R.C. Rossell, Tom Michel, and Ryan Thieke) played two hours in the VIP lounge at the Susquehanna Bank Center for the VIPs of the organization and their top fundraisers.

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East Marching Band and Color Guard for earning a Superior Rating at the 13th Annual Marching Band Festival at Pennsbury High School on November 2nd!

Congratulations and good luck to the Stockton students and alumni accepted into the National Children's Choir for 2014. These students will represent Stockton and Cherry Hill in Atlanta in March. They will learn a difficult repertoire with 153 students from across the country, working with internationally acclaimed conductors and staff for four days at the Atlanta Symphony Hall and Arts Complex. Click for a list of names of the participating students.

Students from East's World Affairs Council attended a Model United Nations at Eastern Regional High School on Saturday, October 26.  Two East students, Ruthy Tucker and Julia Starikovsky, acted as guest chairs for the conference. Click to see the names of the 16 East students who were recognized with awards.

Students from East's World Affairs Council attended a Model United Nations at Eastern Regional High School on Saturday, October 26.  Two East students, Ruthy Tucker and Julia Starikovsky, acted as guest chairs for the conference. Click to see the names of the 16 East students who were recognized with awards.

Cherry Hill East Music Boosters are offering a full-length SAT or ACT practice test Sunday, November 3 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Tutoring Club in the Short Hills Towne Center. The session is open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Cost is $35, with proceeds supporting Cherry Hill East Music Boosters. Space is limited – call 856.616.8808 to reserve. For more information, contact Alan Cohen at Tutoring Club, 856.616.8808 or

Belated congratulations to the students who represented Cherry Hill East and Cherry Hill West last June at Boys' State, Girls' State, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Association (RYLA) Conference. They are, Boys' State, from East: Christian Butts, Jared Dashevsky, Sagar Desai, Peter Lewis, Frankie Rossetti, and Christopher Yeh; from West: Harry Bach, Nickolas Boensch, Tyler Brake, Albert Enriquez, Ryan Gallagher, Eytan Gittler, and Ryan Saggedy; Girls' State, from East: Shelden Goodwin, Gilana Levavi, Alesandra Maresh, Jordan Parent, and Megan Thompson; from West: Sophia Economou, Laura Giordano, Altsana Moukaeva, and Samantha Weiss; and RYLA, from East: Sierra Doolin, Thomas Hudson, and Ross Peterzell; and from West: Jason Caspe and Anjelica Mitropoulos.

Since she was 9, Cherry Hill East’s Amanda Ketterer has been raising funds to support the work of the Jane Goodall Institute.  Click HERE for a recent Philadelphia Inquirer column about Amanda’s philanthropy. Way to go, Amanda!

Denise Santucci, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Carusi Middle School, is a recipient of Rider University’s Cooperating Teacher Excellence Award for her exemplary mentorship of Amanda Schott, a Rider student teacher during the Spring 2013 semester.  Denise will be recognized in a special celebration in December on the Rider campus.  Congratulations!

Cherry Hill East graduate Dan Fabi, currently a sophomore at Syracuse University, appears in the movie Contest.  The movie, which has an anti-bullying theme, which premiered last weekend will air on the Cartoon Network on October 20.  Dan has received rave reviews – his outtakes will be a special feature when the movie his released on DVD. Congratulations, Dan!

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!

The Cherry Hill East Cross Country Team is sponsoring a shoe/sneaker drive. Shoes in good condition will go to the World Wear Project. Please donate sneakers and shoes!  The collection box is in the front hall of the school.

The West Cross Country team is once again holding its annual citrus sale. Click HERE for an order form and all the details.

Congratulations to the four CHPS students honored at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting for their amazing documentary "From Tyranny to Triumph: Turning the Tides at Saratoga." Pictured here (from left) are adviser and Rosa teacher Christy Marrella, Melissa Abrams, Elizabeth Hallinan, Rachel Allen, and Jennifer Pacitti. As 8th graders at Rosa last year, these young historians devoted more than 1,000 hours to creating the documentary which placed 13th in the National History Day competition in June.  Well done!

“Stay Tuned,” Cherry Hill East’s mixed a cappella group directed by Heather Lockart, has been nominated as “Favorite High School A Cappella Group” in the 2013 A Cappella Community Awards.  During 2012-2013 (the group’s first year), Stay Tuned placed first in the A Cappella for Autism competition at Moorestown High School, was first runner up in the ICHSA Mid-Atlantic competition, and performed as featured guests at the ICCA Semi-Final competition at Rutgers University. Current members of Stay Tuned are: TJ Bourne, Christian Butts. Chelsea Campbell, Brielle Clearfield, Sarah Furnari, Max Hoffman, Jake Horner, Paulina Levner, Megan McCance, Phoebe Millspaugh, Nicholas Montoya, David Nahum, Dillon Rebock, Kayla Schorr. Jesse Viggiano, and Mike Weaver. Alumni members are:  Kirkland An, Ayja Anderson, Brielle Baker, Jonah Bannett, Steph Berman, Gaby Chapman, Clare Gillooly, Kristy Gonzalez, Chris Harasaki, Jonah Levinson, Seanna McCall, and Eric Zimmerman. To cast your vote for Stay Tuned, go to: will be announced on October 12, so….Stay Tuned! 

Anna Mourovannyi, a senior at Cherry Hill High School West, has been selected to perform with the All National Choir at the National Association for Music Education national conference in Nashville. Congratulations, Anna!

Congratulations to East instrumental music student Hye Rin Kim.  Hye Rin plays the flute and was selected by audition to the All National Band.

Congratulations to Conrad Kramer, a senior at Cherry Hill East. His team won the Grand Prize at the PennApps "Hackathon" this past weekend.  Click HERE for an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the event.

Fox 29 visited Woodcrest Elementary School recently to chronicle the start of the school year for the triplet sons of anchor/reporter Iain Page. The boys, who are fourth graders, moved to the district this year from Houston.  Click HERE to watch a replay of the story.

Check out this article by Scott Goldthorp, math teacher at Rosa International Middle School, which was published in the September 2013 issue of the NCTM journal Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.  Scott’s article, “Problem Solving with Laser Precision,” shows how he engaged his students through student-centered, inquiry-driven activities.

Rose Anne Noll, fifth grade teacher at Bret Harte Elementary School, was featured this summer in an article about literacy in Suburban Family magazine.  Click HERE to view.

First Day Fun! Students at Horace Mann Elementary School had a first-day surprise when Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, accompanied by the Phillie Phanatic, visited the school on Tuesday.  Revere talked about the importance of education, healthy eating, and exercise and brought Ben Revere Growth Charts for each student; the Phanatic brought his signature silliness and fun.  Mann principal Shilpa Dalal said it was great way to kick off the new school year!  Click HERE for pics!

In the news…Cherry Hill West grad Jamie Rahn (Class of 2006), currently competing on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, was featured in Kevin Riordan’s Jersey Side column in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer.  Click HERE to view – and go Jamie!

Congratulations to A. Russell Knight Elementary School! The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has selected Knight as a 2013 Promising Practices award winner.  Knight’s Culturally Proficient Education Practices will serve as a model for other schools and districts to replicate and integrate into their character education initiatives.  Click for details.

Kudos to the Cherry Hill West Garden Club! With the support of teachers and two local Master Gardeners, the students have created a beautiful (and bountiful) garden behind the school and donated the produce to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. Click HERE for an article from the Courier-Post.

Flashback…Last May, Lisa Stanwyck,  PTA parent at Johnson Elementary School, led a demonstration in bread making for Johnson’s 78 fifth graders.  Following the demonstration, each student received materials necessary to bake two loaves of bread at home, courtesy of the King Arthur Flour Co. The students kept one loaf to enjoy with their families and brought one back to school for donation to the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden.  Click for more details of the demonstration and a link to photos.

Click HERE to read a recent Courier-Post article about Callie Scott, a Cherry Hill East student who returned earlier this month from Mozambique, where she participated in a Habitat for Humanity program.  Way to go, Callie!

Students in Cherry Hill’s Alternative High School program participated in a special performance recently; this culminating event followed weeks of practice reverberating through the halls of Malberg, the building the school shares with central administration. The students learned drumming techniques from artist-in-residence Eddie Rosado through his Folkloric Heritage ProgramMr. Rosado taught the students how to identify and play fundamental African and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, as well as how to translate those rhythms into contemporary music. Click HERE for a video extra showing highlights of the performance.

Congratulations to the instrumental music students who participated in the 21st Annual Elementary Honors Band Festival last Saturday, May 4 at Absegami High School.   Students are from Barton, Stockton, Harte, Sharp, Paine and Johnson schools.  These students were nominated by the music teachers, Mr. Richard Beckman, Mr. Jacob Weber, and Mrs. Christine Macaulay.  Mrs. Macaulay is also one of the coordinators for the event.  It was a great day and concert!  Click for the list of participants and a photo.

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 is pleased to present the 2014 “Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars” on Sunday, May 4 at 7 pm in the New Auditorium at Cherry Hill High School West.  Sixteen couples, including teachers, students, school administrators, alumni and members of the business community, will compete in an exciting contest to raise money for the Cherry Hill Public Schools.  Special performances by the Cherry Hill School Board (with students), and by last year’s “Jersey Boys” will enhance the show. Guest celebrity judge, Jeremiah Trotter, will join the judges’ table with Marjie Major, Katie Nanni and Arnie Silver.  Music by East’s Orchestra will add to the elegance of this “Hollywood” evening. Tickets are available online at or in the Activities Offices at Cherry Hill High School East and West. Click HERE for more information about the event.

The Chinese School of South Jersey will hold an Open House on Sunday May 4 at Carusi Middle School at 2 pm. Click HERE for more information.

Click HERE for a list of dates and times of events in our schools over the next two weeks!

Join the Cherry Hill Education Foundation at the 2nd Annual Alumni Honoree Dinner on Saturday, November 23, at 6 pm at the Marian House in Cherry Hill. This year’s honorees are Cherry Hill East alumni Dr. Tim Fox and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, and Cherry Hill West alumni Marjie Major and Drew Molotsky.  For ticket information, contact the Foundation at (856) 428-7585 or

Cherry Hill High School West presents the classic stage drama, The Diary of Anne Frank. Show times are November 15, 7 pm; Novemeber 16, 2 pm and 7 pm; and November 17, 1 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, available online and at the door. Click HERE for more information.

Join volunteers at Carusi on Saturday, November 2, from 2 pm to 5 pm as they help restore the Carusi Arbor Trail. Volunteers will create paths, install signage, and remove invasive plant species. They also will learn how to recognize different types of trees and the animals that depend on them for food and shelter. Come out and help revitalize this place for fun, learning, and enjoyment of our natural surroundings -- right outside our school. High school and middle school volunteers will earn community service hours.

The Cherry Hill High School East Habitat Campus Chapter is sponsoring a Habitat "Stuff a Truck" event on Saturday, November 2, from 2 to 5 pm, in the school parking lot. Bring any unwanted household items or leftover building materials to help stuff the truck. The Habitat Restore is a non-profit thrift store that sells any household item (except clothing) and building materials of all types to the public. Habitat Restores provide a primary source of funding to build simple, decent homes to qualifying home buyers willing to complete sweat equity hours and other requirements in order to purchase affordable housing through Habitat.  The East Student Habitat Chapter will also be selling baked goods and helping donors load items onto the truck.

Cooper Elementary School PTA will hold a Coach Bag Bingo event on November 1 in the APR at Cooper.  Doors open at 6 pm; bingo starts at 7 pm sharp! Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Community News

The 5th annual Cherry Hill Earth Festival will be on Saturday, April 26 from 10 am - 2 pm at Croft Farm in Cherry Hill. Events include a Family Fun Bike Ride, student displays and performances, recycling drop-off opportunities, a plant exchange and "green" crafters and vendors. Click HERE for the day's schedule of events.

The Great Italians is the next concert at the newly renovated Croft Farm Arts Center (100 Bortons Mill Road) on Sunday May 4 at 3 pm, during Art Blooms Week. The concert features Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist, Bob Cafaro, who will be performing selections from Puccini and more. Singers from the Ocean City Pops and Academy of Vocal Arts will be performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Lanza and many more! Buy your tickets today (the last concert was sold out). For information or to reserve tickets: 856-488-7868 or email

Cherry Hill High School West will hold its annual Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 26th 8 am – 1 pm to benefit Project Graduation. Last year we had 100+ sellers & great buys. Sellers spots are still available for $20. For more information, contact Cherry at

The Cherry Hill Fire Department presents its 15th annual refresher program for lifeguards, Saturday, May 10 or Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the William G. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness in Voorhees from 6 to 8:30 pm. This is NOT a recertification program. Click HERE for details.

The Cherry Hill Public Library will present the free parent education evening “OMG! MOVING OUT?! OFF TO COLLEGE! R U READY?” on Monday, May 5.  We’ll discuss a variety of issues and concerns, from laundry to alcohol everywhere.  Click HERE for more information.

South Jersey Ballet Theater presents Cinderella, opening May 9, 2014. Click HERE for more information.

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will present its 15th Annual In-Service Refresher Program for Lifeguards on Saturday, May 10 or Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 6 - 8:30 pm. Click for more information. 

The Miracle League baseball league for kids with disabilities, and a past recipient of funds from Volley for Support, will be taking sign-ups beginning March 29, 2014. Click HERE for more information.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday beginning Feb. 4, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be at Town Hall to assist residents ages 55 and up in preparing their 2013 state and federal tax returns, as well as Homestead Benefit Credit and Property Tax Reimbursement forms. Click HERE for more information

The Katz JCC will be holding its second annual Rabbi Lewis Memorial Concert featureing Al’s ChorAl on February 6, 2014 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Click HERE for more information

Trinity Presbyterian Church presents Pifarro, the latest concert in its Concert Series, on January 26th. Piffaro normally charges for all of its concerts, but the charge for this one is merely a free will donation. Click HERE for more information.

Registration is underway for St. Andrew’s Nursery School & Kindergarten (Route 70 next to Ponzio’s Diner in Cherry Hill) for the 2014 - 2015 school year.  Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment are offered for 5 year olds.  Nursery School Classes are available for 2 – 4 year olds, and Toddler and Parent Classes are offered for children 18 – 35 months.  A Literacy Lab (3 year olds) and Science and Math Academy (4 and 5 year olds) are also available.  Children may attend either morning or afternoon sessions.  Inquiries are welcomed and tours of the state licensed facility are encouraged.  For more information, visit our website at or call 856-429-4470.

The Cherry Hill Public Schools and the Cherry Hill Education Foundation are very appreciative of the $5,000 contribution from Bob’s Discount Furniture, whose grand opening in Cherry Hill is planned for Thursday, February 13 at 10 a.m. One of the district's treasured programs, “The Star Games”, will be the recipient of the donation.  Special needs students from across the district (19 schools) participate in an outdoor event filled with games, food, prizes and fun.

It's time to welcome the holiday season as Mayor Cahn and Town Council - along with Santa Claus -  light the Hanukkah Menorah and Christmas Tree at the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony on Monday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmen Tilelli Community Center. Come out and here music from a variety of youth choirs, including Cherry Hill High School West's Chamber Singers and Cherry Hill East's Belles and Madrigals. The event is free.

The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be Tuesday, Novemeber 26 at 7:30 pm at Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, 420 Kings Highway. The service, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders' Coalition, will feature Cherry Hill West's choral group, West Singers. Click HERE for more information.

Boy Scout Troop 70's "Open House" night will be Monday, November 25, from 7:15-8:45 pm at the Resurrection Catholic School cafeteria (402 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ. Behind St Peter Celestine Church at the Catholic Community of Christ Our Light. Entrance is down the stairs at the back of school.) Boys age 11 to 17 and their parents are welcome.

Does your child dream of a career as a TV weathercaster?  CBS 3 Meteorologist Kathy Orr and the Eyewitness News weather team are bringing back the stations’ popular “Kidcaster Search” Saturday, November 16, noon to 2 pm at Cherry Hill Mall Grand Court. Kids age 6 to 16 will be videotaped delivering a one-minute forecast on a simulated weather set.  They may bring their own forecast, make one up on site, or a script will be provided. The best performances of the try-out will be broadcast on CBS 3’s Talk Philly and the 5 p.m. newscast the week of November 25 and will be posted on For additional details on the CBS 3 “Kidcaster Search” and an application, click HERE. A parent or legal guardian must sign the application. 

Have old electronics to get rid of? Sutainable Cherry Hill is partnering with Cherry Hill Township and the Jewish Federation of Southern NJ to host a community E-Waste and Shredding Event on November 17. Click HERE for more information.

Cherry Hill Township presents Disney Classics, an interactive concert, this Saturday, November 2 at 11 am at Croft Farm. Click HERE for details.

Trinity Community Concert Series presents Musica Curiosa: Echoes of Forgotten Instruments, featuring Dennis James and Glass Armonica, on November 1 at 7:30 pm. Click HERE for a flyer with detail and HERE to view the entire TCCS schedule for the 2013-2014 season.

The Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library present Family Picture Day on Sunday, November 3, from 9 am to 4 pm at the library. For $50, you get a 20-minute session with Studio K Photography and an 8x10 portrait.  Half of the session fee is donated to the Friends! Other prints and holiday cards are available at a discounted rate. Click HERE for more information.

The Animal Welfare Association of Voorhees is partnering with Cherry Hill Township and Camden County to offer, at no charge, spay/neuter surgery and a rabies vaccine for any cat (pet/owned, stray, or feral/community) that lives anywhere in the township. Not only does this program allow cat caregivers to save money on vital healthcare for their cats, it can also reduce taxpayer money spent on animal control services AND helps to save the lives of thousands of cats who might otherwise be euthanized at Camden County Animal Shelter.  Click HERE for a flyer with details!

And Finally...

Congratulations to the following Mann Students, who participated in the Cherry Hill Public Library's Summer Reading Program, “Dig In – Read!” – Katherine Hu, Jaimin Nam, Yul Nam, Joseph Budsock, Felicity Zhou, Kevin Zhou, Karis Han and Jessica Scheiner.

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