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The Board of Education Action Meeting originally scheduled for January 27, 2015 has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7 pm at the Malberg Administration Building, 45 Ranoldo Terrace.

There will not be a Policy & Legislation Committee meeting in February. The next P&L Committee meeting will be held March 2, 2015 at 6 pm. The Curriculum & Instruction Committee Meeting scheduled for February 2, 2015 will begin at 6 pm.

Today, Friday, January 23, 2015, Mr. James Corbley, from the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning, made an unannounced visit to three schools in the District to witness lockdown procedures. The lockdown drills took place at Cooper Elementary School, Rosa International Middle School and Cherry Hill High School West. Students and staff were informed that the lockdowns were drills after they were completed at 1 pm. We thank our students, faculty and staff for their calm and professional response to these unannounced drills.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PARCC? Click HERE for the PARCC eboard, which includes information pertaining to all grade levels tested, graduation requirements, sample test items and information regarding our PARCC Primer Series of interactive meetings for parents. 

The state of New Jersey's public hearing to allow the public a chance to voice its opinions about PARCC testing will be rescheduled. The new date will be posted on this web site as soon as it becomes available. Click HERE for details about the hearing and testimony process.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:  Representatives from the Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA) met Thursday, January 22, 2015, in a mediator-facilitated negotiation session. The Board appreciates the careful thought and dedication exhibited during this session and will continue to work with the CHEA toward a resolution. The next negotiation meeting, scheduled at the mediator's earliest availability, will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2015. For an explanation of the decision to include a mediator in negotiations, please click HERE. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the negotiations process to date, please click HERE.

The contract negotiations process is ongoing, with the next meeting scheduled for January 22, 2015. Click for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the negotiations process.

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

If your child will be 5 years old on or before October 1, 2015, he or she is eligible to start kindergarten at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Click HERE for information on registering your child for public school for the first time.

Looking for the current issue of CHPS Weekly? You can now find it in the News & Info section of this web site, or click HERE. Back issues also are available in New & Info, or by clicking HERE. Want to subscribe? Simply scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address in the designated box.

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

Parents of private school children who are considering attending either Cherry Hill High School East or Cherry Hill High School West in September 2015 are invited to attend our Guidance Orientations and High School Open Houses beginning in January. Click HERE for dates, times and locations. Click HERE for a letter explaining the registration process.

High school interim reports will now be issued on a paperless basis. Click HERE for a letter with details. Click HERE for instructions on how to retrieve your high school student's interim report online.

The 2015-2016 District calendar includes several changes compared to the current year. The 2015-2016 school year will start on September 1, 2015, six days before Labor Day. School will be open on Election Day, November 3, 2015. Click HERE for the full 2015-2016 calendar.

Check out the new Cherry Hill Public Schools YouTube Channel, where we're posting videos from events around the District. Click HERE to view.

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.

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 http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/ev_faq.pdf 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

CHSEPTA is teaming with the Statewide Technical Assistance Resource Team (START) from the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) to offer a seminar concerning Individual Education Plans (IEPs) on Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7-9 pm at the Malberg Administration Building. This seminar is open to the public. You do not need to be a resident of Cherry Hill or a member of CHSEPTA to attend.  Professional Development credits will be available. RSVPs to CHSEPTA@hotmail.com by 2/8/2015 appreciated (but not required). Click HERE for flyer with details.

 

Black Broadway Theater Group presents Legacy - An Original Musical, Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7 pm, Cherry Hill High School East. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

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

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!

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

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

School News

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

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

In keeping with our goal of being “Harte S.M.A.R.T,” Bret Harte is proud to announce its participation in the “Great Kindness Challenge” which will take place during the last week of January. The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. During this week, Bret Harte students will try to perform as many acts of kindness as possible. In 2014, 554,486 students in 1099 schools united and inspired 27,724,300 acts of kindness! Bret Harte wants to do its part to increase those totals this year. Kindness Counts!

Come to Bingo to benefit Joyce Kilmer's 5th grade class, Friday, January 30 at Cherry Hill West. Doors open at 6 pm for vendor shopping and bingo starts at 7 pm. Click HERE for details.

Waliya Rahman a seventh grader at Rosa International Middle School, has been nominated for the Envision National Young Leaders Conference, a seven-day summer conference for outstanding students. Congratulations, Waliya!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Save the date! On April 16, 2015, 7 pm at Cherry Hill High School West, renowned researcher Angela Duckworth, PhD, will conduct a lively presentation of her research on grit - the tendency to pursue challenging goals over years with perseverance and passion.  She'll also share her ideas about how we can cultivate grit in ourselves and in others. Click HERE for a short video TED Talk from Dr. Duckworth.

Mark your calendar for the first annual Graduation and Prom Expo, Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 am-3 pm in CAF 1 at Cherry Hill High School East. Vendors needed! all proceeds benefit the Cherry Hill East library. Click HERE for a flyer with details and a vendor registration form.

Community News

Nominate someone in NJ who has made a difference in the lives of others for the Russ Berrie Award for Making A Difference.  Nominations accepted through February 13.  Info:  https://its.ramapo.edu/rbamd/.

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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