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  NEW DATES FOR COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy & Legislation Committee Meeting originally scheduled for Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6 pm, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6 pm. The Curriculum & Instruction Committee Meeting originally scheduled for Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7 pm, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7 pm.


The FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for students is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Elementary students will be dismissed early that day, at 1 pm. Middle and high school students will have a full day of school.

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.

Click HERE for an end-of-year video message from Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent of Schools.

The Cherry Hill Public Schools App soon will be upgraded to include “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 will be placed in the first position on the app in the coming weeks. Still haven't downloaded our new, free ParentLink App? Click for details.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 to Cherry Hill East athlete David Golkow, who was honored July 22, 2014, on the field at Citizen's Bank Park just before the Phillies' game. David won the Phillies' "Extraordinary Scholar" contest for an essay he wrote about a club he started, Athletes Against Bullying. Way to go, David!

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

Click to view the dates for Middle and High School Orientation events in August!

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

Community News

Cherry Bowl, the annual championship swim meet for all 13 swim clubs in Cherry Hill, will be held at Woodcrest Swim Club on Saturday, July 26, 2014. This fun event brings together swimmers, families, coaches and spectactors from all 13 clubs throughout Cherry Hill and is one of the largest sporting events in South Jersey. The club is located at 399 Cranford Road in the Woodcrest section of Cherry Hill, NJ. This year we are expecting more than 2,000 spectators!  Check out our website www.cherrybowl2014.com for event, sponsorship and program book advertising info.

Mainstage Center for the Arts Summer Stage Children's Theatre, which presents shows at Camden County College, is offering a $1-off coupon and opportunity to enter a poster contest this summer. Click HERE for details.

Things are heating up at the Cherry Hill Public Library! Click HERE for details on the library’s summer offerings, including the availability of copies of District summer reading assignments in various formats.

Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club (CHHRC) will once again open its doors to teens as part of an annual program, the Teen Fitness Connection. As a partner with the Cherry Hill Township Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, the program begins on June 30, 2014 and ends on August 31, 2014, and offers a complimentary membership to teens aged 12-17. For every child who joins the program and uses his or her membership 16 times (2 x per week,) CHHRC will donate $20 to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation (CHEF) for that child’s Phys. Ed department.  An additional award of $500 will be go to the school Physical Education Department (via CHEF) that recruits the most kids from that school. In addition, a GRAND PRIZE of $500 will be awarded to the Cherry Hill school Phys. Ed. department (via CHEF) with the most kids who enrolled, activated, and used their memberships during our 2014 Teen Fitness Connection. Click HERE for more information.

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