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November 19, 2014, was Support Professionals' Day, when we thank our secretaries, educational assistants and custodians! Click HERE for a video message from Dr. Reusche.

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

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

Congratulations Cherry Hill Alternative High School: 2014 National School of Character! The school received its official banner on November 1, 2014. Click HERE for photo. 

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

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

UPDATE: The US Department of Education has provided school districts with additional resources for parents regarding Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Click HERE for a fact sheet, "What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D-68." The DOE's brochure, "Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68" is available by clicking HERE. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document regarding EV-D68 is available at 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.

Order now! The Cherry Hill Education Foundation has created a new board game called “Cherry Hill-opoly”! The game will showcase the Township of Cherry Hill and the Cherry Hill Public Schools in the traditional Monopoly® format that we all know and love.  All proceeds will be used by the Foundation to fund grants in the Cherry Hill Public Schools.  Games are $40 each. Please return the order form that your child brought home, or click HERE for the order form to print and mail in…or order online at www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com.  Don’t miss the chance to own what is sure to become a treasured keepsake! Thank you for your support! 

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.

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

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

The Cherry Hill Food Pantry will be collecting canned goods at the East/West football game on Wednesday, November 26, at 6 pm at Morris Stadium.  All collections benefit local families.

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

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

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

The Barclay Early Childhood Center has openings for 3 & 4 year old boys and girls in the PM session (1-3:30); five days a week.  They could start as early as December 1, 2014 if paperwork and registration is complete.  A $300 deposit is required for first and last month.  Payments would be $150/month starting on the 15th of the first month of attendance.  Families need to be residents of Cherry Hill and children have to be potty trained.  If interested, please contact COLLEEN THOMPSON, Secretary at Barclay, 429-7283, Ext 4010.

Congratulations to the 60 high school seniors who have been recognized for their exceptional performance on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test®! Click for our list of Commended students, Semifinalists and more.

Congratulations to all of our teachers who participated in Jake's Run4Play 5K run and family event to raise money for the Jake's Place playground. Special recognition to Alex Bon, vocal music teacher at Kingston Elementary, who won the 5K race with a time of 00:21:53 (21 minutes and 53 seconds)! Click HERE for more information on Jake's Place and photos from the event.

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

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

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

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

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

School News

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill West cheerleaders, who placed second on November 15, 2014 at Paul IV. The next day the team placed first and were named Grand Champs at the Storm Fall Invitational. Great job to all!

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill East Boys Cross Country team for their first-ever NJ State Title with 73 points and a 16:26 average! Good luck at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions this Saturday, November 22!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations 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

As curiosity about the upcoming PARCC assessments grows, the Cherry Hill Public Schools will be sponsoring "PARCC Primer," a series of community discussions beginning in December about this new assessment process.  Part I, "PARCC Overview," will be held at Cherry Hill High School East on December 8, 2014 at 7pm, and again at Cherry Hill High School West on December 10 at 7 pm. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Please come to the 10th Annual Bowling for Bears on Sunday, December 14, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Playdrome. Visit http://www.bowlingforbears.org for copies of the flyer and sponsor sheet, and information about the event, becoming a corporate sponsor, donating and more.  Over the past 9 holiday seasons, Bowling for Bears has donated more than 15,000 Build-A-Bear teddy bears and raised approximately $120,000!  One hundred percent of the proceeds of the event will be used to purchase teddy bears as holiday gifts for local children in need, in hospitals, shelters, foster homes, and other care facilities. We have the entire bowling center for Bowling for Bears.  Bowling and food are FREE and the first 150 people also receive a FREE Bowling for Bears t-shirt.  There will be a silent auction at the event.  The minimum donation per bowler is $8 (one bear).  Bowlers are encouraged to get as many sponsors as they can and bring completed sponsor sheets to the event.  Get 12 or more bears on your sponsor sheet to become a lane sponsor and receive a Bowling for Bears gift.  If you are not able to come, but would still like to help, please donate online or mail checks payable to Bowling for Bears to: Bowling for Bears, P.O. Box 1821, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.  Donations are tax deductible.  Any questions, contact info@bowlingforbears.org.

Community News

AJC Philadelphia/Southern NJ presents Harold’s Table, a noontime discussion series on December 3, 2014, featuring Asaf Romirowsky. He will present “Israeli-Palestinian Dynamics in the Global Arena," at Saul Ewing, 1500 Market St, 38th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. $15 includes lunch and cash payment at the door. RSVP by Nov 28 to fertikp@ajc.org or call 215-665-2300. Click HERE for more details.

Cherry Hill Public Employees Bowling League will start on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4 pm at Playdrome Bowling Alley on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill.  Anyone current Cherry Hill School District employee or retiree who would like to join us may come out and bowl. 

And Finally...

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