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Camp Thomas Paine opens Wednesday, July 1 and runs through Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Thomas Paine Elementary School. Participation in the program is by invitation only. Click for detailed schedule.

The Cherry Hill Board of Education on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 announced a contract agreement with the Cherry Hill Association of School Administrators (CHASA), which represents the District's principals, assistant principals and certain other district administrators. The agreement, with a duration of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, includes a 2.5 percent salary increase for CHASA members, as well as concessions by the members for their health care coverage. Negotiations between the Cherry Hill Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA) are ongoing.

Applicants for the Superintendent position have until July 2 to apply. We welcome Mark Cowell to the Interim Superintendent position, beginning July 1. Mr. Cowell comes to us as a retired Superintendent from the Pemberton School District. Before becoming Superintendent he held the positions of Assistant Superintendent, Business Administrator, Assistant Personnel Director and Middle School math and science teacher in Pemberton. From 2007 to 2013 he served as a Fiscal Monitor for the NJ Dept of Education in the school districts of Asbury Park, Trenton, Camden and Pleasantville. Mr. Cowell will serve until a new Superintendent is selected and in place. The Board's NJSBA consultant, Gwen Thornton, conducted a series of focus group sessions with students, teachers, administrators and community members during the first two weeks of June. Ms. Thornton is compiling the results of these sessions and will communicate this information to the Board. Parents, students and community members also were invited to share their thoughts with us by completing an online survey, which closed on Monday, June 15. Ms. Thornton also will communicate the results of that survey to the Board.
Updates on the Superintendent Search periodically will be posted under the red button on this web site labeled "Superintendent Search."

Summer meals are being served in your community. Open to all children 18 and younger. No cost! Click HERE for details.

La comunidad sirve comida durante el verano. Abierto a todos los niños de 18 y menores. Sin costo alguno. Haga clic aquí para más detallas.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE JUNE 3, 2015: Representatives of the Cherry Hill Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association met on the evening of June 1, 2015 to continue their negotiations seeking a contract to replace the one that expired on June 30, 2014. They were joined by a State-appointed fact-finder.

During the meeting, the Board increased its first year salary offer, added a fourth year salary offer, and withdrew several of its proposals.  Despite CHEA’s statement at the school board meeting on May 26, 2015 that they were prepared to meet continuously to resolve the negotiations, almost all of the CHEA negotiating team members abruptly left the June 1 session, without any further communication, approximately 90 minutes after the Board made their offer. The Board committee expressed its surprise and disappointment with the actions of the CHEA negotiating committee to the CHEA leadership who remained.

Due to the termination of bargaining by the CHEA, the next step in the negotiations is a formal hearing before the State-appointed fact-finder, which will result in a report by the fact-finder recommending settlement terms. While the Board was hopeful to schedule a hearing in July, they were informed that the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), which assists the local union in preparations for fact-finding, requires six to eight weeks to prepare for the formal fact-finding hearing. Due to NJEA and CHEA scheduling conflicts, the hearing could not be scheduled before the week of August 24, with the fact-finder’s report to be issued about two months later.

Click anywhere on this update for the latest FAQ document on the negotiations process. 

UPDATE ON TURF FIELD PROPOSAL: Please click HERE for an update of the Turf Field Proposal from the Board of Education.

Summer reading lists are now available!

For the High School Summer Reading List, click HERE.

For the 8th Grade Summer Reading List, click HERE.

For the 7th Grade Summer Reading List, click HERE.

For the 6th Grade Summer Reading List, click HERE.

We are now one year into our sustainability efforts. Our Sustainability Update was presented at the May 26, 2015 BOE Action Meeting. You may view the PowerPoint presentation by clicking HERE.

Register now for the SAT/PSAT tutorial, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Guidance Departments, offered in several sessions this August. This is a 4-day, 14 hour tutorial workshop (28 hours if taking both Math and Verbal), which will be held the weeks of August 3-6 and August 10-13.  The session hours are: 9 am - 12:30, 1 pm - 4:30 pm, or 5 pm – 8:30 pm. There will be a break in each session.  We recommend that if you are taking both Math and Verbal, do not take them the same week. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East & West. Enrollment will determine if courses run and where. This year there are Two Options for students who wish to become familiar with the changes projected for Winter/Spring 2016 SAT.  Also, according to the College Board, the October 2015 PSAT will feature the new design. You should choose Option 1 if you intend to take the SAT before March 2016.  If you plan to take the SAT March 2016 or beyond, choose Option 2. The fee for this session is $225 for all Cherry Hill high school students and residents and $250 for non-residents. Click HERE for details and a registration form.

Register now for THE COLLEGE ESSAY: A TUTORIAL, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Guidance Departments. This is a 4-day, 13 hour tutorial workshop, which will be held the weeks of August 3-6 and 10-13.  The session hours are: 9 am - 12:15, 1 pm - 4:15 pm, or 4:45 pm - 8 pm. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East & West.  Enrollments will determine if courses run and where. Tutorials will contain a maximum of 10-12 students who will complete all steps of the writing process (from prewriting through production of a final draft) to create a college essay. By the end of the tutorial, students will complete a final draft of an essay to submit to a college. All checks and registration forms must be submitted to the Guidance Department by Friday, June 12, 2015. Each registrant will receive a letter confirming registration, and another letter of final details a week before the workshop begins.  We have made every effort to schedule the workshops so they will not conflict with pre-season training. The fee for this course is $165 for all Cherry Hill high school students/residents and $190 for non-residents. Click HERE for details and a registration form.

Preschool openings are still available at the Barclay Early Childhood Center. The Cherry Hill School District offers preschool inclusion classes during the 2015-2016 school year for Cherry Hill residents. The Inclusion Program began 16 years ago in an effort to provide our population of children with special needs the opportunity to be educated in the least restrictive environment alongside their typically developing peers. Each class is comprised of approximately (16) 3- and 4-year-old children, six of whom are classified as having special needs and 10 of whom are typically developing. We offer a half-day program five days per week with morning classes from 9-11:30 am and afternoon classes from 1-3:30 pm. Children must be three and no older than four years old on or before October 1, 2015. As a result of overwhelming demand, we are NOT able to accept requests for morning placements; AM and PM spots will be assigned by a lottery system. There is currently a $1,500.00 charge for the school year ($150.00 per month). NO TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED. Please click HERE for details and a registration form.

We've added Instagram to our social media platforms! Follow "chpsinsta" for fun photos and announcements about school closures, delays, snow make-up days and more.

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.

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.

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.

Still haven't downloaded our free App? Click for details.

Haven’t yet registered your new kindergartner or new 1st grader for school in September? Please click HERE for the forms needed to start the process or pick up a registration packet at any of our neighborhood elementary schools - then call 856-429-5600 Ext. 4430, 4432, or 4436 to schedule an appointment. Central Registration is open during the summer.  If your child will be 5 years old on or before October 1, 2015, he or she is eligible to start kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.

New to Cherry Hill? Click HERE for information and forms to register your child for public school.

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