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Please see below for questions that the community has asked, along with our answers.

What's going on with the lights and bleachers for the new turf field at Cherry Hill East?

The installation of a turf field at both the East and West High Schools was a "Phase I" project that was completed in conjunction with Cherry Hill Township. "Phase II" of the project, which included lights and stadium seating at the East turf field was discussed as a possibility, but ultimately it was decided that "Phase II" was cost prohibitive to complete at this time. As the District develops its long range facilities plan, the "Phase II" project is being reviewed. Funding for this large project could be included as part of a potential future bond referendum currently under consideration.

Are there going to be changes to the schools and grades in the near future? I have heard that Rosa will become a 6th grade only school. Is this accurate? What will happen to 7th and 8th graders?

As part of our long-range strategic plan called "Cherry Hill Public Schools 2020: A clear vision for the future", we conducted a survey and held a series of three meetings open to all community members in the fall of 2016. The results of the feedback from the community showed that the one common request among all stakeholder groups – parents, staff, Cherry Hill community members, administrators and Board of Education members – was to implement full day kindergarten across the District.

An analysis of our buildings revealed we do not have the space to implement full day kindergarten in all of our schools. To accommodate a full day program, we are looking into turning two of our elementary buildings into kindergarten centers. The remaining 10 elementary schools would serve grades 1-5. This idea is still in the early stages of discussion. Many factors will be taken into careful consideration. The earliest we would open the kindergarten centers would be the fall of 2019.

Additionally, we are considering restructuring our middle schools, turning Rosa Middle School into a 6th grade center and keeping Carusi and Beck Middle Schools as sending schools for 7th and 8th grade. Sixth grade is a pivotal transitional year in terms of physical, emotional/social and academic development. We are looking into the benefits of shepherding our 6th grade students through this transition in an environment that brings them all together and ensures interaction that would help bridge the East/West divide in Cherry Hill. The opening of a 6th grade center, if we were to decide to implement it, would not take place before 2018.

School districts in New Jersey and beyond have had success with both kindergarten and 6th grade centers. We will continue to research how such districts have handled their own reconfigurations, what the challenges and benefits have been, and the benefits and challenges we would face in a reconfiguration of our own.

Public discussion will continue to take place throughout the 2017-2018 school year regarding school configuration and other items under consideration in the CHPS 2020 project.

Is the District planning any major facilities improvements in the near future? Our buildings could use some TLC.

You may view the capital projects list for the budget for the 2017-18 school year by clicking here. This list is to be approved by the Board of Education at the public hearing on May 2, 2017 at 7 pm in the Malberg Board Room, 45 Ranoldo Terrace. In addition, we are planning to implement several maintenance initiatives throughout the District such as flooring replacements, painting and curb appeal projects.

We are also in the process of conducting a needs assessment and long range facilities plan update in preparation for a potential bond referendum in the near future.

I friend of mine told me you're having a yard sale. I'm interested in becoming a vendor, can you give me information about the event? Are vendor spaces available?

A Community Wide Yard Sale/Vendor Fair to benefit Cherry Hill High School West's Project Graduation will take place April 29, 2017 from 8 am-1 pm at the Cherry Hill High School West lower parking lot. Vendors are welcome! You must pre-register by April 22, 2017 to reserve your space. Parking space rental is $25. To register, please email Millie Hernandez at cherryhillwestyardsale@gmail.com. A flyer with more details is available by clicking here for the Community Bulletin Board on the District web site.

What are schools doing to prevent bullying and discrimination?

Prevention of bullying and discrimination is carried out in a myriad of ways in our schools:

  • Anti-bullying messages are communicated and anti-bullying behaviors are modeled by our administration and staff at all of our schools throughout the school year. Our elementary schools have each picked themes (e.g. "Year of Happy," "Kindness Matters," "Year of Joy") from which to reiterate positive messages of desired behavior.
  • All grade levels are taught from an anti-bullying curriculum. At the middle and high school level, this curriculum is delivered through health classes.
  • The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act designates the week beginning with the first Monday in October each year as the Week of Respect in New Jersey. During this week, special activities and assemblies are devoted to anti-bullying strategies at all grade levels.
  • The Cherry Hill Public Schools Cultural Proficiency Committee, made up of staff, administrators and students, works on curriculum and best practices to prevent discrimination.
  • The Zone PTA Character Education Committee provides anti-bullying materials, resources and program ideas to all schools.
  • Full time Student Advocates and Student Assistance Counselors are available to students at our high schools and middle schools to mitigate bullying and discrimination. Full time guidance counselors serve this role in our elementary schools.
  • Peer leader programs at all of our middle and high schools are designed so that older students – under the guidance of faculty advisers – may mentor younger students about inclusive, accepting, kind behaviors toward others.
  • High Schools East and West both have and Athletes Against Bullying Club, in which members work to eliminate bullying in their own schools and to spread the anti-bullying message to the middle schools.
  • Every school in the District has a School Safety Teams whose role is to develop, foster and maintain a positive school climate.

How healthy are the school lunches?

Aramark, provider of the food served in the Cherry Hill Public Schools and a leading provider of school food and nutrition services to more than 3,000 K-12 schools across the nation, follows the USDA's nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. Designed to ensure students receive an appealing, balanced meal consisting of foods from all major food groups, the USDA's standards focus on obtaining calories and other key nutrients from fruits, vegetables, lean protein foods, grains, and milk with proper serving sizes for a student's age and activity level. In its food offerings to our students, Aramark continues to develop new and innovative Healthy for Life™ recipes. Extensive information about Aramark's menus, nutrition information for the foods served, student dining programs and other areas of interest can be found on the Cherry Hill Public Schools Dining Services web site by clicking here.

What is the requirement for volunteering before a student graduates from high school (minimum hours)? Does the school provide opportunities to volunteer?

There is no requirement for our high school students to do volunteer work in order to graduate. However, volunteering is encouraged throughout the school year and is a requirement for membership in some student organizations, such as the National Honor Society. Student government and certain student clubs also are geared toward service to the community, with a variety of opportunities. A list of student organizations at Cherry Hill High School East may be found by clicking here. A list of community service opportunities at Cherry Hill HIgh School West may be found by clicking here.

In the Open Enrollment process for Rosa International Middle School, in the case where one child already attends Rosa, is there any pre-decision for his/her younger sibling?

Open Enrollment for Rosa International Middle School, which runs from February 13 through February 24, 2017, is a selection process in which applicants' names are drawn at random. Under the Board of Education Open Enrollment Policy 5117.1, available by clicking here, applicants with older siblings attending Rosa Middle School do not receive special consideration. Applicants not initially offered admission shall be assigned a place on a waiting list, based on their enrollment process number. Parents or guardians of multiple birth siblings (e.g. twins, triplets) may request that the multiples be placed on a single enrollment process ballot. In addition, parents or guardians of siblings in the same grade residing in the same household may request that the siblings be placed on a single enrollment process ballot. This single ballot would allow the siblings to be selected for admission to Rosa or placed on the wait list collectively. If you have further questions, please contact the CHPS Registration Department at (856)429-5600, extension 4430, 4432 or 4436.

What are the make-up days if we have snow days this year?

The District's inclement weather make-up days are posted on the District Calendar in the order they would be used in the event that school is closed. The make-up days for the 2016-2017 school year, in order of use, are: February 17, April 17, June 19 and June 20. You may find more information about weather-related school closings on the District web site home page under the "Our District" pull-down menu, by clicking the "School Closing Information" tab.

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