The Cherry Hill Public Schools will be in session for a full day for all students and staff on Friday, December 22, 2017. We wish everyone a happy and safe Winter Break from December 23, 2017-January 1, 2018!
The Cherry Hill Public Schools is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, the Cherry Hill School District had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
"As a district, we continually strive to improve in all areas," said Dr. Joseph Meloche, Superintendent of the Cherry Hill Public Schools. "I am pleased by this recognition and by the efforts of our administrators, staff and students in achieving this distinction."
Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used, requiring that a district must:
- Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
- Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
- Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.
"Congratulations to all the educators and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed in AP," said Trevor Packer, head of AP and Instruction. "These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed."
Important information regarding 2017-2018 state and commercially developed assessments, including graduation requirements, is detailed in a letter from Dr. Meloche and an accompanying chart. All parents are strongly encouraged to read these documents.
In addition to the 12 informal "Saturday Morning Coffee" meetings at our elementary schools to discuss our long-range Strategic Plan and the 2018 Bond Referendum, Dr. Meloche will hold weekday meetings and Sunday afternoon meetings in our other buildings. Please see the 2020 Meeting Schedule for a complete list of dates, times and locations!
On August 22, 2017, the Board of Education adopted Policy 8550: Unpaid Meal Charges/Outstanding Food Service Charges. This policy details the management of a student's breakfast or lunch bill that is in arrears.
Cherry Hill Public Schools is committed to ensuring that our websites are accessible to everyone and we are working toward full ADA compliance by January 2018. We encourage our community to assist us by filling out an Accessibility Issue Form, should you encounter an area of our site that is not accessible while using assistive technology.
The New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD) has named the Cherry Hill Public Schools a 2017 New Jersey District of Character. The District will maintain this status for three years, through 2019. The District will be honored at a recognition ceremony during the NJASECD Conference in May at Rider University. The District application now will be forwarded to character.org for consideration as a 2017 National District of Character.
Congratulations to District of Character Committee Chair Dr. Kirk Rickansrud and his team for a job well done in assembling the lengthy and detailed application to earn this prestigious designation.