School Highlights

Cherry Hill East Students Win Big at Regional Science Competition

Cherry Hill High School East senior Nishaad Khedkar, pictured on the right, earned the top prize at the 70th Annual Delaware Valley Science Council Competition in October. Out of 40 awards earned by students from around the region competing in rigorous science exams, Nishaad won the first place Reuben Shaw Memorial Award, a $1,200 scholarship to the college of his choice. Two other East seniors also placed in the competition: Saikat Das, center, won a $150 award and Hyder Alikhan, left, earned an Honorable Mention in Biology.

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Cherry Hill High School East Welcomes German Students

Cherry Hill High School East is hosting 18 students, pictured with their student hosts, and two teachers from the German High School, Gymnasium Puchheim, located outside of Munich in the southern German state of Bavaria, as part of the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP). This is the second time Cherry Hill East has participated in the exchange, which takes place from September 9-19. The German visitors stay with Cherry Hill families to experience the American way of life first hand. In addition to attending classes, the students will have the opportunity to see the sights of South Jersey, Philadelphia and New York. Many Cherry Hill host students will accompany them to Philadelphia as they visit the Barnes Foundation and Reading Terminal Market, and benefit from an expert guided tour by Free Tours By Foot.

In June, 2018, Cherry Hill High School East students and two teachers will travel to Germany and complete the exchange stay with the same families who stayed with them.The current itinerary includes a two-day stay in Iceland, several days in Berlin, and a number of day excursions.

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Rosa International Middle School Students Earn 2nd Place National Win in National History Day Contest

Congratulations to Gabrielle O'Brien, Shayna Herzfeld, Asha Mohapatra and Samuel Bitman, Rosa International Middle School students who on June 15 placed second in the nation at the National History Day (NHD) competition for their Junior Group Documentary on local Camden County hero Josiah DuBois.

Working under the 2017 theme for the contest, Taking a Stand in History, the team created a documentary titled "The Statement that Revealed the Truth: Josiah DuBois, an American Holocaust Hero."

After completing a project, students compete in a series of contests beginning at the local level. The top students in all 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and international schools are given the opportunity to attend the National Contest.

"The work students put into these projects is astounding," said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. "To make it to the National Contest is a remarkable achievement. Less than 1% of all projects make it to this level. It requires a superb level of research and critical thinking skills. I am confident we will continue to see great things from all of these students, because the skills learned through competing in NHD help prepare students for success in college and career."

More than 300 historians and education professionals evaluate the students' work at the national competition. $150,000 in scholarships were awarded at the national awards ceremony and more than 100 students took home cash prizes between $250 and $1,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.

Kudos to the Rosa NHD team and adviser Mrs. Christy Marrella on this fantastic accomplishment!

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Cherry Hill West Music Students Sweep Multiple Categories in Competition

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School West music students for their stellar showing at the Washington DC Music Festival on May 6. West Singers, Men of Note, Chamber Singers, and Fermata all took first place in their category with Superior Ratings, while the Symphonic Choir received an Excellent Rating.

The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble also took first place honors in their divisions with Superior Ratings. Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble won the Best Overall trophies for obtaining the highest scores. Individually, Michael Lazarow won a medal as the Outstanding Vocal Soloist, Donvan Dunoff won a medal as the Outstanding Accompanist (via Beat Box!) and Miles Smith won a medal as the Outstanding Jazz Soloist. The Jazz Ensemble scored a 99 out of 100 from one judge and 98 out of 100 from the other, marking the highest national score the West Jazz Ensemble has ever earned.

West's Spring Vocal Concert will take place on Thursday, May 18 at 7 pm. The Instrumental "Pops" Concert will take place on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 pm. Both shows are free of charge and open to the public.

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Cherry Hill High School East Jazz Band Earns Top Honors at Jazz Festival

Congratulations to the members of the Cherry Hill East Jazz Band, who finished their festival competitions with another rating of "Superior." The band competed against bands from around the Delaware Valley area at Neshaminy High School on May 5. The judges were professional jazz soloists the Jim McFalls Quintet. Also awarded was Best soloist East senior saxophonist Caleb Murtha. Best musician bassist went to East junior Elizabeth Bishop. The band was awarded Best Rhythm Section and Best Trumpet Section.

The award winning East jazz bands and orchestras will close out the season with their Spring Concert Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

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Three CHPS Schools Named National Schools of Character

Congratulations to A. Russell Knight Elementary, Richard Stockton Elementary, and Rosa International Middle School for earning the designation of 2017 National School of Character by! These schools are among 83 schools from 21 states named 2017 National Schools of Character. Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, Knight, Stockton and Rosa were found to be exemplary models of character development. This is both Stockton Elementary School's and Rosa Middle School's second designation as a National School of Character. Stockton earned their first national designation in 2012 and Rosa earned theirs in 2008. John A. Carusi Middle School also holds two National School of Character designations, one in 2011 and one in 2016. A complete list of all CHPS National Schools of Character throughout the years may be found on the "About CHPS" page of this web site. will honor the 2017 designated schools and districts at its 24th National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 20-21, 2017, in Arlington, VA.

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J.F. Cooper Elementary and Beck Middle School Math Teams Earn Big Wins at Math Tournament

Student members of J.F. Cooper Elementary School's 5th grade math club, Math Mania, earned multiple first place awards at the Perennial Math Tournanment at Rowan University on April 22, 2017. The 10 student members of Math Mania, Jakayla Adams, Mohit Pathak, Jason Adams, Eva Fields, Reno Rudi, Valerie Wang, Ty Lawrence, Liam Gonzalez, Garv Signal and David Borsky, all participated in the tournament. Mohit Pathak placed 1st in the 5th grade individual competition out of 33 fifth graders competing from throughout the state. Team 22, pictured – Jakayla Allen, Mohit Pathak, Jason Adams, Reno Rudi and Eva Fields – placed 1st out of 12 teams in the fifth grade team competition. The first place winners now have the option of competing at the national competition. Congratulations to all of the Math Mania members and to club advisers Mrs. Christine Guglielmucci, Mrs. Jill Trainor, and Ms. Asia Brown!

Fifteen 6th graders from Beck participated in the Perennial Math Tournament as well. Beck dominated the 6th grade individual competition, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Beck also won the 6th grade group competition with a perfect score. The students are now eligible to take part in the national competition in May. Winners are: 3rd place – Trey Davis-Cortez; 2nd place – Derrin Lerner, Sean Kunz; 1st place – Grant Yoon; Group Competition – Daniel Cohen, Grant Yoon, Rami Awad, Sean Kunz and Derrin Lerner. Congratulations to all!

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Rosa International Middle School Earns National Music Program Award for Third Year in a Row

Rosa International Middle School has been honored, for the third year in a row, with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Rosa is one of only 1 percent of schools in the nation to be recognized with this prestigious award in 2017.

The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

This award recognizes that Rosa is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015 and awaiting state implementation, designates music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

Rosa International Middle School music teachers Sue Mark, Jack Murtha and Scott Graser share the same vision for the music program: to offer every child a wide array of musical experiences and performance opportunities so as to broaden their understanding of and connection with music. They strive to make a connection with every child, allowing them to explore their talents and express themselves through various musical venues. The Rosa music program, under the direction of music teachers Mrs. Sue Mark, Mr. Jack Murtha and Mr. Scott Graser, boasts enrollment numbers of more than 500 in a school of 820 students. Their three bands, jazz band, two orchestras, three choruses, two a cappella groups, an Orff ensemble, recorder ensemble and large musical theater program offer students a broad choice of musical experiences. Besides the normal concert series, Rosa also features a piano recital, vocal solo night, small-group chamber night and multiple community performances throughout the year. Congratulations to all who work to help the Rosa music program thrive!

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Cherry Hill East Jazz Band Earns Top Honors at Festival

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East Jazz Band, who competed with jazz bands from around the Delaware Valley at the 38th annual Pennsbury High School School Jazz Festival on March 30. Pictured with Director Mr. Timothy Keleher, the band received a ranking of "Superior" in the competition. They also received the "Best Saxophone Section" award.

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A. Russell Knight and Bret Harte Elementary Schools Named 2017 NJ Schools of Character

Congratulations to A. Russell Knight Elementary School and Bret Harte Elementary School for earning the prestigious designation of 2017 New Jersey School of Character. Criteria for the designations are based on's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts. "You can feel the positive climate in these schools the minute you walk through the door. The students, staff and community are respectful and care about each other, and the academics scores improve," states Nina Kemps, New Jersey Schools of Character Coordinator.

Congratulations also to Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School and Joyce Kilmer Elementary School for being recognized as 2017 New Jersey Honorable Mention Schools of Character.

A Recognition Ceremony for all of the New Jersey schools will take place during the NJASECD Conference on May 19, 2017 at Rider University. The theme of the conference is, "CHARACTER IS FOREVER: Building Your Program to Last!"

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Cherry Hill High School East Marching Band Wins Top Honors

Congratulations to the Cherry Hill High School East Marching Band on finishing their 2016 season with the highest rating of "Superior" at the Pennsbury High School Annual Marching Band Festival. Drum Major Aliya Yu earned the Best Drum Major Award. The Cherry Hill East Marching Band will bring their award-winning field show to the East vs. West football game halftime show Wednesday, November 23. The game starts at 6 pm at Morris Stadium.

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