Yes. The Cherry Hill Public Schools has changed the meal payment system from MySchoolBucks to PaySchools Central. Any money remaining in your MySchoolBucks account from last year will automatically transfer over to your new PaySchools Central account when you register for a PaySchools account. A step-by-step guide to signing up for PaySchools Central is available online. Please note that our District app, available for free on the App Store and on Google Play, has been updated to include PaySchools Central rather than MySchoolBucks.
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Assistant Superintendent/Board Secretary Mrs. Lynn Shugars will provide an update regarding these projects to the Board of Education at the Board Work Session on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7 pm in the Malberg Administration Building Board Room. The meeting also will be live streamed. We will share information online about the projects after that meeting.
District Policy 8820 - Opening Exercises/Ceremonies states in part: "The Board of Education requires the students in each school in the school district to salute the United States flag and repeat the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36-3. The pledge of allegiance shall be rendered with the right hand over the heart, except that students who have a conscientious objection against such pledge or salute, or are children of accredited representatives of foreign governments to whom the United States government extends diplomatic immunity, shall not be required to render such salute and pledge or stand during such pledge or salute, but shall be required to show full respect to the flag while the pledge is being given."
The full policy may be found online. All District policies are available on the District web site under the "Our District" pull-down menu, by clicking the link "Policies and Procedures." Policies may be searched using keywords.
No. The Board is approving a transfer of funds, through a resolution on the agenda of the July 23, 2019 Board meeting, within the Capital Projects Fund (Fund 30) from finished or dormant projects into the East Auditorium Parapet Wall Project (project 8132).
As was discussed at the March 2019 Business and Facilities Committee meeting, and again during the 2019-20 budget presentation, $1,000,000 of the funding for project 8132 would come from capital reserve funds, and the remainder would come from funds that had already been appropriated into Fund 30 for previous projects. The construction bid for project 8132 was Board approved at the June 25, 2019 Board meeting to D'Andrea Construction in the amount of $2,639,000. The resolution on the July 23, 2019 agenda will move $1,914,312.09 from various finished or dormant projects into project 8132. This amount, in addition to the $1,000,000 already approved as a withdrawal from the capital reserve fund during the approval of the 2019-20 budget, will fund contractor costs, architectural fees and any other costs associated with the project. The Board is required to approve, through a Board resolution, any transfer of funds within the capital projects fund.
The Cherry Hill Public Schools' website accessibility coordinator is Assistant Director of Technology Mr. Marc Plevinsky. Mr. Plevinsky may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (856) 489-7663.
When a high school student wants to transfer from one high school to another, the parent should contact the student's current guidance counselor. The contact information for each high school's guidance department is available on the respective school web sites.
The Cherry Hill Public Schools' accessibility policy, Policy 1511 - Board of Education Web Site Accessibility, is on the District web site, www.chclc.org, under the "Our District" pull-down menu at top of the home page, under the link "Policies and Procedures." As per the policy, every effort is made to ensure that images used on the web site include text equivalents for them. In the event that a user finds an accessibility issue on our web site, at the bottom of each page of the site is a link titled "Difficulty using Assistive Technology with our site?" Users may report issues via this link.
Rosa International Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) school, and has been continuously authorized as such since 2001. The MYP has been delivered with fidelity at Rosa since its authorization.
The District does not require a math packet for incoming 9th graders. There are, however, links summer math enrichment on our middle schools' web sites. These links offer suggestions for summer math practice for rising 9th graders, but completing them is not mandatory. You may find math enrichment suggestions for younger middle schoolers on the middle web sites under the Academics tab.
The main entrance at Woodcrest Elementary School is operational and is being used for visitors to the school during the summer. Students participating in the summer enrichment STEP programs are entering through a different entrance closer to the rooms where the program is held. This entrance is monitored and has a buzzer system for access.
The middle school principals and Assistant Superintendent K-12 Dr. Justin Smith are discussing the pros/cons of overnight field trips and day-long field trips, and the discussion is pointing toward offering day trips instead of overnight trips for middle schoolers. Factors include cost (also an access/equitability issue for our families), liability, and security.
The money to send the three private school teachers to a professional development conference does not come out of the Cherry Hill Public Schools budget.
As the local education agency (LEA), the Cherry Hill Public Schools is responsible for numerous federal grants which provide funding to CHPS and non-public schools within Cherry Hill. This practice is not unique to CHPS and is implemented state wide.The money that is sent to the public school district as funding cannot be given directly to the non-public schools.
If you would like to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, the Annual ESSA Stakeholder meeting is scheduled for August 7, 2019 at the Malberg Administration Building from 2-3:30 pm. The different grant funding sources and allowable uses are reviewed.In this particular instance, Title II funds are being used to send the teachers to professional development. This is an allowable use based on the grant requirements.
Yes, the large windows next to the doors of the Woodcrest Elementary School main entrance are made of tempered glass.
As a District, we continually work to improve the resources devoted to the wellness of all of our students and staff, including the buildings they learn and work in every day. To that end, projects devoted to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance are in progress now and will continue through the summer months and beyond. We are thrilled with the progress on our security suites, as improved safety and security goes hand in hand with improved wellness. All building elements for our new security suites are designed and constructed for ADA and accessibility compliance.
As was discussed at a recent Curriculum & Instruction Committee meeting and during an update presentation to the full Board of Education on April 30, 2019, all students who register for kindergarten will be placed.
Full day kindergarten, which will begin with the first day of the 2019-2020 school year on September 3, 2019, will run the same hours as our regular elementary school hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-3:30 pm.
Our high school tracks are open for community use on the weekends with one important caveat: If there is a team using one of the turf fields at either high school at any time, community use of the track is prohibited.
The costs associated with the Advance Placement (AP) exams for high school AP students are set by College Board®. The cost does not change based on a school or school district. However, fees could appear to be cheaper if a district contributes part of the expense to help parents. In the Cherry Hill Public Schools, families who cannot afford the exams may get help from their school or may ask the College Board® for a waiver.
Transcripts are maintained by each high school. Please contact your alma mater to inquire about your transcripts.
The design will require a slight reconfiguration of the entryway and main office at each of the high schools. The new configuration will have the main office adjacent to the entryway vestibule of each school. Upon entry to the vestibule, visitors will be able to speak to main office staff through a sliding window, which also will allow for drop off of items for students. The vestibule will have locking doors to both the interior and the exterior of the building, with buzz-in access for visitors and students, and swipe card access for staff. This means that visitors no longer will be free to walk through the high school buildings to gain access to the main office or to drop off an item for a student.
Last spring the backstop at Henry C. Beck Middle School was damaged beyond repair so it is being replaced. Beck should have a new backstop in place by early March 2019. The District also is replacing the backstop at John A. Carusi Middle School and at the Cherry Hill High School West softball field. Every baseball and softball field at our high schools and middle schools will be getting new pitching rubbers and break away bases have already been installed for the upcoming season. We are improving our athletic facilities to provide our students with safe and well maintained places to practice and compete.
Parents who live outside of Cherry Hill may not send their children to the Cherry Hill Public Schools except under the very specific circumstances detailed in Board Policy 5111- Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students. Please refer to that policy for a full explanation student residency requirements.
The District received two proposals from firms to help the Board objectively gather as much feedback and information from voters as possible in the aftermath of the December referendum in order to effectively and efficiently plan the next steps to address our district facilities' needs. One proposal was for $14,000; Mrs. Wilson's was for $7,500. In addition to facilitating the five, 75-minute forums, Mrs. Wilson is providing the following:
The District selected Mrs. Wilson not only because her proposal was the most cost effective, but also because of her long term diversified experience working in education. Since her retirement from the Princeton School District she has been working with Boards of Education in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania on strategic planning initiatives, public forums, superintendent searches and policy development.
The work included in the December 2018 Bond was determined from a multitude of sources, one of which was the District-Wide Condition Assessment for the Cherry Hill Public Schools produced by Becica Associates on April 13, 2010 and updated March 5, 2013. Items related to security have been redacted from the report.
To find out which elementary school your child will be assigned to, please call our Registration Office at (856) 429-5600, extension 4430, 4432 or 4436. Our Registration staff can tell you, based on your address, which school your child would attend.