District News

  • Board of Education Appoints Supervisor of Special Projects

    On June 25, 2024, the Board of Education will act upon the Superintendent's recommendation to appoint Ms. Carole Roskoph as Supervisor of Special Projects for the Cherry Hill Public Schools beginning July 1, 2024. 

    Please read the letter from Dr. Morton, sent to the West community on June 20, 2024, in anticipation of this appointment.

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  • Communication Audit Results Available

    WE thank the members of the Cherry Hill Public Schools community who participated in the comprehensive Communication Audit conducted earlier this year by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). The full Audit Report is now available online.  

    In the coming weeks, the District will be determining next steps for improving communication based on the recommendations in the report, and will share those plans with the community.

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  • Three CHPS Schools Earn Promising Practice Designations from Character.org

    Promising Practice badge

    WE congratulate John A. Carusi Middle School, Woodcrest Elementary School, and Joyce Kilmer Elementary School for their 2024 Promising Practice Awards from Character.org! Carusi is recognized for its "Reverse Inclusion: Mustangs Mentoring Mustangs" program; Kilmer is recognized for their Dr. Martin Luther King Service Project; and Woodcrest is recognized for its "StoryWalks" program. “Each of these programs and initiatives have demonstrated significant impact and strongly align with the principles that help schools and organizations cultivate a culture of character,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, president of Character.org. More information about the Promising Practice award is on the organization's website.

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Quick Questions and Answers

  • Why aren't the most recent board minutes and agendas posted on the district website? The last postings are from 2019 and earlier. Where are the 2020-2024 agendas/minutes?

    Thank you for your question. All Board of Education minutes from January 11, 2021, to the most recent meeting are posted on the Board Agendas, Minutes and Notes page of the district website. We have updated the large rectangle "button" link labeled "Board of Education Meeting Agendas and Minutes (Link to BoardDocs)" by adding the phrase, "October 2019-Present" to make the location of the most recent agendas clearer. Simply click on the rectangle to access those agendas. Board of Education Agendas and Minutes from January 11, 2011 to October 2019 can be viewed in the archive on the left side of the page.

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  • How do I report trees that need attention on school property? I've noticed one that appears to be dead and another that is encroaching on the sidewalk. The Township referred me to the School Board. Thank you!

    Please contact our Director of Facilities, Stephen Nicolella, at snicolella@chclc.org or (856) 429-5600, extension 4202.

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  • My son will be turning 4 on December 8, 2023. When would he be eligible for public school? I saw an article that pre-school might be expanding soon and wondered when he would be able to go. If he isn't eligible for pre-school, what school year would he be able to start kindergarten?

    The 2023-2024 school year enrollment application period for the Estelle V. Malberg Early Childhood Center has closed. Please check the school's website during the 2023-2024 school year for updates on the application process for the 2024-2025 school year. 

    Your son will be eligible to start kindergarten in September 2025, as all kindergartners must be five years old on or before October 1 of the school year. 

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  • Where can I find working papers online?

    Working papers are available online on the State of New Jersey's website at the following link

    https://www.nj.gov/labor/youngworkers/find-a-job/working-papers/getstarted.shtml

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  • Who is the Cherry Hill Public Schools' Homeless Liaison?

    The Cherry Hill Public Schools' Homeless Liaison is Ms. Bonnie Mingin. You may reach her at bmingin@chclc.org or at (856) 429-5600, extension 4320.

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  • What is the difference between a Lockout, Shelter in Place, and Lockdown?

     

    It can be unnerving to hear about certain protocols taking place in a school for safety and/or security reasons. What’s happening when your child’s school is in “lockout” “shelter in place” or “lockdown”? Here are the procedures followed:

     

    LOCKOUT

    1. All outside activities are suspended.

    2. Exterior doors remain secured.

    3. No one is permitted to exit or enter the building except for outside activities.

    4. Classroom instructions and the change of classes proceed as normal.

     

    SHELTER IN PLACE

    1. All outside activities are suspended.

    2. Exterior doors remain secured.

    3. No one is permitted to exit or enter the building.

    4. School staff remain in their classrooms and office areas.

    5. Classroom doors and windows are secured and there is no change of classes.

    6. Teachers continue to provide classroom instructions.

     

    LOCKDOWN

    1. School staff conducting outside activities relocate to an alternate site off school grounds.

    2. Exterior doors remain secured.

    3. No one is permitted to exit or enter the building.

    4. School staff remain in their classrooms and office areas.

    5. Classroom doors and windows are secured and there is no change of classes.

    6. Lights are turned off and silence is maintained.

    7. Students are relocated, out of sight.

    8. Staff take measures to communicate if an emergency exists at their location.

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  • What is the construction at Beck Middle School concerning?

    As part of the District’s ongoing commitment to ADA Accessibility, the work at Beck Middle School this summer of 2022 is addressing ADA accessibility to the main entrance of the building as well as drainage and damaged asphalt, sidewalks and curbing in the front of the building. 

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  • I heard a rumor that the school district is combining the two high schools and building a new, singular high school on the Springdale Farms property. Is there any truth to this?

    Thank you for contacting us directly with this question. There is no truth to this rumor.

    The Cherry Hill Public School District will continue to operate with two comprehensive high schools, Cherry Hill East and Cherry Hill West, at their current sites. We will be putting up for vote on October 6, 2022 a bond referendum with plans for significant improvements to all of our school buildings. Please visit the Cherry Hill Tomorrow website for details.

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  • Would a junior high student from outside of Cherry Hill Public Schools who is entering high school in Cherry Hill in '23 ever get to visit the high schools before entering 9th grade, such as at an Open House or a shadow day? How would we find out the dates of these events or go about signing up for them?

    WE are thrilled to hear that you are planning for your child to attend one of our high schools in 2023! Students are given the opportunity to visit both of our comprehensive high schools, Cherry Hill High School East and Cherry Hill High School West, before attending. Open House events for eighth grade students and their parents are held each winter. For eighth graders entering high school in the fall of 2023, Cherry West's Open House is tentatively scheduled for January 18, 2023; Cherry Hill East's is tentatively scheduled for January 26, 2023 -- both at 7 pm. If your child is not enrolled in the Cherry Hill Public Schools at that time, please contact the main office of each school to let them know you and your child are interested in attending the open house. If you are unable to attend on those dates, please contact the school to arrange for another visit.  

    The 2023 Open House dates will be added to the District Events Calendar during the summer of 2022. 

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  • Between my three kids, I have over $100 in their lunch accounts that I don't anticipate them ever using. How do I get my money back? Thanks!

    Please contact Ms. Alisha Wilson in our business office at awilson@chclc.org and she will be happy to assist you.

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  • Are your school gymnasiums open in the evening for local residents to walk for exercise purposes? Thanks.

    Because staffing is required to keep our buildings open after hours, the gymnasiums in our schools are not open to the public in the evening except for specific events. 

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