Dr. Meloche has released an important letter, sent in an email to all parents and staff, regarding Campus Police in our schools.
Simon's Fund is teaming up with the Cherry Hill School District to offer free heart screenings for any student aged 12-19. The screening will take place on April 21, 2018 at Cherry Hill East High School in the Library Annex located at 1750 Kresson Road. There is no cost for the screening. It has been underwritten by donations to Simon's Heart. A special thanks to the Heart House and Premier Pediatric Cardiology for donating their services.
The screening is intended for students who have never received an ECG exam or been examined by a cardiologist. The screening will look for undetected heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in the young, but is not a substitute for annual pediatric wellness visits. To register, you will need to complete consent, medical and family history forms. You can register online.
Haddonfield-Berlin Road (Route 561) between Ashbrook Road and South Mansfield Blvd will be down to ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION daily from 9 am through 3 pm starting Tuesday, 4/17/18, and lasting for approximately two months, for underground PSE&G gas main replacement work.
This work means traffic will flow in both directions using the northbound lanes – one lane moving in each direction. The work will start at Ashbrook Rd/Haddontowne Ct and will slowly progress north toward Brace Rd, with the altered traffic lanes following the work crews as they move up the road. Police will be on location and will assist motorists with local detours or turning into/from intersections as the work progresses around and through them. Additional details and customer service inquiries/communications may be obtained through the PSE&G information line, 800-436-PSEG (7734).
This area experiences heavy traffic congestion during normal weekdays, and this change in traffic pattern will create additional congestion and delays. Please seek alternate routes around this area if at all possible, utilizing Route 70 or the White Horse Pike (Rt 30) for access to I-295 and crossing over the NJ Turnpike.
Registration for CHPS School-Age Child Care (SACC) and Extended Day Child Care (EDCC) for the 2018-2019 school year is now open. Parents may register their children now online.
The recently modified 2018 PARCC assessment schedule is now set. Assessments will begin Monday, April 16, 2018 with high school testing. Middle school testing will begin Friday, April 20, and elementary school testing will begin Thursday, May 3. Middle school will test one unit per day. The elementary school schedule has been extended for two days.
A full schedule, including make-up dates, details the subjects tested on each day. Additionally, high school graduation assessment requirements for the classes of 2016 through 2021 and beyond, as well as a general calendar for all assessments, are now available.
The Board of Education on March 13, 2018 adopted a Resolution calling for New Jersey Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont Repollet and New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy either to put forth a spending plan that fully funds the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) or, in the event the SFRA cannot be fully funded, make sure the funds available for state aid to schools be fairly and proportionally divided per the SFRA. The resolution further resolved that if full redistribution is not possible this year, that sufficient additional monies be allocated to Underadequacy Aid to close the adequacy gap. A copy of the resolution has been present to the New Jersey Commissioner of Education, the Governor of New Jersey, the State Senator and the State Assemblypersons from Legislative District 6, and the Mayor and Council President of Cherry Hill.
Potential projects to be included in both "Question 1" and "Question 2" of the upcoming Bond Referendum vote on October 2, 2018 were presented at the Board of Education Work Session on March 13, 2018. The PowerPoint presentation details potential projects for each elementary school, middle school, and high schools East and West.
Due to the snow day on March 8, kindergarten registration for Sharp Elementary School has been rescheduled for April 17, 2018 in the Malberg Administration Building at 45 Ranoldo Terrace. Kindergarten registration for Mann Elementary has been rescheduled for April 11, same location.
Dr. Meloche has issued a new statement to the community as of March 2, 2018, regarding safety and security.
Dr. Meloche has issued a letter to the community regarding current events and student demonstrations.
Dr. Meloche has issued a letter to the community regarding the safety and security of our buildings.
Two changes to this year's program:
- The camp is not open on Fridays, as the District is closed on Fridays during the summer.
- Non-resident employees of the BOE may now enroll their children in the camp.
The camp, for children who will enter grades 1 through 6 in September 2018, runs from June 25 through August 16, 2018, and is closed July 4.
An important letter about influenza is now available online.
The 2018-2019 High School Course Selection Booklet for both high schools East and West is available online. The booklet also is available in the school libraries, and in the offices of school guidance counselors, principals and assistant principals. Also available online is the High School Course of Study Presentation, presented in January to parents of 8th graders.
Kindergarten and first grade pre-registration, for children entering public school for the first time, begins February 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Students currently enrolled in the Cherry Hill Public Schools, including the Barclay Early Childhood Center, do not need to re-register. Details about pre-registration, including dates and times for the school in which you are registering, are now available.
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.