District News

Mental Health Check-Up Available to All CHPS High School Students

With parental permission, all Cherry Hill High School students are offered the opportunity to participate in a mental health check-up called Behavioral Health (BH) Works. BH-Works was developed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The program is free, voluntary and confidential.

For most parents, this screening will reassure you that your teen is just experiencing typical "growing pains." For other parents, the screening can help you pinpoint a problem in its early stages, giving you the ability to secure needed help for your teen and reduce the chance that a more significant problem will develop in the future.

You are encouraged take advantage of this confidential screening and return the form that was mailed to your home. The letter and consent form also are available from your school guidance office.

The deadline to return consent forms is Friday, February 22, 2019.

Community Forums Regarding Next Bond Referendum Scheduled for February and March

You asked, the BOE is listening! Please attend one of five OPEN PUBLIC FORUMS in February and March to give your input on the next Bond Referendum! Each 75-minute session will be conducted by a professional moderator. Be prepared for group discussions and to share ideas!

  • Thurs 2/7 East Cafeteria, 7 pm
  • Sat 2/9 Carusi Media Center, 11 am
  • Thurs 2/21 Johnson Media Center, 1 pm
  • Mon 2/25 West Media Center, 7 pm
  • Sun 3/10 Rosa Cafeteria, 1 pm

Please RSVP to publicinfo@chclc.org by Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Full Day Kindergarten Information Sessions Offered in February 2019

Full day kindergarten is coming to the Cherry Hill Public Schools for the 2019-2020 school year! Kindergarten preregistration (for children entering public school for the first time) for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on February 1, 2019. Children must be five years old on or before October 1, 2019 in order to be eligible for kindergarten. Specific school registration dates, as well as information on the registration process, are available online.

Please attend one of our Full Day Kindergarten Community Information Sessions in February at one of the following Cherry Hill locations:

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7-9 am, Malberg Administration Building, 45 Ranoldo Terrace
  • CANCELLED: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – 7-9 pm, Jewish Community Center, Social Hall 1301 Springdale Road
  • NEW DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 7-9 pm, Jewish Community Center, Social Hall 1301 Springdale Road
  • Monday, February 25, 2019 - 1-3 pm Trinity Presbyterian Church, Community Room 499 Marlton Pike East
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7-9 pm, Malberg Administration Building, 45 Ranoldo Terrace
Kindergarten Registration and Middle School Open Enrollment Information, Dates and Locations Now Available

Kindergarten and first grade registration (for children entering public school for the first time) for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on February 1, 2019. Children must be five years old on before October 1, 2019 in order to be eligible for kindergarten. Dates for registration at specific schools, as well as information on the registration process, are available online.

Dates and times for the CHPS Middle School Information Nights for 5th graders and their parents, and well as information regarding the open enrollment application process, are now available online.

An Important Message from Dr. Joseph Meloche, Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I am having surgery on Monday, January 14th and will be out of the district for at least two months.

I have been going through a series of tests since September and I must have the Mitral Valve and the Aortic Valve in my heart replaced. During an open heart procedure two mechanical valves will replace the current valves.

The prognosis is positive and I am with a wonderful team of doctors and an excellent surgeon.

I will be completely out of touch with the district for a couple of weeks. During my absence, I have no doubt that the great work that goes on in each of the buildings will continue on a daily basis.

In my absence, CHPS community members should follow the normal chain of command regarding any questions or concerns. This means starting at the building level with your child's teacher, contacting your building principal if the concern is not resolved, and, if the concern still remains unresolved, contacting Assistant Superintendent Dr. Justin Smith at justsmith@chclc.org or (856) 429-5600 extension 4301.

All district business will continue as usual. Board of Education meetings and Board Committee meetings also will take place as scheduled.

I appreciate your positive thoughts, prayers and acts of kindness toward one another in my absence. I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Sincerely,

Joseph Meloche

Superintendent, Cherry Hill Public Schools

Preliminary Results of December 11, 2018 Bond Referendum Special Election Show "No" Vote on All 3 Questions

The preliminary results of the December 11, 2018 Bond Referendum Special Election show a "no" vote for all three questions presented to voters. Absentee ballots that are postmarked today, December 11, 2018 will still be accepted by the election office and counted as long as they are received by December 13th.

The Administration and Board will engage in discussion at the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 regarding the next election date.

CHPS Earns Placement on 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll

The Cherry Hill Public Schools is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, CHPS had to, since 2016, 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.

National data from 2018 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. The Cherry Hill Public School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

"Success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students' own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them," said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. "I'm inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school."

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors.

Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts 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;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained 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 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.
  • The College Board also has recognized the Cherry Hill Public Schools for achieving its outcomes among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch).


    Board of Education Adopts Resolution on Underfunding in State Aid to Schools

    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.

    CHPS Seeks Community Input on Website Accessibility

    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.