School Highlights

Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School Named New Jersey State School of Character

Congratulations to Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School for being named a 2018 New Jersey School of Character (NJSOC) by the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD). Sharp was selected after a rigorous application process to character.org. The school will maintain its status through the year 2020.

J.F. Cooper, James Johnson, and Kingston Elementary Schools all earned the designation of Honorable Mention Schools of Character for the state of New Jersey by character.org.

Sharp will be honored at a special recognition ceremony during the NJASECD Annual Conference in May.

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Cherry Hill High School West Celebrates Television Segment about Virtua Intern Program

Cherry Hill High School West on January 18 held a "Purple Carpet" event premiering the Emmy-winning Classroom Close-Up segment, "Lessons in Medicine." Pictured at the event, from left, are West Principal Dr. Kwame Morton, West Student Activities Coordinator/English Teacher and Cherry Hill Township Councilwoman Ms. Carole Roskoph, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Mr. Steve Beatty, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Meloche, and CHEA President Mr. Steve Redfearn. The segment features West students who participate in the high school's health care internship program, in its second year at Virtua Voorhees Health System. Also featured in the segment was West Science Teacher Mrs. Sondra Castellani, who leads the classroom portion of the internship program. Student participants spoke of how the program helped them find their passion for medicine, making their college decisions easier as they map out their path toward careers. Dr. AnneMarie Palatnik, Virtua's assistant vice president of clinical learning and academic affiliations and the parent of two Cherry Hill alums, marveled at the students' engagement in the program and level of mastery in the learning labs. West be continuing this partnership with Virtua and the District will continue to seek partnerships with other organizations in the Cherry Hill community.

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Joyce Kilmer Elementary Celebrates Season of Giving with Toys for Tots Drive

The students and school community of Joyce Kilmer Elementary School are partnering up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in their Toys for Tots Program. Kilmer is collecting unwrapped toys to be distributed as gifts to less fortunate children in the community. With the help of first grader teacher Mrs. Kristine Helms and the entire staff of Joyce Kilmer School, more than 130 toys were collected.

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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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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 Character.org'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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