Updated Printable COVID-19 Screening Checklist Available
An updated printable Daily COVID-19 Checklist is available online. The updated checklist includes the latest (1/8/21) guidance from the NJ Department of Health and is ideal for printing and hanging on your refrigerator, bulletin board, bathroom mirror or other prominent area at home.
Community Virtual Town Hall Set for Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Community members are invited to attend the Cherry Hill Public Schools' next Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 7-8:30 pm. The Town Hall will be an open discussion on school configuration, including grade level groupings and “sending schools,” meaning which addresses are assigned to which schools.
We welcome community questions and input. Panelists will address live questions/comments alternately with questions/comments submitted in advance through our question portal. The question portal will be open until noon on January 19.
Please click the link below to join the Virtual Town Hall at 7 pm on January 19:
Or iPhone one-tap :
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International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kBe2d1LBU
January Virtual Town Hall ThoughtExchange Follow-up
We encourage community members to participate in our latest ThoughtExchange as a follow-up to the Virtual CHPS Town Hall on Monday January 11, 2021, now available for viewing on our YouTube channel. The ThoughtExchange will be open until Monday, January 18, 2021 at 5 pm.
Letter from Dr. Meloche Regarding the Violence at the Capitol
Dr. Meloche sent a letter on January 8, 2021 to the Cherry Hill Public Schoools community regarding the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. In addition to the letter is a video from Dr. Meloche, available with closed captioning on our YouTube channel.
Letter to the Community from Dr. Meloche 12/4/20
Please read the letter from Dr. Meloche, sent to the community on December 4, 2020, which addresses frequently asked questions regarding the current situation with all-remote learning.
Dr. Joseph Meloche Named 2021 NJ Superintendent of the Year
WE congratulate our Superintendent, Dr. Joseph Meloche, for being named the 2021 New Jersey Association of School Administrators State Superintendent of the Year!
Dr. Meloche is now a candidate for the National Superintendent of the Year Award by the American Association of School Administrators' (AASA). He will be formally acknowledged by the New Jersey State Board of Education at their Annual Recognition Ceremony on December 2nd.
NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza said, "Joe is a dedicated hard-working professional who continually strives to improve the quality of education for all students. He exemplifies the best a chief education officer can be."
In accepting this prestigious honor, Dr. Meloche said, "This recognition reaffirms my belief that the superintendent provides the critically essential leadership required to afford an academic environment of excellence throughout the district which embraces diversity while motivating and engaging all students to be successful as scholars and as people.”
He continued, “I thank NJASA, the Cherry Hill Board of Education and all district and community involved stakeholders for their support and I look forward to representing New Jersey’s chief education officers on the national level.”
Under Dr. Meloche’s leadership, significant strategic planning processes harnessed the voices and perspectives of a vast cross section of the community resulting in the development of a new mission statement, the creation and launching of full day kindergarten in the district, and the development of multi-year strategic goals. More details about Dr. Meloche's accomplishments leading to the award are available on the NJASA's website.
Reminders Regarding the Transition from All Remote to Hybrid Learning
WE look forward to welcoming our students back to the school buildings in our Hybrid Learning Model! A few friendly reminders about what to expect are available online.
Announcement Regarding the Hybrid Learning Model 11/11/20
At the Board of Education Work Session on Tuesday evening 11/10/20, Dr. Meloche discussed his follow-up conversation with the Camden County Department of Health regarding the return of Hybrid Learning Model students to our buildings. The Department of Health recommended on Tuesday, 11/10/20 that our students may return to our buildings. We plan to welcome back Hybrid Learning students in Cohort A beginning Tuesday, November 17, and Hybrid Learning students in Cohort B beginning Wednesday, November 18. Special Education students in Cohort A/B will return beginning Tuesday, November 17 and attend Tuesday-Friday each week.
Details are available at the following links. We encourage you to read each of these documents thoroughly:
Superintendent Sends Letter Regarding Upcoming Long Weekend and Holiday Travel
Dr. Meloche on Friday, October 30, 2020 emailed all parents in the Cherry Hill Public Schools a letter regarding potential travel during the long weekend, November 5-8, 2020, and during the upcoming holidays.
Middle School Student and Superintendent Testify at NJ Assembly Education Committee Hearing
Beck Middle School 7th grader Ebele Azikiwe and CHPS Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche testified at the October 22, 2020 NJ Assembly Education Committee hearing, in favor of Bill A3601, which requires public schools to include instruction on accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to American Society.
Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications Now Available
For the fastest response, we strongly encourage families to apply online.
Important Letter Regarding the Beginning of the 2020-2021 School Year
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche and Board of Education (BOE) President Lisa Saidel and BOE Vice President Laurie Neary have released a letter to all parents and staff regarding the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
Please read the letter in its entirety.
Superintendent Releases Statement Following Governor's Press Conference 8/12/20
After Gov. Phil Murphy's press conference which included updates about remote learning options for New Jersey school districts, Dr. Meloche has released a statement regarding our school reopening plans for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
Statement from the Superintendent Regarding Memorandum of Agreement between BOE and CHEA
Superintendent of the Cherry Hill Public Schools Dr. Joseph Meloche at the June 23, 2020 Board of Education Action Meeting announced the ratification of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association for the 2020-2021 school year. Dr. Meloche's statement is available online.
Superintendent's Speech at Juneteenth Demostration Available Online
Cherry Hill Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche spoke on Friday, June 19, 2020 - Juneteenth - at the "Learning Begins Now; Stop the Ignorance" demonstration organized by the Cherry Hill High School East African American Culture Club. The demonstration included a march from the Whole Foods parking lot at Kings Highway and Route 70 to the Cherry Hill Public Library parking lot, where several student leaders and Dr. Meloche spoke. The full text of Dr. Meloche's speech is available online.
Message from the Superintendent 6/12/2020
In the last-Friday-of-the-school-year edition of our Minute with Dr. Meloche, we bring you many updates regarding our virtual graduation ceremonies, summer reading, and the addition of grab-and-go books to our Barton Elementary meal distribution site on June 15! Summer reading titles, assignments and supports are available online. Links to the virtual graduation ceremonies for High Schools East and West, as well as Beck, Carusi and Rosa Middle Schools, were emailed to parents on Friday, 6/12 at 3 pm. Those links and other graduation-related items also are available on our new "subsite" website, WE Graduate 2020.
Message from the Superintendent 6/2/2020
This "Minute with Dr. Meloche is a follow-up to his letter sent to the community on Saturday, May 30, 2020. "Our families of color...are OUR Cherry Hill." New links to additional supports are available on the District website.
Cherry Hill East Students Earn National Merit Scholarships
WE congratulate National Merit Scholarship winners Grace Yoon and Jake Brooks, Cherry Hill High School East Class of 2020! As two of just 2,500 winners chosen from 15,000 finalists nationwide, Grace and Jake won with the winning combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous studies.
Superintendent Outlines Lesson Expectations as School Closure Continues
In his latest "Minute with Dr. Meloche" informational video, the superintendent on April 17, 2020 discussed the next steps in our Continuity of Learning Plan and what's ahead for spring events. On May 4, 2020, Gov. Murphy announced that all New Jersey schools must remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Updates regarding upcoming end-of-year events and recognitions will be shared in the coming days. Online learning will continue through the end of the school year.
Details of lesson expectations, by grade level, are included in the updated Continuity of Learning Plan.
Please direct questions to your child's teacher or principal.
CHPS Students Earn Top Awards at Coriell Science Fair
Congratulations to the CHPS middle and high school students who earned top honors at the Coriell Science Fair, held virtually for the first time on April 4, 2020. The students who placed first and second in their category have been invited to participate in the Delaware Valley Regional Science Fair sponsored by Drexel University. We wish them continued success!
Security in the Cherry Hill Public Schools
Conversation in our community is already buzzing regarding our current projects and what may be to come in the next Bond Referendum. Understandably, school security is a hot topic. Please read our perspective on security, including ways for our community members to be involved constructively.
Procedure for Placing Restrictions on Meal Accounts
Parents who wish to place restrictions on their child's meal account are asked to call the Food Service office at (856) 424-2316 or email Operations Director Anne King at King-Anne@aramark.comParents may stipulate the following:- No breakfast- No second meals- Limits on particular snacks, for example: no fruit snacks, no ice creamIf a parent places a restriction on a child's account, the child will not be able to buy the restricted item(s), even if the child brings in money for the particular item(s). Questions about restrictions should be directed to Anne King at the phone number/email listed above.
Safety & Security Forum Video Now Available, Post-Forum Questions Accepted Via Online Portal
The Cherry Hill Public Schools held a Safety & Security Forum on October 29, 2019, which was open to the public. The video recording of the forum is available on our YouTube channel. Questions and Answers submitted by the community, including those that were not answered during the forum, can be viewed online. Also available online are the panelists' biographies and a chart showing security and mental health support resources at each of our high schools and middle schools, and at the elementary grade level.
10/25/19 Important Statement Regarding Unpaid Meal Charges/Outstanding Food Service Charges
Now available online: A statement from Cherry Hill Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche and Board of Education President Eric Goodwin regarding the district's revised Unpaid Meals Policy.
Joseph D. Sharp Elementary Receives Prestigious 2019 National Blue Ribbon School Designation
Congratulations to the staff, students and families of Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School for being named on September 26, 2019 as a National Blue Ribbon School. A press release about this honor is available online.