Black History Month Essay/Poster/Video Contest Entries Accepted Until 1/30/23
The Cherry Hill African American Civic Association (CHAACA), and co-sponsor, the Cherry Hill Public Library, are accepting entries for the annual Black History Month Essay/Poster/Video Contest.
The contest is open to ALL public school students in Cherry Hill in grades K through 12th. The essay, poster or video must depict an African American inventor that obtained a United States patent through the U.S. Patent Office or African American innovators in their field, i.e., medicine, science, etc. (Example: Dr. Charles Drew developed techniques for large scale blood storage.)
Entries are due by January 30, 2023. Full contest rules and submission instructions are available online.
Reminder to Complete COVID-19 Screening Checklist, Stay Home if Experiencing Symptoms or Awaiting COVID-19 Test Results
IMPORTANT REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS: Please be sure to have your children take the District's daily self-assessment each morning before they leave for school, and follow the recommendations in the self-assessment. If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please contact your school nurse.
A checklist that can be translated into more than 90 languages via our "Select Language" option at the top left corner of this website also is available.
Kindergarten Pre-Registration Now Open
Online pre-registration for kindergarten and 1st grade (for children entering public school for the first time) is now open.
All required documentation must be submitted to the Central Registration Office by March 31, 2023.
Credit Opinion for CHPS Bond Released
Moody's Investor's Service has released their Credit Opinion for the Cherry Hill Public School District, as the district prepares to sell the bonds approved in a public vote on October 6, 2022.
Moody's has assigned the district a rating of Aa2, the third highest rating available.
The one "credit challenge" listed, "narrow reserve position compared to peers," reflects the fact that, by law, the school district is limited in how much money it can keep in reserve.
Applications for Free & Reduced Price Meals Now Available
The federally funded distribution of free meals to all students expired in June 2022. Be sure to fill out the application for Free and Reduced Price Meals on payschoolscentral.com.
Questions? Need a paper copy mailed to you? Contact Alisha Wilson at 856-429-5600 extension 4348.
CHPS Committed to Access
WE are committed to access across the district, with projects completed, projects in progress, and projects planned. Our Capital Reserve Funds provide the foundational funds for one-time expenses to improve educational spaces, make investments in existing infrastructure and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Projects will continue through 2023 and beyond! Text-only list of projects available at CHPS Committed to Access
CHPS Plan for Use of American Rescue Plan ESSER Funds
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides $122 billion in funding to states and school districts to facilitate the reopening and sustain the safe operation of schools.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document on Critical Race Theory Available
Questions about Critical Race Theory and its use in public schools are becoming commonplace in the Cherry Hill community. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the subject is available on this website.
New Service Offers 24/7/365 Support to Families
We are committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families to create a safe and healthy learning environment. In support of our ongoing commitment, we partnered with Care Solace to provide an additional layer of care for our community.
Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their Care Companion™ team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in our community.
Please read the letter from Dr. Meloche for details about this service.
Board of Education to Hold Public Hearing on Superintendent's Contract
A press release regarding the Cherry Hill Board of Education's Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 regarding the Resolution for the Approval of the Superintendent's Contract for currect Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche is available online.
Two CHPS Schools Earn National District of Character Designation
WE are thrilled to announce our TWO character.org National Schools of Character 2021: Joyce Kilmer Elementary School and Cherry Hill High School East! As of today, ALL 19 of our schools have earned the National School of Character designation! Way to go Wildcats & Cougars!
Important Letter from the Superintendent Regarding the WE Return to Learn Schedule
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:
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'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.
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.