Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche announced in a statement at the Board of Education meeting on August 14, 2018 that the bond referendum special election, originally scheduled for October 2, 2018, is postponed. The new special election date will be announced in the coming weeks. Video of the entire August 14, 2018 Board of Education meeting is available on our YouTube channel.
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Dear parents - We are happy to announce that we have chosen to sell prepackaged school supplies for the next school year through School Tool Box. Place your order online and it will be delivered directly to your home address. The suggested order by date is August 12th. Please click here for a flyer with more information.
Hello incoming kindergarten parents! Please click below to view the invitation for the upcoming Meet and Greet with the ARK community on Thursday August 30th.
School Supply lists for 2018-2019 can be accessed by clicking here. They can also be accessed via the ARK website under the parent information tab.
Our new way to keep you in-the-know: "A Minute with Dr. Meloche" videos offer information in one minute or less, on our social media platforms, about hot topics in the District! First up: Our July 9, 2018 segment, in which Dr. Meloche discusses when will we announce how the expected $3.1 million in additional state funding will be used in our schools. This video is now archived on our YouTube channel, with closed captioning.
DRAFT versions of the revised 2018-2019 School Calendar and the proposed 2019-2020 School Calendar are now available. Pending Board of Education approval, these calendars now include inclement weather makeup days taken from Spring Break rather than being added on to the end of the school year. Inclement weather days that occur after March 14, 2019 will be made up during the 2019 Spring Break. Specific makeup dates are listed on the lower right of the 2018-2019 calendar. Inclement weather days that occur after February 16, 2020 will be made up during the 2020 Spring Break. Specific makeup dates are listed on the lower right of the 2019-2020 calendar.
The 2018 Summer Reading titles and assignments for rising 6th through 12th graders are now available online.
Dr. Meloche has issued an important letter regarding the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) field test, to be administered to 5th, 8th and 11th grade students in May. This assessment replaces the NJASK Sciene and NJ Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) administered in previous years. This letter details the process required for refusing the test. Refusals must be received by building principals by Friday, May 4, 2018.
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.
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.
Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. Become a Teal Pumpkin Project Insider to receive resources and updates straight to your inbox to help you spread the word and make this year's Teal Pumpkin Project the most memorable - yet! Last year, almost 18,000 households from all 50 states participated. Here is a neighborhood "get started" guide to help you create a safer, happier Halloween in your community!
The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is sponsoring their annual Red Ribbon Poster Contest. This year's theme is #YOLO SO BE DRUG FREE. A flyer with more information can be found here.
The Alliance is also offering a free seminar: Natural Highs - Supporting Teens in Reducing their Stress (and Ours!). This event will be held on Wednesday, October 25th starting at 7:00pm at Rosa and is open to all parents. Please click here for more information.
Please note that the new safe snack policy goes into effect on Monday October 2, 2017. Click here to read a copy of the letter and to see the list of safe snacks. Thank you for your cooperation in making ARK classrooms a safe place for all children.
The Cherry Hill Fire Department has been a partner with the Cherry Hill School District providing fire safety education for many years. In 2014 we presented a new program entitled "Safety Smart". Safety Smart is a school-based curriculum that links teachers with community safety experts and parents. Safety Smart is being taught in grades 1, 3, 5 and 6 as part of the Physical/Health Education Program.
The goal of the Safety Smart Program is not only to teach students valuable safety skills, but also to have the students put these skills to use outside of the school environment. A valuable tool to help us evaluate the effectiveness of the program is the parent survey. We ask parents/guardians to please take a few minutes to complete an online Parent Survey so we can determine how, if at all, the instruction is being put to use.
Select summer enrichment classes are still open at Cherry Hill High School East in drama, art, photography, graphic design, model rockets, knitting, chess and more for Cherry Hill residents entering grades 5-11. Course descriptions and registration form are available online. Please submit registration form and payment ASAP.
Each year, as part of the Schools of Character program, Character.org recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies. This year ARK was recognized with a 2017 National Promising Practices award for our participation in The Great Kindness Challenge. During the week of January 23, 2017 ARK students performed 4.352 kind acts and raised $486.87 to help build a school and kindness center in Quetta, Pakistan.
We are excited to announce that A. Russell Knight Elementary has been designated a 2017 National School of Character by character.org! Knight is among 83 schools from 21 states named a 2017 National School of Character. Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, Knight was found to be an exemplary model of character development. Character.org will honor the 2017 designated schools and districts at its 24th National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 20-21, 2017, in Arlington, VA.
All Cherry Hill Public Schools are closed for Spring Break from Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, 2017. Schools will reopen for all students and staff on Monday, April 17, 2017 – the makeup day for the inclement weather closure on March 14.
The make-up day for the snow day on March 14, 2017 will be Monday, April 17, 2017.
Volley for Support, the annual faculty and staff volleyball tournament to raise money for charity, is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 5:30 pm at Cherry Hill High School East. All proceeds this year will go to Mothers Matter (www.larenslegacy.org). Admission is $3 per person or FREE to those who wear this year's Volley for Support T-shirt to the event. T-shirt order forms are available by clicking here. Order deadline is Monday, April 3.
We are pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, named A. Russell Knight Elementary School a 2017 New Jersey School of Character. The program recognized ARK as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and ARK's school climate. Criteria for the designation 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.
Congratulations to the entire A. Russell Knight Community on this amazing achievement!
About Character.org: Founded in 1993, Character.org, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools and districts to inspire, educate and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to youth learning how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools.
Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.
Carusi information night for 5th grade students and parents will take place on Thursday January 26th beginning at 7:00 pm. See attachment for more details.
A group of 10 students from A. Russell Knight Elementary School organized and ran a food drive to benefit the Cherry Hill Food Pantry.
Click on the link to see the article from the Cherry Hill Sun.
The Cherry Hill Public Schools is in the process of doing water analysis in all 19 of our buildings. Please see the District's Water Testing Results & Plan page for updated information.
Beginning on or about Monday 10/24/2016, Springdale Road northbound will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC at Evesham Road, extending through the end of the work zone at Lark Lane / Wilderness Drive. Southbound traffic will be using the northbound lane due to the southbound lane being impassable from construction. The intersections with Chateau Drive and Cunningham Lane will be closed during these work times. Morris Drive and Spring Road traffic will only be able to go south on Springdale, no northbound travel will be possible. Local access to the ShopRite store and the Holly Ravine Shopping Center will be permitted. All other Springdale Rd / White Horse Rd northbound traffic will be detoured onto Evesham Road, to Cropwell Road or to Haddonfield-Berlin Road to get around the work area.
This detour will be in place from about 7am through about 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, for about three weeks. Emergency vehicles responding to calls for service within the closed area will have northbound access via radio communication to police officers in the work zone. The restrictions will be lifted at the end of each daily work period and through the weekends.
We are excited for the beginning of the school year. The first day back, Tuesday, September 6, is a 1:00 pm dismissal day. Please click here to read Mr. Park's welcome back letter.
Counselors from our middle schools will visit with our 5th grade students on Friday May 27th during the school day to acclimate our 5th graders to middle school.
Donuts for Dads is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 in the APR from 8:00 - 8:45 pm.
Muffins for Moms is scheduled for Friday, May 20 in the APR from 8:00 - 8:45 am.
Come cheer on teachers & employees from the Cherry Hill School District as they compete in a Volleyball Tournament & raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Friday, April 8th at 5:30 p.m. Cherry Hill East High School. $3.00 admission donation per person OR Wear 2016 VFS T-shirt to event and admission is FREE
Please see the flyer for information and be there 7PM May 1, 2016 at Cherry Hill West HS.
Parent Evening Orientation with A. Russell Knight Staff will be held on Wednesday, May 11, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Please plan to attend without your youngster. Incoming Student Orientation wil be held on Wednesday, May 25 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
Schools will be closed March 21, 2016 - March 25, 2016 for Spring Break