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River Edge, New Jersey
Bergen County
River Edge School District
Cherry Hill School is a public school located in River Edge, New Jersey with 747 students in grades Pre-K-6.
Highlights
One to One technology initiative in K through Grade Six. Janet Wong's Artist-in-Residence was a tremendous contribution to Cherry Hill School.
C.R.E.A.T.E (Children of River Edge in Academically Talented Students) were recognized for a Grant to support Recycling in our School.
Fourth grade students create their own “CHN” (Cherry Hill News) a Monthly Broadcast .
Awards

We are proud of our fourth grade student who won National Semi-finalist for the best handwriting sponsored by Zaner Bloser. Teacher of the Year Recognition for Cherry Hill School and New Bridge Center. Cherry Hill Scoop “Award” recognizes students and staff for going over and beyond to make our school a better place. Three sixth graders were finalists in a National Science Championship in Georgia. New Jersey Tiered System of Support Grant awarded to Cherry Hill for Early Reading Literacy for grades k-3.

Location
410 Bogert Road
River Edge, NJ 07661
Contact
Principal: Ms. Denise Heitman
201-261-3405
heitmand@riveredgeschools.org
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Grades
Pre-K-6
White 40%
Black 2%
Asian 42%
Hispanic 11%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
747
students
Female 47.0%
Male 53.0%
Economically disadvantaged students 1%
Students with disabilities 17%
English learners 11%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
93
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 6%
44
Kindergarten 13%
98
1st Grade 13%
99
2nd Grade 15%
109
3rd Grade 13%
100
4th Grade 16%
118
5th Grade 11%
80
6th Grade 13%
98
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English & language arts proficiency
86%
of students

Math proficiency
80%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.4
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 3
Total incidents 3
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
83%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 47%
6 to 10 days 31%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 3%
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English 56.2%
Korean 16.5%
Other 15.4%
Spanish 5.1%
Chinese 4.6%
Russian 2.3%
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Learn more about Cherry Hill School.

Mission

Cherry Hill is committed to recognize, appreciate, and respond to the diversity of our students by creating a supportive environment with high standards. Students and teachers are provided with resources and an environment which facilitates learning. An optimum level of physical and emotional health for staff and students is encouraged. Open communication and interaction among staff, students and families creates lifelong learners. Staff model and foster an awareness for students' cultural differences.

Academics

Each subject’s rigorous curriculum is based on alignment to the NJSLS (New Jersey Student Learning Standards). Innovative programs and meaningful use of technology foster advantages for our students to experience an outstanding education. Spanish language, culture, and geography are taught to all students beginning in Kindergarten. Our enrichment program is designed to offer activities and resources in multiple content areas. Various differentiation models are used to support our curricula.

Clubs

Cherry Hill offers a variety of clubs and activities for our students. All clubs take place during the school day. Upper grade students have an option to join band and chorus. The following are examples of our many clubs and activities at Cherry Hill: Student Council; Safety Patrol; Big Buddies; Bridge Buddies; Lunch Bunch; Newcomer Group; Dance Troupe; For Kids Only; Artistically Talented; Orff Ensemble; Chorus Ambassadors; Odyssey of the Mind; Recycle Club

Programs

Cherry HIll School partners with the River Edge Extended Day Care Program to ensure all students are supervised before and after school. The Post-Dismissal Instructional Academy runs once a week to target specific skill deficits of students. There are two cycles for Language Arts and two for Mathematics each running for eight weeks.

Teachers

Our staff is represented by a group of professionals who possess a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, creating a rich foundation for our students. They meet together regularly to discuss curriculum and program offerings. An ongoing staff development program reflects new curriculum initiatives to ensure that new ideas and materials are implemented effectively. We have forged a partnership with Liberty Science Center. This partnership continues to enhance teaching and learning with STEAM projects. After school R.E.A.L. (River Edge Academy for Learning) courses are offered throughout the year through which teachers have an opportunity to learn from one another.

Supports

Response To Intervention targeting specific skill groups: Academic Support includes an in class and pull out model; NJTSS (New Jersey Tiered System of Support) to support reading in primary grades; ESL teachers provide small group instruction for English Language Learners; Intervention and Referral Services; Pupil Assistance Counselors provide school related counseling, social skill groups, character education; Post Dismissal Instructional Academy; Speech and Language related services; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Instructional assistants; Resource Center replacement classes

Health

Nutrition policy, practice;School counseling; Lunch bunch and social groups; Classroom Lessons on Diabetes and Allergy Awareness; 5th and 6th Grade Health Fair; Sun Safety, Nutrition, and Hands only CPR; Cyber Safety; Buddy Bench; Lending Library; Kid's Turn; Primary Project; Classroom Mindfulness Exercise; Suicide Prevention Professional Development; Affiliation with Mental Health Agency, CarePlus, Clinical Social Worker in school 2 days per week.

Parents

Cherry Hill students and staff are fortunate to benefit from our parent and community organizations. We thank our Parent Teacher Organization, RE Police Department-Lead/Adopt a Cop, Arbor Day/Veteran’s Day with RE Town Council and RE Fire Department with Fire Prevention Assemblies. We offer a variety of parent evenings addressing the following topics: Mathematics, Literacy, Technology, ESL support, IEP development, social skills, anxiety, create a parent group, NJSLA.SEPAG- Special Education Parent Advisory Group, New Family Evening, Parent Advisory Meeting, and a Volunteer Meeting. Through the NJTSS Grant we have partnered with the New Jersey Statewide Parent Advocacy Group.(NJSPAN)

Facilities

The original Cherry Hill School building was erected in 1948 with the most recent addition in 2007, expanding with the Annex, New Bridge Center. Cherry Hill School has a media center, one gymnasium, two multi-purpose rooms, an art room, music room, band room, two nurse’s offices, occupational therapy room, and STEAM Lab. There is an outdoor classroom setting. The campus also houses the self-contained special education classrooms, the Child Study Team Suite and Board of Education offices.

School safety

Keeping students and staff safe is the number one priority. All State regulations and guidelines are adhered to. Emergency preparedness plans have been developed, are up-to-date, and continuously reviewed. Administration and staff consistently drill and review safety protocols and equipment to ensure the well being for all. Cherry Hill School enjoys a positive relationship with the River Edge Police Department.

Technology

Cherry Hill School offers each child in grades Kindergarten through six one=on-one technology devices. This enhancement offers opportunities to integrate meaningful technology within each classroom. We have two specialized technology coaches focused on k -2 and 3-6 grade levels. Each participate in modeling lessons in the classroom and offer professional development in technology programs such as the Google Suite, STEAM technology ,online subscriptions supporting the NJSLS (New Jersey State Learning Standards), Technology Standards, and technology enhanced standardized assessments. The school has a re-invented STEAM Lab offering state of the art 3D and 2D printing, Lego boards, Maker space, and electronic resources to support the Engineering and Design Process. Liberty Science Center teams with our teachers and all students to offer exploration, creativity, and authentic science investigation utilizing our STEAM lab.

Early childhood

The River Edge School District offers a general education Pre-K3 class three days per week from 9:00 -11:15 AM and a Pre-K4 class four days per week from 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM. General Education students pay tuition while students with IEP's attend at no cost. Class size is up to 16 students with a teacher and three assistants. There is a waiting list for this program. The District also offers a full day program for Students with Preschool Disabilities. It is an 11 month program , utilizing the principles of ABA, and is offered daily from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

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During the 2018-2019 Cherry Hill School fostered a setting of mutual respect for one another. Cherry Hill School continues its tradition of high expectations and offers many diversified programs. Authentic learning and differentiation models take place to support the 21st century competencies. Students are challenged with opportunities in our Gifted and Talented C.R.E.A.T.E program for Science, ELA, Math and Odyssey of the Mind. Students are invited to participate in chorus, band, dance and art groups. We use age appropriate literature to teach diversity and tolerance. Cherry Hill School uses a proactive approach to support the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying mandate for the students, staff, and parent communities. The developmental progress of the whole child is addressed through a spectrum of academic, social, and emotional programs led by our Pupil Assistance Counselor and River Edge Police Department. Our school celebrates diversity, good citizenship, social responsibility, respect, and offers community service experiences. Student Council initiates school-wide events, promotes positive student government activities, and creates an atmosphere of responsibility. Representatives are involved with ongoing projects that foster community service themes. Technology continues to be infused across the curriculum. In grades kindergarten through six. We are able to provide 1 to 1 experiences for children. Technology literacy instruction includes keyboarding, presentation and research skills through a collaborative teaching approach. Students are using Google Applications for Education, as a source of blended technology. Interactive smart board technology with the use of wireless capabilities. Virtual field trips are opportunities for students to learn from our global society. Our web site is an interactive resource for teachers, students and parents. The district provides online newsletters and videos to further educate and communicate to parents.

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