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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Camden County
Cherry Hill School District
Henry C. Beck Middle School is a public school located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with 864 students in grades 6-8.
Highlights
Beck continues to increase focus on Character Education through whole-school initiatives (e.g.. 30 Day Kindness Challenge and Monthly Character Education Breakfasts)
There are a variety of clubs, activities and athletics available to students to extend the school day.
Bridge Club provides students the opportunity to get extra help and mentoring from High School East students.
Awards

Henry C. Beck Middle School was recognized as a 2019 State and National School of Character

Location
950 Cropwell Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Contact
Principal: Mr. Bernie O'Connor
856-424-4505
BOconnor@chclc.org
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Grades
6-8
White 66%
Black 6%
Asian 13%
Hispanic 10%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
864
students
Female 47.6%
Male 52.4%
Economically disadvantaged students 14%
Students with disabilities 18%
English learners 2%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 1%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
288
Grade Percent of total students Students
6th Grade 33%
286
7th Grade 29%
252
8th Grade 38%
326
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English & language arts proficiency
75%
of students

Math proficiency
62%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
4.3
Incidents per year
Violence 10
Weapons 2
Vandalism 1
Substances 1
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 23
Total incidents 37
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
60%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 27%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 21%
Over 15 days 20%
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English 83.9%
Other 7.6%
Chinese 3.0%
Spanish 2.8%
Korean 1.4%
Hebrew 1.3%
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Learn more about Henry C. Beck Middle School.

Mission

Henry C. Beck Middle School staff and students are expected to demonstrate the Core Values of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Responsibility and Compassion. Beck's "Pawsitive" Expectations are exemplified in all aspects of the school setting and it is expected that students and staff will demonstrate the Core Values in all areas of their lives.

Academics

The Cherry Hill Public School (CHPS) District prides itself on providing all children with an education that develops open-minded thinkers with the strong academic and interpersonal skills to thrive in an ever-changing world and make it a better place for all. To meet the challenge of preparing students to be 21st Century learners, the adopted curricula are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and supplemented with integrated technology to enhance student learning and overall performance. CHPS curriculum can be viewed on the curriculum platform Rubicon Atlas at https://www.chclc.org/academics/curriculum.

Sports

Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Coed), Cheerleading (Coed), Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Field Hockey (Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs

Henry C. Beck Middle School has a wide variety of clubs and activities available to students. The clubs and activities include and are not limited to Soccer, Field Hockey, Wrestling, Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, Baseball, Animal Lovers Club, Robotics, Environmental Club, Science Club, Student Government, Yearbook, and Politics Club.

Programs

Henry C. Beck Middle School offers Homework Club and Bridge Club to students after school as well as intramural sports and travel athletic teams, all of which are in addition to the numerous clubs available to students. The Homework Club provides students with a quiet space to do homework under the supervision of a teacher who is available to support them. The Bridge Program is offered in conjunction with students from Cherry Hill High School East and offers students access to tutors who can help them and can also provide the Beck students with information on the high school experience.

Teachers

CHPS prides itself on providing long-term, intensive, and personalized professional development which meets the needs of its entire staff. Professional Development offerings reflect the continuation of many curricular initiatives. Professional learning for staff includes job-embedded, collaborative learning that supports the development of enhanced instructional techniques, the use of assessment for learning and the fostering of learning environments/relationships that are conducive to learning. Over the past few years, the district has refined its work in certain areas and expanded in others through continuously assessing responsiveness of staff to the professional development offered. Professional development decisions are made in conjunction with the DEAC Committee and the building ScIP teams. Opportunities for professional learning are offered both in and out of district, through Flex Options, in-service days, during PLC time, and at the building and district level.

Supports

The Cherry Hill Public School District employs full time ELL teachers at all grade levels in designated magnet schools. Students with disabilities receive services in both general and special education classrooms in various types of programs throughout the school district. Every school in the district has an Intervention and Referral Services team responsible for identifying and supporting struggling students. Every school in the district has a school counselor and in addition, each secondary school offers the services of a SAC. Additionally, every school in the district has a school nurse to oversee the health needs of our students. A full explanation of services offered, including Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) may be found at www.chclc.org/departments/special-education-student-services

Health

The Health and Physical Education program engages students in a variety of physical and learning experiences that are designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. Students are provided with activities that they can use throughout their lives in order to stay healthy and physically fit. They are also given information on how to take care of their bodies. The District currently offers breakfast in each building. At the secondary level, a hot breakfast and smoothie options are available. Policy 8505, Wellness Policy and Nutrient Standards for Meals and Other Foods provides details programs, procedures and curriculum as well as the District and School Level Wellness Committees.

Parents

The Henry C. Beck Middle School PTSA supports the needs of the school community. PTSA has provided grants to classrooms, supported educational initiatives and school social events, and been an invaluable supporter of the school's Character Education Initiative.

Facilities

The Beck Middle School was built in 1970. Renovations and an addition took place in 2000. Each day, the school personnel welcome approximately 900 students in sixth through eighth grade.

School safety

The District plans to continue security facilities upgrades at the middle schools this year. Campus police staff have been assigned to the middle schools. Security and fire drills are conducted as per DOE regulations.

Technology

Access to robust technology platforms and devices empowers our students to meet and exceed academic standards as outlined in the NJ Student Learning Standards for Technology, will support computational thinking, and will prepare CHPS students for life and careers in the 21st Century. Students and staff have access to a variety of technology including virtual reality, chromebooks, laptops, SmartBoards and makerspaces. As outlined on the NJ DOE website, “Readiness in this century demands that students actively engage in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Technology empowers students with real-world data, tools, experts and global outreach to actively engage in solving meaningful problems in all areas of their lives.” CHPS recognizes the need to continuously enhance its technology capacity to bolster its academic program K-12 with a forward-thinking “Future Ready” framework already embraced by the educational community nationwide.

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The Cherry Hill Public School District is committed to a number of initiatives related to excellence, enhancing school communities and the Cherry Hill community at large. The Cherry Hill Public Schools has been named a National District of Character, including 2019 National Schools of Character Beck MS, Cooper ES, Johnson ES, Kingston ES, and Woodcrest ES. 14 CHPS schools have earned the distinction since 2008. Beginning in the fall of 2017, the district began a 5 year plan devoted to Cultural Proficiency/Equity/Character Education. The plan's purpose is to teach CHPS children and staff to live, learn, and work together in a vibrant and diverse world in which mutual respect is the foundation. In an effort to emphasize and maintain a strong, cohesive community, CHPS launched the district's "WE" brand in 2015, using a purple "W" to signify the school color of Cherry Hill High School West, and a red "E" to signify the color of High School East, brought together literally and figuratively to emphasize the district as one community, West AND East. This brand is used in communications, including the CHPS WEEKLY e-newsletter and all social media platforms. 10 of CHPS 19 schools are Sustainable Jersey for Schools certified in recognition of their work toward sustainability: 9 schools certified at Bronze Level and 1 school certified at Silver Level. The Cherry Hill School District also was named to the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll in 2018. Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence School in 2019.

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