Alternative High School News Archive

Student Government Elections
Student Government Elections

Keeping in the spirit of November being an election month, the Alternative High School held Student Government Elections. After a week of campaigning and platform speeches, the school held it's first ever Student Government Election on Friday, November 17. The office of President was clearly decided; however, there was a tie for Vice-President. So, on Monday, November 20, 2017, the voting opened again. This time a Vice President had been elected. The candidate for Secretary was running uncontested. The Alternative High School is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Officers of the AHS Student Government Association: Megan Semple - President, Drew Sagedy - Vice President, Katelyn Castro - Secretary. CONGRATULATIONS to the winners, and THANK YOU to all who were courageous to run!


Cherry Hill Alternative High School's Annual Canned Food Drive
Cherry Hill Alternative High School's Annual Canned Food Drive

The Alternative High school will be collecting canned food items in the Kingston area on Monday, November 20, 2017. Help eliminate hunger in our local area by donating non-perishable food items. All food collected will benefit The Cherry Hill Food and Outreach Council. Please place your items in a bag by your front door by 9am for pick up. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Together, we can make a difference! For further information, please contact the Cherry Hill Alternative High school at 856-429-5600, ext.4452.

OCTOBER: Keeley Barber
OCTOBER: Keeley Barber

Keeley is a very pleasant and highly focused student. Her positive attitude and upbeat personality make her a pleasure to have in class. She excels not only academically, but also behaviorally. Our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship are seen daily in Keeley's kind and friendly manner.

SEPTEMBER: MEGAN SEMPLE
SEPTEMBER: MEGAN SEMPLE

Kind, humble, and artistic are just a few words that describe Megan's outstanding character. She is hard-working, conscientious, and determined to achieve her goals. Megan's positive attitude and contagious smile are a pleasure to have in class. Our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship are seen daily in all she does.

APRIL: Patrick Cannon
APRIL: Patrick Cannon

Patrick has an excellent sense of humor and great attendance. He is a dedicated part of our service learning program. He adheres to all school and classroom rules. Patrick exhibits respect, responsibility, and citizenship daily.

APRIL: Megan Semple
APRIL: Megan Semple

Megan is a very positive, enthusiastic student with consistent behavior and academics. She is an extremely hard worker that displays our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship in all she does. Megan's infectious attitude really allows her to shine.

UPDATE 6/23/17: Summer Enrichment Programs at High School East Still Open
UPDATE 6/23/17: Summer Enrichment Programs at High School East Still Open

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.

Available This Summer: College Essay Workshop, SAT/PSAT and ACT Prep Courses
Available This Summer: College Essay Workshop, SAT/PSAT and ACT Prep Courses

The Cherry Hill Public Schools Guidance Department offers three summer courses to high school students/residents preparing to write their college essay and take the PSAT, SAT and/or ACT exam. Sessions for each course run from July 31-August 3 and August 7-10, with morning, afternoon and evening hours available. Click the links below for details and registration forms for each course.

All checks and registration forms must be submitted to the Guidance Department by Friday, June 16, 2017.

2017 College Essay Prep Course Registration Form

2017 ACT Prep Course Registration Form

2017 SAT/PSAT Prep Course Registration Form

MARCH: JAVIER ROMAN
MARCH: JAVIER ROMAN

Javier is a very polite, well-mannered student, who has come to embrace our core values of respect, responsibility & citizenship.He is an active participant in our service learning program, and is willing to assist any student or staff member.It is a pleasure to see this young man's committment to change his attitude & behavior.

All Cherry Hill Public Schools Closed for Spring Break April 10-14, 2017
All Cherry Hill Public Schools Closed for Spring Break April 10-14, 2017

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.

School Will Be in Session Monday, April 17, As an Inclement Weather Make-up Day
School Will Be in Session Monday, April 17, As an Inclement Weather Make-up Day

The make-up day for the snow day on March 14, 2017 will be Monday, April 17, 2017.

February: Andrew Sagedy
February: Andrew Sagedy

Andrew is a very well-mannered, pleasant young man.He exemplifies our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship in all he does. Andrew ia a very active participant in our service learning program, as well as, a hard-working dedicated student. He is a strong leader, positive role model and a valued addition to our school.

JANUARY: Lily Allen
JANUARY: Lily Allen

Lily is a caring, empathic, and kind young lady. her leadership abilities and dedication to her academics will take her far. Lily is an integral part of our service learning program and exhibits our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship everyday.

DECEMBER: Ian Addis and Owen Thurman
DECEMBER: Ian Addis and Owen Thurman


Ian Addis

Ian has been a great addition to the Alternative High School community. He is a conscientious and hard worker. He has excellent attendance and behavior. Ian has truly embraced our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship.

Owen Thurman

Owen's hard work and commitment to his education shines through again! He has excellent attendance and works very hard in every class. Owen exhibits our core values daily with his respectful manner, responsible outlook, and good citizenship.


NOVEMBER - Katelyn Castro
NOVEMBER - Katelyn Castro

Katelyn is an absolute pleasure to have at the Alternative High School. Her daily effort and attention to our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship have helped her to overcome many challenges. He is a hard worker and a leader in service learning. Katelyn is a wonderful addition to our school.

Water Testing Information Now Available
Water Testing Information Now Available

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.

OCTOBER: Sebastian Potterton

Sebastian is very friendly, polite, and well-mannered. His participation and interaction in the classroom has helped to foster his leadership skills. Sebastian's attitude for succeeding will take him far. He exhibits our core values of respect, responsibility & citizenship daily.

September: Owen Thurman
September: Owen Thurman

Owen is a very polite, considerate young man. His excellent attendance and motivation to do well shine through in all he does. Owen demonstrates our school's core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship through his positive attitude and commitment to learning. He has shown great growth and flexibility in a short time as he adjusts to the Alternative High School Program.

Alternative High School's Gardening Initiative
Alternative High School's Gardening Initiative

Throughout the school year, the Alternative High School students and staff have been making strides in sustainability and beautification of the school grounds. In the Fall, students and staff planted tulips and lilies that have grown beautifully this Spring. Used coffee grounds were collected, recycled, and used as fertilizers. The students also maintained a composter that used scraps from the students' breakfasts and lunches as fertilizers or the vegetable garden. The garden is planted each Spring by the Alternative High School students and staff. It consists of various fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, green beans, kale, potatoes, hot peppers, and tomatillos. Throughout the Summer and Fall, the food grown is picked and sent to a local food pantry. Over the past 3 years that the students and staff have been planting and taking care of the garden, it has improved in health and appearance.

MAY: Chris Markowski
MAY: Chris Markowski

Chris has made considerable improvements in his attendance and his schoolwork. He is an excellent contributor to our service learning program. He follows school rules, and he is a pleasure to have in class. Chris' smile is contagious, and our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship are shown in all he does.

APRIL - Anthony McBean
APRIL - Anthony McBean

Anthony is a well- mannered, polite, young man. He is conscientious, hard working, and a pleasure to have in class. Anthony's positive attitude and leadership skills will take him far. He is not only very respectful, but also an excellent citizen in our school community. His outstanding character shines through in all he does.

The Word Around Town - RESPECT
The Word Around Town - RESPECT
Throughout the month of March, students from the Alternative High School Service Learning Program, have been visiting the first grade classes at Bret Harte. The students from the Alternative high school developed a 45 minute lesson designed to teach the first graders about respect. Each lesson was introduced with a "Sesame Street" clip about respect, followed by class discussion, and a creative art project. Each first grader was asked to complete a "patch" for the Respect Quilt that depicts how they can show respect. The patches were collected and brought back to the Alternative High School. At the Alternative High School, the students and staff created their own "patch" depicting what respect means to them. All patches were assembled into one quilt. The Respect Quilt hangs in the Alternative High School hallway. A poster of the quilt was printed and given to each of the first grades at Bret Harte.
MARCH - Lily Allen
MARCH - Lily Allen

A respectful, responsible, citizen is just one way to describe Lily Allen. Lily is a caring, dependable student, who is eager to learn. She is willing to always lend a helping hand. Lily is an important part of our service learning program. She is not only an active participant, but also helps to organize projects. Lily's tenacity to follow the rules is a big part of her outstanding moral character.

February: Manny Morales
February: Manny Morales

Exhibiting our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship, Manny is extremely mannered and humble. He is a very courteous, polite, and respectful student. He works hard and completes all that is expected of him. Manny is an excellent athlete who shows much dedication to his sport.

January: Sianni Long
January: Sianni Long

Sianni's commitment to learning shines through again! She is kind, caring, and enthusiastic. With her excellent attendance and good grades, Sianni embodies our school's core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship in all she does.

January: Haidi Gillespie
January: Haidi Gillespie

Haidi is artistic and creative. He is a hard-working, respectful student, who displays a solid effort in all he does. His desire to learn and his curiosity make him a pleasure to have in class. Our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship are truly a part of his character.

Alternative High School Helps Save Lives
Alternative High School Helps Save Lives

On December 18, 2015 the Alternative High School's Community Service and Awareness class sponsored a very successful American Red Cross Blood Drive. There were 54 donors who came to donate, and 20 of those donors were FIRST time donors! In fact, donors had to be turned away due to lack of supplies. Each donation of blood can help save up to three lives. A total of 40 productive units was collected, and that is enough blood to help 120 hospital patients' lives.

The Community Service and Awareness course is a new elective offered this year to sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the Alternative High School. It is designed to increase the students' involvement in community affairs and the awareness of community service opportunities and public issues. It gives students an opportunity to reflect on their service- related experiences. They decided to sponsor the blood drive to show support for an 8 year old Burlington County resident, who suffers from childhood cancer. The students were responsible for securing the date, time, and location. They also helped to recruit donors and publicized the drive. The class also learned about blood, the eligibility requirements to give blood, and the donation process.

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a BIG difference in the lives of others.


December:Sianni Long
December:Sianni Long

Sianni's enthusiasm, impeccable manners, and commitment to her education show in all she does. Her dedication to the service learning program and volunteerism has exceeded expectations. Sianni has been a magnificent addition to our school! Her smile is infectious, and her attitude toward others exemplifies the true meaning of respect, responsibility, and citizenship.

November: Dan Zawojski
November: Dan Zawojski

Dan is respectful to his peers and teachers. He stays on task, completes all work, and has a positive attitude toward learning. Dan has been a key part of our community service initiatives. He displays our school's core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship daily.

November: Patrick Cannon
November: Patrick Cannon

Patrick has been a wonderful addition to our school. He is always polite and has a quite sense of humor. Academically, Patrick has shown great progress and consistently completes quality work. Patrick exhibits our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship in all he does.

October: Sebastian Potterton
October: Sebastian Potterton

Sebastian has excellent attendance. He is always on task and completes his work to the best of his ability, giving his best effort everyday. Sebastian is polite, courteous, and demonstrates our school's core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship by modeling them throughout the day. He has done an excellent job of adjusting to the Alterative High School Program.

September: Nicolas Deutsch
September: Nicolas Deutsch

Nic has shown tremendous personal growth upon returning this September. He is engaged and focused on succeeding. Nic is respectful, caring, uplifting, and has a wonderful sense of humor. Nic is very enthusiastic about service learning projects, and he is a great contributor to the school community. He exhibits the core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship daily.

Alternative High School Achieves Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification
Alternative High School Achieves Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification

In the inaugural year of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program, an impressive 59 schools achieved certification. This includes 54 bronze and 5 silver certified schools. The Alternative High School has achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification at the bronze-level. Schools that earn this certification are considered by their peers, professional associations, experts, and civic organizations in New Jersey to be among the leading schools in the state! Five school districts emerged as sustainability leaders by successfully supporting the efforts of multiple schools in their district to achieve program certification including: Egg Harbor Township, Cherry Hill, Medford, Readington, and Wayne.

Bronze certification means a school has made a commitment to sustainability and succeeded in implementing significant first steps. Each school certified at the bronze-level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program's sustainability actions, achieving a minimum of 150 points. These certified schools excel in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, integrating sustainability into student learning and reducing waste.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. Launched in fall 2014, the nonprofit organization provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs.


National School of Character
National School of Character

Cherry Hill Alternative High School once again earns the coveted Character Education Partnership's National Finalist Title for National School of Character!

Our school has embarked on a Character Education and Development journey for the past 5 years that has earned State and National recognition. Our success has been due to the commitment of the faculty and staff to infuse our core values of Respect, Responsibility and Citizenship into every aspect of our student's experience. We have expanded student-initiative and leadership opportunities, have embraced a strengths-based behavioral model school-wide using the Nurtured Heart Approach, and have focused on character as a daily habit, reinforcing character values through service, reflection and action.

What's next? A representative from the National Character Education Partnership will be examining our written application and interviewing key stakeholders to assess whether our school has what it takes to earn the National Award for 2014. Stay Tuned....


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