Harte News Archive


2019-2020 School Supply Lists
2019-2020 School Supply Lists

Please click the link below for the School Supply Lists for each grade!

School Supply Lists

Bret Harte in the News!

Click below to read the Cherry Hill Sun article about the grants received by Bret Harte, Kingston, and the Alternative High School from Sustainable Jersey for Schools.


CHFD/CHPS Fire Safety Survey for Grades 1, 3, 5, and 6
CHFD/CHPS Fire Safety Survey for Grades 1, 3, 5, and 6

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.

Dr. Meloche Presents District Plan to Address Water Testing Results

Superintendent Joseph Meloche at the Board of Education Work Session on November 15, 2016, presented the District's plan to address the results of ongoing water testing in the District. Please click here for letter explaining the plan.

Letter from Dr. Meloche Regarding Lead Testing

Please click HERE for the letter from Dr. Meloche that was sent home regarding Lead Testing at Bret Harte.

Important Beginning of the Year "Paperwork"

As part of the Cherry Hill Public Schools' continuing effort to enact sustainability practices whenever possible, the district this year asks that you complete your beginning-of-the-year "paperwork" electronically.

Please go to www.chclc.org/parents to complete the 4-step process. You will find full, step-by-step instructions with links applicable to your child's grade level. Please complete this important information by September 16, 2016.

Families unable to complete this process online may pick up paper forms at our main office.

Thank you for your support helping us expand our efforts to be "green."

All South Jersey Elementary Band and Orchestra Festivals

Band and Orchestra students of Mr. Beckman (Sharp/Harte), Mr. Weber (Paine/Johnson) and Mrs. Macaulay (Stockton/Barton) participated in the All South Jersey Honors Band and Orchestra Festivals. The Band Festival took place on Saturday, April 23rd at Absegami High School and the String Festival took place on Saturday, April 30 at Cinnaminson HS.

The students pictured in the Slide Show above were nominated by their teachers and played along with the best elementary students in south Jersey.

Joelle K, Eric L, Shruthika P, Brianna S (Harte School), Ricky H, Chris S, Emily B (Sharp School), Chase J, Chancellor B, Andrew W, Isabel H (Paine), Kiran M, Lara S, Donald D (Johnson), Maximillian M, Gina L, Christina W (Barton), Vivian R, Ben X (Stockton).

Cherry Hill fifth grader hopes to spell her way to the top at the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Cherry Hill fifth grader hopes to spell her way to the top at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

As printed in the Cherry Hill Sun on April 21, 2016.

Successful. S-U-C-C-E-S-S-F-U-L. Successful.

That word is a good way to describe Bret Harte Elementary School fifth grader Shruthika Padhy's spelling bee career.

Shruthika has been a finalist and won multiple local, regional and national spelling bees since she began competing in kindergarten.

In May, Shruthika will compete against the best spellers across the United States when she will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the first time. The competition will take place from May 24 to May 26.

Shruthika has built an impressive spelling bee resume over the past six years. She has participated in a variety of spelling and vocabulary competitions at the regional and national levels.

"I love competing in spelling bees because I just love learning all the new words," Shruthika said.

Last year, Shruthika had success at a couple competitions. She was the Grand Champion at MastiSpell, a junior spelling bee for students grade four and under featuring more than 1,000 competitors. In addition, she finished as the second runner-up in the South Asian Spelling Bee New Jersey regional at Rutgers University.

However, Shruthika has never had a chance to go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Many areas of the United States have regional competitions typically sponsored by local media organizations. The winners of those regional competitions are sent to the national competition, with the sponsor helping to front travel and hotel accommodations and other fees.

However, Camden County does not have a regionally-sponsored competition. To remedy this problem, Scripps allowed Bret Harte Elementary School to sponsor its own champion. The top spellers faced off in a school-wide competition earlier this school year. Shruthika won and earned the right to go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

"It was really exciting," Shruthika said of the school competition. "The competition was really fierce. My friends put up a great fight. I was really excited and my teachers were very happy."

One large hurdle facing the Harte champion was paying a $3,450 fee to attend the national spelling bee. In the regional competitions, the sponsor covers most of the fee.

For Shruthika to make the trip to nationals, donors were needed to help pay the fee. A local nonprofit, the National Indo Cooperative Enterprises, a marketing company, Metasense Inc. and tutoring companies C2Education, Kumon and Mathnasium, all donated money to pay for about half of the fee. Shruthika's parents, Uma Padhy and Sujata Sabat, paid the remainder.

Shruthika did not become a spelling sensation overnight. She said becoming a solid competitor in spelling bees takes hours of studying. What helps motivate her is the support she gets from her parents and teachers.

"I practice with them," Shruthika said. "I practice for about two hours a day."

Shruthika said spelling bees go beyond just learning how to spell words. Understanding where words come from and their definitions is just as important.

Another key quality to becoming a good spelling bee competitor is being able to think clearly while on stage. Being on stage doesn't make Shruthika nervous. She prides herself on taking her time and focusing on each word as it is presented to her.

Right now, Shruthika is doing extra preparation ahead of the national competition. She has been going through a copy of Webster's Third New International Dictionary, the official dictionary of the spelling bee.

"I highlight words in there and study them," Shruthika said. "I also use flash cards."

The national spelling bee stretches for multiple days and consists of multiple rounds with multiple elimination points. The competition will begin on Tuesday, May 24 with a written preliminary test. The next day, spellers will participate in a pair of oral spelling rounds. Spellers with the top scores advance to the semifinals. On the evening of May 25, semifinalists participate in another written test. They then advance to a pair of oral rounds on May 26. After the two semifinal oral rounds, between nine and 12 spellers advance to the championship round. The oral rounds of the semifinals are broadcast on ESPN2, and the championship round is broadcast on ESPN.

Shruthika realizes the competition will be fierce and she will be going against students from as high as eighth grade. However, she is excited just to participate and hopes this year's trip will be just the first of many to come.

2016-2017 Student Placement Survey

Please click HERE to read the letter from Dr. Burti regarding student placement for next year.

Please click HERE to follow the link to the 2016-2017 Student Placement Survey

The Survey will close at 4:00 pm on Friday, April 29

12th Annual Volley for Support!
12th Annual Volley for Support!

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

Kindergarten and First Grade Registration

Registration dates and times are now available for children entering public school for the first time as either kindergartners or first graders.

Children must be five years old on or before October 1, 2016 In order to be eligible for kindergarten. If your child is currently enrolled in our pre-kindergarten program and you wish to meet with the school nurse to review medical requirements, you may do so on your scheduled registration day.

Current Kindergarten students in the Cherry Hill Public Schools do not need to re-register for first grade.

All kindergarten and first grade registration is conducted centrally at the Malberg Administration Building at 45 Ranoldo Terrace. Each elementary school has its own registration date. The dates and times are available by clicking here.

The Registration Date for Bret Harte is Thursday, March 3.

The Registration Booklet is available by clicking here or you may pick one up at any Cherry Hill Public School. This booklet contains all of the information, paperwork, and instructions needed in order to register your child.

Please call the school at 856-795-0515 if you have any questions.

Winter Recess

Wednesday, December 23 - Early Dismissal @ 1:00 pm

Afternoon Kindergarten will run from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

School is closed from December 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016

School will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016