Harte News Archive
Click on the links below for more information about our Summer Reading Challenge!
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.
Dr. Neil Burti, Principal of Bret Harte Elementary School, has released an important message regarding an incident at the school this morning, April 11, 2018.
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.
In honor of the NFL playoffs this weekend, the Bret Harte Pep Band played the Eagles fight song – while the school sang along. Click on the link below for the full video.
Be sure to check out the 2017-2018 School Supply Lists for each grade level!
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.
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.
Bret Harte has been named a State School of Character by the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development. (NJASECD).
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.
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.
Please click HERE for the letter from Dr. Meloche that was sent home regarding Lead Testing at Bret Harte.
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."
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).
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.
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
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.
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