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  • Creating a learning environment to foster the ideals of Respect, Responsibility, and Citizenship.

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AHS Student of the Month

  • January 2021:

    Daniel Jacobs

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    Daniel has emerged this school year as an extremely diligent worker.  He is committed to obtaining good grades, and his excellent attendance during the full remote and the hybrid transition has been consistent and constant.  Daniel works hard to complete every assignment as thoroughly as possible.  He has embraced our core values of respect, responsibility, and citizenship. Daniel's behavior and work habits serve as good examples to his peers.

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  • NOVEMEBER 2020:

    Cameron Brown

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    Cameron is an extremely hard working student, who is committed to our core values of resepct, responsibility. citizenship.  He is devoted to attaining the best grades he can during this unque time in his education.  Cameron has thoroughly, completed every assignment online and participates in all clssroom discussions. His witty sense of humor and kind smile are a pleaseure to have in class. He has demonstarted persevernace to graduate under these extenuating circumstances.

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  • OCTOBER 2020:

    Joe Passio
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    Joe is a member of  our Student Council, townhall meetings with administrators, and an active member of our school's pandemic committe.  He shines academically, as well as, behaviorally, personifying our core values, of respect, responsibility, and citizenship in every wayo his highest potential in and out of the classroom, particualrly during this difficult time. He is a true role model for present and future students of AHS.

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  • SEPTEMBER 2020:

    Alexis Cuellar

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    Alexis has SHINED academically, as well as behaviorally, PERSONIFYING OUR CORE VALUES of respect, responsibility, and citizenship in every way.  Alexis attends school daily and consistently works to her highest potential. She has particularly shown a great deal of maturity and accountability during this difficult time in her education.  Alexis is a true role model for present and future students.

     

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AHS News

  • WELCOME IMAGE MRS. LAUREN GIORDANO

    On February 8, 2021, the Alternative High School recveived a new principal.  Mrs. Giordano, has been getting to know staff and students, and is extremely happy to be back in the Cherry Hill School District.  Please click here for a letter frrom Mrs. Giordano.

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    Water is an essential element to survive! 

    Without water there would be no life on Earth!

     

    The ¨Thirst Project¨ is a nonprofit organization that works with the support of young people to END the global water crisis by building freshwater wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water. Why Water? Health and Sanitation: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than HIV, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis.

    With your help, we can give water. With your help, we can give life.

    If we collect $25, we will give one person safe, clean drinking water for the rest of their life.

    If we collect $50, we will give two people safe, clean drinking water for life as they start their family and build their lives together in their community.

    If we collect $100, we will give an entire family of four access to safe, clean drinking water for life.

     In acknowledgement of Black History Month, the Community Service class will be accepting donations  through the month of February for the ¨Thirst Project

    Donation boxes will be located in the AHS Main Office.

    Donations can also be made through mail at:

    Alternative High School

    Community Service Class

    ATTN: Mrs. O'Brien 

    45 Ranoldo Terrace

    Cherry HIll, NJ 08034

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  • Employee Spotlight Beata Paris

    We are excited to welcome, on February 8, 2021, the new principal of the Alternative High School, Mrs. Lauren Giordano.

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    Mrs. Lauren Giordano and Family

    I am elated to rejoin the Cherry Hill School Community. I moved to Cherry Hill when I was three years old. I am a graduate of Cherry Hill West (01), Carusi (96), and Russel Knight (94). Throughout my years as a student in Cherry Hill, I had several impactful teachers and coaches who inspired me to study movement, art, history, and culture. They helped me discover confidence in my talent, get lost in a good book, and the importance of connection.  While in my late teens and early twenties I traveled across a few continents, visiting several countries. In my travels, I started to comprehend the unique and magnificent contribution each human has to offer this planet. My love for listening and learning from humans of all ages continued to grow.  I often tagged along as a TA assistant or worked some extremely odd jobs, including making hula hoops out of recycled bottles, helping fix shoes in Africa, and cleaning a convent in Italy, to earn the money. After graduating from Rutgers with a BA in History, I returned to West and served as a teacher and coach for several years before moving onto Kingston Elementary School to teach fifth grade.  For the last few years, I have been serving as the Director of Special Services in Clementon, NJ. A wonderful little community with amazing students and teachers.

    I dedicate time to studying meditation, spirituality, and yoga. However, much is spent learning to play Roblox or build Legos with my son, Joey, and watching my daughter GeorgiaMae make beautiful art or fly across the bars in the gym.  Collectively, the Giordanos’ love dogs, we are fortunate to have two, Laverne and Shirley.

    I am passionate about cultivating opportunities and an inclusive environment for students that offers a platform for growth. I believe CHPS played a colossal role in shaping and driving my experiences. It is such an honor to be able to come back and serve as your principal.  

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  • AHS STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL

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    We excited to have the students return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19.  Please click here for an important message.

    Please remind studets that masks must be worn at all times; including the bus ride to and from school. Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth.

    It is imperative that students bring their charged device to school daily. There are minimal devices available in the building. Students should transport their devices in a backpack and/or device sleeve for protection.

    We look forward to seeing everyone, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

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  • PSAT TESTING

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    PSAT Testing will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  Please read this important letter from Dr. Chapman regarding testing.

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    Meet the new staff at the Alternative High School.  We are excited to welcome them into our learning community.

    Cameron Crawford

    Mr. Cameron Crawford

    English 9, 10, 11, 12, Journalism, HR 6

    I am beyond thrilled and grateful to join the Cherry Hill Alternative High School community. Originally from the state of Oklahoma, I have lived on the East Coast since 2003. I started my career in international development and government relations in Washington, DC, but discovered along the way that my true passion is teaching and making an impact in the lives of young people. My teaching career began in Philadelphia, and during that time I earned my Master of Education (M.Ed) in Special Education degree. I am a singer and writer of poetry. I hold firm beliefs and interest in redemption, equity and justice. My own proud identity as a Persian-American makes me uniquely poised to see the world from a different perspective. I am happily married and a proud father of an inquisitive, creative and caring six year old daughter. 

     Imani Shivers

    Ms. Imani Shivers

    Educational Assistant

    I am a recent graduate from Rutgers University. There, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department. I also graduated with a minor in Sociology. I have been a dance instructor for six years, which has allowed me to teach and influence young minds in a positive way. I am  also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I am very excited to be a part of the Alternative High School, and look forward to the school year.

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  • Senior Recognition Ceremony

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    The AHS Senior Recognition Ceremony will take place virtually on Friday, June 12th at 11 AM.

    1. To view the Senior Recognition Ceremony Live Event, you will first click on the Join Live Stream link below.

    2. If you're viewing the Live Event on a desktop or laptop, select cancel at the pop-up window when prompted to open Microsoft Teams.

    3. If you're viewing the Live Event on a mobile device, you will have to download Microsoft Teams.

    4. Next, if on a desktop or laptop select Watch on the Web. If viewing from a mobile device, Microsoft Teams will open.

    5. Finally, select Join Anonymously.

    Join Live Stream

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  • AMERICAN RED CROSS HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

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    The Alternative High School is proud to announce, senior,  Echo Alexander, as a recipient of the American Red Cross' Hope Scholarship. Echo was selcted for being an active participant in our school's annual blood drive and exhibiting a leadership role in the coordination and recruitment of the blood drive.  He will receive $250 toward his college education. 

    Echo will be attending Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA in the Fall, where he will be studying ecology.

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  • COVID-19 Information

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    Please read the attached newsletter, with helpful information regarding COVID-19, from the Cherry Hill Public Schools Nursing Department. 

    CH Nurses Newsletter Vol 2

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    Additional information about COVID-19 can be found on the district  COVID-19 page. If you are experiencing illness, please seek the help of a medical professional.

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    School is closed.

                    

     We miss you!

     Together we stand strong!

     We can't wait to see you again.

     Be Well!   

    Stay Safe!

    We are the 

    Alternative High School Tigers.

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  • NEW ONLINE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

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    Please read the  attached letter from Dr. Chapman regarding the new online learning expectations that will take place starting, March 30, 2020.

    Letter From Dr. Chapman

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  • POSTPONED: Parent University and Resource Fair

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    This event is postponed until further notice.

    The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Cherry Hill Public Schools will later host an evening filled with useful information and helpful resources for both you and your children.

    Please view this online flyer for more information.

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  • AHS Student Council Elections! The Votes Are In!

    Student Council Winners

    The Alternative High School held Student Government Elections on Friday, October 4, during morning homeroom. The candidates spent a week of campaigning and each presented a platform speech on Wednesday, October 2. On Thursday, October 3, the Alternative High School held a Presidential debate, in which all 5 candidates where able to discuss their views on questions presented by Mr. Arno. After counting the votes, the race for the office of Vice-President ended in a tie. A runoff election was held on Monday, October 7, during morning homeroom. The Alternative High School is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Officers of the AHS Student Government Association:Echo Alexander - President, Sophia Gawronski - Vice President, Joe PAssio - Secretary, Tara Adams -Treasurer. CONGRATULATIONS to the winners, and THANK YOU to all who were courageous enough to run!

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  • Back To School Breakfast

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    The Principal and staff of the Alternative High School invite you to join us for our "Back to School Breakfast". Please click on the link above for a letter from Dr. Chapman.

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  • Coronavirus Information

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    Information from the NJ Department of Health pertaining to the Coronavirus for K-12 Schools can be viewed online here.

    Further information can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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  • Survey Regarding 4-Day In-Person Learning Now Available

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    The survey mentioned in an email sent to all parents on Friday, February 19, 2021 is now live in the Genesis portal. Friday's email notified parents that the tentative date for bringing all Hybrid Learners at all grade levels into our buildings 4 days per week is March 9, 2021.

    Parents on Monday, February 22, 2021 were emailed a letter a document listing items to consider, and a document regarding our ventilation protocols for review prior to completing the survey.

    The survey will be open through Saturday, February 27, 2021.

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  • Dr. Meloche and Fellow Camden County Superintendents Ask Governor for Expedited COVID-19 Vaccinations for Educators

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    Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche, on behalf of superintendents and educational leaders in Camden County, wrote a letter to Gov. Murphy on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 to advocate for expedited COVID-19 vaccinations for educators. "Direct and prioritzed accessibility to vaccinations is an absolute requirement for us to move forward in expanding the learning experience," Dr. Meloche wrote in the letter. 

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  • Town Hall on Budget & Funding 2/16/21

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    In anticipation of the upcoming presentation of the 2021-2022 District Budget, and our continued efforts to secure fair funding, a Town Hall was held Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Topics included: What's in the District Budget? Where does the money go? What are the spending and funding parameters? A video recording of the meeting is now posted on our YouTube channel.

    The presentation at the beginning of the meeting is available on the Budget page of this website.

     

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