Alternative High School News Archive
New Art Teacher Spotlight
We are so excited for Mrs. Sarah Foley to join the AHS staff.I grew up in South Jersey, lived in The Hudson Valley, NY for 9 years, then moved back to South Jersey recently to be closer to my family. I have worked with K-12, higher education, and special education students teaching general arts, drawing, painting, photography, sewing, ceramics, cultural competency, and sustainability. I also do freelance photography and my favorite type of work is branding/headshots to help others grow their small businesses. In my free time, I like to garden, travel, spend time outside, and with my family. I worked at the Alternative High School for two months in fall 2020, and I am excited to return to this incredible community!
The Malberg Monthly, AHS's school newsletter, for the month of May, is now live. It is a publication of the Cherry Hill Alternative High School's Journalism class under the supervision of Mr. Crawford and Ms. Shivers.
Check it out! The May 2021 issue can be found here THE MALBERG MONTHLY.
THE MALBERG MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
The Malberg Monthly, AHS's school newsletter is now live. It is a publication of the Cherry Hill Alternative High School's Journalism class under the supervision of Mr. Crawford and Ms. Shivers.
Check it out! The April 2021 issue can be found here THE MALBERG MONTHLY
Mental Health Task Force - Community Outreach Program
On Thursday, 3/25/21, at 7 pm, the CHPS Mental Health Task Force presented their Community Outreach Program online, including panelists from High Focus Centers, Penn Medicine, Effective School Solutions, the Cherry Hill Fire Department and more. A recording of the live presentation and its accompanying slides can be viewed online here.
2021 Summer Enrichment Programs
The Cherry Hill Public School District is offering a variety of summer enrichment opportunities at High School East for students entering 5th through 11th grades as well as a Summer Music Enrichment Program at High School West. Please view below the flyers online for more information.
(P)SAT and College Essay Workshops
Cherry Hill Public Schools will be offering P(SAT) and College Essay Workshops in person at East this summer. Please view this flyer online for more information.
The Malberg Monthly, AHS's inaugural school newsletter is now live. It is a publication of the Cherry Hill Alternative High School's Journalism class under the supervision of Mr. Crawford and Ms. Shivers.
Check it out! The March 2021 issue can be found here Malberg Monthly.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!
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.
In acknowledgement of Black History Month, the Community Service Class accepted donations for the ¨Thirst Project.
With the totaled donations of $225.00, the Community Serivce Class was able to provide, TWO an entire families of four, access to safe, clean drinking water for life. They were also able to give one person safe, clean drinking water for the rest of their life!
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped to support this very important project!
We are excited to welcome, on February 8, 2021, the new principal of the Alternative High School, Mrs. Lauren Giordano.
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.
AHS STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL
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.
Meet the new staff at the Alternative High School. We are excited to welcome them into our learning community.
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.
Ms. Imani Shivers
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.
Senior Recognition Ceremony
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.
AMERICAN RED CROSS HOPE SCHOLARSHIP
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.
from Our District Nurses
Please read the attached newsletter, with helpful information regarding COVID-19, from the Cherry Hill Public Schools Nursing Department.
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.
School is closed.
We miss you!
Together we stand strong!
We can't wait to see you again.
We are the
Alternative High School Tigers.
POSTPONED: Parent University and Resource Fair
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.
AHS Student Council Elections! The Votes Are In!
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!
Back To School Breakfast
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.