Cherry Hill Middle School

Winter Newsletter

Administrator's Corner

Mr. Volpe

Upon completion of the first marking period we were able to recognize so many students who made the Honor Roll! We are now well under way with the second marking period and your children are working on so many new things. In eighth grade science, they will work through the Engineering and Design process to develop solutions within given constraints. In seventh grade Language Arts, they are beginning to write Informative Essays, and in sixth grade math they are using fractions, decimals, and percents to solve various problems. Of course, these are just a few of the concepts they are learning, and if you would like to learn more about what, or how, they are doing please call the office to schedule an appointment with your child’s teachers.

In the past few months we were able to purchase two sets of classroom furniture and have plans to buy more over the next several years. We also had three more Smart Boards installed which now means every classroom is fully equipped. With additional support from the Board of Education we were able to replace the bathroom stalls in three of the four bathrooms and three classrooms freshly painted.

At the beginning of the year, each child receives a planner that they will use to record homework assignments, upcoming events, and to use as a bathroom pass. Please help us by checking for your child/children’s planners and asking questions about the homework. Remember to ask your child specifics about what they learned that day to give them one more opportunity to recall the information.

Helping your child with homework or projects in middle school gets tougher as the concepts increase in detail, one website that may be of help is listed below. This website includes many helpful links for each content area.

I look forward to a great year and hope you do too!

Albert Volpe


Cherry Hill Middle School Library

Keep up to date with our library by visiting Mr. Bancells' latest newsletter!

Mrs. Whalen and Miss Alcorn

Mrs. Whalen and Miss Alcorn would like to congratulate the following students who were voted into office at the first National Junior Honor Society meeting: Co-Chairs: Nolan Clancy and Breelyn Young, Treasurer: Haley Roberts, Service Chair: Paige Feeny, Secretary: Makenzie Mullins.

Students in National Junior Honor Society sold bracelets at the end of October to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Thank you to all who participated! Students also made “Trick-or-Treat” bags for patients at Union Hospital on Halloween. During the month of November, students collected canned goods to be donated in our community. Students also sold feathers at lunch to help crown a “Turkey Teacher” for the 2014-2015 school year. Most recently, we helped out with the first CHMS family spaghetti dinner, held before the fall play. We are excited about our service opportunities, and look forward to more opportunities to serve in the future!

Seventh Grade Social Studies

Social Studies – Mrs. Whalen and Mrs. Davis

Students in 7th grade Social Studies are studying the second unit called “Movement.” During this unit, students will identify the factors that influence settlement of people and the transfer of ideas by analyzing Population Issues, Migration Patterns, and the Causes and Effects of Globalization. Students will complete a variety of activities and assignments during this unit, including a Document Analysis, Argumentative Writing Task, quizzes, and tests.

The beginning of a new marking period is a great time to restock school supplies, such as pencils, for class. Occasional email reminders are sent to parents who provided an email address at the beginning of the year. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please email Mrs. Whalen at Upcoming assignments can also be found in your student’s planner.

Mrs. Hoffman, School Nurse

Please visit the Cecil County Public Schools Website for updated information on student vaccines. Click here for new vaccine requirements.

Don’t be Fooled by the Apron

Mr. Sumpter, Cafeteria Manager

My name is Philip W.Sumpter, SNS. I am the Food and Nutrition Manager for the Cherry Hill Middle School. I’d like the community to see the extraordinary job our staff is doing for its benefit.

Two of our staff are Serve Safe Food Protection Certified, two are School Nutrition Association (SNA) Certified level three and one has an AA in Nutrition & Food Management and is SNS Credentialed. All staff members attend training offered by MSDE and CCPS in order to do their best serving the students at Cherry Hill Middle. The staff here at Cherry Hill Middle School has over 60 years in food service and over 40 years in school food service experience.

We serve up fresh fruits and vegetables from local sources so that your child receives peak nutrition for optimum performance. We also offer whole grains whenever possible to increase the fiber and vitamin content of our foods. The snacks we offer are also whole grain, baked or low fat and low salt.

These are special folks on the staff at our school whose job is to help improve students’ concentration and classroom participation, increase standardized test scores, and make sure our kids stay healthy and ready to learn. Amazingly, these members of our educational team perform all of these impressive feats while wearing an apron!

Our Food and Nutrition Program employees make a daily contribution to your child’s educational success. It’s a very simple recipe: research shows that kids who eat well-balanced breakfast and lunch learn better. So the hard work that gets done in our school kitchens every day isn’t just about preparing and serving meals to our kids. It’s also about helping to make good education possible.

We’re proud of our people who do all the hard work, largely unseen by parents, students, and other staff members. Our staff is truly dedicated to your child’s educational success! So don’t be fooled by the aprons – we’re here to help work miracles for our kids every day!

Your Food & Nutrition Staff

Cherry Hill Middle School

Sixth Grade Math

Mrs. Barbara Weaver, Mrs. Elizabeth Berg, & Mr. Matthew Netta

The first marking period flew by quickly! Our math studies turn to The Number System for the second marking period. We move from ratios to reviewing our prior knowledge in adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. In addition, we will be dividing fractions and drawing models to justify our solutions. We will use the greatest common factor and least common multiple of two or more numbers to solve real-life problems. Also, we will be using the traditional algorithm to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with decimals. Finally, we will be studying integers (negative and positive numbers) by ordering, comparing, graphing, and using them in real-life problems. In our accelerated classes we will also be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers. Keeping organized with a binder, tab dividers, and the planner is important for all our 6th graders. Please check your student’s materials to see if anything needs to be replaced at this point (like loose leaf paper and pencils!).

Sixth Grade Social Studies

Ms. Gallaher

“ my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. …- I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes, wonderful things.”

Howard Carter, Tomb of Tutankhamen

In Unit 2, students will be examining 4 ancient river valley civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus River and China) through various resources and by completing a variety of activities/assignments. In November, students will be using the Scientific Method from Science to experiment with mummifying an apple. In December, Mr. Bancells and I will be joining forces to work with students on completing a research project in the Media Center that will either focus on Indus River or China (student choice). The macro-concept that is being highlighted during this unit is contributions, which happens to be very fitting for this time of the year. However additional macro-concepts of structure, pattern and perspective will also be addressed when they occur along our journey of learning this marking period.