Home of the Mustangs
Carusi Middle School is the neighborhood middle school on the West side of Cherry Hill. Our school’s enrollment ranges from approximately 960 – 1000 students in grades 6-8. We have exciting staff and students who do incredible things every day. Our school’s focus on the whole child provides opportunities for students to grow in academic and extracurricular areas. Our curriculum focuses on academic excellence and has the three pillars of character (Respect, Responsibility, and Citizenship) rooted in all we do.
Our goal is to make connections with all our students and empower their passions into learning experiences that foster meaningful contributions to our global community. Becoming a Carusi Mustang is a lifelong commitment. We inspire students to be Caring, Academic, Respectful, Unparalleled Students with Integrity. We are proud of all of our students and their awesome accomplishments – within and beyond Carusi!
Dr. John J. Cafagna, Principal
- 8th Grade Overnight Trip to Washington DC (for those paid and registered) -
Monday, June 3, 2019.
- 6th Gr. Awards Ceremony -
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9am (notifications will be made if your child is getting an award)
- 7th Gr. Awards Ceremony -
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7pm (notifications will be made if your child is getting an award)
- 8th Gr. Awards Ceremony -
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7pm (notifications will be sent if your child is getting an award)
- 8th Grade Trip to Great Adventure (for those paid and registered) -
Thursday, June 13, 2019
- 8th Grade Dance -
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7pm
- 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony at HS West -
Wednesday, June 19 2019 at 10:00am
- Early Dismissal Days (12:15pm for Middle School) -
Wednesday June 19 - Friday June 21
- Last day of school -
Friday, June 21, 2019
Dr. Meloche has issued an important letter regarding several administrative reassignments in our school district for the 2019-2020 academic year. There are reassignments that will impact Harte Elementary School, Mann Elementary School, Carusi Middle School, and the Curriculum Office.
Greetings Carusi Middle School Community,
As we prepare for the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) which have replaced PARCC assessments please read the two attached letters from the district. These two letters have also been sent home with Carusi students today, March 25, 2019 and can also be found on our website. Click here to view the district letters sent home on March 25, 2019.
More information about the state assessments can be located here: https://www.nj.gov/education/assessment.
Our school district's assessment schedule and information can be located here: https://www.chclc.org/academics/assessment.
The administration of NJSLA to middle school students begins on May 7, 2019. The schedule has been made to have the least impact on our schedule. We encourage 100% participation in these valuable assessments that allow us to identify needs and celebrate successes for our students. These results also provide valuable data to add to our ongoing review of instructional practices to best serve all our students in reaching or exceeding standards while targeting the elimination of any demographic achievement gaps.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to have students present and on-time to minimize interruptions of instruction all year long and even more importantly during the administration of the state assessments.
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Dr. John J. Cafagna
Principal of Carusi Middle School
Following a 38-minute Shelter in Place at Cherry Hill High School East on Friday, May 24, 2019, Principal Dr. Dennis Perry sent a letter to the East community via email. As explained in the letter, during a Shelter in Place, the following procedures are followed:
1. All outside activities are suspended.
2. Exterior doors remain secured.
3. No one is permitted to exit or enter the building.
4. School staff remain in their classrooms and office areas.
5. Classroom doors and windows are secured and students do not change classes.
6. Teachers continue to provide classroom instructions.
7. Fire alarms are disregarded unless otherwise instructed.
8. School staff are notified when the shelter in place is no longer in effect.
On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche testified before the New Jersey Assembly Education Committee regarding the dire shortage of qualified special education teachers across the state. Dr. Meloche's full testimony is available online.
The Cherry Hill Public Schools Administration and Board of Education are committed to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance District wide. A synopsis of ADA-related work in the Cherry Hill Public Schools facilities, as discussed at the May 2019 BOE Business & Facilities Committee Meeting and Work Session, is available online.
The Cherry Hill Police Department has issued the following notice about multiple road work projects taking place around the township through May 20, 2019:
- Kresson Road will have OVERNIGHT ALTERNATING TRAFFIC in the area of the Turnpike bridge, Thursday & Friday 5/16 and 5/17, between 8 pm and 6 am. Traffic will be alternating in one direction at a time, between Howard Johnson Road and Browning Lane; police will be on location.
- Hampton Road eastbound will be CLOSED at Cuthbert Blvd, Monday through Friday between 9 am and 3 pm for two weeks, from 5/20 through 5/31. During these work times, Hampton Rd (southbound only) will be re-opened at Chapel Ave. Detours will be posted.
Please plan routes around these work zones. Congestion and delays will be expected at each location.
"Funding for the Future," a booklet detailing the background of the underfunding Cherry Hill Public Schools by the State of New Jersey, and our "ask" of our state leaders, is available online. The booklet was distributed to NJ Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont Repollet, his team, Senator James Beach, Representatives Pamela Lampitt and Louis Greenwald following their tour of some of our schools on May 7, 2019. The leaders' visit also included a meeting with administration, Board members and community members to discuss our needs. The Commissioner offered his help in securing funding for the District. Updates will be posted on this web site and on District social media.
LaCoyya H. Weathington