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
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
This Life Counts is a suicide awareness and prevention program for tweens, teens, and parents that will be occurring on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in the Cherry Hill High School East Auditorium. Registration starts at 6:45 PM and the program will begin at 7 PM. Please view this flier for more details.
New this year, Student Report Cards are available electronically in the Genesis Parent Portal for all Middle School and High School students. Please read this important letter detailing how to access them.
Registration is now open for the SAT/PSAT 4-Day Workshop and the College Essay 4-Day Workshop, with a choice of two sessions, this summer. Details and registration form are available online.
Cherry Hill Board of Education member and parent Mrs. Jane Scarpellino, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Justin Smith, and CHPS parent and community member Mrs. Miriam Stern testified at the NJ State Assembly Budget Hearing in Trenton on March 27, 2019 to advocate for increased state funding for our district. Mrs. Scarpellino also testified at the NJ State Senate Budget Hearing on March 28, 2019. Available here are Mrs. Scarpellino's statement, Ms. Stern's statement, and Dr. Smith's statement.
After the New Jersey Department of Education announced on Thursday, March 7, 2019, that the Cherry Hill Public Schools (CHPS) will receive $18,424,908 in aid for the 2019-2020 school year, members of the Fair Funding for Cherry Hill Schools Committee, CHPS Administration, the Cherry Hill Board of Education, and Cherry Hill Township met with Assemblypersons Lou Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt on Friday, March 8 to express concerns about the funding. An overview of this meeting, including next steps, is available online.
Cherry Hill Board of Education President Mr. Eric Goodwin and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Meloche have released a statement regarding the years of inadequate funding for our schools. Community members are invited to the Fair Funding Committee Meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month. Next meeting: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7 pm, Malberg Administration Building.
LaCoyya H. Weathington