Cedar Hill Preparatory School celebrated its designation as a National Blue Ribbon School!

Cedar Hill Preparatory School is one of 17 New Jersey schools to win the designation as a 2017 Blue Ribbon School from the U.S. Department of Education. Nationally, 342 schools were announced to be Blue Ribbon winners in September 2017.

Preschool - Kindergarten News
Preschool January Activities

Children in PreK3 discussed the importance of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. They learned that everyone should be a friend no matter what we look like on the outside. Children learn at an early age to embrace and accept diversity.

We also discussed winter animals. The children learned that some animals gather their food in fall to prepare for winter when it's more difficult to find food. During winter, these animals hibernate into burrows or caves.

Kindergarten January Activities

In January, the Kindergarten students learned all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The Kindergarten children listened, discussed, and read books about this famous hero.

Visiting the Planetarium was an exciting highlight this month, as well! The children learned all about the solar system and constellations.

Pre- Kindergarten Planetarium

What an awesome experience the Pre- Kindergarten classes had learning about the night sky. We learned the term "constellation" and talked about some of the constellations that are in the night sky. The children had a great time creating their own constellations as well as a planetarium. Our rooms looked amazing as we recreated the night sky on the ceilings.

Super Bowl

The Pre- Kindergarten children are so excited for the upcoming Super Bowl. We decorated helmets and footballs, and every child had the opportunity to place their football under the helmet of the team he or she wants to win. As the saying goes, "May the best team win."


Dinosaurs was the topic in Preschool this week. Children learned that there were many different kinds of dinosaurs that lived long ago but are now extinct. They also learned that archaeologists and paleontologists study dinosaur fossils. Each student was then given the opportunity to make their own dinosaur fossil.

Elementary News
Reflections on 2018

Third grade welcomed the year 2018 by working on a reflection activity. They reflected on all the activities that took place in the previous year. Some of the top activities of the year 2017 were the pajama party, recess, and working on science lab with their classmates!
Mystery Reader Visits Grade 3

Third grade welcomed their first Mystery Reader to their classroom. Mrs. Abena Odukoya, Motunrayo's mom, arrived in the third grade classroom with a big smile on her face. Mrs. Odukoya was given a warm 'drum roll' welcome as she arrived to read a very interesting book, Library Mouse - A World to Explore . The reader is left with an important message,..With teamwork, anything is possible.

Scripps Spelling Bee Competition

1st and 2nd grade completed their 2017-18 Scripps Spelling Bee competition. After holding individual class bees, the winners of each grade faced off against each other. Our first place winner, representing first grade was Vihaan Bal, and our second place winner, representing second grade, was Sophia Lai. 


During indoor recess, 2nd graders have been enjoying piecing together puzzles. In addition to having fun, they have been building teamwork and problem solving skills as they swap strategies to achieve a common goal.

Apple Math

Second grade students were busy with apples, applying concepts of both science and math! First, the children examined their apples and listed their properties. Then, they estimated and measured their apples, and watched apples being sliced into equal parts - fractions! 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

First and Second Graders joined together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by giving their recess time in service to others. Working in their Houses, students made cuddly, fleece blankets to be distributed through Project Linus . This national charity provides blankets to those in need within our community. Thanks to all students for your hard work!

Grade 3 Mystery Reader

Third Grade welcomed a very special mystery reader, Aanya Shah, whose sister Sanah is in third grade. Aanya was a student in Mrs. Kotasthane's third grade class three years ago! It was so nice to have a student who had been part of this class as a mystery reader. She read the book Jumanji

Grade 4 National Geographic Bee

Nine Grade 4 students entered the National Geographic Class Tiebreaker Competition, which lasted through 4 rounds: Nina Barnes, Soham Belur, Caleb Gocher, Joshua Jewett, Joanna Jian, Karthikeya Kodali, Avi Nath, Sidharth Shah, and Avnish Velusamy. Congratulations to Joshua Jewett, our 1st place winner, and Avi Nath, our 2nd place winner! Both students represented Grade 4 in CHP's National Geographic Bee on Jan. 26th.

Middle School News
A Winter Tea Party

Mrs. Whalen’s sixth grade language arts class recently completed the novel The View From Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg. The novel centers around four sixth grade students who come together to form an academic bowl team. Through their separate journeys, they become friends and also a winning team. The group meets every Saturday at 4pm for tea. During this tea service, they bond and realize the importance of courtesy and kindness.
Dr. Randal Pinkett Inspires CHP 5 th Graders to Become Writers

On Wednesday, December 13, Dr. Randal Pinkett, was a guest speaker in Mrs. Whalen’s 5 th grade Language Arts class. Dr. Pinkett, an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and community servant shared his experiences as an author and entrepreneur with the students. He began with asking the students three questions, and from that moment the students were hooked.

The AMC 8 Middle School Math exam results are in!

We are so proud of our thirteen 7th and 8th grade students who competed in the exam, taken by thousands of students nationwide. Congratulations to Heer Patel from 8th grade, CHP's school winner, who scored in the top 1% nationwide! We also congratulate Arjun Agrawal, 8th Grade, as our 2nd place winner, scoring in the top 5% nationwide. They are followed by Vishnu Gade, 8th Grade, who came in 3rd place.

Visit to Assisted Living

On January 25th, students from Mrs. Galiano's and Mr. Mirot's 6A Science Homeroom brought some time travel to the residents of the Stein Assisted Living Residence.. in true science style. These wonderful students teamed up with the senior residents to guess at the use of collected gadgets from the past. They were fascinated by what items helped ease the tasks of farming and household chores! 

Demi Osinubi Keynote Speaker  
Demi Osinubi, a Grade 7 student at Cedar Hill Prep School represented the NJ Orators at the Manhattan Institute Conference in New York City on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017. Demi rendered a dramatic interpretation of the poem, "Lord, Lord, why did you make me black?" He had the honor to present to the U.S. Secretary of HUD, Dr. Benjamin Carson, M.D, privately and then to the conference attendees; NAACP Metuchen-Edison branch's Annual Gala, and the NJ Orators Annual Gala. Demi was then invited to make the rendition again at the 21st Annual Franklin Township Community Breakfast on January 15th, 2018 at the Double Tree Hotel in Somerset, NJ.

CHP Spelling Bee
On January 12th, fourteen contestants competed in our annual Spelling Bee. Congratulations the Anush Polamraju (1st place winner) and Vikram Renganathan (2nd place winner) for their amazing performance! Both will advance to the County Wide Spelling Bee on March 10th with our best wishes!

CHP National Geography Bee Bee
Congratulations to Aarav Gupta
for placing second in this competition and to Vikram Renganathan for winning the CHP National Geography Bee on Friday, Jan. 26. Vikram will now compete in the online NJ State National Geography Bee Qualifying Competition. We wish him well!

Jersey Shore Debate League
Cedar Hill Prep School students monopolized the Jersey Shore Debate League once again. They scored the most wins for percentage points, 2nd place for scores; Fisayo Odukoya won the Golden Gavel. The team also won for being one of the top two teams in the league, Team 1- Arjun Agrawal, Fisayo Odukoya, Abhinav Kumar, Team 2- Krishna Lekhi, Aarav Gupta.

Future City Competition
Six eighth grade students put their best foot forward at the Regional Future City Competition at Rutgers University. The entire eighth grade was challenged both creatively and intellectually with the task to design, create, and plan an “age friendly” city having two innovative engineering solutions to assist senior citizens. One of our teams won the THE AWARD FOR MOST SUSTAINABLE CITY!

Family Fun Night  
Cedar Hill Prep School kicked off its 2017-2018 Family Fun Nights events by hosting “Game Night”. There were games and sports for all ages including basketball, badminton, bowling, bean bag toss, jump ropes, ping pong, board games, and an awesome “glow in the dark dance room.” A great time was had by all! Thank you all for coming out! Join us for our next Family Fun Night Friday, April 27th.

CHP PTO and CHP Education and Research Foundation News
Wednesday, December 12 , CHP students participated in Dress Down for a Cause to support Somerset Community Action Program and raised $244.00.  

February 15, 2018 CHP Father Daughter Dance. 
For Volunteer and Sponsorship information, please contact
Donna at dev@cedarhillprep.com.

Sunday, February 25, 1 - 4pm, Workshop "Leveraging your CHP Education." Save the Date! All are welco me! Please RSVP dev@cedarhillprep.com

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Alumni News

Cedar Hill Prep congratulates one of its own! Alumnus Kayla Hebbon's father was honored by Franklin Township for graduating from the NJ State Chief's Association Command and Leadership Program.

Chase Johnson
2015 Graduate of CHP receives
the 2018 Lawrenceville School's William Welles Award.

Girls Basketball

Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team on a great basketball season! Our girls put up a tremendous fight in each and every game and showed tremendous improvement throughout the season. We had a dedicated group of seven girls who showed up everyday, excited to play! Thanks to Coach Ish and Coach Pinkett who helped the girls tremendously and made it a fun-filled experience for them.
Boys Basketball

Congratulations to the Boys Basketball Team on a great season! The boys showed a ton of heart and competed in every game! They had a great win against Dunellen MS and had several close games. Thanks to Coach Griggs who had the boys working hard and improving throughout the season! 
Welcome Liana Nemiroff! 
I am thrilled to join the Cedar Hill Prep Staff as a Middle School Language Arts teacher. My Bachelor’s Degree is in English and Speech Secondary Education, and my Master’s Degree is in Educational Administration. In my 13 years in education, I have taught 7 th and 8 th grade Language Arts and Performing Arts, as well, and served as a Middle School Vice Principal and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. 
Upcoming Events

February 15
Valentine’s Day Father
and Daughter Dance

February 16
Parent Teacher Conference
School Closed

February 19
Presidents Day
School Closed
February 23
Living History Museum

February 25
Workshop "Leveraging your CHP Education" 1 - 4 pm

March 8
International Day
Preschool - Kindergarten

March 9
Singing and Dancing Competition
12 noon
Open House Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Click Here to Register
Cedar Hill Preparatory School
152 Cedar Grove Lane Somerset, NJ 08873

Phone: 732-356-5400
Fax: 732-356-5409