SPARTA, NJ – Several programs are planned to welcome students for a new year at Sparta High School.  Principal Janet Ferraro has organized an orientation for freshmen and new students on August 24.  The program will begin at noon and go until 2 p.m. 

New students will go to homeroom for a “common message” and other information about the school.  They will take a tour of the school, find their classes and try out their new lockers.  Students have been asked to bring their schedule and locker combinations.  The afternoon will culminate with an ice-cream social and mini-activity fair.

Ferrarro has also planned welcome activities for all students on the first day of school.  They will run on an activity schedule with shortened periods to accommodate assemblies at the end of the day. 

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Freshmen will meet in the main gym to hear Mark Farrell.  Motivational speaker Farrell is also a “radio talk show host and on-camera personality” according to his web site.  While he is “visually impaired” he has a driver’s license.  He will speak with the students about “perseverance, knowing how to ask for help and loving yourself.”

All other students will meet in the auditorium to hear a presentation from “World Record Holder, Performing Strongman, Inspirational Speaker and Author Eric Moss.”  Moss’s biography says that as a child he was “allergic to just about everything you can think of,” and his teacher told him he was a “lazy little boy that would never amount to anything.” He found confidence in weight training, becoming a personal trainer and then a strongman and even “New Jersey’s Superman” at 5’7” and 155 lbs.

The summer reading activities for high school students had a new book club format this year.  Developed by English department supervisor Mary Hassenplug, students were given the opportunity to choose from a large variety of books recommended by staff members.  The students registered for a specific book and will be meeting with the staff member on Sept 21 for the book chat according to Ferraro. 

This school year will begin on September 6.  The high school will be welcoming 35 students new to Sparta including 20 new freshmen and 15 upper classmen.  Back to school night for parents is scheduled for Thursday, September 8.