Sparta Middle School Students of the Third Marking Period

Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Middle School announces their Students of the First Marking Period.  The teachers of the three teams at each grade level recognized two students for their notable actions and contribution to the Sparta Middle School community.

The sixth grade teams are Amber, Topaz and Sapphire.

The Amber team teachers have recognized Alyssa Lasko and Jonathan Bollard. 

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Alyssa Lasko is a kind hearted individual who has a quiet ripple effect on her peers in the classroom.  Her maturity leads her to be a self-disciplined and conscientious student.  Her work ethic sets a standard for excellence, but her humble nature makes her approachable and likeable.

Jonathan Bollard is a caring individual who demonstrates good citizenship with his willingness to help someone in need.  He consistently displays exemplary manners and dazzles his teachers with his technical prowess.  He adds a unique perspective to class discussions.

The Topaz team teachers have recognize Hayden Corbin and Lauren Matus.

Hayden Corbin is a polite young man that works hard.  He is helpful and caring to teachers and his fellow students.

Lauren Matus is very respectful and leads by example.  She is a team player that possesses enthusiasm, knowledge and a strong work ethic.  She is a member of the Student Council and goes above and beyond in everything she does.

The Sapphire team teachers have recognized Vincent Apostolico and Lindsay Pugliese. 

Vincent Apostolico demonstrates tremendous work habits and always tries his best in the classroom.  He is supportive of others and is a kind, caring and compassionate young man.  He shows admirable qualities when working in groups and encourages others as they work toward a common goal.  He will not hesitate to join in classroom discussions and is confident about adding his own opinion(s) on a topic.

Vincent Apostolico demonstrates tremendous work habits and always tries his best in the classroom.  He is supportive of others and is a kind, caring and compassionate young man.  He shows admirable qualities when working in groups and encourages others as they work toward a common goal.  He won’t hesitate to join in classroom discussions and is confident about adding his own opinion(s) on a topic.

The seventh grade teams are Garnet, Ruby and Diamond.

The Garnet team teachers have recognized Gabby Fletcher and Michael Lee.

Gabby Fletcher is considered by all of her teachers to be just such a sweet, caring and helpful young lady.  She is hard working and always approaches each day with a positive attitude.  Gabby is always looking out for her fellow teammates and assisting whenever needed.  We all wish we had one hundred Gabby Fletchers on our team.

Michael Lee is a hard worker and is very conscientious about his work, both in class and at home.  Motivated and personable, Michael approaches his educational experience in a mature, friendly and respectful manner.  We often say that some students “just get it.”  Michael “just gets it”- he knows what is expected of him and he gets the job done to the best of his ability.

The Ruby team teachers have recognized Gregory Puszcz and Kanita Tariq.

Gregory Puszcz is a conscientious student who demonstrates a true love of learning.  He is willing to take academic risks.  He reflects upon and embraces the journey of education.

Kanita Tariq is a self-motivated student who consistently strives for excellence.  Kanita is also a student who loves to learn new things.  She demonstrates a balance between being academically focused while still showing a pleasant sense of humor.

The Diamond team teachers have recognized Lauren Groff and Michele Scaglione.

Lauren Groff is a very conscientious and caring student who maintains commendable grades and achievement in all of her classes.  Lauren exhibits high levels of responsibility and self-advocacy.  Another reason Lauren is successful is that she will self-advocate to find to find out what she needs to do in order to excel, and then follow through by doing whatever is needed.  Lauren manages this while also keeping busy with after school activities, including having a lead role in our school play.  In addition, Lauren makes herself available to help others.  For these reasons, Lauren improves our school environment and she is a great example for other students.

Michele Scaglione is a high-achieving student who maintains excellent academic performance and character attributes which make her a positive influence in her classes.  These attributes include that Michelle is extremely personable and respectful to others, as well as being self-motivated and helpful to others.  Michele has an excellent work ethic which leads to her commendable academic success.  Michele’s work can often be used as an exemplar of excellence.

The eighth grade teams are Jade, Emerald and Pearl.

The Jade team teachers recognized Julia Young and Julia Muth. 

Julia Young is an avid dancer, a member of the National Junior Honor Society and volunteers her time with Pass-It-Along.  She is an extremely polite and helpful student that is always quick to offer a helping hand.  She has maintained a high level of academic success throughout the school year.  We are proud to select Julia as a Student of the Marking Period.

Julia Muth is a conscientious student and avid reader who is willing to work hard in all her classes.  She is kind, caring, and considerate of her classmates and teachers.  Julia balances her academic demands with playing the piano, participating in track and Girls on the Run.  The Jade Team is proud to have this lovely young lady as a student in her final year at middle school.

The Emerald team teachers have recognized Caroline Kepler and Jenson Scott.

Caroline Kepler is a well-mannered student who engages in the classroom and is considerate of those around her.  She takes pride in the work she hands in, and actively participates in the class discussions.  She has the respect of her classmates and they recognize her as a leader.

Jenson Scott responds to challenges with enthusiasm and optimism.  He demonstrates a strong work ethic and pushes himself to improve.  He is helpful and cooperative in class.  He is an all-around nice kid.

The Pearl team teachers have recognized Grant Fletcher and Alexandra Tully. 

Grant Fletcher is a hard working student who leads quietly by setting an example for other students to follow.  He is proactive in asking for help or clarification.  He is an active participant in class discussions and always has his work done on time.  He is respectful and kind to all of those around him.  His teachers would like to recognize him for his hard work and persistence.


Alexandra Tully is one of the hardest working students any of her teachers have ever met.  One of her teachers commented that “if she doesn’t finish something, she uncomplainingly comes in at lunch for as long as it takes to finish.  She advocates for herself if she does not understand something by asking questions because she really wants to get it.”  She is polite and works very well with other students.  She has a contagious smile and is always willing to help others. She is a diligent worker who has dedicated herself to becoming one of the best cellists in the orchestra.  We would like to commend Alex for her hard work and wish her only the best in the future where we know she will shine.

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