Brad Davis and Tracy Rivera proudly serve as Sparta Middle School's two assistant principals.  They enjoy getting to know the students and guiding them through the challenges of middle school.  In observance of Assistant Principals Week, The Alternative Press wanted to ask them some questions so we could get to know a little more about them:


1. What is your favorite memory from middle school?
Davis:
A fun memory about middle school for me was being able to play baseball for the school team. I played Little League baseball through elementary school but playing for the middle school team felt so much more "professional." Staying after school for practice and taking the late bus home was a brand new experience for me and it made me feel like I was "growing up."

Rivera:
My favorite memory from Middle School is playing field hockey.  My position was center forward and I learned how to work with a team and to take a lead role.  It was rewarding to win, but it was just as rewarding to work collaboratively and learn from mistakes.


2. What do you enjoy most about your position at Sparta Middle School?
Davis:
I enjoy being able to work with this particular age group every day. At this level, students are trying to navigate their way through many different situations; social, academic, and family. Helping them through challenging times and watching them grow during their years here is and always has been the favorite part of my job.
 

 Rivera:
What I enjoy most about my position at the Middle School is being able to connect and converse with the students and staff.  It is great to work with everyone in an effort to reach our goal of acts of kindness in relation to Rachel's Challenge.  I feel it has had a great impact on the school environment.

3. What would you tell an incoming 6th grader about preparing for middle school?

Davis:
To breathe, take it easy and don't stress. It may all seem overwhelming at first, and that is normal, but there is always someone here to provide you with support and advice. Your middle school experience should be one of the most exciting times of you school career, try to try new things, meet new people and, above all, have fun.
 

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Rivera:
As an incoming 6th grader you should know that the Middle School is an opportunity to discovery your interests and allows you multiple opportunities to take charge of your own learning.  There are many new classes that are available to you and you will have choices.  The Middle School experience at first may seem difficult with new class periods, a locker, and new languages, but if you are organized, strive for success, and understand that all students are going through the same thing you will be okay.  You also need to know that all of your teachers, guidance counselors, office staff, and administrators are here for you and will help you with anything throughout your time at SMS.

4. What advice do you have for 8th graders about to enter high school?
Davis:
I know you feel like you can't wait to get out of here and that you are ready to leave us behind in favor of new surroundings and new experiences, however, try to remember all of the valuable life lessons you learned during your years here. Remember all of the decisions you have made for yourself all the experiences that you have had and all of the situations that you handled successfully. Don't forget the mistakes you made, but don't dwell on them either. Learn from them and know that everything you have said and done and have gone through up until this point has helped to make you the young adult you are now.

Rivera:
As a freshman at High School you will be faced with many new experiences.  Reflect back on the experiences of Middle School and use them to your advantage to seek out opportunities to grow.  Take on a new class you would never have considered and challenge yourself to always be an up stander.   You are an amazing person and if you set goals for yourself you will achieve them.  It will take hard work, sweat, and maybe tears along the way, but allow your positive attitude and vision to always be your guide.

5. What do you enjoy doing on the weekends?
Davis:
I am usually hanging out with my family either attending my kids' sporting events and activities or just finding fun things to do around town. Now that the warmer weather is finally here, you will find me outside as much as possible either coaching my son's baseball team or shooting hoops in the backyard.
 

 Rivera:
On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my family.  We enjoy watching movies, bike riding, going to workshops to learn how to build things, going to museums, and visiting family in the city.