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Sparta High School Alumnus, Professional Photographer Shares His Story with Students

March 27, 2017

SPARTA,  NJ – The  photography students at Sparta High School had a special guest last week.  Teacher Christie Graham’s former student Chris Szczypala visited the intermediate and advanced photography students talk about his career as a professional photographer.

“I have been teaching at Sparta for over 11 years and its nice when past students come back to ...

Sparta Middle School Student's Poetry Awarded and Published

SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta Middle School student has been awarded third place in a national writing contest.  Kavya Kamath, a seventh-grade student in Cherie Shefferman’s STEP program. 

Shefferman explained the STEP students are able to select an interest group for their academic assistance period at the end of each day. 

“Our Wednesday interest group is Book ...

Sparta High School Sends 20 to DECA Nationals in Calif.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Sparta High School has 20 students headed to California after a strong showing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America or DECA State competition. The Spartan contingency had a number of finalists and first place winners in Atlantic City allowing them to advance to the DECA National competition in Anaheim, California.

Sparta sent approximately 80 students to ...

Sparta Area Students Receive Accolades for College Academic Acheivements

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta area alumni have received recognition for their achievements on their college campuses. 

Katherine Brennan received honors at the 24th Annual Scholars Day Ceremony for having been named 2016 New England Scholar.  The University of Connecticut student has been invited to attend the ceremony because she earned a grade point average of at least 3.7 for the spring and ...

Sparta's Mohawk Avenue School Students Get Heart Smart

SPARTA, N J – The third grade students at Mohawk Avenue School are getting heart smart. School nurse Leslie Huhn is getting creative when teaching students about heart health.

After getting the health lesson in their classroom, students were given diagrams of the heart to fill out and color in.  Huhn made it into a contest awarding a pedometer to each student in the class with the ...

Sparta's Third Grade Students Present Educational Technology to the Board of Education

SPARTA, NJ- Several third grade students made a presentation to the Sparta Board of Education at the March meeting.  Together with Mohawk Avenue School Principal Laura Trent five students took turns at the microphone to proudly explain.how they use technology at their school.

The students demonstrated the way they use simple robots to learn about coding with Wonder Workshop.  Dash ...

Sparta Middle School Student Competes in the Semifinal Round Geography Bee

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Middle School student Kiran Duggirala will be representing his school as a semifinalists at the New Jersey National Geographic State [Geography] Bee according to his “very proud” teacher Cherie Shefferman.  Duggirala will be competing at Rowan University on Friday, March 31.

The initial, first round  was held in local schools with fourth through ...

Love of Reading at Sparta's Mohawk Avenue and Alpine Elementary School

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta’s youngest students celebrated Love of Reading with a week of activities.  Mohawk Avenue School and Alpine Elementary School had special days and special guests. 

They wore shirts with words for their classmates to read on one day and shirts with locations they have visited in honor of the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the Places You Will Go.”

The ...

Awards for Sparta High School Robotics Teams at State VEX Competition

CHERRY HILL, NJ – Sparta robots competed at the state championship on Saturday, March 4.  Traveling to the Cherry Hill East High School with their bots, Sparta competed in a field of 140 teams. Three Sparta teams finished with notable success.

Team 5249A finished eighth in the state. The team members Hailey Koerner, Luke Kurian and Lucie Wolfson, led by Conor Smetana, participated ...

Helen Morgan Celebrates Read Across America Week

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta’s Helen Morgan school was busy celebrating Read Across America week.  Each year, schools across the country celebrate a love of reading during the week that coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

On Wednesday, they had Poem in your Pocket day.  As the name suggests, students carried a poem in their pocket, taking it out to share when asked by ...

Why All Parents Should Consider Refusing the PARCC—2017 Edition

March 16, 2017

Hi. My name is Jen Grana – I live in Sparta township and have 3 boys – 2 of which are in the public education system now – a middle schooler, a Kindergartner and a sweet oblivious 2 year old who will be there before I know it I am sure. We spend a lot of time talking about and thinking about public education in our house because we will be knee-deep in it for the next 20 years ...

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Space/Oroho Varsity Letter Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

March 27, 2017

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Senator Steve Oroho (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students that participate in competitive activities other than athletics is headed to the Governor's desk after it was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly.

“Extracurricular activities are an ...