Education

May 6, 2021

SPARTA, NJ — For the first time in more than a year, Sparta’s high school and middle school students will have a full day with all of their classmates in the building, beginning May 14. The announcement came in a letter from Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney on Wednesday ...

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SPARTA, NJ — May 3 was college decision day this year.  Students at Sparta High School traditionally show their colors, representing the college or organization they will attend after graduation. This year was… well it was what it was.  All the while, the students have continued to shine, with ...

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SPARTA, NJ –The Sparta Board of Education held its annual budget hearing on Thursday.  Without comments from the public or board members the $69,514,447 proposed budget was passed unanimously. The headline from the budget is a decrease in the school tax levy without reduction to staff, programs ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta Middle School has announced the students of the first marking period for the 2020-2021 school year.  The teachers of the three academic teams in each grade level selected two students for their notable actions and contributions to the Sparta Middle School community.  The ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School announced the honor rolls for the 2020-2021 third marking period. According to the guidance department, Honor Roll is determined by a student’s grade point average for all marks earned in a given quarter.  To be named to the Principal’s Scholar list requires a GPA ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident, dad, coach and board of education member Robert Zywicki wears a number of hats, including Superintendent of the Mount Olive School District in Morris County. Zywicki was recently honored by the Morris County Council of Education Association as a “Friend of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities.  Due to the pandemic, some information about the fall 2020 semester was only recently available. Readers are welcome to share their students’ information by emailing jdericks@tapinto.net for future ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta schools are not anticipating cutting any staff or programs in the budget presented by Acting Superintendent at the March board of education meeting. Despite anticipating a loss in state aid of $217,369 the budget presentation shows decrease in the tax levy of $15.97 per ...

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SPARTA, NJ – It may be April but for the young students in Sparta it was their first week with a full day and all of their classmates together in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria and playground at Alpine Elementary, Mohawk Avenue and Helen Morgan Schools. Alpine Elementary School Principal ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School Robotic team member are doing what they usually do, overcoming challenges to reach their goals. In an environment where only 30 teams in the state have been able to organize, down from 150 last year, the Spartans are exhibiting the commitment that got them to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta’s Governor’s Educators of the Year award recipients were recognized at the board of education meeting on Thursday.  Interim Superintendent introduced Principal Ronnie Spring to begin.  The two high school recipients were not in the room but attended remotely.   Spring ...

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SPARTA, NJ — In a year of stops and starts, one step forward and one step back Sparta schools are again taking one step back. The district will be adjusting the schedules in response to the changing coronavirus landscape. “The Sparta Board of Education’s number one goal is to get our students ...

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SPARTA, NJ –The Sparta public school district needs more substitutes and they are willing to pay. Beginning March 22 the rate of pay has moved from $110 to $150 per day.  Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney said anyone interested in the position should apply through the district ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 school calendar at their March meeting on Thursday.  The schedule of closures, early dismissal, parent teacher conferences, first and last days looks much the same as it did for the current year. Teachers begin the school year ...

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SPARTA, NJ – This year Sparta High School has 43 seniors who have earned 44 Seals of Biliteracy.  This achievement is extraordinary, as explained by World Language Supervisor Scott Kurcher as he presented to the board of education in the high school auditorium on Thursday night. He explained ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney announced he will be leaving Sparta School District to become the Superintendent of Wanaque School District, as of June 30, 2021.  The resignation was approved at the Sparta Board of Education’s March meeting on Thursday. With the leave of ...

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NEWTON, NJ—Parents had a lot to say at the Newton Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 9. In an effort to address concerns Superintendent Kennedy Greene spoke about the scheduling that has been in place during the pandemic. Greene and Newton High School Principal Jeff Waldron have been ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Students and staff returned to a full day schedule at the three elementary schools in the Sparta School District Monday, while staffing issues interrupted those plans for the middle and high schools. According to a letter sent by Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney grades six ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta area students have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities.  Due to the pandemic, some information about the fall 2020 semester was only recently available. Andrew Lopuch a biology major and Juleanne Green a theater major were named to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Board of Education made it official on Tuesday night, Matthew Beck will be the new superintendent beginning July 1, 2021.  The vote was 5-0 with Jen Grana, Kate Matteson and Christa Sorensen not present and Michael McGovern ineligible to vote because his wife is a district ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Security was front and center, and in the back as well at the Sparta Board of Education meeting on Thursday.  Following the social media threat made by a man from Wall Township, seven security guards and four police officers were in the cafeteria where the meeting was held. The ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will be voting to hire the next superintendent of schools on Tuesday night. Matthew L. Beck, currently Chief School Administrator for the Fredon Board of Education, is on the board of education’s agenda for Tuesday night. The agenda indicates Beck is ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  Sparta High School announced the honor rolls for the 2020-2021 second marking period.  According to the guidance department, Honor Roll is determined by a student’s grade point average for all marks earned in a given quarter.  To be named to the Principal’s Scholar list requires a ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Middle School has announced the students of the second marking period for the 2020-2021 school year.  The teachers of the three academic teams in each grade level selected two students for their notable actions and contributions to the Sparta Middle School community.  The ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education is scheduled to hold their February meeting in the cafeteria of Sparta High School.  It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. but the board members will immediately convene to executive session according to the agenda. The board of education has implemented ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta students and staff will move to a more traditional classroom experience over the next month.  According to a letter distributed to Sparta parents on February 23 by the Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney. Monday, March 15 students will have a full day schedule ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police have spoken with the man who made a threatening comment on a Facebook post about returning students to the classroom.  Mike Cortese, a Wall Township resident told Sparta Detective Brian Hasslock he was “just venting” and that he “feels very strongly about getting kids ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta schools will operate on an all-remote schedule on Monday, Feb. 22 due to the forecasted winter weather.  According to Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney, all staff and students will be working from home with no services available in the school buildings.  

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta public school students have not had a regular school day since last March.  Throughout the pandemic students have been exposed to all types of learning experiences from all remote to hybrid. Some parents have had enough.  “We want a definitive answer as to when we are ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Due to winter weather Sparta schools will operate with on a remote schedule on Friday, February 19. All schools will be closed for in-person instruction and related services, according to Interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney.

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