Education

September 15, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School student Joshua Williams has been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalist according to guidance director Kacey Dalton. “The SHS administrative team and staff are all very proud of Josh,” principal Janet Ferraro said. “He is not only a very bright young man, but ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A classroom in the Helen Morgan School has an “elevated level of Aspergillus/Penicillium, a common type of mold,” according to a statement sent by Sparta superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi.  "Helen Morgan parents are very concerned. Mold can be a serious issue, with serious side ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Commissioner of Education on Wednesday withdrew a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before the State Board of Education members were set to vote on the plan.  "I think that it is unfortunate but we ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The community may be surprised to know that funds added to the Sparta Board of Education budget at the annual hearing will not be spent as they hoped. Sparta school district has lost $393,810 in state aid and the shortfall has to be covered.  The official story from the state was ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Students and teachers head back to school this week. As always there are a few new procedures. The changes that are likely to be most noticeable to the community have to do with security. The district has added four of five armed security guards, as discussed during budget hearing.

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta is welcoming 19 new staff members to the school district. On Wednesday they met for orientation in the professional development center at Mohawk Avenue School. Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney welcomed the educators. Indicating the district leadership team in the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School student Sarah West has earned a Rensselaer Medal for her outstanding work in math and science.  West is currently a junior in the Biomedical Engineering strand of STEM academy at the high school.  Each year Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Goals are on the agenda for the August meeting of the Sparta Board of Education. Each year the superintendent and the board of education adopt goals for the upcoming year. Five goals are listed on the agenda for Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi. Per contract and statute Rossi’s ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - There are at least at least 15 popular destinations for Rutgers University students who use on-demand transportation apps popular among millennials, according to one of the transportation companies which is starting the upcoming academic year by offering students a ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Board of Education appears to be moving ahead with plans to convert the current football field to a turf field. Finance Committee minutes from March said the project is estimated to cost $3,500,000. Those minutes also call for “setting aside visitor bleachers at this time ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta community will once again be asked to give input on long range goals for the school district.  Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi announced a second round of strategic planning meetings at the July Board of Education meeting. The district sent out an invitation this week ...

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SPARTA, NJ - Sparta area alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities.  Rochester Institute of Technology announced the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester;  Allie Sangalli in the game design and development program, Sydney Liebman in the ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting on Wednesday was standing room only with people spilling out to the hall. The crowd was drawn to the meeting because of anticipated discussion of the Sussex County Community College’s plans to convert the McGuire property on the ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta school district was named “number one Best School Districts in Sussex County by Niche.  Sparta has received an overall "A" grade from in their most recent ratings.  The overall grade was broken down into 10 distinct categories: Academics — A Teachers — A Clubs and ...

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NEWTON, NJ — The former home of McGuire Chevrolet seems to be just the right home for Sussex County Community College’s mechanical and culinary programs. But apparently not everyone thinks so. The Board of Chosen Freeholders will be voting on three ordinances at the meeting on Wednesday, ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A group of nearly 30 Sparta High School Russian language students, teachers and chaperones gathered on the sidewalk of the school for a photo before departing on the first international field trip from the school district in two years. Students will travel to Russia for nine days of ...

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SPARTA, NJ — At the July board of education meeting on Monday, Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi announced a series of meetings for the public to establish the next strategic plan for the district.  “The district will be working through its next strategic planning process,” Rossi said. He said ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Board of Education took additional steps in securing the school buildings in advance of the next school year on Monday. With a unanimous vote they passed resolutions to establish armed security guards within the schools. The new positions were the last step in a process ...

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SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro and Guidance Director Kacey Dalton have announced the honor rolls for the second marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.   According to the guidance department, Honor Roll is determined by a student’s grade point average for all marks ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta area alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities.  Connor Dericks graduated from Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Engineering. Dericks has joined Dericks Sheet Metal ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Middle School announces the students who have earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the fourth marking period of the 2017-2018 school year. Students who have earned A’s in all major subject, including World Language, with no grade below a B in any other class qualify for ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Some additional candid photos from the Sparta High School graduation. Sparta High School Graduation Class of 2018 Part I Sparta High School Graduation Class of 2018 Part II Photos by Jennifer Dericks and student Mikayla Bivona. If you would like a photo sent to you please ...

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SPARTA,NJ – Sparta High School Chemistry Olympic team recently received their awards for their wins at the NJIT competition.  Audrey Biss and Alexandra Poret earned a first place in Event 9 Instrumentation lab.  Sarah West, Kaylea Gaughan and Briana Cotton won a second place in Event 8 Analytical ...

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SPARTA, NJ — School is finally out in Sparta. This is the first week of summer break for students and most teachers. In Sparta, school was in session until the last possible day, Saturday, June 30. Yes Saturday. District officials said there were 2372 students absent out of 3180 for a 75 percent ...

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SPARTA, NJ -  Many Sparta area alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities. Sally Rosco and Katherine Rozek have been named to the Provost List for the spring 2018 semester at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York for having earned a perfect 4.0 grade point ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Middle School eighth grade students in Sue Breznak’s and Karen Martin’s classes had an unusual end of the year project.  They were using science to solve the mystery of “Who Broke the Copier.” “It is a really fun activity to do with my friends,” Katrina Ciliberti said. “I ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta High School recent graduate Eileen Huhn has been selected for the Hager Scholar program at Georgetown University. Huhn was one of 12 students selected from more than 125 language and linguistic majors. Huhn will be studying Russian. She was ranked sixth in the 2018 graduating ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Board of Education has, once again, sworn in Karen Scott as the newest member.  Scott had resigned her seat last February with 11 months left in her term.  The board of education members posted the open seat, reviewed applications, held interviews and selected Jennifer ...

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SPARTA, NJ -Please enjoy these additional photos from the Sparta Middle School completion ceremony on June 21 on Cassels Field at Sparta High School.

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta Board of Education approved the new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development at the June meeting on Monday night. Sparta resident Patrick McQueeney replaces Dr. Daniel Johnson who left Sparta to take the superintendent position in Butler.   McQueeney is ...

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