Education

November 15, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta school will be following a delayed opening schedule on Friday, November 16 because of winter weather, according to school officials. School start times: Sparta High School – 9:15 a.m. Sparta Middle School – 9:40 a.m. Helen Morgan School – 11 a.m. Mohawk Avenue ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Due to winter weather, all Sparta schools will have an early dismissal today, November 15 according to school officials. Dismissal times: Sparta High School - 12:12 p.m. Sparta Middle School – 12:20 p.m. Helen Morgan School – 1:05 p.m. Mohawk Avenue School – 12:55 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education approved a resolution that “initiates litigation regarding the distribution of state aid,” at the October regular meeting.  The resolution was approved by unanimous consent, authorizing Sparta public school district administrators to provide “whatever ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Bus safety was discussed again at the Sparta Board of Education meeting on Monday.  Alpine parent Kate Matteson told the board members and the superintendent about an incident that happened in the Alpine School parking lot when a bus backed up over the sidewalk where the children ...

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SPARTA, NJ –Thirty five Sparta High School seniors from the Find the Courage club hosted nearly 1000 middle school and high school students at the 17th annual Taking Flight to Change middle school summit organized by the Center for Prevention & Counseling.  The Sparta seniors “provided ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School principal Janet Ferraro announce the Teacher of the Month of September is mathematics teacher Margaret Incantalupo. “Congratulations to Margie from the administrative team on being chosen by her colleagues as teacher of the month,” Ferraro said. “Margie is one of ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro announces the Students of the Month for September.  Each area of study nominates a student each month.  Briana Cotton was selected as the Physical Education student of the month.  Her teacher said, “Briana is in my Period six 12C Physical ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Halloween theme inspired the students of Alpine Elementary School participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge.  Three first grade classes joined together to create haunted houses out of cardboard and paper. The Sparta students joined 800,000 others worldwide in the initiative ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Creating a roadmap for the future was the purpose of the school district’s second long range strategic planning session.  Nearly 40 people participated in the visioning portion of the initiative, held in the medial center at Sparta High School. Kathy Helawa introduced the process to ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta Middle School students celebrated the Week of Respect with a variety of activities to promote kindness. Students and staff participated in spirit days all week. They kicked off the Week of Respect by showing solidarity and wearing blue shirts on Monday, October 1 to honor World ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Award winning Sparta High School Marching Band honored their seniors on Saturday.  The band cut their halftime show for the recognition.  The band provided background music as the seniors were introduced, escorted onto the field by their families.  “I always knew that eh band ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The Sparta Board of Education presented the turf field project to the Planning Board last week. While the Planning Board’s role is simply advisory, they had a number of questions for the professionals making the presentation before giving their approval. Representing the school ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The first day of school was an unwanted adventure for a bus load of Alpine students. Several parents came to the board of education meeting to express concern and dissatisfaction about that experience and others as well as the response of the district. “Transportation needs immediate ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Over the course of two days, over 700 Sparta Middle School students scattered throughout the school to talk about books. Adventure stories, inspirational tales, silly books, fantasy novels, historical fiction, classics ... 35 different options were recommended by teachers who served as ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The board of education heard  concerns about the recently announced Core Values of the Sparta School District.  Judy Geer asked for clarification about the values and beliefs that were introduced to many in the community in the announcement of the district goals. “What makes you ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Mold testing in Alpine Elementary and Mohawk Avenue schools was completed and once again the “news is good,” according to superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi.  In an announcement made on Monday, the district announced there was “no cause for concern, no remediation required and no ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School has five Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Simon Levien, James Wang, Owen Welsh, Sarah West and Julia Young were recognized according to Director of Guidance Kacey Konwiser. Levien, Wang, Welsh, West and Young will received a ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Looking for community input as to what the future of the district should be, the Sparta school district hosted their second Strategic Planning Meetings on September 20 at the Sparta High School media center. The program followed the same format as the first strategic planning ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The joint meeting of four Sussex County boards at the McNeice auditorium at Sussex County Tech was billed as a discussion about where to locate the proposed Sussex County Community College culinary, automotive, welding and machine tools “middle skills” program. By the end of the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The students, staff and families of Helen Morgan have had quite a week.  The discovery of mold last Friday has caused a disruption within the fourth and fifth grade school.  With the fifth grade wing closed as the mold is remediated some adjustments had to be made; students and ...

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SPARTA, NJ — The Helen Morgan School resumed classes on Friday after closing one day as mold testing and remediation continued. According to an announcement from superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi, the environmental testing showed “no elevated levels in any other parts of the building.” On ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Helen Morgan will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, because of ongoing elevated levels of mold. All other schools will remain open. In a statement make by superintendent, Dr. Michael Rossi, he said the “air quality test revealed an elevated level of ...

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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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