Education

June 4, 2020

SPARTA, NJ-The Sparta Board of Education took the next step to create a new playground at the back of Mohawk Avenue School.  It was one of only a few topics on which there were discussions among board members during the virtual meeting last week that was “attended” by more than 130 people. An ...

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SPARTA, NJ – For the second time in two years a Sparta High School senior has been selected to be one of 161 students in the country to earn the United States Presidential Scholar award.  Class of 2020 Valedictorian Alan Yeung was informed of the award in a letter from the United States Secretary ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a leave of absence for Superintendent Michael Rossi “for personal reasons, until further notice,” at the special meeting held via Google on Tuesday night. The leave is effective immediately according to board president Kim ...

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SPARTA, NJ - The special board of education meeting scheduled for Friday, May 22 was moved to Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m., according to an announcement by district officials.  The meeting will be held virtually.   The agenda for the canceled meeting only showed a public participation and executive ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education Personnel and Policy committee discussed amending the Nepotism policy at their April committee meeting.  The policy was not on the April agenda.  April Personnel and Policy committee minutes reflect proposed language for the Nepotism policy to be ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Normally decision day is the first of May.  High school students all over the country make their college selection by May 1.  Sparta High School students traditionally wear their college gear to school on decision day. With help from Supervisor of College and Career Readiness ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Middle School announces the students who have earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2019-2020 school year. Students who have earned A’s in all major subjects, including World Language, with no grade below a B in any other class qualify ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Without question the Sparta High School Class of 2020 will have a story to tell about their senior year.  In the past seniors have complained about having to miss an event here or there but it’s hard to recall a senior class missing everything- through no fault of their own. "I am ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School Russian and Social Studies teacher has had an article published in The American Public University’s Historical Studies Honor Society journal, Saber and Scroll.  William Brennan, the History of Genocide teacher wrote an article examining the role of a senior Nazi ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education approved the interim Business Administrator Ronald Smith. The six board members who attended the video meeting voted unanimously to have Smith take the reins on July 1 when current business administrator Pam Hinman’s resignation takes effect. Kurt ...

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SPARTA, NJ-  Sparta High School announced the honor rolls for the 2019-2020 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 ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School is sending two students to Governor’s School this summer.  Kelly Zukowski will be participating in the Science School.  While students will be attending the three-week program virtually, the science school is associated with Drew University.   This is the first ...

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SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Friday afternoon to approve an interim business administrator, according to an announcement by district administrators.  The current business administrator Pam Hinman announced her resignation at the April 20 ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The board of education passed the 2020-2021 budget 8-1 on Wednesday.  The budget is mostly unchanged from the preliminary budget approved in March, with a couple of exceptions.  The public had to listen closely as Superintendent Michael Rossi, Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Like everything else these days, the newest member of the board of education was sworn in like never before. Not only was Robert Zywicki taking his oath from his living room on a Google Hang Out video conference, but Sussex County Freeholder and former Sparta Mayor Josh Hertzberg ...

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SPARTA, NJ – He has been looking forward to this for more than a year.  Hard work has paid off for Sparta High School junior Akshat Iyer.  He has been invited to participate in this summer’s Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology. Iyer is a member of the STEM Academy for Computer ...

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SPARTA, NJ – While the students are working from home, some traditions remain.  Sparta Middle School Principal Michael Gregory has announced the Students of the third marking period of the 2019-2020 school year.  The teachers of the three academic teams in each grade level recognized two students ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Kindergarten and pre-k registration for 2020-2021 will go on.  Alpine Elementary school will hold pre-k and kindergarten registration online, now through June 5. Children must be 5-year-old on or before October 1 in order to register for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In a special meeting on Monday night the board of education selected a new member to fill the seat vacated by Karen Scott.  Robert Zywicki was approved by a vote of 6-0-1.  “I’m looking forward to joining my colleagues on the board to build consensus towards a student centered ...

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SPARTA, NJ – There are two items on the agenda for the Sparta Board of Education’s special meeting  scheduled for Monday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m..  According to the legal notice and posted agenda, the board will be selecting a new board member and voting to accept the resignation of the business ...

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  SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta school district has been charged with violating nepotism laws regarding the hiring of former board of education member Karen Scott’s son.  The district is required to submit a Corrective Action Plan “identifying the procedures it will develop and implement to ensure ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparty was missing the students  so he went out and toured the schools, wearing a mask of course.  The Sparta mascot took pictures outside of each of the five buildings, posing with a Sparta Strong card. Angela DeLuccia and Paige Lucas escorted Sparty for the photo shoot, “showing ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The board of education is still wrangling with the school budget.  A few big ticket capital projects and a personnel item have been modified or eliminated in the weeks since the March board meeting. The changes included: Eliminating the staff bathroom at Alpine Elementary ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will be holding a remote special meeting to discuss changes to the district budget.The public can join the meeting: Join with Google Hangouts using this link To join the meeting by phone, call: 1-435-414-1372 PIN # to join the call when prompted: ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will be holding two Special Meeting in April  The first is scheduled for Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. According to an announcement by Business Administrator Pam Hinman, the board of education members will be discussing proposed edits to the preliminary ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The schools will be closed at least through May 1.  District officials just announced the local implications the governor’s Executive Order 104, signed on March 16 in which he ordered all schools closed indefinitely.  The announcement made on Thursday afternoon by Superintendent ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The staff at Sparta High School got together to put out a visual message to the students and their families at home.  Principal Ronnie Spring said Spanish teacher Amanda Sachenski organized the teachers to send a photo, each with a different word in the message. The note to the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Families in Sparta are stepping up and stepping in to new roles as children are all being homes schooled.  Several Sparta families shared photos of what homeschooling looks in their home.  Please share your photos to jdericks@tapinto.net   Get your local news delivered to your ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In an unusual meeting on Monday the Sparta Board of Education approved the preliminary budget to be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Education.  Extra tables were added for board members to be separated. The public was excluded, except for press, though people were able to ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Lamont Repollet announced today in a letter to school superintendents and administrators the spring testing have been canceled. "We are pleased with the decision," Sparta Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney said.

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