SPARTA, NJ – It was the first day of school for Sparta’s newest teachers.  Monday morning 17 “talented, energetic” educators met in the professional development center at Mohawk Avenue School Assistant Superintendent Patrick McQueeney said.  They were greeted by Superintendent Michael Rossi, McQueeney, board president Kelly McEvoy and the district administrative team.

McQueeney said he shared the high expectations for the Sparta schools as well as expressing excitement about having them join the district.

They boarded school buses and toured the district.  When they returned the Sparta Education Association provided lunch. 

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“We are excited to have these new Spartan educators as part of our Spartan Learning Community,” McQueeney said.

The “freshmen class of 2019-2020:”

  • Michael Cibenko, Sparta Middle School German Teacher
  • Heather Church, Sparta High School Transition Coordinator
  •  Amanda DiSanti, Helen Morgan School English Language Arts Teacher (Leave of Absence Replacement)
  • Jennifer Fagan, Sparta Middle School Math Teacher (Leave of Absence Replacement)
  • Tyler Johnston, Sparta Middle School Special Education/Science Teacher
  • Caitlin Jozefczyk, Sparta High School Social Studies Teacher
  • Danielle Kaczynski, Alpine Special Education Teacher
  • Megan Kadel, Sparta Middle School Special Education Teacher
  •  Ryan Lausch, Alpine Elementary School Teacher
  •  Lauren Monaco, Sparta High School Student Assistance Coordinator
  • Robyn Paglia, Sparta High School Special Education Teacher
  • Alicia Parsons, Mohawk Avenue Elementary Teacher
  • Katie Ruppert, Sparta High School English Teacher
  • Julianne Sabo, Alpine Elementary Teacher (Leave of Absence Replacement)
  • Caitlin Van Duyne, Alpine Elementary School Art Teacher
  • Tyler Vandenberg, Sparta Middle School Music Teacher
  • Thurmeka Ward, Kindergarten – Grade 5 Response to Intervention Coordinator

Students return to school on Tuesday, September 3. 

Back to school nights:

  • Sparta High School: Thursday September 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sparta Middle School: Sixth Grade- Monday September 9, Seventh Grade – Tuesday September 10, Eighth Grade – Wednesday, September 11
  • Helen Morgan School: Fourth Grade – Wednesday, September 18, Fifth Grade – Wednesday, September 25 both from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Mohawk Avenue School: Thursday, September 19 from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Alpine Elementary School: Pre-K Kindergarten - Tuesday, September 17 for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., First Grade – Tuesday, September 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Second Grade Tuesday, September 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.