Student Support Services Newsletter

October 2020

From the Department

Our First Publication

Happy Fall!

During the 2020-2021 academic school year, the Student Support Services Department will distribute a monthly newsletter to consolidate communication and provide highlights, updates and information in the areas of: K-8 Guidance and Social Emotional Learning (SEL), RTI Instructional Intervention Program, Gifted & Talented Education Program, Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB), Health and Wellness, and the District Culture and Climate Committee-Sparta C3.

We look forward to sharing the work of the department with the school district community!

K-8 Guidance & SEL

Sparta Elementary Schools

The character trait to focus on in K-5 is Respect. Our Choose Love movement is moving along and focusing on Love and Hope in September and will continue into October with the focus on Feelings are OK and Growth Mindset.

October is a very busy month. During the month of October we celebrate the Week of Respect and Red Ribbon Week. We have many activities scheduled for these special events that began on October 5th.

Red Ribbon Week is October 23rd-October 30th. Red Ribbon Week is a United States initiative of prevention and education about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. This week we will focus on making healthy and safe choices.

What's My Anti-Drug Contest

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 4pm

This is an online event.

What's My Anti-Drug Contest is Due for 2nd-5th graders.

Please check the Guidance Google Classrooms for more information about submission!

Sparta Middle School

During the Week of Respect SMS encouraged students and staff to participate in Spirit Days. To kick off the Week of Respect, David Flood, a top youth motivational speaker, shared a virtual presentation for all students in grades 6-8 about respect, dignity, and the importance of being kind to one another.

In addition to fun themed days, each day during Red Ribbon Week an announcement will be made on SMS’s Guidance Google Classroom with drug related quotes and facts to steer our students away from drugs!

In addition to Week of Respect and Red Ribbon Week, the counselors at SMS held a meet and greet with all new students in grades 6-8 during their Academic Assistance period so they could meet each other and their school counselors.

Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB)

Sparta High School

Sparta High School will be doing a "SHS Upstander of the Week" program. The Jets Upstander program is not operating this year, so the high school has created this program!

Staff will nominate students who exemplify the characteristics of being "upstanders" or good SHS citizens to win Upstander of the Week. Students will win a T-Shirt and their picture will be posted on Ms. Monaco's bulletin board near the cafeteria and on the school's social media sites.

District-Wide Spirit Days for October

Red Ribbon Week

Friday, October 23rd: Wear RED for Red Ribbon Week!

Monday, October 26th: Put a Cap on Bad Choices!


Tuesday, October 27th: Team Up to Make Good Choices!

Wear GREEN for respect or your favorite TEAM JERSEY.

Wednesday, October 28th: I'm too Bring to Make Bad Choices!


Thursday, October 29th: Sock It to Bad Choices!


Friday, October 30th: Follow Your Dreams!


Visit the Student Support Services Department Webpage

Please visit the Student Support Services Department Webpage that can be found on the district and school homepages of the website. The department webpage is updated with information about our programs and services.

Announcements & Resources

If you are looking for our latest announcements and resources, please check this webpage for updates.