SHS Highlights

Monthly Community Update

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Administrative Team:

Dr. Edward Lazzara - Principal

Mrs. Courtney Kopf - Vice Principal

Mrs. Jamie Barker - Vice Principal
Dr. Jordana Bradley - Supervisor of College and Career Readiness

Mr. Steve Stoner - Athletic Director

Staff Member Spotlight:

Ms. Mitchell

Ms. Mitchell is a team player in the World Language department and throughout the school community. She plans creative and engaging lessons for her Spanish classes, and assists colleagues in any ways that she can whether it means sharing lesson plans, helping with technology, or volunteering to take part in school activities or initiatives. She is consistently available for student or staff support and approaches everything she does with contagious energy and enthusiasm that positively influences everyone around her.
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Students of the Month:

English - Kate Sutphen is dedicated to her work and contributes often and meaningfully in class. Her analysis of texts is very insightful. She is also an avid reader who is always excited about reading and has started to take a leadership role in the SHS book club. She plans on taking over and running it next year when the current seniors graduate. She's also positive and bright and makes everyone smile.

Math - Myles Williams is a hard working Geometry student who always provides a unique perspective on the content covered in class. He goes above and beyond and always puts in 110%. Myles strives to be a better student each day. He is always willing to lend a classmate a hand and is kind to everyone who he crosses paths with. Myles' positive attitude and smile are contagious.

Science - Abigail Blochinger is a focused student who asks questions and persists with challenging material. She is organized, polite, and conscientious. She follows procedures well in labs and collects and analyzes data carefully.

World Language - Kylie Klinck has a great attitude towards learning. In her recent presentation of "Mein Leben in Bildern" she radiated joy while standing in front of the class telling us all about the different milestones in her life, from baby age to now, sharing many pictures with us. Kylie is also considerate of others, she always makes sure that everyone is included.

History - Surekha Selvaraj is constantly challenging herself to explore the AP Economics content within and outside of class time. She often asks meaningful questions and is able to explain complicated economics principles to the class. Her analysis and interest enhances the class.

TCC - Gianna Ramieri has been a creative force in video production 2. She has excelled in video editing as well as create interesting pieces that have been featured on the Sparta Scoop. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help her fellow peers when working on group projects. She encompasses everything that represents Sparta Pride!

Music - Julianne Handzus is a very involved member of both the Orchestra and Choir programs. She is in Philhamonic Orchestra, Honors Choir, Strings Club, Chamber Club, Women’s Choir, Sparta Sirens, Shacappella, and has recently been selected for the NJMEA Region 1 Jazz Choir. She also was recently featured as a “mer-sister” in “The Little Mermaid” and is volunteering to sing at the benefit concert at SHS. She is a talented musician who puts in 100% time and effort into everything she does.

Art - Milena Oberle is junior in Advanced Sculpture and has emerged as a truly dedicated sculptor! Her work is always above and beyond anything I ask...she strives for the wow factor and pushes to become better at whatever she is doing. She is often seen in my room not only during our class, but during lunch and her study hall, working on her wonderful sculptures! Her dedication is inspirational! I can't wait to see what she does in AP next year!

Physical Education - Bella Frattura has averaged an A+ in PE this year. Not only does she show up for class prepared for PE everyday, she has a positive attitude and is always willing to try new things. She demonstrates leadership in class by excelling at daily objectives and always looks out for her classmates. When students were asked to partner up for badminton, rather than choose to partner with a friend, she approached me and asked me if there were any students who were having trouble finding a partner that she would partner with.

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Kindness Matters

These students have been recognized by staff members for showing random acts of kindness. We are proud of their character!
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2022-2023 Caring Award

Remi Coleman is the 2022-2023 Sussex County School Counselor's Association High School Caring Award recipient. He was nominated and chosen due to his compassion, volunteerism, and selflessness.

Superintendent's Roundtable Award

Congratulations to Arianna Puleo for being chosen as this year's recipient of the Sparta Superintendent's Roundtable Award! She is an extremely conscientious and dedicated student who balances extraordinary academic achievement with the kindness and service that Sparta Township Public Schools values and is proud to recognize.

National Honor Society Inductions

Mrs. Kopp, NHS advisor, held a great ceremony to induct students into our SHS National Honor Society.
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Departmental News:

Counseling Department Updates

Sparta High School hosted a College Fair for all high school students on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, during student lunch. Representatives from over 50 colleges, career/technical schools, and the military were in the main gym with information and answers to student questions. A list of attending schools/representatives can be found HERE.

Math Department Highlights

Mr. Battaglia's Math Applications designed and built model bridges with an eye on aesthetics and integrity of their superstructures.

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Music Department Highlights

Sparta hosted JazzFest on April 5th. The Sparta Middle School Jazz Band opened the show and Sparta High School's Blues Sanction and Blues, Inc! performed. Jazz bands from Glen Meadow, Vernon, High Point, North Warren, Lenape Valley, Newton, Newark Academy, and Mt. Olive competed at the event.
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Broadway Night

Our students showcased their musical talents at our annual Broadway Night!
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Teen Arts and North Jersey Regions:

Congratulations for the following groups/individuals on qualifying for the 2023 NJ State Teen Arts Festival!

Large Instrumental

Blues, Inc! (SHS)

Large Vocal

Shacapella (SHS)

Small instrumental

Rowan Mendel, Cello (SHS)

Sparta MS String Ensemble

Small Vocal

Ella Simmons (SHS)

Small Theater

Paula Aldaz (SHS)

Daniel Perez (SHS)

North Jersey Jr. Region Band-Natalie Bellush

North Jersey Jr. Region Jazz Band-Jacob Weinstock

North Jersey Region Jazz Choir-Julianne Handzus

Art Department Highlights

Congratulations to all of our art students whose work was featured in teen arts. Over 50 students were invited to showcase their talents.
The following students were chosen to be featured in the New Jersey State 2D and 3D Teen Arts Showcase:

Kaitlyn Cioc - "Pieces of Me" (Digital Photography)
Kimberley Bellamy - "Argo Paradox" (Digital Photography)

Ashley Potter - "Tree" (Scratchboard)

Millen Duberry - "Flow" (3D Wood)

Delaney Ekeman - "Cracks in the Foundation" (Mixed Media)

Athletic and Co-Curricular Highlights:


The Sparta Robotics team 5249 Z "Artemis" will be attending the VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas from 4/25-4/28.

The team members are:

5249 Z (Artemis)

Millen Duberry - Capt Mechanical Engineer

Brandon Louissaint - Computer Aided Design and Strategy

Cassidy Pry - Computer Science

Liam Askin - Mechanical Engineer and Computer Science

Nick Audino - Mechanical Engineer and Driver

Shannon Lloyd - Strategist and Technical Writing and team technical organizer

Athletic Honors

NJAC Bowling

Evan Miller and Khalil Masri - Honorable Mention

NJAC Swimming

Molly Englehardt - 200 Free

Erin Takach - 50 Free

Catherine Gaines -100 Fly

Jack McGurrin - Honorable Mention

Sparta Boys Ski Team finished as the #1 team in the state.

NJAC Wrestling
Paige Weiss is the first state champion wrestler in Sparta in 40 years.

Peter Donnelly - 1st team

Logan Hrenenko, Anthony Petrock, and Bradley Maines - 2nd team

Ryan Hrenenko - Honorable mention

NJAC Ski Racing

Madison Campisi and Aubrey Zimmerman - 1st team Girls All-Conference

Kanna Pasunuri and Drew Young - 1st team Boys All-Conference

James Kressman and George Flint - 2nd team Boys All-Conference

Winter Track
4 athletes advanced to the Group State Championship meet:
Ashley Crane - 1600m

Isabella Frattura - High Jump

Anthony Lane - 3200m

Remson Jarrell - 3200m

The winter track team took home a total of 25 medals during invitations this winter.

Sparta High School Ski Coach Calafati Named Coach of the Year, Teams Awarded Sportsmanship Titles

Align Wellness Highlights

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Attached is the form to register for the Mental Health Awareness Fun Run.