SHS Highlights

December 2021 Community Update

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Administrative Team:

Dr. Edward Lazzara - Principal

Mr. Shannon Benson - Vice Principal

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

Mr. Steve Stoner - Athletic Director

Staff Member Spotlight:

Mr. Merrill

Mr. Merrill is willing to help both students and staff in each and every capacity. He is always upbeat, happy, and smiling in the hallways. He is an inspiration to his fellow teachers and students. Mr. Merrill leads his classes with enthusiasm and passion and continues to create engaging lessons, provide extra instruction, and create extra assignments to help students improve. He checks in on his colleagues and is the best at spreading cheer and a smile. His positivity is essential to the SHS school building.
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Governor's Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Suzanne Sanders for being selected as this years’ Governor’s Educational Services Professional and to Mrs. Christine Mase for being selected as the Governor’s Educator of the Year! Sparta is lucky to have you both!
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Students of the Month:

English - Luke Scarpa comes to class energetic, prepared, and ready to learn. His enthusiasm is evident in his responses in class, and even in the way he shares his writing. Luke is not afraid to take risks and make connections.

Math - William Hannah always gets right to work during Precalculus class and always helps students that may have questions about the material. He is a pleasure to have in class, always asking questions and participating frequently.

Science - Gabriella Coonan is a pleasure to have as a student. She not only exhibits high interest in Biology, she leads by example through her self-advocacy, curiosity, and drive to perform to the best of her ability.

World Language - Elizabeth Enriquez is not only an excellent student in German class, she is also very kind and considerate of others, always ready to help out. Elizabeth has also taken her enthusiasm of learning German to HMS where she has volunteered to teach the 4th grade students in the Afternoon Language Program. Elizabeth is highly deserving of this honor.

History - Emily Romer is a very strong student with a great ability to make connections to her learning. She is a leader in the classroom and works collaboratively on group projects.

TCC- Justin Smith is a stand out student in the International Cuisine Class. He always rises to the occasion and is more than willing to help out in the classroom. Justin has broadened his culinary palate by venturing into unfamiliar territory and trying new foods from around the world. He has proven to be a leader among his peers.

Music - Nathan Miller is in Honors Choir, Shacappella, Blue Nights, and is a teaching assistant for Freshman Select Choir. He also participated in the Sussex County Honors Choir in November. He has impressed his teachers with his leadership and he is a great team player.

Art - Samantha Macierowski is a wonderful force in her Intro to Sculpture art class. She demonstrates impeccable design, strong skills, creative mind, and dedication. Samantha attends Art Club and completes extra projects because she just enjoys creating.

Physical Education - Nicholas Cortese is a role-model student. Nich comes to class on time, sets up equipment without being asked, and then checks in with the PE teacher to see how he can achieve the best output for the day with a warm welcome. Nich enjoys helping his classmates do the best that they can by doing his best during activities.

School Counseling - Richart Ng is an outstanding student who is not only extremely intelligent, but is also very kind-hearted, and has a wonderful sense of humor. He has been on the Principal's Scholars Honor Roll every single marking period that he has been in high school. Congratulations, Richart!

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School Counseling Updates:

The School Counseling Department met with the class of 2024 to review the Career Planning tools available in Naviance. Students logged in and completed the Career Interest Inventory which generated Holland Code results. Students then explored career opportunities based on the results of the survey.

Music Department Highlights:

Dr. Gianuzzi was selected to conduct the North Jersey Intermediate Symphonic Winds and Ms. Bach was selected to conduct the North Jersey Intermediate Orchestra.

Congratulations to Dr. Gianuzzi and Ms. Bach on being selected to conduct these honors groups!

Holiday Performances

Our students and staff in our music program worked hard to put together amazing musical performances to kick off the holidays.

Choir Recording Playlist

Enjoy the following songs from our SHS choir!


Departmental News:

Students in German classes from both SMS and SHS performed at the German Christmas Market at the Sussex County Fairgrounds!

The students performed 8 songs including Oh Tannenbaum, Rudolf, Auf dem Dach, Wir wünschen dir Frohe Weihnacht, Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann, Kling Glöckchen, Stille Nacht, and Ihr Kinderlein kommet.

Great performances by everyone!

German II students enjoyed a surprise visit from Julia Muth, SHS Class of 2019, who spoke to the class about her experience with the Study Bridge Program from Goethe Institute NYC. Study Bridge is a program specifically for students who are talented in the German language and in STEM subjects. Julia was the first student from our school to participate in the program. After her graduation in 2019, Julia spent a gap year in Germany with a host family and attended a Gymnasium (a German HS). She shared her experience with the class and my students got to ask lots of questions about school, activities, sports, food, transportation, and family life.

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Raku Field Trip

Mrs. Kucher-Csatlos and Mrs. Kristin Lindsley took their sculpture classes on a raku field trip to Peter's Valley where students explored the ancient Japanese ceramic firing technique. Below are some picture of the process and the beautiful pieces that were made by students and teachers. Wonderful work!

Athletic and Co-Curricular Highlights:

Key Club

Key Club held a blanket drive for Wish Upon a Child and collected over 60 blankets to gift to children in foster care. These blankets will be added to the holiday gift for the children!

Key Club also had a working meeting where the members made cards for local senior citizens for Junior Women's club. The members made 85 care package bags for Morristown hospital to hand out to their long term patients to cheer them up during the holiday season.

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Sparta Unified Sports

Sparta Unified soccer’s first season was a success and a truly amazing experience for the entire team. Practice began in August with all of the other Fall sports and 7 games were played during the month of October. Charlote Krumpfer and Grady Gaines lead the team’s offensive attack, while the goalkeeper duties were shared by Nick Audino, Rocco Cortese and Bobby Fossett. The team represented Sparta with good sportsmanship and excellent teamwork. The team made so many wonderful memories and is already looking forward to getting back on the field next fall.

Sparta Unified Basketball recently began their 2nd Unified Basketball season. The sign-up response was amazing. More than fifty students signed up to be involved in the program. The team is currently practicing in preparation for their first game. They are focusing on the basics of the game and working together on the court. Returning from last season are seniors: Michaela Seville, Allen Ben-Nany, Riley Taylor and Raina Santora, Sophomores: Tahg Herbison and Hunter Takacs and Freshman: Jake Sabo and Grady Gaines.

The Sparta Unified Basketball team will host Randolph High School Unified on Tuesday, December 21st at 4pm in the main gym of SHS. If Covid guidelines allow, please come out to cheer on the team, as they leave it on the court and demonstrate how sports can bring people of varying abilities together through inclusion.

For the team schedule please refer to the Sparta athletics schedule at

Social Emotional Supports:

  • Our licensed staff is here to assist students in achieving their health and wellness goals, enabling students to make lifestyle choices that help them achieve optimal physical, emotional and behavioral well-being. Please visit our Align Wellness Program website for additional information.
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