March 2022 Community Update
Ms. 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:
Students of the Month:
Math - Claire Xue is is an exemplary student in both the AP Computer Science A and AP BC Calculus classes. Claire maintains attention to detail and also understands the big picture in computer science theory. She displays excellent initiative, effort, and work.
Science - Samantha Di Santi is an energetic and enthusiastic participant in discussions and projects. She is quick to share relevant current events, provide thoughtful insight, and ask questions. As a member of the Biomedical STEM program, her curiosity about health and medicine is great to see.
World Languages - Yahet Ferrer has maintained an excellent academic record in French I throughout the year. She is conscientious about turning in assignments punctually, and consistently participates actively during class. Mrs. Gramp appreciates the enthusiasm and positive energy she contributes to our classroom atmosphere.
History - Dan Natale is not afraid to answer questions in class and participate openly in all class discussions. He often asks meaningful questions that demonstrate intellectual interest in the subject matter. His written work is also a high quality and he is able to fully analyze topics with ease.
TCC- Molly Chapman is a kind and hardworking student in a Marketing class. She is very caring and considerate of others, always ready to help out. Also, Molly challenges herself academically and always manages to meet each challenge with success.
Music - Ashley Potter was in Treble Choir for three years and is in Concert Choir this year. Ashley is a dependable singer who is always singing out and learning her part quickly. She is very kind and helpful to all her peers and shows great enthusiasm for many kinds of music. She is an essential member of the choir program.
Art - Arianna Puleo is a creative student with a conscientious attitude who dedicates a great amount of thought and planning into her artwork. She challenges her skills with new ideas, takes pride in her work, manages her time well, and seeks input from her peers and teachers. Arianna is always actively engaged, exhibits positive enthusiasm, and assists others in class.
Physical Education - Brady Doyle has been exceptional in Competitive PE Class and has been a leader all marking period. He encourages his classmates and has been a great role model for all the other students to see.
School Counseling - Veronica Boye-Codjoe is a hard working, positive and caring student. Academically she continues to challenge herself and excel. She has managed to balance school, extracurriculars, family, and fun to make it all work! Veronica is a warm and kind friend to others and I applaud her moral fortitude!
School Counseling Updates:
Sparta High School will be hosting a College Fair for all high school students on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, during student lunch. Representatives from over 70 colleges, career/technical schools, and the military will be in the main gym with information and answers to all student questions. A list of attending schools/representatives can be found HERE. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
Marking Period 3 ends April 1, 2022. Report Cards will be posted on April 7, 2022
Superintendent's Roundtable Award:
Blues, Inc! recently performed at the NJAJE State Preliminary Competition where they earned a silver rating and drummer Nick Cortese was recognized as an Oustanding Soloist. At that competition, Blues, Inc! qualified to compete at the NJAJE Division III State Finals on Saturday, April 30 at Burlington City HS. This is the second consecutive year that Blues, Inc! has qualified for states. Also, Blues, Inc! performed at the Sussex County Teen Arts Festival, where they also qualified for the State Teen Arts Festival held at Middlesex County College in early June.
"Broadway Night" is Thursday, March 31 at 6pm. Students sing solo and group numbers from their favorite musicals. Proceeds go towards the "Mark Inga Memorial Scholarship Fund." Tickets are $10.
Valerie Gavioli won the Picture This Photo Contest, Best of High School sponsored by Winona State University.
Three SHS students were chosen for the Fresh Perspectives Student Art show at the Morris Museum:
Kaitlyn Cioc: Deadlock (Advanced Photo)
Vincent Pondiscio, Wildfire: (AP Studio Art: 3D)
Rachel Rodriquez: Ignition (AP Studio Art: Drawing)
Sparta Jazz Band
Rowan Mendel, Sparta
Julia Kadar, Sparta
Julia Kadar, Sparta HS
In addition, the following artwork was selected to be showcased in various galleries:
SCCC Select Galleries
SCAHC Select Virtual Exhibit
State Teen Arts
State Teen Arts Tour
Bristol Glen selections
Selected for future Teen Arts publications
Athletic and Co-Curricular Highlights
Bradley Maines -1st team All-Conference
Parker Williamson - 2nd team All-Conference
Sebastian Gomez - Honorable Mention
Catherine Gaines - 2nd team All-Conference 100 fly
Olivia Flanz - 2nd team All-Conference 100 breast
Erin Takach - Honorable Mention
Will Hannan - Honorable Mention
Cody Ryerson - Honorable Mention
Matt Silvey - 2nd team All-conference
Mike McGovern - Honorable Mention
Team - Sportsmanship Award
Brynn McCurry - 1st team All-Conference
Ally Sweeney - 1st team All-Conference
Bailey Chapman - 2nd team All-Conference
Alexa Acker - 2nd team All-Conference
Mason Munier - Honorable Mention
Rylan Gibbons - 2nd team All-Conference
Anthony Pandiscia - Honorable Mention
Rylan and Anthony were also nominated on the list of "Top 100 Ice Hockey Sophomores" in the 2021/22 NJ.com poll voted top 10 in the state.
Robotics Moving on to Worlds:
This year, Sparta Robotics has made an awesome return. One of our teams has earned its way to the World Championships that will be held in Dallas Texas from May 5th through May 8th.
Out of the world's roughly 22,000 VEX teams, they will be competing against 580 of the best from 40 different countries.
The team that has won this is Sparta Robotic sub team 5249 Z , robot name "Ring Leader." This team is composed of co-captains Sarah Bargfrede and Nick Ventresca and team members Hayden Budofsky, Shaelin Murphy, Andy Stefanik, Tanner Mell, and Anthony DelCoro.
They are the recipients of two Design Awards for process control and development, one Innovation Award for mechanical ingenuity and a Think Award for advanced coding techniques and achievement. They have also placed as high as 5th in the state of New Jersey for their Driver and Coding skills achievements and have gone undefeated at several regional tournaments in qualifier matches.
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.