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November 30, 2021

SPARTA, NJ – Each week a van from Lab Q goes to the Sparta schools to administer COVID-19 tests to staff members who are not vaccinated, to comply the governor’s Executive Order 253 according to Sparta Superintendent Matthew Beck.  “They are not testing students,” Beck said at the November board ...

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SPARTA, NJ- A panel of Sparta High School alumni visited their alma mater to answer questions from seniors about what really happens after graduation. For some dozen graduates it was the first time being in the school for a couple of years, having graduated during the pandemic shutdown. "The ...

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SPARTA NJ- The Sparta School District is starting a Parent Academy, Assistant Superintendent Tara Rossi announced at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday. Rossi said the Parent Academy is “an opportunity for shared learning experiences,” between parents and students.  Sparta’s Parent ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta public school volunteers are no longer required to be vaccinated according to a letter sent by Superintendent Matthew Beck last week. Beck said the requirements made necessary by Gov. Murphy’s Executive Order 253 were able to be eased for several reasons. The executive ...

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NEWTON, NJ – If the response of one little boy is any indication the new sensory garden at the Merriam Avenue School will be a big hit.  Last week fourth grade student Dominic Tripodi joined School Social Worker Jane Langeveld to explore the redesigned courtyard. Entering through an arbor ...

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SPARTA, NJ- After hours of public comment and hours of executive session the Sparta Board of Education voted to accept the resignation of high school teacher and coach Kate Brennan. Not much is known about the circumstances lead up to the resignation, though there has been much speculation. It ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In one of the many published school rankings, Sparta had received an overall grade of “A” on Niche. The school district was ranked 77 out of 243 on the list of Best Public Schools in New Jersey. "We are pleased that the Niche ratings have placed our district as the top district in ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Get out your calendar, several events are coming up in Sparta. The community is invited to attend the Sparta Board of Education’s Strategic Planning information and community feedback session on Saturday from 9 until 11 a.m. at the auditorium at Sparta High School. The session will ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Contract negotiations continue between the Sparta Education Association and the Sparta Board of Education with the focus on compensation and time.  The two sides traded words at the board of education meeting rescheduled to September 29. Sparta Teachers’ Union Concerns Sparta ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Two different books have caused controversy in Sparta schools.  Many people came to the podium at the September board of education meeting, critical of the board members and administrators for their handling of a middle school book and a faculty suspension seemingly related to a ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Several contentious issues were discussed at the Sparta Board of Education meeting last week in the high school auditorium. Many of the items could not be discussed by board of education members or the board’s attorney because of confidentiality standards, leaving people to draw their ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Much of nearly three hours of public comment at the rescheduled September board of education meeting was focused on suspended English and Women’s Studies teacher, club advisor and coach Kate Brennan.  While most of the details have not been made public, the comments made  at the ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta High School has a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.  Kavya Kamath has moved through the prestigious scholarship process to join the top 1% of high school seniors in the country.  Brent Rivers, Sparta’s English Department Supervisor and Kamath’s AP Research teacher ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight, Thursday, September 23 has been canceled because of a lack of a quorum, according to district officials. The meeting will be moved to next week but the details have not been announced. Get your local news ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The school district’s elementary students and staff showed appreciation for Sparta’s First Responders on Friday afternoon.  On the eve of the 20 anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Sparta’s police, EMS, ambulance squad and fire personnel paraded through the parking lots of Alpine ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The board of education meeting was held outdoors on Cassels Field last week so no one had to wear a mask, but they were a big part of the meeting.  Board of education President Kim Bragg started off with a statement to the approximate hundred people in the stands. “I believe we are ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Township public schools will be closed on Thursday, September 2 because of power outages, flooding and road closures according to Superintendent Matthew Beck.   The day began with an announcement of a delayed opening.  Conditions have not sufficiently improved to open the ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Due to power outages, flooding and impassable roads, Sparta Township public schools will be following a delayed opening schedule according to Sparta Superintendent Matthew Beck.  They will continue to monitor conditions and provide further updates if necessary the announcement ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A tradition at Sparta High School is to honor the Top 10 students.  This year’s celebration was held in the cafeteria with water and cookies but at least the students and their families were in the same room with the teachers, administrators and board of education members. As is ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities. Michael Becke-Bomensatt graduated from Misericordis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in government, law and national security. Payton ...

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SPARTA, NJ- Critical Race Theory is not being taught in the Sparta schools. The issue was addressed in public during committee and liaison reports at the August board of education meeting held on Cassels Field at Sparta High School.  Curriculum Committee Chair Niamh Grano said, “Mrs. Rossi is ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities. Allie Sangalli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in game design and development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Sean Kumar graduated from Tufts University in Medford, ...

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SPARTA, NJ — Sparta students will once again have a free lunch at school.  The district’s food service provider Sodexo has announced the continuation of the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Sumer Option run through the United Stated Department of Agriculture or USDA. Each school’s menu ...

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SPARTA, NJ — A tradition at Sparta High School is to honor the Top 10 students.  This year’s celebration was held in the cafeteria with water and cookies but at least the students and their families were in the same room with the teachers, administrators and board of education members. As is ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges and universities. Brendan Erickson and Hope Fitzpatrick earned high honors and Dean’s List for the spring semester at University of New Hampshire.  Erickson was a member of the 2021 graduating class. Muhlenberg ...

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SPARTA, NJ – The results of air quality tests in all Sparta public schools have come back within the “acceptable range,” according to Superintendent Matthew Beck in an announcement to the community on Tuesday. “With this matter addressed we are excited to continue our planning for a safe ...

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SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Board of Education President Kim Bragg is the first Sparta board member to earn Master Board Member certification from the New Jersey School Boards Association.  The award was announced at the June board of education meeting but the accomplishment took years to ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two different events were happening simultaneously, flooding the narrow streets around East Brunswick's Memorial Elementary School on Friday. One was a rally by about 150 people who were there to protest the soon-to-be-announced statewide requirement for students to be ...

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SPARTA, NJ – A tradition at Sparta High School is to honor the Top 10 students.  This year’s celebration was held in the cafeteria with water and cookies but at least the students and their families were in the same room with the teachers, administrators and board of education members. As is ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School’s new principal Edward Lazarra sat down with TAPinto Sparta at Café Pierrot, sharing his thoughts about the new position and his experience as an educator. In telling a story from his time as principal at Belvidere High School, Lazarra revealed how he values ...

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