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August 2018




It is my pleasure to welcome you to the J. Fred Sparke School website.  Our school is one of two elementary schools in the Island Trees School District.  We serve approximately 300 students in kindergarten and first grade.

At Sparke, we are committed to the academic, social and emotional achievement of all students.  While maintaining high expectations, our faculty and staff create a supportive and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning.  Our goal is to instill in our students a love of learning, while helping them to develop the self-esteem, problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will enable them to lead happy and fulfilling lives.

We provide students with a balanced instructional program that is aligned with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.  Our talented, innovative professionals design engaging, rigorous learning experiences for our students.  Students enjoy a wide variety of learning tasks, including hands-on activities and cooperative learning experiences, tailored to meet their diverse learning styles.  Our learning specialists and support staff collaborate with classroom teachers to ensure that every child succeeds.

We recognize that Sparke students possess many talents, and we encourage them to develop those talents.  Our staff provides instruction in physical education, art, music, library and technology.  We seek to provide multiple and varied opportunities for personal growth.

We value parents as partners in the educational process, and we welcome them into our school community.  We have an active PTA that sponsors programs to benefit the students and their families.  Throughout the year, the PTA coordinates cultural arts programs, class parties and other fun, educational activities.  Sparke parents are also invited to participate in a number of committees.  We encourage parents to join the Island Trees Elementary PTA and get involved in our school.  At Sparke, parents, teachers and staff work together to ensure that the students get the best education possible.

We hope that you visit our website often to learn about our programs and events.  We look forward to working together to provide students with exciting educational opportunities that promote "Excellence and Success for All Students."

Very truly yours,


Penny E. Fisher, Ed.D.