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
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 as members of 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,
including the Shared Decision-Making Committee and the Safety Committee.
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.