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Five districts win tax approvals, one weathers defeat

Five Kent ISD school districts are breathing easier following voter approval of tax requests in Tuesday's election, but one, Cedar Springs, is weighing options after its proposed bond issue was defeated...

From tiny houses to camping utensils & personal phone cases, they can design it

A grant from the education foundation to purchase a 3D printer made a design class possible at the middle school...

Six districts in Kent ISD asking for funding on Tuesday ballot

Five school districts in Kent ISD have tax requests on the election ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 5. Here is a breakdown of what they’re asking for...

District unveils phone app to connect with community

The district this month launched a phone app, with information for both students and their families as well as the greater Sparta community. More people rely solely on their phones for information, officials say...

By the middle schoolers, for the middle schoolers

Middle school student government is designed to teach about government structure, while representing classmates wants and needs...

Sparta sinking fund renewal on Nov. 5 ballot

Approval means no tax increase, officials say. The bond request approved in 2017 pays for technology needs, they say...

Ninety year-old volunteer is something special

Grandmother has not missed a year of donating supplies and volunteering classroom support in Sparta Schools for nearly two decades...

‘The wheels on the bus go round and round’ — so the children on...

During the first few days of school, students review behaviors expected of them in hallways, lunchrooms, restrooms, playground, classrooms and on the bus...

District’s new logo: State of the Art – Small Town Heart

The Sparta district strategic plan calls for continued facility improvements, updates in curriculum choice, improved communication with constituents and community and enhanced emphasis on student wellness...

Students raise funds to bring clean water to Haitian people

A middle school global problems classroom raises funds for Haiti and raise enough for charitable organization to match funds for water filters...

‘More fun to figure it out’

Teacher Greg Busse worked with the Kent ISD science team to bring the relatively new standards into more classrooms. MiSTAR is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards...

From Grief and Recovery to Graduation

This high school senior survived a deadly car accident, determined to re-build his physical strength and graduate with his class...

Science and math fun all month long

A month of special Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities at this school culminated in a special costume presentation of fifth-graders representing a favorite scientist...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

Figuring out problems, not just learning about them

Third-grade teachers in Sparta, Northview, Kentwood and Wyoming are participating this year in a pilot program that ties Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lessons with lessons in math and literacy...

District voters asked to renew 10-year sinking fund

On Tuesday, May 7 the Sparta Area Schools Board of Education will ask voters to renew its 1.25-mill sinking fund for an additional 10 years...

School resource officer wants to make personal connections

A student’s article about the school’s new resource officer, which originally appeared in the school news publication, 'Bell Ringer'...

Student Suspense Story Excerpts

Leah Sajdek’s eighth -grade language arts classroom studied concepts involved in suspense writing, and found their 'inner Poe'
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