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Students and teachers turn to technology to fill educational time

Online platforms already in place enabled this middle school to offer continuing educational opportunities during this unprecedented time off school...

Helping struggling families high priority for school district

The school has opened regular private space for an outreach coordinator from Mel Trotter Ministries to help area students cope with homelessness...

Setting the table for rock star perks

A special rock star lunch table encourages students to obey cafeteria rules at this elementary school...

Building relationships that last

The Kids Hope USA mentoring program kicked off this year at Sparta’s upper elementary...

Elected learning

Superintendent Pete Bush and Board of Education member Andy Jensen accompanied the class visit...

Celebrating the holidays with card, treat, gift-making

One thing is for sure - Ridgeview Elementary students will be ready for holiday break. Last week they prepared for the holidays and celebrated with hands-on participation...

Video gaming moves from virtual online to inter-school competitions

A sense of belonging and representing the school is high on educators’ lists when they explain why they are pursuing fielding teams...

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...

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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