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Kenowa Vote Passes, Sparta and Grandville Also Approved

Tuesday’s voter approval of a $55.24 million bond issue meant a lot to Ross Willick, not just as a principal but as the parent of two students at Zinser Elementary School. For his children and about 300 other students, the...

Imagination, hard work turn 3,000 plastic straws into amazing lion head

Art teacher of over 30 years wowed by student art piece made from plastic straws

Teachers Engage Students, Parents in Using Technology for Learning

With new technology initiatives, gone are the days that the dog can eat your homework, or the letter home to parents about slipping grades could be intercepted at the mailbox. A pilot program in Sparta Area School’s classrooms is...

Fun for the Taking, but You Have to Earn It

A shakeup of the school day at Sparta Middle School has opened up new opportunities for students to reap rewards for good behavior and receive help when they're falling behind. Meanwhile, their teachers gain added time for collaboration. The change...

Digging in at a farm made for learning

A two-year pilot program has students from Rockford and Sparta schools spending multiple days at Plainsong Farm, which offers environmental education sessions...

‘A Girl Like Her’ Shows Harsh Realities of Bullying, Suicide

When offered the opportunity to comment on bullying, the consensus from students who recently attended the screening of "A Girl Like Her" was it's real, it's what's happening and the truth of it is scary. Alyssa Mason, a student...

Special Honor for Special Program

Sparta has been named a National Unified Champion School for its dedication to establishing relationships between Special Olympics athletes and their peers without disabilities. Only three Michigan schools and 83 nationally have received this recognition, said high school Principal Matt...

Retirement, Yes! Leave School? No Way!

For Sue Blackall, retirement is just the beginning. After 32 years and 800 pupils, the Appleview Elementary third grade teacher plans to open the book on two new projects in the district when she hangs up her teacher's hat this...

Sparta superintendent surprises district with retirement announcement

The Sparta Board of Education voted 7-0 to approve Superintendent Gordie Nickels’ request for retirement, and expressed appreciation for his service

Area Students and Schools Make Holidays Brighter for Many Families

Sparta’s Angel Tree & Toys-for-Tots Programs Ensure Area Families have Merry ChristmasSPARTA AREA SCHOOLS – by Adrian Hirsch Along with quality family time, the holiday season offers a way for Sparta Area Schools students to give back and engage...

Principal: Teachers are ‘Doing Everything’ for Students

A pair of first-grade teachers at Ridgeview Elementary recently told two visiting Michigan legislators about the stresses of teaching under strained budgets, and the increasing demands on teachers to serve greater student needs. Meeting in a roomful of administrators and...

Construction of new middle school gets under way

The groundbreaking celebration for a new middle school included participation by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, who will be the first users of the new building when it opens in 2020...

Dedicated Volunteer Finds Purpose in “600 Grandchildren”

Dale Allers isn't related to anyone at Sparta's Ridgeview Elementary School, but he's "Grandpa Dale" to the 600-plus students who affectionately greet him every week with smiles, fist bumps and hugs. "That's why I do it. I love the kids...

Education on Trial

Sometimes students learn best by trial. And in a recent unit on suspense, Leah Sajdak's eighth -grade language arts classroom took that concept very literally. One of the assigned literary works for learning about suspense was "The Tell-Tale Heart" by...

Sculpting Real Helping Hands

A trio of Kent Career Tech Center 3D Animation students from Comstock Park and Sparta high schools recently had the opportunity to turn their class project into a life-changing helping hand – two of them in fact. Five-year-old Baylee Sherman...

Grant introduces healthy eating education via indoor tower gardens

Sharing healthy eating principles with students is easier when the veggies are grown right in the classroom, thanks to a grant from the Sparta Education Foundation...

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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