- Sponsorship -

Grant Brings Books to Music, Art, Phys Ed Classes

Reading may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about an elementary physical  education, art or music class, but for three teachers at Sparta Area School’s Ridgeview Elementary, books are a large part of their...

Undaunted by Disease, Staying the Course

Standing in a hall of Sparta High School, Steven Sevarns wore a smile that might suggest he wasn't headed to class that day. He had finished his last lessons before graduation, and all but the ceremony was behind him. A...

Students flock to teaching cadet program, but remain unsure about education careers

Teacher cadet program places high school students in classrooms to learn hands on skills, in Sparta...

Water Donation: ‘Anyone Can Make a Difference’

Two students helped teacher Peggy Luebs unload three cases of bottled water from her car, each containing 40bottles she bought on special at Costco. Then they watched as she filled in a hallway chart showing her class’ latest contribution...

Finding the Right Fit

How do you turn a would-be class clown into a productive student? How do you motivate a fifth-grader who just doesn't fit in or refuses to keep up with classroom assignments? Some area parents have turned to ATYP Junior --...

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...

SMART Boards Engage Early Learners at Sparta

Who knew counting to 134 could be so interesting? Here’s how Sparta Area Schools first-grader Troy Jones does it: He uses his finger to pull a block of 100 squares onto a computer screen higher than he is. Then he...

Coming to You This Summer: Books

District families who can't get to the library on Tuesdays this summer, don't fret: the library will be coming to you. June 14 to Aug. 15, the "Books on the Run" Mobile Reading Unit will make six stops across the...

Book café gives students a taste of new reading

Students were encouraged to widen their choice of genres, thanks to a menu of books served on silver platters...

Art in Learning

Prominently displayed in the hallway of the administration building and inside its Board of Education room are 50 paintings that staff members and parents alike consider treasured works. It's art with a mission. The two-dimensional creations are the handiwork of...

Creativity to Spare

Sparta Lanes in downtown Sparta got a bit of a makeover recently with help from some local high school students. The alley is home to their bowling teams, and now bears original artwork from the bowlers themselves, with Kent City...

A recipe for celebrating hometown memories

Elementary students honor former Sparta students with hometown greetings and goodies for the holidays...

Students With Visual Impairments Cook Up New Skills

Cookies? Check. Apple crisp? Check. Camaraderie? Check. These are the ingredients that make up the fun-filled after-school cooking class for visually impaired students from neighboring districts in Northern Kent County. Twice a month, students from Kenowa Hills Public Schools, Sparta...
First-grader Jordan Eshraghi enjoys it when Grandpa Dale reads with him

Tying Shoes, Zipping Coats, Giving Hugs: ‘Grandpa Dale’ Does it All

Dale Allers has three grandchildren, but more than 500 children from ages 5 through 15 who call him grandpa. Allers has worked in same two first-grade classrooms at Ridgeview Elementary for 10 years. He always looks forward to family events...

Student Suspense Story Excerpts

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

The Supes

When there's time – and usually there's not – Dan Takens will pilot his car the 10 or 11 miles from his office at Byron Center Public Schools to one of his favorite lunchtime eateries in Eastown. It's there, often...

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'
Sponsorship
Sponsorship