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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

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...
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...

New Middle School Part of May 3 Vote

A May 3 bond proposal would bring a new middle school and upgrades in technology and security to Sparta Area Schools, creating major improvements for students and community. The $58.6 million proposal would be just the fourth bond in three...

New schools chief seen as ‘incredible fit’ for district

Pete Bush, who has served the last four years as superintendent of Coloma Community Schools, will replace retiring Sparta Superintendent Gordie Nickels...

Small Group Lessons Boost Literacy, Reading Interest

While class size is on the rise in many schools across K-12 education, a new program to Sparta Area Schools -- Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) -- is providing small group lessons to students falling behind their grade-level in reading. "LLI...

Three Districts Seek Community Support in May 3 Election

Grandville Public Schools REQUEST: A 10-year renewal of the district's sinking fund millage, which funds repairs and maintenance of school facilities. COST: The 1.4 mill renewal would not increase the property tax rate. The owner of a home with a taxable...

District named to AP honor roll for second time

Sparta Area Schools has been named to the ninth Annual AP ® District Honor Roll. The district is one of only 373 in the U.S. and Canada named by the College Board to the honor roll...

Banner Business Teaches Students Career Skills

When senior Melissa Bare started her last few high school classes, it seemed more like she was already on the job. After honing her skills in computer illustration at the Kent Career Tech Center during her junior year, she was...

Surprise! Backpacks Include Plentiful School Supplies

Ridgeview Elementary second-grader Janet De Jesus didn't have to think twice when she speedily opted for a hot pink and black backpack. "It's pretty," Janet said of her criteria for selecting one of 119 backpacks that recently was made available...

Following Dad’s Passion Deep Into a Diesel Engine

When Sparta senior Alyssa Graham was still in an infant car seat, she would stretch toward the window and yell "Corvette!" whenever she spotted one zipping by. Today, she can strip a diesel engine to its block, reassemble it...

Students Lead “Be Nice” Lessons

“Are we doing Be Nice today?,” students asked eagerly as they took their seats in Kelli Jurek’s 8th grade seminar class. Many of them were clearly excited to have their peers leading that morning’s interactive session. Sparta Middle School...

Bus Driver Turns Daily Ride into Reading Time

When Jenna Rykse saw pictures of students reading on a bus during a Reading Now Network conference, the Sparta Area Schools Reading Specialist knew exactly who needed to know about the idea. Enter Brenda Bostelaar, bus driver turned literacy coach,...

New Sparta superintendent: ‘Put me in, coach, I am ready to play’

The first question Pete Bush was asked by the student panel during the superintendent interview process was how he would decide on closing school for snow days. That, he said, is an important question, because it deals with school safety...

Switching to specialty classes boosts teaching energy

A move by veteran fourth-grade teachers from the classroom to specialty fields changed the Appleview atmosphere
'I feel I wouldn’t be productive if I wasn’t involved,' says Sparta graduate Erica Humphreys

Erica Humphrey: Busy Senior with a Lot to Give

Erica Humphreys' grandparents died nearly a year ago, one month apart from each other. The tender care they received in their passing is a key reason the recent Sparta High School graduate says she is bound for Michigan State...

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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