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First-graders try on new donated backpacks

Officials from AT&T were on hand to distribute over 200 backpacks to Sparta district students...

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...

Don’t want to lose your smartness? Catch Books on the Run

Books on the Run, in its third year in Sparta, makes 20-minute stops throughout the district’s community every two weeks. Other stops this year included the Ida Red Apartments, Sparta Townhouses, Glenwood Estates and Dietrich Farms...

Retiring Superintendent Gordie Nickels moving from district duties to his family, church

Superintendent Gordie Nickels will move on from Sparta at the end of June, having announced his retirement in April. The school board has hired Pete Bush of Coloma Community Schools as his successor...

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...

‘Awesomely different’

Local mom’s mission is to make sure students understand being different is just fine...

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...

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...

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

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

Spanish-language countries subject of middle school fair

The annual Study Abroad Fair is the culmination of a unit in which each seventh- and eighth-grader chooses a Spanish-speaking country to study in-depth

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

Switching to specialty classes boosts teaching energy

A move by veteran fourth-grade teachers from the classroom to specialty fields changed the Appleview atmosphere

Sparta kindergartners learn by building animal habitats

Do you ever wonder what would happen if a room full of kindergartens were officially zookeepers? Read to find out.

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...
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...

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'