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Students Fill Bellies with Empty Bowls

Students at Sparta Area School's Ridgeview Elementary helped needy families during the holiday season by raising over $1,350 by participating in the Empty Bowls...

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...

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...

Teachers Foster Student, Community Interaction

Planting native trees, creating a butterfly garden, and singing with seniors are just a few of the ways students at Sparta Area School's Appleview...

The Snow…er, Show Must Go On

Rehearsals at Sparta High School for the recent production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” have been challenging. On top of the difficult subject matter, the...

Students get Close-Up with Native American Artifacts

Hands shot up as Sparta Community Schools fifth grade teacher Larry Carter asked 100 students what they liked to collect. “Marbles,” “Seashells,” “Shark’s teeth,” “Stones,”...

Great Response to Watch D.O.G.S.

The Sparta Area Schools Watch D.O.G.S. organizers thought they would need about 30 pizzas to entice participation in the program. Instead, fathers, grandpas and stepdads joined...

Parents Celebrate Son’s Life through Giv

It had been several years after losing their son, Mason John, unexpectedly. Parents Nicole and Ryan Kober decided it was time to host a...

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...

Tech Center Students Awarded Breaking Traditions Recognition

Rockford High School student Sydney Bogard, who recently graduated from the Tech Center's Criminal Justice program, was one of 22 Michigan students recently honored...

Historical Walking Tour Turns Whole Community into a Museum

"Let's try to make him laugh" giggled a crowd of Sparta's Appleview Elementary fifth-graders as they huddled around the "Live Statue," who today was...

Educators Weigh in About Online Tests

As Stacey Cooper's second-graders at Sparta's Ridgeview Elementary completed an online test, several of them waited patiently with hands raised. They wanted help from...

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...

Family Fun Fest Boosts Student’s Elementary Experience

Children skipped around with newly-won goldfish while parents mused over silent auction items at the annual Family Fun Fest at Sparta's Appleview Elementary. This...

Projects Help Special Needs Students Learn, Gain Confidence

Many people never get over the fear of public speaking. But not the five students from a regional program based in Sparta High School,...

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...
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