Welcome to the Sparta Area School District!
The anticipation of the 2014-15 school year brings excitement
to all Sparta Area School District employees. The summer provided
opportunities to accomplish much in preparation, including many
professional development activities for instructional staff,
facility improvements and maintenance projects, and servicing
The Science Museum of Minnesota staff trained Sparta Area
School District teachers this summer in Engineering is Elementary,
which integrates science, math and engineering into the curriculum
using project-based activities. The training was paid for by the
Department of Defense Education Activity grant Southside Elementary
received. Other staff members attended Washburn Academy, Schoology
and Lucy Calkins workshops, among others. These varied sessions
allow our staff opportunities to enhance their profession and
return to the classroom with exciting opportunities for Sparta
The Sparta Area School District piloted a new statewide
evaluation system for teachers and administrators and is now
prepared for the statewide mandate that begins in the fall of
2014. Wisconsin's Educator Effectiveness program seeks to
improve professional practice at all levels and make sure we have
quality educators in every classroom and quality leaders every
building. This initiative has required a considerable
investment in training and staff time, but we are ready for this
new challenge in the District. Our teachers and administrators know
what is expected of them to fulfill these requirements to improve
outcomes and are prepared for this new process. On a related note,
our District will welcome more than 30 new teachers to our
classrooms this fall. They will spend these days before school
begins learning about Sparta schools and preparing their classrooms
and materials for student arrival.
The Sparta Area School District is in good shape. Our
community can be proud of the condition of our schools and other
district facilities. We are financially sound and the change to our
local tax levy rate is projected to be minimal. Our enrollment
continues to grow and our total staffing remains constant.
Students and staff have access to modern technology to enhance
learning. We continue to provide a safe environment within
Projectors have been installed in all classrooms at
Meadowview Middle. This audiovisual equipment was mounted to
enhance learning and allow teachers to further integrate technology
in the classroom. Eighth grade students will receive Chromebooks
this fall. This highlights the successful growth of the District's
1:1 program that has expanded from iPads in grades 4, 5 and 6 to
Chromebooks in grades 7 and 8. This program allows students to
utilize technology to collaborate with other students and staff,
extend their learning at home and utilize 21st century skills.
Students also will be able to interact with their classroom
materials and syllabus using Schoology, Google Drive and other
services using their 1:1 device.
District literacy initiatives this summer brought books,
stories and activities to local parks through Little Spartan Park
Days and The Bookmobile. We saw many Spartans at our local parks,
enjoying story time and reading while school wasn't in session.
Bookhouses have been installed throughout the District to further
promote literacy. The Little Free Libraries have a variety of
titles for children and adults, and the books can be borrowed and
enjoyed. We just ask that you return them when finished. Book
donations are also welcome at any of the sites -- the
Administrative and Education Center, Cataract, Maplewood,
Lawrence-Lawson or Southside -- or by emailing email@example.com.
Thank you for allowing us to educate your children, and thank
you for the support that you provide to our schools.
Sept. 2: First Day of School
Sept. 17: Early Release, students dismissed two hours
Sept. 27: No School, Inservice for Teachers
Oct. 2: Sparta High School Parent Teacher Conferences,
3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 6: Sparta High School Parent Teacher Conferences,
3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 7: Lawrence Lawson Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30
to 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 9: Lawrence Lawson Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30
to 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10: No School
Oct. 10: Sparta High School Parent Teacher Conferences,
7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Check out the full Sparta Area School District Calendar
Past Sparta Area School District Newsletters are available here.
Click here to view
the 2013-14 Sparta Area School District Calendar.
Click here to
view the 2014-15 Sparta Area School District Calendar.
To view highlights of the 2014-15 Sparta Area School District
here. *Please note, the Cataract Open House date has been
changed to 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 26.
Information on enrolling your child in the Sparta Area School
District is available here.