Welcome to the Sparta Area School District!
I hope you share my excitement about the upcoming
school year. As is typical, much has changed for our schools over
the summer. Some of the changes will be very visible such as new
teachers and staff, an improved district website, increased access
to instructional technology, HVAC improvements, a renovated metals
shop, and restroom renovations. We are also pleased to welcome
Lugar de Reunion to the Administration and Educational
Some changes are not as obvious but equally as
important. Many teachers spent time working on curriculum
improvements over the summer. I am happy to report that recent
changes in regulations will allow for less testing and more time
for learning. Record breaking summer school participation will help
hundreds of students to start the school year with more confidence.
An aggressive grant development program will help to fund
increased resources for addressing early literacy and college and
One thing will not change - our District's core
belief that good people make great schools. To that end,
administrators and interview teams worked hard this summer to
recruit, select and hire the best candidates for our vacancies. We
will continue to invest heavily in professional development for new
and veteran staff. New staff participate in an intensive
orientation program that continues into the year and includes an
experienced mentor for each new teacher. District funds and
referendum dollars ensure that every staff member and student has a
good quality working and learning environment with up to date
technology readily available. And a new compensation plan will
allow the District to provide a more competitive wage, with the
goal of retaining our best teachers.
The quality of public
education in Wisconsin has been a topic of conversation lately in
politics and the media. I am confident that the quality of
education in the Sparta Area School District has never been better.
Student achievement, graduation rates, literacy skills, and
volunteerism are all increasing. Truancy, discipline referrals, and
failure rates are down.
Modern facilities, access to technology, adequate
funding and current educational materials contribute to our
success, but good people - teachers, support staff, administrators
and others - make the difference. In September we will launch our
new district website. One new feature will introduce you to some of
our outstanding staff members. I encourage you to go to the website
often for this, and other useful information.
Thank you for your support of our schools. We are
looking forward to a great year.
-- Superintendent John Hendricks
Back to School
Stay update with the upcoming 2015-16 school year at the Sparta
Area School District's Back to School
Headquarters. Here you will find calendars, important dates,
lunch information and school supply lists.
Sept. 1: First Day of School
Sept. 10: Additional Meadowview Middle
Picture Day, noon to 5 p.m.
Oct. 15: Meadowview Middle School Picture
Check out the full Sparta Area School District Calendar by clicking
Past Sparta Area School District Newsletters are available here.
to view the 2015-16 Sparta Area School District Parent
To view highlights of the 2015-16 Sparta Area School District
Information on enrolling your child in the Sparta Area School
District is available here.