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 district technology.

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 students.

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 our schools.

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 agrooms@spartan.org.


Thank you for allowing us to educate your children, and thank you for the support that you provide to our schools.


The Spartan Way


What's Happening?

Sept. 23: Teacher Compensation Model Input meeting, 3:45 p.m., Meadowview Cafetorium

Sept. 25: Referendum Information Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., AEC Conference Center

Sept. 26: Homecoming Parade, 5 p.m., traveling along Water Street and Franklin to Memorial Field; Carnival, 6 p.m., with dunk tank, face painting, inflatables; King and Queen crowning, 6:30 p.m.; Kickoff, 7 p.m.; Halftime will feature dance team performacne, marching band and induction fo the 2014 Spartan Athletic Wall of Fame.

Sept. 26: No School, Inservice for Teachers

Sept. 30: Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., AEC Conference Center

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.

Oct. 13: Referendum Information Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., AEC Conference Center

Check out the full Sparta Area School District Calendar by clicking here.

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 Calendar, click 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.