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 Center.

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 career readiness.

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


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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.

Calendar

Sept. 1: First Day of School

Sept. 10: Additional Meadowview Middle Picture Day, noon to 5 p.m.

Oct. 15: Meadowview Middle School Picture Retake Day

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 2015-16 Sparta Area School District Parent Calendar.

To view highlights of the 2015-16 Sparta Area School District Calendar, click here.

Information on enrolling your child in the Sparta Area School District is available here.

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