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    Photos posted from Sparta High School graduation

    posted on: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 by: communications

     

    Click here to view photos from the Sparta High School graduation ceremony.

     

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    Southside students and staff remember classmate with memorial

    posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by: communications

    IMG_0847Dylan G. Brookins was remembered Wednesday a second grade student who enjoyed his friends, school and trains, and started each day with an infectious smile.

    "Dylan was a happy kid who loved each and every one of you," his grandmother Sheila Brookins told his teachers, classmates and friends at Southside Elementary School. "Always remember what Dylan wanted in life was to make people happy."

    Students and staff gathered May 16 to honor their friend and classmate and dedicate a piece of playground equipment in Dylan's honor.

    The second grader passed away Nov. 10, 2011, as a result of ongoing health issues.

    "Dylan was an amazing young boy who enjoyed being with his friends and classmates … He was special to all of us," said Pat Olbert, a Southside teacher."We will never forget Dylan. He was an unforgettable student."

    The Southside PTO established a fund to honor, remember and keep Dylan's spirit alive through the playground project. The large train slide will be installed this summer.

     

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    Sparta High School names scholar athletes

    posted on: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 by: communications

    Two graduating seniors -- one boy and one girl -- have been named Sparta High School's 2012 WIAA Scholar Athletes. Chelsey Arendt and Isaac Schauf will receive medals from the WIAA at the school's awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 9.

    Each year, member high schools of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association are invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. The program, which is underwritten by Marshfield Clinic, was launched in 1984 to demonstrate the positive impact of interscholastic athletic activities.

    To qualify for WIAA Scholar Athlete recognition, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

    In addition to local awards, 32 of the more than 700 students nominated each year are selected for statewide recognition.  Four boys and four girls in each of four WIAA divisions are honored at a ceremony held on the first Sunday of May each year in Wausau.

    Chelsey Arendt is a three sport athlete having earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and track and field while maintaining a 3.84 GPA. In volleyball, Chelsey helped lead the team to conference championships in 2010 and 2011 while earning All Conference Honorable Mention in 2010 and First Team All Conference in 2011. In basketball, she helped lead the team to a conference co-championship in 2010-2011 and was All Conference Honorable Mention in 2011-2012. In track she competed at the WIAA State Meet in the 300m hurdles in 2010 and 2011. After graduation she plans on attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to study health science or pre-med.

    Isaac Schauf is a three sport athlete having earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and track and field while maintaining a 3.95 GPA. Isaac's athletic accomplishments include earning a Second Team All Conference in football and qualifying for Sectional Track meet in 2010 and 2011 in the 4x200 and the 4x400. After graduation Isaac plans on attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study Civil Engineering.

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    Sparta High School students compete in robotics challenge

    posted on: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 by: communications

    DSC_0718Four Sparta High School students recently competed in a robotics challenge hosted by the Western Technical College Electronics program.

    Hatim Fairaq, Zach Lightfoot, Paul Vantassel and Vasilije Azic worked together as a team but participated in four different events with robots called BOEbots that are approximately the size of a five-inch cube and equipped with a circuit board, wheels, and a drive mechanism controlled a micro-controller and sensors. Sparta High School students took first place in the Maze Competition at Western Technical College.

    "Each student had their own specialty and everyone helps each other with the event. Some students like the programming component, some like to put it together. Others like to work on the electric circuits. The purpose is to make it challenging and competitive with a reward at the end," teacher Tim Bakeberg said.

    "Our students worked very hard on this competition and we are extremely proud," Principal Sam Russ said.

    Robotics as well as circuitry, programming and engineering, is taught at Sparta High School during Introduction to Technology and Power and Energy. Bakeberg estimates that about 150 Sparta High School freshmen take the elective Introduction to Technology annually and an additional 50 students take Power and Energy. Those enrolled in those classes are given the option to participate in the robotics competition.

    "There is such a need for engineers and this is one way to try and interest a few more in our classes," Bakeberg said.

    Sparta High School students also tour Mathews Inc. annually to see how robotics are used on the factory floor.

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    Sparta Youth Soccer Night May 10 at JV and Varsity Soccer Game

    posted on: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 by: communications

    Youth soccer players are invited to attend the Varsity and JV Girls Soccer Games to Cheer on the 2012 players Thursday, May 10. Varsity plays at 4 p.m. and JV plays at 5:45 p.m. at the High School Soccer Fields.

    Those attending are encouraged to wear their youth jersey or shirt and will receive a free freeze pop.

    The Girls Soccer Team plays Logan High School.

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    Maplewood student designs CLC logo

    posted on: Thursday, May 03, 2012 by: communications

    A logo created by a third grade student at Maplewood Elementary School has been selected to represent the Sparta Area School District's four 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

    K'Lynn Friemoth focused on learning, the arts, recreation and community service for her design. Pictures depicted a girl holding a paper, a painter's palate, student playing basketball, and dog from the student's efforts with the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

    "People go to CLC to get a lot of learning done and have a fun time," said Friemoth, who has attended CLC since kindergarten.

    "People help us with our homework and we do fun stuff."

    Housed at Southside Elementary, Lawrence-Lawson Elementary, Maplewood Elementary and Meadowview Schools, CLCs help students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects such as reading and math; offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

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    Month of the Military Child celebrated at Lakeview Montessori

    posted on: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 by: communications

    Lakeview Montessori School celebrated April as the Month of the Military Child.

    Among other activities, students wrote about what it is like to be a Military Child:

    My mom and dad work on the computer for the army. I can see my dad on the weekend and my dad gave me and shirt and he gave me a jacket. I miss him very much and I love my dad.

    - Joshua

    Once when I was a little kid my dad went to Kuwait and when he got back I forgot who he was. Oops!

    - Ellie

    My dad is in the military. Sometimes I go to his work place, but I don't always see him. When my dad goes away for a while, I miss him and I'm sad. When he comes back, I'm happy.

    - William

    I get to see my daddy every night and every day and he is very nice.

    - Cienna

    Life like a kid in the military is nice. I like it. It's fun. Okay but sometimes I am sad. Sometimes they go over the sea. I am sad. I fell happy when he gets home.

    - Gracie

    I feel happy when my parents come home. Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I get scared when they don't come. When my parents were gone for a long time I got a little scared. I feel freedom.

    - Vanessa

    To be a military child, it means that your family is in the military. My mom is in the military and she is super happy about it. I am really proud of her. I am super sad and scared when she leaves to go somewhere. When she does war, it makes me feel super, super scared because I am afraid she is dead. When she comes back I am super happy and I don't miss her any more.

    - Crystalyn

    I am proud of you. Being a military child is fun but not all the time. My dad has to go to classes in other countries. My dad works at Fort McCoy. My dad goes to something called drill. Drill is like training for war. I am proud of my dad and proud of the other soldiers.

    - Soraya

    My dad is in the military. He is the boss. He is in charge of two buildings at all times. He brings treats after war. He likes to bring treats home. I like my parents being in the military.

    - Charles

    My dad is in the army. He was gone for a year to Iraq. The only time I got to see him was on Skype and I could talk to him on the phone every night. I do not like it when he went to Iraq because I didn't get to see him. I get to do obstacle courses with daddy at army places.

    - Anna

    This is what it feels like to be a military child. It means having only one parent on your birthday. It means having one parent on holidays. It means that sometimes when you wake up you will only have one parent. It means that you will feel sad when they are gone.

    - Sam

    My dad is in the Air Force Reserves. It's kinda fun being a military child because we can go places that my dad doesn't like to go over the summer some times. The bad part is that we don't get to see him when he goes tot reserves.

    - Ben

     

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    Weather won't postpone Dia de los Ninos

    posted on: Friday, April 27, 2012 by: communications

    A festival Saturday in Sparta will celebrate children as our future through literacy, on-stage entertainment and family oriented activities.

    Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at Lawrence-Lawson Elementary School in Sparta. A bilingual book nook will be in the school's library, while inflatables, staged entertainment, children's games and additional activities will be on the playground and parking lot. A plan is in place should the weather require activities be moved inside the school.

    Food will be served and the Lawrence-Lawson PTO will have a bake sale.

    "Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros is celebrated throughout the world to bring awareness to the importance of educating and caring for our children. Through honoring home languages and cultures, the festival promotes bilingual and multilingual literacy and global understanding through reading," said Lisa Ochoa, event co-planner with Keith Lease.

    "It also recognizes parents and community as the backbone of a strong and healthy family system." 

    Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros is a partnership between Lugar de Reunion Hispanic Resource Center of Sparta and Lawrence-Lawson Elementary School. 

    Sparta Area School District families with school-age children are encouraged to attend. Parking will be at Sparta High School.

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    Update on Saturday, April 28, athletic events

    posted on: Friday, April 27, 2012 by: communications

    The baseball game and softball tournaments scheduled for Saturday, April 28, have been cancelled.

    Baseball has been rescheduled to be a double header on Monday, April 30, against Holmen at 3:30 p.m.
     
    The softball tournament at Black River Falls has not been rescheduled yet.
     
    Girls Soccer and the Boys Golf Invite are still on as of 4:15 p.m. Friday night. 

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    Festival Saturday will celebrate children; district families encouraged to attend

    posted on: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by: communications

     

    A festival Saturday in Sparta will celebrate children as our future through literacy, on-stage entertainment and family oriented activities.
    Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day) will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at Lawrence-Lawson Elementary School in Sparta. A bilingual book nook will be in the school's library, while inflatables, staged entertainment, children's games and additional activities will be on the playground and parking lot.
    "Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros is celebrated throughout the world to bring awareness to the importance of educating and caring for our children. Through honoring home languages and cultures, the festival promotes bilingual and multilingual literacy and global understanding through reading," said Lisa Ochoa, event co-planner with Keith Lease.
    "It also recognizes parents and community as the backbone of a strong and healthy family system."
    Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros is a partnership between Lugar de Reunion Hispanic Resource Center of Sparta and Lawrence-Lawson Elementary School.
    Sparta Area School District families with school-age children are encouraged to attend. Parking will be at Sparta High School.

     

     

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