Sparta School District
Board of Education News
Congratulations to Betty Braden and Jacob Finney for being elected to three-year terms of service to the Sparta Board of Education. Thank you to outgoing board member Dennis Lilly for his service over the past three years. Our regular monthly board of education meeting will be held April 12th. Regular meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month. The public is welcome to attend open session.
The district is excited about summer school 2018. Sparta summer school is available to students who want to be engaged in fun and unique learning activities. In the Sparta Elementary and Sparta Middle School, we have partnered with Summer’s Journey. This partnership allows us to utilize courses that are enrichment based and full of hands-on projects and activities. At the 9th-12th level, students will have multiple course selections to fit their schedules. Traditional seated classes will be offered as well as online courses through Launch. Drivers Education will be offered on a limited seating basis. High school courses are set up in half and full credit options depending on the time available for each student’s summer schedule.
As we do each year, summer school students will have free breakfast and lunch every day. Bus transportation will be provided and routes will be similar to last school year. Summer school is open enrollment for all students, so students out of the Sparta school district can attend free of charge.
Last year’s perfect attendance incentives were such a hit that we have partnered with Summer’s Journey to provide $100 gift cards. This incentive will be available for K-8th grade students with perfect attendance. Please check out the information included in this eNewsletter for the exciting plans we have for summer school 2018.
Summer School Information
Students entering kindergarten through entering 8th grade
Students entering 9th through 12th grade
K-8: Summer’s Journey
Core content classes in the morning
Journey (PBL) projects in the afternoon
9-12: HS Credit-Earning Courses
May 21st - June 14th
7:30 - 3:00
Students entering kindergarten through 5th grade @ Sparta Elementary
Students entering 6th - 12th grade @ Sparta Middle School
How do you enroll?
K-8: Informational packets will be coming home in the next few days to get your student enrolled.
9-12: Students will be scheduling the next week for summer and fall coursework
We hope to see you all this summer!!
4th Grade Library News
2nd Grade Library News
Second graders have been working really hard on learning correct keyboarding skills. They have specifically been working on using their home row and not looking at the keys. First graders are learning the very basics of keyboarding such as where to find each key and how to capitalize them. Kindergarten has been working on using fine motor skills with the mouse, other basic computer skills and technology vocabulary. We have also spent some time doing construction and engineering challenges. The students are doing an excellent job of collaborating with one another. The excitement they have is contagious!
Fantastic Academic Team Season
- UNDEFEATED Regular Season
- 1st Place SWCL Tournament
- 1st Place Clever Tournament
- 3rd Place Small Schools State Level Tournament
MAYHEM UNDER THE BIG TOP ~ Under Production ~
Over 20 middle school students are in the process of working toward the upcoming show, running May 3 and 4. Their script is a comical murder mystery set in the realm of the circus world. The production is a colorful, zany show where the audience will get to predict "whodunnit" during intermission. Circus-themed snacks and drinks will be available during the evening performance, which will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 3 on the middle school stage/little gym. This performance is free to the public. Come support these incredible young performers for an evening filled with Harrietta Moustache', the bearded lady; Reggie Rigaletti, Ringmaster Extraordinaire; MiDi and Chaw Ray, Siamese twins; Jianrui, knife throwing magician; Tatiana Artisse, the tattooed lady and many more exciting characters! The MS Drama team is directed by Mrs. Rhonda Sexton.
5th Graders Gabbi Wilson and Penelope Hansen won top honors in the recent grade level spelling bee. Gabbi will be representing Sparta MS in Willard, MO at the upcoming LAD (Language Arts Department) Fair where she will compete with other fifth grade students from around Southwest Missouri on April 28. Penelope will serve as an alternate in case Gabbi becomes unable to compete.
Other students showing well during the recent class competitions of oral spelling were:
BLOCK 1--Dalton Johnson, Levi Dorman, Sami Jo Walker
BLOCK 2--Erica Todd, Layla Klinger, Jada Cornelison, Hailey Maxwell
BLOCK 3--Layne Forgey, Janessa Murdock, Penelope Hansen
Striking it Rich!
In March Brooke Wiggins ran for an Area 12 FFA officer position and was selected for Area 12 FFA sentinel. Meghan Wilson and Billy McHaffie represented our chapter as delegates.
GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE 4/30-5/3
The greenhouse is thriving, and the plant sale will be April 30th to May 3rd from 3:00-6:30 pm. The greenhouse will also be open during the school day beginning the 30th. Hope to see you there!
OUTSTANDING BAND PERFORMANCES
Spring Music Concert is April 26th at the High School
Cody Browning and Julia Scherer will be participating in the MSHSAA State Solo/Ensemble Contest on April 28th on the campus of the University of Missouri. They both performed at the district level at the beginning of March and earned 1 ratings giving them the opportunity to attend state. Both are working hard so they are able to perform at a high level for the judges. Cody plays clarinet, with his piano accompanist Cheryl Loftland, and Julia plays piano. Let’s wish both of these young musicians good luck at state!
ROMEO & JULIET PROJECT
As the 2017-18 school year comes to an end, we are beginning to prepare for 2018-19. We are excited about the opportunities ahead for our students K-12. We have spent some time reflecting on this past year and have noted areas in which to improve. We have shared ideas with our staff about specific areas of focus for 2018-19. In K-8 we will be focusing on how to increase student engagement with exploratory activities, writing effective essential and guiding questions for our units and improving our assessment and intervention processes. In 9-12 grades our students are going to be provided with a wealth of opportunities to expand options for scheduling. As with any year, 2018-19 is coming with changes, but we are excited about the potential for Sparta R-III as we are working to constantly make what we do great!