Sparta School District

January 2018

HOME OF THE TROJANS

DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT

Empower all students to be lifetime learners who are responsible, productive citizens in a changing, global society.

CENTRAL OFFICE NEWS

Rocky Valentine, Superintendent

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SPARTA MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dave Baker, Principal

ACADEMIC TEAM FINISHES UNDEFEATED

The Sparta Middle School Academic Team consists of 6th through 8th graders who answer a variety of questions from subjects such as math, science, history, government, literature, grammar, geography, fine arts, sports and current events. Participation on the team provides an opportunity for students to flex their most important “muscle,” their brains. The team competes against other middle schools in the SWCL conference. These academic competitions give the students a chance to develop their self-confidence, knowledge base, and self-pride as well as teaching them important life skills such as teamwork and dedication.


The Sparta Middle School academic team recently wrapped up its tremendous season with a record of 10 wins and 0 losses. Their regular season concluded with a 1st place finish in the SWCL Conference Tournament held January 6 at Crane Middle School. The team worked hard and were rewarded for those efforts. They will be resuming practice in the near future to prepare for the annual Clever Invitational Tournament held this upcoming April.


This year’s team participants are Brock Smith, Gage Wigton, Shayln Morris, Hannah Roller, Cade Johnson, Ryan Bumgarner, Auston Henson, Zane Wigton, Madeline Hodges, Anthony Wilson, Asher Fuchs, Malina Blevins and Chloe Nettell. Their coach is Scott Twente. Congratulations to all participants on a job well-done this year!


Photo Credit: Amelia Wigton

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Tournament Champions!

Congratulations to the 5th & 6th grade Lady Trojan basketball teams on winning their tournament championships at Hollister.
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Monochromatic Paintings in 5th Grade Art

STEAM Classes & Library Receive White River Power-Up Grants

Thank you, White River, for providing the grant money to increase our STEAM and literacy projects. Sparta Middle received 3 grants in the amount of $500 each to purchase programmable robotics for STEAM. The library media center also received a $500 grant for the purchase of 2018-2019 Mark Twain & Truman e-books. We are excited for these to arrive and for the learning opportunities they will provide our students.

Volleyball Tryouts

January 29 & 30

3:05 - 5:00 pm

SPARTA HIGH SCHOOL

Michael Wright, Principal

HOMECOMING

Congratulations to Homecoming King Hanen Cummings and Queen Lauryn Beamish as well as all members of the royal court.
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Congratulations, Speech Team!

Our speech team traveled to Branson on Saturday. After a month-long break, the kids were amazing! Everyone put forth his/her best efforts and some of them had fantastic showings, even if they didn't bring home a medal or trophy. Congratulations!


Jeremiah White: 5th place medal in extemporaneous speaking

Bruce Ormiston: 5th place medal in original oratory

Jillian Woolf: 6th place medal in original oratory AND 2nd place trophy in storytelling


These kids are having a season like none we've had before. Thus far, the team has earned medals and/or trophies at every tournament we have attended since October!

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HS Library Media Center Receives Power-Up Grant

The high school LMC was recently awarded a $500 grant from the White River Valley Co-op to fund the purchase of Gateway book sets for the 2018-2019 school year. Since we have limited funding when it comes to providing enough copies of the nominated books, and students often have to wait multiple weeks for their desired book to be returned to the library, the Power-Up grant will allow for the purchase of three sets of Gateway books to be placed in ELA classrooms for increased student access.


Thank you, White River!

SPARTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Gerald Chambers, Principal

Third Grade Updates

Third graders are working hard this quarter to identify and partition unit fractions using concrete models. Our students will be learning about a variety of fractional units. Our first day involved a fun introduction activity with Mrs. Barnes, our math coach. Math is always fun when it involves food! Third graders will use many critical thinking skills during this module to form a basic understanding of fractions in hopes of bridging the content as they move on to fourth grade.

Finley River Community Foundation Grant Recipient

Thanks again to the Finley River Community Foundation for providing more STEM manipulatives for our students! Pictured below are 1st grade students constructing buildings. Creativity, imagination and hands-on-learning are being used in this fun activity!
Curriculum & Instruction

Nicole Humble, Curriculum Director

Curriculum

January 2nd was a big day for our faculty. While students were enjoying their last day of winter break, we were working hard on curriculum. As a K-12 faculty we worked to align power standards and learning targets to increase student learning throughout the district. This was a powerful day of work and learning. It was amazing to see our faculty working together to discover areas in which we can improve. We are excited about the future of Sparta R-III.

Instruction

Classroom instruction is a vital piece of the puzzle in the education process. In kindergarten - 6th grade our teachers are benefiting from instructional coaches working alongside them to increase rigor. The instructional coaches are going through cycles with the teachers with modeling, observing and providing feedback to improve teacher efficacy. In grades 7-12, we continue to work on blended learning environments to improve college and career readiness.