Sparta School District

March 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.

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KINDNESS WEEK

https://youtu.be/K7PlsBQ_uA8

FIRST GRADE MUSICAL

https://youtu.be/CQ46pmWTLEA

COX HEALTH DIRECT CONNECT

Our district has recently been awarded a grant from CoxHealth Systems with funding from USDA and Children's Miracle Network. We will be receiving two telemedicine carts to be located at the elementary and the middle school at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The telemedicine carts are each worth about $11,000. The carts will allow us to connect our students or faculty to their medical provider while they remain in school. This will result in faster access to care, fewer missed school days and fewer missed work days for parents. The goal is to keep kids healthy, in school and ready to learn. We are excited about this opportunity to partner with CoxHealth and the advantages this will give to our students and parents.
YOUTH SPORTS

Blake Leyland, Youth Sports Director

Basketball Winds Down

It has been a busy and productive year thus far for our young student-athletes and coaches. It all began with our PK-2nd grade basketball league back in November. After they finished up, 3rd-6th grade basketball took over in January. These teams represented Sparta very well during regular-season games as well as in tournaments. We are very proud of all these student-athletes! A very big thank you goes out to all of our coaches, officials, scorekeepers, gatekeepers, concession workers, custodians and parents who have helped make this youth basketball season a success!


It’s rewarding to see the excitement around our youth athletic program. We're looking forward to what the future holds for this program and the opportunities it provides our student-athletes.

FIRST YEAR FOR YOUTH VOLLEYBALL

With basketball now wrapped up, it’s on to youth volleyball. This is the first year we’ve offered 3rd-6th grade volleyball, and we have enough interest to create two 3rd/4th grade teams and two 5th/6th grade teams. Practice for youth volleyball starts soon and games will take place in April.

BASEBALL, SOFTBALL & T-BALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

As the weather warms and the grass starts to grow, we turn our attention to spring and summer outdoor sports. That’s right, baseball, softball and t-ball are right around the corner. Registration for these sports is NOW! Information and registration forms went home with students in PK-6th grade starting last Friday (Mar 2). These forms are due back March 21st.


CLICK HERE FOR ENROLLMENT FORM

SPARTA MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dave Baker, Principal

MATHLETES 2018

Sparta Middle School students competed in a mathematics competition in Billings on March 5. Our students placed 2nd overall, and individual honors went to Gage Wigton (3rd in 7th grade math) and Shayln Morris (2nd in the 8th grade algebra). Others that took part were Carson Ball, Anthony Wilson, Hudson Kissee, William Nichols, Payton Beeler, William Brooks, Gracie Ramos and Zane Wigton.

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TWAIN & TRUMAN READING PROGRAMS

Fifty Sparta Middle School students participated in the Twain and Truman reading programs this school year. Twenty of these 50 students have read the required number of books to be invited into the library for a pizza and voting party on Friday, March 9th. Congratulations to these students who have put forth effort to read!


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MAKERSPACE CLUB

Makerspace Club is finishing up the year with second round of Junk Box Wars. These 5th through 8th grade students have been challenged to engineer bridges from boxes of junk that can span a distance and bear the load of Ollie robots. This week their designs will be put to the test!

ARCHERY

MS Archery took 1st place last weekend at the Taneyville archery tournament. Congratulations!
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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

The seventh grade world hunger PBL unit is underway at Sparta Middle School as a collaborative effort between Ms. Johnson’s social studies classes and Mr. Jessen’s science classes. Projects range from school gardens to student-designed apps to a hygiene bus that could serve our community. Students are gaining real-world problem-solving skills in this unit that will be showcased in Shark Tank-style presentations on March 22nd.

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SPARTA HIGH SCHOOL

Michael Wright, Principal

SWCL MUSIC & MATH CONTESTS

MUSIC CONTEST


The Choir received a 2 (Outstanding) rating, and Kacey Pearman and Mikayela Stutesman each received a 1 (Exemplary) on their solos.


The 8th Grade/HS Band received a 1 (Exemplary) rating, and Alliah Adams-Smith, Amber Gibbs, Cody Browning and Julia Scherer all received I (Exemplary) on their solos.


Congratulations! Mrs. Nichols & Ms. Ray are extremely proud of all the performances.


MATH CONTEST


On March 5th Billings High School hosted the SWCL math contest. Ten middle school students and 8 high school students participated. Each test consisted of 20 questions and students were given 30 minutes for each test. The results were as follows: Gage Wigton finished in 3rd place for the 7th grade, Shayln Morris finished in 2nd place for the 8th grade algebra, the middle school team finished 2nd place overall and Julia Scherer finished 2nd place in algebra II. This was a great experience for all those involved, and students are looking forward to next year's competition.

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FRESHMEN ELA

The freshmen just finished reading William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. They have been working hard to put together amazing presentations and engaging projects to show the community and the rest of the high school how Romeo and Juliet is still relevant to society today. Come check out their projects on Monday, March 26, 2018 from 8 am-9:30 am.
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GATEWAY READING

The Sparta High School Gateway reading program had another successful year. Twenty-five students participated by reading from the list of 15 nominees, and 19 students read at least three or more of the nominated novels. These students voted for their favorites and enjoyed pizza (compliments of the Literacy Council) in the library media center on Thursday the 8th.
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LOCAL AUTHORS DISCUSS WWII

This month guest speaker Darla Noble discussed WWII in the Pacific with American History students. Mrs. Noble is the author of All my Love, George.... The book is compiled of letters and accounts of her uncle George who died in the Pacific theater during WWII at Luzon in the Philippines, where he received the Purple Heart, Silver Star and a medal for distinguished service. Noble's father, who served in Korea, helped her compile the book.


Dennis Naber, whose father was also a Silver Star recipient, presented to our students as well. He does Civil War and WWII reenactments. It was an honor to hear from both of these community members who made history come alive by sharing stories about their heroic loved ones.

SPARTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Gerald Chambers, Principal

Character Kids

February - Honesty


Students from left to right- Bottom Row- Riley Johns, Cole Harris, Alan Gonzalez, Liam Lapthorne, Ty Sherman, Ileigh Butler, Elynn Lowery, Bentlee Roberts. Second row- Harmony Rogers, Avery Finny, Ardyn Makhdoom, Katelyn Edwards, Savannah Clark, Eli Brynildson, Paisley Phillips, Aiden Weter. Top row- Wyatt Tackitt, Jace Davis, Evan White, Sicily Cole, Lily Applegate, Payton Taylor, Kahlen Humble, and Tyler Apple

ART SHOW

The Area Schools Art Show is currently being held at College of the Ozarks. The show contains artwork from many surrounding schools including artwork from 25 Sparta students. The show will remain on display to the public until March 14th. Gallery hours for anyone who wishes to attend are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday from 1-5pm.
Curriculum & Instruction

Nicole Humble, Curriculum Director

“When we strive to become better than what we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

The quote above has been a goal for curriculum, instruction and assessment during the 2017-18 school year. Throughout our curriculum process, we continue to look for ways to improve what we are currently doing as a result of data we have collected through assessments. I am excited about the course descriptions being discussed and the growth of opportunities made with our assessments. We have increased rigor and aligned to proficiency scales to provide us with more accurate and valid results of concept mastery.


Summer School

It’s about that time again! Be on the lookout as we begin to share details for summer school shortly after spring break! We are going to be providing many different projects for students K-8 to choose from and a variety of online opportunities for our students 9-12. We will be offering incentives for enrollment and prizes throughout. You will be receiving information about enrollment and courses offered by the beginning of April. We hope you join us as we experience a fun summer of learning!