201 E. Franklin St., Sparta, WI 54656 | Phone: 608-366-3400 | Fax: 608-366-3474
Dear Sparta Area School District Families:

There is no question that spring is in the air. As we embark on the last third of the school year, the fruits of the year's effort will be realized. From performances, competitions, tournaments, and field trips to culminating projects, tests, and graduation, spring is a time when our young people find mastery in their current grade and prepare for the challenges of the grade ahead. Spring is a time to celebrate student learning as we witness our scholars do and think things that they were not able to do and think even a scant six months ago.  

As we celebrate our students' achievements this spring, we do so with a heightened awareness about school safety. Given the tragedies at other schools across the nation, it is critical that we all maintain a high degree of vigilance and say something when we see something that seems "off," whatever "off" might look like. 

Please know that the Sparta Area School District is first and foremost committed to student safety. Our school buildings were not designed with the same safety standards used today, and we have worked hard to retrofit our buildings to the best of our ability. The retrofits include a buzzer system with a camera and two-way voice communication, and surveillance cameras in school buildings and on buses. Our commitment to safety is why we allow only one public access point per building, and we require that all visitors provide ID as part of the sign-in process. We use the first name, last name, and date of birth on visitor IDs to run them through a sex offender database and issue a photo visitor tag.  

We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the safety features we have incorporated throughout the district the past few years. The tools and equipment we have installed have helped us develop procedures and habits that make school safety an everyday aspect of how we operate. In short, safety is part of everything we do.  

I'm looking forward to a celebratory and safe spring! 

Dr. Amy Van Deuren, Superintendent
What's Happening in the SASD
Throughout this issue, check out ways to learn more about the upcoming facilities referendum vote on April 3rd. Then, see our referendum webpage here for more.
There will be no school from March 29th - April 3rd. School will resume Wednesday, April 4th. Have a wonderful, fun and safe spring break!
Referendum Information at Community Meetings
District representatives will be attending community meetings throughout the next several weeks to present information on the April 3rd facilities referendum and to answer your referendum questions. Dozens of these referendum information presentations are scheduled for the upcoming weeks at churches, club meetings, town hall meetings, and more. See if your group will be hosting an information session on the calendar here , or contact the superintendent's office at (608) 366-3400 to request a referendum information presentation for your group.
Referendum School Tour
SASD is hosting one more Open House/School Tour event to continue giving you a firsthand look at facilities needs in our elementary schools.

Administrators, staff, and finance and architecture experts will be on hand to answer your referendum questions.

Wake Up Call
If your teen was using drugs, would you know what to look for?
Parents and other adults are invited to an auditorium-style presentation of the WAKE UP CALL on Thursday, March 15 th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Sparta Meadowview Auditorium. The Wake Up Call is a life-size exhibit of a teen’s bedroom with more than 50 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use.

This is an educational opportunity is for ADULTS AGE 21+ and youth will NOT be allowed into the presentation.
#SpartanProud of our Students and Staff
Congratulations to SAILS Charter School Teacher Sara Anderson, who won the Regional Advocate for All Children Award at the annual At-Risk Educators (NAREN) State Conference. She was nominated and presented the award by fellow SAILS Teacher Kirk Lebakken.   #SpartanProud
Meadowview Intermediate student Aubrey Ebert recently competed in her 4th Braille Olympics in Janesville, WI.

Aubrey received 4 medals, 2 gold and 2 silver. Awesome job Aubrey! #SpartanProud
You can find Superintendent Amy Van Deuren hanging out with Sparta Youth Hockey on some Friday nights. What a cool bunch! #SpartanProud
SHS student Kristen Clark was recently selected to represent Sparta, WI as a National Youth Delegate to the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the environment at George Mason University. Great job Kristen! #SpartanProud