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My Town Sparta: New Community Education class offers side-by-side cooking lessons with chef

My Town Sparta: New Community Education class offers side-by-side cooking lessons with chef

SPARTA, Mich.-- Sparta Community Education will begin offering new culinary classes in January 2015.

Sparta resident Chef Mark Kingshott of All In One Chef will lead the six different culinary classes beginning Jan. 13 with a kick-off to a "Healthy and Tasty New Year."

Each class will be held at Sparta High School in room B108, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.  A hands-on approach will help each person to truly learn by doing the chopping, measuring and cooking throughout the class.  Each participant will be given a recipe packet of everything made the night of the class. The best part? Everyone gets to taste the efforts of their labor.

Food For Thought Fundraiser

Food For Thought Fundraiser

Downtown Trinis is normally closed on Mondays but Monday, November 3 from 4pm thru 8pm, Trinis will be open for the Food For Thought fundraiser.

The Sparta Education Foundation invites the public to visit Downtown Trinis located at 148 E. Division in Downtown Sparta for dinner.

School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Sparta High School & West Catholic Varsity football teams take to the field tonight - Friday, October 3 at 7:00pm.  

Sparta High School Football field located at 465 S. Union Street in Sparta, Michigan comes alive tonight with athletes, cheerleaders, band members and fans. Concessions are available on the grounds. Don’t miss the fun & excitement!

Visit www.spartachamber.com or www.westcatholicsports.com for more information. 

Schools Featuring Optimal Flexibility Hold Informational Events for Michigan Families

As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, Michigan’s leading virtual and blended learning schools – Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy’s three campuses in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Royal Oak – have scheduled a variety of information events throughout October.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual and blended learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.

“We have seen a huge change in our son’s self-confidence and motivation to learn since

Schools with Unique and Flexible Learning Models Host Information Sessions

The new school year has arrived and some families may still be undecided on the best education option for their child.