In the News

Congratulations to First Grader, Advika Singh

The Office of Literacy announced the winners of the Atlanta Public Schools grade level Young Georgia Writers Contest. They had over 100+ entries. Students from all over the district presented thought provoking original work, which demonstrates a true testament of the hard work schools and students are doing daily. SPARK’s Advika Singh, was the first […]

Common Sense Education
SPARK Recognized as Common Sense School

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Springdale Park Elementary as a Common Sense School. Springdale Park Elementary has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media […]

SPARK Won a Little Free Library For Our School

Thanks to Mr. Todd Bol and Little Free Libraries, SPARK is one of 6 winners of the Black History Month Essay Contest by Fathers Incorporated/Real Dads Read. A big thank you to Catherine Lewis, SPARK parent and PTO Co-President, who submitted the winning SPARK essay on behalf of Ms. Madlem’s second grade class. #BeSPARK! Other […]

Fourth Grader Sage Brown Advances to APS District Spelling Bee

Congrats to all of our participants and finalists! Every January, Bee season hits SPARK! Since 2013 SPARK has participated in one of the oldest and most respected educational programs, Scripps Spelling Bee. SPARK’s media specialist, Roy Jackson, started the spelling bee program. Grades 1-5 have spelling activities and centers in the classroom culminating with classroom […]

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SPARK Students Shine in Holiday Production

Congratulations to 2 of our very own SPARK students who will be performing in the upcoming holiday production of Madeline’s Christmas! in Ms. Fellow’s 4th grade class and in Ms. Lockwood’s 3rd grade class have been putting in extra hours rehearsing for what has quickly become a holiday tradition for the whole family in the […]

Jenny Lockwood
APS Teacher of the Year: Ms. Lockwood

SPARK! Did you know that we have a SUPERSTAR who works in our school!??? Her name is JENNIFER LOCKWOOD and she was recently named as the overall Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Atlanta Public Schools! Mrs. Lockwood’s reputation proceeds her but we wanted to take some time to share all of the wonderful […]

SPARK Students & Teacher of the Month #BeSPARK

Congratulations to our SPARK Teacher & Students of the Month This year, SPARK has started a new tradition in affirmation of our Be SPARK theme. Each month during the school year, one student from each class and one teacher will be selected as our Teacher and Students of the month. The students recognized are those who […]

Music at SPARK
Advanced Chorus at Atlanta Families Awards for Excellence

Our Advanced Chorus was invited to perform for the Atlanta Families Awards for Excellence in Education ceremony, in which this year’s winners were recognized. The event took place on Wednesday, May 3 at the Carter Center. I wanted to offer something special, and I enlisted a team of kids, mostly Advanced Chorus kids, who were […]

SPARK’S Roy Jackson Named APS Library Media Specialist of the Year

Atlanta Public Schools proudly congratulates Roy Jackson, media specialist at Springdale Park Elementary School, for being named Library Media Specialist of the Year. Read more…

SPARK’s STEM Fair Winners Earn Gold at APS District-Wide Fair

Amelia Lingugaris, Ben Rein and Andrew Reveno, the top three finishers at SPARK’s Fall STEM fair, competed at the APS district-wide fair on January 25th. Students were interviewed by judges who ranked their projects on a number of criteria. Of the 129 elementary school division entrants that qualified for the district event, 13 were selected […]

SPARK Student Wins First Place in APS District Science Fair

Congratulations to Amelia Lignugaris, who won first place (gold ribbon) for the Behavioral Sciences category at the APS district-wide STEAM Fair last week at Corretta Scott King Academy! Great work, Amelia!

SPARK Wins 1st Place in Reading Bowl

Springdale Park defended their district title this past Saturday by placing first again in the APS Reading Bowl. SPARK won all 6 head to head rounds and had the highest cumulative score of any elementary or middle school. The SPARK reading bowl team has given up their lunches and recess for months to practice and […]

SPARK Student Performs in Madeline’s Christmas

Madeline’s Christmas returns to the Horizon Theatre Company in Little Five Points this holiday season for the ninth year.  Based on the popular children’s book character, the Horizon Theater production features local girls performing with a professional theatre company alongside professional actors. This year’s cast features girls ages 8 to 13, from five metro Atlanta […]

SPARK Receives Gold Highest Performing Award From Governor
Congratulations, Ms. Richardson and Mr. Glaze!

Ms. Richardson is SPARK’s Teacher of the Year! She teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Mr. Glaze, our custodian, is SPARK’s Support Staff person of the Year! Thank you for the dedication, energy and talents you give to our students and our beautiful facilities.

Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project Visits SPARK

On March 9th, Stephen Ramsden visited SPARK with the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. This non-profit organization brings high-powered solar telescopes to schools free of charge. Fourth grade students were able to see solar flares on the surface of the sun (!) and received solar viewing glasses. This experience is one that most people will […]

SPARK Students Advance to Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Division Playoffs
Google Takes SPARK Students on a Virtual Field Trip

SPARK students were able to test out a new Google App; Expedition. Google representatives took our students to the 7 wonders of the world, to the deepest parts of the ocean, and to the moon using their new app and virtual reality googles. Check out Ms. Brown as she takes a virtual trip to the […]

SPARK Reading Bowl Team Shines On

SPARK’s Reading Bowl Team, who won the APS district competition, competed in the metro region competition on February 13. The team won all 6 H2H rounds they competed in and their accumulated point total placed them overall in 2nd. They now move on to the state divisional round on Feb. 27th. Way to go team, […]

SPARK Student to Compete at State Tech Fair

Congratulations to Sophia Jimenez-Machado. Sophia had a first place showing at the APS District Tech Fair and will compete in the state tech fair in March. Way to go Sophia, SPARK is proud of you.

SPARK Student to Compete in State Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Spark 5th Grader Salter Sliger. Salter represented SPARK at the APS district bee competing against students in grades fourth through eighth. Salter came in fourth place and now will be part of the team representing APS in the state wide spelling bee next month. Salter is also part of the reading bowl team […]

SPARK Wins Georgia Shape $5,000 Grant

SPARK is excited that we have been named as a winner for a $5000 grant to strengthen SPARK’s health and wellness. The grant will provide resources to conduct a school health assessment, provide support to teachers for increasing opportunities for physical activity, create opportunities for healthier snacks and engage the larger SPARK community in creating […]

SPARK Teachers Win Donors Choose Grants Funded By Staples

Teachers in 53 Atlanta schools had their classroom wishlists fulfilled this week through a $260,000 donation from Staples. Among them were some of our very own SPARK teachers! Congratulations to all of the teachers who had their grants funded! Ms. Emerson: iPad minis and a math literature collection Ms. Turgeon: android tablets, chrome books, a […]

SPARK: A Role Model For Garden-Based Education

This summer, Springdale Park served as a model for Garden-Based Education across our city, state, and nation. Throughout Metro Atlanta: Captain Planet Foundation – Photos and experiences of standard-based lessons from Springdale Park’s garden were shared with many teachers in districts across Metro Atlanta in Learning Garden Workshops hosted by Captain Planet Foundation. Community Farmers […]

2 Students Awarded in Clean Air Campaign’s State-wide “Young Lungs at Work” Art Competition

Congratulations to Callan Cucchi for receiving 3rd place and Colbi Browning for receiving an Honorable Mention in the Clean Air Campaign’s Young Lungs at Work Art Competition. See their winning comics and more.