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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 […]

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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…

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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 […]

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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!

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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 […]

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SPARK Receives Gold Highest Performing Award From Governor
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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.

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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 […]

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SPARK Students Advance to Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Division Playoffs
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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 […]

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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, […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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4 SPARK Teachers Win CINS Grants

We are excited to announce that 4 SPARK teachers won CINS grants totaling $1,286! Challenge Program Enrichment, Lisa Evans (Challenge teacher), $ 260.00 A Home for Birds on the Rooftop Garden, Jenna Mobley (Enrichment Lab – co-written with students), $ 296.52 Invasion of the Bristlebots!!, Monica Slack (Challenge teacher), $ 308.00 Supplemental Foreign Language Tools, […]

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APS Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Damian Read for placing first at the first ever SPARK Scripps Spelling Bee. Damian went on to compete at the district fair at Jackson High School on February 2nd. Damian made it to the 3rd round and was one of the top 20 spellers in the district. Former SPARK student Kedar Veeraswamy won […]

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4th and 5th Grade Challenge Students Perfect Their Public Speaking

SPARK’s 4th and 5th graders were featured in the “Power of Persuasion” article in the Feb. 2015 “GATEway to Growth” Gifted Teachers Newsletter. Here’s the article: The Power of Persuasion It’s all about the power of persuasion. As we know the ability to correctly state your side and get others to follow is a great […]

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SPARK Reading Bowl Take First Place

Congratulations to the SPARK Reading Bowl Team coached by our Media Specialist, Mr. Jackson. They took first place in the APS district competition that was held January 30th. They competed against 30 other APS teams. The team will move on to regionals and represent APS and compete against neighboring school districts. Way to go SPARK […]

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SPARK Raises Almost $2,000 for Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Thank you so much for your support of the SGA campaign to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society through the Pennies for Patients program. Our school raised $1,943.64! This is amazing! Congratulations to Ms. Bryant’s class for being the top fundraiser and winning the pizza party. They raised $187.90. Additionally, the following classes raised […]

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Johnny Moser Wins Statewide Read for Recycling Contest

During the week leading up to America Recycles Day, the Georgia Recycling Coalition encouraged students across the state to read books that celebrate, educate, and encourage waste reduction activities. With the completion of a reading log journaling at least five books they read, students were entered into a contest to win a $50 gift card […]

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SPARK Wins Runner-Up in GA School Spirit of Green Award