High School Newspaper
Many years ago Sparta High School had a school newspaper. With all of the cultural changes, curriculum requirements, and personnel changes, the student publication went the way of the dinosaur. In the mid to late 1990's the need for student voice revolution was heard and Ms. Wyckoff-Kingshott, a high school English teacher, sponsored a group of industrious students who produced the newspaper, The Sheet, in its embryonic stages. Students produced articles and pictures on their own time and gave up their study periods and lunch hours to contribute to the periodical. The publication schedule was sometimes "hit and miss" and there was difficulty funding the program. Students even charged a nominal fee for their in-house product at different times. The moniker was eventually changed to the Lodown and Sparta students began to feature an insert, solely packed with Sparta and national sports stories, coined The Tin Can. In the early 2000's, Mr. Roark, another Sparta English teacher, pitched the Journalism class to the School Improvement team, which passed board approval, and the Journalism program was born again. Currently, the students of Sparta produce a weekly publication called the Lodown, which includes the sports newsletter THE FIRST TAKE. Students also contribute most of the high school content for the district bi-monthly communiqué, The Bell Ringer and the Community Newsletter Sparta TODAY. Students also produce the homecoming programs, provide support for the yearbook text, and contribute to various blogs, such as Mr. Spencer's Principal Infotainment vehicle. Several of the alumni of the Journalism/Spartan News/Media Productions Programs have served in media related posts all over the country and throughout the world. Enjoy the latest edition of the Lodown produced by Sparta High School's journalism class.