Zoom With Superintendent to focus on COVID-19 vaccine

The Lima City Schools will hold another community Zoom session with Superintendent Jill Ackerman from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 26. She will be joined by infectious disease doctor and Allen County Public Health Board Member Dr. Wilfred Ellis.

While Ackerman will update on the school year and take questions on any topic from participants, the focus will be on the pandemic and the vaccine.

“We know people have a lot of questions about the vaccine and that there is much misinformation out there right now,” Ackerman said. “We want people to have all the accurate information so they can make informed decisions. Dr. Ellis is a great asset for us and can help guide people through this.”

This is the third Zoom with the Superintendent the district has done this school year to give parents, staff and community members the chance to ask questions.

Join the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/94532568162

Or click here

Meeting ID: 945 3256 8162

People can also submit questions prior to the event to bjokinen@spartan.limacityschools.org.

The Zoom session will be recorded and available on the district’s LCSSpartanNews YouTube channel and on social media. Questions and answers will also be compiled into a document that will be made available.

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Winter Sports Guidelines

LIMA CITY SCHOOLS ATHLETIC GUIDELINES (WINTER SPORTS 2020)
 
TICKETS WILL BE LIMITED TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF ATHLETES ONLY. NO COACH OR STAFF TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.
 
SPECTATORS WILL WEAR FACE COVERINGS AT ALL TIMES. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
 
SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED.
 
TICKETS WILL BE PURCHASED ONLINE (ATHLETES WILL GET INFO).
 
TEMPERATURES WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR.
 
CONCESSIONS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT ANY CONTESTS.
 
FOOD AND DRINK WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN THE GYM
(ATHLETES WILL BE PROVIDED WITH DRINKS).
 
NO PEP BAND PRESENT.
 
CHEERLEADERS WILL BE MASKED AT ALL TIMES.
 
**IF WE WANT OUR ATHLETES TO HAVE A SEASON, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES!
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Holiday Toiletry Collection a success

Thank you to all those who helped to make our Holiday Toiletry Collection a success this year.

We were able to give every fifth and sixth grade student a bag of supplies before winter break. Schools housing seventh and eighth-grade students also received supplies to give to students as needed.

Our staff went above and beyond in donating items. Several local companies and organizations also made this effort possible. Special thanks to the Liberty Arts Magnet PTS, Sullivan Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Lima Kiwanis Club, OSU-Lima,  Dr. Jeffrey Blanford, Lima Husky Refinery and the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

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Breakfast program recognized

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge has named eight school buildings in the Lima City Schools 2019-20 Breakfast Challenge All-Stars.

Lima City Schools started its Breakfast in the Classroom program in 2003. All students in the district receive free breakfast and lunch every day.

The district is one of 307 schools to receive this notable award of being Breakfast Challenge All-Stars.

Freedom Elementary, Liberty Arts Magnet and Unity Elementary were awarded Platinum Stars, meaning that at least 80 percent of student’s had breakfast each day.

Heritage Elementary, Independence Elementary, North Middle School and West Middle School earned Gold Stars, meaning that 70 to 79 percent of students ate breakfast each day.

South Science and Technology Magnet was awarded a Silver Star, meaning that 60 to 69 percent of students had breakfast each day.

Each school will get a Breakfast All-Star poster to be put up and display throughout the school year.

Ohio School Breakfast Partners include the American Dairy Association, Action for Healthy Kids, Children’s Hunger Alliance, the School Nutrition Association of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

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LSH unveils Spartan Farm, Ag Program

  

Lima Senior High School recently unveiled its new Agricultural Education Program and Spartan Farm.

Supporters, school officials and FFA students attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the farm, located off of East Chapman Road.

The farm is on 30 acres of  land received from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Students currently spend three days a week on the farm. Already they have planted apple trees and cover crops and learned tractor, skid loader and other skills.

“The Spartan Farm Agronomy Lab will be for students to learn about operational grain production and management of land and natural resources,’ said Instructor Danial Maltsbarger. “Opportunities to learn about and drive agricultural equipment as well as modern Ag technology will help shape and develop our students for success in the local agricultural industry.”

The program is also utilizing classrooms at Lima Senior and garden space being developed at the former Emerson School site. The two-year program will cover agriculture food and natural resources, soil, crops, animal systems, animal and plant sciences, animal nutrition and genetics and much more.

A FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter has already started at the school. The group will be involved in the community and compete through the national organization. The chapter’s Fruit Sale — a FFA tradition — is happening now.

The Ag program is part of Lima Senior’s growing career tech offerings. It is available for juniors and seniors. It fits well into existing career tech programs like auto tech, welding and culinary.

“We had a lot of interest right away in the program from students already involved with 4-H and things like that,’ Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “And now that we are up and running, we expect that interest to grow, including among students who may not have any farm experience. We are excited to introduce agriculture and all the opportunities it holds to all our students.”

The district already does a Farm Day event each spring to give elementary students the opportunity to experience life on a farm. It is currently held at one of the schools, but the farm will likely allow the district to expand the event.

Maltsbarger is a 2014 Upper Sandusky graduate who grew up on a farm and has experience with FFA and working with local farmers. He graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Agricultural Business from the University of Northwestern Ohio.

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DECA welcomes new members, installs officers

Lima Senior High School’s DECA program will induct new members and install this year’s officers at its annual breakfast Friday, Sept. 11.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Old Barn Out Back, 3175 W. Elm St.

Lima Senior’s DECA chapter offers students hands-on learning as well as helps students become better prepared for life after high school. Students in DECA learn skills in vocational understanding, social intelligence, leadership development and civic consciousness.

Students who are involved in DECA develop skills in advertising/promotion, communication/display, E-Commerce, economics, fundamentals of selling, marketing applications, buying and merchandising, social media marketing, logistics/distribution and public speaking.

Lima Senior has a strong DECA tradition, with students doing a number of projects and competing at the national/international level each year.

This year’s Senior Officers are

President: Dakota Miller

Vice President: Je’Niya Allen

Secretary/Treasurer: Nakiya Sigman

Spirit Shop CEO: Cecilia Suarez

Public Relations: Jourdyn Rawlins

Policy Advocate: Alex Engberg

Vice President of Finance: Ella Brayton

Vice President of Marketing: Ashley McGue

Vice President of Community Relations: Asani Browning

Vice President of Membership: Meghan Knuckles

Vice President of Leadership Development: Mike Snow

 

Teacher Chrissy Hood’s Junior Officers

Co-Presidents: Elsbeth Nelson & Marcus Brown

Vice President: Quintel Wilson

Secretary: Diante’ Griffin

Treasurer: Alexis Burns

 

Teacher Melissa Donald’s Junior Officers

President: Martrice Gaddy

Vice President: Isaiah Russell

Secretary: Honesty Brown

Treasurer: Evelyn Williams

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Spartan Football Week 3

Coach Townsend is joined this week by senior Offensive Lineman Kevin Binkley. They talk here about this week’s matchup with Fremont Ross and Kevin makes a bold prediction about the rest of the season!

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Spartan Football Week 2

Coach Townsend is looking forward to the Spartans’ first home game of the season. He talks here about getting ready for Oregon Clay and playing in front of the home crowd.

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Spartan Football Week 1

The Alphonso “Biggie” Townsend era begins Friday. We talk to our new coach here about his team, Friday’s game and his dream come true of leading the Spartans.

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Online lunch pick-up schedule

A few changes to online lunch pick-up starting Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Independence: 9 to 10 a.m.
Unity: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
North: 2 to 3 p.m.
LSH: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

There will be no meal pick-ups Oct. 28 and Nov. 25.

We can now include siblings that are not School Age for Free Meals with LCS Siblings.
Please bring your Lima City School Student ID Numbers and let us know ahead of time if there are Food Allergies.

A November menu for online students can be found under the food service page on this website. Look for “COVID-19 Online Lunch.”

If you have any questions, Please call the Food Service Office at 419-996-3441.

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