LSH back in NASA Rover Challenge


Lima Senior High School’s Rover Challenge team will again race in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

This is the 14th year Lima Senior has sent a team to the international competition held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. It has consistently been the only high school in the state to compete in the contest, formerly called the Great Moonbuggy Race.

The Rover Challenge is April 13 and 14. The races can be watched live here.

The rover challenge focuses on designing, constructing and testing technologies for mobility devices to perform in different environments NASA explores, including moons, planets, asteroids and comets.

The rovers are human-powered and carry two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile obstacle course of simulated extraterrestrial terrain of craters, boulders, ridges, inclines, crevasses and ruts.

As part of the challenge, and before traversing the course, unassembled rovers must be carried by the drivers to the course starting line. The rovers are then assembled, readied for the race and evaluated for safety.

The top three times in each division (one high school and one college university division) will be those having the shortest total times in assembling their rovers and traversing the course. Each team is permitted two runs of the course

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Online registration available now

The Lima City Schools is now accepting online student registrations for next school year.

All registrations must be done online. Students must register each school year.

To register: Log onto and click on “Enroll” in the menu at the top of the page. Or click here to begin now.

Parents will first need to create an account to register. Accounts created previously can still be accessed. Creating an account allows parents to save their work and come back and finish at a later time if needed. It will also make the process quicker in future years.

Parents need to register for their children, using their own emails. Students should not register with their emails. For additional information, parents should contact their child’s school.

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Believe In LCS: The Monfort Family

These are the Monforts. Click here to see what this family has to say about the Lima City Schools.

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Believe In LCS: The Bowsher Family

The Bowsher Family believes in the Lima City Schools. Click here to learn all about it.

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Believe In LCS: The Jackson Family

Click here to learn why the Jackson Family believes in the Lima City Schools.

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Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride

Click here to see today’s press conference about Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride Week.

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LCS unveils Anti-Bullying App


The Lima City Schools has started using a new app that allows students and parents to anonymously report bullying incidents immediately.

BRIM is an anti-bullying software that is used in more than 200 schools around the country. The Lima City Schools is the only school in Ohio to use it. The software consists of an app students and parents can download to anonymously report bullying incidents.

Students can report from their personal cell phones, or from desktop computers in their schools. Every computer has easy access to the app.  Elementary schools now have ipads that will be in inconspicuous locations for student use.

The Lima City Schools has received grant money to assist with the program.

Nate Garlock, the district’s director of safety and security, said students involved in an incident or someone who sees it, can make a report without anyone knowing. This cuts down the fear of retaliation, he said.

“I hope kids will feel empowered by this and feel like they don’t have to be afraid to speak out,” he said. “By empowering the kids and putting it back in their hands to be able to take control and know their voices are being heard, it will likely lead to better decision making and reduce bullying.”

Students are able to type in what they experienced or saw and can also attach a screen shot in cases of cyberbullying.

Each school has a designated response team made up of four to five school staff members who will be responsible for quickly investigating any report and taking the appropriate action. Once a report is made the response team members immediately get an email.

Garlock expects that along with bullying, the app will be used by students and parents to report other issues in the school.

The app can be downloaded at the App store. Or students report from any school computer or at The link to report is under the “Student Life” and “Parent” tabs.

School Social Workers and School Resource Officers will visit classrooms to demonstrate how the app works and to answer questions. Lima Senior Graphic Communications students designed posters that will hang throughout all of the schools.

The Lima City Schools will continue its existing anti-bullying programs; the app serving as an additional piece officials believe will be proactive and positive. Parents and students are still welcome to report bullying and other issues directly to school staff.

The app will also allow schools and the district to get in-depth reports on bullying, including places and times where there is a higher level of incidents. Officials can also get reports on individual students. All this will help the district use its resources in the best way to address issues.

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Jump Start to Kindergarten Registration April 17

The Lima City Schools Jump Start to Kindergarten district-wide registration event will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Liberty Arts Magnet School, 338 W. Kibby St.

Children who will be age 5 by Aug. 1 can enroll in kindergarten this year. Registration is at Liberty regardless of which school a child will enroll in. Open enrollment is accepted.

This year’s event will feature snacks, games and prizes, including chances to win bikes.

The day allows parents to register their children, get questions about kindergarten, campus wear and transportation answered, and learn about kindergarten readiness and various community organizations and services available to families.

Children can also get free physicals while registering. Children must have a physical before entering kindergarten. The Spartan Health Center will be available to schedule immunizations.

Parents should bring to registration their child’s Social Security card, immunization records, original copy of birth certificate, current physical, proof of residency and custody papers (if applicable).

**Parents of preschoolers can also pick up preschool application packets. Freedom, Heritage, Independence and Unity all have preschool programs. Application packets can be picked up at any of these buildings. Children must be 3 years old to apply.

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DECA students headed to Internationals

The Lima Senior High School DECA program will be represented by eight projects (15 students) at the International Competition April 21-14 in Atlanta.

Students competed at the state level this past weekend to qualify for Internationals.


Below are the final results. All these will go onto the next level:

1st Place – Public Relations Project – Spread Jada’s Joy – Otisha Calhoun, Jalinda Houston and Tatyanna Talbert

2nd Place – Cameron Harris-Johnson – Hotel and Lodging Series Event

4th Place – Bryce Binkley – Principles of Finance

4th Place – Community Service Project – Big Spartans Little Spartans – Amiah Allen, Syrus Mason and Kate Woods

School Based Enterprise – Received GOLD – Nur-Huda Muhammad, Kiara Buchanan and Preshus Lowe

Thrive Competition – Dalonte Manley, Kylee Mell and Ta’lor Washington

5th Place – Business Services Operations Research – Reilie Lyons, Kiara Buchanan and Preshus Lowe

5th place – Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research –  Dalonte Manley, Kylee Mell and Ta’lor Washington


The following projects placed in the top 10 at state, but just missed qualifying to continue on:

Entrepreneurship Promotion Project – Cole Brinker, Quantay Robertson and Justin Stewart

Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling – Nur-Huda Muhammad

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Public School Week, Open House Coming

The Lima City Schools will again use the last week of March to celebrate public schools and invite the public in to see its high school and learn about all the district’s schools and programs.

The week (March 26 to 29) is designed to promote and celebrate public education, specifically the Lima City Schools and all it has to offer. This is the second year of “Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride.”

Activities will be happening in all the district’s buildings throughout the week. Family nights, a district-wide coloring contest and an alumni lunch are just a few.

The highlight of the week will be a district-wide open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Lima Senior High School.

The evening will feature:

  • Free dinner from the student-run Spartan Inn
  • More than 50 chances to win prizes, including three grand prize awards (Kindle Fires).
  • Self-guided building tours
  • Lima Senior classrooms, including career tech labs, will be open
  • Student projects
  • Informational booths for all district buildings and programs (preschool, gifted, special education, magnets, athletics and more)
  • Book fair, story time, games and crafts in the library
  • Student performances featuring high school, middle school and elementary school students
  • Student artwork
  • Lima Senior face painters
  • DECA Spartan Spirit Shack open for business
  • Spartan Health Center
  • Register for next school
  • Visit school resource officers and learn about new anti-bullying app.
  • Learn about school service clubs and mentoring programs

There will be chances to win more than 50 prizes throughout the evening thanks to many generous supporters. Spartan gear, gift cards to local businesses, football tickets and more will be raffled off throughout the open house. Stop by the prize table to enter to win.

Thanks to Smith-Boughan and Ley Insurance, we have three Kindle Fires and two Amazon Echoes. Attendees can pick up a punch card at the prize table. After visiting the locations listed, return the card to the table for the chance to win one of the grand prizes.

Thanks to the following for supporting the open house with prizes and other donations: Crosshairs of Lima, C&T Design and Equipment Co, Dominion, General Mills, Gordon Food Service, Husky Energy, Kewpee Hamburgers, Ley Insurance, Liberty PTS, Lima Sporting Goods, Lima Senior DECA, Lima Senior Athletic Department, The Met, PepsiCo, Reiter Dairy, Rieck Services, Rightway Food Service, Smith-Boughan and Western Sizzlin.

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