Spartan Football Week 8

Coach Griffin talks here about the Spartan Homecoming win over Fremont Ross and looks ahead to the rest of the season. Lima Senior at home against Friday against Toledo St. Francis.

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Spartan Football Week 7

Coach Griffin is joined by defensive end Brandon Taylor, who talks about his decision to play at Penn State next year and about the remainder of the Spartan season. And Coach Griffin breaks down our Homecoming Game with Fremont Ross. Click here to get the scoop.

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Spartan Football Week 6

The Spartans are finally back home for Senior Night as Whitmer comes to town. Coach Griffin talks here about the game and about his seniors.

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High marks for Career Tech on State Report Card


Lima City Schools’ officials, students and business and industry supporters held a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 2, to kick off Career Tech Month and to release results of the State Career Tech Report Card.

Lima Senior’s Career Tech program saw success on the report card, earning an overall B.

“This report card is essential to our school district and community,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “It shows if a program is effective and if students are finding success both while in the program and beyond. And I am proud to say that the answer to these questions here at Lima Senior is a resounding yes.”

The graduation rate moved from a B last year to an A this year, with 96.7% of Career Tech students graduating in four years, and 92.8% graduating in five years. Those numbers last year were 89.7% and 96.2%.

The program also earned an A in Post Secondary Outcomes. That means 94.2% of Lima Senior’s Career Tech graduates are either employed, in an apprenticeship, in the military, or enrolled in post-secondary education.

The press conference included remarks from staff and students and from business and industry. The district continues to forge relationships with local business and industry. Those partnerships help the school tailor its programs and get students positive experiences in the community,

“These relationships help us better train our students for what the workforce needs,” Ackerman said. “The partnerships provide more opportunities for our students both while they are with us and after graduation.”

The district will use the month of October to highlight Career Tech with pictures, videos and information on its social media platforms. Information on each of the Career Tech programs is available at

Anyone wanting information about the programs or to learn more about partnering with the school should call 419-996-3060.

Below is a brief overview of the district’s growing career tech offerings.

Automotive Technology – Students learn skills in alignment, brakes, diagnosing and troubleshooting problems, computerized diagnostic techniques, steering and suspension and much more. They work in an onsite automotive garage that is open to the public. Graduates find jobs as automotive and diagnostic technicians, parts department managers, services managers and service writers.

Construction Trades – Students learn design, concrete and masonry and carpentry, including layout and measuring, walls, siding, roofing, rafters and stairs. Students get real-work experience, working on projects in the community. One project was the Cook Park bathroom. The program prepares students to become

architects/engineers, carpenters, concrete and masonry workers, project managers and sales associates.

Early Childhood Education – Working in a WOCAP preschool housed at Lima Senior, students leave the program with the skills they need to pursue careers as preschool teachers, childcare providers and nannies. They get experiences creating lesson plans and hands-on activities for children. There is also the opportunity to work as a paraprofessional in the district while still enrolled in high school.

Engineering Technology — Students enrolled become computer technicians, computer aided design operators, engineering technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers. With Project Lead the Way curriculum, students use design development processes while enriching problem-solving skills. They create and analyze models using specialized computer software.

Graphic Communications – Work of these students is highly visible in the school and community. While operating as a design and print shop, students develop skills in digital graphic imaging, print manufacturing processes, screen printing and Desktop design and publishing.  Graduates become graphic designers, print production workers, online graphic designers and technical solution specialists.

Hospitality and Food Service Management – Students in this program operate the Spartan Inn, a restaurant that is open to the public two days a week. Learning everything from cooking and food safety to management and budgeting, students leave prepared to become banquet managers, caterers, chefs, food presentation designers, kitchen managers and nutrition assistants.

Marketing Education (DECA) – Through classroom work, projects, competitions and running a Spirt Store, students learn about advertising, communication, management principles and techniques, economics, display merchandising, human relations and marketing research. Graduates become account representatives, market researchers, marketing specialists, product managers and promotion coordinators.

Patient Care Technology – Students learn First Aid, CPR, medical terminology, nutrition, infection control, basic health care, anatomy, EKG, catherization and respiratory therapy. Graduates become patient care technicians, clinical coordinators, medical office supervisors, patient care assistants and monitor technicians. Students earn training hours for various programs and get a head start toward a nursing degree.

Welding and Metal Fabrication — Students learn various kinds of welding and cutting, aluminum MIG, reading and drawing blueprints, press brake operations, metal shear and metal roller, diesel drive, Spot and Oxy-fuel brazing. They build the buggies taken to the NASA Rover Challenge each year. After graduation, they work as boiler makers, fabricators, iron workers, pipefitters, welders and welding inspectors.

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LSH highlights career tech, state CT report card

Lima Senior High School will celebrate and highlight its Career Tech programs throughout the month of October. A press conference today highlighted the recently released Career Tech State Report Card. LSH earned an over B, an A in Graduation Rate and an A in Post Secondary Outcomes. Click here to watch the press conference.

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Spartan Football Week 5

The Spartans travel north this weekend to battle an always tough Toledo Central Catholic. Coach Griffin talks here about the game and about last week”s loss at Oregon Clay.

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FAFSA Help Meetings Set

Lima Senior High School will host three meetings to provide seniors and their parents assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The meetings are for Lima Senior High School seniors only.

The first meeting is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Lima Senior. Dinner will be provided and every family will receive a gift. Every family that completes the FAFSA the night of the meeting will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.

The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. It is required to receive aid.

Students considering a two or four-year college or trade school should complete the FAFSA. There is no cost to complete.

The meeting will provide onsite assistance so that families can complete the required paperwork that very night. There will be computers at the high school and people on hand to assist families. Area colleges and universities and the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce will supply the expertise.

Families attending should bring 2018 Federal Tax Returns for parents and students, 2018 W-2s for parents and students, driver’s license, Social Security number, bank account balances and investments, and any other untaxed income such as child support.

For information on the FAFSA or meetings, call 419-996-3043.

Other meetings are set for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, also at the high school.

The meetings are part of the Ohio Mayor’s Education Advocacy Grant the city of Lima received on behalf of the school district. An initiative of the Ohio Mayors Alliance, the grants are possible thanks to Learn to Earn Dayton, the Melinda Gates Foundation and the AT&T Foundation.

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Spartan Football Week 4

The Spartans are coming off a tough loss in a game that took two days to complete. Now, Lima Senior heads into conference play. Coach Griffin talks here about the crazy weekend and looks ahead to this Friday at Oregon Clay.


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Spartan Football Week 3

Your Spartans are 2-0 and hit the road for the first time Friday at Riverside High School. Coach Griffin talks here about the game and looks back on last week’s win against Piqua.

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DECA to create new Limaopoly

It’s been 10 years since the city of Lima found itself at the center of the game of Monopoly, but a new group of Lima Senior High School DECA students is about to put the city back on the map – or game board.

A newer modern version of Limaopoly is in the works by DECA seniors Jayden Donald, Lauren Zell and Adrian Bowsher. Limaopoly is a replica of the original Parker Brothers game that will be sold to the public once produced.

“This is such a grand idea and it gets the entire community involved,” Donald said of why the group selected the project.

Students are currently selling spots on the board to area businesses, clubs and individuals. A few spots have already been snatched up, including by the University of Northwestern Ohio, who took all the coveted railroad spots.

A spot on the board can be guaranteed for $250. Priority placement (such as corner spots) is $500 and goes down from there. There will also be “mention spots” available for less.

Zell said the project is good for the students because it will get them out into the community and connecting with local businesses.

“And it’s just a cool project to get to make the game board,” she said.

Students said the game board and box will be updated with a modern design. The students will use the game as the project they will compete with later this school year.

The game will be available for purchase by early December- just in time for the perfect Christmas present, the students said. The cost will be $29.99.

To purchase a spot on the Limaopoly board or to order the game, call 419-308-1188. The deadline to get a spot on the board is Sept. 26.

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