Lima Senior Makerspace

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Lima Senior creating Makerspace



Lima Senior High School is creating a space for students to think, play and create and is accepting items from the community to help stock the space.

Makerspaces are popping up in schools around the country. They are unique spaces (learning environments) that encourage tinkering, play and open-ended exploration. At Lima Senior, it is a large under-used classroom/lab that is being transformed by students and staff.

The large classroom is split into two areas. One is focused on technology, while the other is “wet space” – an area for things like projects, art, constructing and building. It also includes collaboration spaces.

An important piece of a Makerspace is for it to be student driven. Students are given room to explore, think on their own, ask questions, come up with ideas and create. It is very hands-on with students taking ownership of the space.

The space is already getting used by some classes. Teachers can bring students to the area for hands-on projects that go along with learning happening in the classroom.

The Makerspace also keeps larger and messy projects out of the classroom, making that space cleaner and more organized.

For now, teachers will use the space during class time, but the goal is for it to eventually be available to students before and after school and during open times during the school day. Officials also hope to work with the community and to invite guest teachers and “mystery makers” into the space.

A team of staff members visited Maumee Schools last school year to get ideas from its Makerspace. Lima Senior STEM Club students are taking the lead and brainstorming about what Lima Senior’s space will be.

The school recently received a Martha Holden Jennings grant totally $15,759 to be used for the Makerspace.

There is not much the school can’t use in the Makerspace. It will take items like cardboard, duct tape, paint, paint brushes, old books and magazines, scissors, clay, paper towel rolls, tools, rubber bands, straws, beads, yard, construction paper, hot glue guns, wire, pencils, foam, newspaper, old hardware, plastic tubs of all sizes and old small electronics.

Items can be dropped off during the school day in the main office at Lima Senior.

The school is also looking for sponsors and will accept monetary donations for large, more costly items. For more information or to become a sponsor or make a donation, call 419-996-3510.

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South named High Progress School for third year

For the third consecutive year, South Science and Technology Magnet School has been named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.

The designation is based on the 2018-19 Ohio School Report Card. South is among 71 schools across the state to receive the designation. It is one of only three to receive it three years in a row.

South earned an overall B on the report card. It earned a B in K-3 Literacy and an A/100 percent in the Gap Closing measure.

The criteria is below:

  • Be a Title I recipient or Title I-eligible school and serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students.
  • Show gains on its combined reading and math proficiency rate in each of the past five years that meet or exceed the 90th percentile of all statewide gains (subject results are combined and aggregated for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10).
  • If a high school, have combined graduation rate of 93 percent or higher over the last five years.
  • If applicable, the school must earn an A or B on the overall Value Added measure on the 2019 Report Card.
  • Have a Gap Closing grade of A, B or C for the 2018-2019 school year.
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Voucher Expansion Impact on LCS

EdChoice Scholarship Expansion  —  And its impact on the Lima City Schools

The EdChoice Scholarship Program provides up to 60,000 scholarships to students who attend schools deemed “underperforming” by the Ohio Department of Education. The “underperforming” designation comes as a result of the state Report Cards. Despite gains made on the state Report Card and success stories that we see every day in the classroom, The Lima City Schools is still considered a failing district by the state.

The scholarships must be used to attend a private/parochial school that meets certain requirements. All of the private schools in Lima qualify. These schools are not held accountable by the state for their academic successes or failures like public schools are.

The EdChoice program results in public taxpayer dollars being used to fund tuition for students at private schools. The voucher amount is $4,650 for students entering K-8 in 2020-21 and $6,000 for students entering grades 9-12.

While the Lima City Schools has lived under the voucher program for many years, the expansion of the program will have a devastating impact on our district.

The Expansion

Originally Ohio schools had to get failing grades on at least two specific report card measures before being added to the voucher list. The new system adds a school for a single D or F — even if the rest of its grades were As and it had an overall passing grade.

Statewide the expansion has dramatically increased the number of schools deemed failing and therefore being eligible for vouchers. Last year, there were 238 buildings. That will increase to more than 1,220 by the end of 2021.

By the end of 2021, 70 percent of the state’s public school districts will have at least one building where students qualify for private school vouchers paid for with funds from public schools.

Changes most impacting the Lima City Schools

The increase to the cap on the number of EdChoice vouchers available.

The practice that high school students no longer have to attend a public school district before receiving a voucher.

*Every student in the Lima City Schools can now apply for a voucher, including incoming kindergartners who have never attended our schools.

*Every student currently attending a private school can now apply for a voucher. These students never have to attend the Lima City Schools. They may have attended a private school their entire education careers and now can get voucher money to continue there.*Once a student receives a voucher, they can continue to receive one for the rest of their k-12 education regardless of the public school’s Report Card.

The financial impact

The Lima City Schools will lose nearly $150,000 additional dollars this school year.

The potential of this growing in future years is great.

Not all guaranteed a voucher

Private schools can continue to take only those students they want. Applying for a voucher does not mean you will get accepted into a private school. Private schools can pick and choose who they want. This again takes away the original intent of vouchers to provide families choice. It really is the private schools’ choice.

What’s Next

If lawmakers are going to make legislative changes to the voucher program, they must act and do so by Feb. 1, the first day when families can begin applying for vouchers for next school year.

We urge residents to contact your elected officials on this important issue.

Governor Mike DeWine – 614-644-4357

Senator Matt Huffman – 614-466-7584 or

Representative Bob Cupp – 614-466-9624

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Spartan Hoops

Lima Senior Spartan Basketball is Here! The Spartans kick off the regular season at Whitmer this Friday. Catch them at home Dec. 13. Coach Q talks here about the season and his talented squad

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Lady Spartan Hoops

The Lady Spartans kick the season off this weekend at the Kewpee Tip Off Classic. Coach Halliday talks here about these upcoming games and his team this year.



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District seeking Alumni Hall of Fame nominations

The Lima City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the next class to be inducted in the fall of 2020.

The Hall of Fame inducts outstanding alumni every three years. The most recent group was inducted in 2017.

Nominations will be accepted until March 27, 2020. The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be Thursday, Sept. 17 at Lima Senior. Inductees will also be recognized during halftime of Lima Senior’s Sept. 18 Homecoming Game.

The Hall of Fame honors alumni who have received local, state or national recognition for achievements in their occupational fields, made significant contributions to society, or performed meritorious service to our country.

Hall of Fame eligibility requirements include:

  • The nominee attended the Lima City Schools.
  • The nominee graduated 15 or more years ago.
  • The nominee has at the local, state, national or international level demonstrated distinguished occupational or professional achievement or performed significant volunteer, charitable, civic, public, humanitarian or military service.
  • The nominee is of excellent character.

The Hall of Fame will also induct an honorary member for his or her service to the Lima City Schools. This person does not have to be a graduate of the school district.

The Hall of Fame serves as a living example for current students and the community of the caliber of accomplished graduates who have come from the Lima City Schools.

Nomination forms are available here  For additional information, call Beth Jokinen at 419-996-3411.

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Spartan Football Week 10

Coach Griffin talks here about the Spartans’ last game of the season Friday and about his team’s success in the classroom.

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Spartan Football Week 9

It’s Findlay Week! Coach Griffin talks here about the Spartans’ trip to rival Findlay on Friday.

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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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