Back to School Celebration planned

The Lima City Schools and many community partners will again give away free school supplies at a Back to School Celebration planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug, 14, at Martin Luther King Park, 400 E. Eighth Street.

This will be the second year of the event, which brings businesses and organizations together to help families and provide a fun way to get ready for a new school year.

“We had such an amazing turnout last year and we can’t wait to do it again,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “This is a great way for families to have a little fun before school starts and to make sure they have everything they need to start the year off right.”

Highlights of the afternoon will include:

  • Free school supplies
  • Free hotdogs, drinks and other food
  • Free Spartan gear
  • Lima Senior Face Painters
  • Wiffle ball game with Lima Senior baseball program
  • Fun with Lima Senior coaches and athletes
  • Talk with school officials
  • Spartan Community Health Center
  • Community agencies
  • Music from 93.9 KISS FM
  • Other games and activities
  • School Resource Officers

Many area businesses and organizations have made the event possible by collecting and donating school supplies and money and providing food. They are listed below:

Salvation Army, Neighborhood Relief, Husky Energy and its Volunteer Council, Volunteer/Auxiliary Outreach Committee of Mercy Health, Lima Community Church, Grace Community Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Lima UMADOAP, Lima Rotary Club, Lima Pallet, Lima Kiwanis Club, Chase Bank, Sigma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Anytime Fitness, Market Street Presbyterian, Lima First Assembly of God, Lima Education Association, Lima Congress of School Administrative Personnel, OAPSE Local 306, Gordon Food Service, Western Sizzlin, Rightway Food Services, PepsiCo and Reiter Dairy.

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Open houses, orientation, schedule pickup

The Lima City Schools will hold open houses and orientation sessions in the coming weeks. Below is the schedule.

 

Lima Senior High School Schedule Pick-Up

Seniors: 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13

Juniors: 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14

Sophomores: 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15

Freshmen: 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16

Any student still needing to get schedule: 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17

 

West Middle School

7th Grade Orientation & Schedule Pick Up: 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2

8th Grade Orientation & Schedule Pick Up: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2

7th & 8th Grade Orientation & Schedule Pick Up: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2

 

 

North Middle School Open House: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.21

5th Grade Orientation and Schedule Pick Up: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8

6th Grade Orientation and Schedule Pick Up: noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8

*Must be registered/enrolled to pick up schedule. Can register at school that day if needed

 

Heritage Elementary School Open House: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21

 

Freedom Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.

 

Independence Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21

 

Liberty Arts Magnet School Open House: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21

 

South Science and Technology Magnet School Open House: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.

 

Unity Elementary School Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

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Breakfast in the Classroom recognized

Several buildings in the Lima City Schools have been named Breakfast All-Stars based on the number of students taking advantage of the breakfast in the classroom program the second half of this school year.

The recognition comes from the Ohio School Breakfast Partners, which includes the American Dairy Association, Action for Healthy Kids, Children’s Hunger Alliance, the School Nutrition Association of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

Below are the individual school designations

Freedom Elementary, Independence Elementary, Liberty Arts Magnet School, North Middle School, South Science and Technology Magnet School and Unity Elementary School: Platinum (80 percent or higher participation).

Heritage Elementary, West Middle School: Gold (70 to 79 percent participation).

The district began serving breakfast in the classroom in 2003. The district’s program has often been recognized for its success, including being featured in the national “School Nutrition” magazine.

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Schools to offer summer lunches

The Lima City Schools will again provide free lunches for children over the summer months through the Summer Food program.

Children and teens between the ages of one and 18 qualify for the summer meals.

Lunch will be served at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 11:

  • Heritage Elementary School, 816 College Ave.
  • Independence Elementary School, 615 Tremont Ave.
  • Liberty Arts Magnet School, 338 W. Kibby St.
  • South Science and Technology Magnet School, 755 St. Johns Ave.
  • Unity Elementary School, 925 E. Third St.

The free lunches will run until Aug. 2. There will be no lunches served July 4 and 5.

In addition, OSU Healthy Kids will be at some of the sites with fun, healthy activities while lunch is being served. The program will be at Liberty on Tuesdays, Heritage on Wednesdays and South on Thursdays

 

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Kiwanis student clubs, advisers recognized

The K-Kids Clubs of Heritage, Freedom, Independence and Unity elementary schools and Builders Clubs at West Middle School, Liberty Arts Magnet and South Science and Technology Magnet have met the requirements of Kiwanis International to be named Distinguished Clubs for 2017-18.

To qualify for the distinction, clubs must meet certain criteria, including having done multiple service projects.

In addition, the Builders Club at North Middle School was named as an Honor Club in accordance with criteria established by Kiwanis International.

Angie Meyer and Crystal Miller named Distinguished K-Kids advisors. Meyer is at Freedom and Miller is at Heritage.

The district’s K-Kids and Builders Clubs are student service clubs connected with the Lima Kiwanis Club.

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Academic Signing Day

Lima Senior High School seniors who have committed to college or the military took part in the school’s annual Academic Signing this week. About 110 students participated. Click here to see the story from Your Hometown Stations.

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Partnership puts students to work

Dawnisha Fisher is still in high school, but is already working and getting paid in the field she will one day be employed in full time.

A partnership between Lima Senior High School and Ohio Means Jobs has placed Fisher at Unity Elementary School, where she works several days a week as a paraprofessional in a kindergarten classroom.

“It’s been good,” said the senior in Lima Senior’s early childhood education program. “I really like working with kids and helping younger people. I really like how when I come into the classroom and they are so happy to see me.”

Ohio Means Job is very present in Fisher’s life right now and will continue to be for another year. The program offers a variety of supports including purchasing work clothing, transportation if needed and other kinds of guidance and help.

“They will follow her for a year after she graduates offering her support,” Lima Senior early childhood education teacher Tina Hamilton-Shoemaker said. “My goal is to get all of my juniors involved next year. They learn more getting that hands-on experience. They really need that.”

Ohio Means Jobs has assisted and found work for five additional early childhood education students. They are at the West Ohio Community Action Partnership and North Middle School.

Fisher started getting important work experience through her Lima Senior class long before being hired at Unity. She spent six weeks earlier this year working with Heritage Elementary School students. She also helped with an after-school program at the Bradfield Community Center.

Fisher was also involved with the Spartan 360 Program, a partnership between Lima Senior, Unity and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Students in the Lima Senior early childhood and patient care programs met with Unity students once a week to mentor, tutor and plan special activities.

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West student wins county-wide essay contest

      

West Middle School eighth grader Treshawn Roberts is this year’s local winner of the Americanism Essay Contest sponsored by the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lima Lodge 54.

Students around the county were invited to write about “Why Our Veterans Are America’s Heroes.”

Treshawn’s essay spoke of veterans who willingly put their lives in danger to protect their country and its freedoms. He specifically wrote of his late grandfather, remembering the 21-gun salute he received at his funeral.

“Like all veterans,” he wrote. “He was willing to give the ultimate sacrifice and that is what a true hero does.”

It was important for Treshawn to honor his grandfather in his essay.

“I wanted to remember that he fought for us,” he said. “He really meant a lot to me.”

Treshawn will be honored at the Elks Youth Banquet. He will be honored again at the May 10 Lima School Board meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at West.

“I was excited when my mom told me,” he said of winning the contest. “We sat down and talked about it for awhile. My mom was very proud of me.”

Treshawn is the son of Tracie Roberts and Shawn White. He is a member of the Builders Club, Quiz Bowl and bowling team at West. He’s looking forward to Lima Senior High School, where he plans to continue in Quiz Bowl.

Science is Treshawn’s favorite subject and he is already thinking about a career in engineering.

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DECA project makes top 10 at Internationals

A team of Lima Senior High School DECA students finished in the top 10 at the DECA International Career Development Conference this week in Atlanta, Ga.

Amiah Allen, Syrus Mason and Kate Woods presented the Big Spartans Little Spartans program in the Community Service division. The project was one of more than 200 projects competing in that category.

The program placed somewhere between fourth and 10th place (only first through third are given a final placement).

Big Spartans Little Spartans is a program that sends DECA students to North Middle School once a week to mentor, help with school work, and do other relationship-building activities with students.

Eight Lima Senior projects (15 students) competed at the international contest, getting there by advancing through the state competition last month.

 

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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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