Spartan Hoops

Coach Q talks here about the Spartans’ tough loss in Findlay and looks ahead to some big games coming, starting with undefeated TRAC foe Whitmer this Friday. Listen until the end to hear what Q has to say about Xavier Simpson and Michigan Basketball’s success.

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Woodruff earns national award

Lima City Schools Food Service Director Carrie Woodruff  is the 2019 recipient of the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Silver Special Achievement Award.

Woodruff will receive her award this weekend at the FAME award ceremony at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas during the School Nutrition Association’s 2019 School Nutrition Industry Conference. The Silver Special Achievement Award is awarded to a director who demonstrates exceptional ability to recognize and solve problems unique to small districts.

“I was extremely surprised when I received the FAME Award phone call notifying me that I am the recipient of this very prestigious award. I was present at the FAME awards ceremony in 2016, and I never dreamed that I would be considered. I am honored and blessed to be recognized in this industry because there are many, many people who work tirelessly to promote Food Service. I absolutely love what I do – the people I work with, my networking friends and the students and community we serve.  I am really grateful for my superintendent, Jill Ackerman’s, support and the opportunities the Lima City School District has given me. ”

Woodruff’s success with the Lima City Schools is credited to her planning and perseverance in achieving her mission. Her planning, monitoring, and evaluating of all aspects of her program, as well as her staff training initiative are recognized by her Board as having a significant impact on the schools and the community.

SMI evaluations for nutrients in her meals have been nearly perfect three times, and the schools enjoy 83 percent lunch participation. Her leadership and management also saw breakfast participation leap from 19 percent to 87 percent as she added programs and introduced Breakfast in the Classroom, which is now in its twelfth year and emulated by surrounding school districts.

Additionally, Woodruff piloted one of the first USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Grant programs nationally, and in 2014, she spoke before Congress at the Community Eligibility Congressional Briefing. Building off the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables program, Woodruff led the school system to create gardens to produce vegetables and fruits for use in school meals.

When Woodruff joined Lima City Schools, the school food service program operated at a loss and was nearly $250,000 in debt. By reorganizing staffing, updating kitchens, implementing the Fresh Foods Fruits and Vegetables program, and using a meals per labor hour to evaluate staffing needs, Woodruff turned the food service program around, and it now operates with a healthy operating balance.

Successful partnerships also define Woodruff’s achievements in her role. She partnered recently with Love your Lunch Room to do cafeteria transformations in all nine of her buildings.  They are now all called Spartan Cafe. This changed the atmosphere with the colors representing the school colors in the kitchen areas, serving area and dining room. The redesign also provides the opportunity for subdued nutritional messages.  Each school was giving the opportunity to create their own tagline. Her favorite is at Lima Senior:  Feeding Spartans: Past, Present and Future.

Over the years she has worked with her Ala Mater Bluffton University, as well as other long distant dietetic internships. She has mentored over 45 Dietetic Interns. In the past four years, she even hired one of those interns yearly to run her USDA Summer Feeding program and paid them.  For the summer feeding program, the school system partners with outside agencies such as YMCA Kinder Kamp, Lima Parks Department, Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs (UMADAOP) of Ohio, Bradfield community Center, Headstart and the YMCA to provide lunches and even breakfast at some sites. In addition to other wellness-focused activities, Woodruff works with  Activate Allen County Food  and Lima Sprouts.  These are local programs that promote Heatlhy Happenings in Lima.  She is visible with her “Farm to School Intentions,” and works with local business to promote the district.

For 30 years the FAME Awards have been honoring school nutrition professionals who raise the industry standards by tackling challenges within their school districts and communities. The 2019 FAME Awards ceremony event is scheduled for January 13, 2019 at the JW Marriott Austin, Austin, Texas, site of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 2019 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC).



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South named High Progress School

For the second consecutive Year South Science and Technology Magnet School has need named a High Progress School by the Ohio Department of Education.

The designation is based on the school’s 2017-18 Ohio School Report Card. South is among 66 schools throughout the state to get the honor.

To be a High Progress School, a school must:

  • 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 (between 2014 and 2018) 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, show gains in its graduation rate over the past five years (between 2013 and 2017) that meet or exceed the 90th percentile of all statewide gains in graduation.
  • If applicable, the overall Progress grade must be an A or B for each of the three most recent years (2016, 2017, 2018 report cards).
  • Have a Gap Closing grade of A, B or C for the 2017-2018 school year.

South earned an overall B on the state report card released earlier this fall. It earned an A in Gap Closing, up from a B the previous year. It earned a B in Progress Component, which demonstrates the growth made based on past performance.

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria visited South last October.


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Lady Spartan Hoops

The Lady Spartans have been playing pretty good basketball. Coach Halliday talks here about his team and some big games coming up, including LCC tomorrow and  Dec. 27 and 28, when the Lady Spartans will try to win its sixth consecutive Mauk Tournament.

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Spartan Hoops

Coach Q talks here about his team’s huge two-day win over Toledo St. Francis and this coming weekend’s Kewpee Holiday Classic. Spartans play at 8 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday.

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Pop Quiz with Mr. Zell


Name: John Zell

Position/School:  Athletic Director Lima Senior

How long in position: 5 years

What do you love about your job: Watching motivated student athletes set goals and achieve them

What would students be surprised to know about you:  I am the oldest of seven children

Did you ever get in trouble in school? If so, what for:  Not really …  In high school I knocked books out of a student’s hands and they went all over the hallway.  I had to do 50 push-ups as a punishment.

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory: Traveling with my family on Christmas Eve to visit all of my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents that lived close to us.

Best Christmas present you ever received: Cincinnati Bengals football helmet and uniform

Worst Christmas present you ever received:  Typewriter

What food do you refuse to eat: Fast food

Favorite sport to play: Baseball

Favorite sport to watch: OSU Football

If you were a baseball player and had a Walk Up Song, what would it be: Notorious Thugs – Biggie and Bone Thugs

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Spartan Hoops

We’re getting close to your Lima Senior Spartans taking the court! Everything you need to know about this year’s team and season here with Coach Q.

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Lady Spartan Hoops

The Lady Spartans kick off the season Friday at the Kewpee Tip Off Classic. Coach Vince Halliday talks here about his team and his expectations for this season.

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3 of 7 State DECA leadership roles go to LSH

There are seven officers from around the state who serve Ohio DECA, and the Lima Senior DECA program makes up three of them this year.

After campaigning in Columbus Oct. 30, senior Dalonte Manley was elected Vice President of Leadership Development, and senior Quinn Gable was elected Vice President of Community Outreach.

Both had to go through a screening process, deliver a speech and answer impromptu questions to voting delegates. They were then elected by other members of Ohio DECA at the Ohio DECA Fall Leadership Conference.

Senior Cora Bicknell competed to become a Public Relations Officer. She had to take a test, write a press release and give an interview.

In addition, Ti’ara Spivey placed third in Parliamentary Law. She also had to take a test and give an interview. She was among 45 competing and missed becoming an officer by just a few points.

Gable and Manley are presidents of the two Lima Senior DECA chapters this year. Bicknell is vice president of one of the chapters and Spivey is Vice President of Finance

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Fike honored for Eagle Scout Project


Lima Senior High School Senior Peter Fike was honored today by Mayor David Berger for his work at Faurot Park for his Eagle Scout project.

Fike rehabilitated a trail staircase on the northeast side of the park that allows access to the park for local neighborhoods. The staircase had fallen into despair and decay.

With the help of fellow Boy Scouts and other volunteers, Fike removed and replaced more than 30 stairs made of railroad tires and installed 80 feet of sturdy railing.

As part of the project, Fike had to develop plans for the job and raise funds to pay for it.

An Eagle Scout project is one of the requirements a Boy Scout is required to fulfill in order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Fike, who is the son of John and Erin Fike, is in Lima Senior’s Interactive Multimedia Program.

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