LSH kicks off Career Tech Month, announces new program, initiative

Lima Senior High School officials announced a new career tech program coming to the school next fall and efforts to get students thinking about career tech and learning important skills at a younger age.

The announcements came during a Thursday press conference to kick off Career Tech Month. It was held in the school’s construction trades classrooms/lab, one of 11 Career Tech programs offered to juniors and seniors at Lima Senior.

The school has developed a Skills in a Box concept in an effort to get elementary-age students familiar with Career Tech as well as give them the skills needed to enter the program when they get to high school.

Each Career Tech instructor came up with five skills their students need to know to be successful in their programs. Officials took those skills and developed age-appropriate activities. They will be put in a “box” at each elementary school for teachers to use with students.

“The point is to not only help students obtain new skills which they should then have mastered by the time they are in high school, but hopefully they will also figure out what type of skills they are best at and most passionate in pursuing,” said Courtnee Morris, the school’s new head of Career Tech.

This should help with placing students in the right programs when they get to high school and also in keeping them in the program and successfully completing it, Morris added.

The Skills in the Box leads nicely into the existing Career Connections programs in middle school. The program gives students a deeper introduction into possible careers. Once in high school, every freshman takes a College and Career Readiness Class, which helps determine a student’s progression and classes he or she will take at Lima Senior.

The plan is to now add an introduction class into one of the three areas of Career Tech: Industrial Manufacturing Trades, Human Health and Public Services and Communication Technology. Career Tech instructors will teach parts of that class. Sophomores will then take a Career Exploration class where they get hands-on experience in the Career Tech area they are interested in.

New program coming

A new Audio Engineering Technology program will be available to students in the fall. The program will teach the basics of music theory, audio recording and production. Students will learn how to run a recording studio and to produce audio for video productions. Lima Senior will have its own recording studio on site.

The program joins agricultural education, auto technology, construction trades, culinary and food service management, early childhood education, engineering technology, graphic communications, marketing education (DECA), patient care technology, welding and metal fabrication, and World of Work.

Plans are currently in the works to add a Media Video Production program in a couple years.

Career Tech Month is celebrated across the country in February. The Lima City Schools will spend the month highlighting its career tech programs and students on its website and social media pages.

“Career Tech is such a vital piece of what we do here at Lima Senior High School,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “It provides an additional level of options for our students, and our programs set a foundation and pathway for student success, whether their future is the workforce or higher education.”

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Winter Sports Guidelines

LIMA CITY SCHOOLS ATHLETIC GUIDELINES (WINTER SPORTS 2020)
 
TICKETS WILL BE LIMITED TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF ATHLETES ONLY. NO COACH OR STAFF TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.
 
SPECTATORS WILL WEAR FACE COVERINGS AT ALL TIMES. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
 
SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED.
 
TICKETS WILL BE PURCHASED ONLINE (ATHLETES WILL GET INFO).
 
TEMPERATURES WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR.
 
CONCESSIONS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT ANY CONTESTS.
 
FOOD AND DRINK WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN THE GYM
(ATHLETES WILL BE PROVIDED WITH DRINKS).
 
NO PEP BAND PRESENT.
 
CHEERLEADERS WILL BE MASKED AT ALL TIMES.
 
**IF WE WANT OUR ATHLETES TO HAVE A SEASON, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES!
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Holiday Toiletry Collection a success

Thank you to all those who helped to make our Holiday Toiletry Collection a success this year.

We were able to give every fifth and sixth grade student a bag of supplies before winter break. Schools housing seventh and eighth-grade students also received supplies to give to students as needed.

Our staff went above and beyond in donating items. Several local companies and organizations also made this effort possible. Special thanks to the Liberty Arts Magnet PTS, Sullivan Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Lima Kiwanis Club, OSU-Lima,  Dr. Jeffrey Blanford, Lima Husky Refinery and the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

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Breakfast program recognized

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge has named eight school buildings in the Lima City Schools 2019-20 Breakfast Challenge All-Stars.

Lima City Schools started its Breakfast in the Classroom program in 2003. All students in the district receive free breakfast and lunch every day.

The district is one of 307 schools to receive this notable award of being Breakfast Challenge All-Stars.

Freedom Elementary, Liberty Arts Magnet and Unity Elementary were awarded Platinum Stars, meaning that at least 80 percent of student’s had breakfast each day.

Heritage Elementary, Independence Elementary, North Middle School and West Middle School earned Gold Stars, meaning that 70 to 79 percent of students ate breakfast each day.

South Science and Technology Magnet was awarded a Silver Star, meaning that 60 to 69 percent of students had breakfast each day.

Each school will get a Breakfast All-Star poster to be put up and display throughout the school year.

Ohio School Breakfast Partners include the American Dairy Association, Action for Healthy Kids, Children’s Hunger Alliance, the School Nutrition Association of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

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LSH unveils Spartan Farm, Ag Program

  

Lima Senior High School recently unveiled its new Agricultural Education Program and Spartan Farm.

Supporters, school officials and FFA students attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the farm, located off of East Chapman Road.

The farm is on 30 acres of  land received from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Students currently spend three days a week on the farm. Already they have planted apple trees and cover crops and learned tractor, skid loader and other skills.

“The Spartan Farm Agronomy Lab will be for students to learn about operational grain production and management of land and natural resources,’ said Instructor Danial Maltsbarger. “Opportunities to learn about and drive agricultural equipment as well as modern Ag technology will help shape and develop our students for success in the local agricultural industry.”

The program is also utilizing classrooms at Lima Senior and garden space being developed at the former Emerson School site. The two-year program will cover agriculture food and natural resources, soil, crops, animal systems, animal and plant sciences, animal nutrition and genetics and much more.

A FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapter has already started at the school. The group will be involved in the community and compete through the national organization. The chapter’s Fruit Sale — a FFA tradition — is happening now.

The Ag program is part of Lima Senior’s growing career tech offerings. It is available for juniors and seniors. It fits well into existing career tech programs like auto tech, welding and culinary.

“We had a lot of interest right away in the program from students already involved with 4-H and things like that,’ Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “And now that we are up and running, we expect that interest to grow, including among students who may not have any farm experience. We are excited to introduce agriculture and all the opportunities it holds to all our students.”

The district already does a Farm Day event each spring to give elementary students the opportunity to experience life on a farm. It is currently held at one of the schools, but the farm will likely allow the district to expand the event.

Maltsbarger is a 2014 Upper Sandusky graduate who grew up on a farm and has experience with FFA and working with local farmers. He graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Agricultural Business from the University of Northwestern Ohio.

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DECA welcomes new members, installs officers

Lima Senior High School’s DECA program will induct new members and install this year’s officers at its annual breakfast Friday, Sept. 11.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Old Barn Out Back, 3175 W. Elm St.

Lima Senior’s DECA chapter offers students hands-on learning as well as helps students become better prepared for life after high school. Students in DECA learn skills in vocational understanding, social intelligence, leadership development and civic consciousness.

Students who are involved in DECA develop skills in advertising/promotion, communication/display, E-Commerce, economics, fundamentals of selling, marketing applications, buying and merchandising, social media marketing, logistics/distribution and public speaking.

Lima Senior has a strong DECA tradition, with students doing a number of projects and competing at the national/international level each year.

This year’s Senior Officers are

President: Dakota Miller

Vice President: Je’Niya Allen

Secretary/Treasurer: Nakiya Sigman

Spirit Shop CEO: Cecilia Suarez

Public Relations: Jourdyn Rawlins

Policy Advocate: Alex Engberg

Vice President of Finance: Ella Brayton

Vice President of Marketing: Ashley McGue

Vice President of Community Relations: Asani Browning

Vice President of Membership: Meghan Knuckles

Vice President of Leadership Development: Mike Snow

 

Teacher Chrissy Hood’s Junior Officers

Co-Presidents: Elsbeth Nelson & Marcus Brown

Vice President: Quintel Wilson

Secretary: Diante’ Griffin

Treasurer: Alexis Burns

 

Teacher Melissa Donald’s Junior Officers

President: Martrice Gaddy

Vice President: Isaiah Russell

Secretary: Honesty Brown

Treasurer: Evelyn Williams

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Spartan Football Week 3

Coach Townsend is joined this week by senior Offensive Lineman Kevin Binkley. They talk here about this week’s matchup with Fremont Ross and Kevin makes a bold prediction about the rest of the season!

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Spartan Football Week 2

Coach Townsend is looking forward to the Spartans’ first home game of the season. He talks here about getting ready for Oregon Clay and playing in front of the home crowd.

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Spartan Football Week 1

The Alphonso “Biggie” Townsend era begins Friday. We talk to our new coach here about his team, Friday’s game and his dream come true of leading the Spartans.

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Online lunch pick-up schedule

A few changes to online lunch pick-up starting Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Independence: 9 to 10 a.m.
Unity: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
North: 2 to 3 p.m.
LSH: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

There will be no meal pick-ups Oct. 28 and Nov. 25.

We can now include siblings that are not School Age for Free Meals with LCS Siblings.
Please bring your Lima City School Student ID Numbers and let us know ahead of time if there are Food Allergies.

A November menu for online students can be found under the food service page on this website. Look for “COVID-19 Online Lunch.”

If you have any questions, Please call the Food Service Office at 419-996-3441.

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