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The Lima Symphony Orchestra recently completed a project almost two years in the making – Project Noteworthy. This educational project, which stemmed from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts awarded to the orchestra in 2020, culminated in performances of original songs written and performed by Lima City School students and accompanied by the Lima Symphony Orchestra. The songs, written by the students themselves, were inspired by feelings of isolation and loneliness brought on by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and remote learning.
After months of planning, Project Noteworthy launched in early 2021. This unique project gave students in four elementary and middle school classes in the Lima City School district a creative outlet to process the anxiety and isolation they experienced amidst the upheaval caused by COVID-19. Participating classes include Ms. Rohrbaugh’s 4th grade class from Independence Elementary, Mrs. Miller’s 4th grade class from Heritage Elementary, Mrs. Place’s 4th grade class from Freedom Elementary, and Mr. MacBenn’s 5th grade class from North Middle School. Working with professional songwriter and children’s book author Mary Amato, students gave voice to both their fears and their resiliency, creating original songs. The songs were then arranged for orchestra by composer Jonathan Wey, and performed by Lima Symphony Orchestra musicians under the direction of Music Director Andrew Crust. Ultimately, close to 70 students participated in this amazing and inspirational project.
“I am so excited by the outcome this project,” commented Renee Keller, Marketing and Educational Coordinator with the Symphony. “Last year was really difficult for everybody, but especially for students. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for students to miss out on almost an entire year of in-person learning. With the funding we were awarded from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Symphony really wanted to find a way to help students use music as a way to heal from that experience. I think this project really shows how powerful a tool music can be in terms of bringing people together and helping them move forward.”
Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts was matched by a generous contingent of local sponsors, including: Dominion Energy, Lima Pathology, Rudolph Foods, AR-Hale Family Foundation, Range Kleen, Altria, Lima Pallet, Mid-American Cleaning Contractors, Sign Source USA, Inc., and Mercy Health/St. Rita’s.
A complete summary of the project and performances by the participating classes are available for viewing through the Lima Symphony Orchestra website (https://www.limasymphony.com/project-noteworthy) and YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj7smZVocCn1D6qfHQqqvyQ), or by following the video links are listed below:
Project Noteworthy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-WNdazlTDc
“Deep in My Emotions” – Crystal Miller’s 4th Grade Heritage Elementary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZU2BQIOrgA
“Everything is Right” – Nicole Rohrbaugh’s 4th Grade Independence Elementary:
“Gray Day” – Joe MacBenn’s 5th Grade North Middle School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ1FQ_0eQhs
“Trying to Find the Light” – Kara Place’s 4th Grade Freedom Elementary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY7GOwgYYeE
Ms. Mary Amato – Songwriting Coach
Mrs. Renee Keller – Marketing and Education Coordinator, Lima Symphony Orchestra
Mrs. Kristin Lee – Director of Arts and Magnet Program, Lima City Schools
Mr. Jonathan Wey – Music Arranger
Modo Media, LLC
Conductor: Andrew Crust
Violin 1: Michael Houff
Violin 2: Matthew Latawiec
Viola: Carmen Granger
Cello: Shelbi Wagner
Flute: Lindsay Baker
Oboe: Terri Rivetti
Clarinet: Hila Zamir
Trombone: Dale Laukhuf
Horn: Greg Hillis
Drums: Sarah Waters
Ms. Nicole Rohrbaugh
Mrs. Crystal Miller – Music Teacher, Heritage Elementary School
Miss Katelyn Shepherd – Student Teacher, Ohio Northern University
Mrs. Samantha Tippie – 4th Grade Teacher, Heritage Elementary
North Middle School:
Mr. Joe MacBenn
Freedom Elementary School:
Mrs. Kara Place
National Endowment for the Arts
AR-Hale Family Foundation
Mid-American Cleaning Contractors
Sign Source USA, Inc.
Mercy Health/St. Rita’s
The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Mozart by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.
Every Day. On Time. School Today. Success Tomorrow.
This is the message the Lima City Schools will push out to students and parents throughout the school year in an effort to improve attendance and ultimately student success.
The “Every Day. On Time” mantra can be seen around the school district and community, with television commercials, billboards, banners and posters in schools and local businesses.
“We want our students and parents seeing and hearing this message everywhere they go,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “This should be a community-wide push. School attendance impacts not just students and schools, but the entire community. A student with attendance issues now with likely carry them over to the workforce.”
Statistics show that students with chronic absentee issues are more likely to struggle in the classroom, including on reading skills, tests and ultimately graduation. Additional statistics on attendance can be found below.
The campaign is designed to promote good attendance as well as to get at the root cause of attendance issues and then help families navigate those issues. Parent workshops and other interventions are planned throughout the school year. Parents have also received materials with tips and ideas on how to improve their child’s attendance.
“We know there are lots of reasons why families might struggle with attendance, some that we may not even be aware of,” Ackerman said. “We need to dig deep and work with families to understand those issues and then together address them.”
An important piece of the campaign is incentives and rewarding both students and parents. It is important to reward small successes, Ackerman said, in order to begin to make real lasting changes and impact attendance beyond one month or one year.
A number of local businesses have stepped up to provide incentives for the program. Thanks to Westgate Entertainment, Lima YMCA, Open Doors Academy, Speedway, Charles River Laboratories, North Middle School staff, Championship Floors, Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution, Cheap Sign Company, Sullivan Insurance, Teamsters Union, Lima Pallet, Keller Williams Realtors and Alexander Realtors.
Statistics on the impact of attendance
Missing two days of school a month, or 18 days a year, is 10 percent of the year and considered chronic absenteeism.
Absenteeism in the first month of school predicts poor attendance throughout the school year.
Poor attendance influences whether a child reads proficiently by the end of third grade or is held back a grade.
By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
For every year of chronic absences the student starts the following year further behind.
Early absences correlate with reading difficulties and poor attendance in later years.
Chronically absent preschool students are five times more likely to be chronically absent in second grade.
Chronic absences in preschool correlate to weaker kindergarten readiness scores.
Students who are chronically absent each year between preschool and second grade have reading scores that indicate a need for intensive intervention.
A students is seven times more likely to drop out if they had one year of chronic absenteeism between 8th and 12th grade.
Chronic absences are associated with lower test scores.
Children who are chronically absent in early years of education fall behind peers in social-emotional development.
Students with chronic absences are less likely to go to college or get a job.
When students improve attendance, they improve academic prospects and chances for graduating.
Late arrivals disrupt other students/class time.
Students who are tardy perform lower on test scores, as do others in their class.
Students who arrive on time to school have time to get settled into class, get supplies/materials ready, focus.
Tardy students miss the start of lessons, important information, reminders about tests, due dates, etc.
Students who are perpetually late are more likely to fall behind academically.
Being on time develops pattern of being punctual that will carry over to college, jobs and other commitments.
Students who arrive to school on time every day feel better about themselves and have higher self esteem.
Chronic tardiness most often leads to chronic absenteeism.
How parents can help address attendance issues
Monitor child’s attendance.
Communicate with teacher and school.
Establish bedtime and morning routines.
Get clothes out and book bag ready night before.
Gt up a little earlier (set alarm clock 15 minute earlier).
Post school schedule on the refrigerator or other high-traffic place in home.
Have a back-up plan on how to get child to school.
Talk with your child about the importance of school and good attendance.
Avoid trips and non-urgent medical appointments during the school day.
Make sure child has required shots/immunizations before school year starts.
Identify issues (stress, academic struggles, bullying, etc.) that could be causing child to not want to go to school.
Lima Senior High School’s DECA program will inducted new members and installed this year’s officers at its recent annual breakfast.
Lima Senior’s DECA program now includes students in Marketing, Audio Engineering and Graphics programs.
The school 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
Co-Presidents: Gage Hipsher and King Shannon
Vice President: Isaiah Russell
Secretary: Diante’ Griffin
Treasurer: Quintel Wilson
Public Relations: Lamonte Layson
CEO of Spartan Spirit Shop: Elsbeth Nelson
CEO of Spartan Spirit Shack: Nicholas Sinthalaphone
CEO of the DECA Coffee Shop: Tommie Jefferson
Policy Advocate Officer: Haley Shafer
Vice President of Marketing: Alexis Burns
Vice President of Community Outreach: Domanique Peterson
Vice President of Membership: Evelyn Williams
Junior DECA I Officers
Co-Presidents: Addison Delph
Vice President: Tatum Twining
Secretary: Ti’ana Spivey
Treasurer: Braylin Upshaw
Junior DECA II Officers
President: Matilda Nelson
Vice President: Keegan Halliday
Secretary: Ayrianna Engberg
Treasurer: Destiny Harris
Audio Engineering Officers
President: Selena Payne-Greeno
Vice President: Chas Good
Treasurer: Wren Terry
Equipment Manager: Faith Parker
Graphic Liaison: Kah’Jae Petty
Lima City Schools’ officials will catch a school bus and come out to meet and take questions from community members throughout the district starting next week.
Four stops are planned for the district’s “Meet us at the Bus Stop” event.
Students, parents and residents are invited to come out to the bus and talk with Superintendent Jill Ackerman and Treasurer Shelly Reiff. People will be able to ask questions, offer input and just chat with the two administrators.
Information about the district’s upcoming renewal levy and its new “Every Day. On Time” attendance campaign will be available. The two will also give out snacks and Spartan gear.
Below is the schedule
Wednesday, Sept. 22: Robb Park, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 29: Westgate Entertainment Center, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 4: MLK Park (lot across from health center), 1 to 2 p.m.
Tuesday Oct. 12: Kewpee East, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
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LCS Teacher & Parent Amy Phillips