Community Update March 17, 2016

Taking Back OUR Communities

Join Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and The Refuge in combating Ohio’s opiate epidemic by attending the “Taking Back Our Communities” conference.  Conference attendees will hear empowering perspectives from law enforcement, counselors, educators and faith based groups.  The conference will provide attendees with valuable insight and resources to take back to their communities to assist those affected by drug addiction.

Taking-Back-Our-Communities-Cleveland 2016

Visit: for additional information.

Addiction – “Let’s Get Real”

The CDC says heroin and painkillers took 2,774 lives in Ohio last year. This makes Ohio rated #2 Drug Overdose Death State in the Nation.

Let’s Get Reals mission is “to provide information, education, and resource assistance to families and loved ones in their journey from addiction to recovery.”  This non profit community based referral agency specializes in addition to recover support for all involved.

You are invited to an informational program that will be held March 30th at 10:00 am in Oberlin. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

Get Real Flyer 2016

Hidden in Plain Sight

“Our region is battling a drug epidemic and our community is not immune.” Mike Von Gunten, Superintendent of Firelands Local Schools.

“Hidden in Plain Sight” is a traveling adult educational program sponsored by the Copley and Bath Township police departments. This program is designed to educate parents on the signs of hidden drug use. The Lorain County Sheriff’s Department will also be on hand to work with parents.

We know that former students have died as a result of drug overdoses. In an effort to educate our parents and community, Firelands Local Schools will be hosting this program for parents and concerned adults onMonday, March 21st at South Amherst Middle School. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the ‘snoop and search’ begins immediately. The presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. Due to the nature of materials presented, no youth are permitted to attend.

We are asking our community to join us for this free presentation. This evening may provide you with the necessary information to start a conversation in your home.

The flyer is also able to be downloaded here: Hidden in plain sight

Open Enrollment

The Firelands Local School District will be accepting open enrollment applications for the 2016-2017 school year beginning on Tuesday, April 12th from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm  at the Board of Education Office, 112 North Lake St.,  South Amherst.
Students from any district in Ohio are welcome to apply. Space is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 school year is August 1, 2016.


Questions? Please call 440-965-5821.


Lorain County Metro Parks- Egg Hunt

Kids under 12 get to hunt for eggs with prizes and treats along with crafts, a visit from the Easter Bunny and more!  The Egg Hunt wil be held at Schoepfle Garden at 10:00 a, on Saturday March 26th.

Are you a parent of a Senior? If so this important information needs to hang on your refrigerator!

Class of 2016 Senior Calendar of Events

Spring Break

Spring Break begins on March 25th. School will resume on April 4th.



Join the Florence Twp Fire Department for a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 20th! Donations are accepted at the door!

Florence Twp Fire Pancake break

FHS in Action

Friday March 18 Jazz Band at Lakeland Community Col 12 Noon
Monday March 21 Hidden in Plain Sight (SAMS) 6 pm
Tuesday March 22 NHS Induction Ceremony 7 pm
Friday March 25 Spring Break Begins