Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

Welcome Back!

 We are ready to kick off the 2016-17 school year! Our staff has worked extremely hard to provide a sound learning environment and we can’t wait to get started. We have lots of information to share with you, so please spend a minute reviewing this letter and let us know if we can be of any assistance.

New Student Orientation

This is a meeting designed for all students that are new to the district. Please see information below:

Firelands Elementary School: August 24th @ 9:00 a.m.

South Amherst Middle School: August 18th @ 10:00 a.m.

Firelands High School: August 29th @ 4:30 p.m.


Open House

Firelands will be hosting an Open House for parents and students wishing to tour their school building before the school year begins on August 29th. The buildings and hours are:

Firelands High School:
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Freshman and New Student Orientation & Open House
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Grades 10 – 12

South Amherst Middle School:
7:30 – 8:15 p.m. Grades 6 – 8

Firelands Elementary School:
3:45 – 5:25 p.m.  Kindergarten (material drop off in classroom then parent orientation)
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Grades 1 – 2    
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Grades 3 – 5

*Additional FES Family Open House information-16-17 here.

First Day of School

Kindergarten students: staggered starts on either August 30th, 31st or September 1st. All Kindergarten students first full day together will be September 2nd. Parents will receive a letter with additional information. Please contact FES with questions.

1-12 grade students: School begins August 30th.

Security Reminders

All visitors that enter into the learning environment at Firelands Local School District (FLSD) will be required to have a driver’s license or state ID card scanned into our security system.  The system will scan the cards, and then cross reference visitors with the national data base to identify sexual offenders. Raptor will only scan the visitor’s name, date of birth, and photo for comparison with the data base. Once entry is approved, our system will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. At the conclusion of the visit, the badge must be returned to the main office and the visitor will be checked out of the building. Please allow for additional time when visiting the buildings, as this check-in procedure will take a few minutes to complete.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The Firelands Board of Education approved a random drug testing policy for students in grades 9-12 that participate in athletics or having driving/parking privileges at Firelands High School. The intent of the policy is not to be punitive, but rather to identify an issue early and assist the student and their family in any possible way. A link to our drug testing policy is available here.

 District Calendar

The 2016-2017 District Calendar can be found here.

Stay Connected!

We share information on several different social networking sites. You are invited to follow us to stay connected to FLSD:

Twitter: @Falcon_update (Jennifer Butchko, Public Relations- all things Firelands)

@FLSDSuper (Mike Von Gunten, Firelands Superintendent)

@FirelandFalcons (Ty Stillman, Athletics)

@FHSFalcnPrin (Robert Maver, FHS Principal)

@SAMSPrincipal (Cara Gomez, SAMS Princial)

@FES_Choe (Sun Choe, FES Principal)

Facebook: iAmFirelands

Web: www.Firelandsschools.org

Blog: https://ffalcons.wordpress.com

Newspaper: Printed Firelands Express or online version can be found here.  This August-June newsletter is delivered to all Firelands residents, free of charge. If you are a Firelands resident and have not received The Firelands Express, please contact Mrs. Linda Seman at (440) 965-5821 ext. 1010.


Introducing our new Falcons!

Mrs. Laureen Roemer


Director of Educational Services BOE
Mrs. Sun Choe


Principal FES
Mr. Tyler Stillman


Athletic Director FHS
Mr. Edward Roshong SPED Coordinator BOE


Ms. Laura Groboske Assistant Principal FES


Ms. Catherine Keener


Assistant Principal FHS


Ms. Andrea Dalton Title 1 Tutor FES


Mr. Charlie Gibson Teacher-Science FHS


Ms. Jessica Hoban Intervention Specialist SAMS


Ms. Danielle LoParo Intervention Specialist FES


Ms. Jordan Kolarik Teacher-Social Studies FHS


Ms. Kaylee Ammar Intervention Specialist SAMS


Ms. Natalie Haggett Intervention Specialist FES


Ms. Nicole Rogers Intervention Specialist FES


Mr. Philip Goldberg Teacher FES


Mr. Thomas Moyer Teacher-Science FHS


Ms. Kaylee Kelley Teacher-MH Unit SAMS


Mrs. Jackie Flaczynski Assistant Cook FHS


Ms. Amanda Clevinger Special Needs Attendant Murray Ridge


Ms. Margaret Williams Cleaner SAMS



 New at FLSD!

New Electives at SAMS:  SAMS is happy to offer the following new electives- Jazz/Rock Band, Percussion Class, Fitness, STEM/Robotics, and Digital Design. 21st Century Communications has been brought back by popular demand.

Electives at FHS: LCCC Statistics, LCCC Great Books of the Early Modern Period to the 20th Century, LCCC Intro to Mythology, LCCC General, Organic and Biochemistry 1 & 2, Integrated Business Mathematics, and Applied Business Mathematics.


New Robotic Opportunities are coming to SAMS!

Firelands Local Schools is proud to announce that South Amherst Middle School (SAMS) has received sponsorship funding via Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Amherst Rotary and Lorain Medina Rural Electric Cooperative to offer its students the opportunity to study, design and compete in robotics. This STEM instruction time will provide an opportunity to enrich our students in engineering, coding, computer science concepts, and overall robotics.

The sponsorship funding will also allow the district to purchase robotic equipment and a game field. Students will be under the guidance of Mr. Chuck Latto, current Project Lead the Way and science teacher at SAMS. Interested students will engage in an application process and those who meet the criteria will be able to participate in this club. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a competition in the spring!


  Contact Information:

Firelands Elementary School:  10779 Vermilion Road

Oberlin, OH  44074

(440) 965-5381

Mrs. Sun Choe, Principal



South Amherst Middle School:      152 West Main Street

South Amherst, OH  44001

(440) 986-7021

Mrs. Cara Gomez, Principal



Firelands High School:               10643 Vermilion Road

Oberlin, OH  44074

(440) 965-4255

Mr. Robert Maver, Principal



Firelands Transportation:        10643 Vermilion Road

Oberlin, OH  44074

(440) 965-4105

Mr. Milt Sayler, Transportation Coordinator



Firelands Board of Education:  112 North Lake Street

South Amherst, OH  44001

(440) 965-5821

Mr. Mike Von Gunten, Superintendent




The Mission of the Firelands Local Schools

The mission of the Firelands Local Schools is to create a community of lifelong learners that will function as responsible, self-sufficient citizens of a global society.


The Vision of the Firelands Local Schools

Our vision is to provide our students with an educational system that:

Creates learning practices, personal relationships, and physical environments that will support the teaching and learning of 21st century skill outcomes.

Supports professional learning communities that enable educators to collaborate, share best practices and integrate 21st century skills into classroom practices.

Supports expanded community involvement in learning.
Cultivates knowledge, self-discipline, leadership, and character in all students.


The Beliefs of the Firelands Local Schools

All students can learn and will be prepared for lifelong learning.

The higher the expectation, the greater the achievement.

Excellence is achievable and always worth the investment.

A high quality environment is conducive to learning.

A positive collaboration between school and community will create a unified partnership.

A highly qualified and effective staff is intrinsic to the success of the educational community.