Community Update: February 6, 2020

 District Events & Important Dates

Open Enrollment: 2020-2021

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Online Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is open. Visit the Student Registration page and follow the appropriate link. You may also visit the Board of Education to apply.


No School: February 17th in observance of Presidents’ Day


Career Fair: February 20th at FHS

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The career readiness fair is an opportunity for our current students, graduates, and underemployed community members to meet with local businesses, adult education programs, military recruiters, and career counselors to learn about viable pipelines to quality employment. We have a lot of high paying jobs in our area, yet many who are not trained to fill those positions. Providing awareness of the employment potential and the training programs needed to fulfill these positions will close the skill gaps for employers. It will also offer better wages for individuals in our community, allowing for a higher standard of living.

Many of the employers who are at the fair are willing to train individuals who possess the necessary employability skills. Currently, our community has numerous opportunities for hardworking individuals from the organization listed below. Additional companies can participate by contacting Dr. Zimmer at

Parent Teacher Conferences: February 20th in all buildings

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FES: From 4:00 – 7:30. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference

SAMS: From 3:00 – 6:30 in the small gym – arena style

FHS: From 3:00 – 6:30 pm in teacher classrooms

Operation Street Smart: February 25th at SAMS


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This FREE program is designed to educate parents, teachers, social workers, community partners, and anyone with a nexus to children about current drug trends, terminology, and paraphernalia. Attendees will learn how children and teens hide these drugs.  Children and/or students are not permitted to attend.


Falcon Showcase: March 10th

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Come join us on Tuesday, March 10th for the Falcon Showcase, which is student-focused and is a direct reflection of their hard work and dedication. This is an excellent opportunity for the community to see the quality instruction within our buildings, and what the students have produced.
New this year, any student with an existing business is welcome to display and sell their product. For example: students who produce maple syrup, jewelry etc. The students need to pre-register with Jen Butchko or Lori Roemer by Friday, February 14th.
Tables and designated areas will be set up for students to display/demonstrate their accomplishments, all in the friendly confines of the Firelands High School gymnasium.

Special Olympics 2020: May 8th

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Is your child interested in participating in the 2020 Lorain County Special Olympics?  It will be held on Friday May 8th, 2020 (with a rain date of Tuesday May 12th), at Ely Stadium.  This event is meant for all children with the slightest academic disability to the most severe physical disabilities.

Please see download for additional information and registration papers: Special Olympics initial invite

Paper copies of the registration are also available in school offices.

Student Achievement:Firelands Lions Club Student of the Month

Congratulations Chance Coultrip: January

Chance Coultrip


Congratulations Savannah Murray: February

Savannah Murray

These students join the following FHS seniors in being recognized by the Lions Club:

Lions Club Students of the Month 2019-2020:

  • September: Sam Formholtz
  • October: Steven Iwanek
  • November: Samantha Walcott
  • December: Keith Cornwell


FHS Falcons in Action

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – OHSAA Dual Meet Regional Tournament at Brookside – 9 am
Thursday, February 13 – 7pm – Winter Band Concert
Monday, February 17 – NO SCHOOL – President’s Day
Thursday, February 20 – 3:30 – 7 pm – Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday, February 20 – 4 pm – FHS Career Fair
Thursday, February 20 – 7 pm – OHSAA Girls Division II Sectional Final – TBD @ Firelands
Monday, February 24 – 7pm – Winter Choir Concert
Wednesday, March 4th – 7:30 am – Junior SAT Day – No school for other three grades – Juniors from both FHS and the LCJVS will take the SAT – provided by the State of Ohio at no cost to students. This is a mandatory day for all juniors from both FHS and the LCJVS. More information will be coming in the next few weeks
Tuesday, March 10th – Falcon Showcase – 6:30 pm – FHS Gymnasium


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My Life, My Quit

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The My Life, My Quit program is a free and confidential service for teens who want help quitting all forms of tobacco – including e-cigarettes (vaping).

My Life, My Quit shares the truth about nicotine, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products.

Text “Start My Quit” to
(855) 891-9989 or call to talk with a coach who is ready to listen and cheer you on.

Lorain County Sheriff Announcement: February 6, 2020 

Lorain County SheriffThe Lorain County Sheriffs Office Township Impact Unit is investigating a string of smashed mailboxes that occurred on January 31, 2020, and February 01, 2020. The areas that were targeted are Brownhlem, Henrietta New Russia, Camden and Wellington Townships. We have identified suspects in this case and learned that they may have damaged over 30 mailboxes. The Sheriffs Office is asking for homeowners in the listed areas that believe they may have been victimized with the damage to contact Deputy Lawson at 440 329 3752 to file a report


Camp Invention: June 2020

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Voter Registration Deadline

Voter Registration 2020

Situational Awareness Class: February 22

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The Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office, Lorain County Community College and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office will host a free class on situational awareness from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 22, in the College Center Building at LCCC, 1005 N. Abbe Road. Please click herefor additional information from The Chronicle Telegram.

Thank you Brownhelm Historical Association!

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The Brownhelm Historical Association supports Firelands Local Schools

South Amherst, Ohio – February 3, 2020

The Firelands Local School District (FLSD) is pleased to announce that the Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA) has provided the District direct support in the amount of a $1,800.00 donation.

Due to the BHA’s fundraising efforts, the district shall receive funds that will:

  • support the Firelands Elementary School Library
  • support students in financial need who wish to attend the historic Philadelphia field trip
  • support a graduating student who is interested in history that is looking to further their education

The fundraising committee of the BHA was able to exceed their personal fundraising goal and chose to dedicate a separate fundraising event for the benefit of Firelands students.

The Firelands Local School District recognizes this strong partnership from one of our great community organizations. Mike Von Gunten, Superintendent of Firelands Local Schools stated, “Support from The Brownhelm Historical Association is greatly appreciated. Their financial assistance will benefit countless number of students and for that we are extremely grateful. “

 About Firelands Local Schools: The Firelands schools is a consolidated district that is made up of five previous independent districts. Firelands expands almost 100 square miles, making the school the center of the community. Our FFA is nationally ranked, our music program is Grammy recognized, and we are proud to offer 55+ hours of CCP, on campus, which assists us in providing an excellent learning opportunity for all of our students. The District looks to the future as a new 9-12 building will be open in the 2022 school year.