Community Update: February 20, 2020


District Events

Career Fair Tonight: 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 Tonight: 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

Falcon Showcase 2020

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

Special Olympics

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.

Can you help the Firelands FFA?

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Help Firelands FFA Clean Up the Community While Helping Ronald McDonald House Charities! Firelands FFA is currently leading this state-wide competition!

Get rid of those old, unused vehicles and farm equipment while benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Through April 24, 2020, Ohio FFA chapters are ridding their communities of unneeded vehicles and farm equipment. At no cost to you or your local FFA chapter, RMHC will pick up the vehicle or farm equipment (from anywhere in Ohio) and tow it to the nearest auction location. This program is made possible by Telhio Credit Union.

Community members interested in donating a vehicle or equipment can do so via phone using the program-specific number: 800-332-8201 (use code #OH0088 for Firelands).

Each donation will be tracked to the chapter using the chapter’s unique identification number. This spring, Telhio Credit Union & the Ohio FFA Foundation will award $10,000 to the Ohio FFA chapter with the most vehicles donated!


Student Achievement

Michael Smith was a Morning Journal Player of the week for bowling. Congratulations!

Michael Smith Player of the week

From The Morning Journal:

Year: Sophomore

On the lanes: Advanced to the Division II district tournament at Spevock’s Nautical Lanes in Avon Lake with a 565 series

Off the lane: Friends call him “Mikey.” The Lorain native is a honor roll student who plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. He also participates in marching band, prep band, concert band, cross country and track and field. Enjoys drawing with CAD programs, using his 3D printer, and playing video games with online friends. Joined the bowling team because in 2013 he became interested in the sport when his brother was a member of the Firelands team in 2013.

Congratulations to Michael Smith as he qualified to the OHSAA District Bowling Tournament. Michael competed this afternoon at the District in Avon Lake, and is looking to advance to the State Bowling Tournament in Columbus on March 2nd.


FHS Wrestling

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The Wrestling team won the Lorain County League Championship this past weekend at Wellington. The Falcons dominated the field, easily outdistancing second place Keystone by 65 points. Individual LC8 Champions were 106 lbs – Ruben Pina-Lorenzana, 132 lbs – Payton Burgdorf, 145 lbs – Bryce Keown, and 152 lbs – Donald Crawford. Burgdorf was named MVP of the LC8, and finishes his senior year as a four-time league champion. FHS also had five runner-ups in Corey Newark, Connor Rogers, Ethan Tester, Luke Dempsey, and Seth Robinette, as the Falcons sent nine wrestlers to the Championship match last night. The Falcons will compete in the Sectional Wrestling Tournament at Bay High School on Saturday, February 29th, beginning at 9:30 am. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the District Tournament at Norwalk High School on March 6th and 7th.


Firelands Honors Choir

Congratulations to the FHS Honors Choir for receiving the highest rating at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition!

Max Dougan

Max Dougan

Max, a current 6th grader at SAMS, was chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers as a Straight “A” All Star!

He has been given a T-Shirt and two tickets to the Cavs vs Denver Nuggets game on Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 PM.

Congratulations, Max!





Excel Camp at LCJVS: February 29th

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Firelands Marching Band Pancake Breakfast


March 29, 2020 from 8:00 am – 1 pm hosted by the South Amherst Firemen’s Association at the South Amherst Fire Department.


MFMB Mattress Sale: February 22nd

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Prince and Princess Pancake Breakfast

P & P Pancake Flyer 2020

See pictures from last year below:

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Brownhelm Historical Association: Chili Cook Off & ConcertBHA logo

Date: March 7th    Time: 3-8 p.m.

Location: Historic Brownhelm School, 1950 North Ridge Road, Vermilion

Stop by and taste the flavors at our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off on March 7th! The doors open at 3:00 p.m. with judging lasting until 4:30 p.m. and the prizes awarded at 4:45 p.m. There are 95 ‘taster’ tickets available for a suggested donation of $5/person on a first come, first served basis at the door. There will be additional food available for purchase if you aren’t a fan of chili. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverages (beer/wine only). Stow away a little extra cash for the 50/50 raffle!

 Once you’ve stuffed yourself with chili, consider sticking around for our concert put on by local acoustic band, Chu Dat Frawg! The doors for the concert will open at 5:30 p.m. with music from 6-8 p.m. There are 100 tickets available for $5/person on a first come, first served basis at the door. For an additional $15 you may reserve a table which seats 8-10 people. Call 440-315-7910 or email us at to reserve a table. There will be a limited selection of food available for purchase and you are welcome to bring your own adult beverages (beer/wine only). We are planning another 50/50 drawing during the concert, so bring that loose change from your couch!

About the Band: Chu Dat Frawg was formed in the heart of the Ohio Firelands and the “Frawgs” have been delighting audiences far and wide since 2012. This acoustic string band is not your ordinary fair. While deeply rooted in American Roots music (bluegrass, country, country blues, delta blues) they enthusiastically incorporate elements of many genres creating a truly unique blend of sounds which set them apart. Their music is available to sample on Facebook, Reverb Nation, Spotify, and Amazon.



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FHS Falcons in Action

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 vs East Tech @ Firelands
Tuesday, February 25 – 7 pm – OHSAA Boys Division II Sectional vs Brookside @ Firelands
Wednesday, February 26 – 6 pm – OHSAA Girls Division II District Semi-Final @ Elyria (if win on 2/20)
Friday, February 28 – 7 pm – OHSAA Boys Division II Sectional Final vs East Tech/JFK @ TBD (if win)
Monday, February 24 – 7 pm – 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