VO L U M E 5 I S S U E 7 7JANUARY 23, 2012The following SAMS students were omitted from theCOMMUNITY RESOURCESWe are fortunate in Lorain County to have support systems in place to help residents findimportant information and help in times of need. Below are listed two programs that maybe beneficial to you and your family.Healthy Safe SchoolsThe Healthy Safe Schools website,, is a websitemaintained by the Lorain County General Health District in order to provide local up-todate health and wellness information to parents, students and school staff. The site is alsolinked off our school website.Visit the Announcements Page where this month you can find 10 tips that can helpyou figure out when it's right to keep your kids home from school if they're sick.Visit the Resource Center where you will find helpful resources addressing topicsranging from Allergies to Worksite Wellness - from factsheets to posters andwebsite links that you may find useful in starting off 2012 on the right foot.If you have any questions, please contact the Lorain County General Health District:Via email: [email protected] phone: 440-322-6367-Like on Facebook: Lorain County General Health District-Follow on Twitter: @LorainCoHealthGreg RingThe Communities we serve: Amherst, Amherst Twp, Birmingham, Brownhelm Twp, Camden Twp, Florence Twp, Henrietta Twp, Kipton Village, NewRussia Twp, South Amherst Village, Vermilion and Vermilion Twp.Hallie Grigsby - 5th Grader - received all A’sSamantha Wyler - 6th Grader - received all A’sKINDERGARTEN REGISTRATIONMarch 19 – 23, 2012If you have a child who will turn five years old on or before September 30,2012, he/she is eligible for kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year. Kindergarten registration will take place at Firelands Elementary School during the week ofMarch 19 - 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. To shorten the actual registration time,registration packets will be available beginning March 12. These packets contain all of the necessary forms to be completed and are a timesaver during registration week.In addition to the information requested in the packets, parents should also bringthe following documents on the day of registration:1. Birth Certificate3. Proof of Residency2. Immunization Record4. Applicable Custody PapersKINDERGARTEN IS AN ALL DAY PROGRAM FOR ALLSTUDENTS.Lorain County 2-1-1Sponsored by United Way, 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number that connectsindividuals with resources to the community. It is available 24/7 and is free. All calls arestrictly confidential. Help and information can be found in the following areas:Housing/UtilitiesLegal/Consumer/Public SafetyFamily/Individual SupportTransportationFood/MealsHealth/Mental Health/ AddictionsClothing/ Personal ItemsThere is also an online database available, which provides listings ofhelpful resources.Here’s to a healthy and safe 2012. Go Falcons!You may view this issue online at:1st QUARTER HONOR ROLL LISTNONPROFITORG.U.S. POSTAGEPAIDAMHERST, OHPERMIT NO. 117POSTALPATRONIf you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the schoolat 440-965-5381.PLEASE NOTE—ALL FIRELANDS EXPRESSARTICLES & PHOTOS SHOULD BE EMAILED TO:[email protected] 440.965.5821 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

Page 21/23/2012Firelands FFA Graduate Earn American FFA DegreeIndianapolis, IN – On October 22, 2011 Samantha Grills, a 2010 Firelands graduate, received her American Degree at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. The American Degree is earned by only the top 0.5% ofFFA members in the nation.In order to receive an American Degree one must have previously received a State Degree. The membermust have shown excellent leadership skills and kept careful and accurate records of his or her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). They must have productively earned and invested 7500 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects and met several other criteria.Samantha Grills is the daughter of Scott and Rebecca Grills of Wellington. She is currently in her secondyear of college. In FFA, Sami served as president and was active in chapter activities. She participated on theParliamentary Procedure and Dog Obedience Career Development Event Teams. For her SAE projects, Samiraised steers, market hogs, corn, and soybeans. She restored the famous pink John Deere B which was featuredon television and in several printed works. She earned numerous FFA awards including- Star Greenhand, StarChapter, Star Junior, Dekalb Agricultural Achievement Award, scholarship awards, and several chapter proficiency awards. She was named the 2010 Student of the Year at Firelands High School.Fifteen Firelands FFA members and their five chaperones witnessed the awarding of the American Degree atthe Lucas Oil Stadium. Shanna Finnegan is the Firelands Agricultural Educator and FFA advisor.HONOR ROLL Zachary Jackson*SeniorsSteven Bajcer*Brandon CampKaleigh Crandahl*Nathaniel CrawfordHeather DeMeterJoseph DeWitt IIIGina JanuzziDaniel KinsleyMegan KudelaBritany LaughlinBrandon MedererJoel MillerAmanda MorrissetteMegan PughPaxton RobyBrandon SaundersBrittany SaylorCory Smith*Lauren SmythKatelyn StoneJacob WestfallAmanda WilliamsJuniorsTeddy Chambers*Maggie Clark*Codey EicherJenna FuhrmanMatthew GoldenAndrew KeetsTyler Koptis*Tristan Kovacs*Kyle Kurtz*Kyle LearRonald Lenk*Nadine LutherKevin MigraAustin MillerGarrett Monhollen*Jacob PetersMarissa PolingKaitlyn ProyCandice RoigElizabeth TurnerDakota WatsonDevin Wray*Chelsea WrightJoseph KudelaCarl LarsonCassie MunigaNicole NimonJordan PottsJustin StefanskiAndrew ThomsDakota TuckerMaria WisemanMichael WisemanJuniorsStanley Bohl, Jr.Raquel DominicoPatrick GerhardingerJeffrey HabeckDylan HancockDavid PatakyTyler PaterchakHayley PearsonSamantha YakunovichRobert PeteSophomoresAlexander RangelKenneth ConradyMERIT ROLL Mitchell RiceAdam RutherfordSeniorsCorey SittingerAime AlvarezRandy DanielsAriel DenneyVictoria FlynnSamantha KilbyJohn KnobleAshly YakunovichSophomoresKyle GregoryTaylor Vipperman*Denotes all A’sAttention all 6th grade girls living in the Firelands School District.We will be offering a spring basketball league competing against other Lorain County teams.All games will be held at Firelands High School on Sundays, starting at 1:00 p.m. First gamewill be Sunday, March 4th and conclude April 29th. Practices will be held during the week,TBA.Cost Per Player is 35.00 (t-shirt included)Make Checks Payable to: TEAM FIRELANDS FUNDSDeadline: February 10, 2012Girls can pick up forms at SAMS office or contact Coach Dave Kudela atFHS; [email protected] or (440) 315-2726.CLUB EXCELLENCE MERCHANT PARTICIPATIONIt is again time to thank local merchants for participating inFirelands High School's Club Excellence program.Club Excellence is a program that rewards students for pursuing academic excellence with local businesses granting various discounts when shown proof of excellence with a Club Excellence card.We’d like to thank the following companies for their generosity:CLUB EXCELLENCE PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS 2011-2012NameWendy’s of VermilionDenny’sEast of ChicagoEast of ChicagoMonster TanThe StrandLake Erie LanesAddressSandusky, Huron, Vermilion & Port Clinton900 N. Leavitt Rd., Amherst 44001102 N. Lake Street, South Amherst, 4400119 W. Main Street, Wakeman, 448892219 Kresge Drive, Amherst, 44001109 North Leavitt Road., Amherst, 440014523 Liberty Ave., Vermilion, 44089OfferFree Food Coupon10% Discount of purchases20% Discount of purchases10% Discount of purchases20% Discount of purchases25% Discount of purchasesBowl 1 Game-Get One FreeIf you would like to have your business included in this worthwhile program,please contact Mrs. Kathy Dziat, Secretary, Firelands High School, 965-4255

Page 31/23/2012FIRELANDS FFA FALL HAYRIDEBy: Brandon LowderFlorence Township, OH - The fall hayride this year washosted at the Galloway Farms. This fall hayride yielded avery large turnout of over eighty members and about thirtyguests. The fall hayride consisted of a vast quantity of pizza,cookies, hot chocolate and juice. In order to serve the purpose of the hayride two tractors pulled a large wagon apiece. This served as a safe place for the members and gueststo sit for the hayride. Near the party there was a small bonfire that provided grounds for socialization and warmth. Onthe outskirts of the party there was a large bonfire that attracted a lot of attention.Overall we all had a great time and it was a very goodturnout. The FFA wants to thank the Galloway’s for hostingsuch a nice event.IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN!The Brownhelm Perfection & BB 4-H Club is having their first meeting for the 2012 year.WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2012WHERE: The Brownhelm Congregational ChurchTIME: From 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.The club meets the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month thru the first of August. We then participate in the Lorain CountyFair at the end of August.New members are welcome!Children in grades Kindergarten thru 12th are invited to join.For more information please call Lisa Thrasher @ 440-213-6180.4-H has many different areas of interest for kids to choose and participate in. We're looking forward to a veryfun and interactive year!The 8th grade science classes had a wonderful opportunity tovisit with 2 Ball Python snakes.WELCOMEMR. JASON PETZMr. Jason Petz is teaching Mr.Muth’s classes. As many of youhave heard Mr. Muth was involved ina very tragic car accident right beforeThanksgiving break. We are happy toannounce that Jason Petz is currentlyteaching Mr. Muth’s classes until theend of the year. Mr. Petz is a Firelands graduate and recently graduatedfrom Muskingum University. He isalso volunteering as the assistant JVboy’s basketball coach.Mr. Petz has announced that theclasses are getting work completedand will wrap up the first semester onJanuary 19th. If you have any classroom questions or concerns pleaseemail Mr. Petz [email protected]hools.orgIf you would wish to talk over thephone, please either email him orsend a note with your son or daughterto school. Mr. Petz welcomes anyand all parent involvement in theirson or daughter’s education.Mrs. Mowry’s class goes on a shopping trip.

1/23/2012Page 4Four staff members from Firelands High School gave back to the community onSunday, December 4. They, along with their friends and family members, volunteered for the Mary Lee Tucker Clothe-A-Child program.This program has been around since 1924 and provides warm winterclothing to needy school-aged children in Lorain County. This yearalone, the program will provide winter clothing to over 700 families inLorain County! Barbara Eaton, Shelley Hozalski, Jennifer Purcell and MelanieWoodrum spent two hours on Sunday shopping with local children, buying wintercoats, hats, gloves, boots and clothing. It was an amazing experience to feel likeyou are helping those in need. It took only two hours out of their day to make aworld of difference for children this holiday season! A huge thank you also goesout to Kristi Hozalski, Michelle Deichler, Crystal Sees, Susie Sees, Beth Krieg andJanelle Molenaar (6th grade teacher at Sailorway Middle School in Vermilion).December 5, 2011 - Five members of the FirelandsHigh School STRIVE club gave up part of their weekend to assist the Oberlin Rotary Club with their annualHoliday Adopt-a-Family program. STRIVE Coordinator Jim Hieb shared, "it is always rewarding to helpfamilies in need and the fact that we had five membersof our STRIVE program help with the shopping made itthat much better." In total, three families (including onein the Firelands School District) in the greater Oberlinarea will benefit. Special thanks to Nick, Ariel, Chris,Ally, & Emily for their assistance. They were joined byJim's sonChad (a fifthgrader atFES).NOTE: Thisis the secondyear the Oberlin RotaryClub hasoffered theSTRIVEprogram atFHS.STRIVEfocuses onmentoring and student success with a total of 1,750 in scholarships to beawarded toFHS seniorsat the close ofthe schoolyear.STRIVEclub is coordinated byMrs. MaryAufdenkampe,Mr. Jim Hieb,and AssistantPrincipal Mr.Brown.Its hard to believe, but we are halfway through the school year! There are plenty of sportingevents to come, and many student athletes and coaches that are counting on the Boosters to helpfund their needs. It is not too late for YOU to join us, and add your support. There are nocommitments or contracts to sign! We are just looking for folks that will step up to help withdecision making, to bring new ideas, and occasionally lend a hand when needed. Why notcheck it out for yourselves. The new year has brought some changes to the Boosters. It is withmixed emotions that we must bid farewell to our President, Mike O'Keefe. We are excited asMike has become a member of the Firelands School Board, but sad that he must step down asour leader. Many thanks to Mike for his outstanding leadership.At this time, the Boosters are in great need of dedicated people to fill some vacancies on theExecutive Board. If you would be willing to fill this need for the remainder of the year, pleasecontact Bob Danicki at 440-371-6149, or any booster officer. We will be meeting in the FHSlibrary Monday January 23rd, at 7pm. See you there!Choir & BandThe SAMS Choir and Band held their Winter Concertsto a packed gymnasium! Their level of performancewas exceptional. If I did not know better, I would havethought I was at a High School performance. Congratulations to those students, Mr. Brawley, Mr. Wiley, &Mrs. Johnson!8th Grade Mock Trial WinnersAwesome job to Char Muth and her 8th Grade GiftedLanguage Arts Students on winning the Mock Trial.This event included students from all Lorain CountySchools.7th/8th Grade Creative WritingThe 7th/8th Grade Creative Writing classes held a storytime with local preschoolers. Mrs. Post and her students read Christmas and Holiday students to manyhappy preschoolers. Mrs. Sullivan’s Works and Familyclasses backed cookies for the kids and their parents/grandparents.Hands-on LearningIn December, Mrs. Mowry’s students took a field trip tothe Dollar Tree store in Oberlin to purchase Christmasgifts. This field trip helped her students put the lifeskills they are learning in the classroom to the realworld. The field trip also included bowling at CollegeLanes in Oberlin – a great time and learning was had byall!It is hard to believe that we are half way through theschool year! The year has been full of excitement,learning, and successes. I am proud of the students,families, and staff for their hard work and achievementsthus far. I am looking forward to even greater successand student achievement second semester!It is not enough to be the best, when you have the ability to be GREAT!DARE to be GREAT Falcons!Dave Brand, PrincipalOnce again, FHS StudentCouncil spread holiday cheerby organizing the collect ofnon-perishable food items,hats, mittens, scarfs andgenerous donations duringthe 9th Annual Tree Lighting.This year they collected 257food items which were donated to Second HarvestFood Bank. They also collected plenty of clothingitems with the help ofFCCLA, which were donatedto First Merit Bank & United Way clothing drive for disbursement to LorainCounty residents. Student Council also went to local businesses to get basketsdonated for the basket raffle. They raised over 250 dollars that was used tobuy items for Birth Right.This was also the first year for “Penny Wars” where all of the highschool grades competed to see who could collect the most pennies; the seniors won. The students took this beyondjust the high school, by going out in thecommunity to collect. Penny Warsraised over 2,000 dollars that will bedonated to the Muth Family Fund. Ifyou would like to help out the Muthfamily, Student Council still has somewristbands (Friends Family Firelands)on sale for 1. They are going fast socontact a council member or Mr. Millerto get yours today!The next event for Student Council is Winter Senior Appreciation onFebruary 21st at the boys’ basketball game. Student Council will be having ahospitality room opening at 6pm for the seniors and their families to enjoy.Line-up will begin promptly at 6:45pm, and seniors will be announced inbetween the JV and Varsity games. Seniors can pick up their forms in themain office, or in Mr. Miller’s room. Please have the forms returned to Mr.Miller by February 14th. Come out and appreciate the seniors one more timebefore graduation.

1/23/2012Page 5The FFA Parliamentary Procedure Teams would like todedicate their best performances to date to Mr. Muth. Mr. Muthis an FFA alumni and one of their biggest supporters and hespent some time working with one of our junior teams.On Wednesday, November 30th the senior team and twojunior teams competed at the subdistrict contest at Hillsdale HighSchool. For the first time in our chapter's history, we qualifiedtwo teams for the district competition on December 7th. The senior team placed second and team members are Alex Tuggle,Emily Teaman, Abby Miller, Jess Zurcher, Emma Ranney,Chrissy Balint, Erica Hanko, and Josh Hanna. The two juniorteams placed first and second in the subdistrict. Unfortutely, onlyone team could represent us at disticts. Team members of thefirst place team that moved on to districts are: Cole Lewis, JessieBeran, Dean Ortner, Cullen Grude, Jamie Penkava, Ali Butler,Emily Herchler, and Kyle Kudela. The second place team was:Emily Pohorence, Taylor Odom, Demi Dovin, Heather Smyth,Becca Bari, Steph Dostall, Jody Hanko, and Katie Fath. Allteams were also rated gold at subdistrict!The district contest was held on December 7th at New LondonHigh School. Both the junior and senior teams competed andboth teams qualified for state! This is the first time a Firelandsteam has moved on to the state contest! Both teams earned goldratings and both placed second.CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK AT STATE!Sr. Parliamentary Procedure Team: Front Row: Alex Tuggle& Josh Hanna, Back Row: Chrissy Balint, Erica Hanko, Emma Ranney, Jess Zurcher, Abby Miller, and Emily TeamanCurrent 8th grade students and parents are invited to the FHS Freshmen orientation on Monday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Firelands High School Gym.Freshman Class: Project Lead the WayThis class is offered to Sophomores. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) offers a dynamic highschool program that provides students with real-world learning and hands-on experience.The PLTW curriculum allows students to see how the lessons they learn in the classroomare valuable tools to be applied in their everyday lives.Sophomore Class: On Thursday, January 26th all the interested students, who have turnedin a permission slip will be touring the JVS. This trip will allow them to observe the various career programs available to them. JVS Open House will be Sunday, February 5 th - 1:30to 3:30pm.The Ohio Graduation Test will be March 12th to 16th. All sophomores are required to takeand pass all 5 portions (Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies), in order tograduate. This will be their first opportunity to meet this graduation requirement.Junior Class: The scheduling process for your senior year will start Tuesday, January 31 st .This month, all English III students signed up for an ACT online account( and started the registration process. We recommend that collegebound students take the test twice with the first time being April or June of this year.Senior ClassThe seniors have been busy finalizing their career portfolios in Government class. Theseportfolios can be used for filling out scholarship applications, college applications, and possible job applications.Visit the Guidance website at, click to the high school, clickon guidance office and view the Scholarship information. Here you can download the localscholarship application.College Goal Sunday will be February 12th at 2:00 p.m. at LCCC or BGSU-Firelands inHu