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SAMS Guidance Department

Welcome to SAMS Counseling Corner

SAMS counseling department is comprised of Kristian Novak and Beth Monyak, both licensed in the state of Ohio as school counselors. Our site will give you an overview of the services we offer to students, staff and parents on a daily basis. Each student faces unique challenges that have an impact on their academic achievement. We are here to support our students as they transition through the middle school years. 

One of the ways we meet student needs is through short term counseling. If your child is experiencing difficulties navigating their day, please let one of us know. We would be happy to help.

Mental Health Services

If a child needs more in depth counseling than what we can offer, we have partnered with Firelands Counseling and Recovery to have a mental health therapist on board with SAMS every Monday. This program is supported by the Lorain County Board of Mental Health to offer individual and group therapy to students. Your child has the ability to see a mental health therapist during the school day, as many families have outside commitments that could interfere with treatment. Please talk to Mrs. Novak or Mrs. Sullivan for information on this successful partnership!

Power School Parent Accounts

Each student has a power school account that connects directly to the teacher’s gradebook. Did you know that as a parent you also can have an account??? You can even link all of your children’s accounts…even if they are in different buildings. Please contact the office if you would like a parent account to monitor your child’s grades. You can also email one of us at knovak@firelandsschools.org or bmonyak@firelandsschools.org to request this service.

Student Academics

In addition to our CORE academic classes, we offer numerous electives for your child to explore different types of subjects. Please see the 7th and 8th grade electives below:

In the spring of each year, in conjunction with the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, we offer a practice ACT. This exam is a great way for your child to experience taking this test without it impacting their college and career choices. There is a fee for this testing and typically is given at the ESC in Elyria. Please contact one of the counselors if you are interested. Announcements will also be made in school as the date approaches.


Attention 7th and 8th grade parents:

There will be a College Credit Plus meeting for parents of 7th -12th graders who are interested in learning about college classes available through LCCC and BGSU Firelands on January 30, 2019 at Firelands High School at 6:00 pm in the library.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Novak or Mrs. Monyak. 


Attention 7th and 8th grade students:

A practice ACT test is being offered at the Lorain County ESC on Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:30-12:00. This is a great opportunity to give you a prediction of your performance on the ACT test taken in preparation for college. The cost for this test is $30. If you would like more information, stop into the office. 


School Counselors

Mrs. Kristian Novak
(440) 986-70201 ext. 3503
Ms. Beth Sullivan
(440) 986-7021 ext. 3130
Debbie Urbansky
(440) 986-7021


Parent Resources and Student Wellness

SAMS is proud to partener with Firelands Counseling and Recovery. To view additional information on student health and wellness please click here.

Enrollment or Withdrawls

If you live in the Firelands School District and your child plans on attending South Amherst Middle School it will be necessary to register with the Firelands Local Schools. Please follow this link below for additional information.

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