Pioneer News

Keeping Elyria's parents, staff and students in the know.

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Dear Families,

Welcome back to school ... We can't wait to see you!

Students will begin returning to class on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

All Elyria High School students are scheduled to return on Aug. 24, and students in kindergarten through eighth grade will follow a schedule for a staggered return that begins that day, as well.

The staggered return schedule is:

  • K-8 students with last names A through G will attend school on Wednesday, Aug. 24, only.

  • K-8 students with last names H through O will attend school on Thursday, Aug. 25, only.

  • K-8 students with last names P through Z will attend school on Friday, Aug. 26, only.

All K-8 students will attend together on Monday, Aug. 29 for their first day of school as an entire group.

Preschool students are scheduled to return on September 6 but more details will be forthcoming.

The elementary school day begins at 9:10 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.

The middle school day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.

The high school day begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:39 p.m.

You'll find your child's school supply lists at Just follow the tab in the upper left corner of the homepage that says, "Select a Schools" and navigate from there.

Once on your school page, school supply lists are located under the "Documents" tab.

You'll also find your school's important calendar dates under the "Upcoming Events" section in the bottom right corner of your school's website homepage.

Open houses begin tonight in some locations. The open house schedule is:

Monday, Aug. 22

Eastern Heights Elementary, 6-7 p.m.

Eastern Heights Middle, 5-6 p.m.

Hamilton Elementary, 5-6 p.m.

Northwood Middle, 6-7 p.m.

Westwood Elementary, 6-7 p.m

Tuesday, Aug.

Ely Elementary, 6-7 p.m.

Northwood Elementary, 5-6 p.m.

Westwood Middle, 5-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31

Elyria High School, 6-7 p.m.

New Location for Administration Center

The Elyria Schools Administration Center is now located at the former Westwood Middle School. This is also the location of the Elyria Schools Board of Education Office. Guests may use Griswold Road or Adelbert St. to access the campus.

The Central Registration Office is located at the Administration Center. Please call 440-284-8220 for enrollment information or to schedule an appointment.

We are looking forward to a great school year.

As always, please reach out of if we can be of service. Call us in the Communications Office at 440-284-8203 or email

Thank you, and...Go Pioneers!

Amy Higgins

Communications Director

School Meals: No Longer No Cost

The waivers that allowed Aramark and other school foodservice providers to serve breakfast and lunch for free during the pandemic have expired.

To support student wellness, Elyria City Schools has opted to provide no cost breakfast to all students in grades K-8. Additionally, Hamilton Elementary and Westwood Campus will operate under the USDA’s Provision 2 program, which will allow students in those buildings to eat lunch for free.

All families are strongly encouraged to complete a free and reduced-price lunch form as early as possible in the school year.

Even if you don’t believe you will qualify for free and reduced price meals, please complete this form as it helps students and our school district. This process is easy, risk-free and confidential.

Applications can be completed electronically through PaySchools Central. Parents can also use the site to preload money to their child's account for daily school meals. A hard copy of the form is available on our website. Once downloaded and completed, parents can return the form to their child's school.

The Elyria Board of Education adopted new meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • K-8 Breakfast: Free
  • Preschool daily snacks: Free
  • K-8 Lunch Paid: $3.25
  • K-8 Lunch Reduced: .40
  • EHS Breakfast Paid: $2
  • EHS Breakfast Reduced: .30
  • EHS Lunch Paid: $3.50
  • EHS Lunch Reduced: 40

New Faces; Same Faces, New Places

Greetings from Elyria's neighborhood schools!

Some of our principals have moved to new locations and some are brand new to Elyria Schools.

Here's a rundown of who you'll meet when you return to school.

Eastern Heights Elementary School

Principal Jessica Barwacz, Assistant Principal Gary Bruner

Eastern Heights Middle School

Principal Dana Cerrito, Principal John (Jake) Keefe

Ely Elementary School

Principal Brandon Easton, Principal Joy Jones (alternating schedule with Westwood Elementary School)

Elyria Early Childhhood Village

Principal Jackie Plantner

Elyria High School

Principal Tim Brown, Associate Principals Jodie Johnson and Courtney Griffiths,
Assistant Principals Brett Heighberger, Katie Kalamasz, Kim Benetto and Angie Perkins

Hamilton Elementary School

Principal Joel Melvin, Assistant Principal Katie Huff

Northwood Elementary School

Principal Miranda Roscoe

Northwood Middle School

Principal Mike Basinski, Principal Brenda Wittman

Westwood Elementary School

Principal Stacey Gatten, Principal Joy Jones (Alternating schedule with Ely Elementary School)

Westwood Middle School

Principal Theresa Lengel, Principal Jim Rollence

School Resource Officer Joins Westwood Campus

Westwood welcomes Deputy Lipscomb from the Lorain County Sheriff's Office to Westwood Middle and Westwood Elementary as the new campus School Resource Officer (SRO).

Welcome to Westwood and to Elyria Schools, Deputy Lipscomb!

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Returning Student Update

Monday, Aug. 22nd, 8am

This is an online event.

The Returning Student Update is now available for parents through the Parent Portal of Powerschool. Please log in and follow the prompts to complete the update. Instructions for completing the Returning Student Update were emailed to parents by Powerschool Coordinator, Melissa Cochran, in early August. The Returning Student Update is required in the back-to-school process.

The final screen of the Returning Student Update form includes a link to the PaySchools Central website for completing the Free and Reduced Meal application. Parents are encouraged to complete the application for the opportunity to receive reduced-price or free meals at school. The PaySchools Central site also lets parents easily manage their child's school meal account right from their computer.

Instant information at your fingertips

Please take a moment to sign up for automatic text messaging from Elyria Schools.

The service is free and opting in is easy. Parents or guardians simply need to send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district's short code number at 67587.

Just as simple, you can opt out at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”

The text feature and the robocall system are tied directly a student's contact information that is on file with your child's school. Please make sure this information is kept up-to-date to ensure you continue receiving calls or texts from Elyria Schools.

New Custom App

Earlier this year the district launched a new website and now we're introducing a new mobile app.

You'll find the Elyria Schools app on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Check it out!

App Store:

Google Play Store: