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Volunteers clean up McKean Elementary trail

Mon, 2020-09-21 12:16

A group of around 17 people came out to McKean Elementary to help clean, weed and maintain the new McKean Elementary trail behind the building.

Out of the group of 17, 10 of those volunteers were Boy Scout Troop 73 members.

The group performed the “clean up” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The McKean Elementary Trail is still under construction but will be unveiled sometime in October to the public.

Thank you to all the volunteers who continue to make General McLane a beautiful place!

JWPMS students conduct butterfly release

Mon, 2020-09-21 09:13

Mrs. Tuttle’s class at James W. Parker Middle School witnessed the complete life cycle of a caterpillar with a butterfly release Friday.

The process began several weeks ago when one of Mrs. Tuttle’s students found a caterpillar and gave it to the classroom. The students began feeding the caterpillar milkweed until it formed a chrysalis. Students documented the caterpillar’s growth and development daily.

The class learned a science unit about the life cycle of the caterpillar and had a contest to name the caterpillar.

On Friday, the class arrived to school to find the chrysalis had hatched into a Monarch butterfly.

“Ironically enough, when the butterfly came out of the terrarium it landed on the leg of a student,” Mrs. Tuttle added. “Mr. Lucas carefully removed the butterfly and it flew away. “

19 GMHS students inducted into National Honor Society

Fri, 2020-09-18 15:20

Congratulations to all 19 of our General McLane High School students who were inducted into the National Honor Society on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. on Linden Field on Wednesday and included remarks from Mrs. Judy Scaletta, a retired GMHS faculty. She spoke about true service being generous actions toward others when no acclaim is likely.

The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership and character. 

The 2020 inductees included seniors: Adrianna Evankovich, Emily Hess and Joshua Salisbury; and juniors: Dylan Fisher, Spencer Green, Wesley Hakanen, Ian Kennedy, Jenna Kulka, Owen Larmon, Kiersten Marendt, Payton Massey, Rebekah Mischler, Louisa Opp, Jacqueline Patterson, Madison Pifer, Wynn Puller, Zachary Rolland, Libby Shadeck and Avery VanDyke.

Congratulations to all!

Two GM graduates win welding awards

Mon, 2020-09-14 14:55
Jacob Janoski won a regional bronze award for creating this decorative fire pit through the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program.

Two General McLane High School graduates won prizes for their welding projects they created while in school this past spring.

Students who use any welding processes in the high school’s metal classes can submit their project write-ups to the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program, which is a non-profit through Lincoln Electric based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Keaton Bryson was awarded silver for a twin/queen sized bunk bed he created. He won a prize of $250 for his creation.

Keaton Bryson won a regional silver award for creating this twin/queen sized bunk bed in the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program.

Jacob Janoski was awarded bronze for a decorative fire pit and he received a $100 prize. Both students were seniors working with Mr. Nick Basko at the High School.

The award program consists of four regions. Region 1 is Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Check out the awards here and learn more about the competition here.

Third Grade GM Cyber Students recognize 9/11

Mon, 2020-09-14 08:37

The third grade GM Cyber class taught by McKean Elementary School’s Mrs. Alison Harroun recognized 9/11 on Friday.

The students listened to a book explaining what happened on September 11, 2001. Then, they discussed the heroes in our lives, whether someone is a hero because of what they do for society – like our soldiers and first responders, or someone is a hero personally.

The students made collages of their heroes. You’ll see pictures of soldiers, firefighters, police officers, doctors, presidents, moms, dads and families. Take a look:

Dance residency program to begin at McKean Elementary in virtual format

Thu, 2020-09-10 14:44

McKean Elementary will continue to participate this month in the Erie Arts & Culture’s Artist-in-residency program, but this year’s program will look a bit different.

The elementary school will participate in the program virtually starting September 14, taught by artist Jennifer Dennehy. All 89 second grade students at McKean will participate as part of the students’ health and physical education requirements.

The program will focus on using dance as the vehicle to teach kindness, self-control and an understanding of cultural diversity. Empathy, community building and communication are at the heart of this residency. Students will explore concepts of self, family, school and bullying through dance explorations, improvisations and composition. Additionally, students will learn about various cultural dances from around the globe to broaden their knowledge and understanding of people who are different than them. The goal is to teach the students how to collaborate and communicate in respectful ways and to create good citizens.

The program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Sept. 15 and Nov. 19 and will culminate with an online performance.

The Artist Residency Program is a collaboration between Erie Arts & Culture and General McLane, one that provides a professional artist(s) where the artist (s) works with a small group of learners over a period of time. General McLane’s residency was provided through an Erie Arts & Culture grant.

The program first started in 2019 and was expected to continue through spring quarter when the school closed due to COVID-19.

First Grade GM Cyber Students share first week reflections

Thu, 2020-09-03 13:56

Edinboro Elementary’s Mrs. Cunningham shared how her GM Cyber students were adapting after the first week.

Mrs. Cunningham gave her first grade GM Cyber students the assignment of taking a photo of themselves or drawing themselves and then sharing how their first week went. Here are some of the responses she got:

GM students enjoy learning in-person for 20-21 year

Thu, 2020-09-03 13:14

It’s the second week of school at General McLane School District and most students and teachers are beginning to find routine and enjoying this new “normal” at GMSD.

We continue to celebrate the fact that we were able to welcome them back in-person on Aug. 25, 2020.

Take a look at what our in-person learning has looked like at General McLane High School so far:

And at James W. Parker Middle School:

Introducing McKean’s Mrs. Wehrer

Mon, 2020-08-31 09:00

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Sydne Wehrer will be an Autistic Support Teacher at McKean Elementary.

She graduated from Gannon University in 2016 and went on to earn her Masters from Columbia University in 2018.

Mrs. Smith was previously a Learning Support Teacher at Saegertown, where she split her time between the elementary school and high school.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Wehrer enjoys spending time with her husband and her new Wheaton Terrier puppy, Conan. She also previously coached softball at McDowell High School and still enjoys coaching.

“I love McKean so far,” she said. “This is a great group of kids and a great building. I’m looking forward to a little bit of normalcy. It was a different experience being out of the classroom in the spring, and it’s just great to be back here in person.”

Mrs. Wehrer is replacing Mrs. Iaquinta, who is now teaching Life Skills Support at General McLane High School.

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. Smith

Fri, 2020-08-28 09:24

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Lauren Smith will be a 7th Grade Language Arts teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and went on to earn her Master of Education in Reading and Reading Specialist Certification from Edinboro University in 2017.

Mrs. Smith was previously a Learning Support Teacher at Northwestern School District for grades 6 through 8 from 2015 through the end of 2019. She was also a reading teacher and also co-taught English, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Smith enjoys reading, camping and spending time outdoors with her husband and her 3-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

“I’m so excited to be engaging with students,” she said. “I’m looking forward to watching them develop and really getting to know them and who they are this school year.”

Mrs. Cassano is replacing Mrs. Mischler, who is now at General McLane High School.

UP NEXT: Mrs. Wehrer

Introducing GMHS’ Mrs. Cassano

Thu, 2020-08-27 08:57

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Lauren Cassano will be a Social Studies teacher at General McLane High School.

She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Summa Cum Laude in May 2014 and went on to earn her Master of Education in Social Studies Instruction in May 2019.

Mrs. Cassano previously was a 10th Grade World Cultures and Social Studies Electives teacher at Seneca High School in Wattsburg Area School District.

She grew up on a dairy farm in Waterford and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf School District in 2010.

Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, walking and spending time with her husband and 2-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son.

“This school year will certainly be exciting,” she said. “I already love the students and the atmosphere here. I’ve been enjoying it a lot so far.”

Mrs. Cassano is replacing Mr. Hager, who retired at the beginning of the school year.

UP NEXT: Mrs. Smith

Introducing Edinboro’s Mrs. Stauffer

Wed, 2020-08-26 13:46

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Alexandra Stauffer will be a long-term substitute, serving as a second-grade teacher at Edinboro Elementary School.

She started at General McLane School District in 2015 and previously served as a substitute teacher and a Personal Care Aide at McKean Elementary. Mrs. Stauffer recently graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May 2020.

In her free time, Mrs. Stauffer enjoys spending time with her two sons, 1 and 3. She has also volunteered in Special Olympics at General McLane High School and was previously a cheerleading coach.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the kids. They’re so excited and they’re awesome,” she said. “There’s going to be so much movement this year and every day will present something new. I’m excited for this opportunity.”

Mrs. Stauffer is filling in for the whole 2020-2021 year for Ms. Katie Waddell.

UP NEXT: Mrs. Cassano

Parker Middle School Art Teacher contributes to Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Mural

Mon, 2020-08-10 14:48

If you drive past 7th and State streets, you’ll see a little bit of what James W. Parker Middle School art teacher Christina Martin helped create.

On the side of the H.A.N.D.S. building there is a mural created to commemorate a century since women earned the right to vote that was created by six women in education, one of which was Martin.

“As a group of artists we feel very honored to use our artistic talent to convey a message as important as the women’s suffrage movement,” she told WJET-TV during an interview on Aug. 3.

PTA to host drive-thru produce event in McKean

Tue, 2020-06-30 14:04

McKean Elementary PTA and James W. Parker Middle School PTSA, part of the Erie County Council of PTAs, will host a drive-thru produce event called “PTA is Rooting for You” on Saturday, July 11.

The event will be from 9 to 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Church, 8880 Main St., McKean.

More than 600 bags of fresh produce will be distributed between the three locations. The other two locations are the Our Lady of Peace parking lot in Millcreek Township (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), and the Erie High School front circle drive in Erie (1-3 p.m.).

Each family that signs up using the Google Form will receive a bag of fresh produce. If the sites have more supplies than families that signed up, they will hand them out to families that drive up.

Families do not need to be part of a PTA or even attend a school with a PTA.  They just need to live in Erie County. Sign up for the McKean event using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyiPdatD5-ulOi_HlfVow_gix3iDupS0QM8yJ7emsy0DnkRA/viewform

The Erie County Council of PTAs is made up of 14 PTA organizations in Erie County. The council is hoping to host events each month. The events are made possible due to a grant from Google and National PTA.

Erie County Sheriff delivers medallions for GMHS Class of 2020

Fri, 2020-06-12 11:14

Erie County Sheriff John Loomis came to the high school Friday morning to meet with Dan Mennow and Pam Mackowski to deliver Sheriff’s Medallions, one for each member of the Class of 2020.  

They were created when the school shutdown was in effect and were specially designed and customized for each school that has a Sheriff’s Department School Resources Officer. General McLane High School’s School Resources Officer is Jose Montes.

Any senior who would like to pick up his/her medallion may do so at the High School office during summer office hours, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday.

GM continues serving free meals through IU5 summer program

Fri, 2020-06-12 09:54

General McLane School District won’t stop serving the community free meals when the school year ends.

The district is taking part in the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit Summer Food Service program for the first time this summer. The program is an extension of the national free and reduced lunch program provided across the country, including in Erie and Crawford county school districts during the school year.

From late March through June 12, GM cafeteria workers were preparing and handing out meals at General McLane High School to any family that requested them in response to the COVID-19 shutdown.

That service will continue thanks to this program, which kicks off on June 15.

GM has never qualified for the food service program, which normally requires at least 50 percent of the district’s population be enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. The IU5 Summer Food Service Program was opened up to all districts this year in response to the hardship and uncertainty many families are facing now due to the COVID-19 shutdowns.

“It was something (Superintendent) Mr. Scaletta was really interested in,” said GM program coordinator Carrie Piccinini, who also serves as the school nurse at Edinboro Elementary. “We said we would absolutely give it a shot.”

Meals will continue to be distributed at General McLane High School, 11761 Edinboro Road in Edinboro.

The program will be held twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. GM volunteers will serve meals prepared by the Fort LeBeouf School District cafeteria staff.

The food service program provided more than 80,000 meals to students and families the summer of 2019 and is expecting upwards of 120,000 meals served for this summer.

All children 18 years of age or younger may participate. No child that meets that age criteria is turned away, according to information from the IU5.

Participants will order one week at a time on the General McLane website, www.generalmclane.org, and may pick up two lunch/snack combination meals on Mondays and three lunch/snack combinations on Wednesday. The order form can be found here.

After the first week of the program, the District may offer delivery service for families who do not have the means to pick up meals based on need.

The Sumer Food Services Program is a federally-funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Pennsylvania by the Department of Education.

A total of 45 GM volunteers will each work a two-hour shift to serve the community weekly. Each GM volunteer will undergo a mandated one-hour training before serving.

“We are hoping for this to be a huge success,” Piccinini said. “We’re seeing the need for something like this to continue in our district and we are happy to help.”

GM families volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank distributions

Tue, 2020-06-02 16:48

General McLane community members have been doing their part in making sure Erie-area families are fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Megan Green, a teacher at General McLane High School, and her entire family serve as volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank Produce Express and Military Share food distributions that have been taking place at the warehouse in Erie each month throughout the pandemic.

Mrs. Green and her family will volunteer at two of the four food distributions taking place at the Erie warehouse, 1507 Grimm Dr., on June 4, 11, 24 and 25. These food distributions are manned by local volunteers who donate their time and efforts each month to serve those in need.

These food distributions take place outside regardless of the weather conditions.

Additionally, community member Bill Allison will be volunteering at three of the food distributions events listed for June. Bill’s son, James Allison, is a GM graduate who went on to earn his undergraduate degree at Grove City College and a master’s degree at Penn State-University Park.

PTA organization to host drive-thru produce event in McKean

Mon, 2020-06-01 16:56

McKean Elementary PTA and James W. Parker Middle School PTSA, part of the Erie County Council of PTAs, will host a drive-thru produce event called “PTA is Rooting for You” on Saturday, June 6.

The event will be from 9 to 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Church, 8880 Main St., McKean.

Each family will receive four plants to plant at home and get fresh produce of their own later this summer. Bags of fresh produce will also be handed out. 

Families do not need to be part of a PTA or even attend a school with a PTA.  They just need to live in Erie County. Sign up for the McKean event using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfADBdQ2kskEQvj_1bYrY_0NPPuTqqnKs60FdTmjFW0SPWqvw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1gYFc1mXZkYnzQlYYGQJwTjigjQ8-1jwfEU-5Zd-3BwHPfOhb75CgWACw

There will be two additional sites that will host events on Saturday: Erie High School parking lot, 3325 Cherry St., Erie (1-3 p.m.) and Our Lady of Peace Church, 2401 W. 38th St., Millcreek (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Families may go to any site no matter where they live.

The Erie County Council of PTAs is made up of 14 PTA organizations in Erie County. The council is hoping to host events each month. The events are made possible due to a grant from Google and National PTA.

Celebrating the GM Class of 2020: Chance Hoehn

Mon, 2020-06-01 07:40

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating Chance Hoehn today, who plans on entering the workforce post-graduation in the construction trades business!

Congratulations, Chance!

Celebrating the GM Class of 2020: Grady Johnson

Sun, 2020-05-31 14:32

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating Grady Johnson today, who will be attending Penn State Behrend and majoring in Plastics Engineering!

Congratulations, Grady!

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