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GM Elementary students excel in run challenge at Edinboro

3 hours 41 min ago

Ready, set, run!

McKean Elementary students that were members of Run Club did just that this past weekend at Edinboro University’s indoor collegiate track meet.

The participating students ran two days per week for around two months after school to prepare for a half-mile or one mile run that they completed Saturday.

Run Club began around seven years ago, said Run Club organizer and McKean Elementary physical education teacher, Lisa Roberts.

College coaches and athletes help the students sand serve as mentors for them, she added.

Run Club students work on flexibility, strength, and endurance. The program is a volunteer program staffed by volunteer teachers, staff and Edinboro coaches and athletes.

Congratulations to all the runners that participated. Take a look at Saturday’s event:

McKean Elementary Run Club to race in Edinboro Dome Saturday

Fri, 2020-01-24 14:06

McKean Elementary students part of the school’s Run Club will be competing in the Edinboro University Dome on Saturday at the indoor collegiate track meet.

The McKean Elementary Run Club organizer Lisa Roberts said around 80 kids have signed up to run. The event is at noon and is free to attend.

The participating students have been running two days per week for around two months after school to prepare for a half-mile or one mile run Saturday.

Run Club began around seven years ago, she said.

College coaches and athletes help the students sand serve as mentors for them, she added.

Run Club students work on flexibility, strength, and endurance. The program is a volunteer program staffed by volunteer teachers, staff and Edinboro coaches and athletes.

Winter fun underway at Edinboro, McKean elementary schools

Fri, 2020-01-24 13:30

Students at McKean Elementary School and Edinboro Elementary School were finally able to enjoy the winter weather and learn skiing and practice other winter activities.

Edinboro Elementary School physical education teacher Michael Beck took his fourth grade class out Friday for the first time this year.

Beck said this is the first week he’s been able to take classes out to ski due to warmer weather and poor conditions.

Friday was the first time his fourth grade class was able to venture out into the snow. They learned putting on and taking off the skis and the basics and even held a few races.

Meanwhile over at McKean Elementary School, Lisa Roberts, physical education teacher, explored outdoor winter activities with her students, too.

Take a look:

Erie Playhouse production ‘Frozen Jr.’ features GM students

Fri, 2020-01-24 09:08

The Erie Playhouse production “Frozen Jr.” opens Friday evening and some of the performers may look familiar to the General McLane School District community.

Five General McLane School students will be on stage: Myles Bruce, a freshman at General McLane High School, Parker Irwin, a seventh grader at James W. Parker Middle School, Avery Fiscus, a fifth grader at the Middle School, Eden Irwin, a first grader at Edinboro Elementary, and Braelin Fiscus, a third grader at McKean Elementary.

Each school building in the District is represented in the production.

“Frozen Jr.” is at the Erie Playhouse Friday and 31 and Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, and Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. All tickets are $15 each. For more information, call 454-2852, ext. 0, or visit

Break a leg to our General McLane stars!

McKean Elementary second graders celebrate diversity for MLK Jr. Day

Thu, 2020-01-23 15:01

A second grade class at McKean Elementary learned firsthand that though people may look different on the outside, everyone is the same on the inside.

Bridget Hoge’s second grade class at the elementary school discussed Martin Luther King Jr. and how he helped others see beyond skin color in a peaceful way.

“The kids had many questions and were very interested in the work that MLK did to help our world,” Hoge said.

The class conducted an “egg-speriment” Thursday with two different colored eggs.

The students saw that the egg shells varied in color, but when they cracked them open, they all shared similar contents.

The kids quickly caught on to the idea that even though people may look different on the outside, we are the same on the inside. 

GM senior uses engineering skills to create gearbox

Wed, 2020-01-22 10:52

Meet Jacob Janoski, a General McLane High School Senior.

In 2019, he designed a gearbox that won the sumo bot challenge at the Edinboro Challenges, an annual engineering competition. The sumo bot is an engineering challenge that allows students to design a robot that finds its opponent and pushes it out of a flat area.

This year, Janoski has designed what he thinks is an even better gearbox that will top all competitors once more.

He’s participating again this weekend in the Engineering Challenges that’s put on at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and hosted by the General McLane Technology Department and Warren Area High School Technology Department.

These challenges are open for all interested schools. Challenges include the sumo bot and CO₂ dragsters, spontaneous challenge and mouse trap challenge and more. 

Good luck to Jacob and all the students who are testing their skills this weekend!

General McLane students move on to Regional Choir

Tue, 2020-01-21 14:28

Seven General McLane High School students are moving on to the Regional Choir competition after placing in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District choir competition this past weekend.

District Choir is made up of over 200 students from more than 40 schools in the northwest Pennsylvania region. All seven students placed in the top ten of their sections that consisted of approximately 25 students, which qualified them to move onto Regional Choir.

The students are Isaac Smith (6th chair, Bass 1), Clara Enterline (2nd chair, Alto 1), Abby Johnson (1st chair, Soprano 2), Faith Morrow (3rd chair, Alto 2), Kellen Smith (1st chair, Bass 2), Michael Corsale (6th chair, Tenor 1), and Josiah Burkett (7th chair, Tenor 1).

Michael Corsale and Abby Johnson were also chosen by audition to sing concert solos.

Congratulations to all!

General McLane Superintendent to Retire after 40-year career in the District

Thu, 2020-01-16 08:20

General McLane School District Superintendent Richard Scaletta has announced he will retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Scaletta has worked in the district for 40 years – the last 10 of which he has served as superintendent.

“I have had a wonderful and rewarding career at General McLane,” he said. “I will always cherish the quality relationships I have had with students and adults in the schools and community.  GM has been a very special place for me.”

He plans on spending time volunteering and still intends on being a cheerleader for public education in his retirement.

Scaletta began his teaching career in 1980 at General McLane High School as the director of choral activities and assistant director of bands. He started the district’s annual Broadway Dinner in 1981.  His GM music career came full circle this fall when he played Old Deuteronomy in the school’s production of “Cats.”

He made the move to assistant high school principal in 1988 and then became the high school principal in 1993. He was named superintendent of the district in 2010.

During his time as superintendent, Scaletta advocated for all district students tirelessly.

He emphasized the importance of promoting creativity among students with Camp Invention for elementary students.  He also spearheaded an effort to bring nationally-certified and accredited innovation programming, called Inventionland, to the high school and James W. Parker Middle School. General McLane School District is still the only district in northwest Pennsylvania to offer this curriculum.  The Ice House Curriculum, also part of this creativity initiative, is taught at the high school.

Additionally, he expanded career development programs for all grade levels, including the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering and Manufacturing Academy.  He has worked closely with organizations including Career Street, Erie County Career Pathways Coalition, and the Erie Innovation Collaborative to create meaningful and useful opportunities for students that have helped them find the right career paths.

When a foreign language teacher retired at the high school, Scaletta influenced the move to teaching Mandarin and an Asian culture program at the high school.  He also spearheaded efforts to develop a foreign student program that allows foreign students to study at General McLane for a year.

He also added the Performing Arts wing to General McLane High School, leading the effort to raise $120,000 for the project, and expanded the weight room and fundraised $20,000 of equipment for students to use.

The district was completely rebranded under Scaletta’s hand with new logos, an upgraded website and a new website called McLane Advantage for potential students. In addition, he launched a strategic planning initiative which defined the district’s mission and codified its ten core values.

Furthermore, he worked with consultants to develop a quality process for hiring teachers and non-instructional personnel and centralized a new student enrollment process with a registrar system.

Over the past decade, security and safety has swiftly transformed schools nationwide. Scaletta has remained devoted to improving both within the district. ALICE training and a district-wide app, called NaviGate Prepared, was implemented to unify security procedures. A student reunification plan was developed.

He also redesigned traffic flow patterns for student pick-up and drop off for middle school students and at Edinboro Elementary to make parents and students safer.

Scaletta has aimed to keep parents, staff and students engaged within the district. He wrote more than 460 weekly columns called “Lancer Letters,” designed to keep the community informed of the happenings in the district.

In his first year as superintendent, he worked with five municipalities to develop a residential LERTA that sought to jumpstart development in the district after more than a decade of minimal development.

In addition, he expanded a central office position to create a robust public relations program to keep the community and families informed.

Scaletta oversaw three major building renovation projects, including an upgrade and replacement of the HVAC systems and building envelope at the high school and Edinboro Elementary School, as well as a new roof at Edinboro Elementary.

General McLane High School teacher receives Golden Apple Award

Wed, 2020-01-15 14:37

A General McLane High School teacher received a special honor from one of her students last week.

Arianna Hanley, a teacher of health and physical education at the high school, received a Golden Apple Award last week, an award handed out by WJET-TV and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania weekly to a teacher in northwest Pennsylvania that a student wishes to recognize that has changed his or her life.

The segment aired Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. and will air again Thursday morning between 5 and 7 a.m.

She was nominated by Alyvia Carmosino, a senior at General McLane High School.

“I thought this was just something really cool and I thought she would appreciate it,” Carmosino said. “She really deserves it.”

Hanley, who is from Saegertown, graduated from Edinboro University in December 2017 and started in the district a month later, working in a long-term substitute teacher position and was hired following her substitute teaching.

“I was very shocked,” Hanley said. “Oh my goodness. I was so surprised. I still feel like I’m a young teacher and you hear about veterans getting awards and honors like this one.”

Carmosino has had Hanley for a teacher since she began teaching two years ago.

Students may fill out nomination forms to recognize teachers who have made a difference in their lives. The weekly winners are selected from the nominations by a panel of judges.

At the end of the school year, a Teacher of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners by a committee of education professionals at Edinboro University.

General McLane High School students to compete in District Choir competition

Wed, 2020-01-15 11:13

Seven students from General McLane High School will compete in the District Choir competition this week under the direction of Bruce Yates.

The competition will run Thursday through Saturday at Conneaut Area High School.

Yates said the students will audition for chair placement on Thursday and if they place in the top 10 in their section, they will move on to Regional Choir, which takes place on Feb. 27 to 29 at Corry High School.

The following students are competing:

Josiah Burkett-Tenor 1
Michael Corsale-Tenor 1
Clara Enterline-Alto 1
Abby Johnson-Soprano 2
Faith Morrow-Alto 2
Isaac Smith- Bass 1
Kellen Smith-Bass 2

Good luck to all!

Sink or float? General McLane middle schoolers learn mass

Tue, 2020-01-14 13:05

A group of fifth graders in Laurie Santos’ first block class did some hands-on learning Tuesday morning.

The students were predicting whether objects would sink or float, then found the object’s mass and tested their predictions.

They also ordered objects of what they thought were lightest to heaviest and then tested to see if they were correct.

See photos from the class:

State police share apps General McLane parents should know

Wed, 2020-01-08 14:22

Pennsylvania State Police are reminding parents within Erie County once again to be vigilant and aware about the mobile apps their children are using, especially messaging and social media apps.

“Parents should frequently check their children’s devices for apps and monitor the activity associated with them to ensure the apps are being use appropriately and their children are safe,” a state police bulletin stated.

They shared specific apps, what their purposes are and how they should be used appropriately. Here’s a breakdown of what they shared:

Photo and video sharing apps

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Instagram: Photo and video sharing app. Allows users to share photos and videos, sometimes live.

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Snapchat: A photo and video sharing app. Snapchat photos, called “snaps” are viewable for a short period before becoming inaccessible, so teens may post questionable content, thinking it disappears forever. State police is aware of cases in which Snapchat was used to solicit and disseminate nude photos of children and teens.

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Tik Tok: A video sharing app used to create short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos.

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Messaging apps

GroupMe, Kik, WhatsApp and Discord: Allow teens to keep in touch by sending text-style messages to individuals or to groups. Unlike dating apps, users only must be 13 years or older. They encrypt messages between senders, which makes it difficult for others to see what is being sent. This makes these apps ideal for sending offensive images and hate speech and soliciting nude photos.

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Dating apps

Tinder, Grindr, Bumble: Intended for adults to find potential romantic partners. They are intended for users 18 years and older, but there does not appear to be any way to enforce age restrictions beyond the honor system. Predators may use these apps to target teens and teens may use these sites to “catfish” unsuspecting users but setting up fraudulent profiles.

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Social networking platform apps

Reddit, Twitter: These platforms connect users with similar interests and provide them with a platform for microblogging. Reddit is a networking platform comprised of smaller communities called subreddits, which are based on people’s interests. Subreddits exist for almost every topic, ranging from careers and hobbies to interests and pictures.

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Hiding apps

Vault, KeepSafe Photo Vault: Apps designed to keep photos, videos and messages hidden. To access information stored in a vault app, the user must input a password.

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For more information on this topic, visit General McLane’s guide to chatting with your children about being online.

General McLane students travel to Vermont to earn national ski certification

Wed, 2020-01-08 08:13

A group of six General McLane High School students and one General McLane High School alumnus traveled to Vermont last weekend to earn a national-level ski and snowboard certification.

The six students, Elena Halmi, Ellie Conaway, Madison McLaughlin, Isaac Mroz, Calder Martin and Josh Salisbury, and the alumnus, Casey Brown, all work at Mount Pleasant of Edinboro, 14510 Mount Pleasant Road in Cambridge Springs.

Members of the group traveled to Bromley, Vermont, to achieve national certifications from the Professional Ski Instructors of America & American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

“This is unique for students ages 15, 16 and 17, to show the initiative to want to do this,” said Andrew Halmi, manager at Mount Pleasant of Edinboro. “This is above and beyond what I would expect from them. This is a rigorous exam.”

The test is a two-day exam that took a majority of the day Saturday and Sunday, he said. The group arrived back in Edinboro Sunday night.

“It was an eye-opening experience to be able to ski in that terrain and those different kinds of conditions,” Salisbury, a junior, said. “It was such a positive experience.”

All of the newly-accredited students teach lessons after their school days, Andrew Halmi said. More than 300 kids in the General McLane School District attend skiing or snowboarding lessons at Mount Pleasant, he added.

“It’s really cool that they want to be role models for these kids,” he said. “These kids work their tails off. I’d bet last year, they were here (at Mount Pleasant) seven days a week.”

Mount Pleasant of Edinboro offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for all age groups in a program called SnoKids, scheduled to begin Jan. 11 and 12, and set to run for six weeks. The winter activity resort also offers a six-week After School program, which attracts many students from General McLane School District.

“We are normally the teachers, so to be able to be the students this time around was just really cool,” Martin said.

The certification is good for two years, according to the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

Very few ski instructors go on to become officially certified through the organization, Andrew Halmi said. PSIA has thousands of members and is a robust professional organization, he said. The exam is a standardized exam used by ski areas across the country, he said.

“I am excited to use what I learned to teach students here,” Conaway said.

Edinboro hosts annual Specials Christmas Program

Fri, 2019-12-20 13:18

Each year, the specials teachers at Edinboro Elementary host an all-school Christmas program in the gym on the last day of school before Christmas break.

The students sing Christmas carols and listen to Christmas stories. The program ends with their annual tradition – the singing and signing (ASL) of Jingle Bells.

Edinboro Elementary Specials teachers involved include Mrs. Smith (music), Mrs. Androstic (library) and Mr. Beck (gym).

This is always a fun event for the teachers and students alike!

Sunshine Club hosts Door Decoration Contest

Fri, 2019-12-20 12:54

General McLane High School’s Sunshine Club hosted a Door Decoration Contest this week for employees.

Most teachers across the building participated and decorated their doors to compete for the title of Holiday Door Decorating Champion! The first overall winner was Mr. Wible with his “A Christmas Story”-themed door pictured above.

Mrs. Zewe won Best Themed Door for her door pictured here:

Mrs. Thompson won Most Creative for her door pictured here:

Frank’s Chocolates of Edinboro donated the prizes for the contest. First place winner received a small chocolate tray, and second and third each received a candy chocolate apple.

The Sunshine Club is run by two faculty members and provides opportunities for high school employees to raise money to purchase gifts, money, etc. for other employees during leaves, death, illnesses, birth of a child, etc.

Kindness Calendar spreads joy

Wed, 2019-12-18 13:39

General McLane High School staff and students are spreading the joy this year.

Thanks to a Kindness Calendar posted in the 100 Hallway, individuals can choose to perform a different act of kindness each day as they count down to holiday break.

The calendar was created by General McLane High School staff Meghan Chelton and Courtney Behnke.

HS Giving Tree helps General McLane students

Wed, 2019-12-18 13:33

General McLane High School’s Principal Cabinet collected clothing items for students in our community.

Through the Giving Tree, individuals in the District donated new items for students in need in the District.

The collected ended Tuesday. There were forty tags on the tree and all of them were taken care of — and then some more!

Many went above and beyond and donated numerous items. This was the first year for the High School’s Giving Tree.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school-based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

Thanks to all those who contributed to this year’s Giving Tree!

Fifth graders attend Camp Fitch

Mon, 2019-12-16 11:05

James W. Parker Middle School students attended their annual Camp Fitch trip last week.

Each year, the fifth grade students of James W. Parker Middle School pack up and head off to Camp Fitch for several days of outdoor education.

Since fifth grade at JWPMS marks the time when the children from two communities come together and join a larger one, Camp Fitch offers students the opportunity to ease the fifth grade transition, form lasting bonds and become a closer group.

Cross-country skiing returns to McKean Elementary School

Fri, 2019-12-13 14:15

McKean Elementary School students got on their skis today for some cross-country skiing in Health & Physical Education class!

This is an annual lesson that starts shortly after Thanksgiving through March.

Students learn balance and self-sufficiency, while also being introduced to an activity/sport they can do their entire lives!

“Cross-country skiing is one of the best forms of exercise as you use all the major muscle groups … it burns more calories than running or most other activities,” said Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts. “It is also easier on your body with less impact, and, therefore, great for any age.”

Although Mrs. Roberts said that it is challenging for the kids in the  beginning, they quickly catch on.

Giving Tree returns to McKean

Fri, 2019-12-13 11:03

This month, the Giving Tree has returned to McKean Elementary.

Mrs. Iaquinta’s classroom coordinated the winter item drive through the Autistic Support Classroom. Items, such as new hats, gloves and scarves, can be donated through December 16.

This is the eighth year for the tradition. All donations are given to local shelters and nonprofit organizations.