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JPWMS students sell Lancer Grams once again

Thu, 2021-10-21 10:20

James W. Parker Middle Students are resuming a once familiar and beloved activity – selling and purchasing “Lancer Grams,” also known as “Candy Grams” across the school.

The students from Mrs. Tanis’ and Mrs. Waters’ classroom are selling the Lancer Grams this week.

Lancer Grams are used as vocational training and community based instruction within the middle school for the Life Skills and Autistic Support classrooms. It is essentially a small business run by the Life Skills and Autistic Support students 3-4 times per year to expose them to a work environment.  

Students post signs around the school to tell everyone when candy will be sold in the cafeteria. Each of the students has many jobs within and outside of the classroom. The class designates sales people, runners, label checkers, labelers, distributors and bankers.

The sales people are responsible for circulating throughout the cafeteria during lunch times selling preprinted labels that contain To, Homeroom, and From. Sales people greet students, ask if they would like to buy a lancer gram, collect the money, make change if necessary, and then recirculate to collect the completed labels.

Runners are responsible for setting a timer within the classroom, going to each cafeteria to collect the completed labels, returning to the classroom and giving the finished labels to the label checkers.  

Label checkers inspect each label to ensure that a first and last name as well as a homeroom number are complete.  Label checkers then give the checked labels to the labelers.  

Labelers peel the adhesive back off of the label and stick it to the candy. Labelers then give the completed candy with label to the distributors.  

Distributors are responsible for placing the candy into the correct bag and once the candy sales are finished they deliver the bags to each room in the school.  Bankers count money after sales are over and give a total.

GMHS welcomes new building therapy dog

Wed, 2021-10-06 08:42

General McLane High School — meet Cooper.

Cooper is a certified therapy dog who will be on-call full-time at General McLane High School, who is trained to provide comfort and support to students and staff.  He is the first dog in GMHS’ new Therapy Dog Program.

The Therapy Dog Program was designed by administrators coming off of the 2020-2021 School Year to increase mental health and social support throughout the building.

Cooper is a Labrador Retriever and is certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs International program and will be following their safety and health protocols.  

Mrs. Brenda Hertel, his handler, will always have Cooper on a leash. He has just started working with students this week. When he is not out in classrooms working, he is stationed in Mrs. Hertel’s office.

Tractor Supply in Edinboro donated a crate, a crate mat, and several other goodies for the GMHS Therapy Dog Program.

Cooper is available for general visits, quick 10-20 minute visits to classrooms and scheduled activities, incorporating him into a lesson.

Mrs. Hertel is still working with Cooper developing animal assisted activities so that he is able to do individualized student request visits soon.

Welcome to GMHS, Cooper!


Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. Madara

Wed, 2021-09-29 14:23

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Megan Madara is the School Nurse at James W. Parker Middle School.

Mrs. Madara, an R.N., has worked in the hospital doing acute care for the past 15 years before she joined GMSD.

Her favorite thing about nursing is that it’s always changing and there is never a boring moment. She is enjoying building relationships with the middle school students and being there for them when they need it most.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Madara has five children, all of whom attend General McLane schools. She enjoys running and doing yoga, camping (well, glamping), being outside, and is looking forward to starting her own little farm!

Introducing GMHS’ Mrs. Burkey

Tue, 2021-09-28 08:33

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Jessica Burkey is a Mathematics Teacher at General McLane High School. Mrs. Burkey teaches Algebra 1, Applied Algebra 1 Part C and Accelerated Algebra 2.

Mrs. Burkey grew up in Erie and graduated from McDowell High School. She attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and then started teaching math at East High School in Erie School District. After four years there, she accepted a position at Corry High School, where she taught for ten years.

Her favorite thing about teaching is getting to know her students and joking around with them. She is looking forward to being a part of the General McLane community and learning the technology better!

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Burkey enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, kayaking, hiking, camping and fishing. She also loves to workout and run.

Mrs. Burkey replaces Mr. Reed at General McLane High School.

Introducing GMHS’ Mr. Nagy

Thu, 2021-09-23 09:06

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Spencer Nagy is an Emotional Support Teacher at General McLane High School.

Mr. Nagy is from Alliance, Ohio. He came to Pennsylvania to attend Edinboro University. When he graduated from Edinboro, he was hired at the IU5 in Edinboro and was a Special Education teacher with the IU5 for almost two years. 

His favorite thing about teaching is the students. The stories teachers hear and the different outlooks gained is something he has always cherished. He is most looking forward to seeing the growth his students make throughout the year. Each new school year is a fresh start and he is excited to see how his students take advantage of that. He is also VERY excited for wrestling season. GO LANCERS! 

Outside of teaching, his main interest/hobby is wrestling. He has wrestled all his life and helps coach at GMHS. He also enjoys spending time with his family, riding his dirt bike and spending time outdoors.

Mr. Nagy replaces Mrs. Jahn, who moved with her husband and is now teaching near Slippery Rock, Pa.

Introducing McKean Elementary’s Mrs. Lee

Wed, 2021-09-22 12:25

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Chasity Lee is a Kindergarten Teacher at McKean Elementary School.

Mrs. Lee previously worked at McKean Elementary School through the AmeriCorps program from 2017 through 2019 helping support students in Reading and Math. Then, she went to Belle Valley Elementary in Millcreek Township School District from 2019 to 2020 as an Educational Assistant, focusing on English and Language Arts.

Her favorite thing about teaching is coming to school every day and doing something different with your favorite people. She is looking forward to collaborating with amazing staff and making it a fantastic first year for her Kindergarten class.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Lee enjoys going on hikes and playing with her dog, Augie.

Introducing JWPMS’ Ms. Adams

Tue, 2021-09-21 13:26

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Rebekah Adams is the 7th and 8th Grade Learning Support Teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

Ms. Adams graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education in December of 2020. After graduating, she taught K-3 learning support in the Millcreek Township School District before coming to GMSD.

Her favorite thing about teaching is getting the chance to challenge students to become successful by meeting their personal and academic goals.  

She is most looking forward to being a part of the Parker team to be able to see students grow both academically and as an individual. 

Outside of teaching, Ms. Adams enjoys  crafting, reading, and spending time with her family and dog, Mozzie.  

Ms. Adams is replacing Mr. Brasington, who remains at James W. Parker Middle School teaching 5th and 6th grade Learning Support.

Introducing GMHS’ Mrs. Webb

Mon, 2021-09-20 12:02

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Sarah Webb is the Family Living and Consumer Sciences Teacher at General McLane High School.

Mrs. Webb previously worked at McDowell High School, Troy High School, in Troy, Michigan, MacArthur High School, in San Antonio, Texas, and Pennsbury High School, in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. She has taught all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, including Culinary, Sewing & Fashion, Work Based Training, Educational Training, Personal Finance, Interior Design and Child Development. She has also taught health.

Her favorite thing about teaching is the students. She loves seeing them grow and develop and become passionate about their futures. 

She is most looking forward to bringing Senior Seminar to life at GM.  This is a course that she designed for seniors that helps to prepare them for adulthood.  Think of all those times you hear “why didn’t I learn this in high school?” This class is geared at changing that attitude! 

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Webb enjoys running and cycling, crafting, baking and spending time with her family. Her husband has a career in the military and they landed in Edinboro and don’t plan on ever leaving!

Mrs. Webb is replacing Mrs. Kurczewski, who retired in 2020.

Introducing McKean’s Mrs. Brunst

Thu, 2021-09-16 20:30

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Carissa Brunst is the Learning Support Teacher at McKean Elementary School.

Mrs. Brunst received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary & Special education and middle level English, Language Arts, along with her Master’s degree in Reading & Reading Specialist Certificate from Edinboro University. She is beginning her 9th year of teaching and was most recently at Fort LeBoeuf Middle School for the last five years. 

Mrs. Brunst has been a part of the General McLane community since moving to Edinboro for college and is proud to be a part of the General McLane teaching family. 

Her favorite thing about teaching is that she can learn as much from her students as they can learn from her! 

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Brunst enjoys spending time with her family and friends, teaching dance, reading, and doing as many outdoor activities as she can with her kids.

Mrs. Brunst is replacing Mrs. Miller, who is still at McKean Elementary School and is teaching third grade.

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. Vickey

Thu, 2021-09-16 08:51

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Amanda Vickey is the Family Living and Consumer Science Teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

Mrs. Vickey graduated from Clarion University with her Bachelor’s in Education and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education from Edinboro University. She comes to GMSD after teaching in Erie School District for 17 years.

Mrs. Vickey is looking forward to learning from General McLane School District and the Parker Middle School families and staff. She is also looking forward to providing an opportunity for students to actively participate in an exploratory class.

Mr. Ferguson chose to teach at GMSD to be part of a small family community with high expectations and opportunities and to be part of a solid support system as we all grow and learn.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Vickey enjoys rappelling, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking and anything outdoors.

Mrs. Vickey is replacing Mrs. Glasl, who is still at James W. Parker Middle School as the Librarian and an MTSS Interventionist.

Introducing McKean Elementary’s Mrs. Jonas

Wed, 2021-09-15 14:02

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Emily Jonas is the Math Interventionist at McKean Elementary School.

Mrs. Jonas has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University and her Master’s Degree from Edinboro in Early Childhood Education, as well. Mrs. Jonas taught middle school special education for three years before becoming a stay-at-home mom and now is returning to the classroom.

Mrs. Jonas has four children in the district, Peter, Cole, Jack and Rose. Mrs. Jonas served as PTA President for the previous four years at McKean Elementary and was a certified substitute teacher at GM for the past two years.

Her favorite thing about teaching is “seeing the light bulb moment the students get when things just click.” She is excited to help McKean students in various grades have a more positive attitude about math and their ability to solve math problems this year.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Jonas enjoys reading, going for evening walks, biking with her family and watching her children do the activities they love – music, sports, theater and more.

Introducing Edinboro Elementary’s Mr. Ferguson

Tue, 2021-09-14 11:04

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Jacob Ferguson is the Health and Physical Education Teacher at Edinboro Elementary School.

Mr. Ferguson comes to GMSD from Pattonville School District, located near St. Louis. He grew up in Guys Mills, Pennsylvania and graduated from Maplewood in 2006.  He then went to school on a volleyball scholarship to Lindenwood University, which is located near St. Louis.  Upon graduating, he started teaching elementary physical education in the Pattonville School District, where he remained for 10 years.

His favorite thing about teaching is the students and the positive relationships that are built each and everyday. He also loves seeing students persevere through a skill/task that they may struggle with, but with time and determination ultimately overcoming the challenge.

Mr. Ferguson chose to teach at GMSD because it is a school he would be honored to send his own kids to someday. It’s a place where he knows kids have the best opportunity to succeed, and he shares the same core values as the district.

Outside of teaching, Mr. Ferguson enjoys cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins and Duke University basketball. He also enjoys skiing, spending quality time with his friends and family, traveling, attempting to golf and all things superhero, Star Wars and Harry Potter!

Mr. Ferguson also was married this past summer to his best friend and love of his life, Heather, who is also an educator.

Mr. Ferguson is replacing Mr. Beck, who is now teaching health and physical education at James W. Parker Middle School.

Introducing McKean and Edinboro Elementary’s Mrs. Johnson

Sun, 2021-09-12 15:50

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Kathy Johnson is an Elementary Art Teacher at McKean and Edinboro Elementary Schools this year.

Mrs. Johnson has her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Advertising Design and her teaching certification in Art. She taught previously at McKean Elementary School for five years doing part-time art and went to Erie School District to teach art full-time for two years before returning to General McLane.

Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing kids excited to turn their ideas into art and she is most looking forward to getting to know her students this year.

Mrs. Johnson is excited to return to GMSD because the district is very supportive of its teachers and provides many opportunities and activities for all students.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Johnson enjoys hiking, skiing and horses!

Mrs. Johnson is replacing Mrs. Robertson, who is now teaching Art at James W. Parker Middle School.

McKean Second Graders remember fallen heroes of 9/11

Fri, 2021-09-10 16:21

McKean Elementary School second grade students remembered the fallen heroes of 9/11 on Friday by reading a story, taking a virtual field trip to the Twin Tower museum, and making a craft to define what a hero is.  

AARFS mascots visit McKean classrooms to discuss positive behavior

Fri, 2021-09-10 16:13

McKean Elementary School is continuing a well-loved and well-known building wide program for the 2021-2022 School Year, called ARRFS.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with

On Friday, the ARRFS mascots visited each classroom at McKean Elementary to discuss positive behaviors and the ARRFS program.

Each week, students will be recognized who receive ARRFS.

Introducing JWMPS’ Mrs. Waters

Fri, 2021-09-10 09:51

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Kayla Waters is an Autistic Support Teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

Mrs. Waters previously served working for the Barber National Institute in the specialized classroom within James W. Parker Middle School and has worked in Special Education her entire career.

Her favorite thing about teaching is the community that she builds with students, colleagues and her students’ families and she is most looking forward to getting to know all of her new students and getting to know her colleagues better for the 2021-2022 year.

Mrs. Waters graduated high school from General McLane and aims to make a difference within the school district with her career.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Waters enjoys cooking all types of food, baking, and spending time with her two little ones, 3-year-old Eiley, and 1-year-old Jax.

Mrs. Waters is replacing Mr. Lucas, who is now teaching Autistic Support at General McLane High School.

From Edinboro to Tokyo, GM alum referees Olympic soccer matches

Mon, 2021-08-09 10:11
Corey Parker, a 2004 General McLane alumnus, (far left) walks onto the field in Tokyo, Japan, getting prepared to referee an Olympic Soccer game.

It wasn’t until he was standing on a soccer field a few weeks ago in Tokyo, Japan, that Corey Parker began to realize his reality.

“There’s something that just goes along with seeing those Olympic rings when you’re there,” Parker, a 2004 General McLane alumnus said. “It gets your heart going.”

Parker, whose parents still resides in Edinboro, returned Thursday from 25 days in Tokyo after referring three soccer matches in the Tokyo Olympics. He now lives in northern Virginia.

He officiated the Brazil vs. Ivory Coast match on July 25; the Spain vs. Argentina match on July 28; and the Japan vs. New Zealand match on July 31.

The experience of traveling to Tokyo was certainly memorable for Parker.

“We were so hesitant to believe it was actually happening because if one of us referees had tested positive (for COVID), the whole thing could have been shut down,” he said. “But when we got onto the field and started doing what we love, that kind of melted away and then it just was this surreal feeling.”

Parker is no stranger to refereeing professional soccer. He has been refereeing professionally in Major League Soccer professionally since 2011. His role is typically the assistant referee that runs up and down the sidelines, he said.

“Typically, we work in teams of four officials. There is the main ref in the middle of the field, which is the one you typically see, the assistant ref that runs up and down the sidelines and now, in today’s world of technology and video replay, there are two officials in the video operation room that function as video match officials,” Parker explained. “We each have very specific and important roles on the field.”

As part of those 25 days in Tokyo, Parker said all referees required training before they officiated games.

“On the front end, we did a lot of classroom training, seminars and things like that,” he said. “You watch the same clips, receive the same training materials and that’s so we’re all on the same page and so refs from New Zealand receive the same instructions the refs from the U.S. and we establish consistency and protocols.”

And of course, he couldn’t forget the fitness training. He has trained for at least an hour daily since he began reffing professionally, he said.

“Our fitness regiments are all different for the different refs on the field,” he explained. “We all train different types of movements based on what we’ll need while we’re out there. For me, it’s short sprints and runs.”

Parker also works a full-time job at a consulting firm in northern Virginia and works part-time as a professional referee, traveling on the weekends.

“It’s really as simple as I just love the game of soccer,” he said. “It’s a way to stay involved and to give back from a different perspective. It keeps me involved and engaged. I’m always learning and always building on performances.”

Now at 35, Parker said the game has taught him plenty about his professional and personal lives.

“I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. You don’t know what you’re coming into with a game and you learn to adapt and be flexible.”

Edinboro Elementary second grade creates kindness rock garden

Fri, 2021-06-04 08:55

A group of Edinboro Elementary created a new project promoting positivity and kindness at the school.

Mrs. Kalicky’s second graders painted rocks and created a kindness rock garden by the school’s flagpole in front of the building.

The students added their rocks to the garden this past week.

The second grade class would like to thank the General McLane Grounds Department for coming and putting the garden’s sign up in the rain so the kids could see it before they went home for the summer.

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Xander Stadler

Fri, 2021-06-04 08:30

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 senior Xander Stadler today, who will join the U.S. Army after graduating and then plans on finishing college with a criminal justice degree!

Congratulations, Xander!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Donovan Rounds

Wed, 2021-06-02 11:16

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 senior Donovan Rounds today, who will be joining the U.S. Air Force after graduating!

Congratulations, Donovan!

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