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Visit from a 4-H Phenom

Fri, 2018-10-19 13:36


The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes at GMHS had the pleasure of welcoming another special guest speaker this Thursday. This week’s famous Lancer guest was senior Faith Wheeler who is highly decorated in Pennsylvania’s 4-H program.

Faith talked to students about what 4-H is and went over some of her many accomplishments which include her horse Ziggy being named Grand Champion in the Quarter Horse Gelding halter class at the Crawford County Fair, first place in Ranch Horse Pleasure at the 4-H District 9 Horse Show, eight first place finishes in different events at the Albion Fair and many more!

4-H is a national program that empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime through sharing, doing, and learning together in all kinds of projects, events and activities through local clubs, special interest clubs, school-based and after-school programs and individual memberships.

Next week’s guest speaker will be international student Kimberly Prizmic!

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-10-19 11:32

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring McKean Elementary teacher Lindsey Kirkpatrick, who has worked for the District for 7 years!

Outside of school, Mrs. Kirkpatrick spends most of her time raising her young children who will someday be proud GM Lancer Alums!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love that at the elementary level everything is still new and often magical for our children! Students grow so much and change so much in the short year that they spend in my classroom and its exciting to play a role in their young lives.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I love the sense of community and spirit. We are proud of what we do and happy to be doing it!

What is your favorite work-related memory?

This past summer, I had the opportunity to work the Camp Invention program based at Parker Middle School. I got to spend time with GM students from both elementary schools, as well as teach alongside our middle and high school students! Working with such a variety of amazing kids and engaging in a curriculum that was so different, interactive and exciting was really a special experience.

Did you know ….

Mrs. Kirkpatrick loves snow sports and water sports! She skis and snowboards in the winter- and waterskis and wake boards during the summer months!

2nd Annual Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series

Fri, 2018-10-19 10:17

James W. Parker Middle School’s Jacob Haugh ‘s 2nd Annual Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series started this week.

This year, Haugh is bringing his Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series back and even better than last year. The 2nd annual competition is open to the entire middle school. The fundraising efforts are already under way, and homeroom who raises the most money through Thursday will win the opportunity to play JWPMS teachers in a Wiffle Ball Game.

Last year, Haugh’s homeroom (Mr. Sturgess’ class), won and represented all of sixth grade. Although the teachers may have won the championship, everybody won the fundraiser. More than $800 was raised specifically through the Wiffle Ball fundraiser for Wins for Kids, which supports Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. The seventh grader’s goal is to raise $2,500 total this year, which would put his four season total to $35,000.

Haugh’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was recognized as Pittsburgh’s 2017 National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Youth Award Winner. Haugh’s initiatives have made him one of the largest individual donors to the program and were featured in a Root Sports Pittsburgh documentary-like-story. This year, Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent his second video specifically thanking James W. Parker Middle School for their efforts.

The winning homeroom will get their chance to take the trophy back for the students next Friday during an assembly.

Box to take the stage at JWPMS

Fri, 2018-10-19 09:24

James W. Parker Middle School has announced it will host a Fall play for the first time ever.

They will be performing Lindsay Price’s Box, which discusses the social constraints of middle school and how students overcome those problems.

James W. Parker Middle School teacher and play director Julia McCollum said she did the play this year to highlight middle school talents that aren’t seen on a day-to-day basis.

“It is very rewarding to see students shine that may or may not have singing abilities,” McCollum said. “The play Box really hits home to our district and the students at our middle school. Many students feel like they might need to fit into a box but they should not have to feel this way. This show models how students feel when they are restricted to their box.”

Auditions were held during the second week of September and the cast is now complete. The cast list is Tobeigh Ingram, Chloe Kiser, Alie Jones, Shane Dexter, Myles Bruce, Ethan McCarthy, Ramey Plouse, Owen Eisert, Chloe Miles, Ellie Baughman, Ryan McLaughlin, Ainsley Puller, Parker Irwin, Sophia Allison, JC Williams, Pacey Moran, Alena Swanson and Sarah Rice.

Box will take place November 9th at 7 p.m. and November 10th at 2 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) at James W. Parker Middle School.

There is a suggested $2 donation at the door.

This play is in addition to James W. Parker Middle School’s spring musical. This year’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., takes place February 22 – 23, 2019.

Box to take the stage at James W. Parker Middle School

Thu, 2018-10-18 10:41

James W. Parker Middle School has announced it will host a Fall play for the first time ever.

They will be performing Lindsay Price’s Box, which discusses the social constraints of middle school and how students overcome those problems.

James W. Parker Middle School teacher and play director Julia McCollum said she did the play this year to highlight middle school talents that aren’t seen on a day-to-day basis.

“It is very rewarding to see students shine that may or may not have singing abilities,” McCollum said. “The play Box really hits home to our district and the students at our middle school. Many students feel like they might need to fit into a box but they should not have to feel this way. This show models how students feel when they are restricted to their box.”

Auditions were held during the second week of September and the cast is now complete. The cast list is Tobeigh Ingram, Chloe Kiser, Alie Jones, Shane Dexter, Myles Bruce, Ethan McCarthy, Ramey Plouse, Owen Eisert, Chloe Miles, Ellie Baughman, Ryan McLaughlin, Ainsley Puller, Parker Irwin, Sophia Allison, JC Williams, Pacey Moran, Alena Swanson and Sarah Rice.

Box will take place November 9th at 7 p.m. and November 10th at 2 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) at James W. Parker Middle School.

There is a suggested $2 donation at the door.

This play is in addition to James W. Parker Middle School’s spring musical. This year’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., takes place February 22 – 23, 2019.

Edinboro Elementary students receive dictionaries

Wed, 2018-10-17 13:57

Third grade students in Edinboro Elementary learned together, as they read a book that is not normally read by students in a group setting: a dictionary.

Edinboro Kiwanis Club members John & Fran Dietz distributed dictionaries to the students as part of an annual tradition. The local effort is part of the Kiwanis Club’s partnership with The Dictionary Project. The book the local members hand out is “A Student’s Dictionary.”

John Dietz pointed out several of the unique features in the books, including information about word origins and a page teaching how to express the letters of the alphabet in sign language.

The Dictionary Project’s mission statement includes the belief that 3rd grade is the “dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn,” so they encourage sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.

The Edinboro Kiwanis Club was organized in 1986 and us currently the largest service organization in the Edinboro area. The Club reaches out to attract members from the greater Edinboro community, people of high moral character and concern for human betterment.

 

 

Drywall Repair

Tue, 2018-10-16 14:02
General McLane High School’s Home Maintenance class teaches students about basic home repairs & maintenance, including drywall repair! Check out Mr. Snair’s class in action.

GM Holiday Arts Fair

Tue, 2018-10-16 10:46

The General McLane Foundation’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is only one month away!

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 17 at General McLane High School.

Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance. This year’s crafts include: ornaments, bird feeders, wreaths, journals, photography, picture frames, doll clothes, purses and bags, stained glass, puzzles, chocolates, soap and lotions, knitting and sewing, signs, pottery and mixed media arts.

A few of the artists to be featured include: Palma’s Sweet Treats, Jeannie Trudell Folk art, Susan’s Stitchery, Designs in Polymer Clay and many more.

In addition to vendors, there will also be a Chinese Auction and a Silent Auction. There will also be musical performances by General McLane’s student groups throughout the day.

Last year’s event raised almost $7,700 for student scholarships. All proceeds benefit the General McLane Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District.  More than $500,000 has been donated to the General McLane Foundation in memory or honor of students, teachers and staff of General McLane School District.

Tickets are $2.50 for adults and free for students and children. The doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. For more information or if you would like to make a donation to the Silent Auction, please call 814-273-1033 or e-mail gmhsartsfair@gmail.com.

GMHS attend Manufacturing Day

Tue, 2018-10-16 08:47

GMHS students attended the Manufacturer & Business Association’s Manufacturing Day.

Here’s a recap from their day and what they learned.

The video was edited by GMHS student Bryn Knutstad.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-10-15 08:59

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Elijah Hart (5th)
Abbie Gula (5th)
Brookelyn Mischler (5th)
Jaxson Geiser (5th)
Kaedan Rist (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer

McKean hosts RESPECT assembly

Mon, 2018-10-15 08:40

McKean Elementary School hosted an ARRFS assembly on RESPECT last week. Everyone was invited to wear GOLD that day to symbolize the golden rule, treating others how we want to be treated.

General McLane High School students and Edinboro University student-athletes participating in softball and lacrosse attended the assembly.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with (ARRFS). Each month, the team of students reinforce a monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

 

 

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-10-12 11:58

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring General McLane High School Science Teacher Nathan Moore, who has worked for the District for 7 years!

Outside of school most of Mr. Moore’s attention is devoted to his children. Aside from his kids, Mr. Moore is  very excited to be taking on a new role as Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Advisor.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love how the personality of every class is different because of the different personalities of students. No two classes are alike, and it is so much fun to watch the students grow not only in their understanding of the content but also into a cohesive group as the semester progresses.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

The question itself actually encompasses what I enjoy most about being a part of the GM family – GM’s focus on family. The faculty has a great camaraderie and is like a second family, and everyone at GM understands the importance of taking care of our families at home as well.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

Any time I get to provide a chemical demonstration for the students that grabs their attention and – more importantly – helps deepen their understanding of the content at the same time is a favorite memory. Therefore, I get to make new favorite memories all the time!

Did you know ….

Mr. Moore played the saxophone and was drum major for three years in his high school marching band. He also has a weakness for cookies of any type!

Zombie Run

Fri, 2018-10-12 10:38

General McLane High School’s Wellness Club will be hosting their sixth annual Zombie Run in the next two week!

The run will be two miles through GM’s cross-country course and takes place on October 22. The run starts at 4 p.m. and registration and free zombie makeup begins at 3 p.m. in the Middle School Parking lot. There will be games/competitions leading up to the run.

Cost for this run is $2 for GM students.  Registration forms are available online or at the High School and Middle School.

GMHS Homecoming Pep Rally

Fri, 2018-10-12 10:18

Last Friday, General McLane High School’s Student Council hosted a Pep Rally Assembly with the high school student body to pump them up for Homecoming Weekend. During the assembly, the Homecoming Court participated in a variety of games.

GM students among 4-H state qualifiers

Fri, 2018-10-12 08:36

Five General McLane students are among the state qualifiers for the Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show.

Senior Faith Wheeler, freshman Emma Cannata, seventh grader Cullen Howard, McKean Elementary fourth grader McKenna Laughery and Edinboro Elementary third grader Isabella Cannata will compete in the 2018 State 4-H Horse Show, which takes place October 26-28 at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

In order to advance to the State Competition, these students had to place in the top four at the district level to make it to States. The District IX competition had 256 participants from eight counties including Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango. In order to make it to the district level competition, they needed to first qualify at the county level at the three Erie County qualifying shows.

Students compete in more than seventy classes.

Wheeler was a District Champion in Ranch Horse Pleasure and placed second in Working Western Hose / Pony.

Emma Cannata placed second in Intermediate Grooming and Showmanship (Ages 12-14) and Miniature Horse In Hand Trail (Ages 14-18).

Howard placed third in the Pony Keyhole (Ages 8-13).

Laughery was a District Champion in Beginner Trail, and placed second in Grooming and Showmanship (Ages 8-13), second in Beginner Western Horsemanship and fourth in Beginner Western Pleasure.

Isabella Cannata placed fourth in Beginner Trail, was a District Champion in Miniature Horse In Hand Trail (Ages 8-13) and District Champion in Miniature horse Driving (Ages 8-13).

Pennsylvania 4-H horse programs promote knowledge of horsemanship and responsible, ethical equine use, care and management.

The 4-H is a national program that empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime through sharing, doing, and learning together in all kinds of projects, events and activities through local clubs, special interest clubs, school-based and after-school programs and individual memberships.

Students hear from CEO of Nibble Nutrition

Thu, 2018-10-11 13:31

General McLane High School tenth graders were challenged to utilize their passions on Thursday.

As a guest speaker for the High School’s Career Choices, Nibble Nutrition CEO and Co-Founder Max Weber encouraged students to incorporate their passions and interests into their future plans. The twenty-four year old entrepreneur is also a certified personal trainer, online fitness coach and social media influencer with more than 78,000 followers on Instagram.  Weber, who has worked with multi-million dollar brands such as RXBAR, Bulletproof® Coffee, Halo Top Creamery, Power Crunch and Legion Athletics, spoke with students about his career path and how he co-founded of his own start-up.

Nibble Nutrition is a local digital health company that focuses on inspiring individuals to engage in a healthier world through their nutrition app.

Career Choices is a Business Education course for 10th grade students that helps them examine their own interests, abilities, temperaments and goals to determine which career areas are best suited for them. Students gain exposure to all career clusters and research specific careers which apply to their own individual career focus.

GM students recognized in 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Thu, 2018-10-11 10:59

General McLane High School seniors Leah Dubynskiy and Emma Henderson been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Congratulations to Leah and Emma!

A Visit From the Dairy Princess

Wed, 2018-10-10 12:41

 

The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes will be having special guest speakers every Thursday through November 1st. These special guests will be “famous” GM students who have interesting things to share.

This week’s guest speaker was Anna Damore who currently holds the prestigious title of Erie County Dairy Princess. Anna spoke to students about the benefits of dairy products and how important dairy is.

The girls in the Erie County Dairy Court travel around Erie County, Pennsylvania promoting dairy products. They speak at schools, churches, farm group meetings, fairs, and appear in parades and at festivals and carnivals.

 

GMHS students attend STEM Day

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:23

General McLane High School students attended Edinboro University’s STEM Day yesterday. During their first lab, students extracted DNA from fruits and vegetables.

Students were told they extracted a perfect sample!

STEM Day is an annual event held by the Math and Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology, Geosciences, and Psychology Departments. It is held on Edinboro’s Fall semester “Reading Day” for anyone interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. This was the fifth annual event.

McKean Elementary hosts Desktime with Dads

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:13

McKean Elementary hosted Desktime with Dads on Friday.

Fathers / grandfathers / father-figures were invited to visit the classrooms and spend time with their kiddos.

This event is sponsored by McKean Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). They also host Moments with Moms in May. For more information on what they do, please see our website.

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