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2nd Grade GM Cyber build Mayflower in STEM challenge

Mon, 2020-11-23 15:28

Mrs. Maureen Roth’s second grade GM Cyber students completed a unique virtual STEM challenge on Monday.

The class met on Microsoft TEAMS and initally read a short story about the pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower.

First, Mrs. Roth challenged the students to build the Mayflower with one piece of aluminum foil and any other objects they could find.

Then, they had to place a penny (which represented a pilgrim) onto the boat and see if it floated.  They were asked what were the strengths and weaknesses of their boat and how they would re-design it. They came up with some great ideas and found out that it was important to distribute the “pilgrims” evenly on the boat.  

It was also important to make sure that the boat was not too heavy and “not to put too many decorations on it,” Mrs. Roth said.  

They learned that a “light reinforcement” is a good idea at the bottom of it. Another child listed how it was important to make the boat large enough to fit the pilgrims on it.  

Lancer Leader: Mrs. Roth

Mon, 2020-11-23 11:28
Mrs. Maureen Roth was awarded the Lancer Leader Award on Nov. 20, 2020.

This week’s Lancer Leader Award was GM Cyber’s Mrs. Roth!

Mrs. Roth was presented the award on Zoom on Friday, Nov. 20. Mrs. Roth teaches second grade for GM Cyber and was nominated TWICE for this award! Mrs. Roth was previously assigned as a first grade teacher at McKean Elementary School.

The Lancer Leader program allows anyone to nominate a teacher, administrator or staff member as a way to say thank you for making a true difference in their family or child’s life.

The nominations for Mrs. Roth read:

“Mrs. Roth is an absolutely amazing teacher! She makes the kids feel so special, even during these crazy times. She showed the kids how to make virtual avatars of themselves and created a ‘class picture’ with them. She has weekly live meetings for skills groups and reading groups, and has fun virtual field trips as well! She incorporates holidays and spirit weeks into her virtual learning, making it super fun for the kids! Anytime my child has questions, she will call on Teams right away to help explain things until my child understands and even spend another 15 minutes just letting my child talk to her and show her fun toys around the house. She created a reverse Halloween parade for the kids with a witch’s brew station (where they received a bag with goodies), a candy station (bag of candy), a doughnut station (you guessed it… a doughnut), and a pumpkin patch station where the kids could pick out their very own pumpkins for a ‘paint with the teacher’ live Teams event they are going to have! You can feel the love she has for her students and you can tell she was truly made to be a teacher! She is such a gift to us all and makes McKean Elementary and the GM school district proud!”

“They have done an extraordinary job and effort to meet all students at their level to continue teaching them virtually. I know the virtual learning environment creates unique challenges but their creativity and use of their families to help teach goes above and beyond. They have gone out of their way to make sure everyone is learning, having fun, and still have the experience of being a kid.We are very pleased with the education this year despite being at home.”

Thank you for your service to this District and our families, Mrs. Roth!

Lancer Leader: Mr. Malec

Sun, 2020-11-22 22:46
This week’s Lancer Leader is Mr. Jacob Malec from General McLane High School.

This week’s Lancer Leader Award was General McLane High School’s Mr. Jacob Malec.

Mr. Malec was presented the award on Friday, Nov. 20. Mr. Malec teaches music and band and he is also the director of the General McLane High School Marching Band.

The Lancer Leader program allows anyone to nominate a teacher, administrator or staff member as a way to say thank you for making a true difference in their family or child’s life.

The nomination for Mr. Malec read:

“Mr. Malec has worked tirelessly with the band this year. With regulations and district guidelines changing frequently, he still managed to host band camp and several band performances. He gives the students a safe environment to learn, and he pours his whole heart into their education.”

Thank you for your service to this District and our families, Mr. Malec!

McKean Second Grade Completes Virtual Dance Residency Program with Performance

Sun, 2020-11-22 09:15

The first virtual dance residency program with Erie Arts & Culture was a success at McKean Elementary.

Nearly 90 second graders received virtual dance lessons twice weekly with artist Jennifer Dennehy as part of their physical education requirements.

Their lessons culminated this week with a virtual dance performance. They learned the maim main Israeli folk dance, along with the Mexican hat dance and many hula hoop tricks.

The program was cross-curricular and tied in concepts of self-esteem, anti- bullying, acceptance, and the importance of culture and diversity, and of course self-expression through dance. The students also made their own hula hoops.

Ms. Dennehy recorded the final performances on Zoom on Friday. View them here:

AM Group:

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PM Group:

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You can also see the YouTube compilation videos of all the students individual submitted work: 


AM Grouphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GaOk1USydM

PM Group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47hShr9JrXU

Parker Middle School students learn on Presque Isle

Fri, 2020-11-06 14:57

Parker Middle School students took advantage of the warm weather and utilized Erie County’s Presque Isle for a science lesson on Friday.

Students from Mr. Lucas and Mrs. Tuttle’s classrooms visited Presque Isle to have a science lesson, as well as do a beach clean up.  

The students also stopped at the Presque Isle Light House to learn about when and why it was built.  The students enjoyed the activities today in the warm weather!

Lancer Leader: Mr. Lucas

Fri, 2020-11-06 09:49
Mr. Zach Lucas was awarded the Lancer Leader Award on Friday, Nov. 6.

We are expanding our Lancer Leader Award! We’ve received so many thoughtful and meaningful nominations, we’ll be giving out anywhere from two to four awards each week.

This week’s Lancer Leader Award was General McLane High School’s Mr. Zach Lucas.

Mr. Lucas was presented the award on Friday, Nov. 6.

The Lancer Leader program allows anyone to nominate a teacher, administrator or staff member as a way to say thank you for making a true difference in their family or child’s life.

The two nominations submitted for Mr. Lucas read:

“He is an amazing addition to General Mclane. Grateful for the amount of time he puts in! Thank you!”

“When we decided to move from OH to PA for my husband’s new job this past summer, we knew our biggest challenge would be transitioning our three children. They loved their school and friends in OH. We knew it would be especially hard for our oldest, who has special needs.

As anticipated, our younger two sons transitioned much more easily, saying immediately this school is “awesome” and expressing often how they love going to school each day. Our oldest was not complaining about going to his new school by any means. He has enjoyed going to school his entire life. He thrives on a routine as that is how his brain works since he has autism. But at least once a week during the summer and about a month into school he was still having emotional breakdowns where he would cry significantly for long periods of time about missing our old house, even telling us he wanted to move back.

This was heartbreaking as parents, who were the ones who decided it was in our best interest to relocate for a job. My oldest student’s emotional breakdowns lasted about a month into the school year but we noticed they were lessening. They lessened and lessened and then, just like that, we noticed they have disappeared. At this point, when my oldest mentions that he misses our old house, he is able to do it without crying.

I know with certainty that this is because of the wonderful experience he is having at school. He has realized the change is okay and he is going to be okay in his new environment. Mr. Lucas and his staff have been an instrumental part of this change in comfort level.

Their actions have given my oldest the confidence he needed to know this too will be a great place for him. My oldest cannot express that he loves school or give us much detail due to his limited communication skills. But given his improved emotional state, we know he is happy and that this is because he has been so kindly welcomed into his new classroom. We recently had a meeting with Mr. Lucas and were so impressed with his professionalism while still being incredibly personable. He has kept open communication about both struggles and triumphs thus far. He has made us feel 100% better and more at ease about changing all of my son’s surroundings. We are grateful for Mr. Lucas and his team!”

Thank you for your service to this District and our families, Mr. Lucas!

Lancer Leader: Ms. Bremner

Fri, 2020-11-06 09:32
Ms. Diane Bremner was awarded the Lancer Leader Award on Nov. 6, 2020.

We are expanding our Lancer Leader Award! We’ve received so many thoughtful and meaningful nominations, we’ll be giving out anywhere from two to four awards each week.

This week’s Lancer Leader Award was General McLane High School’s Ms. Diane Bremner.

Ms. Bremner was presented the award on Friday, Nov. 6.

The Lancer Leader program allows anyone to nominate a teacher, administrator or staff member as a way to say thank you for making a true difference in their family or child’s life.

The nomination for Ms. Bremner, which was from an anonymous student, read:

“Mrs. Bremner is always very understanding and her class feels like a safe place for me. She never looks down upon students and ensures everyone understands the content provided.”

Thank you for your service to this District and our families, Ms. Bremner!

Lancer Leader: Mrs. Rupert

Wed, 2020-11-04 15:10
Mrs. Anna Rupert was awarded the Lancer Leader Award on Nov. 4.

We are expanding our Lancer Leader Award! We’ve received so many thoughtful and meaningful nominations, we’ll be giving out anywhere from two to four awards each week.

This week’s Lancer Leader Award was McKean Elementary School’s Mrs. Anna Rupert.

Mrs. Zafiropoulos was presented the award on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The Lancer Leader program allows anyone to nominate a teacher, administrator or staff member as a way to say thank you for making a true difference in their family or child’s life.

The nomination for Mrs. Rupert read:

“All too often elementary teachers are overlooked when recognizing impactful teachers. Mrs. Rupert was the first Lancer Leader our children had contact with. At that time, she wasn’t even married yet. Mrs. Rupert taught them the foundations on which all of their academic successes have been built. She also realizes and embraces the social and emotional nurturing which 5-year-olds need to grow into leaders themselves. We owe a debt of gratitude to Mrs. Rupert. She deserves to be appreciated and celebrated.”

Thank you for your service to this District and our families, Mrs. Rupert!

McKean Elementary students participate in virtual pumpkin run, recess laps

Wed, 2020-11-04 13:51
Caleb and Zachary Stafford compete in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run.

Though all of their physical education is virtual, McKean Elementary students still were able to compete in the annual pumpkin run and run recess laps — virtually.

More than 50 students participated in the virtual Pumpkin Run and more than 70 in virtual recess laps.

The Pumpkin Run course was much more challenging this year with 3 added obstacles… and rainy wet weather, said Lisa Roberts, McKean Elementary physical education and health teacher.

For recess laps, McKean students recorded 10 minutes of walking or running per day using a smartphone or stop watch and at the end of each week, sent Mrs. Roberts their totals. McKean students and families accumulated a total of over 25,000 extra minutes of walking or running over 5 weeks and earned a cool t-shirt!

Congratulations to all for their hard work! See more photos and videos of the run below.

Mrs. Roberts delivered the coveted pumpkin run t-shirt to the winners listed below:

1st grade:
Boys:
1st-Andrew Zameroski 4:28
2nd-Aiden Gray 4:44
3rd – Chase Baldwin 5:04
4th-Karson Jablonski 5:28
5th-Maddox Britton 6:07

Girls:
1st-Avery Zimmerman 5:33
2nd-Quinn Stucke 5:50
3rd-Harper Wheeler 6:38

2nd grade:
Boys:
1st-Ashton Kilburn 4:03
2nd-Ridgley Suroviec 4:33
3rd-Caden Rock 4:37
4th-Zach Stafford 4:48

Girls:
1st-Carolyn Gray 4:48
2nd-Brylie Brumagin 4:58
3rd-Audra Miller 5:45
4th-Mia Jack 5:57

3rd grade:
Boys:
1st-Caleb Stafford 4:01
2nd-Aiden Jack 6:27
3rd-Carson Krawczyk 9:42

Girls:
1st-Abby Lawson 4:27
2nd-Allison Conover 6:16
3rd-Elizabeth Zablotny 9:42

4th grade:
Boys:
1st-Ryan Gray 3:58
2nd-Alex Cooney 4:42
3rd-Kayden Walker-Beatty 5:08

Girls:
1st-Kara Zameroski-3:43- fastest school time!!
2nd-Taylor Brumagin 4:18
3rd-Emilia Arrigo n/a

Additionally, six very brave fourth graders took the PACER test challenge against Mrs. Roberts, where she challenged them to beat her 52 recess laps. The students had to set a course up (measure 20 meters) at home and follow the audio cues to the cardiovascular fitness test. As the test goes on, it gets harder. All students did more than 12 laps and were in the  healthy fitness zone! It is not easy and they all did great!

Logan Radtke recorded 80 laps and beat Mrs. Roberts!
Rylan Stivenson – practiced with his sister!
Colten McKelvey – 30 laps 
Haidyn Rilling-34 laps 
Mia Washburn-40 laps (with Sonny and Mom!!) 
Max Narpes -22 laps 

PUMPKIN RUN:

Karson Jablonski (3rd place, 1st grade)

Caden Rock (3rd place, 2nd grade)

Kara Zameroski (4th grade, 1st place) had the fastest school time overall for the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Andrew Zameroski (1st place, 1st grade) shares his time for the virtual 2020 Pumpkin Run. Caleb and Zachary Stafford compete in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Caleb and Zachary Stafford compete in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Mia Wadsworth competes in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Mia Wadsworth competes in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Carson and Ava Mando compete in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Emilia and Kylie Arrigo and their sister Mallory joined too to compete in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Emilia and Kylie Arrigo and their sister Mallory joined too to compete in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run. Emilia and Kylie Arrigo and their sister Mallory joined too to compete in the 2020 virtual Pumpkin Run.

RECESS LAPS:

Greyson Sayers, 4th grade at McKean Elementary, participates in recess laps and shows his time. Jack and Rose Jonas participate in walks that counted toward virtual recess laps.

Sadie Shaffer, 1st Grade, participates in recess laps. Sadie Shaffer, 1st Grade, participates in recess laps.

GMHS Life Skills Support celebrates Halloween COVID-style

Fri, 2020-10-30 14:09

The General McLane High School Life Skills Support classroom still celebrated Halloween but in a COVID-19-friendly way.

The class created spooky snacks, including “mac o’lanterns and cheese,” “Frank and the Bride” shakes, Mummy Dogs, and Jack-O-Lantern quesadillas. Then the class created an Escape room! See photos from the day:

GM Cyber students paint pumpkins with teacher virtually

Fri, 2020-10-30 12:13

Even though they couldn’t physically be together, Mrs. Roth painted pumpkins with her second grade GM Cyber students.

She conducted a drive-thru event on Wednesday for her GM Cyber students to collect treats and pumpkins while dressed in their Halloween costumes.

The class then did a virtual pumpkin painting together on Microsoft TEAMS and took photos of their finished pumpkin products.

Middle School students create ‘selfie pumpkins’

Fri, 2020-10-30 11:02

James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade students used pumpkins to explore personal narratives on Friday.

Ms. Stonis and Mrs. McCollum shared their students created “selfie” pumpkins that represented themselves in their personal narratives on Friday for some hands-on learning.

Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Chabola are also doing this project with the other fifth graders.

JWPMS to start offering homework help program

Fri, 2020-10-30 09:51

Parker Middle School will be offering its new Homework Help program every Tuesday and Wednesday beginning on November 3.

For morning students, the session will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. before school.

For afternoon students, the session will be held from 3:45-4:45 p.m. after school.

An activity bus will be available for both sessions. See this document for specific details about the activity bus and how to sign up for homework help.

Parents can sign up their children by going to this link to complete the permission form. https://tinyurl.com/ParkerHWHelp

Once the form is completed, your child may begin attending.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our MTSS Coordinator, Dr. Brown, at lisabrown@generalmclane.org or contact the office.

Lancer Leader: Mrs. Zafiropoulos

Wed, 2020-10-28 12:08

The first winner of the Lancer Leader Award was James W. Parker Middle School’s Mrs. Betsy Zafiropoulos.

Mrs. Zafiropoulos was presented the award on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The Lancer Leader program allows anyone to nominate a teacher, administrator or staff member as a way to say thank you for making a true difference in their family or child’s life.

The nomination for Mrs. Zafiropoulos read:

“My daughter entered fifth grade with a lack of confidence in her mathematical abilities. Ms. Zafiropoulos made a huge difference in her life. Her calm, steady approach to instruction was extremely effective. Over the course of the year, I saw my child growth in both ability and confidence. Ms. Zafiropoulos made a personal connection with (my daughter) and went above and beyond to ensure that my daughter understood concepts. My husband and I will be forever grateful for her influence in our child’s life.”

Edinboro Elementary students use pumpkins for hands-on learning

Mon, 2020-10-26 12:51

Mrs. Rachel Pituch’s class at Edinboro Elementary celebrated Halloween week with hands-on learning using pumpkins.

The class has been studying the life cycle of a pumpkin, as well as the parts of a pumpkin for the past few weeks.

On Monday, the class brought of all of that learning together by cutting open the pumpkin, discussing the parts and then carving it.

Students used their senses while talking about the parts of the pumpkin and counted the number of seeds, as well.

McKean kindergarten class works together on shared art projects

Fri, 2020-10-23 09:09

Even though they physically cannot be together, Mrs. Kara Debevec’s a.m. and p.m. kindergarten groups work collaboratively on one project each month.

Mrs. Debevec, a kindergarten teacher at McKean Elementary School, shared the October project that her a.m. and p.m. kindergarteners have been working on all month – a pumpkin!

Each month, she is doing a shared art project where her a.m. and p.m. students can work together on one big project.

A.m. class:

P.m. class:

McKean and Edinboro Elementary offer free smart thermometers through grant

Wed, 2020-10-21 14:55
McKean Elementary School Nurse Stacy Chiles shows off the first shipment of thermometers sent to McKean Elementary that went home on Oct. 20.

McKean Elementary and Edinboro Elementary are offering free smart thermometers to students and families.

The schools were awarded a grant that offers a free smart thermometer ($29.99 value) to any elementary school family that signs up and downloads the free Kinsa app.

Kinsa’s mission is to help stop the spread of contagious illness through earlier detection and earlier response.  They have been running this program for a few years. Previously, their emphasis was on seasonal influenza, but this year they’re focusing on preventing COVID-19.

In the Kinsa app, parents and families can record what symptoms their child is having as well as set reminders, keep track of timing of medication, see what other types of symptoms children in their child’s grade are experiencing and get updates from your School Nurse. 

All information is anonymous.

Elementary families can still sign up for the free smart thermometer by texting FLUENCYSCHOOL to 900900. 

Parents and families must act quickly before supplies run out. McKean Elementary currently has 77 students signed up and Edinboro Elementary has 97 students signed up.

GMSD recognizes Red Ribbon Week

Wed, 2020-10-21 14:42
This is a file photo from 2012.

Students at McKean Elementary School and James W. Parker Middle School will recognize Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week brings awareness to the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and vaping. McKean Elementary is recognizing Red Ribbon week this week, Oct. 19 to 23. Parker Middle School will recognize Red Ribbon Week the week of Oct. 26 to 30.

McKean Elementary (Oct. 19-23)

At McKean Elementary, each day the students are learning about themes. The students in first through fourth grade will have three to four weeks of lessons in health on those subjects starting Oct. 26.

The daily themes include:
Monday: Wear WHITE ! We are whiting out unhealthy behaviors
Tuesday: Wear BLUE ! A reminder to be true blue and honest (if there is a problem-talk about it-never turn to drugs or alcohol).
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday – wear MISMATCHED clothes (a reminder we can have fun without drugs or alcohol)
Thursday: HATS OFF to good health- wear your favorite HAT
Friday : TEAM day- wear your favorite TEAM clothing – At McKean  we are teaming up up to stay healthy

All information was posted in SeeSaw.

Parker Middle School (Oct. 26-30)

Students will sign drug-free pledges in class and ribbons. Teachers will collect them and then they will be hung in the front showcase of the Middle School.

Monday: Wear PJs! Follow your dreams and don’t do drugs
Tuesday: Wear GM apparel/Red to represent that our school is drug-free! Wear RED to say yes to being happy, brave and drug-free!
Wednesday: Wear your favorite TEAM apparel! Let’s team up against drugs!
Thursday: Wear crazy socks! Stand up to drugs!
Friday: Wear your Halloween costume or apparel! Scare away drugs! (please see these guidelines)

GMHS creates after-school academic program

Mon, 2020-10-19 10:31

The new hybrid model of learning at General McLane School District has been an adjustment for many students.

General McLane High School has created an after-school program designed to provide tutoring and additional help to students called GM Access.

GM Access will run Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:45 p.m. through 5 p.m. in an effort to help those students seeking additional help or who are struggling academically this school year. An activity bus run is set up to get kids to either Edinboro or McKean elementary schools if they do not drive or have a ride to stay.

Students may be recommended for the program by a teacher, parent or guidance counselor or students may voluntarily attend the program.

Students may use this time as quiet, structured study or to receive academic assistance.  

Each day, the program will be staffed by two GM faculty members, a Refocus Room staff member, a guidance counselor, and eventually Education Academy students to provide an additional tutoring component depending upon the subject.  

Edinboro Elementary third graders ‘pick’ pumpkins

Fri, 2020-10-16 10:28

Edinboro Elementary third grade classes got their own pumpkin patch  outside of the building Friday morning.

Vanco Family Farms, 12210 Silverthorn Rd., Edinboro, delivered around 80 pumpkins for the third grade classes to “pick” pumpkins on the front lawn of the elementary school Friday morning.

After each student picked his or her pumpkin, the classes performed activities including measuring the pumpkin’s circumference, weighing the pumpkin, counting its stripes and more.

Once again, since many of our students couldn’t go to local pumpkin patches due to COVID-19 restrictions, Edinboro Elementary teachers brought the pumpkin patch to them!

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