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Introducing McKean’s Miss Inks!

Thu, 2017-08-24 14:36

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Jessica Inks will be a second grade teacher at McKean Elementary School. Inks worked part-time at Little Acorn’s Learning Center since 2014 and served as a long-term substitute for Northwestern. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University with dual-certification in Early Childhood and Special Education, as well as a STEM Endorsement. She was selected to present at the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Conference and was selected to be a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success Honors Fraternity. Inks has also been involved with Erie Youth Soccer Association.

“This school year, I am looking forward to getting to know the students and their families at General McLane, more specifically at McKean Elementary,” said Miss Inks.  “I know this year is going to be full of many firsts for me and my students!”

Outside of school, Inks enjoys reading, camping and spending time with my family and my dog. She also enjoys crafting — she has a Cricut machine that she uses for all sorts of creations.

Miss Inks will soon be Mrs. McIntire! She is getting married on September 2 and is excited for the big day.

General McLane welcomes Miss Inks to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Miss Jahn

Introducing McKean’s Mrs. Iaquinta!

Thu, 2017-08-24 12:34

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mrs. Ami Iaquinta will be an Autistic Support teacher at McKean Elementary School. Iaquinta has worked with students with special needs at Central Tech for 13 years. Iaquinta is very involved with the Special Olympics program and is a Handle with Care instructor. Prior to working for Erie’s Public Schools, Iaquinta worked with the Sara Reed Center. She graduated with her Bachelor’s from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s in Special Education from Edinboro University.

Mrs. Iaquinta is the mother of two McKean Elementary students.  She and her family are a very active and love the outdoors. They enjoy spending time swimming, hiking and camping. “I am very excited to be apart of such a wonderful program,” Iaquinta said. “I have had such a positive experience as a mother of McKean students.  I just can not wait to give back to other families as the teachers have given back to my own children.”

General McLane welcomes Mrs. Iaquinta to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Miss Inks

Introducing McKean’s Miss Geraci!

Thu, 2017-08-24 08:34

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Brenda Geraci will be a first grade teacher at McKean Elementary School. Geraci was with McKean Elementary School last year serving as an AmeriCorps member and previously worked at the Growing and Learning Center. Geraci graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edinboro University with dual-certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. While at Edinboro, Geraci was the president of BOROeyc, an affiliate of the national Association for Education of Young Children.

Originally from Cleveland, Geraci has lived here for about five years and is happy to call Edinboro her home now.

“I am looking forward to watching a group of students grow and achieve great things throughout the school year, as well as growing as an educator myself,” Geraci said. “I am so happy to be apart of the General McLane School District!”

In addition to starting her career at McKean Elementary School, Miss Geraci is also planning a wedding! The new teacher will be getting married in the summer of July 2018.

General McLane welcomes Miss Geraci to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Mrs. Iaquinta!

Introducing Ms. Enstrom!

Wed, 2017-08-23 15:39

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Ms. Ashley Enstrom will be a seventh grade math teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She previously worked as a mathematics teacher for Erie Public Schools for six years, working at both Strong Vincent and Collegiate Academy. While with Erie, Enstrom was a member of the Math Committee and rewrote the Algebra 1 curriculum to state standards. Enstrom graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Edinboro University and earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. 

“I am really looking forward to working with the staff at JWPMS!  They all are so helpful and friendly, which will make for an awesome school year,” Enstrom said. ” I am also very excited to meet my students in class and get to know them!”

Ms. Enstrom enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s hiking, kayaking or even camping!

General McLane welcomes Ms. Enstrom to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Ms. Geraci!

Introducing Ms. Adams!

Wed, 2017-08-23 12:38

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers to the District this year.
Throughout the week, we will be introducing each of them!

Ms. Haley Adams will be an Autistic Support teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. Adams recently graduated from Mercyhurst University with dual-certification in both Special Education and Early Childhood. She worked extensively with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Canisius Institute for Autism Research, as well as throughout her student teaching. Adams also worked with at-risk students in the city of Erie through an after-school tutoring program and served as a mentor for inner city students. Adams played volleyball at Mercyhurst University and earned numerous PSAC honors. She also studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and France.

“I am looking forward to getting to know my new students and bringing new ideas and experiences into my classroom,” adams said.  “I have a lot of things planned that I am really excited about!”

General McLane welcomes Ms. Adams to the District!

Up Next: JWPMS’ Ms. Enstrom!

GM Hosts Driver Back-to-School Kick-Off Meeting

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:08

General McLane drivers had their back-to-school kick-off meeting today. Led by Transportation Director Nancy Ekstrom, drivers reviewed bus safety and procedures and received their routes to start the 2017-2018 School Year.

The District currently has 52 drivers, 34 of whom are full-time drivers.

“The country is experiencing a shortage of qualified school bus drivers — in many areas the shortage is severe,” Ekstrom said. ” We are not experiencing that problem here at GM thanks to the foresight of the school board, superintendent and business manager. We have experienced, loyal, drivers who are committed to the safety of our kids.”

Bus information will be mailed to parents and students on August 18.

Retirees have 180+ combined years in District

Sat, 2017-07-29 11:47

General McLane’s “Class of 2017” retirees have 182.6 years of combined experience serving our community’s youth.

Retiring at the end of this school year were:

• Martha Benoit
• Miriam Dilmore
• Robert Ellwood
• Michael Kozuchowsky
• Stephen Macfarlane
• Donald McGahen
• Mary Weismiller

About the retirees:

Martha Benoit has served a 35-year teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She taught fifth grade math and science for 28 years before transferring into a sixth grade position with an emphasis on social studies. Before being hired full-time in 1983, Mrs. Benoit served as a long-term substitute teacher within the District.

Miriam Dilmore finished her 28-year career as a second grade elementary teacher at Edinboro Elementary School. Mrs. Dilmore was first hired as a fourth-grade teacher at McKean Elementary School and then taught third grade at both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools. Prior to coming to General McLane School District, Mrs. Dilmore worked as a teacher in New Hampshire, where she was one of the nominees for the 1992 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

Robert Ellwood has served as on of the first faces our students see each day, working eight years in the District as a bus driver. Prior to coming to General McLane, Mr. Ellwood performed a variety of maintenance and carpentry work for the Department of Corrections, Edinboro University and V.A. Hospital.

Michael Kozuchowsky spent his entire career teaching Technology Education at General McLane High School. He came here 37 years ago and quickly served our students as the high school Photography Club advisor. Mr. Kozuchowsky also served the District as a temporary painter and maintenance worker and taught courses for the Area Vocational Technical School Adult Program for a number of years.

Stephen Macfarlane has served as a James W. Parker Middle School teacher within the District for 25 years. He taught seventh and sixth grade science, as well as sixth grade history when he was initially hired in 1992. He became a full-time sixth grade teacher, with an emphasis on science, in 2005. Through his teaching, he brought in a Biotechnological initiative to our students, exposing them opportunities to learn DNA fingerprinting, DNA extraction and electrophoresis technologies.

Donald McGahen has served as a longtime custodian for our district, working here nearly 40 years. As a custodian at James W. Parker Middle School since 1980, McGahen has been a vital part of the Parker family – from dying his hair purple for Relay for Life to volunteering his time in the Gillette Memorial Garden, which was created in 1998 in memory of John Gillette.

Mary Weismiller started working in the District 16 years ago. She began in the High School cafeteria and then worked as a clerical aide, office secretary and most recently, an Administrative Assistant at James W. Parker Middle School. Her work as Administrative Assistant in recent years has been a key to the successful day-to-day operation of the middle school.

Thank you to all of this year’s retirees and congratulations on your retirements!

Donate to the GM Foundation on Erie Gives Day

Tue, 2017-07-18 14:25


The General McLane Foundation will once again be participating in Erie Gives Day.

During the sixth annual Erie Gives Day on August 8 only, the Erie Community Foundation will match a percentage of donations received online. When individuals donate $25 or more to the General McLane Foundation at, a prorated match will be added to the donation.

The online only event runs from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

More than 7,000 donors gave a total of $3,451,087 to a variety of charities last year. The General McLane Foundation specifically raised its largest donation on Erie Gives Day 2016 with $3,603.81, pushing its total raised on Erie Gives Day to over $11,000.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major fundraising events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

For more information on Erie Gives Day, please visit To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit

Edinboro and McKean Elementary schools participate in Supply Drive

Mon, 2017-07-17 12:21

Both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools will be participating in United Way’s Kickoff for Student Success Countywide School Supply Drive.

On August 15, companies and individuals are invited to drop off new school supplies to Edinboro Elementary School and/or McKean Elementary School to ensure elementary students enter this school year ready to learn! Each school will keep whatever is collected at the drop off location and be able to use them at their discretion.

Top needed school supplies include: baby wipes, binders, book bags, calculators, clorox wipes, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, Expo markers, 2-pocket folders, glue sticks, highlighters, markers, paper, pencil cases, pencils, rulers, sanitizer, scissors, tissues, and ziploc bags.

Supplies can be dropped off at each of the schools between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This is part of United Way of Erie County’s county-wide initiative to help children whose families can’t afford school supplies. The initiative complements last year’s Summer Slide Book Drive, which collects and provides books to keep kids reading and learning when schools aren’t in session.

If you don’t have the opportunity to buy and donate school supplies, you can sponsor one or more Erie County students with a $20 per child donation. United Way of Erie County will purchase the backpack and appropriate supplies for you. Please indicate which elementary school student you would like to sponsor in the note section.

Whitford appointed as Associate Principal

Mon, 2017-06-19 13:20

General McLane School District has selected Justin Whitford to serve as Associate Principal at James W. Parker Middle School, effective July 1.

“I am ecstatic to join the General McLane family and community as the new Associate Principal of Parker Middle School,” Whitford said.

A Lake City native, Whitford served two years as an elementary principal in Braxton County School District in West Virginia. He taught high school social studies for four years and served as the Department Chairperson, while also serving on a variety of professional committees with the West Virginia Department of Education, including the Commission for Professional Teaching Standards and Professional Practices Panel.

Whitford, who received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Principal Certification from Edinboro University, plans to reside in the Edinboro area with his wife, Mary Beth.

The vacancy comes after John Hansen was appointed as superintendent of Northwestern School District, effective July 1. Formerly Associate Principal at James W. Parker Middle School, Jason Buto was appointed to JWPMS Principal. Buto will also remain serving as the District Curriculum Director.

4th graders perform tale tale classics

Tue, 2017-06-06 16:20

Edinboro Elementary fourth graders performed their end-of-the-year plays yesterday, reenacting a variety of classic tall tales.

Students worked collaboratively to share their stories of tall tale heroes, including: John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Febold Feboldson, Stormalong, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Annie Christmas and Paul Bunyan.

For more photos, visit our Featured Photos Page.

Erie WWII vet speaks to HS students

Tue, 2017-06-06 13:18

General McLane High School students had the opportunity to hear about WWII, its battles and its strategies outside of the facts and numbers that they read in textbooks. An Erie WWII veteran spoke with General McLane High School students yesterday in the auditorium.

Pvt. Joseph Morettini was part of the 82nd Airborne and fought in Normandy, Battle of Ardenne Forest, Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Central Europe. He was shot twice during his two-year campaign. Morettini, who is 92 years old and is one of two surviving members left from the 507th, was recently honored during the 100th anniversary commemoration of U.S. 82nd Airborne.

High school students in Mr. Stauffer’s U.S. History II class, as well as Mr. Vath, Mr. Treusch, Mr. Woodward, Mr. Wible, and Mr. Hager classes attended the event. The event was coordinated through Mr. John Malone and Mr. Stauffer.

Seniors walk to celebrate achievements

Mon, 2017-06-05 18:56

On Friday, the General McLane High School Class of 2017 took part in the second annual Senior Walk in both Elementary schools, James W. Parker Middle School and the high school.

Students, teachers and staff cheered on the seniors for their hard work as they paraded through the halls. The seniors also joined McKean fourth graders during their fourth grade celebration!

This event took place on the seniors last day and was intended to created a culminating connection between students at all levels of the district.

Almost 400 attend Lancer Legacy Banquet

Tue, 2017-05-30 14:45

Almost 400 guests attended the 9th Annual Lancer Legacy Banquet last week.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Emily McCracken Shears (‘97). Shears is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Prevention, Quality Improvement and Regulatory & Accreditation services departments at UPMC Hamot in Erie. She earned her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Before UPMC, Shears worked for the Department of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health in the division of Acute Disease Investigation and Control. She is also a volunteer for ServeErie.

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District was presented to Dan Berlin, and the Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane Athletics was presented to Jay Macho.

Berlin taught at General McLane School District from 1969 until 2003. He taught high school math and served as an advisor to Student Council and math team Competitions. He also established and advised the National Honor Society. Berlin is involved with his church, serving as a deacon, church/youth group leader and member of the church choir. He is the president of Pro Rege Christian School Board and is an elected auditor of Rockdale Township. He and his wife Kathryn reside in Cambridge Springs and have 12 grandchildren.

Macho was employed as a middle school Language Arts teacher within the General McLane School District from 1974 through 2011. He coached middle school football, basketball and cross country. He also coached high school football and track and field. During Macho’s first year as head track and field coach, Macho led the girls track team to the PIAA State Championship, which was the school’s first state championship. Macho currently volunteers with the Erie Philharmonic and officiates track meets at Olmsted Falls HS.  He and his wife Diana reside in Edinboro.

Following the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Lancer Legacy Awards, the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for students took place. More than 350 high school students were recognized for achieving Honor Roll at least three terms during the 2016-2017 School Year. Students who received an Academic Letter were also recognized.

The General McLane High School Academic Letter Program is designed to award excellence in academic performance by its students. Implemented in the 1990s and proposed by students, students may accumulate points on a yearly basis for Principal’s Honor Roll,  Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Academic Challenge Team, School Sponsored Competitions and Non-Athletic Activities. To earn this award, freshmen must accumulate 8.0 points and all other students 10.5 points during the defined year.

GMHS hosts Military Recognition Ceremony

Tue, 2017-05-30 14:28

General McLane High School hosted its first-ever Military Recognition Ceremony to honor the seniors of the Class of 2017 who have committed to serve our country.

Students included: Hunter Beddick (Air Force), Brody Wise (Army), Chloe Casbohm (Navy), Derek Hecker (Navy), Marisa Sammons (Navy) and Daniel Teed (Army ROTC).

The event took place in the auditorium, followed by a light reception in the library. Senator Michele Brooks was in attendance, as well as a representative from both Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro and Senator Dan Laughlin’s offices.

Thank you to those who have made an honorable commitment to serve our country!


6th graders create Alpine Slide

Fri, 2017-05-26 11:55

A few weeks ago, James W. Parker Middle School students were building boats for their own Sailboat Regatta. Now, students continue STEM learning and practicing the engineering design process in another hands-on, math-enriched activity.

Sixth Graders in Mr. Triola’s class applied their math skills to the engineering design process to build Alpine Slides and Alpine Slide Carts for racing. The process began with each student building to specification, one section of the overall slide and then joining sections to form four tracks of 25 feet each. Over 100 feet of track was built and tested by the students!

After the track was built, students then designed and developed carts. With the help of Mr. Roboto, the students gathered scaled body measurements for riders so they could accurately design a cart to fit the average person and then tested the cart for effectiveness in both design and safety.

Once each student gathered and reviewed both the personal and group race data, they modified and improved their cart designs in hopes of winning the Alpine Slide.

The plan is to get the carts and slides outside next week for racing!

Unified Track and Field Send-Off

Fri, 2017-05-26 11:07

General McLane High School had a send-off for the Unified Track and Field team yesterday. The team competes in the PIAA Meet in Shippensburg tomorrow!

Good luck to our team and everyone else competing in the State Meet!

EE second graders perform Ibis: A True Whale Story

Fri, 2017-05-26 10:20

Edinboro Elementary second graders in Mrs. Dilmore’s class performed Ibis: A True Whale Story to parents and students this week. Their puppet show told John Himmelman’s exciting account of the first successful rescue of a net-entangled whale. Students also performed some dances and skits as part of their end-of-the-year program.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

MS teacher’s sculpture to display in Michigan

Thu, 2017-05-25 10:57

James W. Parker Middle School art teacher Christina Martin will have her art featured in an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Michigan.

Her sculpture, “Micro”, will be on display at the fourth annual sculpture exhibition at  John D. Wittersheim Sculpture Park in Adrian, Michigan from August 14, 2017 through August 4, 2018.  The purpose of this sculpture park is to honor the craftsmanship, ideas, tools and lessons of John D. Wittersheim. The exhibit utilizes the green spaces radiating out from Studio Angelico and provides places of inspiration and reflection. 

Martin’s sculpture is steel and is approximiately 11 feet tall. Thanks to the moire pattern, which is created by the perforated sheet steel, as the sunlight and moonlight change throughout the day so does the piece.

Martin graduated from Ohio State with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture and her Art Education certification from Edinboro University.  While at Ohio State, Martin worked mostly in metal. Now, she works with metal, ceramics, and mixed media pieces.