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GMHS Christmas Store returns for those in need

Thu, 2018-12-20 09:00

General McLane prides itself on helping and supporting those in its community — and that’s exactly what the annual Christmas Store continues to do.

The annual Christmas Store for students in need at General McLane High School re-opened this week.

High school nurse Laurie Swanson started the store more than 17 years ago in an effort to help students in need provide gifts to their family during the holidays. Generous community members and district employees donate brand-new items that fill the nurse’s office, and students are then able to pick out gifts for those on their lists.

Students, identified through administrators and staff, are able to come in throughout the day and select items for family and friends.

HS students send cards to terminally ill PA teen

Wed, 2018-12-19 12:36

In December, General McLane High School’s Caring Club organized a school-wide Holiday Card mailing for Maddox Hyde, an 8th grade student from DuBois Area Middle School who is terminally ill.

Hyde has been receiving treatment for neuroblastoma at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. He’s been battling it for eight years and was told he only has a few weeks to live.

The Caring Club collected approximately 300 holiday cards to send to Maddox.

The Caring Club is a student organization that holds activities throughout the year to promote a positive atmosphere at General McLane. The main event that they participate in is National Child Grief Awareness Day in November.

JWPMS’ Super Delicious Strawberry Pineapple Cake wins national contest

Wed, 2018-12-19 12:10

James W. Parker Middle School students can now add “Recipe Creator” to their resumes.

Their Super Delicious Strawberry Pineapple Cake recipe recently took home the grand prize in Dole’s “Get Cooking With Fruit Student Recipe Contest“.

Students in Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills Support Class used this opportunity for a cross-curricular activity that included math, reading, community-based instruction, technology and science.  Students researched Dole products, viewed their available products at a grocery store, brainstormed ideas on incorporating Dole products into a recipe, calculated costs of needed ingredients and supplies, invented a recipe, revised the recipe and then wrote, typed and emailed the final recipe.

“Needless to say, we baked a strawberry/pineapple cake multiple times and worked on gathering feedback to modify the recipe. I am beyond excited and so are my students,” Tuttle said.

This contest was open to all students within the U.S., and recipes were judged on creativity, visual appeal, incorporation of fruit and originality. The recipe they entered was featured in James W. Parker Middle School’s cafeteria for their Thanksgiving holiday meal dessert. Food Service Director Nicole Keller submitted the recipe.

“Since the life skills class often participates as a group, we decided to not only use this contest as a teaching tool for kitchen and culinary skills, but also as an activity that promoted teamwork and creative thinking,” Keller said. “I was lucky enough to be a taste tester for all five recipes they came up with including their final entry, which was a culmination of a lot of effort and pride.”

Students won one of the three National Grand Prizes and will be receiving individual achievement certificates, a school plaque, a $3,000 Learning Garden, and ten cases of Dole Fruit Cups for their cafeteria. The Learning Garden provides schools with raised garden beds, soil, seeds, cart & tools, and interpretive signs so students can start their own 80 square foot raised garden.

Congratulations to our students!

Escape Classroom returns to JWPMS

Tue, 2018-12-18 12:08

James W. Parker Middle School students worked together to “Escape the Classroom.” Mimicking the exciting new form of live action entertainment, students work together to earn their way out of a locked room.

Sixth grade teacher science teacher Todd Sturgess created the escape classroom to engage more students to their science curriculum. Using science clues, students must find the combination of a locked toolbox. Once inside the box, they find two things: a roadblock that they can use to slow down other groups and another series of challenges to unlock a second padlock.

Once that second padlock, is opened it’s a race to find the combination of the key chest that will allow the students to find the “master” key to the classroom (symbolic only).

Forming 3D CELLS

Tue, 2018-12-18 12:08

James W. Parker Middle School students in Mr. Sturgess’ class create 3D representations of cells.

Students select items to represent various cell structures and justify their selections.  This lesson gives students an understanding of systems, including the analysis of parts, subsystems and interactions.

2018 VFW Essay Contest Winners

Mon, 2018-12-17 09:21

Various General McLane students were selected to advance in the VFW Essay Contests.

Junior Allison Walsh was this year’s Voice of Democracy Essay Contest winner. This contest was for students in grades 9-12. Walsh will receive a $600 award and advance to the District 28 Competition. The 2018-19 theme was “Why My Vote Matters.”

The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.


James W. Middle School students Avery Young, Henry Salvo, Erin Mennow, Mallory Grucza, Abigail Walker, Lyra Prost, Abigail Hammer, Sydney Ferraro, Isabella Hinkle and Shannon Rohrer were the winners of the 2018 VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Each was awarded with a monetary prize of $400, along with a chance for their essay to move on to the District 28 Competition. The 2018-19 theme was “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

The Patriot’s Pen Essay contest is for students in grades 6-8, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Students’ entries were submitted and selected by the VFW Post 740, who also recently hosted a complimentary banquet for selected students and their teachers.

Congratulations & good luck to all of our winners at the District 28 Competition!

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-12-17 09:10

 

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Sean Dexter (6th)
Kylie Mischler (5th)
Aidan Bruce (5th)
Rileigh Green (6th)
Anna Swanson (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 about the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-12-10 09:33

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Serenity Joseph Ramey Plouse Jesse Frost Cameron Wright Abe Schreiber 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 about the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

General McLane Students Star in Playhouse Production of “Matilda”

Fri, 2018-12-07 13:47

Two General McLane students are taking the stage for the Erie Playhouse production of “Matilda”.

McKean Elementary’s Avery Fiscus will be co-staring as one of two Matildas and James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker Irwin will be playing the role of Eric.

Based on the classic story by Roald Dahl, “Matilda” has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out crowds world wide. A delightful, magical show, packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable characters, “Matilda” is magic, and not just for kids!

Due to the large number of shows (16) many of the roles in “Matilda” have been double cast. In order to see which days Avery Fiscus will be staring as Matilda, head over to the Erie Playhouse’s website.  The show opened on December 6 and will go until January 6.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-12-07 10:57

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 James W. Parker Middle School Technology Education Teacher Mark Niezelski who has worked for the District for more than 35 years!

Outside of school, Mr. Niezelski does one thing, enjoy life!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I have the privilege of helping to mold the vast majority of our GM students.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

The vast majority of us are educated, caring professionals who place the needs of our students above our own… it takes a village.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

2006-2007 State Football Champs and State Basketball Champs.

Did you know ….

Mr. Niezelski is the third of seven siblings!

“Shear Madness” Raises $500

Fri, 2018-12-07 09:53

Last month Kellen Smith, who will be played Uncle Fester in GMHS’s production of The Addams Family, lost his locks for the local non-profit organization Linked by Pink in an event dubbed “Shear Madness”.

In total Shear Madness raised $500 for the local charity. Yesterday Kellen presented a check to members of Linked by Pink on behalf of the entire Addams Family cast!

Linked By Pink consists of Erie area survivors diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45. The organization provides emotional and financial support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer within a 45 mile radius of Erie, Pennsylvania.

You can find more about them at LinkedbyPink.org

Santa Shop at Edinboro Elementary

Thu, 2018-12-06 12:03

For the past four days, students at Edinboro Elementary have been learning what it’s like to be Santa Claus.

The Santa Shop has been open for business this week at Edinboro Elementary. At the shop, students can browse a selection of gifts available to purchase for their parents, family members or friends. Tis the season of giving!

Happy Holidays!

Students Attend Women in Business Day at Penn State Behrend

Tue, 2018-12-04 13:14

Yesterday a group of 22 students from GMHS attended Penn State Behrend’s Women in Business Day.

Students participated in professor-led mock business sessions on Marketing, Accounting and Project and Supply Chain Management and had a Q&A with current PSB Black School of Business students during a panel discussion.  They also learned about capitalizing on their strengths and talents in a presentation from Behrend’s Academic Career & Planning Center and about being civic minded individuals and social responsibility in a keynote address from Ann Scott, the Community Outreach Director at Erie Insurance.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Tue, 2018-12-04 11:26

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Jackson Kiser Jake Pardee Lianne Raymond Kaylee Himes Avanel Munger

 

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 about the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

Mock “HelloFresh”

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:34

Today Mrs. Glasl’s Family Living class at James W. Parker Middle school tried out their own version of the newest trend in cooking, HelloFresh.

HelloFresh is a meal-kit service that sends all the components you need to make a delicious and healthy meal directly to your doorstep. Meal kits like this have recently become very popular on social media.

Mrs. Glasl’s class decided to get in on the craze during a Family Living activity. Students arrived at class to discover pre packaged boxes complete with everything they would need. The recipe actually came right from the HelloFresh website!

Students spent time analyzing the recipe and divided the jobs between group members. The fresh feast they would be cooking up was Carolina BBQ Chicken, Stovetop Mac n’ Cheese, and Seasoned Green Beans.

Prior to this activity, students had been training with beginner cooking skills, including reading a recipe, measurement techniques, knife skills, recipe abbreviations and timing. This activity put all of those things together in a culminating experience.

After the activity, students will do  a cost comparison of the meal delivery kits vs. purchasing the same ingredients at the regular grocery store.

Check back later in the week for a video of the entire process!

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:12

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 Edinboro Elementary Literacy Coach Gretchen Cunningham, who has worked for the District for more than 7 years!

Outside of school, Mrs. Cunningham stays busy being a full time mom and driving a taxi.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

The children and seeing them grow as independent readers.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I enjoy being a part of the best school district in Erie County!

What is your favorite work-related memory?

My favorite work memories are seeing the kids on the first day of school and on the last day of school as we wave good-bye until the next year.

Did you know ….

Mrs. Cunningham loves making iMovies!

Middle School Newspaper

Thu, 2018-11-29 12:04

The beginning of any news story or article in the journalism world is known as the lead. It’s the part that grabs the readers attention and invests them in the piece. 16 students at James W. Parker Middle School are becoming familiar with Journalistic concepts like this and many more by being a part of the Middle School Newspaper team.

Comprised of 16 staff writers and several volunteers, the Middle School Newspaper is updated two times a month. Once at the beginning of the month and another at the midway point. The paper covers school events and sports, conducts interviews with students and staff, holds monthly contests and has extensive coverage of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Program (PBIS).

You can check out all the hard work of these young reporters on their website lancermessenger.generalmclane.org!

McKean Reflections Winners

Wed, 2018-11-28 14:59

McKean Elementary School students were recently recognized for their participation in the school’s Reflections Ceremony.

There were eleven students who participated in the National PTA’s Reflection program.  All eleven are advancing to the regional level.  The entries included 2D Art, 3D Art, Film, Literature, and Music.

Students that participated in the Reflections Contest include: Etta Spires, Annie Howard, Ely Cooney, Xander Smith, Madelyn Robertson, Parker Howard, Maxwell Narpes, Courtney Goodwill, Alex Cooney, Caden Roth and Mackenzie Robertson.

For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create and submit original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories.

First Ever Alumni Basketball Game

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:41

Last Saturday General McLane High School English Teacher, Brian Schulz organized the first ever GM Alumni Basketball Game

Former GM players are very proud of the program and wanted to get together with old teammates as well as support the current program. This inspired Mr. Schulz to put together this event.

The turnout for the inaugural event was fantastic. Over 40 Alumni participated, with the oldest class dating back to 1974! The teams were divided into even and odd years based upon the player’s year of graduation. Brian Schulz, Bob Stauffer, and Roy Stauffer coached the teams and Andy Schulz announced the game.

After the game, Alumni caught up and were treated to food provided by the General McLane Boys Basketball Boosters.

After such a great turnout, Mr. Schulz plans to make this an annual event!

4-H State Champion

Tue, 2018-11-27 13:12

GM students Faith Wheeler, Emma Cannata, Isabella Cannata and McKenna Laughery competed at the 59th annual PA State 4-H Horse Show on October 26-28, 2018 at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.

1561 entries from over 750 qualifiers were listed from the ten 4-H districts encompassing the 67 Pennsylvania counties. 4 out of the 5 GM students that qualified to compete at the state championships placed in the top 10 in their classes. 3 out of the 4 that placed, placed in the top 5 in their classes.

4th Grader at McKean Elementary, McKenna Laughery placed first and was crowned State Champion in Beginner Trail with her horse, Famous.

3rd Grader at Edinboro Elementary, Isabella Cannata placed 4th in Miniature Horse Driving and 7th in Miniature Horse In Hand Trail with her horse, Romandaros Sirs Painted Bear.

Senior at GMHS, Faith Wheeler placed 4th in Ranch Horse Pleasure and 5th in Working Western Horse or Pony with her horse, Ziggy.

Freshman at GMHS, Emma Cannata placed 8th in Intermediate Western Grooming and Showmanship with her horse, Good Satin.

Congratulations everyone!

 

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