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JWPMS has special Canadian-inspired lunch

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:02

In honor of the school’s cross-curricular research project, James W. Parker Middle School’s cafeteria hosted a special Canadian-themed menu today featuring Poutine, a Canadian dish originating from the province of Quebec.

James W. Parker Middle School’s 6th grade teachers have been partnering  up for a cross-curricular research project. Students are discovering Canadian regions through various classes, including social studies, language arts, library and music. From geographical songs to Canadian customs and traditions to learning its food and culture, students are learning all things related to Canada. Students will share what they learn in January.

This quarter-long project involves careful planning by the teachers to make this instructional approach successful and ensures students have a true understanding of the themes they are taught in Social Studies.

GMHS Christmas Store returns

Wed, 2017-12-13 14:15

General McLane prides itself on its caring community — and it’s not hard to see why.  The annual Christmas Store for students in need at General McLane High School re-opened on Monday.

High school nurse Laurie Swanson started the store more than 15 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.

The store started with just two tables. Now, Mrs. Swanson’s office is lined with brand-new items that include anything from clothing to children games to home decor and hobby items.

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

Luke Lofgren joins GMSD Board of Education

Fri, 2017-12-08 11:12

General McLane School District welcomed Luke Lofgren to the General McLane School District Board of Education this week.

Luke is a homebased associate for Acxiom Corporation, which is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. He’s been with Acxiom for 17 years and has served in release readiness, performance testing, and capacity/performance engineering analysis roles. Currently, he serves as an Expert Infrastructure Architect focused on monitoring for Acxiom’s Information Technology (IT) Automation group.

Luke holds 18 industry certifications and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from John Brown University. He has presented at technology conferences nine times and has been published in the International Computer Measurement Group conference proceedings and most recently presented at Zenoss GalaxZ16 & GalaxZ17 in Austin, Texas.

Luke and his wife Michele (GMHS class of ’94) have five children: Danielle, Alexander, Zachariah, Nathaniel and Bethany. According to Luke, his goal is to provide the best education possible for all students.

Lofgren represents Region 1 (McKean Borough and McKean Township) and replaces Dr. Peter Dobrzynski.  Dobrzynski served six years on the Board.

Lofgren joins Board members James Bucksbee, Carrie Crow (Board President), Amy Eisert (Board Vice President), Shari Gould, Linda King, Brad Pattulo, Andy Schulz and Timothy Wise.

JWPMS associate principal earns distinguished honor

Thu, 2017-12-07 15:09

James W. Parker Middle School Associate Principal Justin Whitford was recently honored with the Principal Leadership Academy (PLA) Distinguished Scholar Award.

Whitford is one of nine scholars named by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) based off his participation in Principals Leadership Academy held by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development and West Virginia Department of Education. Distinguished Scholars are school administrators who finished at the top of their class, submitted high-caliber research projects and illustrated exemplary participation during the Academy.

“I am very humbled to be one of the few to receive this incredible award,” Whitford said.

Whitford was appointed as the associate principal of James W. Parker Middle School this past July. Prior to coming to General McLane, he served two years as an elementary principal in Braxton County School District in West Virginia. As a new principal, Whitford joined about 150 new principals across the state in the Principal Leadership Academy. The Academy requires principals to complete a focus project based on a need within their school. Whitford’s project analyzed school wide assessment data, identified intervention strategies and developed well-functioning Professional Learning Communities. As a result, his school saw significant improvements in terms of instruction, achievement and culture.

PLA brings new principals together three times each year. Working in teams, the new school leaders attend sessions that focus on school management, finance, effective evaluation strategies and avenues to enhance student learning and achievement in addition to many others. The goal is to help them to build and sustain a foundation of strong professional practices. Each team is led by two veteran principals who serve as PLA team leaders, and mentor the new principals during the school year and beyond.

Congratulations to Mr. Whitford on this distinguished honor!

 

GMHS participates in Child Grief Awareness Day

Wed, 2017-12-06 11:18

Hundreds of General McLane students stood in unity on Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day to remember and support those who have lost a close family member.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day was created in 2008 by the Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families that offers a safe place for grieving children and families to come together. The Caring Place offers these services at no charge to grieving families from throughout the community to make sure these children receive the support they need.

Throughout the week, General McLane students participated in a variety of activities to show unity and support. Members of the high school Caring Club ran a bake sale and a basket raffle to raise money for The Caring Place, provided students with an opportunity to write the names of loved ones for a memory wall and decorated the building with blue butterflies, the symbol most associated with this day.

Caring Club president Amelia Swenski with the help of classmates Allie Shade, Emma Hunter, Phoebe Will, McKenah Bryson, Hannah McDermott, Jenna Brock, Anna Shreve, Haley Carter and Kendra Trezona, created a display of butterflies in the main lobby windows. Amelia created the memory wall, which included a paper tree with the words “we continue to grow and they continue to watch over us” placed next to it, specifically to be in memory of all of the lost parents and siblings of high school students and staff. Also, Mrs. Brenda Hertel, with the help of Mr. Jeremy Reed, Officer Jose Montes, Enrique Cornejo and Brayden Shaw, decorated the cafeteria windows with about 700 blue butterflies. The space served as an additional memory wall for the students.

Around twenty students and staff who have lost a sibling or parent gathered in the morning. They had a small ceremony where they to wrote the names of their passed loved ones on paper leaves to be hung on the tree. Students wore blue to show awareness of grieving children.

The Caring Club consists of 15 students who wish to make a positive impact at General McLane. Each month, they host events to create a caring atmosphere.

General McLane High School and Parker Middle School began offering grief support group meetings in September of 2014 as part of a regional program sponsored by the Highmark Caring Place, which has offered grief support for children at its Erie facility since opening in 2001. Students and counselors meet every Thursday for about an hour.

Kids to Kids finishes at EE

Wed, 2017-12-06 10:37


General McLane High School students in the Kids to Kids program finished its first lesson at Edinboro Elementary School last week, educating first and third graders on living a healthy lifestyle.

The high school students put on a puppet show to teach elementary students the dangers of drugs and alcohol. This is part of the Kids to Kids program, where high school junior and seniors are given extensive training and are taught how to explain refusal skills to the younger students. After training is complete, students in this course will travel to the elementary and middle schools to implement the training. The program will travel to McKean Elementary School before returning to both elementary schools for its second lesson. The program will then head to James W. Parker Middle School.

The Kids to Kids program began at General McLane High School in 1996 due to the death of Stan Scarlett, a GM alumni. Originally, the program only included grades 4 and 5. However, it now educates approximately 1,200 students in first, third, fifth, sixth and seventh grades. The program originally was adapted with the Mercer County Behavioral Health, which has since retired this program. In 2001 character education lessons were added to the Kids to Kids program. Kids to Kids teaches children and young teens valuable life lessons they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

GM students recognized in Reflections Contest

Mon, 2017-12-04 10:56

Numerous General McLane students were honored for their achievement in the 2017-18 National PTA Reflections arts in education program.

The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme “Within Reach.” Students from the school level now move onto the County Level.

McKean students recognized included: Aiden Jack, Caden Roth, Parker Howard, Courtney Goodwill, Madelyn Robertson, Etta Spires, Annie Howard, Madline Marazza,  Chase Durlin,   Landrey Sweet,  Korryn Kinder,  Abbie Gula and Holly Goodwill.

James W. Parker Middle School winners include: Chloe Kiser, Angelia Dobmeier, Kiley Leasure, Regan Luebbert, Lyric Shaw, Keira Schoolcraft,  Gurneet Kaur, Miranda Kline and McKayla Hargest.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, McKean Elementary PTA, James W. Parker Middle School PTSA and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice— dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and commitment to the arts!

9th graders tour ECTS

Thu, 2017-11-30 16:11

General McLane High School 9th graders recently toured the Erie County Technical School to learn more about its programming.

The Erie County Technical School is the career and technical education department for more than 10 school districts in Erie County, Pennsylvania. It offers more than 20 career-training programs to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

GM students join Erie Philharmonic for holiday concert

Wed, 2017-11-29 14:17

General McLane High School students will join the Erie Philharmonic for their annual holiday concert, “Come Home for the Holidays”

Local tenor Daniel Cabanillas will star as vocal soloist alongside the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and General McLane Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

The show takes place December 2 and is conducted by Daniel Meyer. Show times are 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Erie Philharmonic Chorus, now in its 65th season, is performing its first concert under new choir director Thomas Brooks. As a conductor and clinician, Mr. Brooks has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

General McLane’s Vocal Jazz group joins the Philharmonic for the first time. The group boasts approximately 20 students and is designed for highly motivated vocalists from all high school grade levels that are looking for a more intensive, high-paced performing ensemble. This group has never participated in a concert with the Philharmonic, although they performed at the Warner Theatre with The Dave Stevens Band and guest artist Helen Welch in 2008.

Tickets are still available for the matinee and evening performances. To purchase tickets, please visit Eriephil.org/holidays or call 814-455-1375.

GM Students Perform in Disney

Wed, 2017-11-29 11:34

The General McLane Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble performed in Disney on Sunday and Monday.  This is an annual trip where students perform in the holiday parade at the Magic Kingdom, as well as onstage at Disney’s resort.

In addition to the performances, the students enjoy the Magic of the parks and celebrate the end of another superb year for the band.

Congratulations to the students on another amazing performance!

McKean Elementary 100 Lappers

Wed, 2017-11-29 10:28


Since October, McKean Elementary students have been staying active through McKean Elementary’s Recess Laps, an optional program encouraging students to increase their physical activity.

McKean students choose to participate in this program, which takes place during recess for students in K-4 and started a. McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts started the program, as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program, to give students who could not stay after school the opportunity to be involved in some way and increase their physical activity.

First and second grade students run up to five laps per day and third and fourth graders can run up to 10 per day (six  laps is approx. 1 mile).  In the spring, kindergarten will practice running laps to practice for 1st grade. Students keep track of their laps and earn healthy rewards at the end of the eight-week program.

This program has helps students with time management, goal setting and social skills. Students can walk or run their laps.

100 Lappers from grades third through fourth included: 

Ella Wieczorek, Gavin Anderson, Emily Grutkowski, Lakin Lutch, Wil LoCastro, Chase Durlin, ( front row)
Maddox Morre, Bella Weed, Emma Dubynskiy, Holly Goodwill, Kayci Hinkle, Preston Hobson, Andrew Gula( 2nd row)
Clark Pattulo, Etta Spires, Ashley Cummings, McKenna Laughery, Vanessa Bennet, Annie Howard, Charlie Salvo(3rd row)
Mrs. Roberts, Ms. Hinkle, Ms. Hanley( back row)

Third grader Emily Grutkowski ran the most with 180 laps, this is 30 miles!!

McKean’s Run Club begins December 12 and will end with an indoor meet at EUP in January.

Congratulations to all of this year’s participants!

 

Thankful Turkeys

Thu, 2017-11-23 10:18


There are some thankful turkeys at Edinboro!

Edinboro Elementary first graders participated in their annual home, family project.  In this project, students will work with their family to disguise a turkey to prevent him/her from getting eaten for Thanksgiving!

This is an annual project that has become a favorite tradition at the School.

What a wonderful and creative job by all of the first graders and their families!

GM participates in Food Drive

Thu, 2017-11-23 10:05

All four General McLane schools and the Service Center contributed to the Erie News Now and Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive, which ended last week!

Nick’s Place coordinated the collection, and all donations went to the Edinboro Food Bank.

Last year, our community donated almost 8000 pounds of food, $10,241 and 50 turkeys that stayed at the Edinboro Food Pantry.

This year, our community donated 8,939 lbs of food, $11,613.88 and 61 turkeys.

Edinboro Elementary donated 1251 items. Mr. Frick’s class came in first place with 135 items.

McKean Elementary donated more than 2000 items. Mrs. Troyer’s class came in first place with 471 items.

James W. Parker Middle School donated items 1280 lbs of items.

General McLane High School donated 120 lbs of items.

The Service Center donated three large boxes of food, one 24 lbs. turkey and $110.41.

The winning classes will receive a pizza & putt putt party in the spring at Sunview Golf.

Great job to all those who donated!

 

Students spend day at CMU

Tue, 2017-11-21 14:27

General McLane High School Students in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering spent the day at Carnegie Mellon University last week.

Students had the opportunity to meet College of Science (MCS) Associate Dean Maggie Braun, an Associate Dean from the College of Engineering, Health Professions Program Director Jason D’Antonio and representatives from the Office of Admission and Office of Financial Aid.

Students participated in a Chemistry Lab Activity, Workshop with History Professor Nico Slate and his students and a Statistics/Data Science Activity.

General McLane students recognized in Join the Shift contest

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:50

Sponsored by Erie Insurance and facilitated through Hamilton Insurance Agency, Join the Shift is a safe teen driving program that uses fun, interactive activities to help teens learn about and spread the safe driving message. Students participate in point-earning activities that include creating safe driving videos, taking a safe driver pledge and sharing content on social media. Students can also earn points by referring friends to sign up during the eight-week contest.

More than 4,000 students from 42 schools across 10 states participated in this annual contest.

The top three students and schools earn cash prizes. In addition, there is a $1,000 schoolwide prize for best video.

Junior Haley Andrzejewski was named the “Best Video” prize winner of the overall contest, earning herself a $1,000 prize. Her video, which is below, was selected by a panel of judges at Erie Insurance and will be featured on JoinTheShift.org for the next year as well.

Hamilton Insurance Agency, a local Insurance Agency representing Erie Insurance in Edinboro, also recognized the top three winners from General McLane, based on points. These students are Aimee Campbell, Ben Howe-Jones and Ben Lipinski. They each received  gift cards.

Georgiann “Turk” Hamilton,  Lauren Pusch and Lisa Rodgers, Erie Insurance District Sales Manager, presented the check and gift cards to General McLane students on Monday.

 

Edinboro Elementary Drawing Contest Winners

Fri, 2017-11-17 15:39

In honor of National Child Grief Awareness Day, Edinboro Elementary School held a drawing contest. The theme was, “Hope.”

Winners included Natasha Leslie (4th grade). Lucas Hammer (3rd Grade), Julie Wagner (2nd Grade), Tarence Noble (1st Grade) and Amya Wheeler (Kindergarten).

 

Congratulations to our students!

Holiday Arts Fair: Vendor Feature

Fri, 2017-11-17 12:12

The General McLane Foundation’s 11th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 18, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance, including a variety of new vendors. This year’s crafts include: hand-carved santas, glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items.

One of the vendors will be Alex’s Puzzles, hand-crafted wooden puzzles for the young and old alike. The puzzles do not have any finish on the puzzles in order to be painted or stained as creatively as buyers would like!  It also makes a great “bonding time” between children, parents and/or Grandparents.

These puzzles are created by Alex Giles and his father David. Alex is intellectually and developmentally disabled (IDD), and his IQ is lower than most folks. In addition, he has been diagnosed with epilepsy. To help control his seizures, Alex has been taking medications since age 2 and has a Vagus Nerve stimulator (VNS) implanted in his chest to help control brain waves that may initiate seizures.  Although he was having severe tonic-clonic seizures, formerly known as grand mal seizures, up to 3 times a week, the medicine and VNS have been controlling Alex’s seizures reasonably well since 2012.

A native of Londonderry, NH, Alex has always had a fascination with both hand and power tools. While taking wood shop during his junior year as part of his Activities For Daily Living (ADL) class, Alex learned to use a scroll saw to cut out a pattern that had been applied to a piece of wood.  Alex cut the pattern out with incredible accuracy and in a very timely manner — and then Alex’s Puzzles were born!

“Everyone has a gift. The key is recognizing it,” David said. “I feel we have identified Alex’s gift. Even though he has intellectual challenges, Alex is able to minimize and overcome those challenges.  With guidance and patience, Alex is able to utilize his talent and become a productive member of our community.”

Alex’s favorite puzzle is a rabbit puzzle.

Here is a sneak-peak of just some of their items that will be available on Saturday!

School Board member honored for years of service

Fri, 2017-11-17 11:36


Mr. James Bucksbee was recently recognized for 32 years of service as a General McLane School Board director.

Mr. Bucksbee was presented with a plaque adding him to the PSBA “Honor Roll of School Board Service” during Wednesdays’s school board meeting.

PSBA representative James Summerville spoke about him and his dedication as a volunteer to children, the community and public education. Summerville commented that board members are ordinary citizens who volunteer their time consistently, performing extraordinary work on behalf of their communities and the students they serve.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) has been honoring long-term school directors across the state since 1983. School directors are recognized for their years of service from 8 to 44 years.

GM students win VFW essay contests

Thu, 2017-11-16 13:11

Six General McLane students were recently selected as winners of the 2017 VFW Post 740 Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Contests.

Junior Anna Alberti and senior Brion Zacherl were this year’s Voice of Democracy Essay Contest winner. This contest was for students in grades 9-12. They will receive a $600 award and advance to the District 28 Competition. The 2017-18 theme was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”

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 Kaitlyn Dubynskiy, Ian Kennedy, Olivia Mussett and Camille Andrzejewski were the winners of the 2017 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 2017-18 theme was “America’s Gift to My Generation”.

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.

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

GMSD announces new entrepreneur-based education

Wed, 2017-11-15 14:12

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, General McLane School District, Inventionland and Innovation Collaborative hosted a news conference to announce a new initiative that will encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration within middle school and high school students.

“General McLane remains committed to preparing today’s students to compete in the global economy,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “Through both curriculums, General McLane’s students will be thinking outside of the box to create things we can’t even fathom.”

General McLane School District superintendent Richard Scaletta, Inventionland CEO Ken Burk and Innovation Collaborative’s Beth Zimmer introduced curriculum intended to prepare students to compete in today’s global economy.

Starting in 2017-2018, General McLane will begin a two-year project to systematically plant seeds in our students and give them the tools to become inventors and entrepreneurs.

James W. Parker Middle School will utilize the Inventionland curriculum. Seventh graders will have the opportunity to walk through the nine-step invention process, developing their own ideas. At the end of the class, each group of students in the class will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a team from Inventionland.

This will be only the second year this curriculum has been used anywhere as we will join about 35 schools in the Pittsburgh area using the curriculum.

General McLane High School students will engage in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program curriculum. This program enables participants to engage their entrepreneurial mindsets. They will acquire the tools that empower them to succeed with 21st century workforce skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and problem solving.

During the 18-19 School Year, the Inventionland Curriculum will be added for General McLane’s Entrepreneurship Academy.

General McLane School District offers a variety of programs and classes to empower students with 21st century skills for today. The Entrepreneurship Academy is an additional individualized program tailored to meet student needs and joins our many STEM-focus programming, including our Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering and Manufacturing Academy. Our robust offerings provide students opportunities to utilize our STEM Lab, which includes 3-D printers, CNC machines and CAD software.

Following the news conference, Zimmer, Burk and community leaders were invited to speak with students and see the curriculum being used in the classroom. Some of the special guests in attendance included Teresa Koon from Senator Brooks’s office and State Representative Ryan Bizzaro.

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