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McKean ARRFS video

Thu, 2017-11-02 14:13

Check out this week’s McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements!

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

The AARFS Announcements congratulate students for showing Acts of Responsibility, being Respectful, Fun to be with, and being Safe. The students also like to broadcast other students who have completed their Basic Math Facts.

Videos are completed by Friday of every week. Teachers can use iPads to display the videos on the SmartBoards.

The videos use the new technology at the Elementary School. As part of the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan to upgrade the district’s technology in grades K-8, General McLane rolled out a 1:1 iPads initiative to give every student in grades 3 and 4 an iPad.

With the latest deployment of iPads, the District has a 1:1  initiative for every student in grades three through twelve. For grades K-2, each classroom has a cart of iPads.

Haugh named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year

Thu, 2017-11-02 11:06

James W. Parker Middle School student Jacob Haugh was named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western PA Chapter. He will be honored at National Philanthropy Day in Pittsburgh on November 15, 2017.

The Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy of the Year honors a young person or group of young people who have demonstrated exceptional generosity in support of a charitable cause or causes, demonstrated exceptional initiative and leadership in recruiting, coordinating and motivating volunteers to raise funds for a charitable cause or causes and encouraged other youth to make charitable gifts and volunteer their personal time to philanthropic causes.

The sixth grader is closing in on $25,000 that he has raised over three seasons to benefit Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare, complex genetic disorder. The disease affects an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 30,000 people, including the daughter of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Haugh’s initiatives have made him one of the largest individual donors to the program and were featured in a Root Sports Pittsburgh documentary-like-story.

“Every time that I have personally congratulated and thanked him for his amazing work, Jacob shrugs and says, ‘I’m just trying to help others.’ Every community should be so lucky to have a young man like Jacob working on their behalf to make a difference,” said the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh Development Director Emily Peters in her nomination of Jacob for this award. “I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive Western Pennsylvania Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2017 National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award.”

Despite his significant efforts so far, Haugh still continues to raise money. This week is the last week for Haugh’s “Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series”, pitting James W. Parker Middle School fifth and sixth grade homerooms against each other to raise funds. The winning homeroom will earn a Wiffle Ball game between teachers. Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent a video specifically thanking James W. Parker Middle School for their efforts. Haugh’s homeroom represents all of sixth grade.

The fundraising is channeled through Wins for Kids, which supports Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. The Pirates are Jacob Haugh’s favorite team.

Congratulations to Jacob on this amazing honor!

GMHS hosts a Kindness Challenge

Thu, 2017-11-02 10:29

The Caring Club is promoting a caring atmosphere at General McLane High School through various monthly activities. In October, the Caring Club held a “Kindness Challenge” in partnership with UTZ. Caring Club members passed out Jumbo Snack Packs of chips with a kindness challenge attached to each bag. Students received a bag as they entered the school and were asked to complete their challenge throughout the day.

The Caring Club 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.

McKean Elementary Haunted House

Tue, 2017-10-31 13:36

Lunch at McKean Elementary School was a little bit spookier today.

The McKean lunch staff created a special haunted cafeteria experience for McKean students. The kids walked into the decorated cafeteria with such an excitement as staff gave them a Halloween greeting! Staff even passed out candy to each kid in line.

Happy Halloween!

Edinboro students learn about spiders

Tue, 2017-10-31 13:04


Edinboro Elementary School first graders learned about spiders yesterday.

Edinboro University’s Professor and Director of Medical Technology & Nuclear Med. Technology Dr. Matthew Foradori presented on the different types and characteristics of spiders. He showed them videos and also answered students’ questions.

Thank you to Dr. Foradori, who is also a parent in the District, for speaking to our students!

 

Donor Appreciation Night for Wing

Mon, 2017-10-30 13:47

General McLane School District held a Donor Appreciation Evening last week in honor of those who supported the Performing Arts Wing. Donors were invited to tour the new wing following the Vocal Jazz Concert. A reception was also held.

More than $120,000 was raised through generous donations through the General McLane Foundation. The new wing, which is now complete, added 2100 square feet to General McLane High School, specifically for costuming and set design and construction.

Thanks to all those who supported the arts!

GMHS Photo of the Week Winners

Fri, 2017-10-27 10:19

Sophomores Megan Fay (Cemetery Path) & Lynzi King (Rocky River) were this week’s winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

Seniors Devin Barry (Flower) and Mark Fisher (lock) were previous winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment. This assignment was to contrast a focal point.

Throughout the course, there will be a weekly Photo of the Week Assignment for each class period. Their peers will vote for their favorite.

Photography I is an introduction to digital photography. Students learn to take well-composed photographs and post process them in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to all of our students!

Getz completes 100-mile race

Fri, 2017-10-27 09:54

McKean Elementary Principal Michael Getz has been running longer than he has been teaching. Just this month, he recently hit a new accomplishment in the running scene!

For the first time ever, he successfully completed the Oil Creek 100 mile trail race.  The race took place October 14-15 at Oil Creek State Park on the Gerard Hiking Trail in Titusville, PA.

There were 173 runners at the start of the race and Getz finished 65th with a time of 31:17 (hours:minutes).

Getz, who ran cross country and track as a student-athlete at Edinboro University, has been running for 40 years. This past June, he ran a trail marathon in Leadville, Colorado where the elevation started at 10,200′ and climbed to over 13,000′.

“While the altitude made the run very strenuous, the views of the rocky mountains were spectacular,” Getz said. “Running has given me numerous opportunities to run all over the country. I run for the sheer enjoyment of being outside, the new places I get to visit, the physical and mental challenges of each race, and the comradery of the other crazy runners I meet.”

Congratulations to Mr. Getz on a wonderful accomplishment!

JWPMS Teacher Receives Golden Apple Award

Wed, 2017-10-25 13:19

James W. Parker Middle School teacher Tiffany Brooks received the Golden Apple Award today.

Sixth graders Sarah-Terese Petkac and Hannah Fratus nominated Mrs. Brooks, who has worked five years as a teacher in the District. She currently teaches fifth grade and has previously served as a learning support teacher at JWPMS and an elementary teacher at McKean Elementary.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

This honor will air Wednesday, November 1 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, November 2, on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Mrs. Brooks!

HS host Assembly at JWPMS

Wed, 2017-10-25 09:45

For the 10th consecutive year, the General McLane High School Principal’s Cabinet led an assembly at James W. Parker Middle School that discussed proper behavior at sporting events.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school-based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

The assembly took place on the football field. Students led a discussion on setting a positive example and representing General McLane both on and off the field.

GMHS to host The Little Mermaid’s Sea Tea

Tue, 2017-10-24 10:48

 

The cast of General McLane High School’s The Little Mermaid will host “Sea Tea” on November 11.

The event is for students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade and will feature character performances, sea theme food and drinks, mermaid dancing, face painting and more.

Sea Tea tickets are available now at the High School office for $17.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid has been selected as this year’s high school musical and will be staged at General McLane High School from November 16-19, 2017.  Tickets for the musical go on sale Friday and will be available in the High School Office. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Edinboro Elementary Recognized as a 2017-18 Title 1 Distinguished School

Mon, 2017-10-23 10:02

Edinboro Elementary School was recognized as a 2017-18 Title I Distinguished School by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs. Edinboro Elementary is one of only 123 schools in the state to receive this honor.

Edinboro Elementary School was selected as a Reward High Achievement School for the 2016-17 school year, meaning Edinboro Elementary is part of the highest 5% of Title I schools based on ELA and Math proficiency. In addition, Edinboro Elementary met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs), which included test participation, graduation rate, closing the achievement gap for all students and closing the achievement gap for the historically underperforming students.

All distinguished schools will be honored at the 2018 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference, held January 28-21 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. All of these schools are eligible to be chosen as Pennsylvania’s National Title I Distinguished School. National Title I Distinguished Schools will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Philadelphia in February 2018.

Congratulations to Edinboro Elementary’s staff and students on this achievement!

Edinboro teacher receives grant

Fri, 2017-10-20 09:33

Edinboro Elementary teacher Katie Waddell was named a recipient of Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative’s 2017 Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant.

She was awarded $450 for her hands-on science unit focused on the moon. The students will participate in several learning stations and finish the unit by designing a Moon Buggy. This unit will take place in January.

The Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant Program was designed to help kids by providing their teachers with financial assistance for innovative and effective educational curriculum that is not covered by traditional school financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants up to $250, while teams of teachers (two or more) can apply for grants up to $500. Since 2000, REC has awarded $51,000 in grant funds to teachers and educators throughout Northwestern REC’s service territory.

Applications for the next grant period (fall 2018) will be accepted online beginning May 1, 2018, through Sept. 15, 2018. Visit NorthwesternREC.coop for more information.

4th Annual Trail of Treats slated for October 28

Fri, 2017-10-20 09:17

James W. Parker Middle School students are adding Halloween festivities for children in the General McLane community.

Members of Student Council and 8th grade advisors are hosting the fourth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28.  Children are invited to gather candy and treats at various stations set up throughout the Middle School between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

This event is for children 12 and under and the cost is $3 per child. An adult must accompany any child throughout this event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

All candy is donated from local businesses. Previous events, which have averaged 300 trick or treaters, raised money for the Boro Women’s and Family Services, the Erie County Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ECCDHH) and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA.

This year, all proceeds will benefit the AH Club of Edinboro, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide warm clothing to the children in the General McLane School District.

What happens during a power outage?

Fri, 2017-10-20 09:00

 

We had a short power outage yesterday morning at Edinboro Elementary, but we still were hard at work! When the power goes out at EE, teachers and students read with flashlights!

Alumni Feature: A Roadie from the Boro

Thu, 2017-10-19 10:04

This story first ran in the Fall Alumni Newsletter (10/4/17),
which  is e-mailed quarterly to members of the Alumni Association.
To register or update your information, visit our website.

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When Edinboro’s J.L. Jamison graduated from General McLane High School in 1980, his background in music was pretty simple: he never played an instrument, he couldn’t tell you much about music notes and he never took a music class.

He was a fan of Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but most importantly, he loved Rock and Roll.

Fast-forward 35 years, and he’s running a 48-man band crew for Jimmy Buffett.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Jamison said. “I went to concerts and everything growing up in Erie, but I never pictured myself doing anything like this.”

Jamison left Edinboro right out of high school to work at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe. While working for the lodge, Jamison started working for a local band, Unicorn.

He started doing lighting and then headed down to Key West to work with a variety of bands, including The Producers, the Bangles and Berlin. It wasn’t long before he got the call.

“When I started touring with bands, we would stay at people’s houses or camp grounds or in one hotel room. The sound guy and I roomed together, and he was the one who got me on the tour with Jimmy,” Jamison said. “When I first got hired, I didn’t know who Jimmy was. But I got a call saying, ‘they want to interview you and no one on our tour has to room together, not even the t-shirt guy.’ That was the coolest thing to me – not sharing a room.”

With that, Jamison said he was sold. He headed down to Hawaii in December of 1984. The following summer, he was called back to join Buffett’s lighting crew. It was there that another opportunity came up.

“[Buffett] and I were always running into each other, and we’re at a bar and he goes, ‘I’m thinking about opening a club in Key West, you should come help us out.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, great idea,’ but I didn’t really think he was serious. Then I got a call, ‘Buffett’s down in Key West and wants to know where you are.’”

Jamison was one of Margaritaville’s first employees when it opened in 1985. When he wasn’t on tour, he would serve as the soundman for the restaurant.

Although he still books the bands for Margaritaville, including Edinboro’s own High Life and Tiger Maple String Band, Jamison’s involvement with Jimmy Buffett has expanded from when he first started as a member of his lighting crew. Now, he serves as everything from a Project Stage Manger to Crew Chief to Entertainment Director and Studio Manager.

“I run the band crew, which is all of the crew that takes care of the musicians. From lighting to sound and video to wardrobe and set, that all goes through me,” Jamison said.

Jamison has toured all over with the band, from Tokyo to Dubai to the West Indies and Caribbean.

“We were just at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, and that was really cool because I know a lot of these bands from here in the States, so it was fun getting together on the other side of the world,” Jamison said.

When he’s not on the road, Jamison also runs Buffett’s studio, Shrimpboat Sound. It was there that they recorded George Strait’s album, Troubadour, which earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. An image of the Grammy-award winning album hangs in his cottage in Edinboro, which he frequents quite often to visit his family.

Jamison’s mother was a librarian and reading teacher at Edinboro Elementary School, and his father was a football coach and health and physical education teacher for General McLane High School. His four older sisters Beth, Kathy, Cindy and Jenny also graduated from General McLane.

“My parents are 93 and 90, so I want to spend more time with them. I was gone so much after high school, it’s nice to spend time with them now,” Jamison said. “I also love Edinboro Lake. I grew up on the lake, so it was like my playground. Those are my favorite things about coming back home – family, friends and the lake.”

Jamison and his wife live in Key West with a beagle, Clover, and a cat named Ritto.

He just recently got back to Key West from Europe, his first time home since Hurricane Irma went over the Keys.

“The damage and loss of historic landmarks is pretty hard to explain, but it’s one tough little island chain and seeing the whole community come together, we will bounce back in no time.”

Learning By Design at JWPMS

Thu, 2017-10-19 10:00

James W. Parker Middle School seventh graders recently celebrated their Makerspace work.

Their work was part of a Learning by Design Challenge. This takes places in the middle school art program and challenges students to invent, create and engineer a piece of art from the available recycle materials with minimal guidelines. They can work in groups or individually. After creating the artwork, students reflect on the project explaining why they chose their materials and things they’d do differently next time.

For this specific challenge, students had to create an extension of the body or piece of fashion. Students focused on good craftsmanship throughout the lesson and also discussed choosing and trying different tools/methods in a safe way to achieve the desired outcome. These methods included sewing, painting, cutting, drilling, glueing, printmaking, wire cutting/bending, etc.

A panel of judges judged their work on creativity, craftsmanship and use of material. Celebratory Sculptures were given out for Best Craftsmanship, Best Theme, Best Use of Material, Most Creative, Most Unique, Best in Show, Most Futuristic and Most Attention to Detail.

Learning By Design Lesson fosters 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and communication. There is a Learning By Design group, which is a sub group of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). JWPMS teacher Christina Martin is a member of the PAEA.

Sixth grade math safety engineering

Thu, 2017-10-19 09:56

James W. Parker Middle School sixth graders were putting engineering safety procedures to practice!

Students used their math skills to measure and design “KNEX Egg Cars” in order to understand how engineers build and modify designs to improve the safety of a vehicle.  Students utilized their skills in measurement, data collection and geometry to produce a product that is both functional and practical.

When students finished their project within the guidelines, they added an Egg Passenger and spun their vehicle for one of three crash situations: “Regular Crash, “High Speed Crash”, “Pulling a Trailer Crash” and the dreaded “Over Cliff Crash”.  Their goal is to have their egg finish in one piece! Principal Whitford join them as a part of the engineering team for testing day.

The students will take what they have learned from this project and apply it to future STEM-based projects related to design, functionality and safety, all while incorporating the application and coverage of the state mathematics standards.

GMHS and Great Lakes partner for iPad Storage Solutions

Fri, 2017-10-13 09:47

When General McLane School District began planning for its elementary iPad rollout, technology supervisor Jeremy Dylewski searched for the best storage solution on a budget.

The result? A one-of-a-kind drawer that allows each teacher to securely store and charge the iPads, as needed, within an already existing space – and all locally sourced, thanks to Great Lakes Case & Cabinet.

“The customization of the product to best fit our needs, financially and logistically, was the driving force that led to the partnership,” Dylewski said. “We’ve been amazed at their professionalism, quality of the products and customer service. The entire experience has been above and beyond – and we’re supporting a local business, which makes it even better.”

Great Lakes Case & Cabinet (GLCC) is a metal fabricator based out of Edinboro and specializes in the manufacture and integration of indoor and outdoor enclosures for the storage and protection of IT equipment.

Dylewski worked with a GLCC engineer and team to completely customize this product from start to finish. He was involved with the plan throughout the entire process, from the drawing it on the whiteboard until implementation. In addition to complete customization, face-to-face interaction, and keeping tax dollars in the local community, the costs of the project added significant savings to the District. The District saved approximately $600 each drawer compared to the average cost of a mobile charging cart.

The new storage system occupies unused space within the technology cabinets that already exist in the classrooms for technology needs. Forty drawers were created and placed in the elementary homerooms.

Through the latest technology rollout, General McLane School District successfully implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative for students in grades 3 through 12. Students in Kindergarten through second grade each have access to iPads through a classroom set that contains 12 iPads each.

The focus of the 1:1 technology initiative is to meet students where they are and help boost student achievement, engagement and increase students’ creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills. Technology is just one of the tools teachers use in the classrooms.

The district began its iPad rollout in 2012. James W. Parker Middle School piloted the 1:1 program during the 2013-2014 School Year and General McLane High School expanded the program during the 2015-2016 School Year. General McLane High School students take their iPads home, students in grades 3 through 8 leave theirs in the schools.

McKean kindergarteners start day with crafts

Tue, 2017-10-10 15:37

 

McKean Elementary School students get right to work in the mornings!

Kindergarten students start their tasks upon arriving to school, as part of their morning routines. On Thursday, this meant some arts and crafts!

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