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McKean Elementary celebrates summer reading

Fri, 2019-09-27 15:51

McKean Elementary School celebrated its summer reading today.

Sponsored by McKean Elementary PTA, students who read 10 or more books over the summer received a free book and opportunity to participate in a Pizza Party.

There were 113 students honored.

Congratulations students!

Week 1 “Photo of the Week” winners

Thu, 2019-09-26 08:29

Freshman Abby Walker and sophomore Clara Marham were the winners of this week’s Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

This assignment asked students to use single point focusing on their camera to capture a single focal point (subject).

Each week throughout the course, there will be a Photo of the Week Assignment for each class period. Students do a peer critique of all photos and then vote for their favorite photo from their class.

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

Congratulations to our students!

GMHS students use Stereomicroscope

Wed, 2019-09-25 13:20

General McLane High School students in Mrs. Oathout and Mr. Krizanik’s classes learned how to use the Stereomicroscope in Mrs. Yonko’s classroom.

First, students looked at various samples to learn how to focus objects under the stereomicroscope.  Then, students selected their favorite object and used their iPads to take a before and after image (before magnification and after).  

According to Mrs. Yonko, students often take pictures using their iPad because the ability to enlarge the photo helps students who struggle seeing organelles. This process also prevents eye strain because the students can sketch using their iPad pictures instead of staring into the microscope.  

The students’ artworks will be displayed in the Spring Art Show.

General McLane High School students launch student-run café

Fri, 2019-09-20 14:05

General McLane High School students are brewing their own opportunities with the opening of Java Café.

Created and run by students in Rhonda Kurczewski’s Fun Food Class, the new coffee shop on campus is housed within General McLane’s library and is open 7:30 a.m. until 9:10 a.m. each day. The students will gain hands-on experience in entrepreneurship throughout the nine-week course as they operate the café, learn to prepare food, practice customer service and learn the financial aspects of operating a business, all while using proper sanitation practices and following health codes.

“I believe that this is an awesome experience for the students to participate in – not only to learn the skills, but to have a sense of genuine accomplishment and ownership,” said Kurczewski. “It is amazing to see the excitement from the student participants and how much of the student body enjoys coming to the Cafe’.  I am extremely proud of my students and the effort they are putting forth.”

Java Café will serve muffins, cookies, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cappuccinos. As the class progresses, more food options will be available, including items prepared from the students in class.

The class is a collaboration between Kurzcewski and Dan Kane, instructor of the GM Works program. Students in GM Works are a component of the café and assist with the day-to-day operations. According to Kurzcewski, she and Kane wanted to create a unique and valuable way to teach life skills in a variety of ways.

Students in Karen Hodas’ classrooms design all of the logos and marketing materials. Senior Caleb Luebbert designed the logo.

So far, the feedback has been positive, with sales increasing daily. 

The café is non-profit. All money raised funds future purchases and equipment needed.

Safety training takes place throughout District

Fri, 2019-09-20 12:46

Safety continues to be at the forefront of activities throughout General McLane School District, as it has kicked off the school year with a series of safety training throughout the District.

In the beginning of the month, General McLane School Resource Officer Jose Montes performed safety training for new staff and a refresher for returning staff at General McLane High School. The training consisted of intructor-led ALICE training, option-based response scenarios and a tutorial on NaviGate.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. General McLane has eight certified-ALICE instructors within the District: Officer Montes, Superintendent Richard Scaletta and principals Daniel Mennow, Pamela Mackowski, Jason Buto, Justin Whitford, Michael Getz and Randy White.

NaviGate Prepared is a safety program that digitizes General McLane’s emergency response plans and allows General McLane staff to have access to them through an app that downloaded onto a phone.  It also alerts staff of a potential threat and provides staff with a reliable accountability piece in case of emergencies. To date, the District has practiced drill situations more than 10 times since the start of the year. 

This week, Officer Montes kicked off a series of training with Edinboro Elementary School students. He will continue the training next week with the remainder of the school.

Officer Montes will show students his Safety Video, created by GMHS teacher Tyler Stuyvesant and high school students:

Last year, Officer Montes provided this options-based training to high school students, which is an on-going training:

Buses equipped with First Responder Network Authority

Thu, 2019-09-19 15:19

Just a few weeks ago, a General McLane School District bus broke down on its way to a contest in Slippery Rock.

With a push of a button, the driver was instantly connected to both General McLane’s Transportation Manager and Head Mechanic to come up with a solution.

This immediate and reliable communication is thanks to new technology within General McLane School District busses — General McLane is now the first district in Northwestern Pennsylvania to get a major boost in its busses’ wireless communications with an upgrade to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

This independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide immediate and reliable communication from busses to our Transportation Director and Head Mechanic. It is also immediately connected to school resource officer Jose Montes and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for emergency situations.

Previously, the District had analog radios that often didn’t work as well within the more rural parts around the region. Now, the new technology uses cellphones that are kept in a lock box and attached to a speaker, allowing it to be an easy, push-to-talk system.

GPS is also in all of the vehicles and will be implemented soon.  It will allow the District to check speeds, locations, arrival times at stops, the length of time spent at the stop and additional pieces of information.  

Recognizing the Heroes of 9/11

Tue, 2019-09-17 11:58

In remembrance of the anniversary, Edinboro Elementary School third graders learned about 9/11/01 by recognizing the heroes from that day.

After listening to different books about the historic event, students wrote about their heroes from 9/11, their everyday heroes and their reasons why. Students had the opportunity to share their projects with the class following the activity.

Glow Run comes to GM

Mon, 2019-09-16 09:48

The first ever Glow Run is coming to General McLane High School grounds on October 4. 

Hosted by McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a fundraising event for McKean Elementary School. The event takes place from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. 

Participants will earn a glow bracelet for each lap they complete. There will also be the opportunity for students to race against McKean Elementary principal Michael Getz.

“We were talking last year about some ways to provide our families with unique experiences that bring excitement,” said McKean Elementary PTA president Emily Jonas. “Thanks to Mrs. Roberts, we are a very health-conscience school family, and this is a way for us to have some active fun in the fall, as well.”

McKean Elementary School has both a Winter Run Club and the Spring Recess Laps program that started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts started the program to help students increase their physical activity.

Registration for the Glow Run is encouraged by September 27 to ensure enough supplies ahead of the race. Registration will also be available the night of the event. Registration is $5 for each participant. A special race shirt is available for $12. The GM Band Boosters will have concessions available to purchase. 

Register by mailing in a form in with cash or a check to McKean Elementary School. Online registration is also available:

Each May, McKean PTA teams up with Edinboro Elementary PTO to host a Community Fun Run. This past summer, theLittle Lancers Cross Country team was created and, between the two elementary schools, there are 70 runners K-4.  

General McLane launches Drone Program for high school students

Fri, 2019-09-13 15:37

Drone technology is steering its way into General McLane High School, offering students new opportunities to pursue pathways in computer science.

“It’s easy to attract students to flying drones. But, we want to prepare General McLane students to use the tool for careers beyond our doors,” said General McLane High School principal Daniel Mennow. “This is a multi-billion dollar industry, and now, General McLane students can gain familiarity with the drone industry right within our doors.”

Starting this fall, General McLane High School students now have access to new coding classes and opportunities to utilize 30 new drones purchased through Apple’s PASmart Targeted Grant.

“The idea is to elevate our computer science programming to the next level while preparing students for non-traditional pathways utilizing drone technology,” said General McLane technology director and consultant on the project Jeremy Dylewski. “If we want General McLane students to be able to leverage their skills in a high-tech world beyond high school, we need to provide them with the tools and training to work in some of these emerging fields.”

This new curriculum also includes partnerships with both Edinboro University and North Coast Flight School. Starting in the spring, General McLane High School students will be able to take Edinboro University’s “An Introduction to Unmanned Vehicles” through adual-enrollment program. This course, which will be co-taught by Bryan Loomis at North Coast Flight School, will provide students with anintroduction to drones, FAA regulations, operations, weather, safety and airspace. By the end of the course, students will be able to earn a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot’s License.

“At the completion of this program, students will leave with a background in computer science and programming that can be utilized right away for immediate work or higher education,” Dylewski said. “There are a wide range of applications for programming and coding, so this new program will uniquely position our students to have a significant advantage beyond high school – not only for jobs that exist now, but for those that will exist in the future.”

Planning for the new program began in the 2018-2019 School Year as part of a district-wide initiative to create a cross-curricular STEAM project using coding or drone technology.

The drones will currently be utilized among students enrolled in Coding II, but there is also the opportunity to use the drones across curriculums within any of the current high school offerings, including Robotics, Astrophysics, Engineering Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Intro to Business, Computer Animation, Digital Literacy and Icehouse. Coding I is also offered to eighth graders at James W. Parker Middle School.

As the program advances, Mennow and Dylewski are hopeful that General McLane will form partnerships with local organizations and companies to further identify real-world application of drones in careers such as insurance, utility, construction, real estate, engineering and police and security.

With the partnerships, General McLane High School is also currently working on expanding its offerings for future school years to include courses in Geography, Cartography /GPS, Drone I, Drone II and Edgenuity Course Work: Financial Math, Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

The drones will also add to our student clubs and activities. General McLane High School currently offers Robobots, where students design, build and battle with remote-controlled robots. Now, the school will add a Drone Racingclub, introducing students to the world of FPV quadcopter racing.

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

Edinboro Elementary adds Lego Wall

Fri, 2019-09-13 08:48

There’s a bit of excitement over some new green at Edinboro Elementary School.

Edinboro Elementary School’s Library is making Lego part of its new Makerspace initiative.

Edinboro Elementary librarian Michelle Androstic, along with General McLane Service Center’s John Walsh , created a new Lego Wall from a portion of countertop and framed it in a place to hang Lego baseplates. The Lego wall is now made up of 42 10”x10” green Lego baseplates, and is a place where students can build and create during Makerspace time in the library.

This is a new trend in libraries all over the country. Since it’s opening, Edinboro Elementary students have been building and creating like crazy, says Androstic.

A makerspace is a sharing space where students gather to create, invent, discover — and most importantly, try something new through various tools and materials. Students use errors and failures to achieve success in the activities. Depending on the space, time and resources available, each makerspace varies and is unique to the school.

General McLane now has a maker space McKean Elementary, Edinboro Elementary and James W. Parker Middle School.

New this 19-20 School Year

Fri, 2019-09-13 08:41

General McLane School District officially kicked off the 2019-2020 School Year on Monday. This year, the District welcomed 143 new students and 141 members of the class of 2032.  

As children are back in the classrooms, students and parents alike will notice some new things around the District. 

Buses equipped with First Responder Network Authority: General McLane School District is the first district in Northwestern Pennsylvania to get a major boost in its busses’ wireless communications with an upgrade to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). This independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide immediate and reliable communication from busses to District Transportation Director and Head Mechanic, and will also be immediately connected to school resource officer Jose Montes and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for emergency situations.  

Drone Technology enters schools: General McLane High School students will now have exposures to the use of drone technology for career pathways in computer science. Thanks to the PAsmart Targeted Grant, General McLane High School purchased 30 drones, which will be used in Coding II course this school year, as well as new drone courses that will be available to high school students in 2020-2021 school year. The second component of this new curriculum includes partnerships with both Edinboro University and North Coast Flight School. General McLane High School students will be able to take Edinboro University’s “An Introduction to Unmanned Vehicles” through a dual-enrollment program. 

Certificate in Quality Assurance Dual Enrollment Program: Thanks to a partnership with Edinboro University and a grant the University received from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), public high school students can earn a Certificate in Quality Assurance and 15 college credits free of charge once they complete the required on-line courses and an internship during their junior and senior years of high school. Six General McLane students are currently enrolled in their first pilot of the program this Fall.  

Protein To-Go Cart: General McLane High School has a new “protein to go” cart stationed in the gym lobby every morning, thanks to a grant.  As students come in from the bus, they can use their four-digit code to get hard boiled eggs, yogurt and fruit parfaits, meat and cheese breakfast sandwiches or quality protein bars, as well as fruit. The District was awarded $4,660 through part of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s school breakfast initiative and is meant to provide students with alternative breakfast methods to fuel better academic performance.  

There will be new curriculum for Technology Education, High School Math and Eighth Grade Language Arts. Healthy Living is also a new elective being taught at James W. Parker Middle School. 

In a week or so, the District will be rolling out “Not Here”, a district-wide program to encourage students to make their school a place free from bias and unkind acts to others.  

Outside of welcoming nine teachers, the District also welcome a handful of new instructional staff, including: 

  • Laura Brown, Administrative Assistant, James W. Parker Middle School 
  • Mitch Skladanowski, Maintenance  
  • Heather Bochert, Administrative Specialist-Human Resources & Business Office 
  • Amy Skladanowski, Food Services Manager 
  • Kristina Sonney, Receptionist, James W. Parker Middle School 
  • Taylor Paulus, Food Services  

GMHS students visit University of Pittsburgh

Wed, 2019-09-11 08:21

General McLane High School students in the school’s Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering attended University of Pittsburgh.

While on the trip, students created electrical circuits with twinkies, play dough, bananas and gummy bears. Students had the opportunity to work in the Pitt’s Maker Space and design labs.

The trip included sophomores, juniors and seniors.

GM recognized as Outstanding Visual Arts Community

Mon, 2019-09-09 13:37

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) is recognizing General McLane School District for our outstanding commitment to visual arts education with the endorsement Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2019.

Districts receiving this endorsement demonstrate the importance of their visual arts programs with:

  • Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrate rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.
  • Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs are offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
  • Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identify their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media.

General McLane School District is dedicated to making the arts an integral component of the District’s curricular and co-curricular programs, which has made General McLane home to one of the most competitive arts programs in Erie, PA. Art shows, the Creative Arts Expo musicals and dramas, as well as the Broadway Dinner and choral and instrumental concerts are all part of the McLane Advantage, which is available to tuition students outside of the District. 

Superintendent joins Governor for charter school reform

Thu, 2019-09-05 15:57

General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta joined Governor Tom Wolf, area school district superintendents and education stakeholders last week in Erie County to discuss how Wolf’s three-part plan will ensure charter schools better serve students and taxpayers.

Superintendent Scaletta addresses more of the issue on charter schools in his most recent Lancer Letter.

For more information on Wolf’s plan, read here.

Introducing BNI’s Kayla Windsor!

Tue, 2019-08-27 08:54

General McLane School District welcomes nine new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Kayla Windsor is an Autistic Support teacher, provided through the Barber National Institute (BNI).

Windsor was teaching at the Elizabeth Lee Black School at BNI before she was transferred to General McLane. Windsor graduated Cun Laude from Edinboro University with a dual major in Early Education/Special Education with a STEM Endorsement. She has volunteered as a reading tutor at McKean Elementary and as a volunteer for STEM Day. The General McLane graduate has a daughter, who is one and a half years old.  


Introducing GMHS’ Hannah Washek

Fri, 2019-08-23 13:35

General McLane School District welcomes nine new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Hannah Washek will be an Emotional Support teacher at General McLane High School.

Washek graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster College with her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Special Education. She’s currently enrolled in the Master’s Program at Westminster College. She has served as an Emotional Support Teacher through Sarah Reed and worked at both South Hills Child Development Center and Barber National Institute’s Camp Connections. She taught students on a mission trip to Dominican Republic and has volunteered with a variety of organizations. While in college, Washek was a three-year member of their volleyball program and participated in Kappa Delta Phi and Pi Sigma Pi. 

Washek’s favorite tv shows are The Office & Impractical Jokers.    

“I am looking forward to getting to know my students and doing everything in my power to ensure they have the most successful school year yet,” Washek said.

Introducing GMHS’ Alicia Terrill

Fri, 2019-08-23 13:30

Alicia Terrill will be the Literacy Interventionist at General McLane High School.

Terrill graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University and received her Master’s from Edinboro University. She has teaching certifications in English as a Second Language, Reading Specialist, Library Media Specialist and English. Terrill has worked in General McLane schools previously, working as an ESL teacher through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit and as a library aide in General McLane High School. Terrill has volunteered for many different organizations and is very active with the Edinboro United Methodist Church, serving on their Administrative Board and Ministry Council, as well as teaching Vacation Bible School and Sunday School among many other involvements. 

Alicia has three children, all ages 5 or younger — Noah, Oliver and Elizabeth, who was just born in May!

“I’m looking forward to working with students again, both as the librarian and the ESL teacher. I’m especially excited to talk to students about books and to take students to events that promote literacy, like the Battle of the Books and the English Festival,” Terrill said. “I believe that if students say they don’t like reading, they just haven’t found the right book yet, so I’m excited to take on that challenge!” 

Up Next: Hannah Washek

Introducing McKean’s Kendra Moran

Fri, 2019-08-23 13:26

General McLane School District welcomes nine new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Kendra Moran will be a part-time art teacher at McKean Elementary School.

Moran graduated Cum Laude from Edinboro University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education and a Bachelor’s of Fine Art. She has served as a substitute teacher for a variety of schools throughout the area and teaches tumbling and tap dance for the Erie Dance Theater. Moran has a passion for dance and has taught dance and cheerleading to beginners and advanced students. She’s a member of the National Art Education Association and the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool / Youth Development Network. 

She and her husband have two girls, a 10-year-old, Sydney, and a 3-year-old, Adelaide. Her husband is also an artist and a General McLane graduate.

“I’m really looking forward to teaching art this year! I am glad I will have the opportunity to work with the elementary students at McKean and share my love of drawing, painting and everything else art,” Moran said.

Up Next: Alicia Terrill

Introducing JWPMS’ Devon Mellin

Fri, 2019-08-23 13:22

General McLane School District welcomes nine new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Devon Mellin will be an Emotional Support teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

She previously was a long-term substitute in our District, as well as Northwestern School District and worked at Fort Leboeuf Middle School through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit. She taught a variety of classes at the Barber National Institute, participating in their Arts and Residency Program and implementing a monthly Character Education Program. Mellin has a Bachelor’s from Edinboro University and is working from obtaining her Master’s from Edinboro, as well. Mellin is a member of the Lake Erie Are Down Syndrome Group. 

Mellin has been married 17 years! She and her husband, Garrett, have three children. She enjoys camping with her family, cheering on her children at their sporting events and reading.  

“I am looking forward to working with my new students, their parents and fellow colleagues to make this a successful school year,” Mellin said.

Up Next: Kendra Moran

Introducing JWPMS’ Marshall McCormick

Fri, 2019-08-23 11:54

General McLane School District welcomes nine new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Marshall McCormick will be a Health and Physical Education Teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

McCormick recently graduated from Slippery Rock University with his Bachelor’s degree. He has certifications in Health and Physical Education, Biology and Library Media Specialist.  McCormick worked with the Grove City YMCA and Evangel Heights Daycare and has coached high school track and football, as well as a variety of youth sports including basketball, hockey and soccer. Prior to attending SRU, he was a member of Robert Morris University’s Division 1 football team. chool.

McCormick enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling. He is most looking forward to meeting all of his students this year.

Up Next: Devon Mellin