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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.  

Welcome!

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

Introducing JWPMS’ Zach Lucas

Fri, 2019-08-23 11:49

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!

Zach Lucas will be an Autistic Support teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

Lucas graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University with his Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Special Education. He was awarded the Outstanding Senior in Counseling from the School of Psychology and Special Education Department. Lucas previously served as an Autistic Support Teacher at both Fairview Elementary School and North East Intermediate Elementary. Outside of the classroom, Lucas has coached high school wrestling and football.

Zach and his wife, Kaddi, have a daughter Olivia. Zach enjoys coaching, hiking, camping and spending time outdoors with friends and family

“I am looking forward to working with the students and families within the General McLane School District,” Lucas said.

Up Next: Marshall McCormick 

Introducing GMHS School Nurse Sarah Garofalo

Fri, 2019-08-23 09:01

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!

Sarah Garofalo will be the School Nurse at General McLane High School, replacing Laurie Swanson.

Garofalo previously worked as a School Nurse for the City of Erie School District and as both a Cardiovascular Neuro ICU Nurse and Telemetry Nurse for Saint Vincent Health Center. Garofalo earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Carlow University and earned her School Nurse Certificate from LaSalle University.

Garofalo has two little girls ages 5 and 4. In her free time, she enjoys running.

Garofalo is excited to start the upcoming school year at General McLane and says she is looking forward to meeting and getting to know the students!

Up Next: Zach Lucas

Teachers kicked off 19-20

Fri, 2019-08-23 08:50

The 2019-2020 school year kicked off for teachers on Thursday.

Superintendent Richard Scaletta kicked off the day with the opening address, hitting on a variety of new and old topics for the upcoming year.

During this opening presentation, Scaletta issued out four Superintendent Medallions to individuals who live out the District’s mission and core values by going above and beyond the normal call. This year’s recipients included Lon Jenkins (High Expectations), Judy Scaletta (High Expectations), Eric Lathrop (Responsibility) and John Walsh (Commitment).

Following the opening ceremony, high school and elementary teachers headed to the cafeteria to hear from presenter Denise McDowell on best practices in the classroom for developing learners. During this workshop, McDowell presented to teachers on using high impact strategies to move students from surface to deep learning and then how to transfer their learning to real world applications.

JWPMS teachers headed to the middle school to learn implementation of new procedures regarding Parker Pride, our School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, which is a key component of establishing MTSS (Multi-tiered Systems of Support) at the middle school.  Teachers spent the afternoon learning about identifying struggling students and kids who are in need of enrichment.

The MTSS Process is designed to meet the needs of students experiencing literacy difficulties in school. The team reviews school-wide universal screening data and other district assessments for students and develops strategies that address the students’ needs in the regular classroom setting.

The District is in its second year of a five-year implementation to develop the MTSS program for students in grades 5-12. The MTSS program has been in the District at the elementary levels. McKean Elementary School’s MTSS Program has been highlighted as Model Program through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5 and has been recognized by Edinboro University’s School of Education.

GM wraps up New Student Orientation

Thu, 2019-08-22 15:27

General McLane wrapped up its last New Student Orientation Day on Thursday with General McLane High School’s New Student Orientation Day.

General McLane High School’s annual Freshmen Orientation started at 8 a.m. this morning and lasted until noon. The day, which focuses on helping the students feel welcomed and part of the school, started with the doors of the high school gymnasium swinging open and this year’s freshmen streaming in to cheers and applause from upperclass “Link Crew Leaders.” Following the welcoming ceremony, students split into large and small group sessions with student leaders and advisors.

General McLane’s Freshmen Orientation is part of a national program known as Link Crew.This high school transition program welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout their first year of high school. Although this program starts with Freshmen Orientation, it continues throughout the year with academic and social follow-ups between the Link Crew Leaders (upperclassmen) and the freshmen.

General McLane launched this program in 2008 as the District’s effort to focus on the ninth grade transition. This was a result of critical research that showed that “graduating freshman to sophomore status” is a key determining factor as to who graduates from high school. According to the research, students who do not earn enough credits in 9th grade to move to 10th grade are at higher risk for dropping out.

Freshmen Orientation is one of the many student orientations that took place this week. Kindergarten Orientation and New Student Orientations also took place this week at each school.

In addition to New Student Orientation, McKean Elementary, Edinboro Elementary and James W. Parker Middle School each hosted an open house for new and returning students.

Edinboro High School hosts reunion

Wed, 2019-08-14 09:47

Recently, Edinboro High School held a reunion for members who graduated from Edinboro High School!

An estimated 180 people gathered at Nick’s Place to celebrate with former Edinboro High Turtles, including Elaine Mills-Hinkle (’40), Margaret VanHouten-Walker (’39) and Catherine Capp-Firer (’39)!

Prior to 1959, Edinboro operated a junior/senior high school for students in grades 7-12. It was located in what is now Compton Hall on the campus of Edinboro University. McKean also operated a school for students in grades 7-12. It was located in a building that has since been razed and was located on the property where our current elementary school is located. The mascot for Edinboro was the Turtles and for McKean, the Rams.

Learn more about our history in Lancer Letters #421 and #422!

McKean Elementary Trail receives $7,000+

Fri, 2019-08-09 13:47

McKean Elementary School’s Nature Trail was one of nearly 20 organizations to recently receive funding from the Erie Community Foundation.

The Erie Community Foundation approved partial funding for a Helping Today grant in the amount of $7,467 for the “McKean Community Cross-Curricular Fitness Trail” project.

The McKean Elementary Fitness and Nature Trail is the brainchild of McKean Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts.

“I am so honored the Erie Community Foundation believed in our trail project and allocated funds toward a section,” said Roberts. “It was amazing to hear everything that ECF does for our Erie county community and that they felt so strongly to include us in their awards.”

The new multipurpose trail will run along the back perimeter of McKean Elementary School and include areas for biking, climbing, balancing as well as interactive sensory experiences and so much more. All of the construction will be made out of natural materials like wood and rock. These areas will be able to be used for cross-curricular exploration.

There are six phases of this trail project totaling close to $40,000. The six phases of the project include: paths and walkways, science exploration, a bike area, pumpkin patch-obstacles, a climbing area and music/sound and sensory exploration. All areas will have designated spots for classroom utilization and for teachers to adapt their content through QR codes etc. They are also planning on emphasizing history and vegetation and wildlife specific to McKean to study. Dahlkemper’s Landscape Architects and Contractors will be constructing the trail.

So far, more than $27,000 has been raised and two phases are now complete: the initial trails and Littles Island. The next project will be Lees Pumpkin patch and the Bike Skills Area. Dahlkempers landscaping is doing the construction and Roberts said they are hoping to have more progress this fall or early next spring.

If you’d like to make a donation: Donation forms can be found here

Questions about the project, please contact Lisa Roberts at lisaroberts@generalmclane.org or (814) 273-1033 ext. 4020.

The Erie Community Foundation is hosting Erie Gives Day on Tuesday, August 13. All donations to the General McLane Foundation will receive a prorated match by the Erie Community Foundation. You can make your donation here: https://www.eriegives.org/organizations/general-mclane-foundation

General McLane hosts basketball clinic

Mon, 2019-08-05 11:32

Last week, General McLane hosted a basketball clinic for both boys and girls entering grades 4 through 8.

This free clinic was held at James W. Parker Middle School and focused on basic fundamentals such as ball handling, shooting, passing and defense. Competitions were also held throughout the week.

A great turnout and successful first combined-clinic!

2019 Athletics Hall of Fame Class Unveiled

Tue, 2019-07-23 12:14

The General McLane Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2019 Hall of Fame class, a four-member class that includes a state medalist, a professional basketball player, the school’s the current single season and career school rushing leader and a three-time all-region selection.

Bryan Baumgartner (’09), Sarah Hansen (’09), Kellen O’Neill (’09) and Kelley Ponsoll (’07) will be inducted into the General McLane Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday, Aug. 30.

A reception and formal induction will be held at Nick’s Place prior to the DuBois vs GM Lancers football game. They will also be recognized during the halftime of the football game.

Baumgartner excelled athletically in three sports and earned ten varsity letters in cross-country, basketball and track and field. In cross-country, Baumgartner led the Lancers to three straight placing appearances at the PIAA Championships, including a 2nd place team finish in his Junior season. Individually, he was an all-district performer three times, a D10 runner-up and a 4th place finalist at the state meet. In track, Baumgartner was the D10 champion in the 3200m run and set the school record of 9:25.40, which still exists today. He was also a member of the D10 champion 4x800m relay team and a PIAA third-place medalist in the 3200m. In basketball, Baumgartner was a valuable member of the 2008 district championship team. Baumgartner attended Edinboro University where he continued his running career and was a four-time Scholar Athlete award winner. As a collegiate athlete, he placed 5th in the 1500m run at the PSAC meet in 2011 and was selected as the 2014 Jim McKay Scholarship winner. Baumgartner now owns his own business working as a videographer in North Carolina.

Hansen, who was also a valedictorian of her class, earned eleven varsity letters in three sports-soccer, basketball and track and field. In track, she was a four-time letter winner as a sprinter and hurdler. In soccer, Hansen was a three-year starter and was named 1st team all-region as a senior. As a basketball player, Hansen helped the Lancers win back-to-back D10 titles during her Junior and Senior seasons. The 2009 team went to the state semi-final finishing with a record of 26-2. Hansen finished her career with 1,299 points and 984 rebounds, and was selected to the 1st-team all-region, 1st-team all-district and 2nd-team all-state. Sarah attended Florida Gulf Coast University on a basketball scholarship and earned the following honors: she was a four-year starter, a four-time all-Atlantic Sun Conference selection and a two-time conference player of the year. Hansen finished her FGCU career with 1,901 points, 887 rebounds and 249 steals, which were all school records. Hansen played two years of professional basketball in Finland and Switzerland. Hansen teaches Chemistry in the Millcreek School District and has coached basketball at Mercyhurst University and General McLane High School.

O’Neill was a three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball, and track and field, earning a total of 10 varsity letters. In football, he was named all-region as a Junior and Senior as all-purpose back and quarterback, and is the current single season (1,672 yards) and career (2,670 yards) school rushing leader. He also compiled 1,510 career passing yards with 16 TDs. O’Neill was a two-starter on the GM basketball team and help the teach reach the western finals in his Junior season. Additionally, he was a talented sprinter and jumper on the GM track and field team. Following graduation, O’Neill attended Edinboro University, where he played football for the Fighting Scots and earned conference Scholar Student Athlete honors. After stops at Duquesne University, the University of Albany and EUP; Kellen is currently an assistant football coach at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

Ponsoll was a 12-time letter winner in three sports, football, basketball and baseball. During his football career, Ponsoll was a three-year starter and was named honorable mention all-region as a Junior. The team was a two-time league and region champion, a two-time D10 champion and won the PIAA 2006 championship. In basketball, Ponsoll contributed to a team that was a four-time league and region champion, a three-time D10 champion and was the 2006-07 PIAA champion. In baseball, Ponsoll was a four-year starter and a three-time all-region selection. He attended Edinboro University, where he was a student-athlete on the football team. Ponsoll was awarded numerous honors, including Scholar Athlete and Dean’s List recognition. Ponsoll is an Emotional Support teacher and coach in the Ft LeBeouf School District.

The General McLane Athletic Hall of Fame Committee consists of the following volunteers: Pat Crist, Buck Snodgrass, Jim Clapper, Ken Walker, Rob Kennerknecht, Dan Mennow, Roy Stauffer, Andy Schulz, Sid Manchester, Denny Skelton, Dave Stemmler, Don Ickes,

Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees!

Engineering students earn third place

Tue, 2019-07-02 13:31

General McLane High School students ranked third place in the Design/Build category of a national engineering competition.

The Varsity A team earned this recognition at the Technology Student Association Tests of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science (TSA TEAMS) Competition, which took place in Harbor, Maryland on June 28 through July 2. 

General McLane students who placed include Vincent Spada, Kaley Berger, Spencer Conaway, Claire Campbell, Nate Price, Aida Shadeck, Ethan Greenleaf and Tyler Massey.

The Design/Build category of the competition was an impromptu project involving that programming and represents a very high level of knowledge application. The design/build task required students to engineer an attachment to the front of a small robot to clear away items and go through a maze.

TEAMS is an engineering aptitude, mathematics and science testing competition designed to help middle school and high school students discover their potential in the engineering field. The National Competition is deemed “the toughest engineering competition in the country.”

General McLane had two teams and 16 students qualify for the national competition based on results from the state level. Only the top teams in the state at each level qualify to compete at the national TEAMS competition.

There are three divisions, Middle School, 9/10 level and 11/12 level.  In each division, they name those who scored in the top 10 in these four categories: Design Build, Digital media, prepared presentation and Best in the Nation (overall score of all three events).

Students competed against teams from prominent areas like Silicon Valley, where their high school campus includes an entire building for STREAM:  Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering and Math.

The 9th / 10th grade students, which took first overall in the state competition, includes Nicholas Tysiachney, Ellison Conaway, Calder Martin, Riley Clever, Wesley Hakanen, Zachary Roland, Elena Halmi and Spencer Green.

The 2019 TEAMS competition topic, “Engineering the Brain,” centered around topics and activities related to Artificial Intelligence.

General McLane High School physics teacher Dave Treusch coaches the junior/senior teams and mathematics instructor Rick Terella coaches the freshman/sophomore teams.

This was General McLane’s fourth year competing at the national level. TEAMS was started by the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS).

Congratulations to all of our student participants!

McKean fourth graders code drones

Mon, 2019-06-10 08:22

This year McKean 4th graders learned to code and fly drones in math class.

Students first learned about drones and the uses for them in our world. Then, the class discussed using drones for delivering food and water to victims of disasters, dropping water to put out forest fires, various uses in the military, or even just to a quicker way to deliver our pizza or online shopping order.

Then, students had the opportunity to program their own drone! Each drone has a launcher and grabber attachment that can be coded to perform specific actions. The student’s mission was to take off, go through a hula hoop, launch 3 “GPS tracking spheres,” and return home.

Students created an input/output table and ran many tests to determine how many seconds to code the drone to get it to go a certain amount of centimeters. They developed this rule for both the x and y axis.

Next, it was time to use Tynker, an app for coding on the iPad, to program the drones to complete this task.

It was a perfect example of organized chaos, says McKean Elementary’s Mr. Hutchison! At the end, he says they all agreed it was a success.

Thanks to Denise Bakich, GM’s recently retired 5th grade teacher, who came to work with the team!

Another big thanks to McKean Elementary PTA, who funded the drones for the school.

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