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McKean hosts RESPECT assembly

Mon, 2018-10-15 08:40

McKean Elementary School hosted an ARRFS assembly on RESPECT last week. Everyone was invited to wear GOLD that day to symbolize the golden rule, treating others how we want to be treated.

General McLane High School students and Edinboro University student-athletes participating in softball and lacrosse attended the assembly.

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.



Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-10-12 11:58

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring General McLane High School Science Teacher Nathan Moore, who has worked for the District for 7 years!

Outside of school most of Mr. Moore’s attention is devoted to his children. Aside from his kids, Mr. Moore is  very excited to be taking on a new role as Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Advisor.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love how the personality of every class is different because of the different personalities of students. No two classes are alike, and it is so much fun to watch the students grow not only in their understanding of the content but also into a cohesive group as the semester progresses.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

The question itself actually encompasses what I enjoy most about being a part of the GM family – GM’s focus on family. The faculty has a great camaraderie and is like a second family, and everyone at GM understands the importance of taking care of our families at home as well.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

Any time I get to provide a chemical demonstration for the students that grabs their attention and – more importantly – helps deepen their understanding of the content at the same time is a favorite memory. Therefore, I get to make new favorite memories all the time!

Did you know ….

Mr. Moore played the saxophone and was drum major for three years in his high school marching band. He also has a weakness for cookies of any type!

Zombie Run

Fri, 2018-10-12 10:38

General McLane High School’s Wellness Club will be hosting their sixth annual Zombie Run in the next two week!

The run will be two miles through GM’s cross-country course and takes place on October 22. The run starts at 4 p.m. and registration and free zombie makeup begins at 3 p.m. in the Middle School Parking lot. There will be games/competitions leading up to the run.

Cost for this run is $2 for GM students.  Registration forms are available online or at the High School and Middle School.

GMHS Homecoming Pep Rally

Fri, 2018-10-12 10:18

Last Friday, General McLane High School’s Student Council hosted a Pep Rally Assembly with the high school student body to pump them up for Homecoming Weekend. During the assembly, the Homecoming Court participated in a variety of games.

GM students among 4-H state qualifiers

Fri, 2018-10-12 08:36

Five General McLane students are among the state qualifiers for the Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show.

Senior Faith Wheeler, freshman Emma Cannata, seventh grader Cullen Howard, McKean Elementary fourth grader McKenna Laughery and Edinboro Elementary third grader Isabella Cannata will compete in the 2018 State 4-H Horse Show, which takes place October 26-28 at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

In order to advance to the State Competition, these students had to place in the top four at the district level to make it to States. The District IX competition had 256 participants from eight counties including Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango. In order to make it to the district level competition, they needed to first qualify at the county level at the three Erie County qualifying shows.

Students compete in more than seventy classes.

Wheeler was a District Champion in Ranch Horse Pleasure and placed second in Working Western Hose / Pony.

Emma Cannata placed second in Intermediate Grooming and Showmanship (Ages 12-14) and Miniature Horse In Hand Trail (Ages 14-18).

Howard placed third in the Pony Keyhole (Ages 8-13).

Laughery was a District Champion in Beginner Trail, and placed second in Grooming and Showmanship (Ages 8-13), second in Beginner Western Horsemanship and fourth in Beginner Western Pleasure.

Isabella Cannata placed fourth in Beginner Trail, was a District Champion in Miniature Horse In Hand Trail (Ages 8-13) and District Champion in Miniature horse Driving (Ages 8-13).

Pennsylvania 4-H horse programs promote knowledge of horsemanship and responsible, ethical equine use, care and management.

The 4-H is a national program that empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime through sharing, doing, and learning together in all kinds of projects, events and activities through local clubs, special interest clubs, school-based and after-school programs and individual memberships.

Students hear from CEO of Nibble Nutrition

Thu, 2018-10-11 13:31

General McLane High School tenth graders were challenged to utilize their passions on Thursday.

As a guest speaker for the High School’s Career Choices, Nibble Nutrition CEO and Co-Founder Max Weber encouraged students to incorporate their passions and interests into their future plans. The twenty-four year old entrepreneur is also a certified personal trainer, online fitness coach and social media influencer with more than 78,000 followers on Instagram.  Weber, who has worked with multi-million dollar brands such as RXBAR, Bulletproof® Coffee, Halo Top Creamery, Power Crunch and Legion Athletics, spoke with students about his career path and how he co-founded of his own start-up.

Nibble Nutrition is a local digital health company that focuses on inspiring individuals to engage in a healthier world through their nutrition app.

Career Choices is a Business Education course for 10th grade students that helps them examine their own interests, abilities, temperaments and goals to determine which career areas are best suited for them. Students gain exposure to all career clusters and research specific careers which apply to their own individual career focus.

GM students recognized in 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Thu, 2018-10-11 10:59

General McLane High School seniors Leah Dubynskiy and Emma Henderson been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Congratulations to Leah and Emma!

A Visit From the Dairy Princess

Wed, 2018-10-10 12:41


The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes will be having special guest speakers every Thursday through November 1st. These special guests will be “famous” GM students who have interesting things to share.

This week’s guest speaker was Anna Damore who currently holds the prestigious title of Erie County Dairy Princess. Anna spoke to students about the benefits of dairy products and how important dairy is.

The girls in the Erie County Dairy Court travel around Erie County, Pennsylvania promoting dairy products. They speak at schools, churches, farm group meetings, fairs, and appear in parades and at festivals and carnivals.


GMHS students attend STEM Day

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:23

General McLane High School students attended Edinboro University’s STEM Day yesterday. During their first lab, students extracted DNA from fruits and vegetables.

Students were told they extracted a perfect sample!

STEM Day is an annual event held by the Math and Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology, Geosciences, and Psychology Departments. It is held on Edinboro’s Fall semester “Reading Day” for anyone interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. This was the fifth annual event.

McKean Elementary hosts Desktime with Dads

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:13

McKean Elementary hosted Desktime with Dads on Friday.

Fathers / grandfathers / father-figures were invited to visit the classrooms and spend time with their kiddos.

This event is sponsored by McKean Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). They also host Moments with Moms in May. For more information on what they do, please see our website.

McKean students perform “contraction surgery”

Wed, 2018-10-10 09:03

McKean Elementary students scrubbed up on Tuesday and became word surgeons.

Mrs. Hoge’s second grade classroom turned into an operating floor for “contraction surgery.” Using gloves and masks, students worked efficiently to repair those broken contractions.

Through this hands-on learning experience, students learned how to identify two words that make contractions and combine them into one contraction. They performed surgery on different words that can be shortened and put back together using an apostrophe.

The good news? No contractions were lost during this procedure!

Shaving Cream for hands-on learning

Wed, 2018-10-10 08:35

Not many individuals may associate shaving cream as a typical learning medium in the classroom. But that’s exactly what McKean Elementary Kindergarten students used for literacy on Friday.

Students in Mrs. Gluvna’s class used shaving cream to practice learning letters, numbers, sight words and sounds. Specifically, students practice words such as: the, I and it. They also practiced the letters i, t, p, n, s, a, l, d, f, h, g,  and o.

Finding innovative ways to incorporate tactile learning into the classroom is much more commonplace for today’s teachers. Research shows that activities such as this is more engaging for students than the traditional worksheet and promotes greater learning.

JWPMS Parker PRIDE Winners

Tue, 2018-10-09 10:10


Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Ciera Boyajian (5th) Charlie Salvo (5th) Lincoln Turner (6th) Teige Berger (6th) Trent Chesley (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

JWPMS to host 5th Annual Trail of Treats

Fri, 2018-10-05 13:51

James W. Parker Middle School students will once again add Halloween festivities for children in the General McLane community.

Members of the 8th grade advisors are hosting the fifth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser on Saturday, October 27.  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.

“We like to open our building up to the community for a warm and safe environment for children to Trick or Treat,” said Nicole Chabola, co-advisor to the student group and teacher at JWPMS.  “With the help of the staff, students, and 8th grade volunteers, this event also allows the community to give back to a local organization.”

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 AH Club of Edinboro, 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. Last year’s event raised nearly eleven hundred dollars for the AH Club.

This year, all proceeds will benefit the Because You Care, an Erie, PA, 501(c)3 animal rescue and pet adoption organization that works through a network of foster homes in McKean.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-10-05 10:02

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring General McLane High School Art Teacher Karen Hodas, who has worked for the District for 15 years!

Outside of school Mrs. Hodas works as a freelance photographer, graphic designer and teaches painting classes!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I get to teach students what I love to do most, photography & Art! I love to see their excitement & passion grow!

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I love how everyone will say hello to each other, I feel safe and cared about by the students, faculty and staff.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

The year we won both state titles was absolutely amazing!

Did you know ….

Mrs. Hodas loves Bernese Mountain Dogs!

Behind the Scenes of Beason’s Octolampus

Thu, 2018-10-04 14:22

General McLane High School junior Isabella Beason placed third nationally in the James F. Lincoln Foundation (JFLF) Arc Welding Foundation’s 2018 Welding Awards Competition.  Here’s a Behind the Scenes conversation on the project and competition with Isabella and GMHS teacher Tim Snair.

For more information, read here.


Mon, 2018-10-01 08:44

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Blake Adamski (5th)
Nick Danowski (5th)
Bryn Gregor (6th)
Brandon Cubero (6th)
Thomas Phelps (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

Photo of Week Winners

Fri, 2018-09-28 15:55

Junior Sydney Patterson & senior Kayla Freyermuth 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 compose their photography so that they have eliminated all distractions, so that a dominant element is prominent on the page. This photoshoot is titled: ELIMINATE.

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 they narrow options down until we are left with just 1 photo from each 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!

McKean Elementary Pizza Party

Fri, 2018-09-28 15:42

McKean Elementary students celebrated their summer reading today.

105 students at McKean Elementary participated in the summer reading challenge and were rewarded with a pizza party and a new book this afternoon!

The party was sponsored by the McKean PTA and organized by Literacy Coaches Mrs. Rupert and Mrs. Harroun.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-09-28 09:31

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring McKean Elementary Health & Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts, who has worked for the District for 8 years!

Outside of school Mrs. Roberts stays very active. Roberts volunteers at local athletic events and even started a running club for students at McKean Elementary!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My students smiles!! I love to watch them conquer a skill and enjoy and share the feeling of accomplishment. Watching them grow and gain confidence is very rewarding.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I feel that just like family if you need something, someone is always there. I feel very supported by everyone in my school and district.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

So many touching and funny stories… I would have to say seeing a child ride a bike for the first time and maybe when students are really enjoying an activity and ask to do it again. Also having time to discuss important issues in health and seeing them really ponder, sort and form their own opinions on health related topics.

Did you know ….

Mrs. Roberts loves art , history and travel! Her 2 sons are very artistic and they been to many museums around the world together including the Louvre in France.