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Holiday Arts Fair: Vendor Feature

Wed, 2018-10-31 10:21

The General McLane Foundation’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 17, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 80 vendors will be in attendance, including a variety of new vendors. This year’s crafts include: glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, crocheted, stitched and sewn items.

One of those vendors will be theEclectic2, who’s creations are only limited to what inspires them. Their projects range from hat pins to sports themed drink coasters just to name a few.

“My daughter Brittany and I started crafting as a way to spend time together, have fun, and make others happy with some fun items,”said Cindy Pierson of theEclectic2. “It evolved to tile coasters, and other miscellaneous products. We will try anything once and custom orders are welcome!”

Here is a sneak-peak of just some of their items that will be available at the Fair!

Trail of Treats brings in nearly 400 children

Wed, 2018-10-31 09:06


James W. Parker Middle School hosted its fifth annual Trail of Treats this past weeekend.

 Members of the 8th grade advisors hosted the event, which invited children 12 and under to gather candy and treats at various stations set up throughout the Middle School.

All candy was donated from local businesses. Businesses that donated include: Means Family Dentistry, Be Styled Hair Studio, Erie Play House, Penn Erie, Eldred Collision, R Frank Photography, Lecom, Rebich Investments, Sanders Eyecare, Nature’s Fabrics, Riptide Fishing Charters, Brink Ink, John’s Wildwood Pizza, Teal Pumpkin Project, Plyler Entry Systems, Office Max, St. Francis Ushers Club, Iszkula Orthodontics, Kosaniak’s Service Inc, Green Prosthetics & Orthotics, Christie’s Boro Boutique, Sunview Golf, Jerico Landscaping, Rabell Surveying & Engineering, LLC, AXA Advisors, LLC, Utz and Millennium Sound

This year’s event raised more than $1170 for 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.

GMHS Acting and Set Design class visits elementary schools

Tue, 2018-10-30 15:34

General McLane High School students in Acting and Stage Design classes visited both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools on Monday.

The students wrote, created all their own sets, costumes and props to perform shows based on three children’s books: “Room on a Broom”, “Very Brave Witch” and “Great Pumpkin”.

Students performed their play series, “A Witches’ Trilolgy”, for Edinboro’s kindergarten and a few 1st grade classes and a few kindergarten classes at McKean.

Acting and Stage Design is a class offering at the high school that approaches acting as the realistic portrayal of emotions. Students will improve their volume, facial expressions, gestures and movement to present real emotions to an audience, while learning about acting, history of theatre, set construction, props, costumes, etc.

 

 

Parker PRIDE Winners

Tue, 2018-10-30 15:07

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Dakota Sharer (6th)
Izzie Behnke (6th)
Wesson Trypus (6th)
Phin Bookhamer (5th)
Adriana Allgeier  (5th)

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.

Wiffle Ball World Series

Tue, 2018-10-30 13:55

7th Grader Jacob Haugh hosts his Wiffle Ball World Series event for the Pittsburgh Pirates Wins For Kids Charities.

WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visit JWPMS

Tue, 2018-10-30 10:49

WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visited James W. Parker Middle School last week for their annual visit with fifth grade students about the science involved in meteorology, predicting weather, largest snowfalls and some of their most memorable moments of their careers.

All of the fifth grade science classes were in attendance of the live presentation.

Atkins and DiVecchio shared some information about what they do at the TV station and some other important weather facts. Students asked questions directly to the meteorologists and had the opportunity to meet individually with them following the presentation.

Various fifth graders created a welcome video for the visit. JET TV had this event on Facebook Live.

JWPMS teacher Laurie Santos is the Edinboro weather watcher for the station and orchestrated the event.

 

 

JWPMS PTSA hosts Halloween Fun Night

Mon, 2018-10-29 10:36

Last Friday, the James W. Parker Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association hosted a Halloween Fun Night. All Middle School students were invited to enjoy a giant inflatable obstacle course, DJ, photo booth and a costume contest.

A total of 250 students came out for some Halloween Fun! Some of the winning costumes included a group of m&m’s, a giant chicken, an SNL Cheerleader and Eleven from Stranger Things.

JWPMS students prepare for Trail of Treats

Fri, 2018-10-26 16:12

JWPMS students are preparing for tomorrow’s fifth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser!

Members of the 8th grade advisors are hosting the event 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.

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.

GMHS hosts send-off for Water Polo members

Fri, 2018-10-26 10:32

General McLane High School hosted a send-off this morning for the Fairview Girls Water Polo Team, which co-ops with both General McLane and Girard High Schools.

General McLane students Ellen Eisert and Macie Peyton are members of the team and will participating in the State Championship this weekend. The team will compete in the Pennsylvania Small School Championships at Muhlenberg High School in Reading on Saturday.

General McLane High School and Fairview High School entered into co-operative agreements for both Water Polo and Girls Lacrosse. A cooperative agreement is approved by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and enable students from one school to play a sport at another.

Congratulations to both General McLane and Fairview students on this impressive accomplishment!

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-10-26 09:13

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 James W. Parker Middle School Guidance Counselor Pam Swanseger, who has worked for the District for nine years!

Outside of school, Mrs. Swanseger coaches her 2nd grade daughter’s cross country team and is a room mother and school board member at her daughter’s school.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Everyday brings something new and no two days are the same. I have the best of both worlds in education; I have the opportunity to teach in the classroom and to meet with students. Getting to know the students personally and to help them achieve their goals motivates me to continue as a counselor.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

The GM family is truly one of a kind. When one of us hurts, everyone is there to help. When one of us celebrates, everyone is there to celebrate along side us. Not only are we dedicated to each other as co-workers, but the GM family is dedicated to all of the students.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

Every year I have to opportunity to help students on the Ross Morrow shopping trip at Walmart. It warms my heart to witness the pure joy of students when they have the opportunity to shop for necessary clothes for themselves. Some need winter coats, boots, hats, and gloves. Others are simply happy to receive socks and t-shirts. This reminds me of what is important in life and how blessed I am. I am thankful for the community support our students receive as well, being that all the money for the shopping trip is donated by organizations within our community.

Did you know ….

My very first year teaching, I taught Social Studies and Math to Miss Tori Hansen when she was in 8th grade and Miss Sarah Hansen in 6th grade at St. John Grade School in Erie. Now they are both working in the field of education!

Holiday Arts Fair: Vendor Feature

Thu, 2018-10-25 13:22

The General McLane Foundation’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 17, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 80 vendors will be in attendance, including a variety of new vendors. This year’s crafts include: glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items.

One of the vendors will be Eggspressions, who creates a variety of whimsical pieces including ornaments, necklaces, gelli prints, paper clay pieces, multi-media pieces and needle felted pieces.

“Wether it’s soldiered glass, sewn Wee Ones, gelli prints or needle felting, all of my pieces are created with bright colors and a bit of whimsy.  The Wee Ones (sewn stuffies) have a special place in my heart as they are a collaboration between my mother and I,” said Emily Robertson of Eggspressions. “I draw each of the designs, my mom hand stitches each design and sews them into small pillows and then I paint the rest of the design on to the little pillow stuffies. It has been a great experience that is the external evidence of the support my mother has provided in my pursuits of art.”

Here is a sneak-peak of just some of their items that will be available at the Fair!

 

McKean Elementary holds Pumpkin Run

Wed, 2018-10-24 10:54

This week, McKean Elementary School students hosted their famous pumpkin run.

Each year during the last week of ASR (After-School Recreation), students run a three-quarter-mile course before heading to the picnic pavilion to decorate pumpkins while enjoying some sweet treats. A different grade level participates in the run each day.

This event, which has gone on for more than thirty years, is possible thanks to many community members and local businesses. Lee Wasielewski donates all the pumpkins, St. Francis Usher’s Club donates the juice and Tim Horton’s donates donuts.

The McKean Elementary After School Recreation program is designed to give students time with their classmates to play and explore many aspects of physical activity, games and sports. The program offers a wide variety of activities to keep students active and engaged in a slightly less structured environment. ASR is offered in the Fall and Spring and is geared to enhance their relationships and give students time outside of their school day to bond through new activities and games.

First Graders go Batty

Mon, 2018-10-22 11:46

Mrs. Shield’s First Grade class at Edinboro Elementary arrived to class Friday morning like any other day. But when they arrived, to their surprise, the entire classroom had been turned into a bat cave!

All week, the class had been researching and learning about bats. What could be a better way to cap off the lesson than actually getting to see what it’s like to really be a bat?

Mrs. Shields transformed her classroom into a bat cave and all day students learned in the dark, just like real bats!

First Graders at Edinboro Elementary see “Miss Nelson is Missing”

Mon, 2018-10-22 10:25

Last week, the First Graders at Edinboro Elementary were treated to a viewing of the play “Miss Nelson is Missing” at the Erie Playhouse.

Prior to the play students were read several books from the “Miss Nelson” series so they were already familiar with the characters and plot.

First Grade Teacher Kim Shields said that they went to see this play to give students the opportunity to experience a book they knew and loved performed in a theatrical setting.

After the play, students practiced retelling, making connections and comparing the books to the play.

 

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-10-22 09:02

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Kiera Eagle (5th)
Harleigh Iarussi (5th)
Mason Morgan (6th)
Raelee Salusky (6th)
Will Jepson (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

Visit from a 4-H Phenom

Fri, 2018-10-19 13:36


The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes at GMHS had the pleasure of welcoming another special guest speaker this Thursday. This week’s famous Lancer guest was senior Faith Wheeler who is highly decorated in Pennsylvania’s 4-H program.

Faith talked to students about what 4-H is and went over some of her many accomplishments which include her horse Ziggy being named Grand Champion in the Quarter Horse Gelding halter class at the Crawford County Fair, first place in Ranch Horse Pleasure at the 4-H District 9 Horse Show, eight first place finishes in different events at the Albion Fair and many more!

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.

Next week’s guest speaker will be international student Kimberly Prizmic!

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-10-19 11:32

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 teacher Lindsey Kirkpatrick, who has worked for the District for 7 years!

Outside of school, Mrs. Kirkpatrick spends most of her time raising her young children who will someday be proud GM Lancer Alums!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love that at the elementary level everything is still new and often magical for our children! Students grow so much and change so much in the short year that they spend in my classroom and its exciting to play a role in their young lives.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I love the sense of community and spirit. We are proud of what we do and happy to be doing it!

What is your favorite work-related memory?

This past summer, I had the opportunity to work the Camp Invention program based at Parker Middle School. I got to spend time with GM students from both elementary schools, as well as teach alongside our middle and high school students! Working with such a variety of amazing kids and engaging in a curriculum that was so different, interactive and exciting was really a special experience.

Did you know ….

Mrs. Kirkpatrick loves snow sports and water sports! She skis and snowboards in the winter- and waterskis and wake boards during the summer months!

2nd Annual Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series

Fri, 2018-10-19 10:17

James W. Parker Middle School’s Jacob Haugh ‘s 2nd Annual Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series started this week.

This year, Haugh is bringing his Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series back and even better than last year. The 2nd annual competition is open to the entire middle school. The fundraising efforts are already under way, and homeroom who raises the most money through Thursday will win the opportunity to play JWPMS teachers in a Wiffle Ball Game.

Last year, Haugh’s homeroom (Mr. Sturgess’ class), won and represented all of sixth grade. Although the teachers may have won the championship, everybody won the fundraiser. More than $800 was raised specifically through the Wiffle Ball fundraiser for Wins for Kids, which supports Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. The seventh grader’s goal is to raise $2,500 total this year, which would put his four season total to $35,000.

Haugh’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was recognized as Pittsburgh’s 2017 National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Youth Award Winner. 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. This year, Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent his second video specifically thanking James W. Parker Middle School for their efforts.

The winning homeroom will get their chance to take the trophy back for the students next Friday during an assembly.

Box to take the stage at JWPMS

Fri, 2018-10-19 09:24

James W. Parker Middle School has announced it will host a Fall play for the first time ever.

They will be performing Lindsay Price’s Box, which discusses the social constraints of middle school and how students overcome those problems.

James W. Parker Middle School teacher and play director Julia McCollum said she did the play this year to highlight middle school talents that aren’t seen on a day-to-day basis.

“It is very rewarding to see students shine that may or may not have singing abilities,” McCollum said. “The play Box really hits home to our district and the students at our middle school. Many students feel like they might need to fit into a box but they should not have to feel this way. This show models how students feel when they are restricted to their box.”

Auditions were held during the second week of September and the cast is now complete. The cast list is Tobeigh Ingram, Chloe Kiser, Alie Jones, Shane Dexter, Myles Bruce, Ethan McCarthy, Ramey Plouse, Owen Eisert, Chloe Miles, Ellie Baughman, Ryan McLaughlin, Ainsley Puller, Parker Irwin, Sophia Allison, JC Williams, Pacey Moran, Alena Swanson and Sarah Rice.

Box will take place November 9th at 7 p.m. and November 10th at 2 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) at James W. Parker Middle School.

There is a suggested $2 donation at the door.

This play is in addition to James W. Parker Middle School’s spring musical. This year’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., takes place February 22 – 23, 2019.

Box to take the stage at James W. Parker Middle School

Thu, 2018-10-18 10:41

James W. Parker Middle School has announced it will host a Fall play for the first time ever.

They will be performing Lindsay Price’s Box, which discusses the social constraints of middle school and how students overcome those problems.

James W. Parker Middle School teacher and play director Julia McCollum said she did the play this year to highlight middle school talents that aren’t seen on a day-to-day basis.

“It is very rewarding to see students shine that may or may not have singing abilities,” McCollum said. “The play Box really hits home to our district and the students at our middle school. Many students feel like they might need to fit into a box but they should not have to feel this way. This show models how students feel when they are restricted to their box.”

Auditions were held during the second week of September and the cast is now complete. The cast list is Tobeigh Ingram, Chloe Kiser, Alie Jones, Shane Dexter, Myles Bruce, Ethan McCarthy, Ramey Plouse, Owen Eisert, Chloe Miles, Ellie Baughman, Ryan McLaughlin, Ainsley Puller, Parker Irwin, Sophia Allison, JC Williams, Pacey Moran, Alena Swanson and Sarah Rice.

Box will take place November 9th at 7 p.m. and November 10th at 2 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) at James W. Parker Middle School.

There is a suggested $2 donation at the door.

This play is in addition to James W. Parker Middle School’s spring musical. This year’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., takes place February 22 – 23, 2019.

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