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MS hosts GLOW PSSA review

Mon, 2019-04-29 11:43

In preparation of the PSSA testing this week, James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade teachers worked toward beating the test prep blues by creating a fun and engaging activity.

Students in Mrs. Zafiropoulos and Mrs. Barbarini’s classrooms participated in GLOW PSSA Review. Here’s how it worked: there were four review games. (Jenga, bowling, ring toss and Geobuild). At each station, students solved math problems that reviewed material from the entire year. Students worked in groups to first solve the problem independently and then discussed the answer to make sure everyone was on the same page.  After the question was solved, students played a round of the activity they were assigned (bowl one round, pull a jenga block from the tower, toss rings for points, etc.).

The lights were turned out and the rooms were decorated with glow sticks and other items that glow under UV light.

A big THANK YOU to Mark Eisert with Millenium Sound for providing the black/UV lights to make this entire event possible!

JWPMS PTSA Awarded Grant to Host Parent Workshop Tuesday

Fri, 2019-04-26 14:49

James W. Parker Middle School PTSA has been awarded a $1,000 grant from National PTA® and Google to provide parents with the resources they need to answer practical questions about digital safety and citizenship. The grant will be used to host a Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at James W. Parker Middle School Cafeteria.

James W. Parker Middle School PTSA is one of 200 local PTAs nationwide selected to receive a PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome grant from Google and National PTA. In addition to the funds, all grantees will receive a Be Internet Awesome kit to help PTA leaders host a successful workshop.

“The PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop by Google allows parents to explore their excitements and worries about raising children in a connected world and to work through discussion- based, parent-to-parent sessions on topics like password security and safe websites,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “Parents will walk away with the awareness of the topics and access to resources, answers to questions about online safety and digital citizenship, and action plans and information to help facilitate discussions at home.”

To make the program as inclusive as possible, each Be Internet Awesome kit is bilingual—with materials in English and Spanish—and includes a Google Pixelbook. At the Be Internet Awesome workshop, families will:

  • Increase awareness of online safety tools for families
  • Teach families about digital citizenship and how to better navigate the internet
  • Inspire families to Be Internet Awesome together by growing their understanding of digital well- being

Facilitated by James W. Parker Middle School Guidance Counselor Pam Swanseger, the workshop will focus on five areas:

  • Be Smart- Share with Care
  • Be Alert- Don’t Fall for Fake
  • Be Strong- Secure Your Secrets
  • Be Kind- Itʼs Cool to Be Kind
  • Be Brave- When in Doubt, Talk it Out

Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a workshop to follow. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required.

Parents can RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pta-connected-be-internet-awesome-family-workshop-tickets-60797282308?fbclid=IwAR25mmOUNQUaZVE-D6QUYXMv47DVVspi5KiCITBxWvf1NciOxYM1-YlJGr4

Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering students visit LECOM

Fri, 2019-04-26 14:11

General McLane High School seniors in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering spent a day at LECOM this week.

Students worked in the pharmacy lab creating a compound for bath bombs and also participated in pharmacy simulations. Students also spent time in the anatomy (cadaver lab) with teams of medical students studying the human brain, hip and shoulder joints, the digestive system and the heart. Students were able to hold and explore each of these systems.

Three General McLane graduates and current LECOM medical students led three of the small groups in the anatomy lab: Dr. Andrew Kramer, Josh Valerio (1st year medical student who was a graduate of the first Academy class) and Julia Pietras.

Bring your child to work day

Fri, 2019-04-26 10:06

In honor of “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day,” a national day that gives children in the United States a glimpse into the working world, James W. Parker Middle School’s Tiffany Brooks and Jenise LaRocca brought their children to work!

LaRocca brought her six-month old daughter Penelope in the morning, and Penelope helped mommy in the main office, greeting the students and teachers and even watching the process for check requests! She also made a visit to the Associate Principal’s Office, uh oh!

Brooks  also brought her one-year-old son Henry in for some of the morning to experience her Reading Success class, a class where students work on improving their reading fluency. Henry is moving constantly and Brook says he will only sit still for books if he is engaged.

Well, fifth grader Gabe Dorman was up to the task! Dorman read “The Very Cranky Bear” aloud to Henry, who was totally engaged. Afterward, Henry was even mimicking Dorman and was growling like a bear!

A fun morning for all!

JWPMS 5th graders take home seedlings

Fri, 2019-04-26 09:30

Thanks to the Heather Garden Club of Edinboro, James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders were once again able to take home a Norway Spruce seedling of their own!

The Heather Club of Edinboro provides the students with the seedlings as well as directions on how to plant bare-root trees. This is an annual donation from the gardening club, which aligns with the fifth graders’ plant study unit.

This yearly donation occurs in connection with Earth Day.

GM Family Fun Run Returns

Fri, 2019-04-26 09:26

The fifth annual GM Community Fun Run is returning to General McLane High School grounds on May 25, 2019.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a collaborative fundraising event for both schools. Roughly 150 runners participated in the event last year, which raising $2,500 to benefit the General McLane students, staff and community.

Obstacle stations are placed throughout the 5k and 1milerun/walk (two different options). A dunk tank and additional entertainment is also available.

Register by May 1 to be assured a shirt. You can register day of race (9:30-10:30 a.m.), but shirts will not be available. Registration is $15 for each participant and includes: Access to the full course & obstacles from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 dunk tank ticket (students only), Free bottle of water & snacks and more.

This event has been made possible thanks to community members and businesses. To sponsor, call Kate Fiscus at 814-490-9219.

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Parker PRIDE Winners

Wed, 2019-04-24 10:42


Congratulations to the last two weeks’ Parker PRIDE winners:

Gus Brasington
Lexi Lozowski
Quinn O’Lone
Alyssa Mihalak
James Respecki

Lydia Johnson
Elizabeth Jankowski
Delaney Brunner
Phillip Gocal
Trent Dennis

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.

Celebrating Student Success

Wed, 2019-04-24 09:18

Last week, James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders celebrated its Straight A students during an ice cream social!

Teachers posted a bulletin board last week highlighting all students who have been on the Honor Roll or had straight A’s for Quarters 1-3.  The ice cream social included all of the Straight A students, who each brought  a friend along with them.

 

 

FBLA students attend States

Tue, 2019-04-16 15:20

Eleven members of General McLane’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the State Leadership Conference in Hershey, PA. Shannon Miller, Anna Chernicky, Cassidy Comer, Jason Hahn, Nate Jones, Lexi Langer, Rachel Lesko, Avery McCullough, and Olivia Minner spent two full days competing in their events and attending workshops.

A special congratulations to Maegan Parker and Taylor Thomas who earned sixth place in the state in their Social Media Campaign competition.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, prepares them for entry into a business-related occupations, and offers a setting where members compete at regional, state and national levels in business and technology curriculum.

Fifth graders study aquatic environments

Wed, 2019-04-10 08:11

James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders are learning the environmental factors that affect an aquatic environment.

Over the next two weeks, students in Mrs. Santos’ science classes will observe and take responsibility for their aquatic environments, which include both goldfish and crayfish. At the end of two weeks, students will be able to adopt their  fish.

In total, there are 150 goldfish, 12 crayfish, elodea, duckweed and gammarus for the fifth graders.

This is part of the fifth grade science unit on ecosystems.

April Students of the Month

Mon, 2019-04-08 08:38


James W. Parker Middle School announced its April Students of the Month.

  • 5th – Integrity – Emma Dubynskiy
  • 6th – Determination– Lilly Slate
  • 7th – Empath– Logan Furey
  • 8th – Positive – Shane Dexter
  • Exploratory – Respect – Ciara Cieloszyk

The Parker Pride students of the month recognizes students throughout the entire building, in grades 5 through 8.

PRIDE is an acronym for Positive, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy. Through this program, the school recognizes students that exemplify these character traits every day. Each month, one of the grade level teams is assigned a character trait in a rotating basis. The teams are: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and exploratory. These teams are responsible for nominating students and then selecting one student that best exemplifies that specific trait.

Students selected are recognized over the announcements and then meet with JWPMS associate principal Justin Whitford, who shares the reason why they were selected. Their pictures, grade and character traits are then posted on a banner outside of the gym lobby for the month. Additionally, students are invited to a breakfast celebration and can bring a friend.

The program launched this year with the start of the middle school’s new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is a program based on a national model to promote positive behavior growth. This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations.

Although similar, this program is different from the PBIS Parker Pride weekly winners.

Parker Pride Students of the Month (Running List)

March 2019

5th – Respect – Alyssa Bentley
6th – Integrity – Owen Eisert
7th – Determination – Emma Czarnecki
8th – Empathy – Leo Chen
Exploratory –Positive – Caden Brumagin

February 2019
5th – Positive – Daniel Sychuk
6th – Respect – Magdalen Kennedy
7th – Integrity – Alanna Puller
8th – Determination – Chandler Kopystecki
Exploratory – Empathy – Johnathan Kavelish

January 2019
5th – Empathy – Jaela Moir
6th – Positive – Madelin Barto
7th – Respect – Chance Kimmy
8th – Integrity – Sierra Griffith
Exploratory – Determination – Julia Scrutchins

December 2018
5th – Determination – Phillip Gocal
6th – Empathy – Jane Howard
7th – Positive – Allisyn Stuck
8th – Respect – Nathanael Robbins
Exploratory – Integrity – Kyle Cousins

November 2018
5th – Integrity – Midori Zheng
6th – Determination – Estella Menc
7th – Empathy – Annika Semoe
8th – Positive – Abby Walker
Exploratory – Respect – Bailey Cannon

October 2018
5th – Respect – Charlie Salvo
6th – Integrity – Bryce Mulligan
7th – Determination – Maya Egloff
8th – Empathy – Talon Frick
Exploratory – Positive – Peter Alberti

September 2018
5th – Positive – Zoey Delaney
6th – Respect – Noah Saulsgiver
7th – Integrity – Scout Adamski
8th – Determination – Thomas Langer
Exploratory – Empathy – Pacey Moran

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-04-08 08:29

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Carley Foradori
Morgan Cormier
Caitlin Preston
Ethan Snyder
Teddy Hubbell

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.

Wax Museum Returns to JWPMS

Thu, 2019-04-04 15:44

James W. Parker Middle School students presented their living Wax Museum to classmates this week.

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Chabola’s class researched individuals who had significant impacts on American Culture/History and put together an “expert” report about the person. Their report included some kind of costume and presentation, which could have been an iMovie or a poster display.

Students had their own “booth” set up so that the other classes could come for a tour to learn all about the person from the student, report and presentation.

Some students will also be presenting these reports during the Creative Arts Expo, which takes place tonight at James W. Parker Middle School. The event includes student performances, artwork displays, a cookie competition, collaborative class projects, the STEAM K’Nex Amusement Park, hands-on & interactive art stations, physical fitness challenges, Inventionland displays and the grand opening of JWPMS’ Makerspace, with opportunity to complete a steam-based project with child. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Students prepare for Cookie War Competition

Wed, 2019-04-03 13:57

James W. Parker Middle School students in Mrs. Glasl’s Family Living glasses are preparing for their annual Cookie-War!

This competition is part of the fourth annual Creative Arts Expo, which takes place this Thursday, April 4. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

This year there are 11 teams competing for the bragging rights for the best cookie, each making a minimum of 200 cookie samples.  In addition to bragging rights, the winning team gets awarded customized “Cookie Champion” baking aprons complete with coordinating chef hats.

Students have been busy in the kitchen producing the sweet treats for the past two weeks.  Throughout the project, students have put into action food safety and storage practices, utilized kitchen math to calculate ingredient amounts, created grocery lists for multiple recipes, cooperated with teammates, managed time schedules, and implemented basic food preparation techniques.

Teams were charged with finding a recipe by searching through online recipe engines, analyzing the recipe for cost and time-constraints, and selecting a recipe they believed to be a competitor for the title of “2019 Best Cookie.”

For this year’s competition there will be more than 2,500 cookies available for guests of the event to sample and vote for their favorite.  That’s a lot of hard work and cookies!  Students will be providing the recipes and answering any questions about their selections during the event.

Fair warning though!  The cookies tend to disappear before the night’s events are concluded, so be sure to stop by early in order to have a chance to sample these middle school masterpieces and vote for your favorite.

In addition to the Cookie War, there will be language arts performances, a Wax Museum, projects from Art Room and Technology Education departments, a cookie-war, a band drum circle, collaborative art work, musical projects, double-dutch and STEAM K’nEx Amusement Park Rides.

In September, James W. Parker Middle School’s Creative Arts Expo was featured in the National Network of Partnership Schools’ 2018 book, Promising Partnership Practices.  The collection features 70 activities from schools, districts, organizations, and states, representing 11 states, 17 districts, and Ireland and Scotland.

The Creative Arts Expo was created three years ago as a collaborative effort from all of the different arts programs at the middle school.

There was a specific focus prior to last year’s event to engage at least thirty percent (30%) of the district’s middle school families. Due to targeted efforts, attendance at the 2017 Creative Arts Expo doubled from 225 to 550 in 2018.

Creative Arts Expo to take place Thursday

Wed, 2019-04-03 13:55

James W. Parker Middle School will be celebrating student creativity in its fourth annual Creative Arts Expo this Thursday, April 4. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

There will be language arts performances, a Wax Museum, projects from Art Room and Technology Education departments, a cookie-war, a band drum circle, collaborative art work, musical projects, double-dutch and STEAM K’nEx Amusement Park Rides.

There will also be hands-on activities for families to complete together in James W. Parker Middle School’s MakerSpace.

New projects this year include: 6th grade cooperative Language Arts & Social Studies projects, a music Class Drum Circle and Chorus project exhibition, new Health and Family Living projects on display and hands-on activities in the middle school library.

In September, James W. Parker Middle School’s Creative Arts Expo was featured in the National Network of Partnership Schools’ 2018 book, Promising Partnership Practices.  The collection features 70 activities from schools, districts, organizations, and states, representing 11 states, 17 districts, and Ireland and Scotland.

The Creative Arts Expo was created three years ago as a collaborative effort from all of the different arts programs at the middle school.

There was a specific focus prior to last year’s event to engage at least thirty percent (30%) of the district’s middle school families. Due to targeted efforts, attendance at the 2017 Creative Arts Expo doubled from 225 to 550 in 2018.

Creating higher engagement from families at District events was one of the three goals that General McLane’s Parent Engagement Action Team established during the 2017-2018 school year.

GMHS students use functions to build Gateway Arch

Wed, 2019-04-03 13:24

General McLane High School students are learning the correlation between functions and engineering.

Students in Mrs. Scaletta’s AP Calculus BC class have been studying the functions needed to build the St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and the physics and computations behind the structure. Yesterday, students built a model from card stock.

Today, students wrote the equations to model the structures.

GM students place at State Reflections Contest; one state winner

Mon, 2019-04-01 11:48

McKean Elementary School’s Alex Cooney won first place at the State Level in Literature and is going to Nationals. Conney’s piece was titled, “My Papa is My Hero”.

James W. Parker Middle School had three students who place at the state level:

  • 2nd place Visual Arts – Kiera Schoolcraft – Woman like me (pictured below)

  • 25th place Photography- Milo Kline – After a fire (pictured below)

  • 5th place Music- Chloe Kiser – She found light

Students will be recognized at the State Reflections Awards Brunch on Sunday, April 28, in Altoona.

Hosted by JWPMS’ PTSA and McKean Elementary PTA, students were first judged at the District-level and then judged at the Erie County, Regional and State Levels. All first place finishes in the State now move into the National Level.

The National PTA Reflections program supports student success and serves as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. All grades and abilities are invited to participate in this program, which celebrates the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Heroes Around Me was the theme for the 2018-2019 school year. Students completed works in original 2D & 3D art, photography, music, dance, literature, and film. Next year’s theme is “Look Within.

Congratulations to our winners and all those who participated in this year’s program!

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-04-01 09:12


Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Ashley Campbell
Lorin Hammill
Ty Proper
Kameryn Ernst
Andrew Clarkson

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.

Debating for success

Fri, 2019-03-29 09:48

James W. Parker Middle School students have quickly learned what it takes to participate in a public forum debate.

Using current issues relating to Mexico, sixth graders recently practiced critical thinking techniques while analyzing issues for argumentative essays and cross-examination debates.

The sixth grade Social Studies and Language Arts classes teamed up for this cross-curricular project, where students researched a topic relating to Mexico, wrote an argumentative essay and bibliography, and prepared and participated in a debate presenting both sides.

The topics included: NAFTA/USMCA, separation of families at the border, building a border wall between the US and Mexico, off-shore drilling, slash and burn agriculture and DACA.

The topics and teams were selected by the teachers. Teachers also assigned them a side to the topic.

Curriculum connections help create meaningful and engaging learning for students. Research has shown that material becomes more relevant for students when they can make connections between individual subject areas.

PTSA hosts Lancer Luau

Fri, 2019-03-29 08:43

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) hosted a Lancer Luau last Friday night. Despite the cold weather, students were thinking of warmer weather as they dressed in their best luau-attire.

PTSA gave every student who attended a lei to wear. The event featured a DJ,a giant bouncy obstacle course, a photo booth and lots of snacks!

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