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GMHS Athletics Signing Day Ceremony

Thu, 2017-05-25 09:57

General McLane High School hosted a Collegiate Athletics Signing Day Ceremony yesterday.

The following athletes signed to continue their athletic careers as a student-athlete at the collegiate level:

Lydia Beers – Mercyhurst North East – Soccer
CeCe Koral – Edinboro – Swimming
Ethan Laird – Rider – Wrestling
Jacob Lenhardt – Behrend – Wrestling
Abbie Staley – Edinboro – Softball
Owen Watkins – Mercyhurst – Wrestling

General McLane now has seven college-bound athletes from the Class of 2017. Earlier this year, Alex Jay signed to play basketball at Edinboro University.

Mandarin Club attends Cleveland Asian Festival

Mon, 2017-05-22 10:35

The General McLane High School Mandarin Club attended the Annual Cleveland Asian Festival Trip this past weekend.

Twenty-five students attended the festival, which takes place in the heart of Cleveland’s AsiaTown and offers all sorts of vendors, food, live entertainment, and activities.

Nearly two dozen Asian restaurants set up as vendors in the festival area and there were also two main stages that include demonstrations and competitions.

General McLane’s Mandarin Club raises awareness of Asian cultures, promotes the Mandarin Chinese Program and practices conversational Chinese.

JWPMS hosts 2017 Talent Show

Mon, 2017-05-22 09:34

The 2017 Talent Show at James W. Parker Middle School took place last week.

Caleigh Meyer won first place, Dylan Throop earned second,  Julia Esposito earned third and Meredith Moore earned the Director’s Award. The show is directed by JWPMS teacher Kate Amatuzzo. This year’s stage manager was Ryan Hess; lights were done by Alayna & Kellen Smith and the hosts of the show were Makaela Persons and Chandler Villanueva.

Here is a list of all of this year’s performances:

Alie Jones –  “Fireflies”
Sadiyah Dexter – “Music of the Night”
Cooper Williams – “Here”
JC Williams – Yo-Yo Presentation
Sophia Lehman – “Home”
Elle Loehrke, Sophia Boutte, Chloe Miles, and Bella Fromknecht – “The Schuyler Sisters”
Sarah Brest – “Memories”
Tobeigh Ingram – “Fire to the Rain”
Emma Noyer  – “Hot and Cold”
Miranda Kline – “I Don’t Know My Name”
Morgan Olson –  “Scars to Your Beautiful”
Ellie Conaway – “The Spinning Song”
Taylor Dowlen – “Stay with me”
Dylan Throop – “Minuet in G Major”
Julia Esposito – “My Heart Will Go On”
Caleigh Meyer –  “Titanium”
Chloe Kiser – Piano/Vocal Presentation
Taylor Faulkner –  “Million Reasons”
Elena Halmi – “Say Something”
Grace Honeycutt – “All That Matters”
Isaac Smith –  Magic Act
Hannah Wolfe – “Hallelujah”
Meredith Moore –  “Writing’s on the Wall”
Abby Johnson – “Try”

McKean receives recognition for MTSS program

Fri, 2017-05-19 11:38

McKean Elementary School’s MTSS Program was recently highlighted as Model Program through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5.

As part of their “Spotlight on Model Schools/Model Programs” recognition, each month the NW Tri-County IU 5 selects a school in the Tri-County region that is implementing a program successfully with support from a member of the Intermediate Unit staff.

During each monthly Curriculum Directors, a school leadership team presents to their regional colleagues. Through these sessions, schools share exemplary practices, have access to networking opportunities across districts and learn about the Intermediate Unit services and programs.

McKean Elementary School implemented their Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to meet the needs of elementary age students experiencing difficulties in school, whether it be academic or behavioral. The team reviews school-wide universal screening data and other district assessments for students and develops strategies that address students’ needs in the regular classroom setting.

Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission helps students build bluebird habitats

Fri, 2017-05-19 11:25

There was a lot of hammering at James W. Parker Middle School earlier this week!

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Santos and Mr. Sturgess’ classrooms built a bluebird nesting box, thanks to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission who donated the wood and hardware for 150+ habitats.

Wildlife conservation officer Mike Stutts did a lesson with the students, helped them to build the habitats and then had students watch a video about the best places to hang their bluebird boxes.

This was part of the fifth grade science curriculum.

11th Annual Golf Outing Accepting Registrations

Thu, 2017-05-18 11:02

Golf enthusiasts and supporters of public education can mark their calendars – the General McLane Foundation is now accepting registrations for its 11th Annual Golf Outing. Sponsored by Edinboro Outdoors, the event will take place July 15, 2017, at Culbertson Hills Golf Course in Edinboro.

The golf outing is an 18-hole, four-person scramble. Golfers can win valuable raffle and contest prizes.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Tickets to this event are $80/golfer $320/foursome. Entry fees includes: 18 Holes & Golf Cart, Lunch, Dinner, Golf Balls & Tees, Beverages, Prizes, 19th Green, the opportunity to win a car and additional prizes, sponsored by Walker Bros, the opportunity to purchase Skins and Mulligans and the chance to compete in a Putting Contest, Longest Drive and Closest Pin. The winning team wins $300; second place team wins $200; random draw wins $100.

Many sponsorship opportunities are available including: prize donors, hole sponsors at $100; putting contest sponsors at $200; beverage station sponsors and 19th Green sponsors at $250; lunch sponsors at $600; and dinner sponsors at $1,000.

All proceeds benefit the General McLane Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 exclusively for charitable educational purposes to benefit the students of the General McLane School District. The Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing are the organization’s two major fundraising events as both help fund scholarships for graduating seniors. The Golf Outing alone has raised almost $50,000 for General McLane students.

Reservations, tickets and/or sponsorships can be obtained now by visiting the GM Website ( or by calling the school district at 273-1033, Ext. 5901.

GM Students Place at PJAS State Meet

Wed, 2017-05-17 18:11

General McLane High School students placed at the PJAS State meet this past weekend.

Akayla Lewin, Andrew Yonko, and Maddiy Schutt earned 1st place awards. Elizabeth May, Alayna Willow, Julia Wasielewski, Halle Minner, and Maddie Bruce all earned 2nd place awards. Andrew Yonko also earned a perfect score and the Director’s award for the best Junior High School Ecology project in the state of PA. Maddiy Schutt was also awarded a scholarship for the Penn State School of Engineering worth $8,000.

Congratulations to our students!

Patriots and Redcoats return to JWPMS

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:51

James W. Parker Middle School students from Mrs. Santos’s classes made tricorn hats representing the Continental Army (George Washington) and British (General Cornwallis) for a fun ending to their study of the Revolutionary War.

Students had the opportunity to choose which hat they wanted to make, and they decorated accordingly. Then, students showcased their creations!

GMHS wins Caring Place Contest

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:44

General McLane High School’s Caring Club placed first in Highmark Caring Place’s Awareness Raising Project for National Child Grief Awareness Day. Forty-five schools entered the contest.

General McLane School District raised more than $1,500 for the Caring Place through their National Child Grief Awareness Day fundraising efforts throughout the week of November 16. All four schools participated in fundraising events, which were coordinated by the Caring Club. Events included a Supply Drive, a Memory Tree & Wall Message of Support, a Chinese Auction and Bake Sale, a Hair Dye Station to streak students’ hair blue, a Photobooth and a Blue-Out. Edinboro Elementary School also held a poster contest.

Community sponsors also donated to the cause and hung signs in their window indicating their support. Businesses donors included: AirBorn Inc., Better Baked Foods, Brian & Carol Johnson, Remax Realtors, Brighter2Morrows Counseling, Brink Ink, Buckwheats, Carol Blount, Independent 31 Gifts Consultant, Complete Wireless, Dairy Supreme, Eberle’s Physical Therapy, Edinboro Lanes & Lookout Lounge, Edinboro Outdoors, Edinboro University Office of Admissions, Edinboro University School of Nursing, Edinboro YMCA, Empty Keg, Frank Chocolates of Edinboro, John Wildwoods, Lakeside Bagel & Deli, Meeker’s Pizza, Parker’s Gallery, Psychological Services of Edinboro, R & S Sports, Rebich Investments, Resident’s of Saint Francis Xavier Apartments, Rick Walker Tree Farm, Salon B, Weiss Earley Landscaping.

The Caring Club has about 20 members who have lost family members, and according to Hertel, they are already planning next year’s event.

The Highmark Caring Place is a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families that offers a safe place for grieving children and families to come together. The Caring Place offers these services at no charge to grieving families from throughout the community.

General McLane High School and Parker Middle School began offering grief support group meetings in September of 2014 as part of a regional program sponsored by the Highmark Caring Place, which has offered grief support for children at its Erie facility since opening in 2001. Students and counselors meet every Wednesday for about an hour.

State Police presents on dangers of heroin & opioid

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:32

The Pennsylvania State Police presented at General McLane High School today on the the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.

The State Police has teamed up with various agencies within the community to educate students at all Erie County High Schools on the dangers of the heroin/opioid use.

Today’s assembly was for juniors and seniors and provided students with the opportunity to interact with professionals from the community and receive resources to obtain help for themselves or a loved one. Students watched “Chasing the Dragon,” and then heard from speakers, including General McLane graduate Jeffrey Klenk (’02).

6th Graders Build a Dog House

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:43

James W. Parker Middle School sixth grade students applied their math skills last week to demonstrate conceptual understanding and useful application.

Students in Mrs. Lindenberger’s class worked in teams to design and construct a dog house. Students applied a variety of math skills, including: area, volume, measurement, conversations, addition, subtraction and multiplication. Students selected a dog and then were required to use its size to figure out the measurements for its sleeping area, ceiling height, doorway opening, and roof. Students also needed to figure out how much the construction would cost them.

Students sketched their designs and then created their own model to present.

Great job to all students!



JWPMS performs Lip Dub to kick off fundraiser

Mon, 2017-05-15 11:16

JWPMS hosted a Lip Dub assembly on Friday with the entire school to The Clarks’ ‘What a Wonderful World!’

Following the assembly, they kicked off their fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Throughout this week, students are collecting money through Penny Wars!  This fundraiser is hosted by the 8th grade Advisors.

Raising money for Make-A-Wish was prompted by Mr. Sturgess’s classroom project that encouraged students to do something to impact others. JWPMS students Ellah Beachly and Morgan Frick decided to fundraise money to donate to Make-A-Wish of Greater PA and WV to pay it forward to help other families.

Now, the entire school will help out by aiming to raise $4400 this week for the organization, which is the average cost of a wish. The winning grade level for the Penny Wars fundraiser will receive a fun assembly on May 26. During this assembly, there will also be a check presentation.

Moments with Mom at McKean Elementary

Fri, 2017-05-12 16:36

McKean Elementary School hosted Moments with Mom today to honor the special ladies in our students’ lives. Students brought in their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, big sisters and close friends to share with them their morning routine.

This event is sponsored by McKean Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). For more information on what they do, please see our website.

For more photos, please visit our Featured Photos Page.

Miss Erie County visits JWMPS students

Fri, 2017-05-12 16:24

USA National Miss Erie County came to James W. Parker Middle School this week to talk to fifth grade students about Bullying.

Dakota McElravy is visiting schools as part of the National Miss anti-bullying campaign. She is focusing on person-to-person bullying and the type of online bullying seen on Facebook.

In addition to hearing McElravy speak, students wrote positive messages on hearts and learned about filling each other’s buckets with positive comments.

MS students perform Readers Theatres

Thu, 2017-05-11 14:57

James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade students in Mrs. Santos’ class performed Readers Theatres this week. The plays were about Colonial and Revolutionary America.

A Readers Theatre (also spelled “Readers Theater” or “Readers’ Theater”) are dramatic presentations of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a “script” and parts are divided among the readers. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures to practice and perfect student’s fluency and speaking skills. Students are able to comprehend text in a fun and meaningful way.

GMHS students place at Envirothon

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:33

The Erie County Envirothon Competition took place May 4 at Headwaters Park in Erie.  Twenty-five GMHS students participated.  Out of 26 teams, GM placed 2nd (Team Jenje), 3rd (Team Xenocrates), 4th (Team Beavers), 5th (Team Shrimpnado) and 9th (Team Lobster Mafia).

Envirothon is designed to give high school students an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate knowledge of environmental resources and their connection to each other and human activity. Teams are challenged in the areas of Aquatics, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife and a current environmental issue. Through the challenges, students display teamwork, learn environmental knowledge that pertains to their daily lives and meet professionals in the environmental field.

Congratulations to all of our participants!

Team JENJE placed 2nd overall and earned the highest score in Erie County for the Soils Test.  Emma Campbell, Jennie Jones, Nina Ng, Elizabeth May, and Joel Linebach.

Team Xenocrates took 3rd place overall.  Debra Fiscus, Alexis Throop, Spencer Conway, Nicholas Halmi, and Jackie Brown.


JWPMS 6th graders complete integrated projects

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:24

James W. Parker Middle School sixth graders participated in integrated projects last week.

Students engaged in three days of interdisciplinary projects by visiting Pymatuning State Park, the Erie Zoo and the Amphitheater located behind James W. Parker Middle School. These projects utilize all four core subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) and provides a “Quadran D” learning opportunity.

And the 2017 Mr. GM is …

Fri, 2017-05-05 15:45

Eight General McLane High School students competed to become “Mr. GM” last night.

Participants included Joel Linebach, Abraham Masone, Tony Mathie, Brady Russin, Derek Waltz, Carter Willis, Brody Wise and Simon Zehr.

Students competed in a series of categories, including: school spirit, swimwear, talent, formalwear and Q&A.

The judges were General McLane High School teachers Mrs. Scaletta, Miss Hansen, Mr. Oathout and Mr. Snair.  Mr. Reed & Mr. Terella helped with scoring.  Maddie Dillen & Jacob Lenhardt were the MC’s.

Mathie was crowned our 2017 Mr. GM winner and will receive two free tickets to prom and $40 toward his dinner! Masone took second place and Russin took third place.

Through this competition, the students raised more than $1,500 for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

What a fantastic job to all of our students, participants and volunteers!


Haugh fundraising for third year in a row

Fri, 2017-05-05 15:21

For the third year in a row, Jacob Haugh is on a mission to raise money to support the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

James W. Parker Middle School fifth grader presented his efforts to teachers on Friday.

Haugh has raised more than $12,000 to benefit Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare, complex genetic disorder. The disease affects an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 30,000 people, including the daughter of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

His season goal is to raise $13,000 more, with his hope to break $25,000 in total amount raised. All donations are being matched up to 5k during the month of May from an out-of-state family the Haugh’s met on their fundraising journey.

Their fundraising was channeled through Wins for Kids, which supports Pittsburgh Pirates Charities. The Pirates are Jacob Haugh’s favorite team. Last spring, Haugh was featured in a Root Sports Pittsburgh documentary-like-story.

To contribute to Jacob Haugh’s fundraising for Wins for Kids/Pirates Charities to benefit Prader Willi-Syndrome, contact Megan Haugh at 602-2992 or Those in the District or community can drop off their donations to Lakeside Bagel’s donation bucket or send it to James W. Parker Middle School at 11781 Edinboro Road.

Donations can also be made online by visiting Be sure to indicate that the contribution is being made on behalf of Jacob Haugh.

Erie Times-News Story on Haugh’s fundraising