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JWPMS students learn benefits of therapy dog

Fri, 2018-03-23 13:50

Students in Mrs. Brooks’ Reading Success exploratory had the chance to interact with a therapy dog on Friday  to learn about how these unique animals can assist students with special needs.

Students recently read aloud of Because of Mr. Terupt, a book about a class of students with special needsand were inspired to get involved in James W. Parker Middle School’s life skills and autistic support classrooms to learn more about their own peers. These students spent time reading to build their background knowledge on disabilities and then spent some time with their peers who have special needs.

Students expanded their knowledge by attending a presentation by Jane Buyer, an Autism Behavior Specialist Consultant at Achievement Center, and her fully-trained, assistance dog, Kimmy. Kimmy graduated with Buyet on February 17, 2012 from Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization who has been enhancing the lives of people with disabilities for the past 30+ years by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Buyer is a certified special education teacher and learning behavior specialist (LBS) with over 30 years experience working with children.

General McLane hosts College, Career & Transition Fair

Fri, 2018-03-23 13:15

Yesterday, General McLane High School hosted its fourth annual College, Career & Transition Fair.

There were more than 50 representatives from colleges, trade/tech schools and agencies in attendance. Several service agencies also attended the fair to help support the transition process for students with special needs.

The event intended to expose students to the post-secondary education and career options and to better prepare themselves to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Students from Seneca High School, Union City High School and Fort LeBoeuf High School joined students from General McLane.

State Rep. Brad Roae visits General McLane

Tue, 2018-03-20 13:24

Yesterday, PA State Representative Brad Roae visited General McLane to learn more about our schools and programs.

He visited both General McLane High School and James W. Parker Middle School, touring various classrooms and speaking with both students and staff.

Roae represents the 6th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

JWPMS students debut living Wax Museum

Tue, 2018-03-20 11:50


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

General McLane students become PSIA-certified ski instructors

Tue, 2018-03-20 10:46

This weekend, nine General McLane students and an alumn became certified ski instructors through the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).

Students included Spencer Conaway (11th), Katie Johnson (10th), Jessie Johnson (12th), Nicole Foulkrod (12th), Hannah McDermott (12th), Dylan Mroz (11th), Ryan Flanagan (12th), Ashley Burhen (11th), Nick Halmi (11th) and Parker McDermott (’13). They all serve as instructors at Mount Pleasant.

By completing and passing the PSIA Level One Ski Exam, they joined a professional organization with thousands of members. This exam and certification requires hours of training and studying and is one of three standardized exams used by ski areas across the country.

According to Andrew Halmi, manager for Mount Pleasant, the examiner has taught these courses for many year and said that he has never seen a group of students so well prepared, polite, engaging and eager to learn and expand their professional knowledge.

“They exemplified what it means to be a Lancer,” Halmi said. “They are fantastic ambassadors in there community to start, but this professional certification will only increase what they are able to give back to the community!”

Each year, hundreds of General McLane students take lessons via the various programming at Mount Pleasant.

Congratulations to our students on a wonderful achievement!

JWPMS students hear from Holocaust survivor

Wed, 2018-03-14 15:07

Yesterday, James W. Parker Middle School students sat in silence in the LGI as Holocaust survivor Peter Summerfield spoke of his childhood in Nazi Germany.

Summerfield garnered the students’ attention while calling from England by speaking to the students through Skype, an online video chatting application.

Summerfield, who lived during the same time as Anne Frank, described how they Nazis had sealed a room and his mother warned them to say far from the seal or they risked getting sent to a concentration camp. Several students (and staff) said it was the most amazing experience and that they were near tears.

This experience was a supplement to the 8th grade Language Arts curriculum, which includes reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Prior to reading it, students read a WW2/ Holocaust non-fiction book and performed a non-fiction research project. During their reading of The Diary of Anne Frank, the students create journal entries related to various situations in time (for example, Kristallnacht).

The event was coordinated through the Florida Holocaust Museum.

TEAMS place in local competition

Tue, 2018-03-13 15:40


9/10 Team

11/12 Team A

Congratulations to the General McLane TEAMS teams, aka JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society). TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science), is a local engineering competition that was held on February 28. The local competition was an 80 question multiple-choice test based on 8 different engineering topics. Points are awarded for each test question that is answered correctly.

The results are finally in and in local scoring Team A took First Place in the 11th / 12th grade large school division and Team B took 5th place. Team B was just 4 points behind 3rd place

Competing against teams of 8 with only 6 team members, the 9th / 10th grade team took First Place!

State and national rankings will be released in the coming months.

Team A – 11th / 12th
Maddison Schutt – Captain
Jacqueline Brown
Zach Gray
Alex Lofgren
Jesse Nathanson
Logan Segal
Brad Yoder
Simon Zehr

Team B – 11th / 12th
Ethan Greenleaf – Captain
Kaley Berger
Spencer Conaway
Cayden Connolly
Luke McEldowny
Nate Price
Aida Shadeck
Vincent Spada

9th / 10th
Andrew Yonko – Captain
Ellie Conaway
Gloria Linebach
Zachariah Lofgren
Calder Martin
Evan Zehr

General McLane High School Yearbook Wins National Recognition

Mon, 2018-03-12 13:02

For the ninth consecutive year, the staff of GM’s yearbook, The Imperator, has won a national award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The 2016-2017 General McLane High School yearbook, The Imperator: Just Keep Swimming, has received national recognition with a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual yearbook competition. The award reflects the staff’s developing talent in the fields of journalism, theme and page design.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that General McLane High School’s publication has received an ASPA award. Imperator placed first in 2014 2013, 2012 and 2009 and placed second in 2016, 2015, 2011 and 2010.

Congratulations to the entire yearbook staff on the terrific accomplishments!

Students qualify for states in art competition

Fri, 2018-03-09 14:40

The Erie County Reflections and Region 1 Awards ceremony was held last night, and General McLane School District once again showcased its strong arts program within Erie County with multiple winners.

The following students earned medals at both the county and regional level:

James W. Parker Middler School seventh grader Chloe Kiser and McKean Elementary students Caden Roth (K), Landrey Sweet (3rd) and Parker Howard (1st).

Both Kiser and Howard qualified at the State level and will be honored at Penn State University on April 29th. Kiser’s musical composition placed fourth in the state and Howard’s photography submission placed second in the state.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, McKean Elementary PTA, James W. Parker Middle School PTSA and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice— dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.

Congratulations to our students!

Edinboro students to learn life skills through coffee cart

Thu, 2018-03-08 14:22

A new smell will be brewing at Edinboro Elementary, but hot drinks won’t be the only product to show for it.

Through the school’s new Coffee Cart program, students will gain hands-on experience to acquire the knowledge needed to gain real world skills.

Twice a month, elementary students in Mrs. Pituch and Mrs. Jones’s classrooms will sell coffee, tea, cappuccino, hot chocolate and baked goods to staff members.

The students will be involved in all appropriate aspects of operating and maintaining the coffee cart. The goal is to improve communication skills, sharpen math skills and gain a better understanding of money, organization, time management and sequencing.

Profits will be used to purchase classroom rewards. The students will be able to use the money that they’ve worked for to earn and “shop” for things for the classroom.

The “soft” opening will be this Friday!

GMHS teacher wins Golden Apple

Wed, 2018-03-07 15:40

General McLane High School teacher Michael Smrekar received the Golden Apple Award today.

Colton Morosky nominated Mr. Smrekar, who has worked as a health and physical education teacher at General McLane for thirty-one years.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

This honor will air Wednesday, March 21 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, March 22 on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Mr. Smrekar!

GMHS sends off wrestlers to States

Wed, 2018-03-07 13:20

General McLane High School hosted a send-off this morning for its state qualifying wrestlers.

Andrew Brest (11th) and Matt Leehan (9th) will be leaving for Hershey tomorrow to compete in the the 2018 PIAA Wrestling Championships this weekend.

Best of luck to both Brest and Leehan this weekend!

McKean has belated Dr. Seuss celebrations

Tue, 2018-03-06 14:30


A snow day didn’t stop McKean Elementary second graders from celebrating Dr. Seuss’s belated birthday! They had Green Eggs and Ham for all, made with pudding and vanilla wafers to look like a fried green egg!

“Thanks, Dr. Seuss, for every Who…
The Lorax, the Sneetches and Horton, too!”

McKean Elementary hosts Science Fair

Mon, 2018-03-05 14:01

McKean Elementary students and family members recently celebrated a night of science.

The event was packed with activities and displays for McKean students, families and friends.

All fourth graders created projects that were on displayed. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade had the opportunity to participate and could create a project of their choice to have on display. In addition, some classrooms created displays.

Outside of the student-created projects, there were a variety of other activities and demonstrations, including exhibits provided by Edinboro University’ CHAOS group, LECOM, McKean Veterinary Hospital and Tamarack.

The event was sponsored by McKean’s PTA and organized by McKean teachers.

Read Across America 2018

Mon, 2018-03-05 09:27

General McLane High School students continued the tradition and visited both McKean and Edinboro Elementary School to read to the students in honor of Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Students celebrated this last Tuesday.

Students also talked to the students about their interests, hobby and future plans.

This celebration started in May 1997, when a small reading task force at NEA came up with the idea to create a day in celebration of reading. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

JWPMS team places 3rd in MATHCOUNTS

Tue, 2018-02-27 15:18

James W. Parker Middle School’ MATHCOUNTS team placed third out of 18 schools during their regional competition.

There were nine students who attended this yearly math competition at Gannon University this past Saturday. Students included Shane Dexter, Caleb Minner, Genevieve Preston, Nathanael Robbins, Zachary Rolland, Aiden Seeman, Nadia Tysiachney, Avery Van Dyke and James Williams.

Robbins, Rolland, Minner, Van Dyke, and Seeman placed in the top 23 out of 118 students, Seeman earned the top spot from James W. Parker Middle School with a 14th finish.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Created in 1983, it is the longest-running MATHCOUNTS program and is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.

McKean raises more than $2200 for American Heart Association

Tue, 2018-02-27 10:56

McKean Elementary School hosted their Hoops/Jump for Heart Assembly on Friday, culminating the end of their fundraising for the American Heart Association. Students raised $2200 over the last month.

An 11-year old heart survivor, who has a hole in her heart and tachycardia, shared her journey. She is a student of Rolling Ridge Elementary. The assembly also included a performance by hula hoop artist Jennifer Dennehy and a presentation by high school students on the importances of staying healthy.

Mrs. Little’s third grade class raised the most money and earned a pizza party and extra PE.

JWPMS create cards of support for GM grad

Mon, 2018-02-26 11:52

Last week, James W. Parker Middle School 5th graders created and sent cards of support to a former GM graduate.

GM alum Brandon Siciliano (’17) is currently in basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago, Illinois.

Upon graduation from basic training Brandon will report to the U.S. Navy Seabee A School at Gulfport, Mississippi for advanced technical training in his military occupational specialty in addition to weapons and combat training.

Edinboro students maneuver the moon

Fri, 2018-02-23 12:23


Edinboro Elementary students recently maneuvered the moon!

Miss Waddell’s second graders participated in several learning stations throughout the last few weeks that focused on the moon.

First, students performed research to build background knowledge about the Moon. Then, students applied their knowledge within the following three STEM labs.

STEM Lab 1: Students explored the surface of the Moon by simulating what it would be like when a meteorite collides with the Moon to form a crater! Using flour to simulate the surface of the moon, they dropped different objects of varying sizes to create craters. Students made predictions about which objects would make the largest craters and then tested their predications.

STEM Lab 2: Students experienced the phases of the Moon by moving a styrofoam ball around a light source and identifying the shadows as different phases of the Moon.

STEM Lab 3: Students combined their knowledge of the surface of the Moon, Moon phases and general knowledge to design a moon buggy using K’Nex or Legos. They used reference books, creative thinking and collaboration to complete the project.

This project was made possible thanks to the Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative’s 2017 Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant. Waddell received $450 for her hands-on science unit.

The Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant Program was designed to help kids by providing their teachers with financial assistance for innovative and effective educational curriculum that is not covered by traditional school financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants up to $250, while teams of teachers (two or more) can apply for grants up to $500. Since 2000, REC has awarded $51,000 in grant funds to teachers and educators throughout Northwestern REC’s service territory.

Applications for the next grant period (fall 2018) will be accepted online beginning May 1, 2018, through Sept. 15, 2018. Visit NorthwesternREC.coop for more information.

Elementary students participate in Winter Olympics

Wed, 2018-02-21 11:37

Last week, Edinboro’s Kindergarten teachers planned and hosted their own Winter Games! Each student had the opportunity to pass the Olympic torch and pledged to demonstrate good sportsmanship and respect. The students then competed in their versions of Olympics sports: hockey, bob sled, snowball toss and speed skating! As you can see, the students had a blast!

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

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