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AARFS mascots visit McKean classrooms to discuss positive behavior

Fri, 2021-09-10 16:13

McKean Elementary School is continuing a well-loved and well-known building wide program for the 2021-2022 School Year, called ARRFS.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with

On Friday, the ARRFS mascots visited each classroom at McKean Elementary to discuss positive behaviors and the ARRFS program.

Each week, students will be recognized who receive ARRFS.

Introducing JWMPS’ Mrs. Waters

Fri, 2021-09-10 09:51

General McLane School District welcomed 15 new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next month, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Kayla Waters is an Autistic Support Teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

Mrs. Waters previously served working for the Barber National Institute in the specialized classroom within James W. Parker Middle School and has worked in Special Education her entire career.

Her favorite thing about teaching is the community that she builds with students, colleagues and her students’ families and she is most looking forward to getting to know all of her new students and getting to know her colleagues better for the 2021-2022 year.

Mrs. Waters graduated high school from General McLane and aims to make a difference within the school district with her career.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Waters enjoys cooking all types of food, baking, and spending time with her two little ones, 3-year-old Eiley, and 1-year-old Jax.

Mrs. Waters is replacing Mr. Lucas, who is now teaching Autistic Support at General McLane High School.

From Edinboro to Tokyo, GM alum referees Olympic soccer matches

Mon, 2021-08-09 10:11
Corey Parker, a 2004 General McLane alumnus, (far left) walks onto the field in Tokyo, Japan, getting prepared to referee an Olympic Soccer game.

It wasn’t until he was standing on a soccer field a few weeks ago in Tokyo, Japan, that Corey Parker began to realize his reality.

“There’s something that just goes along with seeing those Olympic rings when you’re there,” Parker, a 2004 General McLane alumnus said. “It gets your heart going.”

Parker, whose parents still resides in Edinboro, returned Thursday from 25 days in Tokyo after referring three soccer matches in the Tokyo Olympics. He now lives in northern Virginia.

He officiated the Brazil vs. Ivory Coast match on July 25; the Spain vs. Argentina match on July 28; and the Japan vs. New Zealand match on July 31.

The experience of traveling to Tokyo was certainly memorable for Parker.

“We were so hesitant to believe it was actually happening because if one of us referees had tested positive (for COVID), the whole thing could have been shut down,” he said. “But when we got onto the field and started doing what we love, that kind of melted away and then it just was this surreal feeling.”

Parker is no stranger to refereeing professional soccer. He has been refereeing professionally in Major League Soccer professionally since 2011. His role is typically the assistant referee that runs up and down the sidelines, he said.

“Typically, we work in teams of four officials. There is the main ref in the middle of the field, which is the one you typically see, the assistant ref that runs up and down the sidelines and now, in today’s world of technology and video replay, there are two officials in the video operation room that function as video match officials,” Parker explained. “We each have very specific and important roles on the field.”

As part of those 25 days in Tokyo, Parker said all referees required training before they officiated games.

“On the front end, we did a lot of classroom training, seminars and things like that,” he said. “You watch the same clips, receive the same training materials and that’s so we’re all on the same page and so refs from New Zealand receive the same instructions the refs from the U.S. and we establish consistency and protocols.”

And of course, he couldn’t forget the fitness training. He has trained for at least an hour daily since he began reffing professionally, he said.

“Our fitness regiments are all different for the different refs on the field,” he explained. “We all train different types of movements based on what we’ll need while we’re out there. For me, it’s short sprints and runs.”

Parker also works a full-time job at a consulting firm in northern Virginia and works part-time as a professional referee, traveling on the weekends.

“It’s really as simple as I just love the game of soccer,” he said. “It’s a way to stay involved and to give back from a different perspective. It keeps me involved and engaged. I’m always learning and always building on performances.”

Now at 35, Parker said the game has taught him plenty about his professional and personal lives.

“I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. You don’t know what you’re coming into with a game and you learn to adapt and be flexible.”

Edinboro Elementary second grade creates kindness rock garden

Fri, 2021-06-04 08:55

A group of Edinboro Elementary created a new project promoting positivity and kindness at the school.

Mrs. Kalicky’s second graders painted rocks and created a kindness rock garden by the school’s flagpole in front of the building.

The students added their rocks to the garden this past week.

The second grade class would like to thank the General McLane Grounds Department for coming and putting the garden’s sign up in the rain so the kids could see it before they went home for the summer.

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Xander Stadler

Fri, 2021-06-04 08:30

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Xander Stadler today, who will join the U.S. Army after graduating and then plans on finishing college with a criminal justice degree!

Congratulations, Xander!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Donovan Rounds

Wed, 2021-06-02 11:16

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Donovan Rounds today, who will be joining the U.S. Air Force after graduating!

Congratulations, Donovan!

Edinboro Elementary students create Bluebird boxes

Wed, 2021-06-02 10:39

Edinboro Elementary students had some special visitors to help make Bluebird boxes Tuesday.

Dr. Matt Lane, who will take over the General McLane Superintendent on July 1, and Mr. White, the Edinboro Elementary School principal, joined Mrs. Pituch’s class on Tuesday to learn about the Bluebird boxes and to help students make them.

Pennsylvania Game Warden Mike Stutts provided the materials, as well as an informational video for the students to learn about Bluebirds.

The boxes will provide protected place for bluebirds to make nests and lay eggs. 

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Eric Mathews

Tue, 2021-06-01 10:33

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Eric Mathews today, who will be attending Penn State Behrend to major in Mathematics! He will continue his baseball career there and hopes of one day becoming a teacher!

Congratulations, Eric!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Kacie Wright

Mon, 2021-05-31 14:19

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Kacie Wright today, who is joining the U.S. Army National Guard after graduation! Kacie shared she plans to serve her six-year contract as a reservist as she attends college for criminal justice and will become an officer through an ROTC program. After she completes that, she plans to re-enlist as Army active duty.

Congratulations, Kacie!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Gavin Cieloszyk

Mon, 2021-05-31 09:42

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Gavin Cieloszyk today, who will be joining the U.S. Air Force after graduating!

Congratulations, Gavin!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Sawyer Farbotnik

Sun, 2021-05-30 16:44

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Sawyer Farbotnik today, who shared he will attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics upon graduation to study Aircraft powerplant management!

Congratulations, Sawyer!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Tim Thomas

Sun, 2021-05-30 08:57

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Tim Thomas today, who will attend Penn State University to major in Cybersecurity!

Congratulations, Tim!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Elizabeth Gillette

Sat, 2021-05-29 17:36

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Elizabeth Gillette today, who will attend Gannon University to major in Radiologic Sciences!

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Rain Tirpak

Sat, 2021-05-29 14:34

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Rain Tirpak today, who shared she will join the world of work after graduating!

Congratulations, Rain!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Katelyn Doutt

Sat, 2021-05-29 08:52

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Katelyn Doutt today, who will attend Eastern Gateway College virtually to major in graphic design and business in the fall!

Congratulations, Katelyn!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: James Sickles

Fri, 2021-05-28 15:21

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior James Sickles today, who shared he will be attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology to study Automotive Technology!

Congratulations, James!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Emily Skwaryk

Fri, 2021-05-28 10:54

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Emily Skwaryk today, who shared she will be attending Florida International University to major in Biochemical Engineering! Emily will be participating in the color guard and honors program there. Emily plans to identify or create a cure for pancreatic cancer in honor of her grandfather.

Congratulations, Emily!

Class of 2021 GMHS Seniors Organize Senior Give Back Day

Fri, 2021-05-28 10:35

Rain couldn’t stop around 75 General McLane High School students and teachers Friday morning, who were working to beautify the grounds around the school for Senior Give Back Day.

The Class of 2021 Seniors organized what will be the school’s third annual Senior Give Back Day, an event that has been organized by the Principal’s Cabinet each year that involves a group of students and faculty to volunteer to mulch and care for specific areas around General McLane High School.

The day began with a meeting at 9 a.m. on Linden Field.

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Clifton Morehouse

Thu, 2021-05-27 15:40

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Clifton Morehouse today, who shared he will be attending Bowling Green State University to major in Aviation! Clifton will participate in intramural baseball while there!

Congratulations, Clifton!

Celebrating the GMHS Class of 2021: Cynthia Honeycutt

Thu, 2021-05-27 09:19

We’re sharing General McLane High School seniors and celebrating their post-grad commitments – whatever they may be or look like – in a reoccurring series that will last until the end of the school year showcasing the diversity of our senior class and of our General McLane community.

We are celebrating senior Cynthia Honeycutt today, who shared she will attend Thiel College in the fall to major in Speech-Language Pathology! Cynthia plans to participate in theater and choir during her time there.

Congratulations, Cynthia!

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