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JWPMS students sell Thankful Grams this week

Fri, 2015-11-20 14:46


James W. Parker Middle School students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to make others feel extra special this week.

Students sold Thankful Grams during lunch. All staff and students in the building had the opportunity to purchase a Thankful Gram (M&M’s) for $1.00 to be delivered to anyone within the building at the end of the school day. The Thankful Gram included a special message of thanks to the recipient from the sender.

This was a fundraiser of the Life Skills classroom, as students learned to take orders, handle money, fulfill the order and then deliver the order. The sale was a huge success – the students sold 1,866 bags of M&M’s in four days!

This activity was made possible by Bill and Mary Smith Grant, a grant of the General McLane Foundation. Mrs. Plouse won this grant last year, which helped her purchase a cash register, cash register tape, perishable products, printer paper, markers and labels.

Superintendent Richard Scaletta visited the classroom on Wednesday to get an inside scoop on how Thankful Grams were sold and processed.

Way to go students!







General McLane gives back through Food Drive

Fri, 2015-11-20 13:16






All four General McLane schools and the Service Center contributed to the Erie News Now and Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive, which ended on November 18.

Nick’s Place coordinated the collection, and all donations went to the Edinboro Food Bank.

Last year, our community donated $6,457.55 and 8,018 pounds of food that stayed at the Edinboro Food Pantry.

This year, our community donated 10,431 pounds, $11,350.79, 76 turkeys and six hams.

Edinboro Elementary donated 1893 items. Ms. Lobdell’s came in first place with 236 items.

McKean Elementary donated 2436 items. Mrs. Troyer’s class came in first place with 664 items.

James W. Parker Middle School donated items 330 items.

General McLane High School donated 1,148 items. Mr. Korb’s class came in first place with 417 items.

The Service Center donated five boxes of food, one turkey and $216.

The winning classes will receive a pizza & putt putt party in the spring at Sunview Golf.

Great job to all those who donated!

JWPMS students raise money for Humane Society

Fri, 2015-11-20 08:34



A group of middle school students are creating and selling one of a kind, hand drawn clay necklaces in order to raise funds for the Humane Society.

Sixth graders Sydney Farbotnik, Bella Dorman, Emily Moran and Regan Luebbert wanted to give back during the holidays and were inspired by their furry friends to give back to The Humane Society of NWPA.

The necklaces, which can be customized, will be sold before school all this week and the week after Thanksgiving.

The necklaces are $3 each.







JWPMS students participate in Shining Stars Pageant 2015

Wed, 2015-11-18 15:30


James W. Parker Middle School students Katrina Morris and Abigail Walla participated in the 2015 Shining Stars Pageant.

Formerly known as “Miss Shining Star Beauty Pageant”, this year’s event was open to girls and boys with special needs between the ages of 5 and 35 years old. It was held Friday, Nov. 13 at Harbor Creek High School.

During this event, each participant has the opportunity to be in a “Grand March” at the beginning of the show, where they are announced on stage and escorted across. Following the march, participants have the opportunity to perform in a talent part of the contest.

JET TV’s Alex Peterson hosted the event. Tickets were $5 and all proceeds go to local charities, including Shriners Hospital Erie & Erie Homes for adults and Children.

For more information, please visit the Facebook Page.

Fifth grader collects donations for Blizzards of Blankets

Tue, 2015-11-17 16:26


JWPMS fifth grader Bailey Cannon has been collecting pillows and blankets for the Upper Room’s the Blizzard of Blankets.

The Blizzard of Blankets is the oldest project of the Upper Room, a homeless shelter in Erie. Since the shelter opened in 1995, they have helped about a quarter of a million people. The shelter supplies the homeless with blankets, clothing, or a place to stay.

Bailey’s contribution was part of a larger fundraiser hosted through her softball team, Erie Frost. Her desire to collect them in the mornings before school was part of her project inspired through Genius Hour, a project in Mr. Sturgess’ class where students are given sixty minutes once a week to work on a project of their choosing – anything that they want to study, learn, do, or create. The projects last a good part of the year, and students later present on what they studied, how they went about it, and what they accomplished.

Holiday Arts Fair this Saturday (Music Schedule)

Mon, 2015-11-16 15:13

The General McLane Foundation’s 9th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 21, at General McLane High School. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

More than 100 vendors will be in attendance, which includes nearly 20 new vendors. Ceramics, framed glass, paintings, pottery, wood and recycled items and jewelry as well as quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items are among the many crafts that will be available.

In addition to craft vendors, there will be multiple performances by General McLane School District’s different music groups.

Here is the schedule:

Choir Performances Located on Auditorium Stage
11 a.m. — Middle School 5th/6th Choirs will perform
12 p.m. — Middle School 7th/8th Choirs will perform

Band Performances Located in High School Band Room
1:00 p.m. — Middle School Band performs
2:30 p.m. — High School Band performs

EE 4th grader discovers old fossil at Presque Isle

Mon, 2015-11-16 14:30


Should Nicholas Walters ever want to pursue a career in paleontology, his résumé is off to an impressive start.

During a class field trip to Presque Isle State Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, the Edinboro Elementary fourth grader made a nice discovery: an anterior ceratohyal bone.

According to Brian Gula, Environmental Education Specialist for Presque Isle State Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, the particular bone is part of the structure of the gill function located within the skull of channel catfish. These bones are common and often found on the shores of Lake Erie because channel catfish are common and plentiful, Gula said, but Walters’ find remains particularly unique.

“What makes this bone so unique is when the student found the bone the color was black which indicates fossilization. This particular bone could be 10 or more thousands of years old which suggests Channel catfish in Lake Erie around the ice ages,” Gula said. “This type of artifact tells a story about our past. It reminds us that although something may be common, its story is very special.”

Gula sent the fossil to Scott McKenzie, Mercyhurst University’s Assistant Professor of Geology and Paleontology Director, so they can examine it to get a final age of the bone.

Presque Isle hosts many field trips throughout the year, and thousands of students learn and discover the park.

According to Gula, students often find some of the unique items that wash up on the beaches. Another student, for example, found a 2 million year old Sturgeon Scoot fossil in the same location.

Congrats to Nicholas on his unique find!

Holiday Arts Fair this Saturday (Vendor Feature)

Mon, 2015-11-16 14:18

The General McLane Foundation’s 9th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 21, at General McLane High School. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

More than 100 vendors will be in attendance, which includes nearly 20 new vendors. Ceramics, framed glass, paintings, pottery, wood and recycled items and jewelry as well as quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items are among the many crafts that will be available. Here is a sneak-peak of just some of the vendors that will be attendance on Saturday!

GM Holiday Arts Fair Vendor Feature:




The Summit Potter’s, Gina Scarpino, has been creating pottery for almost 20 years. She was educated solely through the Erie Art Museum & digital workshops and likes producing functional, high-fire ware.




Christine Salva Arts’s Christine Salva is a dot art painter that has created painted, acrylic abstract dot designs since 2012. She will be holding a participating artist exhibition at Glass Growers Gallery in 2016. In addition, Salva recently had her rain barrel design selected as one of 50 artist designs chosen for the 2016 “Don’t Give Up the Drip” Community Rain Barrel Project to be displayed in summer 2016.

The Lord's Mountain

Horseshoe Pond

Watercolor artist Kim Kloecker creates watercolor print designs. Her work encompasses rural countrysides, waterfronts and everything in between. She has won numerous awards, including the “Best of Painting Award” and “Best of Show” at the Erie Panorama Summer Arts Festival; Erie’s MS Regatta Featured Artist and Best of Show for the Colors of Music Erie Philharmonic / Erie Art Museum.



Nicole’s Natural Notions by Nicole Varee features all natural, homemade, gluten free products . Her products range from lip balm to hand sanitizers to buy sprays and sunscreens.

crocheted necklace

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Jubilee Creations, by Joyce Horton, features one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry, using various semi-precious stones, glass, crystal, porcelain, acrylic and various metals. In addition, they also make crocheted necklaces in many beautiful colors that are light-weight to wear. Joyce and her daughter-in-law, Erin have meed making jewelry together for a few years as a way to bond and enjoy time together.



Boro Bowtique, by Amanda Zindel and Lora Miller, features children that add some glitter and glam. Each bow is hand-sewn with sealed ribbons and a fun embellishment. All of the necklaces are designed and strung to add sparkle for everyday and special occasions. The mom-daughter duo also take custom orders.


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Busy Body Bags, by Peggy Hardest, features handmade purses for every style!

Support GMHS Polar Plunge Team

Sun, 2015-11-15 20:23


General McLane High School teachers Nicole Mcfadden and Helen Skelton are sponsoring a Polar Plunge team to help raise money for the PA Special Olympics.

The 2015 Polar Plunge will be held this Saturday, November 21, 2015 at noon. The event takes place at Presque Isle State Park, Beach #7. The admission cost is free to spectators, however, plungers are required to raise a minimum of $50 in pledges or personal donations.

The Polar Plunge is an event where individuals jump or run into icy cold waters to support Special Olympic athletes. Plunge participants take a quick dip in a river or pool to raise funds for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, the state’s largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

General McLane School District partnered with Special Olympics Pennsylvania to offer a fully-inclusive Interscholastic Unified Track and Field program last school year.

Donations, which are tax-deductable, can be made online to

Watch the GM team take “the Plunge” into Lake Erie this Saturday!

JWPMS Teacher Earns Golden Apple Award

Wed, 2015-11-11 16:06


James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Michelle Lindenberger received the Golden Apple Award today.

Lindenberger has worked for the District for 14 years. Eighth grader Luke Eichenlaub nominated Lindenberger for the honor.

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.

Lindenberger’s honor will air Wednesday, November 18th on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, November 19, on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Lindenberger was the second General McLane teacher to receive the honor today. McKean Elementary’s James Pete will have his segment air on November 25 and 26.

Congratulations to Mrs. Lindenberger!

McKean Elementary Teacher Earns Golden Apple Award

Wed, 2015-11-11 14:06


McKean Elementary fourth grade teacher James Pete received the Golden Apple Award today.

Noel Lipinski, who is now a fifth grader at James W. Parker Middle School, nominated him at the end of last year.  Pete is in his second year teaching for the District. Prior to working at McKean Elementary School, Pete taught for 15 years in North Carolina, where he earned Teacher of the year at Partnership Elementary in ’06. Pete has earned his National Board Certification, as well.

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.

The honor will air Wednesday, November 25 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, November 26, on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Mr. Pete!

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GMHS students sign on Commitment Day

Wed, 2015-11-11 13:49


General McLane High School hosted a Commitment Ceremony for two of our senior athletes today.

Morgan Farley signed her National Letter of Intent to attend West Liberty University, where she will play Volleyball. Ryan Reagan signed his Commitment Letter to attend the United States Naval Academy, where he will play Basketball.

Congratulations to Morgan and Ryan!




Happy Veterans Day!

Wed, 2015-11-11 13:45

A special thank you to all those who have served!


MS students tour Times-News and Erie News Now

Tue, 2015-11-10 15:10


James W. Parker Middle School students learned all about careers in media today. The fifth through seventh graders toured the Erie Times News facility as well as the Erie News Now studios in order to learn more about careers in print, television, and digital media.

Presentations included Times account executive Kayti Stadler talking about advertising, Linda Skrypzak talking about advertising design and tours by Christopher LaFuria on all the ins and outs of print newspaper.




JWPMS students participate as Curators at Erie Art Museum

Mon, 2015-11-09 10:49




James W. Parker Middle School seventh grade students are participating in 12th Annual Erie Art Museum Kids As Curators event. Students had a field trip to the Museum in October and will now curate an art show, which will be on exhibit at the Erie Art Museum in the spring.

Each year, 3-5 schools participate in this program where students conceptualize, design and ultimately build exhibits with the assistance of an artist in residence, provided in cooperation with Erie Arts & Culture.

The exhibits are installed in the Hagen Family Gallery (formerly the main Customs House space).

Working with local painter Tom Ferraro, the students are creating pieces that focus around “Pop culture and Illusion.”

Ferraro has been at the Middle School working with the art classes, as well as Mrs. Calfee and Mr. Williams’ classes to incorporate the cross-curricular element.

The exhibit will be on display in the spring, with an opening reception at the Museum on March 11, during gallery night.

Three GMHS Students Advance to State Journalism Competition

Tue, 2015-11-03 14:37

Behrend Winners

Seniors Evan Sneed, Makayla Alicea and Emily Tworek placed first in the Student Journalism Competition held at PSU Erie – The Behrend College.

The competition was part of a day-long event on Friday, October 16. Ten GMHS students and Business Education teacher Mrs. Zona attended the event.

Throughout the day, students engaged in journalism seminars held by PSB faculty, and several of the students competed in “Write-Off” competitions held in a variety of disciplines.

Those competing matched wits and pens against students from Saegertown, Fort LeBoeuf and Collegiate Academy, and three students emerged victorious.  Alicea, Sneed and Tworek placed in their own disciplines – Feature Writing, Editorial Writing and News Writing, respectively.

All three will advance to the State competition held at University Park in March, and will compete again against the winners from the other six regional competitions held at satelline Penn State campuses.

Congratulations to the winners!

General McLane is a Cool School Winner

Thu, 2015-10-29 11:30


General McLane High School has been selected as a winner for this year’s How Cool is Your School contest hosted by WICU/WSEE. The video submitted, which is linked here, listed Mr. Yates as a specific reason why GM is a cool school!

As a result, THIS Friday’s WICU/WSEE morning show with Mark Soliday & Kara Coleman will take place at GMHS! They will be broadcasting segments of their morning show live here at GM from 6:00 – 7:00 am this Friday, October 30th.

Be sure to watch!

McKean Elementary hosts famous pumpkin run

Thu, 2015-10-29 10:25




There’s no better way to celebrate autumn than by decorating pumpkins and enjoying fall weather. It’s even better if you can do both at the same time.

That’s exactly what McKean Elementary School students did this week, as the school hosted their famous pumpkin run.

Each year during the last week of After-School Recreation, students run a one-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.

Edinboro University and General McLane High School students also volunteer their time to help run the event.

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.

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Gould performs on Grand Ole Opry Stage

Thu, 2015-10-29 08:11



General McLane senior Cody Gould was selected for the 2015 All-National Honor Ensemble Choir, a prestigious honor ensemble and program of the National Association for Music Education (NAFME). As a result, Gould performed in a gala concert during the 2015 NAfME National In-Service Conference on October 28, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, to showcase his expert musicianship. The performance took place on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House stage, known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment that’s been referred to as the “home of American music.”

Gould was the only choir student in the Northwest PA to qualify and one of three Bass 1’s in Pennsylvania to qualify. He was among 673 students from 49 states and territories to be accepted.

Congratulations Cody!



Students engineer city with K-NEX parts

Wed, 2015-10-28 15:43


This fall, General McLane High School students were challenged to build an innovative city using K’Nex building sets — and the students successfully rose to the challenge.

Students presented their city, which made entirely from K-Nex pieces, to General McLane High School teacher Mr. Delsandro this week. Among the city’s features included a nuclear power plant, a working windmill, a construction crane, a zoo, homes and a hotel, all of which they built on a grid system.

The project was the culmination of a 9-week math elective class, taught by Mr. Delsandro. The class was broken into three teams, each of which consisted of a team manager, a project manager and a team of engineers.

This class uses a hands-on approach to discovering mathematical concepts. Students work together in teams to brainstorm, design, engineer, test and analyze an entire city made from K-NEX pieces. Through this process, students use their creativity and communication skills to conceptualize a city from start to finish.

The project reiterates the use of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the classroom, a concept that focuses on creativity and exploration in the learning process through project-based learning. IMG_3980 IMG_3981 IMG_3985 IMG_3990 IMG_3987 IMG_3989 IMG_3992 IMG_3993