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8th grader places first in art competition

Fri, 2017-05-05 09:50

James W. Parker Middle School eighth grader Lucas Leasure placed first in an art show at Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

The theme for the 6th Annual Mixed Media Art Competition was “All Things That Flower”. This competition was open in students in first grade through college.

First, second and third place winners were honored at the Award Presentation last week. All artwork will be displayed on the 2nd floor exhibit area through May 28.

Congratulations to Lucas!

Bookmobile comes to GMHS

Thu, 2017-05-04 13:00

General McLane High School students were invited to tour the Erie County Bookmobile on Monday.

Jan Woods of the Hurry Hill Farm Association attended the event with Virginia Sorensen’s Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and “Curious Missie”. Sorensen lived in Edinboro from 1952 – 1958 while her husband taught at Edinboro College.

The stop is in conjunction with the Literary Landmark Celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library. The Edinboro Branch Library and the Erie County Bookmobile was dedicated with Literary Landmark plaques honoring children’s author Virginia Sorensen, as well as her Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and the region’s maple syrup industry. Sorensen’s book “Curious Missie,” which drew inspiration from the author’s visits to the county’s Bookmobile, is also being honored.

The plaques were unveiled during a dedication celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library on Monday.

The Literary Landmarks Association, founded in 1986, has dedicated such literary sites as the homes of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. There are only five dedicated Literary Landmark sites in Pennsylvania, all located in Philadelphia.


Ceramics with EUP’s Didem Mert

Tue, 2017-05-02 09:36

Edinboro University graduate student Didem Mert visited General McLane High School’s Ceramics class yesterday.

Mert demonstrated on the pottery wheel, showing some techniques that she uses to hand-form functional pottery. She also gave a presentation of her work and path to graduate school.

Mert was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s January/Febuary 2016 issue and included on C File’s list of 15 Potters to Watch in 2016. She has collaborated with a photographer and gluten-free cook to create a project that pairs Mert’s functional pottery with her friend’s food and photography.

General McLane High School’s Ceramics Class is an introduction course to the process of working in clay. Students learn hand building techniques, including coil, slab and slip cast as well as additive and/or subtractive sculptural techniques. Art in 3-D is another class offered at the high school that focuses on art in the third dimension, specifically traditional and non-traditional sculpture.

EUP student-artist visits JWPMS

Mon, 2017-05-01 10:08

James W. Parker Middle School’s 8th grade artists had a special guest visitor on Friday.

Edinboro University student Zane Carlson presented his art work and then worked with the students on their sketches for an upcoming project. The middle school students are currently studying contemporary artists and will be creating art using only wood, reed and thin gauge aluminum.

“Students will learn how to create many different connections. It is my hope that students will be inspired by our guest artist, Mr. Zane Carlson,” said Middle School art teacher Christina Martin. “They began the lesson with a few rough sketches, which will undoubtedly change during the creation process. That is the great thing about art.”

Carlson is an undergraduate student at Edinboro University studying Studio Arts with a concentration in Sculpture and Furniture Design. He works with wood, metal and mixed media.

HS choir students visit NYC

Mon, 2017-05-01 09:10

General McLane High School choir students visited New York City last week and kept quite busy with a variety of educational learning opportunities.

Students visited a series of sites, including: Battery Park, the 911 Memorial Museum, Times Square, Highline and Old City Hall.  They also enjoyed Broadway shows such as: The Great Comet of 1812, Waitress, Wicked, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard.

Students also had the opportunity to sing themselves in “GM Sings Broadway ” at Laurie Beechman Theatre with NYC performers. Their host was Cory Mach.

Students met up with GM graduates Andrew Swackhamer (’07) and Devon Yates (’06). Swackhamer lives in NY and makes and sells ukuleles. Yates is a performer on Broadway.

Students learned original Broadway choreography to Something Rotten’s “Welcome to the Renaissance” by Broadway performer and choreographer, Eric Sciotto. Sciotto is an Erie native.

A good time was had by all!

Sixth graders host their own Regatta

Mon, 2017-05-01 08:06

James W. Parker Middle School students launched their Sailboat Regatta project Friday. Sixth grade students assessed their knowledge of perimeter, area and angles by designing and engineering their own sail boats with a K’Nex base and wheels. Students also discover clean green alternatives to gas-powered vehicles.

Students tested their sail boats on the tennis courts with a few simple races.  This STEM-based math project also included an introduction to sailing concepts.

Because You Care visits McKean Elementary

Fri, 2017-04-28 14:33

Some furry friends from Because You Care visited McKean Elementary’s second graders yesterday.

The shelter volunteers spoke to students about dog safety and the animals at the shelter. Students were able to feed the dogs treats and learned about how to approach, pet and feed a dog in a safe way for both the owner and the pet. Students had the opportunity to interact with the dogs, including Billy Ray, the white and brown dog, is up for adoption.

Ms. Marnik’s second grade class won this visit by bringing in the most pennies during the Penny War fundraiser.

With a Penny War, each class earned 1 point for every penny that is brought in. But students were able to sabotage other teams by putting in “silver” coins (nickels, dimes, quarters) and dollar bills into the containers belonging to other classrooms.

Each silver coin subtracted points from that container by the value of the coin. For example, a nickel added to a classroom container would subtract 5 points from the total, a dime would subtract 10 points, and a quarter would subtract 25 points – and a dollar bill added to a container would subtract 100 points!

McKean Elementary raised $1,300 during this fundraiser, which took place during March 21-31.  All money went to Because You Care animal shelter in McKean for vet and other animal expenses.

Bookmobile Visits JWPMS

Thu, 2017-04-27 11:15

James W. Parker Middle School students were invited to tour the Erie County Bookmobile yesterday.

Students  in the mother/daughter book club, the boys book club and reading success received an opportunity to tour the Bookmobile and listen to a guest speaker from the Erie County Public Library.  Jan Woods of the Hurry Hill Farm Association attended the event with Virginia Sorensen’s Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and “Curious Missie”. Sorensen lived in Edinboro from 1952 – 1958 while her husband taught at Edinboro College.

The stop is in conjunction with the Literary Landmark Celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library. The Edinboro Branch Library and the Erie County Bookmobile will be dedicated with Literary Landmark plaques honoring children’s author Virginia Sorensen, as well as her Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and the region’s maple syrup industry. Sorensen’s book “Curious Missie,” which drew inspiration from the author’s visits to the county’s Bookmobile, is also being honored.

The plaques will be unveiled during a dedication celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library, 413 W. Plum St. in Edinboro, on Monday, May 1, during Children’s Book Week. The public is invited to attend the dedication, which will begin at 11 a.m. The free event, which will include music and a sing-along with Lori Burke, as well as refreshments, will also feature an exhibit on Sorensen’s work.

The Literary Landmarks Association, founded in 1986, has dedicated such literary sites as the homes of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. There are only five dedicated Literary Landmark sites in Pennsylvania, all located in Philadelphia.

The Mother/Daughter Book Club and Boys Book Club run throughout the year.  Parents and students meet once every month to discuss the book they’ve read.

Reading Success is an exploratory class designed to support students and teach strategies for approaching reading in both their classes and everyday life. It was created to provide students with both individualized and differentiated instruction in an effort to address deficits in phonics, fluency and comprehension.


McKean students PIE Mr. Getz

Tue, 2017-04-25 12:07

McKean Elementary was Collecting Coins for Autism Awareness this month.

The students at McKean raised $321.96, and the teachers had a “$5 jean day,” which raised $155. In total, they raised $476.96 for the Autism Society of NWPA.

The School ended with a “PIE THE PRINCIPAL” assembly, where one person from each grade level got to pie Mr. Getz!

GM Community Fun Run Returns

Tue, 2017-04-25 11:02

The Third Annual GM Community Fun Run is returning to General McLane High School grounds on May 27, 2017.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a collaborative fundraising event for both schools and will go toward helping teachers with classroom expenses and subsidizing field trips. More than 180 runners participated in last year’s event, which raised more than $1500.

This year’s event will have different obstacles and color stations are placed throughout the 5k and 1milerun/walk (two different options). A dunk tank featuring school staff and additional entertainment will also available.

Register by April 28 to be assured a shirt. The registration form can be found at 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.


TEAMS advances to nationals

Thu, 2017-04-20 18:59

General McLane High School will have two different groups of students advance to the national TEAMS (Tests of engineering aptitude in mathematics and science) competition.

TEAMS is an annual competition for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. Students apply math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real-world engineering challenges during a one-day competition, .

This year’s competition, “Engineering the Environment,” explored areas such as energy efficiency, geothermal heatpumps and wastewater treatment.

Team A took 2nd place overall in the state with a total score of 189.67 and a perfect score on the essay. Team A members are: Joel Linebach (Captain), Dylan Kosienski, Ruby Spada, Derek Hecker, Evan Vincent, Julia Wasielewski, Maddie Dillen and Tony Mathie.

Team B took 16th place overall in the state with a score of 167.19 and exceeded the cut score. Team B members are: Maddison Schutt (Captain), Dan Teed, Alex Lofgren, Brad Yoder, Simon Zehr, Logan Segal and Zach Gray and Jesse Nathanson.

The national TEAMS competition takes place in Orlando Florida on June 21, 22 and 23.

A big congratulations to all of our students!

HS students participate in State Leadership Conference

Wed, 2017-04-19 15:23

General McLane High School students recently participated in the State Leadership Conference in Hershey for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Our students competed in the following categories: McKenah Bryson, Journalism; Noah Haddox, Personal Finance; Kristy Ferrick, Accounting, and Eric Staples, Cyber Security (not pictured).  They also participated in various workshops such as “International Business-Careers and Competencies,” “Travel, Learn, and Live Overseas,” “Mind-Blowing Leadership,” “How to Ignite Your Chapter,” and an anti-bullying keynote “Sweethearts & Heroes.” Nearly 4,000 student members and advisors from all over Pennsylvania attended the conference.   Future Business Leaders of Americais a nonprofit educational association of student members preparing for careers in business or who are just simply interested in learning more about the free enterprise system. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, and prepare for entry into, and advancement within, a business or business-related occupation. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group, and how to compete honorably in competitive events. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens.

HS students place at EUP Journalism Day

Wed, 2017-04-19 15:19

Four General McLane High School students were recently recognized for their excellence in writing at Edinboro University’s Northwestern Pennsylvania High School Journalism Competition.  The competition featured 11 journalistic categories that garnered over 250 entries.  The entries were evaluated by a panel of faculty and student leaders involved in Edinboro’s media clubs.

GM student work was submitted in the print journalism competition in the categories of news, feature, opinion, and sports writing.  Senior Leah Breckley placed fifth in the news writing category for her piece entitled, “GM Takes to the Airwaves.” Junior Madeline Bruce placed third for her “Miss Peregrene Book to Movie Review” in the opinion category.  She was the recipient of a $25 prize.  Seniors Jon Carrier and Owen Watkins were recognized for their sports writing.  Carrier placed fourth for his “Baseball Preview.  Watkins took first place and a $100 prize for his “Concussion Discussion.”

Winners were recognized during Edinboro University’s Journalism Day. During the day students had the chance to hear from keynote speakers Mike Fenner, Sports Anchor and Reporter, JET-24/FOX66/ and Joe Palka, Newscaster, Voice of America.  They also participated in public relations and broadcasting workshops and learned more about Edinboro’s Digital Media programs. General McLane School District Public Relations Director Marissa Orbanek served on a panel teaching students about public relations in school districts.

Congratulations to our students!

Metals professor visits HS Artistic Metalsmithing class

Wed, 2017-04-05 08:23

Edinboro University professor of Metals Cappy Counard visited the General McLane High School Artistic Metalsmithing class yesterday to present her work and demonstrate to the students.

Counard earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. A finalist in the Student Silver Competition sponsored by the Society of American Silversmiths and a recipient of the Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship, Counard creates a wide range of work including intricate jewelry and sculpture combining precious and non-precious materials.

Artistic Metalsmithing is a nine week electric course for high school students. Students learn basic metalsmithing and jewelry design techniques and  work hands-on on a series of projects to develop 3-D design skills and to create works that express individual ideas.  The course covers the metalsmithing processes, materials, tools and equipment, as well as historic and contemporary jewelry design. Students also learn about sawing, cold connecting sheet metal, stone setting, enameling, soldering, and casting all in a safe environment.


GMHS student compete during PI Day Conference

Tue, 2017-04-04 11:16

General McLane High School students attended Edinboro University’s annual PI Day and Math Conference. In addition to attending seminars, the students competed in a variety of math contests. Here are the results.

Rubik’s Cube Challenge:  First Place—Kaylin Kephart Set Game Competition: 1st Place—Makenah Bryson 2nd Place—Jennie Jones 3rd Place—Leah Breckley Who Wants to Be a Pi–millionaire?: 2nd Place—Sarah Woods, Nina Ng, Jon Carrier Pi trivia: 1st Place—Nina Ng 2nd Place—Jennie Jones 3rd Place—Kaylin Kephart Tower of Hanoi: 1st Place—Maddie Dillen, Kayle Kephart Digits of Pi Memorized 2nd Place—Jennie Jones with 231 digits memorized  (the winner knows 1010) 24 Competition: Honorable Mention—Derek Hecker Cookie Competition: Vince Spada Congratulations to all!

Creating and maintaining a terrarium at JWPMS

Mon, 2017-04-03 09:36

James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade students created their own mini garden!

The students planted corn, radish, clover and pea seeds and watched them thrive to learn how the ecosystem works.


Last week was Transplant Day!

College, Career & Transition Fair a success

Tue, 2017-03-28 14:41

General McLane High School hosted its fourth Annual College, Career and Transition Fair last week and it was well-attended!

More than fifty colleges, universities, tech/trade schools and agencies attended the fair. Several service agencies also attended to help support the transition process for students with special needs.

This free event, which was a partnership of General McLane High School, Union City High School and Fort LeBoeuf High School, ran from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the General McLane High School Cafeteria. This event was open to all students in Erie county and the Northwestern Pennsylvania region.

Creative Arts Expo slated for tomorrow night

Tue, 2017-03-28 13:58

James W. Parker Middle School will be celebrating student creativity in its second annual Creative Arts Expo this Wednesday, March 29. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

There will be original poetry readings and performances, classic recitations, art displays, a cookie-war, creations from the Hears and Hands Sewing Club, technology education, collaborative art work, creative group and line dance and STEAM K’nEx Amusement Park Rides.

“Last year was the first year for The Creative Arts Expo and it was a huge success,” said JWPMS art teacher Christina Martin. “We had a large crowd of individuals who really enjoyed seeing the creative avenues of our students.”

Although headed by family living Pamela Glasl and Martin, this is a collaborative effort from all of the different arts programs at the middle school – including art classes, technology education, Family Living and language arts.

“What makes this such a unique event is the wide variety of creative talents that will be celebrated in one evening,” Martin said. “We look forward showcasing our talented students at JWPMS.”

BayHawks unveil Green Game uniform designed by HS student

Fri, 2017-03-24 13:09

An NBA Development League affiliate will be wearing a uniform tomorrow night designed by a General McLane High School student during her Graphic Design class.

The Erie BayHawks unveiled its Green Game uniform at General McLane High School to General McLane sophomore Kaley Berger, winner of the BayHawks first-ever uniform design contest.

These uniforms will be worn by the BayHawks during their game against the Raptors 905 on Saturday, March 25, and will also be auctioned off during the game to benefit a green community project. Fans attending Saturday’s game will also receive a poster featuring the uniform design, courtesy of the Erie-Times News.

The contest was a collaboration between the Erie BayHawks,  Erie Arts & Culture and Green Mountain Energy. Berger received a special uniform with her name on it. Berger’s uniform design features her depiction of Erie’s Bicentennial Tower and the lakefront.

Freshman Ellen Eisert placed second and Mrs. Hodas placed third in the contest. Students created their designs in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design class. The BayHawks Uniform Design contest called all artists, designers and photographers in Erie County, of all ages, to submit a design that celebrates a ‘Greener Erie’. The design needed to incorporate recognizable elements of Erie, along with a depiction of what energy conservation and environmental sustainability mean in today’s age.

You can read the Erie BayHawks Announcement here


Kiser advances to Nationals for Reflections

Wed, 2017-03-15 16:03

James W. Parker Middle School sixth grader Chloe Kiser placed first in the state and will be moving on to the National Level of the PTA Reflections Contest.

Kiser’s “The Finish Line” took the top award at the intermediate level for Musical Composition. This year’s theme was “What is your story?” National winners will be notified the first week of May.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts.

Through the program, 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 Kiser on this wonderful accomplishment!