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Lancer Legacy Honorees Announced

Thu, 2019-05-09 14:41

The 2019 Lancer Legacy Honorees have been selected. The 11th Annual Lancer Legacy Banquet will take place Wednesday, May 21, 2019 at McLane Church. This year’s banquet will honor Judy Lawrence (’62), Paul Riccomini (’88), Jan Bennett and Kay Pericak.

Two Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Lawrence and Riccomini.

Lawrence worked in fundraising and giving for four different universities. Prior to retiring, she served as the Vice President of Major Gifts and Planning for United Way of Erie County. Outside of her work experience, Lawrence has given back through various community outreach, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Erie Insight (now Erie Ambassadors), Leadership Erie, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Nonprofit Partnership. She was the American Association of University Women’s 2015 Woman of the Year and was one of the Dynamic Dozen Women Making History Award recipients from the Mercy Center of Women in 2009.

Riccomini works at Penn State University as the Associate Professor of Education (Special Education) and Coordinator of Online Programs. Prior to joining Penn State, Riccomini worked as a mathematics teacher in Erie City School District and Wake County School District in North Carolina. He earned his doctorate in special education from The Pennsylvania State University and his master’s degree in education and Bachelor of Arts in mathematics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He has coauthored three math intervention programs targeting fractions, integers, and algebraic equations. Additionally, he is a co-author of the bestselling Response to Intervention in Math (Corwin, 2010) and Developing Number Sense through the Common Core (Corwin, 2013).

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District will be awarded to Janice Bennett. Bennett worked as both a secondary health and Physical Education teacher and a High School Guidance Counselor at General McLane. Before retiring in 2005, Bennett was instrumental in developing the Student Support Program, which was the first of its kind in the area.

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane Athletics will be awarded to Kay Pericak. Pericak served the General McLane School District as a mathematics teacher for 38 years, serving at McKean High School prior to McKean and Edinboro joining to form General McLane High School. She formed and served as the head varsity coach for the girls volleyball team in 1974, and took the Lancers to the State Championships in 1976. She also served as an assistant track and field coach and was part of the 1978 coaching staff of the team that earned a state championship.

These awards are presented during the Lancer Legacy Academic Banquet of Excellence. After the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Lancer Legacy Awards, the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for students takes place.

The banquet starts at 6 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m. Tickets to the banquet are $20. To reserve your ticket, please visit or stop by the Education Center, 11771 Edinboro Road. For more information, please call 814-273-1033 x5901.

McKean seeking donations for Nature Trail

Thu, 2019-05-09 10:38

McKean Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts has always found ways to bring her avid outdoors enthusiasm to the classroom.

Since Roberts started at General McLane in 2011, she has incorporated nature walks within her kindergarten and first grade curriculum, providing elementary students with the opportunity to experience nature while practicing balance and proprioceptive skills from walking on different surfaces.

“I loved hiking and trails, and this was an opportunity to provide students with an active and engaging lesson on the elements of nature beyond the classroom walls,” Roberts says.

Well, things are about to get a little more scenic at McKean Elementary School. McKean Elementary will be creating the McKean Elementary Fitness and Nature Trail.

The new multipurpose trail will run along the back perimeter of McKean Elementary School and include areas for biking, climbing, balancing as well as interactive sensory experiences and so much more. All of the construction will be made out of natural materials like wood and rock. These areas will be able to be used for cross-curricular exploration.

“I am excited to really create something that will have a lasting impact on General McLane students and families for years to come,” Roberts says. “We are eager to create an engaging local experience for students to get outside and exercising with families and friends after school hours.”

There are six phases of this trail project totaling close to $40,000. Thanks to donations from McKean Elementary PTA and St. Francis Usher’s Club ($4,000), Phase 1 and 2 of the trail is expected to be complete this summer. This phase includes all the walking paths for the entire trail and the construction of the first obstacle station, an island/water themed station, which will combine balance with science and discovery.

The six phases of the project include: paths and walkways, science exploration, a bike area, pumpkin patch-obstacles, a climbing area and music/sound and sensory exploration. All areas will have designated spots for classroom utilization and for teachers to adapt their content through QR codes etc. They are also planning on emphasizing history and vegetation and wildlife specific to McKean to study. Dahlkemper’s Landscape Architects and Contractors will be constructing the trail.

Roberts found inspiration for the trail while visiting Presque Isle State Park’s Nature Play Space at Beach 11 in 2017.

“The Beach 11 project is very cool and all natural. I wanted to create something at McKean to be natural and blend with the tree line and keep in that theme of enjoying our natural habitat,” Roberts says.

McKean Elementary Parent Teacher Association fully supports this project and have helped by donating $15,000. They are currently seeking donations for the remainder of the project. In addition to monetary donations, they are also looking for material donations to help offset the costs. These donations include logs, rocks, mulch, a small bridge for the creek crossing and hardy, low maintenance plants.

Donation forms can be found here

Questions about the project, please contact Lisa Roberts at or (814) 273-1033 ext. 4020.

Fifth graders build bluebird boxes

Wed, 2019-05-08 09:47

James W. Parker Middle School students built their own bluebird habitats this week!

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Santos’ classroom built a bluebird nesting box, thanks to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission who donated the wood and hardware for 200 habitats. Students were able to take home their bluebird box to hang at home to help build Eastern Bluebird habitats in our area. This is the fourth year  doing this lesson.

Wildlife conservation officers Mike Stutts and Cody Jones 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. Mrs. Boyd, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Santos and Mr. McGahen volunteered their help.

This was part of the fifth grade science curriculum.



Making Connections with “Miracles on Maple Hill”

Wed, 2019-05-08 09:11

James W. Parker Middle School’s students recently spent a day making connections from Virginia Sorensen’s “Miracles on Maple Hill”.

Students in the fifth grade Reading Success class took a field trip last Friday to Hurry Hill Maple Farm, which has a museum completely dedicated to local history, particularly of former Edinboro resident and Newbury Medal award winner Virginia Sorensen.

The class first read the Newbury Medal award-winning book and then visited the museum, worked in the sugar shack, hiked in the woods and explored some of the nature described in detail throughout the book. After seeing how maple syrup is made, students then spent time exploring all of the artifacts and photos in the museum, all related to “Miracles on Maple Hill.” The students enjoyed seeing the people that inspired the characters in the book and getting to handle some of the pieces of equipment and artifacts from the book.

Hurry Hill Maple Farm owner Jan Woods let each student from the class hold the Newbury Medal that Virginia Sorenson won in 1957 for writing this children’s novel. Ms. Woods also took students on a bus tour around the district, pointing out sites from the book. The class ended the day with lunch at Charlie’s Pizza Pub, where the kids used their math skills when paying and applying a “tip,” followed by a quick visit to the local library.

This class is taught by Tiffany Brooks & and Pamela Glasl.



AP Chem students perform magic show for elementary students

Tue, 2019-05-07 15:40

General McLane High School students demonstrated Arthur C. Clarke’s quote last week, that “Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.”

Students in Mr. Wheeler’s AP Chemistry class visited Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools to perform a “Magic Show”. From creating elephant toothpaste, a bouncy ball and mirror to returning a $20 bill in one piece after lighting it on fire to making water disappear, high school students applied their chemistry knowledge and wowed the elementary students using science to perform magic tricks.

The students were all very much engaged and amazed — as were the adults!

Edinboro hosts Art Show & Ice Cream Social

Mon, 2019-05-06 15:43

Edinboro Elementary School hosted its Art Show & Ice Cream Social last Friday.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), teachers scooped ice cream for the students and their parents. There was also a basket raffle. Students in Mrs. Robinson’s art classrooms have been working hard to create artwork to display throughout the building.

This event resulted in its best turnout yet — and a great time was had by all!

GMHS students give back to school through service

Mon, 2019-05-06 08:39

As members of the Class of 2019 near the end of their time at General McLane High School, they have found a special way to go out with a “bloom”.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet will be organizing its first-ever “Senior Give Back Day” on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Any senior who would like to participate will be able to work that day as part of their thank you, or “give back” to the high school. Students plan on mulching, planting flowers and cleaning up to improve the image of General McLane High School’s campus.

“We have been so fortunate to attend General McLane High School for the last four years that we want to give back,” said Olivia Green, a Principal’s Cabinet member and one of the event’s organizer.

Students are currently seeking donations to help defray the costs of the needed materials. Their goal is to raise $1000 and donations can be sent to General McLane High School, ATTN: Principal’s Cabinet. Students also have created a GoFundMe page to help raise money.

According to Green, the organization hopes to expand the day in future years and invite the whole school to contribute giving back to both the towns of Edinboro and McKean.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school-based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

Members of the Principal’s Cabinet include: Seth Myers, Eli Buto, Abraham Kozloff , Carlos Mamani, Spencer Conaway, Tyler Herberg, Olivia Green, Kaley Berger, Debbie Fiscus, Elizabeth Barringer, Taylor Thomas and Kendra Trezona.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Fri, 2019-05-03 15:21

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Carter Gerlach
Finley Neuberger
Brooke Eldred
Evelyn Ford
Travis Birch

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

General McLane takes 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th in Envirothon Competition

Fri, 2019-05-03 11:10

General McLane High School students put their environmental knowledge to the test and happened to break records, almost sweep the scoreboard and earn a trip to States in the midst.

There were 17 teams competing in the Erie County Envirothon Competition, and team station points in subjects which included forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils and a current environmental issue.

Team “Shrimpnado” took first place with 402 points, a new school record. Members included Glory Linebach, Kendra Trezona, Evan Zehr, Timothy Fair and Andrew Yonko.  This team, which also had the highest scores in Erie County on the Forestry, Current Issue and Wildlife (tie) test, will now represent the county in the PA Envirothon State Competition at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown on May 21 and 22.

Team “Your Local Bird Feeders” took second place with 377 points. Team members include Ben Kalmey, Emma Noyer, Nick Tysiachney, Landon Grafton and Chloe McMullen. This team earned the highest Aquatics score in the county.

Team “Xenocrates” took took fourth place with 353 points. Members include Alexis Throop, Debbie Fiscus, Aida Shadeck, Spencer Conaway and Nick Halmi. This team earned the highest score in the county for the Soils and Wildlife (tie) tests.

Team “Tree-Huggers” took fifth place with 324 points. Team Members include Daniel Mulligan, Kaitlyn Dubynskiy, Avery Van Dyke, Ian Kennedy and Maya Wilcox.

The 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.

Congratulations to our students!

GMHS students visit EUP medical simulations lab

Thu, 2019-05-02 08:17

This week, General McLane High School sophomores enrolled in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering visited the medical simulations lab at Edinboro University.

GM places in 2019 Driving Competition

Tue, 2019-04-30 12:51

General McLane High School senior Seth Myers placed second in Erie County’s 13th Annual Teen Driving Competition on Monday.

This competition is for students with at least a one year unblemished driving record – no crashes and no moving violations (parking tickets do not disqualify) . The students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their road knowledge and driving skills, while possibly winning prizes of up to $1,000.00.

This competition rewards students who have developed excellent safe driving skills, acquired a good knowledge of the road, and have demonstrated an acute awareness of their surroundings.

Myers received $500 for his second place finish.

Sponsored by the PA Motor Truck Association, Vorzik Transport and Northwest Regional Highway Safety Network, the competition took place at Grace Church.  National – and five-time State – Truck Driving Champion Dale Knox was the course master.

In addition to Myers, Dylan Mroz ad Tyler Herberg also participated.


McKean students raise money for Autism Awareness

Mon, 2019-04-29 14:21

McKean Elementary School students have been raising money throughout the month for Autism Awareness.

Through a Penny War and an Autism Awareness Sale at the lunches, students raised more than $1600! The money was donated to the Autism Society of NWPA.

April is National Autism Awareness Month,  a national effort to increase autism awareness and inclusion.

MS hosts GLOW PSSA review

Mon, 2019-04-29 11:43

In preparation of the PSSA testing this week, James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade teachers worked toward beating the test prep blues by creating a fun and engaging activity.

Students in Mrs. Zafiropoulos and Mrs. Barbarini’s classrooms participated in GLOW PSSA Review. Here’s how it worked: there were four review games. (Jenga, bowling, ring toss and Geobuild). At each station, students solved math problems that reviewed material from the entire year. Students worked in groups to first solve the problem independently and then discussed the answer to make sure everyone was on the same page.  After the question was solved, students played a round of the activity they were assigned (bowl one round, pull a jenga block from the tower, toss rings for points, etc.).

The lights were turned out and the rooms were decorated with glow sticks and other items that glow under UV light.

A big THANK YOU to Mark Eisert with Millenium Sound for providing the black/UV lights to make this entire event possible!

JWPMS PTSA Awarded Grant to Host Parent Workshop Tuesday

Fri, 2019-04-26 14:49

James W. Parker Middle School PTSA has been awarded a $1,000 grant from National PTA® and Google to provide parents with the resources they need to answer practical questions about digital safety and citizenship. The grant will be used to host a Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at James W. Parker Middle School Cafeteria.

James W. Parker Middle School PTSA is one of 200 local PTAs nationwide selected to receive a PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome grant from Google and National PTA. In addition to the funds, all grantees will receive a Be Internet Awesome kit to help PTA leaders host a successful workshop.

“The PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop by Google allows parents to explore their excitements and worries about raising children in a connected world and to work through discussion- based, parent-to-parent sessions on topics like password security and safe websites,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “Parents will walk away with the awareness of the topics and access to resources, answers to questions about online safety and digital citizenship, and action plans and information to help facilitate discussions at home.”

To make the program as inclusive as possible, each Be Internet Awesome kit is bilingual—with materials in English and Spanish—and includes a Google Pixelbook. At the Be Internet Awesome workshop, families will:

  • Increase awareness of online safety tools for families
  • Teach families about digital citizenship and how to better navigate the internet
  • Inspire families to Be Internet Awesome together by growing their understanding of digital well- being

Facilitated by James W. Parker Middle School Guidance Counselor Pam Swanseger, the workshop will focus on five areas:

  • Be Smart- Share with Care
  • Be Alert- Don’t Fall for Fake
  • Be Strong- Secure Your Secrets
  • Be Kind- Itʼs Cool to Be Kind
  • Be Brave- When in Doubt, Talk it Out

Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a workshop to follow. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required.

Parents can RSVP here:

Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering students visit LECOM

Fri, 2019-04-26 14:11

General McLane High School seniors in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering spent a day at LECOM this week.

Students worked in the pharmacy lab creating a compound for bath bombs and also participated in pharmacy simulations. Students also spent time in the anatomy (cadaver lab) with teams of medical students studying the human brain, hip and shoulder joints, the digestive system and the heart. Students were able to hold and explore each of these systems.

Three General McLane graduates and current LECOM medical students led three of the small groups in the anatomy lab: Dr. Andrew Kramer, Josh Valerio (1st year medical student who was a graduate of the first Academy class) and Julia Pietras.

Bring your child to work day

Fri, 2019-04-26 10:06

In honor of “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day,” a national day that gives children in the United States a glimpse into the working world, James W. Parker Middle School’s Tiffany Brooks and Jenise LaRocca brought their children to work!

LaRocca brought her six-month old daughter Penelope in the morning, and Penelope helped mommy in the main office, greeting the students and teachers and even watching the process for check requests! She also made a visit to the Associate Principal’s Office, uh oh!

Brooks  also brought her one-year-old son Henry in for some of the morning to experience her Reading Success class, a class where students work on improving their reading fluency. Henry is moving constantly and Brook says he will only sit still for books if he is engaged.

Well, fifth grader Gabe Dorman was up to the task! Dorman read “The Very Cranky Bear” aloud to Henry, who was totally engaged. Afterward, Henry was even mimicking Dorman and was growling like a bear!

A fun morning for all!

JWPMS 5th graders take home seedlings

Fri, 2019-04-26 09:30

Thanks to the Heather Garden Club of Edinboro, James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders were once again able to take home a Norway Spruce seedling of their own!

The Heather Club of Edinboro provides the students with the seedlings as well as directions on how to plant bare-root trees. This is an annual donation from the gardening club, which aligns with the fifth graders’ plant study unit.

This yearly donation occurs in connection with Earth Day.

GM Family Fun Run Returns

Fri, 2019-04-26 09:26

The fifth annual GM Community Fun Run is returning to General McLane High School grounds on May 25, 2019.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a collaborative fundraising event for both schools. Roughly 150 runners participated in the event last year, which raising $2,500 to benefit the General McLane students, staff and community.

Obstacle stations are placed throughout the 5k and 1milerun/walk (two different options). A dunk tank and additional entertainment is also available.

Register by May 1 to be assured a shirt. 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.

This event has been made possible thanks to community members and businesses. To sponsor, call Kate Fiscus at 814-490-9219.

Registration Form
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Parker PRIDE Winners

Wed, 2019-04-24 10:42

Congratulations to the last two weeks’ Parker PRIDE winners:

Gus Brasington
Lexi Lozowski
Quinn O’Lone
Alyssa Mihalak
James Respecki

Lydia Johnson
Elizabeth Jankowski
Delaney Brunner
Phillip Gocal
Trent Dennis

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

Celebrating Student Success

Wed, 2019-04-24 09:18

Last week, James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders celebrated its Straight A students during an ice cream social!

Teachers posted a bulletin board last week highlighting all students who have been on the Honor Roll or had straight A’s for Quarters 1-3.  The ice cream social included all of the Straight A students, who each brought  a friend along with them.