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McKean students participate in Blizzard of the Books

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:21

McKean Elementary’s second graders read hundreds of books in just one month!

The second annual ‘Blizzard of Books’ reading Contest took place through January. Hosted by McKean’s second grade teachers, the Blizzard of Books Contest was created to help students build positive reading habits, promote reading stamina, and learn time management skills, goal setting and responsibility.

The second grade teachers set a reading goal for all students. Every second grade student had to read a minimum of 12 books at their independent reading level during the month, and they also had to successfully pass an Accelerated Reading quiz (to test their comprehension) on each book they read. Many students exceeded this goal. This year, McKean also launched a new reading app called RAZ kids that gives the students access to an online library of books at their independent reading levels. So, students were also able to use passed quizzes on their RAZ kids accounts to count towards their 12 book goal.

Students that achieved their monthly reading goal were invited to celebrate at a pizza luncheon.

General McLane recognizes its drivers

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:29

General McLane declared this week Driver Appreciation Week!

The District normally gives its appreciation in May during Employee Recognition Month. However, in light of a misleading report from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the District felt it was vital for our drivers to understand how much we support them each and every day.

So, on behalf of the District, thank you to all of our drivers!

Retired United States Navy Captain Creates New Scholarship for Nurse-bound Students

Wed, 2018-02-14 10:28

Long-time Edinboro resident Gae Fuller knew by the age of five that she wanted to become a nurse.

She liked people, and more importantly, she loved helping people.

So it’s no surprise that she would dedicate twenty-four years servings as a nurse for the United States Navy.

Now, the retired United States Navy Captain continues to give back to her profession and community by helping those entering the nursing field. Fuller recently made a significant donation to the General McLane Foundation to start a new scholarship for aspiring nurses.

“I really would like to help General McLane students have the life that I did and be as content with everything as I am,” Fuller said. “I had a great life because I followed a dream I had set for myself as a child. I want to help make that happen for future generations.”

Starting this school year, the Gae M. Fuller Nursing Education Scholarship Fund will annually award a scholarship to a senior committed to becoming a nurse and who will be majoring in nursing at a four-year college or university. The student will be selected by the high school’s guidance counselors and science faculty.

“I really hope it goes toward a student who has a real passion to be a nurse, someone who knows that nursing is for them like I knew it was for me,” Fuller said. “I never questioned it, I just knew it.”

Fuller graduated from Edinboro High School in 1957, Hamot Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 and the University of Buffalo in 1971 before joining the Navy. She later earned her master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

She served most of her time in the operating room in a variety of naval hospitals, including ones in the Philippines, Virginia, Pensacola, San Diego, Bethesda and Charleston. Her final role was the Interim Director for Nursing Services at Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Fuller is an active volunteer for many organizations, including the election polls, the Edinboro Cemetery Association, Shadbush Club of Edinboro, the United Methodist Church, the H.G. Gillespie Scholarship Foundation and Washington Township’s Veterans Memorial Park.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

Edinboro Elementary honored as a 2017-18 Title 1 Distinguished School

Tue, 2018-02-13 13:43

Edinboro Elementary School was recently honored as a 2017-18 Title I Distinguished School at the 2018 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference.

Edinboro received this recognition in October by PDE’s Division of Federal Programs. Edinboro Elementary is one of only 123 schools in the state to receive this honor.

Edinboro Elementary School was selected as a Reward High Achievement School for the 2016-17 school year, meaning Edinboro Elementary is part of the highest 5% of Title I schools based on ELA and Math proficiency. In addition, Edinboro Elementary met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs), which included test participation, graduation rate, closing the achievement gap for all students and closing the achievement gap for the historically underperforming students.

A Title 1 School is one that receives Title 1 funds, which are is financial assistance distributed to schools in order to enhance reading and mathematics.


Students study Chinese New Year

Tue, 2018-02-13 11:47

Edinboro Elementary second graders in Miss Waddell’s class celebrated the Chinese New Year yesterday, thanks to two special guest presenters.

Jiayi (Flora) Chao and her mother Yi Zhang shared their customs and traditions for the holiday, which takes place February 16.

“The students loved learning about Chinese culture and getting to their know classmate Flora in a deeper way,” said Edinboro Elementary second grade teacher Katie Waddell. “I think learning about different cultures helps students to gain a global perspective on the world, as well as be open to new experiences.”

Flora planned her presentation with Edinboro Elementary ESL teacher Ann Bortnick. Her mother then planned a presentations and a variety of activities for the students. They received the traditionary red envelopes, participated in a reunion dinner, learned their Chinese zodiac symbols, practiced Chinese calligraphy, created their own paper cutting and learned how to play Chopsticks, the hand game.

JWPMS students learn about 3D printers

Mon, 2018-02-12 15:58

James W. Parker Middle School students are learning how 3D printing is used in industry.

Recently, JWPMS teacher Matt Laser presented a lesson on 3D printers to Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills and Miss Adams’ Autistic Support classrooms.

Students went to Mr. Laser’s classroom at the beginning of the day to view the 3D printer. While there, Mr. Laser explained how the 3D printer worked, showed materials utilized when using the 3D printer, showed several items that were previously printed and then saw it in action Mrs. Tuttle and Miss Adam’s classes returned several times throughout the day to see the mystery items progress. The students learned at the end that the mystery item was a minion!

General McLane schools are using the 3D printers to foster creativity and teach real-world skills. At the middle school, the 3D printer is used within the fifth and sixth grade Challenge curriculum. Students are working on the Inventionland curriculum. As part of that curriculum, Mr. Laser has introduced students to the Tinkercad website, which allows students to create their own 3D designs that can be manipulated, edited and printed. Some of the students will use the 3D printer to create models of their inventions.

General McLane High School also has a 3D printer as part of its STEM lab.

According to a Forbes article, the 3D printing industry will be worth nearly $33 billion USD by 2023.

HS students create Olympic designs

Fri, 2018-02-09 14:46

General McLane High School’s graphic design students are creating real-world design jobs.

After studying the symbolism of the Olympic Rings and this year’s Pyeongchang emblem, students will recreate the 2018 Olympic logo and then choose an athlete to advertise!

8th grader places first in the Scholastic Art Competition

Thu, 2018-02-08 12:55

James W. Parker Middle School’s Regan Luebbert placed first in the Scholastic Art Competition for a ceramic she created.

The 8th grader earned a Gold Key, the highest recognition at the local level, for her work, which now go onto the national level judging in New York City.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens. Students in grades 7–12 submit creative and original work in any of the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, and video game design.

Students’ submissions are blindly judged by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Judges have included Langston Hughes, Robert Frost and Judy Blume, among many others. Works are judged at each level based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

The Awards have fostered creativity and talent since 1923 for millions of students and feature a notable list of alumni including: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Charles White, Kay WalkingStick, Ken Burns, John Baldessari, Mozelle Thompson, Joyce Carol Oates, Hughie Lee-Smith, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham.

GM Launches School Driver Appreciation Week

Tue, 2018-02-06 11:56

Icy roads.  Potholes.  Freezing rain.  Deep snow. Poor visibility. Monitoring students.

These are just some of the challenges school bus drivers face while transporting children to and from school every day.

In light of the recent, misleading report by the Auditor General’s office that inaccurately attacked its District drivers, General McLane School District is declaring the week of February 12 to be “School Driver Appreciation Week.” The District is asking students, parents and community members to express their appreciation to our drivers through notes, cards and letters during the week. 

General McLane School District employs 35 regular school bus drivers, three van drivers and 15 substitute drivers. Each day, General McLane busses cover 3,300 miles when transporting students to seventeen schools, which is the distance from here to Salt Lake City, Utah and back. General McLane’s busses cover 594,000 miles a year — 24 times around the world.

Traditionally, the District recognizes all of its employees in May and its school board members in January.

*Due to the in-service day, drivers will not be in on Friday, February 16, 2018.*

Students celebrate 100 days of school

Fri, 2018-02-02 08:40

General McLane students celebrated the 100th day of school yesterday.

For many elementary students, being in school for 100 days has definitely aged them. Dressing like they are 100 years old is one of the fun activities students do to celebrate this exciting milestone.

In addition, teachers incorporated ways to have fun with the number 100 within many of the lessons and teachings for the day. Some of the literacy and math-based centers had activities that included a 100 word challenge, 100 chart Number Riddles and ‘100 ways to make 100’.

Happy 100th Day of School — which also means, 80 days until summer break!

Beauty and the Beast Jr. takes the stage next week

Wed, 2018-01-31 09:30

Opening night for James W. Parker Middle School’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is almost a week away.

Disney’s award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.

Shows are February 8th and 9th at 7 p.m. and February 10th at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door only and are $5 per adult, $3 per student. The show takes place at General McLane High School in the auditorium.

Students cast for roles include: the Beast (Isaac Smith), Belle (Kaitlyn Dubynski), Lumiere (Olivia Mussett), Gaston (Aiden Dougan), Lefou (JC Williams), Babette (Tobeigh Ingram), Wardrobe (Hannah Wolfe), Mrs. Potts (Meredith Moore), Chip (Caleigh Meyer), Cogsworth (Caleb Minner), Maurice (Shane Dexter), Monsieur D’Arque (Sean Dexter), Narrator 1 (Shaela Kineston), Narrator 2 (Abby Walker), Narrator 3 (Katelynne Langer), Silly girl 1 (Miranda Kline), Silly girl 2 (Kiersten Marendt) and Silly girl 3 (Maiden Zietz).

All photos are by Claire Corwin.

GM students compete in PJAS competition

Mon, 2018-01-29 14:19

General McLane School District had presenters earn a first place and second place award at the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition held Penn State Behrend this past weekend. Students now have the opportunity to advance to the State Competition.

General McLane High School students Nick Tysiachney, Andrew Yonko and Calder Martin earned first place awards. Halle Minner & Grace Honeycutt earned second place.

James W. Parker Middle School students Zach Rolland, Aiden Seeman, Holly Shreve, Jamie Roberts and Chloe Kiser all received 1st place awards.

All 1st place award winners will continue on at the 83rd annual PJAS State Competition, which will occur in May at Penn State University in University Park.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

Students in 7-12 grades conduct a scientific research project in one of the twelve Scientific Categories of Research identified by PJAS and then orally presented that research to a team of judges. Students who receive a first-place award at the regional competition move on to the state competition.

McKean students run at Edinboro’s dome

Mon, 2018-01-29 14:16

McKean Run Club held their annual run at Edinboro University this weekend.

Students in kindergarten through second grade ran a half mile and students in third and fourth grades ran a mile. About sixty students were in attendance and each student finished their race! The event took place in Edinboro’s Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center Dome.

The EUP Track and Field teams helped as part of their athletic programs community service initiative. These athletes help and mentor the students for positive behaviors through physical activity.

The event culminated the Winter Run Club, an after-school program for students in k-4. Coordinated by McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month.

The McKean Elementary Run Club and the Spring Recess Laps program started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Roberts started the program to help students increase their physical activity.

EUP Communications Department visits GMHS

Fri, 2018-01-26 15:31

Edinboro University’s Communications Department visited General McLane High School today. Led by Christopher LaFuria, manager of communication, the team presented to Graphic Design students on incorporating marketing strategics into their web design and invited student feedback and input.

Edinboro Kindergarten has Teddy Bear Tea

Thu, 2018-01-25 15:32

Edinboro Elementary School students had some extra classmates today.

Mrs. Lobdell’s classroom hosted a Teddy Bear Tea, where students and their furry companions were seated around the table sipping tea and eating some dainty treats.

This is an annual activity in Mrs. Lobdell’s class that reinforces the letter and sound of “Tt” in a fun and engaging way.

Students and their favorite, furry friends tasted tea, teddy bear crackers and triangle treats. Students also vote on who likes tea and who does not, and even engaged in math and writing activities.

McKean PTA hosts Family Bingo Night and Art Show

Thu, 2018-01-25 13:47

On Friday, McKean Elementary’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) hosted Family Bingo Night and Art Show.

The event hosted a packed gym with families playing Bingo. Winners received a candy bar and a chance to win a basket full of board games and card games. In addition, there was a Basket Raffle, a Scholastic Book Fair and a photo area.

Outside of the gym, the Art Show took placed in the hallways around the gym. The artwork was created by each of the students at McKean Elementary.

The night ended with the drawing of their fundraiser winner. Families sold raffle tickets for $5 each. The winner of the raffle won 4 Season Passes to Waldameer and WaterWorld.

McKean Elementary receives banner for MTSS Program

Thu, 2018-01-25 11:58

McKean Elementary School received a banner for its commitment to their Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) literacy program.

McKean’s MTSS Process is designed to meet the needs of elementary age students experiencing literacy difficulties in school. The team reviews school-wide universal screening data and other district assessments for students and develops strategies that address the students’ needs in the regular classroom setting.

The School just completed a 5-year comprehensive review of their literacy program.  With support and training provided by the Northwest Tri-County IU 5, PaTTAN and the 95% Group, McKean Elementary staff worked to ensure they were providing the most valid and reliable instruction to their students.  The banner was awarded by PA’s Bureau of Special Education in recognition of their hard work and dedication to meeting the literacy needs of all their students.

McKean Elementary School’s MTSS Program was recently highlighted as Model Program through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5 and has been recognized by Edinboro University’s School of Education.

JWPMS students present Inventionland products

Thu, 2018-01-25 11:52

James W. Parker Middle School students recently made their final ‘shark tank’ presentations.

Seventh graders walked through a nine-step invention process, creating and developing an idea that has come from their minds. At the end of the class, each group of students in the class pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. This is part of the school’s Inventionland curriculum.

This is the first year for the Inventionland curriculum at James W. Parker Middle School. This school year, General McLane began a two-year project to systematically plant seeds in our students and give them the tools to become inventors and entrepreneurs. In addition to the Inventionland curriculum, General McLane High School students are using the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program curriculum.

This will be only the second year this curriculum has been used anywhere and we join about 35 schools in the Pittsburgh area using the curriculum.

Inventionland is a Pittsburgh-based developing firm that turns ideas into products. Its employees utilize unique workspaces, 16 unique themed sets, to inspire creativity and productivity. Its manufacturing capabilities include metalworking, woodworking, molding, laser cutting, prototyping, circuit board construction and more, which all take place in its state-of-the-art production facility

Here are the top students from each class and their final Inventamercials and some pictures from their presentations.

Abigail Greenleaf and Abby Walker: “The Pillow Hoodie”

Brianna Farley and Katelynne Langer: “The Water Wall”

Reese Campbell and Emma Dahlstrand: “P M P” (Practice Makes Perfect)

Shawn Stutts, Ross Morrow and Dillon Morrow: Waterproof Flexible Boot


How is the flu affecting General McLane students?

Wed, 2018-01-24 13:04

General McLane schools are taking a proactive approach to keeping students safe this flu season.

According to General McLane High School nurse Laurie Swanson, as of earlier this week, the district had not seen the number of confirmed cases of the flu by physician that had been seen in the past several years.

That doesn’t mean, however, that General McLane nurses aren’t preparing.

“It’s still early,” Swanson said. “It is flu season, and it is always a worrisome time. We are hoping that with the preventative actions on the nurses part, in conjunction with other media publications and reports, we are helping to keep our numbers down.”

General McLane nurses are on the lookout and sending students home who show flu symptoms. Parents are encouraged to follow up with their health care provider.

The Erie County Department of Health sends weekly updates to General McLane nurses to monitor current flu status and trends.

In addition, Swanson said they are stressing ways to reduce the spread of viruses by posting and encouraging proper hand washing, cough hygiene and other ways to prevent the spread.

“Education is the best defense,” Swanson said. “Arming our schools and communities with information will assist in keeping our population healthy and reduce the number of flu cases.

As families to continue to fight this flu season, Swanson shares tips and advice for influenza prevention.

The Flu-how does it spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick — in addition to the duration of your time sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.

Ways to avoid spreading and getting the flu:

  • Get the Flu shot. It is not true that you can get the flu from the shot.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Eat a well-balanced healthy diet, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Wash your hands for 1 full minute, often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
  • See your health care provider as soon as symptoms occur. There is medication to reduce the severity of the flu.

WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visit JWPMS

Wed, 2018-01-24 10:37

WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visited James W. Parker Middle School today to speak to fifth grade students about the science involved in meteorology, predicting weather, largest snowfalls and some of their most memorable moments of their careers.

Two of the fifth grade science classes were in attendance of the live 20-question presentation. Eighth graders Alec Eisert and Brandon Dedrick recorded the presentation for the entire 5th grade to view.

Atkins and DiVecchio shared some information about what they do at the TV station and some other important weather facts — including the largest hail they have ever seen, the biggest snow storms and this Winter’s snowfall so far. Students asked questions directly to the meteorologists and had the opportunity to meet individually with them following the presentation.

Fifth graders Ramie Plouse, Sophia Allison, Katie Quinn created a welcome video for the visit.

JWPMS teacher Laurie Santos is the Edinboro weather watcher for the station and orchestrated the event.