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McKean Elementary hosts Artist in Residence Program

Thu, 2019-03-28 15:14

This month, McKean Elementary School welcomed artist Jennifer Dennehy to its building as part of the Erie Arts & Culture‘s Artist-in-residency program.

The Artist Residency Program is a collaboration between Erie Arts & Culture and General McLane, one that provides a professional artist(s) where the artist (s) works with a small group of learners over a period of time. General McLane’s residency was provided through an Erie Arts & Culture grant.

Through Dennehy’s time she will provide second graders with an opportunity to learn dance basics, hoop dancing, a dance routine and hoop art. The focus of program is on self-esteem, expression and staying healthy through a variety of mediums.

In May, students will host a performance for family and friends.

Erie Arts & Culture is a local organization whose role is to promote, support, and develop arts and culture at the regional level; ensuring broad opportunities for residents and tourists throughout communities in Erie, Crawford, Venango, Warren, Mercer, and Lawrence counties to engage with the sector educationally, socially, and economically.

Edinboro teacher receives $1,000 grant

Thu, 2019-03-28 11:59

Edinboro Elementary School’s Katie Waddell is one of four grants recipients for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Innovative Teaching Grants.

Through the $1,000 grant, Waddell will purchase materials to use for three school-wide mobile makerspaces.  These will allow teachers to implement innovative STEAM projects driven by student creativity. The mobile makerspace will include three toolkits: Brick Builders, Garden Growers, and Powerful Presenters. Each toolkit will combine community resources, hands-on materials, and children’s literature to deliver rigorous, standards-based instruction.

PSEA‘s Council on Instruction and Professional Development provides four Innovative Teaching Grants across the state, one from each region. Waddell was selected for the Northwestern Region.  PSEA is the union representing the 181,00 education professionals in Pennsylvania. Members include teachers, education support professionals, higher education staff, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers.

Waddell’s idea stemmed from a creativity cohort established among Edinboro Elementary School teachers last year. When considering needs for the school, the cohort talked about ways to support teachers in creating more opportunities for students to engage in STEAM projects that prompt creativity and problem solving.

The makerspace will be stored in the library, and teachers will be able to sign out the toolkit they need based on the units they are teaching. Edinboro librarian Mrs. Androstic is also implementing complimentary projects that will create a LEGO wall in the library.

-The money will be used to buy materials for three portable makerspace kits that any teacher in our building can use. For example, we will have a container of LEGOs that can be signed out and used for STEAM projects.  I chose this project to support the creativity initiative.

-The money will directly benefit the student’s learning experience. Each toolkit is designed to provide opportunities for problem solving and creativity by utilizing hands-on materials.

Waddell is invited to attend the PSEA Awards Ceremony in May. Her project will be up and running for the 2019-2020 school year.

A mobile school-wide makerspace at Edinboro Elementary School will allow teachers to implement innovative STEAM projects driven by student creativity. The mobile
makerspace will include three toolkits: Brick Builders,
Garden Growers, and Powerful Presenters. Each toolkit will combine community resources, hands-on materials, and
children’s literature to deliver rigorous, standards-based



“The Kids on the Block” comes to Edinboro Elementary School

Tue, 2019-03-26 08:18

Yesterday, the Barber National Institute visited Edinboro Elementary School second graders to perform “The Kids on the Block”, a puppet show performance designed to teach children about differences and similarities in people.

The puppets, which have been used all over the country, includes individuals who have Down Syndrome, Hearing and Visual Deficits, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy, and Learning Disabilities.

This program is offered free of charge to schools and any other community organizations.

GMHS teacher receives PASR grant

Mon, 2019-03-25 13:07

The Erie County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a check to General McLane High School teacher Tyler Stuyvesant today.

Stuyvesant is a recipient of PASR’s Educational Support Grant, which provides $400 to cover or supplement a project that is innovative and curriculum related. Applications are reviewed and selected by a PASR committee.

Stuyvesant, who serves as General McLane High School’s Facilitator and Instructor of STEM Education, will use the grant to purchase materials to take his Inventionland class to the next level. The grant will fund materials so that students can create molds out of 3D printed parts and fill them with materials such as rubber, epoxy or carbon fiber so that students can have a finished prototype.

“We utilize a 3D printer nearly everyday in these classes, but some of the prototypes or parts that students are making aren’t being printed with the desired strength properties,” said Stuyvesant. “Students taking this Inventionland class would have the opportunity to take their 3D printed parts to the next level. This will also further students’ understanding of the manufacturing process and unlock new potential for their projects.”

Starting in 2017-2018, General McLane began a two-year project to systematically plant seeds in our students and give them the tools to become inventors and entrepreneurs. General McLane High School students engage in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Curriculum, which provides students with the tools that empower them to succeed with 21st century workforce skills, and the Inventionland Curriculum, which is a nine-step invention process that allows students to develop and pitch their own ideas. General McLane’s STEM Lab includes 3-D printers, CNC machines and CAD software.

Coding and Math for Sphero Circus Maximus Races

Thu, 2019-03-21 13:04

McKean Elementary fourth graders combined math and coding for Sphero Circus Maximus Races.

According to McKean Elementary fourth grade teacher Scott Hutchison, students build a chariot that will hold their Robotic Sphero and calculate the cost of their design. Each piece has a different monetary value. (A shout out to Mr. Triola for this elementary version of the great things he does with his K’Nex!) They also have to make a spot for their marshmallow rider so he/she doesn’t fall out of the chariot.

After building the chariot and doing all the math work, the students have to use block coding on the iPads to program the Sphero to pull the chariot around a rectangular track. This is the qualifying round. They make adjustments to the distance per second, force, and direction based on a 360 degree compass. At the end, the competition begins. Students earn points and compete for the WIN!

This is the culminating activity after their unit on multi-digit multiplication.

McKean hosts Hoops for Heart Assembly

Thu, 2019-03-21 12:50

McKean Elementary School hosted their Hoops/Jump for Heart Assembly last week in honor of their fundraising for the American Heart Association. Students have raised more than $1300 over the last month and will continue raising money through the end of the month.

Edinboro Elementary School third grader, Gabe, attended the Assembly. His sister and he spoke about his journey and fight, as he was born with four heart defects.

General McLane High School student-athletes on the basketball programs, as well as Edinboro University’s Men’s Basketball Team,  attend the assembly.

This year’s focus of the program is a healthy and kind heart.

Last year, McKean Elementary raised more than $2200.

McKean 4th Graders create circuits

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:44

McKean Elementary School Fourth graders were electricians at work! Students completed a hands-on learning activity to learn about circuits during their science days.

Students learned about the flow of electrons, voltage and conductors and insulators, circuits and the construction of switches. Then, students applied their knowledge to design a room and wire that room with a switch installed onto the wall. Students were able to choose from bulbs or batteries in series or parallel. Some students used a hybrid version based on their desire to have multiple bulbs, or very bright bulbs. They all did great explaining the circuits they used and their rationale for that choice.

March Students of the Month

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:27

James W. Parker Middle School announced its March Students of the Month.

  • 5th – Respect – Alyssa Bentley
  • 6th – Integrity – Owen Eisert
  • 7th – Determination – Emma Czarnecki
  • 8th – Empathy – Leo Chen
  • Exploratory –Positive – Caden Brumagin

The Parker Pride students of the month recognizes students throughout the entire building, in grades 5 through 8.

PRIDE is an acronym for Positive, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy. Through this program, the school recognizes students that exemplify these character traits every day. Each month, one of the grade level teams is assigned a character trait in a rotating basis. The teams are: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and exploratory. These teams are responsible for nominating students and then selecting one student that best exemplifies that specific trait.

Students selected are recognized over the announcements and then meet with JWPMS associate principal Justin Whitford, who shares the reason why they were selected. Their pictures, grade and character traits are then posted on a banner outside of the gym lobby for the month. Additionally, students are invited to a breakfast celebration and can bring a friend.

The program launched this year with the start of the middle school’s new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is a program based on a national model to promote positive behavior growth. This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations.

Although similar, this program is different from the PBIS Parker Pride weekly winners.

Parker Pride Students of the Month (Running List)

February 2019
5th – Positive – Daniel Sychuk
6th – Respect – Magdalen Kennedy
7th – Integrity – Alanna Puller
8th – Determination – Chandler Kopystecki
Exploratory – Empathy – Johnathan Kavelish

January 2019
5th – Empathy – Jaela Moir
6th – Positive – Madelin Barto
7th – Respect – Chance Kimmy
8th – Integrity – Sierra Griffith
Exploratory – Determination – Julia Scrutchins

December 2018
5th – Determination – Phillip Gocal
6th – Empathy – Jane Howard
7th – Positive – Allisyn Stuck
8th – Respect – Nathanael Robbins
Exploratory – Integrity – Kyle Cousins

November 2018
5th – Integrity – Midori Zheng
6th – Determination – Estella Menc
7th – Empathy – Annika Semoe
8th – Positive – Abby Walker
Exploratory – Respect – Bailey Cannon

October 2018
5th – Respect – Charlie Salvo
6th – Integrity – Bryce Mulligan
7th – Determination – Maya Egloff
8th – Empathy – Talon Frick
Exploratory – Positive – Peter Alberti

September 2018
5th – Positive – Zoey Delaney
6th – Respect – Noah Saulsgiver
7th – Integrity – Scout Adamski
8th – Determination – Thomas Langer
Exploratory – Empathy – Pacey Moran

Parker PRIDE Winners

Wed, 2019-03-20 08:20

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Breena Kineston
Wyatt Junkins
Riley Vogt
Natasha Leslie
Heaven Wager

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.

Kindergarten Registration

Thu, 2019-03-14 15:27

GMHS hosts annual College, Career & Transition Fair

Thu, 2019-03-14 15:21

Close to 60 colleges, businesses, agencies and armed services were in attendance today for General McLane High School’s College, Career & Transition Fair. There were event some Lancer alumni representing a handful of companies present!

This annual event was for all sophomores and juniors at General McLane High School.

GM student becomes a Displate artist

Tue, 2019-03-12 10:43

A General McLane High School budding artist is quickly learning how to utilize the internet as a market for artwork.

Prior to last week, senior Eric Johnson’s only artwork sold was during Edinboro University’s Highland Games & Scottish Festival’s Plein Air. Now, he is now selling his creations on, an online marketplace that prints artwork onto metal posters.

“I take inspiration from a lot of different things, but I really want my work to be original. I love creating new things and different ideas, so the items on the site are the result of that,” Johnson said.

Johnson started selling his artwork on the website after General McLane High School digital art teacher Karen Hodas recommended he apply for the site’s Create Eight Art Challenge, a contest for artwork collections. In order to apply for the contest, he needed to be an approved artist on the site.

Just this week, Johnson received notification that his artwork was approved and officially up for sale.

“I’m not really expecting to make money off of this, it’s just for fun,” Johnson said. “But, it was cool when I received notification that it was up. I’m happy to have the opportunity to sell it.”

Johnson is currently taking an independent study in digital art with Mrs. Hodas.

For Johnson, this isn’t the first independent study program he has utilized at General McLane High School. In fact, he’s already taken two other ones.

“I’ve always enjoyed doing art, so I’ve taken as many art classes as I possibly can,” he said. “For me, the independent study really allows me to be independent and build on my skills. Personally, I make the best use of my time and have been able to improve tremendously.”

Johnson has created around 50 different types of artwork during his time.

“The thing with what I am doing right now is that in a month, I’ll look back and know I can do better, that’s the down side to what I am doing,” he said. “It’ll level out at some point, but I am constantly practicing so I can improve and set into my own style.”

The eight pieces that he submitted to were his favorites from the month, he said. His favorite is one that he created using black and white line art.

Next year, Johnson will attend Edinboro University’s Art program. He would like to pursue a career in Digital Concept Art.

Johnson’s artwork can be found here:

Congratulations to Eric!

GMHS students create stop motion animation

Mon, 2019-03-11 14:12

Last week, General McLane High School students learned a basic process of animation used in commercials, music videos, television shows and feature films.

Kirstie Fitzpatrick, a High School Regional Outreach Representative at Full Sail University, visited Ms. Mumau’s Literature and Film class to teach students a lesson on stop motion animation, or animation that is captured one frame at time.

Using objects and Stop Motion, a software that creates animated films, students became animators of their own films!  Here is the winning film from Ms. Mumau’s class.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Fri, 2019-03-08 12:54

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Izzy Borrero
Nicole Baron
Cassia Myers
Kody Etzel
Daquan Simione

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.

2nd graders celebrate Dr. Seuss

Thu, 2019-03-07 15:29

Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrations were in full swing last week at McKean Elementary School.  Second graders enjoyed some “Green Eggs and Ham” (made with pudding and vanilla wafer cookies), participated in literacy and math centers themed around individualized Dr. Seuss books and even hung out in the Dr. Seuss photo booth!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

School officials provide Safe2Say Training

Thu, 2019-03-07 14:26

This week, General McLane High School principals Dan Mennow and Pam Mackowski, as well as School Resource Officer Jose Montes, provided its Safe2Say Training to all high school students.

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG). The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” before it is too late.

Individuals submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system via a mobile app, website, or 24/7 phone line. All information is received and triaged by the OAG crisis center and provided to schools and 911 dispatch as necessary.

Crystals at GMHS

Thu, 2019-03-07 13:24

What better way to study crystals and their structures than to create one themselves.

That’s exactly what General McLane High School students have done as they prepare for Clarion University’s Chemistry Crystal Growing Competition. Students grew their crystal from a compound on the approved compounds list.

Today, students in Mr. Wheeler’s AP Chemistry class and students from the Learning Support Class met  to weigh their crystals and do their final prep before sending their gems to Clarion University’s Chemistry Department.

Their formations will be judged against other schools across the state.



Parker PRIDE winners

Tue, 2019-03-05 14:20

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Abby Langer
Kyle Malec
Trevor Wozniak
Maddie Rotko
Shelby Eichner

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 students move on in Reflections Contest

Tue, 2019-03-05 09:49
Various General McLane students finished top in the region for the annual Reflections Program. Hosted by JWPMS’ PTSA and McKean Elementary PTA, students were first judged at the District-level and then judged at the Erie County and Regional level. Projects now will move on to the state level. The Erie County Reflections Ceremony was held at McDowell Intermediate School. McKean Elementary students included Maxwell Narpes, Etta Spires, Parker Howard, Annie Howard, Courtney Goodwill, Alex Cooney and Ely Cooney. James W. Parker Middle School students included Chloe Kiser, Kiera Schoolcraft, Kaylee Himes, Milo Kline, Gurneet Kaur, Kenna Shaut and Jackson Kiser. Other JWPMS students who were recognized at the District-level include:  Jane Howard, Isabella Alvarado, Allanna Puller, Riley Lorah and Jaela Moir. The National PTA Reflections program supports student success and serves as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. All grades and abilities are invited to participate in this program, which celebrates the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Heroes Around Me was the theme for the 2018-2019 school year. Students completed works in original 2D & 3D art, photography, music, dance, literature, and film.

Congratulations to our winners and all those who participated in this year’s program!

Here are some of the works submitted:

McKean’s Kindergarten Engineers

Tue, 2019-03-05 09:37

McKean Elementary School kindergarteners became engineers yesterday.

Through Penn State Behrend’s Youth Outreach Program, students read the book 21 Elephants and then completed a STEAM challenge where they built their own bridges to get the animals across. Students used a limited amount of supplies to test their engineer skills and construct their bridge.

Each McKean Elementary Kindergarten classroom received the presentation from Penn State Behrend.