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Open Houses Begin at GMSD

Thu, 2017-09-07 13:54

General McLane School District started its Open House lineup with James W. Parker Middle School on Wednesday night.

Open houses are designed to introduce parents to their child(ren)’s classes, teachers and schedule. There was also a booth teaching parents how to use Schoology and a booth introducing parents to PTSA. The night ended with a social in the cafeteria. JWPMS 8th Grade Advisors volunteered in the evening to escort parents around the building.

Open houses continue throughout the month. The schedule is below:  General McLane High School | Tuesday, Sept. 12 McKean Elementary School | Thursday, Sept. 14 Edinboro Elementary School | Tuesday, Sept. 26

 

First Day of School Video

Thu, 2017-09-07 13:44

Introducing District Mental Health Liaison Mr. Tyree

Tue, 2017-09-05 15:46

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mr. Jeff Tyree is the District’s new Mental Health Liaison. A graduate of Ringgold High School (Monongahela, PA), Mr. Tyree has served as a mental health professional for 16 years. He previously worked with the district for three years as a Mental Health Liaison through the Achievement Center. Prior to that, Mr. Tyree held various positions within the Achievement Center, Stairways Behavioral Health and Safe Harbor Behavioral Health. He graduated from Edinboro University with his Bachelor’s in Speech Communication and earned two Master’s in Sociology and School Counseling from Edinboro University. Mr. Tyree is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

A big sports fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Lakers, Mr. Tyree enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.  He previously served as a Track Coach at Central Tech and volunteers with General McLane’s Boys Basketball program.

His Motto: “Surround yourself with good people and be better today than you were yesterday.”

General McLane welcomes Mr. Tyree to the District!

Up Next: School Resource Officer Jose Montes!

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. McCollum

Fri, 2017-09-01 11:45

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mrs. Julia McCollum will be a music teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She has served two years as a Choral Director, Band Instructor and General Music Educator at Roosevelt Middle School. McCollum has participated in various professional development opportunities and organizations. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education with Magna Cum Laude honors from Edinboro University, where she served as a Peer Advisor.

General McLane welcomes Mrs. McCollum to the District!

Up Next: GMSD’s Mr. Tyree! 

Introducing McKean’s Mrs. Erdman!

Fri, 2017-09-01 11:31

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mrs. Brianna Erdman will be a part-time music teacher at McKean Elementary School. She taught music at St. Thomas Elementary School and Corry Alliance Academy. Erdman has also served as a vocal coach at Union City High School, an assistant marching band director for Corry Area School District and the Director of Liturgical Music for her church.  She graduated from Mercyhurst University with her Bachelor’s in Music Education.

Mrs. Erdman lives in Corry with her husband and their one-year-old daughter. Fun fact: She has played softball for as long as she can remember and continues to play in leagues now! “This year I am most looking forward to being part of the General McLane community and inspiring the students to better themselves,” Erdman said. General McLane welcomes Mrs. Erdman to the District!

Up Next: JWPMS’ Mrs. McCollum

First day back, and Lancers were back to work!

Wed, 2017-08-30 14:20

Students in Mrs. Scaletta’s AP Calculus BC class worked on an Engineering Design and Build Challenge.

AP Calculus BC is an advanced placement, elective course designed to allow students to explore differential equations, hyperbolic functions, advanced techniques of integration, infinite series, complex implicit relations and their applications, parametric functions, and polar equations.

5th Grade Scavenger Hunt

Wed, 2017-08-30 09:27


Yesterday, JWPMS had the entire 5th grade participate in a Scavenger Hunt.

To participate, students needed to introduce themselves to someone they didn’t know and ask them a question to complete their scavenger hunt. This was a great opportunity to bring the entire class together to become acquainted with their peers.

Students  finished the activity with a popsicle!

Introducing GMHS’ Mr. Stuyvesant!

Mon, 2017-08-28 08:15

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Tyler Stuyvesant will be the Facilitator and Instructor of STEM Education for General McLane High School. Prior to coming to General McLane, Stuyvesant taught Technical Education at McDowell, film-making in Hawaii and STEM in Connecticut. Stuyvesant was the director of a Photography Indy feature film and is a professional cinematographer. He graduated with his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Film ad Video production and his Educational Certification in Art and Technical Education from Edinboro University.

General McLane welcomes Mr. Stuyvesant to the District!

Up Next: McKean’s Mrs. Erdman

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. Spencer!

Mon, 2017-08-28 08:12

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mrs. Katy Spencer will be a Learning Support Teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. Spencer has served as a Learning Support at Union City Area Middle/ High School for 11 years, as well as one year as a Literacy Coach / Reading Specialist.  At Union City, Spencer took on the role as the Special Education Department Head for seven years and served on the Restructuring Committee for the District-wide Literacy Initiative. Spencer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University with her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s Degree in Reading.

Spencer and her husband, Sean,  have three children and reside in the countryside of the Cambridge Springs/Saegertown area. Spencer enjoys working outside (mowing the lawn, working in her flowerbeds, gardening), ATV riding, trapshooting with her husband at Saegertown Sportsman’s Club, and reading when she has time!

Spencer said she is looking forward figuring everything out this school year.

“I hope to make a difference in my students with making academic gains,” she added.

General McLane welcomes Mrs. Spencer to the District!

Up Next: GMHS’ Mr. Stuyvesant!

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. Mischler!

Fri, 2017-08-25 15:44

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mrs. Melanie Mischler will be teaching 8th grade Language Arts at James W. Parker Middle School. This past school year, Mischler worked as a part-time sixth grade teacher at James W. Parker Middle School and a library aide at General McLane High School. Mischler has previously held long-term substitute assignments within the District and has also taught middle and high school students in Virginia and Philadelphia. She also taught and lived in Kenya for two years. She holds a number of certifications, including English, Reading Specialist, Library, Elementary and Mid-Level English and Language Arts. Mischler graduated with her Bachelor’s from Cairn University and received her Master’s in Reading from Edinboro University.

Mrs. Mischler has four kids in the school district.

“I love the GM school district and am so excited to be working here full time,” said Mischler, who added that she is not related to Coach Mischler (of Cathedral Prep fame). She often gets that question a lot!

General McLane welcomes Mrs. Mischler to the District!

Up Next: JWPMS’ Mrs. Spencer

GMHS hosts Freshmen Orientation

Fri, 2017-08-25 13:50

General McLane High School hosted its annual Freshmen Orientation on Friday.

The day, which focuses on helping the students feel welcomed and part of the school, started with the doors of the high school gymnasium swinging open and this year’s freshmen streaming in to cheers and applause from upperclass “Link Crew Leaders.” Following the welcoming ceremony, students split into large and small group sessions with student leaders and advisors.

General McLane’s Freshmen Orientation is part of a national program known as Link Crew.This high school transition program welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout their first year of high school. Although this program starts with Freshmen Orientation, it continues throughout the year with academic and social follow-ups between the Link Crew Leaders (upperclassmen) and the freshmen.

General McLane launched this program in 2008 as the District’s effort to focus on the ninth grade transition. This was a result of critical research that showed that “graduating freshman to sophomore status” is a key determining factor as to who graduates from high school. According to the research, students who do not earn enough credits in 9th grade to move to 10th grade are at higher risk for dropping out.

General McLane is the only district in Erie County that uses this program. Before Link Crew, the High School orientation program was “Students for Academic Excellence,” which started in the late 80s.

Freshmen Orientation is one of the many student orientations that took place this week. Kindergarten Orientation and New Student Orientations also took place this week.

Introducing Edinboro’s Mrs. Jones

Fri, 2017-08-25 11:52

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mrs. Emma Jones will be an Emotional Support teacher at Edinboro Elementary School. Jones is quite familiar with the District, as she has served multiple positions within the District for the past three years. Jones was an AmeriCorps member, as well as a long-term substitute at both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where she was involved in various student organizations and participated in multiple community outreach programs.

 “This year, I am looking forward to helping start our new Emotional Support program at Edinboro Elementary by supporting the students and teachers to create the best environment possible for all,” Jones said. Mrs. Jones love to travel to new cities to explore what they have to offer.  She’s lived in St. Louis and loved every minute of the new city life experience.

General McLane welcomes Mrs. Jones to the District!

Up Next: JWPMS’ Mrs. Mischler

Introducing GMHS’ Miss Jahn

Fri, 2017-08-25 09:48

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Miss Lindsey Jahn will be part-time Secondary Special Education Teacher and part-time PCA at General McLane High School. Jahn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where she also was a four-year EUP and PSAC Scholar-Athlete. Jahn was also a member of numerous student and professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Society for Leadership and Success. She has served as a counselor for Summer’s Best 2 Weeks and a volunteer for the Unified Track and Field team.

Miss Jahn enjoys hanging out with family and friends, hiking and doing anything that involves sports.

“I am so excited to be back at General McLane and have the opportunity to give back to the school and community that gave so much to me,” Jahn said. “I truly feel General McLane prepared me well for life after high school, and I am ready to do everything I can to help students feel the same way.”

General McLane welcomes Miss Jahn to the District!

Up Next: Edinboro Elementary’s Mrs. Jones

Introducing McKean’s Miss Inks!

Thu, 2017-08-24 14:36

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Jessica Inks will be a second grade teacher at McKean Elementary School. Inks worked part-time at Little Acorn’s Learning Center since 2014 and served as a long-term substitute for Northwestern. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University with dual-certification in Early Childhood and Special Education, as well as a STEM Endorsement. She was selected to present at the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Conference and was selected to be a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success Honors Fraternity. Inks has also been involved with Erie Youth Soccer Association.

“This school year, I am looking forward to getting to know the students and their families at General McLane, more specifically at McKean Elementary,” said Miss Inks.  “I know this year is going to be full of many firsts for me and my students!”

Outside of school, Inks enjoys reading, camping and spending time with my family and my dog. She also enjoys crafting — she has a Cricut machine that she uses for all sorts of creations.

Miss Inks will soon be Mrs. McIntire! She is getting married on September 2 and is excited for the big day.

General McLane welcomes Miss Inks to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Miss Jahn

Introducing McKean’s Mrs. Iaquinta!

Thu, 2017-08-24 12:34

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Mrs. Ami Iaquinta will be an Autistic Support teacher at McKean Elementary School. Iaquinta has worked with students with special needs at Central Tech for 13 years. Iaquinta is very involved with the Special Olympics program and is a Handle with Care instructor. Prior to working for Erie’s Public Schools, Iaquinta worked with the Sara Reed Center. She graduated with her Bachelor’s from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s in Special Education from Edinboro University.

Mrs. Iaquinta is the mother of two McKean Elementary students.  She and her family are a very active and love the outdoors. They enjoy spending time swimming, hiking and camping. “I am very excited to be apart of such a wonderful program,” Iaquinta said. “I have had such a positive experience as a mother of McKean students.  I just can not wait to give back to other families as the teachers have given back to my own children.”

General McLane welcomes Mrs. Iaquinta to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Miss Inks

Introducing McKean’s Miss Geraci!

Thu, 2017-08-24 08:34

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Brenda Geraci will be a first grade teacher at McKean Elementary School. Geraci was with McKean Elementary School last year serving as an AmeriCorps member and previously worked at the Growing and Learning Center. Geraci graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edinboro University with dual-certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. While at Edinboro, Geraci was the president of BOROeyc, an affiliate of the national Association for Education of Young Children.

Originally from Cleveland, Geraci has lived here for about five years and is happy to call Edinboro her home now.

“I am looking forward to watching a group of students grow and achieve great things throughout the school year, as well as growing as an educator myself,” Geraci said. “I am so happy to be apart of the General McLane School District!”

In addition to starting her career at McKean Elementary School, Miss Geraci is also planning a wedding! The new teacher will be getting married in the summer of July 2018.

General McLane welcomes Miss Geraci to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Mrs. Iaquinta!

Introducing Ms. Enstrom!

Wed, 2017-08-23 15:39

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers and ten new employees to the District this year. Throughout the week, we will be introducing many of them!

Ms. Ashley Enstrom will be a seventh grade math teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She previously worked as a mathematics teacher for Erie Public Schools for six years, working at both Strong Vincent and Collegiate Academy. While with Erie, Enstrom was a member of the Math Committee and rewrote the Algebra 1 curriculum to state standards. Enstrom graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Edinboro University and earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. 

“I am really looking forward to working with the staff at JWPMS!  They all are so helpful and friendly, which will make for an awesome school year,” Enstrom said. ” I am also very excited to meet my students in class and get to know them!”

Ms. Enstrom enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s hiking, kayaking or even camping!

General McLane welcomes Ms. Enstrom to the District!

Up Next: McKean Elementary’s Ms. Geraci!

Introducing Ms. Adams!

Wed, 2017-08-23 12:38

General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers to the District this year.
Throughout the week, we will be introducing each of them!

Ms. Haley Adams will be an Autistic Support teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. Adams recently graduated from Mercyhurst University with dual-certification in both Special Education and Early Childhood. She worked extensively with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Canisius Institute for Autism Research, as well as throughout her student teaching. Adams also worked with at-risk students in the city of Erie through an after-school tutoring program and served as a mentor for inner city students. Adams played volleyball at Mercyhurst University and earned numerous PSAC honors. She also studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and France.

“I am looking forward to getting to know my new students and bringing new ideas and experiences into my classroom,” adams said.  “I have a lot of things planned that I am really excited about!”

General McLane welcomes Ms. Adams to the District!

Up Next: JWPMS’ Ms. Enstrom!

GM Hosts Driver Back-to-School Kick-Off Meeting

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:08

General McLane drivers had their back-to-school kick-off meeting today. Led by Transportation Director Nancy Ekstrom, drivers reviewed bus safety and procedures and received their routes to start the 2017-2018 School Year.

The District currently has 52 drivers, 34 of whom are full-time drivers.

“The country is experiencing a shortage of qualified school bus drivers — in many areas the shortage is severe,” Ekstrom said. ” We are not experiencing that problem here at GM thanks to the foresight of the school board, superintendent and business manager. We have experienced, loyal, drivers who are committed to the safety of our kids.”

Bus information will be mailed to parents and students on August 18.

Retirees have 180+ combined years in District

Sat, 2017-07-29 11:47

General McLane’s “Class of 2017” retirees have 182.6 years of combined experience serving our community’s youth.

Retiring at the end of this school year were:

• Martha Benoit
• Miriam Dilmore
• Robert Ellwood
• Michael Kozuchowsky
• Stephen Macfarlane
• Donald McGahen
• Mary Weismiller

About the retirees:

Martha Benoit has served a 35-year teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She taught fifth grade math and science for 28 years before transferring into a sixth grade position with an emphasis on social studies. Before being hired full-time in 1983, Mrs. Benoit served as a long-term substitute teacher within the District.

Miriam Dilmore finished her 28-year career as a second grade elementary teacher at Edinboro Elementary School. Mrs. Dilmore was first hired as a fourth-grade teacher at McKean Elementary School and then taught third grade at both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools. Prior to coming to General McLane School District, Mrs. Dilmore worked as a teacher in New Hampshire, where she was one of the nominees for the 1992 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

Robert Ellwood has served as on of the first faces our students see each day, working eight years in the District as a bus driver. Prior to coming to General McLane, Mr. Ellwood performed a variety of maintenance and carpentry work for the Department of Corrections, Edinboro University and V.A. Hospital.

Michael Kozuchowsky spent his entire career teaching Technology Education at General McLane High School. He came here 37 years ago and quickly served our students as the high school Photography Club advisor. Mr. Kozuchowsky also served the District as a temporary painter and maintenance worker and taught courses for the Area Vocational Technical School Adult Program for a number of years.

Stephen Macfarlane has served as a James W. Parker Middle School teacher within the District for 25 years. He taught seventh and sixth grade science, as well as sixth grade history when he was initially hired in 1992. He became a full-time sixth grade teacher, with an emphasis on science, in 2005. Through his teaching, he brought in a Biotechnological initiative to our students, exposing them opportunities to learn DNA fingerprinting, DNA extraction and electrophoresis technologies.

Donald McGahen has served as a longtime custodian for our district, working here nearly 40 years. As a custodian at James W. Parker Middle School since 1980, McGahen has been a vital part of the Parker family – from dying his hair purple for Relay for Life to volunteering his time in the Gillette Memorial Garden, which was created in 1998 in memory of John Gillette.

Mary Weismiller started working in the District 16 years ago. She began in the High School cafeteria and then worked as a clerical aide, office secretary and most recently, an Administrative Assistant at James W. Parker Middle School. Her work as Administrative Assistant in recent years has been a key to the successful day-to-day operation of the middle school.

Thank you to all of this year’s retirees and congratulations on your retirements!

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