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Polar Plunge

Wed, 2018-11-21 13:56

General McLane students and faculty participated in this years Polar Plunge which supports Special Olympics Athletes.

McKean Elementary’s own Mrs. Ami Iaquinta is also the Erie Special Olympics Assistant Manager and Training Coordinator and she has a message for anyone interested in the Special Olympics.

For any individual who has ever found themselves interested in discovering the excitement and passion associated with Special Olympics, now’s your chance!  We are looking for students and adults of all ages who are motivated to recognize their potential as future athletes.  We are also asking anyone who has the drive to make a difference and impact the lives of amazing people to dedicate some of their time and energy and become a coach. ➢ If you’ve ever found yourself in awe of an individual with special needs as you watch pride fill their face when they cross the finish line. ➢ If you’ve ever felt the desire to be a part of something that’s ultimate goal is to allow individuals with disabilities to recognize their greatness. ➢ If you’ve ever asked, how can I get involved? Volunteer and make a difference or become an athlete so you too can shine! For more information, please contact our Erie Special Olympics Assistant Manager and Training Coordinator Ami Iaquinta at and visit these links to get started To volunteer visit: Interested athletes:

A Pizza for an Essay at McKean

Wed, 2018-11-21 13:33
On Tuesday, Mrs. Schofield’s Third Grade class enjoyed a fun pizza party courtesy of Iszkula Orthodontics! The Iszkula Orthodontics office recently held a “My Teacher Rocks” essay writing contest and McKean Elementary third grader Ashlynn Kimmy wrote the winning essay! The class earned a pizza party, fun prizes, and a basket of classroom supplies. Iszkula Orthodontics also awarded gift cards to both Ashlynn and Mrs. Schofield. Congratulations! 

The General McLane Foundation’s

Tue, 2018-11-20 13:00

The General McLane Foundation’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts Fair opened it’s doors this past Saturday to over 1,100 excited patrons. The public perused the Arts Fair that featured nearly 100 vendors selling everything from festive soaps and lotions to bird feeders.

This years event did even better than last year by raising approximately $7,900! All proceeds benefit the General McLane Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District.  More than $500,000 has been donated to the General McLane Foundation in memory or honor of students, teachers and staff of General McLane School District.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported The General McLane Foundation. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Delicious DOLE

Mon, 2018-11-19 13:18

Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills class at James W. Parker Middle School has been working on something delicious. Super delicious to be exact.

Last week Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills class worked on a contest held by DOLE foods. The contest comprised of creating a recipe using DOLE food products.

After hearing about the contest Mrs. Tuttle’s class was very excited to enter a submission. Students researched DOLE products, brainstormed recipes, wrote shopping lists and went to the grocery store to get all the necessary ingredients to make what would be dubbed the “Super Delicious Pineapple Strawberry Cake”.

Before it could be submitted, the SDPSC went through four different variations until it was deemed just right by various staff taste testers. One of those taste testers was Food Service Coordinator Nicole Keller. Mrs. Keller loved the cake so much that she asked to use the recipe for Thanksgiving dinner at JWPMS.

Mrs. Tuttle and her class were more than happy to share their delicious creation. Along with sharing their recipe, the class also helped prepare it for the holiday meal!


GM Basketball Prepares for season

Mon, 2018-11-19 10:34

Last week members of the GM basketball program in grades 5-12 got together to practice and prepare for the upcoming season. Good luck this year!

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-11-19 10:28

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Quinn McFadden

Alicyn Eastman

Liam Webber

Eva Kyanvash

Emily Courson

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.

For more information about the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.


High School Musical Opening Night

Fri, 2018-11-16 14:07

Last night kicked off the debut of General McLane High School’s performance of The Adams Family. The first of four performances opened to rave reviews. The next showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Get tickets while you still can!

Kindergarten First Thanksgiving

Fri, 2018-11-16 13:39

Mrs. Kupczyk’s kindergarten class at Edinboro Elementary School practiced for their play for parents this afternoon about the first Thanksgiving.

“Putting on this play each year is a fun way to teach my students about the story of the first Thanksgiving,” said Mrs. Kupczyk.  “They enjoy learning the songs, poems, and memorizing their parts.  I also feel it’s important to give my students an opportunity to speak in front of people. This helps them to build their confidence and speaking skills. I’m so proud of my class. They were able to learn all of their parts in less than 2 weeks!”

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-11-16 12:26

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring James W. Parker Middle School Health & Physical Education Teacher Luke Jahn, who has worked for the District for more than one year!

Outside of school Mr. Jahn is still very active. When he isn’t teaching, he’s coaching Girls and Boys Middle School Basketball.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Getting to work with the students and watch them grow and succeed.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

This GM family has everything a student or faculty could need.  It offers so many opportunities for their students academically, athletically, and with extracurriculars.  There is so much support and love from the community that teachers and students take pride and excitement in their work.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

I don’t have a favorite – there are so many great memories!

Did you know ….

Mr. Jahn has completed a marathon!

Shear Madness

Tue, 2018-11-13 11:18

Kellen Smith who will be playing Uncle Fester in GMHS’s production of The Adams Family may need to invest in a hat now that the weather has taken a chilly turn.

On Monday Kellen shaved his head not only to get into character, but for charity.

In an event dubbed “Shear Madness” in front of the entire High School, Kellen lost his locks for the local non-profit organization Linked by Pink. Linked By Pink consists of Erie area survivors diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45. The organization provides emotional and financial support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer within a 45 mile radius of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Raffle tickets were $3 each or three could be purchased for $5. The first-place winner of the raffle received two Addams Family tickets, an Addams Family t-shirt and the honor of being Assistant Barber who administered the first buzz.

The Adams Family takes the stage at General McLane High School from November 15-18, 2018. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for general admissions and $15 for a limited number of “RIP Seating”, which are the first 8 rows of the center section (about 120 seats per night).


Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-11-09 10:02

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring McKean Elementary Kindergarten teacher Marie Troyer, who has worked for the District for more than 12 years!

Outside of school, Mrs. Troyer has been a volunteer usher for the Erie Playhouse for 25 years and is also an active volunteer at the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home. But by far, her favorite thing to do is volunteer as the head football parent for her son Noah’s team.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Watching the light bulb go off in my students’ eyes, as they learn new things!

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

Everyone in the building is helpful and supportive.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

The year I was finally able to move down to an open Kindergarten position at Edinboro Elementary School, after waiting 16 years!  My heart has always been with the wee little ones!

Did you know ….

Mrs. Troyer has one of the loudest whistles around!

JWPMS Prepares for Box

Thu, 2018-11-08 11:21

Students at James W. Parker Middle School are almost ready to put on their first ever Fall play!

They will be performing Lindsay Price’s Box, which discusses the social constraints of middle school and how students overcome those problems.

Box will take place November 9th at 7 p.m. and November 10th at 2 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) at James W. Parker Middle School.

There is a suggested $2 donation at the door.

This play is in addition to James W. Parker Middle School’s spring musical. This year’s musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr., takes place February 22 – 23, 2019.

JWPMS students use virtual reality to explore careers

Wed, 2018-11-07 13:48

Yesterday, James W. Parker Middle School seventh and eighth grade students visited Penn State University’s main campus, and fifth and sixth graders shadowed a food technologist and visited a YouTube workspace, all without leaving Edinboro!

The Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5’s Career Readiness Facilitator Anne Leonard led the program. The IU’s career and college readiness education program brings career options into classrooms around the area.

After viewing the professions or campus through the viewers, students completed an assignment explaining what they learning, including the size / type of school, the most interesting scene or campus and the career responsibilities and skills.

Google Expeditions, an immersive learning and teaching tool that allows students to experience collections of 360° scenes and 3D objects using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Google Expeditions uses a Google Cardboard certified viewer and a smartphone.  The IU recycled all of their old employee phones for the new career program.

Future Focus is a class for middle school students to start exploring different careers and colleges beyond high school.

5th and 6th Grade’s Eggcellent Eggventure

Wed, 2018-11-07 13:16

5th and 6th grade students at James W. Parker Middle School enrolled in Family Living class are going on a bit of an EGG-venture for their Child Development unit. They have been studying the decision making process, responsibility, and basic child development as well as safe babysitting practices.

Students were given three choices for final projects, and the overwhelming selection (as usual) is the Egg Babysitter Project. There are about 90 egg babies being carried around JWPMS by their babysitters. Students are responsible for caring for the egg baby and keeping it safe for two full days. Students were able to name the egg baby, decorate it, and create a safe carrier to keep it protected. In addition to carrying the egg babies with them everywhere, they are also journaling about their experiences each day.

These babysitters-in-training are learning very quickly how much attention and planning it takes when you are responsible for the care of someone, or in this case, something.

Candy Grams at JWPMS

Wed, 2018-11-07 11:26

Candy Grams returned to James W. Parker Middle School this week!

Students sold the Candy Grams during lunch. All staff and students in the building had the opportunity to purchase a Candy Gram and have it delivered to anyone within the building at the end of the school day.

This was a fundraiser of the Life Skills classroom. Students learned to advertise for the event, check labels and place the labels on the candy, take orders, handle money, organize the candy and the delivery bags and then distribute the order.

GMHS Student Named Finalist in PSPA Student Journalism Contest

Tue, 2018-11-06 13:43

General McLane High School’s Dana Scharrer was chosen as one of 16 finalists in the Pennsylvania School Press Association’s fifth annual regional Student Journalism Contest.

On October 19, the PSPA held its fifth annual regional SJC’s. 111 total students traveled to Penn State Behrend in order to be judged and evaluated on their journalistic work. Categories range from newspaper, literary magazine, broadcast and yearbook.

General McLane High School’s Dana Scharrer was chosen as a finalist in the Editorial Writing category.

Dana will join the other finalists on March 27, 2019 at Penn State’s University Park campus for the state finals.

GM sophomore & Addams Family’s Fester to shave for a cause

Tue, 2018-11-06 10:58

A General McLane High School sophomore is making the most of his role in an upcoming musical.

Kellen Smith, who plays Uncle Fester in the General McLane High School’s upcoming musical, The Addams Family, will shave his head during a school-wide assembly on Monday, November 12, 2018.

Smith’s shaving will accomplish two purposes: he will be getting into character for his role in the play, but more importantly, he will help raise money for Linked By Pink.

General McLane High School’s Vocal Music Program is hosting a raffle in advance of the assembly, which takes place in the General McLane High School gymnasium at 2:45 p.m.

Raffle tickets cost $3 each or three can be purchased for $5. The first-place winner of the raffle will receive two Addams Family tickets, an Addams Family t-shirt and serve as the role of Assistant Barber during the assembly. The second-place raffle winner will win two Addams Family tickets and the third place will win two Addams Family t-shirts.

To purchase a raffle ticket, contact General McLane High School at 814-273-1033.

All proceeds will benefit Linked by Pink.   Linked By Pink is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of Erie area survivors diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45. The organization provides emotional and financial support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer within a 45 mile radius of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Tickets to The Addams Family, which has been selected as this year’s high school musical, went on sale last week. The musical takes the stage at General McLane High School from November 15-18, 2018.

Outside of Smith, the cast includes Ryan Hess (Gomez), Cassidy Comer (Morticia), Madi Wager (Wednesday), Carter Willis (Pugsley), Jayda Plonski (Grandma), Derek Rafeew (Lurch), Logan Miller (Mal), Taylor Thomas (Alice) and Samuel Petkac (Lucas).

Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for general admissions and $15 for a limited number of “RIP Seating”, which are the first 8 rows of the center section (about 120 seats per night).

The tickets are available to purchase online by visiting or by calling the General McLane High School office at 814-273-1033 ext. 1900. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday. The show does have some mature themes (PG) and may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

This musical is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by TRW.

JWPMS Veterans Day Celebration

Mon, 2018-11-05 13:25

Students at James W. Parker Middle School welcomed local veterans last Friday morning to show appreciation for their service.

This annual salute to veterans event brings together close to 100 veterans each year. All veterans were invited to breakfast and a celebration that included the Posting of the Colors, a performance by the 8th grade band and a series of student speakers. 

The event has taken placed since 2006 and corresponds to the 8th grades’ social studies curriculum on American History. As part of this curriculum, 8th graders also take a three-day trip to Washington D.C. every spring.

Students Shane Dexter and Mallory Grucza introduced the presenters. Kyle Cousins, Eric Conn, and Mitchell Bradford recited “In Flanders Field” and Abby Walker, Katelynne Langer and Genna Preston recited “We Shall Keep The Faith”. Tobeigh Ingram performed “America the Beautiful” and Alie Jones performed “God Bless America”. 8th graders Chloe Kiser, Sadiyah Dexter and Jade Graves read essays they had prepared. Finally Brady Haskins and J.C. Williams closed out the presentation with the Folding of the Flag.

James W. Parker Middle School is named after James W. Parker, who served the United States Army during WWII. He was a Staff Sergeant of the 83rd Infantry division and received two Purple Hearts during his service. General McLane High School, which was built in 1960, is named after Colonel John W. McLane of Erie who served as a Civil War Union Army Officer. The District remains the only school district to be named after a person and not a location.

SRO educates students on bullying

Mon, 2018-11-05 10:06

School Resource Officer José Montes presented to James W. Parker Middle School students on Monday to talk to students about bullying.

Officer Montes will be in middle school health classrooms this week to cover variety of issues, including cover bullying, internet safety, laws and preventative measures.

Montes has served as full-time as a School Resource Officer in General McLane School District through the Erie County Sheriff’s Office since 2017. He works toward educating students in the safest possible environment and also ensures a first responder to emergencies.

To learn more about school safety initiatives in the District, visit our website.

Visit from a Magician

Mon, 2018-11-05 09:32

The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes at GMHS had the pleasure of welcoming their final special guest speaker on Thursday. This week’s famous Lancer guest was the magical Ryan Hess.

Ryan Hess is a Junior at GMHS who has been practicing magic for the last four years. He was inspired to do magic by the app Vine and he teaches himself tricks via YouTube videos.