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Read Across America 2019

Fri, 2019-03-01 14:17

General McLane High School students continued the tradition and visited both McKean and Edinboro Elementary School to read to the students in honor of Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Students also talked to the students about their interests, hobby and future plans.

This celebration started in May 1997, when a small reading task force at NEA came up with the idea to create a day in celebration of reading. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

 

Veley speaks to General McLane students and parents

Wed, 2019-02-27 08:06

Yesterday, General McLane School District hosted youth speaker and bullying expert Jeff Veley for both students and parents. He spoke about building emotional resilience to empower children and improve campus culture.

The District brought in Veley as an integral step in helping build more resiliency in our students and the situations they face every day, says James W. Parker Middle School Associate Principal Justin Whitford. Through his perspective and experience, Veley inspired students to take charge of difficult situations.

Veley is an an international award-winning youth motivational speaker specializing in resilience education for bullying prevention. His fun and engaging presentations inspire students to be resilient and teaches them how to leverage their adversities for psychological growth.

Veley presented seven different presentations throughout the day; five to students K-12 and two presentations for parents. More than 100 were in attendance between the two parent presentations.

General McLane has hosted a handful of presentations for parents in the community. This past Fall, the District hosted a School Safety presentation. Last year, the District brought in Mental Health Expert Kim Morrow.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Tue, 2019-02-26 20:24

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Owen Eisert
Josh Williams
Alyssa Bentley
Mattie Caro
Cameron Ashbaugh

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.

JWPMS students place in Mathcounts Competition

Mon, 2019-02-25 15:56

James W. Parker Middle School’s MATHCOUNTS team placed fourth out of 18 schools during their regional competition this past weekend at Gannon University.

Six students placed in the top 25%.  Students included Genevieve Preston, JC Williams, Shane Dexter, Jade Graves, Sadiyah Dexter and Nathanael Robbins.  Nathanael Robbins placed 9th overall and competed in the Countdown Round!

The national MATHCOUNTS program was founded in 1984 to expand on the normal middle school mathematics curriculum.  This program focuses on mathematics, science, and technology to hopefully excite students into the engineering and mathematics careers.  The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in mathematics throughout the United States.

Congratulations to our students!

McKean students write biographies

Thu, 2019-02-21 14:52

McKean Elementary School second graders are communicators in the making!

Through their biography project, students in Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s class learned all about informational writing. Students researched a self-selected person of interest, made timelines, wrote a published piece describing the accomplishments of their life and created Biography Buddies as final project. Biography topics included Rosa Parks, Thomas Edison, Jackie Robinson, Amelia Earhart and so many more!

February Students of the Month

Tue, 2019-02-19 13:18

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

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

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)

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

Floating with marbles

Tue, 2019-02-19 13:10

James W. Parker Middle School’s budding scientists are learning early concepts of how boats float!

Mrs. Santos’ fifth graders discovered how boats float and sink through a recent science project. Students used materials from home to sketch, design and engineer a boat that would float while carrying marbles.  Following their creation, students wrote a description on the special features of the boat that make it unique.

McKean students spread sweetness

Mon, 2019-02-18 08:50

McKean Elementary School students in Mrs. Iaquinta’s class were ‘spreading a little sweetness’ last week.

They traveled to McKean Elementary classrooms delivering hot cocoa treats to their peers.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-02-18 08:42

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Riley Lorah
Dakota Miller
Hudson Spires
Alexandra Hromyak
McCall 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.

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. to take the stage at James W. Parker Middle School

Thu, 2019-02-14 14:19


James W. Parker Middle School’s spring musical is right around the corner.

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. takes the stage February 22-23 at General McLane High School’s auditorium.

A special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. on February 22 and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on February 23.

Tickets, which are $7 for adults, $3 for students, are available in the Middle School Office. Tickets will also be available at the door. It is cash only.

Students cast for the musical include Aiden Dougan (Tevye), Erin Mennow (Golde), Abby Walker (Tzeitel), Cierara Bower (Hodel), Elizabeth Jankowski (Chava), Cassidy Swain (Sprintze), Abby Langer (Beilke), Justus Miller (Motel), Myles Bruce (Perchik), Shane Dexter (Lazar Wolf), Chloe Kiser (Grandma Tzeitel), Tobeigh Ingram (Fruma-Sarah), Katelynne Langer (Fiddler), Sami Bennett (Yente),  Talon Frick (Constable) Peter Jonas (Fyedka), Jonathan Anthony (Mordcha), Sebastian Wegner (Yussel), JC Williams (Avram), Dylan Boulder (Rabbi), Ethan Pifer (Mendel), Benjamin Kernick (First Russian Soldier) and Peter Alberti (Second Russian Soldier).

McKean students learn about Hawaiian culture

Thu, 2019-02-14 08:42

How does a lesson on the Hawaiian culture fit into a Health and Physical Education class? Just ask McKean Elementary School students.

Last week, students discussed the Hawaii culture, language, ancient customs, vegetation, wildlife, customs, forms of exercise and physical activity, diet/nutrition, environmental issues .. and the Aloha way of life. Students also discussed “living pono,” or making good choices for yourself and the environment in Hawaiian. The students enjoyed learning a few phrases and words in the native language and the the biggest hit was the topics of whales and hula dance.

Students also practiced some ancient games such as Hula Dancing, Ulu Maika (a Hawaiian yard bowling game in which you try to avoid the stakes in the ground with a stone), traditional foot races (it was the tradition that the fastest runner would be selected as a spy against other tribes), hula hooping, climbing wall (climbing is a must in the state, as the terrain on many of the island is steep and treacherous) and spear throwing using pool noodles (ancient Hawaiians used Spears to fish and hunt game like wild boars).

McKean Health and Physical Education Teacher Lisa Roberts just returned back from the Aloha State, as her husband ended his 50-state marathon tour with stop in Hawaii in January. While in Hawaii, Mrs. Roberts visited an elementary school to observe a Hawaiian studies and physical education class. She also ran a marathon.

GMHS Yearbook Wins Award

Wed, 2019-02-13 15:22

For the tenth consecutive year, the staff of GM’s yearbook, The Imperator, has won a national award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The 2017-2018 General McLane High School yearbook has received national recognition with a second place award from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual yearbook competition. The award reflects the staff’s  excellence in the areas of presentation, design, photography, structure, and creativity.

This marks the tenth consecutive year that General McLane High School’s publication has received an ASPA award. Imperator placed first in 2017, 2014 2013, 2012 and 2009 and placed second in 2016, 2015, 2011 and 2010.

Congratulations to the entire yearbook staff on the terrific accomplishments!

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-02-11 11:03

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Sydney Clark
Alex Wardrop
Hazel Quezada
Konnor Hamilton
Darrah Wise

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.

GM celebrates 100th Day of School

Wed, 2019-02-06 18:37

The 100th Day of School is always a day worth celebrating — and both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools did!

McKean Elementary’s second graders in Mrs. Kirkpatricks’ class celebrated the 100th Day of school participating in a variety of math and literacy centers themed around the number 100! A few fun crafts and yummy snacks were also included!

Mrs. McIntire’s second graders also celebrated with some activities, including writing about what we would do with $100, building towers with 100 popsicle sticks, and creating patterns with rubber bands on peg boards.

Happy 100th Day!

JWPMS holds PBIS Incentive Assembly

Wed, 2019-02-06 08:19

On Friday, James W. Parker Middle School celebrated positive behavior from students during the second quarter.

Fifth and sixth grade students celebrated their positive behavior by choosing activities to participate in three different 45-minute stations. Activities included: an escape room, karaoke, basketball, capture the flag, castle ball, kickball, freeze dance, makerspace/construction corner, board games, jeopardy, kahoot, reading, coloring, relaxation room, just dance party, ping-pong, and string art.

During the activities, associate prinical Justin Whitford and JWPMS teacher Katy Spencer delivered hot chocolate to all 300 students to enjoy!

Students who earned Parker Pride tickets throughout the quarter earned an extra opportunity to celebrate their individuals efforts to meet the behavioral expectations throughout the quarter. The school recognized 611 incidents of positive behavior and decision making during the 2nd quarter, about 300 each in both 5th and 6th grade.

The Incentive Assembly was a result 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 fall, the program was implemented for all fifth and sixth grade students.

This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations. Students receive awards based on modeling Parker Pride behavior expectations, a chart of uniform expectations for five different areas. The model allows students to earn Parker Pride tickets, with incentives to be more randomly dispersed through the school year.

McKean PTA hosts Family Bingo

Wed, 2019-02-06 08:00

McKean Elementary’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) hosted its yearly Family Bingo Night on Friday night.

In addition to Bingo, the school showcased their students’ artistic talent with another annual Art Show.  Families played Candy Bar bingo, explored the student artwork, captured memories in their DIY Photo Booth, took a chance at their gift raffle and had the opportunity to purchase some books from the Scholastic Book Fair.
A good time was had by all!

McKean Elementary’s PTA’s next event is a Smart Talk dinner and presentation tonight, where parents will learn best practices for creating a safe online spaces and promoting the responsible use of online technology.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:35

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Michal Bowersox
Sophia Allison
Noah Newcomer
Lexi Radtke
Ella Crouse

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 to host program to address bullying for parents

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:23

General McLane is bringing youth speaker and bullying expert Jeff Veley to speak to both students and parents on empowering their children and improving campus culture. This free event takes place on February 26, 2019.

“Bringing Jeff Veley to the District is an integral step in helping build more resiliency in our students and the situations they face every day,” said James W. Parker Middle School Associate Principal Justin Whitford. “Our goal is to empower students to take charge of difficult situations, and Jeff is going to help lay the groundwork of doing just that. Our hope is that through Jeff’s perspective and experience, we can continue to capitalize on this and help to improve the overall culture of our schools.”

Veley is an an international award-winning youth motivational speaker specializing in resilience education for bullying prevention.   His fun and engaging presentations inspire students to be resilient and teaches them how to leverage their adversities for psychological growth.

Veley will speak to students throughout the day. General McLane will also host two presentations for parents – 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the morning session, and dinner and childcare will be provided for the night session.

The morning session will take place at James W. Parker Middle School in its Auxiliary Gym. The night session will take place at General McLane High School’s Auditorium.

“Conveying this information to parents will only further our mission and will strengthen the actions we take, and that is why we are offering two presentations in hopes to have as many parents attend as possible,” Whitford said.

Registration for the event is strongly encouraged to receive childcare and food. Those that RSVP will have first option for food. Registration can be found here.

The event is funded through both federal funding and aid from parent organizations in the District.

General McLane has hosted a handful of presentations for parents in the community. This past Fall, the District hosted a School Safety presentation. Last year, the District brought in Mental Health Expert Kim Morrow.

 

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-01-28 09:25

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Jackson Kiser (5th)
Landon Harnet (5th)
Korryn Kinder (5th)
Nick Swenson (5th)
Ryan Moran (5th)

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.

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