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GM hosts press conference celebrating Growing Greener Project

Tue, 2018-01-23 15:23

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection joined community leaders today at General McLane High School to celebrate the Stormwater Best Management Practices Demonstration Project, which was officially unveiled Fall of 2016.

EP Regional Director Jim Miller recognized the collaboration between the state, General McLane School District and the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association during this morning’s press conference.

The project includes Best Management Practices (BMP) like a rain garden, a vegetated swale, and an infiltration trench. This project will capture and treat runoff from about 38 acres, helping to improve the water quality to Edinboro Lake Watershed. By installing these BMP’s, they will help to reduce an estimated 24 pounds per year of phosphorus, which represents a 1% improvement decrease in the budget of phosphorus for Edinboro Lake and 10,000 pounds per year of reduction of total suspended solids.

Edinboro Lake Watershed Association chose General McLane School District due to its ideal site for educating both students and the public and its proximity within the Edinboro Lake Watershed.

The Growing Greener Grant was awarded to the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, which worked with partner organizations to put the project on the ground. Dr. Brian Zimmerman serves as the President of the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, which is the grant recipient. Steve Halmi, Deiss & Halmi Engineering, is also on the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association Board and served as the project engineer. General McLane alumnus and landscape architect for Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Flynn served as the landscape architect. All have donated their time and services to the project.  J. J. Wurst Landscape Contractor, Inc. was the contractor for the project.

January Board Appreciation Month

Fri, 2018-01-19 14:44

January is Board Appreciation Month, and we honor the contributions of our school board members.

Too often we neglect to recognize the commitment and hard work of these men and women who serve as advocates for our schools. The staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and tell a school board member: “Thanks for caring about our children.”

Years of Service to the GMSD

Timothy Wise – 34

James Bucksbee – 32

Carrie Crow – 6

Amy Eisert – 6

Shari Gould – 3.75

Andy Schulz – 2

Brad Pattullo – 1.5

Linda King – 1.5

Luke Lofgren – New in December

McKean Reading Buddies engages young readers

Fri, 2018-01-19 12:06

McKean Elementary School is engaging readers through their Reading Buddies Program, which pairs first graders up with Kindergarten students.

Each week, first grade students spend ten minutes in a kindergarten classroom reading to their buddies and participating in a fun activity.

Miss Geraci’s class pairs up with Miss Scott’s, Mrs. Roth pairs up with Mrs. Debevec’s, and Mrs. Grossett pairs up with Mrs. Troyer’s class. Students rotate each week who selects the book and choose a “just right book”, a book based on their independent reading level. This gives students practice with fluency.

According to Miss Geraci, her students really look forward to this Book Buddy time.

“It it gives them a chance to be a mentor and to show off their reading skills,” Geraci says. “I have seen a change in their interest for reading, as well as their confidence with reading out loud.”

By pairing students up through this mentor-mentee system, the hope is to inspire kids to read, share books and help foster students to become better readers.

Anatomy students create “brain hats”

Fri, 2018-01-19 08:20

In preparation for the sheep brain dissection, General McLane High School’s anatomy students made “brain hats” to help them identify the major lobes of the brain and their functions!

Students in anatomy have various dissections to provide students with hands-on experience and insight into each system by seeing the anatomical structures firsthand. Students dissect a Bull Frog to study skeletal muscles, a sheep brain to compare it to human brain and a cow eye to study the anatomy of the eye.

Anatomy introduces students to basic human anatomy and physiology. Students planning a career in any health related field learn the following bodily systems: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous. Each unit includes lab explorations like monitoring blood pressure, sensory labs and dissection.

Run Club returns to McKean

Wed, 2018-01-17 13:41

McKean Elementary’s Winter Run Club has returned.

Coordinated by McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school through January.

While increasing overall fitness through flexibility, strength and endurance, the students practice for their culminating run at Edinboro University Dome on January 27.

Edinboro University athletes and coaches help with this program by speaking with the students and helping them train.

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.

Candy Grams returned to JWPMS

Wed, 2018-01-17 09:51

Candy Grams returned to James W. Parker Middle School last 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. The students raised $1,509 in three days!

JWPMS student recognized at District Banquet

Mon, 2018-01-08 14:51

James W. Parker Middle School’s Camille Andrezjewski received her District 28 Patriot’s Pen Second Place Award at the District Banquet this past Saturday at Hickory VFW Post 6166.

The award was presented by the VFW District 28 Commander Don Ramsey.

Andrzejewski, Kaitlyn Dubynskiy, Ian Kennedy, Olivia Mussett were the winners of the 2017 VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Their essays moved on to the District 28 Competition, where Andrzejewski placed second. The 2017-18 theme was “America’s Gift to My Generation”.

The Patriot’s Pen Essay contest is for students in grades 6-8, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Congratulations to Camille!

EE & GMHS students dance!

Fri, 2018-01-05 14:13

Yesterday, Edinboro Elementary’s first graders and General McLane High School’s Kids to Kids students were all smiles during a brain-break! Students danced to Kidz Bop~Best Day of My Life on Go Noodle. Brain Breaks are simple & short challenges that regain focus in the classroom.

GM students conduct wetlands study

Fri, 2018-01-05 14:08

General McLane High School students were able to gain real life experience studying different water sources.

AP Environmental Science students visited Camp Fitch before Winter Break and measured water temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates and alkalinity within two streams and their man-made lake.

Twelve students braved freezing temperatures to conduct the tests. In fact, our students received the real-world experience in environmental science — the air was so cold that the water was freezing in the sample jars outside! The students were forced to conduct testing inside and participated in team-building exercises between collecting samples.

2-1-1 connects individuals with social services

Wed, 2018-01-03 11:49

Need information on child care assistance? Do you need to find a specific child or youth service? Assistance providing food, clothing or shelter?

Simply dial 2-1-1 and talk with a trained caring resource navigator who can assist you with access to thousands of programs. United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Northwest information and referral service connects people in need to social services and operates on a 24/7/365 basis.

People in need of services can dial 2-1-1 from a landline or cell phone. Individuals can also conduct their own searches or use the live chat feature for assistance at the website, Information and referral service has not been available in Erie County since the 1990s when a similar service offered by Erie Hotline ended.

Spreading awareness within the General McLane community about the 2-1-1 service, which United Way of Erie County launched in May, is one of the three goals that General McLane’s Parent Engagement Action Team has established for this school year.

General McLane formed a Parent Engagement Action Team during the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to a $7,500 grant from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. The District created the team to help facilitate improved family and community involvement, a component of a 2016-2017 Strategic Plan initiative. The team consists of school personnel, parents and community members.

The District received an additional $5,000 grant in October to continue the work during this school year.

Family Creates New Endowment Fund

Wed, 2017-12-27 12:03

Starting this school year, the Jean and Alton Huntley Family Endowment will annually award a graduating senior who will be attending Edinboro University or a local technical school with a cash scholarship.

Diane Huntley created the fund in memory of her parents and former Edinboro residents, Jean and Alton.

Jean passed away in January 18, 2016. Jean worked for General Telephone for two years and was employed at the Campus School and University Libraries at Edinboro University until her retirement.

Alton passed away April 23, 2017. Alton was a teacher at Greensburg High School and Technical Memorial Junior High in Erie, as well as a Career Counseling and Placement counselor and as a Supervisor of secondary education student teachers at Edinboro State College. A U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War, Alton served on various boards, including the Borough of Edinboro Council, Church Men’s Council, Edinboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was Mayor of the Borough of Edinboro.

Jean and Alton have three children, Linda, Diane and Dale, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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 and innovative educational projects within the district.

To donate to the Huntley Family Endowment and learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit

JWPMS kicks off Hoops for Hearts

Fri, 2017-12-22 14:59

James W. Parker Middle School kicked off its fundraiser this week. A representative from the American Heart Association spoke to students on the importance of a healthy heart.

Hoops for Heart Week takes place at the school Jan. 8-12. Students can start fundraising now to participate in service learning for the American Heart Association. Packets with information were handed out to students.

JWPMS Principal Read Aloud

Fri, 2017-12-22 08:16

On Wednesday and Thursday, James W. Parker Middle School principals Mr. Buto and Mr. Whitford read to 5th graders! They read the traditional, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, alternating stanzas. Mrs. Brooks, Miss Stonis and Miss Shee combined their language arts classes for this event.

A new holiday tradition is in the making!

Foods class does Cookie Exchange

Fri, 2017-12-22 08:11

James W. Parker Middle School 8th grade students spent the last three days preparing cookies for an old-fashioned cookie exchange. Students in Mrs. Glasl’s Foods Class were assigned a cookie and had to analyze the recipe to calculate the amount of cookies they needed to prepare to send home at least a dozen cookies with each person in class.

Approximately 1,000 cookies were made and students take them home Thursday and Friday!

JWPMS spread holiday cheer

Fri, 2017-12-22 08:04

James W. Parker Middle School 5th and 6th grade choir students headed to the center of downtown Edinboro to spread the holiday cheer! Some family and friends joined in and participated in the celebration!

Christmas Around the World

Fri, 2017-12-22 08:01

Edinboro Elementary third graders hosted “Christmas Around the World” for students, family and friends.

They did a wonderful job exploring the various ways the holiday is celebrated!

Second Graders ride Polar Express

Fri, 2017-12-22 07:59

Edinboro Elementary students once again joined in on the magic of Christmas and rode the Polar Express Train ride Friday.

Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book that was later adapted into a feature film, the Polar Express is a story of a young boy’s trip to the North Pole.

Mimicking the book, Edinboro students wore their pajamas and enjoyed their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and their very own sleigh bells. Students boarded the train, listened to a reading of The Polar Express and danced the “Hot Chocolate” dance after being greeted by their very own conductor. The students also signed an entire Christmas song.

This journey is part of the second grader’s big Polar Express unit done each year in December. This has been taking place for more than 10 years.

Giving Tree returns to McKean Elementary

Fri, 2017-12-22 07:52

This month, McKean Elementary hosted their annual Giving Tree. The students raised 120 winter items for SafeNet, Inc AND 60+ items for Because You Care, Inc.!

Mrs. Iaquinta’s class coordinated the winter items, which included hats, gloves, scarves.

Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps’ Miss Bova and second graders coordinated the pet items. They collected items for cat and dog for our local animal shelter. In addition, they also did some writing pieces. The writing pieces discuss a few of the animals from the shelter, why the school was collecting, and how it helps our community.

Great job to our students and thanks to those who donated!

JWPMS students visit Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Fri, 2017-12-22 07:47

Last Thursday, JWPMS students visited the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Students met with the head artist in the museum’s working paleontology lab and had a chance to go inside the Paleolab to see up close the work they are doing and to hear about the different backgrounds of people who work in the lab and throughout the museum.