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2020 Homecoming Week: GM Spirit Wear Day

Tue, 2020-10-06 15:22

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, was Spirit Wear Day for Edinboro Elementary, James W. Parker Middle School and General McLane High School. See photos from their day!

At McKean Elementary, it was Photo Day! The Spirit Wear there was “Photo Day Best.” Take a look at some of these kiddos that are picture-ready:

NEXT UP: Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Tie Dye Day

Edinboro Elementary students read book, draw main character

Tue, 2020-10-06 14:07

A group of Edinboro Elementary students brought the main character out of a book they were reading to life.

The group of students completed a library activity taught by Mrs. Michelle Androstic, the librarian and gifted education teacher at Edinboro Elementary.

The group read the book “The Bad Seed” by Jory John, then completed a directed drawing activity to draw the main character, the Bad Seed.

“They had a lot of fun with this and were pretty great artists!” said Mrs. Androstic.

2020 Homecoming Week: PJ Day

Tue, 2020-10-06 10:11

Homecoming Spirit Week 2020 began on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Here’s the week’s schedule:

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Photos that we received from PJ Day on Monday, Oct. 5:

McKean Elementary students continue ARRFS program

Fri, 2020-09-25 09:32
This is a screen shot of the first introduction to ARRFs video, dated Sept. 25, 2020. Watch the full video below.

McKean Elementary School is continuing a well-loved and well-known building wide program for the 2020-2021 School Year, called ARRFS.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with. A committee of students, which will include both in-person and GM Cyber students, will produce weekly videos recognizing how to be good citizens for the 2020-2021 School Year.

They’ll also share weekly “slips,” in announcements which will share examples of McKean Elementary students demonstrating behaviors that show respect, responsibility, fun or safety. GM Cyber students are included, as well.

Each month, the team of students reinforces a monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

Edinboro Elementary students use hands-on learning to discover leaf chromatography

Wed, 2020-09-23 13:17

A group of Edinboro Elementary students used hands-on learning to discover leaf chromatography.

Mrs. Rachel Pituch shared that each of her class students chose a color of leaf to study. They ripped and crushed their leaves and put them into jars. Mrs. Pituch and her aides then poured a bit of isopropyl alcohol over the top along with a strip of a coffee filter.

As the isopropyl alcohol moved up the coffee filter, it carried the colored pigments from the leaves. The students were excited to see the variations in the different colors of leaves. 

McKean Elementary students participate in virtual recess laps

Wed, 2020-09-23 08:35

One thing that McKean Elementary School Physical Education teacher Mrs. Lisa Roberts was missing the 2020-2021 school year was her “recess laps” routine, which included running laps with some of the students while the kids were on recess.

So Mrs. Roberts has gotten creative and challenged the students to do “virtual” recess laps with her starting Monday, Sept. 21 through Oct. 25. She’s including all GM Cyber and all in-person students.

McKean students can record 10 minutes of walking or running per day using a smartphone or stop watch and at the end of each week, send Mrs. Roberts their totals. Mrs. Roberts met some 4th Grade GM Cyber students on Tuesday to run their laps with them safely.

“Send me how many MINUTES you did AND a picture of you running or walking and the ‘clock,'” she instructed them. “If you get 70 minutes per week for 5 weeks you get a t-shirt.”

Mrs. Roberts is asking all parents to email her with their student(s) name, grade and t-shirt size to register (

Volunteers clean up McKean Elementary trail

Mon, 2020-09-21 12:16

A group of around 17 people came out to McKean Elementary to help clean, weed and maintain the new McKean Elementary trail behind the building.

Out of the group of 17, 10 of those volunteers were Boy Scout Troop 73 members.

The group performed the “clean up” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The McKean Elementary Trail is still under construction but will be unveiled sometime in October to the public.

Thank you to all the volunteers who continue to make General McLane a beautiful place!

JWPMS students conduct butterfly release

Mon, 2020-09-21 09:13

Mrs. Tuttle’s class at James W. Parker Middle School witnessed the complete life cycle of a caterpillar with a butterfly release Friday.

The process began several weeks ago when one of Mrs. Tuttle’s students found a caterpillar and gave it to the classroom. The students began feeding the caterpillar milkweed until it formed a chrysalis. Students documented the caterpillar’s growth and development daily.

The class learned a science unit about the life cycle of the caterpillar and had a contest to name the caterpillar.

On Friday, the class arrived to school to find the chrysalis had hatched into a Monarch butterfly.

“Ironically enough, when the butterfly came out of the terrarium it landed on the leg of a student,” Mrs. Tuttle added. “Mr. Lucas carefully removed the butterfly and it flew away. “

19 GMHS students inducted into National Honor Society

Fri, 2020-09-18 15:20

Congratulations to all 19 of our General McLane High School students who were inducted into the National Honor Society on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. on Linden Field on Wednesday and included remarks from Mrs. Judy Scaletta, a retired GMHS faculty. She spoke about true service being generous actions toward others when no acclaim is likely.

The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership and character. 

The 2020 inductees included seniors: Adrianna Evankovich, Emily Hess and Joshua Salisbury; and juniors: Dylan Fisher, Spencer Green, Wesley Hakanen, Ian Kennedy, Jenna Kulka, Owen Larmon, Kiersten Marendt, Payton Massey, Rebekah Mischler, Louisa Opp, Jacqueline Patterson, Madison Pifer, Wynn Puller, Zachary Rolland, Libby Shadeck and Avery VanDyke.

Congratulations to all!

Two GM graduates win welding awards

Mon, 2020-09-14 14:55
Jacob Janoski won a regional bronze award for creating this decorative fire pit through the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program.

Two General McLane High School graduates won prizes for their welding projects they created while in school this past spring.

Students who use any welding processes in the high school’s metal classes can submit their project write-ups to the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program, which is a non-profit through Lincoln Electric based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Keaton Bryson was awarded silver for a twin/queen sized bunk bed he created. He won a prize of $250 for his creation.

Keaton Bryson won a regional silver award for creating this twin/queen sized bunk bed in the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program.

Jacob Janoski was awarded bronze for a decorative fire pit and he received a $100 prize. Both students were seniors working with Mr. Nick Basko at the High School.

The award program consists of four regions. Region 1 is Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Check out the awards here and learn more about the competition here.

Third Grade GM Cyber Students recognize 9/11

Mon, 2020-09-14 08:37

The third grade GM Cyber class taught by McKean Elementary School’s Mrs. Alison Harroun recognized 9/11 on Friday.

The students listened to a book explaining what happened on September 11, 2001. Then, they discussed the heroes in our lives, whether someone is a hero because of what they do for society – like our soldiers and first responders, or someone is a hero personally.

The students made collages of their heroes. You’ll see pictures of soldiers, firefighters, police officers, doctors, presidents, moms, dads and families. Take a look:

Dance residency program to begin at McKean Elementary in virtual format

Thu, 2020-09-10 14:44

McKean Elementary will continue to participate this month in the Erie Arts & Culture’s Artist-in-residency program, but this year’s program will look a bit different.

The elementary school will participate in the program virtually starting September 14, taught by artist Jennifer Dennehy. All 89 second grade students at McKean will participate as part of the students’ health and physical education requirements.

The program will focus on using dance as the vehicle to teach kindness, self-control and an understanding of cultural diversity. Empathy, community building and communication are at the heart of this residency. Students will explore concepts of self, family, school and bullying through dance explorations, improvisations and composition. Additionally, students will learn about various cultural dances from around the globe to broaden their knowledge and understanding of people who are different than them. The goal is to teach the students how to collaborate and communicate in respectful ways and to create good citizens.

The program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Sept. 15 and Nov. 19 and will culminate with an online performance.

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.

The program first started in 2019 and was expected to continue through spring quarter when the school closed due to COVID-19.

First Grade GM Cyber Students share first week reflections

Thu, 2020-09-03 13:56

Edinboro Elementary’s Mrs. Cunningham shared how her GM Cyber students were adapting after the first week.

Mrs. Cunningham gave her first grade GM Cyber students the assignment of taking a photo of themselves or drawing themselves and then sharing how their first week went. Here are some of the responses she got:

GM students enjoy learning in-person for 20-21 year

Thu, 2020-09-03 13:14

It’s the second week of school at General McLane School District and most students and teachers are beginning to find routine and enjoying this new “normal” at GMSD.

We continue to celebrate the fact that we were able to welcome them back in-person on Aug. 25, 2020.

Take a look at what our in-person learning has looked like at General McLane High School so far:

And at James W. Parker Middle School:

Introducing McKean’s Mrs. Wehrer

Mon, 2020-08-31 09:00

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Sydne Wehrer will be an Autistic Support Teacher at McKean Elementary.

She graduated from Gannon University in 2016 and went on to earn her Masters from Columbia University in 2018.

Mrs. Smith was previously a Learning Support Teacher at Saegertown, where she split her time between the elementary school and high school.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Wehrer enjoys spending time with her husband and her new Wheaton Terrier puppy, Conan. She also previously coached softball at McDowell High School and still enjoys coaching.

“I love McKean so far,” she said. “This is a great group of kids and a great building. I’m looking forward to a little bit of normalcy. It was a different experience being out of the classroom in the spring, and it’s just great to be back here in person.”

Mrs. Wehrer is replacing Mrs. Iaquinta, who is now teaching Life Skills Support at General McLane High School.

Introducing JWPMS’ Mrs. Smith

Fri, 2020-08-28 09:24

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Lauren Smith will be a 7th Grade Language Arts teacher at James W. Parker Middle School.

She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and went on to earn her Master of Education in Reading and Reading Specialist Certification from Edinboro University in 2017.

Mrs. Smith was previously a Learning Support Teacher at Northwestern School District for grades 6 through 8 from 2015 through the end of 2019. She was also a reading teacher and also co-taught English, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Smith enjoys reading, camping and spending time outdoors with her husband and her 3-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.

“I’m so excited to be engaging with students,” she said. “I’m looking forward to watching them develop and really getting to know them and who they are this school year.”

Mrs. Cassano is replacing Mrs. Mischler, who is now at General McLane High School.

UP NEXT: Mrs. Wehrer

Introducing GMHS’ Mrs. Cassano

Thu, 2020-08-27 08:57

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Lauren Cassano will be a Social Studies teacher at General McLane High School.

She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Summa Cum Laude in May 2014 and went on to earn her Master of Education in Social Studies Instruction in May 2019.

Mrs. Cassano previously was a 10th Grade World Cultures and Social Studies Electives teacher at Seneca High School in Wattsburg Area School District.

She grew up on a dairy farm in Waterford and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf School District in 2010.

Outside of teaching, she enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, walking and spending time with her husband and 2-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son.

“This school year will certainly be exciting,” she said. “I already love the students and the atmosphere here. I’ve been enjoying it a lot so far.”

Mrs. Cassano is replacing Mr. Hager, who retired at the beginning of the school year.

UP NEXT: Mrs. Smith

Introducing Edinboro’s Mrs. Stauffer

Wed, 2020-08-26 13:46

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Alexandra Stauffer will be a long-term substitute, serving as a second-grade teacher at Edinboro Elementary School.

She started at General McLane School District in 2015 and previously served as a substitute teacher and a Personal Care Aide at McKean Elementary. Mrs. Stauffer recently graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May 2020.

In her free time, Mrs. Stauffer enjoys spending time with her two sons, 1 and 3. She has also volunteered in Special Olympics at General McLane High School and was previously a cheerleading coach.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the kids. They’re so excited and they’re awesome,” she said. “There’s going to be so much movement this year and every day will present something new. I’m excited for this opportunity.”

Mrs. Stauffer is filling in for the whole 2020-2021 year for Ms. Katie Waddell.

UP NEXT: Mrs. Cassano

Parker Middle School Art Teacher contributes to Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Mural

Mon, 2020-08-10 14:48

If you drive past 7th and State streets, you’ll see a little bit of what James W. Parker Middle School art teacher Christina Martin helped create.

On the side of the H.A.N.D.S. building there is a mural created to commemorate a century since women earned the right to vote that was created by six women in education, one of which was Martin.

“As a group of artists we feel very honored to use our artistic talent to convey a message as important as the women’s suffrage movement,” she told WJET-TV during an interview on Aug. 3.

PTA to host drive-thru produce event in McKean

Tue, 2020-06-30 14:04

McKean Elementary PTA and James W. Parker Middle School PTSA, part of the Erie County Council of PTAs, will host a drive-thru produce event called “PTA is Rooting for You” on Saturday, July 11.

The event will be from 9 to 11 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Church, 8880 Main St., McKean.

More than 600 bags of fresh produce will be distributed between the three locations. The other two locations are the Our Lady of Peace parking lot in Millcreek Township (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), and the Erie High School front circle drive in Erie (1-3 p.m.).

Each family that signs up using the Google Form will receive a bag of fresh produce. If the sites have more supplies than families that signed up, they will hand them out to families that drive up.

Families do not need to be part of a PTA or even attend a school with a PTA.  They just need to live in Erie County. Sign up for the McKean event using this link:

The Erie County Council of PTAs is made up of 14 PTA organizations in Erie County. The council is hoping to host events each month. The events are made possible due to a grant from Google and National PTA.