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GM seniors advance to Dance Worlds

Wed, 2017-03-15 15:36

General McLane High School seniors Amanda Laughlin and Libby Myers will be headed to Orlando this April for the annual United States All Star Federation (USASF) Dance Worlds™ competition.

Laughlin and Myers will be competing as part of the Dance Vibe Senior Hip-Hop Team. Their team received their bid and will now compete against hundreds of USASF member event producers across the U.S. and in over 40 countries around the world.  Myers and Laughlin are members of an 11-member team.

“One of my favorite things about this event is meeting all of the people from different countries,” said Myers, who has been with Dance Vibe for six years. “It’s fun to have those opportunities to interact with the participants and see their routines.”

The theme for this year’s routine is “Jokers” and incorporates different tricks and moves to music from Suicide Squad. 

“I like the acting part of it,” said Laughlin, who has been dancing since the age of two and competitive dancing since she was nine.  “In addition to the hip-hop dancing, we are portraying a character so it makes it more fun and exciting to go out there.”

This international event brings together more than 9000 cheer and 3500 dance athletes to vie for world champion titles in senior and international club divisions and categories.

The event takes place April 28 through May 1 and will be aired on ESPN2.

Congratulations to both Myers and Laughlin!

GM sophomore wins Bayhawks competition

Tue, 2017-03-14 14:54

(Winning Design)

The Erie BayHawks will be wearing a uniform at their March 25 game designed by a GMHS student!

General McLane students competed in their contest, which was co-sponsored by the Erie Arts & Culture. Two students and General McLane High School art teacher Mrs. Hodas won the contest.

Sophomore Kaley Berger took first place in the Bayhawks’ Uniform Design Contest. She will have her design featured on the BayHawks Uniforms on March 25, as well as featured on a poster produced by the Erie Times-News and distributed to fans the night of the game. She will also assist the BayHawks in selecting from a list of community projects that will receive proceeds from the BayHawks Uniform Auction . Berger will will receive a personalized replica jersey and shorts, two courtside seats to the BayHawks game, a Green Energy Prize Pack and a $250 cash prize.

Freshman Ellen Eisert placed 2nd. She will receive a $50 Cash Prize and recognition during BayHawks game on March 25th. She will also be featured on and Erie BayHawks social channels and receive two courtside seats and a Green Energy Prize Pack.

Ellen’s design:


Mrs. Hodas placed third and will receive recognition during BayHawks Game on March 25 and be featured on and Erie BayHawks Social Channels. She will also receive four premium tickets to a BayHawks and a Green Energy Prize Pack.

Mrs. Hodas’ design:

All students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design class submitted a design. The BayHawks Uniform Design contest called all artists, designers and photographers in Erie County, of all ages, to submit a design that celebrates a ‘Greener Erie’. The design needed to incorporate recognizable elements of Erie, along with a depiction of what energy conservation and environmental sustainability mean in today’s age.

Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!

Students compete in Battle of the Books

Tue, 2017-03-14 13:56

James W. Parker Middle School and General McLane High School students participated in the Battle of the Books Competition at Gannon University.

Students were given a list of 24 books to read and are then asked questions about the books in a quiz bowl style competition.  General McLane had three middle school teams and four high school teams.

There were over 30 teams in the high school division, from the tri-county area.

The HS advisor is Mary Morosky and the Middle School advisor is Christine Massey, with help from Karen Lerch and Christine Zimmer.

The students represented General McLane well — and had fun!

Congratulations to all participants!

A Thousand Pages of Us, 2nd place

Shut Up and Read a Book, 4th place 

Literally Lit, 13th place

Lit Mafia, 10th place

Middle School Participants

GM wrestlers place in PIAA tournament

Mon, 2017-03-13 20:26

For the first time since 2004, General McLane High School had a pair of place winners in the PIAA State Tournament.

Ethan Laird finished his career as a PIAA 195 lbs State Runner Up after a 3-1 loss to North Allegheny’s Jake Woodley in the finals. Laird became the program’s most successful wrestler after a 6-3 win against Waynesburg’s Colin McCracken during the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament at the Giant Center. His victory was the 136th of his career.  Hayden Harrison  (’04) previously held the program’s most wins by a Lancer with 135.

Owen Watkins placed 8th in the state for the 152 lbs class. Watkins lost 2-1 to  Mechanicsburg’s Brayden Wills for seventh place.

Both students are seniors at General McLane High School and plan to wrestle at the collegiate level.

Congratulations to Ethan and Owen!

2017 Reflections Winners

Thu, 2017-03-09 15:57


Numerous General McLane students were honored for their achievement in the 2017 National PTA Reflections arts in education program.

Regional winner’s include Presley O’Bannon (3rd place Visual Arts), Chloe Kiser (1st place Music Composition), and Lucas Leasure (3rd place Photography). McKean Elementary winners included: Jane Howard (1st place Musical composition) and Parker Howard (3rd place Photography)

The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme “What Is Your Story?”. Regional winners were recognized at the 2017 Erie County Reflections Ceremony, held in February.

Regional winners moved on to the State Level.

Erie County winners included:  Presley O’Bannon (Visual art 2D -6th), Magnus Lloyd (Visual Art 3D, 5th), Alana Puller (Visual Art 3D, 5th), Chloe Kiser (Musical Composition, 6th) and Lucas Leasure (Photography, 8th).  Hudson Spires (Visual Arts 2D, 4th Gr),  Jane Howard (Musical Composition, 4th) and Parker Howard (Photography, K).

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, McKean Elementary PTA, James W. Parker Middle School PTSA and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice— dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and commitment to the arts!

Erie Phil’s Maestro Daniel Meyer visits EE

Tue, 2017-03-07 15:47

What does a conductor do? What families of instruments are in a symphony orchestra?  What are some of the hand movements conductors are doing when they wave their hands around?  And, what is that stick called?

Those are questions Maestro Daniel Meyer of the Erie Philharmonic answered today during his presentation to Edinboro Elementary second graders. The entire second grade also joined together to sing and sign a song for him.

This Saturday night, world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax makes his Erie Philharmonic debut in a very special evening of two composer-titans, Beethoven and Mahler. In April, violinist Jenny Oaks Baker returns to the Erie Philharmonic for their 16-17 Pops season finale to perform original arrangements from classic Disney films.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

McKean’s Mrs. Roberts to present in Greece

Mon, 2017-03-06 15:48

When McKean Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts noticed a decline in fitness when kids returned from summer break, she was prompted to learn more on her own.

Now, she has been selected to present her findings at the 13th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Science in Athens, Greece this July.

“We’ve been improving fitness during the school year, but then the students go to summer break. When they come back, I often see a decline,” Roberts said.

Roberts studied fifty-five students and their individual fitness levels over three years. Through implementation of the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Run test (PACER) and participant surveys, Roberts said that the students became more physically fit and she learned ways to better serve and empower her students to help keep them active and healthy.

She will present these results to health and physical education teachers from around the world, as well as physicians, physical therapists, coaches and others in the field. The conference is hosted by Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

Congratulations to Mrs. Roberts!


Camp Invention Registration Open

Fri, 2017-03-03 15:10

The nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program is returning once again to General McLane School District during the summer months – and spots are quickly filling!

Camp Invention is for students in grades 1-6 throughout all of Erie County. The program takes place at Edinboro Elementary School June 12-16, 2017.

The program is offered by Invent Now and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This weeklong summer program is an opportunity for both elementary and middle school students to reinvent themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Campers will work in teams as they rotate between four fun thematic modules.

This is the fourth year for the elementary camp at Edinboro Elementary. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Within this year’s Launchpad for your Imagination program, students will have the opportunity to create their own personal, ultimate sky gadget alarm box, explore a distant exoplanet and create the next earth, launch water rockets, build bubble blasters and engineer giant castles, and design duct tape products to pitch to mock investors.

The program costs $225. Camp Invention participants save $25 if registered by March 20, 2017. Installment plans are also available.

Registration is available here. 

McKean First Grade Adventures

Fri, 2017-03-03 11:05

McKean Elementary first graders are already grasping the idea of collecting facts!

The students are conducting animal research projects in the library by using both books and an internet searches through PebbleGo.

Mrs. Bean reviews the PebbleGo website with the students before they rotate through the books and computers to conduct their reports.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

JWPMS 5h graders host Read-a-thon

Thu, 2017-03-02 15:59

James W. Parker Middle School students in Ms. Shee and Mrs. Brook’s fifth grade classrooms participated in a “Read-a-thon” today to honor Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Students brought in snacks, cozy blankets and pillows, along with their favorite books to read.

Principals Mr. Hansen and Mr. Buto started each class off by reading aloud different Dr. Seuss books to the students.

The students had a blast!

Elementary students get Green Eggs & Ham

Thu, 2017-03-02 15:09

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, elementary students had the option to buy green eggs and ham today from the cafeteria.

Edinboro Elementary students also received a free book and a celebration treat, donated by the Edinboro Elementary PTO.

For more pictures, please visit the Featured Photos Page.

Read Across America Day 2017

Thu, 2017-03-02 15:03

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 March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

This year, high school students were members of the Battle of the Books organization.

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.

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MATHCOUNTS team places 4th

Tue, 2017-02-28 16:01

The James W. Parker Middle School MATHCOUNTS team placed 4th place at the competition this past weekend.

Hosted by the Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE), the MATHCOUNTS competition took place in the Zurn Science Center at Gannon University. MATHCOUNTS is a fun and challenging competition designed to engage students into the engineering and mathematics fields.

Participating sixth, seventh and eighth graders compete in four rounds that included both written and oral examinations and tested their skills in algebra, geometry, probability, and equations, among others. This year, 133 students from 19 schools registered.

JWPMS students included: Ethan Zajac-Woodie (8th), Caleb Minner (7th), Zachary Rolland (7th), Joe Preston (8th), Adrianna Evankovich (8th), Elena Halmi (8th), Kellen Smith (8th), Rachel Wooten (7th), Dylan Throop (8th), Benjamin Kalmey (8th),  and Avery VanDyke (7th). MS teacher Monica Mook serves as the advisor.

Zajac-Woodie competed in the Countdown Round, which featured the top 10 students in a live head-to-head competition and places seventh.

In addition, Zajac-Woodie, Evankovich, Halmi and VanDyke finished in the top 25% of competitors.


McKean Elementary hosts Science Fair

Sat, 2017-02-25 10:39

McKean Elementary School hosted their Science Fair on Friday night. The event was packed with activities and displays for McKean students, families and friends.

All fourth grade projects are displayed. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade had the opportunity to participate and could create a project of their choice to have on display.

Outside of the student-created projects, there were a variety of other activities and demonstrations.

The Erie Reptile Expo’s Trisha Voltz showed many exotic reptiles and animals.

The Tamarack Wildlife Center brought their live birds of prey for an up-close and personal experience.

Mr. Hutch & Miss Marnik hosted a  Camp Invention challenge to give a teaser of what is to come in the 2017 Camp Invention Program.

Students from Edinboro University’s CHAOS showed off their science demonstrations and models.

Gannon’s Biological Honor Society, Tri Beta, gave students the opportunity to cheek cells under a microscope, play an anatomy game, and trick the brain into thinking an apple tastes like vanilla.

Guests from LECOM and the Anna Shelter were also present.

The event was sponsored by McKean’s PTA and organized by McKean teachers.

McKean students visit Children’s Museum

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:50

Yesterday, McKean Elementary’s AS class visited the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum.

We think it’s safe to say they had some fun on this community based outing!

Relay for Life fundraising kicks off

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:39

Fundraising for this year’s Relay for Life at General McLane has officially kicked off.

General McLane High School and James W. Parker Middle School held a joint assembly yesterday for Relay for Life.

During the assembly, students received glow bracelets to show those they knew affected by cancer. There was also a Sun Safety Relay Race between teachers and students. Marla Stauffer, a retired General McLane High School teacher and General McLane resident, and Katie Staynoff Jones, owner of Miss Katie’s Dance Studio in Edinboro,  told the students about their survivor stories.

Throughout the week, students voted for teachers and staff they wanted to see dye their entire hair purple. The middle school winners included Don McGahen., Heather Helsley and Todd Sturgess. The High School winners included Mary Cousins and Tim Snair.

On Friday, both the Middle School and High School had hair dye stations in their main lobbies for students and staff who wished to donate a $1 to get a strike of purple. These events were coordinated by the 8th Grade Advisors and GMHS Principal’s Cabinet.

This year’s Relay for Life at General McLane will take place on Saturday, June 3 fro 11 a.m. until midnight.

MS students make sustainable ecosystems

Thu, 2017-02-23 10:30

James W. Parker Middle School students made sustainable ecosystems in science class.

Students in Mrs. Berchtold’s self-contained class created the ecosystems to observe and collect data  from its functions, while practicing responsibility.

Students will be observing these over the next month.

Junior receives House Citation from Representative Ryan Bizzarro

Wed, 2017-02-22 14:11

Earlier this month, General McLane High School junior Alex Lofgren was presented a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation by Representative Ryan Bizzarro.

The citation was given at the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron 502‘s annual banquet in honor of his recent achievements with CAP, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  As a member, Lofgren participates in the Cadet Programs whose key elements are Aerospace, Leadership and Emergency Services.

Alex achieved the General Billy Mitchell Award this past fall, which marks his halfway point through the cadet program.  To earn this award, which also earned him the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant, Alex needed to complete the Cadet Physical Fitness Test, pass comprehensive exams in Leadership and Aerospace Education and meet specific leadership expectations.

Only 15 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Mitchell Award and rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant. By earning both, Alex is now eligible to receive CAP scholarships and advanced placement of Airman First Class, should choose to enter the Air Force.

Congratulations to Alex on this outstanding achievement!

McKean 2nd graders read over 940 books in a month

Wed, 2017-02-22 10:29

23. According to the Scholastic’s Kids and Family Reading Report, that’s the average number of books that kids ages 6–17  read over the past year.

McKean Elementary’s second graders read 946 books in just one month!

The first annual ‘Blizzard of Books’ reading Contest took place through January. Hosted by McKean’s second grade teachers, the Blizzard of Books Contest was created to help students build positive reading habits, promote reading stamina, and learn time management skills, goal setting and responsibility

The second grade teachers set a reading goal for all students. Every second grade student had to read a minimum of 10 books at their independent reading level during the month, and they also had to successfully pass an Accelerated Reading quiz (to test their comprehension) on each book they read. Many students exceeded this goal.

Students that achieved their monthly reading goal were invited to celebrate at a pizza luncheon.

The top readers of the four classes were Chase Durlin (Mrs. Kirkpatrick), Avery Fiscus (Ms. Marnik),  McKenna Laughery (Mrs. Campbell) and Joseph Henry (Mrs. Hoge).

Congratulations to all of the students on a wonderful job!


Retired Wildlife Biologist visits McKean students

Fri, 2017-02-17 09:35

Retired wildlife biologist Brad Nelson came to McKean Elementary School on Thursday to teach fourth graders about environmental health.

He provided the elementary students with a wealth of information on protecting the environment, different animals and animal habitats.

Nelson worked for the  United States Forest Service and many state parks around the country, including the Allegheny National Forest and Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC).