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Congratulations to GM Wrestling & Coach Cook!

Fri, 2015-01-09 09:09


Congratulations to the General McLane Wrestling Team and Coach Ryan Cook! The Lancers defeated Cathedral Prep 36-23 Thursday night, taking sole possession of 1st place in the Region. The win also marked career win #138 for GM’s Ryan Cook, making Cook the most successful wrestling coach in General McLane history. The previous mark of 137 was set by Tim Mulholland.

JWPMS Teacher Receives 2014 MAC Grant

Thu, 2015-01-08 14:35


James W. Parker Middle School mathematics teacher Brooke Irwin was one of thirteen 2014 MAC Grant Winners in the Erie Region.

Irwin received $500 to purchase additional CBR 2 motion sensors for the classroom, which will help students physically demonstrate mathematical functions using a graphing calculator.

“The activities that we do with the motion sensors in the classroom are very successful, so I wanted to purchase more so students can have additional one-on-one hands on time with them,” says Irwin, who received this award previously. “The more personal experience that a student can get, the better — especially for a kinesthetic learner.”

The MAC grants help area middle school teachers Make Activities Count for their students by providing financial support to fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade teachers for interesting and educational projects. This is the 20th consecutive year that local McDonald’s restaurants have offered MAC Grants.

“The MAC Grants program demonstrates McDonald’s commitment to excellence in education and active support in the community,” explained Rick Rehak, McDonald’s Regional Marketing Director. “MAC Grants allow teachers to revitalize their classes with fresh and innovative teaching methods.”

Brittany Chase, the Director of Marketing for T. Meyers Enterprises, Inc. and EIJ Restaurants, Inc. at McDonald’s, presented the check to Irwin on Thursday morning.

For a complete listing of local winners, please visit the attached list.

January Driver of the Month – Sandy Furry

Wed, 2015-01-07 13:28

Sandy Furry

The January 2015 Driver of the Month is Sandy Furry. Sandy has been driving a bus for General McLane since April 1998. She previously worked in the High School and McKean Elementary cafeterias, but decided to transfer after her mom talked her into applying for a driving position because of her love of driving. She started out subbing for a year and then worked a single route. She currently drives the High School/Middle School and Elementary routes.

Sandy is a 1988 graduate of General McLane and loves driving for the district because it gives her a great schedule that works well with having a family. She is an asset to the Transportation Department and District by taking special care of the children on her route and has received many calls from parents expressing their appreciation of her dedication.

Congratulations to Sandy for being the January Driver of the Month!

5th Graders Participate in Collaborative Painting Project

Tue, 2015-01-06 14:51



James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders participated in a collaborative painting project. To kick off the project, art teacher Mrs. Martin introduced a style of painting called photorealism to the fifth grade students.

This genre of art provides the artist the opportunity to study a photograph and then attempt to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium. Following the lesson, each student became responsible for painting one 3 in. by 4 in. square block, which made up a larger sketched picture.

Once complete, the blocks were reassembled to create the final portrait. Four portraits were created, one of Mr. Scaletta, one of Mr. Hansen, one of Mr. Buto and one of General John W. McLane. Fifth graders presented the portraits of Mr. Scaletta and General John W. McLane to superintendent, Rick Scaletta, on Friday, December 23rd.

For more pictures, please visit our Featured Photos Page.

Below is a listing of which students completed each of the portraits:

  • Mr. Buto’s Portrait
  • Kaitlin Bailey
  • Matthew Belden
  • Sky Bowers
  • Charlotte Brower
  • Ethan Cappelletty
  • Brandon Dedrick
  • Brenna Delaney
  • Madison Donahue
  • Blake Furry
  • Austin Henry
  • Jenna Kulka
  • Roman Lechefsky
  • Derek Matthews
  • Elise McEldowney
  • Paige Miller
  • Katrina Morris
  • Dylan Nicholson
  • Ryan Passmore
  • Dylan Piatkowski
  • Robin Spieker
  • Teaghan Watkins
  • Mr. Hansen’s portrait
  • John Amon
  • Dorothy Aulenbacher
  • Gabriel Baldwin
  • Hayden Benoit
  • Conner Brandt
  • Austin Cooper
  • Ava Elmer
  • Nathan Englert
  • Justin Field
  • Spencer Green
  • Matthew Haschalk
  • Riley Kowalski
  • Benjamin Krizmanich
  • Owen Larmon
  • Daniel Mulligan
  • Jacqueline Patterson
  • Wynn Puller
  • Keenen Schaaf
  • Hunter Siciliano
  • Evan Topor
  • Bradley Weber
  • Mr. Scaletta’s portrait
  • Shawn Allison
  • Sarah Banta
  • Landon Beachly
  • Giovanni Bizzarro
  • Alex Brendlinger
  • Nathan Danowski
  • Alec Eisert
  • Sydney Farbotnik
  • Cara Gurlea
  • Gus Guzik
  • Chad Hoehn
  • Ian Kennedy
  • Regan Luebbert
  • Jordyn Mangoni
  • Donovan McLaughlin
  • Isaac Mroz
  • McKenna Pease
  • Richard Peterson
  • Abigail Romba
  • River of Fire, Romeo-Ritinger
  • Nowell Snarey
  • Avery VanDyke
  • Alexis Wescoat
  • Anna Williams
  • General McLane’s portrait
  • Alyssa Baney
  • Brooklyn Bowen
  • Daniel Bruce
  • Mason Byler
  • Daniel Damore
  • Taylor Faulkner
  • Hannah Haddis
  • Wesley Hakanen
  • Zachary Hart
  • Zachary Hurta
  • Mara Kallay
  • Elijah Kozloff
  • LilyAnne Larson
  • Scott Litz
  • Mason Manley
  • Payton Massey
  • Curtis Miller
  • Rowan Norris
  • Jarod Peyton
  • Zachary Rolland
  • Kylie Roney
  • William Sechrist
  • Jamie Sennett
  • Rachel Wooten

Jahn Surpasses 1,000 Career Points

Tue, 2014-12-23 13:22


General McLane senior Michelle Jahn is now the 9th girl in GM history to have over 1,000 career points. Jahn surpassed 1,000 during General McLane’s Region 7 loss against Central Tech last night.

Jahn is one of three players to sign National Letters of Intent for the 2015 Women’s Basketball recruiting class at Edinboro University.

The Girls Basketball Career Points list is as follows:

1 Val Majewski 2010 1800
2 Shannon Wilkey 1990 1570
3 Tori Hansen 2007 1481
4 Sarah Hansen 2009 1299
5 Dana Polakowski 1996 1285
6 Leah Hansen 2012 1133
7 Tracy Jackson 2000 1036
8 Michelle Jahn 2014 1009
9 Kelsey Conklin 2006 1002

Congratulations to Michelle!

Third Graders See Nutcracker

Tue, 2014-12-23 09:51
 Olivia Bertig, Elle Loehrke, Casey Shee (subbing for Lacey Peirce this year) and Haven Teed

From left to right: Olivia Bertig, Elle Loehrke, Casey Shee (subbing for Lacey Peirce this year) and Haven Teed

Edinboro Elementary third graders saw a performance of the Nutcracker last week. This performance was done by the Lake Erie Ballet. A good time was had by all!

Edinboro Students Donate Pajamas and Books to SafeNet

Tue, 2014-12-23 09:04



Edinboro fourth graders embraced the season of giving this year. In lieu of the classroom gift exchange and teacher gifts, students and staff were encouraged to buy pajamas for their first Pajama Drive.

The goal of this fundraiser was to provide warm pajamas and a good book to children in need around the area. Scholastic committed to donating a book to go with every pair of pajamas collected from Edinboro Elementary School. These were wrapped by students on Monday and will be delivered to SafeNet for Christmas. More than 70 pairs of PJs were collected.

SafeNet is a non-profit organization providing shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and education to victims of domestic violence.

This is the first year that Edinboro Elementary has participated in this fundraiser. Since 2009, Scholastic Reading Club classrooms have collected and donated almost 350,000 pairs of pajamas to Pajama Program through the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Scholastic Reading Club has more than matched classroom pajama donations with nearly 700,000 books given directly to the Pajama Program National Headquarters. The books are distributed by Pajama Program to children in need throughout the country. The locations and timing of those book donations are determined by Pajama Program based on the specific needs of their Receiving Organizations.

McKean Giving Tree Donations Hit New High

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:38


During its third year in place, the McKean Elementary Giving Tree raised a new high in donations, with a total of 181 donations. Donations include one coat, 74 hats, 91 gloves, four scarves and one pair of boots. The school will donated half of the items to the Mercy Center for Women in Erie and the other half to the Social Concerns Committee at Thrifty Threads in Edinboro. Gently-used items went to the school nurse.

Way to go McKean students/parents/staff!

Thank you to all those who donated!

Edinboro Fourth Graders Perform Readers Theaters

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:21



Edinboro Elementary fourth graders performed a holiday show on Friday that included seven readers theater plays and a Christmas sing-a-long.

A Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a “script” and reading parts are divided among the readers. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gesture so that comprehending the text is meaningful and fun for the student. Edinboro students have been working on memorization, expression and fluency as well as creating props, sets and costumes in preparation for this show.

For more pictures, please visit our Featured Photos Page.

Holiday Spirit Thrives at Edinboro Elementary

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:08

The holiday season is in full force at Edinboro Elementary School, where students in all grades completed creative arts and craft projects. Projects included: What would you do if you were stuck inside a Snow Globe, What would you do if Santa was stuck in the Chimney, and If Santa had a second job, what would it be? For more pictures, please visit the Featured Photos Page.

Xmas Decor




HS Students Show Holiday Spirit

Fri, 2014-12-19 15:47

Holiday Tree

Seniors Logan Gatenby and Jessica Katarski show off their best holiday attires (and creativity) in honor of Holiday Spirit Week at General McLane High School.

Seventh Graders Perform at Edinboro Manor

Fri, 2014-12-19 15:21

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James W. Parker Middle School seventh graders performed for Edinboro Manor residents on Monday. The holiday performance was led by middle school choir director Kate Amatuzzo. The annual JWPMS Choir Concert was held Monday, December 8.

2nd Graders at Edinboro Ride the Polar Express

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:47


There’s nothing like joining in on the magic of Christmas — and Edinboro Elementary students learned that Thursday. Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book that was later adapted into a feature film, the Polar Express Train ride came to life for Edinboro Elementary second graders.

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.

This journey is part of the second grader’s big Polar Express unit done each year in December. This has been taking place for about 10 years. For more pictures, please visit our Featured Photos Page.



5th Grade Choir Performs at McKean Elementary School

Thu, 2014-12-18 11:05

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James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders performed Christmas songs for McKean Elementary School this morning. The wonderful performance was led by middle school choir director Kate Amatuzzo. The annual JWPMS Choir Concert was held Monday, December 8.

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Alumni’s wedding features a hint of General McLane pride

Wed, 2014-12-17 08:16



General McLane alumni Melissa Hennen (’03) and Adam Uzzo (’01) tied the knot this October and added a little GM-flare. A Lancer Helmet was one of the sweet treats featured in the “Cookie Room”.

“We both love GM. Adam has very fond memories playing football there, and we had many guests who are GM alum, so we thought it was perfect to include something that signified our tie to GM,” Melissa says.

What a neat way to incorporate school pride into their wedding!

A longer feature will be included in the January Alumni Newsletter. Alumni can register for this free Association at,

Santa Visits McKean Elementary Students

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:13


McK Santa

On Friday, Santa brought the holiday spirit a little early to McKean with a visit to McKean Elementary School.  Every student received a picture with Santa, completely free of charge, courtesy of the McKean Elementary PTA. Santa’s visit culminated McKean Elementary’s week-long Annual Holiday Shop for the students. The McKean PTA has been doing the holiday shop and Santa visits for over 15  years. For more pictures, please visit the District’s Featured Photos Page.

McKean PTA is a non-profit organization comprised of parents/guardians of current students, current administrators and teachers, and patrons who wish to support McKean Elementary School. The group’s purpose is to foster a sense of support, pride, and enthusiasm for the school. Through various family and community activities, the PTA promotes positive school and community relationships to enhance the educational environment for our children. Ensuring our children’s future and fostering quality public education today are two of the primary goals of the McKean Elementary PTA.  For more information or a schedule of events, please visit McKean Elementary PTA. 

GMHS Hosts Annual Sr. Citizen Luncheon

Mon, 2014-12-15 09:09


On Friday, General McLane High School hosted their annual Senior Citizen Luncheon.

Hosted by the School District, the Principal’s Cabinet and the GM Band, members from the Edinboro Senior Citizen Group are invited for lunch and a performance by the General McLane High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  This event started eight years ago in order to show gratitude to the District’s senior citizens for what they’ve done for our school district as long time taxpayers, as well as to give students the opportunity to interact with those who have gone before them.  There were about 75 people in attendance to this year’s event.





Edinboro Fourth Graders Raise Money to Give Clean Water

Thu, 2014-12-11 12:44



The fourth grade students at Edinboro Elementary created, organized and lead a fundraiser for Edinboro Elementary’s Holiday Fun Night.  They sold water bottles and candy bars, donated by the PTO, to raise money to give the gift of clean water to those in need.

Students worked with Heifer International, a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. Heifer  installs treadle pumps and teaches about water conservation  in areas where there is little or no clean water.

Three GMHS Students Perform in Disney World

Wed, 2014-12-10 04:00


Three General McLane High School students traded in the turkey this year for a trip performing in Disney World. As members of the French Creek Community Theater’s Disney Show Choir, Ryan Sibbald, Cody Gould and Melissa Barbour performed in a 30-minute show in Downtown Disney over Thanksgiving Weekend.

“How many people can say they were able to sing and perform in Disney World? Not many. It was an awesome experience,” said Sibbald, a senior at General McLane. Sibbald started taking singing lessons less than two years ago and heard about the group over the summer. After playing Angel Dumott Schunard in their production Rent, which was his first musical, Sibbald was asked to perform with them in Disney.

This is the fourth time that this local theater ensemble has been invited to perform as a show choir at Disney World in Orlando. The 46-member troupe, ranging from 6- to 18-year-olds, performed memorable songs from Disney movies (Circle of Life, Oh the thinks you can think, etc.), as well as songs such as Hair, Somebody to Love, Aquarius, and other classics.

Outside of performing, the students also participated in workshops where they learned from Disney’s professional singers and dancers themselves.

“We were able to see where they record songs and we were able to learn how they sing and act,” Sibbald said. “They told us what path they took to get there – some didn’t even go to college. They told us that if we love it, do it. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s singing and dancing in Disney World.”

According to Sibbald, they were also able to see what the audition process was like and what they do to get callbacks.

“It was my favorite part of the trip,” he said. “They said they would audition for 300-400 different things and get maybe two callbacks. Their advice: be friendly, be yourself, be confident and know your music.”

FRENCH CREEK COMMUNITY THEATRE is a family-oriented, nonprofit organization based in Meadville that provides opportunities in a creative and positive environment that is inclusive of all members of the community, creating an inter-generational theatrical experience in Northwest Pennsylvania. FCCT offers on-stage opportunities as well as “behind the scenes” experiences in: set & scenery design, costuming, sound & lighting, stage crew, advertising & marketing and many other areas of theater production.

December 2014 Driver of the Month, Eric Lathrop

Tue, 2014-12-09 12:33

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General McLane’s Driver of the Month for December, 2014 is Eric Lathrop.

Eric has been with the District for 31 years. He not only drives both the High School/Middle School run, but he also drives the Edinboro Elementary run. Besides driving the bus every day, Eric is also our jack of all trades at the Service Center by working as a mechanic’s helper and a maintenance assistant, as well as maintaining the snow on the sidewalks at the service center. Eric also serves as our District Driver Trainer and trains new and current drivers to drive the school bus.

On top of all this, Eric is the Service Center’s own practical joker which keeps everyone on their toes. Eric is very dedicated to the students on his bus and is always there to assist in any way that is needed at the Service Center.

This is the second Driver of the Month for General McLane’s Transportation Department’s Driver of the Month series. The Transportation Department started this series to show appreciation for our drivers and what they do.

Congratulations Eric on a job well done!