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“Pied” for Relay for Life

Tue, 2015-04-07 09:43



General McLane High School teacher Mark Scarpitti was the lucky winner selected to receive a pie in the face during the Relay for Life Kickoff Assembly last week.

For the “Pie in the Face” fundraiser, seven administrators and teachers volunteered to be participants in the chance of being pied in the face by students. The teacher who collected the most money in his/her jar at the end of the fundraiser will be pied in the face. All money went to the American Cancer Society’s General McLane Relay for Life

The Relay for Life of General McLane takes place May 30-31, 2015 at General McLane High School. So far, 17 teams have signed up and raised almost $13,000. Last year, this event raised more than $51,000.

Other fundraisers include “Painting the Town Purple”, where the community is invited to decorate the town in purple in order to raise awareness of the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life.

In addition to decorating the town purple, General McLane will host itss first annual Dance-a-thon on Saturday, April 11th. This event features students dancing for 12-hours. Sponsors donate a certain amount per hour of dancing. These proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The Dance-a-thon will be held on April 11th, in the high school gym, from 11 in the morning to 11 at night. You only have to come for as long as you want. Students can sign up in the office with Mrs. Stawicki for $5.

For more pictures, please visit our Featured Photos page.

General McLane has their best finish in RoboBots Competition

Tue, 2015-04-07 09:20

General McLane School District entered three teams in this year’s annual RoboBots competition.

GMHS entered two bots this year, and both bots spent the morning in the winners bracket. They ended up battling each other in an elimination match where Robot Ghost defeated Robot Leech to advance to the quarterfinals. This is GM’s best finish at in the annual competition.

James W. Parker Middle School submitted on bot this year that finished 2-2 at the competition. They survived the “Royal Rumble Total Metal Mehem”, which consisted of 15 bots fighting to the death, all at the same time.

This event was held on Saturday, March 28 at Meadville Area Senior Nigh School and had 40 teams from 17 schools in the region entered robots to battle each other in this competition.

RoboBOTS is a hands-on robot-building contest for high school and middle school students sponsored by the northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. The program started in the 2006-07 school year to create student interest in technical education careers.

Here is a breakout of the teams:

Team name: Lancers 1
Bot name: Leech
Team members: Steve Barko, Jacob Dobrzynski, Cory Kephart, Alex Rafeew, Evan Sneed, Garett Vaughn, Ryan Antalek, Zach Perry, Brandon McFadden, Logan Langer and Jerod McFadden.

Team name: Lancers 2
Bot name: Ghost
Team members: Annaka Cwiklinski, Devin Barry, Garrett Mallory, Ian Bridges, Jonah Pamula, Kellie Williams, Lizzie Bennett, Logan Roth, Logan Segal, Maddie Schutt, Max Patterson, Robert McClune and Franklin May.

Team Name: Little Lancers
Bot Name: The Honey Badger
Team Members: Derek Rafeew, Ross Marendt, Frank Windsor, Dylan Segal, Nathan Ritchey, Ryan Kraus and Ryan Stroup

Congratulations to all those involved!

GMHS students create fun-filled flash mob dance

Mon, 2015-03-30 14:33

General McLane High School students recently took over the cafeteria in their flash mob performance.

Coordinated through Mrs. Stauffer’s Aerobic Classes, approximately 60 juniors performed the first ever flash mob at General McLane. The performance lasted about four minutes and included choreographed moves to pieces of four different songs.

Great job ladies!

The Hill Brothers Bring Character Show to Elementary Schools

Mon, 2015-03-30 14:23




The Hill Brothers brought “The Character Show” to McKean and Edinboro Elementary schools on Monday. Approximately 760 students in grades K-4 attended the performance, which included participatory songs, games and dance. This assembly was sponsored by McKean Elementary PTA and Edinboro Elementary PTO.

The Hill Brothers began performing for children and families in 1977 for Young Audiences of Western New York. The group travels throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and beyond and provides arts-in-education concerts.

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March Driver of the Month

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:46

Theresa Wolfe

The March Driver of the Month is Theresa Wolfe.

Theresa is one of our veteran drivers who has been driving for the district since April, 1985. She started driving because it was the perfect job that was a good fit with her children’s schedule. She began as a substitute driver, which turned into a High School/Middle School route for a few years. Since then she has been doing a High School/Middle School and Elementary route. In addition, you can find Theresa working at the JWPMS cafeteria. She really loves her job(s).

Theresa is thought of highly in the bus garage by all those she works with. In addition to always helping out her fellow drivers, she doesn’t hesitate to help in the transportation office on the phones or radio when there’s inclement weather.

This is part of 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 Theresa on being our March Driver of the Month.

MS Student Wins 2014 Lioness Club Peace Poster Contest

Mon, 2015-03-23 10:38



James W. Parker Middle School sixth grader Alexis Stanley was the winner of the 2014 Lioness Club Peace Poster Contest.

This is an annual art contest that encourages kids worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of the 2015-16 Peace Poster Contest was “Share Peace.”

Alexis’ entry moved onto the state level. McKean Lioness Club Co-President Carol Mosier presented Alexis with an award and check on Monday.



General McLane Partners with Special Olympics Pennsylvania to Offer Unified Track and Field program

Mon, 2015-03-23 09:59

General McLane School District is partnering with Special Olympics Pennsylvania to offer a fully-inclusive Interscholastic Unified Track and Field program.

General McLane joins Fairview and McDowell high schools as the only three schools offering this program in Erie.

This co-ed sports program is open to boys and girls with disabilities and without disabilities who train and compete together as teammates representing their high school.

“This program will provide an opportunity for both disabled and non-disabled students to compete and represent their school on an athletic level,” said General McLane special education director Michael Cannata. “It creates an atmosphere that promotes acceptance which in turn will promote that same acceptance in the natural high school environment.”

Unified Track and Field teams practice after school a minimum of two days a week alongside the varsity track and field teams. There will be three Unified Track and Field competitions held during the months of April and May.

During a competition, participants run their races or do their field events in heats alongside fellow participants who are of similar ability levels. Every heat gives its participants the opportunity to score points for their high school team. The high school team with the most number of total points at the end of the competition wins.

This program is made possible through funding by the Special Olympics, which will provide equipment, uniforms and coaching stipend.

General McLane’s goal is to have 20 students participating – 10 students with disabilities and 10 students without disabilities.

“I believe in what this program is truly about,” said Brandon Oathout, who is one of two General McLane coaches for this team. “This program is about bringing all types of students together to be a part of a team, which is an opportunity that some of them haven’t had before. This program promotes friendship, a sense of community and gives all of the students an opportunity to make new friends and find a new hobby that they may enjoy and participate in after high school.”

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Coffee Cart Thursdays at General McLane High School

Thu, 2015-03-19 11:55


Thanks to the Coffee Cart Crew, everyone is starting to look forward to Thursdays at General McLane High School.

Every Thursday, students in the high school’s Life Skills and Autistic Support program run the coffee cart, which was an idea that Mr. Mennow, Erin Bentley, and Nicole McFadden discussed last year. Faculty and staff can purchase a variety of items, including muffins, coffee, water, fruit and juice. The Coffee Cart program involves a cart crew, a prep crew and clean up crew.

“It runs along the same concept of students learning different jobs and practice serving paying customers,” said Life Skills teacher Laura Nientimp. “We have a lot of success in our first few weeks and look forward to more to come.”

The class also runs Lancer Bob’s, a classroom restaurant that helps students learn different jobs they could have in the service industry. Next week, they will re-open the restaurant with a new menu.

Governor visits General McLane High School

Wed, 2015-03-18 18:09


Governor Tom Wolf visited General McLane High School on Wednesday as part of his “Schools That Teach Tour” to discuss the 2015-2016 Budget’s and his historic investment in education.

During his tour at the high school, Governor Wolf got an inside look at a Broadway Dinner rehearsal, a metals class, a home maintenance class, an English class, and a biology class. He also got a chance to talk to students who are part of the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering, as well as the life skills classroom.

“We are honored to have the Governor visit us. He has clearly demonstrated a commitment to public education that is refreshing and hopeful,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “For students, most political figures are more ‘theoretical’ than ‘reality.’ Getting to see and meet the Governor makes what they learn in Social Studies classes much more real.”

Wolf’s stop is part of his statewide “Schools that Teach Tour”, where he outlines a forthcoming proposal to the Legislature to increase taxes on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry to help boost aid to public schools.

Governor Wolf’s budget invests $1 billion in education. General McLane School District would receive a $390k funding increase and $3 million in property tax relief.

For more pictures, please visit our Featured Photos Page.

GM Patient Actor and Medical Club Receives Donation

Tue, 2015-03-17 15:24


Eberle’s Physical Therapy made a donation to the GM Patient Actor and Medical Club yesterday. This donation will help the GM Patient Actor and Medical Club Members attend the regional medical conference in Erie Pa on March 21, 2015.

Currently, five students will attend professional medical presentations from a variety of healthcare lectures and hands on labs. Students will have the opportunity to meet and network with a variety of healthcare professionals, including members of the PA DOH department of health

The GM Patient Actor and Medical Club would like to thank Eberle’s Physical Therapy for providing the opportunity for club members to explore healthcare careers.

JWPMS Students Host Afternoon Tea

Mon, 2015-03-16 09:08


James W. Parker Middle School’s students held their first after Afternoon Tea, where they invited their family and friends to an afternoon of tea, coffee and a spread of sandwiches and desserts.

“We decided to host the Afternoon Tea because the students wanted to showcase all of their abilities to their parents and principals,” said middle school Life Skills Support teacher Tanis Plouse. “They did every little thing for the afternoon Tea.”

Students prepared the food and drinks, set the tables and created centerpieces and also took the orders for their guests. After the lunch, students invited their guests back to their classrooms.

This was a project of the Life Skill Support and Autistic Support Classroom. In the past, the students hosted a Thanksgiving dinner.

The Afternoon Tea is expected to be an annual event. For more pictures from this event, please visit the Featured Photos Page. 



JWPMS Student Advances to National Level for PTSA Contest

Wed, 2015-03-11 16:01

Ellen Eisert

James W. Parker Middle School student Ellen Eisert advances to the National level of the PTA Reflections Contest.

“I am so very proud of Ellen and her recognition in advancing to the Reflections national level,” said James W. Parker Middle School art teacher Christina Martin. “She used her creativity to make an award winning film and is the type of student who goes above and beyond in everything she does. She has made all of us, at James W. Parker Middle School, very proud.”

Ellen advances after her film, “If People Looked Nature as a Gift”, placed first at the state level. She is a seventh grader at the Middle School and is the first student in the District to advance to the National level in the filmmaking category. All participants who place first in the state move on to the National level.

Seventh grader Olivia Sutton placed second in the state for middle school visual arts. All state winners are invited to a special Reflections Breakfast Awards Ceremony, which takes place in Erie at the Ambassador on April 19, 2015.

Ellen is one of only four students in Erie who will advance to the National level. Erie County schools are part of Region 1, which had eleven state winners this year. According to Region 1 Reflections Chair Amy Fugate, even though Region 1 is ranked tenth (of 13 Regions) for the number of members, it tied for fifth place in total number of Reflections winners.

Ellen’s five-minute film stresses the importance of nature and how it makes the world a better place.

“Everyone is so caught up in technology and their iPhones that they aren’t paying attention to what they already have,” Ellen said. “I wanted to show them how beautiful nature can be.”

Ellen said she has been making films since third grade, just a year after her dad introduced her to a video making software. Now, she enjoys making and directing movies with her family and friends during her free time. She’s also decided that she wants to be a film director when she grows up.

“This recognition means a lot to me. It makes me very happy and excited to know that my film was selected first across the state,” Ellen said.

The National PTA Reflections program supports student success and serves as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. All grades and abilities are invited to participate in this program, which celebrates the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

There are several levels of competition: local school, council, region, state and nationals. The national entries are currently being judged and winners will be announced by May.

In addition to Ellen and Olivia, regional winners from General McLane School District included Danielle Mitchell and Ellen Eisert for film/middle school, Mara Kallay for Filk/Intermediate. From McKean Elementary, Jane Howard and Charlie Salvo advanced for Literature. The Erie County Reflections winners from General McLane School District included: Danielle Sara Mitchell, Olivia Shay, Katie M. Johnson, Alayna R. Smith, Isabella Shay, Charlotte Brower, Olivia Lynn, Lucas Leasure, Mara Kallay and Ellen Eisert.

Broadway Dinner Almost a Week Away

Wed, 2015-03-11 13:25


The 34th Annual Broadway Dinner takes place next weekend, March 20-22, 2015, at McLane Church. This event is produced by General McLane’s Music Department and showcases the talents of almost 225 students in different Broadway performances.

Tickets to this event have sold out for the Friday and Saturday performances, with limited tickets still available for the Sunday performance. Tickets, which went on sale to parents February 19 and the general public on February 23, are $39 for the Director’s Circle and $34 for Regular Seating.

This year marks the 27th year for director Bruce Yates. This year’s performance features music from the musicals All Shook Up and Tommy, as the opening and closing numbers.

The Broadway Dinner started in 1981 with only a few formers in the high school cafeteria by now-superintendent Richard Scaletta. There have been 115 performances seen by over 32,000 people over the last 33 years.

To learn more about the Broadway Dinner, please visit their website,

Two JWPMS Students Advance to States in Reflections Contest

Fri, 2015-03-06 10:12

From left to right: Ellen Eisert, Charlotte Brower, Mara Kallay, Jane Howard (McKean Elementary), and Olivia Sutton at the Erie County Reflections Celebration held February 25th at McDowell Intermediate High School.


Two James W. Parker Middle School students have advanced to the state level of the National PTA Reflections Contest. Ellen Eisert will advance for her film, “If People Looked Nature as a Gift” and Olivia Sutton will advance for her visual art, “The Spirit of Nature.”

The National PTA Reflections program supports student success and serves as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. All grades and abilities are invited to participate in this program, which celebrates the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Let Your Imagination Fly is the theme for the 2015-2016 school year. This theme by Rachel Sperry of Northwood, North Dakota was selected through the Reflections Theme Search Contest. When asked what inspired her theme, Mercedes said, “Our world, because I care about it and wanted to know other kids’ ideas on how we could make it a better place.”

Regional winners from General McLane School District included Olivia Sutton for visual arts, Danielle Mitchell and Ellen Eisert for film/middle school, Mara Kallay for Filk/Intermediate. From McKean Elementary, Jane Howard and Charlie Salvo advanced for Literature.

The Erie County Reflections winners from General McLane School District included: Danielle Sara Mitchell, Olivia Shay, Katie M. Johnson, Alayna R. Smith, Isabella Shay, Charlotte Brower, Olivia Lynn, Lucas Leasure, Mara Kallay and Ellen Eisert.

Congratulations to our winners and all those who participated in this year’s program!

McKean students support our troops

Fri, 2015-03-06 08:39

Challenge Girls

This month, McKean Elementary Challenge Students are collecting items to include in care packages to military personnel currently deployed overseas. Items include toiletries, stationery supplies, entertainment activities and food items. A complete list of items is attached.

This initiative is part of a service project. All items will be shipped to an organization called Operation Gratitude, which sends over 100,000 care packages to deployed troops each year.

Donation boxes will be outside each classroom through March 27.

Please help our students in this project and support our troops!

JWPMS Students Featured in YAM Show

Mon, 2015-03-02 15:10

YAM Students
Three James W. Parker Middle School students will have their artwork displayed in the K–12 Youth Art Month Exhibit at the Pennsylvania Department of Education building in Harrisburg.

Bradley Weber (5th grade), Charlotte Brower (5th) and Olivia Sutton (7th) were selected by middle school art teacher and PAEA member Christina Martin based on exemplary skill.

“These particular young artists are very creative, dedicated artists,” Martin said. “I enjoy having them is class. They go above and beyond the assignment and are very creative. They truly make teaching art a joy!”

The Exhibition runs March 2 – April 17.

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.

Read Across America Day

Mon, 2015-03-02 14:11



General McLane High School students went to 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.

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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Students use TI‑Nspire technology

Thu, 2015-02-26 11:21


Texas Instruments Incorporated Educational Technology Consultant Mr. Dana Morse presented TI-Nspire Technology to students and faculty on Tuesday.

During Morse’s session, students investigated linear functions in an interactive lesson. Through the TI-Nspire technology, students received the assignments and tried to solve it on their graphing calculators. Their results were shared and projected on the SmartBoard.

This technology is being used all over the state as it is acceptable for Keystone, SAT, AP and ACT exams.




Tom DiVecchio Visits McKean Elementary Fourth Graders

Wed, 2015-02-25 14:30


JET-TV senior meteorologist Tom DiVecchio visited the entire fourth grade at McKean Elementary School on Wednesday. DiVecchio answered the students’ questions during his visit, which coincided with the fourth grade weather unit. Some items he discussed include storms, hail, why Erie gets more snow, the worst storm in Erie history (tornado outbreak of 1985), how wind forms and how he knows where to point on the green screen.

DiVecchio has more than 28 years weather forecasting experience in the Erie and eastern Great Lakes region.



MS Musical Debuts Tonight

Wed, 2015-02-25 08:37


James W. Parker Middle School’s musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr, debuts tonight at the General McLane High School Auditorium.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr, based on the zany musical that took Broadway by storm, is the high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston.

Filled with fun flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr is a perfectly-constructed evening of madcap merriment. Based on the popular movie, the stage version includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.

“This show was one of my favorite shows to listen to growing up,” says Middle School Musical Director Kate Amatuzzo. “The original actress to play Millie, Sutton Foster, has probably been the most inspirational performer for me during my entire life. It’s a great musical to showcase a strong female lead, and we had so many dynamic girls this year that it was almost impossible to not do this show.”

Katelyn Crum plays Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to New York City in search of a new life for herself. Millie enters the city during a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.

According to Amatuzzo, Crum’s voice will knock your socks off. She also adds that there’s a lot of comedy in this show, provided by the great timing of our other leads: Sam Petkac, Julia Esposito, Devyn Bayle, Ryan Hess, Gabe Bayle, Kellen Smith, and Olivia Minner.

Past middle school productions include Oklahoma! and Once Upon a Mattress.

The show runs February 25-26, 2015 with a start time of 7 p.m. in the GMHS Auditorium. Admission is free and seating begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be basket raffles in the lobby, along with merchandise for sale and concessions.

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