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The McKean Elementary Food Drive Winner Is ….

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:32

Food Drive Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Rupert’s class for winning the Food Drive at McKean Elementary! The class collected 154 items and will get a pizza party and a golf trip for winning.

The runners up were:
Mrs. Weber with 99
Mrs. Little with 92
Ms. Marnick with 82
Mrs. Grossett with 80

Overall McKean Elementary raised 1056 items for the Edinboro Food Pantry.

Great job to everyone who participated!


GMHS Students Represent Austria in Model UN Convention

Tue, 2014-11-11 12:05


This past weekend, five GMHS students participated in the 62nd Session of The Gannon University Model United Nations Convention and represented Austria.

The students were McKenah Bryson, Emily Hughes, Jesse Nathanson, Emily Tworek, and Lily Zhen. The team’s position paper, written by Emily Hughes and Emily Tworek, received praise from Dr. Anjali Sahay, director of Gannon’s Model UN program.

The convention, which draws together some 500 students from 40 high schools in the tri-state area, was founded to promote an understanding of the complex problems of international affairs as well as the purposes and functions of the United Nations. The Model U.N. offers a challenging education in the dealings among nations.

How it works: Delegations are assigned country designations in the spring or early fall and encouraged to begin to study the issues which will be under consideration at the forthcoming assembly. As much as possible, the students are to learn the viewpoint of the government they are assigned to represent and are to attempt to speak and vote according to the interests of that country.

During the fall the member delegations meet in regional blocs, corresponding to geographic and ideological groupings within the United Nations itself, to begin to debate the issues and to formulate strategies for the General Assembly.

General McLane Scores High in State Performance Scores

Fri, 2014-11-07 13:13

General McLane School District schools posted scores that were among the highest in the region. In particular, General McLane High School posted the highest score among high schools regionally, and there were drastic leaps in school performance scores for both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools over the past year, according to new state Department of Education data that tracks academic progress and growth.

The Elementary schools posted the largest gains across the District – Edinboro Elementary earned a score of 94.7, up 15.7 points from 2012-13; McKean Elementary earned a score of 94.6, up 25.6 percentage points from 2012-13.

“The improvement in the elementary schools was not a result of a district-mandate or emphasis on testing, rather, it was the professionalism and pride of our teachers that caused them to carefully analyze last year’s results and align the standards they were teaching with the standards that are tested,” said General McLane School District Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “We have outstanding teachers who do a great job teaching the standards. When the standards taught match what is tested, their excellence is reflected in our scores.”

James W. Parker Middle School’s score remained similar to the 2012-13 score, with an 83.2.

General McLane High School’s score also remained the same as 2012-13, with a slight increase from 90.4 to 90.6. General McLane High School’s score of 90.6 is the highest performance score among high schools in Erie, and its surrounding region.

“We are very happy with the results, it’s a proud accomplishment for our staff to see the excellent progress at the elementary schools, as well as the consistent performance at the Middle School and High School,” Scaletta said. “We understand that the new standards and curriculums continue to be a challenge for teachers, and we are proud of how they have risen to the challenge.

The School Performance Profile uses a 100-point scale to measure schools’ academic performance and growth based on a variety of factors, including standardized test scores, attendance rates, graduation rates, and year-to-year academic growth. Schools get credit when students exceed expectations based on previous academic performance.

GM Says Farewell to Thomas Henning

Thu, 2014-11-06 13:50


As busses departed from James W. Parker Middle School yesterday, drivers stopped to allow the students to wave goodbye to Mr. Thomas Henning, the Supervisor of Food Service and Transportation within the General McLane School District. Yesterday was the last day for Henning, who retires from the District after serving 35 years.

Henning received a degree in Food Service and Housing Administration from Penn State University, as well as his MBA from Gannon University. Prior to working at GM, Henning served as the Food Service Manager for SAGA Corporation at both Allegheny College and Westminster College.

General McLane School District Board of Directors, faculty and staff sends best wishes to Tom! We’ll miss you!





Two GMHS Students to Perform with Jim Brickman

Wed, 2014-11-05 14:39


General McLane’s Jackie Brown and Brenna McEntee will have the opportunity of a lifetime – to sing alongside Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet with an artist who has much more experience than us,” said McEntee, who is a senior at General McLane High School. “It’s interesting to see how professional artists perform, how they work, how they prepare, so I’m really looking forward to this performance.”

The Young People’s Chorus of Erie has been invited to sing alongside Brickman during his Dec. 14 concert at the Warner Theatre. Both Brown and McEntee are members of YPC, a youth outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Brown has performed with them for the last three years; McEntee has performed with them for the last four years.

The concert, part of Brickman’s “On a Winter’s Night” holiday tour, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at

“This is an amazing opportunity for our young people,” said Alyson Amendola, executive director of YPC Erie. “Approximately 50 choristers will be participating in the concert, and it speaks volumes for the visibility and credibility of the program to be invited to sing with Mr. Brickman.”

YPC will sing two selections alongside Brickman: “Fa La La” and “The Gift,” one of his most popular songs.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s going to be a really neat learning experience,” said Brown, who is a freshman at General McLane High School. “The pieces we are singing are different [from our normal repertoire], so it’ll be different, but fun.”

Brickman received Grammy nominations for his albums “Peace” (2003, Best Instrumental) and “Faith” (2009, Best New Age Album). He has collaborated with Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem and Olivia Newton-John. He also hosts a syndicated adult contemporary radio show titled “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman.”

YPC Erie is northwest Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive youth choral music program. With an emphasis on diversity, YPC Erie brings together young singers from across Erie County. Since 2009, more than 1,000 students from more than 40 different public, private and parochial schools have benefitted from the YPC Erie program — currently, more than 100 choristers participate in YPC Erie’s choirs.

Working “rigor” on Halloween

Wed, 2014-11-05 08:43


This is how second grade at Edinboro does “rigor” on Halloween — by dressing as a word wall!

Bus Driver Retires After 50 Years

Tue, 2014-11-04 10:16


As the 2014-2015 school year heads into November, many may have noticed a missing face. After 50 years with the District and serving five generations of students, Nolan “Newt” Burdick retired this summer.

“I already miss the kids and the generation of students that I used to haul,” Burdick says. “But, it was just time.”

Newt served as a bus driver at General McLane three years before it even became General McLane School District. When he started, Burdick says the buses were much different – there weren’t alarms or crossing arms, and there were thinner cushions and shorter seats. The appearance itself resembled a cheesebox.

For the avid band fan, Burdick’s fondest memories are the numerous band trips he’s done over the years. He even drove them through the old McKean Parade.

On these trips, he developed some good friendships. According to Burdick, former band instructor John Marszalek teased him not to retire until he did.

“So we went out together,” Burdick says.

Burdick says he will also always remember the trips he took in blizzard or foggy conditions. One time, he says he took a trip to Pittsburgh and on the way back, he couldn’t even see the end of the hood.

Prior to driving, the McKean resident worked as a farmer on a dairy farm. He also served as a tester at the former Weil McLain and a molder at the former Erie Memorial Gardens in McKean. He also proudly served our country in the Korean War.

Burdick has five kids who have all passed through the District and is the proud grandfather of 10, great-grandfather of one.

Now that he is retired, he said he plans to keep busy with his grandkids and great-grand daughter. He also will be cutting the grass at McKean Recreational Park, something he has done for the last 15 years.

General McLane School District Board of Directors, faculty and staff sends best wishes to Newt! We’ll miss you!

Edinboro Elementary Receives New Sign

Fri, 2014-10-24 11:19



The District recently installed a new sign at Edinboro Elementary School.

A new sign, donated by the St. Francis Ushers Club, will also be coming to McKean Elementary School School by the end of the 2014-2015 school year, weather permitting.

GMHS Senior Breaks All-Time Leading Scorer Record

Mon, 2014-10-20 13:00


General McLane High School senior Laura Schaefer became the all-time leading scorer in General McLane school history last week.

Schaefer has scored 75 career goals. Schaefer has 203 total career points, which is the most by any player in both the boys and girls programs.

Congratulations Laura!

JWPMS Teacher Earns State Art Honor

Mon, 2014-10-20 12:32


James W. Parker Middle School Art Educator Christina Martin has been named the recipient of the 2014 Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Outstanding Early Career Art Educator Award.

“We are extremely proud of Christina and her achievement,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “She continues to go above and beyond in her contributions to the arts and raises the bar for art educators everywhere. She is commended for her passion and leadership in art initiatives, not only at General McLane School District, but at the local and state level.”

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) is an organization that actively supports and promotes visual art education through professional development, leadership, and service throughout the state. Martin was selected among all of the art teachers who are PAEA members in the state, approximately 850 members.

Martin is the first person ever to be honored with this award, which was developed by PAEA in October 2014. Martin was nominated by Kris Fontes, a recently retired art teacher at Union City Middle/High School.

Martin has been with General McLane School District since 2012. She started working full time at James W. Parker Middle School this year and has worked closely with Erie Art Museum to design an in-service day for art teachers in the region. Martin has also worked with famous gumball artist Franz Spohn during a K-4th grade candy mural project at McKean Elementary School. Martin serves as the PAEA Region 2 Representative in Western PA and is active on the Learning by Design (LBD) sub-committee, which promotes the use of recycled materials in the creation of wearable art.

Martin is also a practicing artist. She created an outdoor public sculpture for the James W. Parker Middle School Memorial Garden and has had art featured in Edinboro University’s Art Education Exhibit. Martin was also the lead artist for the District’s float in the May 2013 Perry 200 Parade, which won first place.

“Her creative contributions, excellence in professional engagement, and dedication to service are meritorious and deserve our recognition,” said Mary Elizabeth Meier, president of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. “She stands out as a leader and is committed to the continued growth and collaborative efforts of art educators across the state of Pennsylvania.”

Martin will be recognized at the awards ceremony and luncheon on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Seven Springs Resort during the PAEA Annual Conference.

Congratulations Christina!

New Pump Station at GMHS

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:01



If you’ve been by the high school or middle school within the last couple weeks, you’ve probably seen some construction next to the fire pond across from the Dr. Therese T. Walter Education Center.

So what exactly is going on?

In preparation for connecting to the municipal sewage system, General McLane School District is installing a pump station that will move waste from James W. Parker Middle School and General McLane High School into the Washington Township Line which will be on Route 99.

Once connected, the District will no longer be in the business of treating the waste from those buildings  (a process subject to the constantly increasing requirements of the Department of Environmental Protection).  The township line will run down Route 99 and then west to the pump station on Angling Road.  Work on the line may be completed as early as this December.

GMSD Superintendent Wins 2014 Asset Champion Award

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:22


General McLane School District Superintendent Richard Scaletta received the 2014 Asset Champion Award at the 9th Annual Positive Youth Development (PYD) Luncheon Monday morning. This award goes to individuals that go above and beyond in their efforts to invest in the youth of Erie County.

PYD aims to serve the community through outreach programs, education, training, and resources to build the developmental assets that instill the qualities that young people need to grow healthy, caring and responsible. Each year, PYD dedicates a week that emphasizes the positive efforts that are happening throughout Erie County. Scaletta was one of two recipients of this award — Erie School Superintendent, Dr. Jay Badams, also received it.

General McLane School District received Honorable Mention as an “Asset-Building Organization” in 2012 for their contributions through the General McLane Principal’s Cabinet, a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District.  The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual ”You Make a Difference” event.

PYD Week runs Monday, October 6, 2014 through Friday, October 10, 2014. Other week activities include a networking breakfast and a family game night. GMHS held the PYD Youth Summit last week.

Positive Youth Development of Erie County is a county-wide collaborative initiative facilitated by Susan Hirt Hagen CORE, which is affiliated with the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. Its mission is to utilize the 40 Developmental Assets framework created by the SEARCH Institute to make Erie County Pennsylvania the premiere place for youth to grow up great.

Getz and Celeski Compete in 26+ Mile Event

Mon, 2014-10-06 11:51


McKean Elementary’s Michael Getz and Lisa Celeski competed in the Bald Eagle Mountain Megatransect this weekend.

There were 640 runners in this 26+ mile/hike and trail run event staged in Central Pennsylvania. Getz finished 53rd overall; 5th for his age division. Celeski finished 37th in her age division.

Megatransect is designed to challenge any trained or seasoned athlete with a rugged terrain course.  Since there are no man-made obstacles runners have the opportunity to see unique geologic features, such as an unrelenting boulder field of white Tuscarora sandstone. Cliffs line a scenic gorge to heights of 300 feet that sink from the Chestnut flat plateau. Trails run along miles of streams and brooks with multiple stream crossings and small waterfalls.  Competitors are subject to unrelenting climbs and down hills with total vertical gains over 5000 feet. Footing varies from soft peat to gravel to boulders as well as smooth stream stones and shallow water crossings.

This year’s event sold out in 24 hours.

What an amazing accomplishment – way to go!


Food Drive Winners Head to Sunview Golf

Sat, 2014-10-04 13:25


Last November, the National Honor Society and Student Council at General McLane High School joined forces to collect food for a food drive. The advisory that collected the most won a pizza and putt putt party from Nick’s Place, and they won!

Last week, they cashed in their big check! They plan on running another food drive this November.

GM Students Attend Tech Fest

Fri, 2014-10-03 15:43

 Marcus Kozloff & Dylan Kosienski demonstrate the mouse trap they built during a session on mechatronics.


Students at General McLane High School attended the 2014 Tech Fest and Manufacturing Day at Precision Manufacturing Institute.

This event focuses on the advanced careers and opportunities within the manufacturing industry for youth and adults.  Highlights included:

  • Machine and sofeware technologies demonstrations
  • Breakout sessions featuring manufacturing information technology, additive manufacturing, and enhancing your business
  • Robotic demonstrations
  • 3-D printing demonstrations
  • Continuing education options for new and incumbent workers

The Erie Regional Career Readiness Report, as part of the Regional Career Planning Project, reported that the Manufacturing Industry is the largest industry in Erie and leads in wages by 36% over the next closest industry in healthcare.   The Regional Career Planning Project was initiated in 2013 when the school districts in the Erie region came together to convert districts to a “career-driven education” model over the course of three years. To do this, the districts will utilize a personalized, electronic counseling tool, WIN’s My Strategic Compass.

Wear-A-Hat Day Raises More Than $200

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:11


The National Honor Society sponsored “Wear a Hat Day” at GMHS on Friday.

The students donated $2 in order to wear a hat for the day, raising a grand total of $273.57. The money is being donated to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to help with the fight against childhood cancer.

Way to go GMHS Students!



GMHS Students Promote Safe Driving

Thu, 2014-10-02 11:27


General McLane students hosted a Positive Youth Development Conference today, focusing on texting and driving. Other schools in attendance included Girard, Iroqious and Union City.

Students saw the influence of driving while distracted or impaired first hand through a series of activities, including using an impaired/distracted driving simulator, as well as impaired vision goggles.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet, a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District, are active members in the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

Positive Youth Development of Erie County is a county-wide collaborative initiative that utilizes the 40 Developmental Assets framework created by the SEARCH Institute to make Erie County Pennsylvania the premiere place for youth to grow up great.

JWPMS Students Help Bring More Tastykakes to Area

Mon, 2014-09-29 20:12


Every year, James W. Parker Middle School students write persuasive letters to Tasty Baking Company to explain how difficult it is to find their products and request that they bring more Tastykakes to Erie. Today, some of the school’s sixth graders learned the power of the pen.

Leo Hayes, Branch Sales Manager at Tasty Baking Company/Flowers Baking Co., visited the students Monday afternoon to share some exciting news: the students’  letters worked! Tastykake’s biggest display in the region is currently at the Edinboro Walmart, which is a direct result of the letters.

Flower Foods expanded its Tastykake distribution to Northwestern Pennsylvania last year. The students, who were in Mr. Weber’s fifth grade language arts class when they wrote the letters, received Tastykake samples as a thank you for their support.

Mr. Weber’s fifth grade language arts assignment coincides with the reading of Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. With the story set in Eastern Pennsylvania, it’s fitting that Tastykake’s Butterscotch Krimpets are the favorite food of the main character, Jeffrey Lionel Magee AKA “Maniac Magee.”  Tasty Baking Company is headquartered in Philadelphia.

Now, the students get to enjoy the book and their very own Butterscotch Krimpets, too!

2014 HS Pep Assembly

Mon, 2014-09-29 10:08


The General McLane High School Student Council hosted the annual Pep Assembly on Friday. This assembly was part of Spirit Week.

After performances by the band and cheerleaders, the Assembly challenged the  Homecoming Court in a variety of games and competitions, from a question and answer portion to a dance-off with high school teachers.

This year’s court included: Greg Streiff, Paul Jones, Angus Beers, Evan Dillen, Matt Kirby, Alena Piccinini, Yasmin Mamani, Taylor Shade, Emma Hecker and Laura Schaefer.

The 2014 King and Queen were Matt Kirby and Yasmin Mamani, the prince and princess were Angus Beers and Alena Piccinini.

Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering Kicks off 14-15

Fri, 2014-09-19 13:05


The General McLane High School Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering kicked off the 2014-2015 School Year Speaker Series this week.

Dr. Terri Astorino, the Assistant Chair for Edinboro University’s Department of Nursing, addressed the Academy’s Medical Arts students on opportunities available within the nursing field and gave advice for students looking to enter the Nursing field.

Matthew Seth, a Professional Structural Engineer for Urban Engineers, Inc., addressed the Academy’s Engineering students on his professional experiences within the field and gave advice for students looking to enter the Engineering field.

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