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Architecture Students Build Sticky Note Tower

Mon, 2019-01-28 08:25

Last week started the first of the new quarter and students in Mr. Stuyvesant’s Architecture Class got right to work!

The Challenge: Build the tallest tower out of sticky notes.

This project is a first day of the quarter challenge where students collaborate and work together in small teams to design the best tower.

General McLane High School offers both an Architectural Design I and II class. Students design their own residential dwelling and individual rooms of a residential dwelling taking into consideration traffic flow, draw a set of working plans that include floor plans, elevations, 3-D models and a walkthrough and use an architectural design software.

McKean students use MLK Day to discuss diversity

Wed, 2019-01-23 10:30

Yesterday, McKean Elementary School second graders discussed Dr. Martin Luther King and his message through a little “Egg Experiment”. Students discussed the concept of diversity through a brown egg and a white egg . When students cracked them open, they were the same. Students explained what they could learn when they compared this lesson to people.

Students related this idea to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message about diversity and inclusion.

 

 

Kindergarteners celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon, 2019-01-21 08:03


McKean Elementary School Kindergarteners in Mrs. Gluvna’s class honored the life of Martin Luther King Jr. last week with a variety of activities.

Students began by watching a few videos about MLK’s life and a clip of his “I have a Dream” speech. Then, the class read a scholastic news article and discussed and compared life before and after Martin Luther King Jr.’s changes. Following, students completed a writing assignment that prompted them to “draw and write one way you can be kind”. Students chose ways to make their school a happier and safer environment.

One of the art activities included completing a portrait puzzle. When Kindergartener Vivienne Salvatore made her portrait puzzle, she chose “skin colors” for her crayon box because, “This is what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted, he wanted everyone by each other”.

Lastly, the class ended their study of Martin Luther King Jr. by creating their own nonfiction books that included some of his accomplishments.

“I am so proud of all of my students for being so engaged and eager to learn about someone so important in our history, even if it was way before their time,” said Gluvna, adding that students took initiative to learn more. “Our future looks pretty great if these kiddos continue to be so kind and open to others.”

Parker PRIDE Students

Fri, 2019-01-18 10:27


Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Logan Fleek (5th)
Nick Strick (6th)
Carissa Kalmey (6th)
Daniel Sychuk (5th)
Carson McAdoo (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

January JWPMS Students of the Month

Fri, 2019-01-18 10:13

James W. Parker Middle School announced its January Students of the Month.

  • Jaela Moir was recognized among fifth graders for displaying the Empathy Character Trait.
  • Madelin Barto was recognized among sixth graders for displaying the Positive Character Trait.
  • Chance Kimmy was recognized among seventh graders for displaying the Respect Character Trait.
  • Sierra Griffith was recognized among eighth graders for displaying the Integrity Character Trait.
  • Sixth grader Julia Scrutchins was recognized among all of the students in the exploratory classes for displaying the Determination Character Trait.

The Parker Pride students of the month recognizes students throughout the entire building, in grades 5 through 8.

PRIDE is an acronym for Positive, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy.  Through this program, the school recognizes students that exemplify these character traits every day. Each month, one of the grade level teams is assigned a character trait in a rotating basis. The teams are: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and exploratory. These teams are responsible for nominating students and then selecting one student that best exemplifies that specific trait.

Students selected are recognized over the announcements and then meet with JWPMS associate principal Justin Whitford, who shares the reason why they were selected. Their pictures, grade and character traits are then posted on a banner outside of the gym lobby for the month. Additionally, students are invited to a breakfast celebration and can bring a friend.

The program launched this year with the start of the middle school’s new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is a program based on a national model to promote positive behavior growth. This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations.

Although similar, this program is different from the PBIS Parker Pride weekly winners.

Parker Pride Students of the Month (Running List)

December 2018
5th – Determination – Phillip Gocal
6th – Empathy – Jane Howard
7th – Positive – Allisyn Stuck
8th – Respect – Nathanael Robbins
Exploratory – Integrity – Kyle Cousins

November 2018
5th – Integrity – Midori Zheng
6th – Determination – Estella Menc
7th – Empathy – Annika Semoe
8th – Positive – Abby Walker
Exploratory – Respect – Bailey Cannon

October 2018
5th – Respect – Charlie Salvo
6th – Integrity – Bryce Mulligan
7th – Determination – Maya Egloff
8th – Empathy – Talon Frick
Exploratory – Positive – Peter Alberti

September 2018
5th – Positive – Zoey Delaney
6th – Respect – Noah Saulsgiver
7th – Integrity – Scout Adamski
8th – Determination – Thomas Langer
Exploratory – Empathy – Pacey Moran

Elementary students become PE teacher for a day

Thu, 2019-01-17 13:39

McKean Elementary students took over the Phys. Ed classroom for a day.

Students who ran more than 100 laps during recess had the opportunity to teach their PE class.

Students were given a lesson plan with instructions asked to develop safe, fun activities with their parents. Students needed to create a warmup, plus two-three games.

They did fabulous,” said McKean Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts. “They gave rules, safety tips etc.. I was really impressed with them.”

Students included:

Lydia Gindlesperger – 4th grade
Kayci Hinkel – 4th grade
Vanessa Bennett – 4th grade
Caleb Stafford – 1st grade
Liane Donnelly – 1st grade

GMHS Anatomy Students Dissection Day

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:49

Yesterday, GMHS Anatomy Students had their Brain Hat and Sheep Brain Dissection Day.

By dissecting a sheep brain, students gain an understanding for the complexity of the brain. Students also learn about the structure and function of brain regions, white and gray matter.

In Anatomy, students dissect the Bullfrog to learn the muscles, the Sheep Heart, the Sheep Brain and the Cow Eye.

Academy students participate in a Futures Roundtable

Thu, 2019-01-17 09:58

The Academy of Medical Arts And Engineering students recently participated in a Futures Roundtable.

Eight guest speakers led small discussion groups about their majors and careers.  Students rotated through the groups and heard from leaders who chose a major or career that students were both interested in and had absolutely no interest in.

Speakers discussed courses and interests they had in high school, experiences that led to their major, why they chose their college, what college was like for them, job prospects and advice for preparing for college.

While participating in each group, students completed an activity sheet.

Guest speakers included:

• Tyler Cerwinski, Physical Therapy

• Kirk Dillen, Business Engineering, Welches

• Mason Fitzsimmons, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech

• Joel Linebach, Chemistry, Engineering, Case Western

• Jarrod Miller, Nursing, EUP

• Maddison Schutt, Biomedical Engineering, Akron

• Ruby Spada, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western

• Evan Vincent, Architecture, Virginia Tech

McKean Run Club prepares for race

Wed, 2019-01-16 08:37

McKean Elementary’s Winter Run Club is preparing for its big race.

Coordinated by McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school through January.

While increasing overall fitness through flexibility, strength and endurance, the students practice for their culminating run at Edinboro University Dome on January 26.

Edinboro University’s track and field athletes and coaches, as well as JWPMS’ cross country athletes and coach Mr. White, help with this program by speaking with the students and helping them train.

The McKean Elementary Run Club and the Spring Recess Laps program started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Roberts started the program to help students increase their physical activity.

 

 

Seneta scores 1000

Tue, 2019-01-15 13:56

Last night, senior Sierra Seneta scored her 1,000th career point in the 2nd qtr against FLB! She is the 10th General McLane girls basketball player — and the fourth person in her family — to reach this milestone! Congratulations!

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-01-14 07:55


Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Emma Walker (5th)
Tucker Bryson (5th)
De’Mariah Miles (5th)
Slade Defelice (6th)
Jacob Roth (6th)

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

Edinboro Christmas Program

Fri, 2019-01-11 15:54

The Edinboro Elementary Specials Teachers hosted their annual Christmas Read and Sing-along program before break.

Mrs. Androstic, Mrs. Smith and Mr. Beck hosted the whole school in the gym for an hour to read books and sing Christmas carols. There was a performance of “Carol of the Bells” on bells by Mrs. Smith, and her husband even came to be a guest reader and read “The Grinch”. Mr. Beck read “Santa Duck” by David Milgrim, and Mrs. Androstic read “Santa Retires” by David Biedrzycki.

Each grade level performed a different Christmas carol, and the whole school performed their traditional version of Jingle Bells in singing and sign language! This was a fun-filled and festive hour!

Last 2018 Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:29

Congratulations to the last Parker PRIDE winners of 2018:

Dakota Volz
Ainsley Puller
Katherine Quinn
Eric Lesko
Emma Dubynskiy

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

FBLA students move on to states

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:29


General McLane had multiple students place at the Future Business Leaders of America competition on December 17 at Penn State Behrend.

Devyn Bayle and Avery McCullough won first place in Entrepreneurship. Taylor Thomas and Megan Parker won first place in Social Media Campaign. Cassidy Commer, Nate Jones, and Isaac Kennedy won first place in Sports and Entertainment Management. Rachel Lesko and Claire Baillie won first place in Marketing. Clayton Boutte and Jason Hahn took first place in Graphic Design. Anna Chernicky also won first place in Introduction to Public Speaking. Lexi Langer, Amy Patterson, and Olivia Minner finished in second place in Hospitality Management. Fourth place finishers were Grace Honeycutt in Introduction to Business Communication and Shannon Miller in Business Calculations.

All first and second place finishers are eligible to compete at states in Hershey, PA in April.

Congratulations to all participants!

*Photos courtesy of FBLA General McLane’s Twitter account, @FBLAGM*

McKean 2nd graders get festive before holidays

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:22

McKean second graders were feeling festive during the last week of school before break.

Students participated in several holiday rotations, organized by their teachers. Reindeer food preparation, cocoa breaks, read alouds, and a few seasonal games were all included in the fun!

Polar Express Returned to Edinboro

Mon, 2019-01-07 11:58

Before break, Edinboro Elementary students once again joined in on the magic of Christmas and rode the Polar Express Train ride.

Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book that was later adapted into a feature film, the Polar Express is a story of a young boy’s trip to the North Pole.

Mimicking the book, Edinboro 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. The students also signed an entire Christmas song.

This journey is part of the second grader’s big Polar Express unit done each year in December. This has been taking place for more than 11 years.

GM hosts Reunification Training

Fri, 2019-01-04 14:54

General McLane hosted a safety training for many county school resource officers and administrators today.

NaviGate Prepared‘s Chris Porter spoke to the attendees about their newest feature, Reunification Module and the importance of planning and being as efficient as possible in a critical incident.  Porter also conducted a mock scenario.

General McLane School Resource Officer Jose Montes coordinated the event.

To learn more about school safety within General McLane, visit our website. 

GMHS teacher wins Golden Apple

Fri, 2019-01-04 09:15

General McLane High School teacher Bruce Yates recently received the Golden Apple Award.

Jayda Plonski nominated Mr. Yates, who has worked as a vocal music teacher at General McLane for thirty-one years. In addition to serving as a vocal musical teacher, Mr. Yates is also the director of the high school musical and Broadway Dinner.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

This honor aired Wednesday, January 2 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story aired again on Thursday morning, January 3 on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

General McLane High School was selected as a GRAMMY Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2014.  Yates was selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Congratulations to Mr. Yates!

EE students frost cookies with Superintendent

Fri, 2018-12-21 10:16

Yesterday, Edinboro Elementary School students in the Life Skills and Emotional Support classrooms had a sweet holiday treat!

Students frosted cookies with Superintendent Mr. Scaletta.

New “Parker Pride Student of the Month” Program at JWPMS

Thu, 2018-12-20 09:55

James W. Parker Middle School launched a new Parker Pride Student of the Month Program

The Parker Pride students of the month recognizes students throughout the entire building, in grades 5 through 8.

PRIDE is an acronym for Positive, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy.  Through this program, the school recognizes students that exemplify these character traits every day. Each month, one of the grade level teams is assigned a character trait in a rotating basis. The teams are: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and exploratory. These teams are responsible for nominating students and then selecting one student that best exemplifies that specific trait.

Students selected are recognized over the announcements and then meet with JWPMS associate principal Justin Whitford, who shares the reason why they were selected. Their pictures, grade and character traits are then posted on a banner outside of the gym lobby for the month. Additionally, students are invited to a breakfast celebration and can bring a friend.

The program launched this year with the start of the middle school’s new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is a program based on a national model to promote positive behavior growth. This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations.

Although similar, this program is different from the PBIS Parker Pride weekly winners.

For December, 5th grade had Determination, 6th grade had empathy, 7th had positive, 8th had respect, and exploratory had integrity. Students selected as this month’s winners include:

5th – Determination – Phillip Gocal
6th – Empathy – Jane Howard
7th – Positive – Allisyn Stuck
8th – Respect – Nathanael Robbins
Exploratory – Integrity – Kyle Cousins

Parker Pride Students of the Month (Running List)

November 2018
5th – Integrity – Midori Zheng
6th – Determination – Estella Menc
7th – Empathy – Annika Semoe
8th – Positive – Abby Walker
Exploratory – Respect – Bailey Cannon

October 2018
5th – Respect – Charlie Salvo
6th – Integrity – Bryce Mulligan
7th – Determination – Maya Egloff
8th – Empathy – Talon Frick
Exploratory – Positive – Peter Alberti

September 2018
5th – Positive – Zoey Delaney
6th – Respect – Noah Saulsgiver
7th – Integrity – Scout Adamski
8th – Determination – Thomas Langer
Exploratory – Empathy – Pacey Moran

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