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GMHS creates after-school academic program

Mon, 2020-10-19 10:31

The new hybrid model of learning at General McLane School District has been an adjustment for many students.

General McLane High School has created an after-school program designed to provide tutoring and additional help to students called GM Access.

GM Access will run Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:45 p.m. through 5 p.m. in an effort to help those students seeking additional help or who are struggling academically this school year. An activity bus run is set up to get kids to either Edinboro or McKean elementary schools if they do not drive or have a ride to stay.

Students may be recommended for the program by a teacher, parent or guidance counselor or students may voluntarily attend the program.

Students may use this time as quiet, structured study or to receive academic assistance.  

Each day, the program will be staffed by two GM faculty members, a Refocus Room staff member, a guidance counselor, and eventually Education Academy students to provide an additional tutoring component depending upon the subject.  

Edinboro Elementary third graders ‘pick’ pumpkins

Fri, 2020-10-16 10:28

Edinboro Elementary third grade classes got their own pumpkin patch  outside of the building Friday morning.

Vanco Family Farms, 12210 Silverthorn Rd., Edinboro, delivered around 80 pumpkins for the third grade classes to “pick” pumpkins on the front lawn of the elementary school Friday morning.

After each student picked his or her pumpkin, the classes performed activities including measuring the pumpkin’s circumference, weighing the pumpkin, counting its stripes and more.

Once again, since many of our students couldn’t go to local pumpkin patches due to COVID-19 restrictions, Edinboro Elementary teachers brought the pumpkin patch to them!

GMHS students get in-house vocational training

Thu, 2020-10-15 12:47

A large part of the General McLane High School’s Life Skills and Autistic Support program is vocational training and community-based instruction.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a lot of that wasn’t possible for this year, so the Life Skills and Autistic Support teachers got creative and completed in-house vocational training at the high school.

Mrs. Ami Iaquinta and Mr. Noah Krizanik arranged the training and want to thank Mr. Vath, Mr. Snair, Mrs. Garofalo, Mr. Gruzosky, Mr. Kosloff, Mrs. Chelton, Ms. Behnke, Mrs. Foulkrod, Mrs. Renick and Mrs. Robinson for making it happen!

Edinboro Elementary kindergarten teachers bring pumpkin patch to students

Wed, 2020-10-14 11:35

The Edinboro Elementary kindergarten teachers knew they couldn’t take their classes this year on their annual fall field trips to a local pumpkin patch due to COVID-19 restrictions.

So they brought the pumpkin patch to them.

Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Pfeiffer, Mrs. Kupcyzk and Mrs. Woods spread out pumpkins behind Edinboro Elementary’s softball field so that their kindergarten students could “pick” pumpkins in a new and fun way.

The teachers numbered all of the pumpkins (1 to 10) and then each student drew a number. When that number was called, the student got to find a pumpkin with that number on the bottom of the pumpkin.

“We thought it would be such a great way for the kids to get to feel a little but ‘normal’ for the year,” said Mrs. Pfeiffer.

Each student found their pumpkin and brought it back inside.

Each class will do various activities in the next few weeks with the pumpkins, like measuring the pumpkin, seeing if it will sink or float, and then possibly painting them.

JWPMS class incorporates science and math into eating challenges

Tue, 2020-10-13 15:11

Fifth grade students at James W. Parker Middle School incorporated math and science into a fun and interactive challenge on Friday that involved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Saltine crackers.

First, the students, who were part of the 5th Grade Math classes for Mrs. Barbarini, Mrs. Berchtold, Mrs. Zafiropoulos and Mr. McCormick, watched a brief YouTube clip about a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Eating Challenge.

Students then made an estimation of how many peanut butter cups were eaten in the video, watched another video and adjusted their estimates, then watched a final clip that provided the answer.  
This week, the class will be using that information to calculate the number of calories and how many grams of sugar were eaten, the cost to buy the Reese’s cups and how many peanut butter cups the person in the video ate per minute.

The class followed up this activity with another called “Cracker Attack.”

In this activity, students had to predict how many saltine crackers they could eat in one minute. Students were given one minute to try and see if they were correct.

Next, students made a hypothesis about how many they could eat in one minute now that they had some knowledge.

Students once again were given one minute to see how they could do. When finished, they applied math to see how many boxes were needed to have enough for the entire class if each student was given 10 crackers, and how much the boxes would cost. 

2020 Homecoming Week: GM Spirit Wear Day

Tue, 2020-10-06 15:22

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, was Spirit Wear Day for Edinboro Elementary, James W. Parker Middle School and General McLane High School. See photos from their day!

At McKean Elementary, it was Photo Day! The Spirit Wear there was “Photo Day Best.” Take a look at some of these kiddos that are picture-ready:

NEXT UP: Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Tie Dye Day

Edinboro Elementary students read book, draw main character

Tue, 2020-10-06 14:07

A group of Edinboro Elementary students brought the main character out of a book they were reading to life.

The group of students completed a library activity taught by Mrs. Michelle Androstic, the librarian and gifted education teacher at Edinboro Elementary.

The group read the book “The Bad Seed” by Jory John, then completed a directed drawing activity to draw the main character, the Bad Seed.

“They had a lot of fun with this and were pretty great artists!” said Mrs. Androstic.

2020 Homecoming Week: PJ Day

Tue, 2020-10-06 10:11

Homecoming Spirit Week 2020 began on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Here’s the week’s schedule:

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Photos that we received from PJ Day on Monday, Oct. 5:

McKean Elementary students continue ARRFS program

Fri, 2020-09-25 09:32
This is a screen shot of the first introduction to ARRFs video, dated Sept. 25, 2020. Watch the full video below.

McKean Elementary School is continuing a well-loved and well-known building wide program for the 2020-2021 School Year, called ARRFS.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with. A committee of students, which will include both in-person and GM Cyber students, will produce weekly videos recognizing how to be good citizens for the 2020-2021 School Year.

They’ll also share weekly “slips,” in announcements which will share examples of McKean Elementary students demonstrating behaviors that show respect, responsibility, fun or safety. GM Cyber students are included, as well.

Each month, the team of students reinforces a monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

Edinboro Elementary students use hands-on learning to discover leaf chromatography

Wed, 2020-09-23 13:17

A group of Edinboro Elementary students used hands-on learning to discover leaf chromatography.

Mrs. Rachel Pituch shared that each of her class students chose a color of leaf to study. They ripped and crushed their leaves and put them into jars. Mrs. Pituch and her aides then poured a bit of isopropyl alcohol over the top along with a strip of a coffee filter.

As the isopropyl alcohol moved up the coffee filter, it carried the colored pigments from the leaves. The students were excited to see the variations in the different colors of leaves. 

McKean Elementary students participate in virtual recess laps

Wed, 2020-09-23 08:35

One thing that McKean Elementary School Physical Education teacher Mrs. Lisa Roberts was missing the 2020-2021 school year was her “recess laps” routine, which included running laps with some of the students while the kids were on recess.

So Mrs. Roberts has gotten creative and challenged the students to do “virtual” recess laps with her starting Monday, Sept. 21 through Oct. 25. She’s including all GM Cyber and all in-person students.

McKean students can record 10 minutes of walking or running per day using a smartphone or stop watch and at the end of each week, send Mrs. Roberts their totals. Mrs. Roberts met some 4th Grade GM Cyber students on Tuesday to run their laps with them safely.

“Send me how many MINUTES you did AND a picture of you running or walking and the ‘clock,'” she instructed them. “If you get 70 minutes per week for 5 weeks you get a t-shirt.”

Mrs. Roberts is asking all parents to email her with their student(s) name, grade and t-shirt size to register (

Volunteers clean up McKean Elementary trail

Mon, 2020-09-21 12:16

A group of around 17 people came out to McKean Elementary to help clean, weed and maintain the new McKean Elementary trail behind the building.

Out of the group of 17, 10 of those volunteers were Boy Scout Troop 73 members.

The group performed the “clean up” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The McKean Elementary Trail is still under construction but will be unveiled sometime in October to the public.

Thank you to all the volunteers who continue to make General McLane a beautiful place!

JWPMS students conduct butterfly release

Mon, 2020-09-21 09:13

Mrs. Tuttle’s class at James W. Parker Middle School witnessed the complete life cycle of a caterpillar with a butterfly release Friday.

The process began several weeks ago when one of Mrs. Tuttle’s students found a caterpillar and gave it to the classroom. The students began feeding the caterpillar milkweed until it formed a chrysalis. Students documented the caterpillar’s growth and development daily.

The class learned a science unit about the life cycle of the caterpillar and had a contest to name the caterpillar.

On Friday, the class arrived to school to find the chrysalis had hatched into a Monarch butterfly.

“Ironically enough, when the butterfly came out of the terrarium it landed on the leg of a student,” Mrs. Tuttle added. “Mr. Lucas carefully removed the butterfly and it flew away. “

19 GMHS students inducted into National Honor Society

Fri, 2020-09-18 15:20

Congratulations to all 19 of our General McLane High School students who were inducted into the National Honor Society on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. on Linden Field on Wednesday and included remarks from Mrs. Judy Scaletta, a retired GMHS faculty. She spoke about true service being generous actions toward others when no acclaim is likely.

The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership and character. 

The 2020 inductees included seniors: Adrianna Evankovich, Emily Hess and Joshua Salisbury; and juniors: Dylan Fisher, Spencer Green, Wesley Hakanen, Ian Kennedy, Jenna Kulka, Owen Larmon, Kiersten Marendt, Payton Massey, Rebekah Mischler, Louisa Opp, Jacqueline Patterson, Madison Pifer, Wynn Puller, Zachary Rolland, Libby Shadeck and Avery VanDyke.

Congratulations to all!

Two GM graduates win welding awards

Mon, 2020-09-14 14:55
Jacob Janoski won a regional bronze award for creating this decorative fire pit through the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program.

Two General McLane High School graduates won prizes for their welding projects they created while in school this past spring.

Students who use any welding processes in the high school’s metal classes can submit their project write-ups to the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program, which is a non-profit through Lincoln Electric based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Keaton Bryson was awarded silver for a twin/queen sized bunk bed he created. He won a prize of $250 for his creation.

Keaton Bryson won a regional silver award for creating this twin/queen sized bunk bed in the James F. Lincoln Foundation Welding Awards Program.

Jacob Janoski was awarded bronze for a decorative fire pit and he received a $100 prize. Both students were seniors working with Mr. Nick Basko at the High School.

The award program consists of four regions. Region 1 is Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Check out the awards here and learn more about the competition here.

Third Grade GM Cyber Students recognize 9/11

Mon, 2020-09-14 08:37

The third grade GM Cyber class taught by McKean Elementary School’s Mrs. Alison Harroun recognized 9/11 on Friday.

The students listened to a book explaining what happened on September 11, 2001. Then, they discussed the heroes in our lives, whether someone is a hero because of what they do for society – like our soldiers and first responders, or someone is a hero personally.

The students made collages of their heroes. You’ll see pictures of soldiers, firefighters, police officers, doctors, presidents, moms, dads and families. Take a look:

Dance residency program to begin at McKean Elementary in virtual format

Thu, 2020-09-10 14:44

McKean Elementary will continue to participate this month in the Erie Arts & Culture’s Artist-in-residency program, but this year’s program will look a bit different.

The elementary school will participate in the program virtually starting September 14, taught by artist Jennifer Dennehy. All 89 second grade students at McKean will participate as part of the students’ health and physical education requirements.

The program will focus on using dance as the vehicle to teach kindness, self-control and an understanding of cultural diversity. Empathy, community building and communication are at the heart of this residency. Students will explore concepts of self, family, school and bullying through dance explorations, improvisations and composition. Additionally, students will learn about various cultural dances from around the globe to broaden their knowledge and understanding of people who are different than them. The goal is to teach the students how to collaborate and communicate in respectful ways and to create good citizens.

The program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Sept. 15 and Nov. 19 and will culminate with an online performance.

The Artist Residency Program is a collaboration between Erie Arts & Culture and General McLane, one that provides a professional artist(s) where the artist (s) works with a small group of learners over a period of time. General McLane’s residency was provided through an Erie Arts & Culture grant.

The program first started in 2019 and was expected to continue through spring quarter when the school closed due to COVID-19.

First Grade GM Cyber Students share first week reflections

Thu, 2020-09-03 13:56

Edinboro Elementary’s Mrs. Cunningham shared how her GM Cyber students were adapting after the first week.

Mrs. Cunningham gave her first grade GM Cyber students the assignment of taking a photo of themselves or drawing themselves and then sharing how their first week went. Here are some of the responses she got:

GM students enjoy learning in-person for 20-21 year

Thu, 2020-09-03 13:14

It’s the second week of school at General McLane School District and most students and teachers are beginning to find routine and enjoying this new “normal” at GMSD.

We continue to celebrate the fact that we were able to welcome them back in-person on Aug. 25, 2020.

Take a look at what our in-person learning has looked like at General McLane High School so far:

And at James W. Parker Middle School:

Introducing McKean’s Mrs. Wehrer

Mon, 2020-08-31 09:00

General McLane School District welcomes four new instructional staff to the District this year. Throughout the next few days, we will be introducing you to each of them!

Sydne Wehrer will be an Autistic Support Teacher at McKean Elementary.

She graduated from Gannon University in 2016 and went on to earn her Masters from Columbia University in 2018.

Mrs. Smith was previously a Learning Support Teacher at Saegertown, where she split her time between the elementary school and high school.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Wehrer enjoys spending time with her husband and her new Wheaton Terrier puppy, Conan. She also previously coached softball at McDowell High School and still enjoys coaching.

“I love McKean so far,” she said. “This is a great group of kids and a great building. I’m looking forward to a little bit of normalcy. It was a different experience being out of the classroom in the spring, and it’s just great to be back here in person.”

Mrs. Wehrer is replacing Mrs. Iaquinta, who is now teaching Life Skills Support at General McLane High School.