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GM Students Place at PJAS State Meet

Wed, 2017-05-17 18:11

General McLane High School students placed at the PJAS State meet this past weekend.

Akayla Lewin, Andrew Yonko, and Maddiy Schutt earned 1st place awards. Elizabeth May, Alayna Willow, Julia Wasielewski, Halle Minner, and Maddie Bruce all earned 2nd place awards. Andrew Yonko also earned a perfect score and the Director’s award for the best Junior High School Ecology project in the state of PA. Maddiy Schutt was also awarded a scholarship for the Penn State School of Engineering worth $8,000.

Congratulations to our students!

Patriots and Redcoats return to JWPMS

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:51

James W. Parker Middle School students from Mrs. Santos’s classes made tricorn hats representing the Continental Army (George Washington) and British (General Cornwallis) for a fun ending to their study of the Revolutionary War.

Students had the opportunity to choose which hat they wanted to make, and they decorated accordingly. Then, students showcased their creations!

GMHS wins Caring Place Contest

Tue, 2017-05-16 10:44

General McLane High School’s Caring Club placed first in Highmark Caring Place’s Awareness Raising Project for National Child Grief Awareness Day. Forty-five schools entered the contest.

General McLane School District raised more than $1,500 for the Caring Place through their National Child Grief Awareness Day fundraising efforts throughout the week of November 16. All four schools participated in fundraising events, which were coordinated by the Caring Club. Events included a Supply Drive, a Memory Tree & Wall Message of Support, a Chinese Auction and Bake Sale, a Hair Dye Station to streak students’ hair blue, a Photobooth and a Blue-Out. Edinboro Elementary School also held a poster contest.

Community sponsors also donated to the cause and hung signs in their window indicating their support. Businesses donors included: AirBorn Inc., Better Baked Foods, Brian & Carol Johnson, Remax Realtors, Brighter2Morrows Counseling, Brink Ink, Buckwheats, Carol Blount, Independent 31 Gifts Consultant, Complete Wireless, Dairy Supreme, Eberle’s Physical Therapy, Edinboro Lanes & Lookout Lounge, Edinboro Outdoors, Edinboro University Office of Admissions, Edinboro University School of Nursing, Edinboro YMCA, Empty Keg, Frank Chocolates of Edinboro, John Wildwoods, Lakeside Bagel & Deli, Meeker’s Pizza, Parker’s Gallery, Psychological Services of Edinboro, R & S Sports, Rebich Investments, Resident’s of Saint Francis Xavier Apartments, Rick Walker Tree Farm, Salon B, Weiss Earley Landscaping.

The Caring Club has about 20 members who have lost family members, and according to Hertel, they are already planning next year’s event.

The Highmark Caring Place is a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families that offers a safe place for grieving children and families to come together. The Caring Place offers these services at no charge to grieving families from throughout the community.

General McLane High School and Parker Middle School began offering grief support group meetings in September of 2014 as part of a regional program sponsored by the Highmark Caring Place, which has offered grief support for children at its Erie facility since opening in 2001. Students and counselors meet every Wednesday for about an hour.

State Police presents on dangers of heroin & opioid

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:32

The Pennsylvania State Police presented at General McLane High School today on the the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.

The State Police has teamed up with various agencies within the community to educate students at all Erie County High Schools on the dangers of the heroin/opioid use.

Today’s assembly was for juniors and seniors and provided students with the opportunity to interact with professionals from the community and receive resources to obtain help for themselves or a loved one. Students watched “Chasing the Dragon,” and then heard from speakers, including General McLane graduate Jeffrey Klenk (’02).

6th Graders Build a Dog House

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:43

James W. Parker Middle School sixth grade students applied their math skills last week to demonstrate conceptual understanding and useful application.

Students in Mrs. Lindenberger’s class worked in teams to design and construct a dog house. Students applied a variety of math skills, including: area, volume, measurement, conversations, addition, subtraction and multiplication. Students selected a dog and then were required to use its size to figure out the measurements for its sleeping area, ceiling height, doorway opening, and roof. Students also needed to figure out how much the construction would cost them.

Students sketched their designs and then created their own model to present.

Great job to all students!



JWPMS performs Lip Dub to kick off fundraiser

Mon, 2017-05-15 11:16

JWPMS hosted a Lip Dub assembly on Friday with the entire school to The Clarks’ ‘What a Wonderful World!’

Following the assembly, they kicked off their fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Throughout this week, students are collecting money through Penny Wars!  This fundraiser is hosted by the 8th grade Advisors.

Raising money for Make-A-Wish was prompted by Mr. Sturgess’s classroom project that encouraged students to do something to impact others. JWPMS students Ellah Beachly and Morgan Frick decided to fundraise money to donate to Make-A-Wish of Greater PA and WV to pay it forward to help other families.

Now, the entire school will help out by aiming to raise $4400 this week for the organization, which is the average cost of a wish. The winning grade level for the Penny Wars fundraiser will receive a fun assembly on May 26. During this assembly, there will also be a check presentation.

Moments with Mom at McKean Elementary

Fri, 2017-05-12 16:36

McKean Elementary School hosted Moments with Mom today to honor the special ladies in our students’ lives. Students brought in their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, big sisters and close friends to share with them their morning routine.

This event is sponsored by McKean Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). For more information on what they do, please see our website.

For more photos, please visit our Featured Photos Page.

Miss Erie County visits JWMPS students

Fri, 2017-05-12 16:24

USA National Miss Erie County came to James W. Parker Middle School this week to talk to fifth grade students about Bullying.

Dakota McElravy is visiting schools as part of the National Miss anti-bullying campaign. She is focusing on person-to-person bullying and the type of online bullying seen on Facebook.

In addition to hearing McElravy speak, students wrote positive messages on hearts and learned about filling each other’s buckets with positive comments.

MS students perform Readers Theatres

Thu, 2017-05-11 14:57

James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade students in Mrs. Santos’ class performed Readers Theatres this week. The plays were about Colonial and Revolutionary America.

A Readers Theatre (also spelled “Readers Theater” or “Readers’ Theater”) are dramatic presentations of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a “script” and parts are divided among the readers. The focus is on reading the text with expressive voices and gestures to practice and perfect student’s fluency and speaking skills. Students are able to comprehend text in a fun and meaningful way.

GMHS students place at Envirothon

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:33

The Erie County Envirothon Competition took place May 4 at Headwaters Park in Erie.  Twenty-five GMHS students participated.  Out of 26 teams, GM placed 2nd (Team Jenje), 3rd (Team Xenocrates), 4th (Team Beavers), 5th (Team Shrimpnado) and 9th (Team Lobster Mafia).

Envirothon is designed to give high school students an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate knowledge of environmental resources and their connection to each other and human activity. Teams are challenged in the areas of Aquatics, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife and a current environmental issue. Through the challenges, students display teamwork, learn environmental knowledge that pertains to their daily lives and meet professionals in the environmental field.

Congratulations to all of our participants!

Team JENJE placed 2nd overall and earned the highest score in Erie County for the Soils Test.  Emma Campbell, Jennie Jones, Nina Ng, Elizabeth May, and Joel Linebach.

Team Xenocrates took 3rd place overall.  Debra Fiscus, Alexis Throop, Spencer Conway, Nicholas Halmi, and Jackie Brown.


JWPMS 6th graders complete integrated projects

Tue, 2017-05-09 14:24

James W. Parker Middle School sixth graders participated in integrated projects last week.

Students engaged in three days of interdisciplinary projects by visiting Pymatuning State Park, the Erie Zoo and the Amphitheater located behind James W. Parker Middle School. These projects utilize all four core subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) and provides a “Quadran D” learning opportunity.

And the 2017 Mr. GM is …

Fri, 2017-05-05 15:45

Eight General McLane High School students competed to become “Mr. GM” last night.

Participants included Joel Linebach, Abraham Masone, Tony Mathie, Brady Russin, Derek Waltz, Carter Willis, Brody Wise and Simon Zehr.

Students competed in a series of categories, including: school spirit, swimwear, talent, formalwear and Q&A.

The judges were General McLane High School teachers Mrs. Scaletta, Miss Hansen, Mr. Oathout and Mr. Snair.  Mr. Reed & Mr. Terella helped with scoring.  Maddie Dillen & Jacob Lenhardt were the MC’s.

Mathie was crowned our 2017 Mr. GM winner and will receive two free tickets to prom and $40 toward his dinner! Masone took second place and Russin took third place.

Through this competition, the students raised more than $1,500 for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

What a fantastic job to all of our students, participants and volunteers!


Haugh fundraising for third year in a row

Fri, 2017-05-05 15:21

For the third year in a row, Jacob Haugh is on a mission to raise money to support the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

James W. Parker Middle School fifth grader presented his efforts to teachers on Friday.

Haugh has raised more than $12,000 to benefit Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare, complex genetic disorder. The disease affects an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 30,000 people, including the daughter of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

His season goal is to raise $13,000 more, with his hope to break $25,000 in total amount raised. All donations are being matched up to 5k during the month of May from an out-of-state family the Haugh’s met on their fundraising journey.

Their fundraising was channeled through Wins for Kids, which supports Pittsburgh Pirates Charities. The Pirates are Jacob Haugh’s favorite team. Last spring, Haugh was featured in a Root Sports Pittsburgh documentary-like-story.

To contribute to Jacob Haugh’s fundraising for Wins for Kids/Pirates Charities to benefit Prader Willi-Syndrome, contact Megan Haugh at 602-2992 or Those in the District or community can drop off their donations to Lakeside Bagel’s donation bucket or send it to James W. Parker Middle School at 11781 Edinboro Road.

Donations can also be made online by visiting Be sure to indicate that the contribution is being made on behalf of Jacob Haugh.

Erie Times-News Story on Haugh’s fundraising

8th grader places first in art competition

Fri, 2017-05-05 09:50

James W. Parker Middle School eighth grader Lucas Leasure placed first in an art show at Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

The theme for the 6th Annual Mixed Media Art Competition was “All Things That Flower”. This competition was open in students in first grade through college.

First, second and third place winners were honored at the Award Presentation last week. All artwork will be displayed on the 2nd floor exhibit area through May 28.

Congratulations to Lucas!

Bookmobile comes to GMHS

Thu, 2017-05-04 13:00

General McLane High School students were invited to tour the Erie County Bookmobile on Monday.

Jan Woods of the Hurry Hill Farm Association attended the event with Virginia Sorensen’s Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and “Curious Missie”. Sorensen lived in Edinboro from 1952 – 1958 while her husband taught at Edinboro College.

The stop is in conjunction with the Literary Landmark Celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library. The Edinboro Branch Library and the Erie County Bookmobile was dedicated with Literary Landmark plaques honoring children’s author Virginia Sorensen, as well as her Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and the region’s maple syrup industry. Sorensen’s book “Curious Missie,” which drew inspiration from the author’s visits to the county’s Bookmobile, is also being honored.

The plaques were unveiled during a dedication celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library on Monday.

The Literary Landmarks Association, founded in 1986, has dedicated such literary sites as the homes of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. There are only five dedicated Literary Landmark sites in Pennsylvania, all located in Philadelphia.


Ceramics with EUP’s Didem Mert

Tue, 2017-05-02 09:36

Edinboro University graduate student Didem Mert visited General McLane High School’s Ceramics class yesterday.

Mert demonstrated on the pottery wheel, showing some techniques that she uses to hand-form functional pottery. She also gave a presentation of her work and path to graduate school.

Mert was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s January/Febuary 2016 issue and included on C File’s list of 15 Potters to Watch in 2016. She has collaborated with a photographer and gluten-free cook to create a project that pairs Mert’s functional pottery with her friend’s food and photography.

General McLane High School’s Ceramics Class is an introduction course to the process of working in clay. Students learn hand building techniques, including coil, slab and slip cast as well as additive and/or subtractive sculptural techniques. Art in 3-D is another class offered at the high school that focuses on art in the third dimension, specifically traditional and non-traditional sculpture.

EUP student-artist visits JWPMS

Mon, 2017-05-01 10:08

James W. Parker Middle School’s 8th grade artists had a special guest visitor on Friday.

Edinboro University student Zane Carlson presented his art work and then worked with the students on their sketches for an upcoming project. The middle school students are currently studying contemporary artists and will be creating art using only wood, reed and thin gauge aluminum.

“Students will learn how to create many different connections. It is my hope that students will be inspired by our guest artist, Mr. Zane Carlson,” said Middle School art teacher Christina Martin. “They began the lesson with a few rough sketches, which will undoubtedly change during the creation process. That is the great thing about art.”

Carlson is an undergraduate student at Edinboro University studying Studio Arts with a concentration in Sculpture and Furniture Design. He works with wood, metal and mixed media.

HS choir students visit NYC

Mon, 2017-05-01 09:10

General McLane High School choir students visited New York City last week and kept quite busy with a variety of educational learning opportunities.

Students visited a series of sites, including: Battery Park, the 911 Memorial Museum, Times Square, Highline and Old City Hall.  They also enjoyed Broadway shows such as: The Great Comet of 1812, Waitress, Wicked, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard.

Students also had the opportunity to sing themselves in “GM Sings Broadway ” at Laurie Beechman Theatre with NYC performers. Their host was Cory Mach.

Students met up with GM graduates Andrew Swackhamer (’07) and Devon Yates (’06). Swackhamer lives in NY and makes and sells ukuleles. Yates is a performer on Broadway.

Students learned original Broadway choreography to Something Rotten’s “Welcome to the Renaissance” by Broadway performer and choreographer, Eric Sciotto. Sciotto is an Erie native.

A good time was had by all!

Sixth graders host their own Regatta

Mon, 2017-05-01 08:06

James W. Parker Middle School students launched their Sailboat Regatta project Friday. Sixth grade students assessed their knowledge of perimeter, area and angles by designing and engineering their own sail boats with a K’Nex base and wheels. Students also discover clean green alternatives to gas-powered vehicles.

Students tested their sail boats on the tennis courts with a few simple races.  This STEM-based math project also included an introduction to sailing concepts.

Because You Care visits McKean Elementary

Fri, 2017-04-28 14:33

Some furry friends from Because You Care visited McKean Elementary’s second graders yesterday.

The shelter volunteers spoke to students about dog safety and the animals at the shelter. Students were able to feed the dogs treats and learned about how to approach, pet and feed a dog in a safe way for both the owner and the pet. Students had the opportunity to interact with the dogs, including Billy Ray, the white and brown dog, is up for adoption.

Ms. Marnik’s second grade class won this visit by bringing in the most pennies during the Penny War fundraiser.

With a Penny War, each class earned 1 point for every penny that is brought in. But students were able to sabotage other teams by putting in “silver” coins (nickels, dimes, quarters) and dollar bills into the containers belonging to other classrooms.

Each silver coin subtracted points from that container by the value of the coin. For example, a nickel added to a classroom container would subtract 5 points from the total, a dime would subtract 10 points, and a quarter would subtract 25 points – and a dollar bill added to a container would subtract 100 points!

McKean Elementary raised $1,300 during this fundraiser, which took place during March 21-31.  All money went to Because You Care animal shelter in McKean for vet and other animal expenses.