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Learning By Design Challenge at JWPMS

Fri, 2017-02-17 08:57


James W. Parker Middle School seventh graders celebrated their Makerspace work this week.

Their work was part of a Learning by Design Challenge. This takes places in the middle school art program and challenges students to invent, create and engineer a piece of art from the available recycle materials with minimal guidelines. They can work in groups or individually.

For this specific challenge, students had six 40-minute periods to create an extension of the body or piece of fashion. Students focused on good craftsmanship throughout the lesson and also discussed choosing and trying different tools/methods in a safe way to achieve the desired outcome. These methods included sewing, painting, cutting, drilling, glueing, printmaking, wire cutting/bending, etc.

Some of the materials that were available to students included tyvek(house wrap), cardboard of shape and sizes (fruit trays, egg cartons, flat sheets, packaging corner inserts, many various sizes of tubes), fabric, ribbon, electronic parts, bright/heavy paper, plastic balls, old books, paint sample cards and jewelry findings.

A panel of judges judged their work on creativity, craftsmanship and use of material. Celebratory Sculptures were given out for Best Craftsmanship, Best Theme, Best Use of Material, Most Creative, Most Unique, Best in Show, Most Futuristic and Most Attention to Detail.

Some of the results included: a dress made from Tyvek, a ski helmet made from insulating bubble wrap, a dress made from paint samples, a men’s reversible suit vest covered with metallic art tape, a dragon head made of cardboard with moving mouth, a men’s suit covered with black/gray fringe, metallic tennis shoes, and a silver dress with lace up back.

Learning By Design Lesson fosters 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and communication. There is a Learning By Design group, which is a sub group of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA).  JWPMS teacher Christina Martin is a member of the PAEA. For more pictures from their projects, visit our Featured Photos Page.

Candy Grams returns to MS

Thu, 2017-02-16 14:09

Candy Grams returned to James W. Parker Middle School this week!

Students sold the Candy Grams during lunch. All staff and students in the building had the opportunity to purchase a Candy Gram (M&M) for $1.00 to be delivered to anyone within the building at the end of the school day.

This was a fundraiser of the Life Skills classroom. Students learned to take orders, handle money, fulfill the order and then deliver the order. The students sold 753 bags of M&M’s in three days!

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.


GM schools raise more than $11,000 for American Heart Association

Thu, 2017-02-16 08:45

Throughout the last month, General McLane schools participated in a variety of fundraising event for the American Heart Association. The results are quite impressive, with the schools raising more than $11,000 combined.

Edinboro Elementary School’s K-4 raised $6,101.70. Its top fundraiser was fourth grader Owen Eisert, who raised $395! The school had an impressive 40% participation rate in its first year doing the event. Students jump roped throughout the week during their regular physical education classes.

McKean Elementary School raised $3,367.70. Mrs Campbell’s 2nd grade class is the winner of the healthy pizza party and extra PE class! They raised a total of $431! McKean hosted a series of events throughout the month, including visits from a variety of sports teams and a hula hoop artist.

James W. Parker Middle School raised $1,396.16. Students participated in jump rope during the physical education classes. This was the first year the middle school participated in this fundraiser.

General McLane High School had their Red Out last week.  Student Council organized its fundraising efforts (tshirt sales, bake sale, Chinese auction, teacher jeans day), and they raised $598 for the American Heart Association.  The week concluded with an assembly, where four senior boys basketball players competed in a basketball skills challenge against four teachers.  The seniors defeated the teacher-team, comprised of Mr. Wible, Mr.  Delsandro, Ms. Hansen & Ms. Nientimp — and won the challenge!

What a wonderful job by all those who participated and supported this fundraising effort!

Hula hoop dancer visits McKean

Wed, 2017-02-15 08:58

Hula hoop artist Jennifer Dennehy visited McKean Elementary on Friday and performed as part of an assembly for Jump Rope / Hoops for Heart Fundraiser.

Throughout the month, McKean has been hosting a series of events for their Jump Rope / Hoops for Hearts Fundraiser. Events included a Heart Healthy Recipe Contest and visits from the Bayhawks, Edinboro University’s lacrosse team and GMHS boys basketball team.

Fundraising for the American Heart Association ends today. For more pictures, please visit our Featured Photos Page.

GM students advance to PMEA Region Band

Tue, 2017-02-14 09:20

General McLane had five students who participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association (PMEA) District 2 Band Festival held this past week at Saint Marys Area High School.

Elizabeth Bennett (Flute), Alayna Willow (Bass Clarinet), Kyle Scully (Percussion), Jennie Jones (1st Clarinet) and Mattea Grafton (4th French Horn) attended the District festival.

Scully, Jones and Grafton will be advancing to the PMEA Region 2 Band festival at Port Allegany High School in March. Scully won first chair, Jones won second chair and Grafton won first chair.

PMEA District 2 Jazz Festival takes place this weekend at Meadville Area Senior High School.

Congratulations to both our students who participated and those advancing!


JWPMS’ Seussical Jr. runs through Saturday

Fri, 2017-02-10 16:10

James W. Parker Middle School’s Seussical Jr. runs through Saturday!

Shows are February 9th and 10th at 7 p.m. and February 11th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 per student, and $15 for a family (2 adult tickets and 2 or more students).

Students cast for roles include: The Cat in the Hat (Taylor Dowlen), Horton the Elephant (Kellen Smith), Jojo (Lydia Zehr), Gertrude McFuzz (Abby Johnson), Mayzie La Bird (Sophia Lehmann), the Sour Kangaroo (Hannah Wolfe), Mr. Mayor (Isaac Smith) and Mrs. Mayor (Sami Bennett).

Tickets can be purchased online at will also be basket raffles and a 50/50.

HS students compete in Bayhawks’ Uniform Design Contest

Fri, 2017-02-10 12:55

General McLane High School students are using their creativity to design a uniform for the Erie Bayhawks.

Through the Erie BayHawks’ contest, students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design classes are submitting a design that celebrates a ‘Greener Erie’ and incorporate recognizable elements of Erie and a depiction of what energy conservation and environmental sustainability mean in today’s age.

This Uniform Design Contest is sponsored by the Erie Bayhawks & Erie Arts & Culture. The winning uniform will be worn on the March 25th celebrating a Greener Erie” game.

McKean student wins the January Android Contest

Thu, 2017-02-09 14:00

McKean Elementary second grader Katherine Krukowski was selected as the winner of the January Android Contest through the American Heart Association. Kruwkowski raised $110 online with two online donation, has personalized her webpage with a photo and story, and sent one email last month!

To qualify for the contest, students earned chances from January 1 – 31. Students earned chances for personalizing their fundraising page, sending e-mails and receiving online donations.

Throughout January, there were at least 18,366 students registered online.

James W. Parker Middle School, Edinboro Elementary School and McKean Elementary school all participated in the fundraiser for the American Heart Association. JWPMS raised $1396.16 for our Jump Rope for Heart this year! McKean and Edinboro’s ends tomorrow.

Krukowski’s reaction when she heard the news!

McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts congratulating Krukowski.

McKean Hosts Heart Healthy Recipe Contest

Thu, 2017-02-09 13:38

In honor of #AmericanHeartMonth, McKean Elementary School held a heart healthy recipe contest! Students were invited to write and bring in their favorite health recipes. Students will prepare winning recipes in health class during March’s nutrition lesson. Winners will be officially announced tomorrow’s assembly, but here are three students and their recipes!

Stephanie Miller, 2nd Grade, Recipe: Fruit Salad

Jacob Locke, 3rd grade, Recipe: Black Bean Corn Salsa

Saffron Aulenbacher, 1st Grade, Recipe: Ants on  a Log

SRO eats lunch with elementary students

Mon, 2017-02-06 14:57

General McLane School District’s School Resource Officer visited the elementary schools last week to eat lunch with the students.

Hagerty is one of five Deputy Sheriffs who works full-time as a School Resource Officer through the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. The other districts that participate in this program are Harbor Creek, Northwestern, North East, and Fairview School Districts.

School Resource Officers work toward educating students in the safest possible environment and also insures a first responder to emergencies. The Deputy Sheriff, as a School Resource Officer, is involved in Parent and Student Organizations, attends sporting events at the school, and presents many Law Enforcement Education and Diversion programs, including the Officer Phil Program in the elementary levels throughout the County of Erie.

Outside of the programs, Officer Hagerty builds relationships with students to promote a healthy, safe environment. One way he accomplishes this goal is by occasionally visit the schools to join the students for lunch!

Edinboro Elementary students ski

Mon, 2017-02-06 14:50

When Erie slips past Rochester as  the 2nd snowiest big city in the country, General McLane students capitalize on a learning moment.

This week, they began their lessons on skiing.

Here are some pictures from Friday’s lesson:


Food Services team up with art departments

Thu, 2017-02-02 15:23

General McLane Food Services is teaming up with art programs in the District to create student-inspired decor for the cafeterias.

First up was James W. Parker Middle School. After studying artists who base their artwork on food, middle school art teacher Christina Martin had her sixth grade, first-semester students create a poster size sketch of their favorite foods served in the cafeteria. Students used chalk pastels to create a variety of food, including fajitas, pizza, smoothies and fruit.

The artwork is currently hung in the cafeteria and all of the sketches will remain on display throughout the year. Last week, however, students voted during lunch on their favorite sketches. The winners were Isabella Hinkle and Reese Campbell, and their artwork will remain in the cafeteria beyond the school year.

This is the first time for the contest, however, this will now be part of the yearly curriculum. The goal is to add two new pieces each year to create a collection over the years.

Both McKean and Edinboro Elementary schools will also participate and create artwork for their cafeterias. These will be done and hung this month.

Here are some more of the students’ artwork:

HS Yearbook Wins National Award

Tue, 2017-01-31 13:26

For the eighth year in a row, the staff of GM’s yearbook, The Imperator, has won a national award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The 2015-2016 General McLane High School yearbook, The Imperator: We Are, has received national recognition with a second place award from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual yearbook competition. The award reflects the staff’s developing talent in the fields of journalism, theme and page design.

“This award is especially meaningful to the staff because it validates all of the hard work that the students complete,” says GMHS Yearbook advisor Diane Bremner. “Additionally, we receive valuable objective feedback so that we can continue to improve our publication.”

This marks the eighth consecutive year that General McLane High School’s publication has received an ASPA award. Imperator placed first in 2014 2013, 2012 and 2009 and placed second in 2015, 2011 and 2010.

Congratulations to the entire yearbook staff on the terrific accomplishment!


GM makes history at PJAS

Mon, 2017-01-30 14:39

For the first time ever, General McLane School District had every presenter earn a first place award at the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition held Penn State Behrend this past weekend. Students now have the opportunity to advance to that State Competition.

General McLane High School first place award winners include:  Elizabeth May, Julia Wasielewski, Alayna Willow, Madeline Bruce, Halle Minner, Akayla Lewin, Maddison Schutt and Andrew Yonko.

Wasielewski also earned a perfect score for her fruit fly project and $100; Bruce earned a perfect score and a new professional grade microscope for her microbiology project; and Schutt was awarded $75 for her zoology project.

James W. Parker Middle School first place winners include: Cynthia Honeycutt, Zachary Rolland and Aiden Seeman. Seeman also earned a perfect score and a scientific calculator.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

Students in 7-12 grades conduct a scientific research project in one of the twelve Scientific Categories of Research identified by PJAS and then orally presented that research to a team of judges. Students who receive a first-place award at the regional competition move on to the state competition.

The 82nd annual PJAS State Competition will occur in May at Penn State University in University Park.

Details on the January 26 Middle School Closing

Fri, 2017-01-27 13:12

Here’s all you need to know about yesterday’s closing at James W. Parker Middle School.

Our electrician Tom McGlynn reported to work in the early morning to learn that the middle school was without power and heat. (Fun Fact: Tom comes to work around 3 a.m. every day!)

Although only the middle school was without heat/power, we issued a delay for the entire District because our transportation system is so interconnected. This allowed time for Penelec to assess the cause of the problem.

So what happened? An underground cable that runs from a telephone pole on Rt. 99 to an underground junction that connects to the main line feeding the middle school, failed from age and needed to be replaced. It happened to be a very unique cable that runs north/south under the high school south driveway – which is why you may have seen Penelec trucks busy at work throughout the entire day yesterday!

An Emergency Alert, as well as a posting on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, went out three different times throughout the day to keep our District informed of the delays / closing / re-opening.

Will JWPMS have to make up the day? The District has applied to Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to have the day for JWPMS forgiven since only part of the District was involved. We are waiting to hear back from PDE on our request and will inform everyone as soon as we know.

It took a lot of teamwork and collaboration yesterday to get things back to normal today, so kudos to all who were involved – including, Penelec, McGlynn, and Director of Finance and Operations William Fendya, Director of Food Services Nicole Keller and her staff who unloaded the three coolers at the middle school into a rented refrigerated truck to prevent food from spoiling! We also are grateful to our technology department which had to reset many devices to get our internet back up and running.

Officer Phil comes to Edinboro Elementary

Fri, 2017-01-27 12:17

Edinboro Elementary School students in kindergarten through third grade took a break on Friday to learn ways to “be safe, stay safe and feel safe.” Through magic, games, ventriloquism and a ton of laughter,  the Officer Phil Safety Program taught students about being respectful classmates versus bullies, safety on the go, strangers and internet safety.

Students received a grade specific activity book to take home to work on with their parents or guardians.

This 30-minute live assembly is part of Creative Safety Products. This nationwide organization spurs across 27 states and offers the Officer Phil, Deputy Phil and Firefighter Phil Safety Programs that teach children about stranger danger, the negative effects of bullying, fire safety, internet safety and respect for authority figures. The Erie County Sheriff’s Department sponsored this program, which has been featured throughout the years in numerous GMSD schools as well as Erie County Schools.

For more pictures from the assembly, please visit the General McLane School District Featured Photos Page.

JWPMS to perform Seussical the Musical Jr.

Tue, 2017-01-24 09:23

Opening night for James W. Parker Middle School’s Seussical the Musical Jr. is almost two weeks away.

This musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, brings to life your favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

“It is always fun to bring cartoons to life. With Shrek last year, we had a blast exploring what it means to embody an animated creature, and we’re reviewing that again with Seussical,” said James W. Parker Middle School teacher and play director Kate Amatuzzo. “The kids have to go above and beyond anything they’ve done to bring these famous characters to life. They also get a chance to be silly and embrace who they are, which is the exact message of the show: don’t be afraid to be who you are, no matter how big or small you may be.”

Shows are February 9th and 10th at 7 p.m. and February 11th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 per student, and $15 for a family (2 adult tickets and 2 or more students).

Students cast for roles include: The Cat in the Hat (Taylor Dowlen), Horton the Elephant (Kellen Smith), Jojo (Lydia Zehr), Gertrude McFuzz (Abby Johnson), Mayzie La Bird (Sophia Lehmann), the Sour Kangaroo (Hannah Wolfe), Mr. Mayor (Isaac Smith) and Mrs. Mayor (Sami Bennett).

Tickets can be purchased online at There will also be basket raffles and a 50/50.

McKean Run Club has meet at EUP

Mon, 2017-01-23 13:34

McKean Elementary’s Run Club did a wonderful job at their meet on Saturday. More than 100 individuals represented McKean at Edinboro University’s Dome, where they had their culminating event for the after-school program.

Congrats to all involved!

Erie Philharmonic Guest Soloist Comes to GM

Fri, 2017-01-20 14:03

Soyeon Kate Lee came to General McLane High School Friday morning. Lee will be performing Bartók’s evocative and nature-inspired Piano Concerto No. 3 as a guest soloist for the Erie Philharmonic on Saturday night.

Lee is a Korean-American pianist who was the winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition. She also works as an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

After performing a few pieces, Lee answered questions from General McLane students and advised them that the biggest key to her success has been commitment. Other questions and answers included:

When did you start playing?: Lee started taking piano lessons at just four years old. However, her success didn’t start then. In fact, her piano instructor told her mother that she wasn’t good enough and shouldn’t continue.

What’s your favorite type of music?: Classical

Who inspired you?: A teacher from Pittsburgh, who she stays in contact with weekly.

When was your first performance?: When she was 12 years old, she won a contest and performed with the Westmoreland Symphony

“Be diligent and work hard,” she told them. “If you do that, then the results don’t matter.”

The Erie Philharmonic Concert will play the music of Bartók, Smetana and Sibelius. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre.