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Making Connections with “Miracles on Maple Hill”

Wed, 2019-05-08 09:11

James W. Parker Middle School’s students recently spent a day making connections from Virginia Sorensen’s “Miracles on Maple Hill”.

Students in the fifth grade Reading Success class took a field trip last Friday to Hurry Hill Maple Farm, which has a museum completely dedicated to local history, particularly of former Edinboro resident and Newbury Medal award winner Virginia Sorensen.

The class first read the Newbury Medal award-winning book and then visited the museum, worked in the sugar shack, hiked in the woods and explored some of the nature described in detail throughout the book. After seeing how maple syrup is made, students then spent time exploring all of the artifacts and photos in the museum, all related to “Miracles on Maple Hill.” The students enjoyed seeing the people that inspired the characters in the book and getting to handle some of the pieces of equipment and artifacts from the book.

Hurry Hill Maple Farm owner Jan Woods let each student from the class hold the Newbury Medal that Virginia Sorenson won in 1957 for writing this children’s novel. Ms. Woods also took students on a bus tour around the district, pointing out sites from the book. The class ended the day with lunch at Charlie’s Pizza Pub, where the kids used their math skills when paying and applying a “tip,” followed by a quick visit to the local library.

This class is taught by Tiffany Brooks & and Pamela Glasl.



AP Chem students perform magic show for elementary students

Tue, 2019-05-07 15:40

General McLane High School students demonstrated Arthur C. Clarke’s quote last week, that “Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.”

Students in Mr. Wheeler’s AP Chemistry class visited Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools to perform a “Magic Show”. From creating elephant toothpaste, a bouncy ball and mirror to returning a $20 bill in one piece after lighting it on fire to making water disappear, high school students applied their chemistry knowledge and wowed the elementary students using science to perform magic tricks.

The students were all very much engaged and amazed — as were the adults!

Edinboro hosts Art Show & Ice Cream Social

Mon, 2019-05-06 15:43

Edinboro Elementary School hosted its Art Show & Ice Cream Social last Friday.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), teachers scooped ice cream for the students and their parents. There was also a basket raffle. Students in Mrs. Robinson’s art classrooms have been working hard to create artwork to display throughout the building.

This event resulted in its best turnout yet — and a great time was had by all!

GMHS students give back to school through service

Mon, 2019-05-06 08:39

As members of the Class of 2019 near the end of their time at General McLane High School, they have found a special way to go out with a “bloom”.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet will be organizing its first-ever “Senior Give Back Day” on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Any senior who would like to participate will be able to work that day as part of their thank you, or “give back” to the high school. Students plan on mulching, planting flowers and cleaning up to improve the image of General McLane High School’s campus.

“We have been so fortunate to attend General McLane High School for the last four years that we want to give back,” said Olivia Green, a Principal’s Cabinet member and one of the event’s organizer.

Students are currently seeking donations to help defray the costs of the needed materials. Their goal is to raise $1000 and donations can be sent to General McLane High School, ATTN: Principal’s Cabinet. Students also have created a GoFundMe page to help raise money.

According to Green, the organization hopes to expand the day in future years and invite the whole school to contribute giving back to both the towns of Edinboro and McKean.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of 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.

Members of the Principal’s Cabinet include: Seth Myers, Eli Buto, Abraham Kozloff , Carlos Mamani, Spencer Conaway, Tyler Herberg, Olivia Green, Kaley Berger, Debbie Fiscus, Elizabeth Barringer, Taylor Thomas and Kendra Trezona.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Fri, 2019-05-03 15:21

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Carter Gerlach
Finley Neuberger
Brooke Eldred
Evelyn Ford
Travis Birch

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.

General McLane takes 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th in Envirothon Competition

Fri, 2019-05-03 11:10

General McLane High School students put their environmental knowledge to the test and happened to break records, almost sweep the scoreboard and earn a trip to States in the midst.

There were 17 teams competing in the Erie County Envirothon Competition, and team station points in subjects which included forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils and a current environmental issue.

Team “Shrimpnado” took first place with 402 points, a new school record. Members included Glory Linebach, Kendra Trezona, Evan Zehr, Timothy Fair and Andrew Yonko.  This team, which also had the highest scores in Erie County on the Forestry, Current Issue and Wildlife (tie) test, will now represent the county in the PA Envirothon State Competition at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown on May 21 and 22.

Team “Your Local Bird Feeders” took second place with 377 points. Team members include Ben Kalmey, Emma Noyer, Nick Tysiachney, Landon Grafton and Chloe McMullen. This team earned the highest Aquatics score in the county.

Team “Xenocrates” took took fourth place with 353 points. Members include Alexis Throop, Debbie Fiscus, Aida Shadeck, Spencer Conaway and Nick Halmi. This team earned the highest score in the county for the Soils and Wildlife (tie) tests.

Team “Tree-Huggers” took fifth place with 324 points. Team Members include Daniel Mulligan, Kaitlyn Dubynskiy, Avery Van Dyke, Ian Kennedy and Maya Wilcox.

The 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.

Congratulations to our students!

GMHS students visit EUP medical simulations lab

Thu, 2019-05-02 08:17

This week, General McLane High School sophomores enrolled in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering visited the medical simulations lab at Edinboro University.

GM places in 2019 Driving Competition

Tue, 2019-04-30 12:51

General McLane High School senior Seth Myers placed second in Erie County’s 13th Annual Teen Driving Competition on Monday.

This competition is for students with at least a one year unblemished driving record – no crashes and no moving violations (parking tickets do not disqualify) . The students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their road knowledge and driving skills, while possibly winning prizes of up to $1,000.00.

This competition rewards students who have developed excellent safe driving skills, acquired a good knowledge of the road, and have demonstrated an acute awareness of their surroundings.

Myers received $500 for his second place finish.

Sponsored by the PA Motor Truck Association, Vorzik Transport and Northwest Regional Highway Safety Network, the competition took place at Grace Church.  National – and five-time State – Truck Driving Champion Dale Knox was the course master.

In addition to Myers, Dylan Mroz ad Tyler Herberg also participated.


McKean students raise money for Autism Awareness

Mon, 2019-04-29 14:21

McKean Elementary School students have been raising money throughout the month for Autism Awareness.

Through a Penny War and an Autism Awareness Sale at the lunches, students raised more than $1600! The money was donated to the Autism Society of NWPA.

April is National Autism Awareness Month,  a national effort to increase autism awareness and inclusion.

MS hosts GLOW PSSA review

Mon, 2019-04-29 11:43

In preparation of the PSSA testing this week, James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade teachers worked toward beating the test prep blues by creating a fun and engaging activity.

Students in Mrs. Zafiropoulos and Mrs. Barbarini’s classrooms participated in GLOW PSSA Review. Here’s how it worked: there were four review games. (Jenga, bowling, ring toss and Geobuild). At each station, students solved math problems that reviewed material from the entire year. Students worked in groups to first solve the problem independently and then discussed the answer to make sure everyone was on the same page.  After the question was solved, students played a round of the activity they were assigned (bowl one round, pull a jenga block from the tower, toss rings for points, etc.).

The lights were turned out and the rooms were decorated with glow sticks and other items that glow under UV light.

A big THANK YOU to Mark Eisert with Millenium Sound for providing the black/UV lights to make this entire event possible!

JWPMS PTSA Awarded Grant to Host Parent Workshop Tuesday

Fri, 2019-04-26 14:49

James W. Parker Middle School PTSA has been awarded a $1,000 grant from National PTA® and Google to provide parents with the resources they need to answer practical questions about digital safety and citizenship. The grant will be used to host a Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at James W. Parker Middle School Cafeteria.

James W. Parker Middle School PTSA is one of 200 local PTAs nationwide selected to receive a PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome grant from Google and National PTA. In addition to the funds, all grantees will receive a Be Internet Awesome kit to help PTA leaders host a successful workshop.

“The PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop by Google allows parents to explore their excitements and worries about raising children in a connected world and to work through discussion- based, parent-to-parent sessions on topics like password security and safe websites,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “Parents will walk away with the awareness of the topics and access to resources, answers to questions about online safety and digital citizenship, and action plans and information to help facilitate discussions at home.”

To make the program as inclusive as possible, each Be Internet Awesome kit is bilingual—with materials in English and Spanish—and includes a Google Pixelbook. At the Be Internet Awesome workshop, families will:

  • Increase awareness of online safety tools for families
  • Teach families about digital citizenship and how to better navigate the internet
  • Inspire families to Be Internet Awesome together by growing their understanding of digital well- being

Facilitated by James W. Parker Middle School Guidance Counselor Pam Swanseger, the workshop will focus on five areas:

  • Be Smart- Share with Care
  • Be Alert- Don’t Fall for Fake
  • Be Strong- Secure Your Secrets
  • Be Kind- Itʼs Cool to Be Kind
  • Be Brave- When in Doubt, Talk it Out

Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a workshop to follow. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required.

Parents can RSVP here:

Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering students visit LECOM

Fri, 2019-04-26 14:11

General McLane High School seniors in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering spent a day at LECOM this week.

Students worked in the pharmacy lab creating a compound for bath bombs and also participated in pharmacy simulations. Students also spent time in the anatomy (cadaver lab) with teams of medical students studying the human brain, hip and shoulder joints, the digestive system and the heart. Students were able to hold and explore each of these systems.

Three General McLane graduates and current LECOM medical students led three of the small groups in the anatomy lab: Dr. Andrew Kramer, Josh Valerio (1st year medical student who was a graduate of the first Academy class) and Julia Pietras.

Bring your child to work day

Fri, 2019-04-26 10:06

In honor of “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day,” a national day that gives children in the United States a glimpse into the working world, James W. Parker Middle School’s Tiffany Brooks and Jenise LaRocca brought their children to work!

LaRocca brought her six-month old daughter Penelope in the morning, and Penelope helped mommy in the main office, greeting the students and teachers and even watching the process for check requests! She also made a visit to the Associate Principal’s Office, uh oh!

Brooks  also brought her one-year-old son Henry in for some of the morning to experience her Reading Success class, a class where students work on improving their reading fluency. Henry is moving constantly and Brook says he will only sit still for books if he is engaged.

Well, fifth grader Gabe Dorman was up to the task! Dorman read “The Very Cranky Bear” aloud to Henry, who was totally engaged. Afterward, Henry was even mimicking Dorman and was growling like a bear!

A fun morning for all!

JWPMS 5th graders take home seedlings

Fri, 2019-04-26 09:30

Thanks to the Heather Garden Club of Edinboro, James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders were once again able to take home a Norway Spruce seedling of their own!

The Heather Club of Edinboro provides the students with the seedlings as well as directions on how to plant bare-root trees. This is an annual donation from the gardening club, which aligns with the fifth graders’ plant study unit.

This yearly donation occurs in connection with Earth Day.

GM Family Fun Run Returns

Fri, 2019-04-26 09:26

The fifth annual GM Community Fun Run is returning to General McLane High School grounds on May 25, 2019.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a collaborative fundraising event for both schools. Roughly 150 runners participated in the event last year, which raising $2,500 to benefit the General McLane students, staff and community.

Obstacle stations are placed throughout the 5k and 1milerun/walk (two different options). A dunk tank and additional entertainment is also available.

Register by May 1 to be assured a shirt. You can register day of race (9:30-10:30 a.m.), but shirts will not be available. Registration is $15 for each participant and includes: Access to the full course & obstacles from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 dunk tank ticket (students only), Free bottle of water & snacks and more.

This event has been made possible thanks to community members and businesses. To sponsor, call Kate Fiscus at 814-490-9219.

Registration Form
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Parker PRIDE Winners

Wed, 2019-04-24 10:42

Congratulations to the last two weeks’ Parker PRIDE winners:

Gus Brasington
Lexi Lozowski
Quinn O’Lone
Alyssa Mihalak
James Respecki

Lydia Johnson
Elizabeth Jankowski
Delaney Brunner
Phillip Gocal
Trent Dennis

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.

Celebrating Student Success

Wed, 2019-04-24 09:18

Last week, James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders celebrated its Straight A students during an ice cream social!

Teachers posted a bulletin board last week highlighting all students who have been on the Honor Roll or had straight A’s for Quarters 1-3.  The ice cream social included all of the Straight A students, who each brought  a friend along with them.



FBLA students attend States

Tue, 2019-04-16 15:20

Eleven members of General McLane’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the State Leadership Conference in Hershey, PA. Shannon Miller, Anna Chernicky, Cassidy Comer, Jason Hahn, Nate Jones, Lexi Langer, Rachel Lesko, Avery McCullough, and Olivia Minner spent two full days competing in their events and attending workshops.

A special congratulations to Maegan Parker and Taylor Thomas who earned sixth place in the state in their Social Media Campaign competition.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, prepares them for entry into a business-related occupations, and offers a setting where members compete at regional, state and national levels in business and technology curriculum.

Fifth graders study aquatic environments

Wed, 2019-04-10 08:11

James W. Parker Middle School fifth graders are learning the environmental factors that affect an aquatic environment.

Over the next two weeks, students in Mrs. Santos’ science classes will observe and take responsibility for their aquatic environments, which include both goldfish and crayfish. At the end of two weeks, students will be able to adopt their  fish.

In total, there are 150 goldfish, 12 crayfish, elodea, duckweed and gammarus for the fifth graders.

This is part of the fifth grade science unit on ecosystems.

April Students of the Month

Mon, 2019-04-08 08:38

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

  • 5th – Integrity – Emma Dubynskiy
  • 6th – Determination– Lilly Slate
  • 7th – Empath– Logan Furey
  • 8th – Positive – Shane Dexter
  • Exploratory – Respect – Ciara Cieloszyk

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)

March 2019

5th – Respect – Alyssa Bentley
6th – Integrity – Owen Eisert
7th – Determination – Emma Czarnecki
8th – Empathy – Leo Chen
Exploratory –Positive – Caden Brumagin

February 2019
5th – Positive – Daniel Sychuk
6th – Respect – Magdalen Kennedy
7th – Integrity – Alanna Puller
8th – Determination – Chandler Kopystecki
Exploratory – Empathy – Johnathan Kavelish

January 2019
5th – Empathy – Jaela Moir
6th – Positive – Madelin Barto
7th – Respect – Chance Kimmy
8th – Integrity – Sierra Griffith
Exploratory – Determination – Julia Scrutchins

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