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EUP lacrosse team visits McKean

Thu, 2017-10-05 13:17

Edinboro University’s Women Lacrosse Team visited McKean Elementary School on Tuesday to discuss bullying as part of McKean’s ARRFS program.

Throughout their presentation, they demonstrated examples of bullying among teammates and offered positive alternatives to the same situations.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with (ARRFS). Each month, the team of students reinforce a monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

Alumni Feature: For the love of running

Thu, 2017-10-05 10:37

This story first ran in the Fall Alumni Newsletter (10/4/17),
which  is e-mailed quarterly to members of the Alumni Association.
To register or update your information, visit our website.


When Morgan Elliott graduated from General McLane High School in 2010, he left as an all-region and all-district performer in cross-country.

Now, he’s breaking out in the trail-running scene as one of the top extreme runners in the United States.

For the second year in a row, Elliott took first place this past August in the Audi Power of Four Trail Run 50K. As a result of this international race, he is the continental ultra sky champion.

A month later, Elliott placed second at Montana’s Run the Rut – 50K.

And then, just a few weeks ago, he set a FKT (fastest known time), for a popular route in Colorado called the Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop.  The four-pass loop is about a 27-mile trail hike/run with around 8000 ft of elevation gain.

This weekend, he will compete again in the Flagstaff 55K. Last year, he took first in this race and became the overall winner of the US Skyrunner Series in the ultra category.

“I definitely want to be running for a while,” Elliott said.  “I don’t care how successful I am on the podium, I really enjoy running, the competiveness and the journey of training. It has been so much fun.”

While at General McLane, Elliott lettered four times in both track and cross-country and once in swimming.

In Cross Country, Elliott won the McDowell Invitational, was the region 5 champion, and qualified and medaled at states. While a senior track member, Elliott was the District 10 champion in the 800 and qualified for states in the 1600. In the 1600 preliminaries at the state meet, he ran 4:23, the second fastest mile in Lancer history.

He continued his running career at Slippery Rock University, thanks to advice from General McLane High School teacher and coach John Guzik.

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run in college, but he told me that I may regret it if I don’t do it. He encouraged me to try it out, even if it was just for one season, and I owe him for that, he was a great coach,” Elliott said. “He really motivated me and kept me running when I had no one else to do it.”

It was a good thing he listened. During his senior year, Elliott set a school record for the 1500 meter—3:50.18. This record was just beaten this past spring.

He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2014 with his Bachelor’s of Arts in Park and Recreation Resource Management and minor in Aquatics, although Elliott jokes that he majored in running.  It was there where he realized he was tired of running on the road and enjoyed the technical terrain that came with running in McConnells Mill State Park.

“I love being in the trails when the sun is shining onto the trees and river. The technical terrain is more callous, with more rocks, roots, mud and ruggedness to it than a flat, cross-country course. I really love the grit of it,” Elliott said. “In these races, you have to be completely aware of where you are placing your feet and have to be focused as you change gears running up or down hill.”

Elliott currently lives out of his car and travels to different spots to train for races.

“It’s very simplistic, how little can I get by with. I wake up at trailhead and go run on it – the freedom of it all is very amazing and surreal,” Elliott said.

His races have between 10,000 to 12,000 vertical feet of gain within a span of 31 miles. His favorite races are the ones near rivers and waterfalls, where Elliott said he is able to jump in whenever he wants. Through his running, he serves as an ambassador for inov-8, an all-terrain running brand.

After the races finish for the year, he plans to return to Asheville, North Carolina, where his family has relocated. His goal is to eventually qualify for the U.S. Ultra Distance Running Team and represent the United States overseas.

His experiences at General McLane, however, have made a lasting impression.

“It took a bunch of little steps to get me where I am now. The first step began when I was a member of the 7/8th grade cross-country team and then it continued throughout high school,” Elliott said. “My experiences at General McLane morphed me into the athlete that I am today.”

His favorite memories are ones of his teammates.

“The pride we all had back then, we are all happy to be part of General McLane. My teammates made a big difference in my high school experience, and I loved my teachers and I loved my coach,” Elliott said.

Guzik gave him a mantra that he still does today.

Condition, strong, confident, relaxed, focused, prepared.

That last part – prepare – is what keeps him running.

“That’s why I do it, mostly for the journey of it, the 9-12 weeks that you put into it. The race is one day, one morning. I want to be healthy and out having adventures in the mountains. I don’t want to stop.”

Lewis retires after 33 years

Mon, 2017-10-02 13:03

After 33 years of service with the District, Cheryl Lewis retired Friday.

“For over three decades, Cheryl Lewis has been a constant in the district,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “In her most recent position with the district, she has done a masterful job handling payroll and the many complications of retirement and health care benefits. She will be deeply missed.”

Lewis has served as the administrative assistant for Payroll and Benefits since 1984. Prior to working with General McLane, she worked for Marine Bank in Edinboro. A Pittsburgh native, Lewis attended North Hills High School.

Congratulations to Cheryl on her retirement! She will be missed greatly!

McKean students celebrate reading 1000+ books!

Mon, 2017-10-02 11:27

On Friday, McKean Elementary School’s PTA sponsored their annual “Summer Reading Pizza Party”.

Students who turned in their summer reading book logs earned pizza and a free book. Students needed to read at least 10 books over the summer.

There were 101 students who participated this year. So, at 101 kids who read at least 10 books, McKean students read more than 1000 books this summer!

McKean PTA is a non-profit organization comprised of parents/guardians of current students, current administrators and teachers, and patrons who wish to support McKean Elementary School. To get involved or for more information, visit their website. 

McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements

Mon, 2017-10-02 10:31

New this year at McKean Elementary School are the McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with (ARRFS). Each month, the team of students reinforce a monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

The AARFS Announcements congratulate students for showing Acts of Responsibility, being Respectful, Fun to be with, and being Safe. The students also like to broadcast other students who have completed their Basic Math Facts.

“It is important to present these positive acts to all students to show what role models we have in the community,” said AmeriCorps teacher Chasity Bova, who works with the students to create the videos.

Videos are completed by Friday of every week. Teachers can use iPads to display the videos on the SmartBoards.

The videos use the new technology at the Elementary School. As part of the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan to upgrade the district’s technology in grades K-8, General McLane rolled out a 1:1 iPads initiative to give every student in grades 3 and 4 an iPad.

With the latest deployment of iPads, the District has a 1:1  initiative for every student in grades three through twelve. For grades K-2, each classroom has a cart of iPads.

Previous ARRFS Announcements

Academy students learn about careers in Forensic Science

Fri, 2017-09-29 09:49

General McLane graduate Pamela (Marszalek) Mikulcik ’98 returned to her alma mater on Thursday to speak to high school students in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering.

The ‎Independent Forensic DNA Consultant spoke to students about careers in forensic science. Mihulcik also talked about some cases she’s been involved with, including Wheaton’s Baby Hope and the slayings of Krystal Jean Baker and Kristina Wesselman.

Mikulcik is also a certified lead & technical assessor for ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

General McLane’s Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering was created to prepare students for careers in medicine and engineering. Through partnerships with local businesses, hospitals and universities, the curricula will be enriched with hands-on activities designed to provide students with quality, live-learning experiences.

The Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering initiated a planning phase in 2011-2012 as a result of a district strategic planning goal to enhance STEM education.

GMHS hosts Dollars for Disasters

Thu, 2017-09-28 14:36

It’s been only a couple of weeks since General McLane High School’s National Honor Society Induction ceremony took place, but students are already to work.

Throughout the next week, the General McLane High School’s National Honor Society is hosting a district-wide fundraiser to help those affected by the hurricanes this past month.

Through the Dollars for Disasters Fundraiser, students will be raising money for Jefferson Elementary School and the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Houston.

The National Honor Society kicked of the fundraiser with an assembly on Thursday and it will run through next Friday. Students placed bins in each of the homerooms and will collect the donations daily.

James W. Parker Middle School and Edinboro Elementary School are also participating in the fundraiser and will begin collecting money next week.

The class (or grade level at Edinboro Elementary) that raises the most money will receive a classroom party.

McKean Elementary students have been raising money in a separate fundraiser to help the victims of the recent hurricanes. Third grade students spearheaded this effort.

To participate in either of the fundraisers, individuals can drop off money at one of the corresponding schools.

McKean Students Raise Money for Harvey

Thu, 2017-09-28 08:22

McKean Elementary students are raising money to help the victims of the recent hurricanes.

Third grade students are spearheading this effort. Some students created posters and decorated collection pots. Other third graders worked together creating short presentations. Students then visited all of the other classrooms in the building to give their presentations and left behind a poster and collection pot. Third graders give up recess time each week to count and tally the donations.

They have raised more than $600 through their fundraising efforts. They will continue to collect donations throughout the next couple weeks and then donate the money to the Red Cross.

To help, individuals can send their donations to McKean Elementary School.

GMHS Photo of the Week Winners

Wed, 2017-09-27 15:31

Sophomores Sydney Schuster and Aaliyah Nelson were this week’s winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

This week’s assignment was to photograph a dominant element.

Throughout the course, there will be a weekly Photo of the Week Assignment for each class period. Their peers will vote for their favorite.

Photography I is an introduction to digital photography. Students learn to take well-composed photographs and post process them in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to Sydney and Aaliyah!

Winners of GMHS Design Contest

Wed, 2017-09-27 14:39


The winners of the design contest for General McLane High School’s General’s Store were announced yesterday.

Junior Erik Andrzejewski’s design will be printed on t-shirts and sold at the school store, and junior Nick Renick’s design was selected to be printed on sweatshirts.

Students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design II class all designed t-shirts for this project, and Mrs. Bentley’s Retail Management class voted and selected the winners.

Graphic Design II is a continuation of the concepts learned in Graphic Design I that challenges students to take their digital art creation to the more advanced level.

Retail Management is nine-week business elective offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course applies classroom theory to the actual operation of the store. Students assume full responsibility for the entire operation of the store – advertising and promotions, accounting, merchandising, inventory, pricing, purchasing, scheduling and selling.

Students will get a shirt with their design on it, and both designs will be coming soon to the General’s Store.

Vocal Jazz students take a lesson from Broadway star

Fri, 2017-09-22 15:33

Renowned Broadway performer Lisa Vroman met with General McLane High School Vocal Jazz students today.  She offered students advice on achieving music success beyond high school and also worked one-on-one with three leads for our upcoming musical, The Little Mermaid.

GMHS will perform The Little Mermaid as this year’s high school musical. Tickets will go on sale for this musical, which will be staged at General McLane High School from November 16-19, 2017, in the beginning of November.

Vroman starred on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. She’s also starred in various other productions, including as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella,  Charlotte in A Little Night Music,  Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate and Marian Paroo in The Music Man.

Vroman is the opening night soloist for the Erie Philharmonic’s “A Night on Broadway” tomorrow night at the Warner Theatre. The Pops Series show starts at 8 p.m. She will perform selections from several Broadway hits, including: The King and I, The Sound of Music, The Music Man and other greats.

For more information or to get tickets, head over to the Erie Philharmonic website. 

Sixth Grade STEM

Thu, 2017-09-21 16:01

Sixth grade STEM is back on the schedule at James W. Parker Middle School!  The program is an academic class where students are required to apply the skills they have learned in math and science. Rigorous expectations push the students to use both soft skills and academic skills, as they apply the steps of the engineering process to various design challenges.

Currently the students are testing a basic Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) design to gather base line data so they can determine how their design needs to be improved.  Once they have their data, they will submit it digitally for review by other 6th grade engineers. Based on their findings, the young engineers will then engineer modifications for improving the performance of their ROV.

GMHS Photo of the Week Winners

Tue, 2017-09-19 08:37

Senior Max Patterson and sophomore Hope Robbins were the first winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

Patterson captured the photograph of the sunset and Robbins captured the photograph of the flower. Patterson and Robbins are in two different classes.

This was the very first photo shoot assignment for students, who learned how to manage their camera’s settings and how to focus the camera. They also began looking at the difference between a photography & a snapshot.

Each week throughout the course, there will be a Photo of the Week Assignment for each class period. Their peers will vote for their favorite.

Photography I is an introduction to digital photography. Students learn to take well-composed photographs and post process them in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to Patterson and Robbins!

HS seniors visit new job site

Fri, 2017-09-15 16:32
  General McLane High School seniors Aaron Wagner and Jocie Connolly headed over to the Erie Times-News to meet about a potential new job site.  The two seniors toured the Times, met some of their employees and established ideas for a new partnership between the paper and General McLane High School students. General McLane seeks partnerships with local business to obtain and secure new job opportunities for General McLane students with disabilities. Our volunteer work-based opportunities allow students with disabilities to obtain, practice and maintain important job skills.  Through these opportunities, General McLane students offer meaningful work for free and bring joy and happiness to every work place.  Some of the local established partnerships within the the Edinboro area include: Subway, CVS, Little Caesar’s and Flip Cafe.

General McLane student-gymnasts succeed on the mat

Fri, 2017-09-15 16:11

Throughout the year, General McLane students will get to do some tumbling and balance activities through their Health and Physical Education classes. Some may wobble for balance, but some students can execute these moves with a bit more grace.

After all, for these students, the moves have become second nature.

Senior Julia Taylor, junior Alexis Throop, sophomore Lynzi King, fourth grader Lily Gee and first grader Claire Delaney have found success on the mat through Lakettes & Lakers Gymnastic Academy, a non-school affiliated gymnastic center in Erie that has trained a variety of competitive gymnasts.

Just ask Delaney, who placed first in two individual events as a kindergartner, earning herself a state title on both Bars and Vault and finishing second All-around during the Pennsylvania Level 3 State Meet. Or ask three-time regional qualifier Julia Taylor, who is looking to continue competing at the collegiate level.

This year, each girl has a significant set of goals. To reach them, these students will train anywhere from 12 to 20 hours a week and compete in several competitions throughout the year, including the upcoming Team Expo on November 4.

When these students train, they get to see a familiar face. One of their coaches is General McLane High School biology teacher Chris Gilbert, who has coached gymnastics for 15 years.

“Each girls brings something special to the gym, and I am proud to be their coach,” Gilbert said.

Read more about each student below:

Julia Taylor, Class of 2018
When I started gymnastics: 2002
Years competing: 11 years
Current level: Level 9
Titles: 3x regional qualifier
Favorite thing about gymnastics: Working out with amazing teammates
Best memories: Meeting Olympic level gymnasts throughout the years
Goal for 2017-2018 season: Having my last season be my best season

Alexis Throop, Class of 2019
When I started gymnastics: Age 3
Years competing: 7 years
Current Level: Level 8
Titles: Level 8 State Qualifier
Favorite thing about gymnastics: The feeling of accomplishing a new skill and getting to work with a great team.
Best memories: Getting to meet an Olympic gymnast
Goal for 2017-2018 season: To qualify for Level 8 regionals

Lynzi King, Class of 2020
When I started gymnastics: 7 years old
Years competing: 6 years
Currently Level: Level 7
Titles: 2015-2016 X-cel Platinum All-Around champion
Favorite thing about gymnastics: The sisterhood of all the girls, and how you don’t just learn gymnastics, you learn important life lessons such as strength, discipline, confidence and dignity.
Best memories: At my first competition, I was so proud of myself for getting a 9.2 on bars, and at Steel City last season, I got my highest scores on 3 events up to that point.
Goal for upcoming year: Get stronger and get all the new skills I need and more.

Lily Gee, Class of 2026
When I started gymnastics: 2 ½ years old.
Years competing: 2 years, entering 3rd year
Current Level: Level 4
Titles: Level 3 State Qualifier
Favorite thing about gymnastics: Accomplishing personal goals in the sport, and of course, spending so much time with her friends!
Best memories: Making my round-off back handspring, and my team placing first at the Living the Dream meet in February 2017.
Goal for 2017-2018 season: Qualifying for the Level 4 State Competition, and earning a State Title.

Claire Delaney, Class of 2029
When I started gymnastics: 2 years old
Years competing: 2 years, entering 3rd year
Current Level: Level 4
Titles: 2016-2017 Western PA Bars State Champion and 2016-2017 Western PA Vault State Champion
Favorite thing about gymnastics: Every day I practice, I get better and better! Gymnastics makes me strong, and I can do more things because I’m so strong. I love flying on the uneven bars.
Best memories: Being able to move up to level 4 so I can learn harder skills. Winning State Championship on Bars and Vault this year.
Goal for 2017-2018 season: Work hard and earn 1st place AA at Level 4 States!!

Coach Chris Gilbert, GMHS Teacher
Years Coaching: 15 years, the last 10 as a head coach at Lakettes.
Accomplishments: Has helped numerous girls earn state, regional and national titles and has helped six girls earn full collegiate scholarships to Penn State, Kent, George Washington University, Rutgers and Gannon in the last 8 years. During the 2016-2017 Season, he coached 20 state champions.

GMHS senior named National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalist

Fri, 2017-09-15 15:28

General McLane High School senior Alex Lofgren has been named a semi-finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a nationwide competition for recognition and awards conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In each annual program, approximately 16,000 academically talented high school students are honored and have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

As a High School student, Logren is involved in the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and various General McLane High School clubs, including: Robotics Club, TEAMS, National Honor Society and the Principal’s Cabinet. Last February, Lofgren received a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation by Representative Ryan Bizzarro.

Lofgren qualified for this recognition through scoring among the highest on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/NATIONAL Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Next, he will need to fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Students will be notified in February of the Finalist Designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be notified starting in April and selected on basis of their skills accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Congratulations to Alex on this wonderful honor!


HS Students Win Plein Air Competition

Wed, 2017-09-13 13:39

Edinboro University hosted its annual Scottish Highland Games Festival this past weekend. The Festival hosted a Plein Air Landscape Drawing Competition. Two General McLane students won in the high school division. Senior Hannah Dylewski took first and senior Mia Campbell took second.

The Plein Air, or Quick Draw, competition is a two-hour “en plein air”(open air) painting competition. At the end of the 2 hours, the work is judged. This competition is open to artists using oils, acrylic, water color, or pastel. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners.

Congratulations Hannah and Mia!

EE students recognize heros on 9/11

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:23

Edinboro Elementary third graders completed an activity on September 11 yesterday.

Students then wrote about both their heroes from 9/11 and their everyday heroes, with their reasons why to support their selections. On Friday, the teachers read two different books to teach the kids about the historic event.

Here were some of their responses to “My Hero Is …. ”

“The Army because they found Osama bin Laden. My every day hero is my Grandma because she cooks a lot of food.”

“Chief Pitch from September 11th because he saved a lot of people. My everyday hero is my mom because she helps me, loves me and feeds me.”

“The firefighter community on Sep. 11, 2001, they risked their lives to save other people, but still a lot of people and firefighter lost their lives. Another hero is my dad because he used to be a policeman and in the war and he is really nice and cares for other people.”  

“The fighter community on September 11, 2001. They were brave to rescue people for the Twin Towers. Another hero is my mom and she does all the laundry and cleans the house and takes care of us and we love her so much and she is the best.” 

“The police officer community on Sep. 11, 2011. They helped and made sure people were safe after the Twin Towers fell. Another hero to me is my mom. She writes math text book[s] for children to learn.

“The military people helped searched for Osama bin Laden when he hid in the mountains. They also help innocent people. My everyday hero is my family because when I fall they help me up. They teach me how to ride my bike.”

“The police because they help our community and they catch the bad guys. My other hero is my kitten Leo. He plays with me, he sits with me and he is always there for me.”

Great jobs students!

Digital artists at work!

Fri, 2017-09-08 16:04

General McLane High School had designers at work on Friday!

Students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design II class were working on designs for t-shirts. The designs may appear on shirts for sale at the High School’s General’s Store!

Graphic Design II is a continuation of the concepts learned in Graphic Design I that challenges students to take their digital art creation to the more advanced level.

The General’s Store is operated by the high school Retail Management class and runs during their lunch (11:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.). Retail Management is nine-week business elective offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course applies classroom theory to the actual operation of the store. Students assume full responsibility for the entire operation of the store – advertising and promotions, accounting, merchandising, inventory, pricing, purchasing, scheduling and selling.

Introducing School Resource Officer Jose Montes

Fri, 2017-09-08 09:18

General McLane has a new sheriff in town — literally!

Mr. Jose Montes is the District’s new School Resource Officer.

Montes began his career in Law Enforcement after attending a Correctional Officer Training Academy in Tucson, AZ. After graduating from the Academy, he was stationed at a State Correctional Facility outside of Phoenix. Shortly later, he traded in the weather and started working with the Erie County Prison as a Correctional Officer and then the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Since 2014, Montes has served in a variety of roles within the Sheriff’s Office and now serves as School Resource Officer for General McLane School District.

“Working at General McLane and being surrounded by young minds and personalities is a way that I see I can be most helpful and resourceful,” Montes said. “I feel that I could make a more positive impact on the community through the safety, education, and guidance of our youth.”

The California native has lived in Tennessee, Ohio, Arizona and New York. One of his passions is his love for cooking and food.

Montes replaces Paul Hagerty, who retired this summer. Montes is one of five Deputy Sheriffs who work 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 ensures 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.

General McLane welcomes Mr. Montes to the District!