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HS students place at EUP Journalism Day

Wed, 2017-04-19 15:19

Four General McLane High School students were recently recognized for their excellence in writing at Edinboro University’s Northwestern Pennsylvania High School Journalism Competition.  The competition featured 11 journalistic categories that garnered over 250 entries.  The entries were evaluated by a panel of faculty and student leaders involved in Edinboro’s media clubs.

GM student work was submitted in the print journalism competition in the categories of news, feature, opinion, and sports writing.  Senior Leah Breckley placed fifth in the news writing category for her piece entitled, “GM Takes to the Airwaves.” Junior Madeline Bruce placed third for her “Miss Peregrene Book to Movie Review” in the opinion category.  She was the recipient of a $25 prize.  Seniors Jon Carrier and Owen Watkins were recognized for their sports writing.  Carrier placed fourth for his “Baseball Preview.  Watkins took first place and a $100 prize for his “Concussion Discussion.”

Winners were recognized during Edinboro University’s Journalism Day. During the day students had the chance to hear from keynote speakers Mike Fenner, Sports Anchor and Reporter, JET-24/FOX66/ and Joe Palka, Newscaster, Voice of America.  They also participated in public relations and broadcasting workshops and learned more about Edinboro’s Digital Media programs. General McLane School District Public Relations Director Marissa Orbanek served on a panel teaching students about public relations in school districts.

Congratulations to our students!

Metals professor visits HS Artistic Metalsmithing class

Wed, 2017-04-05 08:23

Edinboro University professor of Metals Cappy Counard visited the General McLane High School Artistic Metalsmithing class yesterday to present her work and demonstrate to the students.

Counard earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. A finalist in the Student Silver Competition sponsored by the Society of American Silversmiths and a recipient of the Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship, Counard creates a wide range of work including intricate jewelry and sculpture combining precious and non-precious materials.

Artistic Metalsmithing is a nine week electric course for high school students. Students learn basic metalsmithing and jewelry design techniques and  work hands-on on a series of projects to develop 3-D design skills and to create works that express individual ideas.  The course covers the metalsmithing processes, materials, tools and equipment, as well as historic and contemporary jewelry design. Students also learn about sawing, cold connecting sheet metal, stone setting, enameling, soldering, and casting all in a safe environment.


GMHS student compete during PI Day Conference

Tue, 2017-04-04 11:16

General McLane High School students attended Edinboro University’s annual PI Day and Math Conference. In addition to attending seminars, the students competed in a variety of math contests. Here are the results.

Rubik’s Cube Challenge:  First Place—Kaylin Kephart Set Game Competition: 1st Place—Makenah Bryson 2nd Place—Jennie Jones 3rd Place—Leah Breckley Who Wants to Be a Pi–millionaire?: 2nd Place—Sarah Woods, Nina Ng, Jon Carrier Pi trivia: 1st Place—Nina Ng 2nd Place—Jennie Jones 3rd Place—Kaylin Kephart Tower of Hanoi: 1st Place—Maddie Dillen, Kayle Kephart Digits of Pi Memorized 2nd Place—Jennie Jones with 231 digits memorized  (the winner knows 1010) 24 Competition: Honorable Mention—Derek Hecker Cookie Competition: Vince Spada Congratulations to all!

Creating and maintaining a terrarium at JWPMS

Mon, 2017-04-03 09:36

James W. Parker Middle School fifth grade students created their own mini garden!

The students planted corn, radish, clover and pea seeds and watched them thrive to learn how the ecosystem works.


Last week was Transplant Day!

College, Career & Transition Fair a success

Tue, 2017-03-28 14:41

General McLane High School hosted its fourth Annual College, Career and Transition Fair last week and it was well-attended!

More than fifty colleges, universities, tech/trade schools and agencies attended the fair. Several service agencies also attended to help support the transition process for students with special needs.

This free event, which was a partnership of General McLane High School, Union City High School and Fort LeBoeuf High School, ran from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the General McLane High School Cafeteria. This event was open to all students in Erie county and the Northwestern Pennsylvania region.

Creative Arts Expo slated for tomorrow night

Tue, 2017-03-28 13:58

James W. Parker Middle School will be celebrating student creativity in its second annual Creative Arts Expo this Wednesday, March 29. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

There will be original poetry readings and performances, classic recitations, art displays, a cookie-war, creations from the Hears and Hands Sewing Club, technology education, collaborative art work, creative group and line dance and STEAM K’nEx Amusement Park Rides.

“Last year was the first year for The Creative Arts Expo and it was a huge success,” said JWPMS art teacher Christina Martin. “We had a large crowd of individuals who really enjoyed seeing the creative avenues of our students.”

Although headed by family living Pamela Glasl and Martin, this is a collaborative effort from all of the different arts programs at the middle school – including art classes, technology education, Family Living and language arts.

“What makes this such a unique event is the wide variety of creative talents that will be celebrated in one evening,” Martin said. “We look forward showcasing our talented students at JWPMS.”

BayHawks unveil Green Game uniform designed by HS student

Fri, 2017-03-24 13:09

An NBA Development League affiliate will be wearing a uniform tomorrow night designed by a General McLane High School student during her Graphic Design class.

The Erie BayHawks unveiled its Green Game uniform at General McLane High School to General McLane sophomore Kaley Berger, winner of the BayHawks first-ever uniform design contest.

These uniforms will be worn by the BayHawks during their game against the Raptors 905 on Saturday, March 25, and will also be auctioned off during the game to benefit a green community project. Fans attending Saturday’s game will also receive a poster featuring the uniform design, courtesy of the Erie-Times News.

The contest was a collaboration between the Erie BayHawks,  Erie Arts & Culture and Green Mountain Energy. Berger received a special uniform with her name on it. Berger’s uniform design features her depiction of Erie’s Bicentennial Tower and the lakefront.

Freshman Ellen Eisert placed second and Mrs. Hodas placed third in the contest. Students created their designs in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design class. The BayHawks Uniform Design contest called all artists, designers and photographers in Erie County, of all ages, to submit a design that celebrates a ‘Greener Erie’. The design needed to incorporate recognizable elements of Erie, along with a depiction of what energy conservation and environmental sustainability mean in today’s age.

You can read the Erie BayHawks Announcement here


Kiser advances to Nationals for Reflections

Wed, 2017-03-15 16:03

James W. Parker Middle School sixth grader Chloe Kiser placed first in the state and will be moving on to the National Level of the PTA Reflections Contest.

Kiser’s “The Finish Line” took the top award at the intermediate level for Musical Composition. This year’s theme was “What is your story?” National winners will be notified the first week of May.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts.

Through the program, students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice— dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.

Congratulations to Kiser on this wonderful accomplishment!

GM seniors advance to Dance Worlds

Wed, 2017-03-15 15:36

General McLane High School seniors Amanda Laughlin and Libby Myers will be headed to Orlando this April for the annual United States All Star Federation (USASF) Dance Worlds™ competition.

Laughlin and Myers will be competing as part of the Dance Vibe Senior Hip-Hop Team. Their team received their bid and will now compete against hundreds of USASF member event producers across the U.S. and in over 40 countries around the world.  Myers and Laughlin are members of an 11-member team.

“One of my favorite things about this event is meeting all of the people from different countries,” said Myers, who has been with Dance Vibe for six years. “It’s fun to have those opportunities to interact with the participants and see their routines.”

The theme for this year’s routine is “Jokers” and incorporates different tricks and moves to music from Suicide Squad. 

“I like the acting part of it,” said Laughlin, who has been dancing since the age of two and competitive dancing since she was nine.  “In addition to the hip-hop dancing, we are portraying a character so it makes it more fun and exciting to go out there.”

This international event brings together more than 9000 cheer and 3500 dance athletes to vie for world champion titles in senior and international club divisions and categories.

The event takes place April 28 through May 1 and will be aired on ESPN2.

Congratulations to both Myers and Laughlin!

GM sophomore wins Bayhawks competition

Tue, 2017-03-14 14:54

(Winning Design)

The Erie BayHawks will be wearing a uniform at their March 25 game designed by a GMHS student!

General McLane students competed in their contest, which was co-sponsored by the Erie Arts & Culture. Two students and General McLane High School art teacher Mrs. Hodas won the contest.

Sophomore Kaley Berger took first place in the Bayhawks’ Uniform Design Contest. She will have her design featured on the BayHawks Uniforms on March 25, as well as featured on a poster produced by the Erie Times-News and distributed to fans the night of the game. She will also assist the BayHawks in selecting from a list of community projects that will receive proceeds from the BayHawks Uniform Auction . Berger will will receive a personalized replica jersey and shorts, two courtside seats to the BayHawks game, a Green Energy Prize Pack and a $250 cash prize.

Freshman Ellen Eisert placed 2nd. She will receive a $50 Cash Prize and recognition during BayHawks game on March 25th. She will also be featured on and Erie BayHawks social channels and receive two courtside seats and a Green Energy Prize Pack.

Ellen’s design:


Mrs. Hodas placed third and will receive recognition during BayHawks Game on March 25 and be featured on and Erie BayHawks Social Channels. She will also receive four premium tickets to a BayHawks and a Green Energy Prize Pack.

Mrs. Hodas’ design:

All students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design class submitted a design. The BayHawks Uniform Design contest called all artists, designers and photographers in Erie County, of all ages, to submit a design that celebrates a ‘Greener Erie’. The design needed to incorporate recognizable elements of Erie, along with a depiction of what energy conservation and environmental sustainability mean in today’s age.

Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!

Students compete in Battle of the Books

Tue, 2017-03-14 13:56

James W. Parker Middle School and General McLane High School students participated in the Battle of the Books Competition at Gannon University.

Students were given a list of 24 books to read and are then asked questions about the books in a quiz bowl style competition.  General McLane had three middle school teams and four high school teams.

There were over 30 teams in the high school division, from the tri-county area.

The HS advisor is Mary Morosky and the Middle School advisor is Christine Massey, with help from Karen Lerch and Christine Zimmer.

The students represented General McLane well — and had fun!

Congratulations to all participants!

A Thousand Pages of Us, 2nd place

Shut Up and Read a Book, 4th place 

Literally Lit, 13th place

Lit Mafia, 10th place

Middle School Participants

GM wrestlers place in PIAA tournament

Mon, 2017-03-13 20:26

For the first time since 2004, General McLane High School had a pair of place winners in the PIAA State Tournament.

Ethan Laird finished his career as a PIAA 195 lbs State Runner Up after a 3-1 loss to North Allegheny’s Jake Woodley in the finals. Laird became the program’s most successful wrestler after a 6-3 win against Waynesburg’s Colin McCracken during the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament at the Giant Center. His victory was the 136th of his career.  Hayden Harrison  (’04) previously held the program’s most wins by a Lancer with 135.

Owen Watkins placed 8th in the state for the 152 lbs class. Watkins lost 2-1 to  Mechanicsburg’s Brayden Wills for seventh place.

Both students are seniors at General McLane High School and plan to wrestle at the collegiate level.

Congratulations to Ethan and Owen!

2017 Reflections Winners

Thu, 2017-03-09 15:57


Numerous General McLane students were honored for their achievement in the 2017 National PTA Reflections arts in education program.

Regional winner’s include Presley O’Bannon (3rd place Visual Arts), Chloe Kiser (1st place Music Composition), and Lucas Leasure (3rd place Photography). McKean Elementary winners included: Jane Howard (1st place Musical composition) and Parker Howard (3rd place Photography)

The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme “What Is Your Story?”. Regional winners were recognized at the 2017 Erie County Reflections Ceremony, held in February.

Regional winners moved on to the State Level.

Erie County winners included:  Presley O’Bannon (Visual art 2D -6th), Magnus Lloyd (Visual Art 3D, 5th), Alana Puller (Visual Art 3D, 5th), Chloe Kiser (Musical Composition, 6th) and Lucas Leasure (Photography, 8th).  Hudson Spires (Visual Arts 2D, 4th Gr),  Jane Howard (Musical Composition, 4th) and Parker Howard (Photography, K).

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, McKean Elementary PTA, James W. Parker Middle School PTSA and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice— dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and commitment to the arts!

Erie Phil’s Maestro Daniel Meyer visits EE

Tue, 2017-03-07 15:47

What does a conductor do? What families of instruments are in a symphony orchestra?  What are some of the hand movements conductors are doing when they wave their hands around?  And, what is that stick called?

Those are questions Maestro Daniel Meyer of the Erie Philharmonic answered today during his presentation to Edinboro Elementary second graders. The entire second grade also joined together to sing and sign a song for him.

This Saturday night, world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax makes his Erie Philharmonic debut in a very special evening of two composer-titans, Beethoven and Mahler. In April, violinist Jenny Oaks Baker returns to the Erie Philharmonic for their 16-17 Pops season finale to perform original arrangements from classic Disney films.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

McKean’s Mrs. Roberts to present in Greece

Mon, 2017-03-06 15:48

When McKean Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts noticed a decline in fitness when kids returned from summer break, she was prompted to learn more on her own.

Now, she has been selected to present her findings at the 13th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Science in Athens, Greece this July.

“We’ve been improving fitness during the school year, but then the students go to summer break. When they come back, I often see a decline,” Roberts said.

Roberts studied fifty-five students and their individual fitness levels over three years. Through implementation of the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Run test (PACER) and participant surveys, Roberts said that the students became more physically fit and she learned ways to better serve and empower her students to help keep them active and healthy.

She will present these results to health and physical education teachers from around the world, as well as physicians, physical therapists, coaches and others in the field. The conference is hosted by Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

Congratulations to Mrs. Roberts!


Camp Invention Registration Open

Fri, 2017-03-03 15:10

The nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program is returning once again to General McLane School District during the summer months – and spots are quickly filling!

Camp Invention is for students in grades 1-6 throughout all of Erie County. The program takes place at Edinboro Elementary School June 12-16, 2017.

The program is offered by Invent Now and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This weeklong summer program is an opportunity for both elementary and middle school students to reinvent themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Campers will work in teams as they rotate between four fun thematic modules.

This is the fourth year for the elementary camp at Edinboro Elementary. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Within this year’s Launchpad for your Imagination program, students will have the opportunity to create their own personal, ultimate sky gadget alarm box, explore a distant exoplanet and create the next earth, launch water rockets, build bubble blasters and engineer giant castles, and design duct tape products to pitch to mock investors.

The program costs $225. Camp Invention participants save $25 if registered by March 20, 2017. Installment plans are also available.

Registration is available here. 

McKean First Grade Adventures

Fri, 2017-03-03 11:05

McKean Elementary first graders are already grasping the idea of collecting facts!

The students are conducting animal research projects in the library by using both books and an internet searches through PebbleGo.

Mrs. Bean reviews the PebbleGo website with the students before they rotate through the books and computers to conduct their reports.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

JWPMS 5h graders host Read-a-thon

Thu, 2017-03-02 15:59

James W. Parker Middle School students in Ms. Shee and Mrs. Brook’s fifth grade classrooms participated in a “Read-a-thon” today to honor Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Students brought in snacks, cozy blankets and pillows, along with their favorite books to read.

Principals Mr. Hansen and Mr. Buto started each class off by reading aloud different Dr. Seuss books to the students.

The students had a blast!

Elementary students get Green Eggs & Ham

Thu, 2017-03-02 15:09

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, elementary students had the option to buy green eggs and ham today from the cafeteria.

Edinboro Elementary students also received a free book and a celebration treat, donated by the Edinboro Elementary PTO.

For more pictures, please visit the Featured Photos Page.

Read Across America Day 2017

Thu, 2017-03-02 15:03

General McLane High School students continued the tradition and visited both McKean and Edinboro Elementary School to read to the students in honor of Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

This year, high school students were members of the Battle of the Books organization.

Students also talked to the students about their interests, hobby and future plans.

This celebration started in May 1997, when a small reading task force at NEA came up with the idea to create a day in celebration of reading. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

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