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Visit from a Magician

Mon, 2018-11-05 09:32

The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes at GMHS had the pleasure of welcoming their final special guest speaker on Thursday. This week’s famous Lancer guest was the magical Ryan Hess.

Ryan Hess is a Junior at GMHS who has been practicing magic for the last four years. He was inspired to do magic by the app Vine and he teaches himself tricks via YouTube videos.

Parker Pride Winners

Mon, 2018-11-05 09:17

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Ellie Baughman (6th) Stella Bridger (6th) Clay Kimmy (5th) Morgan Harnett (5th) Anna Topel (5th)

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.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

GMHS students attend Women in Engineering Day

Fri, 2018-11-02 14:20

General McLane High School students attended Penn State Behrend’s Women in Engineering (WIE) on Friday.

The day was filled with hands-on and interactive activities/workshops that feature different careers in engineering. Some of the activities that students did today involved creating play dough, engineered batteries from pennies, participated in an egg drop to simulate engineering air bags and modeled industrial engineering by working in a assembly line.

WIE is an outreach program for 10th and 11th grade girls held every year in November. Its goal is to introduce girls to what an engineer does, what kinds of engineering careers are available, and explain how engineers help the world in general.

For more information, visit their website.

JWPMS students have fun with baking

Fri, 2018-11-02 13:55

James W. Parker Middle School students learned this week that Halloween doesn’t need to be only about the sugar rush from candy.

Instead, students in Mrs. Glasl’s 8th Grade Foods Class made “Day of the Dead” sugar skull fruit pizzas. Students created a nutritious treat loaded with fruit and a cream cheese frosting

This lesson engaged students while helping them to complete their knife skills training, as they were required to cut the fruit using proper technique and safety procedures.  Since students also made the cookie base from scratch, they were also focused on proper measuring techniques for different types of ingredients.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-11-02 13:52

Each Friday, we will feature an employee in the District so you can get to know the amazing individuals that work for General McLane School District!

This week, we are featuring General McLane High School Life Skills Teacher Laura Oathout, who has worked for the District for more than three years.

Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Oathout volunteers for the Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience and Gliding Stars skating program, both recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. She also coaches track here at GM!

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love watching my students learn new skills and grow, both in the classroom and as young adults.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I love the tight knit community that GM offers both students and faculty.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

At new teacher in-service, we were served pizza for lunch.  I of course was dipping my pizza in ranch and also using a fork to eat it … a plastic fork … which I pressed too hard on (probabaly because I was nervous) and it broke, causing my hand to land in the ranch, which flew EVERYWHERE, including right on to the person next to me. I was super embarrassed, but he just laughed it off and helped me clean it up. More than three years later now, and we’re married!

Did you know ….

Mrs. Oathout also certified to teach elementary school and 7-12 English.


The Wrong Time

Fri, 2018-11-02 13:15

It’s the wrong time to be a Cleveland coach.

That’s how General McLane students started off their new podcast this week.

Jack Mennow, Eli Buto, Nate Jones and Bill Jukes are the creators of “The Wrong Time” podcast. The podcast records every Tuesday and Friday covers everything in the world of sports with a big focus on the NFL. The name “The Wrong Time” isn’t just the name of the show, but also a clever segue into the day’s top story. Each podcast starts by announcing that today is the wrong time to be (player, team, coach).

The idea spurred through Mrs. Zona’s Cyber Cafe class, which started last year to give students the ability to pursue coursework outside of General McLane High School offerings. During the first week, students plan courses based on their interest.

For the students, their idea was simple – they wanted to do a podcast.

Though it’s only been in existence for about a month and a half, the show has already hosted two guests, Canada’s National Basketball League player and former Edinboro University  basketball star Jaymon Mason and comedian Joe Praino. Some future guests on the horizon are Erie Times-News sports writer, Tom Reisenweber and University of Hawaii quarterback, Brett Kulka.

The podcast already has six episodes, and it averages about 100 downloads per show.

“It gives students the opportunity to pursue something that they’re interested in,” said Zona, who has served as a Career Planning teacher at General McLane High School since 2013. “It allows them to take something they’re passionate about and expand on it. It’s not just sports –  it’s marketing, production, and it’s even teaching them organization.”

Each member of “The Wrong Time” hopes to continue the show even after the class is over.

You can find “The Wrong Time Podcast” on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and youtube.


An International Visit

Fri, 2018-11-02 10:41

The Life Skills and Autistic Support classes at GMHS had the pleasure of welcoming another special guest speaker this Thursday. This week’s famous Lancer guest was International Student Kimberly Prizmic.

Kimberly is an International Student from Australia who came to General McLane last year. She spoke to students about some of the similarities and differences between Australia and the United States.

Since hosting its first exchange student in 1961, the District continues to host a handful each year. The addition of foreign exchange students to the General McLane High School student body offers many benefits to its participating students, the students of General McLane, its teachers and community.  

GMSD’s Brian Farmer presents to MS students

Fri, 2018-11-02 10:34

Yesterday, James W. Parker Middle School students had a familiar guest visitor in the classroom.

General McLane’s own Brian Farmer, who works in maintenance for the District, also operates his own silkscreening business, Farmers Vinyl Graphics. He presented to middle school art students on screen printing over his lunch break and donated a multi-color screen printing station to the District.

JWPMS added professional screen printing to the middle school art curriculum three years ago. Students learn how to use stencils and different color combinations to create their work, as well as how to prep the screen, care for the equipment and clean up production. This lesson focuses on creativity and exposes students to a real-life creative job opportunity, while developing artistic ideas and work processes and learning from trial and error.

This project is possible thanks to a grant from the General McLane Foundation. As a 2017 William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Education Program Grant recipient, JWPMS art teacher Christina Martin acquired professional equipment for creation, printing, and clean up.

Now, the JWPMS has two machines — thanks to Farmer!

Halloween in the District

Fri, 2018-11-02 10:05

Yesterday, students and staff across the District showcased their Halloween outfits and participated in various holiday-themed activities and parades.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

JWPMS holds PBIS Incentive Assembly

Thu, 2018-11-01 10:24

Yesterday, James W. Parker Middle School celebrated positive behavior from students during the first quarter.

Fifth and sixth grade students celebrated their positive behavior by watching a movie and then participated in different activities and games throughout the afternoon, along with a dance. Awards were given to the funniest, scariest and most creative costumes, as well as teacher choice.

“All students participated because staff and teachers wanted to celebrate and recognize all of the great things they had done in the first nine weeks of school,” said James W. Parker Middle School Associate Principal Justin Whitford. “That culminating event ultimately allows the students to look forward to something and helps to strengthen the positive school culture we are seeking to build this year.”

Students who earned Parker Pride tickets throughout the quarter earned an extra opportunity to celebrate their individuals efforts to meet the behavioral expectations throughout the quarter. Randomly drawn students from those who had earned Parker Pride tickets earned the VIP Experience, which included first selection of their seats and popcorn, a drink and candy for the movie.

There were 821 tickets received among students this quarter for demonstrating Parker Pride and making positive choices — 433 from 6th grade and 388 from 5th grade.

The Incentive Assembly was a result 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 fall, the program was implemented for all fifth and sixth grade students.

This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations. Students receive awards based on modeling Parker Pride behavior expectations, a chart of uniform expectations for five different areas. The model allows students to earn Parker Pride tickets, with incentives to be more randomly dispersed through the school year.

Service Center dedicates month to Breast Cancer Awareness

Thu, 2018-11-01 09:07

The General McLane School District Service Center dedicated the month of October to raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer. Throughout the month, they hosted various events to support the cause, including a lunch and sundae serving.

For the last event, Transportation Manager Nancy Ekstrom, Support Services Supervisor Dave Campbell and mechanics Gordon Pietrowski and Ron Weidner volunteered to take a “pie in the face” for the cause! Individuals could purchase a ticket circling the name of the recipient of their choice. Campbell received the most “votes”.

Driver Vickie Wheeler was the lucky one to get to pie Campbell, thanks to a lucky drawing. But, Campbell added a twist and offered to double the money raised if he could return the favor, which Wheeler volunteered to do! On Wednesday, the Service Center held their sticky event.

In total, the Service Center raised $450 dollars. The money will be donated to local efforts to fight cancer.

Holiday Arts Fair: Vendor Feature

Wed, 2018-10-31 10:21

The General McLane Foundation’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 17, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 80 vendors will be in attendance, including a variety of new vendors. This year’s crafts include: glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, crocheted, stitched and sewn items.

One of those vendors will be theEclectic2, who’s creations are only limited to what inspires them. Their projects range from hat pins to sports themed drink coasters just to name a few.

“My daughter Brittany and I started crafting as a way to spend time together, have fun, and make others happy with some fun items,”said Cindy Pierson of theEclectic2. “It evolved to tile coasters, and other miscellaneous products. We will try anything once and custom orders are welcome!”

Here is a sneak-peak of just some of their items that will be available at the Fair!

Trail of Treats brings in nearly 400 children

Wed, 2018-10-31 09:06

James W. Parker Middle School hosted its fifth annual Trail of Treats this past weeekend.

 Members of the 8th grade advisors hosted the event, which invited children 12 and under to gather candy and treats at various stations set up throughout the Middle School.

All candy was donated from local businesses. Businesses that donated include: Means Family Dentistry, Be Styled Hair Studio, Erie Play House, Penn Erie, Eldred Collision, R Frank Photography, Lecom, Rebich Investments, Sanders Eyecare, Nature’s Fabrics, Riptide Fishing Charters, Brink Ink, John’s Wildwood Pizza, Teal Pumpkin Project, Plyler Entry Systems, Office Max, St. Francis Ushers Club, Iszkula Orthodontics, Kosaniak’s Service Inc, Green Prosthetics & Orthotics, Christie’s Boro Boutique, Sunview Golf, Jerico Landscaping, Rabell Surveying & Engineering, LLC, AXA Advisors, LLC, Utz and Millennium Sound

This year’s event raised more than $1170 for Because You Care, an Erie, PA, 501(c)3 animal rescue and pet adoption organization that works through a network of foster homes in McKean.

GMHS Acting and Set Design class visits elementary schools

Tue, 2018-10-30 15:34

General McLane High School students in Acting and Stage Design classes visited both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools on Monday.

The students wrote, created all their own sets, costumes and props to perform shows based on three children’s books: “Room on a Broom”, “Very Brave Witch” and “Great Pumpkin”.

Students performed their play series, “A Witches’ Trilolgy”, for Edinboro’s kindergarten and a few 1st grade classes and a few kindergarten classes at McKean.

Acting and Stage Design is a class offering at the high school that approaches acting as the realistic portrayal of emotions. Students will improve their volume, facial expressions, gestures and movement to present real emotions to an audience, while learning about acting, history of theatre, set construction, props, costumes, etc.



Parker PRIDE Winners

Tue, 2018-10-30 15:07

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Dakota Sharer (6th)
Izzie Behnke (6th)
Wesson Trypus (6th)
Phin Bookhamer (5th)
Adriana Allgeier  (5th)

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.

For more information on the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.

Wiffle Ball World Series

Tue, 2018-10-30 13:55

7th Grader Jacob Haugh hosts his Wiffle Ball World Series event for the Pittsburgh Pirates Wins For Kids Charities.

WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visit JWPMS

Tue, 2018-10-30 10:49

WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visited James W. Parker Middle School last week for their annual visit with fifth grade students about the science involved in meteorology, predicting weather, largest snowfalls and some of their most memorable moments of their careers.

All of the fifth grade science classes were in attendance of the live presentation.

Atkins and DiVecchio shared some information about what they do at the TV station and some other important weather facts. Students asked questions directly to the meteorologists and had the opportunity to meet individually with them following the presentation.

Various fifth graders created a welcome video for the visit. JET TV had this event on Facebook Live.

JWPMS teacher Laurie Santos is the Edinboro weather watcher for the station and orchestrated the event.



JWPMS PTSA hosts Halloween Fun Night

Mon, 2018-10-29 10:36

Last Friday, the James W. Parker Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association hosted a Halloween Fun Night. All Middle School students were invited to enjoy a giant inflatable obstacle course, DJ, photo booth and a costume contest.

A total of 250 students came out for some Halloween Fun! Some of the winning costumes included a group of m&m’s, a giant chicken, an SNL Cheerleader and Eleven from Stranger Things.

JWPMS students prepare for Trail of Treats

Fri, 2018-10-26 16:12

JWPMS students are preparing for tomorrow’s fifth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser!

Members of the 8th grade advisors are hosting the event on Saturday, October 27.  Children are invited to gather candy and treats at various stations set up throughout the Middle School between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

This event is for children 12 and under and the cost is $3 per child. An adult must accompany any child throughout this event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

All candy is donated from local businesses. Previous events, which have averaged 300 trick or treaters, raised money for the AH Club of Edinboro, Boro Women’s and Family Services, the Erie County Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ECCDHH) and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA. Last year’s event raised nearly eleven hundred dollars for the AH Club.

This year, all proceeds will benefit the Because You Care, an Erie, PA, 501(c)3 animal rescue and pet adoption organization that works through a network of foster homes in McKean.

GMHS hosts send-off for Water Polo members

Fri, 2018-10-26 10:32

General McLane High School hosted a send-off this morning for the Fairview Girls Water Polo Team, which co-ops with both General McLane and Girard High Schools.

General McLane students Ellen Eisert and Macie Peyton are members of the team and will participating in the State Championship this weekend. The team will compete in the Pennsylvania Small School Championships at Muhlenberg High School in Reading on Saturday.

General McLane High School and Fairview High School entered into co-operative agreements for both Water Polo and Girls Lacrosse. A cooperative agreement is approved by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and enable students from one school to play a sport at another.

Congratulations to both General McLane and Fairview students on this impressive accomplishment!