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Donate to the GM Foundation on Erie Gives Day

Tue, 2017-07-18 14:25


The General McLane Foundation will once again be participating in Erie Gives Day.

During the sixth annual Erie Gives Day on August 8 only, the Erie Community Foundation will match a percentage of donations received online. When individuals donate $25 or more to the General McLane Foundation at, a prorated match will be added to the donation.

The online only event runs from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

More than 7,000 donors gave a total of $3,451,087 to a variety of charities last year. The General McLane Foundation specifically raised its largest donation on Erie Gives Day 2016 with $3,603.81, pushing its total raised on Erie Gives Day to over $11,000.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major fundraising events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

For more information on Erie Gives Day, please visit To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit

Edinboro and McKean Elementary schools participate in Supply Drive

Mon, 2017-07-17 12:21

Both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools will be participating in United Way’s Kickoff for Student Success Countywide School Supply Drive.

On August 15, companies and individuals are invited to drop off new school supplies to Edinboro Elementary School and/or McKean Elementary School to ensure elementary students enter this school year ready to learn! Each school will keep whatever is collected at the drop off location and be able to use them at their discretion.

Top needed school supplies include: baby wipes, binders, book bags, calculators, clorox wipes, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, Expo markers, 2-pocket folders, glue sticks, highlighters, markers, paper, pencil cases, pencils, rulers, sanitizer, scissors, tissues, and ziploc bags.

Supplies can be dropped off at each of the schools between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This is part of United Way of Erie County’s county-wide initiative to help children whose families can’t afford school supplies. The initiative complements last year’s Summer Slide Book Drive, which collects and provides books to keep kids reading and learning when schools aren’t in session.

If you don’t have the opportunity to buy and donate school supplies, you can sponsor one or more Erie County students with a $20 per child donation. United Way of Erie County will purchase the backpack and appropriate supplies for you. Please indicate which elementary school student you would like to sponsor in the note section.

Whitford appointed as Associate Principal

Mon, 2017-06-19 13:20

General McLane School District has selected Justin Whitford to serve as Associate Principal at James W. Parker Middle School, effective July 1.

“I am ecstatic to join the General McLane family and community as the new Associate Principal of Parker Middle School,” Whitford said.

A Lake City native, Whitford served two years as an elementary principal in Braxton County School District in West Virginia. He taught high school social studies for four years and served as the Department Chairperson, while also serving on a variety of professional committees with the West Virginia Department of Education, including the Commission for Professional Teaching Standards and Professional Practices Panel.

Whitford, who received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Principal Certification from Edinboro University, plans to reside in the Edinboro area with his wife, Mary Beth.

The vacancy comes after John Hansen was appointed as superintendent of Northwestern School District, effective July 1. Formerly Associate Principal at James W. Parker Middle School, Jason Buto was appointed to JWPMS Principal. Buto will also remain serving as the District Curriculum Director.

4th graders perform tale tale classics

Tue, 2017-06-06 16:20

Edinboro Elementary fourth graders performed their end-of-the-year plays yesterday, reenacting a variety of classic tall tales.

Students worked collaboratively to share their stories of tall tale heroes, including: John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Febold Feboldson, Stormalong, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Annie Christmas and Paul Bunyan.

For more photos, visit our Featured Photos Page.

Erie WWII vet speaks to HS students

Tue, 2017-06-06 13:18

General McLane High School students had the opportunity to hear about WWII, its battles and its strategies outside of the facts and numbers that they read in textbooks. An Erie WWII veteran spoke with General McLane High School students yesterday in the auditorium.

Pvt. Joseph Morettini was part of the 82nd Airborne and fought in Normandy, Battle of Ardenne Forest, Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Central Europe. He was shot twice during his two-year campaign. Morettini, who is 92 years old and is one of two surviving members left from the 507th, was recently honored during the 100th anniversary commemoration of U.S. 82nd Airborne.

High school students in Mr. Stauffer’s U.S. History II class, as well as Mr. Vath, Mr. Treusch, Mr. Woodward, Mr. Wible, and Mr. Hager classes attended the event. The event was coordinated through Mr. John Malone and Mr. Stauffer.

Seniors walk to celebrate achievements

Mon, 2017-06-05 18:56

On Friday, the General McLane High School Class of 2017 took part in the second annual Senior Walk in both Elementary schools, James W. Parker Middle School and the high school.

Students, teachers and staff cheered on the seniors for their hard work as they paraded through the halls. The seniors also joined McKean fourth graders during their fourth grade celebration!

This event took place on the seniors last day and was intended to created a culminating connection between students at all levels of the district.

Almost 400 attend Lancer Legacy Banquet

Tue, 2017-05-30 14:45

Almost 400 guests attended the 9th Annual Lancer Legacy Banquet last week.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Emily McCracken Shears (‘97). Shears is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Prevention, Quality Improvement and Regulatory & Accreditation services departments at UPMC Hamot in Erie. She earned her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Before UPMC, Shears worked for the Department of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health in the division of Acute Disease Investigation and Control. She is also a volunteer for ServeErie.

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District was presented to Dan Berlin, and the Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane Athletics was presented to Jay Macho.

Berlin taught at General McLane School District from 1969 until 2003. He taught high school math and served as an advisor to Student Council and math team Competitions. He also established and advised the National Honor Society. Berlin is involved with his church, serving as a deacon, church/youth group leader and member of the church choir. He is the president of Pro Rege Christian School Board and is an elected auditor of Rockdale Township. He and his wife Kathryn reside in Cambridge Springs and have 12 grandchildren.

Macho was employed as a middle school Language Arts teacher within the General McLane School District from 1974 through 2011. He coached middle school football, basketball and cross country. He also coached high school football and track and field. During Macho’s first year as head track and field coach, Macho led the girls track team to the PIAA State Championship, which was the school’s first state championship. Macho currently volunteers with the Erie Philharmonic and officiates track meets at Olmsted Falls HS.  He and his wife Diana reside in Edinboro.

Following the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Lancer Legacy Awards, the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for students took place. More than 350 high school students were recognized for achieving Honor Roll at least three terms during the 2016-2017 School Year. Students who received an Academic Letter were also recognized.

The General McLane High School Academic Letter Program is designed to award excellence in academic performance by its students. Implemented in the 1990s and proposed by students, students may accumulate points on a yearly basis for Principal’s Honor Roll,  Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Academic Challenge Team, School Sponsored Competitions and Non-Athletic Activities. To earn this award, freshmen must accumulate 8.0 points and all other students 10.5 points during the defined year.

GMHS hosts Military Recognition Ceremony

Tue, 2017-05-30 14:28

General McLane High School hosted its first-ever Military Recognition Ceremony to honor the seniors of the Class of 2017 who have committed to serve our country.

Students included: Hunter Beddick (Air Force), Brody Wise (Army), Chloe Casbohm (Navy), Derek Hecker (Navy), Marisa Sammons (Navy) and Daniel Teed (Army ROTC).

The event took place in the auditorium, followed by a light reception in the library. Senator Michele Brooks was in attendance, as well as a representative from both Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro and Senator Dan Laughlin’s offices.

Thank you to those who have made an honorable commitment to serve our country!


6th graders create Alpine Slide

Fri, 2017-05-26 11:55

A few weeks ago, James W. Parker Middle School students were building boats for their own Sailboat Regatta. Now, students continue STEM learning and practicing the engineering design process in another hands-on, math-enriched activity.

Sixth Graders in Mr. Triola’s class applied their math skills to the engineering design process to build Alpine Slides and Alpine Slide Carts for racing. The process began with each student building to specification, one section of the overall slide and then joining sections to form four tracks of 25 feet each. Over 100 feet of track was built and tested by the students!

After the track was built, students then designed and developed carts. With the help of Mr. Roboto, the students gathered scaled body measurements for riders so they could accurately design a cart to fit the average person and then tested the cart for effectiveness in both design and safety.

Once each student gathered and reviewed both the personal and group race data, they modified and improved their cart designs in hopes of winning the Alpine Slide.

The plan is to get the carts and slides outside next week for racing!

Unified Track and Field Send-Off

Fri, 2017-05-26 11:07

General McLane High School had a send-off for the Unified Track and Field team yesterday. The team competes in the PIAA Meet in Shippensburg tomorrow!

Good luck to our team and everyone else competing in the State Meet!

EE second graders perform Ibis: A True Whale Story

Fri, 2017-05-26 10:20

Edinboro Elementary second graders in Mrs. Dilmore’s class performed Ibis: A True Whale Story to parents and students this week. Their puppet show told John Himmelman’s exciting account of the first successful rescue of a net-entangled whale. Students also performed some dances and skits as part of their end-of-the-year program.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

MS teacher’s sculpture to display in Michigan

Thu, 2017-05-25 10:57

James W. Parker Middle School art teacher Christina Martin will have her art featured in an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Michigan.

Her sculpture, “Micro”, will be on display at the fourth annual sculpture exhibition at  John D. Wittersheim Sculpture Park in Adrian, Michigan from August 14, 2017 through August 4, 2018.  The purpose of this sculpture park is to honor the craftsmanship, ideas, tools and lessons of John D. Wittersheim. The exhibit utilizes the green spaces radiating out from Studio Angelico and provides places of inspiration and reflection. 

Martin’s sculpture is steel and is approximiately 11 feet tall. Thanks to the moire pattern, which is created by the perforated sheet steel, as the sunlight and moonlight change throughout the day so does the piece.

Martin graduated from Ohio State with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture and her Art Education certification from Edinboro University.  While at Ohio State, Martin worked mostly in metal. Now, she works with metal, ceramics, and mixed media pieces.

GMHS Athletics Signing Day Ceremony

Thu, 2017-05-25 09:57

General McLane High School hosted a Collegiate Athletics Signing Day Ceremony yesterday.

The following athletes signed to continue their athletic careers as a student-athlete at the collegiate level:

Lydia Beers – Mercyhurst North East – Soccer
CeCe Koral – Edinboro – Swimming
Ethan Laird – Rider – Wrestling
Jacob Lenhardt – Behrend – Wrestling
Abbie Staley – Edinboro – Softball
Owen Watkins – Mercyhurst – Wrestling

General McLane now has seven college-bound athletes from the Class of 2017. Earlier this year, Alex Jay signed to play basketball at Edinboro University.

Mandarin Club attends Cleveland Asian Festival

Mon, 2017-05-22 10:35

The General McLane High School Mandarin Club attended the Annual Cleveland Asian Festival Trip this past weekend.

Twenty-five students attended the festival, which takes place in the heart of Cleveland’s AsiaTown and offers all sorts of vendors, food, live entertainment, and activities.

Nearly two dozen Asian restaurants set up as vendors in the festival area and there were also two main stages that include demonstrations and competitions.

General McLane’s Mandarin Club raises awareness of Asian cultures, promotes the Mandarin Chinese Program and practices conversational Chinese.

JWPMS hosts 2017 Talent Show

Mon, 2017-05-22 09:34

The 2017 Talent Show at James W. Parker Middle School took place last week.

Caleigh Meyer won first place, Dylan Throop earned second,  Julia Esposito earned third and Meredith Moore earned the Director’s Award. The show is directed by JWPMS teacher Kate Amatuzzo. This year’s stage manager was Ryan Hess; lights were done by Alayna & Kellen Smith and the hosts of the show were Makaela Persons and Chandler Villanueva.

Here is a list of all of this year’s performances:

Alie Jones –  “Fireflies”
Sadiyah Dexter – “Music of the Night”
Cooper Williams – “Here”
JC Williams – Yo-Yo Presentation
Sophia Lehman – “Home”
Elle Loehrke, Sophia Boutte, Chloe Miles, and Bella Fromknecht – “The Schuyler Sisters”
Sarah Brest – “Memories”
Tobeigh Ingram – “Fire to the Rain”
Emma Noyer  – “Hot and Cold”
Miranda Kline – “I Don’t Know My Name”
Morgan Olson –  “Scars to Your Beautiful”
Ellie Conaway – “The Spinning Song”
Taylor Dowlen – “Stay with me”
Dylan Throop – “Minuet in G Major”
Julia Esposito – “My Heart Will Go On”
Caleigh Meyer –  “Titanium”
Chloe Kiser – Piano/Vocal Presentation
Taylor Faulkner –  “Million Reasons”
Elena Halmi – “Say Something”
Grace Honeycutt – “All That Matters”
Isaac Smith –  Magic Act
Hannah Wolfe – “Hallelujah”
Meredith Moore –  “Writing’s on the Wall”
Abby Johnson – “Try”

McKean receives recognition for MTSS program

Fri, 2017-05-19 11:38

McKean Elementary School’s MTSS Program was recently highlighted as Model Program through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5.

As part of their “Spotlight on Model Schools/Model Programs” recognition, each month the NW Tri-County IU 5 selects a school in the Tri-County region that is implementing a program successfully with support from a member of the Intermediate Unit staff.

During each monthly Curriculum Directors, a school leadership team presents to their regional colleagues. Through these sessions, schools share exemplary practices, have access to networking opportunities across districts and learn about the Intermediate Unit services and programs.

McKean Elementary School implemented their Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to meet the needs of elementary age students experiencing difficulties in school, whether it be academic or behavioral. The team reviews school-wide universal screening data and other district assessments for students and develops strategies that address students’ needs in the regular classroom setting.

Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission helps students build bluebird habitats

Fri, 2017-05-19 11:25

There was a lot of hammering at James W. Parker Middle School earlier this week!

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Santos and Mr. Sturgess’ classrooms built a bluebird nesting box, thanks to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission who donated the wood and hardware for 150+ habitats.

Wildlife conservation officer Mike Stutts did a lesson with the students, helped them to build the habitats and then had students watch a video about the best places to hang their bluebird boxes.

This was part of the fifth grade science curriculum.

11th Annual Golf Outing Accepting Registrations

Thu, 2017-05-18 11:02

Golf enthusiasts and supporters of public education can mark their calendars – the General McLane Foundation is now accepting registrations for its 11th Annual Golf Outing. Sponsored by Edinboro Outdoors, the event will take place July 15, 2017, at Culbertson Hills Golf Course in Edinboro.

The golf outing is an 18-hole, four-person scramble. Golfers can win valuable raffle and contest prizes.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Tickets to this event are $80/golfer $320/foursome. Entry fees includes: 18 Holes & Golf Cart, Lunch, Dinner, Golf Balls & Tees, Beverages, Prizes, 19th Green, the opportunity to win a car and additional prizes, sponsored by Walker Bros, the opportunity to purchase Skins and Mulligans and the chance to compete in a Putting Contest, Longest Drive and Closest Pin. The winning team wins $300; second place team wins $200; random draw wins $100.

Many sponsorship opportunities are available including: prize donors, hole sponsors at $100; putting contest sponsors at $200; beverage station sponsors and 19th Green sponsors at $250; lunch sponsors at $600; and dinner sponsors at $1,000.

All proceeds benefit the General McLane Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 exclusively for charitable educational purposes to benefit the students of the General McLane School District. The Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing are the organization’s two major fundraising events as both help fund scholarships for graduating seniors. The Golf Outing alone has raised almost $50,000 for General McLane students.

Reservations, tickets and/or sponsorships can be obtained now by visiting the GM Website ( or by calling the school district at 273-1033, Ext. 5901.