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Mock “HelloFresh”

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:34

Today Mrs. Glasl’s Family Living class at James W. Parker Middle school tried out their own version of the newest trend in cooking, HelloFresh.

HelloFresh is a meal-kit service that sends all the components you need to make a delicious and healthy meal directly to your doorstep. Meal kits like this have recently become very popular on social media.

Mrs. Glasl’s class decided to get in on the craze during a Family Living activity. Students arrived at class to discover pre packaged boxes complete with everything they would need. The recipe actually came right from the HelloFresh website!

Students spent time analyzing the recipe and divided the jobs between group members. The fresh feast they would be cooking up was Carolina BBQ Chicken, Stovetop Mac n’ Cheese, and Seasoned Green Beans.

Prior to this activity, students had been training with beginner cooking skills, including reading a recipe, measurement techniques, knife skills, recipe abbreviations and timing. This activity put all of those things together in a culminating experience.

After the activity, students will do  a cost comparison of the meal delivery kits vs. purchasing the same ingredients at the regular grocery store.

Check back later in the week for a video of the entire process!

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:12

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 Edinboro Elementary Literacy Coach Gretchen Cunningham, who has worked for the District for more than 7 years!

Outside of school, Mrs. Cunningham stays busy being a full time mom and driving a taxi.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

The children and seeing them grow as independent readers.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

I enjoy being a part of the best school district in Erie County!

What is your favorite work-related memory?

My favorite work memories are seeing the kids on the first day of school and on the last day of school as we wave good-bye until the next year.

Did you know ….

Mrs. Cunningham loves making iMovies!

Middle School Newspaper

Thu, 2018-11-29 12:04

The beginning of any news story or article in the journalism world is known as the lead. It’s the part that grabs the readers attention and invests them in the piece. 16 students at James W. Parker Middle School are becoming familiar with Journalistic concepts like this and many more by being a part of the Middle School Newspaper team.

Comprised of 16 staff writers and several volunteers, the Middle School Newspaper is updated two times a month. Once at the beginning of the month and another at the midway point. The paper covers school events and sports, conducts interviews with students and staff, holds monthly contests and has extensive coverage of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Program (PBIS).

You can check out all the hard work of these young reporters on their website!

McKean Reflections Winners

Wed, 2018-11-28 14:59

McKean Elementary School students were recently recognized for their participation in the school’s Reflections Ceremony.

There were eleven students who participated in the National PTA’s Reflection program.  All eleven are advancing to the regional level.  The entries included 2D Art, 3D Art, Film, Literature, and Music.

Students that participated in the Reflections Contest include: Etta Spires, Annie Howard, Ely Cooney, Xander Smith, Madelyn Robertson, Parker Howard, Maxwell Narpes, Courtney Goodwill, Alex Cooney, Caden Roth and Mackenzie Robertson.

For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create and submit original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories.

First Ever Alumni Basketball Game

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:41

Last Saturday General McLane High School English Teacher, Brian Schulz organized the first ever GM Alumni Basketball Game

Former GM players are very proud of the program and wanted to get together with old teammates as well as support the current program. This inspired Mr. Schulz to put together this event.

The turnout for the inaugural event was fantastic. Over 40 Alumni participated, with the oldest class dating back to 1974! The teams were divided into even and odd years based upon the player’s year of graduation. Brian Schulz, Bob Stauffer, and Roy Stauffer coached the teams and Andy Schulz announced the game.

After the game, Alumni caught up and were treated to food provided by the General McLane Boys Basketball Boosters.

After such a great turnout, Mr. Schulz plans to make this an annual event!

4-H State Champion

Tue, 2018-11-27 13:12

GM students Faith Wheeler, Emma Cannata, Isabella Cannata and McKenna Laughery competed at the 59th annual PA State 4-H Horse Show on October 26-28, 2018 at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.

1561 entries from over 750 qualifiers were listed from the ten 4-H districts encompassing the 67 Pennsylvania counties. 4 out of the 5 GM students that qualified to compete at the state championships placed in the top 10 in their classes. 3 out of the 4 that placed, placed in the top 5 in their classes.

4th Grader at McKean Elementary, McKenna Laughery placed first and was crowned State Champion in Beginner Trail with her horse, Famous.

3rd Grader at Edinboro Elementary, Isabella Cannata placed 4th in Miniature Horse Driving and 7th in Miniature Horse In Hand Trail with her horse, Romandaros Sirs Painted Bear.

Senior at GMHS, Faith Wheeler placed 4th in Ranch Horse Pleasure and 5th in Working Western Horse or Pony with her horse, Ziggy.

Freshman at GMHS, Emma Cannata placed 8th in Intermediate Western Grooming and Showmanship with her horse, Good Satin.

Congratulations everyone!


Childhood Grief Awareness Day

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:20

November 15th was Childhood Grief Awareness day and students and faculty at General McLane Schools did their part to spread awareness.

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

High school students made a memory wall, decorated the front entranceway, had a basket raffle and bake sale that benefited the Erie Caring Place. T-shirts were also sold at the High School, Middle School, Edinboro Elementary and McKean Elementary.

Over $520 was raised from T-shirt and basket raffle sales at the High School to benefit the Erie Caring Place!

GMHS students compete in Ingenuity Challenge

Mon, 2018-11-26 14:38

General McLane students recently competed in Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s annual Technology Ingenuity Challenge.

The District won second place overall with several students earning individual achievements.

For the 11th&12th grade  Sumo Bot challenge, Jacob Janowski and  Tristan Pierce took first place, and Ryan Stroup and Zachariah Lofgren took third place. For the 9th 10th grade Co2 Dragster challenge, River Romeo took third place in the race and Zack Hart earned honors for Craftsmanship.

The purpose of this event is to challenge junior and senior high school students in grades 7-12 to solve engineering problems. The students demonstrate their solutions via competition.

Technology Ingenuity Challenge is sponsored by Edinboro University, the Technology Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEAP), the Erie Engineering Societies Council, the Northwest Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit #5, and area middle and high schools.


Hunter Dennington works on his gearing ratio with his Sumo bot.

Nathan Englert prepares for the CO2 race car challenge. Students work to design and build the most aerodynamic cars within the tight tolerances.

MS student earns top honors in ATV racing

Sun, 2018-11-25 18:26

A James W. Parker Middle School student earned top honors at the ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) banquet Sunday night.

Seventh grader Chance Kimmy was named the National Champion in the Schoolboy, Jr (13-15) Class.

ATVMX is the world’s longest-running and most prestigious ATV racing series, and is the world’s premier showcase of four-wheeled off-road racing talent. The top 10 class finishers in each amateur championship class, along with a variety of specialty awards, were honored at the banquet.

Kimmy started riding at four-years-old and started racing ATV motocross at the age of seven. For the last five years, he has competed nationally, including in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. During 2018, Kimmy brought home top honors in the Schoolboy 13-15 class winning his first ever National Championship. He is supported by Hetrick Racing of Oil City,  JB Racing of East Springfield and his parents and grandparents.

The 2018 ATV Motocross National Championship, presented by CST Tires, celebrated its season ending at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Kimmy will be competing in the 250 division at the ATVMX National Series in 2019.

Outside of racing, Kimmy is also a member of the GM Middle School Wrestling Team and plays percussion in the 7th grade band.

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-11-23 14:35

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 Technical Education Teacher Tim Snair, who has worked for the District for more than 2 years!

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Snair is a contractor as well as a white water river guide in Ohiopyle.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

The students and staff!

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

Everyone is very real and they make you feel like you’ve known them forever!

What is your favorite work-related memory?

2014’s homecoming pep rally dance off!

Did you know ….

Mr. Snair can play the banjo!

Polar Plunge

Wed, 2018-11-21 13:56

General McLane students and faculty participated in this years Polar Plunge which supports Special Olympics Athletes.

McKean Elementary’s own Mrs. Ami Iaquinta is also the Erie Special Olympics Assistant Manager and Training Coordinator and she has a message for anyone interested in the Special Olympics.

For any individual who has ever found themselves interested in discovering the excitement and passion associated with Special Olympics, now’s your chance!  We are looking for students and adults of all ages who are motivated to recognize their potential as future athletes.  We are also asking anyone who has the drive to make a difference and impact the lives of amazing people to dedicate some of their time and energy and become a coach. ➢ If you’ve ever found yourself in awe of an individual with special needs as you watch pride fill their face when they cross the finish line. ➢ If you’ve ever felt the desire to be a part of something that’s ultimate goal is to allow individuals with disabilities to recognize their greatness. ➢ If you’ve ever asked, how can I get involved? Volunteer and make a difference or become an athlete so you too can shine! For more information, please contact our Erie Special Olympics Assistant Manager and Training Coordinator Ami Iaquinta at and visit these links to get started To volunteer visit: Interested athletes:

A Pizza for an Essay at McKean

Wed, 2018-11-21 13:33
On Tuesday, Mrs. Schofield’s Third Grade class enjoyed a fun pizza party courtesy of Iszkula Orthodontics! The Iszkula Orthodontics office recently held a “My Teacher Rocks” essay writing contest and McKean Elementary third grader Ashlynn Kimmy wrote the winning essay! The class earned a pizza party, fun prizes, and a basket of classroom supplies. Iszkula Orthodontics also awarded gift cards to both Ashlynn and Mrs. Schofield. Congratulations! 

The General McLane Foundation’s

Tue, 2018-11-20 13:00

The General McLane Foundation’s 12th Annual Holiday Arts Fair opened it’s doors this past Saturday to over 1,100 excited patrons. The public perused the Arts Fair that featured nearly 100 vendors selling everything from festive soaps and lotions to bird feeders.

This years event did even better than last year by raising approximately $7,900! All proceeds benefit the General McLane Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District.  More than $500,000 has been donated to the General McLane Foundation in memory or honor of students, teachers and staff of General McLane School District.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported The General McLane Foundation. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Delicious DOLE

Mon, 2018-11-19 13:18

Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills class at James W. Parker Middle School has been working on something delicious. Super delicious to be exact.

Last week Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills class worked on a contest held by DOLE foods. The contest comprised of creating a recipe using DOLE food products.

After hearing about the contest Mrs. Tuttle’s class was very excited to enter a submission. Students researched DOLE products, brainstormed recipes, wrote shopping lists and went to the grocery store to get all the necessary ingredients to make what would be dubbed the “Super Delicious Pineapple Strawberry Cake”.

Before it could be submitted, the SDPSC went through four different variations until it was deemed just right by various staff taste testers. One of those taste testers was Food Service Coordinator Nicole Keller. Mrs. Keller loved the cake so much that she asked to use the recipe for Thanksgiving dinner at JWPMS.

Mrs. Tuttle and her class were more than happy to share their delicious creation. Along with sharing their recipe, the class also helped prepare it for the holiday meal!


GM Basketball Prepares for season

Mon, 2018-11-19 10:34

Last week members of the GM basketball program in grades 5-12 got together to practice and prepare for the upcoming season. Good luck this year!

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2018-11-19 10:28

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Quinn McFadden

Alicyn Eastman

Liam Webber

Eva Kyanvash

Emily Courson

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 about the PBIS program, check out this story from the summer.


High School Musical Opening Night

Fri, 2018-11-16 14:07

Last night kicked off the debut of General McLane High School’s performance of The Adams Family. The first of four performances opened to rave reviews. The next showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Get tickets while you still can!

Kindergarten First Thanksgiving

Fri, 2018-11-16 13:39

Mrs. Kupczyk’s kindergarten class at Edinboro Elementary School practiced for their play for parents this afternoon about the first Thanksgiving.

“Putting on this play each year is a fun way to teach my students about the story of the first Thanksgiving,” said Mrs. Kupczyk.  “They enjoy learning the songs, poems, and memorizing their parts.  I also feel it’s important to give my students an opportunity to speak in front of people. This helps them to build their confidence and speaking skills. I’m so proud of my class. They were able to learn all of their parts in less than 2 weeks!”

Faculty Feature Friday

Fri, 2018-11-16 12:26

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 James W. Parker Middle School Health & Physical Education Teacher Luke Jahn, who has worked for the District for more than one year!

Outside of school Mr. Jahn is still very active. When he isn’t teaching, he’s coaching Girls and Boys Middle School Basketball.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Getting to work with the students and watch them grow and succeed.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?

This GM family has everything a student or faculty could need.  It offers so many opportunities for their students academically, athletically, and with extracurriculars.  There is so much support and love from the community that teachers and students take pride and excitement in their work.

What is your favorite work-related memory?

I don’t have a favorite – there are so many great memories!

Did you know ….

Mr. Jahn has completed a marathon!

Shear Madness

Tue, 2018-11-13 11:18

Kellen Smith who will be playing Uncle Fester in GMHS’s production of The Adams Family may need to invest in a hat now that the weather has taken a chilly turn.

On Monday Kellen shaved his head not only to get into character, but for charity.

In an event dubbed “Shear Madness” in front of the entire High School, Kellen lost his locks for the local non-profit organization Linked by Pink. Linked By Pink consists of Erie area survivors diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45. The organization provides emotional and financial support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer within a 45 mile radius of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Raffle tickets were $3 each or three could be purchased for $5. The first-place winner of the raffle received two Addams Family tickets, an Addams Family t-shirt and the honor of being Assistant Barber who administered the first buzz.

The Adams Family takes the stage at General McLane High School from November 15-18, 2018. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for general admissions and $15 for a limited number of “RIP Seating”, which are the first 8 rows of the center section (about 120 seats per night).