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Kindness Calendar spreads joy

Wed, 2019-12-18 13:39

General McLane High School staff and students are spreading the joy this year.

Thanks to a Kindness Calendar posted in the 100 Hallway, individuals can choose to perform a different act of kindness each day as they count down to holiday break.

The calendar was created by General McLane High School staff Meghan Chelton and Courtney Behnke.

HS Giving Tree helps General McLane students

Wed, 2019-12-18 13:33

General McLane High School’s Principal Cabinet collected clothing items for students in our community.

Through the Giving Tree, individuals in the District donated new items for students in need in the District.

The collected ended Tuesday. There were forty tags on the tree and all of them were taken care of — and then some more!

Many went above and beyond and donated numerous items. This was the first year for the High School’s Giving Tree.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school-based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

Thanks to all those who contributed to this year’s Giving Tree!

Fifth graders attend Camp Fitch

Mon, 2019-12-16 11:05

James W. Parker Middle School students attended their annual Camp Fitch trip last week.

Each year, the fifth grade students of James W. Parker Middle School pack up and head off to Camp Fitch for several days of outdoor education.

Since fifth grade at JWPMS marks the time when the children from two communities come together and join a larger one, Camp Fitch offers students the opportunity to ease the fifth grade transition, form lasting bonds and become a closer group.

Cross-country skiing returns to McKean Elementary School

Fri, 2019-12-13 14:15

McKean Elementary School students got on their skis today for some cross-country skiing in Health & Physical Education class!

This is an annual lesson that starts shortly after Thanksgiving through March.

Students learn balance and self-sufficiency, while also being introduced to an activity/sport they can do their entire lives!

“Cross-country skiing is one of the best forms of exercise as you use all the major muscle groups … it burns more calories than running or most other activities,” said Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts. “It is also easier on your body with less impact, and, therefore, great for any age.”

Although Mrs. Roberts said that it is challenging for the kids in the  beginning, they quickly catch on.

Giving Tree returns to McKean

Fri, 2019-12-13 11:03

This month, the Giving Tree has returned to McKean Elementary.

Mrs. Iaquinta’s classroom coordinated the winter item drive through the Autistic Support Classroom. Items, such as new hats, gloves and scarves, can be donated through December 16.

This is the eighth year for the tradition. All donations are given to local shelters and nonprofit organizations.

McKean’s 100 Lappers

Wed, 2019-12-11 09:32

Since October, McKean Elementary students have been staying active through McKean Elementary’s Recess Laps, an optional program encouraging students to increase their physical activity.

We had multiple students run 100 laps! Students who ran 100 laps this year included: Vienna Bennett, Caleb Stafford, Zoey Lord, Gavin Iaquinta, Hadley Musgrave, Jackson Continenza, Allison Bruner and  Ryion Wurst-Hauth.

McKean students choose to participate in this program, which takes place during recess for students in K-4 and started a. McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts started the program, as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program, to give students who could not stay after school the opportunity to be involved in some way and increase their physical activity.

First and second grade students run up to five laps per day and third and fourth graders can run up to 10 per day (six  laps is approx. 1 mile).  In the spring, kindergarten will practice running laps to practice for 1st grade. Students keep track of their laps and earn healthy rewards at the end of the eight-week program.

This program has helps students with time management, goal setting and social skills. Students can walk or run their laps.

McKean students practice Thanksgiving Dinner

Mon, 2019-12-09 15:55

McKean Elementary students practiced manners during a pretend Thanksgiving Dinner in Health Class.

During this lesson, students in Mrs. Roberts classes learned the importance of good manners, being aware of others and how people can feel better doing things for others versus themselves.

The students practiced using good manners and discussed real life scenarios. They also sampled healthy foods and discussed good nutrition.

Arts Fair breaks new records

Thu, 2019-12-05 07:52

The 13th Annual General McLane Foundation Holiday Arts Fair was a huge success!

With more than 1,600 attendees, the event broke records and raised $10,567 for the General McLane Foundation, an organization designed exclusively for charitable educational purposes that would benefit the students of the General McLane School District. 

This is the first year the event had raised more than $10,000.

Vendors included:

  • E&J’s Pallets Unlimited
  • Palma’s Sweet Treats
  • Jeannie Trudell Folkart
  • Tracey Larson Designs 
  • Grandma Evelyn’s Sewing
  • Sheila’s Beach Glass Jewelry
  • Schoolcraft Studios
  • Carolyn Knapp
  • By George
  • Creative Bliss
  • Hardesty
  • Annadele Alpacas
  • Jean’s Sewings
  • Glenwood Craft Co.
  • Eggspressions
  • Cairngorm
  • Signs of the Times
  • Art by Paige Critchlow
  • Rag Crochet & Fabric
  • Baccus Designs
  • Finney’s Chocolate Shoppe
  • Lil Bit-O-Honey
  • Rick Walker Tree Farms
  • Rustic Rough Cut
  • Cal Robinson Photography
  • Fin & Me Colletion
  • Hurry Hill Maple Farm
  • GM Boys Basketball
  • Creations by Barb
  • Kim Kloecker Art Studio
  • Plain Jean’s
  • Brassy Peacock Designs
  • Alex’s Puzzles
  • Lacey Illusions
  •  Susan’s Stitchery
  • Kostolansky
  • Karen Grove Crafts
  • Memaw’s Doll Boutique
  • The Niles Before Christmas
  • Janes Lunacy
  • All Things Quilted
  • Marlen & Linda Brumagin
  • Floral and Craft Creations
  • Designs in Polymer Clay
  • Linda Stanton
  • Coaches Woods by Dave
  • Arkwright’s Tree & Wreath
  • Vanslyke Scroll Sawing
  • The Wandering Stitcher
  • Sticky Foot Acres
  • Roxanna’s Bags
  • P & E Jewelry
  • From Me to You Studio
  • Clay Silo Soap & Honey Co
  • Kathy Adams Spoon Jewelry
  • Wendi Hetrick / Jess Troyer
  • Gloria Bird / Lisa Smith
  • Dia Holden
  • The Eclectic 2
  • Wurster
  • Tina’s Stitches
  • Chinese Lagoon
  • Earleen’s Ornaments
  • Barr None Crafts
  • 3 Sisters
  • Bling It On! 
  • Sheryl’s Groovy Glass & More
  • At Waters Edge
  • OMG Specialties/Stichery
  • Wood Creations by Brian
  • Bill’s Woodturned Creations
  • Lancer Lane
    • JWPMS Art
    • GMHS Art
    • Lancer Softball
    • GM Relay for Life
    • GM Robotics
    • McLane Thunder
    • Broadway Dinner Raffle
    • GM Cheerleaders
    • Mt. Pleasant Ski Club
    • McKean PTA
    • GM-BNI Classroom
    • McKean Lioness
    • Girl Scouts – Veteran Thank You Letters
    • Edinboro Family Chiropractic

There were also various musical performances by General McLane students, including the General McLane High School Jazz Band, James W. Parker Middle School Band and James W. Parker Middle School choir students.

Thanks to all those who made this year’s event a huge success, including organizers Carrie Eastman Crow and Kelly Schruers Harrison.

For more information on next year, e-mail

Photos Courtesy of Ellen Eisert

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tue, 2019-11-26 15:52

Students are officially on Thanksgiving Break! It seems only fitting that we share some of Edinboro Elementary first graders’ “Turkeys in Disguise”! 

Wishing all of our families a very Happy Thanksgiving! We will see you back Tuesday, Dec. 3!

First Thanksgiving

Tue, 2019-11-26 13:56

Mrs. Kupczyk’s kindergarten class at Edinboro Elementary School put on a play about the First Thanksgiving.

Great job students on a stellar performance!

Photos courtesy of Ellen Eisert

CATS teams up with local cat shelters

Tue, 2019-11-19 13:17

The CATS crew and General McLane Theatre Program are teaming up with Because You Care, Inc. and Orphan Angels Cat Sanctuary and Adoption Center for their upcoming musical! 

Each organization will have volunteers in the lobby before each show and during intermission this week. Attendees can bring their program to either organization to receive $5 off adoption pricing. “Purr-haps” the public can consider donating an item from this list to help!

Show times are November 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and the 24th at 2:00 p.m.  E

For tickets or more information, contact 814-273-1033.

SRO presents to MS students

Mon, 2019-11-18 08:56

General McLane School Resource Officer Jose Montes spoke to 5th and 6th grade students last week on a variety of different topics, including  identifying bullying and prevention, internet safety and protecting yourself online, and the dangerous of vaping.  

Boys Basketball Camp a success

Thu, 2019-11-14 08:46

Seventy-five students participated in the General McLane Boys Basketball Skills Camp, which occurred Nov. 12 – 14.

Students in grades 5-12 worked with Coach Schulz, Coach Stauffer, Coach Banks, Coach McCormick, Coach Jahn, Andy Schulz, Roy Stauffer and various GM basketball alumni to improve overall fundamentals, while also emphasizing the importance of teamwork, positive attitude, effort, and work ethic.

This camp was free of charge.

A good time was had by all!

Holiday Arts Fair – Vendor Feature

Tue, 2019-11-12 14:57

The General McLane Foundation’s 13th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 16, 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, croched, stitched and sewn items.

In addition to vendors, there will be musical performances by the middle school band and chorus, the high school band and the ensemble of Cats, which takes place November 21-24 at General McLane High School. 

Here are some highlighted vendors of the event:

Sticky Foot Acres

Brenda Stafford’s Sticky Foot Acres offers goat milk soaps and lotions, as well as antique and refurbished farmhouse and country crafts. Her crafts include many decorated antiques and are one-of-a-kid, with no two items the same. 

The goat milk soaps and lotions come from her own baby goats.

“After the babies are weaned, we use the milk in our soaps and lotions to put extra goodness in them,” said 

Stafford, who has been doing this for 10 years now. 

The Niles Before Christmas
Crafter Tom Niles specializes in hand-carved and painted original designs for Halloween and Christmas, featuring Santas, Snowmen, witches, ghosts and Scrooges. Niles has been carving for more than 30 years and has a studio in Oil City. He uses basswood and acrylics to complete his designs. 

During shows, he’s often demonstrating wood carving and interacting with the public. 

Kim Kloecker Art Studio

A General McLane substitute teacher, Kim Kloecker takes inspiration from students and offers a variety of originals and fine art prints of her artwork, framed and unframed.

She is most noted for her work in watercolor, but also works in acrylics, colored pencils/pencil, Pen & Ink, Digital & Photography.  

She also offers Prayer Cloths–Hand-Painted on Vintage Hankies, small wire key sculptures, Hand-Cut Glitter Houses and Holiday Floral Arrangements featuring vintage Christmas ornaments along with Christmas prints inspired by the unknown greeting card artist of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s!

“As a substitute teacher at GM, I am known as ‘Mama K the Art Lady’ who tags whiteboards with murals and cartoon characters,” she said. “Over the past several years I have listened to their advice and what you will see at the show is the fruit of my labor inspired by them.”

Check out her website: and an Etsy Store:  KimKloeckerArtStudio

Tina’s Stitches 

Owner Christina Bucci has a craft show customer for her entire life.

“I truly believe that you can find different and amazing items and gifts made by local artisans,” she said.

A retired teacher, Bucci started participating in craft shows three years ago and sells yoyo quilted crafts, a throwback craft that is unique. She will be bringing wallhangings, table runners, decorated gift bags, girl’s headbands, garlands, and Christmas ornaments.

Custom items can also be ordered, with most items able to be ready by Christmas

Schoolcraft Studios

Schoolcraft Studios offers alcohol ink paintings, ornaments, cards, prints, jewelry, tiles and “art-on-the-go” kits. 

Owner Sarah Schoolcraft found the technique online and said she loved it after giving it a shot. 

What makes these unique is that the medium is very versatile and can be applied to so many surfaces, Schoolcraft said. 

“Each piece is unique by the nature of ink making each piece an original,” she added.

You can find her on social media or visit her website:

OMG Specialties 

OMGSpecialties offer high quality personalized gifts, including picture slates, cutting boards, mugs, coasters, ornaments, mouse pads, tumblers, and magnets with the customers selected personal pictures.

Owners Bill and Sue Fisher started providing this service in June of 2018 and provide customers with the ability to sublimation print personalized pictures from their cell phones or original pictures on the above substrates while at the craft show.

Additional pictures can be found on their Webpage:

JWPMS hosts Veteran’s Day Celebration

Fri, 2019-11-08 12:03

James W. Parker Middle School hosted its annual Veteran’s Day Celebration on Friday.

This annual salute to veterans event brought together close to 100 veterans. All veterans were invited to breakfast and a celebration that included the Posting of Colors, vocal performances and a series of student speakers.

Edinboro University student and retired Army veteran Aaron Douglas served as this year’s keynote speaker. Douglas is a former staff sergeant who served in the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars. 

Student vocalists included Cassidy Swain, McKayla Hargest, Lydia Zehr and Peter Alberti. Justin Burgos recited an essay, and Alanna Puller, Lydia Zehr and Owen McMullen read essays. Ryan Dedrick and Dylan Bolder performed the folding of the flag and the Erie/Crawford Veterans Burial Detail performed the Posting of the Colors. James W. Parker Middle School nurse and veteran Nathan Everhart opened and closed the event. 

The event has taken placed since 2006 and corresponds to the 8th grades’ social studies curriculum on American History. As part of this curriculum, 8th graders also take a three-day trip to Washington D.C. every spring. 

McKean Elementary hosts Veteran’s Day Assembly

Thu, 2019-11-07 08:08

McKean Elementary School hosted an assembly Tuesday, honoring veterans in the community and educating students about the military.

In addition, the assembly culminated a fundraising event for the Semper Fi Fund. Throughout the week, students could place money in the jar for the staff they wanted to see take a pie in the face. The winner was Fourth Grade teacher Mr. Pete. Students and staff raised more than $400 for the Semper Fi Fund.

Speakers for the assembly included Marine Recruiter Sgt. Joshua Morrot, the Color Guard from Edinboro’s ROTC program, Edinboro ROTC student and General McLane graduate Noah Hunter (’16), Navy Sea Cadet student Abbey Wingerter and Kenneth Fisher, LCpl. USMC (Ret.).

There were also various vocal performances by McKean students.

Students were encouraged to invite veterans they knew to the assembly. During his speech, Fisher also introduced students who did not know a veteran to one of the many veterans in attendance.

Hoodie takes place this weekend at JWPMS

Fri, 2019-11-01 10:43

James W. Parker Middle School’s fall play takes place this weekend.

Students will be performing Lindsay Price’s Hoodie, a middle school vignette play that examines self-image and appearance.

The cast list includes Ellah Beachly, Delia Brasington, Ciara Cieloszyk, Emma Czarnecki, Samantha Fellows, Wesley Haskins, Jordan Henderson, Cullen Howard, Noah Kowalczyk, Shawn Litz, William McConnell, Mackenzie Miller, Sarah-Terese Petkac, Cassidy Swain, Jonathan Anthony, Olivia Bertig, Kaitlyn Brozich, Chase Gerlach, McKayla Hargest, James Kehl, Chloe Marsh, Ethan McCarthy, Comarali Miles, Konnor Repine, Malina Santucci, Cloey Senyo, Allisyn Stuck, Melody Waldinger and Adaline Yeager.

This play developed through James W. Parker Middle School’s brand new class, “Intro to Theater”. This course cultivates students’ acting and public speaking skills through theater. The class and play are directed by James W. Parker Middle School music teacher Julia McCollum.

The play is expected to be approximately 45 minutes to an hour and takes place in James W. Parker Middle School’s Large Group Instruction (LGI). There is no fee for this show, however, there will be a donation box, with proceeds going toward the school’s student theater fund.  

Hoodie will take place Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room (LGI) at James W. Parker Middle School.

McKean GLOW Run a success

Thu, 2019-10-31 08:28

McKean Elementary to hosted its first-ever Glow Run earlier this month, and it was a huge success!

The event, which took place on General McLane High School grounds, was sponsored by McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) as a fundraising event for McKean Elementary School.

There were just over 200 runners/walkers who earned 2,600 glow bracelets. Participants earned a glow bracelet for each lap they complete.

Students also raced against McKean Elementary principal Michael Getz, who ended up running / walking 19 laps.  Some students and adults now hold bragging rights that they beat Mr. Getz, an avid runner.

Each May, McKean PTA teams up with Edinboro Elementary PTO to host a Community Fun Run. This past summer, theLittle Lancers Cross Country team was created and, between the two elementary schools, there are 70 runners K-4.  

McKean Elementary School has both a Winter Run Club and the Spring Recess Laps program that started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts started the program to help students increase their physical activity.

It’s safe to say that the run will be back next year, so keep your eyes open for a future date!

Edinboro student creates cultural exhibit

Mon, 2019-10-28 15:09

An Edinboro Elementary second grader created a cultural exhibit for a lesson on continents.

Students in Mrs. Waddell’s classroom were invited to share pictures of their travels around the world.

Emma Haugh’s uncle travels for work and shared with her amazing items from many different countries. As a result, Emma put together a cultural exhibit to share with all the students in the school. The exhibit were displayed in the library.

MS students create Pumpkin Biographies

Mon, 2019-10-28 15:03

There are pumpkin scientists everywhere at James W. Parker Middle School!

Students in Mrs. Brooks and Miss Shee’s classrooms have been reading aloud the novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm.  Then, the fifth graders turned their favorite scientists into pumpkin biography projects!

The Fourteenth Goldfish is a fictional text that involves many connections to science and famous scientists.  

Students connected this unit with their current nonfiction unit by choosing and researching one scientist mentioned in the novel.

Students practiced chronological text structure and wrote a short biography about their scientist.  At home, the students were asked to create the head of their scientist using a pumpkin. On Friday, students shared their pumpkins and the information they learned with one another.