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Bookmobile Visits JWPMS

Posted on April 27, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School students were invited to tour the Erie County Bookmobile yesterday.

Students  in the mother/daughter book club, the boys book club and reading success received an opportunity to tour the Bookmobile and listen to a guest speaker from the Erie County Public Library.  Jan Woods of the Hurry Hill Farm Association attended the event with Virginia Sorensen’s Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and “Curious Missie”. Sorensen lived in Edinboro from 1952 – 1958 while her husband taught at Edinboro College.

The stop is in conjunction with the Literary Landmark Celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library. The Edinboro Branch Library and the Erie County Bookmobile will be dedicated with Literary Landmark plaques honoring children’s author Virginia Sorensen, as well as her Newbery Medal-winning book “Miracles on Maple Hill” and the region’s maple syrup industry. Sorensen’s book “Curious Missie,” which drew inspiration from the author’s visits to the county’s Bookmobile, is also being honored.

The plaques will be unveiled during a dedication celebration at the Edinboro Branch Library, 413 W. Plum St. in Edinboro, on Monday, May 1, during Children’s Book Week. The public is invited to attend the dedication, which will begin at 11 a.m. The free event, which will include music and a sing-along with Lori Burke, as well as refreshments, will also feature an exhibit on Sorensen’s work.

The Literary Landmarks Association, founded in 1986, has dedicated such literary sites as the homes of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner. There are only five dedicated Literary Landmark sites in Pennsylvania, all located in Philadelphia.

The Mother/Daughter Book Club and Boys Book Club run throughout the year.  Parents and students meet once every month to discuss the book they’ve read.

Reading Success is an exploratory class designed to support students and teach strategies for approaching reading in both their classes and everyday life. It was created to provide students with both individualized and differentiated instruction, offering support with phonics, fluency and comprehension for higher level of understanding.



McKean students PIE Mr. Getz

Posted on April 25, 2017

McKean Elementary was Collecting Coins for Autism Awareness this month.

The students at McKean raised $321.96, and the teachers had a “$5 jean day,” which raised $155. In total, they raised $476.96 for the Autism Society of NWPA.

The School ended with a “PIE THE PRINCIPAL” assembly, where one person from each grade level got to pie Mr. Getz!


GM Community Fun Run Returns

Posted on April 25, 2017

The Third Annual GM Community Fun Run is returning to General McLane High School grounds on May 27, 2017.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a collaborative fundraising event for both schools and will go toward helping teachers with classroom expenses and subsidizing field trips. More than 180 runners participated in last year’s event, which raised more than $1500.

This year’s event will have different obstacles and color stations are placed throughout the 5k and 1milerun/walk (two different options). A dunk tank featuring school staff and additional entertainment will also available.

Register by April 28 to be assured a shirt. The registration form can be found here. You can register day of race (9:30-10:30 a.m.), but shirts will not be available. Registration is $15 for each participant and includes: access to the full course & obstacles from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 dunk tank ticket (students only), free bottle of water & snacks and more.



TEAMS advances to nationals

Posted on April 20, 2017

General McLane High School will have two different groups of students advance to the national TEAMS (Tests of engineering aptitude in mathematics and science) competition.

TEAMS is an annual competition for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. Students apply math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real-world engineering challenges during a one-day competition, .

This year’s competition, “Engineering the Environment,” explored areas such as energy efficiency, geothermal heatpumps and wastewater treatment.

Team A took 2nd place overall in the state with a total score of 189.67 and a perfect score on the essay. Team A members are: Joel Linebach (Captain), Dylan Kosienski, Ruby Spada, Derek Hecker, Evan Vincent, Julia Wasielewski, Maddie Dillen and Tony Mathie.

Team B took 16th place overall in the state with a score of 167.19 and exceeded the cut score. Team B members are: Maddison Schutt (Captain), Dan Teed, Alex Lofgren, Brad Yoder, Simon Zehr, Logan Segal and Zach Gray and Jesse Nathanson.

The national TEAMS competition takes place in Orlando Florida on June 21, 22 and 23.

A big congratulations to all of our students!


HS students participate in State Leadership Conference

Posted on April 19, 2017

General McLane High School students recently participated in the State Leadership Conference in Hershey for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Our students competed in the following categories: McKenah Bryson, Journalism; Noah Haddox, Personal Finance; Kristy Ferrick, Accounting, and Eric Staples, Cyber Security (not pictured).  They also participated in various workshops such as “International Business-Careers and Competencies,” “Travel, Learn, and Live Overseas,” “Mind-Blowing Leadership,” “How to Ignite Your Chapter,” and an anti-bullying keynote “Sweethearts & Heroes.”

Nearly 4,000 student members and advisors from all over Pennsylvania attended the conference.

Future Business Leaders of Americais a nonprofit educational association of student members preparing for careers in business or who are just simply interested in learning more about the free enterprise system. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, and prepare for entry into, and advancement within, a business or business-related occupation. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group, and how to compete honorably in competitive events. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens.


HS students place at EUP Journalism Day

Posted on April 19, 2017

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

Posted on April 5, 2017

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

Posted on April 4, 2017

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

Posted on April 3, 2017

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

Posted on March 28, 2017

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.

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