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Creative Arts Expo doubles attendance

Posted on March 23, 2018

More than 550 people attended this year’s annual Creative Arts Expo, more than doubling last year’s event.

The Creative Arts Expo took place on Tuesday at James W. Parker Middle School. The event included student performances, artwork displays, a cookie competition, collaborative class projects, the STEAM K’Nex Amusement Park, hands-on & interactive art stations, physical fitness challenges, Inventionland displays and the grand opening of JWPMS’ Makerspace, with opportunity to complete a steam-based project with child.

The winner of the Cookie Competition was the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Bars

Students sold out of their 350 “JWPMS Creativity” wristbands within the first hour.


JWPMS students learn benefits of therapy dog

Posted on March 23, 2018

Students in James W. Parker Middle School’s Reading Success exploratory had the chance to interact with a therapy dog on Friday  to learn about how these unique animals can assist students with special needs.

Students recently read aloud of Because of Mr. Terupt, a book about a class of students with special needsand were inspired to get involved in the school’s life skills and autistic support classrooms to learn more about their own peers. These students spent time reading to build their background knowledge on disabilities and then spent some time with their peers who have special needs.

Students expanded their knowledge by attending a presentation by Jane Buyer, an Autism Behavior Specialist Consultant at Achievement Center, and her fully-trained, assistance dog, Kimmy. Kimmy graduated with Buyet on February 17, 2012 from Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization who has been enhancing the lives of people with disabilities for the past 30+ years by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Buyer is a certified special education teacher and learning behavior specialist (LBS) with over 30 years experience working with children.


General McLane hosts College, Career & Transition Fair

Posted on March 23, 2018

Yesterday, General McLane High School hosted its fourth annual College, Career & Transition Fair.

There were more than 50 representatives from colleges, trade/tech schools and agencies in attendance. Several service agencies also attended the fair to help support the transition process for students with special needs.

The event intended to expose students to the post-secondary education and career options and to better prepare themselves to take full advantage of these opportunities.

Students from Seneca High School, Union City High School and Fort LeBoeuf High School joined students from General McLane.


State Rep. Brad Roae visits General McLane

Posted on March 20, 2018

Yesterday, PA State Representative Brad Roae visited General McLane to learn more about our schools and programs.

He visited both General McLane High School and James W. Parker Middle School, touring various classrooms and speaking with both students and staff.

Roae represents the 6th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.


JWPMS students debut living Wax Museum

Posted on March 20, 2018

James W. Parker Middle School students presented their living Wax Museum to classmates last week.

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Chabola’s class researched individuals who had significant impacts on American Culture/History and put together an “expert” report about the person. Their report included some kind of costume and presentation, which could have been an iMovie or a poster display.

Students had their own “booth” set up so that the other classes could come for a tour to learn all about the person from the student, report and presentation.

Some students will also be presenting these reports during the Creative Arts Expo, which takes place tonight at James W. Parker Middle School. The event includes student performances, artwork displays, a cookie competition, collaborative class projects, the STEAM K’Nex Amusement Park, hands-on & interactive art stations, physical fitness challenges, Inventionland displays and the grand opening of JWPMS’ Makerspace, with opportunity to complete a steam-based project with child. The event starts at 6 p.m.


General McLane students become PSIA-certified ski instructors

Posted on March 20, 2018

This weekend, nine General McLane students and an alumn became certified ski instructors through the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).

Students included Spencer Conaway (11th), Katie Johnson (10th), Jessie Johnson (12th), Nicole Foulkrod (12th), Hannah McDermott (12th), Dylan Mroz (11th), Ryan Flanagan (12th), Ashley Burhen (11th), Nick Halmi (11th) and Parker McDermott (’13). They all serve as instructors at Mount Pleasant.

By completing and passing the PSIA Level One Ski Exam, they joined a professional organization with thousands of members. This exam and certification requires hours of training and studying and is one of three standardized exams used by ski areas across the country.

According to Andrew Halmi, manager for Mount Pleasant, the examiner has taught these courses for many year and said that he has never seen a group of students so well prepared, polite, engaging and eager to learn and expand their professional knowledge.

“They exemplified what it means to be a Lancer,” Halmi said. “They are fantastic ambassadors in there community to start, but this professional certification will only increase what they are able to give back to the community!”

Each year, hundreds of General McLane students take lessons via the various programming at Mount Pleasant.

Congratulations to our students on a wonderful achievement!


JWPMS students hear from Holocaust survivor

Posted on March 14, 2018

Yesterday, James W. Parker Middle School students sat in silence in the LGI as Holocaust survivor Peter Summerfield spoke of his childhood in Nazi Germany.

Summerfield garnered the students’ attention while calling from England by speaking to the students through Skype, an online video chatting application.

Summerfield, who lived during the same time as Anne Frank, described how they Nazis had sealed a room and his mother warned them to say far from the seal or they risked getting sent to a concentration camp. Several students (and staff) said it was the most amazing experience and that they were near tears.

This experience was a supplement to the 8th grade Language Arts curriculum, which includes reading The Diary of Anne Frank. Prior to reading it, students read a WW2/ Holocaust non-fiction book and performed a non-fiction research project. During their reading of The Diary of Anne Frank, the students create journal entries related to various situations in time (for example, Kristallnacht).

The event was coordinated through the Florida Holocaust Museum.


TEAMS place in local competition

Posted on March 13, 2018

9/10 Team

11/12 Team A

Congratulations to the General McLane TEAMS teams, aka JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society). TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science), is a local engineering competition that was held on February 28. The local competition was an 80 question multiple-choice test based on 8 different engineering topics. Points are awarded for each test question that is answered correctly.

The results are finally in and in local scoring Team A took First Place in the 11th / 12th grade large school division and Team B took 5th place. Team B was just 4 points behind 3rd place

Competing against teams of 8 with only 6 team members, the 9th / 10th grade team took First Place!

State and national rankings will be released in the coming months.

Team A – 11th / 12th
Maddison Schutt – Captain
Jacqueline Brown
Zach Gray
Alex Lofgren
Jesse Nathanson
Logan Segal
Brad Yoder
Simon Zehr

Team B – 11th / 12th
Ethan Greenleaf – Captain
Kaley Berger
Spencer Conaway
Cayden Connolly
Luke McEldowny
Nate Price
Aida Shadeck
Vincent Spada

9th / 10th
Andrew Yonko – Captain
Ellie Conaway
Gloria Linebach
Zachariah Lofgren
Calder Martin
Evan Zehr


General McLane High School Yearbook Wins National Recognition

Posted on March 12, 2018

For the ninth consecutive year, the staff of GM’s yearbook, The Imperator, has won a national award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The 2016-2017 General McLane High School yearbook, The Imperator: Just Keep Swimming, has received national recognition with a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual yearbook competition. The award reflects the staff’s developing talent in the fields of journalism, theme and page design.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that General McLane High School’s publication has received an ASPA award. Imperator placed first in 2014 2013, 2012 and 2009 and placed second in 2016, 2015, 2011 and 2010.

Congratulations to the entire yearbook staff on the terrific accomplishments!


Students qualify for states in art competition

Posted on March 9, 2018

The Erie County Reflections and Region 1 Awards ceremony was held last night, and General McLane School District once again showcased its strong arts program within Erie County with multiple winners.

The following students earned medals at both the county and regional level:

James W. Parker Middler School seventh grader Chloe Kiser and McKean Elementary students Caden Roth (K), Landrey Sweet (3rd) and Parker Howard (1st).

Both Kiser and Howard qualified at the State level and will be honored at Penn State University on April 29th. Kiser’s musical composition placed fourth in the state and Howard’s photography submission placed second in the state.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, McKean Elementary PTA, James W. Parker Middle School PTSA and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice— dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts — reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.

Congratulations to our students!

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