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January Board Appreciation Month

Posted on January 19, 2018

January is Board Appreciation Month, and we honor the contributions of our school board members.

Too often we neglect to recognize the commitment and hard work of these men and women who serve as advocates for our schools. The staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and tell a school board member: “Thanks for caring about our children.”

Years of Service to the GMSD

Timothy Wise – 34

James Bucksbee – 32

Carrie Crow – 6

Amy Eisert – 6

Shari Gould – 3.75

Andy Schulz – 2

Brad Pattullo – 1.5

Linda King – 1.5

Luke Lofgren – New in December


McKean Reading Buddies engages young readers

Posted on January 19, 2018

McKean Elementary School is engaging readers through their Reading Buddies Program, which pairs first graders up with Kindergarten students.

Each week, first grade students spend ten minutes in a kindergarten classroom reading to their buddies and participating in a fun activity.

Miss Geraci’s class pairs up with Miss Scott’s, Mrs. Roth pairs up with Mrs. Debevec’s, and Mrs. Grossett pairs up with Mrs. Troyer’s class. Students rotate each week who selects the book and choose a “just right book”, a book based on their independent reading level. This gives students practice with fluency.

According to Miss Geraci, her students really look forward to this Book Buddy time.

“It it gives them a chance to be a mentor and to show off their reading skills,” Geraci says. “I have seen a change in their interest for reading, as well as their confidence with reading out loud.”

By pairing students up through this mentor-mentee system, the hope is to inspire kids to read, share books and help foster students to become better readers.


Anatomy students create “brain hats”

Posted on January 19, 2018

In preparation for the sheep brain dissection, General McLane High School’s anatomy students made “brain hats” to help them identify the major lobes of the brain and their functions!

Students in anatomy have various dissections to provide students with hands-on experience and insight into each system by seeing the anatomical structures firsthand. Students dissect a Bull Frog to study skeletal muscles, a sheep brain to compare it to human brain and a cow eye to study the anatomy of the eye.

Anatomy introduces students to basic human anatomy and physiology. Students planning a career in any health related field learn the following bodily systems: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous. Each unit includes lab explorations like monitoring blood pressure, sensory labs and dissection.


Run Club returns to McKean

Posted on January 17, 2018

McKean Elementary’s Winter Run Club has returned.

Coordinated by McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school through January.

While increasing overall fitness through flexibility, strength and endurance, the students practice for their culminating run at Edinboro University Dome on January 27.

Edinboro University athletes and coaches help with this program by speaking with the students and helping them train.

The McKean Elementary Run Club and the Spring Recess Laps program started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Roberts started the program to help students increase their physical activity.


Candy Grams returned to JWPMS

Posted on January 17, 2018

Candy Grams returned to James W. Parker Middle School last week!

Students sold the Candy Grams during lunch. All staff and students in the building had the opportunity to purchase a Candy Gram and have it delivered to anyone within the building at the end of the school day.

This was a fundraiser of the Life Skills classroom. Students learned to advertise for the event, check labels and place the labels on the candy, take orders, handle money, organize the candy and the delivery bags and then distribute the order. The students raised $1,509 in three days!


JWPMS student recognized at District Banquet

Posted on January 8, 2018

James W. Parker Middle School’s Camille Andrezjewski received her District 28 Patriot’s Pen Second Place Award at the District Banquet this past Saturday at Hickory VFW Post 6166.

The award was presented by the VFW District 28 Commander Don Ramsey.

Andrzejewski, Kaitlyn Dubynskiy, Ian Kennedy, Olivia Mussett were the winners of the 2017 VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Their essays moved on to the District 28 Competition, where Andrzejewski placed second. The 2017-18 theme was “America’s Gift to My Generation”.

The Patriot’s Pen Essay contest is for students in grades 6-8, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Congratulations to Camille!


EE & GMHS students dance!

Posted on January 5, 2018

Yesterday, Edinboro Elementary’s first graders and General McLane High School’s Kids to Kids students were all smiles during a brain-break! Students danced to Kidz Bop~Best Day of My Life on Go Noodle. Brain Breaks are simple & short challenges that regain focus in the classroom.


GM students conduct wetlands study

Posted on January 5, 2018

General McLane High School students were able to gain real life experience studying different water sources.

AP Environmental Science students visited Camp Fitch before Winter Break and measured water temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates and alkalinity within two streams and their man-made lake.

Twelve students braved freezing temperatures to conduct the tests. In fact, our students received the real-world experience in environmental science — the air was so cold that the water was freezing in the sample jars outside! The students were forced to conduct testing inside and participated in team-building exercises between collecting samples.


McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements 01/05/18

Posted on January 5, 2018


2-1-1 connects individuals with social services

Posted on January 3, 2018

Need information on child care assistance? Do you need to find a specific child or youth service? Assistance providing food, clothing or shelter?

Simply dial 2-1-1 and talk with a trained caring resource navigator who can assist you with access to thousands of programs. United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Northwest information and referral service connects people in need to social services and operates on a 24/7/365 basis.

People in need of services can dial 2-1-1 from a landline or cell phone. Individuals can also conduct their own searches or use the live chat feature for assistance at the website, Information and referral service has not been available in Erie County since the 1990s when a similar service offered by Erie Hotline ended.

Spreading awareness within the General McLane community about the 2-1-1 service, which United Way of Erie County launched in May, is one of the three goals that General McLane’s Parent Engagement Action Team has established for this school year.

General McLane formed a Parent Engagement Action Team during the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to a $7,500 grant from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. The District created the team to help facilitate improved family and community involvement, a component of a 2016-2017 Strategic Plan initiative. The team consists of school personnel, parents and community members.

The District received an additional $5,000 grant in October to continue the work during this school year.

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