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Obeldobel Market arrives at JWPMS

Posted on September 27, 2016


Obeldobel Market opened its doors this year to James W. Parker Middle School students.

This functioning mock grocery store is part of an innovative learning project that is intended to engage learners with a variety of skill levels.

“Students have benefited because it allows them to practice the same skills they will use when shopping in a real super market,” said James W. Parker Middle School Life Skills teacher Tanis Plouse. “The students love the store and are fully engaged during this experience.”

Students complete worksheets that require them to use their grocery store list to find, price and purchase items. This new addition to the curriculum blends a variety of functional math and reading. For example, students utilize their writing and reading skills through preparing grocery lists and reading through circulars. Students utilize their math skills because their worksheets, which are differentiated to the different learning skill, involve adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with decimals to calculate tax, change due, percentage off and total.

This market was funded through one of the four 2015 William E. & Mary S. Smith MS Innovative Education Program Grants, which stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. These classroom grants provide middle school teachers with up to $500 for special projects/activities/enhancements. Through this grant, Plouse purchased a cash register, cash register tape, pens, printer paper, etc. The items in the store, such as detergent bottles, milk containers, cereal and tissue boxes, etc., were donated from JWPMS staff.


Superintendent speaks at EUP on education funding

Posted on September 22, 2016

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As part of the Fall 2016 Al Stone Lecture Series, General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta presented “Education Funding in Pennsylvania: Past, Present and Future” today in the Reeder Hall Auditorium. There were about 30 individuals present for the lecture.

This series, which is organized by Dr. Robert Rhodes, runs Thursdays through Oct. 20. Lectures are given by retired and active faculty as well as area individuals with special expertise. The lecture environment is friendly, encourages dialogue and is free and open to the public.


HS students help prepare MS band for Homecoming performance

Posted on September 21, 2016




Members of the General McLane High School Drumline worked with students in the 8th Grade Band at James W. Parker Middle School yesterday. The middle school students are preparing to perform with the High School Band during the halftime show of the Homecoming Game next Friday, September 30.


EE PTO hosts Back to School Book Fair

Posted on September 20, 2016




Edinboro Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) hosted a Back to School Book Fair this week in the library! This fair runs through September 22 for Edinboro Elementary students.

The PTO is a non-profit organization comprised of parents and guardians of students, current administration and teachers, and is open to any patron who wishes to support Edinboro Elementary School.

PTO will be hosting the Super Hero family fun night in conjunction with their Open House on Thursday, September 22nd from 6-8p.  Teachers will be in their classrooms from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. and fun activities will take place throughout the school for the full 2 hours.


Getting to know JWPMS’ Mrs. Lindenberger

Posted on September 16, 2016


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 math teacher Michelle Lindenberger, who has worked for the District for 15 years. Prior to coming to the middle school, Mrs. Lindenberger taught kindergarten for eight years at McKean and Edinboro Elementary School, two years as a sixth grade teacher and one year as a third grade teacher at McKean Elementary.

Mrs. Lindenberger has three children: Hannah (10), Danny (9), and Ryan (3) that keep her quite busy!

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Helping my students feel like they are capable of doing anything they put their minds to!

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?
I enjoy being a part of the GM family because it is just that, “Family”.

What is your favorite work-related memory?
One day, a student of mine had accidentally put his completed homework assignment through the washer/dryer. His solution to the shredded puzzle he had found in his pocket the next morning was to tape it back together the best he could, with what seemed like a whole roll of scotch tape and bring it to class. He was a problem solver and received full credit for his effort. This piece of work is now displayed in a frame in my classroom for all of my students to see.

Did you know ….
Mrs. Lindenberger doesn’t use umbrellas and her favorite snack in the whole wide world is Peanut M&Ms.


School Resource Officer talks to MS about Bullying

Posted on September 16, 2016


This week, General McLane School District’s School Resource Officer talked to middle schools students about bullying and internet safety.

Paul Hagerty talked with 5th and 6th grade students on the impact and effects of bullying to students and schools. He will continue the conversations with students next week.

Hagerty is one of five Deputy Sheriffs who works full-time as a School Resource Officer through the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. The other districts that participate in this program are Harbor Creek, Northwestern, North East, and Fairview School Districts.

School Resource Officers work toward educating students in the safest possible environment and also insures a first responder to emergencies. The Deputy Sheriff, as a School Resource Officer, is involved in Parent and Student Organizations, attends sporting events at the school, and presents many Law Enforcement Education and Diversion programs, including the Officer Phil Program in the elementary levels throughout the County of Erie.


The General’s Store has grand opening

Posted on September 14, 2016


General McLane High School’s student store had its grand opening today.

The General’s Store provides a variety of products for students and staff, including clothing, food, drinks, school supplies and GM logo items.

The General’s Store is operated by the high school Retail Management class and runs during their lunch (11:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.). Retail Management is nine-week business elective offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course applies classroom theory to the actual operation of the store. Students assume full responsibility for the entire operation of the store – advertising and promotions, accounting, merchandising, inventory, pricing, purchasing, scheduling and selling.

Staff members, parents/guardians, and community members may make arrangements to visit The General’s Store if the store hours are not convenient. Items may also be delivered to students in the middle school after order/payment is received.
Please contact the store adviser, Erin Bentley, at or 814-273-1033, ext. 1106.





My hero is …

Posted on September 13, 2016




Edinboro Elementary third graders completed their Social Studies activity on September 11 yesterday.  The teachers read two different books to teach the kids about the historic event.

Students then wrote about both their heroes from 9/11 and their everyday heroes and then explained their reasons why.

Here were some of their responses to “My Hero Is …. ”

“The Military because they help the world everyday. Another reason is because there would be no freedom is there was not soldiers and speakers like Abraham Lincoln.

Second my every day hero are my parents because when I am sick they help me. And they give me food.”

“God because he helps me every day and he helps me when I’m stressed out and when I’m sad. The military because they helped on September 11 2001 and they still fight for our freedom.”

“The firefighter community on September 11, 2001. They were very brave to help people get out safely and put the fire out. My everyday hero is my mom and dad because they help me when I need help.”

“The Military people because my pappy when he was little he fought for our freedom in the army so we can have freedom. Thank you military people and pappy for being brave and fighting for our country.”

“The police officer community on September 11, 2011. They were brave to rescue people from the Twin Tower. Other hero are my mom and dad because they keep me safe every day. They also help em through tough times.”

What a wonderful job by all!


Getting to Know GMHS’ David Treusch

Posted on September 9, 2016


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’s David Edward Treusch, who has worked for the District for 18 years.

Outside of teaching, Mr. Treusch volunteers in several organizations. He serves as an elder at Grace Church, where he and his wife also  lead a marriage mentoring ministry. For more than a decade, he has also served on the board of directors of the Women’s Care Center of Erie. He is also the treasurer of the Wilderness Wildcats youth cross-country ski organization and president / treasurer of the Francis Cemetery Association located in Franklin Township.

Prior to working as a teacher, Mr. Treusch used his engineering degree from Grove City College and worked in a test lab for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation.

The Pittsburgh native, who is of course a big fan of the Black and Gold, lives in Girard Township with his wife Lisa of 20 years, their two children Abby (15) and John (13), and their German Shepherd, two cats, three rabbits and some fish.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
One favorite thing about my job is experiencing the moment when the light bulb comes on and a student finally understands something that was difficult for them to grasp.

Why do you enjoy being part of the GM family?
I enjoy being part of the GM family because faculty, staff and students make coming to work a pleasure.

What is your favorite work-related memory?
There are many favorite memories, but one unique memory was collecting maple sap from the trees east of the stadium and making maple syrup with Experience Academy. As a physics and mathematics teacher, I never would have thought that this was something that I would have the chance to do as a teacher.

Did you know ….
Mr. Treusch has flown and landed an airplane solo!



GM ECTS students help create sculpture artwork

Posted on September 8, 2016



General McLane students participated in the construction of new pieces of art that now decorates parts of Erie.

The  “Fruits of Labor” was officially unveiled this week at the corner of 13th and Holland, on Erie’s east side.

This artwork is part of the Arts and Industry Project, which involves local businesses and students at the Erie County Vo-Tech School and was funded by a combination of local, state and federal grants. The $60,000 sculpture was created to represent how Erie became a global manufacturing center in the 1900s. Artists Tom Ferraro, Ed Grout, Ron Bayuzick, Barbara Crone and Kathe Umlauf led in the collaboration of this project.

Current General McLane students involved in the project include Tony Damore, Cameron Phelps and Kevlyn Alicea.

The first piece in the Art & Industry project was installed in June. This piece was a mural titled “Setting the Stage for Erie’s Future” and is located on the East wall of the Erie Playhouse’s Rehearsal Hall and Scenic Shop, at 1158 East 12th Street.

A third art work in the project is scheduled for installation before the end of the year on a remnant of a rail bridge located near the northeast corner of the intersection of Greengarden Boulevard and West 12th Street.

For more information on the project, please visit the Erie Arts and Culture website.

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