The Lancer Life Blog captures the life and pride of a General McLane student behind school doors. This District-wide Blog is a chronicle of news and events, as well as a platform to showcase the achievements and accomplishments of students, faculty and staff within this District. For story ideas, please e-mail Marissa Orbanek at marissaorbanek@generalmclane.org.
 

Kiser advances to Nationals for Reflections

Posted on March 15, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School sixth grader Chloe Kiser placed first in the state and will be moving on to the National Level of the PTA Reflections Contest.

Kiser’s “The Finish Line” took the top award at the intermediate level for Musical Composition. This year’s theme was “What is your story?” National winners will be notified the first week of May.

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts.

Through the program, 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 Kiser on this wonderful accomplishment!

 
 

GM seniors advance to Dance Worlds

Posted on March 15, 2017

General McLane High School seniors Amanda Laughlin and Libby Myers will be headed to Orlando this April for the annual United States All Star Federation (USASF) Dance Worlds™ competition.

Laughlin and Myers will be competing as part of the Dance Vibe Senior Hip-Hop Team. Their team received their bid and will now compete against hundreds of USASF member event producers across the U.S. and in over 40 countries around the world.  Myers and Laughlin are members of an 11-member team.

“One of my favorite things about this event is meeting all of the people from different countries,” said Myers, who has been with Dance Vibe for six years. “It’s fun to have those opportunities to interact with the participants and see their routines.”

The theme for this year’s routine is “Jokers” and incorporates different tricks and moves to music from Suicide Squad. 

“I like the acting part of it,” said Laughlin, who has been dancing since the age of two and competitive dancing since she was nine.  “In addition to the hip-hop dancing, we are portraying a character so it makes it more fun and exciting to go out there.”

This international event brings together more than 9000 cheer and 3500 dance athletes to vie for world champion titles in senior and international club divisions and categories.

The event takes place April 28 through May 1 and will be aired on ESPN2.

Congratulations to both Myers and Laughlin!

 
 

GM sophomore wins Bayhawks competition

Posted on March 14, 2017

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The Erie BayHawks will be wearing a uniform at their March 25 game designed by a GMHS student!

General McLane students competed in their contest, which was co-sponsored by the Erie Arts & Culture. Two students and General McLane High School art teacher Mrs. Hodas won the contest.

Sophomore Kaley Berger took first place in the Bayhawks’ Uniform Design Contest. She will have her design featured on the BayHawks Uniforms on March 25, as well as featured on a poster produced by the Erie Times-News and distributed to fans the night of the game. She will also assist the BayHawks in selecting from a list of community projects that will receive proceeds from the BayHawks Uniform Auction . Berger will will receive a personalized replica jersey and shorts, two courtside seats to the BayHawks game, a Green Energy Prize Pack and a $250 cash prize.

Freshman Ellen Eisert placed 2nd. She will receive a $50 Cash Prize and recognition during BayHawks game on March 25th. She will also be featured on ErieBayHawks.com and Erie BayHawks social channels and receive two courtside seats and a Green Energy Prize Pack.

Ellen’s design:

 

Mrs. Hodas placed third and will receive recognition during BayHawks Game on March 25 and be featured on ErieBayHawks.com and Erie BayHawks Social Channels. She will also receive four premium tickets to a BayHawks and a Green Energy Prize Pack.

Mrs. Hodas’ design:

All students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design class submitted a design. The BayHawks Uniform Design contest called all artists, designers and photographers in Erie County, of all ages, to submit a design that celebrates a ‘Greener Erie’. The design needed to incorporate recognizable elements of Erie, along with a depiction of what energy conservation and environmental sustainability mean in today’s age.

Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!

 
 

Students compete in Battle of the Books

Posted on March 14, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School and General McLane High School students participated in the Battle of the Books Competition at Gannon University.

Students were given a list of 24 books to read and are then asked questions about the books in a quiz bowl style competition.  General McLane had three middle school teams and four high school teams.

There were over 30 teams in the high school division, from the tri-county area.

The HS advisor is Mary Morosky and the Middle School advisor is Christine Massey, with help from Karen Lerch and Christine Zimmer.

The students represented General McLane well — and had fun!

Congratulations to all participants!

A Thousand Pages of Us, 2nd place

Shut Up and Read a Book, 4th place 

Literally Lit, 13th place

Lit Mafia, 10th place

Middle School Participants

 
 

GM wrestlers place in PIAA tournament

Posted on March 14, 2017

For the first time since 2004, General McLane High School had a pair of place winners in the PIAA State Tournament.

Ethan Laird finished his career as a PIAA 195 lbs State Runner Up after a 3-1 loss to North Allegheny’s Jake Woodley in the finals. Laird became the program’s most successful wrestler after a 6-3 win against Waynesburg’s Colin McCracken during the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament at the Giant Center. His victory was the 136th of his career.  Hayden Harrison  (’04) previously held the program’s most wins by a Lancer with 135.

Owen Watkins placed 8th in the state for the 152 lbs class. Watkins lost 2-1 to  Mechanicsburg’s Brayden Wills for seventh place.

Both students are seniors at General McLane High School and plan to wrestle at the collegiate level.

Congratulations to Ethan and Owen!

 
 

2017 Reflections Winners

Posted on March 9, 2017

 

Numerous General McLane students were honored for their achievement in the 2017 National PTA Reflections arts in education program.

Regional winner’s include Presley O’Bannon (3rd place Visual Arts), Chloe Kiser (1st place Music Composition), and Lucas Leasure (3rd place Photography). McKean Elementary winners included: Jane Howard (1st place Musical composition) and Parker Howard (3rd place Photography)

The award honors imagination, creativity and interpretation of the theme “What Is Your Story?”. Regional winners were recognized at the 2017 Erie County Reflections Ceremony, held in February.

Regional winners moved on to the State Level.

Erie County winners included:  Presley O’Bannon (Visual art 2D -6th), Magnus Lloyd (Visual Art 3D, 5th), Alana Puller (Visual Art 3D, 5th), Chloe Kiser (Musical Composition, 6th) and Lucas Leasure (Photography, 8th).  Hudson Spires (Visual Arts 2D, 4th Gr),  Jane Howard (Musical Composition, 4th) and Parker Howard (Photography, K).

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 all of our students for their hard work and commitment to the arts!

 
 

Erie Phil’s Maestro Daniel Meyer visits EE

Posted on March 7, 2017

What does a conductor do? What families of instruments are in a symphony orchestra?  What are some of the hand movements conductors are doing when they wave their hands around?  And, what is that stick called?

Those are questions Maestro Daniel Meyer of the Erie Philharmonic answered today during his presentation to Edinboro Elementary second graders. The entire second grade also joined together to sing and sign a song for him.

This Saturday night, world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax makes his Erie Philharmonic debut in a very special evening of two composer-titans, Beethoven and Mahler. In April, violinist Jenny Oaks Baker returns to the Erie Philharmonic for their 16-17 Pops season finale to perform original arrangements from classic Disney films.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

 
 

McKean’s Mrs. Roberts to present in Greece

Posted on March 6, 2017

When McKean Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts noticed a decline in fitness when kids returned from summer break, she was prompted to learn more on her own.

Now, she has been selected to present her findings at the 13th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Science in Athens, Greece this July.

“We’ve been improving fitness during the school year, but then the students go to summer break. When they come back, I often see a decline,” Roberts said.

Roberts studied fifty-five students and their individual fitness levels over three years. Through implementation of the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Run test (PACER) and participant surveys, Roberts said that the students became more physically fit and she learned ways to better serve and empower her students to help keep them active and healthy.

She will present these results to health and physical education teachers from around the world, as well as physicians, physical therapists, coaches and others in the field. The conference is hosted by Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

Congratulations to Mrs. Roberts!

 

 
 

Camp Invention Registration Open

Posted on March 3, 2017

The nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program is returning once again to General McLane School District during the summer months – and spots are quickly filling!

Camp Invention is for students in grades 1-6 throughout all of Erie County. The program takes place at Edinboro Elementary School June 12-16, 2017.

The program is offered by Invent Now and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This weeklong summer program is an opportunity for both elementary and middle school students to reinvent themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Campers will work in teams as they rotate between four fun thematic modules.

This is the fourth year for the elementary camp at Edinboro Elementary. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Within this year’s Launchpad for your Imagination program, students will have the opportunity to create their own personal, ultimate sky gadget alarm box, explore a distant exoplanet and create the next earth, launch water rockets, build bubble blasters and engineer giant castles, and design duct tape products to pitch to mock investors.

The program costs $225. Camp Invention participants save $25 if registered by March 20, 2017. Installment plans are also available.

Registration is available here. 

 
 

McKean First Grade Adventures

Posted on March 3, 2017

McKean Elementary first graders are already grasping the idea of collecting facts!

The students are conducting animal research projects in the library by using both books and an internet searches through PebbleGo.

Mrs. Bean reviews the PebbleGo website with the students before they rotate through the books and computers to conduct their reports.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

 
 
 
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