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Whitford appointed as Associate Principal

Posted on June 19, 2017

General McLane School District has selected Justin Whitford to serve as Associate Principal at James W. Parker Middle School, effective July 1.

“I am ecstatic to join the General McLane family and community as the new Associate Principal of Parker Middle School,” Whitford said.

A Lake City native, Whitford served two years as an elementary principal in Braxton County School District in West Virginia. He taught high school social studies for four years and served as the Department Chairperson, while also serving on a variety of professional committees with the West Virginia Department of Education, including the Commission for Professional Teaching Standards and Professional Practices Panel.

Whitford, who received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Principal Certification from Edinboro University, plans to reside in the Edinboro area with his wife, Mary Beth.

The vacancy comes after John Hansen was appointed as superintendent of Northwestern School District, effective July 1. Formerly Associate Principal at James W. Parker Middle School, Jason Buto was appointed to JWPMS Principal. Buto will also remain serving as the District Curriculum Director.


4th graders perform tale tale classics

Posted on June 6, 2017

Edinboro Elementary fourth graders performed their end-of-the-year plays yesterday, reenacting a variety of classic tall tales.

Students worked collaboratively to share their stories of tall tale heroes, including: John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Febold Feboldson, Stormalong, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Annie Christmas and Paul Bunyan.

For more photos, visit our Featured Photos Page.


Erie WWII vet speaks to HS students

Posted on June 6, 2017

General McLane High School students had the opportunity to hear about WWII, its battles and its strategies outside of the facts and numbers that they read in textbooks. An Erie WWII veteran spoke with General McLane High School students yesterday in the auditorium.

Pvt. Joseph Morettini was part of the 82nd Airborne and fought in Normandy, Battle of Ardenne Forest, Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Central Europe. He was shot twice during his two-year campaign. Morettini, who is 92 years old and is one of two surviving members left from the 507th, was recently honored during the 100th anniversary commemoration of U.S. 82nd Airborne.

High school students in Mr. Stauffer’s U.S. History II class, as well as Mr. Vath, Mr. Treusch, Mr. Woodward, Mr. Wible, and Mr. Hager classes attended the event. The event was coordinated through Mr. John Malone and Mr. Stauffer.


Seniors walk to celebrate achievements

Posted on June 5, 2017

On Friday, the General McLane High School Class of 2017 took part in the second annual Senior Walk in both Elementary schools, James W. Parker Middle School and the high school.

Students, teachers and staff cheered on the seniors for their hard work as they paraded through the halls. The seniors also joined McKean fourth graders during their fourth grade celebration!

This event took place on the seniors last day and was intended to created a culminating connection between students at all levels of the district.


HS students Spread the Word to End the Word

Posted on June 2, 2017


Almost 400 attend Lancer Legacy Banquet

Posted on May 30, 2017

Almost 400 guests attended the 9th Annual Lancer Legacy Banquet last week.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Emily McCracken Shears (‘97). Shears is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Prevention, Quality Improvement and Regulatory & Accreditation services departments at UPMC Hamot in Erie. She earned her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Before UPMC, Shears worked for the Department of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health in the division of Acute Disease Investigation and Control. She is also a volunteer for ServeErie.

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District was presented to Dan Berlin, and the Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane Athletics was presented to Jay Macho.

Berlin taught at General McLane School District from 1969 until 2003. He taught high school math and served as an advisor to Student Council and math team Competitions. He also established and advised the National Honor Society. Berlin is involved with his church, serving as a deacon, church/youth group leader and member of the church choir. He is the president of Pro Rege Christian School Board and is an elected auditor of Rockdale Township. He and his wife Kathryn reside in Cambridge Springs and have 12 grandchildren.

Macho was employed as a middle school Language Arts teacher within the General McLane School District from 1974 through 2011. He coached middle school football, basketball and cross country. He also coached high school football and track and field. During Macho’s first year as head track and field coach, Macho led the girls track team to the PIAA State Championship, which was the school’s first state championship. Macho currently volunteers with the Erie Philharmonic and officiates track meets at Olmsted Falls HS.  He and his wife Diana reside in Edinboro.

Following the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Lancer Legacy Awards, the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for students took place. More than 350 high school students were recognized for achieving Honor Roll at least three terms during the 2016-2017 School Year. Students who received an Academic Letter were also recognized.

The General McLane High School Academic Letter Program is designed to award excellence in academic performance by its students. Implemented in the 1990s and proposed by students, students may accumulate points on a yearly basis for Principal’s Honor Roll,  Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Academic Challenge Team, School Sponsored Competitions and Non-Athletic Activities. To earn this award, freshmen must accumulate 8.0 points and all other students 10.5 points during the defined year.


GMHS hosts Military Recognition Ceremony

Posted on May 30, 2017

General McLane High School hosted its first-ever Military Recognition Ceremony to honor the seniors of the Class of 2017 who have committed to serve our country.

Students included: Hunter Beddick (Air Force), Brody Wise (Army), Chloe Casbohm (Navy), Derek Hecker (Navy), Marisa Sammons (Navy) and Daniel Teed (Army ROTC).

The event took place in the auditorium, followed by a light reception in the library. Senator Michele Brooks was in attendance, as well as a representative from both Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro and Senator Dan Laughlin’s offices.

Thank you to those who have made an honorable commitment to serve our country!



6th graders create Alpine Slide

Posted on May 26, 2017

A few weeks ago, James W. Parker Middle School students were building boats for their own Sailboat Regatta. Now, students continue STEM learning and practicing the engineering design process in another hands-on, math-enriched activity.

Sixth Graders in Mr. Triola’s class applied their math skills to the engineering design process to build Alpine Slides and Alpine Slide Carts for racing. The process began with each student building to specification, one section of the overall slide and then joining sections to form four tracks of 25 feet each. Over 100 feet of track was built and tested by the students!

After the track was built, students then designed and developed carts. With the help of Mr. Roboto, the students gathered scaled body measurements for riders so they could accurately design a cart to fit the average person and then tested the cart for effectiveness in both design and safety.

Once each student gathered and reviewed both the personal and group race data, they modified and improved their cart designs in hopes of winning the Alpine Slide.

The plan is to get the carts and slides outside next week for racing!


Unified Track and Field Send-Off

Posted on May 26, 2017

General McLane High School had a send-off for the Unified Track and Field team yesterday. The team competes in the PIAA Meet in Shippensburg tomorrow!

Good luck to our team and everyone else competing in the State Meet!


EE second graders perform Ibis: A True Whale Story

Posted on May 26, 2017

Edinboro Elementary second graders in Mrs. Dilmore’s class performed Ibis: A True Whale Story to parents and students this week. Their puppet show told John Himmelman’s exciting account of the first successful rescue of a net-entangled whale. Students also performed some dances and skits as part of their end-of-the-year program.

For more pictures, visit our Featured Photos Page.

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