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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.


MS teacher’s sculpture to display in Michigan

Posted on May 25, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School art teacher Christina Martin will have her art featured in an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Michigan.

Her sculpture, “Micro”, will be on display at the fourth annual sculpture exhibition at  John D. Wittersheim Sculpture Park in Adrian, Michigan from August 14, 2017 through August 4, 2018.  The purpose of this sculpture park is to honor the craftsmanship, ideas, tools and lessons of John D. Wittersheim. The exhibit utilizes the green spaces radiating out from Studio Angelico and provides places of inspiration and reflection. 

Martin’s sculpture is steel and is approximiately 11 feet tall. Thanks to the moire pattern, which is created by the perforated sheet steel, as the sunlight and moonlight change throughout the day so does the piece.

Martin graduated from Ohio State with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture and her Art Education certification from Edinboro University.  While at Ohio State, Martin worked mostly in metal. Now, she works with metal, ceramics, and mixed media pieces.


GMHS Athletics Signing Day Ceremony

Posted on May 25, 2017

General McLane High School hosted a Collegiate Athletics Signing Day Ceremony yesterday.

The following athletes signed to continue their athletic careers as a student-athlete at the collegiate level:

Lydia Beers – Mercyhurst North East – Soccer
CeCe Koral – Edinboro – Swimming
Ethan Laird – Rider – Wrestling
Jacob Lenhardt – Behrend – Wrestling
Abbie Staley – Edinboro – Softball
Owen Watkins – Mercyhurst – Wrestling

General McLane now has seven college-bound athletes from the Class of 2017. Earlier this year, Alex Jay signed to play basketball at Edinboro University.


2016-2017 GMHS Academic Team Highlights

Posted on May 24, 2017


Mandarin Club attends Cleveland Asian Festival

Posted on May 22, 2017

The General McLane High School Mandarin Club attended the Annual Cleveland Asian Festival Trip this past weekend.

Twenty-five students attended the festival, which takes place in the heart of Cleveland’s AsiaTown and offers all sorts of vendors, food, live entertainment, and activities.

Nearly two dozen Asian restaurants set up as vendors in the festival area and there were also two main stages that include demonstrations and competitions.

General McLane’s Mandarin Club raises awareness of Asian cultures, promotes the Mandarin Chinese Program and practices conversational Chinese.


JWPMS hosts 2017 Talent Show

Posted on May 22, 2017

The 2017 Talent Show at James W. Parker Middle School took place last week.

Caleigh Meyer won first place, Dylan Throop earned second,  Julia Esposito earned third and Meredith Moore earned the Director’s Award. The show is directed by JWPMS teacher Kate Amatuzzo. This year’s stage manager was Ryan Hess; lights were done by Alayna & Kellen Smith and the hosts of the show were Makaela Persons and Chandler Villanueva.

Here is a list of all of this year’s performances:

Alie Jones –  “Fireflies”
Sadiyah Dexter – “Music of the Night”
Cooper Williams – “Here”
JC Williams – Yo-Yo Presentation
Sophia Lehman – “Home”
Elle Loehrke, Sophia Boutte, Chloe Miles, and Bella Fromknecht – “The Schuyler Sisters”
Sarah Brest – “Memories”
Tobeigh Ingram – “Fire to the Rain”
Emma Noyer  – “Hot and Cold”
Miranda Kline – “I Don’t Know My Name”
Morgan Olson –  “Scars to Your Beautiful”
Ellie Conaway – “The Spinning Song”
Taylor Dowlen – “Stay with me”
Dylan Throop – “Minuet in G Major”
Julia Esposito – “My Heart Will Go On”
Caleigh Meyer –  “Titanium”
Chloe Kiser – Piano/Vocal Presentation
Taylor Faulkner –  “Million Reasons”
Elena Halmi – “Say Something”
Grace Honeycutt – “All That Matters”
Isaac Smith –  Magic Act
Hannah Wolfe – “Hallelujah”
Meredith Moore –  “Writing’s on the Wall”
Abby Johnson – “Try”


McKean receives recognition for MTSS program

Posted on May 19, 2017

McKean Elementary School’s MTSS Program was recently highlighted as Model Program through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5.

As part of their “Spotlight on Model Schools/Model Programs” recognition, each month the NW Tri-County IU 5 selects a school in the Tri-County region that is implementing a program successfully with support from a member of the Intermediate Unit staff.

During each monthly Curriculum Directors, a school leadership team presents to their regional colleagues. Through these sessions, schools share exemplary practices, have access to networking opportunities across districts and learn about the Intermediate Unit services and programs.

McKean Elementary School implemented their Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to meet the needs of elementary age students experiencing difficulties in school, whether it be academic or behavioral. The team reviews school-wide universal screening data and other district assessments for students and develops strategies that address students’ needs in the regular classroom setting.


Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission helps students build bluebird habitats

Posted on May 19, 2017

There was a lot of hammering at James W. Parker Middle School earlier this week!

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Santos and Mr. Sturgess’ classrooms built a bluebird nesting box, thanks to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Commission who donated the wood and hardware for 150+ habitats.

Wildlife conservation officer Mike Stutts did a lesson with the students, helped them to build the habitats and then had students watch a video about the best places to hang their bluebird boxes.

This was part of the fifth grade science curriculum.

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