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Christmas Around the World

Posted on December 22, 2017

Edinboro Elementary third graders hosted “Christmas Around the World” for students, family and friends.

They did a wonderful job exploring the various ways the holiday is celebrated!


Second Graders ride Polar Express

Posted on December 22, 2017

Edinboro Elementary students once again joined in on the magic of Christmas and rode the Polar Express Train ride Friday.

Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book that was later adapted into a feature film, the Polar Express is a story of a young boy’s trip to the North Pole.

Mimicking the book, Edinboro students wore their pajamas and enjoyed their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and their very own sleigh bells. Students boarded the train, listened to a reading of The Polar Express and danced the “Hot Chocolate” dance after being greeted by their very own conductor. The students also signed an entire Christmas song.

This journey is part of the second grader’s big Polar Express unit done each year in December. This has been taking place for more than 10 years.


Giving Tree returns to McKean Elementary

Posted on December 22, 2017

This month, McKean Elementary hosted their annual Giving Tree. The students raised 120 winter items for SafeNet, Inc AND 60+ items for Because You Care, Inc.!

Mrs. Iaquinta’s class coordinated the winter items, which included hats, gloves, scarves.

Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps’ Miss Bova and second graders coordinated the pet items. They collected items for cat and dog for our local animal shelter. In addition, they also did some writing pieces. The writing pieces discuss a few of the animals from the shelter, why the school was collecting, and how it helps our community.

Great job to our students and thanks to those who donated!


JWPMS students visit Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Posted on December 22, 2017

Last Thursday, JWPMS students visited the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Students met with the head artist in the museum’s working paleontology lab and had a chance to go inside the Paleolab to see up close the work they are doing and to hear about the different backgrounds of people who work in the lab and throughout the museum.


McKean donates to Toys for Tots

Posted on December 22, 2017

McKean Elementary School collected toys for Toys for Tots Erie County PA and collected more than anticipated! Thanks to all those who donated!


4th Grade Holiday Extravaganza

Posted on December 15, 2017

Edinboro Elementary School’s annual 4th Grade Holiday Extravaganza took place this week.

Students created or adapted a story or poem they had heard or read before and applied what they learned about plot line, characters and fiction writing to help their story make sense.

They typed the scripts and made the costumes, props and background sets. Students then performed their plays lives for parents, friends and family members.

Students did a wonderful job entertaining the crowds!

For more pictures, please visit our Featured Photos Page.


Behind the Scenes: General McLane High School’s Wrestling Program

Posted on December 15, 2017


Behind the Scenes: General McLane High School’s Calculus Class

Posted on December 15, 2017


JWPMS has special Canadian-inspired lunch

Posted on December 14, 2017

In honor of the school’s cross-curricular research project, James W. Parker Middle School’s cafeteria hosted a special Canadian-themed menu today featuring Poutine, a Canadian dish originating from the province of Quebec.

James W. Parker Middle School’s 6th grade teachers have been partnering  up for a cross-curricular research project. Students are discovering Canadian regions through various classes, including social studies, language arts, library and music. From geographical songs to Canadian customs and traditions to learning its food and culture, students are learning all things related to Canada. Students will share what they learn in January.

This quarter-long project involves careful planning by the teachers to make this instructional approach successful and ensures students have a true understanding of the themes they are taught in Social Studies.


GMHS Christmas Store returns

Posted on December 13, 2017

General McLane prides itself on its caring community — and it’s not hard to see why.  The annual Christmas Store for students in need at General McLane High School re-opened on Monday.

High school nurse Laurie Swanson started the store more than 15 years ago in an effort to help students in need provide gifts to their family during the holidays. Generous community members and district employees donate brand-new items that fill the nurse’s office, and students are then able to pick out gifts for those on their lists.

The store started with just two tables. Now, Mrs. Swanson’s office is lined with brand-new items that include anything from clothing to children games to home decor and hobby items.

Students, identified through administrators and staff, are able to come in throughout the day and select items for family and friends.

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