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Edinboro students to learn life skills through coffee cart

Posted on March 8, 2018

A new smell will be brewing at Edinboro Elementary, but hot drinks won’t be the only product to show for it.

Through the school’s new Coffee Cart program, students will gain hands-on experience to acquire the knowledge needed to gain real world skills.

Twice a month, elementary students in Mrs. Pituch and Mrs. Jones’s classrooms will sell coffee, tea, cappuccino, hot chocolate and baked goods to staff members.

The students will be involved in all appropriate aspects of operating and maintaining the coffee cart. The goal is to improve communication skills, sharpen math skills and gain a better understanding of money, organization, time management and sequencing.

Profits will be used to purchase classroom rewards. The students will be able to use the money that they’ve worked for to earn and “shop” for things for the classroom.

The “soft” opening will be this Friday!


GMHS teacher wins Golden Apple

Posted on March 7, 2018

General McLane High School teacher Michael Smrekar received the Golden Apple Award today.

Colton Morosky nominated Mr. Smrekar, who has worked as a health and physical education teacher at General McLane for thirty-one years.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

This honor will air Wednesday, March 21 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, March 22 on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Mr. Smrekar!


GMHS sends off wrestlers to States

Posted on March 7, 2018

General McLane High School hosted a send-off this morning for its state qualifying wrestlers.

Andrew Brest (11th) and Matt Leehan (9th) will be leaving for Hershey tomorrow to compete in the the 2018 PIAA Wrestling Championships this weekend.

Best of luck to both Brest and Leehan this weekend!


McKean has belated Dr. Seuss celebrations

Posted on March 6, 2018

A snow day didn’t stop McKean Elementary second graders from celebrating Dr. Seuss’s belated birthday! They had Green Eggs and Ham for all, made with pudding and vanilla wafers to look like a fried green egg!

“Thanks, Dr. Seuss, for every Who…
The Lorax, the Sneetches and Horton, too!”


McKean Elementary hosts Science Fair

Posted on March 5, 2018

McKean Elementary students and family members recently celebrated a night of science.

The event was packed with activities and displays for McKean students, families and friends.

All fourth graders created projects that were on displayed. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade had the opportunity to participate and could create a project of their choice to have on display. In addition, some classrooms created displays.

Outside of the student-created projects, there were a variety of other activities and demonstrations, including exhibits provided by Edinboro University’ CHAOS group, LECOM, McKean Veterinary Hospital and Tamarack.

The event was sponsored by McKean’s PTA and organized by McKean teachers.


Read Across America 2018

Posted on March 5, 2018

General McLane High School students continued the tradition and visited both McKean and Edinboro Elementary School to read to the students in honor of Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Students celebrated this last Tuesday.

Students also talked to the students about their interests, hobby and future plans.

This celebration started in May 1997, when a small reading task force at NEA came up with the idea to create a day in celebration of reading. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.


JWPMS team places 3rd in MATHCOUNTS

Posted on February 27, 2018

James W. Parker Middle School’ MATHCOUNTS team placed third out of 18 schools during their regional competition.

There were nine students who attended this yearly math competition at Gannon University this past Saturday. Students included Shane Dexter, Caleb Minner, Genevieve Preston, Nathanael Robbins, Zachary Rolland, Aiden Seeman, Nadia Tysiachney, Avery Van Dyke and James Williams.

Robbins, Rolland, Minner, Van Dyke, and Seeman placed in the top 23 out of 118 students, Seeman earned the top spot from James W. Parker Middle School with a 14th finish.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Created in 1983, it is the longest-running MATHCOUNTS program and is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.


McKean raises more than $2200 for American Heart Association

Posted on February 27, 2018

McKean Elementary School hosted their Hoops/Jump for Heart Assembly on Friday, culminating the end of their fundraising for the American Heart Association. Students raised $2200 over the last month.

An 11-year old heart survivor, who has a hole in her heart and tachycardia, shared her journey. She is a student of Rolling Ridge Elementary. The assembly also included a performance by hula hoop artist Jennifer Dennehy and a presentation by high school students on the importances of staying healthy.

Mrs. Little’s third grade class raised the most money and earned a pizza party and extra PE.


JWPMS create cards of support for GM grad

Posted on February 26, 2018

Last week, James W. Parker Middle School 5th graders created and sent cards of support to a former GM graduate.

GM alum Brandon Siciliano (’17) is currently in basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago, Illinois.

Upon graduation from basic training Brandon will report to the U.S. Navy Seabee A School at Gulfport, Mississippi for advanced technical training in his military occupational specialty in addition to weapons and combat training.


Edinboro students maneuver the moon

Posted on February 23, 2018

Edinboro Elementary students recently maneuvered the moon!

Second graders participated in several learning stations throughout the last few weeks that focused on the moon.

First, students performed research to build background knowledge about the Moon. Then, students applied their knowledge within the following three STEM labs.

STEM Lab 1: Students explored the surface of the Moon by simulating what it would be like when a meteorite collides with the Moon to form a crater! Using flour to simulate the surface of the moon, they dropped different objects of varying sizes to create craters. Students made predictions about which objects would make the largest craters and then tested their predications.

STEM Lab 2: Students experienced the phases of the Moon by moving a styrofoam ball around a light source and identifying the shadows as different phases of the Moon.

STEM Lab 3: Students combined their knowledge of the surface of the Moon, Moon phases and general knowledge to design a moon buggy using K’Nex or Legos. They used reference books, creative thinking and collaboration to complete the project.

This project was made possible thanks to the Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative’s 2017 Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant. Miss Katie Waddell applies and received $450 for her hands-on science unit, which was available to the entire second grade at Edinboro.

The Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant Program was designed to help kids by providing their teachers with financial assistance for innovative and effective educational curriculum that is not covered by traditional school financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants up to $250, while teams of teachers (two or more) can apply for grants up to $500. Since 2000, REC has awarded $51,000 in grant funds to teachers and educators throughout Northwestern REC’s service territory.

Applications for the next grant period (fall 2018) will be accepted online beginning May 1, 2018, through Sept. 15, 2018. Visit for more information.

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