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

Elementary students participate in Winter Olympics

Posted on February 21, 2018

Last week, Edinboro’s Kindergarten teachers planned and hosted their own Winter Games! Each student had the opportunity to pass the Olympic torch and pledged to demonstrate good sportsmanship and respect. The students then competed in their versions of Olympics sports: hockey, bob sled, snowball toss and speed skating! As you can see, the students had a blast!

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McKean students participate in Blizzard of the Books

Posted on February 16, 2018

McKean Elementary’s second graders read hundreds of books in just one month!

The second annual ‘Blizzard of Books’ reading Contest took place through January. Hosted by McKean’s second grade teachers, the Blizzard of Books Contest was created to help students build positive reading habits, promote reading stamina, and learn time management skills, goal setting and responsibility.

The second grade teachers set a reading goal for all students. Every second grade student had to read a minimum of 12 books at their independent reading level during the month, and they also had to successfully pass an Accelerated Reading quiz (to test their comprehension) on each book they read. Many students exceeded this goal. This year, McKean also launched a new reading app called RAZ kids that gives the students access to an online library of books at their independent reading levels. So, students were also able to use passed quizzes on their RAZ kids accounts to count towards their 12 book goal.

Students that achieved their monthly reading goal were invited to celebrate at a pizza luncheon.


General McLane recognizes its drivers

Posted on February 15, 2018

General McLane declared this week Driver Appreciation Week!

The District normally gives its appreciation in May during Employee Recognition Month. However, in light of a misleading report from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the District felt it was vital for our drivers to understand how much we support them each and every day.

So, on behalf of the District, thank you to all of our drivers!


Retired United States Navy Captain Creates New Scholarship for Nurse-bound Students

Posted on February 14, 2018

Long-time Edinboro resident Gae Fuller knew by the age of five that she wanted to become a nurse.

She liked people, and more importantly, she loved helping people.

So it’s no surprise that she would dedicate twenty-four years servings as a nurse for the United States Navy.

Now, the retired United States Navy Captain continues to give back to her profession and community by helping those entering the nursing field. Fuller recently made a significant donation to the General McLane Foundation to start a new scholarship for aspiring nurses.

“I really would like to help General McLane students have the life that I did and be as content with everything as I am,” Fuller said. “I had a great life because I followed a dream I had set for myself as a child. I want to help make that happen for future generations.”

Starting this school year, the Gae M. Fuller Nursing Education Scholarship Fund will annually award a scholarship to a senior committed to becoming a nurse and who will be majoring in nursing at a four-year college or university. The student will be selected by the high school’s guidance counselors and science faculty.

“I really hope it goes toward a student who has a real passion to be a nurse, someone who knows that nursing is for them like I knew it was for me,” Fuller said. “I never questioned it, I just knew it.”

Fuller graduated from Edinboro High School in 1957, Hamot Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 and the University of Buffalo in 1971 before joining the Navy. She later earned her master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

She served most of her time in the operating room in a variety of naval hospitals, including ones in the Philippines, Virginia, Pensacola, San Diego, Bethesda and Charleston. Her final role was the Interim Director for Nursing Services at Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Fuller is an active volunteer for many organizations, including the election polls, the Edinboro Cemetery Association, Shadbush Club of Edinboro, the United Methodist Church, the H.G. Gillespie Scholarship Foundation and Washington Township’s Veterans Memorial Park.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.


Edinboro Elementary honored as a 2017-18 Title 1 Distinguished School

Posted on February 13, 2018

Edinboro Elementary School was recently honored as a 2017-18 Title I Distinguished School at the 2018 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference.

Edinboro received this recognition in October by PDE’s Division of Federal Programs. Edinboro Elementary is one of only 123 schools in the state to receive this honor.

Edinboro Elementary School was selected as a Reward High Achievement School for the 2016-17 school year, meaning Edinboro Elementary is part of the highest 5% of Title I schools based on ELA and Math proficiency. In addition, Edinboro Elementary met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs), which included test participation, graduation rate, closing the achievement gap for all students and closing the achievement gap for the historically underperforming students.

A Title 1 School is one that receives Title 1 funds, which are is financial assistance distributed to schools in order to enhance reading and mathematics.



Students study Chinese New Year

Posted on February 13, 2018

Edinboro Elementary second graders in Miss Waddell’s class celebrated the Chinese New Year yesterday, thanks to two special guest presenters.

Jiayi (Flora) Chao and her mother Yi Zhang shared their customs and traditions for the holiday, which takes place February 16.

“The students loved learning about Chinese culture and getting to their know classmate Flora in a deeper way,” said Edinboro Elementary second grade teacher Katie Waddell. “I think learning about different cultures helps students to gain a global perspective on the world, as well as be open to new experiences.”

Flora planned her presentation with Edinboro Elementary ESL teacher Ann Bortnick. Her mother then planned a presentations and a variety of activities for the students. They received the traditionary red envelopes, participated in a reunion dinner, learned their Chinese zodiac symbols, practiced Chinese calligraphy, created their own paper cutting and learned how to play Chopsticks, the hand game.


JWPMS students learn about 3D printers

Posted on February 12, 2018

James W. Parker Middle School students are learning how 3D printing is used in industry.

Recently, JWPMS teacher Matt Laser presented a lesson on 3D printers to Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills and Miss Adams’ Autistic Support classrooms.

Students went to Mr. Laser’s classroom at the beginning of the day to view the 3D printer. While there, Mr. Laser explained how the 3D printer worked, showed materials utilized when using the 3D printer, showed several items that were previously printed and then saw it in action Mrs. Tuttle and Miss Adam’s classes returned several times throughout the day to see the mystery items progress. The students learned at the end that the mystery item was a minion!

General McLane schools are using the 3D printers to foster creativity and teach real-world skills. At the middle school, the 3D printer is used within the fifth and sixth grade Challenge curriculum. Students are working on the Inventionland curriculum. As part of that curriculum, Mr. Laser has introduced students to the Tinkercad website, which allows students to create their own 3D designs that can be manipulated, edited and printed. Some of the students will use the 3D printer to create models of their inventions.

General McLane High School also has a 3D printer as part of its STEM lab.

According to a Forbes article, the 3D printing industry will be worth nearly $33 billion USD by 2023.


HS students create Olympic designs

Posted on February 9, 2018

General McLane High School’s graphic design students are creating real-world design jobs.

After studying the symbolism of the Olympic Rings and this year’s Pyeongchang emblem, students will recreate the 2018 Olympic logo and then choose an athlete to advertise!


8th grader places first in the Scholastic Art Competition

Posted on February 8, 2018

James W. Parker Middle School’s Regan Luebbert placed first in the Scholastic Art Competition for a ceramic she created.

The 8th grader earned a Gold Key, the highest recognition at the local level, for her work, which now go onto the national level judging in New York City.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens. Students in grades 7–12 submit creative and original work in any of the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, and video game design.

Students’ submissions are blindly judged by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Judges have included Langston Hughes, Robert Frost and Judy Blume, among many others. Works are judged at each level based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

The Awards have fostered creativity and talent since 1923 for millions of students and feature a notable list of alumni including: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Charles White, Kay WalkingStick, Ken Burns, John Baldessari, Mozelle Thompson, Joyce Carol Oates, Hughie Lee-Smith, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham.


GM Launches School Driver Appreciation Week

Posted on February 6, 2018

Icy roads.  Potholes.  Freezing rain.  Deep snow. Poor visibility. Monitoring students.

These are just some of the challenges school bus drivers face while transporting children to and from school every day.

In light of the recent, misleading report by the Auditor General’s office that inaccurately attacked its District drivers, General McLane School District is declaring the week of February 12 to be “School Driver Appreciation Week.” The District is asking students, parents and community members to express their appreciation to our drivers through notes, cards and letters during the week. 

General McLane School District employs 35 regular school bus drivers, three van drivers and 15 substitute drivers. Each day, General McLane busses cover 3,300 miles when transporting students to seventeen schools, which is the distance from here to Salt Lake City, Utah and back. General McLane’s busses cover 594,000 miles a year — 24 times around the world.

Traditionally, the District recognizes all of its employees in May and its school board members in January.

*Due to the in-service day, drivers will not be in on Friday, February 16, 2018.*

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