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 marissaorbanek@generalmclane.org.
 

McKean ARRFS video

Posted on November 2, 2017

Check out this week’s McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements!

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with (ARRFS). Each month, the team of students reinforce a monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

The AARFS Announcements congratulate students for showing Acts of Responsibility, being Respectful, Fun to be with, and being Safe. The students also like to broadcast other students who have completed their Basic Math Facts.

Videos are completed by Friday of every week. Teachers can use iPads to display the videos on the SmartBoards.

The videos use the new technology at the Elementary School. As part of the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan to upgrade the district’s technology in grades K-8, General McLane rolled out a 1:1 iPads initiative to give every student in grades 3 and 4 an iPad.

With the latest deployment of iPads, the District has a 1:1  initiative for every student in grades three through twelve. For grades K-2, each classroom has a cart of iPads.

 
 

Haugh named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year

Posted on November 2, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School student Jacob Haugh was named Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western PA Chapter. He will be honored at National Philanthropy Day in Pittsburgh on November 15, 2017.

The Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy of the Year honors a young person or group of young people who have demonstrated exceptional generosity in support of a charitable cause or causes, demonstrated exceptional initiative and leadership in recruiting, coordinating and motivating volunteers to raise funds for a charitable cause or causes and encouraged other youth to make charitable gifts and volunteer their personal time to philanthropic causes.

The sixth grader is closing in on $25,000 that he has raised over three seasons to benefit Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare, complex genetic disorder. The disease affects an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 30,000 people, including the daughter of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Haugh’s initiatives have made him one of the largest individual donors to the program and were featured in a Root Sports Pittsburgh documentary-like-story.

“Every time that I have personally congratulated and thanked him for his amazing work, Jacob shrugs and says, ‘I’m just trying to help others.’ Every community should be so lucky to have a young man like Jacob working on their behalf to make a difference,” said the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh Development Director Emily Peters in her nomination of Jacob for this award. “I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive Western Pennsylvania Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2017 National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award.”

Despite his significant efforts so far, Haugh still continues to raise money. This week is the last week for Haugh’s “Wins for Kids Wiffle Ball World Series”, pitting James W. Parker Middle School fifth and sixth grade homerooms against each other to raise funds. The winning homeroom will earn a Wiffle Ball game between teachers. Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent a video specifically thanking James W. Parker Middle School for their efforts. Haugh’s homeroom represents all of sixth grade.

The fundraising is channeled through Wins for Kids, which supports Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. The Pirates are Jacob Haugh’s favorite team.

Congratulations to Jacob on this amazing honor!

 
 

GMHS hosts a Kindness Challenge

Posted on November 2, 2017

The Caring Club is promoting a caring atmosphere at General McLane High School through various monthly activities. In October, the Caring Club held a “Kindness Challenge” in partnership with UTZ. Caring Club members passed out Jumbo Snack Packs of chips with a kindness challenge attached to each bag. Students received a bag as they entered the school and were asked to complete their challenge throughout the day.

The Caring Club holds activities throughout the year to promote a positive atmosphere at General McLane. The main event that they participate in is National Child Grief Awareness Day in November.

 
 

McKean Elementary Haunted House

Posted on October 31, 2017

Lunch at McKean Elementary School was a little bit spookier today.

The McKean lunch staff created a special haunted cafeteria experience for McKean students. The kids walked into the decorated cafeteria with such an excitement as staff gave them a Halloween greeting! Staff even passed out candy to each kid in line.

Happy Halloween!

 
 

Edinboro students learn about spiders

Posted on October 31, 2017


Edinboro Elementary School first graders learned about spiders yesterday.

Edinboro University’s Professor and Director of Medical Technology & Nuclear Med. Technology Dr. Matthew Foradori presented on the different types and characteristics of spiders. He showed them videos and also answered students’ questions.

Thank you to Dr. Foradori, who is also a parent in the District, for speaking to our students!

 

 
 

Donor Appreciation Night for Wing

Posted on October 30, 2017

General McLane School District held a Donor Appreciation Evening last week in honor of those who supported the Performing Arts Wing. Donors were invited to tour the new wing following the Vocal Jazz Concert. A reception was also held.

More than $120,000 was raised through generous donations through the General McLane Foundation. The new wing, which is now complete, added 2100 square feet to General McLane High School, specifically for costuming and set design and construction.

Thanks to all those who supported the arts!

 
 

GMHS Photo of the Week Winners

Posted on October 27, 2017

Sophomores Megan Fay (Cemetery Path) & Lynzi King (Rocky River) were this week’s winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

Seniors Devin Barry (Flower) and Mark Fisher (lock) were previous winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment. This assignment was to contrast a focal point.

Throughout the course, there will be a weekly Photo of the Week Assignment for each class period. Their peers will vote for their favorite.

Photography I is an introduction to digital photography. Students learn to take well-composed photographs and post process them in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to all of our students!

 
 

Getz completes 100-mile race

Posted on October 27, 2017

McKean Elementary Principal Michael Getz has been running longer than he has been teaching. Just this month, he recently hit a new accomplishment in the running scene!

For the first time ever, he successfully completed the Oil Creek 100 mile trail race.  The race took place October 14-15 at Oil Creek State Park on the Gerard Hiking Trail in Titusville, PA.

There were 173 runners at the start of the race and Getz finished 65th with a time of 31:17 (hours:minutes).

Getz, who ran cross country and track as a student-athlete at Edinboro University, has been running for 40 years. This past June, he ran a trail marathon in Leadville, Colorado where the elevation started at 10,200′ and climbed to over 13,000′.

“While the altitude made the run very strenuous, the views of the rocky mountains were spectacular,” Getz said. “Running has given me numerous opportunities to run all over the country. I run for the sheer enjoyment of being outside, the new places I get to visit, the physical and mental challenges of each race, and the comradery of the other crazy runners I meet.”

Congratulations to Mr. Getz on a wonderful accomplishment!

 
 

JWPMS Teacher Receives Golden Apple Award

Posted on October 25, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School teacher Tiffany Brooks received the Golden Apple Award today.

Sixth graders Sarah-Terese Petkac and Hannah Fratus nominated Mrs. Brooks, who has worked five years as a teacher in the District. She currently teaches fifth grade and has previously served as a learning support teacher at JWPMS and an elementary teacher at McKean Elementary.

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, November 1 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, November 2, on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Mrs. Brooks!

 
 

HS host Assembly at JWPMS

Posted on October 25, 2017

For the 10th consecutive year, the General McLane High School Principal’s Cabinet led an assembly at James W. Parker Middle School that discussed proper behavior at sporting events.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school-based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

The assembly took place on the football field. Students led a discussion on setting a positive example and representing General McLane both on and off the field.

 
 
 
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