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.
 

GMHS to host The Little Mermaid’s Sea Tea

Posted on October 24, 2017

 

The cast of General McLane High School’s The Little Mermaid will host “Sea Tea” on November 11.

The event is for students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade and will feature character performances, sea theme food and drinks, mermaid dancing, face painting and more.

Sea Tea tickets are available now at the High School office for $17.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid has been selected as this year’s high school musical and will be staged at General McLane High School from November 16-19, 2017.  Tickets for the musical go on sale Friday and will be available in the High School Office. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday.

 
 

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

Posted on October 23, 2017

Edinboro Elementary School was recognized as a 2017-18 Title I Distinguished School by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 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.

All distinguished schools will be honored at the 2018 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference, held January 28-21 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. All of these schools are eligible to be chosen as Pennsylvania’s National Title I Distinguished School. National Title I Distinguished Schools will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Philadelphia in February 2018.

Congratulations to Edinboro Elementary’s staff and students on this achievement!

 
 

Edinboro teacher receives grant

Posted on October 20, 2017

Edinboro Elementary teacher Katie Waddell was named a recipient of Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative’s 2017 Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant.

She was awarded $450 for her hands-on science unit focused on the moon. The students will participate in several learning stations and finish the unit by designing a Moon Buggy. This unit will take place in January.

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 NorthwesternREC.coop for more information.

 
 

4th Annual Trail of Treats slated for October 28

Posted on October 20, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School students are adding Halloween festivities for children in the General McLane community.

Members of Student Council and 8th grade advisors are hosting the fourth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28.  Children are invited to gather candy and treats at various stations set up throughout the Middle School between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

This event is for children 12 and under and the cost is $3 per child. An adult must accompany any child throughout this event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

All candy is donated from local businesses. Previous events, which have averaged 300 trick or treaters, raised money for the Boro Women’s and Family Services, the Erie County Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ECCDHH) and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA.

This year, all proceeds will benefit the AH Club of Edinboro, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide warm clothing to the children in the General McLane School District.

 
 

What happens during a power outage?

Posted on October 20, 2017

 

We had a short power outage yesterday morning at Edinboro Elementary, but we still were hard at work! When the power goes out at EE, teachers and students read with flashlights!

 
 

Alumni Feature: A Roadie from the Boro

Posted on October 19, 2017

This story first ran in the Fall Alumni Newsletter (10/4/17),
which  is e-mailed quarterly to members of the Alumni Association.
To register or update your information, visit our website.

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When Edinboro’s J.L. Jamison graduated from General McLane High School in 1980, his background in music was pretty simple: he never played an instrument, he couldn’t tell you much about music notes and he never took a music class.

He was a fan of Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but most importantly, he loved Rock and Roll.

Fast-forward 35 years, and he’s running a 48-man band crew for Jimmy Buffett.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Jamison said. “I went to concerts and everything growing up in Erie, but I never pictured myself doing anything like this.”

Jamison left Edinboro right out of high school to work at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe. While working for the lodge, Jamison started working for a local band, Unicorn.

He started doing lighting and then headed down to Key West to work with a variety of bands, including The Producers, the Bangles and Berlin. It wasn’t long before he got the call.

“When I started touring with bands, we would stay at people’s houses or camp grounds or in one hotel room. The sound guy and I roomed together, and he was the one who got me on the tour with Jimmy,” Jamison said. “When I first got hired, I didn’t know who Jimmy was. But I got a call saying, ‘they want to interview you and no one on our tour has to room together, not even the t-shirt guy.’ That was the coolest thing to me – not sharing a room.”

With that, Jamison said he was sold. He headed down to Hawaii in December of 1984. The following summer, he was called back to join Buffett’s lighting crew. It was there that another opportunity came up.

“[Buffett] and I were always running into each other, and we’re at a bar and he goes, ‘I’m thinking about opening a club in Key West, you should come help us out.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, great idea,’ but I didn’t really think he was serious. Then I got a call, ‘Buffett’s down in Key West and wants to know where you are.’”

Jamison was one of Margaritaville’s first employees when it opened in 1985. When he wasn’t on tour, he would serve as the soundman for the restaurant.

Although he still books the bands for Margaritaville, including Edinboro’s own High Life and Tiger Maple String Band, Jamison’s involvement with Jimmy Buffett has expanded from when he first started as a member of his lighting crew. Now, he serves as everything from a Project Stage Manger to Crew Chief to Entertainment Director and Studio Manager.

“I run the band crew, which is all of the crew that takes care of the musicians. From lighting to sound and video to wardrobe and set, that all goes through me,” Jamison said.

Jamison has toured all over with the band, from Tokyo to Dubai to the West Indies and Caribbean.

“We were just at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, and that was really cool because I know a lot of these bands from here in the States, so it was fun getting together on the other side of the world,” Jamison said.

When he’s not on the road, Jamison also runs Buffett’s studio, Shrimpboat Sound. It was there that they recorded George Strait’s album, Troubadour, which earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. An image of the Grammy-award winning album hangs in his cottage in Edinboro, which he frequents quite often to visit his family.

Jamison’s mother was a librarian and reading teacher at Edinboro Elementary School, and his father was a football coach and health and physical education teacher for General McLane High School. His four older sisters Beth, Kathy, Cindy and Jenny also graduated from General McLane.

“My parents are 93 and 90, so I want to spend more time with them. I was gone so much after high school, it’s nice to spend time with them now,” Jamison said. “I also love Edinboro Lake. I grew up on the lake, so it was like my playground. Those are my favorite things about coming back home – family, friends and the lake.”

Jamison and his wife live in Key West with a beagle, Clover, and a cat named Ritto.

He just recently got back to Key West from Europe, his first time home since Hurricane Irma went over the Keys.

“The damage and loss of historic landmarks is pretty hard to explain, but it’s one tough little island chain and seeing the whole community come together, we will bounce back in no time.”

 
 

Learning By Design at JWPMS

Posted on October 19, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School seventh graders recently celebrated their Makerspace work.

Their work was part of a Learning by Design Challenge. This takes places in the middle school art program and challenges students to invent, create and engineer a piece of art from the available recycle materials with minimal guidelines. They can work in groups or individually. After creating the artwork, students reflect on the project explaining why they chose their materials and things they’d do differently next time.

For this specific challenge, students had to create an extension of the body or piece of fashion. Students focused on good craftsmanship throughout the lesson and also discussed choosing and trying different tools/methods in a safe way to achieve the desired outcome. These methods included sewing, painting, cutting, drilling, glueing, printmaking, wire cutting/bending, etc.

A panel of judges judged their work on creativity, craftsmanship and use of material. Celebratory Sculptures were given out for Best Craftsmanship, Best Theme, Best Use of Material, Most Creative, Most Unique, Best in Show, Most Futuristic and Most Attention to Detail.

Learning By Design Lesson fosters 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and communication. There is a Learning By Design group, which is a sub group of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). JWPMS teacher Christina Martin is a member of the PAEA.

 
 

Sixth grade math safety engineering

Posted on October 19, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School sixth graders were putting engineering safety procedures to practice!

Students used their math skills to measure and design “KNEX Egg Cars” in order to understand how engineers build and modify designs to improve the safety of a vehicle.  Students utilized their skills in measurement, data collection and geometry to produce a product that is both functional and practical.

When students finished their project within the guidelines, they added an Egg Passenger and spun their vehicle for one of three crash situations: “Regular Crash, “High Speed Crash”, “Pulling a Trailer Crash” and the dreaded “Over Cliff Crash”.  Their goal is to have their egg finish in one piece! Principal Whitford join them as a part of the engineering team for testing day.

The students will take what they have learned from this project and apply it to future STEM-based projects related to design, functionality and safety, all while incorporating the application and coverage of the state mathematics standards.

 
 

GMHS and Great Lakes partner for iPad Storage Solutions

Posted on October 13, 2017

When General McLane School District began planning for its elementary iPad rollout, technology supervisor Jeremy Dylewski searched for the best storage solution on a budget.

The result? A one-of-a-kind drawer that allows each teacher to securely store and charge the iPads, as needed, within an already existing space – and all locally sourced, thanks to Great Lakes Case & Cabinet.

“The customization of the product to best fit our needs, financially and logistically, was the driving force that led to the partnership,” Dylewski said. “We’ve been amazed at their professionalism, quality of the products and customer service. The entire experience has been above and beyond – and we’re supporting a local business, which makes it even better.”

Great Lakes Case & Cabinet (GLCC) is a metal fabricator based out of Edinboro and specializes in the manufacture and integration of indoor and outdoor enclosures for the storage and protection of IT equipment.

Dylewski worked with a GLCC engineer and team to completely customize this product from start to finish. He was involved with the plan throughout the entire process, from the drawing it on the whiteboard until implementation. In addition to complete customization, face-to-face interaction, and keeping tax dollars in the local community, the costs of the project added significant savings to the District. The District saved approximately $600 each drawer compared to the average cost of a mobile charging cart.

The new storage system occupies unused space within the technology cabinets that already exist in the classrooms for technology needs. Forty drawers were created and placed in the elementary homerooms.

Through the latest technology rollout, General McLane School District successfully implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative for students in grades 3 through 12. Students in Kindergarten through second grade each have access to iPads through a classroom set that contains 12 iPads each.

The focus of the 1:1 technology initiative is to meet students where they are and help boost student achievement, engagement and increase students’ creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills. Technology is just one of the tools teachers use in the classrooms.

The district began its iPad rollout in 2012. James W. Parker Middle School piloted the 1:1 program during the 2013-2014 School Year and General McLane High School expanded the program during the 2015-2016 School Year. General McLane High School students take their iPads home, students in grades 3 through 8 leave theirs in the schools.

 
 

McKean kindergarteners start day with crafts

Posted on October 10, 2017

 

McKean Elementary School students get right to work in the mornings!

Kindergarten students start their tasks upon arriving to school, as part of their morning routines. On Thursday, this meant some arts and crafts!

 
 
 
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