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Students celebrate 100 days of school

Posted on February 2, 2018

General McLane students celebrated the 100th day of school yesterday.

For many elementary students, being in school for 100 days has definitely aged them. Dressing like they are 100 years old is one of the fun activities students do to celebrate this exciting milestone.

In addition, teachers incorporated ways to have fun with the number 100 within many of the lessons and teachings for the day. Some of the literacy and math-based centers had activities that included a 100 word challenge, 100 chart Number Riddles and ‘100 ways to make 100’.

Happy 100th Day of School — which also means, 80 days until summer break!


Beauty and the Beast Jr. takes the stage next week

Posted on January 31, 2018

Opening night for James W. Parker Middle School’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is almost a week away.

Disney’s award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.

Shows are February 8th and 9th at 7 p.m. and February 10th at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door only and are $5 per adult, $3 per student. The show takes place at General McLane High School in the auditorium.

Students cast for roles include: the Beast (Isaac Smith), Belle (Kaitlyn Dubynski), Lumiere (Olivia Mussett), Gaston (Aiden Dougan), Lefou (JC Williams), Babette (Tobeigh Ingram), Wardrobe (Hannah Wolfe), Mrs. Potts (Meredith Moore), Chip (Caleigh Meyer), Cogsworth (Caleb Minner), Maurice (Shane Dexter), Monsieur D’Arque (Sean Dexter), Narrator 1 (Shaela Kineston), Narrator 2 (Abby Walker), Narrator 3 (Katelynne Langer), Silly girl 1 (Miranda Kline), Silly girl 2 (Kiersten Marendt) and Silly girl 3 (Maiden Zietz).

All photos are by Claire Corwin.


GM students compete in PJAS competition

Posted on January 29, 2018

General McLane School District had presenters earn a first place and second place award at the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition held Penn State Behrend this past weekend. Students now have the opportunity to advance to the State Competition.

General McLane High School students Nick Tysiachney, Andrew Yonko and Calder Martin earned first place awards. Halle Minner & Grace Honeycutt earned second place.

James W. Parker Middle School students Zach Rolland, Aiden Seeman, Holly Shreve, Jamie Roberts and Chloe Kiser all received 1st place awards.

All 1st place award winners will continue on at the 83rd annual PJAS State Competition, which will occur in May at Penn State University in University Park.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

Students in 7-12 grades conduct a scientific research project in one of the twelve Scientific Categories of Research identified by PJAS and then orally presented that research to a team of judges. Students who receive a first-place award at the regional competition move on to the state competition.


McKean students run at Edinboro’s dome

Posted on January 29, 2018

McKean Run Club held their annual run at Edinboro University this weekend.

Students in kindergarten through second grade ran a half mile and students in third and fourth grades ran a mile. About sixty students were in attendance and each student finished their race! The event took place in Edinboro’s Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center Dome.

The EUP Track and Field teams helped as part of their athletic programs community service initiative. These athletes help and mentor the students for positive behaviors through physical activity.

The event culminated the Winter Run Club, an after-school program for students in k-4. Coordinated by McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month.

The McKean Elementary Run Club and the Spring Recess Laps program started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Roberts started the program to help students increase their physical activity.


EUP Communications Department visits GMHS

Posted on January 26, 2018

Edinboro University’s Communications Department visited General McLane High School today. Led by Christopher LaFuria, manager of communication, the team presented to Graphic Design students on incorporating marketing strategics into their web design and invited student feedback and input.


Edinboro Kindergarten has Teddy Bear Tea

Posted on January 25, 2018

Edinboro Elementary School students had some extra classmates today.

Mrs. Lobdell’s classroom hosted a Teddy Bear Tea, where students and their furry companions were seated around the table sipping tea and eating some dainty treats.

This is an annual activity in Mrs. Lobdell’s class that reinforces the letter and sound of “Tt” in a fun and engaging way.

Students and their favorite, furry friends tasted tea, teddy bear crackers and triangle treats. Students also vote on who likes tea and who does not, and even engaged in math and writing activities.


McKean PTA hosts Family Bingo Night and Art Show

Posted on January 25, 2018

On Friday, McKean Elementary’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) hosted Family Bingo Night and Art Show.

The event hosted a packed gym with families playing Bingo. Winners received a candy bar and a chance to win a basket full of board games and card games. In addition, there was a Basket Raffle, a Scholastic Book Fair and a photo area.

Outside of the gym, the Art Show took placed in the hallways around the gym. The artwork was created by each of the students at McKean Elementary.

The night ended with the drawing of their fundraiser winner. Families sold raffle tickets for $5 each. The winner of the raffle won 4 Season Passes to Waldameer and WaterWorld.


McKean Elementary receives banner for MTSS Program

Posted on January 25, 2018

McKean Elementary School received a banner for its commitment to their Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) literacy program.

McKean’s MTSS Process is designed to meet the needs of elementary age students experiencing literacy difficulties in school. The team reviews school-wide universal screening data and other district assessments for students and develops strategies that address the students’ needs in the regular classroom setting.

The School just completed a 5-year comprehensive review of their literacy program.  With support and training provided by the Northwest Tri-County IU 5, PaTTAN and the 95% Group, McKean Elementary staff worked to ensure they were providing the most valid and reliable instruction to their students.  The banner was awarded by PA’s Bureau of Special Education in recognition of their hard work and dedication to meeting the literacy needs of all their students.

McKean Elementary School’s MTSS Program was recently highlighted as Model Program through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5 and has been recognized by Edinboro University’s School of Education.


JWPMS students present Inventionland products

Posted on January 25, 2018

James W. Parker Middle School students recently made their final ‘shark tank’ presentations.

Seventh graders walked through a nine-step invention process, creating and developing an idea that has come from their minds. At the end of the class, each group of students in the class pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. This is part of the school’s Inventionland curriculum.

This is the first year for the Inventionland curriculum at James W. Parker Middle School. This school year, General McLane began a two-year project to systematically plant seeds in our students and give them the tools to become inventors and entrepreneurs. In addition to the Inventionland curriculum, General McLane High School students are using the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program curriculum.

This will be only the second year this curriculum has been used anywhere and we join about 35 schools in the Pittsburgh area using the curriculum.

Inventionland is a Pittsburgh-based developing firm that turns ideas into products. Its employees utilize unique workspaces, 16 unique themed sets, to inspire creativity and productivity. Its manufacturing capabilities include metalworking, woodworking, molding, laser cutting, prototyping, circuit board construction and more, which all take place in its state-of-the-art production facility

Here are the top students from each class and their final Inventamercials and some pictures from their presentations.

Abigail Greenleaf and Abby Walker: “The Pillow Hoodie”

Brianna Farley and Katelynne Langer: “The Water Wall”

Reese Campbell and Emma Dahlstrand: “P M P” (Practice Makes Perfect)

Shawn Stutts, Ross Morrow and Dillon Morrow: Waterproof Flexible Boot



How is the flu affecting General McLane students?

Posted on January 24, 2018

General McLane schools are taking a proactive approach to keeping students safe this flu season.

According to General McLane High School nurse Laurie Swanson, as of earlier this week, the district had not seen the number of confirmed cases of the flu by physician that had been seen in the past several years.

That doesn’t mean, however, that General McLane nurses aren’t preparing.

“It’s still early,” Swanson said. “It is flu season, and it is always a worrisome time. We are hoping that with the preventative actions on the nurses part, in conjunction with other media publications and reports, we are helping to keep our numbers down.”

General McLane nurses are on the lookout and sending students home who show flu symptoms. Parents are encouraged to follow up with their health care provider.

The Erie County Department of Health sends weekly updates to General McLane nurses to monitor current flu status and trends.

In addition, Swanson said they are stressing ways to reduce the spread of viruses by posting and encouraging proper hand washing, cough hygiene and other ways to prevent the spread.

“Education is the best defense,” Swanson said. “Arming our schools and communities with information will assist in keeping our population healthy and reduce the number of flu cases.

As families to continue to fight this flu season, Swanson shares tips and advice for influenza prevention.

The Flu-how does it spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick — in addition to the duration of your time sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.

Ways to avoid spreading and getting the flu:

  • Get the Flu shot. It is not true that you can get the flu from the shot.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Eat a well-balanced healthy diet, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Wash your hands for 1 full minute, often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
  • See your health care provider as soon as symptoms occur. There is medication to reduce the severity of the flu.

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