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EUP lacrosse team visits McKean

Posted on October 5, 2017

Edinboro University’s Women Lacrosse Team visited McKean Elementary School on Tuesday to discuss bullying as part of McKean’s ARRFS program.

Throughout their presentation, they demonstrated examples of bullying among teammates and offered positive alternatives to the same situations.

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.


Alumni Feature: For the love of running

Posted on October 5, 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.


When Morgan Elliott graduated from General McLane High School in 2010, he left as an all-region and all-district performer in cross-country.

Now, he’s breaking out in the trail-running scene as one of the top extreme runners in the United States.

For the second year in a row, Elliott took first place this past August in the Audi Power of Four Trail Run 50K. As a result of this international race, he is the continental ultra sky champion.

A month later, Elliott placed second at Montana’s Run the Rut – 50K.

And then, just a few weeks ago, he set a FKT (fastest known time), for a popular route in Colorado called the Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop.  The four-pass loop is about a 27-mile trail hike/run with around 8000 ft of elevation gain.

This weekend, he will compete again in the Flagstaff 55K. Last year, he took first in this race and became the overall winner of the US Skyrunner Series in the ultra category.

“I definitely want to be running for a while,” Elliott said.  “I don’t care how successful I am on the podium, I really enjoy running, the competiveness and the journey of training. It has been so much fun.”

While at General McLane, Elliott lettered four times in both track and cross-country and once in swimming.

In Cross Country, Elliott won the McDowell Invitational, was the region 5 champion, and qualified and medaled at states. While a senior track member, Elliott was the District 10 champion in the 800 and qualified for states in the 1600. In the 1600 preliminaries at the state meet, he ran 4:23, the second fastest mile in Lancer history.

He continued his running career at Slippery Rock University, thanks to advice from General McLane High School teacher and coach John Guzik.

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run in college, but he told me that I may regret it if I don’t do it. He encouraged me to try it out, even if it was just for one season, and I owe him for that, he was a great coach,” Elliott said. “He really motivated me and kept me running when I had no one else to do it.”

It was a good thing he listened. During his senior year, Elliott set a school record for the 1500 meter—3:50.18. This record was just beaten this past spring.

He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2014 with his Bachelor’s of Arts in Park and Recreation Resource Management and minor in Aquatics, although Elliott jokes that he majored in running.  It was there where he realized he was tired of running on the road and enjoyed the technical terrain that came with running in McConnells Mill State Park.

“I love being in the trails when the sun is shining onto the trees and river. The technical terrain is more callous, with more rocks, roots, mud and ruggedness to it than a flat, cross-country course. I really love the grit of it,” Elliott said. “In these races, you have to be completely aware of where you are placing your feet and have to be focused as you change gears running up or down hill.”

Elliott currently lives out of his car and travels to different spots to train for races.

“It’s very simplistic, how little can I get by with. I wake up at trailhead and go run on it – the freedom of it all is very amazing and surreal,” Elliott said.

His races have between 10,000 to 12,000 vertical feet of gain within a span of 31 miles. His favorite races are the ones near rivers and waterfalls, where Elliott said he is able to jump in whenever he wants. Through his running, he serves as an ambassador for inov-8, an all-terrain running brand.

After the races finish for the year, he plans to return to Asheville, North Carolina, where his family has relocated. His goal is to eventually qualify for the U.S. Ultra Distance Running Team and represent the United States overseas.

His experiences at General McLane, however, have made a lasting impression.

“It took a bunch of little steps to get me where I am now. The first step began when I was a member of the 7/8th grade cross-country team and then it continued throughout high school,” Elliott said. “My experiences at General McLane morphed me into the athlete that I am today.”

His favorite memories are ones of his teammates.

“The pride we all had back then, we are all happy to be part of General McLane. My teammates made a big difference in my high school experience, and I loved my teachers and I loved my coach,” Elliott said.

Guzik gave him a mantra that he still does today.

Condition, strong, confident, relaxed, focused, prepared.

That last part – prepare – is what keeps him running.

“That’s why I do it, mostly for the journey of it, the 9-12 weeks that you put into it. The race is one day, one morning. I want to be healthy and out having adventures in the mountains. I don’t want to stop.”


Lewis retires after 33 years

Posted on October 2, 2017

After 33 years of service with the District, Cheryl Lewis retired Friday.

“For over three decades, Cheryl Lewis has been a constant in the district,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “In her most recent position with the district, she has done a masterful job handling payroll and the many complications of retirement and health care benefits. She will be deeply missed.”

Lewis has served as the administrative assistant for Payroll and Benefits since 1984. Prior to working with General McLane, she worked for Marine Bank in Edinboro. A Pittsburgh native, Lewis attended North Hills High School.

Congratulations to Cheryl on her retirement! She will be missed greatly!


McKean students celebrate reading 1000+ books!

Posted on October 2, 2017

On Friday, McKean Elementary School’s PTA sponsored their annual “Summer Reading Pizza Party”.

Students who turned in their summer reading book logs earned pizza and a free book. Students needed to read at least 10 books over the summer.

There were 101 students who participated this year. So, at 101 kids who read at least 10 books, McKean students read more than 1000 books this summer!

McKean PTA is a non-profit organization comprised of parents/guardians of current students, current administrators and teachers, and patrons who wish to support McKean Elementary School. To get involved or for more information, visit their website. 


McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements

Posted on October 2, 2017

New this year at McKean Elementary School are the 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.

“It is important to present these positive acts to all students to show what role models we have in the community,” said AmeriCorps teacher Chasity Bova, who works with the students to create the videos.

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.

Previous ARRFS Announcements


Academy students learn about careers in Forensic Science

Posted on September 29, 2017

General McLane graduate Pamela (Marszalek) Mikulcik ’98 returned to her alma mater on Thursday to speak to high school students in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering.

The ‎Independent Forensic DNA Consultant spoke to students about careers in forensic science. Mikulcik also talked about some cases she’s been involved with, including Wheaton’s Baby Hope and the slayings of Krystal Jean Baker and Kristina Wesselman.

Mikulcik is also a certified lead & technical assessor for ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

General McLane’s Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering was created to prepare students for careers in medicine and engineering. Through partnerships with local businesses, hospitals and universities, the curricula will be enriched with hands-on activities designed to provide students with quality, live-learning experiences.

The Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering initiated a planning phase in 2011-2012 as a result of a district strategic planning goal to enhance STEM education.


GMHS hosts Dollars for Disasters

Posted on September 28, 2017

It’s been only a couple of weeks since General McLane High School’s National Honor Society Induction ceremony took place, but students are already to work.

Throughout the next week, the General McLane High School’s National Honor Society is hosting a district-wide fundraiser to help those affected by the hurricanes this past month.

Through the Dollars for Disasters Fundraiser, students will be raising money for Jefferson Elementary School and the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Houston.

The National Honor Society kicked of the fundraiser with an assembly on Thursday and it will run through next Friday. Students placed bins in each of the homerooms and will collect the donations daily.

James W. Parker Middle School and Edinboro Elementary School are also participating in the fundraiser and will begin collecting money next week.

The class (or grade level at Edinboro Elementary) that raises the most money will receive a classroom party.

McKean Elementary students have been raising money in a separate fundraiser to help the victims of the recent hurricanes. Third grade students spearheaded this effort.

To participate in either of the fundraisers, individuals can drop off money at one of the corresponding schools.


McKean Students Raise Money for Harvey

Posted on September 28, 2017

McKean Elementary students are raising money to help the victims of the recent hurricanes.

Third grade students are spearheading this effort. Some students created posters and decorated collection pots. Other third graders worked together creating short presentations. Students then visited all of the other classrooms in the building to give their presentations and left behind a poster and collection pot. Third graders give up recess time each week to count and tally the donations.

They have raised more than $400 through their fundraising efforts. They will continue to collect donations throughout the next couple weeks and then donate the money to the Red Cross.

To help, individuals can send their donations to McKean Elementary School.


GMHS Photo of the Week Winners

Posted on September 27, 2017

Sophomores Sydney Schuster and Aaliyah Nelson were this week’s winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

This week’s assignment was to photograph a dominant element.

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 Sydney and Aaliyah!


Winners of GMHS Design Contest

Posted on September 27, 2017


The winners of the design contest for General McLane High School’s General’s Store were announced yesterday.

Junior Erik Andrzejewski’s design will be printed on t-shirts and sold at the school store, and junior Nick Renick’s design was selected to be printed on sweatshirts.

Students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design II class all designed t-shirts for this project, and Mrs. Bentley’s Retail Management class voted and selected the winners.

Graphic Design II is a continuation of the concepts learned in Graphic Design I that challenges students to take their digital art creation to the more advanced level.

Retail Management is nine-week business elective offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course applies classroom theory to the actual operation of the store. Students assume full responsibility for the entire operation of the store – advertising and promotions, accounting, merchandising, inventory, pricing, purchasing, scheduling and selling.

Students will get a shirt with their design on it, and both designs will be coming soon to the General’s Store.

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