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GMSD announces new entrepreneur-based education

Posted on November 15, 2017

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, General McLane School District, Inventionland and Innovation Collaborative hosted a news conference to announce a new initiative that will encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration within middle school and high school students.

“General McLane remains committed to preparing today’s students to compete in the global economy,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “Through both curriculums, General McLane’s students will be thinking outside of the box to create things we can’t even fathom.”

General McLane School District superintendent Richard Scaletta, Inventionland CEO Ken Burk and Innovation Collaborative’s Beth Zimmer introduced curriculum intended to prepare students to compete in today’s global economy.

Starting in 2017-2018, General McLane will begin a two-year project to systematically plant seeds in our students and give them the tools to become inventors and entrepreneurs.

James W. Parker Middle School will utilize the Inventionland curriculum. Seventh graders will have the opportunity to walk through the nine-step invention process, developing their own ideas. At the end of the class, each group of students in the class will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a team from Inventionland.

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

General McLane High School students will engage in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program curriculum. This program enables participants to engage their entrepreneurial mindsets. They will acquire the tools that empower them to succeed with 21st century workforce skills such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and problem solving.

During the 18-19 School Year, the High School will add the Inventionland Curriculum.

General McLane School District offers a variety of programs and classes to empower students with 21st century skills for today. The Entrepreneurship programming is tailored to meet students’ interests and joins our many STEM-focus programming, including our Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering and Manufacturing Academy. Our robust offerings provide students opportunities to utilize our STEM Lab, which includes 3-D printers, CNC machines and CAD software.

Following the news conference, Zimmer, Burk and community leaders were invited to speak with students and see the curriculum being used in the classroom. Some of the special guests in attendance included Teresa Koon from Senator Brooks’s office and State Representative Ryan Bizzaro.


McKean students deliver bags to Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home

Posted on November 15, 2017

McKean Elementary School students recently created and delivered treat bags to veterans at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home. Each class made the treat bags and then kindergarten students delivered them on Friday.


Teachers take on students in Wiffle Ball game

Posted on November 14, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School students raised more than $800 for sixth grader Jacob 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 earned a Wiffle Ball game between teachers. Haugh’s homeroom, Mr. Sturgess’ class, won and represented all of sixth grade. Although they won the fundraiser, the teachers took home the victory of the Wiffle Ball game.

Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle sent a video specifically thanking James W. Parker Middle School for their efforts.

What an awesome job by everyone involved!



Holiday Arts Fair: Vendor Feature

Posted on November 14, 2017

The General McLane Foundation’s 11th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 18, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance, including a variety of new vendors. This year’s crafts include: hand-carved santas, glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items.

One of the vendors will be Willow Creek Barn Wood Furniture, who creates barnwood furniture and farmhouse decor items.

“Our products are unique because every piece has a story behind it.  All of the lumber we use for our projects is at least 100 years old and have been in the form of a barn and now has been given a new life as your dining table, or a cabinet in your home.  We said from the beginning all of our furniture will be hand crafted and made to last,” said Casey Brown of Willow Creek Barn Wood Furniture. “The character and story you get with barnwood you simply can’t replicate.”

Here is a sneak-peak of just some of their items that will be available on Saturday!

They also do custom orders. Two of their favorite creations to date either is what they call their super table, which was first made for a very close friend and an entertainment center built when they first started.  The entertainment center was 10ft in length and was relatively intricate.



GMHS Thanks Veterans!

Posted on November 13, 2017


McKean Door Decoration Contest Winner

Posted on November 13, 2017

McKean Elementary School hosted a Door Decoration Contest for its Veteran’s Day Celebration.

Prior the the assembly, the Veterans attending voted on their favorite door.

The winning door was Mrs. Miller’s, our 3rd and 4th grade learning support teacher! In addition to the door, Mrs. Miller created a traditional ‘Place Setting for A Missing Soldier’, and displayed an authentic uniform.

Her class will receive an ice cream party as a special reward.
Here are some of the other doors:


McKean Elementary Veteran’s Day Assembly

Posted on November 13, 2017

McKean Elementary School hosted its first ever Veteran’s Day Assembly. This event featured Veteran Speakers, challenges with active duty military and attendance of our students’ family members who have or are serving. There were also vocal performances by students.

Thanks to all those who came and thank you to our veterans!


Students complete professional T-shirt screen printing

Posted on November 8, 2017

General McLane students have the opportunity to gain exposure to a new art medium — a professional screen printing station.

James W. Parker Middle School’s eighth graders recently learned how to successfully design a unique t-shirt design. Through this project, students learn how to use stencils and different color combinations to create their work, as well as how to prep the screen, care for the equipment and clean up production. This lesson focuses on creativity and exposes students to a real-life creative job opportunity, while developing artistic ideas and work processes and learning from trial and error.

“Pop culture is an important element of the middle schoolers’ lives. They are influenced by it in many ways including fashion and printed t-shirts are a very common type of attire for them,” said JWPMS art teacher Christina Martin. “I want to show them how to create their own printed products in a very professional manner.”

This project is possible thanks to a grant from the General McLane Foundation. As a 2017 William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Education Program Grant recipient, Martin acquired professional equipment for creation, printing, and clean up.

“General McLane has truly become a district that meets students where they are by providing up-to-date technology to its students,” Martin said. “This technology is leading to a more independent learner who needs flexibility and the opportunity to work in an environment more suited to developing the soft skills needed for the job market they will be entering. Grants like the William and Mary Smith Grant help make this happen.”

The grant stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. These classroom grants provide middle school teachers with up to $500 for special projects/activities/enhancements. Since 2013, thirteen JWPMS teachers have received this grant to enhance their curriculum. JWPMS teacher Chris Triola was also awarded a 2017 grant. Triola’s innovative grant, Modern Mathematics, transforms the physical structure of the classroom from being teacher-centered to student-centered through environmental enhancements.

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.


GMHS hosts Healthcare Career Fair

Posted on November 8, 2017

General McLane High School hosted a Healthcare Career Fair to give students exposure to careers in healthcare.

Organizations that attended included:

· Edinboro University Career Development
· Edinboro University Department of Nursing
· Fortis Institute Dental Assistant
· Fortis Institute Medical Assistant
· Fortis Institute Practical Nursing LPN
· Gannon University College of Health Professions
· Great Lakes Institute of Technology
· Great Lakes Institute of Technology Medical
· Great Lakes Institute of Technology Practical Nursing
· LECOM LifeWorks Erie
· LECOM Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Erie County
· LECOM School of Dental Medicine
· LECOM School of Pharmacy
· LECOM School of Osteopathic Medicine
· LECOM School of Osteopathic Medicine
· LECOM School of Osteopathic Medicine
· LECOM School of Osteopathic Medicine
· LECOM School of Osteopathic Medicine
· Mercyhurst University Nursing
· Penn State Behrend’s Admissions
· Penn State Behrend Nursing

Students learned about the various careers available in healthcare and what is needed to secure a job for each branch.

“It’s very important for students to gain exposure to different careers to learn about the various employment opportunities beyond high school,” said General McLane High School Counselor for Special Programs Gary Astorino. “Regardless of the economy and where you are located, healthcare is a field where people are needed.”

In addition to General McLane students,Northwestern High School and the Erie County Technical School Health Assistant Lab students also attended this event.



Soboleski signs National Letter of Intent for Panthers

Posted on November 8, 2017

General McLane High School hosted a Letter of Intent Signing Ceremony today.

Senior volleyball player Maddie Soboleski signed her letter of intent to continue her athletic career as a Division 1 student-athlete at the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations to Maddie!

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