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WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visit JWPMS

Posted on January 24, 2018

WJET-TV meteorologists Tom Atkins and Tom DiVecchio visited James W. Parker Middle School today to speak to fifth grade students about the science involved in meteorology, predicting weather, largest snowfalls and some of their most memorable moments of their careers.

Two of the fifth grade science classes were in attendance of the live 20-question presentation. Eighth graders Alec Eisert and Brandon Dedrick recorded the presentation for the entire 5th grade to view.

Atkins and DiVecchio shared some information about what they do at the TV station and some other important weather facts — including the largest hail they have ever seen, the biggest snow storms and this Winter’s snowfall so far. Students asked questions directly to the meteorologists and had the opportunity to meet individually with them following the presentation.

Fifth graders Ramie Plouse, Sophia Allison, Katie Quinn created a welcome video for the visit.

JWPMS teacher Laurie Santos is the Edinboro weather watcher for the station and orchestrated the event.



GM & Edinboro Lake Watershed Recognized for Growing Greener Project

Posted on January 23, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection joined community leaders today at General McLane High School to celebrate the Stormwater Best Management Practices Demonstration Project, which was officially unveiled Fall of 2016.

EP Regional Director Jim Miller recognized the collaboration between the state, General McLane School District and the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association during this morning’s press conference.

The project includes Best Management Practices (BMP) like a rain garden, a vegetated swale, and an infiltration trench. This project will capture and treat runoff from about 38 acres, helping to improve the water quality to Edinboro Lake Watershed. By installing these BMP’s, they will help to reduce an estimated 24 pounds per year of phosphorus, which represents a 1% improvement decrease in the budget of phosphorus for Edinboro Lake and 10,000 pounds per year of reduction of total suspended solids.

Edinboro Lake Watershed Association chose General McLane School District due to its ideal site for educating both students and the public and its proximity within the Edinboro Lake Watershed.

The Growing Greener Grant was awarded to the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, which worked with partner organizations to put the project on the ground. Dr. Brian Zimmerman serves as the President of the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, which is the grant recipient. Steve Halmi, Deiss & Halmi Engineering, is also on the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association Board and served as the project engineer. General McLane alumnus and landscape architect for Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Flynn served as the landscape architect. All have donated their time and services to the project.  J. J. Wurst Landscape Contractor, Inc. was the contractor for the project.


January Board Appreciation Month

Posted on January 19, 2018

January is Board Appreciation Month, and we honor the contributions of our school board members.

Too often we neglect to recognize the commitment and hard work of these men and women who serve as advocates for our schools. The staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and tell a school board member: “Thanks for caring about our children.”

Years of Service to the GMSD

Timothy Wise – 34

James Bucksbee – 32

Carrie Crow – 6

Amy Eisert – 6

Shari Gould – 3.75

Andy Schulz – 2

Brad Pattullo – 1.5

Linda King – 1.5

Luke Lofgren – New in December


McKean Reading Buddies engages young readers

Posted on January 19, 2018

McKean Elementary School is engaging readers through their Reading Buddies Program, which pairs first graders up with Kindergarten students.

Each week, first grade students spend ten minutes in a kindergarten classroom reading to their buddies and participating in a fun activity.

Miss Geraci’s class pairs up with Miss Scott’s, Mrs. Roth pairs up with Mrs. Debevec’s, and Mrs. Grossett pairs up with Mrs. Troyer’s class. Students rotate each week who selects the book and choose a “just right book”, a book based on their independent reading level. This gives students practice with fluency.

According to Miss Geraci, her students really look forward to this Book Buddy time.

“It it gives them a chance to be a mentor and to show off their reading skills,” Geraci says. “I have seen a change in their interest for reading, as well as their confidence with reading out loud.”

By pairing students up through this mentor-mentee system, the hope is to inspire kids to read, share books and help foster students to become better readers.


Anatomy students create “brain hats”

Posted on January 19, 2018

In preparation for the sheep brain dissection, General McLane High School’s anatomy students made “brain hats” to help them identify the major lobes of the brain and their functions!

Students in anatomy have various dissections to provide students with hands-on experience and insight into each system by seeing the anatomical structures firsthand. Students dissect a Bull Frog to study skeletal muscles, a sheep brain to compare it to human brain and a cow eye to study the anatomy of the eye.

Anatomy introduces students to basic human anatomy and physiology. Students planning a career in any health related field learn the following bodily systems: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous. Each unit includes lab explorations like monitoring blood pressure, sensory labs and dissection.


Run Club returns to McKean

Posted on January 17, 2018

McKean Elementary’s Winter Run Club has returned.

Coordinated by McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school through January.

While increasing overall fitness through flexibility, strength and endurance, the students practice for their culminating run at Edinboro University Dome on January 27.

Edinboro University athletes and coaches help with this program by speaking with the students and helping them train.

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.


Candy Grams returned to JWPMS

Posted on January 17, 2018

Candy Grams returned to James W. Parker Middle School last week!

Students sold the Candy Grams during lunch. All staff and students in the building had the opportunity to purchase a Candy Gram and have it delivered to anyone within the building at the end of the school day.

This was a fundraiser of the Life Skills classroom. Students learned to advertise for the event, check labels and place the labels on the candy, take orders, handle money, organize the candy and the delivery bags and then distribute the order. The students raised $1,509 in three days!


JWPMS student recognized at District Banquet

Posted on January 8, 2018

James W. Parker Middle School’s Camille Andrezjewski received her District 28 Patriot’s Pen Second Place Award at the District Banquet this past Saturday at Hickory VFW Post 6166.

The award was presented by the VFW District 28 Commander Don Ramsey.

Andrzejewski, Kaitlyn Dubynskiy, Ian Kennedy, Olivia Mussett were the winners of the 2017 VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Their essays moved on to the District 28 Competition, where Andrzejewski placed second. The 2017-18 theme was “America’s Gift to My Generation”.

The Patriot’s Pen Essay contest is for students in grades 6-8, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Congratulations to Camille!


EE & GMHS students dance!

Posted on January 5, 2018

Yesterday, Edinboro Elementary’s first graders and General McLane High School’s Kids to Kids students were all smiles during a brain-break! Students danced to Kidz Bop~Best Day of My Life on Go Noodle. Brain Breaks are simple & short challenges that regain focus in the classroom.


GM students conduct wetlands study

Posted on January 5, 2018

General McLane High School students were able to gain real life experience studying different water sources.

AP Environmental Science students visited Camp Fitch before Winter Break and measured water temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates and alkalinity within two streams and their man-made lake.

Twelve students braved freezing temperatures to conduct the tests. In fact, our students received the real-world experience in environmental science — the air was so cold that the water was freezing in the sample jars outside! The students were forced to conduct testing inside and participated in team-building exercises between collecting samples.

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