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Edinboro students learn about spiders

Posted on October 31, 2017

Edinboro Elementary School first graders learned about spiders yesterday.

Edinboro University’s Professor and Director of Medical Technology & Nuclear Med. Technology Dr. Matthew Foradori presented on the different types and characteristics of spiders. He showed them videos and also answered students’ questions.

Thank you to Dr. Foradori, who is also a parent in the District, for speaking to our students!



Donor Appreciation Night for Wing

Posted on October 30, 2017

General McLane School District held a Donor Appreciation Evening last week in honor of those who supported the Performing Arts Wing. Donors were invited to tour the new wing following the Vocal Jazz Concert. A reception was also held.

More than $120,000 was raised through generous donations through the General McLane Foundation. The new wing, which is now complete, added 2100 square feet to General McLane High School, specifically for costuming and set design and construction.

Thanks to all those who supported the arts!


GMHS Photo of the Week Winners

Posted on October 27, 2017

Sophomores Megan Fay (Cemetery Path) & Lynzi King (Rocky River) were this week’s winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

Seniors Devin Barry (Flower) and Mark Fisher (lock) were previous winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment. This assignment was to contrast a focal point.

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 all of our students!


Getz completes 100-mile race

Posted on October 27, 2017

McKean Elementary Principal Michael Getz has been running longer than he has been teaching. Just this month, he recently hit a new accomplishment in the running scene!

For the first time ever, he successfully completed the Oil Creek 100 mile trail race.  The race took place October 14-15 at Oil Creek State Park on the Gerard Hiking Trail in Titusville, PA.

There were 173 runners at the start of the race and Getz finished 65th with a time of 31:17 (hours:minutes).

Getz, who ran cross country and track as a student-athlete at Edinboro University, has been running for 40 years. This past June, he ran a trail marathon in Leadville, Colorado where the elevation started at 10,200′ and climbed to over 13,000′.

“While the altitude made the run very strenuous, the views of the rocky mountains were spectacular,” Getz said. “Running has given me numerous opportunities to run all over the country. I run for the sheer enjoyment of being outside, the new places I get to visit, the physical and mental challenges of each race, and the comradery of the other crazy runners I meet.”

Congratulations to Mr. Getz on a wonderful accomplishment!


JWPMS Teacher Receives Golden Apple Award

Posted on October 25, 2017

James W. Parker Middle School teacher Tiffany Brooks received the Golden Apple Award today.

Sixth graders Sarah-Terese Petkac and Hannah Fratus nominated Mrs. Brooks, who has worked five years as a teacher in the District. She currently teaches fifth grade and has previously served as a learning support teacher at JWPMS and an elementary teacher at McKean Elementary.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

This honor will air Wednesday, November 1 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, November 2, on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Congratulations to Mrs. Brooks!


HS host Assembly at JWPMS

Posted on October 25, 2017

For the 10th consecutive year, the General McLane High School Principal’s Cabinet led an assembly at James W. Parker Middle School that discussed proper behavior at sporting events.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school-based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

The assembly took place on the football field. Students led a discussion on setting a positive example and representing General McLane both on and off the field.


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 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.

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