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Elementary Students Practice Water Safety

Posted on March 21, 2013

Each year, third and fourth graders at both McKean and Edinboro Elementary Schools learn about water safety and water rescues over at Edinboro University. Check out some of the pictures and events from today’s lesson!

GM graduate and Edinboro resident, Dale Wellman, started the program with Randy Grabill when Dale was a sophomore at EUP. Dale has continued to work with the program for 27 years.

EE students practice pulling in fellow students from the water.

Edinboro Elementary PE teacher, Joe Marafine, gives instructions to students while high school lifeguards look on.

High school lifeguards, Flynn Connely and Zach Miller, demonstrate a water rescue for the elementary students.

High school lifeguards Lloyd Koester and Zach Miller help elementary students learn how to pull someone in the water to safety.


GM Foundation Awards William and Mary Smith MS Innovative Education Grants

Posted on March 20, 2013

The GM Foundation Awarded the William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Education Program Grant to Bob Weber, Stephen Macfarlane and Wendy Berchtold.

“I’m going to Disneyworld! Just as winning quarterbacks feel at the end of the Super Bowl, that’s how excited I was to be awarded a grant from the William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Educational Program,” Weber said.
Weber was awarded $500 for a literacy project. He will be purchasing classroom copies of The Synonym Finder, a set of Scrabble games and a large supply of Post-It Notes.  These tools will be used by students to seek out new and unusual words to use in everyday conversations. It is Weber’s hope that this will help students build a foundation for college and career readiness in language, more specifically in the area of Word Study.
Macfarlane and Berchtold were awarded $500 for their plans to implement a genetics project. Each year, the University of Pittsburgh Mobile Laboratory visits the school and offers a week of scientific research to GM students centering around the extraction of strawberry DNA and running tests with this DNA to solve forensic style problems.  To help prepare the students for this experience, Macfarlane and Berchtold plan to purchase several DNA K’Nex kits so students can build accurate DNA molecules, manipulate the models to see how cells copy DNA and see how the sequences of DNA are “read” by cell to make vital proteins.
The grant stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. The $500 classroom grants are to fund special projects/activities/enhancements for middle school teachers.
“Both of the sixth grade science teachers appreciate that Bill and Mary Sue have made these opportunities available to enhance our programs,” Macfarlane said. “It is a selfless act of giving.  With the restrictive financial environments that schools operate in these days, it is a blessing to have these dollars available to continue to better our curriculum.”
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 fundraising events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors. For more information, visit our website.


GM Student Recognized With ECTS Pride Student of the Month Award

Posted on March 19, 2013

General McLane’s Greg Leretsis was recently recognized with the ECTS Pride Student of the Month Award. A PRIDE student is a student who has exhibited an “ ECTS student Be-Attitude: Be Passionate, Be Respectful, Be Involved, Be Disciplined, Be Employable”. Congratulations to Greg for his Be-Attitude of Disciplined in his Facility Maintenance Technology lab!


Newest PHN Available!

Posted on March 18, 2013

Enjoy the newest installment of Parker Headline News! This is a biweekly podcast created by our MS students! Open in itunes and then subscribe to the podcast. It will take a minute to download the podcast. You can then watch it through iTunes!

PHN Podcast


EE Second Grade Class Performs “Penguins on Parade”

Posted on March 15, 2013

Mrs. Dilmore’s second grade class performed the musical “Penguins on Parade” in Edinboro Elementary’s school cafeteria Thursday and Friday this week. The students sang, danced and performed the play “Tacky the Penguin” as part of their study of penguins. From penguin facts to penguin jokes (How do penguins get to school? On an icicle!), the second graders delighted the crowd with their knowledge of penguins.

Congrats to these second graders for a great performance!

For more pictures, check out “General McLane School District” on Facebook!


A GM Lancer in the spirit of the weekend — Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Posted on March 15, 2013


The sixth grade art kids are proud of their piggy banks!

Posted on March 13, 2013


ESL Students Add International Theme to Reading Day

Posted on March 6, 2013

General McLane High School’s ESL students added an international theme last Friday to the annual Read Across America Day. Students Emmanuel Otika, from Sudan (Africa) and Yana Zablotska, from Ukraine, performed for Mrs. Dilmore’s 2nd grade class and were also guest readers at the Edinboro Elementary library.

Emmanuel and Yana performed the poem Hate My Hat to celebrate the Cat in the Hat’s hat and read three other books to the class. Washing Clean, a famous Ukrainian children’s tale about a dirty boy who won’t take a bath, was read in Russian and explained in English by Yana. Washing Clean author  Korny Chukovsky is a famous Russian children’s writer, who is compared to our Dr. Seuss of America.  According to ESL teacher Mary Murosky, many adults recite their favorite Chukovsky stories by heart, just as we do to our most memorable Dr. Seuss books.
Emmanuel and Yana also read The Spider Weaver: The Legend of the Kente Cloth, an African folktale that originated in the country of Ghana, and Christmas Spider’s Miracle, a Ukrainian holiday story about the universality of mothers and their love for their children.
Mrs. Dilmore’s students also participated in some hands-on activities that coincided with the books, as well as participated in an open discussion with Emmanuel and Yana about Africa and Ukraine.


Parker Headline News Releases First Installment!

Posted on March 1, 2013

Check out the first installment of Parker Headline News! This is a biweekly podcast created by our MS students!

To listen:

– Click on this link

– Open in iTunes

– Subscribe to the podcast

It will take a minute to download the podcast. You can then watch it through iTunes! Enjoy!


GM Celebrates Read Across America Day

Posted on March 1, 2013

General McLane School District was one of the districts in Erie County, PA that celebrated Read Across America Day Friday. General McLane High School sent 36 seniors to be guest student readers to both Edinboro and McKean Elementary schools. The seniors spoke to the class about their favorite books and subjects and gave the students advice before reading to the students.

After the high school students left, the elementary students continued their commitment toward reading as they joined in a read-a-thon.

This marks the seventh year that high school students celebrated Read Across America Day at McKean Elementary and the first year that students brought the fun to Edinboro Elementary.

Read Across America is an award-winning literacy program that was designed to get students excited about reading. The event is held on the school day closest to March 2 ( the birthday of Dr. Seuss) and was founded by the National Education Association in 1997 through a partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., and Random House. More than 45 million children across the nation are expected to participate—making it the nation’s largest reading celebration.

Thirty-six seniors were selected to read to both Edinboro and McKean Elementary schools as part of the national Read Across America Day. These seniors above were the ones at McKean Elementary School.

After the reading by the high school student, students broke out on their own to take place in the read-a-thon.

For more pictures, check out General McLane School District on Facebook!

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