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JWPMS Students Donate to Mercy Center for Women

Posted on December 19, 2013

James W. Parker Middle School students understand the true meaning of “holiday spirit”.

In order to help those less fortunate during the holiday season, the 8th Grade Advisors and Student Council hosted a Penny War Fundraiser for the entire school from December 4-11. At the end of the collection, the school was able to raise $1371.00.

The money went toward gifts and donations for the Mercy Center for Women, a shelter for women and their children who have been affected by drugs and alcohol. The shelter helps the women find homes and jobs.

This holiday season, the facility is housing 12 children ranging in ages from one to nine. JWPMS students used the money raised during the Penny War to buy presents for the children. In the end, the students purchased five to eight presents for each of the 12 children living in the shelter. With the leftover money, the students bought books, movies and art supplies for the shelter. They also bought and recorded the audio for a recordable book, “The Night Before Christmas,” which was donated to the shelter.

The students wrapped and donated the gifts to the shelter in the beginning of the week.

According to JWPMS Guidance Counselor Pamela Swanseger, watching the students during this experience reminded her why she loves working at James W. Parker Middle School.

“We have amazing students. You don’t need to look too far to know that there are amazing children in this world that will grow up someday to be amazing adults,” Swanseger says. “I am so proud to be a part of this Parker Family.”


Holiday Giving Tree is Back!

Posted on December 17, 2013

The Autistic Support Classroom will hold the 2nd Annual “Holiday Giving Tree” at McKean Elementary School. This will take place from December  3rd until December 20th. Please consider donating new hats, gloves and scarves. They will be placed on the Holiday Giving Tree in the cafeteria and then donated to local organizations. Last year, the students raised 127 items (49 hats, 8 scarves, and 70 pairs of gloves). Let’s beat that number this year!


McKean’s Lisa Celeski Awarded ING Grant

Posted on December 6, 2013

Local ING Representative, Jason Dubeansky presented the ING Run For Something Better Award to McKean Elementary’s Lisa Celeski during last week’s Assembly.

In 2009, ING U. S. expanded its efforts to help fight childhood obesity and introduce kids to the benefits of running, a habit of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices through the ING RFSB School Awards Program in partnership with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The program provides a minimum of 50 grants, up to $2,500 to schools that desire to establish a school-based running and fitness program or expand an existing one.

McKean Elementary was one of only 60 recipients nationwide to be selected for this Grant. McKean Elementary Teacher Lisa Celeski applied for the grant. The program at McKean Elementary School is a partnership with Edinboro University. Students from the University’s Health and Physical Education Department will help Celeski teach the students about running.

The program will take place an hour after school three days a week. The culminating running event at the end of the 8-week program will take place in Edinboro University’s Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center (Dome).

ING provided the entire school with orange shoelaces and cupcakes at last week’s assembly. For more information about this program, please visit their website.


McKean Students Recognized for Respect

Posted on December 6, 2013

McKean Elementary hosted its ARRFS Assembly last week. The assembly, which was hosted by the ARRFS Team (acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with), reinforced the monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the new anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

Students were asked to write down when they saw another student  doing something respectful or responsible on a leaf, and it was added to the respect and responsibility tree. Here is the list of students that were chosen as the most respectful and responsible.

Peter Jonas – Mrs. Troyer – He helped a friend who fell in the snow.
John Kavolich – Mrs. Rupert – He is a good friend and very helpful.
Kaiden Allison – Ms. Scott – He helped a friend when he got hurt.
Nick Strick – Ms. Waddell – He is very helpful to others.
Isabella johnson – Mrs. Grossett – She is very helpful to her friends and helps classmates with their math papers.
Evarie Johnson – Mrs. Newell – She helped pick up very important papers for science.

The overall winner was George McMillan – a student in Mrs. Troyer’s class. He showed a friend where the office was, helped a friend tie his shoes at gym class and is a very good friend and helper in class.

Be sure to look out for the second video on responsibility.

Great job students!


GM Students Collect Items for Food Bank

Posted on November 14, 2013

Edinboro Elementary School and General McLane’s National Honor Society and Student Council each hosted a food drive for Nick’s Place.

Edinboro Elementary School collected 3,487 items for the Food Bank. General McLane High School donated more than 1,000 pounds of food.

Today, Nick’s Place presented each class with a giant check for a miniature golf party at Sunview Golf in the Spring.

Way to go GM Students!


Middle School Winners of VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest

Posted on November 14, 2013

Thirteen middle school students were selected as winners for this year’s VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. The essays will now be submitted to the District 28 Judging Committee for the district level contest. The winners are as follows: Alexander Lerch, Mia Elizabeth Campbell-Schaller, Hannah Wyman, Max Patterson, Sarah Lynn Shabloski, Bryce Williams, Zachary Gray, Lexis Burrell, Mary Cousins, Hannah Shrader, McKennah Bryson, Noah Burkett and Simon Zehr. Each of the winners will receive a check for $400 from Post 740 Edinboro-McKean during an upcoming banquet.

Congratulations to our winners!!


Elementary Project Reinforces Respect and Responsibility

Posted on November 12, 2013

McKean Elementary has released its latest ARRFS project. ARRFS is a mantra for the elementary school students and stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with. The purpose of this program is to reinforce the concepts of respect and responsibility for students.

This week, McKean Elementary’s ARRFS team debut its video on respect. This is the first video of many that will reinforce the monthly ARRFS themes.

The videos will be put out every two weeks based on the monthly theme. These videos are part of the new anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

To coincide with these themes, there will be an ARRFS Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 26th at 2:30. During the assembly, there will be skits displaying respect and responsibility.

In addition, students are encouraged to write down when they see someone doing something respectful or responsible on a leaf, and it will be added to the respect and responsibility tree. Leaves will be provided to all the classes. The ARRFS Team will share some of the best acts at the assembly, and a prize will be given to a student who performs the most responsible or respectful act.

Be sure to look out for the second video on responsibility.


Donate to Student Council and NHS’s Food Drive

Posted on October 29, 2013

General McLane High School’s Student Council and National Honor Society will be holding a food drive from October 28-November 13.

Non-perishable items will be donated to the Edinboro Food Pantry and then dispersed within the District.

Anyone wishing to donate items can contact GMHS’ Nicole McFadden (, Student Council Advisor, or Alison Ethridge (, National Honor Society Advisor.

Please consider donating nonperishable items to those in need!


“RED OUT” Set to Take place Friday

Posted on October 29, 2013

GMHS has Heart!

General McLane High School will be hosting its first “RED OUT” on November 1 during school and its football game against Cathedral Prep that night.

The Lancers will compete against Prep in a fun, competition to see which school can raise the most money for the American Heart Association. Cathedral Prep will be having a “WHITE OUT” at their school on the same day.

Student Council will be selling t-shirts for $10 and red paper hearts for $1 all this week. The paper hearts will be placed on a memorial wall to show support for the American Heart Association and for all of the Lancers’ family and friends that have been affected by Heart Disease.

On Friday, the entire District will have a “Red Out” and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear red to school and to the Varsity football game against Prep.

Anyone interested in donating should contact Nicole McFadden, Student Council Advisor, at General McLane High School. She can be reached via e-mail at The shirts and paper hearts will be sold during the HS lunches. If students outside of the High School wish to purchase a shirt or heart, please stop by  or contact the GMHS office at x1900.


GM Receives Largest Donation to EITC Program

Posted on October 15, 2013

Representatives from Northwest Savings Bank presented a check for $20,000 to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) program of the General McLane Foundation on Tuesday.

Enacted by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 2001, the EITC program authorizes tax credits for businesses that make contributions to educational improvement or scholarship organizations. The EITC is administered by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

The check is the largest ever to the General McLane EITC Program and will be used for efforts in literacy, science and math.

“We are very grateful to Northwest Savings Bank for their generous donation. It will allow us to make some major strides in our literacy programs, helping to assure that students graduate with good reading skills,” said GMSD Superintendent Richard Scaletta.

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.

To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit To make a contribution to the GM Foundation, please contact Jeffrey Fox, GMSD Business Manager and the GM Foundation’s Secretary/Treasurer at (814) 273-1033, ext. 5903 or

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