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McKean Elementary Joins in Autism Awareness Month

Posted on April 8, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month — and McKean Elementary in joining in the education!

Faculty and staff at McKean Elementary School will be participating in two “jean days” in April. The proceeds raised on these days will go towards Autism Awareness and will be presented at the Autism Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 27th at Presque Isle.

Last year, the District raised more than $500 for the Northwest PA Autism Society.

According to General McLane’s Autistic Support teacher Nicole McFadden, the NWPA Autism Society does many things for families as well as Autistic Support classrooms in our area and this is just one way to give back.  Last school year, John Kennedy and McFadden received a grant for an adaptive swing for the Autistic Support classroom.  This year, McFadden received a grant from the Autism Society for an adaptive bike to use for the high school’s program.

The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness month since the 1970s in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. For more information or to learn more about the walk in Erie, please visit

Thanks for all of your support to our AS programs here at GM!


New Installment of PHN

Posted on April 4, 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

Great work Middle School students!


Daffodil Days at Edinboro Elementary School

Posted on March 21, 2013

UPDATE: The kindergarten classes raised $1800 for the American Cancer Society! Awesome job! 

Thursday marked the start of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days at Edinboro Elementary School. A table with fresh daffodils will be set up in the front lobby of the Elementary School at the beginning and end of the days on Thursday & Friday. In addition, crafted daffodils made by the Kindergarten students are also available. All proceeds from the sale go toward funding cancer research, educational programs, advocacy and helping cancer patients and their families.

The students also sold daffodils at the Edinboro Elementary Science Fair!


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

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