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JWPMS Students Pay It Forward

Posted on October 5, 2012

Students at James W. Parker Middle School have made the personal decision to inspire change in the world through their acts of kindness.

Fifth grader Lindsey Cain has been making and selling glass jewelry in order to use the profits to buy toys for the play room at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. So far, she has been able to buy a dollhouse and a tool set. Her jewelry (some of which is featured below) is on display on her Facebook page, “Naturel Sparklzzz” and can be order via phone or email.

Four other JWPMS students make up part of the group they call “The Colored Zebras.” Patience Makusi, Malyna  Zboyovski, Emily Smith and Makayla Jay — with the help of two other girls — have been making duct tape bracelets and selling them to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Colored Zebras were recently filmed on the “Good Kids” Program with WJET. The girls plan to sell their bracelets at the Edinboro Elementary Holiday Fun Night & Book Fair on December 5.

Kudus to all these students & keep up the good work!


Conceptual Learning

Posted on October 3, 2012

Sixth graders at James W. Parker Middle School are putting the standard math formulas to real-life examples. During a STEM lab Friday, students learned how to make simple motor improvements by measuring three different size wheels by revolutions and recording that data in a responder that records proficiency levels, estimating the distance the car would travel with that size wheel and then testing those estimates. Instead of giving the students a rectangle and asking for the height, instructor Chris Triola is implementing conceptual learning by applying the math formulas to real world examples. The results?

“The kids responded well to the lab, they seemed to grasp the concept of circle in a more applicative fashion.  They did an awesome job of data collection,” Triola said.

Tomorrow, the students begin testing the basic strength of the designed car. Friday, the students will test the car’s ability to climb. The class goal is to create a motor that will run an entire amusement park.


McKean Elementary Goes for the Gold (Golden Rule)

Posted on October 1, 2012

McKean Elementary hosted an assembly for their ARRFS positive behavior program Friday.  ARRFS, (acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with) is a major focus at McKean Elementary.

4x Olympic Wrestling Medalist Bruce Baumgartner attended the assembly. High School Football Players Quinn Thompson and Zach Leicht also attended. The theme was Go for the Gold (Golden Rule).


GM Awarded Asset-Building Organization Honorable Mention

Posted on October 1, 2012

General McLane School District received Honorable Mention as an “Asset-Building Organization” at the Healthy Youth Development Press Conference last week. The award was given to an organization that embraced the Healthy Youth Development’s mission and created an environment that promoted the building blocks of healthy youth development.

General McLane Board Member and Director of Mercyhurst Civic Institute & Erie Policy and Planning Council Amy Eisert also attended the event. She spoke to the attendees on “Community Change”.


Edinboro Elementary PTO Carnival = success!

Posted on September 26, 2012

Edinboro Elementary’s PTO hosted a Back to School Carnival Saturday, September 15th — when students and families came together for three hours of fun! From “Family Fun Run”, to food, prizes and games, the community kicked off the school year with some excitement and fun for the whole family.


MS Annual Track & Field Day

Posted on September 24, 2012

Today, the Middle School started their Annual Track & Field Day with the fifth grade class. Tomorrow, the sixth graders will compete, and the week will end with the eighth grade competition.

Hopefully the weather holds up for the rest of the week!


4th Graders have an eye for the iPad

Posted on September 24, 2012

Edinboro Elementary fourth graders bring the use of the iPad into the classroom. Technology cohort teachers continue to learn as much as they can as they integrate them with whole group instruction.


Ecosystem Kits bring hands-on learning

Posted on September 21, 2012

eEdinboro Elementary 4th grade students use the new laptops with the Ecosystem science kits.

Making science fun!


General McLane Alma Mater

Posted on July 11, 2012

Beyond the Lake’s blue water,
Stands our Alma Mater
Glorious to view the red and white
Love and honor, praise to thee.
We will sing of faith and loyalty
Trust and courage guide thy days ahead,
And we’ll ne’er forget the Lancer,
Strive to win thee fame.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater
Ever onward guard thy name

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