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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!


LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center Speaks to Academy

Posted on February 25, 2013

The General McLane Academy of Arts & Engineering brought in executive director at the LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center Tyler Travis to speak with students last week as part of the medical program’s activities.

Travis spoke to the students about sports medicine and its opportunities beyond high school. Travis explained that sports medicine is one of the more competitive careers in the medical field. He also explained that as health continues to change and the benefits of exercise remain a hot topic, the field is striving for more people to get involved to create programs that overcome all different barriers.

“Physical education is more than just playing sports,” Travis said.

Travis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, Behrend and his Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Cardiac Rehabilitation from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Travis is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health Fitness Specialist. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

The Academy of Arts & Engineering demonstrates the District’s commitment to excellence in education and offers a competitive educational curriculum for General McLane High School, one of the top schools with strong academics in Erie, PA. The Academy of Arts & Engineering is an enhancement to the District’s mainline curriculum that is specifically tailored for students, grades 10-12, with science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related careers in mind. The Academy curriculum offers training in the areas of Engineering and Medical Technology in 2012, and expand to include Arts & Humanities in 2013.

The next GM Academy of Arts & Engineering event for both the Medical and Engineering Program is scheduled for March 20, 2013 from 10:45 – 11:25 a.m. General McLane’s Mike Kozuchowsky will host a problem solving activity. For more information, please contact Dan Mennow.


Students win Lioness Contest

Posted on February 19, 2013

James W. Parker students earned honors in the Lioness Peace Poster contest! Emma Henderson took first place and Alayna Smith took honorable mention!

The Lioness Peace Poster contest is a contest that is hosted by the Lioness clubs all over the world. Emma and Alayna were selected by Erie County’s local Lioness club. The contest, which has been going on for 25 years and has had nearly 100 countries participate, encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.

The theme of the 2013-14 Peace Poster Contest was “Our World, Our Future.” Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, were eligible to participate. For more information about the contest and its cash prizes, please visit their website.

Congrats Emma & Alayna!


GM Students Win Reflections Contest

Posted on February 19, 2013

The Erie County Reflections awards ceremony was held last night, and General McLane School District showcased its strong arts program within Erie County  with multiple winners.
McKean Elementary’s Alexis Westcoat won for Musical Composition. James W. Parker Middle School had several winners, including: Olivia Sutton, Visual Arts;  Ellen Eisert, Film/Video; Patience Makusi, Literature; Helena Fahey, Photography; and Olivia Shay, Photography.
The winners will be judged at the State level in the near future.
McKean Elementary student Alexis Westcoat, who won an award at the Erie County Reflections Ceremony for Musical Composition, showcases her prize.
James W. Parker Middle School winners: Olivia Sutton, Visual Arts;  Ellen Eisert, Film/Video; Patience Makusi, Literature; Helena Fahey, Photography; and Olivia Shay, Photography. Below, some of the winners show their prizes.


McKean First Graders Turn 100 years old

Posted on February 1, 2013

McKean Elementary first graders showed their student pride as they dressed up like they were 100 years old today. Some brought in canes, wigs and even glasses, while others dressed in their best 100-year-old attire!

Mrs. Scott’s first grade class

Mrs. Monaco’s first grade class

Mrs. Lair’s first grade class


GM Student Attends Presidential Inauguration

Posted on January 25, 2013

Eighth grader Ben Lincoln attended the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference held in Washington D.C. Jan. 19-Jan. 23. He joined numerous other middle school attendees as they heard from former first daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, explored the presidency and the presidential campaigns, and took part in the celebration of America’s 57th Presidential Inauguration.

“The Presidential Inaugural Conference will provide students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincide with the Inauguration of the President of the United States,” said Dr. Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Presidential Inaugural Conference. “Something that is really wonderful about so many young people gathering in Washington, D.C. for this event is that it will provide them a chance to become more familiar with and attuned to the president who will govern our country over the next four years. We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of U.S. leaders.”

Ben attended the Inauguration after being selected from members of The Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) and from alumni of a National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC ), a CYLC event. Ben has been a member of the CYLC after being recommended as an elementary student by Edinboro Elementary teacher Mrs. Smith. Her recommendation and his state school scores have earned him a spot on CYLC.

“As a middle school student, it is a wonderful program for Ben with their emphasis on developing leaders and socializing bright young people,” said Ben’s mother Barbara Lincoln. “It has afforded him opportunities to interact and attend functions like the inauguration and the State Conference he attended in Pittsburgh.”

As a Middle School Inaugural Scholar, Ben attended a special viewing party and a luncheon, where they watched the Inaugural parade on viewing screens. He also attended an exclusive Gala Inaugural Celebration at National Harbor. Outside of the inaugural events and festivities, Ben joined others as they explored historic sites and memorials in Washington D.C. and participated in activities to build upon their knowledge of democratic principles and the presidential election process.

Congrats to Ben for representing Erie County’s General McLane School District and helping the District remain one of the best schools in Erie County, PA!

For more information about the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference, visit


GM Academy of Arts & Engineering Brings in Penn State Behrend Nursing Instructor

Posted on January 16, 2013

The General McLane Academy of Arts & Engineering Medical Program brought in guest speaker Aimee Hagerty today as part of their Year 1 Medical Program.

Hagerty addressed the students on the history of nursing (from Florence Nightingdale to the influence of the war on nursing), as well as the three levels of nursing, the three different ways to become an RN, the differences between an ADN and a BSN and the different paths and options that are available to students  who choose to take the path to nursing.

“It’s no longer just about being by the bedside. Nursing can be anything you truly want it to be,” Hagerty said.

Advising students to get their RN through a Bachelor’s Degree Program, Hagerty educated the students on the changing trends in nursing — including the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that by 2020, 80 percent of the nurses should have their Bachelor’s degree. In fact, many hospitals already require a Bachelor’s from their nurses. UPMC, for example, is hiring only nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree, according to Hagerty.

“Having a bachelor’s degree in nursing is the wave of the future because of the complexity of patients in today’s hospitals,” she said.

In 2014, Hagerty said that Penn State Behrend will be switching from their Associates Degree Program to a Bachelor’s Degree Program for nursing.

Hagerty, a MSN, RN-BC  and Lecturer in Nursing for Penn State Behrend, also works part-time at Hamot Hospital in the Vascular Access Center. The Academy of Arts & Engineering is an academic program that General McLane School District offers in order to remain one of the best schools in Erie County, PA. The next event will be March 20 from 10:45 until 11:25 as Gannon’s Melanie Hatch conducts a problem solving activity for both the Medical and Engineering programs. For more information, please contact General McLane High School Principal Dan Mennow.

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