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Adopt a Garden Program

Posted on May 7, 2013

General McLane School District has launched an “Adopt a Garden Program” for members in and around the community. Gardeners are invited to adopt one of the many gardens district-wide in need of a little tender loving care.

This project can be a great deal of fun and a source of community pride. For those with kids in the District, Superintedent Richard Scaletta says this could be a fun project for the entire family.

“If you have children attending one of our schools, making this a family project will not only be good for the family, but will give your children a sense of pride and ownership in their school. It’s a chance to teach community service as well as civic and school pride. As your child walks into the school each day, he or she will remember your family experience and have a sense of pride and belonging.”

The areas in need of “ownership” are listed in the attached document.

If you’d like to adopt one, please call 273-1033, extension 5901 or you can email Supt. Richard Scaletta at

Let’s get growing!


Let the Pomping Begin!

Posted on May 7, 2013

Today, the District started pomping the objects for the Perry 200 Parade!

The Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade will march down State Street in Erie on Saturday, May 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. — and the Lancers will be there! General McLane School District will be part of this historic event with multiple involvement in this parade — from our marching band and cheerleaders all the way to our elementary children walking unit, a horse-mounted re-enactor portraying the General and our very own float!

Float building is happening now at the high school and in the bus wash building of the Service Center. You and your family can get involved and be part of this project by helping “pomp” the float! We have the horse, the General, a flag, fire and trailer bed to pomp — so there is plenty for everyone!

“Pomping” involves brushing glue onto chicken wire and pushing little squares of tissue paper into the holes. Pompers will follow the art grid to place certain color tissue paper into specific holes to create the look of the float. It is simple to do and children as young as fourth grade can do it.

We’d love your involvement in this project! If you’d like to know where and when to get involved, call Marissa Rosenbaum at 273-1033, extension 5901 and she’ll help facilitate your involvement.


Making Fun with Volcanoes

Posted on May 7, 2013

Mrs. Lobdell’s kindergarten class at Edinboro elementary learned the ins and outs of volcanoes. After reading a story about a volcano, the students got the chance to write their own volcano story.

Students read their stories to Superintendent Richard Scaletta and other classroom guests before “erupting” their play-doh volcanoes with vinegar and baking soda.

Learning is great fun!


Kindergarten Trash Pick-Up

Posted on May 6, 2013


Edinboro Elementary’s Kindergarten classes got together during Earth Day week and did a trash pick up around the school.  The kids did a great job and collected a lot of garbage!
Way to go students!





GM Student Gets Accepted to the Governor’s School

Posted on May 2, 2013

GMHS junior Erin Sipple has been accepted to the Governor’s School for the Sciences for this summer. Erin is one of 56 juniors selected from over 500 applicants nationwide. This prestigious six-week summer program will be held at Carnegie-Mellon University.  Erin will be working with leaders in the fields of mathematics, neauroscience, biochemistry, astrophysics, lasers, and computer technology.

For more information, please check out the attached information. 

Congrats Erin!


JWPMS Raises More Than Two Grand for Kanzius Foundation

Posted on April 25, 2013

James W. Parker Middle School raised more than two grand for the Kanzius Research Foundation through their Coins for Kanzius fundraiser. During this fundraiser, students sparked a school-wide campaign collecting coins during a week in February.

Parker Middle School presented a check for $2,469.36 to the Kanzius Foundation Monday. In the past two years, the Middle School has donated almost $7000 and hopes to be at $10,000 by the end of their third year. The 6th grade class raised the most money and will receive a fun fundraiser on Friday.

The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports ongoing research for the Kanzius Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Treatment project; a treatment without any side effects. The organization’s mission is to create national and global awareness of the potentials of this treatment and to raise funds to help accelerate the speed at which research progresses through human trials.

Way to go James W. Parker Middle School!

Front Row l to r – MaryAnne Cousins, Mikayla Kiser, Elizabeth May, Kaylin Kephart, Katherine Fair, Kanzius Research’s Mark Neidig Sr., Joel Linebach, Julia Wasielewski, Makayla Jones, Olivia Graham, Pam Swanseger

Back row l to r – Jennie Jones, Jordan Redinger, Maddie Dillen, Chrissie Nutter, Isaac Petkac, Matt Cannon, Jon Solberg, Evan Vincent, Ruby Spada, Alma Mamani, Emilee McKissock


GMSD Launches New Reading Program

Posted on April 22, 2013

General McLane School District launched a new program in April that is designed to bring high school and elementary students together for reading.

HS2es (High School to Elementary School) Program is a unique program that uses high school students interested in pursuing a teaching career to tutor struggling readers at the elementary school level.  With the elementary school starting at 9:00 a.m. and the high school at 8:00 a.m., interested high school students schedule the “Education Academy” as their first period class and go to Edinboro Elementary School, where children come one hour early to develop their reading skills.

Training and materials for the high school students were developed by Literacy Coach Toni Kasparyczk and fourth grade teacher Julie White, who run the program.  The project is the brainchild of Edinboro Principal Randy White, who worked with high school principal Dan Mennow, to develop the program.


GM Administrative Professional Receives Recognition

Posted on April 22, 2013

General McLane School District’s Jane Kuhn was recognized by Hey Boss! Classy 100 Monday morning for her time and dedication to the District.

In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, Hey Boss! Classy 100 and Tim Horton’s Cafe and Bake Shop are awarding offices with goodies for up to 20 people from Tim Horton’s Cafe and Bake Shop. Administrative Professionals Week is a week dedicated to honoring the office professionals who make offices work.

Jane has served in the Accounts Payable at the Therese T. Walter Education Center for the last thirty years and retires June 28, 2013. Jane was nominated by Angela Maleski, Administrative Assistant to Business Manager. For more information on the recognition, visit Classy 100 via their website. 

Congrats Jane on your recognition!


GMSD Wins Two Awards of Honor

Posted on April 22, 2013

The 2012 PenSPRA “Excellence in Education Communication” contest awarded General McLane School District an Award of Honor for both their school website and their social media campaign.

Judging is conducted by a panel of independent professionals. All website site entries were judged on general appearance, ease of navgation, layout and design, link integrity and how effectively a message is communicated to the target audience. All social media entries were judged on link integrity and how effectively a message is communicated to the audience.

The Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA) provides members and non-members an opportunity to win awards in the annual Excellence in Education Communications Contest. The Award of Excellence is given out to the top entries in each category. The Award of Honor is given out to entries that deserve recognition, but did not a receive a score that was high enough for an Award of Excellence.

PenSPRA is an organization of school public relations professionals whose goal is to improve educational communication and support student achievement through systematic, proactive, and responsible public relations programs. For more information, please visit their website.


GM Teacher Receives Outstanding Teacher Recognition

Posted on April 22, 2013

High School Math teacher Mrs. Judy Scaletta was chosen as an Outstanding Teacher by the SCI Scholars Program.

The recognition was initiated by GM alumna Rebecca Wheeling. Wheeling was a selected as a 2013 SCI Scholar, an award given to outstanding college sophomores and juniors in for the Chemistry or Chemical Engineering field. Scholars have an opportunity to nominate a teacher who made an impact on their career, and Wheeling nominated Mrs. Scaletta as a teacher who played a significant role in her choice of college major.

Mrs. Scaletta will receive a $1000 grant for classroom purposes.

Congrats Mrs. Scaletta!

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