The Lancer Life Blog captures the life and pride of a General McLane student behind school doors. This District-wide Blog is a chronicle of news and events, as well as a platform to showcase the achievements and accomplishments of students, faculty and staff within this District. For story ideas, please e-mail Marissa Orbanek at

McKean Stuffs the Bus for Nick’s Place

Posted on November 14, 2012

Today, McKean Elementary packed a bus full of donated food to send over to Erie County’s Nick’s Place. McKean Elementary raised 3,635 non-persihable items for their annual Food Drive at Nick’s Place — almost tripling how much they raised last year. Mrs. Troyer’s class won the challenge among all of the classrooms in the District, raising the most donated items. They will now get a field trip to Nick’s Place for a round of putt-putt golf and a pizza party.  


Helping Hometown Heroes

Posted on November 12, 2012

McKean Elementary’s Hometown Heroes project for the Erie VA Medical Center Welcome Home Fund ended last week.  These Erie County students raised a total of $718 for the local veterans.

The project was this year’s community fundraiser that McKean Elementary’s gifted students selected. All of the money from the fundraiser will benefit local Veterans who have returned from active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. The Welcome Home Fund helps provide therapeutic support to inpidual Veterans and their families, educational opportunities, and valuable assistance with transitioning to civilian life.

Students sold red, white or blue stars that were then used to create an American flag mural. The mural will be donated to the Erie VA Medical Center.

Way to go!



JWPMS Honor Veterans

Posted on November 9, 2012

Erie County’s James W. Parker Middle School held a salute to veterans Friday morning. All veterans were invited to breakfast and then entertained by the band before heading to the annual presentation. Eighth graders were invited to the presentation.

Mr. Nathan Everhart, a veteran and school nurse, gave the opening and closing marks for the ceremony. Mr. Brian Altimier, a veteran and a teacher at the middle school, introduced and honored all of the veterans present and then introduced Mr. Kip Allen, the guest speaker.

Four students — Mikayla Kiser, Kristie Ferrick, Jacqueline Roeback and Joel Linebach — presented their essays on what they would ask the founding fathers.

The seventh grade singers also performed the Natioanl Anthem and “God Bless the USA”. Military officers folded the flags and Edinboro/McKean’s VFW also presented a Posting of the Colors.

 This is an annual event for the Midde School. This year, however, they hosted one of their biggest crowds yet with more than 120 veterans.

Thank you to our Veterans and have a Happy Veterans Day!


Celebrating Writing

Posted on November 9, 2012

McKean Elementary’s showcased their dedication and commitment to writing Thursday. Numerous first grade classes had a writing celebration, where parents were invited to come in and watch their children perform stories and read their writing.  For more pictures, check out our District Facebook page.


EUP President Visits Edinboro Elementary

Posted on November 8, 2012

Ms. Kupczyk’s kindergarten class greeted EUP President Dr. Julie Wollman with signs and cheers. The newest University president visited Erie County’s Edinboro Elementary School today to read for an hour to a kindergarten class. Afterward, students received books from Edinboro University’s Stuff the Bus fundraiser, a community service initiative where people stuffed a full-size bus with donated school supplies to be distributed to area elementary schools. Edinboro Elementary was one of three schools in Erie, Pa to receive the supplies.

Dr. Wollman visited the General McLane School District in October to get a sense of what happens in the district where the University is located.

The events Thursday were part of Dr. Wollman’s Inauguration Week, which ends Friday with a ceremony at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m. and a celebration at the Erie Art Museum at 7 p.m.

Dr. Wollman is the first woman to be named president of Edinboro University. Dr. Wollman took office after a national search in December 2011 following Dr. Jeremy Brown’s resignation. She succeeded Dr. James Moran, who served as Edinboro’s interim president since June 2011.


JWPMS Students Create Aerospace Displays for International Engineers

Posted on November 8, 2012

The sixth grade STEM program at James W. Parker Middle School are catching the eyes of international engineers.

The Lord Corporation recently had a dinner party for a team of nine international engineers who came to Erie and worked on a major aerospace project — James W. Parker’s STEM students built aerospace type displays for the dinner.

“Schools in Erie County are fortunate to have the support of companies such as the Lord Corporation. This project is a good example of how something small can have a huge and lasting impact on a child,” said class instructor Chris Triola. “For the students, it was a real life STEM project that was put before an international team of engineers. It represented a challenge that went way beyond just a grade in the grade book, and the kids really rose to the occasion.”

James W. Parker Middle School has offered the STEM class to students for three years as an exploratory class, further exemplifying the strong academic program in Erie County, PA. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) class engages students in hands-on activities to stimulate critical thinking and problem solving skills. The dinner organizer from Lord Corporation, Dr. Olsen, has worked with the sixth grade STEM program in the past to help them understand and find stress fractures in materials used for ROVs.

Engineers reviewed and commented on the displays, which they were very excited to see. Here are the comments recorded as feed back for the kids:

“Great construction – very solid design.  The belt drive is nice!  The drive clutch on the shaft is well done.”

“Excellent work, I will show this to my son to see if he can do it!”

“Excellent use of elastomer for the drive system.  Great job!”  “Very creative and structurally sound.  Robust designs are very important, especially in aerospace.”

“Great work!  Well designed.  Sturdy!”

“Very impressive – If only they made real airplanes like this.”

“First class design getting drive to work both clockwise and counter clockwise direction.”

“The engineers were awesome and really took the time to give the kids feedback on their designs and foster a positive attitude towards the field,” Triola said. “No doubt this experience will stay with some of the kids, you can just see it in their eyes when they got the feedback.”

The class is looking forward to their next opportunity to showcase their work.

Olivia Green and Sarah Converse built an alternative design based on group size.

 Seth Myers, Aida Shadeck, Leah Dubynskiy, and Ethan Greenleaf is the four-person team who completed one of the two designs submitted to the dinner. Achievements likes this help General McLane become one of the best schools in Erie County, PA!


Voting Polls Come to JWPMS Students

Posted on November 6, 2012

James W. Parker Middle School is bringing the 2012 election to its students. The 7th grade Social Studies classes will be running an election polling station in the Auxiliary Gym throughout the day today, giving middle school students hands on experience to the U.S. political system.  The seventh graders have been researching the candidates and the issues and have created posters and brochures to inform student voters on all kinds of topics.

A number of voting booths (iPads) are available to help students quickly get through the line and all students will receive “I voted today” stickers as well.  Students are asked to select their choice for President and Vice President and then select which issue they thought was the most important for the 2012 election. Posters and brochures are available to help students make an informed decisions.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had two more votes over President Obama and Joe Biden halfway through the first block this morning. However, the school’s final nomination will be announced at the end of the day.

Seventh graders point to their stickers and show excitement after placing their vote for the next President/Vice President of the United States.


Happy Election Day!


Happy Halloween!

Posted on November 1, 2012

Despite the weather and some local Halloween postponements, kids in all grades dressed up in their finest — and at times scariest — costumes this Halloween.

Both McKean and Edinboro Elementary hosted their Halloween Parade and parties inside at the end of the day Wednesday.  Parents were invited to come and watch the elementary students strut their costumes in the parade and then join them afterward for their classroom party.

McKean’s trick-or-treating will take place Saturday from 6-8 p.m.; the downtown businesses in Edinboro will also do trick-or-treating Saturday from 1-3 p.m.


Lancer Band Wins Big!

Posted on October 30, 2012

Congratulations to the GM Marching Band which took 1st place in the Lakeshore Marching Band Association Championship on October 27 at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.  This marks the 7th time in the last 11 years that the Lancer Band has taken the top spot.

In addition to the first place win, the band got the “caption awards” for Best Music and Best General Effect.  Congratulations to Mr. Marszalek, his entire staff and the incredible student-musicians who have worked so hard for this honor!


McKean Elementary kicks off fundraiser for Veterans

Posted on October 29, 2012

Each year, McKean Elementary’s gifted students select a charity or community cause and organize a fundraiser.  This year, all of the money from the fundraiser will benefit local Veterans who have returned from active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. The Welcome Home Fund helps provide therapeutic support to inpidual Veterans and their families, educational opportunities, and valuable assistance with transitioning to civilian life.

Students and their families can purchase a red, white or blue star from now until November 8th by sending in the attached order form. The stars will then be used to create an American flag mural.  (White stars = $1.00, Red stars = $5.00, Blue stars = $10.00).  The mural will be donated to the Erie VA Medical Center when our fundraiser is complete.

The students in McKean Elementary’s Challenge Program kicked off their community service fundraiser last week with an assembly for the entire school. James Miller, retired from the U.S. Army, and OEF/OIF Program Manager at the Erie VA Medical Center, was the speaker. During the Assembly, Miller showed the students a variety of his samples — from soda used overseas to different helmets used across the battlefield.

For more information on the fundraiser, please contact McKean Elementary teacher Melissa Bean at

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