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Lewis retires after 33 years

Posted on October 2, 2017

After 33 years of service with the District, Cheryl Lewis retired Friday.

“For over three decades, Cheryl Lewis has been a constant in the district,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “In her most recent position with the district, she has done a masterful job handling payroll and the many complications of retirement and health care benefits. She will be deeply missed.”

Lewis has served as the administrative assistant for Payroll and Benefits since 1984. Prior to working with General McLane, she worked for Marine Bank in Edinboro. A Pittsburgh native, Lewis attended North Hills High School.

Congratulations to Cheryl on her retirement! She will be missed greatly!


McKean students celebrate reading 1000+ books!

Posted on October 2, 2017

On Friday, McKean Elementary School’s PTA sponsored their annual “Summer Reading Pizza Party”.

Students who turned in their summer reading book logs earned pizza and a free book. Students needed to read at least 10 books over the summer.

There were 101 students who participated this year. So, at 101 kids who read at least 10 books, McKean students read more than 1000 books this summer!

McKean PTA is a non-profit organization comprised of parents/guardians of current students, current administrators and teachers, and patrons who wish to support McKean Elementary School. To get involved or for more information, visit their website. 


McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements

Posted on October 2, 2017

New this year at McKean Elementary School are the McKean Elementary ARRFS Announcements.

ARRFS stands for acts of respect, responsibility, fun and safe to be with (ARRFS). Each month, the team of students reinforce a monthly theme of respect for other students. This program is part of the anti-bullying program at McKean Elementary School.

The AARFS Announcements congratulate students for showing Acts of Responsibility, being Respectful, Fun to be with, and being Safe. The students also like to broadcast other students who have completed their Basic Math Facts.

“It is important to present these positive acts to all students to show what role models we have in the community,” said AmeriCorps teacher Chasity Bova, who works with the students to create the videos.

Videos are completed by Friday of every week. Teachers can use iPads to display the videos on the SmartBoards.

The videos use the new technology at the Elementary School. As part of the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan to upgrade the district’s technology in grades K-8, General McLane rolled out a 1:1 iPads initiative to give every student in grades 3 and 4 an iPad.

With the latest deployment of iPads, the District has a 1:1  initiative for every student in grades three through twelve. For grades K-2, each classroom has a cart of iPads.

Previous ARRFS Announcements


Academy students learn about careers in Forensic Science

Posted on September 29, 2017

General McLane graduate Pamela (Marszalek) Mikulcik ’98 returned to her alma mater on Thursday to speak to high school students in the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering.

The ‎Independent Forensic DNA Consultant spoke to students about careers in forensic science. Mikulcik also talked about some cases she’s been involved with, including Wheaton’s Baby Hope and the slayings of Krystal Jean Baker and Kristina Wesselman.

Mikulcik is also a certified lead & technical assessor for ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

General McLane’s Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering was created to prepare students for careers in medicine and engineering. Through partnerships with local businesses, hospitals and universities, the curricula will be enriched with hands-on activities designed to provide students with quality, live-learning experiences.

The Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering initiated a planning phase in 2011-2012 as a result of a district strategic planning goal to enhance STEM education.


GMHS hosts Dollars for Disasters

Posted on September 28, 2017

It’s been only a couple of weeks since General McLane High School’s National Honor Society Induction ceremony took place, but students are already to work.

Throughout the next week, the General McLane High School’s National Honor Society is hosting a district-wide fundraiser to help those affected by the hurricanes this past month.

Through the Dollars for Disasters Fundraiser, students will be raising money for Jefferson Elementary School and the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Houston.

The National Honor Society kicked of the fundraiser with an assembly on Thursday and it will run through next Friday. Students placed bins in each of the homerooms and will collect the donations daily.

James W. Parker Middle School and Edinboro Elementary School are also participating in the fundraiser and will begin collecting money next week.

The class (or grade level at Edinboro Elementary) that raises the most money will receive a classroom party.

McKean Elementary students have been raising money in a separate fundraiser to help the victims of the recent hurricanes. Third grade students spearheaded this effort.

To participate in either of the fundraisers, individuals can drop off money at one of the corresponding schools.


McKean Students Raise Money for Harvey

Posted on September 28, 2017

McKean Elementary students are raising money to help the victims of the recent hurricanes.

Third grade students are spearheading this effort. Some students created posters and decorated collection pots. Other third graders worked together creating short presentations. Students then visited all of the other classrooms in the building to give their presentations and left behind a poster and collection pot. Third graders give up recess time each week to count and tally the donations.

They have raised more than $400 through their fundraising efforts. They will continue to collect donations throughout the next couple weeks and then donate the money to the Red Cross.

To help, individuals can send their donations to McKean Elementary School.


GMHS Photo of the Week Winners

Posted on September 27, 2017

Sophomores Sydney Schuster and Aaliyah Nelson were this week’s winners of the Photo of the Week Assignment for General McLane High School’s Photography 1 Class.

This week’s assignment was to photograph a dominant element.

Throughout the course, there will be a weekly Photo of the Week Assignment for each class period. Their peers will vote for their favorite.

Photography I is an introduction to digital photography. Students learn to take well-composed photographs and post process them in Adobe Photoshop.

Congratulations to Sydney and Aaliyah!


Winners of GMHS Design Contest

Posted on September 27, 2017


The winners of the design contest for General McLane High School’s General’s Store were announced yesterday.

Junior Erik Andrzejewski’s design will be printed on t-shirts and sold at the school store, and junior Nick Renick’s design was selected to be printed on sweatshirts.

Students in Mrs. Hodas’ Graphic Design II class all designed t-shirts for this project, and Mrs. Bentley’s Retail Management class voted and selected the winners.

Graphic Design II is a continuation of the concepts learned in Graphic Design I that challenges students to take their digital art creation to the more advanced level.

Retail Management is nine-week business elective offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course applies classroom theory to the actual operation of the store. Students assume full responsibility for the entire operation of the store – advertising and promotions, accounting, merchandising, inventory, pricing, purchasing, scheduling and selling.

Students will get a shirt with their design on it, and both designs will be coming soon to the General’s Store.


Vocal Jazz students take a lesson from Broadway star

Posted on September 22, 2017

Renowned Broadway performer Lisa Vroman met with General McLane High School Vocal Jazz students today.  She offered students advice on achieving music success beyond high school and also worked one-on-one with three leads for our upcoming musical, The Little Mermaid.

GMHS will perform The Little Mermaid as this year’s high school musical. Tickets will go on sale for this musical, which will be staged at General McLane High School from November 16-19, 2017, in the beginning of November.

Vroman starred on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. She’s also starred in various other productions, including as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella,  Charlotte in A Little Night Music,  Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate and Marian Paroo in The Music Man.

Vroman is the opening night soloist for the Erie Philharmonic’s “A Night on Broadway” tomorrow night at the Warner Theatre. The Pops Series show starts at 8 p.m. She will perform selections from several Broadway hits, including: The King and I, The Sound of Music, The Music Man and other greats.

For more information or to get tickets, head over to the Erie Philharmonic website. 


Sixth Grade STEM returns to JWPMS

Posted on September 21, 2017

Sixth grade STEM is back on the schedule at James W. Parker Middle School!  The program is an academic class where students are required to apply the skills they have learned in math and science. Rigorous expectations push the students to use both soft skills and academic skills, as they apply the steps of the engineering process to various design challenges.

Currently the students are testing a basic Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) design to gather base line data so they can determine how their design needs to be improved.  Once they have their data, they will submit it digitally for review by other 6th grade engineers. Based on their findings, the young engineers will then engineer modifications for improving the performance of their ROV.

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