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General McLane School District Public Relations Manager
Marissa Orbanek
Office: Therese T. Walter Education Center
marissaorbanek@generalmclane.org
(814) 273-1033 Ext. 5901
Fax: 814-273-1030
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JWPMS adds new PE technology to improve student fitness

EDINBORO, PA (January 5, 2017) – Basketball, double dutch, dodgeball, sledding and … technology?

Introducing the 21st century physical education classroom.

James W. Parker Middle School (JWPMS) is engaging students through interactive technology to improve students’ cardiovascular fitness.

Through the IHT Spirit System, students now have the opportunity to manage their individual health and fitness. The technology includes heart monitor watches, docking stations, PC’s to run the IHT Spirit system software and the software itself. The watches are intended to motivate students by instantly sending them an email with their heart rates throughout the period ensuring that they challenge themselves and hit specific heart zones.

“The investment is in our students. Our district and our HPE department believe that students should be exposed to a variety of opportunities throughout their educational experience,” said JWPMS physical education teacher Robert Santos. “It is part of what we call the ‘new’ PE.”

At the middle school, students are exposed to a blend of team sport activities, lifetime activities and non-traditional activities. Activities include sledding, castle ball, tchoukball, basketball, football, gymnastics and running.

“Within our diverse curriculum, emphasis is also put on cardiovascular fitness. These trackers provide us with even more insight into our health and training,” said JWPMS physical education teacher Luke Jahn.

The first step? Inspiring students through an artistic new room – thanks to a joint project between the health and physical education department and the art department.

A former storage room, the health and physical education department’s new Exercise Technology Room connects the middle school physical education curriculum with the IHT technology.

Seventh-grade art students participated in the collaboration by creating wall murals for a one-of-a-kind activity-themed design in their new room. The theme for the room is movement.

“Our hope, when designing this mural, was to entice students to get active and create a sense of excitement about physical education,” said JWPMS art teacher Christina Martin.

The first step was to design images based on units taught in physical education at JWPMS. Health and physical education teachers Heather Karns, Santos and Jahn, along with Martin, sketched ideas to kick-start the project. From there, students were recruited to help edit and sketch images, prep the room and paint.

Although many students were involved with the project, there was a main group of students who dedicated their time and came in during homeroom to make this project a reality. Those students include Lyric Shaw, Regan Luebbert, Bella Dorman, Sydney Farbotnik, Hannah Haddix, Zelie Maloney and Emily Moran, Kaitlyn Dubynskiy.

IHT isn’t the first piece of technology to be used within JWPMS’ physical education curriculum. In 2015, the teachers purchased an Xbox 360 4G Kinect with fitness, dance and sport-related games through the William and Mary Smith Grant. This system has been used for adaptive physical education classes and students with medical injuries that cannot participate in the regularly scheduled class. It is also incorporated into the middle school’s fitness-based physical education class.

“This is also a benefit to students with visual or hearing challenges because the watches use both colors and sounds to monitor heart zones,” Karns said. “We now have a true, interactive, cross curricular, room that will meet students at where they are.”

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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Edinboro Elementary School Receives Grant to Bridge Kindergarten and preschool curriculum

EDINBORO, PA (December 20, 2016) – The Pennsylvania Department of Education selected Edinboro Elementary School as one of the recipients of a $4,000 grant to help foster the vital collaborations and connections necessary for student success from birth through grade 3.

The Governor’s Institute: P-3 Collaboration-Working Together for Student Success Grant brings school districts, early learning providers and community organizations together to strengthen instructional strategies to promote a comprehensive set of early learning standards and to develop and implement an action plan in their local settings.

“Now that we are more connected than ever with early education programs, we want to help prepare kids more when they are coming to Kindergarten,” said Edinboro Elementary School principal Randy White. “Through this grant, we are creating and implementing a more comprehensive way to share information and make sure that the kids are ready to be here.”

Edinboro has three early education programs in its region: the Growing and Learning Center housed at Edinboro Elementary School, the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Early Learning University housed on the campus of Edinboro University, and Jack and Jill Preschool housed at the Edinboro Presbyterian Church.

Through this grant, Edinboro Elementary School will work with its area preschools to bridge between kindergarten and preschool curriculums through regular meetings and professional development. The goal from these continuous efforts is to meet students entering kindergarten where they are to increase student performance, align assessments to Early Learning standards and have teachers well-versed in best practices.

“There are more higher expectations now than ever before at the Kindergarten level and it’s essential to meet the needs of our earliest learners in the community,” White said. “This is the missing transition piece needed that will provide alignment and communication between us and the preschools.”

Through this collaboration, Edinboro Elementary will forgo the standard assessment for incoming kindergarten students and instead begin conversations through student portfolios with Edinboro preschools regarding students’ strengths and needs and to better prepare programming.

The grant will be used to allow all kindergarten teachers time to observe in the area preschools, access preschool students skills using a stand assessment tool, train preschool and K-1 teachers in the Concrete Representational Abstract CRA methods of teaching math and purchase interactive, math learning activities that support the CRA model of instruction.

There were 67 stipends awarded in the 2016 P-3 Governor’s Institute, based on an application process. Recipients attend a weeklong event that provides the framework and discussion for implementation and sharing of strategies and programs to enhance student achievement.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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Makerspaces come to General McLane

EDINBORO, PA (December 15, 2016) – Gone are the days where libraries expanded imagination and creativity through only books and publications. Now, libraries are incorporating makerspaces for student enrichment and these have officially made their way to General McLane School District.

A makerspace is a sharing space where students gather to create, invent, discover — and most importantly, try something new through various tools and materials. Students use errors and failures to achieve success in the activities. Depending on the space, time and resources available, each makerspace varies and is unique to the school.

In its first year, McKean Elementary School has five Science, Technology  Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) stations throughout the room. Each station has 6-10 different activities that are available for students to choose. From Experiment Labs to coding a mouse to grab the cheese to making something awesome in the Creation Station, students are encouraged to imagine, create, build and explore.

“I liked the idea of a makerspace because it fosters growth in many interdisciplinary areas – including critical thinking, teamwork and leadership skills, and the development of ‘grit’ as students work to solve practical challenges,” said McKean Elementary librarian Melissa Bean, who developed a makerspace that would fit her specific program over the summer.

Bean created her space with the resources that she already had; she repurposed some of her existing games and activities that she collected over the past 10 years, used her PTA classroom funding and strategically took advantage of school raffles and drawings.

The stations were implemented in the beginning of the year for students in grades first through fourth. Students in Kindergarten will be introduced to specific activities in the next few weeks. The activities are the same for each grade, however, there is variation in levels to accommodate students as they progress.

Students use the stations during the last 15-minutes of their library visit. Third and fourth graders also have the opportunity to use participate in a STEAM Recess. According to Bean, she has around 20 students who opt to participate in her offer.

“Student reaction to the stations has been very positive.  Most students are excited to explore the activities and I’m impressed with how the activities have carried over into other parts of their day,” said Bean, who added that half of her students now choose a STEAM-related computer activity versus a traditional computer game and many expand their learning at home.

A space is also making its way to James W. Parker Middle School, with hopes to be up and running during second semester. JWPMS librarian Christine Massey in the midst of collaborating with various teachers to make this a school-wide project and is currently collecting supplies from the community. Supplies include legos, craft supplies, Kinex, magnets, etc. The Scholastic Book Fair will also have some kits.

“My goal is the make this a playground for thinking and construction that inspires deeper learning through questioning,” Massey said.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

 

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GMHS senior selected as outstanding delegate

EDINBORO, PA (December 2, 2016) – General McLane High School senior Maddie Dillen was recently named the recipient of the Dale Hawley Award, a special recognition for being the most outstanding delegate at the Advanced Gold Summer Leadership Camp.

She received the award at the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) State Conference at Deer Lakes High School in November.

“I was completely honored because everyone there was such an outstanding person. We were all there to be well-conditioned into the leadership positions that we had.” Dillen said.

Dr. Dale Hawley was the Executive Director of the National Association of Student Councils from 1985 until his death in the mid-1990’s. At the time of his death, the NASC organization wanted to remember him by providing five certificates to each state to be used to recognize outstanding contributions made to the student council movement by students in their respective states. Pennsylvania chose to use these certificates to recognize the most outstanding delegate at each of its Blue and Gold summer workshops.

Every summer, the GMHS Student Council sends new officers to participate in a Leadership Camp held by the PASC. These week-long camps provide dynamic “hands-on” leadership training and the opportunity to exchange ideas and build lasting connections. Seniors Jacqueline Roeback and Julia Wasielewski joined Dillen to this year’s camp.

“Overall, the camp makes you want to be a better person because you are surrounded by great people. I came back to General McLane wanting to be great and promote goodness, good spirit, teamwork and unity,” Dillen said. “If your school doesn’t have events like ones that are put on through Student Council, then it makes it hard for the student body to get involved and have a real impact. These events give a boost to morale for the entire school and directly impacts the student’s experience.”

Since Dillen previously attended the Gold Leadership Camp as a sophomore, she attended the Advanced Gold Leadership Camp this year. She earned the award by demonstrating her exceptional leadership qualities and proving to be a leader among leaders.

Dillen is a member of the Principal’s Cabinet, National Honor Society, Envirothon, JETS and Battle of the Books. She participates in the musicals and also plays soccer.

Next year, Dillen plans to study Pharmacy. Although she is currently undecided on which college she will attend, Dillen hopes to be a part of student council.

“I hope to lead effectively and continue working on the highlights that I learned from the camp,” Dillen said. “Leading if people need led, but really just being a good person, participating in school events and getting as many people as possible to have a positive outlook.”

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.
To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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GMHS seniors win JFLF Welding Awards

EDINBORO, PA (November 11, 2016) – General McLane High School seniors Cody Brace and Nico Garde have been selected by the James F. Lincoln Foundation Arc Welding Foundation as winners of the 2016 Welding Awards Competition.

Brace earned a Regional Silver Award for his project Car Jack Stands, which included a pair of adjustable jack stands for his car. Garde earned a Regional Bronze award for Tank Forge, a coal fired forge to smith forge steel.

These projects were designed and built in General McLane High School’s metal productions class.

“These students worked very hard to design, fabricate, and then put into writing a well thought out set of plans. The projects were unique and created because the students had a need for something,” said Nick Basko, General McLane High School Technology Education Teacher, who oversees the metal productions class. “Instead of going to the store and buying the item, they gathered materials and built one of their own.”

According to Brace, he developed the idea based on his experience working on cars. He said the adjustable jack stands allow for more versatility. Since creating the car jacks, Brace said he has used them a handful of times.

Garde also created his Tank Forge based on his experience. According to Garde, the wanted to create a forge that would heat up more quickly than the ones he uses at school.

Metal Productions is one of 16 Technology Education classes offered at General McLane High School. This nine-week course is an advanced study of metal material, design, equipment and manufacturing processes. Students examine the processes of manufacturing facilities and the advances that maintain manufacturing efficiency and then create custom metal projects through various manufacturing processes.

FLF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to advancing the field of arc welding through education. Each year, the JFLF’s Welding Awards Program rewards excellence and inspires advancement in the field.

To submit a project to the award program, students create a detailed step-by-step written procedure that includes drawings, bill of materials, cut lists, and safety. These projects will be placed into project book sold and distributed by the foundation.

Students compete among students in their region. Brace and Garde competed with students from 17 different states, including: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington D.C.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL OLIVER!

EDINBORO, PA (November 2, 2016) – The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens’ novel Oliver! is coming to General McLane this month.

Tickets are now on sale for this musical, which has been selected as this year’s high school musical and will be staged at General McLane High School from November 17-20, 2016.

“It’s a classic musical that tells a great story,” said General McLane High School musical director Bruce Yates. “The cast is fantastic, the costumes are beautiful (over 200 costumes), the large production numbers “Consider Yourself” and “Who Will Buy” are very impressive with lots of dancing and singing, the set is incredible – it is really a show for all ages.”

The cast consists of 54 students. Students cast for roles in the musical include:
Oliver (David Price, 5th grader), Artful Dodger (Gabe Bayle, 8th grader), Fagin (Isaac Petkac, 12th grade), Nancy (Olivia Graham, 12th grade), Bill Sikes (Chayce Neamand,12th grade) and Mr. Bumble (Brennan Herlihy, 11th grade). The Workhouse boys and girls are played by James W. Parker Middle School and Edinboro / McKean Elementary students.

Tickets are available in the High School Office and are $7 for students, $10 for general admissions and $15 for a limited number of reserved seats, which are the first 8 rows of the center section (about 120 seats per night). The tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the General McLane High School office at 814-273-1033 ext. 1900. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The Oliver! performance is just the latest accomplishment for General McLane’s music department. The previous two year’s performance of Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera have been almost completely sold out. The General McLane Broadway Dinner, which has produced 118 performances to more than 32,200 people over the last 33 years, is held annually in the spring, and the most recent performance incorporated more than 220 students in some capacity.

General McLane High School was selected as GRAMMY Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2014. General McLane High School music teacher Bruce Yates was selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

General McLane School District is dedicated to making the arts an integral component of the District’s curricular and co-curricular programs, which has made General McLane home to one of the most competitive arts programs in Erie, PA. Art shows, musicals and dramas, as well as the Broadway Dinner and choral and instrumental concerts are all part of the McLane Advantage, which is available to tuition students outside of the District.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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General McLane to host “It’s Been a While” Tour

Edinboro, PA (October 7, 2016) – It’s been a while since some individuals have stepped foot in General McLane High School – and for some taxpayers, it may never have happened. General McLane School District will offer a tour of General McLane High School on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

“Community is one of our core values and part of the General McLane community involves residents that do not have kids in the District,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta, who will lead the tour. “These individuals are still big supporters and investors of the District, and we want to provide them with an opportunity to see our schools and give input on the McLane Advantage.”

The event is part of the District’s community outreach. Although the event is intended for alumni or taxpayers without school-aged children, it is open to the public.
The tour begins at 6:15 p.m. outside of the gym in the southeast corner of the high school. Following the tour, attendees will receive light snacks and refreshments, as well as free admission to the girls volleyball game at 7:30 p.m.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to contact Marissa Orbanek at 273-1033 x5901 or marissaorbanek@generalmclane.org so plans can be made to have the appropriate number of handouts, snacks and refreshments.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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General McLane Radio to Debut Friday

Edinboro, PA (October 6, 2016) – Can’t make it to a General McLane sporting event, but still want to follow along?

Thanks to senior Isaac Petkac, community members, alumni and Lancer fans will now have that opportunity. General McLane Radio debuts this Friday with the broadcast of the Lancers vs. East football game.

“I want to give the community an opportunity to listen and be more engaged with the General McLane School District,” said Petkac, who plans to pursue sports broadcasting after high school. “This will also give me the opportunity to gain experience while giving to the General McLane community at the same time.”

So far, the broadcast schedule includes the last three football games, but Petkac plans to broadcast as many sporting events as he can.

His aspiration is four-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer and NBC sports broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick.

“People look at sports and look at all of the power and emotion within the game, but there is another aspect to it — and that’s the individuals who give emotion to the game at the same time,” Petkac said, “I would like to follow in Emrick’s footsteps and be able to relay that same emotion into sports.”

LISTEN LIVE HERE

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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JWPMS to host 3rd Annual Trail of Treats

Edinboro, PA (October 4, 2016) – James W. Parker Middle School students are making sure that weather doesn’t spoil Halloween for children in the General McLane community.

Members of Student Council and 8th grade advisors are hosting the third annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser on Saturday, October 29. Children are invited to gather candy and treats at various stations set up throughout the Middle School between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“We like giving back to our community and providing a sense of family through giving the children another chance to wear their costumes,” said JWPMS guidance counselor, who oversees the 8th grade advisors. “This is an opportunity for children ages 12 and under to trick or treat in a safe environment – not to mention you know you can actually wear your costume without wearing winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots!”

This event is for children 12 and under and the cost is $2 per child. An adult must accompany any child throughout this event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

All candy is donated from local businesses. Previous events, which have averaged 300 trick or treaters, raised money for the Erie County Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ECCDHH) and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA. As a result of last year’s Trail of Treats donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank, JWPMS is a finalist for the Second Harvest Food Bank’s “Breadbox Award”.

This year, all proceeds will benefit Boro Women’s and Family Services.

“Boro Women’s and Family Services has stepped up to help out many families within our district in their darkest time of need,” Swanseger said. “They have provided support to struggling families, bought food, Christmas dinners, Christmas presents, helped to pay bills, and so much more – and they do all of this without any hesitation or questions.”

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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Play It Forward: Charity drive aims to collect band instruments for General McLane students

Edinboro, PA (September 21, 2016) – General McLane School District is inviting individuals to “play it forward” and donate band instruments for students.
James W. Parker Middle School Band instructor John Roden has started a musical band instrument drive, with the goal of collecting 100 instruments from donors to be used by public school students.

These instruments will be refurbished and distributed to James W. Parker Middle School students in the Band Exploratory Program to support the next generation of General McLane musicians. The Band Exploratory Program provides fifth grade students with an experience of self-discovery by allowing students to try a variety of instruments.

“Instrumental music is vital in offering an avenue for kids to find a vehicle for self-expression,” said James W. Parker Middle School teacher John Roden. “Band is a highly collaborative activity and draws from multiple intelligences to create live performances that can be shared with the community. As an alumni of the McLane Band, I know that the musicianship, awareness, and responsibility developed through our program will help propel our students to bright futures of their choosing.”

More than 400 students have participated in Exploratory Band since 2011. Currently, the instruments are rented from an outside third party vendor, and students participate by paying a $40 rental fee. However, Roden hopes to lower that fee to reach more students who wish to play an instrument.

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the General McLane Foundation’s Hill Music Endowment, the instruments collected will be repaired or refurbished and then permanently housed at James W. Parker Middle School to offset or eliminate as much of the student fee as possible.

“During Exploratory, we had the opportunity to learn how to play pretty much every instrument they had,” said James W. Parker Middle School sixth grader Kyle Cousins. “I liked the trombone a lot because it was different since it was more about position and placement of the slide and not your fingers. I didn’t end up picking it, but I liked it a lot because it was cool.”

Volunteers will be on hand to collect instruments on September 30 during General McLane’s homecoming game. Instruments can be dropped off near the admission gate at Linden Field between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Those who cannot make the September 30 collection night can drop off instruments between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to General McLane High School or James W. Parker Middle School. The school is looking for “gently used” band instruments – flutes, clarinets, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, drums, etc.

Donors can share the instrument’s backstory by completing a form when making a donation. This ensures that the students understand the literal journey that many of the instruments took before getting into their hands.

General McLane School District has been recognized for its dedication to making the arts an integral component of the District’s curricular and co-curricular programs and for making General McLane home to one of the most competitive arts programs in Erie, PA.

For example, General McLane High School was one of 120 schools nationwide, and the only school in Northwestern Pennsylvania, to be selected as a 2014 semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Signature School Award. This recognition is awarded to the top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Forty-four percent of General McLane students participate in a performing ensemble. To accommodate the school’s high participation in the arts, the General McLane Foundation kicked off a fundraiser to raise money for a new Performing Arts Wing at General McLane High School.

Art shows, musicals and dramas, as well as the Broadway Dinner and choral and instrumental concerts are all part of the McLane Advantage, which is available to tuition students outside of the District.

For information of questions on how you can donate your once-loved but no-longer-used musical instruments today, please contact John Roden at johnroden@generalmclane.org.

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Stormwater Best Management Practices Demonstration Project Dedication Ceremony Slated for September 27

Edinboro, PA (September 2, 2016) – General McLane School District and the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association (ELWA) will host an open house and dedication ceremony to celebrate the near-completion of the Stormwater Best Management Practices Demonstration Project on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at General McLane High School.

The event begins at 7 p.m. near the entrance to the Therese T. Walter Education Center. Members of the ELWA Board of Directors will be available to lead tours through the rain garden and other Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), describing their design and impact on water quality. The rain date for this event will be Thursday September 29, 2016.

Thanks to a $145,00 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s Growing Greener program, ELWA is near complete of its largest project yet. Three BMP’s will occupy General McLane’s campus, within the Edinboro Lake Watershed. This project will provide students and community members with a new opportunity to explore environmental solutions for stormwater management.

“This is a great opportunity, we are very excited to have received the grant,” said project Engineer Steven Halmi of Deiss & Halmi Engineering, Inc. “We want it to be a benefit to the school, lake and community for years to come.”

These BMPs include a rain garden, an infiltration trench and a vegetated swale. The rain garden is placed behind the Therese T. Walter Education Center, the infiltration trench is placed along the James W. Parker Middle School parking lot and the swale will be placed along General McLane Drive.

“We are grateful for the partnerships formed and especially to the Edinboro Lake Watershed for providing our students with this unique learning opportunity,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “We hope this will be source of pride, not only for our school, but for our community as a whole.”

The project, which is funded completely through the grants with no cost to the District, will capture and treat runoff from approximately 38 acres. By forcing water into the ground where it will be naturally filtered to remove pollutants, this project will demonstrate how to improve water quality in Edinboro Lake.

For more information on this project, visit edinborolake.org or generalmclane.org.

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9th Grade Orientation Next Friday

Edinboro, PA (August 22, 2016) – As the school year rolls around, new students are making their way to General McLane School District next week. For incoming ninth graders, General McLane’s Freshman Orientation takes place Friday, August 26 at General McLane High School.

The day, which focuses on helping the students feel welcomed and part of the school, started with the doors of the high school gymnasium swinging open and this year’s freshmen streaming in to cheers and applause from upperclass “Link Crew Leaders”. Following the welcoming ceremony, which takes place at 8 a.m., students split into large and small group sessions with student leaders and advisors.

General McLane’s Freshmen Orientation is part of a national program known as Link Crew.This high school transition program welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout their first year of high school. Although this program starts with Freshmen Orientation, it continues throughout the year with academic and social follow-ups between the Link Crew Leaders (upperclassmen) and the freshmen.

General McLane launched this program in 2008 as the District’s effort to focus on the ninth grade transition. This was a result of critical research that showed that “graduating freshman to sophomore status” is a key determining factor as to who graduates from high school. According to the research, students who do not earn enough credits in 9th grade to move to 10th grade are at higher risk for dropping out.

“Link Crew is one of the most effective programs I have seen for helping freshmen transition into a high school,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “At General McLane, this has been one component that has helped us reduce the number of freshmen not academically graduating to tenth grade.”

Since the focus on freshmen transition, the District has seen more freshmen academically graduating to tenth grade, which has impacted the high school graduation rate among seniors.

General McLane is the only district in Erie County that uses this non-traditional orientation program. Before Link Crew, the High School orientation program was “Students for Academic Excellence,” which started in the late 80s.

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GM to host Oliver Boot Camp for 4th through 8th graders

EDINBORO, PA (July 29, 2016) – General McLane students in fourth through eighth grades will soon have a behind-the-scenes look at the High School’s Music Theatre Department. To help prepare for their fall musical, General McLane High School will be hosting Oliver Boot Camp August 23, August 25 and September 1.

“It’s an opportunity for the younger students to experience what it’s like to be in a high school production,” said General McLane High School Musical Director Bruce Yates.

Oliver has been selected as this year’s high school musical and will be staged at General McLane High School from November 17-20, 2016.

“We have been wanting to do this show for awhile,” Yates said. “The revival that ran in London was fantastic. It has updated orchestrations and extended dance sequences that are really fantastic! We decided that it was time to do the show.”

Staging this performance requires a very large cast of children to play duel roles and complement the high school student cast. For example, the orphans that open the show with the famous song “ Food Glorious Food” can also play the “pick-pocket boys” and the young well-to-do girls who fill London’s streets with “Consider Yourself.” In addition, the High School will be casting a boy who is very small in stature with an unchanged “angelic” voice to play the title role of “Oliver!”

During Oliver Boot Camp, students will prepare for the upcoming audition. Students will learn a sequence from “Consider Yourself,” which is a huge dancing and singing selection in the show. Students will also learn how to speak with a British or Cockney accent.

“We want them to feel comfortable coming into auditions so they can give it their best shot. It also gives us a chance to see how each student is able to take direction and work with us and other students,” Yates said.

The camp will be run by Bruce Yates, Trisha Yates (assistant musical director), Jenna Lindberg (choreography and dance), as well as a few of the high school students.

Oliver Boot Camp takes place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at General McLane High School. A parent informational meeting takes place September 1 at 7:15 p.m.

Packets of music and CDs of the songs will be given at camp. The auditions will be held Tuesday, September 6th from 6:00-8:00 and results will be posted the following weekend.

For more information or to register, e-mail: bruceyates@generalmclane.org with your name and grade.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County. The high school was built in 1960 after Colonel John W. McLane of Erie. The District remains the only school district to be named after a person and not a location.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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DONATE TO GM FOUNDATION THROUGH ERIE GIVES DAY 

EDINBORO, PA (July 27, 2016) – The General McLane Foundation will once again be participating in Erie Gives Day.

During the fifth annual Erie Gives Day on August 9 only, the Erie Community Foundation will match a percentage of donations received online. When individuals donate $25 or more to the General McLane Foundation at www.eriegives.org, a prorated match will be added to the donation.

The online only event runs from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Last year, the General McLane Foundation raised its largest donation on Erie Gives Day with  $3,259.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major fundraising events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors,

For more information on Erie Gives Day, please visit eriegives.org. To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit generalmclane.org.

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Construction underway for Stormwater Best Management Practices Demonstration Project on GMSD campus

EDINBORO, PA (July 15, 2016) – The General McLane campuses will be getting an addition this summer – and both the students and community will benefit. Construction has started for a Stormwater Best Management Practices Demonstration Project, which will provide students and community members with a new opportunity to explore environmental solutions for stormwater management.

Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s Growing Greener program, Edinboro Lake Watershed Association (ELWA) will be placing three Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) on General McLane’s campus, within the Edinboro Lake Watershed.

“This is a great opportunity, we are very excited to have received the grant,” said project Engineer Steven Halmi of Deiss & Halmi Engineering, Inc. “We want it to be a benefit to the school, lake and community for years to come.”

These BMPs will include a rain garden, an infiltration trench and a vegetated swale. The rain garden will be placed behind the Therese T. Walter Education Center, the infiltration trench will be placed along the James W. Parker Middle School parking lot and the swale will be placed along General McLane Drive.

“We are grateful for the partnerships formed and especially to the Edinboro Lake Watershed for providing our students with this unique learning opportunity,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “We hope this will be source of pride, not only for our school, but for our community as a whole.”

ELWA first received a $78,000 grant in 2013 and are currently waiting official confirmation from the State for an additional grant to bring the total to about $145,000. The project is funded completely through the grants, with no cost to the District. Volunteers from the ELWA will be responsible for its maintenance.

This project will capture and treat runoff from approximately 38 acres, improving the water quality to the Edinboro Lake Watershed with an estimated 24 pounds per year reduction in non-point source phosphorus and 10,000 pounds per year reduction in non-point source total suspended solids. This improvement represents a one percent decrease in the 2,956 pounds per year average phosphorus budget of the lake.

“We believe these BMPs will be more effective at treating stormwater and will serve better to educate the public on the various alternatives available,” Halmi said.

ELWA selected General McLane School District as the location for this project because it serves as an ideal site for educating both students and the general public with regard to stormwater management and its relation to water quality, Halmi said.

The completed BMPs will be highly visible and accessible to students and visitors to the campus. Additionally, there will be signs posted through the park with scan codes for smartphones and iPad. These codes will link these devices to web-based information, which may include both audio and video materials.

The completed BMPs will serve as a demonstration project and educational resource for residents of the Edinboro Lake watershed and the northwestern Pennsylvania region. The project is expected to be completed by this fall.

This project is a partnership between numerous different organizations. Dr. Brian Zimmerman serves as the President of the Edinboro Lake Watershed Association, which is the grant recipient. Halmi is also on the ELWA board and serves as the Project Engineer. General McLane alumnus and Landscape Architect for Pennsylvania State University Thomas P. Flynn serves as the Landscape Architect. All have donated their time and services to the project. J.J. Wurst Landscape Contractor, Inc. is the contractor for the project.

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Alumna to serve as volunteer during Olympics in Rio

EDINBORO, PA (July 7, 2016) – After reading a New York Times story about the Olympic Village newspaper during the London games, General McLane alumna Allison Churchill (’97) learned about foreign volunteers for the Olympics and quickly became interested in serving for the summer games in Rio.

“Rio was a city that had been on my “list” for a long, long time,” Churchill said. “I discovered in the Army that I work well with international groups, I like watching sports, and I was working on a master’s in journalism at the time, so I figured I’d be a shoe-in.”

She kept an eye on the Rio 2016 committee’s social media accounts and applied to serve as a volunteer in 2014. Her persistence paid off; she will be serving as a volunteer at the Olympics in Rio this August.

Churchill will volunteer in the press conferenceroom of Maracanãzinho, the indoor volleyball venue, where she will be escorting volleyball athletes and corresponding reporters to press conferences after matches.

“Some days I’m just excited that it’s their ‘winter’ right now, because I’m not a fan of really hot days! But I’m mostly excited about meeting people from all the countries,” Churchill said. “I think it’s easier to remember how small the world actually is when you’ve met people from the places mentioned on the news.”

Currently, Churchill serves as an Editorial Assistant for Guideposts Magazine in New York City. She previously worked as a Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer for the US Army. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from West Virginia University and a Master’s Degree in Magazine Writing from New York University.

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William E. & Mary S. Smith MS Innovative Education Program Grant Awarded

EDINBORO, PA (July 6, 2016) – The General McLane Foundation has awarded the 2016 William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Education Program Grant to James W. Parker Middle School art teacher Christina Martin.

The $500 grant will be used to purchase iPad stands, photo backdrops and lighting. This equipment will be used to create a permanent documentation station in the art room where students will be able to photograph their two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork in a professional manner.

“In the middle school art room, I am fortunate to see many great works of art created by my students. I want to take this a step further and relate it to real-world applications by teaching students how to document their work in a professional manner,” Martin said. “Documentation is an important process for an artist and can have major impact on their success.”

Documentation will coincide with Schoology, an innovative learning management system (LMS) and social network that makes it easy to create and share academic content. This app was introduced to parents and students in the District last school year. All students will be creating on online art portfolio using the Schoology app, which will include importing images of their assignments.

Martin said secondary lessons that will utilize the iPad stands are stop animation and green screen lessons.

“With the advantage of students having their own iPad the uses for this equipment is plenty,” she said, “My goal is to show students how professional artists work. Documentation is a very important aspect of the profession. At the same time, the lessons described will also teach students how to pay attention to detail, improve their photography skills and how to create an ongoing visual record of their artwork.”

The grant stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. These classroom grants provide middle school teachers with up to $500 for special projects/activities/enhancements. Since 2013, eleven JWPMS teachers have received this grant to enhance their curriculum.

“Grants like the Smith Grant are very important to educators,” Martin said. “Through this grant, I am able to take my lessons to the next level. I can add important elements to my curriculum, which I know will have an immediate impact on my students.”

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit generalmclane.org.

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Gillespie Foundation Scholarships Awarded

Edinboro, PA (July 1, 2016) – The H.G. Gillespie Foundation awarded five $1,500 scholarships this year to General McLane School District alumni.

The following students were selected: Brittney Hunt (Allegheny College, Chemistry), Erin Lindsey (Edinboro University, Accounting/Finance), Kelsey Shampoe (Penn State University, Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences), Bryan Olson (University of Pittsburgh, Chemical Engineering) and Ashley Mennow (Baldwin Wallace University, Arts Management & Entrepreneurship).

More than 20 graduates applied to the Scholarship. Students who have attained at least third year standing in post secondary educational institutions and second year students that anticipated third year standing by June 1st were eligible to apply.

Awards reflect primarily the applicants’ character, citizenship, and probable contributions to the futures of their communities. Race, gender, religious convictions, and quality of academic achievement do not serve as criteria for awards. GM graduates that have been awarded the H.G. Gillespie scholarship in previous years were not eligible.

In 2015, the H.G. Gillespie Foundation awarded thirteen $1,500 scholarships to the following General McLane graduates: Quinn Tshudy, Marcus Erdman, Jessica Rupp, Tyler Hendricks, David Solberg, Matthew Kennedy, Valerie Majewski, Kirk Dillen, Maria Skladanowski, Ashley Kelly, Lindsey Jahn, Morgan Popowski and Ryland Luciano.

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Edinboro Elementary Nurse is recognized for excellence

EDINBORO, PA (May 18, 2016) – Edinboro Elementary School nurse Carrie Piccinini was named a recipient of the 2016 Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards.

This award is presented by the Highmark Foundation, which honors individuals who exhibit leadership in their daily work and strive to advance innovative wellness priorities and policies to create a culture of health and wellness within our schools. Seven nurses from across the state have received the Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards in five different categories. Piccinini earned this honor in the category of School Nursing Practice and Leadership.

“We are very fortunate to have such a high quality and experienced nurse in our building a daily basis,” said Edinboro Elementary principal Randy White. “Carrie has brought a wealth of knowledge from the nursing field and has coupled it with her care and understanding of children to make the nurse’s office at Edinboro Elementary a place where kids’ needs are always met in a caring and effective way.”

The Highmark Foundation Excellence in School Nursing Award will be presented to Piccinini later this month during a special presentation. She will receive the award and a check in the amount of $1,500 to be used for professional development or donated back to the school for health supplies.

Piccinini has worked four years at the General McLane School District and has been a certified school nurse for 15 years in the Northwest Region. At Edinboro Elementary School, Piccinini provides staff training on an array of injuries and health conditions. She also goes into classrooms to teach students about good health and hygiene practices, as well as respecting one another’s personal space.

Prior to coming to General McLane School District, Piccinini worked in a variety of home health nursing and hospital and critical care nursing environments in Kansas and Pennsylvania.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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GMHS students earn Blackwood Scholarships

Edinboro, PA (May 13, 2016) – General McLane High School students Max Nudi and Caleb Will have been named recipients of the 2016 Blackwood Theater Organ Society scholarships. Nudi and Will are two of only six students in the state to receive the scholarship.

“The Blackwood Scholarship competition is a well-established competition where elite student musicians compete. We are proud that General McLane students represented us so well and we are pleased for their well-earned success,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta.

The Blackwood Music Scholarships are for Pennsylvania high school seniors pursuing a college degree in instrumental music performance. These highly-competitive scholarships are awarded based on musical talent, recommendations from music teachers, academic performance, motivation, financial need and an essay. Finalists auditioned at Heinz Hall in March before a panel of musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

“I am really happy to receive assistance for school and proud to have received that type of validation from individuals who are in a pretty high position in the music world,” said Will, who will be attending Ithaca University in the fall to study Performance and Musical Education.

“I was very excited, especially because it’s very different to have a drummer audition since its usually more orchestral. But I was thrilled to have received it,” added Nudi, who will be attending Berklee College of Music in the fall.

The Blackwood Theater Organ Society is a not-for-profit organization created to encourage students to pursue instrumental music performance careers. The Blackwood Estate is home to a rare Wurlitzer theater pipe organ and concerts featuring internationally-acclaimed performers are held annually with the proceeds going towards the scholarship fund and other charities.

The other finalists include Kyle Johnson (cellist from Peters Township High School), Steven Kozlowski (marimbist from McKeesport Area High School), Megan McKelvey (clarinetist from Franklin Regional High School) and Geana Snart (cellist from Spring City, 21st Century Cyber Charter School).

The students will perform at a free recital at the Blackwood Estate in Harrisville, PA on May 22.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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General McLane High School Teacher Karen Yonko to Receive Clarkson University Inspirational Educator Award

Karen Yonko of Edinboro, Pa., challenges her students to reach new horizons and develop a passion for learning beyond the classroom. Yonko is one of four recipients of this year’s Clarkson University Inspirational Educator Awards.

The freshman biology teacher at General McLane High School in Edinboro, Pa., was nominated by former student Colton Weaver of Waterford, Pa., a senior innovation and entrepreneur major at Clarkson. The award will be presented during Clarkson’s commencement weekend activities.

Each year, Clarkson asks its seniors to nominate the educators who have significantly affected their lives and helped guide their higher education and career decisions. The award recognizes these educators for their lasting impact on their students and in their fields of education.

Early in the spring term, graduating seniors submit their reasons for choosing their nominees, how they influenced them and actual situations in which they showed themselves to be outstanding educators.

Weaver said Yonko’s tireless dedication to helping her students work toward their goals makes her well-qualified for this honor. He said Yonko demonstrated her compassion for her students by staying late after class and helping students with their projects and motivating them to take on new challenges.

“Looking back on my experiences in high school to the experiences that I have today, a lot has changed, but it was the values that she instilled in me that will last forever,” Weaver said. “To be a diligent worker, a curious learner, with the drive to be successful, all while remaining humble with the willingness to help others are just some of the wonderful things I have learned from her.

“Without these extremely important life skills, I know that I would not have achieved the awesome things I have done today. She would always push me to take on new science projects, to work with local college professors, and to apply to leadership programs, and she would know when I had too much on my plate and would reassure me when I thought I was failing. Her concern for my personal well-being and success was something that was superseded by any other faculty member from my high school; it is something I will never take for granted.”

Weaver added that Yonko taught him diligence and to never give up on the things he cares about.

“These traits are ones that I will carry with me throughout life, passing them along to everyone I know,” he said. “You have given me the tools to lead a successful life, and for that, I cannot be more grateful. Thank you so much for challenge me throughout high school, spending nights after school teaching me how to present and use transparencies (I still hate those), and most of all being an inspiration to me.”

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins, Colton Weaver ’16, and Vice President for Student Affairs and International Relations Kathryn Johnson.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/educator-kyonko.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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Kindergarten Registration Results

Edinboro, PA (May 4, 2016) – More than 100 students enrolled in the General McLane School District through Kindergarten Registration at Edinboro Elementary and McKean Elementary schools this month.

The District hosted Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year on April 28, 2016 and May 3, 2016. Those registered are now eligible to visit their prospective schools for their registration follow-up.

Enrollment for the 2016-2017 School Year for all grade levels is now open. Prospective students, including kindergarten students that did not register earlier this month, can register with District registrar Johnna Tshudy at the Therese T. Walter Education Center. Prospective kindergarten students must be age five (5) prior to June 1, 2016.

Kindergarten Orientation and New Student Orientation takes place during the summer.

For more information, please contact the appropriate school or Johnna Tshudy at (814) 273-1033 Ext. 5905.
General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.
To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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HS students advance in TEAMS competition

Edinboro, PA (April 19, 2016) – General McLane High School students have made history! For the first time ever, General McLane has had a team qualify to compete at the National TEAMS competition, after placing second in the state and 12th nationally.

Now, the students advance to the national competition is in Nashville June 28-June 30.

This achievements stems from results for the TEAMS (Tests of engineering aptitude in mathematics and science) competition. TEAMS is an annual STEM competition challenging students to work collaboratively and apply their math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real everyday engineering challenges.

The GM team that qualified is comprised of all seniors and includes Peter Dilla, Justin Layden, Cory Kephart, Kyle Sult, Ryan Carpenter (Captain), Jordan Motter, Evan Sneed and Cuinn Larmon.

“This is an outstanding achievement made by a team of highly intelligent students,” said advisor David Treusch. “This is the first time that I know of that GM will go to nationals, and I am very excited for our students.”

Part one of the test is 80 multiple-choice questions completed as a team in 90 minutes and part two of the test includes essay questions and a design / building project both done as a team in a total of 90 minutes. The Part 1 (multiple choice) score is based on the number of correct answers. The Part 2 (essay and design/build) score is based on a rubric score for the essay and a weighted decision matrix involving height of the paper tower, amount of paper used to build the tower, and the time involved in building the tower.

Many teams competed across the state and GM was one of three that obtained an automatic bid to the national competition. Collegiate is the only other school in the area that qualified for the national competition.

General McLane had two teams compete and our younger team came in 3rd in the state behind our other team and 17th nationally. They don’t qualify for nationals this year but are looking forward to next year’s competition.

These students include juniors Joel Linebach (Captain), Ruby Spada, Dylan Kosienski, Maddie Dillen, Evan Vincent, Julia Wasielewski and Derek Hecker and sophomore Alex Lofgren.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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GM Community Fun Run returns May 28

Edinboro, PA (April 15, 2016) – The Second Annual GM Community Fun Run is returning to General McLane High School grounds on May 28, 2016.

“This event is a great kick-off to summer for the whole community,” said Edinboro Elementary PTO president Renee Foradori. “Last year we had tons of families and friends that ran the course together and we are hoping to have even more this year.”

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a collaborative fundraising event for both schools. Last year was the first time both elementary schools worked together with an event and it proved to be a huge success. More than 270 runners participated in the event, which raised more than $1900.

Obstacle stations are placed throughout the 5k and 1milerun/walk (two different options). A dunk tank featuring Elementary principals Mr. Mike Getz and Mr. Randy White and additional entertainment is also available.

This year, the event will add more color with the hope to have at least three different color stations. The organizations are also working on some new and different obstacles. Elementary art teacher Emily Robertson is designing the run t-shirt this year.

Register by May 2 to be assured a shirt. The registration form can be found at generalmclane.org. You can register day of race (9:30-10:30 a.m.), but shirts will not be available. Registration is $15 for each participant and includes: access to the full course & obstacles from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 dunk tank ticket (students only), free bottle of water & snacks and more.

This event is made possible thanks to community members and businesses. Event sponsors include Olympia Sports, Snap Fitness, Nick’s Place (color station sponsor), Laughlin Builders (color station sponsor), and Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency. Sponsorship levels vary from $100 (Color Station Sponsor), $75 and $50. To sponsor, call McKean Elementary School for sponsor coordinator Kelly Banks.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.
To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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Hearts & Hands Sewing Club creates dresses for girls in Africa

Students in James W. Parker Middle School’s Hearts & Hands Sewing Club are making dresses for girls in Africa.

Through Little Dresses for Africa, a non-profit organization that provides handmade dresses (made from scrap fabric or pillowcases) to vulnerable children throughout Africa, JWPMS students are using their sewing skills in a practical and very rewarding manner.

Hearts & Hands Sewing Club formed in March and consists of about 20 students. The students surpassed their goal of creating twenty dresses and will be donating forty to the organization.

Family Living teacher Pamela Glasl oversees the club and purchased the serger for these types of projects through the William and Mary Smith Grant last year. Fabric and pillowcases were donated to the Club for this project through teachers and individuals. Last month, for example, the teachers at the middle school did a soup cook-off, and the winner of the contest choose where the monetary donations from the cook-off were allocated. Anna Elliott won and chose the new sewing club as her school charity group.

Their work will be on display tonight at the first ever James W. Parker Middle School Creative Arts Expo. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. throughout the school.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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JWPMS to host first ever Creative Arts Expo

Edinboro, PA (April 4, 2016) – James W. Parker Middle School will be celebrating student creativity in its first ever Creative Arts Expo this Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

There will be original poetry readings, classic recitations and story time, art displays, a cookie-war, a hands on blackout poetry station, and a preview of the work that will be sent to the Little Dresses for Africa organization and forwarded to girls’ schools in Africa.

“We wanted to give students a venue to exhibit their creative,” said James W. Parker Middle School Family Living teacher Pamela Glasl. “We absolutely love the concerts put on by our strong middle school music department and enjoy watching the smiles on the students’ faces as they receive the recognition for all of their hard work. We are hoping to extend that same feeling of personal accomplishment and pride to other creative avenues.”

Although headed by Glals and art teacher Christina Martin, this is a collaborative effort from all of the different arts programs at the middle school – including art classes, technology education, Family Living and language arts.

“All these students work so hard on some of their projects we decided that they should also be given the opportunity for the accolades that typically accompany performing arts classes,” Glasl said. “It really is all in celebration of our great variety of talent here at the middle school. Our students truly deserve a standing ovation.”

This year’s event is mostly focused on 7th and 8th grade students, with some art and family living displays by 5th and 6th graders. The Kids as Curators event will also be re-displayed as it was at the Erie Art Museum.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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College, Career & Transition Fair coming to GMHS

Edinboro, PA (March 31, 2016) – General McLane High School will host its third Annual College, Career and Transition Fair on April 14, 2016.

Currently, sixty colleges, universities, tech/trade schools and agencies are scheduled to attend the fair. Several service agencies will also attend the fair to help support the transition process for students with special needs.

“The primary objective of this event is to expose students to the post-secondary education and career options that are available to them and how to better prepare themselves to take full advantage of these opportunities,” said Daniel Kane, Transition Coordinator for General McLane High School.

This free event, which is a partnership of General McLane High School, Union City High School and Fort LeBoeuf High School, runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the General McLane High School Cafeteria. This event is open to all students in Erie county and the Northwestern Pennsylvania region.

Vendors can still apply for this fair by registering online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15pbMUXrdfhFYHh7j2tfKDiwiMFFWtGc_Jnzxm9XvTi8/viewform.

For more information, please contact Daniel Kane at danielkane@generalmclane.org or 814.273.1033 ext. 1507.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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General McLane Ranks 5th Safest School in PA

Edinboro, PA (March 31, 2016) – General McLane High School was ranked the fifth safest public high school in Pennsylvania by an educational review website based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Niche.com—invented by students at Carnegie Mellon University—is a website that reviews and collects information about schools, neighborhoods and colleges across the country.

The site’s staff ranked the safest high schools in Pennsylvania and General McLane High School landed No. 5 on the list.

The 2016 Safest Public High Schools ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the health and safety of a public high school. This grade takes into account key factors such as suspension, expulsion, law enforcement referral rates, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall safety of the school.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Niche.com as one of the safest schools in the state,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “Our District places value on creating a school community that is safe and secure, including safety as one of our ten core values. The sense of security comes from the great relationships with students and from the sense of caring our faculty and staff demonstrate on a daily basis.”

In January, General McLane School District was ranked 67th out of 500 for one of the best school districts in PA on Niche.com. This ranking was based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT / ACT scores, teacher quality, students and parent reviews and more.

“Although rankings and surveys only assess a small part of what we do, we are pleased for General McLane students, families and educators that we continue to be recognized on the higher end of them,” Scaletta said.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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CAMP INVENTION Returns to General McLane School District

EDINBORO, PA (March 7, 2016) – The nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program is returning once again to General McLane School District during the summer months – and there are only 25 spots left!

Camp Invention is for students in grades 1-6 throughout all of Erie County. The program takes place at Edinboro Elementary School June 13-17, 2016. So far, participation is up drastically since this time last year.

The program is offered by Invent Now and sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This weeklong summer program is an opportunity for both elementary and middle school students to reinvent themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Campers will work in teams as they rotate between four fun thematic modules.

This is the third year for the elementary camp at Edinboro Elementary. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Within this year’s EPIC program, students will have the opportunity to create their own robotic cricket powered by the sun, design zip lines, water flumes and hi-tech eco gear, repower motors, gears, lights, fans and components found in broken machines and explore demolitions, coding, squid, slime and sound-activated lights in The Lab: Where Pigs Fly and anything is possible.

The program costs $220. Camp Invention participants save $15 if registered by May 10, 2016. Installment plans are also available.

Due to a high demand of requests for financial aid, local businesses are helping provide scholarships for students who can’t afford to attend.

For more information or to sponsor a student to attend, please contact Camp Invention Director Scott Hutchison at McKean Elementary School or e-mail him at scotthutchison@generalmclane.org.

To register, visit campinvention.org or inventionproject.org or call 800.968.4332.

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Elementary student continues his campaign for Wins for Kids

EDINBORO, PA (March 23, 2016) – Raising more than $3000 wasn’t enough for Edinboro Elementary student Jacob Haugh.

For the second year in a row, the fourth grader isn’t asking for birthday gifts. Instead, he is requesting donations once again for Wins for Kids, a program that raises funds to support the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

Last year, he raised a little over $3000. This year, his mission is to double that.

“I have everything I need, I don’t need any more presents,” said Haugh, who will turn 10 on April 5. “I wanted to donate to my favorite baseball team and then I did some research and found this program.”

Thanks to a few different initiatives, Haugh is about halfway there. Edinboro Elementary School held a fundraiser Friday, where faculty and staff could donate money to wear their favorite sports team shirt. The fundraiser raised more than $300 for the cause.

California University of Pennsylvania and Robert Morris University’s hockey teams held a fundraiser game, as well. He’s also placed donation buckets in the venues of local businesses.
His initiatives will be featured in a Root Sports Pittsburgh documentary-like-story that will air sometime in April. Root Sports Pittsburgh spent the day with Haugh in Edinboro earlier this month.

Last year, Haugh’s fundraising efforts made him the second largest donor behind Clint Hurdle. He helped to give kids with autism an opportunity to watch a Pittsburgh Pirates’ game from a suite. During the pre-game show, Haugh met Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and even had the opportunity to sit in his chair.

All monies that are raised through Wins for Kids are split evenly between Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute. Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare, complex genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body and the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is the only hospital-based site in the world treating children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Hurdle’s 11-year old daughter Maddie has Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Since the 2011 season, generous fans have helped raise more than $225,000 to improve the lives of children and adults in the Pittsburgh community.

Donations can be made online. In order to count towards Jacob’s goal, please make your donation “In Honor of Jacob.”

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GENERAL MCLANE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY

Edinboro, PA (February 24, 2016) – Two General McLane High School seniors have been recognized with national awards.

Emily Tworek has been named a finalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program and Annalisa Bankes has been honored by her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a nationwide competition for recognition and awards conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In each annual program, approximately 50,000 academically talented high school students are honored, but only 15,000 of them are named finalists.

Tworek was named a semifinalist in the fall and has now been selected as one of 7,400 Merit Scholarship winners. She will being considered for the prestigious National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2016.

Tworek is a member of the National Honor Society, the student newspaper. She participates in Spring Choir, Vocal Jazz, PMEA District and Regional Choir and has participated in musical all four years. She starred as Mrs. Lovett in this year’s Sweeney Todd.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama, recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to service their communities and their country.

Bankes has volunteered in numerous roles for the Mystic Mountain Training Center in Cambridge Springs. This outdoor education facility provides one-on-one instruction to people of all ages in a range of activities. Bankes’ roles include an administrative assistant, team director for Beyond the Blue, an instructor in their Arts Program, a member of their Teen Council, an intern and a rifle instructor. She has also volunteered as a stage manager for the musicals and talent shows at James W. Parker Middle School and serves as a leader for McLane Church’s G3 Student Ministry.

At General McLane High School, Bankes is a member of Students for Christ, the National Honor Society and the Wind Ensemble.

Next year, Bankes will attend Cornerstone University in Michigan, where she plans on studying Non-profit Business Administration.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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McKean Elementary Nurse recognized for excellence

EDINBORO, PA (February 2, 2016) – The Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP) has named McKean Elementary School nurse Stacy Chiles the 2016 winner of the NW Region Excellence in School Nursing Award.

The Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP) is the professional home for school nurses, open to all certified school nurses and school nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania. Each year, the PASNAP Board of Directors recognizes a certified school nurse and a school nurse administrator from each region for excellence in the area of school nurse practice.

Chiles has worked four years at the General McLane School District and 17 years as a Certified School Nurse in the Northwest Region. At McKean Elementary, Chiles teaches an annual comprehensive hand-washing program that stresses health education and prevention as an integral part of being and staying healthy.

Chiles serves as the School Nurse Section President for the Pennsylvania State Education Association and represents School Nurses on the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention initiative. She also teaches a professional development course for school nurses at Penn State Behrend.

“The NW region would like to thank Stacy for the extra help and support she gives her peers via numerous daily e-mails and phone calls,” said Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners Northwest Region Representative Shenessa Rossetti. “This support allows the Nurses in our region to provide a better standard of care, which in turn touches the lives of thousands of Pennsylvania’s students.”

Chiles will received the award at a conference in April.

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Gillespie Foundation Scholarships Now Open

Edinboro, PA (January 29, 2016) – The H.G. Gillespie Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 H.G. Gillespie Scholarship. These scholarships provide financial assistance to General McLane School District alumni.

Graduates who have attained at least third year standing in post secondary educational institutions are eligible to apply. Second year students that anticipate third year standing by June 1st should apply.

The H.G. Gillespie Foundation will award $1,500.00 scholarships to General McLane graduates in 2016. Awards will reflect primarily the applicants’ character, citizenship, and probable contributions to the futures of their communities. Race, gender, religious convictions, and quality of academic achievement will not serve as criteria for awards. GM graduates that have been awarded the H.G. Gillespie scholarship in previous years are not eligible.

Last year, the H.G. Gillespie Foundation awarded thirteen $1,500 scholarships to the following General McLane graduates: Quinn Tshudy, Marcus Erdman, Jessica Rupp, Tyler Hendricks, David Solberg, Matthew Kennedy, Valerie Majewski, Kirk Dillen, Maria Skladanowski, Ashley Kelly, Lindsey Jahn, Morgan Popowski and Ryland Luciano.

Applications are available on the internet at http://www.generalmclane.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Gillespie-Application-2016.pdf or may be requested in writing. Send a self addressed stamped envelope along with your request to:
H.G. Gillespie Scholarship
c/o General McLane Foundation
Therese T. Walter Education Center
11771 Edinboro Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
The deadline for these scholarships is March 16.

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10th Annual Golf Outing Slated for July

EDINBORO, PA (January 20, 2016) – Golf enthusiasts and supporters of public education can mark their calendars – the General McLane Foundation is now accepting registrations for its 10th Annual Golf Outing. The event will take place July 23, 2016, at Culbertson Hills Golf Course in Edinboro.

The golf outing is an 18-hole, four-person scramble. Golfers can win valuable raffle and contest prizes.
The event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Admission includes a box lunch, dinner and a 19th Green. Tickets to this event are $75/golfer $300/foursome.
Many sponsorship opportunities are available including: prize donors, hole sponsors at $100; putting contest sponsors at $200; beverage station sponsors and 19th Green sponsors at $250; lunch sponsors at $600; dinner sponsors at $1,000 and tournament sponsors at $2,000.

All proceeds benefit the General McLane Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 exclusively for charitable educational purposes to benefit the students of the General McLane School District. The Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing are the organization’s two major fundraising events as both help fund scholarships for graduating seniors. The Golf Outing alone has raised almost $40,000 for General McLane students.

“We are pleased to reach our tenth annual event, one that has been successful through generous community support,” said General McLane Public Relations Manager Marissa Orbanek. “We hope this year’s event proves to be the most successful in the foundation’s history, so we can raise more money to directly impact the students at General McLane.”
Reservations, tickets and/or sponsorships can be obtained now by visiting the GM Website (www.generalmclane.org) or by calling the school district at 273-1033, Ext. 5901.

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McKean Elementary Recognized as a 2016 Title 1 Distinguished School

Edinboro, PA (January 14, 2016) – For the second year in a row, McKean Elementary School was recognized as a 2016 Title I Distinguished School by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs. McKean Elementary is one of only 96 schools in the state to receive this honor.

“McKean Elementary continues to have staff dedicated to meeting students where they are and empowering them,” says General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “It is good to have this recognition from the state to confirm what we already know. We are proud of the staff and students at McKean.”

A Title 1 School is one that receives Title 1 funds, which are federal funds distributed to schools in order to enhance reading and mathematics.

McKean Elementary School was the only school in the Erie region to receive this distinction and was selected as a Reward High Achievement School, meaning McKean Elementary is part of the highest 5% of Title I schools based on aggregate math and reading PSSA or Keystone scores and met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs).

All distinguished schools will be honored at the 2016 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference, held February 7-10 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. All of these schools were eligible to be chosen as Pennsylvania’s National Title I Distinguished School.

A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. The program has been in place since 1996 and highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students.

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County. To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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General McLane senior drums his way to multiple endorsement deals and admission to Berklee

Edinboro, PA (January 5, 2016) – When General McLane High School student Max Nudi was in middle school, he asked his music teacher what it took to get accepted into Berklee College of Music.

The answer was easy: talent.

Now, the senior R&B / pop drummer can officially say that his talent landed him at Berklee.

“I had no idea that I would actually later apply and do this all along, but it’s cool to look back and see that this was a dream I had when I was that young,” Nudi said.

Since he first learned percussion in sixth grade, Nudi has made quite the beat in the music scene.

Although only a senior in High School, Nudi performs exclusively, through endorsement deals with Future Sonics, Soultone Cymbals and Drumtacs. He is also currently actively seeking other endorsement deals.

Nudi really started to make some noise (pun intended) three years ago when he attended a National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show. It was there that live and studio drummer, clinician and producer Daniel East and Ariana Grande’s drummer Keith “Stix” McJimson recognized his talent, and they have since served as mentors for the Edinboro native.

Outside of school, Nudi plays for McLane Church and records his own music independently.

At General McLane, Nudi became the first eighth grader to be in the General McLane Marching Band pit, or front ensemble. His success continued throughout high school as he placed first in District Jazz as a junior and senior and third his sophomore year.

“Max’s music ability goes beyond just talent. Talent gave him a boost that helps keep his interest, but hard work and focused practice are what make a good musician,” said high school music teacher and marching band director Jacob Malec. “Max has talent and he has an incredible work ethic. These qualities are obvious when you hear him play.”

This past summer, Nudi’s focused practice led him to the Musicians Institute’s Summer Shot 2015 program, a week-long music immersion experience where artists can get a taste of what life could be like playing music all day long. Students stay on MI’s college campus and hit the stage, the studio or the workshop while learning from special guest artists.

“It was such an awesome experience that really helped me realize what it’s like to pursue music as a career,” Nudi said.

Attendees have the opportunity to join a band and perform on stage at the end of the week. After his performance, Nudi was told that his audition for the college had been waived and he had been accepted.

Although Nudi said he was fortunate to receive that opportunity from MI, he auditioned at Berklee just a few months later and it was there that he realized that Berklee was a better fit.

“As soon as I got there, I knew this was the place that I wanted to go to school. Everything about it just fits perfectly for where I am in my life right now,” Nudi said.

Although Berklee has an acceptance rate of only 34%, Nudi was accepted and will be attending as a performance major in the fall. To date, 100 Berklee alumni have received 253 Grammy Awards, popular music’s highest honor.

His future goal is to perform for an artist.

“If I wouldn’t have started in sixth grade with (music teacher) Mr. (John) Roden, I would never be here. I definitely don’t think so,” Nudi said. “If I didn’t do sixth grade percussion and think it was cool, if we didn’t have a music program here, if we didn’t have the GM music program, one that has a great reputation and is so supported, I really don’t think I would be where I am today.”

General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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McKean Recess Laps keeps kids moving

EDINBORO, PA (December 23, 2015) – Since October, McKean Elementary students have been staying active through McKean Elementary’s Recess Laps, an optional program encouraging students to increase their physical activity.

Eighty-seven percent of students at McKean choose to participate in this program, which takes place during recess for students in K-4 and started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. McKean Elementary teacher Lisa Celeski started the program to give students who could not stay after school the opportunity to be involved in some way and increase their physical activity.

Students can walk or run up to six laps, or one mile, a day (kindergarten is monitored differently). Students keep track of their laps and strive to be part of the 100-Laps Club.

More than 6700 laps were run in 1st through 4th grade, which is approximately 1116 miles, since October. Fourth grade ran 2800 laps, third grade ran 1600, second grade ran 1300 and first grade ran 1000.

First through fourth grade students who ran more than 100 laps, or 16 miles, were rewarded with an activity party on Monday. Kindergarten hosted their party on Tuesday. Prizes, which included balls, jump ropes, t-shirts, water bottles, were also awarded to runners.

100 Lappers from grades first through fourth included: Jacob Corwin (4th), Cooper Robson (4th), Matt Pifer (4th), Colin Bruce (4th), Caden Brumagin (4th); Quinn O’Lone (3rd), Alex Clark (3rd), Kate Sadchikov (3rd), Mathius Sprickman (3rd), Hudson Spires (3rd), Gabby Stanley (3rd), Clayton Thompson (3rd), Jane Howard (3rd), Emma Stafford (3rd), Kaylie Bapst (3rd), Finley Neuburger (2nd), Lilly Gee (2nd) Charlie Salvo (2nd) and Daniel Preston (1st).

In August 2013, McKean Elementary School was one of 60 recipients of a $2,000 grant to inspire students to be more active and adopt healthy choices to carry into adulthood. The ING Run For Something Better School Awards Program, led by financial services leader ING in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), introduces fourth- through eighth-grade students across the country to the benefits of running and active lifestyles through school-based running programs.

There will be an additional Recess Laps program in the Spring.

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JWPMS Adds Buddy Bench to Playground

EDINBORO, PA (December 22, 2015) – James W. Parker Middle School is the latest General McLane school to join the trend of preventing loneliness during recess.

Thanks to a $500 grant received from the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA), the school was able to add a Buddy Bench to its playground.

According to Pennsylvania School Counselors Association executive director Judy Bookhamer, this is the first year that the Association offered its members a grant opportunity for the establishment of a Buddy Bench at an elementary or middle school as part of the Association’s advocacy initiative. James W. Parker Middle School was the recipient of one of the four grants, which were awarded across the Commonwealth.

“School counselors, as part of their school counseling programs, address the academic, career and social emotional development of students. The “Buddy Bench” supports the components of a safe and caring environment, and, when students feel safe and included, they are known to perform better in school,” Bookhamer said.

According to Middle School Counselor Mike Simmons, who spearheaded the project, the Buddy Bench adds to the variety of academic and social interventions that are already in place that help students overcome barriers and reach their potential.

“The Buddy Bench gives students a chance to reach out to others who might not have a friend, someone to play with or are in need of help,” he said. “But this also goes a step further and enhances the character education that we encourage with our students.”

The Buddy Bench is also intended to help students during the transition to middle school.

“One of the most significant aspects of change is social. Students at this level often experience difficulties negotiating student interactions, making new friends, peer mediations, etc. The Buddy Bench would be beneficial as a tool for those who are looking to make friends and for those who are looking to help others,“ Simmons said.

The project cost around six hundred dollars. In addition to the grant, the middle school staff raised money from a jeans day and an anonymous donor. Simmons will be adding a sign to the bench in the near future that highlights its purpose.

The bench will be a familiar setting for some of the middle school students. Edinboro Elementary School installed a Buddy Bench created by Edinboro Elementary faculty and students in 2014. The school has an additional Buddy Bench that will be installed near the playground. Edinboro Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) purchased the bench, and third and fourth graders in Mrs. Robertson’s classes painted it last year.

This attention to inclusiveness is just one component of the McLane Advantage. General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County. The high school was built in 1960 after Colonel John W. McLane of Erie. The District remains the only school district to be named after a person and not a location.
To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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EE 4th grader discovers old fossil at Presque Isle

EDINBORO, PA (November 16, 2015) – Should Nicholas Walters ever want to pursue a career in paleontology, his résumé is off to an impressive start.

During a class field trip to Presque Isle State Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, the Edinboro Elementary fourth grader made a nice discovery: an anterior ceratohyal bone.

According to Brian Gula, Environmental Education Specialist for Presque Isle State Park and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, the particular bone is part of the structure of the gill function located within the skull of channel catfish. These bones are common and often found on the shores of Lake Erie because channel catfish are common and plentiful, Gula said, but Walters’ find remains particularly unique.

“What makes this bone so unique is when the student found the bone the color was black which indicates fossilization. This particular bone could be 10 or more thousands of years old which suggests Channel catfish in Lake Erie around the ice ages,” Gula said. “This type of artifact tells a story about our past. It reminds us that although something may be common, its story is very special.”

Gula sent the fossil to Scott McKenzie, Mercyhurst University’s Assistant Professor of Geology and Paleontology Director, so they can examine it to get a final age of the bone.

Presque Isle hosts many field trips throughout the year, and thousands of students learn and discover the park.

According to Gula, students often find some of the unique items that wash up on the beaches. Another student, for example, found a 2 million year old Sturgeon Scoot fossil in the same location.

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9th Annual Holiday Arts Fair Approaching

EDINBORO, PA (November 11, 2015) – The General McLane Foundation’s 9th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.
This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 21, at General McLane High School.

More than 100 vendors will be in attendance, which includes nearly 20 new vendors. Ceramics, framed glass, paintings, pottery, wood and recycled items and jewelry as well as quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items are among the many crafts that will be available. Vendors include The Sawdust Shop, Simply Wild, Rick Walker Farms, Classy Creations, Vineyard Trading Company, Beelzebub’s Salsa, the Summit Potter, Christine Salva Arts, Porcelain Art and Earleen’s Ornaments and many more.

There will also be sweets and baked goods from Palma’s Sweet Treats, Conneauttee Creamery and Finney’s Chocolate Shoppe.
In addition to vendors, there will also be a Chinese Auction and a Silent Auction. There will also be performances by General McLane’s bands and choir groups throughout the day.

Nash FM 97.9’s Mike Sheffield will be in attendance from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and will be broadcasting live from the Arts Fair.

“We look forward to this special event every year, and this year is no exception,” said organizer Sally Scarlett. “Unique artists and crafters thrive in our region and the Holiday Arts Fair gives those artists an opportunity to showcase and sell their handmade works. Our visitors have the opportunity to find unique gifts and buy handmade, American goods and support the local folks. Most importantly, this event gives back to our students because its profits fund student scholarships, innovative educational programs and capital improvements.”

Last year’s event raised almost $7,000 for student scholarships. All proceeds benefit the General McLane Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. More than $429,800 has been donated to the General McLane Foundation in memory or honor of students, teachers and staff of General McLane School District.
In addition, the General McLane Foundation works with the Gillespie Foundation to give ten’s of thousands of dollars away each year to GM students who have completed two years of college.

Tickets are $2.50 for adults and free for students and children. The doors open at 10 a.m and close at 5 p.m. For more information or if you would like to make a donation to the Silent Auction, please call 814-734-3619.

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HIGH SCHOOL TO PERFORM SWEENEY TODD THIS FALL

EDINBORO, PA (October 14, 2015) – The Tony award-winning Broadway musical thriller Sweeney Todd: School Edition is coming to General McLane this fall.

The play has been selected as this year’s high school musical and will be staged at General McLane High School from November 19-22, 2015.

Sweeney Todd is a very challenging show, both musically and with regard to acting. In theatre circles, it is considered a masterpiece of modern musical theatre,” said General McLane High School musical director Bruce Yates. “It is a favorite of both my wife Trisha [Yates] and I, and it’s a show that both of us have previously been involved in at the Erie Playhouse, both in concert form and as a full musical. We have always wanted to produce the show at GM and felt this was our window of opportunity. We could not be more pleased with how the students have risen to the challenge.”

Students cast for roles in the Tony Award-winning musical include: Sweeney Todd (Kyle Brace), Anthony Hope (Cody Gould), Beggar Woman (Melina Walter), Mrs. Lovett (Emily Tworek). Judge Turpin (Mike Hess), The Beadle (Chris Makowski), Johanna (Olivia Graham), Tobias Ragg (A.J. Ferretti), Pirelli (Isaac Petcak) and Jonas Fogg (Chayce Neamand).

Tickets, which go on sale November 2 in the High School Office, will be $7 for students, $10 for general admissions and $15 for a limited number of reserved seats, which are the first 8 rows of the center section (about 120 seats per night). The tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling the General McLane High School office at 814-273-1033 ext. 1900. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday.

General McLane’s cast of Sweeney Todd will perform live on WQLN (91.3FM) on Wednesday, November 18, 2015  at 11 a.m. and on Froggy WGYY FM100.3 and its corresponding AM station 1490 at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015.
This musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The Sweeney Todd: School Edition performance is just the latest accomplishment for General McLane’s music department.

Last year’s musical performances, Phantom of the Opera, sold out on all four of its shows. The General McLane Broadway Dinner, which has produced 115 performances to more than 32,000 people over the last 32 years, is held annually in the spring, and the most recent performance incorporated more than 220 students in some capacity.

General McLane High School was selected as GRAMMY Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2014. General McLane High School music teacher Bruce Yates was selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

General McLane School District is dedicated to making the arts an integral component of the District’s curricular and co-curricular programs, which has made General McLane home to one of the most competitive arts programs in Erie, PA. Art shows, musicals and dramas, as well as the Broadway Dinner and choral and instrumental concerts are all part of the McLane Advantage, which is available to tuition students outside of the District.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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GM Senior Only Student in Region to Qualify for Prestigious Showcase

Edinboro, PA (September 29, 2015) – General McLane senior Cody Gould was selected for the 2015 All-National Honor Ensembles, a prestigious honor ensemble and program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Gould is the only choir student in the Northwest PA to qualify and one of three Bass 1’s in Pennsylvania to qualify. He is among 673 students from 49 states and territories to be accepted.

“Cody qualifying is a testament to his hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said GMHS vocal teacher Bruce Yates. “His audition video was very strong, which convinced the evaluators that he was worthy of such a high honor.”

Gould will perform a gala concert during the 2015 NAfME National In-Service Conference on October 28, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, to showcase his expert musicianship. The performance will take place on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House stage, known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment that’s been referred to as the “home of American music.”

“I love singing and the sound of big, prestigious choirs, so I am really looking forward to being part of that choir, meeting new people and working under a new director,” said Gould, who is currently exploring different college programs with the plan to major in Musical Theater.

The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Selected students are currently rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Ann Howard Jones (Mixed Choir); Jung-Ho Pak (Symphony Orchestra); Eugene Migliaro Corporon (Concert Band); and Sherman Irby and Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

Gould is the first General McLane vocal student to audition and qualify. Riley Conley (‘14) previously qualified on trumpet.

Gould has qualified for the PMEA All-State Chorus for the last two years. As a sophomore, Gould qualified for All Eastern US Chorus for Spring 2015 in Rhode Island. As a junior, he qualified for nationals.

Gould is a member of the Marching Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Her participates annually in the High School Musical and Broadway Dinner. He also is a member of the French Creek Community Theatre in Meadville.

General McLane School District has remained committed to arts education. Forty-four percent of General McLane students participate in a performing ensemble. During the 34th Annual Broadway Dinner, the General McLane Foundation kicked off a fundraiser to raise money for a new Theater Wing at General McLane High School to accommodate the high participation in the arts.

General McLane High School was one of 120 schools nationwide, and the only school in Northwestern Pennsylvania, to be selected as a 2014 semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Signature School Award. This recognition is awarded to the top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

General McLane School District offers students one of the most advanced arts programs in Erie, PA by making the arts a priority within the District. General McLane School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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