Communications

 

General McLane School District Communications Specialist 
Marissa Orbanek
Office: Therese T. Walter Education Center
marissaorbanek@generalmclane.org
(814) 273-1033 Ext. 5901
Fax: 814-273-1030
To submit story ideas or be added to our media list, please contact Marissa Orbanek.


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JWPMS receives recognition for Creative Arts Expo

Edinboro, PA (September 11, 2018) – James W. Parker Middle School’s Creative Arts Expo was selected to be featured in the National Network of Partnership Schools’ 2018 book, Promising Partnership Practices.

This year’s collection features 70 activities from schools, districts, organizations, and states, representing 11 states, 17 districts, as well as the countries of Ireland and Scotland.

“We are fortunate to have teachers and staff who understand that parent and family engagement is critical to the success of children and youth and strive to reach all families,” said James W. Parker Middle School Principal Jason Buto. “I am proud that these efforts will be recognized nationally and serve as a model for other schools to positively engage parents and the community.”

The Creative Arts Expo was created three years ago as a collaborative effort of the middle school’s arts programs. The night offers students and parents the opportunity to create projects together through the school’s Makerspace while also engaging in a variety of activities that come straight from the classroom. Some examples include original poetry readings and performances, classic recitations, art displays, a cookie-war, creations from the Hearts and Hands Sewing Club, technology education, collaborative art work, creative group and line dance and STEAM K’Nex Amusement Park Rides.

Prior to last year’s event, the District emphasized a goal to engage at least thirty percent (30%) of the district’s middle school families. Due to targeted efforts, attendance at the 2017 Creative Arts Expo doubled from 225 to 550.

Creating higher engagement from families at District events was one of the three goals that General McLane’s Parent Engagement Action Team established during the 2017-2018 school year.

General McLane formed a Parent Engagement Action Team during the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to a $7,500 grant from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. The District, which is a member of the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University, created the team to help facilitate improved family and community involvement, a component of a 2016-2017 Strategic Plan initiative. The team consists of school personnel, parents and community members.

The District received an additional $5,000 grant in October to expand the work during this school year.

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 to host School Safety: Planning & Preparation for Parents

Edinboro, PA (September 7, 2018) – Safety has been at the forefront of many of General McLane School District’s new initiatives this school year. Now, parents and families will have the opportunity to learn more about the District’s safety initiatives on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. The event, “School Safety: Planning & Preparation for Parents,” starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

“Keeping our students safe is a shared responsibility of the entire community. We want parents to feel confident in the safety of their children and understand the importance of being transparent on what parents can expect during emergency situations,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta, who has previously outlined the new initiatives through a series of Lancer Letters.

General McLane School Resource Officer José Montes will lead the event, reviewing the District’s school safety planning and preparation initiatives, including: a reunification process, ALICE training and the District’s accountability tools. This night is meant to give parents a basic understanding of what the District is doing to keep students safe and procedures in cases of emergencies.

Cost to attend the event is free.

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 student wins national welding award

EDINBORO, PA (August 31, 2018) – When General McLane High School junior Isabella Beason opted to take an Independent Study last spring, she hoped to find a project that would align with her interest in art.

Although a technology education focus did not seem like an obvious fit, Beason wanted to create a practical piece of art, so she used her independent study to expand her knowledge of metals. During the six-week program, Beason manufactured a lamp resembling an octopus, made completely of metal and an Edison light bulb.

Her creation, Octolampus, placed third nationally in the James F. Lincoln Foundation (JFLF) Arc Welding Foundation’s 2018 Welding Awards Competition.

“I can’t express in words the feeling of a student taking their vision and possessing the determination and will to see their vision come alive,” said General McLane High School Technology Education teacher Timothy Snair, who supervised this project. “Placing so well in this competition proves hard work does pay off, and I couldn’t be more proud of Isabella.”

JFLF is a nonprofit 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.

Students compete among students in their region. To advance to the national level, Beason first competed regionally with students from 17 different states and territories, including: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.
Beason purchased the light bulb from a flea market and then designed the remainder of the lamp with metals. For the arms, Beason welded different steels together. Three of the eight limbs were created using 3/4’” hot rolled round steel and serve as a tripod to support the lamp. The other five were created using a 16-gauge steel sheet and are used for artistic purposes.

“I like making art more than anything, so I wanted to make something that was more artistic than functional,” Beason said. “I had previously designed a bee inside of a sun during class, but I knew I wanted to do something bigger that could be used for a functional purpose, as well.”

In all, Beason used 17 different tools from the technology education department for the project. Prior to this independent study, the only technology education classes Beason had taken included Intro to Metal Materials and Home Maintenance. General McLane offers 16 technology education classes.

“It’s the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done,” Beason said. “Prior to last year, I had never worked with metal or welding. These were all machines and tools that were new to me, so it was extremely intimidating. But I had a ton of support from all of the tech ed teachers at General McLane and was determined to go back and keep learning.”

General McLane School District made a long-term commitment to both the practical arts and technology. In 1991, the District engaged in a long discussion on whether or not to invest in maintenance and update equipment for both the metal and woodshop as districts prepared students for a technology-based age.

“Schools were getting rid of welding and woodshop in their schools, but we said no. It’s still an art, and it’s one that is even more vital now for our students than ever before,” said superintendent Richard Scaletta. “We want to meet the needs of all students and General McLane has some students who relate better to doing work with their hands.”

Instead, General McLane expanded its traditional shop room. Now, in addition to the machine lathes, welders and saws, General McLane’s technology education rooms also have 3-D printers, computer-aided design and more – focusing on both the traditional shop programs, as well as expanding its programming to include advanced technologies.

“Our tech ed department is sandbox for creativity and innovation, as well as practical application,” Scaletta said. “One of our successes has been that we have been fortunate enough to find teachers that are good at both – technology and the traditional, hands-on vocations. We are also fortunate that the district has made a commitment to maintain and update equipment in both areas.”

For Beason, she learned about the creativity side of technology education first-hand. When Beason first took the Introduction to Metals class, she never thought she’d be able to apply it to art.

“Tech ed always makes you think of computers and stuff. So, this being classified as a technology education class, I didn’t think I would be making art, especially after taking home maintenance before,” said Beason, who added that she was drawn to the idea of being able to create something that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

According to Beason, creating the webbing between each arm was the most time-consuming part of the process. This involved manipulating steel sheet metal through welding in order to make the octopus look as natural as possible.

“It was a lot of fun, but it was challenging because of all the details involved,” she said.
Beason likes to create artwork using animals because, outside of art, Beason’s passion lies in the outdoors. She volunteers at the Erie Zoo, and, this past summer, she was accepted to work for the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps’ summer program, working on a variety of outdoor conservation projects.

Although she’s undecided on what she wants to do after school, for now, she’s moved on to her next project.

“I’ve never really done art for show, but now I know that not only can I do that, but it’s something I’m good at,” she said.

“Creating this piece has in inspired me to keep creating more.”

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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Gillespie Foundation Scholarships Awarded

Edinboro, PA (July 10, 2018) – The H.G. Gillespie Foundation awarded twenty-five (25) $1,500 scholarships this year to General McLane School District alumni.

The following students were selected: Mallory Smail (Penn State Behrend), Steven Shinn (Penn State Behrend), Bria Kelly (Washington and Lee University), Dylan Mitchell (Penn State Behrend), Emily Tworek (University of Rochester), Olivia Ward (West Virginia University), Ryan Polaski (Slippery Rock University), Cody Gould Baldwin (Wallace University), Emily Beddick (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), Adrian Arnt (Thomas Jefferson University), Paul Jones (Penn State Behrend), Mackenzie Mountain (Slippery Rock University), Annalisa Bankes (Cornerstone University), Max Nudi (Berklee College of Music), Maryah Glover (Rochester Institute of Technology), Michael Hess (Grove City College), Samantha Laughlin (Duquesne University), Jacob Triola (Ithaca College), Alison Stawicki (Bowling Green State University), Cody Concoby (Penn State Behrend), Samantha Shields (Penn State Behrend), Ian Parker (Case Western Reserve University), Amanda DiLoreto (Allegheny College), Sydney Shadeck (Penn State Behrend), and Michael Allison (Clarion University).

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 2017, the H.G. Gillespie Foundation awarded sixteen $1,500 scholarships to the following General McLane graduates:

Lisa Yoder, Taylor Shade, Mathew Costa, Michelle Jahn, Allison Schultz, Evan Dillen, Logan Gatenby, Kathryn Getson, Michael Prihoda, Peter Solberg, Brittany Curry, Brook Dowlen, Jacob Haibach, Laura Schaefer, Clara Ashton and Daniel Hansen.
The 2019 application will become available in February.

For more information, visit https://www.generalmclane.net/gm-foundation/scholarships/outside-organizations/

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12th Annual Golf Outing Next Week

EDINBORO, PA (July 2, 2018) – The 12th Annual Golf Outing, sponsored by Edinboro Outdoors and Northwest Insurance, takes place next week. This year’s outing is scheduled for July 14, 2018, at Culbertson Hills Golf Course in Edinboro.

The golf outing is an 18-hole, four-person scramble. Golfers can win valuable raffles and contest prizes.
The event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Admission includes lunch, dinner and a 19th Green. Tickets to this event are $80/golfer $320/foursome.

Opportunities to sponsor a hole and/or donate a prize are still available.

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 $50,000 for General McLane students.

“We are eager to bring together golf enthusiasts together for another event that will help support General McLane students. The General McLane Foundation is a valuable asset for our District and makes a tremendous impact on our students, so we are grateful for the opportunity to raise funds to support it,” said General McLane Specialist for Communications Marissa Orbanek.

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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General McLane students place top 10 in national engineering competition

EDINBORO, PA (June 25, 2018) – General McLane High School students have placed in the top ten of a national engineering competition, marking a first-time accomplishment for the District.

The Varsity A team landed in the top overall ten of the Technology Student Association Tests of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science (TSA TEAMS) Competition, which took place June 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Varsity B team ranked in top ten for their Digital Media presentation.

“This is an amazing feat for our students, especially because it is a really rigorous competition,” said superintendent Richard Scaletta. “This experience has allowed our students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world, and that makes us extremely proud.”

TEAMS is an engineering aptitude, mathematics and science testing competition designed to help middle school and high school students discover their potential in the engineering field. Students prepare two-minute videos to promote fictional green consulting firms they created to execute the tasks they’re assigned. The Design/Build challenge tasked students with creating a miniature model home heated with thermodynamic principles.

General McLane had three teams and 24 students qualify for the national competition based on results from the state level. Only the top three teams in the state at each level are automatically qualified to compete at the national TEAMS competition.

There are three divisions, Middle School, 9/10 level and 11/12 level. In each division, they name those who scored in the top 10 in these four categories: Design Build, Digital media, prepared presentation and Best in the Nation (overall score of all three events).

Students competed against teams from prominent areas like Silicon Valley, where their high school campus includes an entire building for STREAM: Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering and Math.

Team A 11/12 students include Maddison Schutt, Jacqueline Brown, Zach Gray, Alex Lofgren, Jesse Nathanson, Logan Segal, Brad Yoder and Nicole Foulkrod.

Team B 11/12 students include Kaley Berger, Cayden Connolly, Nate Price, Luke McEldowney, Alexis Throop, Claire Campbell, Tyler Massey, and Vincent Spada.

The 9th / 10th grade students include Ellie Conaway, Glory Linebach, Calder Martin, Nick Tysiachney, Kaylei Wooten, Hannah Burbules, Remlee Robinson and Evan Zehr.

The 2018 TEAMS competition theme, “Engineering a Greener World,” featured the following topics: durability of materials, economics of green engineering, efficiency of solar power, global health, green energy basics, green building practices and insects and climate change.

Original academic and innovative concepts are developed for the TEAMS competition based on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Overcoming these obstacles requires critical job-readiness skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking and problem-solving.

General McLane High School physics teacher Dave Treusch coaches the junior/senior teams and mathematics instructor Rick Terella coaches the freshman/sophomore teams.

This was General McLane’s third year competing at the national level. TEAMS was started by the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS).

General McLane School District offers a variety of programs and classes to empower students with 21st century skills for today. Through the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering, GMHS Manufacturing Academy, the GMHS Art Academy and innovative entrepreneurship programming, General McLane’s curriculum is tailored to meet students’ interests and joins our many STEM-focus programming. Our robust offerings provide students opportunities to utilize our STEM Lab, which includes 3-D printers, CNC machines and CAD software.

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.

For information on TEAMS, visit teams.tsaweb.org. To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.

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JWPMS hosts Student Vocal Recital

James W. Parker Middle School hosted its first-ever Student Vocal Recital on Monday. There were about thirty acts that auditioned for the event that were narrowed down to 15 acts.

“This event provided a great opportunity for students to receive private lessons and showcase their creativity while performing at a different venue,” said James W. Parker Middle School vocal teacher Julia McCollum, who coordinated the event.

Selected performances included:

“She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles – Abby Walker
“Waving Through a Window” by Benj Pasek – Kiersten Marendt
“Stay” by Rhianna – Savannah Chamberlin
“Pennies from Heaven” by Frank Sinatra – Jonathan Anthony
“Cups” by Anna Kendrick – Darrah Wise
“Human” by Christina Perri – Kayla Morris
“Geronimo” by Sheppard – Lydia Zehr, Alanna Puller, and Nadiya Leslie
“Defying Gravity” by Stephen Schwartz – Meredith Moore
“Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple – Caleigh Meyer
“Never Enough” by John Debney – Cassidy Swain
“Let it Go” by Robert Lopez – Shane Dexter
“Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen – Miranda Kline
“Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor – Taylor Faulkner
“Hellfire” – Isaac Smith
“She Found Light” by Chloe Kiser – Chloe Kiser

The set-up of the event is similar to those done at the college level. The event took place at Edinboro University’s William P. Alexander Recital Hall.

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GMHS to host second annual Military Commitment Recognition

EDINBORO, PA (May 24, 2018) – General McLane High School will be hosting its second annual Military Commitment Recognition to honor the seniors of the Class of 2018 who have committed to serve our country.

Students will include: Maxwell Patterson (Air Force), Trisha Jimenez (Army), Mark Fisher (Marines), Tristan Beach (Navy), John Kaulis (Navy), Isaiah Lloyd (Navy) and Brendan Manchester (Navy).

“We are honored to host this ceremony to recognize our 2018 Lancers who are entering the military. This is really a small token of appreciation to support the men and women who have pledged their commitment to our country,” said General McLane High School Associate Principal Pamela Mackowski. “We commend them for their brave service.”

The event will take place at 10 a.m. in the General McLane High School Auditorium on Wednesday, May 30.

General McLane was the first in the region to introduce an event honoring it students who pursue careers in the military.

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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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI RECIPENTS ANNOUNCED

EDINBORO, PA (May 14, 2018) – This year’s Lancer Legacy event will honor Bethanee Schlosser (’92) and Steve Halmi (’89) with the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The 2018 Lancer Legacy Banquet takes place Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at McLane Church. This year’s banquet will also honor Sid Manchester and Dixie Corwin.

Schlosser has been part of the dermatology practice at Northwestern University hospital in Chicago and a faculty member at Northwestern University Medical School. She has volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the Community Health Clinic in Chicago. She graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor’s in Biology and earned both her Master’s and doctorate degrees from Penn State University in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Halmi is the owner and engineer for Deiss & Halmi Engineering. Halmi graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s from Cornell in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He worked at Richard A. Deiss & Associates before acquiring the business, which became Deiss & Halmi Engineering. He serves on the Curly Halmi Memorial Athletic Scholarship Committee and

“Both of these individuals have earned significant achievements in their fields and have given back to their communities in various ways. They are well deserving of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards,” said Superintendent Richard Scaletta.
These awards are presented during the Lancer Legacy Academic Banquet of Excellence. After the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Lancer Legacy Awards, the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for students takes place.

The banquet starts at 6 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m. Tickets to the banquet are $20. To reserve your ticket, please visit generalmclane.org or stop by the Education Center, 11771 Edinboro Road. For more information, please call 814-273-1033 x5901.

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GMHS forms GMHS Manufacturing Academy with six regional companies:
Plastikos leads the way

EDINBORO, PA (April 17, 2018) – General McLane High School students will soon gain an inside perspective of manufacturing through shadowing opportunities provided by local manufacturing companies. This opportunity is part of the GMHS Manufacturing Academy.

The GMHS Manufacturing Academy’s goal is preparing the next-generation workforce for a career in the manufacturing industry through seminars and on-site training.

“This Academy will meet the needs of both students and our community region,” said General McLane High School Guidance Counselor and Academy Chair Gary Astorino. “There are students who have the interest and ability to obtain a career in the manufacturing industry and, through the utilization and consultation of manufacturing companies, we are going to provide these students with a career-ready education so they can tackle today’s workforce challenges.”

Students started shadowing experiences this month with Plastikos, Inc., a world-class custom injection molding company that specializes in small precision parts, with business in the medical industry. Plastikos has consistently been recognized at the top of the plastics industry winning various awards in recently years including Plastics News North American Processor of the Year in 2010 and Plastics News Sustained Excellence in 2016. The company, which is located off Oliver Road by LORD Corporation and Family First Sports Park, was the first on board for the project with General McLane High School.

The shadowing experiences will give students time in tooling, manufacturing and quality departments within the company. Some of the positions they will be shadowing include: tool maker, change over technician, tooling engineer, material handler, process technician, process engineer, quality inspector, lead inspector and quality engineer.

A 2014 Erie Regional Career Readiness Report reported manufacturing as the largest industry in Erie with more than 22,000 employees.

“We know that local manufacturers are facing many openings as baby boomers retire,” said General McLane superintendent Richard Scaletta. “At General McLane, we are eager to work in close partnership with local companies to provide a stream of candidates to replace these retirees. With the right system in place, we can serve as a ‘farm team’ for our manufacturing partners.”

Through this career-readiness model, General McLane will produce students well-prepared for the Erie workforce.

“Speaking not only for us, but for other manufacturers all around the United States, everyone has the same concern on the skills gap coming within their organizations if concerted efforts are not made to address this” said Plastikos Co-Owner and Manufacturing Manager Rob Cooney. “College is not for everyone and much of what we do is to grow our own talent for our technical careers so getting the right people to bring in at the entry-level is extremely critical for Plastikos to continue its success within the plastics industry. We are investing in high school students to see if this is something they can envision for themselves.”

Manufacturing also leads Erie in wage contribution. By developing an interest in students early on, Astorino said the hope is that they can gain a concentrated exposure to all that manufacturing has to offer providing them with the motivation and technical skills to secure a viable job after graduating.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors have the opportunities to participate in group seminars and attend Plastikos Manufacturing Day. Additional manufacturing events will also be held throughout the year, allowing students, parents and educators to meet face-to-face with Plastikos representatives.

Students will gain experience in three areas of the industry: manufacturing, tooling and quality. Through these experiences, they will also be exposed to Plastikos’ state-of-the-art robots, cameras, CT scanning and other automation.

“We are happy to open our doors and have tours to educate parents and students on what manufacturing is all about today,” Cooney said. “It’s not the dirty, grungy, grimy thing that many people perceive it to be. In fact, it’s the exact opposite of that. It’s cutting edge and high tech, with robotics, computers and automation.”

The two organizations are reviewing the potential for field experience as students advance in their education. This would provide General McLane students the opportunity to learn technical knowledge directly from Plastikos employees and be prepared before they graduate from high school for a rewarding long-term career.

Although Plastikos was General McLane’s first partner, there are other manufacturing companies participating in the GMHS Manufacturing Academy. These companies include: General Partitions Manufacturing Corporation, PHB, Inc., The Plastek Group, Greenleaf Corporation, Reddog Industries, Inc.

General McLane School District offers a variety of programs and classes to empower students with 21st century skills for today. Through the Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering, GMHS Manufacturing Academy, the GMHS Art Academy and innovative entrepreneurship programming, General McLane’s curriculum is tailored to meet students’ interests and joins our many STEM-focus programming. Our robust offerings provide students opportunities to utilize our STEM Lab, which includes 3-D printers, CNC machines and CAD software.

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

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GM grad to perform in Erie Philharmonic’s Candide

Edinboro, PA (April 9, 2018) – A General McLane graduate is taking the stage at the Warner Theatre this Saturday for a special one-night only event in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

Devon Lavinia Yates (’06) will be playing Cunegonde alongside her mother (Trisha Yates) and her best friend (Michael Valentine). Devon resides in NYC and has been seen performing professionally all over the world on cruise ships for the past few years, reaching over 100 countries. She was more recently seen in Mamma Mia! on Royal Caribbean. Some of her other notable credits include: Cats (Grizabella), The Wild Party (Queenie), The Phantom of the Opera (Carlotta Guidicelli), Evita (Eva Peron), and Parade (Lucille), to name a few.

Based on a story by Voltaire, a young, naive Candide embarks on a worldwide journey after the loss of his fiancée. He and his companions are challenged by dueling sultans, countless con-artists, and endless optimism in hopes of a better future. With highlights such as “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow”, Candide allows audiences to believe that the “Best of All Possible Worlds” is achievable for everyone.

The Erie Philharmonic and Erie Playhouse collaborative event starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

For more information, visit http://eriephil.org/candide

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General McLane students become PSIA-certified ski instructors

Edinboro, PA (March 20, 2018) This weekend, nine General McLane students and an alumn became certified ski instructors through the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).

Students included Spencer Conaway (11th), Katie Johnson (10th), Jessie Johnson (12th), Nicole Foulkrod (12th), Hannah McDermott (12th), Dylan Mroz (11th), Ryan Flanagan (12th), Ashley Burhen (11th), Nick Halmi (11th) and Parker McDermott (’13). They all serve as instructors at Mount Pleasant.

By completing and passing the PSIA Level One Ski Exam, they joined a professional organization with thousands of members. This exam and certification requires hours of training and studying and is one of three standardized exams used by ski areas across the country.

According to Andrew Halmi, manager for Mount Pleasant, the examiner has taught these courses for many year and said that he has never seen a group of students so well prepared, polite, engaging and eager to learn and expand their professional knowledge.

“They exemplified what it means to be a Lancer,” Halmi said. “They are fantastic ambassadors in there community to start, but this professional certification will only increase what they are able to give back to the community!”

Each year, hundreds of General McLane students take lessons via the various programming at Mount Pleasant.
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 High School Yearbook Wins National Recognition

Edinboro, PA (March 12, 2018) – For the ninth consecutive year, the staff of GM’s yearbook, The Imperator, has won a national award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

The 2016-2017 General McLane High School yearbook, The Imperator: Just Keep Swimming, has received national recognition with a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual yearbook competition. The award reflects the staff’s developing talent in the fields of journalism, theme and page design.

General McLane High School teacher Diane Bremner serves as the advisor to this student group.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that General McLane High School’s publication has received an ASPA award. Imperator placed first in 2014 2013, 2012 and 2009 and placed second in 2016, 2015, 2011 and 2010.

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JWPMS team places 3rd in MATHCOUNTS

James W. Parker Middle School’ MATHCOUNTS team placed third out of 18 schools during their regional competition.

There were nine students who attended this yearly math competition at Gannon University this past Saturday. Students included Shane Dexter, Caleb Minner, Genevieve Preston, Nathanael Robbins, Zachary Rolland, Aiden Seeman, Nadia Tysiachney, Avery Van Dyke and James Williams.

Robbins, Rolland, Minner, Van Dyke, and Seeman placed in the top 23 out of 118 students, Seeman earned the top spot from James W. Parker Middle School with a 14th finish.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Created in 1983, it is the longest-running MATHCOUNTS program and is open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.

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Camp Invention Returns to General McLane

EDINBORO, PA (February 27, 2018) – The nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program is returning once again to General McLane School District during the summer months.

Camp Invention is for students in grades 1-6 throughout all of Erie County. The program takes place at James W. Parker Middle School June 11-15, 2018.

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 fifth year for the elementary camp within the District. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Within this year’s Fast Forward program, students will have the opportunity to create their own Optibot, a small self-driving bot that senses change in light and robotic pet pet, design a futuristic smart home, complete in a new challenge each day and practice teamwork, cooperation, and coordination skills during fun, energetic games.

The program costs $225. Camp Invention participants save $25 if they register by March 23 and $15 if they register between March 24 and May 4. Installment plans are also available.
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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BROADWAY DINNER TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY

EDINBORO, PA (February 27, 2018) – Tickets for the 37th General McLane’s Broadway Dinner go on sale Monday, March 5.

The 37th Annual Broadway Dinner takes place April 6-8, 2018 at McLane Church. This event is produced by General McLane’s Music Department and showcases the talents of almost 225 students in different Broadway performances, including Hamilton.

Tickets to this event typically sell out. Tickets are $40 for the Director’s Circle and $35 for Regular Seating. Entrée choices include chicken kiev, prime rib, vegetarian and fish entrée (Friday only).

Tickets can be purchased at General McLane High School. An order form is available online, generalmclane.org.

This will be Bruce and Trisha Yates’ 30th Broadway Dinner. The Broadway Dinner started in 1981 with only a few performers in the high school cafeteria by now-superintendent Richard Scaletta. There have been 120 performances seen by over 32,000 people over the last 36 years.

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Edinboro Elementary honored as a 2017-18 Title 1 Distinguished School

Edinboro Elementary School was recently honored as a 2017-18 Title I Distinguished School at the 2018 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference.

Edinboro received this recognition in October by PDE’s Division of Federal Programs. Edinboro Elementary is one of only 123 schools in the state to receive this honor.

Edinboro Elementary School was selected as a Reward High Achievement School for the 2016-17 school year, meaning Edinboro Elementary is part of the highest 5% of Title I schools based on ELA and Math proficiency. In addition, Edinboro Elementary met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs), which included test participation, graduation rate, closing the achievement gap for all students and closing the achievement gap for the historically underperforming students.

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

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JWPMS students learn about 3D printers

James W. Parker Middle School students are learning how 3D printing is used in industry.

Recently, JWPMS teacher Matt Laser presented a lesson on 3D printers to Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills and Miss Adams’ Autistic Support classrooms.

Students went to Mr. Laser’s classroom at the beginning of the day to view the 3D printer. While there, Mr. Laser explained how the 3D printer worked, showed materials utilized when using the 3D printer, showed several items that were previously printed and then saw it in action Mrs. Tuttle and Miss Adam’s classes returned several times throughout the day to see the mystery items progress. The students learned at the end that the mystery item was a minion!

General McLane schools are using the 3D printers to foster creativity and teach real-world skills. At the middle school, the 3D printer is used within the fifth and sixth grade Challenge curriculum. Students are working on the Inventionland curriculum. As part of that curriculum, Mr. Laser has introduced students to the Tinkercad website, which allows students to create their own 3D designs that can be manipulated, edited and printed. Some of the students will use the 3D printer to create models of their inventions.

General McLane High School also has a 3D printer as part of its STEM lab.

According to a Forbes article, the 3D printing industry will be worth nearly $33 billion USD by 2023.

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Edinboro Elementary second graders celebrated the Chinese New Year

Edinboro Elementary second graders in Miss Waddell’s class celebrated the Chinese New Year this week, thanks to two special guest presenters.

Jiayi (Flora) Chao and her mother Yi Zhang shared their customs and traditions for the holiday, which takes place February 16.

“The students loved learning about Chinese culture and getting to their know classmate Flora in a deeper way,” said Edinboro Elementary second grade teacher Katie Waddell. “I think learning about different cultures helps students to gain a global perspective on the world, as well as be open to new experiences.”

Flora planned her presentation with Edinboro Elementary ESL teacher Ann Bortnick. Her mother then planned a presentations and a variety of activities for the students. They received the traditionary red envelopes, participated in a reunion dinner, learned their Chinese zodiac symbols, practiced Chinese calligraphy, created their own paper cutting and learned how to play Chopsticks, the hand game.

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McKean students participate in Blizzard of the Books

McKean Elementary’s second graders read hundreds of books in just one month!

The second annual ‘Blizzard of Books’ reading Contest took place through January. Hosted by McKean’s second grade teachers, the Blizzard of Books Contest was created to help students build positive reading habits, promote reading stamina, and learn time management skills, goal setting and responsibility.

The second grade teachers set a reading goal for all students. Every second grade student had to read a minimum of 12 books at their independent reading level during the month, and they also had to successfully pass an Accelerated Reading quiz (to test their comprehension) on each book they read. Many students exceeded this goal. This year, McKean also launched a new reading app called RAZ kids that gives the students access to an online library of books at their independent reading levels. So, students were also able to use passed quizzes on their RAZ kids accounts to count towards their 12 book goal.

Students that achieved their monthly reading goal were invited to celebrate at a pizza luncheon.

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General McLane declares School Driver Appreciation Week

Edinboro, PA (February 15, 2018) – Icy roads. Potholes. Freezing rain. Deep snow. Poor visibility. Monitoring students.

These are just some of the challenges school bus drivers face while transporting children to and from school every day.

In light of the recent, misleading report by the Auditor General’s office that inaccurately attacked its District drivers, General McLane School District declared the week of February 12 to be “School Driver Appreciation Week.” The District asked students, parents and community members to express their appreciation to our drivers through notes, cards and letters during the week.

“I cannot emphasize enough how much I appreciate and value the drivers we have in our District, who serve our students every day. General McLane School District’s bus drivers take their jobs seriously and deeply care about both the safety and well-being of our students,” said General McLane superintendent Richard Scaletta. “Juggling safety and student supervision is a tough job, and we want the community to help us show that they are appreciated.”

General McLane School District employs 35 regular school bus drivers, three van drivers and 15 substitute drivers. Each day, General McLane busses cover 3,300 miles when transporting students to seventeen schools, which is the distance from here to Salt Lake City, Utah and back. General McLane’s busses cover 594,000 miles a year — 24 times around the world.

Traditionally, the District recognizes all of its employees in May and its school board members in January.

“For many children, school bus drivers are the first and last person associated with the school that students see every day,” Scaletta said. “Let’s all reach out in our own special way to tell our drivers they are appreciated and loved.”

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Retired United States Navy Captain CreatesNew Scholarship for Nurse-bound Students

EDINBORO, PA (February 14, 2018) – Long-time Edinboro resident Gae Fuller knew by the age of five that she wanted to become a nurse.

She liked people, and more importantly, she loved helping people.

So it’s no surprise that she would dedicate twenty-four years servings as a nurse for the United States Navy.

Now, the retired United States Navy Captain continues to give back to her profession and community by helping those entering the nursing field. Fuller recently made a significant donation to the General McLane Foundation to start a new scholarship for aspiring nurses.

“I really would like to help General McLane students have the life that I did and be as content with everything as I am,” Fuller said. “I had a great life because I followed a dream I had set for myself as a child. I want to help make that happen for future generations.”

Starting this school year, the Gae M. Fuller Nursing Education Scholarship Fund will annually award a scholarship to a senior committed to becoming a nurse and who will be majoring in nursing at a four-year college or university. The student will be selected by the high school’s guidance counselors and science faculty.

“I really hope it goes toward a student who has a real passion to be a nurse, someone who knows that nursing is for them like I knew it was for me,” Fuller said. “I never questioned it, I just knew it.”

Fuller graduated from Edinboro High School in 1957, Hamot Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 and the University of Buffalo in 1971 before joining the Navy. She later earned her master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

She served most of her time in the operating room in a variety of naval hospitals, including ones in the Philippines, Virginia, Pensacola, San Diego, Bethesda and Charleston. Her final role was the Interim Director for Nursing Services at Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Fuller is an active volunteer for many organizations, including the election polls, the Edinboro Cemetery Association, Shadbush Club of Edinboro, the United Methodist Church, the H.G. Gillespie Scholarship Foundation and the Washington Township Veterans Memorial Park.

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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8th grader places first in the Scholastic Art Competition

Edinboro, PA (February 9, 2018) – James W. Parker Middle School’s Regan Luebbert placed first in the Scholastic Art Competition for a ceramic she created.

The 8th grader earned a Gold Key, the highest recognition at the local level, for her work, which now go onto the national level judging in New York City.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for creative teens. Students in grades 7–12 submit creative and original work in any of the Awards’ 29 categories, including architecture, painting, flash fiction, poetry, printmaking, and video game design.

Students’ submissions are blindly judged by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Judges have included Langston Hughes, Robert Frost and Judy Blume, among many others. Works are judged at each level based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

The Awards have fostered creativity and talent since 1923 for millions of students and feature a notable list of alumni including: Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Charles White, Kay WalkingStick, Ken Burns, John Baldessari, Mozelle Thompson, Joyce Carol Oates, Hughie Lee-Smith, Robert Redford, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham.

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General McLane declares next week School Driver Appreciation Week

Edinboro, PA (February 6, 2018) – Icy roads. Potholes. Freezing rain. Deep snow. Poor visibility. Monitoring students.

These are just some of the challenges school bus drivers face while transporting children to and from school every day.

In light of the recent, misleading report by the Auditor General’s office that inaccurately attacked its District drivers, General McLane School District is declaring the week of February 12 to be “School Driver Appreciation Week.” The District is asking students, parents and community members to express their appreciation to our drivers through notes, cards and letters during the week.

“I cannot emphasize enough how much I appreciate and value the drivers we have in our District, who serve our students every day. General McLane School District’s bus drivers take their jobs seriously and deeply care about both the safety and well-being of our students,” said General McLane superintendent Richard Scaletta. “Juggling safety and student supervision is a tough job, and we want the community to help us show that they are appreciated.”

General McLane School District employs 35 regular school bus drivers, three van drivers and 15 substitute drivers. Each day, General McLane busses cover 3,300 miles when transporting students to seventeen schools, which is the distance from here to Salt Lake City, Utah and back. General McLane’s busses cover 594,000 miles a year — 24 times around the world.

Traditionally, the District recognizes all of its employees in May and its school board members in January.

“For many children, school bus drivers are the first and last person associated with the school that students see every day,” Scaletta said. “Let’s all reach out in our own special way to tell our drivers they are appreciated and loved.”

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GM Students advance in PJAS Competition

Edinboro, PA (January 29, 2018) – General McLane School District had presenters earn a first place and second place award at the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition held Penn State Behrend this past weekend. Students now have the opportunity to advance to the State Competition.

General McLane High School students Nick Tysiachney, Andrew Yonko and Calder Martin earned first place awards. Halle Minner & Grace Honeycutt earned second place.

James W. Parker Middle School students Zach Rolland, Aiden Seeman, Holly Shreve, Jamie Roberts and Chloe Kiser all received 1st place awards.

All 1st place award winners will continue on at the 83rd annual PJAS State Competition, which will occur in May at Penn State University in University Park.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

Students in 7-12 grades conduct a scientific research project in one of the twelve Scientific Categories of Research identified by PJAS and then orally presented that research to a team of judges. Students who receive a first-place award at the regional competition move on to the state competition.

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JAMES W. PARKER MIDDLE SCHOOL TO PERFORM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.

EDINBORO, PA (January 29, 2018) – Opening night for James W. Parker Middle School’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is almost a week away.

Disney’s award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.

“When I started here, there were not a lot of students that were too shy to come out of their shell, which I loved. Many of my students are very charismatic and this show was an easy pick for them to show off their talent,” said James W. Parker Middle School teacher and play director Julia McCollum. “I am excited to see my students shine and I love seeing them grow every practice. They are very talented students.”

Shows are February 8th and 9th at 7 p.m. and February 10th at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door only and are $5 per adult, $3 per student. The show takes place at General McLane High School in the auditorium.

Students cast for roles include: the Beast (Isaac Smith), Belle (Kaitlyn Dubynski), Lumiere (Olivia Mussett), Gaston (Aiden Dougan), Lefou (JC Williams), Babette (Tobeigh Ingram), Wardrobe (Hannah Wolfe), Mrs. Potts (Meredith Moore), Chip (Caleigh Meyer) and many more.

“This is such a wonderful story with lots of turns and twists. This show will leave you with a smile and a warm heart,” McCollum said.

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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McKean Elementary receives banner for MTSS Program

(January 25, 2018) Edinboro, PA – McKean Elementary School received a banner for its commitment to their Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) literacy program.

McKean’s MTSS Process is designed to meet the needs of elementary age students experiencing literacy difficulties in school. The team reviews school-wide universal screening data and other district assessments for students and develops strategies that address the students’ needs in the regular classroom setting.

The School just completed a 5-year comprehensive review of their literacy program. With support and training provided by the Northwest Tri-County IU 5, PaTTAN and the 95% Group, McKean Elementary staff worked to ensure they were providing the most valid and reliable instruction to their students. The banner was awarded by PA’s Bureau of Special Education in recognition of their hard work and dedication to meeting the literacy needs of all their students.

McKean Elementary School’s MTSS Program was recently highlighted as Model Program through the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5 and has been recognized by Edinboro University’s School of Education.

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Gillespie Foundation Scholarships Now Open

Edinboro, PA (January 24, 2018) – The H.G. Gillespie Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 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 2018. 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 sixteen $1,500 scholarships to the following General McLane graduates: Lisa Yoder, Taylor Shade, Mathew Costa, Michelle Jahn, Allison Schultz, Evan Dillen, Logan Gatenby, Kathryn Getson, Michael Prihoda, Peter Solberg, Brittany Curry, Brook Dowlen, Jacob Haibach, Laura Schaefer, Daniel Hansen and Clara Ashton.

Applications are available on the internet at http://www.generalmclane.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Gillespie-Application-2018.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 April 16.

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Flu Season Affect on General McLane students

(January 24, 2018) Edinboro, PA – General McLane schools are taking a proactive approach to keeping students safe this flu season.

According to General McLane High School nurse Laurie Swanson, as of earlier this week, the district had not seen the number of confirmed cases of the flu by physician that had been seen in the past several years.
That doesn’t mean, however, that General McLane nurses aren’t preparing.

“It’s still early,” Swanson said. “It is flu season, and it is always a worrisome time. We are hoping that with the preventative actions on the nurses part, in conjunction with other media publications and reports, we are helping to keep our numbers down.”

General McLane nurses are on the lookout and sending students home who show flu symptoms. Parents are encouraged to follow up with their health care provider.

The Erie County Department of Health sends weekly updates to General McLane nurses to monitor current flu status and trends.

In addition, Swanson said they are stressing ways to reduce the spread of viruses by posting and encouraging proper hand washing, cough hygiene and other ways to prevent the spread.

“Education is the best defense,” Swanson said. “Arming our schools and communities with information will assist in keeping our population healthy and reduce the number of flu cases.

As families to continue to fight this flu season, Swanson shares tips and advice for influenza prevention.

The Flu-how does it spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick — in addition to the duration of your time sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.

Ways to avoid spreading and getting the flu:

•Get the Flu shot. It is not true that you can get the flu from the shot.

•Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

•If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

•While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

•Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

•Eat a well-balanced healthy diet, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.

•Wash your hands for 1 full minute, often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

•Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.

•See your health care provider as soon as symptoms occur. There is medication to reduce the severity of the flu.

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UNITED WAY’S 2-1-1 SERVICE AVAILABLE 24/7 FOR GENERAL MCLANE FAMILIES

Edinboro, PA – Need information on child care assistance? Do you need to find a specific child or youth service? Assistance providing food, clothing or shelter?
Simply dial 2-1-1 and talk with a trained caring resource navigator who can assist you with access to thousands of programs. United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Northwest information and referral service connects people in need to social services and operates on a 24/7/365 basis.

“Students in our community struggle for a lot of different reasons. At the same time, we have a lot of positive supports in our community,” said James W. Parker Middle School principal and District curriculum director Jason Buto. “Parents and other care givers are often at a loss for how to get the help they need. The 2-1-1 system is an easy way to get kids with various challenges hooked up with the right help.”

People in need of services can dial 2-1-1 from a landline or cell phone. Individuals can also conduct their own searches or use the live chat feature for assistance at the website, pa211nw.org. Information and referral service has not been available in Erie County since the 1990s when a similar service offered by Erie Hotline ended.

Spreading awareness within the General McLane community about the 2-1-1 service, which United Way of Erie County launched in May, is one of the three goals that General McLane’s Parent Engagement Action Team has established for this school year.

“We are committed to the success of all of our students,” said Buto, who leads the Action Team. “We often see kids hit roadblocks and want to equip parents with the tools they need to help their children be more successful.”

General McLane formed a Parent Engagement Action Team during the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to a $7,500 grant from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. The District created the team to help facilitate improved family and community involvement, a component of a 2016-2017 Strategic Plan initiative. The team consists of school personnel, parents and community members.

The District received an additional $5,000 grant in October to continue the work during this school year.

PA 2-1-1 NW is being managed by PA 2-1-1 Southwest which serves the 11-county SW Pennsylvania region and the three-county Southeast Pennsylvania region. The contact center for the Northwest Region is housed at Venango County Human Services.

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Family Creates New Endowment Fund

EDINBORO, PA (December 14, 2017) – Starting this school year, the Jean and Alton Huntley Family Endowment will annually award a graduating senior who will be attending Edinboro University or a local technical school with a cash scholarship.

Diane Huntley created the fund in memory of her parents and former Edinboro residents, Jean and Alton.

Jean passed away in January 18, 2016. Jean worked for General Telephone for two years and was employed at the Campus School and University Libraries at Edinboro University until her retirement.

Alton passed away April 23, 2017. Alton was a teacher at Greensburg High School and Technical Memorial Junior High in Erie, as well as a Career Counseling and Placement counselor and as a Supervisor of secondary education student teachers at Edinboro State College. A U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War, Alton served on various boards, including the Borough of Edinboro Council, Church Men’s Council, Edinboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was Mayor of the Borough of Edinboro.

Jean and Alton have three children, Linda, Diane and Dale, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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 and innovative educational projects within the district.

To donate to the Huntley Family Endowment and learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit generalmclane.org.

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Senior reflects on loss on Children’s Grief Awareness Day

Edinboro, PA (December 5, 2017) – Despite only being three years old, General McLane senior Amelia Swenski has a clear recollection about certain events from October 26, 2003.

The day before, they saw a Wooly Bear crossing the road. That day, she spent the afternoon on the swing with her father before saying goodbye when he left for work.

Late that night, however, her father passed away one block away from home in a fatal car accident on his way back from work.

“It was a powerful period in my life,” said Amelia, who vividly remembers the police showing up at their house the next morning.

Since then, Amelia and her family have always had an open conversation about death. Now, Amelia carries that conversation into the classrooms as president of General McLane’s Caring Club.

Through the club’s initiatives, Amelia and hundreds of General McLane students stood in unity on Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day to remember and support those who have lost a close family member.

“I just want those who grieve to know that they’re not alone,” says Amelia. “Everything that is done for the day ends up creating a very positive atmosphere of support from the community, both within the school and in our surrounding area. That’s a great feeling and a healing experience.”

Children’s Grief Awareness Day was created in 2008 by the Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families that offers a safe place for grieving children and families to come together. The Caring Place offers these services at no charge to grieving families from throughout the community to make sure these children receive the support they need.

Throughout the week, General McLane students participated in a variety of activities to show unity and support. Members of the high school Caring Club ran a bake sale and a basket raffle to raise money for The Caring Place, provided students with an opportunity to write the names of loved ones for a memory wall and decorated the building with blue butterflies, the symbol most associated with this day.

Amelia with the help of classmates Allie Shade, Emma Hunter, Phoebe Will, McKenah Bryson, Hannah McDermott, Jenna Brock, Anna Shreve, Haley Carter and Kendra Trezona, created a display of butterflies in the main lobby windows. Amelia created the memory wall, which included a paper tree with the words “we continue to grow and they continue to watch over us” placed next to it, specifically to be in memory of all of the lost parents and siblings of high school students and staff. Also, Mrs. Brenda Hertel, with the help of Mr. Jeremy Reed, Officer Jose Montes, Enrique Cornejo and Brayden Shaw, decorated the cafeteria windows with about 700 blue butterflies. The space served as an additional memory wall for the students.

“I want to help the people who have family members who have passed more recently to realize that they will always miss that person, but they will continue to live and do great things,” says Amelia.

Around twenty students and staff who have lost a sibling or parent gathered in the morning. They had a small ceremony where they to wrote the names of their passed loved ones on paper leaves to be hung on the tree. Students wore blue to show awareness of grieving children.

“I am lucky that I have a very supportive family, my grandparents have been complete bonus parents for me and I am grateful for that,” says Amelia. “But the hardest part is him being unable to see me when I accomplish milestones, those are times where I wish he was there. I constantly think of stuff like that in the future.”

Conversations like Amelia’s allow the entire community to know the meaning of Children’s Grief Awareness Day.

The Caring Club consists of 15 students who wish to make a positive impact at General McLane. Each month, they host events to create a caring atmosphere.

General McLane High School and Parker Middle School began offering grief support group meetings in September of 2014 as part of a regional program sponsored by the Highmark Caring Place, which has offered grief support for children at its Erie facility since opening in 2001. Students and counselors meet every Thursday for about an hour.

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

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General McLane students recognized in Join the Shift contest

Edinboro, PA (November 21, 2017) — Four General McLane High School students were honored for their achievements in a safe teen driving contest, with one winning one of the top student prizes.

Sponsored by Erie Insurance and facilitated through Hamilton Insurance Agency, Join the Shift is a safe teen driving program that uses fun, interactive activities to help teens learn about and spread the safe driving message. Students participate in point-earning activities that include creating safe driving videos, taking a safe driver pledge and sharing content on social media. Students can also earn points by referring friends to sign up during the eight-week contest.

More than 4,000 students from 42 schools across 10 states participated in this annual contest.

The top three students and schools earn cash prizes. In addition, there is a $1,000 schoolwide prize for best video.

Junior Haley Andrzejewski was named the “Best Video” prize winner of the overall contest, earning herself a $1,000 prize. Her video was selected by a panel of judges at Erie Insurance and will be featured on JoinTheShift.org for the next year as well.

“I believe what set Haley’s final product apart from others was all the pre-production work she had done before production,” said General McLane High School Media Arts teacher Tyler Stuyvesant. “Haley has the ability to envision her final product before she begins. She drew detailed story-boards, was prepared, took the contest seriously and delivered a powerful message to her target audience. I was impressed by her work ethic throughout fall quarter, she’s a great student and well-deserving of this prize.”

Hamilton Insurance Agency, a local Insurance Agency representing Erie Insurance in Edinboro, also recognized the top three winners from General McLane, based on points. These students are Aimee Campbell, Ben Howe-Jones and Ben Lipinski. They each received gift cards.

Students created videos in their Media Arts class, a new elective that provides high school students with industry-standard skills in both traditional and new media. According to Stuyvesant, creating public service announcements, like ones created for this contest, are an important part of any communication curriculum.

“It’s a great message that students can be engaged with and can share with the student body and it’s a great opportunity for students to develop their digital communication skills. Anytime we can mix a bit of competition into the classroom, a new level of excitement becomes part of the educational experience,” he said. “I’m thankful for companies like Erie Insurance and Hamilton Insurance Agency for helping support our youth and creating worthwhile competitions like this.”

Georgiann “Turk” Hamilton and Lauren Pusch, of Hamilton Insurance Agency, and Lisa Rodgers, Erie Insurance District Sales Manager, presented the check and gift cards to General McLane students on Monday.

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11th Annual Holiday Arts Fair Approaching

EDINBORO, PA (November 6, 2017) – The General McLane Foundation’s 11th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 18, at General McLane High School.

Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance. This year’s crafts include: hand-carved santas, glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items.

In addition to vendors, there will also be a Chinese Auction and a Silent Auction. Items are still being collected for the Silent Auction.

There will also be performances by General McLane’s bands and choir groups throughout the day.

“Our community’s support for this event over the years has been nothing short of amazing, and we are hopeful that this year is no exception,” said organizer Carrie Crow. “We are honored to be able to host some of our region’s best unique artists and crafters while directly supporting General McLane students. The General McLane Foundation invests in our future by investing in its students through student scholarships, innovative educational programs and capital improvements.”

Last year’s event raised almost $7,400 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 $500,000 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 814-273-1033 or e-mail gmhsartsfair@gmail.com.

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Former Teacher Creates New Endowment Fund

EDINBORO, PA (November 1, 2017) – If you ever stepped into Jean Smith’s classroom, there was something obvious that stood out – there was no desk.

Instead, she’d pull up a chair and get down to the student’s level. For her, it was all about making her classroom student-focused.

“Getting to their level was so important to me. You learn by doing, that was my philosophy,” said Smith, who was hired as an elementary teacher in 1965.

Smith gave back to General McLane for more than 40 years. Yet, she’s not done giving. Smith recently made a significant donation to the General McLane Foundation to start a new endowment fund that will directly benefit General McLane students.

“I’ve been in the District over four decades and I got to thinking that I wanted to give back to a District that has given me so much,” she said.

Starting this school year, the J.L. Smith Endowment will annually award a grant to elementary teachers in special area subjects, including health, library, music, art and physical education. This will be available to both McKean and Edinboro Elementary teachers.

A committee of current teachers and administrators will decide each year which project should be awarded the money. Edinboro Elementary students created the logo for this fund.

“I choose to use the funds specifically for the specials because it would make the biggest impact since all elementary students take specials,” she said. “The specials within General McLane School District are important because they create well-rounded students.”

Creating well-rounded students was something Smith practiced during her time at General McLane School District. She provided her students with a solid educational foundation through Writing Portfolios, Shakespearean Research Project and the famous mini-society she formed within her classroom throughout the years. From Beanieboro to Gum City to State Champsburgh, Kitty City and even Scooterville, Smith’s most well-known classroom project involved transforming students into entrepreneurs, who would try their hardest to earn Lancer Bucks through their businesses’ products and services.

“Our students need to experience everything,” she said. “One of my favorite things about teaching was when the window would open for a student and they’d experience those daily lessons.”

Smith taught fourth grade for two years at McKean Elementary School and third grade for 42 years at Edinboro Elementary School. She retired at the end of the 2007-2008 school year and received the Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District in 2011.

Her pride for General McLane hasn’t diminished.

“I am very proud to have taught in the District. They were always so good at keeping up with the latest trends and engaging students,” said Smith, who hopes to help teachers stay current through this fund.

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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JWPMS Teacher Receives Golden Apple Award

Edinboro, PA (October 25, 2017) – James W. Parker Middle School teacher Tiffany Brooks received the Golden Apple Award today.

Sixth graders Sarah-Terese Petkac and Hannah Fratus nominated Mrs. Brooks, who has worked five years as a teacher in the District. She currently teaches fifth grade and has previously served as a learning support teacher at JWPMS and an elementary teacher at McKean Elementary.

The GOLDEN APPLE AWARD program is a tradition at JET-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. JET-TV, in partnership with Edinboro University, honors local educators who have made a positive impact upon the youth of our community. Students submit written nominations explaining why they are nominating a teacher. Each week during the school year, JET-TV visits an area school to announce the winner.

This honor will air Wednesday, November 1 on Action News24 at 6:00 p.m., and the story airs again on Thursday morning, November 2, on Action News 24 between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m.

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HIGH SCHOOL TO PERFORM THE LITTLE MERMAID

EDINBORO, PA (October 24, 2017) – General McLane High School expects to be raising some fins this November with a fishy fable for all ages.

Tickets go on sale Friday for Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which has been selected as this year’s high school musical and will be staged at General McLane High School from November 16-19, 2017.

“The Little Mermaid is one of those Disney classics that captures many hearts,” said General McLane High School musical director Bruce Yates. “Our set is going to be amazing, [Buck Snodgrass] is extremely talented and doing a phenomenal job. We also have a very talented cast who’s doing a great job with their characters. We can’t wait for the community to see the show. It’s going to be another spectacular GM show!”

The cast consists of 43 students. Students cast for roles in the musical include: Ariel (Taylor Thomas), Prince Eric (Sam Petkac), Grimsby (Franklin May), Flounder (Gabe Bayle), Scuttle (Kellen Smith), Sebastian (Brennan Herlihy), Ursula (Melina Walters)

Tickets will be available in the High School Office and are $8 for students, $10 for general admissions and $15 for a limited number of “Ariel’s Grotto”, which are the first 8 rows of the center section (about 120 seats per night). The tickets will be available 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.

New this year as part of the musical celebration is The Little Mermaid Sea Tea, an event on November 11 for students in grades Pre-K through 4th-5th grade. This event will feature character performances, sea theme food and drinks, mermaid dancing, face painting and more. Sea Tea tickets are available now at the High School office for $17.

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

The Little Mermaid performance is just the latest accomplishment for General McLane’s music department. The previous performances of Oliver!, Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera were 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.

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Edinboro Elementary Recognized as a 2017-18 Title 1 Distinguished School

Edinboro, PA (October 20, 2017) – Edinboro Elementary School was recognized as a 2017-18 Title I Distinguished School by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs. Edinboro Elementary is one of only 123 schools in the state to receive this honor.

“Edinboro Elementary’s dedicated staff works hard to support all students,” says General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “We are proud to receive this recognition from the state to confirm the fact that our staff is committed to empowering students and helping them succeed. We are proud of the staff and students at Edinboro.”

Edinboro Elementary School was selected as a Reward High Achievement School for the 2016-17 school year, meaning Edinboro Elementary is part of the highest 5% of Title I schools based on ELA and Math proficiency. In addition, Edinboro Elementary met all Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs), which included test participation, graduation rate, closing the achievement gap for all students and closing the achievement gap for the historically underperforming students.

All distinguished schools will be honored at the 2018 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference, held January 28-21 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. All of these schools are eligible to be chosen as Pennsylvania’s National Title I Distinguished School. National Title I Distinguished Schools will be honored at the National Title I Conference in Philadelphia in February 2018.

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

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.

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Edinboro teacher receives grant

Edinboro, PA (October 20, 2017) — Edinboro Elementary teacher Katie Waddell was named a recipient of Northwestern Rural Electric Cooperative’s 2017 Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant.

She was awarded $450 for her hands-on science unit focused on the moon. The students will participate in several learning stations and finish the unit by designing a Moon Buggy. This unit will take place in January.

The Clearly Brighter Teacher Grant Program was designed to help kids by providing their teachers with financial assistance for innovative and effective educational curriculum that is not covered by traditional school financing. Individual teachers can apply for grants up to $250, while teams of teachers (two or more) can apply for grants up to $500. Since 2000, REC has awarded $51,000 in grant funds to teachers and educators throughout Northwestern REC’s service territory.

Applications for the next grant period (fall 2018) will be accepted online beginning May 1, 2018, through Sept. 15, 2018. Visit NorthwesternREC.coop for more information.

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JWPMS to host 4th Annual Trail of Treats

Edinboro, PA (October 20, 2017) – James W. Parker Middle School students are adding Halloween festivities for children in the General McLane community.
Members of Student Council and 8th grade advisors are hosting the fourth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser on Saturday, October 28. 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 pride ourselves on supporting our community as much as they support us and this is a way to provide a sense of family through giving the children another chance to wear their costumes,” said JWPMS guidance counselor Pamela Swanseger, who oversees the 8th grade advisors. “This is an opportunity for children ages 12 and under to trick or treat in a safe, fun and indoor environment.”

This event is for children 12 and under and the cost is $3 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 Boro Women’s and Family Services, the Erie County Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ECCDHH) and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA.

This year, all proceeds will benefit the AH Club of Edinboro, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide warm clothing to the children in the General McLane School District.

“The AH Club has been a constant support for students and families in our school district. They give so much help to families in need that we wanted a chance to give back and support that help,” Swanseger 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.

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Alumni Feature: A Roadie from the Boro

Edinboro, PA (October 19, 2017) – When Edinboro’s J.L. Jamison graduated from General McLane High School in 1980, his background in music was pretty simple: he never played an instrument, he couldn’t tell you much about music notes and he never took a music class.

He was a fan of Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but most importantly, he loved Rock and Roll.

Fast-forward 35 years, and he’s running a 48-man band crew for Jimmy Buffett.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Jamison said. “I went to concerts and everything growing up in Erie, but I never pictured myself doing anything like this.”

Jamison left Edinboro right out of high school to work at a ski resort in Lake Tahoe. While working for the lodge, Jamison started working for a local band, Unicorn.

He started doing lighting and then headed down to Key West to work with a variety of bands, including The Producers, the Bangles and Berlin. It wasn’t long before he got the call.

“When I started touring with bands, we would stay at people’s houses or camp grounds or in one hotel room. The sound guy and I roomed together, and he was the one who got me on the tour with Jimmy,” Jamison said. “When I first got hired, I didn’t know who Jimmy was. But I got a call saying, ‘they want to interview you and no one on our tour has to room together, not even the t-shirt guy.’ That was the coolest thing to me – not sharing a room.”

With that, Jamison said he was sold. He headed down to Hawaii in December of 1984. The following summer, he was called back to join Buffett’s lighting crew. It was there that another opportunity came up.

“[Buffett] and I were always running into each other, and we’re at a bar and he goes, ‘I’m thinking about opening a club in Key West, you should come help us out.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, great idea,’ but I didn’t really think he was serious. Then I got a call, ‘Buffett’s down in Key West and wants to know where you are.’”

Jamison was one of Margaritaville’s first employees when it opened in 1985. When he wasn’t on tour, he would serve as the soundman for the restaurant.

Although he still books the bands for Margaritaville, including Edinboro’s own High Life and Tiger Maple String Band, Jamison’s involvement with Jimmy Buffett has expanded from when he first started as a member of his lighting crew. Now, he serves as everything from a Project Stage Manger to Crew Chief to Entertainment Director and Studio Manager.

“I run the band crew, which is all of the crew that takes care of the musicians. From lighting to sound and video to wardrobe and set, that all goes through me,” Jamison said.

Jamison has toured all over with the band, from Tokyo to Dubai to the West Indies and Caribbean.

“We were just at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, and that was really cool because I know a lot of these bands from here in the States, so it was fun getting together on the other side of the world,” Jamison said.

When he’s not on the road, Jamison also runs Buffett’s studio, Shrimpboat Sound. It was there that they recorded George Strait’s album, Troubadour, which earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. An image of the Grammy-award winning album hangs in his cottage in Edinboro, which he frequents quite often to visit his family.

Jamison’s mother was a librarian and reading teacher at Edinboro Elementary School, and his father was a football coach and health and physical education teacher for General McLane High School. His four older sisters Beth, Kathy, Cindy and Jenny also graduated from General McLane.

“My parents are 93 and 90, so I want to spend more time with them. I was gone so much after high school, it’s nice to spend time with them now,” Jamison said. “I also love Edinboro Lake. I grew up on the lake, so it was like my playground. Those are my favorite things about coming back home – family, friends and the lake.”

Jamison and his wife live in Key West with a beagle, Clover, and a cat named Ritto.

He just recently got back to Key West from Europe, his first time home since Hurricane Irma went over the Keys.

“The damage and loss of historic landmarks is pretty hard to explain, but it’s one tough little island chain and seeing the whole community come together, we will bounce back in no time.”

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GMHS and Great Lakes partner for iPad Storage Solutions

EDINBORO, PA (October 12, 2017) – When General McLane School District began planning for its elementary iPad rollout, technology supervisor Jeremy Dylewski searched for the best storage solution on a budget.

The result? A one-of-a-kind drawer that allows each teacher to securely store and charge the iPads, as needed, within an already existing space – and all locally sourced, thanks to Great Lakes Case & Cabinet.

“The customization of the product to best fit our needs, financially and logistically, was the driving force that led to the partnership,” Dylewski said. “We’ve been amazed at their professionalism, quality of the products and customer service. The entire experience has been above and beyond – and we’re supporting a local business, which makes it even better.”

Great Lakes Case & Cabinet (GLCC) is a metal fabricator based out of Edinboro and specializes in the manufacture and integration of indoor and outdoor enclosures for the storage and protection of IT equipment.

Dylewski worked with a GLCC engineer and team to completely customize this product from start to finish. He was involved with the plan throughout the entire process, from the drawing it on the whiteboard until implementation. In addition to complete customization, face-to-face interaction, and keeping tax dollars in the local community, the costs of the project added significant savings to the District. The District saved approximately $600 each drawer compared to the average cost of a mobile charging cart.

The new storage system occupies unused space within the technology cabinets that already exist in the classrooms for technology needs. Forty drawers were created and placed in the elementary homerooms.

Through the latest technology rollout, General McLane School District successfully implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative for students in grades 3 through 12. Students in Kindergarten through second grade each have access to iPads through a classroom set that contains 12 iPads each.

The focus of the 1:1 technology initiative is to meet students where they are and help boost student achievement, engagement and increase students’ creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills. Technology is just one of the tools teachers use in the classrooms.

The district began its iPad rollout in 2012. James W. Parker Middle School piloted the 1:1 program during the 2013-2014 School Year and General McLane High School expanded the program during the 2015-2016 School Year. General McLane High School students take their iPads home, students in grades 3 through 8 leave theirs in the schools.

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GM Alumn makes name in extreme running scene

Edinboro, PA ( October 5, 2017) – When Morgan Elliott graduated from General McLane High School in 2010, he left as an all-region and all-district performer in cross-country.

Now, he’s breaking out in the trail-running scene as one of the top extreme runners in the United States.

For the second year in a row, Elliott took first place this past August in the Audi Power of Four Trail Run 50K. As a result of this international race, he is the continental ultra sky champion.

A month later, Elliott placed second at Montana’s Run the Rut – 50K.

And then, just a few weeks ago, he set a FKT (fastest known time), for a popular route in Colorado called the Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop. The four-pass loop is about a 27-mile trail hike/run with around 8000 ft of elevation gain.

This weekend, he will compete again in the Flagstaff 55K. Last year, he took first in this race and became the overall winner of the US Skyrunner Series in the ultra category.

“I definitely want to be running for a while,” Elliott said. “I don’t care how successful I am on the podium, I really enjoy running, the competiveness and the journey of training. It has been so much fun.”

While at General McLane, Elliott lettered four times in both track and cross-country and once in swimming.

In Cross Country, Elliott won the McDowell Invitational, was the region 5 champion, and qualified and medaled at states. While a senior track member, Elliott was the District 10 champion in the 800 and qualified for states in the 1600. In the 1600 preliminaries at the state meet, he ran 4:23, the second fastest mile in Lancer history.

He continued his running career at Slippery Rock University, thanks to advice from General McLane High School teacher and coach John Guzik.

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to run in college, but he told me that I may regret it if I don’t do it. He encouraged me to try it out, even if it was just for one season, and I owe him for that, he was a great coach,” Elliott said. “He really motivated me and kept me running when I had no one else to do it.”

It was a good thing he listened. During his senior year, Elliott set a school record for the 1500 meter—3:50.18. This record was just beaten this past spring.

He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2014 with his Bachelor’s of Arts in Park and Recreation Resource Management and minor in Aquatics, although Elliott jokes that he majored in running. It was there where he realized he was tired of running on the road and enjoyed the technical terrain that came with running in McConnells Mill State Park.

“I love being in the trails when the sun is shining onto the trees and river. The technical terrain is more callous, with more rocks, roots, mud and ruggedness to it than a flat, cross-country course. I really love the grit of it,” Elliott said. “In these races, you have to be completely aware of where you are placing your feet and have to be focused as you change gears running up or down hill.”

Elliott currently lives out of his car and travels to different spots to train for races.

“It’s very simplistic, how little can I get by with. I wake up at trailhead and go run on it – the freedom of it all is very amazing and surreal,” Elliott said.

His races have between 10,000 to 12,000 vertical feet of gain within a span of 31 miles. His favorite races are the ones near rivers and waterfalls, where Elliott said he is able to jump in whenever he wants. Through his running, he serves as an ambassador for inov-8, an all-terrain running brand.

After the races finish for the year, he plans to return to Asheville, North Carolina, where his family has relocated. His goal is to eventually qualify for the U.S. Ultra Distance Running Team and represent the United States overseas.

His experiences at General McLane, however, have made a lasting impression.

“It took a bunch of little steps to get me where I am now. The first step began when I was a member of the 7/8th grade cross-country team and then it continued throughout high school,” Elliott said. “My experiences at General McLane morphed me into the athlete that I am today.”

His favorite memories are ones of his teammates.

“The pride we all had back then, we are all happy to be part of General McLane. My teammates made a big difference in my high school experience, and I loved my teachers and I loved my coach,” Elliott said.

Guzik gave him a mantra that he still does today.

Condition, strong, confident, relaxed, focused, prepared.

That last part – prepare – is what keeps him running.

“That’s why I do it, mostly for the journey of it, the 9-12 weeks that you put into it. The race is one day, one morning. I want to be healthy and out having adventures in the mountains. I don’t want to stop.”

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General McLane to raise money for Houston Schools

Edinboro, PA (September 28, 2017) –It’s been only a couple of weeks since General McLane High School’s National Honor Society Induction ceremony took place, but students are already to work.

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

“It’s not just about helping people you know, but it’s about helping people who need it. This is a cause that is bigger than any one of us,” said president of National Honor Society and senior Nicole Foulkrod.

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

This District had all 200 school facilities damaged by the hurricane and 100 of them have been inaccessible.

“I’m worrying about what’s going to happen to me after high school and these students don’t even get to go to school and may not even finish high school because their building has been destroyed. It’s life changing,” said senior and National Honor Society member Maddiy Schutt. “This is something tragic and terrible that has happened to these students.”

The students connected with a former General McLane teacher, who is now teaching for the Houston Independent School District. Mrs. Christine Zimmer taught English and Special Education at James W. Parker Middle School. She left the District in June to relocate to Texas.

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

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

The class (or grade level at Edinboro Elementary) that raises the most money will receive a classroom party. Some of the teachers have even added their own incentives. High School art teacher Mrs. Katie Thompson, for example, will let students style her hair for the day if her class raises the most money.

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

“I am very proud of their efforts. In social studies our students learn that they are members of many communities and regardless of the size of the community, their responsibility as a member remains the same,” said McKean Elementary Third Grade teacher Lesley Little. “When someone in your community is hurting or in need, you try to reach out and help if you can. I believe that participating in such an activity will help shape caring citizens for our future.”

They have raised more than $600 through their fundraising efforts and will donate this money to the Red Cross.

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

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 SENIOR NAMED SEMI-FINALIST

Edinboro, PA (September 15, 2017) – General McLane High School senior Alex Lofgren has been named a semi-finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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 16,000 academically talented high school students are honored and have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

As a High School student, Logren is involved in the Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and various General McLane High School clubs, including: Robotics Club, TEAMS, National Honor Society and the Principal’s Cabinet. Last February, Lofgren received a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation by Representative Ryan Bizzarro.

Lofgren qualified for this recognition through scoring among the highest on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/NATIONAL Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Next, he will need to fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Students will be notified in February of the Finalist Designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be notified starting in April and selected on basis of their skills accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

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 welcomes twelve new teachers to the District

EDINBORO, PA (August 22, 2017) – General McLane School District welcomes twelve new teachers to the District this year.

Haley Adams will be an Autistic Support teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. Adams recently graduated from Mercyhurst University with dual-certification in both Special Education and Early Childhood. She worked extensively with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Canisius Institute for Autism Research, as well as throughout her student teaching. Adams also worked with at-risk students in the city of Erie through an after-school tutoring program and also served as a mentor for inner city students. Adams played volleyball at Mercyhurst University and earned numerous PSAC honors. She also studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and France.

Ashley Enstrom will be a seventh grade math teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She previously worked as a mathematics teacher for Erie Public Schools for six years, working at both Strong Vincent and Collegiate Academy. While with Erie, Enstrom was a member of the Math Committee to rewrite the Algebra 1 curriculum to state standards. Enstrom graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Edinboro University, with her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University.

Brianna Erdman will be a part-time music teacher at McKean Elementary School. She taught music at St. Thomas Elementary School and Corry Alliance Academy. Erdman has also served as a vocal coach at Union City High School, an assistant marching band director for Corry Area School District and the Director of Liturgical Music for her church. She graduated from Mercyhurst University with her Bachelor’s in Music Education.

Brenda Geraci will be a first grade teacher at McKean Elementary School. Geraci was with McKean Elementary School last year serving as an AmeriCorps member. She previously worked at Growing and Learning Center. Geraci graduated Magna Cum Laude from Edinboro University with dual-certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. While at Edinboro, Geraci was the president of BOROeyc, an affiliate of the national Association for Education of Young Children.

Ami Iaquinta will be at Autistic Support teacher at McKean Elementary School. Iaquinta has worked with students with special needs at Central Tech for 13 years. Iaquinta is very involved with the Special Olympics program and is a Handle with Care instructor. Prior to working for Erie’s Public Schools, Iaquinta worked with Sara Reed. She graduated with her Bachelor’s from Indiana university of Pennsylvania and earned her Master’s in Special Education from Edinboro University.

Jessica Inks will be a second grade teacher at McKean Elementary School. Inks worked part-time at Little Acorn’s Learning Center since 2014 and served as a long-term substitute for Northwestern. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University with dual-certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. She also has a STEM Endorsement. She was selected to present the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Conference and was selected to be a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success Honors Fraternity. Inks has also been involved with Erie Youth Soccer Association.

Lindsey Jahn will be part-time Secondary Special Education Teacher at General McLane High School. Jahn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where she also was a four-year EUP and PSAC Scholar-Athlete. Jahn was also a member of numerous student and professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Society for Leadership and Success. She has served as a counselor for Summer’s Best 2 Weeks and a volunteer for the Unified Track and Field team.

Emma Jones will be an Emotional Support teacher at Edinboro Elementary School. Jones is quite familiar with the District, as she has served multiple positions within the District for the past three years. Jones was an AmeriCorps member, as well as a long-term substitute at both Edinboro and McKean Elementary Schools. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University, where she was involved in various student organizations and participated in multiple community outreach programs.

Julia McCollum will be a music teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. She has served two years as a Choral Director, Band Instructor and General Music Educator at Roosevelt Middle School. McCollum has participated in various professional development opportunities and organizations. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education with Magna Cum Laude honors from Edinboro University, where she served as a Peer Advisor.

Melanie Mischler will be teaching 8th grade Language Arts at James W. Parker Middle School. This past school year, Mischler worked as a part-time sixth grade teacher at James W. Parker Middle School and a library aide at General McLane High School. Mischler has previously held long-term substitute assignments within the District and has also taught middle and high school students in Kenya, Virginia and Philadelphia. She holds a number of certifications, including English, Reading Specialist, Library, Elementary and Mid-Level English and Language Arts. Mischler graduated with her Bachelor’s from Cairn University and received her Master’s in Reading from Edinboro University.

Katy Spencer will be a Learning Support Teacher at James W. Parker Middle School. Spencer has served as a Learning Support at Union City Area Middle/ High School for 11 years, as well as one year as a Literacy Coach / Reading Specialist. At Union City, Spencer took on the role as the Special Education Department Head for seven years and served on the Restructuring Committee for the District-wide Literacy Initiative. Spencer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edinboro University with her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s Degree in Reading.

Tyler Stuyvesant will be the Facilitator and Instructor of STEM Education for General McLane High School. Prior to coming to General McLane, Stuyvesant taught Technical Education at McDowell, film-making in Hawaii and STEM in Connecticut. Stuyvesant was the director of a Photography Indy feature film and is a professional cinematographer. He graduated with his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Film ad Video production and his Educational Certification in Art and Technical Education from Edinboro University.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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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