Communications

 

General McLane School District Director of Communications and Administrative Services
Sarah Grabski
Office: Therese T. Walter Education Center
SarahGrabski@generalmclane.org
(814) 273-1033 Ext. 5901
Fax: 814-273-1030
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GM Student recognized in 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Edinboro, PA (October 24, 2019) – General McLane High School senior Elizabeth Coates has been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

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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TICKETS FOR CATS TO GO ON SALE MONDAY

EDINBORO, PA (October 24, 2019) – General McLane High School students will be channeling their inner feline as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway musical takes over General McLane High School’s auditorium November 21-24, 2019. Although November may seem far away, tickets for Cats go on sale Monday, Oct. 28.

“We knew we had a lot of very talented students, and we wanted to find the perfect show to showcase their talents,” said General McLane High School musical director Bruce Yates. “Cats is the perfect piece to showcase this group of talent and is a huge ensemble show that gives everyone a chance to shine.”

The cast includes Julia Esposito (Grizabella), Kellen Smith (Munkustrap), Ryan Hess (Rum Tum Tugger), Abby Johnson (Jennyanydots), Jayda Plonski, Allison Walsh and Maddie Wager (The Andrew Sisters), Isaac Smith (Gus), Clara Enterline (Jellylorum), Aidan Regan (Skimbleshanks), Jack Mennow (Macavity/Admetus), Alyvia Carmosino (Victoria), Cassidy Comer (Bombalurina), Olivia Minner (Demeter), Gabe Bayle (Mungojerrie), Katelyn Crum (Rumpleteazer), Michael Corsale (Mistoffelees), Anna Chernicky (Jemima),Caleb Minner (Bustopher Jones), Lexi Langer (Coricopat), Katelynn Langer (Tantomile), Makaela Persons (Cassandra), RJ Benedict (Alonzo), Myles Bruce (Pouncival), Chandler Villanueva (Bill Bailey), Grace Honeycutt (Etcetera), Sophia Lehman (Electra), Faith Morrow (Exotica), Meredith Moore (Sillabub), and Emma Cannata, Aiden Dougan, Jade Graves, Alison Jones, Paige Vannoy and JC Williams (CATS Chorus).

In addition to students cast for the show, Superintendent Richard Scaletta will have his own role – he will be playing the role of Old Deuteronomy. Scaletta was the choir director at the high school before moving into administration and now superintendent. In fact, Scaletta was the choir teacher for now musical co-director Trisha Yates.

“It was the one role that we felt needed to be played by an adult since Deuteronomy is the father/grandfather figure in the show,” said Yates. “We were never considering having a student play the role and were always planning on using an adult, so who better to play it then General McLane School District’s leader/father of sorts.”

Outside of Scaletta, General McLane High School art teacher Katie Thompson is also adding her touches to the production. She will be painting and air brushing, by hand, all thirty individual costumes. There will also be thirty custom wigs created and styled by wig mistress and General McLane alum Maggie Lasher (’13). To help with the amount of dance involved in this production, Jenna Yates is bringing her expertise once again as the musical’s Choreographer/Co-Director.

In regard to the set, Yates said that the set is going to take on the look of an underpass rather than the traditional junk yard.

“We wanted to have a look that was less traditional and after researching many different versions, we settled on the underpass look. Buck Snodgrass does amazing set work and audiences are sure to be impressed with his final creation,” he said. “All together, this production is quite the undertaking. People are not going to want to miss this show!”

A record-breaking musical that has captured audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, Cats is the winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Universal Pictures releases a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats in December.

Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for general admissions and $15 for a limited number of “The Heavyside Layer”, which are the first 8 rows of the center section (about 120 seats per night).
The tickets will be available to purchase on October 28 online or by calling the General McLane High School office at 814-273-1033 ext. 1900. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Similar to past General McLane musicals, tickets are expected to sell out so individuals are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

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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JWPMS to host 6th Annual Trail of Treats

Edinboro, PA (October 11, 2019) – James W. Parker Middle School students will once again add Halloween festivities for children in the General McLane community.

Members of the 8th grade advisors are hosting the sixth annual Trail of Treats Fundraiser on Saturday, October 26. 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.

“This outreach provides our community with an opportunity for a warm and safe environment for children to Trick or Treat,” said Nicole Chabola, co-advisor to the student group and teacher at JWPMS. “With the help of the staff, students, and 8th grade volunteers, this event also allows the school to support such a powerful program within our school.”
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 AH Club of Edinboro, 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. Last year’s event raised nearly eleven hundred dollars for Because You Care.

This year, all proceeds will benefit James W. Parker Middle School’s PBIS program. This school-wide initiative promotes positive behavior growth by shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations. Students receive awards based on modeling Parker Pride behavior expectations, a chart of uniform expectations for five different areas.

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 launches Drone Program for high school students

Edinboro, PA (September 13, 2019) – Drone technology is steering its way into General McLane High School, offering students new opportunities to pursue pathways in computer science.

“It’s easy to attract students to flying drones. But, we want to prepare General McLane students to use the tool for careers beyond our doors,” said General McLane High School principal Daniel Mennow. “This is a multi-billion dollar industry, and now, General McLane students can gain familiarity with the drone industry right within our doors.”
Starting this fall, General McLane High School students now have access to new coding classes and opportunities to utilize 30 new drones purchased through Apple’s PA Smart Targeted Grant.

“The idea is to elevate our computer science programming to the next level while preparing students for non-traditional pathways utilizing drone technology,” said General McLane technology director and consultant on the project Jeremy Dylewski. “If we want General McLane students to be able to leverage their skills in a high-tech world beyond high school, we need to provide them with the tools and training to work in some of these emerging fields.”

This new curriculum also includes partnerships with both Edinboro University and North Coast Flight School. Starting in the spring, General McLane High School students will be able to take Edinboro University’s “An Introduction to Unmanned Vehicles” through a dual-enrollment program. This course, which will be co-taught by Bryan Loomis at North Coast Flight School, will provide students with an introduction to drones, FAA regulations, operations, weather, safety and airspace. By the end of the course, students will be able to earn a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot’s License.

“At the completion of this program, students will leave with a background in computer science and programming that can be utilized right away for immediate work or higher education,” Dylewski said. “There are a wide range of applications for programming and coding, so this new program will uniquely position our students to have a significant advantage beyond high school – not only for jobs that exist now, but for those that will exist in the future.”

Planning for the new program began in the 2018-2019 School Year as part of a district-wide initiative to create a cross-curricular STEAM project using coding or drone technology.
The drones will currently be utilized among students enrolled in Coding II, but there is also the opportunity to use the drones across curriculums within any of the current high school offerings, including Robotics, Astrophysics, Engineering Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Intro to Business, Computer Animation, Digital Literacy and Icehouse. Coding I is also offered to eighth graders at James W. Parker Middle School.

As the program advances, Mennow and Dylewski are hopeful that General McLane will form partnerships with local organizations and companies to further identify real-world application of drones in careers such as insurance, utility, construction, real estate, engineering and police and security.

With the partnerships, General McLane High School is also currently working on expanding its offerings for future school years to include courses in Geography, Cartography /GPS, Drone I, Drone II and Edgenuity Course Work: Financial Math, Introduction to Entrepreneurship.

The drones will also add to our student clubs and activities. General McLane High School currently offers Robobots, where students design, build and battle with remote-controlled robots. Now, the school will add a Drone Racing club, introducing students to the world of FPV quadcopter racing.

General McLane School District offers a variety of programs and classes to empower students with 21st century skills for today. The Academy of Medical Arts and Engineering and Manufacturing Academy are individualized program tailored to meet student needs and joins our many STEM-focus programming. Our robust offerings, including entrepreneurship 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.

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13th Annual Golf Outing Slated for July 13

EDINBORO, PA (July 2, 2018) – The 13th Annual Golf Outing takes place in just a few weeks. This year’s outing is scheduled for July 13, 2019 at Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course.

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 more than $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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LANCER LEGACY HONOREES ANNOUNCED

EDINBORO, PA (May 9, 2019) – The 2019 Lancer Legacy Honorees have been selected. The 11th Annual Lancer Legacy Banquet will take place Wednesday, May 21, 2019 at McLane Church. This year’s banquet will honor Judy Lawrence (’62), Paul Riccomini (’88), Jan Bennett and Kay Pericak.

Two Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Lawrence and Riccomini.

Lawrence worked in fundraising and giving for four different universities. Prior to retiring, she served as the Vice President of Major Gifts and Planning for United Way of Erie County. Outside of her work experience, Lawrence has given back through various community outreach, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Erie Insight (now Erie Ambassadors), Leadership Erie, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Nonprofit Partnership. She was the American Association of University Women’s 2015 Woman of the Year and was one of the Dynamic Dozen Women Making History Award recipients from the Mercy Center of Women in 2009.

Riccomini works at Penn State University as the Associate Professor of Education (Special Education) and Coordinator of Online Programs. Prior to joining Penn State, Riccomini worked as a mathematics teacher in Erie City School District and Wake County School district in North Carolina. He earned his doctorate in special education from The Pennsylvania State University and his master’s degree in education and Bachelor of Arts in mathematics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He has coauthored three math intervention programs targeting fractions, integers, and algebraic equations. Additionally, he is a co-author of the bestselling Response to Intervention in Math (Corwin, 2010) and Developing Number Sense through the Common Core (Corwin, 2013).

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District will be awarded to Janice Bennett. Bennett worked as both a secondary health and Physical Education teacher and a High School Guidance Counselor at General McLane. Before retiring in 2005, Bennett was instrumental in developing the Student Support Program, which was the first of its kind in the area.

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane Athletics will be awarded to Kay Pericak. Pericak served the General McLane School District as a mathematics teacher for 38 years, serving at McKean High School prior to McKean and Edinboro joining to form General McLane High School. She formed and served as the head varsity coach for the girls volleyball team in 1974, and took the Lancers to the State Championships in 1976. She also served as an assistant track and field coach and was part of the 1978 coaching staff of the team that earned a state championship.

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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McKean seeking donations for Nature Trail

Edinboro, PA (May 9, 2019) – McKean Elementary Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Roberts has always found ways to bring her avid outdoors enthusiasm to the classroom.

Since Roberts started at General McLane in 2011, she has incorporated nature walks within her kindergarten and first grade curriculum, providing elementary students with the opportunity to experience nature while practicing balance and proprioceptive skills from walking on different surfaces.

“I loved hiking and trails, and this was an opportunity to provide students with an active and engaging lesson on the elements of nature beyond the classroom walls,” Roberts says.

Well, things are about to get a little more scenic at McKean Elementary School.

Consistently throughout the years, Roberts says the students have love it. So much, that McKean Elementary will be creating the McKean Elementary Fitness and Nature Trail.

The new multipurpose trail will run along the back perimeter of McKean Elementary School and include areas for biking, climbing, balancing as well as interactive sensory experiences and so much more. All of the construction will be made out of natural materials like wood and rock. These areas will be able to be used for cross-curricular exploration.

“I am excited to really create something that will have a lasting impact on General McLane students and families for years to come,” Roberts says. “We are eager to create an engaging local experience for students to get outside and exercising with families and friends after school hours.”

There are six phases of this trail project totaling close to $40,000. Thanks to donations from McKean Elementary PTA and St. Francis Usher’s Club ($4,000), Phase 1 and 2 of the trail is expected to be complete this summer. This phase includes all the walking paths for the entire trail and the construction of the first obstacle station, an island/water themed station, which will combine balance with science and discovery.

The six phases of the project include: paths and walkways, science exploration, a bike area, pumpkin patch-obstacles, a climbing area and music/sound and sensory exploration. All areas will have designated spots for classroom utilization and for teachers to adapt their content through QR codes etc. They are also planning on emphasizing history and vegetation and wildlife specific to McKean to study. Dahlkemper’s Landscape Architects and Contractors will be constructing the trail.

Roberts found inspiration for the trail while visiting Presque Isle State Park’s Nature Play Space at Beach 11 in 2017.

“The Beach 11 project is very cool and all natural. I wanted to create something at McKean to be natural and blend with the tree line and keep in that theme of enjoying our natural habitat,” Roberts says.

McKean Elementary Parent Teacher Association fully supports this project and have helped by donating $15,000. They are currently seeking donations for the remainder of the project. In addition to monetary donations, they are also looking for material donations to help offset the costs. These donations include logs, rocks, mulch, a small bridge for the creek crossing and hardy, low maintenance plants.

Questions about the project, please contact Lisa Roberts at lisaroberts@generalmclane.org or (814) 273-1033 ext. 4020.

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 register or learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org or visit www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=19145PA.

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GMHS students give back to school through service

EDINBORO, PA (May 6, 2019) – As members of the Class of 2019 near the end of their time at General McLane High School, they have found a special way to go out with a “bloom”.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet will be organizing its first-ever “Senior Give Back Day” on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Any senior who would like to participate will be able to work that day as part of their thank you, or “give back” to the high school. Students plan on mulching, planting flowers and cleaning up to improve the image of General McLane High School’s campus.

“We have been so fortunate to attend General McLane High School for the last four years that we want to give back,” said Olivia Green, a Principal’s Cabinet member and one of the event’s organizer.

Students are currently seeking donations to help defray the costs of the needed materials. Their goal is to raise $1000 and donations can be sent to General McLane High School, ATTN: Principal’s Cabinet. Students also have created a GoFundMe page to help raise money.

According to Green, the organization hopes to expand the day in future years and invite the whole school to contribute giving back to both the towns of Edinboro and McKean.

General McLane High School’s Principal’s Cabinet is a group of students who help create a positive environment among students within the District. This group is an active member of the Positive Youth Development initiative. In fact, General McLane High School was the first school-based group to adopt the promotion of the 40 assets. The Cabinet has put on a variety of assemblies since it launched in 2007, including their annual “You Make a Difference” event.

Members of the Principal’s Cabinet include: Seth Myers, Eli Buto, Abraham Kozloff , Carlos Mamani, Spencer Conaway, Tyler Herberg, Olivia Green, Kaley Berger, Debbie Fiscus, Elizabeth Barringer, Taylor Thomas and Kendra Trezona.

To donate to the student outreach, visit generalmclane.org.

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JWPMS PTSA Awarded Grant to Host Parent Workshop Tuesday

Edinboro, PA (April 26, 2019) — James W. Parker Middle School PTSA has been awarded a $1,000 grant from National PTA® and Google to provide parents with the resources they need to answer practical questions about digital safety and citizenship. The grant will be used to host a Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at James W. Parker Middle School Cafeteria.

James W. Parker Middle School PTSA is one of 200 local PTAs nationwide selected to receive a PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome grant from Google and National PTA. In addition to the funds, all grantees will receive a Be Internet Awesome kit to help PTA leaders host a successful workshop.

“The PTA Connected Be Internet Awesome Family Workshop by Google allows parents to explore their excitements and worries about raising children in a connected world and to work through discussion- based, parent-to-parent sessions on topics like password security and safe websites,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “Parents will walk away with the awareness of the topics and access to resources, answers to questions about online safety and digital citizenship, and action plans and information to help facilitate discussions at home.”

To make the program as inclusive as possible, each Be Internet Awesome kit is bilingual—with materials in English and Spanish—and includes a Google Pixelbook. At the Be Internet Awesome workshop, families will:

· Increase awareness of online safety tools for families

· Teach families about digital citizenship and how to better navigate the internet

· Inspire families to Be Internet Awesome together by growing their understanding of digital well- being

Facilitated by James W. Parker Middle School Guidance Counselor Pam Swanseger, the workshop will focus on five areas:

· Be Smart- Share with Care

· Be Alert- Don’t Fall for Fake

· Be Strong- Secure Your Secrets

· Be Kind- Itʼs Cool to Be Kind

· Be Brave- When in Doubt, Talk it Out

Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a workshop to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Parents can RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pta-connected-be-internet-awesome-family-workshop-tickets-60797282308?fbclid=IwAR25mmOUNQUaZVE-D6QUYXMv47DVVspi5KiCITBxWvf1NciOxYM1-YlJGr4

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GM Community Fun Run Returns

Edinboro, PA (April 25, 2019) – The fifth annual GM Community Fun Run is returning to General McLane High School grounds on May 25, 2019.

Hosted by Edinboro Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and McKean Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), this is a collaborative fundraising event for both schools. Roughly 150 runners participated in the event last year, which raising $2,500 to benefit the General McLane students, staff and community.
Obstacle stations are placed throughout the 5k and 1milerun/walk (two different options). A dunk tank and additional entertainment is also available.

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

This event has been made possible thanks to community members and businesses. To sponsor, call Kate Fiscus at 814-490-9219.

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 register or learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org or visit www.runrace.net/findarace.php?id=19145PA.

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JWPMS to host Creative Arts Expo

Edinboro, PA (April 3, 2019) – James W. Parker Middle School will be celebrating student creativity in its fourth annual Creative Arts Expo this Thursday, April 4. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

There will be language arts performances, a Wax Museum, projects from Art Room and Technology Education departments, a cookie-war, a band drum circle, collaborative art work, musical projects, double-dutch and STEAM K’nEx Amusement Park Rides.

There will also be hands-on activities for families to complete together in James W. Parker Middle School’s MakerSpace.

New projects this year include: 6th grade cooperative Language Arts & Social Studies projects, a music Class Drum Circle and Chorus project exhibition, new Health and Family Living projects on display and hands-on activities in the middle school library.

In September, James W. Parker Middle School’s Creative Arts Expo was featured in the National Network of Partnership Schools’ 2018 book, Promising Partnership Practices. The collection features 70 activities from schools, districts, organizations, and states, representing 11 states, 17 districts, and Ireland and Scotland.

The Creative Arts Expo was created three years ago as a collaborative effort from all of the different arts programs at the middle school.

There was a specific focus prior to last year’s event 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 in 2018.
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 School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Franklin, McKean and Washington Townships, as well as the borough of McKean and Edinboro. The District also serves tuition students throughout Erie County.

To learn more about General McLane School District, visit generalmclane.org.
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Edinboro teacher receives $1,000 grant

Edinboro, PA (March 28, 2019) – Edinboro Elementary School’s Katie Waddell is one of four grants recipients for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Innovative Teaching Grants.

Through the $1,000 grant, Waddell will purchase materials to use for three school-wide mobile makerspaces. These will allow teachers to implement innovative STEAM projects driven by student creativity. The mobile makerspace will include three toolkits: Brick Builders, Garden Growers, and Powerful Presenters. Each toolkit will combine community resources, hands-on materials, and children’s literature to deliver rigorous, standards-based instruction.

PSEA’s Council on Instruction and Professional Development provides four Innovative Teaching Grants across the state, one from each region. Waddell was selected for the Northwestern Region. PSEA is the union representing the 181,00 education professionals in Pennsylvania. Members include teachers, education support professionals, higher education staff, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers.

Waddell’s idea stemmed from a creativity cohort established among Edinboro Elementary School teachers last year. When considering needs for the school, the cohort talked about ways to support teachers in creating more opportunities for students to engage in STEAM projects that prompt creativity and problem solving.

The makerspace will be stored in the library, and teachers will be able to sign out the toolkit they need based on the units they are teaching. Edinboro librarian Mrs. Androstic is also implementing complimentary projects that will create a LEGO wall in the library.

Waddell is invited to attend the PSEA Awards Ceremony in May. Her project will be up and running for the 2019-2020 school year.

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BROADWAY DINNER TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY

EDINBORO, PA (February 19, 2019) – Tickets to the 38th General McLane’s Broadway Dinner go on sale Monday.

The 38th Annual Broadway Dinner takes place March 29-31, 2019, at McLane Church. This event is produced by General McLane’s Theatre Department and showcases the talents of 110 students in different Broadway performances.

Tickets to this event typically sell out. Tickets, which go on sale Monday, February 25 to the general public, are $40 for the Director’s Circle and $35 for Regular Seating. Entrée choices include chicken kiev, prime rib, vegetarian and fish entrée.

This year’s performance features music from The Greatest Show, A Chorus Line, Hamilton, Mary Poppins and Will Rogers Follies.

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

Bruce and Trisha Yates have been producing the Broadway Dinner for more than 30 years. The Broadway Dinner started in 1981 with only a few performers in the high school cafeteria by now-superintendent Richard Scaletta. There have been more than 125 performances seen by over 32,000 people over the last 38 years.

To learn more about the Broadway Dinner, please visit generalmclane.org.

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GM Band Boosters hosts fundraiser

EDINBORO, PA (February 25, 2019) – The General McLane Band Boosters will be hosting a special community event to support General McLane students. A Prom Fashion Show and Spring Vendor/Craft Fair will take place March 10, 2019 at General McLane High School.

General McLane students will be modeling in the Prom Fashion Show, sponsored by Bridal Elegance and CUFFS Formal Wear. This takes place in the auditorium, starting at 2 p.m., with vendor tables open at 12 p.m.

The Prom Fashion Show will preview the latest prom fashions. There will be vendors available for fashion tips and ideas to plan the perfect Prom evening.

The Spring Vendor/Craft Fair takes place from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

This year’s crafts include: yo-co crafts, mosaics using vintage mirrors, fudge, handmade jewelry, local raw honey, beeswax base lotions & lip balms, ink paintings and scroll sawen wood décor.

A few of the artists to be featured include: Bling It On!, OMG Specialties, Barr None Crafts, Hogs & Honey LLC, Fairlamb Lavender Farm, Brassy Peacock Designs and Fishers Stitchery & Vinyl Graphics.

Nearly 50 vendors will be in attendance between the two events.

There is a yearly event, however, this is the first year the Boosters have combined the events.

Admission to the Prom Fashion Show is $2 and includes a chance to win a door prize; admission for the craft/Vendor fair admission is free.

This event is a fundraiser for the General McLane Band Boosters, which benefits General McLane band students. For more information, e-mail board@gmbandboosters.org.

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