Lancer Letter – Privatize this!

Lancer Letter – Privatize this!

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District It is well known that the person put in charge of public education at the federal level, Betsy DeVos. She has been a champion for charter and private schools and would like government to do more to fund them. At the state level, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported […]

Lancer Letter – Empty Halls

Lancer Letter – Empty Halls

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District The hallways are empty. I looked outside the Education Center door into the high school and the hallways were empty. That means one thing: school will be starting soon. You see, in the summer, the first thing that happens is all the furniture in classrooms is moved into […]

Lancer Letter – Relativity

Lancer Letter – Relativity

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This Lancer Letter was originally written in 2012: My cat is gifted. Kitty, as he is descriptively named, is certainly one of the smartest felines in the world. I make this boast based on my observations of Kitty’s exploits and actions. He does things that I find to […]

Lancer Letter – The General

Lancer Letter – The General

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District It’s time for a little vacation for me so this week and next, I’ll be rerunning a previous Lancer Letter. I first published this one upon the 150th anniversary of the death of General John McLane who died in the battle at Gaines Mills. I think it important […]

Lancer Letter – The Register

Lancer Letter – The Register

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District These days, one of the hot topics in education is the “Common Core Standards.” Some people strongly object to them for various reasons but the objection I find most amusing is based on not wanting the federal or state government to dictate what children should learn (that is […]

Lancer Letter – The Great Carnac

Lancer Letter – The Great Carnac

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District If you are old enough to have watched The Johnny Carson Show, you will remember a schtick he did as Carnac the Magnificent. Dressed in a turban and cape, Johnny held envelopes to his forehead, stated what he divined as the answer, and then opened the envelope to […]

Lancer Letter – Summer Recreation

Lancer Letter – Summer Recreation

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District I first published this information last summer and have updated it for this year: Its’ summer time! Summer is a time of year we all feel healthier. Likely the opportunity for recreation and the abundant availability of fresh produce fuels a healthier lifestyle, not to mention the fact […]

Lancer Letter – Commencement Speech 2017

Lancer Letter – Commencement Speech 2017

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week I continue my tradition of publishing my commencement speech, this year delivered to the graduates of 2017 on June 8: Theme: The Movies Members of the board of education. High School Administration. Distinguished faculty. Parents, friends and relatives of the graduates. Class of 2017. With all […]

Lancer Letter – Commitment and Community

Lancer Letter – Commitment and Community

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week’s Lancer Letter comes to us from Pam Swanseger, guidance counselor at Parker Middle School. She sent this to me to share a recent experience and with her permission, I am printing here as I believe it is a point of pride for us all. A few […]

Lancer Letter – A Graduation Reflection

Lancer Letter – A Graduation Reflection

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District When you read this letter, it will be Friday, June, 2, the last day of classes for the General McLane Class of 2017. This day is always one of mixed emotion for me. I look forward to the end of the frenetic school year and the less chaotic […]

Lancer Letter – In Praise of Principals

Lancer Letter – In Praise of Principals

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District I originally wrote this Lancer Letter in 2013 and it is even more true today: It’s May. This is the time of year when people often say to educators, “are you winding down?” The truth of the matter is that we have to crank it way up and […]

Lancer Letter – Senate Education Hearing

Lancer Letter – Senate Education Hearing

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District As you may be aware, the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee was in Erie last week to learn more about the Erie situation. I was one of three county superintendents to testify at the hearing. My full testimony can be found on our website. I recommend that you read […]

Lancer Letter – New York, New York!

Lancer Letter – New York, New York!

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District It was in 1981 that I got the idea that it would be a great thing to take members of the GM High School choir to experience the life and culture of New York City. So we began fund raising and in 1983, took our first trip. I’ll […]

Emergency Lancer Letter – 13 Reasons Why

Emergency Lancer Letter – 13 Reasons Why

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week I am writing about a sobering topic. You may have heard from your child(ren) about the recent Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why”. This series focuses on the topic of teen suicide and is gaining popularity among teenagers specifically. General McLane School District values the safety of […]

Lancer Letter – Now Springs Forth The Testing

Lancer Letter – Now Springs Forth The Testing

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District It’s April and spring has sprung! You can see flowers and trees budding. You can smell the fragrance of tulips in bloom. You can hear the birds singing and the scratching of #2 lead filling in hundreds of bubble sheets. Scratch of lead? Bubble sheets? Yes! April means […]

Lancer Letter – 2017-2018 Budget

Lancer Letter – 2017-2018 Budget

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District As is my custom this time of year, this week I will be sharing information about next year’s budget. This year, I have good news and bad news. Usually, I just have bad news so this year is an improvement. The good news is that for the first […]

Lancer Letter – Words, Words, Words

Lancer Letter – Words, Words, Words

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Having had the chance recently to view some reading lessons in action, I was reminded what an amazing thing it is to teach a child to read. This Lancer Letter was originally written in 2014 and has been updated. Think for a moment about the complications of human […]

Lancer Letter – Creativity Through the Years

Lancer Letter – Creativity Through the Years

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Can creativity be taught? Are you a person that says, “I’m just not creative?” Because creativity is a valued quality in astronauts, NASA asked general systems scientist, George Land, to develop an assessment of creativity. Having met with great success in its application at NASA, Land decided to […]

Lancer Letter – Social Media Shaming

Lancer Letter – Social Media Shaming

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Have you ever watched an old western movie which contained scenes of “mob justice?” In the movie, it is determined that someone has committed a crime such as horse thievery and the posse goes out and captures the perpetrator. Without trial or opportunity to defend himself, the perpetrator […]

Lancer Letter – An Education Allegory

Lancer Letter – An Education Allegory

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District An Allegory Many decades ago, the Imperium Civitas decided that the children of the Republic should be counseled and taught. So they asked Publica to take on the long journey of raising up learned children in the Republic. For many decades, Publica made the journey for the children. […]

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