Lancer Letter – iGen, Part 3

Lancer Letter – iGen, Part 3

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District The last two weeks, we have been taking a look at research on characteristics of this current generation, mostly from the work of Jean Twenge. We have learned that this generation which currently occupies our schools has seen a steep increase in suicide, depression and anxiety. “It’s not […]

Lancer Letter – iGen, Part 2

Lancer Letter – iGen, Part 2

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Last week we took a look at characteristics of the current generation occupying our schools (known as iGen). Much in that letter was based on the work of professor, researcher and author, Jean Twenge. We learned that involvement in typically “adult” behaviors has declined among this generation and […]

Lancer Letter – iGen, Part 1

Lancer Letter – iGen, Part 1

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Kids today are really different. I know every generation says this of the next. But, fellow boomers, Gen Xers and millennials, you’ve gotta believe me when I say these kids are REALLY different. Well, actually, you don’t have to believe me. Much of the statistics I cite in […]

Lancer Letter – Homecoming Memories

Lancer Letter – Homecoming Memories

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District There is an image in my head and a spirit in my soul which I hope are not soon forgotten. The image is from this past Friday night. Following the football game, the annual ritual of introducing the court and naming of the king and queen took place. […]

Lancer Letter – Foreign Students

Lancer Letter – Foreign Students

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District I enjoy hearing from our alumni and knowing the paths taken after leaving our high school. I’m always intrigued to learn of those who have spent time living in another country or who have engaged in foreign travel, frequently as a result of their profession. I’ve also learned […]

Lancer Letter – The Superintendency

Lancer Letter – The Superintendency

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week’s Lancer Letter is the 350th I’ve provided since beginning my tenure as superintendent. I’m not sure how you should mark a 350th anniversary but I thought I would do it by making some remarks about the job itself. When I first became superintendent, people would ask, […]

Lancer Letter – Scholarship

Lancer Letter – Scholarship

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Last week was the annual induction ceremony to admit students into the National Honor Society. This week, I’m publishing the remarks I made on the subject of scholarship. Good evening. The National Honor Society was founded in 1921. The first chapter was in our very own state in […]

Lancer Letter – Enrollment Update

Lancer Letter – Enrollment Update

This week, I’d like to give an update on school district enrollment, something I haven’t done in two years. It’s been a little less frenetic this summer with fewer late registrations. At the beginning of summer I asked everyone’s help to encourage new parents to get their children registered early so if you did that, […]

Lancer Letter – It’s Vocademic!

Lancer Letter – It’s Vocademic!

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District A traditional assumption: We can pursue academic OR vocational training and career paths. According to an article on pbs.org, California is investing $6 million on a campaign to revisit the reputation of vocational education and $200 million to improve delivery of it. There is good reason for this. […]

Lancer Letter – In Praise of Farming

Lancer Letter – In Praise of Farming

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District I originally wrote this Lancer Letter in 2014 over the Labor Day weekend when I was thinking about one of the hardest working, honorable professions: farming. As work ethic among our young people continues to deteriorate, what I wrote three years ago is even truer. Let me say […]

Lancer Letter – Inventionland

Lancer Letter – Inventionland

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District In an article by Steve Denning in the October 29, 2014 edition of Forbes Magazine, he looked at work by Wiens and Jackson of the Kauffman Foundation on the creation of jobs in the United States. They stated, “In fact, between 1983 and 2011, companies more than five […]

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 […]

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