Lancer Letter – Lets Laugh

Lancer Letter – Lets Laugh

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District It’s that time of year when Mother Nature plays her cruel tricks. She taunts us with a sunny, 73 degree day and immediately follows it with a 40 degree temperature drop and snow. We know spring is coming, but we reluctantly admit winter is not yet done. It […]

Lancer Letter – DALI 2017

Lancer Letter – DALI 2017

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District General McLane School District enjoys an excellent reputation in Erie County for delivering quality, progressive education to its students. While I appreciate that reputation and all the work that goes into earning it, I never want to be satisfied with the status quo. That’s why every year I […]

Lancer Letter – Nobles, Peasants and Education

Lancer Letter – Nobles, Peasants and Education

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Nobles, Peasants and Education: A reflection on public education. I often think back to a world civilization history class I had in high school. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Middle Ages in England. I was intrigued by the idea of nobility and the peasantry. It was a […]

Lancer Letter – Hearts, Minds, and Bodies in the Middle

Lancer Letter – Hearts, Minds, and Bodies in the Middle

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week I want to share three exciting programs from our middle school. If you were fortunate as I was to see the middle school’s production of Seussical Jr. last week, I’m sure you came away impressed and amazed. The young talent was exceptional and the professional level […]

Lancer Letter – Property Tax Reform

Lancer Letter – Property Tax Reform

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Two words that make many people cringe are “property taxes.” For decades, there have been complaints that property taxes are unfair and unnecessarily burden property owners. So from time to time, there have been proposals to reduce or eliminate property taxes. Now is one of those times. Senator […]

Lancer Letter – STEM

Lancer Letter – STEM

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Two weeks ago I wrote about a trend in education known as “personalized learning.” This week I am writing about another trend you likely have heard about: STEM or STEAM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. When the A is used, it stands for Arts. Most […]

Lancer Letter – Who Should Run Schools?

Lancer Letter – Who Should Run Schools?

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Let’s suppose that I applied to be a bank vice-president. The people reviewing my application would probably notice that I have absolutely no experience in the banking industry. Further, they would notice that I have no real training for the banking industry. So, the rejection of my application […]

Lancer Letter – School Board Appreciation Month

Lancer Letter – School Board Appreciation Month

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District January is designated as School Board Appreciation Month. It is a time when we should express our gratitude for those who serve on school boards in the 500 school districts of Pennsylvania. Many people do not understand what school board members do so this week, I thought I […]

Lancer Letter – Personalized Learning

Lancer Letter  – Personalized Learning

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District We have just completed the “season of giving.” Holiday time is a time when many gifts are given and received. Everyone seeks to buy and receive the “personal gift.” I suppose this means that the gift meets a specific need of the receiver or recognizes a special interest […]

Lancer Letter – Snow Daze

Lancer Letter – Snow Daze

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District When considering applying for the position of superintendent, two negatives for me were the calling of snow days and dealing with the budget. So, my first year as superintendent, I had to call 3 snow days and dealt with the leanest state education budget in decades! Ah, what […]

Lancer Letter – Christmas is Here!

Lancer Letter – Christmas is Here!

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District It’s finally here! Christmas vacation has begun and the time for families to gather together, feast and celebrate is upon us. This year’s vacation falls perfectly with Christmas and New Year’s Day being on Sundays. Children will be home for the full week in between. Given the energy […]

Lancer Letter – Affluence

Lancer Letter – Affluence

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District After three Lancer Letters on the topic, I haven’t recently written about the Erie’s School District financial crisis and its effect on us. Most of what there is to tell has been told in the Erie Times in recent weeks. One of the phrases which recurs in those […]

Lancer Letter – Christmas Memories

Lancer Letter – Christmas Memories

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week we are running another Lancer Letter Classic first written in 2013 to kick off the holiday season: Do you remember from your childhood the event or activity that heralded the arrival of the holiday season for you? For me, it was when the large piece of […]

Lancer Letter – Grateful To Be A Lancer

Lancer Letter – Grateful To Be A Lancer

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. I love the fact that the nation has carved out a day for everyone to stop, reflect on their life and give thanks for the blessings each has received. It is disturbing that each year, Christmas is increasingly eclipsing Thanksgiving as the push […]

Lancer Letter – Kick Off The Season

Lancer Letter – Kick Off The Season

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District (Commitment and consistency are qualities in scarce supply in this modern age of instant gratification. This year, our Holiday Arts Fair celebrates its tenth year so this week, I am reprinting a letter I did on it in 2013 with some updates. I hope to see you there.) […]

Lancer Letter – Who Should Run the Country?

Lancer Letter – Who Should Run the Country?

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District With the election only five days from the print publication date of this Lancer Letter, I wanted to share some thoughts about politics and the election. Locally, we have witnessed what many found to be an unbelievably ridiculous stand-off between the city council and county council over the […]

Lancer Letter – Manufacturing Day

Lancer Letter –  Manufacturing Day

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District As you are reading this, I’m going to ask you to look around the room and notice the items you see. Perhaps you see a lamp or a table. Maybe you see an electronic device or a plastic pen. Everything you see has something in common: it had […]

Lancer Letter – A Fall Reflection

Lancer Letter – A Fall Reflection

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District As I was mowing the lawn this evening, I couldn’t help but notice the seasonal changes occurring. Though it had been a day with warm, summer-like temperatures, the evening brought a coolness unlike a summer’s eve. The colors of the zinnias, cosmos and snap dragons, while still adding […]

Lancer Letter – Charters Must Go!

Lancer Letter – Charters Must Go!

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Last week, I began to make a case for solving the crisis of impending financial insolvency in a growing number of public school districts by restoring the $1.5 billion dollars taken from school districts and given to charter schools. We can’t afford both systems and in the big […]