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. […]

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 […]