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 […]

Lancer Letter — A Fix for Insolvency

Lancer Letter — A Fix for Insolvency

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Two weeks ago in Lancer Letter #300, School Funding Predicament, I traced some historical elements that have led to the current mess we face in Pennsylvania regarding public school funding. Many locally are aware of Erie’s funding shortfall, but I am finding more and more people that don’t […]

Lancer Letter — Not Your Mother’s Kindergarten!

Lancer Letter — Not Your Mother’s Kindergarten!

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week’s Lancer Letter comes from veteran teacher, Marie Troyer. Marie teaches kindergarten in McKean and gives us a glimpse into how much kindergarten has changed. It’s not your mother’s kindergarten – or even what you experienced in kindergarten! As Kindergarten teachers, we always forget what the beginning […]

Lancer Letter – School Funding Predicament

Lancer Letter – School Funding Predicament

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District The issue of school funding has been in the news recently and I wanted this week to address it. I printed a complete history of Pennsylvania school funding in Lancer Letter #199 which is available on our website. To fully comprehend what is currently happening, though, I will […]

Lancer Letter – Welcome To Our World

Lancer Letter – Welcome To Our World

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District I have noticed some things in the news headlines that makes me want to say to society, “welcome to our world.” Some items have garnered the ire of the general public while we educators have dealt with similar situations for quite some time. Colin Kaepernick is the San […]

Lancer Letter – Parent Like a Tomato Plant

Lancer Letter – Parent Like a Tomato Plant

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Last week weekend, one of the regular readers of this column requested I print “the tomato one.” I’ve actually used tomatoes as a theme three times so I thought I should write a fourth. Alas, I was too busy this weekend picking and processing tomatoes to write a […]

Lancer Letter – And So It Begins

Lancer Letter – And So It Begins

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District And so it begins. Day 1. The children are at their bus stops early in their newest back-to-school clothes with book bags and school supplies in tow. Everyone reports to work early, eager to have everything in order to start the day. Parents stay with their young children […]