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 […]

Lancer Letter – Bits ‘n’ Pieces

Lancer Letter – Bits ‘n’ Pieces

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Summer break is over. Teachers will be back in the district August 25-29 and students return August 30. The amazing thing is that on September 1, it will seem as though we never left. Buildings will be running normally, bugs will be worked out of most situations and […]

Lancer Letter – Eat To Learn

Lancer Letter – Eat To Learn

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week I feature another summer rerun from 2011. The longer I am in education, the more convinced I become of the importance of nutrition to learning. Everyone is very busy these days and it is a challenge for families to eat right. I hope my suggestions help. […]

Lancer Letter – Garden Metaphors

Lancer Letter – Garden Metaphors

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week’s Lancer Letter was first written last year at the beginning of the summer and is this week’s summer rerun. I grew up in a house where my family lived on the first floor and my grandparents on the second floor. My grandfather was self-employed as a […]

Lancer Letter – Zucchini

Lancer Letter – Zucchini

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District (Note: It’s summer rerun season so I’m rerunning this summer classic first written in 2011.) This evening at dinner, my wife asked me what my Lancer Letter was about this week. I told her I was going to write about the questionable things that have been and are […]

Lancer Letter – More Summer Work

Lancer Letter – More Summer Work

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Last week I addressed the myth that no one works in a school district over the summer. I addressed what happens to prepare for the educational year. Some people are surprised that principals and their office staff work all summer but probably fewer are surprised to know that […]

Lancer Letter – What? You Work In The Summer!

Lancer Letter – What? You Work In The Summer!

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District “What! You work in the summer?” Even though I’ve been a school administrator for 29 years, I still run into people who assume that school administrators do not work in the summer. If school administrators and their office staffs did not work in the summer, the first day […]

Lancer Letter – Summer Recreation

Lancer Letter – Summer Recreation

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District 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 that just being outside gives us a sense of energy. we are part of […]