Lancer Letter – A “WIN” For Local Business

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Two summers ago in Lancer Letters #141-#143 entitled “Get a Job,” I did a three part series on the concept of College and Career Readiness. I explored what this phrase means and looked at some of the things the district was doing to help students find and prepare […]

Lancer Letter – Garden Metaphors

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District 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 huckster – he sold fruits and vegetables from door to door. He began his business with a horse and wagon and […]

School Safety Seminar

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District On Tuesday, June 16, Edinboro University hosted a day-long School Safety Seminar. In attendance were 127 emergency responders and 170 school district employees from throughout the region. The speaker for the day was Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman. Grossman’s career includes service in the U.S. Army as an officer […]

Agony

Lancer Letter submitted by Richard Scaletta, General McLane School District Agonizing. That is the only way I can describe the decision–making process with the 2015-2016 school budget. I would dearly love to utter those blessed three words: no tax increase. The board shares my desire and we have had discussions about doing that. The problem […]

Commencement 2015: Advice for the Real World

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This week, I continue my tradition of publishing my commencement speech as the following week’s Lancer Letter: Members of the board of education. High School Administration. Distinguished faculty. Parents, friends and relatives of the graduates. Class of 2015. Tonight, I am pleased to chime in on this year’s […]

Rumination on Memorial Day

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Memorial Day Rumination, 2015. Rumination 1: This letter is being written on Memorial Day. This holiday is one that holds special childhood memories for me. Every year growing up, my family would go to St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Johnstown for a special Mass at 10:00 a.m. At the […]

Words That Annoy

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District May is always a busy month but this year, it has been full of challenges for me. Time has been at a premium so this week, I’m recycling a Lancer Letter from my first year written right before spring break. The sentiments apply now as well: (To be […]

Property Tax Shift

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District For decades, there have been complaints that the property tax system used in this country is unfair. In light of the present movement in Harrisburg to lessen the property tax burden on homeowners, I thought I would address that topic this week. To begin our exploration of this […]

In Praise of Transportation

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District I think it is finally safe to say that the worst of winter weather is behind us. (I’ve wanted to write this for a while, but you can never be sure in Northwest PA). Given that fact, I wanted to take a moment to give a big thank […]

Mobile Tech In The Classroom

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Three weeks ago I wrote about technology and how we now live in the “land in-between” as we slowly evolve into greater use of mobile technology and digital content. This week, I wanted to specifically cite how some of this mobile technology is being used in our middle […]

New Beginnings

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District It seems as though spring has finally arrived. The massive snow pile at the end of my driveway has finally melted. The grass is turning green. I’ve seen some crocus come up. And, of course the most important harbingers of spring: both Dairy Supreme and Jay’s have opened […]

GM Transportation Changes for 2015-16

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District When we developed our mission statement, “We meet students where they are . . .” we never intended it in a literal sense. We were speaking metaphorically in terms of meeting students at their academic and emotional level. Somehow, our transportation system has evolved into a literal application […]

The Land In-Between

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District Technology: You can’t live with it. You can’t live without it. That corollary seems to sum up the way technology has infiltrated our lives. My career in education has paralleled the growth of technology. With the first “microcomputer” created in the late 70’s, we began to see these […]

Theater Wing Addition For General McLane High School

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District This past weekend, the 34th Annual Broadway Dinner again gave opportunity for nearly 170 high school students to present a polished, professional performance to approximately 1600 patrons. Each year we leave that production asking the same question: “How can one school have so much talent?” Talent indeed. This […]

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