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The 9th Grade Experience
32 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Season 4, Episode 16: Branch, The Therapy Dog
On this episode we spotlight everyone's favorite Emmaus High School "freshman," Branch, the Therapy Dog. Branch has been present in hallways and classrooms since the beginning of the school year, offering students another layer of support and comfort as they have returned back to the halls of EHS. You will hear from Mr. Mihalik, the coordinator of the East Penn Therapy Dog program, staff and students about the impact that Branch has had on anyone who has come into contact with him. Please consider participating in the #BettyWhiteChallenge in order to help fund this amazing program in our school district by donating at the link below in the show notes. Episode Breakdown :08 - Introduction Let's Learn a Little More About Branch Class of 2025 Phantoms Night - We are having an Emmaus Phantoms Night! The EHS Class of 2025 will be hosting an Emmaus Family/Friends Phantoms night open to all East Penn Families, Students, and Staff. The EHS Chorus will be performing the National Anthem and we have access to $40 tickets for just $25. If you order tickets before 1/21, you will be entered into a raffle for free future tickets, one of 8 spaces on the Fanboni during the game, and Phantoms swag. The more tickets we sell, the more raffle prizes we will have Use this link and share with anyone who you think would enjoy a fun night out at the Phantoms. https://fevo.me/emmaus EHS Shave for the Brave - March 11, 2022 Learn more and donate at https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/1088409/2022 4:04 - Staff Reflections on Branch 9:50 - Comparing Branch to Other Therapy Dogs 15:05 - How Should You Approach Branch 16:06 - Why Do We Need Therapy Dogs in EPSD Hear from student directly impacted by Branch 25:22 - Help fund Branch and his buddies To learn more about all of the dogs and to make a donation, go to https://www.epsdeducationfoundation.org/therapy-dogs
10 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Season 4, Episode 15: A First Welcome to the Class of 2026
Welcome Emmaus High School Class of 2026! Though we haven’t had our first major snow of the school year, thoughts are slowly beginning to turn to fall and the arrival of the next group of freshmen who will roam the halls of EHS. The first in-person introduction to EHS came on January 11, 2022, at the counseling department’s 8th to 9th grade guidance information night. On this episode, hear from current LMMS and Eyer students about what they are looking forward to at EHS and advisors/representatives from groups detailing the support and opportunities offered to first-year students. To learn more about events discussed on this episode, please see the links below: Phantoms vs Utica Comets - Class of 2025 Emmaus High School Night February 19, 2022 https://offer.fevo.com/phantoms-game-24-vs-utica-comets-2dz5fjz-248af0b?fevoUri=phantoms-game-24-vs-utica-comets-2dz5fjz-248af0b%2F 2022 EPSD and Communities in Schools Mental Health Symposium - February 21 - March 6 https://sites.google.com/eastpennsd.org/virtuamentalhealthsymposim2021/home?authuser=0 EHS Shave for the Brave - March 11, 2022 https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/Emmaus7
20 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Season 4, Episode 14: Student Spotlight with EHS Field Hockey Players Autum Kernechel and Lauren Kushma
It’s normal for high school varsity athletes to put pressure on themself. Being a freshman on a varsity team only magnifies that intensity. Now, think about the expectations of being a first-year member of the nationally-ranked, defending state champion EHS field hockey team. Autum Kernechel and Lauren Kushma cracked through and earned a spot on the varsity squad in what turned out to be a historic year for the program. The team celebrated a second-consecutive and 14th overall state championship along with coach Sue Butz-Stavin’s 46th year of coaching capped by her national-record 1,000th victory. On this episode, listen to Autum and Lauren talk about what it took to make the team, compete at a such high level, and transition to high school all in the same season. Advertisement Emmaus High School Night at the Phantom February 19, 2021 We are having an Emmaus Phantoms Night! The EHS Class of 2025 will be hosting an Emmaus Family/Friends Phantoms night open to all East Penn Families, Students, and Staff. The EHS Chorus will be performing the National Anthem and we have access to $40 tickets for just $25. If you order tickets before 1/21, you will be entered into a raffle for free future tickets, one of 8 spaces on the Fanboni during the game, and Phantoms swag. The more tickets we sell, the more raffle prizes we will have Use this link and share with anyone who you think would enjoy a fun night out at the Phantoms. https://fevo.me/emmaus Contact Mrs. Kaunitz for more information.
20 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Season 4, Episode 13: Reflection from Pre-Service Teacher Kayla Canning
During the course of the fall semester, Kayla Canning, a senior, pre-service teacher from Cedar Crest College, shadowed me in the classroom, which was one of my first experiences with.a pre-service teacher. On today's episode Kayla will give her impressions and thoughts of what it's like as somebody that's learning to become a teacher, especially with 9th grade students. She also honestly looks back on her own ninth grade experience and assesses some of her decisions during that year and how those influenced her choice to be a teacher. We have a couple shout outs! The East Penn Education Foundation. At the end of November, the 9th Grade Experience was awarded a grant to purchase some new video equipment for the podcast, so hopefully you will be seeing our video quality increase in the new year. The east Penn Education Foundation also gave the initial grant for the equipment to start the podcast so they've been there since the since the beginning. We thank the East Penn Education Foundation for their generous support of the podcast, and for supporting different projects throughout the school district as well. Thanks to all of you! We are almost to the goal of reaching 5000 total views on YouTube. We appreciate how YouTube has caught on with students and staff and people in the community, making it easier to experience the podcast. So if you haven't subscribed yet we're still trying to build that subscriber number up, go to 9th Grade Experience on YouTube, hit the subscribe button, watch the videos, and get us over 5000 views. We're coming close to 10,000 total views and listens to the podcast since it started so it's really exciting to reach such a big number. So we appreciate all the people that have listened, over the course of the podcast as well. At the end of this episode, you'll see a commercial that we produced for ETV asking students to participate in our next challenge our next getting getting out there to give their new year's resolutions so we're looking forward to see what you're going to improve upon in the new year so listen all the way to the end of the episode to see how you can participate in that next week here at the high school and in the world if you're listening electronically or anywhere
18 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Season 4, Episode 12: Attitude of Gratitude 2021
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it's a great time to look back and reflect on the many positives in our lives for the third annual Attitude of Gratitude special episode. Over 50 members, and one four-legged friend, of the Emmaus High School community took time during this busy period of the school year to share a little bit about what makes them #EastPennProud and thankful. Ranging from just being back in the school building with students to feeling welcomed as a new student to supportive colleagues and friends, we hope the messages of gratitude in this episode will inspire you to reach out and share a special token of appreciation to anyone that has helped you along your journey this school year. So before you fill your plate food, once again fill yourself with an attitude of gratitude with the students and staff at EHS. Previous Attitude of Gratitude Episodes 2020 - https://www.9thgradeexperience.com/season-3-episode-12-a-thanksgiving-attitude-of-gratitude-2020/ 2019 - https://www.9thgradeexperience.com/season-2-episode-10-a-thanksgiving-attitude-of-gratitude/
27 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Season 4, Episode 11: Global Citizens Club
With over 2,800 students, Emmaus High School is a community of learners from many different cultural backgrounds. The focus of the Global Citizens Club is to assist students in learning about and becoming actively engaged in promoting a globally-minded consciousness and worldview. On this episode we hear from club members Britney Cordero, Cecilia Christ, Shiv Patel, and Ariana Ruiz describe the ways that the group strives to help expand student's understanding on the importance of celebrating the many cultures at EHS. They do this through different themed events, learning opportunities, and fundraisers to make connections to people all over the world. The club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in Room 230. For more information, please contact club advisor Mrs. Kita.
19 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Season 4, Episode 10: Student Spotlight - Will Buck
When entering 9th grade, some students choose to ease into this transitional time to get their feet under them by limiting their activities and focusing on school. Will Buck is not one of those students. He is currently participating on two school sports teams during the fall season: varsity football as the kickoff specialist and JV soccer as a goalie. He is taking a demanding course load, full of upper-level honors classes. He is also one of the first students to reach out on his own to be interviewed on this podcast. In this episode, Will shares how he was able to balance his busy fall season, the importance of time management, and why he is interested in podcasting. Look for more from Will in the future as we look to incorporate him into future episodes of this podcast and prepare him to potentially host his own show.
40 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Season 4, Episode 9: Pennsylvania Council of Teacher of English Language Arts Conference Recap
This recording is from a roundtable discussion during a session at the 2021 Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts Conference held October 22, 2021 in Harrisburg, Pa. This was a wide-ranging conversation about the impact that 9th grade English class can have on students during their remaining years of high school and beyond. Themes of connectivity, failure, and recovery came through many of the answers from four English teachers from across the state. The major questions addressed during the conversation included What was your 9th Grade English class experience? How can we encourage students during their 9th grade year to embrace the content, curriculum, and skills taught in their English class? At the end of a student’s 9th grade year, what should students have learned that will help to prepare them for success in high school and beyond? Many thanks to the following educators who participated in the roundtable discussion Kristen Spangler, York Country Day School Kelly Jones, PA Cyber Charter School Sarah Wilt, Bridgeway HomeSchool Academy Jon Fogle, pre-service teacher studying at Lancaster Bible College To learn more about the work of this organization and future conferences, please visit http://www.pctela.org/.
9 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Season 4, Episode 8: Preparing for Homecoming and Taking Chances
It's time to get ready for Homecoming on this week's episode! It is hard to believe that we have just finished our 6th week of school and reached the halfway point of the first marking period. Listen in for strategies on finishing the grading period strong or even rebounding from a rocky start, the events and themes of homecoming week, and a reminder at the end that it is OK to change your mind and take chances. We are always looking for students to appear on the podcast, so if you are doing something awesome, reach out and tell us!
23 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Season 4, Episode 7: The Counseling Suite with Mrs. Demchak and Mr. McInerney
It has been a month of great adjustments for the members of Emmaus High School's Class of 2025. In addition to the normal growing pains of entering high school, they have confronted a new block schedule, continued health and safety procedures due to Covid-19 and for many, reacclimating themselves to being in a school building for the first time since March 2020. To help us work through it all with helpful tips and strategies, our 9th grade school counselors Mrs. Demchak and Mr. McInerney join the podcast. In addition to advice for dealing with current situations, the counselors highlight the upcoming Naviance Information Night for 9th grade parents to be held Tuesday, September 28, at 6:30 pm in the EHS Auditorium. Previous episodes with Mrs. Demchak and Mr. McInerney include: Season 3, Episode 13: The Counseling Suite with Mrs. Demchak and Mr. McInerney Season 2, Episode 25: Coronavirus Update Week 6 - School Counselor Update Season 2, Episode 17: March Career Readiness Month with Mrs. Grim, Mrs. Demchak & Mr. McInerney Season 2, Episode 10: A Thanksgiving Attitude of Gratitude Season 2, Episode 4: The Counseling Suite
76 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Season 4, Episode 6: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
For students at Emmaus High School and around the country, the events of September 11, 2001, are history experienced through other's stories and images. Students rely on these recollections to gain perspective to the tragic events that rocked the country on that the day and the weeks after. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11 we hear first-hand accounts from EHS staff members about how the events impacted the students in their classroom or themselves as high school students. Listen to reflections from: Mrs. Burk - School Counselor, who was a 9th grade student at Liberty HS (5:10) Mrs. Augustin - Chemistry Teacher, who was working at a school in New York City (18:46) Mrs. Horner - Learning Support Teacher, who was student teaching in Norristown, Pa. (35:14) Ms. Bower - School Librarian, who was teaching 9th grade at Whitehall High School (50:10) Mr. Gallagher - Social Studies Teacher, who was teaching at Eyer Middle School (59:20) Previous Appearance By Today's Guests Mrs. Horner appeared on Season 3, Episode 31: Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 and Season 2, Episode 10: An Attitude of Gratitude Ms. Bower appeared on Season 2, Episode 26: Coronavirus Update Week 7 - A Read Into the Library and Season 2, Episode 10: An Attitude of Gratitude For all previous episodes, go to www.9thgradeexperience.com or subscribe on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify
10 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Season 4, Episode 5: Opening Week Student Reflections
It was a quite the first week back for the Class of 2025 at Emmaus High School. In addition to all of the first-week jitters that accompany entry into high school, a major, record-breaking storm caused a 2-hour weather delay. In this episode, hear from students Cyrus Mackey and Prince Scille as they give you a first-hand account on a memorable first week back to school. For all previous episodes and to leave a comment or voicemail that can be used in a future episode, visit www.9thgradeexperience.com
11 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Season 4, Episode 4: Freshman Walk Through 2021
One of the biggest worries from incoming students is navigating the many halls of Emmaus High School. On this episode you will hear from five students who stopped to chat with us during a building tour opportunity leading up to the first day of school Monday, August 30. Thanks to Tucker Evans, Derek Herman, Faith Riley, Jadon Pierre-Philippe, and Sarah Lorenzo for stopping to share their tips and strategies on finding their way around.
36 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Season 4, Episode 3: Freshman Orientation with 9th Grade Assistant Principal Jordan Fortier
Freshman orientation at EHS is scheduled for Monday, August 16 beginning at 8 am. In order to get answers to your last-minute questions, 9th grade assistant principal Jordan Fortier joins us today on the podcast. In this episode, we talk about * The schedule for orientation day * Building tours for all grade levels on orientation day and the remainder of the week * Information about clubs and activities * Chromebook upgrade and exchange * The schedule for the beginning of the school year * How to prepare yourself before the first day of school For more orientation Information go to https://www.eastpennsd.org/ehs/9th-grade-orientation/ To listen to previous episodes with Mr. Fortier, visit the links below Season 3, Episode 3: https://www.9thgradeexperience.com/season-3-episode-3-back-to-school-with-9th-grade-assistant-principal-jordan-fortier/ Season 2, Episode 30: https://www.9thgradeexperience.com/season-2-episode-30-coronavirus-week-11-9th-grade-assistant-principal-jordan-fortier/
37 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Season 4, Episode 2: Career Readiness with Worcester Red Sox Announcer Josh Maurer
What would it be like as a freshman in high school at the same time as a future NBA Hall of Famer? In this episode, you will hear Worcester Red Sox Radio Announcer Josh Maurer tell what it was like to "share" the halls of Lower Merion High School with then senior Kobe Bryant. Maurer talks about how some of the experiences during that year led him to what has become a near 20-year professional sports broadcasting career. Other topics Maurer discusses include: * Involvement in media, sports, and drama in high school * Creating opportunities and getting his foot in the door * Adaptability and change in the sports media * Daily life and routines of a professional baseball announcer * Handling criticism Follow Josh on Twitter: @joshmaurerpxp and check out the Worcester Red Sox at https://www.milb.com/worcester
26 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Season 4, Episode 1: Freshman Throwback with Owen Hook Class of 2021 and A Look Back at the 2020-2021 School Year
Welcome to the Class of 2025 and to the first full show of Season 4! The beginning of this episode features Class of 2021 graduate Owen Hook, who talked about entering 9th grade as a brand-new student to the district. He found himself through academics and activities and will move on to Millersville University in a few weeks. In the second part of the episode, we take a look back at the 2020-2021 school year with over 40 responses from the Class of 2024 about how their year went, what they learned about themselves, tips for upcoming 9th graders, and what they would like to hear on future podcasts.
3 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Season 4 Preview - Advice From the Class of 2021
The 9th Grade Experience is gearing up for Season 4 and in this preview episode we got a little help from several members of the class of 2021 to give some tips that incoming 9th graders can use from Day 1. Listen for full-length episodes coming soon!
48 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Season 3, Episode 34: 5th Grade Experience Passion Projects
On this special episode of the 9th Grade Experience we take it back to elementary school, as we hear 5th grade students at Wescosville Elementary share their passion projects. Thanks to Mrs. Feher, one of the 5th grade teachers, for reaching out to the podcast to ask for assistance in helping her students record their work in audio form. In addition to the background information on the purpose of the projects, Feher also shared her own freshmen year story along with hopes for her current student's future school careers. In sticking with the theme of the podcast, at the end of their presentations, each student was asked what they think 9th grade might be like for them in a few years. Below is a list of students, topics and the order they appear in this episode. First group Ella and Maddy - Animal Extinction Leah - Animal Shelters Second Group Ryleigh and Grace - Saving Arctic Animals Third Group Paige - Depression in Older Adults Olivia - Nature Therapy
38 minutes | May 24, 2021
Season 3, Episode 33: Freshmen Throwback with Grace Comfort, Class of 2021
Grace Comfort, Class of 2021, has an impressive list of accomplishments displayed on her #2021EHSGradSpotlight poster that has been promoted through various East Penn School District social media accounts over the last few months. She serves as the president of Peers Assisting Learning Support (PALS), Student Government Association Secretary and EPSD School Board Representative, and National Honor Society member among many other things. But most importantly, Grace is a strong self-advocate. During a Genius Hour project in middle school, Grace investigated her own learning challenges and eventually discovered she had dyslexia. While transitioning to high school, Grace spent her 9th grade year figuring out how she could best learn and perform at a high academic level. While it wasn't always easy, Grace's story shows that with courage, compassion, connection and a desire to never stop questioning that great things are possible. She plans on majoring in psychology at Lafayette College.
44 minutes | May 17, 2021
Season 3, Episode 32: 2nd Anniversary Special Episode with Students Organizing Against Racism
For the second anniversary of the 9th Grade Experience Podcast, we highlight the work of freshmen Elizabeth "Tami" Adesanya and Brasciana "Brassy" Ford in the establishment of the newest student group Students Organizing Against Racism (SOAR). Along with faculty advisor, Eyer librarian Mrs. Magro, Tami and Brassy are working to bring awareness and change to the mindsets of the Emmaus High School community through information and advocacy about what it means to be a person of color. Topics discussed include: The purpose behind SOAR What does it mean to be "anti-racist" How do we involve and engage students to care about these issues What does it mean to be an "ally" Messages for adults serving on committees attempting to drive equity discussions at EHS We also asked today's guests to provide some additional resources beyond our show to expand our listener's knowledge about these issues and those are included below: Tami’s Pick Racial Equity Tool Kit Brassy’s Picks I know the books “Heavy” by Kiese Layton and “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas are both amazing books to put into perspective what it’s like to be Person of Color (POC) in America. Also, raceforward.org is a website that can be helpful for others to recognize their privilege and become a better ally. Mrs. Magro’s Picks If I could recommend just one book (tough for me to do!) that I think everyone should read it would be This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell, and one podcast for teachers would be the Teaching Hard History podcast from Learning for Justice. Mr. Stuchko’s Picks Listen to the EHS student newspaper podcast interview with Tami and Sydney Clarke - EHS Stinger Podcast SOAR Interview Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X.Kendi ** All book links above will take you to the website for Let’s Play Books in Emmaus, Pa. **
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