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Season 3

Season 3, Episode 34: 5th Grade Experience Passion Projects

June 1, 2021

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 teac…

Season 3, Episode 33: Freshmen Throwback with Grace Comfort, Class of 2021

May 24, 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 m…

Season 3, Episode 32: 2nd Anniversary Special Episode with Students Organizing Against Racism

May 17, 2021

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 Aga…

Season 3, Episode 31: Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

May 7, 2021

This week, we give a special shout out to our amazing teachers here at Emmaus High School as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! We hear from three of our outstanding faculty members - Mrs. Horner, Mr. Remlay, and Mr. Io…

Season 3, Episode 30: Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) Edition

April 22, 2021

This special edition of the podcast was recorded on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at the virtual Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C). The session titled “9th Grade Experience - PETE&C Edition” was…

Season 3, Episode 29: Freshmen Throwback with Class of 2021 President Brendan Baig

April 15, 2021

Brendan Baig has quite the resume. He is the current Class of 2021 president. He is a National Honor Society member. He is a member of the Track and Field program. He founded S.A.V.E. (Students Advocating Vape Elimination) a…

Season 3, Episode 28: Jessica Lahey - The Addiction Inoculation

April 6, 2021

This short episode is a non-released excerpt from a December 2020 interview with New York Times best-selling author Jessica Lahey, whose new book, The Addiction Inoculation, was released on Tuesday, April 6. We only scratche…

Education

Season 3, Episode 27: #EHSCareerMonth Remix with Brian Koppelman

March 27, 2021

Today's episode is the final installment of the 3-part #EHSCareerMonth podcast series, as we remix last March's episode with screenwriter, director, filmmaker, and podcaster Brian Koppelman. Best known for his work on the mo…

Education

Season 3, Episode 26: Coronavirus Update Week 52 - What You Have Learned in the Last Year

March 19, 2021

It is hard to believe that it has been over one year since the last time that the entire student body of Emmaus High School has been in the building together at one time. This week we take a look back on the past year as we …

Season 3, Episode 25: #EHSCareerMonth Advice From EHS Grads

March 12, 2021

We are close to the halfway point of #EHSCareerMonth and on this episode we have remix of two earlier episodes of the podcast featuring EHS graduates Lisa MacDonald '14 and Senator Clarence Lam '99. We pulled out great caree…

Season 3, Episode 22: #EHSCareerMonth

Feb. 26, 2021

Where will your path lead? On this episode, School Counselor Mrs. Grim gives us all the important information to assist students, staff and parents on the road to answering that that question as Emmaus High School kicks off …

Season 3, Episode 20: EPSD Mental Health Symposium 2021

Feb. 12, 2021

With an even greater emphasis during these unprecedented times, student mental health has gained a heightened awareness as students face the challenges of the world around them. On this episode, we preview the 2021 EPSD Virt…

Season 3, Episode 19: Snow Day Shenanigans

Feb. 6, 2021

During the first few days of February, the Lehigh Valley got walloped with over 27 inches, making it the second biggest snowstorm on record. It gave the freshmen of Emmaus High School an opportunity for 2 snow days -- no Zoo…

Season 3, Episode 18: Second Semester Reset Button

Jan. 30, 2021

This past week saw Emmaus High School finally reach the 2nd half of our 2020-2021 school year. Due to our current block schedule, It came with a different opportunity than most years, as students, teachers, and parents alike…

Season 3, Episode 17: Student Spotlight - Grant Gallagher

Jan. 21, 2021

On this episode, we catch up with student Grant Gallagher, whose post on our podcast message board for the Class of 2024, invited us to tell his story of how Covid-19 impacted him and his family earlier this year. Gallagher,…

Season 3, Episode 16: New York Times Best-Selling Author and Educator Jessica Lahey

Jan. 7, 2021

Jessica Lahey is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, keynote speaker, wife, and mother. But at her core, she is an educator. She has worked with a wide variety of students at all levels from sixth through twel…

Season 3, Episode 15: Freshman Year Perspectives from Chicago and New Jersey

Jan. 1, 2021

Sometimes it is fun to look outside of our school community to see what other students around the country are experiencing during their 9th grade year. During this holiday break, I chatted with my nieces, Catalina and Maddy,…

Season 3, Episode 14: New Year's Resolutions for 2021

Dec. 23, 2020

In our final episode of 2020, you will hear from close to 40 members of our Emmaus High School community talk about ways they will look to improve themselves in the classroom and beyond in the new year. If you are struggling…

Season 3, Episode 11: Student Profiles - Elizabeth Samer, Molly Himes, and Victoria Toto

Nov. 12, 2020

This year’s 9th Grade Experience has been like no other and this week’s episode, recorded during EHS’s Covid-19 one-week closure in November 2020, was yet another memory to add to the digital scrapbook. On this episode Eliza…

Season 3, Episode 10: Freshmen Class Officers

Oct. 29, 2020

While much of the start of the 2020-2021 school year has been anything but normal, there are still time-honored school traditions that have occurred during the first 9 weeks of school, including the the election of class off…

Season 3, Episode 9: Welcome Back to Hybrid Learning with Our School Psychologists

Oct. 22, 2020

Week nine of the 2020-2021 school year will present the next in a line of challenges thrown in front our students since March 2020 - the return to our EHS school building for the beginning of hybrid learning. While some stud…

Season 3, Episode 8: Club Spotlight - Economics and Investing Club and Buzz Magazine

Oct. 16, 2020

Without our normal club fair at the beginning of the year to learn more about the 70+ organizations here at Emmaus High School, the 9th Grade Experience has been reaching out advisors to bring you more information on some of…

Season 3, Episode 6: EPSD Technology Integration Specialists, Part 1

Sept. 25, 2020

On this week's episode we hear from our EPSD Technology Integration Specialists Heather Moser, Dylan Peters and Brian Scholl on the best ways to tackle technology during this remote time. Surprisingly, most of this conversat…

Season 3, Episode 5: Club Spotlight - Gay-Straight Alliance, Kid to Kid, Latin Club and Foreign Cultures Club

Sept. 20, 2020

Without our normal club fair at the beginning of the year to learn more about the 70+ organizations here at Emmaus High School, the 9th Grade Experience has been reaching out advisors to bring you more information on some of…

Season 3, Episode 4: Clubs and Activities with Assistant Athletic Director Matt Spengler

Sept. 3, 2020

One of the themes that has come up time and time again as we have detailed successful 9th graders on this show has been their involvement in extracurricular activities. But, during a time when school is remote or hybrid, how…

Season 3, Episode 3: Back to School with 9th Grade Assistant Principal Jordan Fortier

Aug. 27, 2020

With the start of a new school year just days away and feelings of unease about the unknown about the jump from middle school to high school in most student's and parent's minds, today's episode hopes to give some informatio…

Season 3, Episode 2: EHS Graduate Spotlight Maryland State Senator Clarence Lam '99

July 31, 2020

We often tell high schoolers that to be successful, they should eventually pick one area and focus their attention heavily. For Clarence Lam, a 1999 Emmaus High School graduate. it was a desire to pursue multiple passions th…

Season 3, Episode 1: EHS Graduate Spotlight "Imperfection is Beautiful" with Lisa MacDonald '14

July 23, 2020

Lisa MacDonald ‘14 is living her dream. When she entered Emmaus High School as a freshman during the 2010-2011 school year, she was unsure about where she was going, but knew she would need to overcome challenges, including …