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Season 4

Season 4, Episode 27: School's Out For Summer - A Look Back for the Class of 2025

June 11, 2022

The last day of school always brings mixed emotions. Mostly it is relief, for the students and the teachers, on the completion of another year. There is also opportunity for reflection by the members of the Class of 2025 on …

Season 4, Episode 26: What Can I Do After High School? Lessons from the 2022 EHS College Fair

May 1, 2022

As the 9th grade year is quickly coming to an end, it is only natural to think about what is ahead ... A relaxing summer? A first job? A fun vacation? College, trade school, military service, or an apprenticeship program? It…

Season 4, Episode 25: #EHSCareerMonth - Jackie Bassett, Class of 2018, Founder & CEO of FD Market

March 31, 2022

We close out #EHSCareerMonth with a focus on Emmaus High School Class of 2018 graduate Jackie Bassett. She is the Founder and CEO of FD Market, which is a “a sustainable goods shop and zero-waste refillery. We're on a missio…

Season 4, Episode 24: #EHSCareerMonth w/ Bob Rotruck, Radio Announcer of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

March 22, 2022

As part of the #EHSCareerMonth series, we talked to Bob Rotruck, the radio announcer for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, a minor league hockey team based in Allentown that plays in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition t…

Season 4, Episode 23: #EHSCareerMonth w/ Amy Keller, Creative Director of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

March 22, 2022

As part of the #EHSCareerMonth series, we talked to Amy Keller, who is the Creative Director for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, a minor league hockey team based in Allentown that plays in the American Hockey League (AHL). She c…

Season 4, Episode 22: EHS Shave for the Brave Honored Kid Sam Mackaravitz

March 8, 2022

We are privileged to share the story of one of this year’s EHS Shave for the Brave “Honored Kids,” current EHS freshman Sam Mackaravitz. At the time of the recording, Sam is two years cancer free in his battle with Acute Lym…

Season 4, Episode 21: #EHSCareerMonth2022

Feb. 28, 2022

Where will your path lead? Emmaus High 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 we kick off March Career Month. Sh…

Season 4, Episode 20: EPSD Mental Health Symposium 2022

Feb. 17, 2022

While many of us hope the pandemic is beginning to finally come toward a resolution, the focus and attention on student mental health will not easily go away, as students will continue to face the challenges of the world ar…

Season 4, Episode 19: The Future of the 9th Grade Experience at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) 2022

Feb. 13, 2022

This episode is a wrap-up for the 9th Grade Experience Podcast’s appearance at the Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Monday, February 7, 2022. Excerpts featured on th…

Season 4, Episode 18: Jimmy Casas - Culturize: Every Student, Every Day, Whatever it Takes

Feb. 7, 2022

Special thanks to Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) Day 1 Keynote Speaker Jimmy Casas for taking time after his sessions on Monday, February 7, 2022, to chat with the 9th Grade Experience Podcast…

Season 4, Episode 17: Linus Sandin and Garrett Metcalf of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Feb. 3, 2022

To help promote the upcoming Emmaus High School Night at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on February 19, 2022, this episode features two members of the team talking about their unique 9th grade experiences while chasing the dream…

Season 4, Episode 16: Branch, The Therapy Dog

Jan. 17, 2022

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 la…

Season 4, Episode 15: A First Welcome to the Class of 2026

Jan. 12, 2022

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 …

Season 4, Episode 14: Student Spotlight with EHS Field Hockey Players Autum Kernechel and Lauren Kushma

Dec. 23, 2021

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-ran…

Season 4, Episode 13: Reflection from Pre-Service Teacher Kayla Canning

Dec. 10, 2021

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 episod…

Season 4, Episode 12: Attitude of Gratitude 2021

Nov. 23, 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, …

Season 4, Episode 11: Global Citizens Club

Nov. 12, 2021

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…

Season 4, Episode 10: Student Spotlight - Will Buck

Nov. 4, 2021

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 part…

Season 4, Episode 9: Pennsylvania Council of Teacher of English Language Arts Conference Recap

Oct. 25, 2021

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 conversati…

Season 4, Episode 8: Preparing for Homecoming and Taking Chances

Oct. 8, 2021

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 fin…

Season 4, Episode 7: The Counseling Suite with Mrs. Demchak and Mr. McInerney

Sept. 24, 2021

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…

Season 4, Episode 6: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Sept. 10, 2021

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 …

Season 4, Episode 5: Opening Week Student Reflections

Sept. 5, 2021

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…

Season 4, Episode 4: Freshman Walk Through 2021

Aug. 27, 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…

Season 4, Episode 3: Freshman Orientation with 9th Grade Assistant Principal Jordan Fortier

Aug. 13, 2021

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 epi…

Season 4, Episode 2: Career Readiness with Worcester Red Sox Announcer Josh Maurer

Aug. 9, 2021

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 Lo…

Season 4, Episode 1: Freshman Throwback with Owen Hook Class of 2021 and A Look Back at the 2020-2021 School Year

July 30, 2021

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 grader as a brand-new student to the district. He fo…

Season 4 Preview - Advice From the Class of 2021

July 23, 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-l…