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Episode 3: Social Emotional Learning

Parkside Chat

406: VEI
Join Aaron as he talks with VEI team's Mrs. Melissa Martinez, senior Jocelyn Mendoza, and junior Matt Smith.
May 17, 2022
405: Cheer
Join Aaron as he discusses the EPHS's State Competition with head coach and teacher Ms Emily Schoenbeck,  and Tiger cheerleaders Theresa Diprizio, Kayla Alvarez and Bella Corso. 
March 02, 2022
404: MTSS
Aaron sits down with MTSS Specialists Jamie Kanas and Lisa Marsicano and is joined by Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Kim Ontiveros.
January 31, 2022
403: Career Pathways
Aaron is joined with Mrs. Spiewak and Mrs. Groeneveld to discuss Elm Middle School's College and Career Pathway program.
December 20, 2021
402: Meet the Deans
Join Aaron as he talks to 401's deans.
November 15, 2021
401: New Assistant Principals
Join Aaron as he launches into Season 4 with a conversation with EPCUSD401's new assistant principals: Steph Dornan of EPHS, Stephanie Spiewak of Elm Middle School, and Natalia Gomez of John Mills. 
August 24, 2021
310: Nurses, Health, & Safety!
Join Aaron as he discusses school health and safety with EPHS's school nurse Isaiah Hernandez and Elm's school nurse Margaret del Boccio alongside EPHS's Bernhard Walke!
May 06, 2021
309: EPHS Athletics
Join Aaron as he discusses athletics in the time of COVID with Ms. Emily Schoenbeck (science/cheer), Mr. Tony Sylvester (Social Studies/basketball & football), and Ms. Amanda Shafer (English/dance).
April 12, 2021
308: District Instructional Coaches
Join Aaron as he speaks with our district instructional coaches: Jamie Kanas, Dominique Byrnes, Vanessa Woof, and Paul Uhler!
December 17, 2020
307: John Mills Elementary
Join Aaron as he discusses life with the John Mills Elementary School team: Mr. Frank Kuzniewski and Ms. Lexi Oreluk! 
November 23, 2020
306: Elmwood Admin
Join Aaron as he talks with Principal Matt Lerner and AP Stephanie Hagins about school, life, and tandem bikes.
October 28, 2020
305: Elm Middle School
Join our host as we discuss Elm Middle with principal Ashley Groeneveld and AP Morgan Freeck!
October 21, 2020
304: EPHS Admin
Join us as we discuss the latest high school news with Elmwood Park High School's Principal Doug Wildes, Assistant Principal Bernhard Walke, and Athletic Director Doug Noyes!
September 29, 2020
303: EL in 401
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Kim Ontiveros and Ms. Dominique Byrnes to discuss English Learners in the time of COVID!
September 11, 2020
302: Student Services & Remote Learning
Join us as we interview Dr. Kari Smith about student services and Remote Learning!
August 27, 2020
301: Remote Learning 2.0 and New Superintendent
Join us for a conversation in EPCUSD401's Remote Learning 2.0 plans and get a chance to meet the new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Leah Gauthier.
August 10, 2020
Episode 20: Operation Genius Update
Back in August, we introduced our districtwide event called “Operation Genius” - an opportunity for our 6th - 12th grade students to become creators and innovators, solving mysteries and problems that interest them while making the world a better place.  We are now one month away from the main event and we have over 40 innovators who have made it to the final round.  Listen to 4 middle school and 3 high school students talk about their projects and their passions.
January 27, 2020
Episode 19: Standards-Based Reporting
This episode is all about Standards-Based Reporting and the process behind the shift away from traditional grades to Standards-Based Reporting in order to provide improved feedback, more relevant instruction, and student ownership of education.  Listen to teachers and students from John Mills Elementary School as they talk about the process and how it has affected teaching and learning.
November 19, 2019
Episode 18: Potential Referendum Update
This episode features Dr. Nicolas Wade, Superintendent, as he gives a detailed explanation of where our great district is at in terms of a potential referendum.  He discusses what we have been able to do in the last 4 years, and where we need to go in order to ensure that we continue to move forward in preparing our students for 21 century society and beyond.
November 07, 2019
Episode 17: EPHS Students and the Technical Center of Dupage
Samantha Hickey, Mia Morales, and Ayah Obeidallah, three of our EPHS students, talk about the classes they are taking at the Technical Center of Dupage (TCD) and how it is preparing them for the future.  
October 23, 2019
Episode 16: Operation Genius
Learn all about Operation Genius, a challenge that culminates in a district wide event on March 12, 2020 focused on student choice, passion, creativity, and innovation.   Ms. Kristen Carroll and Ms. Jessica Iovinelli walk you through the inspiration for the project, the opportunities it will provide for our students, and how it will bring the community together.
August 30, 2019
Episode 15: Welcome Back 2019-2020
Dr. Wade kicks off the 2019-2020 school year with an update on all of the work being done in the district by reflecting on the 2018-2019 school year and then discussing all of the upcoming plans for moving forward.
August 19, 2019
Episode 14: College and Career Pathways
The epic secondary administrative team talks about preparing our students for 21st century society in this entertaining yet informative podcast about College and Career Pathways and what this means for our district and our students.
June 06, 2019
Episode 13: The Transition Program
Dr. Kari Smith and Ms. Hilary Coia talk about the transition program for young adults with special needs who are 18 to 21 that will begin at Elmwood Park High School in the 2019-2020 school year.
May 03, 2019
Episode 12: Full Day Kindergarten
Learn about all the benefits full day kindergarten has to offer our students and our plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
April 08, 2019
Episode 11: Learning About the LGBTQ+ Community
Listen to four amazing students educate the staff, students, and community about what LGTBQ+ means and how we support all students as they learn and grow in Elmwood Park.
March 08, 2019
Episode 10: Co-Teaching
Johanna Arias, EL teacher from John Mills, and Lisa Loffredo, EL teacher from Elmwood, talk about the ins and outs of co-teaching and how it benefits our students.
February 01, 2019
Episode 9: National Board Certification
Teachers are lifelong learners.  So how do teachers continue to hone their craft?  Listen to Ms. Cami Breitzman and Ms. Penny Dahmer,  2 of the 11 National Board Certified teachers in our district, talk about the process and what motivates them to continue to learn.
January 14, 2019
Episode 8: Elementary Programming and Facilities
In this episode, Dr. Wade discusses the state of programming at the elementary buildings including current challenges and plans for the future.  He also discusses the state of the elementary facilities and potential plans for moving forward.
December 21, 2018
Episode 7: EPHS Teachers and 1:1
Listen to Debbie Anichini, Angela Andrews, and Dave Parolin, 3 extraordinary EPHS teachers, talk about their experiences with 1:1 and how it is impacting teaching and learning.
December 14, 2018
Episode 6: Elm Middle School Drama Club
Elm Middle School has a newly formed drama club. Emily Furgal, Alanis Rivera, and Dounia Timejardine-Zomeno talk about their experiences thus far as they prepare for their performances in "A Christmas Carol."
December 07, 2018
Episode 5: EPHS Students and 1:1
Listen to Alexa Duarte, Sarah Meyers, and Charles Sanchez talk about their experiences with the transition to 1:1 at Elmwood Park High School.
November 16, 2018
Episode 4: Instructional Specialists
In this episode you will learn about the newly created Instructional Specialist positions and what they bring to our district.
November 05, 2018
Episode 3: Social Emotional Learning
In this episode, get an up close and personal look at the advances in Social Emotion Learning and the choices we are making to help support our students in every way possible.
October 23, 2018
Episode 2: Elm Renovations
This episode will talk all about the upcoming renovations at Elm Middle School and features Ms. Rebecca Siegel, Principal at Elm, and Ms. Ashley Groeneveld, Assistant Principal.
October 12, 2018
Episode 1 - Invitation to Opportunity
Here it is - the very first episode of Parkside Chat. Dr. Wade describes "An Invitation to Opportunity" and what it means to our district and our students.
October 01, 2018