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The 301

By Stacy Reagan
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The 301 S4: E5 Max Metz Jr., Manager of School and Teacher Programs at Shedd Aquarium
This episode finds us talking to Class of 2006 Central student, Max Metz Jr., the Manager of School and Teacher Programs at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  We always love to catch up with past students to see where their journey has taken them, and Max has definitely had a journey full of exciting experiences and learning.  Take a listen as we talk about how his time at Central shaped him into the educator that he is as well as dive into the amazing educator programs and resources available though the Shedd Aquarium.  
November 15, 2021
The 301: S4:E4 AV Club & Sincerely, Gen Z
This episode lands us squarely talking to some very interesting folks!  We sit down with our own resident professional filmmaker, Mr. Matt Bilen to discuss the exciting new opportunity he is providing for students at CHS.  In our second segment, we wanted to talk to a few students involved in our student podcast we help to produce, Sincerely, Gen Z.  What a refreshing conversation with these students!
October 13, 2021
S4:E3 New Teachers Middle School
Hey, hey.  It's Stacy Reagan and Michael Doyle here to share the 301 happenings.  This episode we sit down with new middle school teachers Kimberly Braddock and Heidi Williams to introduce them to our 301 community and get to know them better.  Take a listen.
October 06, 2021
S4:E2 Lindsay Sharp, 6-12 Curriculum Director
Join us for this episode as we sit down and introduce the new 6-12 Curriculum Director, Lindsay Sharp!
October 01, 2021
Dr. Stirn & Dr. Mongan School Year Kick Off
We sit down with D301 Superintendent Dr. Todd Stirn and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Esther Mongan to talk about the 21-22 school year.  We walk through our Covid 19 Mitigation strategies for the year, new hires, district growth, and the Student Online Privacy Protection Act (SOPPA)  Lots of information to kick start your year!  Take a listen.
August 09, 2021
S3: E6 2021 Retirees
Take a listen to 2 of our finest teachers who are retiring this year as they reflect on their long careers in the district.
May 28, 2021
The 301 S3:E5 CHS Student Services
This episode we sit down with Kim Lewis, Assistant Principal of Student Services at CHS to talk about the upcoming mandated testing and scheduling for next year.  This is a great episode with information for teachers, parents, and students!
March 26, 2021
The 301 S3:E4 Fine Arts
Covid 19 hasn't held back our Fine Arts Department in Central 301!  Take a listen to how 4 educators are putting their creativity to use in finding ways for 6-12 students to still participate in the performing arts.  We sit down with Christine Heckman and Sarah Castro (CHS) to discuss the work going into the high school play and musical.  And then we sit down with Jonathan Piel (PKMS) to talk about how he is creatively facing the challenges of middle school performances.  Lastly, our own Michael Doyle has taken on the challenge at CMS to provide an enriching experience for students there as he writes, directs, and produces an episodic radio play.  
February 08, 2021
S3:E5--The Year in Review 2020
Need a little boost in these murky times?  Take a listen to the second installment of our series on 2020: The Year in Review.  This episode we sit down with Janice Kotwica, dean's assistant, Noelle Carani, kindergarten teacher, and Kelly Rupprecht, math teacher.  
January 11, 2021
S3:E3--The Year in Review
Need a little boost in these murky times?  Take a listen to our series on 2020: The Year in Review.  this episode we sit down with Amy Lawrence, 4th grade teacher, and Kerri McCastland, assistant principal.  
January 07, 2021
The 301 S3: E3 Fall Food Drive
This episode we sit down with Student Council Sponsors Zandra McGuire and Dave Semmen along with some students to discuss the food drive this year for the Central 301 community. More information can be found: 2020 Food Drive
November 10, 2020
The 301 S3:E2 The Halloween Special
We wanted to do something light, so we decided to sit down with four teachers to talk about their Halloween favorites!
October 16, 2020
The 301 S3:E1-Dr. Mongan
The 301 sits down with Dr. Esther Mongan to answer your questions regarding the opening of the 2020-2021 school year.
August 28, 2020
The 301 S2:E11 Dr. Eric Nolan
We sit down with Dr. Eric Nolan to talk about a variety of topics.  Did you know Dr. Nolan is a CHS alum?  Listen to him talk about his experiences as a Central student and now his time as a parent of Central students.  We also delve into how to help students experiencing mental health and anxiety issues.
March 20, 2020
The 301 S2:E10 Officer Durham
This week we sit down and chat with Central's School Resource Officer, Kane County Sheriff, Tom Durham.  SROs are in every high school in Kane county.  If you've ever wondered about the important role they serve, take a listen.  
February 26, 2020
The 301 Ideacon 2020
Take a listen to our session on podcasting at IDEAcon 2020!  
February 25, 2020
Educator of the Year Nominee 2020
This episode we sit down with Kane County Educator of the Year nominee, Scott Parola.  Scott is a CMS math teacher and coach in CCUSD 301.  
February 20, 2020
The 301: Social Studies & Vet Tech Externships
Join us for this episode as we sit with our freshmen social studies team as they discuss a civics project the freshmen class is doing.  Department Chair, Mike Schmidt, walks us through some new requirements and possibilities in the future.  Next we sit down with 4 CHS students in the Vet Tech program who are doing their externships this semester.  Any student who is either interested in this program or doesn't know anything about it, should listen to this one!  Great information for students and parents in this episode. For more information regarding the freshmen project, check out this website: CHS Service Project
February 06, 2020
The 301: S2:E7
It's 2020! To kick off the new year, we are planning to interview our own Central High School students who are doing amazing things outside of school.  This installment includes senior Isabella DiPiazza who talks about her experience as a youth advisor to our state representatives.  Following Isabella is Central 301's Social Emotional Learning coordinator, Kate Vincent.  Kate sits down with us to talk about what Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is and what her role is this year in the district.
January 24, 2020
The 301 S2:E6
We are excited about this episode.  First we talk to Shar Farran, handler of Adeena the Comfort Dog through Lutheran Church Charities.  Adeena is a regular at CHS during lunch hours and also has traveled extensively to help comfort those in need.  Our second segment takes us to Country Trails Grade School where we chat with third grader Maiyah Kee and her father Reggie Kee about her endeavors to become a published author. Her book The Colorblind Justice League was written and illustrated by this bright young lady!  And lastly we sit down with Dr. Melissa Leisner, ELA teacher at Prairie Knolls Middle School to talk about an author visit she arranged for her students.  The students read a verse book by Jasmine Warga, and the author visit added an extra dimension for our students in learning about empathy.  Thanks for listening!
November 22, 2019
The 301 S2:E5 Regional Pathways
We sit down with Kinasha Brown and Izzy Castillo to talk about regional pathways for students in school districts 300, 301, 303, and U-46.  Regional Pathways are opportunities for students to explore careers and earn industry certifications.  By pooling resources and breaking down barriers, districts can offer more to students through these inter-district agreements.  We discuss the specifics of regional pathway and help parents and students understand these exciting options. For more information on regional pathways, visit the website
November 06, 2019
The 301 S2:E4
301 families check out our latest podcast.  WE sit down with Jeff Nesseth and Christine Heckman about the upcoming fall musical, Guys and Dolls.  This is a great family-friendly event happening right here at CHS.  And then we sit down with high school guidance counselor Megan Marciniec to talk about the registration process for course selections for next year.  This segment is a MUST listen to for students and parents for great information.
November 01, 2019
The 301 S2:E3
In this episode, we talk with high school counselor, Brian Melvin, on Making College Count month at CHS.  Students and parents can learn about valuable information when it comes to applying for college.  In the second segment we sit down with Dana Nohling and Jasmine S, a life skills student, to talk about the CHS Barista, and how these students are learning important skills that reach beyond the classroom.  And finally, let's get physical.  We talk with 301 PE teachers Neil Wallner and Sarah Jackson about the importance of physical education at the elementary level.
October 16, 2019
The 301 S2:E2 Kind Rocks at Prairie View, AP Testing, and Hello Week @ LL
Find out how Prairie View Elementary is Rocking Kindness, new timelines for Advanced Placement testing at CHS, and how Lily Lake starts the week by saying Hello Week.  
October 03, 2019
In this episode we interview our two new elementary math coaches, Erica Snyder and Rachel Priola.  In our second segment, we interview our two student council sponsors and student council president and vice president about the upcoming homecoming week at CHS.  Lastly, the month of September is suicide awareness and prevention month.  Find out how our student services department is supprting our school community.
September 25, 2019