FORTiTUDE

A Podcast By The Fort Zumwalt School District

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Season 1, Episode 16

Not Your Parents’ Library

When your child tells you it’s library day, what do you think of? What if your 7th or 11th grader talks to you about the school library, what do you imagine? Flint Hill Elementary’s Julie Jamieson, the district library/media curriculum coordinator, and West High’s Shannon Grieshaber sit down to help us better understand all the action going on in our libraries. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 15

Career Ready: CAPS

Nicole Whitesell, Director of St Charles County CAPS program, and West High student and CAPS associate Annalise Harry tell us what this program is, how it works and why it’s important to get hands-on experience before graduating high school. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 14

Spring Sports

We discuss the Spring Activities season with the Activities Coordinators from the 4 Fort Zumwalt High Schools. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Bonus Episode

West High Dance Team

We’re joined by members of the championship winning West High Competitive Dance Team, and find out what it takes to bring home a trophy. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Bonus Episode

Summer Camp

Assistant Superintendent Jen Waters joins South High Activities Coordinator Ryan Rapp to give us an overview of all Fort Zumwalt has to offer this summer. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 13

get to work

Since 1963 the Fort Zumwalt School District has provided students the opportunity for hands-on training in our woods and metals shops. Things have changed quite a bit since then, in the workplace and in our classrooms. Tune in as we talk with Pat Brown, Andy McHaffie, and Erin Williams about the opportunities for our students in Industrial Technology and Engineering and other Career Technical Education courses. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episodes 10, 11, and 12

ESP: Our Suicide Awareness Initiative

Educate. Support. Prevent.

These are the focal points of Fort Zumwalt School District’s suicide awareness and prevention initiative, work that has been ongoing in our schools for more than 20 years. In this three-part conversation we sit down with experts who work in our schools with our students and our staff to shed light on what this program looks like and why it’s critical in our schools. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Bonus Episode

Snow Day

CAPS intern Annalise Harry takes the opportunity to grill Dr DuBray on how snow days work in the district, and what the process of making that decision looks like. Click for more…

 
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Season 1, Episode 9

Grow your own teacher

Since 2005 the Grow Your Own Teacher program has been taking Fort Zumwalt graduates and helping them become Fort Zumwalt teachers. We talk about how we do it, and what it means for our students. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 8

Strength in diversity

JB and Laura take over the episode and interview Juan and Rockwood School District’s Brittany Hogan, Coordinator Educational Equity and Diversity. Learn how they help their schools and educators navigate those difficult conversations pertaining to diversity and inclusion. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 7

The Holiday episode

Enjoy music, memories, and more in this special Holiday Episode of the podcast. Click for more…

Season 1, Episode 6

New Gear for the New Year

Members of the ICAC Task Force in O’Fallon, MO join Hannah Dyksen, Westhoff Elementary Technology Teacher, to discuss the dangers and best practices with all those new tech toys students are going to receive this year. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Bonus Episode

West Middle Takes The Plunge

Students and staff at Fort Zumwalt West Middle have created an atmosphere of student driven giving and community involvement. Their efforts have raised money and awareness for many causes, but this month the school will be the first ever to make their own Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Click for more…

Season 1, Bonus Episode

Veterans Day 2018

Laura and Juan visit several of the Veteran’s Day activities in Fort Zumwalt schools to hear stories from veterans bring us a new experience to a great event. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 5

Mike and Mike

In our conversation with Board President Mike Swaringim and Board Vice President Mike MacCormack about the work of a school board we learned what it means to them to lead our staff and students. Click for more…

Season 1, Bonus Episode

SOUTH HIGH Soccer Champions

The Fort Zumwalt South High Boys Soccer team just became the Missouri Class 3A Champions. We talk with their coaches and several players about their big win and learn how they got here. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 4

EXTRA! ExTRA! curriculars

We'll take you all around the Fort as the Activities Coordinators sit down to help us get ready for the upcoming winter season. They've got updates on everything from basketball and wrestling to dance and winter drumline. Listen in for what's coming up at our high schools. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 3

Role With It

Find out what kept Joe Sutton (North High Principal) and Buddy Entwistle (South Middle Principal) in town and working in our schools. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 2

Secure the Fort

We meet with Superintendent Dr. Bernie DuBray and O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler to discuss school safety. From facility security to community partnerships, we all have a role in giving students a safe, secure learning environment. Click for more…

 

Season 1, Episode 1

 

What is Fortitude?

Juan, JB, and Laura run down the ideas behind the Podcast, and introduce themselves to the world. Click for more…