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S3 Ep. 10 - Welcome to the podcast where an incredible mom, Micah Morris from Westwood/Bales campuses, takes center stage as PTO President. In this delightful conversation, this dynamic woman shares insights, experiences, and heartfelt stories from her journey leading her PTO.

Micah was randomly selected from our list of 36 PTO officers, and luck smiled upon us! Her willingness to share her adventures as PTO President sheds light on the dedication and passion all PTO volunteers bring to their schools.

Join us as we delve into the world of PTO leadership, where laughter, challenges, and triumphs intersect to create a vibrant tapestry of community involvement. Micah graciously represents all Fwood PTO parents today, offering a glimpse into the boundless spirit that fuels their commitment to enriching the lives of students, families, and educators alike.

S3 Ep. 9 - In this insightful episode of our podcast, we delve into the dynamic world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education with special guests Exec Dir of Technology Jeremy Walker and Instructional Tech Coordinator Lanna Barajas. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of AI integration within FISD's educational landscape and explore its potential implications.

As the conversation unfolds, we address a pressing question – why do people harbor nervousness about AI in education?  Together with our guests, we navigate through the concerns and perceptions surrounding AI, discussing ethical considerations, privacy issues, and the overall societal apprehension towards this cutting-edge technology.

Whether you're an educator, a parent, or simply curious about the future of education, this episode offers valuable insights into the potential and challenges of AI in shaping the way we learn and teach. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of AI's role in FISD's educational landscape and its broader implications for the future of education.

S3 Ep. 8 - Welcome to "Friendswood Junior High Chronicles," the podcast where we bring you the inside scoop on the incredible individuals who make a difference in the lives of our students. In this episode, get ready to meet two of our absolute favorites from Friendswood Junior High!

First up, we have the man with boundless energy, the PE guru, and all-around fantastic guy, Coach Matt Veariel (pronounced like "Cereal"). Coach Matt is not just your average PE teacher; he's a mentor, motivator, and an essential part of the school community. Join us as we dive into his passion for physical education and discover the unique ways he connects with students both in and out of the gym.

And joining us alongside Coach Matt is the super cool 6th-grade assistant principal, none other than Christina Holt! With her vibrant personality and dedication to education, Ms. Holt brings a fresh perspective to the podcast. We'll explore her journey in shaping young minds, the challenges she faces, and the rewarding moments that keep her inspired.

So, grab your headphones and join us for a lively conversation with Coach Matt Veariel and Assistant Principal Christina Holt as they share their stories, insights, and the experiences that make Friendswood Junior High an extraordinary place for both students and educators. Get ready for a dose of inspiration and a whole lot of fun on "Friendswood Junior High Chronicles"!

S3 Ep. 7 - Dive into the heartwarming world of PALS on FISD's The Podcast! FHS seniors Remi Landry and Charlie Cravens share insights into the criteria for entry, the transformative power of peer influence, and how mentorship shapes character, responsibility, and connections. Tune in to discover how these high school leaders are not just making a difference in their mentees' lives but also paving the way for a brighter future.

S3 Ep. 6 - Join us as we delve into the unique experiences of being drum majors, navigating the intricate world of playing in the band, and embracing the responsibilities of leadership within their class. From the exhilarating highs of commanding the band during performances to the behind-the-scenes challenges they face, Elizabeth and Priscilla share their insights, stories, and reflections on the multifaceted role of drum majors.

S3 Ep. 5 - Join us on our exciting podcast, "Rising Stars of the Court," as we dive into the thrilling world of high school volleyball playoffs through the inspiring stories of two talented athletes, Alex Garcia and Andi Vaught. In this episode, we sit down with two remarkable high school girls who are members of a state-ranked FHS volleyball team, currently battling their way through the intense playoff season.

These young athletes are not only exceptional players on the court but also role models for their peers and the entire volleyball community. We explore their passion for the sport, their dedication to their team, and the challenges they face as they strive for victory in the playoffs.

Whether you're a volleyball enthusiast, a sports fan, or simply someone who appreciates stories of young athletes chasing their dreams, this episode will offer insights, inspiration, and a deeper appreciation for the dedication and determination required to thrive in the high-stakes world of high school volleyball playoffs.

S3 Ep. 4 - Tune in to our latest podcast episode as we take you on a journey through the exciting and innovative Inaugural Friendswood Country Fair. This unique event showcases extraordinary local student talent and businesses, brought to life by the visionary Friendswood High School Senior Levi John.

The Country Fair is Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and discover a world of creativity, passion, and innovation as our students present their exceptional products, services, and talents just in time for the holiday season. Hear firsthand from Levi John and get a sneak peek of what makes this event a can't-miss experience for the whole community. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to support our budding entrepreneurs and artists!

S3 Ep. 3 - Caroline Krebs and Jai Foster, the Senior Class President and Vice President, discuss their senior year, addressing topics like good manners and the dress code. They also share lighthearted moments, including Taylor Swift and memorable experiences. This episode offers insights and laughter about their high school journey and future.

S3 Ep. 2 - In this episode of The Podcast, join us as we sit down with FISD Superintendent Thad Roher to discuss his triumphant return after surgery. Thad shares his personal journey and reflects on how the theme "Because Kids" has taken on new meaning for him during this time. We delve into important updates on construction projects, as well as explore the anticipated timeline for FHS facilities. Thad speaks on the VATRE, and we highlight upcoming community events like Homecoming, the Distinguished Alumni Banquet, FEF Sporting Clays tournament and the Cline Dedication Ceremony.

S3 Ep. 1 - Exciting News! Join us on the latest episode of "FFA Chronicles" as we sit down with FHS senior Mady McAshlan and AG teacher Rachel Sawyer to dive deep into the world of FFA! Mady is a true FFA enthusiast with a passion for agriculture and leadership. She'll be sharing her incredible journey in FFA, from her early days to her senior year at FHS. You won't want to miss her inspiring story and the impact FFA has had on her life! Rachel Sawyer, our amazing AG teacher, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. She'll be shedding light on the importance of FFA in education and how it shapes the future of our young agricultural leaders. Curious about the FFA experience at FHS? Wondering how you can get involved?  Tune in to get all your burning questions answered and gain valuable insights into the world of FFA!

S2 Ep. 15 - The Final Episode of The Podcast Season 2: A Conversation with Superintendent Thad J. Roher on Education, Leadership, and FISD Updates. Join us as we discuss the latest developments in FISD, including a bond update, evidence-based learning, mental health support, and hear the answers to some of the questions you asked.

S2 Ep. 14 - Friendswood High School Valedictorian Ganesh Venu and Salutatorian Asiya Siddiqi sat down with us to discuss what it takes to be on top, moving beyond academics and sharing their incredible hearts for family and people which has motivated them to be where they are today.

S2 Ep. 13 - We sat down with the most highly recruited Texas high school football coach, Jordan Johnson, now serving as AD and head coach of the Friendswood High School Mustangs. We talked about everything football with a sprinkle of fun topics like pleated pants and befriending crows. This is a must-listen!

S2 Ep. 12 - Brian and Melissa Smith sat with us to discuss parenting with technology, their love of music, and what family time looks like as educators. In addition, you will want to hear how Brian involved Melissa's JH Choir students to ask for her hand in marriage.

S2 Ep. 11 - Wranglerette Director Alyssa Goza sat down with us to discuss what it takes to be a Wrangler, the real-world lessons she ties into her teaching, tips on preparing young ones to be Wranglers and what's coming up for their team. We love her heart and fully believe she is exactly where she belongs! 

S2 Ep. 10 - We sat down for the second time with student-turned-coach Jared Yawn. Y'all - his heart is absolutely pure gold. We discuss finding the balance between being a friend and a coach, discovering your purpose and what it's like to work with junior high students. This is one you don't want to miss!

S2 Ep. 9 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with sisters Dr. Stacy Guzzetta and Amy Tallman for an informative and super fun conversation. Learn about the new academic calendar, zoning, special education and icks...that's right, icks (the ones they have for each other). Will they think it's funny? Will feelings be hurt? Listen to find out!

S2 Ep. 8 - We sat down with FHS Head Basketball Coaches Christian Thompson and Caleb Marburger to hear all about their love for coaching and the expectations they have for their players.

S2 Ep. 7 - Meet the newest member of the FISD School Board of Trustees Beau Egert. He is a businessman, husband, father of three, community leader and all-around dynamic person. Listen to his fascinating views on the future of education, leaping into discomfort and the value of failure.

S2 Ep. 6 - We sat down with 2022 Elementary Teacher of the Year Carolyn Lowe. Her heart for her special education students (and all students, really) shines as she discusses the key ingredients for what makes a great teacher. She also talks about American Girl Doll Parties and The Avengers. What does that have to do with FISD, you ask? Listen to find out!

S2 Ep. 5 - Friendswood High School Student Resource Officer (SRO) Jason Ives sat down with us to discuss how he works to keep students safe and establish positive relationships with students and staff. This man has a heart of gold!

S2 Ep. 4 - We sat down with Friendswood High School Principal Mark Griffon to discuss traditions, Homecoming and what it's like to be the principal of THE #1 High School on the Planet!

S2 Ep. 2 - FISD Deputy Superintendent Lauren Ambeau sits down with us to discuss all things Standards-Based Learning and Grading. As with any change, there have been some questions, and she is here to help answer them!

S2 Ep. 2 - Join us as we talk about risk with the Most Interesting Man in the World, Ricardo Torres. FHS Spanish Teacher and first Latin American to summit Mount Everest and to complete the double version of the Seven Summits. 

S2 Ep. 1 - Superintendent Thad Roher welcomes everyone back to Friendswood ISD. Hear about our recent celebrations, Teaching and Learning highlights, Safety, and Bond Updates now.

S1 Ep. 15 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with FHS senior Jared Yawn - member of FFA and football, FHS hype man and the king of engaging with FISD's social media! Jared offers a unique perspective on making the most of the high school experience and shared what he has learned throughout the process.

S1 Ep. 14 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz take advantage of a free counseling session with FHS Student Support and Social-Emotional Learning Counselor Abygail Kinard. Listen and learn about  Casel 5 SEL Competencies, what is happening in FISD for Mental Health Month, and get some free potentially life-changing parental advice. 

S1 Ep. 13 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with FHS's beloved Assistant Principal Paul Tucker and substitute Milton Brock to discuss life and their servant's hearts. Your heart will be full listening to these incredible men tell stories, give advice and share hope for students' futures.

S1 Ep. 12 - Kelsey Golz sits down with Friendswood High School Athletic Trainers Blake Lapier and Melissa Jack to discuss all things athletic training. They combat stereotypes about what it means to be an AT, discuss how they got started in the field, cover hot-topics like concussions, give advice to parents and athletes, plus more! This is a very informative episode that is a must-listen!

S1 Ep. 11 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with themselves and talk about all things FISD Communications. Join in on the chaos and get insight into how crazy minds work ...or sometimes don't. Need advice? We didn't think so, but Dayna and Kelsey give it anyway. 

S1 Ep. 10 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with FISD Superintendent Thad Roher to discuss the 2022-23 academic calendar, COVID protocol updates, bond updates, standards-based learning and grading, the first-ever FISD Service Day, the new safety system and hint at a new exciting secret! 

S1 Ep. 9 - Friends Ashley Adair, Executive Director of Education Foundation and FEF President Molly Crow join The Podcast as we talk all things Education Foundation. 

S1 Ep. 8 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with Windsong's mother-daughter duo Julie and Bella Leggio. Julie has been teaching for 30 years while her daughter Bella is navigating her first year of teaching as one of the first hires from FISD's Ready, Set, Teach program. 

S1 Ep. 7 - Meet Melissa Victorick. FHS SpeechTeacher, PALS Sponsor and Coordinator, Fine Arts Team leader, lover of students, and long-time A&M football season ticket holder.  This lady will warm your heart and give you the confidence to speak in public. What else does anyone need?

S1 Ep. 6 - Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with Friendswood High School coaches Sarah Paulk, Robert Koopmann and Daron Scott. 

S1 Ep. 5 - FHS Instructional Coach (Comfort Crusher) Karen Hillier talks about what students need to be engaged and helping teachers discover how to help students think, create, and discover their own learning.

S1 Ep. 4 - Talking to Westwood Elementary School's Assistant Principal Lee Whitlock. Learn more about who he is, coming to kindergarten, what parents need to know, Team Whitlock, family, social media and the power of words, and the refusal to answer random questions (listen to understand - ha!).

S1 Ep. 3 - Two FHS teachers, Corey Truman and Melissa Stephenson, discuss their vision behind History and English coming together to help students find their voice, discover family ancestry and embrace the beliefs that make them who they are as juniors in high school.

S1 Ep. 2 -Dayna Owen and Kelsey Golz sit down with Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees member Laura Seifert for a candid conversation about diving into discomfort, being a mom and wife, faith, dancing, junior high perms, and much more! We're excited to give you a little more insight into the heart of someone who makes big decisions about the students and staff of FISD. 

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Also, did you know we're now on Apple Podcasts? Search "The Podcast Friendswood ISD" today and subscribe! 

S1 Ep. 1 - Superintendent Thad Roher kicks off FISD's first podcast, sharing timely back-to-school information such as Bond Construction, Tax Rate developments,  Health Protocols - masks, virtual school, and contact tracing; 2021-2022 initiatives - Standard Based Learning, Instructional Coaches, and Upcoming Events!