Tuesday, October 30, 2018

S2E4: "I'm Always Up For A Good Scare Now And Then"

This is a special Halloween broadcast of We Are EG. On this episode, we talk to several students about the supernatural and the creepy things that go bump in the night. We talk about clowns, ghosts and a chupacabra sighting. Plus, a shout-out to Mr. Lesniak who is often the victim of scares.

And, something strange happened in the freight elevator at Elk Grove High School. Listen to find out.

In this podcast, we mention an incident involving Mr. Lesniak. Here is the video of that epic scare.  Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

S2E3: "If You Want To Do Something, Then You Should Try and Do It"

We all have passions in our lives that many may not know about. Brian Mundorf is no exception. Around the age of 40, Brian starting running marathons. This spring, he will complete his 53rd marathon getting him closer to his goal of running a marathon in every state.

Brian is currently in his 18th year working at Elk Grove High School, his first year working the first shift. "It's been fun," he says. "It's a lot different waking up early in the morning." On this episode of We Are EG, Brian talks about his passion for running and how setting out to complete goals can be an awarding experience.

The music on this podcast was provided by Podington Bear via the Free Music Archive. The tracks "Don't Go," "So It Goes" and "Violet" were licensed through a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 International License. More information can be found at www.freemusicarchive.org

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

S2E2: "I found the person I am and who I want to be"

Keren is a junior in high school who has experienced more in her 16 years than most will experience in their life.  When first entering high school, she was a quiet, introverted student who did what she needed to in order to be successful but didn't really engage with others, both peers and staff members.  As the daughter of immigrants, Keren shares her struggles with connecting with others as well as balancing the responsibilities at home.  She discusses the difficulties of overcoming substance abuse, as well as the unfortunate passing of her father, and how writing and opening up to others has really helped drive her to find her purpose in life.  Keren now wants to become a social worker to help those who experience similar situations to hers.

The music in this podcast was provided by

    Daniel Birch, "Sleep" from his  Ambient Volume 3 Album (Creative Commons License 3.0)

    Podington Bear, "Trillium" from his Melodic Ambient album (Creative Commons License 3.0)

    Podington Bear, "Bountiful" from his Melodic Ambient album (Creative Commons License 3.0)

Monday, September 17, 2018

S2E01: "Soccer is Life"

On the first episode of We Are EG, Season 2, we sit down with Edgar Rivera, one of the Dean of Students at Elk Grove High School. We talk about soccer and life. Mr. Rivera began playing soccer at a very young age, taking him through high school and college and a professional career as well. How has soccer shaped his approach to life and education? Listen to find out.

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We Are EG is a production of the Elk Grove CollabLab, building a community of learning at Elk Grove High School and beyond. Visit EGCollabLab.org for more information.

This podcast contains music from Podington Bear via the Free Music Archive. His song "Aim is True" was used under a Creative Commons License.

Season 2 Premieres on Tuesday!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Season 2 is Coming Soon!

We Are EG tells the stories of the people who make up the fabric of the Elk Grove High School community. These stories are of students, staff and those who have, in one way or another, been touched by their association with the school and those here who call it home.  Season 2 begins soon.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

S1E19: "A Life Changing Experience. Period."

This brings us to the end of Season 1 of We Are EG.  On this special episode we celebrate the Japanese Exchange Program and the coordinator of the program for the last 29 years, Cliff Darnall, who will be retiring this year. Many familiar voices can be heard including retired EGHS teacher Ralph Scalise and recently graduated student, Nicole Tabor. In addition, we sat down wth a few Japanese students and teachers to get their perspectives, too.

This podcast brings us full circle. Ryan Christie, a former EG student and participant of the Exchange Program, will be the new Japanese language teacher at Elk Grove in the Fall. He discusses the significance of this from his perspective.

The Japanese Exchange Program is a unique experience at Elk Grove High School and has touched countless lives--not just those who participated, but also family, community members, organizations and companies who lent support over the years.

Take a listen below.

The Japanese Exchange Program (JXP) would like to sincerely thank the following for their vital support of and contributions to our 30-year-old exchange, all of whom have helped make the program possible, welcoming, and/or deeply meaningful:
  • The administration, staff, students, and parent organizations of Ashidai (formerly Ashikodai) High School, Ashitandai High School, and Elk Grove High School
  • The hundreds of families who have hosted for the exchange on both sides of the Pacific, many of them more than once
  • The companies, organizations, and individuals who have generously contributed financial support over the years. A recent donor list can be found here.
  • The founders of the exchange: then Principal Leo Hundt and then Librarian Esther Perica in the U.S.; and the late Principal Hitoshi Sasaki, the late Principal Satoshi Kobayashi, and then Coordinator Terry Yamaguchi in Ashikaga
  • Exchange committee members at the three schools through the decades, including Mr. Yamaguchi, who served for almost 29 years before retiring, and current Japan-side Coordinator Hi-de Tsuru
  • Special individual supporters such as Shunichiro, Mitsuko, and Shin Kishioka; Kiyo and Yuko Shirataki; and JXP Parent Liaison and frequent host Linda Bauer
  • The Japan Information Center of the Japanese Consulate in Chicago

We invite you to visit the EGHS JXP website  or to follow us or contribute tweets at #EGHS_JXP.

About the music in this episode:

Madoka Ogitani provided two tracks: "Ibuki" and "Calmness." These tracks are courtesy of the Free Music Archive and licensed through a non-commercial Creative Commons 4.0 license.

Saya Asakura provided an instrumental version of her song アリャセ ヘイヤ~ ("Aryase Hayya") via a Royalty Free License. More information about Saya Asakura can be found at her website: http://asakurasaya.com/ . Her album can be found on iTunes.