Cassia 411 Podcast

  • Mr. Ramezani Talks Revitalizing the Teaching of Math

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 12:17

    Meet Mr. Ramezani, at Declo Junior High! He is new to Cassia and came to teaching in an unconventional way. A Persian teacher at a medical school at one time, Mr. Ramezani came to Twin Falls and after a life changing accident, found himself pursuing a teaching career in math. He talks about how he approaches students and why "Math is Life". You just might start to believe him.. ;)

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  • Matt Cook, Owner of Goode Motor, Talks Workforce & Workforce Needs

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 18:14

    Listen to the discussion with a local business owner as he shares his thoughts and experiences about thinking through career paths. There are many opportunities for students outside of traditional university pathways. Leaving stereotypes behind, you might some new approaches for education serving your interests and skills.  

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  • Chet Jeppeson, Dept of Labor, Talks Training Students Early for the Job Market

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 21:08

    Mr. Jeppeson, workforce consultant for the Idaho Dept. Labor, shares his experience gained from working with employers. Training students to be efffective in the job market starts early and needs good reinforcement.

    The attached flyers are informational regarding our training programs.  One of the flyers is for participants, the other is for business partners interested in participating.

    The number to reach Jeppeson at the Dept Labor is: 208-678-5518 Ext: 3109

    Workforce Experience Participant Flyer

    Workforce Experience Flyer-Employer

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  • Mr. Seely, JVE Principal, Talks Procedures in Schools to Keep Kids Safe

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 18:11

    If you are looking for a more detailed description of what a typical day would be like at an elementary, this is the right listen for you.

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  • Jessica Johnson, Teacher at BJHS, Talks Students, Instruction and New Attitudes

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 13:30

    Ms. Johnson shares her feelings about students returning to the classroom and how her atiitude will guide the atmosphere in her classroom.

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  • Mr. Shumway, Cassia High Principal, Talks Faculty and Staff in the new year

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 11:09

    Student safety is only one aspect of overall precautions for those at school. Staff and Faculty are also included in preventative measures and accomodations. Mr. Shumway talks about teacher and staff returning to school.

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  • Pat Merrell, School Counselor at Declo JH, Talks Emotional Support for Students

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 11:13

    Successful academics go hand in hand with strong emotional and behavioral support. Mrs. Merrell discusses this topic in the context of returning students. It's a great listen!

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  • Diana Gill, White Pine Principal, Talks Elementary Life in the COVID world

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 8:48

    Mrs. Gill shares her thougts about bringing our younger students back to school and finding a way to celebrate back to school.

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  • Dr. Paul Pugh Talks students returning to the Arts

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 12:18

    Getting back to school means math, reading and science, but it also means music, choir and band. Hear from the strings teacher how he plans to approach this area of school.

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  • Mr. Copmann, Burley JH Principal, Talks Starting School

    by Debbie Crithchfield Length: 10:52

    Mr. Copmann talks about getting back to school, welcoming students and how we see things coming together. 

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  • Registration Information

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 5:57

    We know you can't get enough of registration talk! Here's the same info, just said out loud!

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  • Getting Back to School

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 23:14

    Sorry it's a one woman voice, but here's some general talk about starting back to school.

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  • Talking Mini Cassia Online Learning Academy

    by Length: 11:03

    Adding more info to what is already available. 

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  • Mrs. Beck Talks Out of the Box Learning

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 15:19

    Mrs. Jodie Beck, twelfth grade English teacher at Burley High School, organized a creative and innovative way to teach a staple of the classroom. Listen to her explain the project and more talk about how students learn to be adults.

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  • Mrs. Harper Talks Tech Center and Career Skills

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 16:24

    Hear from CADD (You will learn this acronym) Teacher, Lisha Harper about the advantages of a technical education and how her program and other programs help students beyond high school.

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  • Mr. Bowden Talks Helping Kids and Parents Cope

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 18:21

    In addition to the Connect program, we have a licensed therapist on the campuses on Declo Junior High and Cassia High School, through a grant project. Mr. Mathew Bowden talks about the challenges youth and their families are facing and how developing good communication skills, along with other skills, helps minimize some these life growing pains. He's a great resouce for our district!

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  • Mr. Johnston talks about reading at the elementary level

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 14:41

    Moutain View Elementary Principal, Derek Johnston, offers his thoughts and tips about reading at home and with young kids. 

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  • Jeanne Allen Talks Homelessness in Cassia

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 15:35

    You may not have thought about it, but we have many homeless students and families in the district. This is a different conversation about students than we normally have. Listen to learn about it and an upcoming project to help. 

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  • Sheri Allred and Taylee Robinson Talk BHS Student Vlog

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 12:44

    Mrs. Allred, advisor to a new student communication class, and one of her students,Taylee Robinson, talks about class is working to connect students. It's called a VLOG class (think video-blog) and students are writing, filming, editing and producing news and informational spots for students, by students. A great use of multiple skills and technology, listen as they explain what they do and why they do it.


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  • Ms. Johnson Talks Student Restorative Practices

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 13:02

    Jessica Johnson, Burley Junior Science Teacher, uses a technique called restorative practices to help students at school. Restorative practices promote inclusiveness, relationship-building and problem-solving, through methods such as circles for teaching and conflict resolution. Listen to how Miss Johnson uses this practice and believes it helps her classroom structure. 


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  • Talking about Why We Have Earlier Out Mondays

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 9:46

    We have had them for years and we have more 12:30 early outs this year. We ask assistant Superintendent, Sandra Miller about the whys and expected outcomes. 

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  • Randy Winns talks Player and Parent Sportsmanship

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 13:26

    Although new to Burley High School and school athletics, Mr. Winn has a perspective as a referee and sports enthusiast. We humbly offer some suggestions about how to show support and passion while balancing sportsmanship. As a little bonus at the end, we talk about college athletes and their ability to be sponsored. 

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  • Andrew Wray Talks Developing Student Leaders

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 13:23

    Student leaders need to be cultivated and mentored. Engaged students need some prodding and Mr. Wray gives some insights with his perspective of having worked with students. Good information whether you are the student, the mentor or the educator.

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  • Debbie C talks about Resolving Issues and Problems

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 11:03

    Taking care of problems is an important part of making school a good place to be for students and families. Learn the adopted procedure for probelm resolution. 

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  • Gail Gallegos talks Safety in the District

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 13:18

    We have a strategic safety plan, inspite of the fact that two people can't say it well at first! Listen to actions, plans and goals for this important effort. The podcast tells you to look under the Community tab for parent information, but it's really under the Safety tab.

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  • Counselors + A College and Career Advisor talk about what they do

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 13:58

    College and career advising combined with strategic counseling is the perfect combo to help students make the right choices beyond high school. Figuring out what comes next can be overhwhelming, not only for students, but for parents too. Burley High School counselors and career advisor speaks about how to access their support and resources. Parents are invited to have these same conversations. ** Important dates to know for help applying for FREE to college ** Watch for info from your high schools!

    Oct 17- Oakley HS

    Oct 22- Burley HS

    Oct 29- Declo HS

    Nov 7-  Raft River HS


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  • Katie Muir talks SPARK After School Program

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 12:51

    SPARK Afterschool is a program designed to continue the learning experience, in a different way than the school day, immediately after school. This is supported by a grant to specific elementary schools. Although there's a application process to be accepted into the free program, there is an all community afterschool event planned October 23th. Katie Muir, program director, shares the details.

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  • Website and App Chat

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 11:35

    We have updated our website and added features in the hopes of making info easier to find and access. The App is always a great tool on your phones too. Hear some quick tips about what's new!

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  • Trustee Moon Talk about the Connect Program

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 15:37

    It's OK to say I need help! That's the message for Cassia students. Trustee Darin Moon talks about the groundbreaking district program. Connect is a resource to help address a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress. Learn about the whys and hows of Connect.

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  • Cassia Teacher of the Year, Kasey Heward, Talks about Making a Difference

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 11:47

    Teaching in the 21st century is different AND the same as teaching in other times. Mrs. Heward shares her thoughts about reaching students and making a difference. She also shares her recommendations for reading! Tune in as the Cassia Teacher of Year shares her experiences in teaching and how she plans to help her students this year.

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  • Pam Teeter talks about Registration

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 14:26

    We are trying to make registration as easy as possible! Tune in and hear Pam Teeter, executive assistant, give you some tips on how to get it done.

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  • Dr. Shank talks about facility and maintenance changes

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 15:41

    There's a lot of talk about these changes and sitting down with Dr. Shank provides an insight to process and next steps. 

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  • Steve Copmann talks about Bullying

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 11:08

    One of the most frequently asked questions relates to bullying. We sat down with Steve Copmann to get his perspective on bullying and how parents can work with schools. You are going to hear some scratchy feedback at minute 2:29-2:47. IT GOES AWAY though! Give us a few seconds to get through!

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  • Introduction to the Podcast

    by Debbie Critchfield Length: 4:38

    We are excited about bringing you topics and information that can better help you navigate in your school and the district!

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