6 episodes

The Engaging Bobcats Podcast is a conversation with and about the Meridian CUSD 101 School Community. Each month we sit down with game-changers from and within this community and talk about the differences they’re making, are a part of, or are witnessing. We talk with teachers, students, administrators, parents, community volunteers, alumni, coaches, and others who are committed to making the absolute most of educating the kids who attend our school. You are invited to submit your ideas for how we can improve our podcast and share ideas for guests you think we should have on. Reach out to us at the school or through our producer, Journey12 at info@journey12.com. We are all committed to being responsive to the needs of our community and, if you’re listening, that’s you! We’re glad to have you with us!

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The Engaging Bobcats Podcast is a conversation with and about the Meridian CUSD 101 School Community. Each month we sit down with game-changers from and within this community and talk about the differences they’re making, are a part of, or are witnessing. We talk with teachers, students, administrators, parents, community volunteers, alumni, coaches, and others who are committed to making the absolute most of educating the kids who attend our school. You are invited to submit your ideas for how we can improve our podcast and share ideas for guests you think we should have on. Reach out to us at the school or through our producer, Journey12 at info@journey12.com. We are all committed to being responsive to the needs of our community and, if you’re listening, that’s you! We’re glad to have you with us!

    Mr. Malcolm Larry and a shout-out to the Class of ’22

    Mr. Malcolm Larry and a shout-out to the Class of ’22

    Today is Friday, May 20th, one day before the Meridian Class of ’22 walks across the stage and receives their high school diplomas. I just want to say how proud I am of the young people of this remarkable school community. During this past year, I have had the opportunity to speak with dozens of these kids and have come to better understand their hopes and dreams as well as their tragedies, setbacks, and frustrations. But, to a person, each and every Meridian student I have had the honor to meet has a kind of buoyancy and positivity that you just don’t find everywhere. I had a chance to sit down with Mr. Malcolm Larry to talk about what it’s like coming back to your hometown to teach. We were joined by Mr. Green, and over the span of about 30 minutes, I came to know this giant of a man who so loves the place where he came up and is so grateful to be here once again.

    • 27 min
    Meridian Rising: On the strength of their wings

    Meridian Rising: On the strength of their wings

    Napoleon Cook, Ben Tucker, and Jabron Bedward have plans for the days, months, and years that will follow their graduation on Saturday. They’re pragmatic young men. But they’re also brave young men, willing to dream and to take risks necessary for positioning themselves for a positive future. And as I held a nearly 30-minute conversation with them, it occurred to me that everything is created twice: First in the mind, and second in reality. No one thing worthy of pursuit happens without first appearing in the mind as a goal or a dream. And to have this courage to dream is no small thing, and so I have genuine admiration for Ben, Jabron, and Po for summoning that courage.

    • 31 min
    Exploring Postsecondary Paths: The Big 8

    Exploring Postsecondary Paths: The Big 8

    This month we discuss the 8-primary postsecondary paths taken by high school seniors after graduation. While Beyond the Tassel’s primary focus is on strategies and insights to make the most of the college admissions process, we recognize that college isn’t for everyone.  In our episode for April, we lift the hood on, and take ‘The Big 8’ for a spin. Military, Trade School, Community College, Travel the World, Family Farm or Business, Start a Business, 4-Year College, and World of Work. We examine the pros and cons of each option and learn a secret about novelist, John Grisham. Learn more here and on our website at journey12.com.

    • 19 min
    The Joy and Positivity in Celebrating Progress NOT Perfection

    The Joy and Positivity in Celebrating Progress NOT Perfection

    On this episode, we’ll hear two outstanding Meridian educators talking about how they’ve navigated Covid along with the importance of ‘seeing students,’ of helping them to understand the joy in accountability, and of finding the positive in even our most challenging circumstances. You’ll hear the conviction in their voices, and as you listen I suspect, like me, it will occur to you that Lisa Harris and Maryanne Boren are exactly where they should be, and that the students in their care at Meridian are all the better for it.

    • 30 min
    Meridian: What makes us who we are and how have we changed for the better?

    Meridian: What makes us who we are and how have we changed for the better?

    Today we meet 5th grader, Reign Green, and discuss her plans for the future along with LaTasha Mandrell’s ideas about what makes our school community so unique. Superintendent, Jon Green, also weighs in on how far we’ve come in the last nearly half-decade as a school. Despite the challenges that we’ve all experienced through the COVID-19 crisis, Meridian Schools have made huge strides over the last several years and it’s worth noting the educational investments being made in the future of our children.

    • 27 min
    Keyth Blissett and Maryanne Boren on Meridian’s Key Strengths (It’s the kids)

    Keyth Blissett and Maryanne Boren on Meridian’s Key Strengths (It’s the kids)

    For our September episode, we sit down with Maryanne Boren, Principal of the Junior High and High School, and A/V Teacher, Keyth Blissett. We explore Meridian’s ‘secret sauce,’ talk about its uniqueness as a school community and chat about a few of the programs that have caught our attention, including a personal finance class and some audio-video programming, both taught by Mr. Blissett.

    • 29 min

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