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Four Circles on "Integrating Spirituality into Therapy"
(April 18, 2009) Jack Kline, Executive Director at Four Circles Recovery Center, Horse Shoe, NC, 877-893-2221, reports Four Circles will co-host the second annual professional development workshop at their base camp on June 5, 2009. Guest speaker for this one day event is Dr. David Powell, President of the International Center for Health Concerns, who will speak on "Integrating Spirituality into Therapy."

Vista Counseling Offers DBT
(April 20, 2009) Mike Checkett, Director and Owner of Vista Counseling Services, Salt Lake City, UT, 801-910-5891, announced Vista Counseling is now providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services, including groups that focus on emotional regulation and development and integration of adaptive coping strategies.

Letter to New Horizons for Young Women
(April 21, 2009) There is a new letter posted to the editor from a past graduate of New Horizons for Young Women. This can be viewed in its entirety on the struggling teens website.

Flying H Youth Ranch Dedication Ceremony
(April 21, 2009) Bob Hostetler, Director of Development at Flying H Youth Ranch, Naches, WA, 509-658-2990, announced there was a dedication ceremony and BBQ lunch and tour for guests in honor of the new school building on May 16, 2009.

SOAR Fall and Spring Semester Opportunities
(April 22, 2009) SOAR (Success Oriented Achievement Realized), Balsam, NC, 828-456-3435, announced their upcoming semester programs: Fall semester in the Appalachians, September 8-December 5, 2009; Fall semester in the Rockies and Yellowstone, September 9-December 6, 2009; Spring Southeast Coastal and Latin America semester, January 8-May 9, 2010; and Spring California Coastal and Desert Southwest, January 9-May 9, 2010. For additional information, contact Jonathan Jones, Executive Director

Beth Laughlin Leaves VIVE
(April 22, 2009) Beth Laughlin has announced that she is no longer with VIVE, Inc. Her new contact information is: mobile phone, 919-428-0048.

Residential Program in Daybreak Canyon Opens
(April 22, 2009) Larry McArthur, CEO and Founder of Daybreak Canyon, Rupert, ID, 208-312-4117, announced Daybreak Canyon is officially open. This unique program is a green, residential treatment center for young men ages 12-17 who are struggling with academics, negative behaviors and friendships or alcohol and drug abuse. COO and Founder, Dustin Larna, has previous experience working with adolescents in residential care in both AK and ID, and Jen McArthur is the therapist at Daybreak Canyon. She has spent several years working with teens in boarding schools, wilderness programs and outpatient therapy settings. For additional information, contact Larry McArthur.

VIVE! Hosted Free Parent Coaching Conference Call
(April 22, 2009) VIVE!, Inc., Boulder, CO, 866-645-1781, recently presented their second free parent coaching conference calls in the VIVE Family series, presented by Leslie Potter and VIVE's Director of Training and Parent Coach, Rohini Ross. These calls are designed to answer parenting questions, offer live advice and offer support. For more information contact VIVE!.

Jacob Francom Visits Woodbury Reports
(April 23, 2009) Jacob Francom, MA, Program Director at Turning Winds Academic Institute in Troy, MT, 406-295-5401, was in the area and stopped by Woodbury Reports, Inc., Bonners Ferry, ID, for a visit.

Vogel Interim Head at Oliverian School
(April 24, 2009) Mike Doherty, Admissions Director for the Oliverian School, Haverhill, NH, 603-989-5100, announced Gregory Vogel has been appointed Interim Head of School at Oliverian starting July 1, 2009. Barclay Mackinnon will remain in his role of Head of School until July 1. Greg has been the Assistant Head of School and served as the Dean of Students and Dean of Faculty during his first two years. Greg previously worked at Dartmouth College in the development office and with the men's college soccer team.

Island View Announces Changes
(April 24, 2009) Island View RTC, Syracuse, UT, is implementing several enhancements that will provide better service to residents, parents and referral sources These include a co-ed team for upper level residents, an adoption seminar and a re-alignment of some of our clinicians and management staff to better serve our clients. Additionally, some staff has been reassigned to more specific roles, Jason Drake, LCSW, is now the Clinical Program Manager for the Boys' and Co-ed Teams and Kim Hill, LCSW, is the Clinical Program Manager for the Girls' and DBT Teams. Both report directly to Steve Lancaster in his enhanced program director role as the Clinical & Residential Services Director. For more information contact Don Vardell, Executive Director at 866-952-7930.

Spring Happenings at Echo Springs
(April 24, 2009) Echo Springs Transition Study Center, Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-1111, announced several exciting happenings which include: five students (including 3 graduates) who currently attend North Idaho College are members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international Honor Society for two-year colleges; all students in the first phase have begun preparations for the summer Alaska experience. The course, "Cultural Anthropology and Ecology of Interior Alaska" offered by North Idaho College, culminates in a two-week trip into the remote Brooks Range region. Three students in phase two will be leaving on a European trip for two weeks in May with director Doug Kim-Brown.

Amanda Thomas Leaves VIVE
(April 24, 2009) Amanda Thomas has announced she is not longer with VIVE, Inc. Her new contact information is: phone: 303-775-1779.

ANASAZI Fundraising Campaign
(April 27, 2009) ANASAZI Foundation, Mesa, AZ, 800-678-3445, has a launched a $500,000.00 fundraising campaign to aid young people from families impacted by the current economic downturn, by extending services to parents who are unable to secure financing or obtain services from other providers. For additional information contact ANASAZI.

Sorenson's Ranch Celebrates 50 Years
(April 27, 2009) Sorenson's Ranch School located in Koosharem, UT, 435-638-7318, which started out as a summer youth program in the summer of 1959 run by Burnell and Carrol Sorenson, Ell Sorenson, Wayne Brindley and Milton Brindley, is celebrating its 50th year. Sorenson Ranch School is a family-owned and operated residential treatment center for students with substance abuse, low or non-existent self-esteem, learning difficulties, dropping out of or being expelled from school, extreme mental stress, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. It is accredited by NAAS and JCAHO.

Open Sky Receives Award and Welcomes New Staff
(April 27, 2009) Danny Frazer, Business Development and Marketing Director for Open Sky, Durango, CO, 970-382-8181, shared with us that Open Sky was named as a "Colorado Company to Watch" award winner and will be presented an award on June 25th, 2009. In addition, with the completion of its spring New Field Guide training led by Emily Isaacs, the new Assistant Field Director and Derek Daley, Field Manager, Open Sky has hired six new field guides: David Clark, Amber Fisher, Kaitlin Hager, Harlan Hayes, Thea Stanford and Robin Wolthausen. Rosa Malloy-Post, a former Open Sky student, will also be joining Open Sky as an academic intern.

LEAPNOW Offers Two Programs
(April 27, 2009) LEAPNOW Transforming Education, Calistoga, CA, 888-424-5327, offers two programs: LEAPYEAR, an alternative college year with a full year of college credits. Students travel and study in India or South America during the fall semester with peers and adult leaders and do a 3 month internship that they choose from a database of thousands of options in 126 countries. In One Revolution, students spend five months exploring culture and service in Guatemala, India and Uganda. For more information contact LEAPNOW.

King George School's Art Expression
(April 27, 2009) King George School in Sutton, VT, 802-467-1200, will be offering art expression workshops "Art Expressions 2009:" June 11-13, 2009, July 30-August 1, 2009 and September 24-26, 2009, designed to teach the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression. Travel arrangements and accommodations will be arranged by the King George School. For more information, contact Jeremy McGeorge.

In Balance Ranch Academy's New Building
(April 28, 2009) In Balance Ranch Academy, Tucson, AZ, is excited to announce their new school building is complete. It holds a new computer lab complete with 20 new laptops, a science lab, four classrooms, a library and a large multipurpose room. In addition, In Balance Academy has achieved accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) and North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCACASI). To learn more contact Patrick and Betsy Barrasso, Owners and Founders, at 520-722-9631.

Northeast NATSAP Showcases Artwork at IECA
(April 28, 2009) NATSAP Northeast Schools showcased student artworks at the 2009 IECA Spring Conference in San Francisco, CA, with a silent auction to purchase the artwork to benefit the IECA Foundation and the artists. Students from over 13 schools and programs submitted their work for this worthy cause.

Benchmark Transitional Living Program
(April 29, 2009) Benchmark Young Adult School©, Redlands, CA, is pleased to announce the formation of Benchmark Transitions©, a residential transitional living program for 18-28 year old men and women providing clinical treatment, addiction recovery, aftercare, and education and life skills. Benchmark Transitions has a new website as well, but please note that all other contact information will remain unchanged. For information contact Shelley Skaggs, Director of Marketing and PR, 909-307-3973 ext. 34.

Wellspring Affiliates with 5W PR Firm
(April 29, 2009) 5W Public Relations, a full service public relations firm based in NY, and named "the fastest growing agency" three years in a row, today announced the addition of Wellspring, Reedley, CA, a leading organization of weight loss programs for children, teenagers and young adults, to its roster of high-profile health & wellness clients. Contact Wellspring for more information at 866-364-0808.

Little Keswick Expands and Receives SEVIS
(April 29, 2009) Little Keswick School, Keswick, VA, is in full swing with the addition of their new Academic Center which boosts five new classrooms, science and communications labs complete with up to date technology and two new dormitories: Madison and Jefferson. In addition, Little Keswick has received certification and enrollment in the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) which allows international students to enroll. For more information contact Terry Columbus, Director at 434-295-0457, ext. 14.

Grand River Academy's Summer Schedule
(April 29, 2009) The Grand River Academy in Austinburg, OH, 440-275-2811, will be held June 28-August 7, 2009. It is open to young men and women, grades 9-12, offering both five day and seven day boarding programs while earning a full academic credit in six weeks. Classes are in the mornings, while afternoons are devoted to activities such as sports, arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing and horseback riding. For more information contact the admissions office.

Agape Boys Sing at State Capitol
(April 30, 2009) Scott Smith, Agape Boarding School, Stockton, MI, 417-276-7215, let us know that on April 23, 2009, the young men from Agape Boarding School's singing group were invited to tour the state capitol and meet with state political leaders. They had the privilege of opening the house meeting by singing the National Anthem. To learn more about Agape Boarding School please visit the website.

100% Oakley Seniors Acceptance
(May 1, 2009) The Oakley School, Oakley, UT, 562-412-5916, is proud to announce that 100% of the Oakley School seniors that applied to a four year college were accepted to one of their choices. Acceptances this year ranged from Northwestern University, Fordham University, University of Denver, Westminster College, University of Colorado, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Clemson University, American University, College of Wooster, Goucher College, Penn State, Michigan State, and many more.

Four Circles Introduces Adventure Activities
(May 1, 2009) Four Circles Recovery Center in Horseshoe, NC, 877-893-2221, has added adventure activities such as rock climbing, fly fishing and other adventure trips every six week as a regular component of its wilderness based recovery program. For additional information, contact Four Circles.

Eckerd Alumni Chef Robert Hesse Returns to Visit
(May 1, 2009) Robert Hesse, chef and proprietor of three New York restaurants, a current contestant on Hell's Kitchen on Fox network, is also an alumnus of Eckerd Academy. He will be visiting Eckerd Academy campuses in FL, GA and TN to share his story and cook for them. He says, "I want to give kids hope that they can also have a really good future." For more information contact Karen Bonsignori at 727-461-2990 ext 305.

Carlbrook's Brace and Dunbar on LA Talk Radio
(May 4, 2009) Allen Cardoza's "Answers for the Family" talk radio featured Tim Brace, the Headmaster at Carlbrook School, and Kelly Dunbar, the Dean of Admissions at Carlbrook, on May 4, 2009. They discussed how students thrive in school when they feel safe. Tim has served as Headmaster or Executive Director at several secondary boarding schools and Kelly has almost 20 years of experience working with adolescents, families, and educational consultants.

Brandi Elliott Speaks on Parents as Partners
(May 5, 2009) This year's 4th Annual Northwest Get Together in Naples, ID, sponsored by Woodbury Reports, included Brandi Elliott, who has worked in the parent choice industry for over 15 years as a direct care staff, school director of a therapeutic boarding school, program consultant and admissions director. She shared and discussed the importance of involving and including or "partnering" with parents as "the single most important indicator of a program's commitment to the participant's quality of care and future success".

Odyssey Goes Year Round/Adds New Field Therapist
(May 5, 2009) Sarah Brockman, Admissions Director at Odyssey Wilderness Program, Bellingham, WA, 360-671-4999, announced as of October 1, 2009, Odyssey's winter location will be based out of Joshua Tree National Park and will offer hiking and rock climbing. In addition, Jane Fineberg, MSW, LCSW, has joined Odyssey's clinical team and will be working as a Field Therapist. Jane did her undergraduate work at Sarah Lawrence College and her graduate work at the University of Michigan. Before joining Odyssey she worked in an adventure-based therapeutic boarding school in Northwest MT,where she facilitated individual, family and group therapy with at-risk teens and their families.

Barbara Walters on Daughter's Life as a Struggling Teen
(May 5, 2009) In a recent interview by the San Francisco Chronicle, Barbara Walters discussed her daughter's teen drug abuse and her residential treatment at a therapeutic boarding school in ID, which she has written about in her autobiography "Auditions."

Cherry Gulch Adds to Facility
(May 6, 2009) Cherry Gulch in Emmit, ID, is a ranch-style, therapeutic boarding school designed specifically for 10 -14 year old boys, has recently completed a 2,800 Sq. Ft. multipurpose playing court in addition to an outdoor riding arena for their equine program, an improved trail system, a covered wagon, recycling center and organic garden. For more information, contact Andy Sapp, PhD, founder and CEO, at 208-365-3437, ext. 502.

Animal Therapy at Redcliff Ascent
(May 6, 2009) Redcliff Ascent, Springville, UT, has an addition to their therapy program, Gracie, a nine year old lab/retriever mutt that has recently been certified as an official therapy dog. Her owner, Kena Frey, a Redcliff therapist, found Intermountain Therapy Animals and put Gracie through the program, attending several training sessions, before she was certified as a therapy dog, with recertification required every two years. For more information contact Redcliff at 800-898-1244.

Congratulations to Kristen Hayes on Birth of Twins
(May 6, 2009) Kristen Hayes has given birth to adorable twin girls, Haylee Grace and Taylor Nicole Hayes, born Thursday, April 9, 2009. Both were 19 inches long, with Haylee weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces, while Taylor weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces. Kristen says "having twins has been an adventure! It's a lot of work, but so worth it-truly double the blessing. The girls are great babies and I am really enjoying being a mommy." Congratulations Kristen!

John Santa Speaks at Northwest Get Together
(May 7, 2009) John Santa, PhD, Montana Academy, spoke at the 4th Annual Northwest Get Together, sponsored by Woodbury Reports, Inc. John's presentation was titled: A Developmental and Relationship Based Approach to Adolescent Struggles for Identity. He outlined the developmental model that has evolved at Montana Academy.

BrainWare Safari Named Best Education Game
(May 7, 2009) Learning Enhancement Corporation announced that its flagship program, BrainWare Safari, won the 2009 CODIE Award for Best Education Game from the Software and Information Industry Association. The award recognized BrainWare Safari as entertaining and challenging in a way that judges had not seen before. The program was also commended for using technology not just as a means of delivery, but as an innovative learning tool. For more information contact Betsy Hill at 312-239-2677.

White Mountain Summer Camps
(May 8, 2009) The White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH, is offering several summer adventures for teens ages 12-16 including White Mountain Kayak camp, New England Exploration, Ultimate Northeast and White Mountain Climbing camp. For more information and dates available contact Ben Mirkin, Director of Summer Programs at 603-444-2928 ext. 40.

V3 Announces V3 Outreach and V3 N.O.W.
(May 8, 2009) V3 Tucson, Tucson, AZ, 520-299-4787, announced the addition of two new programs in addition to their residential program. V3 Outreach is a 3 month program designed exclusive for contract with the United States military for active duty members of the armed forces; V3 N.O.W. meets the needs of the person wanting a shorter program with a strict structure, consisting of two phases. For additional information, contact Chris Connolly, Marketing and Admissions.

Pine River Institute Looking For Field Instructor
(May 9, 2009) Pine River Institute, Shelburne, Ontario, Canada, is looking for experienced Wilderness Field Instructors to deliver the Outdoor Leadership Experience program, ensure group safety, teach basic wilderness skills, solidify course logistics and, through facilitation, maintain focus on the therapeutic elements of the wilderness experience. Send resumes to Nicole Bangham or fax to 519-925-9220.

Friends of Families Thanks Donors
(May 9, 2009) Dr. James Powell and Brandi Elliott, founders of Friends of Families with Children in Crisis Foundation, Lake Arrowhead, California, 951-317-3151, is appreciative and thankful to all the donors of Friends of Families. They shared a letter from a past parent with us, describing her child's journey through a therapeutic boarding school. To view this letter in its entirety, visit the struggling teens website.

Wellspring Opens Western Canada Camp
(May 11, 2009) Wellspring Weight Loss Camps will be opening its first Canadian facility in Squamish, British Columbia, the first such type of camp for adolescents in this area. For more information on this Wellspring camp that starts July 5, call 1-866-364-0808.

34 Rehab Centers in Malibu Called Nuisance by Residents
(May 11, 2009) In a recent article in The Malibu Times, the issue of too many drug and alcohol treatment centers in Malibu, CA, is becoming a problem for residents who call them a nuisance. Residents and city leaders plan to lobby state legislators about the increasing numbers of these centers in their residential area.

Susanna Miller Joins Talisman
(May 12, 2009) Talisman Programs, Zirconia, NC, 828-697-6313, welcomes Susanna Miller as the new summer camp Program Manager. Susanna has worked the past eight years with adults in a work and life skills program, with children at a special needs camp and with the Special Olympics. Susanna will be replacing Aaron McGinley, who is moving into his new role as Clinical Services Manager. For more information, contact Linda Tatsapaugh, Executive Director.

New Haven Utah's "Best of State" Award Second Year in a Row
(May 12, 2009) New Haven, Spanish Fork, UT, an InnerChange program, has once again been awarded Utah's Best of State Award for Youth Treatment Centers. New Haven will be honored along with other winners at a black-tie dinner on May 30, 2009. Nominees for the Best of State Award were judged in three categories: service to the community, innovation and overall excellence. Contact Ashley Auchterlonie, Director of Marketing, at 214-272-6880.

Bachman Academy's Summer Camp Options
(May 12, 2009) Bachman Academy in McDonald, TN, is accepting applications for their 2009 summer camps which include: Summer Quest, a six week overnight camp; Bachman Day Camps which focus on academics in the morning and adventure in the afternoons; and Bachman Horse Camp, offered by weekly sessions, mornings only, for boys and girls ages 9-17. For more information, contact Rhainne McRae, Director of Admissions, at 423-479-4523.

Ponca Pines Provisional Member of NATSAP
(May 12, 2009) Ponca Pines Academy in Omaha, NB, a new therapeutic boarding school which opened September 2008 and has currently enrolled eleven students, is proud to announce two pieces of news: they were recently accepted by NATSAP as a Provisional Member and they will hold High School graduation this May for five students. Contact Betsy Jacobson-Warren, Executive Director, 402-457-1421.

Woody Crowell Joins WinGate
(May 12, 2009) WinGate Wilderness Therapy, Lehi, UT, announced Woody Crowell has joined their team as the new Director of Business and will work with Brad Matheson, the Director of Admissions and Partner. To contact Woody, call 801-368-6367; for more information on WinGate, call 800-560-1599.

Blueprint Education Student Recognition Event
(May 12, 2009) Marmy Kodras, Marketing Director for Blueprint Education, Phoenix, AZ, 800-426-4952, ext. 4840, announced this year's Annual Student Recognition was held May 1, 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel in Glendale, AZ, at a breakfast for staff, students, parents and school or district representatives. This awards presentation recognizes students who have made progress in their behavior and school work during the last year.

Agapé and Grace Academy Start Online Auction
(May 12, 2009) The Positive Results Corporation will be hosting an online auction fundraiser for Agapé Boarding School and Grace Academy to raise scholarship funds and to expand a safety and education program, which begins June 7, 2009, and runs through June 16, 2009. Donations and items for this event are being accepted. For more information contact Scott Smith, Marketing Coordinator for Agape Boarding School, Stockton, MO,at 417-276-7215.

Zavada Performs at Copper Canyon
(May 13, 2009) New age singer and world renowned recording artist Kathy Zavada, performed for the student body and staff at Copper Canyon Academy, Rimrock, AZ. For more information contact Copper Canyon at 928-567-1322.

Caron Study: Teens Online Talk About Sex, Drugs & Alcohol
(May 13, 2009) Caron Treatment Centers, Wernersville, PA, has run a qualitative study conducted by Nielsen Buzzmetrics, which found through messages posted on common online message boards, forums and social networks such as Myspace.com that teens discussed drugs, alcohol and sex. To view this in its entirety, visit the struggling teens website.

Catherine Freer Plans All Girls Expeditions
(May 13, 2009) Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs, Albany, OR, announced they will be offering an "All Girls Expedition," to focus on issues facing young women today: body image, creating healthy boundaries, developing healthy relationships and more. Expeditions will be offered June 21, 2009 and August 2, 2009. Please call Julia Andrick for more information, 800-390-3983.

Beth Hyle Joins Wilderness Odyssey
(May 14, 2009) Beth Hyle, RN, BSN, MA, has joined the team at Wilderness Odyssey, Ruidoso, NM, the therapeutic branch of Youth Odyssey, as the Admissions Case Manager. To contact Beth, call 877-834-4430.

Santiam Crossing's Adventure Summer School
(May 15, 2009) Santiam Crossing School, Scio, OR, is offering an option for parents who have a child requiring credit recovery. Santiam Crossing's Adventure Summer School combines experimental academics, outdoor adventure activities, leadership and personal development training. For more information, contact Julia Andrick at 208-265-8355.

Monarch Center's Summer Expeditions
(May 16, 2009) The Monarch Center, Georgetown, CO, is offering three separate leadership expeditions this summer for teens ages 12-18: Hopi/Navajo Indian Reservations, June 8-21, 2009; Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, July 6-19, 2009; and To Be Announced, August 3-16, 2009. All trips will be 13 night-14 day, work/study projects that prove to be challenging, fun and productive. For more information call 303-569-0767.

Cherokee Creek Founder's Day Celebration/Graduation
(May 16, 2009) Beth Venable, Cherokee Creek Boys School, Westminster, SC, 864-647-1885, announced the school hosted a weeklong celebration to honor their 6th anniversary with festivities that included a 3 day Family Trek, a family seminar and a spring graduation.

Utah Program House Parent Charged with Rape
(May 17, 2009) A former male employee of Alpine Academy, Erda, UT, has been charged with rape for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17 year old female student. He is being held in the Tooele County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Second Nature's New Programs
(May 18, 2009) The admissions team at Second Nature Therapeutic Wilderness Programs, Duchesne, UT, announced the launch of two new programs: Second Nature Insights, a 28 day therapeutic wilderness intervention for adolescents and The Journey, a 21-day backpacking expedition designed specifically for siblings of children ages 13-17 who have participated in wilderness or residential treatment. They are offering two sessions: Boys Group - June 21 - July 11, 2009 and Girls Group - July 27 - August 16, 2009. Call 866-205-2500 for more information.

Goldberg and Dobson Receive Awards from ISPA
(May 18, 2009) At the Independent Small Programs Alliance (ISPA) Dinner Meeting in San Francisco on April 30, 2009, Andy Anderson, ISPA president, presented Leslie Goldberg, MEd, CEP, of The Goldberg Center for Educational Planning, the ISPA Distinguished Service Award, and Educational Consultant and IECA Member, Joseph P. (Jody) Dobson MA, of Philadelphia, PA, the prestigious "ISPA Gem Award", for excellence in professional service to Special Needs Families,

FFS Music Groups Compete in Hershey, PA
(May 20, 2009) The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, made its 15th annual appearance at the North American Music Festival in May, competing for the first time at the Festival's venue in Hershey, Pa. The Family Singers, under the direction of Paul Geer, performed in the categories of Men's, Women's and Mixed Chorus. Tom Kovaleski directed the school's show choir, which also competed. The students were awarded "Superior" in Men's Chorus and Show Choir, and "Excellent" in Women's and Mixed Chorus.

FFS Boy Scouts Pitch in on Mother's Day
(May 20, 2009) Boy Scouts Troop 174 of The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, contributed time and talents to a fundraiser pancake breakfast on Mothers' Day, assisting a Scout from neighboring Hancock (NY) Troop 74 in completing his Eagle Scout requirements. The breakfast was held at the Hancock Airport. Five FFS Scouts helped cook and serve the pancakes to more than 400 guests. For more information on FFS, contact Ann Kozak at 845-887-5213.

Two New Eagle Scouts at FFS
(May 20, 2009) Two students at The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, completed their Eagle Scout projects this month and passed the Board of Review. The two are members of FFS Boy Scout Troop 174. They will be recognized, along with a third FFS Eagle Scout, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor as part of the FFS graduation festivities in June. To date, six FFS students have achieved the Eagle Scout rank while enrolled in the school.

Family School Student Art Featured
(May 20, 2009) More than 20 paintings, photographs and woodcarvings by both staff and students of The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, were among the items sold at a silent auction fundraiser for the IECA Foundation at the IECA spring conference in San Francisco. The project, which raised $6,000, was sponsored by the Northeast Regional chapter of NATSAP and included artwork from several NATSAP schools and programs. Half the proceeds were donated to the IECA Foundation and the other half went to the schools involved.

Shadow Mountain Academy Celebrated Two Years
(May 20, 2009) Trilby Hoover, Admissions Director for Shadow Mountain Academy, Taos, NM, 208-946-6453, announced Shadow Mountain is celebrating its 2nd year anniversary. Founded in 2007, Shadow Mountain Academy is a coed recovery school for young adults 17 and over who are impacted by substance abuse or addiction. For more information, contact Trilby Hoover.

GAO Statement on Restraint and Seclusion Deaths
(May 19, 2009) The GAO has issued a statement it prepared at the request of Congressman George Miller for use at a hearing on the use of Restraints and Seclusion at both public and private schools. It includes an overview of federal and state laws, cases of death and abuse related to the use of restraints and seclusions and case studies from current investigations. To view the report in its entirety, refer to the web link.

Video of Congressional Hearing on Seclusion and Restraint Deaths
(May 19, 2009) A video of Congressman Miller's hearing on seclusion and restraint deaths. This video is approximately 2 hours long. To view refer to web link.
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