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Apr 29, 2004
OUTWARD BOUND ASCENT PROGRAM
(March 2004) Kate Borgelt, Marketing Manager, Outward Bound Ascent, Golden, Colorado, 866-496-8792, www.obwilderness.org described how the Ascent Program takes the traditional wilderness experience a step further by not only addressing the skills and self-examination components, but also presenting students with both mentally and physically challenging wilderness expeditions that remove the child from unhealthy routines or environments. This program is designed for those youth ages 14-17 who struggle with school, anger, defiance, low motivation and risky behaviors. Teens with juvenile offender problems, chronic runaways, drug users, suicidal, violent or have been diagnosed with a mood disorder, are not accepted into Ascent.
SAN MARCOS DROPS MILITARY STRUCTURE
(Mar. 23, 2004) Victor Schmidt, President of San Marcos Academy, San Marcos, Texas, 512-753-8008, www.smba.org, announced that based on input from parents, students, alumni and several IECA consultants, the board of trustees opted to drop the military structure in favor of more family-style supervision and closer emotional interaction with teachers. With the advances in brain and learning research, the Academy is also expanding its commitment to learning skills, and to the professional development of faculty to teach multiple learning styles across the board.
CHANGES AT VANGUARD SCHOOL
(Mar. 26, 2004) James R. Moon, President of the Vanguard School, Lake Wales, Florida, 863-676-6091, www.vanguardschool.org, reports a dramatic improvement in recent changes, which includes separating the residential program from the recreation program, which resulted in dramatic improvements in the recreation program. Other changes include changing Ray Borglund’s title to Dean of Students as well as continuing as corporate Vice President. Also, Dr. Diane Patterson was promoted to Associate Dean of Students, and in the Fall of 2004 “there will be a Residential Child Development Specialist assigned to all dormitories.”
FLEMING TO START RIVER ROCK ACADEMY
(Mar. 29, 2004) William Fleming, Orem, Utah, 801-592-7478, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.riverrockacademy.com announced plans to develop a residential program for “young men and women, ages 13-17, who are experiencing behavioral, emotional and/or academic difficulties….” They are looking for perspectives from professionals in the network that might help them focus their efforts.
UTAH BOY’S RANCH OPENS GIRL’S TOWN
(Mar. 30, 2004) Dave Ballard, Director of Marketing of Utah Boys Ranch, West Jordan, Utah, 801-280-2697, announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Girls Town Campus on April 21st, and he anticipates the construction will be completed Nov. 2004. For updated information, check www.utahgirlstown.org.
ERICK SCHEIDERMAN VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS
(Mar. 31, 2004) Erick Scheiderman, Admissions Director of Bridges Academy, Bend, Oregon, 888-283-7362 ext. 112, Erick@bridgesboysacademy.com, www.bridgesboysacademy.com, stopped by the Woodbury Reports, Inc. office on his reconnection tour of northwest schools, programs and consultants. Erick became admissions director of Bridges a few months ago. Other companies he visited in Idaho included Elk Mountain Academy, SUWS and Dore Frances.
DYNAMY LOOKS TO EXPANDING
(Mar. 31, 2004) Jim Zuberbuhler, Executive Director of Dynamy, Worcester Massachusetts, 508-755-2571, email@example.com, www.dynamy.org, announced he traveled to California in January to check out two potential Dynamy expansion sites and is looking into other possibilities in other parts of the country. He anticipates opening the new Dynamy in September 2005.
DISTANT DRUMS STARTS SUMMER SCHOOL
(April 2004) Distant Drums, Nephi, Utah, 866-822-8336, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.distant-drums.com, announced it is entering into an agreement with the Phoenix Special Programs to provide an intense six to eight week summer camp school to aid its students in acquiring the credits they need to graduate from their home high school.
HYDE WILDERNESS SCHOOL
(April 2004) Ken Grant, Executive Director, of the Hyde Wilderness School in Bath, Maine, 207-443-7315, email@example.com, www.hydewildernessschool.org announced the Black Wilderness Preserve will no longer be just a base camp for programming, it is in the process of becoming a full campus for organized wilderness activity, which will include a lodge with bunking facilities.
GWYNNE HALES ESTABLISHES INDEPENDENT PRACTICE
(Apr. 2, 2004) Gwynne Hales, firstname.lastname@example.org (formerly Gwynne Lockwood) Educational Consultant, Winnetka, Illinois, 847-441-8911 announced that she married in July 2003, officially changing her name to Hales. Gwynne also announced she recently started her own private educational consulting firm, Great Lakes Educational Consulting, LLC. She previously worked with Steinbrecher & Partners for 3 1/2 years. Prior to that, she worked with Aspen Educational Group in marketing and admissions, and Alpine Adolescent Services (transport/ escort company) as a director.
SOLTREKS RE-OPENS ‘THE BARN’
(Apr. 3, 2004) Soltreks, Inc., Two Harbors, Minnesota, 218-834-4067, email@example.com, www.soltreks.com, is opening the doors to the Barn for another summer season as they head north from their southern program in New Mexico. The Barn, a renovated early 1900’s horse barn is the home office of Soltreks during the Summer Adventure Program. In its eighth season, each six-week session includes a parent workshop and family conference. Lorri Hanna invites us to visit the Barn and the north woods of northern Minnesota this summer along the Big Gitchee Gumme!
SOLTREKS FAMILY RETREAT IN PANAMA
(Apr. 3, 2004) Founders Lorri Hanna and Doug Sabo, Soltreks, Inc. Two Harbors, Minnesota, 218-834-4607, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.soltreks.com, informed us they are traveling to Panama to facilitate an Experiential Family Retreat with a Panamanian family as part of their spectrum of care. Following the graduation of one of their three children from the 2003 summer program, this family expressed a desire for a family seminar to maintain family support and unity. This intervention is anchored in models of experiential education, adventure therapy, and therapeutic recreation, and combines them with powerful practices developed by family therapists including Narrative Therapy. This workshop will help the family work on their issues, discover their strengths and have fun in the process.
MOUNT PLEASANT RESIDENTS FEAR YOUTH HOME
(Apr. 5, 2004) The Salt Lake Tribune reported
www.sltrib.com that in mid-March, residents in Mount Pleasant, Utah, said their tranquility and safety was threatened by Pretty Shield Foundations' plan to build a youth treatment center. CEO, Gordon Birch, addressed these concerns: "We are not going to be working with hard-core criminals, gang-bangers or sex offenders." The new youth home would house up to 120 students within the 160,000 square foot building. Director of Licensing for the Department of Human Services, Kenneth Stettler, said the foundation must satisfy county requirements before seeking a state-operating license.
TEEN ESCORT EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
(Apr. 10, 2004) Timothy Hurd and Leonard Faulstick, employees of Teen Escort, a transport service in La Verkin Utah, are accused of assaulting a child while transporting him from his home to Academy at Ivy Ridge in Ogdensburg, New York. In a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, www.sltrib.com Hurd and Faulstick’s attorney contends the teen fabricated the story of abuse when faced with possible charges for the accident. Articles in the Deseret Morning News and New York News TV 10 said the FBI is investigating this incident. Academy at Ivy Ridge is also under investigation for allegations of child abuse. The Utah Department of Commerce's website shows the business registration for Teen Escort Services expired in 1998 and was not renewed, it also describes the company as a "scenic and sightseeing" transportation service.
LANCE WELLS STOPS BY WOODBURY REPORTS
(Apr. 14, 2004) Lance Wells of ANASAZI Foundation, Mesa, Arizona, 800-678-3445, www.anasazi.org, stopped by Woodbury Reports, Inc. on his way to visit Wilderness Treatment Centers in Marion, Montana. On his way back, Lance also attended the quarterly OBHIC meeting at Northwest Academy in Naples, Idaho. (I apologize to Lance for the lack of picture… It was a really nice one with my 10 month daughter… but my computer ate it. - Kristie).
NEWS FROM MISSION MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
(Apr. 15, 2004) Colleen Harrington, email@example.com, of Mission Mountain School, Condon, Montana, 406-754-2580, www.missionmountain.com has recently assumed the new position of Assistant Head, after having taught English for 13 years. Her responsibilities will include parent, consultant and alumni communications. Colleen is currently initiating an alumni association and has been in contact with over 100 students. She is also pleased to announce that to date, five members of the graduating of class of 2004 have received over $300,000 in scholarship offerings to such schools as Whittier, Santa Clara and Chapman in California, Pacific University in Oregon, Antioch College in Ohio, and McLees Rae College in Maryland. John Mercer, Headmaster, announces that although he has been on a reduced schedule since the birth of his second daughter in October, he is now back to school on a full-time basis and will work directly with the students again. He will also resume doing equine therapy with families during family visits and parent retreats.
DAVID DENMAN TRAVELS AGAIN
(Apr. 16, 2004) David Denman IECA, an educational consultant from Sausalito, California, 415-332-1831, is traveling with young people again, this time to Tuscany, Italy for a “Time Out” cultural immersion experience. Called Siena Sojourn, it operates year round so the 12, 10 or 6 weeks experience can be individualized. College credit is available.
BACHMAN ADDS MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
(Apr. 16, 2004) Bachman Academy, McDonald, Tennessee, 423-479-4523, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bachmanacademy.org announced that building upon their “success with adolescents with ADHD, learning differences, and social skills issues” they are adding a new Middle School for Girls starting the Fall of 2004.
SOLTREKS VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS
(Apr. 16, 2004) Lorri Hanna, email@example.com, and Doug Sabo, of Soltreks, Inc., Two Harbors, Minnesota, 218-834-4607, www.soltreks.com, stopped by Woodbury Reports, Inc. while in Bonners Ferry, Idaho for the quarterly OBHIC meeting at Northwest Academy.
THREE RIVERS VISIT WOODBURY REPORTS
(Apr. 19, 2004) Mark Parlett, Executive Director and Marylis Filipovich, Clinical Director, Manhattan, Montana, 877-221-1115, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.threeriversmontana.org stopped by our offices to introduce us to a new wilderness program based on the Anasazi Foundation and Arbinger Institute approach, with a strong emphasis on 13-17 year-olds with learning differences. Students are being accepted in May, and plans are being developed also for a long-term boarding school, which they hope to be opening this Fall.
ALLDREDGE DRUM CORP PERFORM
(Apr. 19, 2004) Chip Huge, Marketing Director for Alldredge Academy, Davis, West Virginia, 888-468-1828, Alldredgeacademy@alldredgeacademy.com, www.alldredgeacademy.org, announced that the school’s Drum Corp performed for The New School of Northern Virginia at Canaan Valley Resort, at Davis and Elkins College for the International Student Music Festival, the Girl Scouts at the Davis-Thomas Elementary and at the Blackwater Falls State Park Nature Center.
CROCKETT AND PALLETT JOIN FRANCES
(Apr. 19, 2004) Dore E. Frances, an educational consultant now located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 208-667-9098, www.DoreFrances.com, www.ArmsofAssurance.com, announced Karen Crockett, 831-899-4452, www.GetanIep.com, a Child’s Right Advocate, as her new associate, and another new associate Jennifer Pallett, Idaho, 208-664-6333.
ROSSITER AT SAGEWALK
(Apr. 20, 2004) Sage Walk Wilderness Therapy Programs, Redmond, Oregon, 541-316-4800, email@example.com, www.sagewalk.com announced Brian Rossiter as their new Program Director. Coming to Sage Walk from Vermont, Rossiter has been Program Director for both the Brown Schools and the CEDU Ascent program.
FITZHUGH NAMED HEAD OF KING GEORGE SCHOOL
(Apr. 21, 2004) Spokesperson for the CEDU family of schools, Julia Andrick announced the appointment of Karen E. Fitzhugh, Ph.D. to head the King George School in Sutton, Vermont---an emotional growth boarding school. Fitzhugh is nationally recognized as a trainer and speaker on issues related to clinical treatment models, strategic planning and adolescent underachievement. More information is available at www.kinggeorgeschool.com, or visit www.strugglingteens.com for the full story.
JAMES DREDGE JOINS ASPEN
(Apr. 25, 2004) Lisa Freeman, 818-597-8453, announced for Aspen Education Group, www.aspeneducation.com that James M. Dredge was appointed to the newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Dredge previously was president and CEO for Academic Systems, which has recently merged with Plato Learning. Aspen currently operates 21 residential schools and outdoor education programs across the country.
EVER HIGHER INC. ANNOUNCES NEW TELECLASS
(Apr. 28, 2004) Bill Valentine, PsyD, Founder of Ever Higher, Inc., 541-504-4748, www.everhigher.com, announced that a new six-week teleclass for parents and others involved with you adults is set to begin on May 11. The course, entitled "Parenting The Young Adult: Loving, Leading and Letting Go," will consist of six 45-minute phone classes taught by Bill Valentine and Jeannie Crowell, long time parent and student educators. For fees and registration information, visit their website and sign up under Upcoming Events.
ASPEN ACQUIRES WALKABOUT WILDERNESS TREATMENT PROGRAM
(Apr. 28, 2004) Elliot Sainer, Chief Executive Officer for Aspen Education Group, 888-972-7736, www.aspeneducation.com, announced the acquisition of Walkabout Wilderness Treatment Program, www.walkabout-treatment.com, a Utah-based wilderness program. Sainer said, "The Walkabout program is a great complement to our many existing outdoor and residential programs for under-achieving youths." Former Walkabout owners, Rick Meeves, PhD, and Tim Thayne, PhD, will continue as onsite managers.