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April 2004

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YBGR EQUESTRIAN CENTER
(Oct. 30, 2003) Isabel Lundin, VP Corporate Development for Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Billings Montana, 406-655-2100, www.ybgr.org, announced the addition of a 41,000 square foot covered arena, with a seating capacity of 300 to their Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program.

SCHOOL FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
(Oct. 31, 2003) Lisa Antell, Director of Admission for Bridgton Academy, North Bridgton, Maine, 207-647-3322, www.bridgtonacademy.org, informs us they are “the only preparatory school in the nation whose student body is comprised entirely of postgraduate students.” The class of 2004 contains 190 postgraduate young men.

LANDMARK SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM
(Feb. 13, 2004) Landmark School, Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, 978-236-3000, www.landmarkschool.org, announced their summer program for boys and girls ages 7 to 20 “who have a history of healthy emotional development, and who have a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia” will start July 5 and last through August 13.

SHUMSKY PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL COACH
(Feb. 13, 2004) Claire Shumsky, M.A., Houston, Texas, 713-524-4144, cshumsky99@yahoo.com, announced that after 30 years as a psychotherapist, she is expanding her practice to work as a Personal Professional Coach. Among other things, she will work with people in helping develop coping strategies for families with ADHD, and techniques for challenged students.

RANCH HOUSE HAS TWO PROGRAMS
(Mar. 1, 2004) Marilyn Siegel and Gabriel Rivera, The Ranch House Inc., Portland, Oregon, 503-292-2531, contact@boysranchhouse.com, www.boysranchhouse.com, now incorporates two programs, an Adolescent Program for Boys ages 14-17, with an optimum size of 8 to 10 boys, and a Young Adult Program, Sua Sponte, for ages 18-21. Both are designed to focus on essential issues of character, awareness and accountability, ownership and empowerment.

HIDDEN LAKE ACADEMY MATH CHAMPIONS
(Mar. 1, 2004) Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, Georgia, 800-394-0640, hiddenlakeacademy@alltel.net, www.hiddenlakeacademy.com, announced that in a contest in the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) Regional, 4-AA High School Mathematics Meet, the Hidden Lake Academy Mathematics Team won First Place, and student Alex Paschen earned the first place trophy for the Meet’s top score, and student Rahul Dhar received the 2nd place trophy for the Meet’s second highest score.

RIDGE CREEK PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS
(Mar. 1, 2004) Ridge Creek Inc., a short term wilderness program based in Dahlonega, Georgia, 706-867-1720, information@ridgecreek.org, www.ridgecreek.org, reported the results of surveys mailed to families of graduates on the 1, 3, 6, and 12 month anniversaries of program completion. Parents evaluating nine areas of the program indicated 50% showed Great Improvement, 38% showed Improvement, and 12% showed No Improvement. A further note included that 59% of the parents indicating No Improvement did not follow discharge recommendations.

GRAY WOLF RANCH CARF RE-ACCREDITATION
(Mar. 1, 2004) Woody Bernas, Program Director for Gray Wolf Ranch, Port Townsend, Washington, 360-385-5505, gwr@graywolfranch.com, www.graywolfranch.com, announced their drug treatment program “has been awarded its second consecutive three-year re-accreditation from the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for residential alcohol and drug treatment for both adults and adolescents.”

BODIN LOS ALTOS OFFICE MOVED
(Mar. 2, 2004) The Bodin Team, Educational Consultants with offices in Lafayette, Los Altos and San Diego California, 800-874-2124, info@bodinassociates.com, www.bodinassociates.com, announced that they have moved their Los Altos office to 5050 El Camino Real Suite 101, 650-937-0011. In addition they have added another consultant, Dr. Hillary French, and an additional staff psychologist, Dr. Andrew Harlem.

ANASAZI CO-SPONSORS PARENT’S SEMINAR
(Mar. 3, 2004) Anasazi Foundation, 480-892-7403, info@anasazi.org, www.anasazi.org, a wilderness program headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, announced they will co-sponsor, with a group called Drug Free Arizona, “Arizona’s first Interactive Parent’s Seminar focused on learning to talk to children about drugs. The Take the Time to Talk seminar will be held on April 17 at the Celebrity theater….” Ezekiel Sanchez, Anasazi Foundation founder, said “The goal is to give parents the tools to have meaningful conversations with their children about drugs.” The seminar for parents, educators and law enforcement “has been made possible through the generosity of Scripps Howard Foundation, Phoenix Suns Charities, and Celebrity Theatre.”

TONY DEVALL VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS, INC.
(Mar. 4, 2004) Tony DuVall, Community Representative of Intermountain Hospital, Boise, Idaho, 800-321-5984, rtcidaho@micron.net, www.intermountainhospital.com, stopped by the Woodbury Reports office for a visit.


SECRET HARBOR TO MOVE TO MAINLAND
(Mar. 8, 2004) Steve Howie, writing for the The Skagit Valley Herald, www.skagitvalleyherald.com, reported that Secret Harbor school, located on Cyprus Island in Puget Sound, Washington, 206-293-5151, www.secretharbor.org, serving private and public teenage difficult-to-work-with boys since 1949, is looking to sell their island property and move the program to the mainland. The newspaper reported the main reason for the planned move is to save the extra expenses of being located on an isolated island, as a reaction to reduced state funding.

HIDDEN LAKE ACADEMY IN 10TH YEAR
(Mar. 10, 2004) Len Buccellato, head of Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega Georgia, 800-394-0640, hiddenlakeacademy@alltel.net, www.hiddenlakeacademy.com, announced the Academy has entered its 10th year, being founded in 1994. He also announced new staff include Charles Clinker as Director of Recreation and John Seaton as head of the new Testing Program.

PAWSITIVE WORKS TEACHES RESPONSIBILITY
(Mar. 15, 2004) Karen Pomerinke, owner and founder of Pawsitive Works in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, 208-267-8107, www.afamilydog.com, announced a new structured pet therapy program designed to help struggling teens identify and modify negative patterns through the on site care and training of behaviorally challenged dogs. With temperamentally sound animals from community shelters, professional trainers will instruct the youth in the appropriate training method and care of the dogs. The four to six week program is designed to work in conjunction with on-going psychological programs. Karen is the co-author of “The Animal-Human Healing Partnership.” She believes the unconditional responsive attention of cats and dogs allows young adult to develop a vital sense of self-worth.

CHEROKEE CREEK BOYS SCHOOL LAUNCHES NEWSLETTER
(Mar. 15, 2004) Genelle Petrey, Executive Director, Cherokee Creek Boys School, Westminster, South Carolina, 864-647-1885, gpetrey@cherokeecreek.net, www.cherokeecreek.net, informed us they have started a family newsletter, which will be circulated online each month. The first edition of the newsletter included updates from Genelle and Beth Black, a student update, a school update and upcoming parent seminar information.

RIST TO LEAVE NORTHWEST ACADEMY
(Mar. 16, 2004) Julia Andrick, marketing/communications officer for the CEDU Family of Schools, Sandpoint, Idaho, 208-265-0607, JAndrick@cedu.com, www.cedu.com, announced that Lori Rist, School Director for Northwest Academy, is resigning effective March 19, to work with Snowmass Alpacas in Sandpoint Idaho, with a herd of more than 600 alpacas. Rist is the president of the Pacific NorthwestAlpaca Association and working fulltime with alpacas has been her long time dream. She started with CEDU High School in California in 1984 and has been at Northwest Academy since 1998. Dr. Roger Rinn, CEDU Education Vice President of Idaho Operations will act as interim director.

SOLTREKS SUMMER ADVENTURE PROGRAM
(Mar. 19, 2004) Lorri Hanna M.A., CTRS, director of Soltreks, Inc., Two Harbors, Minnesota, 218-834-4607, www.soltreks.com, announced Soltreks is accepting enrollments for the 2004 summer program in Minnesota. “This dynamic 6 week program brings a balance of outdoor adventures and personal growth experiences to teenagers ages 13-17. Single gender groups of 6 students and an instructional team of 2-3 adults journey through the north woods and lakes as they journey toward their soul. This empowering trek helps to bring children and families together as parent workshops are an integral component prior to family meetings. Students depart Soltreks knowing who they are and who they want to become.” Soltreks maintains professional membership with NATSAP, AEE, and is a provisional member of OBHIC.

LANDMARK COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS
(Mar. 20, 2004) Landmark College, Putney, Vermont, 802-387-6718, admissions@landmark.edu, www.landmark.edu, a college designed for students diagnosed with ADHD or LD, announced their summer programs for the year 2004. The three week College Skills Program for students who have completed some college-level coursework and are currently enrolled in college will start May 24. The three week summer program for High School students will start June 20 and July 11. And, the fifteen day Transition Program for recent High School graduates and their parents will start July 31.

PHOENIX OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN OF THE YEAR
(Mar. 22, 2004) Elizabeth Armstrong, Registrar for St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy, Phoenix Arizona, 602-956-9090, admissions@stpaulsacademy.com, www.stpaulsacademy.com, advised us that Issael Altero, a Junior at the school was the recipient of the Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award. He received two plaques and $1000. Dante Graves, a Sophomore at the school, was also a finalist out of the nine city council districts.

NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT BLACKWATER OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES
(Mar. 23, 2004) Scott Heartquist, scott@blackwateroutdoor-ahc.com, Blackwater Outdoor Experiences (BOE), Midlothian, VA, 804-378-9006, www.blackwateroutdoor-ahc.com, wrote to inform us that he is the new program director at BOE. Scott was formerly the founding Field Director with Dan McDougal for the Second Nature Blue Ridge Program. He also mentioned BOE has a new website to be online in the next week or two, and they have moved to a larger office. The contact information for BOE is now 13805 Village Mill Dr., Ste. 203, Midlothian, VA 23114, and calls can be directed to the number above.

TEA TO HEAD ACADEMY AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN
(Mar. 24, 2004) Joid Tuttle, founder of Academy at Cedar Mountain, Cedar City, Utah, 435-867-4214, joad8585@msn.com, announced that she is retiring as Head of School and Cameron Tea will take over as the new head of school. Jodi will remain as one of the owners and will serve on the Board of Directors. Although Jodi will remain involved, she is looking forward to having more time and to travel some. Places for Struggling Teens has already encouraged her to write some visit reports for us from her travels.

NEW APPOINTMENTS AT ASPEN PROGRAMS
(Mar. 24, 2004) Elliot Sainer, CEO of Aspen Education Group, headquartered in Cerritos, California, 562-467-5507, esainer@aspeneducation.com, www.aspeneducation.com, announced several changes that have happened in some of their programs. Alan Russell is the new Executive Director of the Academy at Swift River in Massachuttes, replacing John Powers who was promoted to Regional Director for the Aspen East Coast residential schools. Rae Ann Knopf was appointed the Executive Director of Bromley Brook Academy, which is a new residential school for girls in Manchester, Vermont that will be opening in the late summer. Also, Matt Alexander has been promoted to Director of Aspen Ranch, Loa, Utah. Previously Alexander was the Director of Educational Services at Aspen Ranch.




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