All Kinds of News for November 08, 2017
The teachers at Moonridge Academy are committed to making their classrooms a place where students can be successful. For many students who have experienced anxiety in regards to academics or had extensive school refusal prior to coming to Moonridge Academy, finding academic success is imperative to clinical progress. With very small class sizes, teachers are able to individualize and differentiate assignments to meet a student where she is at academically. Teachers are also able to provide one-on-one support.
A major goal for the academic team is to provide experiential learning opportunities. During the month of October 2017, teachers came together to create “The Monster Smash”. In Social Studies class, students learned about creatures from folklore, mythology, urban legend, and fiction. Students were then assigned a beast. They researched their monster’s rumored powers, strengths and weaknesses. Students worked with their English teacher to develop a creative writing assignment associated with their beast. Students also created a poster presentation of their monster. In Math class, students completed a statistics sheet for their chosen monster. Teachers and students then developed a bracketed tournament where monsters fought against each other in computerized battles. The final battle was presented during the annual Halloween Party with drama teachers narrating the fight with hilarious commentary.
One student explained, “What I loved most about The Monster Smash was learning about folklore and urban legends”. Another student said she enjoyed the creative writing assignment the most, while another student enjoyed the statistics involved with the tournament. Many of the students said it was an assignment they would never forget. Academic Director Susan Mackert explained, “When teachers come together providing such an involved and creative assignment, students once again get excited about learning”.
Moonridge Academy is a CERTS Program in beautiful Southern Utah with 16 beds, and is specifically designed for younger girls, ages 11-15. Younger girls need a younger environment, without the influence of older girls' more sophisticated or advanced issues. Moonridge takes a young approach to therapy and intervention, even our DBT program is taught and delivered at this specific age range level. Moonridge is intensive residential treatment for girls with issues of trauma, emotional regulation, depression, family conflict, and beginning stages of self-harm or substance experimentation. Traditional schooling is provided and Moonridge uses play and laughter to connect, a warm family environment to protect, and deep therapy to inspire and create change.