Workshops are usually scheduled to occur on a Thursday and Friday, allowing extra time for high trust-level students to leave campus in company of their parents for most of the weekend. The October workshop was planned accordingly, but this year, it was ushered in by a larger surprise than the witches, spiders and stuffed straw men awaiting parents on campus...
Snow! Not unusual during late Autumn for the campus tucked into the foothills of the scenic Uintah Mountains of Utah, but nonetheless quite unexpected - mainly due to warm weather enjoyed just the day previous!
Changing Utah weather is no surprise for parents who travel from across the nation to both visit their children and participate in seminars taught by the licensed therapists who daily provide students with group and/or one-on-one therapy sessions. Coats, boots and gloves are shed as parents accompany their teens to seminars designed specifically for each student's level of advancement within the school's therapeutic program. Following seminars, parent-teacher interviews are conducted by licensed teachers who help keep each parent abreast of their student's academic progress.
The four annual workshops at Cedar Ridge Academy consist of three "tracks" to accommodate group instruction: the Introductory track for students and parents who have recently joined the program, the Intermediate track for those midway through, and the Advanced track for students and parents who have made significant progress over time. Parents are required to attend three workshops during their student's stay at Cedar Ridge Academy. It is the goal of program administrators to help each student work through the program in approximately nine months (a variable time frame dependent upon the student's level of engagement), so it is easy for parents to ensure that they receive the valuable education provided within each track offered.
Though the snow was a surprise, it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of staff, parents or students as they cheerfully engaged in workshop activities! The next workshop at Cedar Ridge Academy is planned for early March...hmmm...springtime in the mountains... Stay posted - there could well be another "snow story" on the way!