Archive for April, 2010
Today Jeff and Mat finish up their discussion on the last parenting task, Accountability. Part of the task of teaching your children to choose to be accountable is helping them to find their talents and abilities and helping them do something worthwhile with those talents and abilities. The accountability part in that process is helping kids learn to follow through is critical to their development. You have to earn your own way in this world and many youth today have an attitude of entitlement. Teaching kids accountability teaches them that privilidges in life are earned.
The last piece of accountability is giving and getting feedback. Jeff talks about the importance of creating feedback loops with your children. He also discusses the importance of balancing feedback with the other 3 parenting tasks, Connecting, Empowering, and Creating Order.
Lady Eagles soccer fans… Since the last update our girls have played two games. One against Christian Heritage and the other against ICS.
Last Thursday we traveled north to play CHS. They beat us in our first meeting on a cold windy day. The conditions were perfect for Thursday’s game. We started out the first half a litte timid. They scored two quick goals on us in the first half. Our girls came out with a lot of intensity in the second half and we tied the score 2-2. The game was played with a lot of intensity as both teams tried to score the winning goal. CHS was able to put one through the net late in the second half. We were not able to score again. The final score was CHS 3, WRA 2.
Last night we played ICS for the second time. In our first meeting with ICS we won easily. Last night was a much more difficult game. Both teams had a hard time scoring but Michaela B., was able to put one into the net from the top of the goal box. In the second half Alexa L. was able to break away and score. ICS cut the lead in half as they scored late.
Our girls are playing really well right now. they have been working really hard all season. We have two games left before the region tournament. Thanks to all of the parents that have been supporting us at the games and through emails. your supprt means a lot to our girls and the coaches.
“It is my pleasure to commend the West Ridge Academy for the outstanding work they perform each day for the good of so many young people and their families.” These kind words are from Utah State Governor Gary Herbert. In a letter that was read at West Ridge Academy’s Spring Gala the Governor expressed appreciation and support for the help that West Ridge Academy provides to troubled youth and thier families.
“A young person sometimes struggle and lose their way during ealry development. At such times, it is comforting and inspiring to know the skilled and caring staff at West Ridge Academy is available to provide needed counseling and support… The counselors and dedicated staff at West Ridge provide that vital network of counseling and support. It is a hopeful and positive environment where miracles occur daily.”
To read the entire letter click HERE!
Last night the Lady Eagles went on a long road trip to the city of Oakley, Utah. Our game against Oakley was the first game of the season and we finished that game tied 3 – 3. It is always fun to play against a team for the second time in a season. It is a way to measure the progress that the team is making.
The game started a little late and we were grateful for the faithful fans that made the drive to come and support us. Our defense played great the entire game. Carli P. played the first half in goal and was able to keep Oakley scoreless. Destiny S. played the second half in goal. She, likewise, did not allow any goals. That means that Oakley did not score any goals in the game… and it is hard to lose when the other team does not score.
Our offense was great. Especially Alexa L. She had two goals in the first half and two goals in the second half. Kaecia Y. also scored a goal in the second half.
The girls have been having a great time and we have been having an incredible time coaching them. they are learning, working hard, and are getting better.
We’d like to thank the choir for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and support us! We had a tremendous turnout. Our boy’s were there to greet our guests and escort them to their tables. The girl’s did an amazing job keeping the water glasses full all night.
This is one of the rare moments where miracles happen from alot of faith, prayers, and extreme hard work and dedication. The entire evening was outstanding for our guests. Tons of e-mails and voice mails have been coming in expressing appreciation for the evening. We’re grateful to all those who came and for their support!
Yesterday the Lady Eagles went to the Trans-Jordan Landfill. There was an opportunity there to raise funds for West Ridge’s Athletic Program by helping to beautify the Landfill. We are grateful to have the opportunity. It was a good opportunity for our girls to work hard and have a good time. Rachel C. was able to get a few extra rays in as she found a big piece of reflective material.
The boy’s soccer team also participated in the Landfill activity a week earlier.
Last night the Lady Eagles finished off the first half of their soccer season with a great win over the Lions of ICS. We were afraid that the weather was going to be stormy, but it turned out to be a glorious day for a soccer game. Our girls were motivated to play their best. They did.
The scoring was started by Michaela B. with a beautiful shot from the right sideline. The rest of the first half was pretty uneventful scoring wise, but we were very happy with the way the girls kept control of the ball. The defense did a great job. They were almost impenetrable. We have been working with them to keep the ball out of the middle. They applied what they had been taught and it kept ICS from getting many shots on goal.
We were able to score 3 goals in the second half. Michaela scored an even more amazing goal than she did in the first half. She scored from about 20 yards out by floating a majestic ball right between the goalie’s outstreched hands and the cross bar of the goal. Pandemonium ensued.
ICS scored a goal on a break away soon afterwards. But we answered as Kaline F. took a shot on goal that ricocheted off the goalie and Kaecia Y. was there for the follow through to put the ball in to the goal. Kaecia also scored another goal on a break away where she was able to beat the goalie and score on an empty net.
The girls were really excited about the way they played. As coaches we are really proud of them. They have worked hard and we are looking forward to the second half of the season.
The boys soccer team ended their season with a double overtime loss to ICS 4-3. The boys played their best game by far and gave ICS a big scare. ICS scored first about ten minutes into the game, but the Eagles came fighting back and Regan S. scored on a penalty kick about ten minutes later. Right before halftime Levi W. scored a goal to put West Ridge up 2-1 at the half. The second half went back and forth with ICS scoring a goal to tie it up at 2. About halfway through the half Regan S. scored on another penalty kick to put the Eagles ahead. ICS then scored about ten minutes later to tie it up again. Our boys put tremendous pressure on their defense the rest of regulation and Levi W. had a great shot that was just wide with about two minutes left in the game. The first overtime period was back and forth with both teams having chances to score. ICS finally scored on a penalty kick that ended the season.
Our boys should be complimented on the way that they played yesterday. They could have given up early in the game but they chose to fight until the end. Most of the boys played the entire 95 minutes of the game. David K. made some great saves on point blank shots. There were boys that played positions that they had not played all year and did very well.
Thanks for the support that you gave us this year.