Archive for March, 2012
Congratualations to Jamie Keefer who was named Region 17 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year!
All of the coaches in the region vote on this. We’re very proud of our team and our wonderful coaching staff.
Nicole and Margaret, two of the fun and friendly employees
at Blockbuster in Kearns, held a weekend fundraiser for West Ridge
Academy. With the money donated by their customers, the ladies bought
drinks, candy and popcorn for our WRA kids. Then a Blockbuster movie was chosen by
home staff and everyone kicked back and enjoyed movie night!
On Friday 5 students received their high school diplomas and graduated as the first class of 2012. The ceremony was held in the girls spritual living center. David W was one of the graduates that spoke. When first coming to West Ridge he was a full year behind in credits. He never thought he’d graduate a quarter early, but through alot of hard work and packets he accomplished his goal. In his speech he thanked the staff for their help and support and talked about not giving up. Perseverance seemed to be the “theme” for the graduation as both Sarah M and Lincoln M reflected on their high school years and the growth they had experienced while attending West Ridge Academy.
Guy Hardcastle was the keynote speaker. He encouraged the graduates to do three things. 1-Do hard things; 2-Learn to love the process and the results will follow; 3-Protect and use your power of choice. He challenged them to live a life that matters and then quoted the poem by Micahel Joshepson.
A Life That Matters
Live a life that matters
Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant
Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.
So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got,
but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a
lasting loss when you’re gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.
The boys soccer team fought hard and got their first win of
the season last night against ICS. Again we were a man down so this win came
with great effort from the boys. Reed H scored on a header with an
assist from Dan R, and Adam J scored on a long 25 yard shot from the
wing. Thank you for all your support.
Boys soccer coach
Here is a list of the spring classes offered through the Jordan School District. You can check your local school district to see if they offer any similar classes.
This article was featured in the LDS Church News Sat March 11th.
The brain regulates everything in the body. It controls the beating of our heart, digestion of food, and our ability to walk and talk. It also generates and controls our emotions. Problems arise when our brain, through genetics, trauma, or even stressful day-to-day experiences, becomes what I call “out of balance”. A brain out of balance responds to life by over reacting with anger, withdrawing through depression, or self-soothes with drugs or other addictive behaviors. Last year, I was invited to join the staff at West Ridge Academy to utilize the latest in neurofeedback technology as an added tool to help balance the brains of the boys and girls here.
Neurofeedback, a subset of biofeedback, uses an Electroencephalogram (EEG) to allow clients to observe their brain’s imbalances and change their brain patterns. Students sit in a comfortable chair while sensors detect microvolts of energy on their head. Computers then process the energy and feed that information back to the person. It rewards the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns, which leads to changes in behavior.
Neurofeedback has been used for over 30 years by therapists to help primarily with ADHD but like most technologies has been improving exponentially over time. In the last 7 years there have been over 250 studies supporting the efficacy of neurofeedback. Most of these studies are showing a success rate between 70-80%. Some of the most common disorders neurofeedback is used to treat include:
ADHD, abuse and neglect, addiction, anxiety, depression, learning disorders, impulsivity, post tramatic stress disorder and sleep issues.
Here is an example of a highly anxious brain through the view of an EEG. This belongs to one of the boys here at West Ridge who suffered from anxiety, depression, and resorted to substance abuse to self-soothe. His brain was literally on fire with an excess of beta wave activity.
After 15 neurofeedback sessions this boy was able to balance his brain. What you see below is a relaxed and happy brain. For this individual brain balance meant not only a decrease in his desire for substance abuse but an improvement in his grades and his therapist reported he was opening up much more in therapy. Some individuals notice an increase in attention and involvement in social settings. Others find greater ability in controlling their emotions and ability to handle stress. Results vary from person to person because brain imbalances vary from person to person; but in the end, as the brain changes, so does behavior.
Written by– Jeff Horton-Neurofeedback Specialist