Meet Matt Reffitt, Director of Food Services

Matt Reffitt is Shelterwood’s new director of food services, responsible for keeping our students fed, fueled and healthy. Matt trained at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago and created in a wide variety of kitchens (hotels, restaurants, fraternity houses, and summer adventure camps) before arriving at Shelterwood this month. 
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Shelterwood Educators Care for the Whole Student

September has us reflecting on what makes academics at Shelterwood so special. We’ve written before about Shelterwood’s cutting-edge accreditation and how to prepare students for life after high school. Today, we want to look at how teaching at Shelterwood is unique as well.  Shelby Wade is Shelterwood’s Independent Studies Coordinator.
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Teen & Tech: Helping your teen connect in real life

We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about teens and technology at Shelterwood. Today’s young people are deeply impacted by almost unlimited online access, smartphones and social media. Always-on technology can be a powerful tool for connection and an enemy of true social engagement. Melissa Winston is a
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Shelterwood Earns Elite Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

On June 28th, Shelterwood was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit health-care accrediting organization that sets quality-care and patient-safety standards for hospitals, home health care providers, nursing care centers, and more.  The Joint Commission has been accrediting
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Three ways to help back-to-school anxiety

The last few weeks of summer can be tough on the whole family. As preparations for the school year go into overdrive, so can teens’ stress and anxiety. The trepidation can come from a multitude of sources: academic pressures, fear of failure and the possibility of bullying are common reasons
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Teens, tech and empathy: Four ways you can help

An article by Alon Shwartz, founder of unGlue, an app that helps families manage technology boundaries, has been making the rounds at Shelterwood. In it, he shares a conversation with Dr. Michele Borba, author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World. Borba connects big dips in empathy
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