National statistics say one in five tweens and teens report being bullied at school. Doing the math, that means an average of seven kids in every class. The number has fallen from nearly one in three reported in 2007, but the downturn offers scant comfort to those being cornered, hit and smeared on social media.
All those sleek black boxes – amazing when they work, maddening when they don’t – are the refrigerators for this generation, the technology no tween preteen or teenager can imagine life before or living without. Bringing tech job skills to middle schoolers, therefore, seemed like a natural fit to Domingo Flores✔, information technology director for Planada Elementary School District.
The tween time, that pull-parents-close-just-to-push-them-away age, confounds us all. But research shows those tumultuous years are the pivot point for young lives. The slide toward dropping out in high school most often begins right here, in the middle school years.
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What parents need to know, need to do, in the first five years, is talk, experts say. By kindergarten, much of who youngsters will grow up to be is decided, neurologically speaking, making the preschool years the key to success.
Four-year-old Mila Lapeña decorated a paper, her letter for the post office that served as the week’s theme. Mom Melissa Lapeña sat near her, chatting with the kids at her table about their drawings, making sure finished creations went to the right cubby.
Skylights beam down on the low-slung architecture of this room designed for little ones. At one end, babies nap in cribs or rock in laps. Their cribs share half-wall space with a wooden kitchen, bright plastic pans ready for the toddlers of neighboring classroom 2. Art supplies and easels stock the next space, welcoming 3- or nearly 3-year-olds to create, or enjoy a picture book.
There’s a new playmate in the group. Only 14 months old, Aziel says little and stays shyly in the background. But the other kids have adopted him and on this day he happily sits in a stroller, propelled around the backyard by 3-year-old Stephan.