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October 9, 2002
SDE Observes Month of Young Adolescent in October
(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE)
will join with middle schools throughout the country in October
to observe the sixth annual Month of the Young Adolescent, a national
collaborative effort of education, health and youth-oriented organizations
focused on the needs of children ages 10 to 15. The observance is
being initiated by the National Middle School Association.
"During the period of early adolescence, young people make
major decisions about their values, standards, attitudes and personal
beliefs. It is essential that all of us - educators, parents, family
members and the business community - help young adolescents succeed
academically while meeting their social needs," said State
Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.
The focus of the observance is on four key concepts that will help
young adolescents reach their potential:
We encourage everyone to ask, 'How can I help a young adolescent reach
his or her potential?' When young adolescents succeed, communities
prosper. They need support from the adults who care for them,"
said Christina Baca, the SDE's middle school coordinator.
- The importance of parents being knowledgeable about young adolescents
and being actively involved in their lives
- The understanding that healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal
- The realization that the education young adolescents experience
during this formative period of life will, in large measure, determine
the future for all citizens and
- The knowledge that every young adolescent should have the opportunity
to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, with postsecondary
education a possibility for all.
For more information on young adolescents, contact Christina Baca
at the SDE at (505) 827-6562 or firstname.lastname@example.org