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PAGE 10 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2003 H :h0. ] !: !, die sd oc,l ice [-------~ By Elaine Gaterbaum mendedthatparentsread, Our Levin emphasized thatit is believes all children should so impressive, said Jodi l ~ I,Last Best Shot by Laura Ses- theparentswhoneedtomakeendupinthiskindofanenvi- Krinker. "For example, I !P( |d I~ Dr. Judy Levins presenta- sions Stepp and stressed how the decision for choosing a ronment. "In this case the par- learnedthatitisimportantfor ,il [][] tion, at the Hebrew Day School kids needasecure schoolbase, school. "The decision is a pro- ents made a wise choice for teachers to be present at break J ot I ~1 ~ on Sept. 22, left parents often a small and protected cess," says Levin.''Your child their child." times and during lunch - that J P~ [ II I present in awe of her knowl- environment such as that in a should be included in the pro- In identifying the best is when bullying can occur,w, I [] i edge about children andprivate school, cess, but not make the deci- choice of school, Levin rec- She made us feel more secure to I "lI~ i~ middle schools. Levin, ahighly Levin then addressed how sion." This even applies to se- ommendedtouringeachofthe in this process by telling us h~ l~ ~ regardedprofessionalconsult- the purpose ofa middle school lecting a high school, she schoolsbeingconsidered.She what we should be expecting |l ~ ant, outlined a series of 19 istosupportadolescentdevel- added. "Parents need to know listed questions to askon the from administrators and B' [ AI ~ issues for parents to consider opment and learning, and to theirchildandhisorherneeds, tour, including choices of teachers." Pr I~ll I indecidingwheretosendtheir actasa, transition to indepen- Then they need to know the classes, grouping kids by abil- "Judy Levin is one of those /[] I child to middle school,dence. Middle school is truly school choices and match ity, guidance counselors, people you always know you ~I I First, she discussed how to atimewhen thevalues taught these to their child. One par- choice of clubs, sports teams, are going to learn something ~1 [m understandthemiddle, orado- by parents are tested," said ent recently called me and music programs, and oppor- from," added Marcie Katzen. ~ ~ lescent, years. She looked at Levin. "Parents hope values thanked me for helping to tunities for parent involve- "I realize that I have to really ~?:1~ ~ physical and emotional still hold solid as kids start to place herchild in the Selznick ment. know a Mt about my child. Is ~ changes, how children search pull away. Although peers be- Middle School. She said she Handing out a road map to he structured, active, orga- ~ for an identity, their lack of come as important in the had never seen a school envi- use as a guide in selecting a nized, independent? All these - organization, and theirwant- child's eyes as parents, family ronment where all the chib school, Levin answered nu- havetobeconsideredinknow- sh Dr. JUDYLEVIN ing independence.Sherecom- is still the most secure base.' dren were so happy." Levin merous questions from the ing what school he will fit | audience. "Does our child need into." ! ira/ IImml ',' to be in a large middle school Perhaps the best comment ~ to succeed in a large high of the evening came from school such as Winter Park Cathy Deren, who said, "Judy, High?' asked Barry Render. cantwejust hire you to help I tie "Absolutely not," answered us make this decision?!',Pal years are a time of insecurity sponsoredtheeveritinthenew tifesfyle at's]ust theseyearstobuildtheirskills dent 'Pad". Dr. Zena Sulkes, I Right, Yo Gua "anteed! I [ three years, almost all are fer to all parents to tour the ready to,adjust toanysize high middle school, which will be Merrill Gardens is full 7/ I Dr.Levin s listofthingsto year, by calling her at 407- em " .q.~ /. look for in a middle school was 647-0713. en! of opportunities for self I i at, ~: ,~" . ~ u expressionincludmgAnyume i Women's Campaign I Dining, activities, classes, trips and more. 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