Hello, Middle School!

Click on the links below for the slide presentation, strength-based learning assessment handouts, and additional resource links from PEN program “Hello, Middle School!” (presented March 7, 2019). The following middle schools have scheduled orientation dates for incoming families: Sierra Madre MS (April 17, 6-7 pm); Marshall (May 10, 6 pm);

Slide presentation

Resource Links

Quick Reads

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/academics/news/back-to-school/motivating-middle-schoolers-a-parent-s-guide-to-navigating-academics    (Sharon Savier)

https://momsoftweensandteens.com/you-can-blame-your-teens-brain-for-the-mood-swings/    (Sheryl Gould)

10 Ways to Help your Child Succeed in Middle School by Kathryn Hoffses, PhD

How to Help Teens Weather their Emotional Storms (Snow globe with glitter article) 

Websites and Social Media

Aries- Parent Portal (PUSD App-access via smartphone; find everything from attendance to assignments): https://www.pusd.us/parentportal

PUSD Parent University: Parent workshops (e.g., Young & Healthy)

PEN website, Facebook, and Pasadena Moms of Exceptionals Support System (PMSS) FB group - contact Laura Diaz Allen


PUSD’s Tech Equity Program - includes info & forms related to student Chromebook program, also links for more info about digital citizenship, regulating media use, and online safety for parents and students

Second Step - Social-Emotional Learning curriculum for middle school



https://www.parenttoolkit.com. Comprehensive guide to helping their children succeed in school and life, whether they’re just starting out in pre-school or preparing their college applications. Produced by NBC News Learn and supported by Pearson


https://www.understood.com very comprehensive website for parents of children with learning disabilities


https://www.mindsetworks.com. Great resources on growth mindset

YouTube mindfulness for teens videos

Parenting Books for Parents of Tweens and Teens:

Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens by Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D., and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D.

Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience Middle School Years, by Michelle Icard

Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The Price of Privilege by Dr. Madeline Levine

Scream Free Parenting by Jenny Runkel

Children the Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D.

The Whole Brained Child by Dr. Dan Siegel

The Mindful Brain by Dr. Dan Siegel

Mindset  by Carol Dweck

The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential by Eileen Kennedy Moore, PhD Mark S Lowenthal, PsyD

Love and Logic- Parenting Teens with Love and Logic by Foster W. Cline, MD & Jim Fay

Parenting Kids to Become the People Employees Really Want and America Desperately Need by Jim Fay

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour