Pleasanton Middle School

Parent/Guardian Evening Symposium - Wednesday, 3/21/18

March 5, 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Please join us for our Parent/Guardian Evening Symposium on Wednesday, 3/21/18 at Pleasanton Middle School beginning at 6:30 pm in the 800 building. In our ongoing quest to gain a deeper understanding of our middle school students, the challenges they may face, and ways to keep open lines of communication, it is our pleasure to offer two 45-minute sessions on the following:

Session A:  Lost in Translation, with presenter Dr. Daniel Kostalnick, will focus on communication and other “tangles” of parenting our pre-teens and teenagers.

Daniel J. Kostalnick, M.D., F.A.P.A. is a Board Certified Physician by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons with extensive training and expertise in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy--incorporating the biological and psychological aspects of psychiatric health and wellness. Additionally, Dr. Kostalnick is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) Scotland, United Kingdom.                                                                                              2017, CNS Medical Group, APMC.

Session B:  Awareness about the Trend of Teenage Vaping, “Vaping 101” with presenter Ms. Siah Fried.

Siah Fried holds a B.S. in health science and a MPH in public health with an emphasis in school and community health. She has worked as a health educator in various health care settings from public health clinics to major HMOs. She has had the opportunity to teach healthy-living classes to people of all ages on topics such as disease prevention and stress management. With her business Healthy Starts, she continues to work in elementary schools to inspire children to make healthy lifestyle choices. For the past 19 years, Ms. Fried has worked as a health and nutrition professor at a local community college, and she is the author of two books as well as a research paper on the stress of young athletes, which she presented at the University of Toronto. In her spare time, she loves to be with her family and friends and is active in philanthropy work for kids and animals.

Participants have the opportunity to attend both sessions which will be provided in a rotation sequence.  

Please RSVP, via email by March 19, 2018, to:

Holly Schafer at if you are planning to attend.


Dr. Jill Butler, Principal

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