The Panther Pulse

Pershing Middle Community Newsletter (Vol. 1, Issue 9)

Principal's Message

Dear Pershing Families,


Friday, October 7th marked the end of the first six weeks of school as well as the end of the first grading period. Families will be able to view their child's grades in the PowerSchool Parent Portal on Friday, Oct 14th. I want to remind families that progress report grades are designed to serve as a "temperature check." There is still plenty of time left in this semester for students to improve their grades. If you are concerned about a particular grade I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher directly. Tutoring is available after school on Tuesday and Thursdays in Rm. 303, also many other teachers offer tutoring during lunch.


We have a very busy week ahead of us and I am hoping that I will see many of you at several of the meetings we have going on this!

The Week That Was!

Important Announcements for the Week of October 10th

PR1 GRADES AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

A friendly reminder that the first progress reporting period ended on Friday, October 7th. Grades for PR1 will be available for parents to view in the PowerSchool Parent Portal on Friday, October 14th. The Parent Portal will be down Oct 7-13th while grades are being processed.


SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY, OCT 11TH

Congratulations to our new elected parent representatives - Ms. Felicia Aaron, Mr. Jason Hlebakos, and Ms. Kate Vigderson, as well as our parent rep alternate Ms. Danielle Stephen! Our SSC will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:00 PM in our Library. We have added a link under our Families tab on the school website with meetings times, meetings agendas, etc. You can also CLICK HERE for additional info.


PERSHING FOUNDATION MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, OCT 12TH

We hope you will be able to join us for the second Pershing Foundation Meeting of the school year. The meeting will be at 6:30 PM in the Library. Attending the meetings is a great way to stay involved and support our school community.


CHERRYDALE FUNDRAISER - SHARE 10

Pershing Middle School Foundation's fundraiser started Oct 5th and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $35,000.00 for essential programs this 2022-2023 school year! This fundraising ends on October 19th. This is our main fundraiser for the school year an dstudents that share their custom support link with 10 family members or friends by Wednesday, Oct 12th and your child will receive a gift bag from Cherrydale on Thursday, Oct 13th and have a chance to win $100. Directions to register are below.


Register your student at www.ShopFund.com


Share custom support links with family & friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, Text and more.


SLIM PARENT NIGHT ON THURSDAY, OCT 13TH

If you are the parent of a child currently in our SLIM Spanish Immersion Program we are hosting a Parent Night on Thursday, October 13th at 6:00 PM in the Library. We will be sharing information about what the middle school immersion program looks like, how to earn a biliteracy certificate at 8th grade promotion, etc. We hope to see you there.


PINK PANTHER DAY ON THURSDAY, OCT 13TH

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, our ASB is hosting a spirit day on Thursday, October 13th. We are encouraging all students and staff to wear pink to school that day.


ROBOTICS

Pershing Panther-branded drawstring bags orders have arrived! Please let your student know to stop by Room 405 immediately after school on Tuesday or Thursday to pick up your bag. Thanks for your contribution to the fundraising effort of the Robotics Club at Pershing.


NEW LINK TO SEE CLUBS ON CAMPUS

Parents you have been asking and it is finally here! We have added a link under the Student tab on our website so you can see all the clubs that are currently available on campus and when they meet. You can also CLICK HERE.


PARENT WORKSHOPS: UNDERSTANDING RJP

In collaboration with our district's Leadership and Learning Department we will be hosting a 3-part parent workshop series to help families gain a better understanding of Restorative Practices and our restorative discipline model. The meetings will be held in person at Pershing Middle School on Nov 1, Dec 6, and Feb 7 @6:00 PM. We hope you will be able to attend.


BIG NEWS ABOUT THE SCHOOL PLAY

I am please to announce that several parents and community members have agreed to run our school play this year. This year's play will be Seussical!


Tryouts will be held Oct 26th from 2-5 PM. For additional information CLICK HERE or visit the link under the Students tab on our school website.


NEW COUNSELING WEBPAGE NOW AVAILABLE

Please take a moment to check out our new counseling team webpage. The page is also accessible through the school website under the "Departments" tab.


PERSHING WEBSITE UPDATES ARE NEARLY COMPLETE!

https://pershing.sandiegounified.org/

After a great deal of work, the Pershing website's makeover is nearly done. Our goal is for the school website to be your first stop to obtain information about what is happening at the school. To meet that goal we need your input - what additional information would be helpful for families to have access to on the school website. CLICK HERE to complete this website feedback survey.


Also, we are trying to increase our social media footprint and provide multiple ways for families to access information so please follow us on Instagram @pershing_sdusd or follow me on Twitter @melanie_kray for the latest information.

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No Place For Hate

Pershing Middle School is once again looking forward to meeting the criteria to be designated a NPFH School. After our counselor preentations students are signing the No Place for Hate Pledge.

COVID Health and Safety Updates

Pro-Tip: Click on the maroon bar to visit the District's COVID Updates Page

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS EXHIBITING COVID SYMPTOMS

If you child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea please keep them home from school unless they have have negative COVID test or until the symptoms have abated. If your child is sent home from school with one of these symptoms they must have a negative test to return the next school day. An at home COVID test would be an acceptable test.

Middle School Athletics

Pro Tip: Click on on the maroon bar above to get all the latest information on Middle School Athletics.

Players of the Game

It was a big day on the SDHS track on 10/1 for our Pershing Panthers. Congratulations to Khloe Jamerson for her 1st place finish in the 200M and her 2nd place finish in 100M. Congrats to Seth Carling for his 1st place in the 100M and 2nd place finish in the 200M. Congrats to Cole Zanetti for his third place finish in the 800M. And congrats to Kylie Black, Elizabeth Dullaghan, Isabelle Shaefer, and Madelyn Wilson for their 3rd place finish in the 4x100 Relay.


And there were some big performances in the field events as well. Congrats to Lepolious Miller and Samuel Morse for their 3rd place finishes in the 8th & 7th grade long jump respectively. Also congrats to Isabelle Shaefer and Lea Moya for their 1st and 2nd place finishes in the 7th grade long jump. And finally

Bell Schedules

Please note for the first two weeks of school everyday is a regular bell schedule. The Wednesday Modified Bell Schedule will begin on September 14th.

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PrimeTime Before & After School Program

Our PrimeTime Before and After School Program is currently full but is still accepting applications. Those completing applications will be put on the waitlist. Click on the maroon bar above to access the PrimeTime website & application.

Review Previous Community Newsletters

Want to review information from a previous community newsletter? No problem, just click on the maroon bar above.

SAVE THE DATES!

Oct 11: SSC Meeting @3:00 PM in the Library

Oct 12: Pershing Parent Foundation Meeting @6:30 PM in the Library

Oct 13: Pink Panther Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

Oct 13: SLIM Parent Night @6:00 PM in the Library

Oct 18: Make-Up Picture Day

Oct 18: 6th Grade Camp Fundraising Meeting @6:00 PM in the Auditorium

Oct. 19: Coffee with the Principal @6:30 PM via zoom

Oct 24 & 25: 5th Grade Parent Tours @9-10:30 AM (for families interested in attending Pershing via CHOICE)

Oct 31: Spirit Week

Nov 11: Veteran's Day (NO SCHOOL)

Nov 16: Fall Dance

Nov 18: PR2 Grading Period Ends

March 20-24: 6th Grade Camp