Panda News

March 21, 2022

Greetings Panda Nation!

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a fantastic Spring Break. We are only 11 weeks away from Summer Vacation, but that doesn't mean we should start slowing down. We have 29 days until the first STAAR test and I am confident that all of our Pandas will do their best when it comes time to take the test. They have been working hard this year.

As I've mentioned before, STAAR is a required test, and while many of us may not like it, it is something we must do. How your child performs on STAAR will determine if they must participate in an additional 30 hours of accelerated instruction next year for each STAAR subject they fail. I know they can rock the STAAR, so remind them to do their best as they finish out the next 29 days.

This morning I shared some words of wisdom with our students. As we move towards the end of the school year, I am encouraging all of our Pandas to let go of the noise and to not sweat the small stuff. Students need to not allow the negativity of the world or the actions of others to influence the decisions they make. I want all of our Pandas to embrace the things that make them stronger and who they are. Growing up is not easy, but our Pandas have an entire community here at Pershing and at home that can help them be the best version of themselves.

As always, if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of Team Pershing.

I hope everyone has a great week!


Week @ A Glance

March 22

  • TELPAS Testing
  • Pershing Softball v. AOS @ McGovern
  • Pershing Baseball v. Black @ JJP (Varsity)
  • Pershing Baseball v. Black @ Black (JV)

March 23

  • TELPAS Testing
  • Pershing Softball v. Burbank @ JJP
  • Pershing Baseball v. Meyerland @ Meyerland (JV)
  • Pershing Baseball v. Hogg @ Hogg (Varsity)
  • Panda Palooza 6:00 - 7:30

March 24

  • TELPAS Testing
  • Pershing Softball v. Meyerland @ Meyerland
  • Pershing Baseball v. Kinkaid @ JJP (Varsity)
  • Girls' & Boys' Soccer v. Pin Oak @ JJP
  • Pershing Baseball v. Hogg @ Hogg (JV)
  • Mr. & Miss Pershing Pageant 6:00 - 8:00

March 25

  • TELPAS Testing
  • Spring Pep Rally
  • JJP Rugby v. Savior Lutheran @ JJP

March 28

  • Chavez-Huerta Day - NO SCHOOL
March 29
  • TELPAS Testing
  • JJP Baseball v. Rusk @ JJP

March 30

  • TELPAS Testing Make-ups
  • JJP Softball v. Hogg @ JJP
  • JJP Baseball v. Briar Meadow @ Briar Meadow
  • Pershing Spring Dance Show

March 31

  • Pershing Spring Dance Show

April 2

  • Saturday Tutorials & Enrichment

Summer School

Pershing will host Summer School from June 13 - July 7, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday). Students who fail to meet promotion standards will be required to attend Summer School. Our goal is to send out a preliminary notification after the Cycle 5 Report Card (April 22). We will be sharing more information toward the end of April, but I wanted you to know the dates now in case you are making summer plans.

Morning Arrival & Announcements

Pershing Middle School starts at 8:30 a.m. All students should be in their classes, seated, and ready to learn at 8:30 a.m. If you are running late and are in the hallways when announcements start, please stop and wait until the Pledge of Allegiance, Texas Pledge, and moment of silence are over. After that you may continue to class.

Cycle 5 Progress Reports

The cut-off for Cycle 5 Progress Reports is this Friday, March 25th. Progress Report grades will be entered and verified by Wednesday, March 30 and Progress Reports will be sent home Friday, April 1.

COVID Testing

Pershing will continue to offer free PCR COVID-19 Testing for students and staff on a weekly basis, with our next testing date on February 15. This testing program is completely voluntary and requires the student's parent/guardian to first provide a one-time consent by completing a digital consent form. Please see the documents below for more information. You can also click on this link

Hall Sweeps

Parents, we need your help. We have SEVERAL students who are arriving to school after the 8:30 bell rings. Please note that late students are counted as tardy and are subject to a detention, even if it is your fault they are late. Students are missing valuable instructional time due to being late. Please get your student to school on time.

We are also seeing several students who are tardy to class throughout the day. We will be conducting random hall sweeps this week and any student caught in the hall sweep will be issued a two-hour detention on Saturday. Students may reschedule their detention ONCE and any student who does not attend detention will be given a day of in-school suspension. Please remind your student of the importance of being in class on time.

Need Assistance?

Here are some frequently asked questions from parents who have been looking for assistance.

  1. Where can I find contact information for my child's teacher? Our website directory is an excellent place to find our faculty and staff email addresses.
  2. How can I monitor my child's grades? HISD Connect Parent Portal is the spot! Click here for information on setting up an HISD Connect Parent Portal account.
  3. I have a question, but I'm not sure who to reach out to for an answer. If you have a question, you can reach out to your child's Homeroom teacher, Counselor, or Assistant Principal for assistance.
  4. I need to schedule a meeting with a teacher, what do I do? Please email the teacher(s) you wish to meet with and allow them 24 hours to respond. Teachers are provided with a planning period each day, so they will send you those times to schedule a meeting. You can also call the main office at 713-295-5240 and leave a message for the teacher.
  5. I feel disconnected now that my child is in middle school. How can I get involved? This is easy. Join the PTO and attend the regularly scheduled meetings. We also recommend you attend the sporting events, fine arts performances, and PTO events throughout the year.

Contact Information

Campus Administration Team

Steven Shetzer, Principal

Carrie Curtis, 6th - 8th Grade & Compliance Assistant Principal

Maria Jackson, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

Tyesha Beller, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Alberto Fernandez, 8th Grade Assistant Principal (Discipline)

Amy Ford, 6th - 8th Grade Assistant Principal (8th Grade Activities)

Grisury Candelaria, Magnet Coordinator

Hope Goodson, Dean of Instruction

Campus Support Team

Sherman Parker, 6th Grade Counselor

Enitsha Allen-Cooper, 7th Grade Counselor

Sara Graur, 8th Grade Counselor

Alesha Rushing, Wraparound Specialist

Jolynn Vallejo, CIS Social Worker

Pershing students are "Empowered by Diversity, Inspired by Success, & Committed to Lifelong Learning"