February 2023

Message From The Principal

Can you believe its February!

As usual, the last month has flown by, and we are finding ourselves at the beginning of another busy and fun filled month!

During February we have a few different areas of focus. Our CBAs were delayed for 3rd – 5th grade students until next week, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th. Curriculum Based Assessment (CBA) is a Districtwide assessment of a student's performance on class curriculum. It also helps the teacher and the administrative team determine what additional services and resources your student may need to close academic gaps or to accelerate their academic instruction. On these days, please make sure your students get a good night sleep and that they come to school on time-ready to show what they know.

¡Puedes creer que es febrero!

Como de costumbre, el último mes ha pasado volando y nos encontramos al comienzo de otro mes ocupado y lleno de diversión.

Durante febrero tenemos algunas áreas diferentes de enfoque. Nuestros CBA se retrasaron para los estudiantes de 3.º a 5.º grado hasta la próxima semana, el martes 7 y el miércoles 8. La evaluación basada en el plan de estudios (CBA) es una evaluación del rendimiento de un estudiante en el plan de estudios de la clase en todo el distrito. También ayuda al maestro y al equipo administrativo a determinar qué servicios y recursos adicionales puede necesitar su estudiante para cerrar las brechas académicas o acelerar su instrucción académica. En estos días, asegúrese de que sus estudiantes duerman bien y que lleguen a la escuela a tiempo, listos para demostrar lo que saben.

RAMS word of the month: Caring

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Giving support to others out of choice leads to “reduced stress, increased happiness, and an increased sense of social connectedness”.

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San Antonio ISD Familia, We need to hear your voice.

Over the next few weeks, we — as a familia of employees, families, and community members — will chart the path we will take together to build the schools we wish for our students. I am calling on you to join us in a district planning effort that will be unprecedented in scope and inclusiveness.

Together we will create and refine a strategic management plan – one we call Always Learning. The title reflects that just as our children learn, we as a district are always growing and learning, too.

Each section of Always Learning outlines how we will meet the ambitious goals set by our Trustees. These sections are:

  • Our Students, Our Inspiration
  • Our Staff, Our Strength
  • Our Organization, Our Heartbeat
  • Our Community, Our Familia

Our goal is to hear from each of you. Thousands of you. Educators, support staff, families, and citizens alike. Your heart is in this work, and therefore your voice needs to be in this plan.

Provide your feedback by completing this survey:


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Food Distribution For Families

DATE: Saturday, February 25, 2023

TIME: 9 a.m.

LOCATION: Sam Houston HS 4635 E. Houston St., 78220

San Antonio Independent School District, in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, is hosting drive-through food distribution events throughout the District to help SAISD families in need.

Distribution is on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
Contact your school's FACE Specialist, email us at, or call us at (210) 554-2205 for more information.

Attendance Matters

Regular and consistent attendance in school is critical to a child's learning and development and may ultimately determine that child's overall success, both in school and in life. Student well-being depends upon students being able to show up when school is in session.

School Attendance Does Matter

SAISD students from all campuses will have the opportunity to win an entry for their family into a drawing for a car giveaway. The car giveaway is an incentive to encourage all students from all campuses to attend classes every day. This incentive program is based solely on attendance and enrollment. No other factors such as academic performance, student behavior and discipline, or involvement in volunteer or extra-curricular activities will be required or considered in this drawing. By meeting certain attendance metrics outlined below, SAISD students will be able to earn digital ticket(s) for their family/guardian to be entered into a drawing during each 9-weeks grading period. The drawing will be held at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Additional drawings for smaller prizes will be held during the 2022-2023 school year based on digital ticket(s) earned during that 9-week grading period.


This year we’re using i-Ready! Learn more about this online program that’ll help drive student achievement here.

¡Este año estamos usando i-Ready! Obtenga más información sobre este programa en línea que ayudará a impulsar el rendimiento de los estudiantes aquí.


The SAISD Systems of Care connects students and families with resources that meet the needs of the whole child. Through this model, we are fulfilling our commitment to increasing families' access to social, emotional, and academic support.

Families can now use the Systems of Care Resource website to access Academic Resources, Family Needs Resources, Household Essential Resources, and Mental Health Resources.

Click here to access resources now.


SAISD community resource hub

Provides health and wellness Information, financial assistance, household assistance along with instruction and technology resources.

Family and community engagement

Provides direct support and services to families and the community.


  • Discover more opportunities to be involved at your child's school!
  • Connect with other parents at Pershing!
  • Become a helping hand at Pershing to benefit your child!

Register here:


2022-2023 Volunteer Program Update

The 22-23 application will be made available beginning on July 1, 2022.

Please contact your campus or FACE Specialist to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

In order to ensure the safety of District staff, students, and families, volunteers are encouraged to wear a face mask while on campus and follow all health and safety protocols outlined in the Safe Return to In-Person Learning and Continuity of Services Plan. We recommend that all volunteers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Start your volunteer application here:

Pershing Community resources staff

Ms. Mendez - Family And Community Engagement Specialist (FACE Specialist)

I am Ms. Mendez the family and community engagement specialist. My goal is to provide our families with information and resources available:
  • School communication
  • School tours
  • Uniform, school supplies and food assistance
  • Parent led-groups
  • Parent meetings
  • Volunteer and Community Service
  • Campus events
  • and more

Mrs. Juarez - Communities In School Site Coordinator

Hello everyone! I'm Mrs. Juarez/Ms. Angie, the CIS-SA Site Coordinator at Pershing Elementary School 21-22. I'm excited to support Pershing students with whatever they need to succeed in school this year, including:

- Supportive guidance

-Enrichment activities

-Academic support

-Basic needs assistance

In addition, I also work with parents in providing them resources such:

-Food support

-Financial services

-Mental health support

I love working for CIS because I want to create a lasting impact on a child's life. A bit about me, I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Public Health and Sociology from UTSA. I have served with the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, and this is my second year with CIS-SA. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via-email, phone call, or stop by in my office to chat. I look forward to working with you and your student this school year!

Pershing Scholars, Teachers, and Staff are expected to Respect others by....

    • Following the Golden Rule "Treat Others How They Want to Be Treated."
    • Being accepting of differences.
    • Being courteous to others.
    • Dealing peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
    • Being considerate of others’ feelings.