The Panther Pulse

Pershing Middle Community Newsletter (Vol. 1, Issue 11)

Principal's Message

Dear Pershing Families,

I can't believe how quickly this school year is going. As we move into the heart of semester one it is normal for a little fatigue to set in. That is why I am encouraging our students to remember this is when our Panther PRIDE character traits of positivity and determination become especially important. Maintaining a positive attitude in the face of obstacles and persevering, even when things are hard, are keys to success not just in school but life.

We are also continuing to emphasize that October is National Bullying Prevention Month and six ways students can be an ally to their peers and help prevent bullying.

And finally this week is Red Ribbon Week and we will be celebrating the importance of being drug free with our students.

It Was Another Great Week at Pershing!

Important Announcements for the Week of October 24th


Our Pershing Wellness Committee in collaboration with our ASB will hosting a variety of lunch time activities and PSAs this week in honor of Red Ribbon Week. So don't forget to wear red on Friday Panthers to show your commitment to being drug free.


If you are interested in auditioning for this year's school play Seussical you must complete the sign up form by 3:00 PM Monday. If you have already completed the sign up you should receive a confirmation email with your audition time.

If you would like to participate in the play as back stage support you will not need to audition. Please complete the sign up form and where you write down the role you are interested in please write "back stage."

For additional information out the school play CLICK HERE or visit the link under the Students tab on our school website.


Our District's Family Engagement Department and Instructional Technology are pleased to provide an overview of how to navigate the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Families will learn how to access features such as: how to communicate with their student’s teacher, grades, attendance, and specific standardized test scores.

Please join us at the Zoom Link: or Zoom ID: 896 9431 6809.

Log on between 5:15pm through 5:30pm, if you need interpretation services. If you need interpretation in another language, please click on the link and fill out the form at least 3 days ahead of the workshop:


Students may wear costumes to school on Monday, October 31st but all students must adhere to our dress code guidelines and following these additional guidelines:

  • Masks or make-up that conceal the entire face or prevent staff from identifying students are not allowed
  • Weapons, pretend or real, are not allowed including but not limited to guns, knives, swords, sabers, etc.
  • Costumes cannot promote violence, drugs, alcohol, or any inappropriate behavior
  • Costumes that may offend others due to race, culture, gender, religion, or sexual orientation are not permitted
  • Costume should not include items with sound effects, lights, or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment
  • And finally, costume must not inhibit the ability of a student to participate fully in all classes


Our ASB is hosting our second spirit week of the school year. CLICK HERE for all the details.


8th Grade Parents - the yearbook staff is on the look out for baby pictures of our 8th graders. They can either turn in a physical copy (will be returned) or send a digital copy to our yearbook advisor Ms. Ruckle at Please make sure the student's name is either on the subject line of the email or the back of the photo. The deadline to submit a baby photo is December 9th.


We have been working hard to get an after school tutoring program up and running to support our students. Now that students have received their PR1 grades, if you are noticing your child is struggling we having the following tutoring options available.

  • Math - Rm. 303 on Tuesdays and Thursdays @2:50 - 3:45 PM
  • English - Rm. 301 on Tuesdays and Thursdays @2:50-3:45 PM
  • Spanish/SLIM - Rm. 104 on Tuesdays @2:50-3:45 PM

Many of our teachers also tutor informally during lunch time. It is always a good idea to reach out to teachers individually regarding tutoring options as well.


Our fundraiser organized by the Pershing Foundation to help support 6th grade camp and other school activities ended on Wednesday, October 19th. Thank you to all those who participated. I know many students are anxiously awaiting their prizes. Right now the company is processing order forms and determining final prize totals. Students should receive their prizes in approximately 3 weeks and the names of our large prize winners (e.g. In N' Out Limo Lunch, etc.) will be announced in approximately 2 weeks. Thank you for your patience.

FIRST RJP PARENT WORKSHOPS ON NOV 1st @6:00 PM in the Pershing Auditorium

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.


On Thursday Nov 3rd, members of local law enforcement will be presenting information on internet crimes against children and internet safety at 6:00 PM in our Auditorium. We hope you will be able to attend.


We know from time to time it is necessary for a student to leave campus early for an appointment. We have noticed that often times parents are coming to pick up their child during the lunch period or during their PE period and we just wanted to make sure families are aware if you try to pick up your child during the lunch break or during PE you may face delays. Is it extremely challenging to locate a student quickly during lunch time. Also, if you are coming to pick up your child during PE, the PE teacher has to find supervision so your child can go into the locker room and get their personal items. Because of this we are requesting to the best of your ability to try to and schedule appointments outside of the school day so student are not missing instructional time. And if you do not have any other options and need to pick your child up early we wanted you to be mindful of the issues that pop up if you are trying to pull a student out during lunch time or the PE period.


Do you have suggestions for our school website? CLICK HERE to complete our 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.

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda

Our Spanish 1/2 & 3/4 classes with some support from our SLIM program has set up an altar in the library as they learn about Latin culture & traditions

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Middle School Athletics

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Players Standouts!

Congrats on another successful weekend of middle school sports. Our girls basketball team fought hard but came up short in their games against Marshall and DePortola. Our boys team defeated DePortola and Wangenheim. Congrats to Madin Gardini and Brian Hammerstrand for being recognized as Players of the Game.

And congrats to Khloe Jamerson for her 3rd place overall standing in the Long Jump and to Lila Mercer for her 1st place standing in the 400 M and her 2nd place standing in the 800 M. Great work Panthers!

Next week our middle school sports team move into playoffs.

SLIM Program Updates

Thank you to the families who were able to attend our first SLIM Parent Night on Thursday. Click on the maroon bar above to access the presentation that was shared with families.

SLIM Movie Night on Friday, November 4th

Does your child need help with Spanish? Mr. Barry is offering tutoring support on Tuesdays in Rm. 104 afterschool.

Henry High School Meeting for 8th Grade SLIM Parents

After our Pershing Middle School SLIM Parent Night we reached out to Henry High School regarding our families' desire to have a parent meeting about the Henry Dual Immersion Program. Members of Henry High's Counseling Department will be hosting a parent meeting for Pershing's 8th Grade SLIM Parents on Nov 16th at 6:00 PM on zoom. The information for the zoom meeting is below. To help Henry plan effectively for this meeting and cover the information most important to 8th grade families please take a moment to complete this RSVP form. We hope you will be able to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 4620 3221

SDUSD Vision 2030 Input

Click the maroon bar above for more information and to access the district's Vision 2030 input survey

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COVID Health and Safety Updates

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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.

Bell Schedules

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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

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

Oct 26: School Play Rehearsals @2:00-5:00 PM in the Auditorium

Oct 24-28: Red Ribbon Week

Oct 31-Nov 4: Spirit Week

Nov 1: Pershing Parent Workshop#1: Understanding Restorative Practices @6:00 PM in the Library

Nov 3: 8th Grade Panoramic Picture

Nov 3: Internet Crimes Presentation for Families @6:00 in the Auditorium

Nov 4: SLIM Program Movie Night

Nov 9: Coffee with the Principal @8:30 AM via zoom

Nov 9: Pershing Foundation Meeting @6:30 PM in the Library

Nov 10: Internet Crimes Presentation to Students (Grade Level Assemblies)

Nov 11: Veteran's Day (NO SCHOOL)

Nov 15: School Site Council (SSC) Meeting @3:00 PM in the Library

Nov 16: Turkey Trot

Nov 16: Fall Dance

Nov 17: Henry Cluster Meeting @5:00-6:00 PM via zoom

Nov 18: PR2 Grading Period Ends

Nov 21-25: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

Dec 19-Jan 2: Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

March 20-24: 6th Grade Camp