Panda News

April 3, 2022

Greetings Panda Nation!

What an absolutely beautiful weekend we had here in Houston! The weather was perfect for outdoor activities and I hope that everyone took advantage of it.

I know many of you have concerns about what took place on Thursday. As the call-out mentioned, we did have a bomb threat at our school. Please know that a shelter-in-place was the SAFEST option for our faculty, staff, and students and was done under the guidance of the district and HISD police. Our HISD Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies responded immediately and all involved made sure that our students were safe. While none of us ever want to deal with a situation like this, I am incredibly proud of the response of our faculty, staff, and more importantly, our students. All did an amazing job of following the protocols and procedures. I also want to thank all of the parents. I know that hearing your child's school has had a threat is not easy, and I appreciate you trusting us that we are keeping your child safe. I never take that trust for granted. I will take a few minutes during the next PTO meeting on April 12 to discuss emergency protocols and procedures so that you will know how we work to keep your children safe. I hope to see you at that meeting!

Do you have an incoming 6th grader or know someone who does? Please visit our website for more information, including the elective course selection process for incoming 6th graders. We will be posting information for rising 7th and 8th graders later this month.

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

April 4

  • 8th Grade Activities Assemblies
  • JJP Softball v. Stevenson @ JJP

April 5

  • Mock STAAR - Math 6th-8th Grade
  • JJP Baseball v. Pin Oak @ Pin Oak (Varsity)
  • JJP Baseball v. Hogg & Hogg (JV)

April 6

  • Mock STAAR - ELA/R 6th-8th Grade
  • JJP Softball v. Pin Oak @ JJP
  • JJP Baseball v. St. Francis @ Baseball USA
  • Pre-UIL Band Concert

April 7

  • MOCK STAAR - Science 8th Grade
  • JJP Softball v. Black @ Black
  • JJP Soccer v. TH Rogers @ JJP
  • JJP Magnet Art Showcase

April 8

  • Mock STAAR - Social Studies 8th Grade
  • JJP Rugby v. Western @ JJP

April 9

  • Saturday Tutorials & Enrichment

April 11

  • JJP Baseball v. West Briar @ JJP

April 12

  • JJP Baseball v. Black @ JJP
  • April PTO Meeting @ 6:30 (Pershing Cafeteria)

April 14

  • JJP Boys' & Girls' Soccer v. Tanglewood @ JJP

April 15


Great Things are Happening at Pershing

Congratulations to our Panda Orchestra! They participated in UIL last week and brought home a SWEEPSTAKES! Way to go Pandas!
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Attention 8th Grade Parents!

On April 4th, Ms. Ford will be hosting an 8th grade ZOOM meeting for parents regarding our end-of-year 8th grade activities. Please click here for information regarding the meeting.

Also, April 25th will be 8th Grade Panoramic Picture Day. Please see the flyer below for more information.

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.

Pershing Bingo Night is Back!

You heard it right! Our annual Pershing Bingo Night is back and in-person! The event will take place on Friday, April 22 in the Pershing cafeteria. We encourage everyone to come out and support our Pershing PTO as all money raised goes directly back into the programs at Pershing Middle School. If you cannot make the event, then please consider donating. You can donate and/or purchase bingo books using the links below.

Donate to Pershing Bingo Night

Purchase Bingo Books for Pershing Bingo Night

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"