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March 28, 2022

Greetings Panda Nation!

It is hard to believe that we are only have 10 weeks of school left, and 24 days until our first STAAR exam. As we finish out this cycle over the next few weeks and move into cycle 6, I am encouraging everyone to stress the importance of our students doing well and finishing strong. As I've mentioned before, House Bill 4545 requires students who do not pass the STAAR test to take 30 hours of accelerated instruction the next school year for each STAAR test they fail. This means that your student could lose an elective and be placed in an intervention class instead. While we may not all agree with mandated testing, it is part of our educational system and we can only ask that students do their absolute best on the exam. I know our teachers and students have been working very hard this year and will be more than prepared.

I know that many of you may have heard the discussions centered around HISD's budget for the 2022-2023 school year and a new staffing model. While I have not completed our final 2022-2023 budget yet, I can tell you that we will have to shift to a traditional 7-period school day, similar to what we had a few years ago. This means that students will take Math, ELA/R, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and TWO electives. If your student is a magnet student, then one of their electives must be their magnet area. That means they will have one additional class period for another elective. I will be discussing this more once our final budget is presented and approved. We will also host parent-student information nights for the upcoming school year in the next few weeks. Elective course selection will take place for rising 7th and 8th graders in late April.

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 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

April 4

  • JJP Softball v. Stevenson @ JJP

April 5

  • JJP Baseball v. Pin Oak @ Pin Oak (Varsity)
  • JJP Baseball v. Hogg & Hogg (JV)

April 6

  • JJP Softball v. Pin Oak @ JJP
  • JJP Baseball v. St. Francis @ Baseball USA
  • Pre-UIL Band Concert

April 7

  • JJP Softball v. Black @ Black
  • JJP Soccer v. TH Rogers @ JJP
  • JJP Magnet Art Show

April 8

  • JJP Rugby v. Western @ JJP

April 9

  • Saturday Tutorials & Enrichment

Great Things are Happening at Pershing

Last week was a very busy week for Pershing Middle School. Check out all of the great things happening at Pershing!

Youth Development Volleyball Program

HVA Youth Development Volleyball Program is returning to Pershing Middle School. For more information about the program, please see the flyer below.

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.

Cycle 5 Progress Reports

Cycle 5 Progress Reports will be distributed to students this Friday, April 1. Please be sure to ask your student for their Progress Report when they get home.

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

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"