The Panther Pulse

Pershing Middle Community Newsletter (Vol. 1, Issue 12)

Principal's Message

Dear Pershing Families,

Last week I had the pleasure of taking prospective CHOICE families who are thinking of attending Pershing next school year on a tour of the school and provided them with a short presentation of what the student and parent experience looks like at Pershing.

As I went through the presentation I had quite a few proud principal moments. I told them about Mr. Ginsburg who, unprompted, started livestreaming all the Pershing boys basketball games so families that could not attend were still able to watch their child play. The SDUSD Athletics Department was so impressed with the livestreaming they asked Mr. Ginsburg if he would be willing to livestream all the middle school basketball playoff games, not just Pershing's, which he graciously agreed to do.

I told the families about another parent, Ms. Carson, who has taken on the responsibility of organizing our school play and has worked tireless to find a director and a choreographer and organize an audition schedule so that we can continue the school play this year. I am proud to say we had 93 students sign up and audition fo Seussical last week - it was incredible! I told them about our amazing Pershing Foundation and all the work our families do to help fundraise to ensure our 6th graders have an opportunity to go to 6th Grade Camp - something most other middle schools don't have.

I also talked about the fact Pershing is a high performing school and how much I love visiting classrooms and sharing the learning and engaging activities I see taking place. This community is amazing and it is because of our amazing families, teachers, and students!

I am looking forward to another great week where I see all these qualities in action!

Last Week Was Red Ribbon Week!

Important Announcements for the Week of October 31st


A reminder students may wear costumes to school on Monday, October 31st but all students must adhere to our normal dress code guidelines as well as 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

For any Panthers chosing to go trick or treating on Monday Night we want you to have fun, be safe, and keep your candy at home on Tuesday :)


Panthers are you ready?! Our ASB has done a great job organizing our second spirit week of the school year. CLICK HERE to make sure you are ready to show off your school spirit each day this week!


In an effort to continue to provide innovative ways to support our students' academic success we have implemented a staff mentor program. If a student had multiple D or F grades on the first progress reports they were assigned a staff mentor who will work with the student to help get them back on track. Each mentor has 1-2 students they they will be meeting with weekly. The goal is to provide students with an additional trusted adult who is keeping an eye on their progress and who the student knows they can rely on for academic support.

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

Parents are you interested in learning more about what restorative practices are and how we utilize them at Pershing? In collaboration with our Leadership and Learning Department we will be hosting our first of three parent workshops around this topic. 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.


A reminder that student who were absent or were unable to take their school photo on the original picture day will have an opportunity to have their picture taken this Wednesday.


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. This presentation is intended for ADULTS ONLY as the some of topics covered may not be appropriate for students. Students will be receiving information on Internet safety on November 10th through grade level assemblies. We hope you will be able to attend.


We will be hosting our second Coffee with the Princpal event on Nov 9th via zoom at 8:30 AM. Details are available under the news tab on our school website. We hope you will be able to attend.


We have been working hard to get our after school tutoring program up and running to support our students. CLICK HERE to see a list of all the different subjects, times, and locations we have available to support students' academic success at Pershing. This information is also accessible through the "tutoring" link under the "Students" tab on our school website.

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.


Parents if your child rides their bike to school please remind them they must (1) be wearing a helmet at all times and (2) should not be riding their bikes at a high rate of speed on the sidewalks, especially in the 5-10 minutes immediately before school starts and after it ends when there is a lot of pedestrian traffic. In fact, it might be safer for bikers to walk their bikes into the campus during times when there is high pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks. For the most part our students that bike to school try to obey the rules of the road and it does not seem there is any deliberate intent to do anything wrong - in most cases student are in a hurry trying to get themselves to school on time but we want to avoid any potential collisions/injuries.


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.


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.

Middle School Athletics

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Players Standouts!

Congrats to our #1 seeded Boys Basketball team for their victory over Marston in the playoffs this weekend. We are headed to the semi-finals next week! Congrats to Jaden Harden who was named the Player of the Game.

And congrats to all our Pershing Track and Field members who competed well all season and were able to advance to the Championshipn Prelims on Saturday: Lexi Raymond, Max McEachern, Lepolious Miller, Kylie Black, Lea Moya, Alice Miller, Khloe Jamerson, Isabelle Shaefer, Isaac Ganem, Trevor O'Neill, Landon Stranger, Soleil LaFrance, Thomas Quiros, Seth Carling, Dominic Pavone, Madelyn Wilson, Olivia Ohnesorgen, Sam Morse, Bennett Wilson, Lila Mercer, Elizabeth Dullighan, Caleb Arenz, William Bohonak, Cole Zanetti,

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

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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 31-Nov 4: Spirit Week

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

Nov 2: Make-Up Picture Day

Nov 3: 8th Grade Panoramic Picture (POSTPONED)

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