November 1, 2021
Welcome to the Panda News!
I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend. It was a perfect weekend for ghouls and goblins.
Tomorrow is our PTO Spaghetti Supper fundraiser. We will be selling tickets until 6 p.m. this evening on the PTO website. A limited number of dinner tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Raffle ticket sales will stop at 9 p.m. Tuesday night. Raffle tickets may also be purchased on the PTO website.
Parents, we want to thank many of you for assisting in helping us build and maintain a positive culture. We have realized that many of our issues are stemming from negative social posts that demean or are harmful to students and sometimes even teachers. Thankfully, Instagram realized one of these harmful sites as a form of bullying and removed it. Unfortunately, while trying to maintain objectivity, we have noticed that Pershing's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages are not being used for the original intention of being an informational resource for our community. We have found parents' frustrations and complaints posted. While we respect your opinions, we ask that you, for future reference, forward them to an Assistant Principal or myself to ensure they are addressed and handled as best as possible. Thank you for your assistance in helping us remain Panda Proud!
We have so many great things happening at Pershing and we want to make sure we are highlighting those, including Pershing students doing things outside of school. If you would like me to highlight your student for something they are doing outside of school (i.e. Boy/Girl Scouts, church, community service, outside sports), please send me a picture and a brief description and I will post on social media and include in our newsletter.
Have a great week Pandas!
Steven Shetzer, Principal
Week @ A Glance
- Election Day
- Spaghetti Supper (6-8 pm)
- Virtual Magnet Tours (1 p.m. & 6 p.m.)
Gifted & Talented Information
GT testing will take place on Saturday, December 4 and Saturday, December 11. Students are only required to test on one of the days. Testing will begin at 8:30 am. and end around 3:30 p.m. More information will be sent out to those parents who submit an application.
Dress Code Reminder
We Got Spirit, How About You?
On Friday we sent home letters to all students who are required to participate in accelerated instruction. Please take a moment to read the letter. HB4545 requires that students be in groups of no more than 3, unless a parent opts to allow us to increase the size of the groups. The parent notification letter sent out on Friday provides a place for you to opt-out. You can also opt-out by completing the form in HISD Connect.
For any student in 6th grade required to participate in accelerated instruction, Pershing must hold an Accelerated Learning Committee meeting. All meetings will be held via MS Teams. The date and time of your meeting appears on your letter. A calendar invite was sent out last week, if we had your email address. If we do not have your email address on file, we will be calling you to set up the meeting. Please make every effort to attend the meeting on your scheduled date and at the scheduled time.
If you have any questions regarding HB4545, you may reach out to Ms. Curtis or your child's counselor.
- What Makes a Friend
- I've Got Your Back
- Talk It Out
- Battle the Bullies
The lessons take 40-50 minutes each and include a mini-lesson, to be delivered by the Counselors via MS TEAMS, and then an activity that teachers will facilitate.
Our first lesson will be on Wednesday, November 3rd, and all Homeroom teachers and students will participate. I've included a letter regarding this first series of SEL lessons and some suggested home activities you can engage in with your student. We hope that you will partner with us and continue the work we do at home.
Caught Being Awesome
Book Character Analysis
Ms. Carswell's 8th Grade ELA students created character analyses for To Kill A Mockingbird and The Outsiders.
Ms. Artiga's Biology students created DNA models for class. What an engaging and creative way to teach about DNA structures.
Showcasing Students of the Month
Ms. Woolley-Stigall showcases her Students of the Month by drawing a caricature of them and includes a bio that lists their favorite things, what they love, and highlighting something special about them.