Panda News

January 10, 2022

Greetings Panda Nation!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend.

As we are all aware, COVID cases have been on the rise, which means we have several students who are out. We are asking that parents please contact Nurse Macomber at, if your child is positive. The nurse is the only person at Pershing who can give you a return date based on HISD's Ready, Set, Go Plan.

This Friday marks the end of the first semester. All students enrolled in a high school credit class will have to take a final exam. The teacher should have already communicated with the students the date of their exam. All grades will be posted by Wednesday, January 19th, at 5 p.m. and report cards will go home on Friday, January 21st.

Monday and Tuesday are student holidays! There is no school for students, so they get an extra long weekend.

As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.

Have a great week!


Week @ A Glance

January 11

  • SDMC Meeting @ 4:15 (via Zoom)
  • PTO Meeting @ 6:30 (via Zoom)
January 12
  • JJP Swim v. Black (@ JJP)

January 14

  • Semester 1 Ends

January 17

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL

January 18

  • Teacher Prep Day - NO SCHOOL

January 19

  • Semester 2 Begins
  • New Bell Schedule Begins
  • JJP Swim v. Tanglewood @ JJP

Revised Bell Schedule BEGINNING January 19, 2022

In December the leadership team reviewed our current bell schedule and the need for us to move from three lunch periods to four lunch periods. Why this change? Currently, we have three lunch periods with just under 500 students in each lunch period. Students sit in either the cafeteria or skylight hallway and it has become very crowded. Several years ago we had four lunches and we have made the decision to move back to that beginning with the new semester. We will be maintaining Panda Day on Mondays (all 8 periods plus Homeroom), but will be changing Tuesday through Friday. We will maintain block scheduling on those days, but instead of lunch being during Homeroom, we are changing it to 3rd/7th period. Students will go to 3rd/7th period for 90 minutes and lunch for 30 during that period. After lunch, students will go to Homeroom for 25 minutes and receive accelerated learning. I've included the revised bell schedule below. We will be sharing this with the students this week and will also let them know their new lunch period by the end of next week. Change is hard, but this is necessary. I'll share more information during our PTO meeting on Tuesday, January 11th.

PTO Meeting

Pershing's PTO Meeting is Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 (ZOOM)

Pershing UIL

Is your child interested in participating in UIL? Students interested in participating in UIL should see Ms. Forgarty in Room 126. No experience is necessary!

The next tournament is set for January 29th.

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 Grade Assistant Principal

Maria Jackson, 6th/7th Grade Assistant Principal

Tyesha Beller, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Alberto Fernandez, 8th Grade Assistant Principal

Amy Ford, 8th Grade Assistant Principal

Grisury Candelaria, Magnet Coordinator

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"