The Panther Pulse
Pershing Middle Community Newsletter (Vol. 1, Issue 19)
Looking forward to another successful week! Please remind your students there are only two weeks left in the first semester - let's finish strong Panthers.
Important Announcements for the Week of January 9th
STUDENT PASSWORDS WILL BE RESET JAN 9TH @10:00 PM
We wanted to make sure families are aware that the district is resetting passwords for all students in the Henry Cluster at 10:00 PM on Monday, January 9th. On Tuesday morning students will receive their new passwords from their teachers during their first period class.
SPRING ROBOTICS PARENT MEETING ON ZOOM THIS MONDAY @6:00 PM
Applications for the Spring Season of the Pershing Robotic Panthers Robotics Club will be available starting Tuesday January 3rd in the front office. Applications will be due January 13th.
Due to high interest, a parent/student informational meeting will be held via zoom on Monday, January 9th @ 6pm.
Meeting ID: 995 458 6416
TOBACCO USE PREVENTION EDUCATION (TUPE) PARENT MEETING RSVP
Our district is participating in a Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) grant this year. The goal of TUPE is to reduce tobacco use among young people and educate students and parents about the dangers of tobacco use. Althought tobacco use and vaping has not been an issue at Pershing this school year, we still wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and offer our parents a chance to get additional information about tobacco products and vaping, given that there has been exponential growth in young people using these types of products across the United States.
We have invited Say San Diego to come in a provide a TUPE Information Night for our Parents on Thursday, January 26th. In order to effectively plan for this event we are asking for families who would like to attend to complete this RSVP form before January 16th.
PERSHING FOUNDATION MEETING @6:30 PM
We hope you will be able to attend this week's Pershing Foundation meeting. We hope you will be able to join us in person in the library but we understand that that format may not work for eveyrone so the Foundation has also provided a zoom link in case you would like to join the meeting virtually.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 8308 8405
8TH GRADERS LEARN ABOUT 9TH GRADE ELECTIVES AT HENRY HIGH
This Thursday, January 12th, representatives from Henry High School will be meeting with our 8th graders through their PE classes to discuss elective options when they move to high school. We will share the presentation students view with our families later this week.
We are requesting that if you have to pull your child out of school early for a medical or dental appointment that you provide written documentation (such as a doctor's note) in order to clear the absence upon the student's return. Without the written documentation the absence will remain unexcused.
PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR STUDENT PICK UP
A friendly reminder that students can only be released to people listed on the emergency contact list in PowerSchool and the person must have photo ID to verify their identity when picking up students. Student safety is a top priority and we take that responsibility seriously at Pershing. Thank you in advance for your support.
PERSHING FOUNDATION UPDATE - STAY CONNECTED
There a lots of a ways to stay involved and support Pershing Middle School starting with our fabulous Pershing Parent Foundation. Be sure to check out their website: https://pershingmiddleschoolfoundation.org/ and visit them on facebook @parentsofpershingpanthers. On their facebook page they have information on how to sign up for Amazon Smile so that a portion of your amazon purchases support our school.
PERSHING SCHOOL WEBSITE
Do you have suggestions for our school website? CLICK HERE to complete our website feedback survey.
Click the maroon bar to visit Pershing Foundation's website and get additional information about 6th Grade Camp. Below is a PDF of the presentation Camp Cuyamaca gave at the parent information night
Dear San Diego Unified Families,
The tryout times at your middle school for the week of January 9, can be found on this middle school tryout practice schedule. If you do not see your middle school listed, it means there were not enough sign ups to field a team. If you see a box with an “X” in it, that indicates there is no practice on that day.
Please have you students meet their coaches in the PE area. Students should wear comfortable attire and closed toed shoes. Please have your students bring a water bottle as well.
Based on the adjusted timeline, the announcement of teams will be posted on the SDUSD Middle School Athletics website at https://sdusdathletics.com/middle-schools/ on Monday, January 16th.
The full season of scheduled contests with times and locations will be released January 16th with our first contests taking place on Saturday, January 21st.
There are 15 spots per volleyball team & 20 spots per soccer team thus finalizing a roster is always a challenging time for every coach. We encourage you to have your student attend both days next week thus giving the coach a chance to assess each player’s ability.
We are looking forward to an exciting year of Middle School Athletics.
SDUSD Middle School Athletics Coordinator
SPANISH TUTORING AVAILABLE
Does your child need help with Spanish? Mr. Barry is offering tutoring support on Tuesdays in Rm. 104 afterschool.
8TH GRADE HENRY HIGH SLIM PARENT NIGHT
If you were not able to attend the meeting CLICK HERE to see the slide deck the Henry team presented.
Pro-Tip: Click on the maroon bar to visit the District's COVID Updates Page
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in our area, with San Diego County recently entering the Medium COVID-19 Community Level. Other illnesses such as the influenza virus (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and the common cold also remain highly prevalent and easily transmissible. Practicing good health hygiene habits – washing hands, staying home when sick, and considering wearing a mask indoors and in crowded areas – can help prevent the spread of illness and is especially important during this time when many will be traveling or gathering with family and friends.
The district is providing all students and staff with at-home COVID-19 test kits to help our school communities have greater peace of mind about returning to school safely on Tuesday, Jan. 3 after the winter break.
The California Department of Public Health now recommends self testing for COVID-19 the day before coming back to school and two or three days after returning. We encourage students and staff to test on Monday, Jan. 2 and again on either Wednesday, Jan 4 or Thursday, Jan 5.
Testing before returning to school is recommended but not required. Additional test kits for students and staff are available at the Ed Center COVID-19 testing facility. If you test positive for COVID-19, please do not attend school and report your illness here.
Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of any cold-like virus, until those symptoms start to improve and there is no fever for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medication). Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff.
What Symptoms to Look For
- The flu and COVID-19 are both spread from person-to-person, especially indoors and in crowded places. Symptoms for both viruses can include nasal congestion, fever, headache, and muscle and joint pain, as well as a sore throat and coughing.
- RSV is a respiratory virus that has been detected in previous cold and flu seasons. Symptoms of RSV include cough, runny nose, and fever. Treatment consists of managing symptoms.
- Consider wearing a well-fitting, good-quality mask, especially indoors or in crowded spaces
- Wash hands thoroughly and often
- Use hand sanitizers, if unable to wash hands
- Stay away from sick people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean commonly touched surfaces and/or wash/sanitize your hands after using them.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 and flu vaccines
Want to review information from a previous community newsletter? No problem, just click on the maroon bar above.
SAVE THE DATES!
Jan 11 - Pershing Foundation Meeting @6:30 PM in the Library
Jan 16 - MLK Day: NO SCHOOL
Jan 18 - Coffee with the Principal @8:30 AM via zoom
Jan 19 - Henry Cluster Meeting @5:00 PM via zoom
Jan 20 = Semester 1 Ends
Jan 23 & 24: Feeder Elementary School 5th Grade Tours
Jan 23: SGT (Governance) Meeting @3:00 PM in the Library
Jan 24 - SSC Meeting @3:00 PM in the Library
Jan 26 - Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Parent Presentation @6:00 PM in the Auditorium