Panda News

November 14, 2021

Welcome to the Panda News!

Greeting Panda Nation!

Friday ended Cycle 2 and we are finishing up the first semester with Cycle 3 beginning today. Teachers will have Cycle 2 grades posted by Wednesday, and report cards will be sent home, via your student, on Friday.

Thanksgiving break is only one week away. The school will be closed during Thanksgiving break (November 22-26) and school will resume on Monday, November 29.

Have a great week Pandas!

Steven Shetzer, Principal

Week @ A Glance

November 15

  • A & B Lunch Switch (8th grade will go to A lunch and 6th will go to B lunch. This is due to a play that the 8th graders will be watching)

November 16

  • SDMC Meeting @ 4:15 p.m.
  • PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. (Cafeteria)
  • Parent University

November 19

  • Report Cards distributed during 8th period

November 22-26

  • Thanksgiving Break

Pershing Student Spotlight

Anthony Klementich, 7th Grader, currently serves as the Vice President for the Kids' Committee at the Houston Children's Museum. This program for kids is dedicated to helping the Museum be a better place for children. The committee is asked to provide a kid's perspective for the Museum on everything from exhibit development to programming. Way to go Anthony!
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PTO Meeting

Pershing's PTO Meeting is Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Important Forms Due

On November 5th, we sent home a few forms for parents to complete and return to us. Please make sure that you take the time to complete and return the forms:

  • Ren360 letter - signature needed
  • Student Assistance Questionnaire
  • Migrant Information

We need these forms completed and returned by Friday, November 19. You can complete the Student Assistance Questionnaire and Migrant Information online. All forms must be returned to your child's Homeroom teacher. Thank you!

Get Your Yearbook!

Do you ever want memories that last a lifetime? You'll be thankful to get a yearbook to cherish this special year! Remember to get your yearbook by November 12th before the price goes up! Please click here to see the flyer and order your yearbook. Also, check out our Yearbook Instagram page @smilepershingms

HISD Parent University -Preparing for College and Career Success

The Houston Independent School District is holding its third Parent University event for the 2021-2022 school year on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. For now, Parent University sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. This month's topic is Preparing for College and Career Success. Sessions will have live translation audio in Spanish, Arabic, and Vietnamese. Visit for more information.

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.

Student Information Verification

Parents, please complete the annual Student Information Verification application by Thursday, December 16, to ensure that you continue to receive important updates regarding your child's education. The form allows you to verify your home address, phone number, email address, and emergency contacts. If you change your home address, our campus SIR, Ms. McDonough, will need to contact you to obtain an updated statement of residence. To update your information, please visit the HISD Connect Parent Portal at

Wellness Wednesdays

Each Wednesday students will be participating in SEL lessons during Homeroom. The Counselors are working on putting together our first series of lessons, focusing on Peer Relationships. Over the course of four weeks, students will complete the following lessons:

  • 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.

This week's lesson is "Talk It Out" We encourage you to speak with your child about this lesson when they get home on Wednesday night.

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"