Principal's Sunday Message

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of April 11th. 

WOW!  It’s finally here. The day we have been waiting for! Students who have chosen to remain online will do so until the end of the school year. Students who have chosen to return to campus will need to be at school tomorrow morning by 7:40am. This is important as we need to check in every student with their Clear Pass, that indicates they do not have any COVID symptoms and we will be checking to see if this has been done. 

Please make sure your student fills out the Clear Pass form prior to 7:30am and submits it on their computer or cell phone. A list will be produced every morning by 7:30am so that we can see the names of those students who have filled it out. Filling out the form at home before 7:30 will help us get all of our students into classes by 8:00am when the bell rings. If you cannot get the Clear Pass app on your student’s phone or computer, please fill out a paper form which can be found at the front office. 

Here are some things to keep in mind on the first day:
1.    Fill out the Clear Pass form and submit at home by 7:30am
2.    The Gates on Navajo Road and Boulder Lake will be locked. Students may not enter the campus through the grass field
3.    There are 3 entrances for students: The Service Ramp for 8th graders, the Front Stairs for 7th graders and the Round About for 6th grades. The Round About is ONLY for 6th graders. 
4.    Staff will be at these locations to monitor the Clear Pass and help students find their way to class.
5.    Since tomorrow is the first day of On Site school, every student must submit the new Opt-In Form that was sent to you as Parent Acknowledgement of Student on Site Learning Form. This is required for all students returning to campus. This form only has to be submitted ONCE!
6.    If your student has P.E. during this final Quarter, please make sure the student comes to school dressed appropriately with loose fit clothing to participate in P.E. 
7.    Please be patient with traffic as our system for getting kids checked in will be a little slow during the first week. 
8.    Students must bring: Fully charged computer and computer charger, a labeled water bottle (we have refill stations situated around campus), hand sanitizer, and a Mask. Remember that gators, masks with vents on the side, and bandanas are prohibited from use at school. 
9.    Please check out the Pershing MS Student Handbook for any additional information. 

  • SSC and Governance Meeting on Monday, April 12th has been rescheduled to April 26th
  • Little Mermaid rehearsals begin this week on Tuesday and Thursday. If students are already on campus, they should bring their lunch or get a Grab and Stay lunch from the cafeteria. Rehearsals start at 12:30 after they have lunch and end at 2:30. Pick up for all students is at 2:30pm. Tuesday – Scenes 11-end, Thursday, Scenes 1- 10. 
  • COVID testing for students and staff will be available on Wednesday from 1:30-3:30pm if families want their students tested. 
  • Foundation Meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30pm. VIRTUAL!
  • Parent meeting for Little Mermaid scenery, costumes, etc. on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. 

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pershing Middle School, I wish you a great evening and a wonderful week ahead. Thank you all for your continued support and all the positive messages I have received this week! We could not have accomplished this incredible feat without the support of our parents and staff!! 


Last week's message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of April 4th. First let me wish our families celebrating Easter and Passover, a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends an an opportunity for growth and renewal. 

I want to begin this week's message with a huge Thank You to Mrs. Jen Holland, our artist extraordinaire! Mrs. Holland has painted all of the murals on the Pershing Campus. Her talent is truly amazing and this year, as the 2021 legacy of this year's ASB students, painted a mural reflecting the diversity of our students and our school. The "tapestry", is a tribute to how each and every member of the Pershing community combines to create a diversity of ideas, customs, cultures, and heritage. I hope that everyone gets to see the mural. It is on the PE wall that faces the lunch arbor; specifically placed there to inspire our students and staff each and every day. Thank you Mrs. Holland and thank you, ASB!! What an amazing gift!

This past week we spent a lot of time ensuring that plans were in place for all of our students; whether returning to campus on April 12th, or remaining online for the remainder of the school year. With the number of students wanting to return to campus, we determined that the best, and most safe, course of action was to split the group in two initially. After Week 1 we will be able to ascertain if we are able to offer 4 days a week to those that request it. If we are unable to do so, we will remain in the two-group model. But for now, here are the two groups:

Students in Group A, with the last name beginning A - Mi will be on campus on Mondays and Tuesdays
Students in Group B , with last names beginning Mit-Z will be on campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

More information will follow regarding Friday instruction. Emails with links to the return process were sent to families who are returning. 
If you are a family that is returning and you are on our list, here is the link in case you missed it:

For students remaining online for the remainder of the school year, we will continue to provide a high level of instruction as we have continued to do over the past year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. 
Students who will be returning to campus, and have PE during Quarter 4, please make sure you wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for PE. 

Here is the schedule for all students ONLY during the week of April 5th - 9th

Daily Schedule 
Period 1 - 8:00 - 8:40AM
Period 2 - 8:45 - 9:25AM
Period 3 - 9:30 - 10:10AM

This is the schedule for all students from April 12th through the end of the school year:

Period 4:     8:00-9:14
Passing period = 9 minutes
Period 5:     9:23-10:27
Passing Period = 9 minutes
Period 6:     10:46 - 12:00 
Departure    12:00pm 
Lunch/Travel Time: 12:00-12:30 
The afternoon is designated for asynchronous learning for all students

Required COVID testing for staff, and optional testing for students will take place on the following dates from 1:30 - 3:30: April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26th and June 9th. If you are interested, please let us know and stop at the front office to check in. 

  • A special meeting for parents of students in The Little Mermaid will take place virtually on April 8th at 6:30pm. We are now at the point where costumes and scenery begin to be produced and we need your help!
  • Little Mermaid rehearsals resume on April 13th and 15h. Watch for the updates on the Google Classroom
  • We are beginning discussions around 8th grade Promotion and how best to implement a safe and amazing opportunity for our students and families. We will notify everyone as to the outcome of those meetings
  • The last day of Quarter 3 is on Friday, April 9th. Quarter 4 begins on April 12th
  • SSC and Governance will meet via zoom on Monday, April 12th at 1:30pm
  • The next Foundation meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30pm
  • Coffee With the Principal will be on Wednesday, April 21st at 8:30am

Thank you to our teachers, our staff and all of our families for the incredible patience and support you have shown during this transition, and please know that as information becomes available, we will keep everyone apprised. 
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pershing Middle School, I wish you a great evening and a wonderful week ahead! 


Previous week's message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of March 21st. 

We are all hard at work making sure every student and staff member is safe and supported as we get ready for in-person and virtual instruction to begin on April 12th. Custodians are ensuring that all classrooms have students seated at least 5 feet apart from each other, that there is protective gear, air filters, water bottle filling stations, hand sanitizer, desk sanitation procedures, outside fresh air capabilities in every classroom, and many other supportive measures in place for our students to return and our families to feel safe. We look forward to hearing from you on the survey that was sent out last week letting us know if you plan to have your student return to class or continue with online learning. 
I also want to thank the many parents who have contacted me and our staff with such kind words of support during this very complicated time. Ensuring that all guidelines and supports are in place for our students and staff is monumental and we appreciate all the gratitude that has come across in our emails. Pershing Parents ROCK!!

Just a reminder that we will host a parent meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00pm on zoom. Here is the information again:

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Time: Mar 22, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 844 0274 2983
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Because the campus has been closed for over a year, we need you to return all medications and doctor's orders to the school. Doctors orders should be up to date. We will be collecting those items this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8am and 10am. Please make sure you contact our Health Tech, Ms. Montijo-Wall if you need further information. 

We wanted to let everyone know that Standardized Testing during the week of April 5th through the 9th has been cancelled. We will reschedule the dates for testing as we hear more from our district and the state. 
Instead, our counselors and staff will be meeting with grade levels throughout the week of April 5th with valuable support, both academically, socially and emotionally, as students begin onsite and online school for the last Quarter of the year. I have even heard that the Pershing Panther, Mamba and the Patrick Henry mascot will be making an appearance!  8th graders will also be finding out more information for high school and supports at Patrick Henry High School. 

We are going to set up a tour of the campus for current 6th graders and any students who are new to Pershing. After all most of the students have never been on the campus! Standby for dates and times. 

Rehearsals for the Little Mermaid continue this week on Tuesday and  Thursday. Please check the Google Classroom using your student's ID to see which students are going to be rehearsing this week. 

Starting Friday, March 26th COVID testing for staff and students will begin. Student tests are voluntary. Testing will continue every two to three weeks on Fridays for Pershing. The next testing date is April 16th. testing on any of the assigned dates will take place from 1:30-3:30pm. If you wish to have your student testing, please contact Ms. Montijo-Wall in the Health Office. 

Don't forget Coffee with the Principal this Wednesday, March 24th at 8:30am. 

We want to take this opportunity to wish our families celebrating Passover during the week of March 27th and our families celebrating Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday between March 28th and April 4th, a very happy and healthy holiday. 

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pershing Middle School, I wish you a great evening and a wonderful week ahead. 


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