Principal's Sunday Message

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of October 25th
Although many things have changed in our world this year, one thing that hasn’t is our Halloween Costume Party! This year we will celebrate on Friday and all of our students may dress up and have fun in their online classes! Just a reminder that costumes must be school appropriate! Additionally, no full face coverings, and no weapons. Makeup, crazy hair, headpieces and costumes would be great! I know our students will enjoy taking a break from pajamas and hoodies!!
Speaking of hoodies, let’s continue to make an effort to be seen on classroom zoom meetings. We are still getting kids to login, but then disappear, fall asleep or just not answer or participate in learning activities. That’s not okay. It is vitally important that you check with your student or his/her teacher to make sure he/she is turning in assignments and participating in the work. You can also check PowerSchool. There are students teachers haven’t heard from, they offer tutoring and try to track down students who are struggling. I know we appreciate their dedication, but what they would really appreciate more is your child participating in each day of learning.
Parents of students that have IEP’s need to know that your student’s case manager sent out a teleconference consent form via email last week. That form must be signed and sent back to your student’s case manager as soon as possible. Please check your email or reach out to your child’s case manager for another copy. There will also be hard copies in the front office if that is more convenient for you. If you do not remember, or know, who your student’s case manager is, please contact the front office.
Parents, please keep in mind that this is the final week for students to attend Quarter 1; the first 3 classes that began the school year. Grades will be frozen and then continued when the students return to classes 1, 2, and 3 during the 3rd quarter. On Monday, November 2nd the next three classes will begin. That is called Quarter 2. Make sure your student looks for the Google classroom for those next three teachers before Friday so that they know how to get into the teacher’s classes. The teachers will be reaching out as well.
Thanks to our district, we were given an additional allocation to ensure that Mrs. Valadez will be able to meet with both Beginning and Advanced Orchestra during Quarters 2 and 4! It was touch and go for a while, but I’m thrilled that our music program will be complete!
Many of you know how amazing Mrs. Sabetti, our library tech is! She is starting a book exchange from the library where parents or students can borrow books just like we did when we were on campus, and then return them. Books will be ordered and then picked up at the front office. That is going to be exciting! More information to come.
This Thursday, all parents who have not picked up their student’s textbooks need to pick them up at the turnaround in back on the DG field, near the library. Mrs. Sabetti will be outside handing out the books. IMPORTANT!!! If your student is in Accelerated Math for 6th grade all of the textbooks have come in and you may pick up those books on Thursday as well. The Textbook Day will be this Thursday from 1-4pm and the gate will be open so that you can drive around the back DG field and pick up your books, just like we did at the beginning of the school year. Thank you, Mrs. Sabetti, and thank you parents for picking everything up.

CLARIFICATION: “If your student has not picked up textbooks, please come to the library back entrance on Thursday, October 29th, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Enter the gate at the roundabout on San Carlos Drive and proceed to the dirt parking lot. Park and walk up to the open library door to request your student’s books. (Face coverings/masks and physical distancing will be required.)”

The Little Mermaid Jr. Auditions were awesome! As I said before, there were over 103 students who turned in an audition form and that didn’t count those who wanted to do tech work or scenery! Because of COVID, because we will be rehearsing on Zooms, because we do not know if we will be able to perform on stage, we had to cut the number down to about 50, which is more than I previously stated. Some students may be disappointed, but I want them to know that I hope they will try out again next year under more favorable conditions. It breaks my heart not to know if we will be able to perform onstage, but I am going to hopeful and I want the students to be hopeful as well. I will be sending out an email tomorrow to those students who were selected. Their parts will be on the email and they will see the full list of students and characters in the play. To the many students who receive a separate email keep in mind that they are welcome to sign up again next year.
I will be meeting with the full cast, minus the tech crew and scenery, on Tuesday, November 3rd from 1:30 to 3:00pm to talk about rehearsals, picking up the script for the play, and other operational issues. I will send out a zoom link to them on Tuesday. Here we go!
As a final note, I want to thank all of the parents who attended Coffee With The Principal, this past week. Our Foundation and volunteer parents have started to put together an exciting Virtual Multicultural Art Show which will be held in December! Performances, art, ceramics, dance, painting, and all manner of performance art will be included as students investigate famous artists from different cultures around the world. It’s going to be great! More information to come.
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pershing Middle School, I wish you a good 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 October 18th. 

On Wednesday, October 21st I will be hosting our 2nd Coffee With The Principal meeting! I hope you can take a few minutes to stop by, with your coffee, tea, or beverage of choice and have an opportunity to meet with other parents, ask questions, and hear about some of the ways we are moving forward at Pershing. Hope to see you there!  Here is the zoom link:

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This week I will also begin auditions for The Little Mermaid! Whether we end up doing the play as a zoom, a vocal performance, or a full play on the stage, I know our students will have fun learning their parts and singing their hearts out! The schedule of auditions was sent out this past week. Please make sure your student is on time and checks the message I sent for the zoom link. Thank you for your support. I look forward meeting with your students. Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00pm and I will let you know when the rehearsals begin.

As a reminder, some elementary students are returning to campus by appointment. That is not happening on a secondary level just yet. I do not have any information on if, and when, that might happen. When I do know, I will let all of our families know how we move forward. Although we saw a dip in academic and citizenship grades throughout the first reporting period, we are still seeing that most of our students are taking virtual learning seriously and are trying their best. Please speak to your student, your student's counselor, or teacher if your child is struggling and you need support. We are here to help you. The one thing that is imperative is that every student needs to do their best, ask questions, try hard, and focus on learning.

This past week, our counselors, Mr. Castro and Mr. Salazar produced a "Welcome to Pershing" video to be pushed out to our 4 Elementary Feeder schools so that their 5th grade students and parents can find out a little more about Pershing . The counselors are currently editing the video but when it is finished, we will send it to the Elementary schools in the Henry Cluster! I want to thank them both for their hard work!

The end of this 9 week group of classes will be on Friday, October 30th. The next 3 classes will begin on Monday, November 2nd. Please make sure you look for links to the new classes so that your student can meet their next 3 teachers! 

The next SSC and Governance meeting will be on Monday, November 9th at 1:30pm. (correction)

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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