Principal's Sunday Message

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of June 13th. 

Well, we finally made it to the last week of the school year. For some reason, these last couple of months went so quickly! This week we will celebrate our 8th graders as they move on to High School and end the school year knowing that in August (hopefully!) we will be back on campus fully! It is very exciting to think of us getting back to normal. We have already scheduled our 6th and 7th graders for next year and we are looking forward to meeting our incoming 6th grade.  A lot of information will be coming out in the summer, so please keep an eye on your email. 

I want to thank our “Little Mermaid” student actors, Mrs. Maribel Spate and Mrs. Jenny Thomas (my right and left hand!) our parents for their support, our teachers for their encouragement and attendance at the show, The Porter family for the gorgeous coral set designs as well as Prince Eric’s ship, Sylvia Patton for the beautiful program, our custodians for their support and everyone else who helped in small and large ways. We performed twice this week to a socially distanced crowd and it was amazing! Who knew that you could put a musical together on zoom??!!!  
We are looking forward to Promotion on Tuesday, June 15th at 8:30am. Here are some additional bits of information for students who have been virtual and those on site: 

If your student has been a remote learner but plans on attending promotion on Tuesday June 15th, we have promotion rehearsal on Monday June 14th @ 8am. If your student is planning on attending the rehearsal on Monday. Please have your student log into Clear Pass to do their health check prior to coming to campus. (see the link below) You should have already provided the office with the OPT-IN form. If not, please make sure you do that before attending the rehearsal or promotion. 
8th grade Promotion Rehearsal Info:

•    Who: 8th graders promoting
•    What: Promotion rehearsal
•    Where: 8th grade entrance (up the service ramp behind the bike rack, then line up at the gate to the volleyball courts)
•    When: June 14th @ 8am
•    Why: To practice for promotion
•    How: [Promotion%20rehearsal] Clear Pass, Opt-in form (main office)

*Remote learners must go home after the rehearsal
If your student is not going to attend the promotion rehearsal, they may log-in to the following Zoom to follow along from home. (see email)

Password: Promo

It is going to be HOT both Monday and Tuesday.  Prepare for the heat accordingly. Students should dress nicely and appropriately for Promotion. Please make sure our young ladies are wearing modest attire. Boys should not plan to wear jackets because of the extensive heat that day. 


As for our 6th and 7th graders, we are excited to know that they will be joining us full time on campus next year. Please look for additional information as the summer moves along. Remember that our start time changes next year and we begin the day at 8:00am (Healthy Start Time requirement) and end at 2:50 PM. We will have a minimum day on Wednesdays. (exit 1:50pm)

I cannot thank our Pershing families enough for your support, your dedication, your encouragement, and for making sure our students received a year of instruction during this terrible pandemic. Yes, it was a tough year, but we made it and we are a better and stronger school for it! 

Thank you to our amazing teaching staff who tirelessly worked on ways to incorporate virtual and live instruction, our support staff of paraeducators and substitutes and service providers, our Vice Principal, Mr. Hawthorne, our counselors, Mr. Salazar and Mr. Castro, our office staff; Maddie, Rebecca, Sylvia, Stephanie, Grace, Maria Kelly, Elaine Sabetti, (who we could not do without!), our psychologist Carol, our nurse, Sharon, our custodians, the cafeteria workers, Prime Time, and everyone who makes Pershing an incredible place to learn and thrive. 

Have a wonderful summer and stay well, stay safe, and we will see in you August!

Last week's message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of June 6th. 

Welcome to the final full week of the 2020-2021 school year! It’s hard to believe we are at the end of the year. Our teachers and staff have done an incredible job of ensuring safety precautions while providing amazing virtual and live instruction. The work, effort, and instructional techniques that have been employed this year by our staff have been incredible.  I cannot say enough, or be prouder, of the Pershing parents, staff and students for finding so many ways to continue the school year and the education of all students. Our parents and families have been so supportive, and positive about the incredible year that is almost behind us. The Pershing staff thanks our families for their continued support and encouragement. 

This year, Pershing students and staff have participated in a variety of equity lessons and activities in a continued effort to support and educate students and staff and with the support of a community partnership. Through the Anti-Defamation League, we participated in the “No Place for Hate” project with other schools in our district.  As a result, we have received our “No Place for Hate” designation. We are looking forward to receiving our “No Place for Hate” banner this year as a result of the activities and work that has been accomplished. There is much more to do, and we will continue to educate and support our students, staff and families around equity issues of race, gender, and religion.  We appreciate your support in our efforts to continue to make Pershing Middle School a safe place for all students and a “No Place for Hate School”. Many thanks to our counselors and teachers for their equity work this year.  
This Tuesday, June 8th is the day for all students, who have been working remotely, to return their textbooks. Please make sure you return the books at the roundabout from 12:30-2:30pm. If any family is, or has been, unable to return textbooks in the past week, please feel free to do so any time from 7:00 to 2:00pm in the front office.  In order to keep the traffic in the front office down, we would appreciate you returning the textbooks at the roundabout on Tuesday, June 8th from 12:30-2:00pm. Staff will be available to take the books. Thank you for your help. 

8th grade Promotion tickets will be able to be picked up this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. During those times you may also pick up your Yard Sign that is free of charge with thanks to our Foundation parents. Here are the times: 
•    Tuesday, June 8th- 7am-2:00pm in the office, and ***5:00pm to 6:30 pm (in the front parking lot)
•    Wednesday, June 9th – 7:00am to 2:00pm in the front office. 
•    Thursday, June 10th – 7:00am to 2:00pm in the front office. 

Awards Assembly links to the virtual grade level events will be sent out to the specific grade level parents. Please check your email for the information. 
The link for 8th grade Promotion has already been sent out to 8th grade families. As a reminder, if your student has been, and continues to be, working from home, you will need an OPT IN form to allow you and your student to attend the live event. You will need to bring that signed form to the front office in order to pick up your tickets. 

Here is the link to the Opt-In form:

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pershing Middle School, I wish you a great evening and a wonderful week ahead. Congratulations to our families and students on their awards and Promotion to High School!


Previous week's message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of May 31st. 

I hope you are all enjoying the Memorial Day weekend! School will resume on Tuesday, June 1st. 

8th grade parents, please make sure you remember to fill out the Promotion Attendance Survey by June 1st. It is important to know how many people will be attending the event.  

Textbook return is this week!  Students will be brought to the library by their teachers. Students only have to remember to carry their books back to school starting on Tuesday

8th grade parents - Please remember to have your student return all of their textbooks on Tuesday. 
7th grade parents - Please remember to have your student return all of their textbooks on Wednesday. 
6th grade parents - Please remember to have your student return all of their textbooks on Thursday. 

All students who are virtual (regardless of the grade level) will return their books on Tuesday, June 1st from 1:00 -3:00pm - Drive through the Roundabout and drop off the books.
Remember that if your student is leaving the district next year, or going to a different High School other than Patrick Henry, they must return their computers as well by June 10th.   Have your student bring the computer to the front office. 

The Awards Ceremony is coming  up on June 10th and 11th!!
1:00 pm for 7th grade - June 10th
6:00pm for 8th grade - June 10th
1:00pm for 6th grade-  June 11th

The last COVID testing for staff and students will be on Wednesday, June 9th  from 1:30 to 3:30pm. 

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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