Principal's Sunday Message

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of January 16th. 

I was happy to see so many parents attend the Foundation meeting this past Wednesday. I have sent out a separate message to all of our 6th grade families regarding Camp Cuyamaca. Please take a look at the message if you haven't seen it yet. I have checked with the camp and they are ready and able to have our school attend the outdoor experience. They have explained the precautions they are taking to ensure that our students stay safe while at camp and I have invited Mr. Burns to meet with the 6th grade parents as we get a little closer to March. If you have any questions about camp, please contact Mrs. Bon, in the front office,

This coming week we continue Aladdin rehearsals. As weather permits we will be working outside with our choreographer. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:30pm. Thank you for your support. Please don't forget that on Tuesday, January 18th we have our second parent meeting for students who are in the show. As mentioned previously, we will need a $35.00 donation to help with costumes and scenery. If you are unable to attend, please  send your student with your donation and thank you in advance. 

  • Don't forget that Monday is a holiday and we will not have school that day. We will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Coffee With the Principal will be on Wednesday, January 19th from 8:15 -9:15 am. The zoom link will come out on Tuesday. 
  • The Henry Cluster Council will meet virtually on Thursday, January 20th from 5:00-6:00pm. 
  • SSC and Governance will meet on Monday, January 24th at 3:15pm virtually. Zoom link to follow. 

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


Last week's message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of January 9th

I hope everyone enjoyed our first week back from winter break. This coming week is a little quieter than usual, but there are always great things happening at Pershing. I wanted to take this time to thank Mrs. Jen Holland, one of our Pershing parents, and a great artist, for the amazing mural she has made out of the steps leading up to the school campus. This was an ASB funded project and we are so thankful that, even though it was an upsetting start, the mural is incredible and speaks to our welcoming focus for students, families, and neighbors. Thank you Jen. And many thanks to Mrs. Robe for coming up with the idea for this beautiful project! Mrs. Robe, you inspired all of us to create a meaningful way to welcome everyone to Pershing. 

Since the pandemic started we have looked away from minor clothing choice infractions. But now that we are back, we are seeing many students forgetting to check their planners to see what is and is not appropriate clothing for school. For example, we have seen students wearing pajamas (pants and/or tops), wearing slippers or other unsafe shoes, like flip flops, among other choices. Even with masks on, we need to know who our students are! Please make sure your student knows that unless it is a special school-wide activity, pajamas, slippers, shoes that are dangerous to wear safely, costumes or any hats that do not enable us to see the student's face are not permitted. Parents and students can find the list in our student handbook. Thank you parents for your help. If we do have a "pajama day" or special clothing day, then of course, pajamas are permitted and we will let you and the students knows about the activity.  

This week our Aladdin Jr. students will be rehearsing on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:30 again. The next parent meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30pm. Please attend as we are in need of help and support for costumes, scenery etc. 

We are also looking forward to the next Foundation meeting this Wednesday at 6:30pm, which will be in person in the cafeteria, masked and socially distanced. Hope to see you there. 

Coffee with the Principal will be on Wednesday, January 19th at 8:30am. Check your email for the zoom link.

The Henry Cluster Council will be held virtually on January 20th from 5:00-6:00pm. 

This week we will begin the articulation process for students in 8th grade as they transition to High School, and those students in 5th grade who will be transitioning to middle school. We will keep everyone apprised of the upcoming parent meetings as well as when parents will receive elective choice cards for students in grades 5-8. 

Don't forget that school will be closed on January 17th as we honor and remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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


Previous message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of January 3rd. 

Happy New Year to you and your family!!! I hope everyone enjoyed the time off. I wish you all good health and happiness in the coming year. Let’s all stay healthy!

This coming week our students will return to in-person learning. I am hopeful that all our students are healthy and ready to return to Pershing. If you or your child has any symptoms of COVID, or were exposed over the holiday weeks, please make sure to follow the current guidelines for quarantining for 10 days. 

Please make sure you contact Ms. Maddie in the front office to let her know if your student will be absent and why. Our nurse and health tech will need to know if your student has had COVID over the break or has had any symptoms.  We are very concerned that over this extended vacation, with the possibility of families getting together with friends and other family members, that we could see an increase in COVID cases. Contact tracing is extremely important, so please keep in touch with us and we will keep in touch with you if there are any cases at school. Obviously everything is confidential.  Fingers crossed that we will have a great first week back at school!

I would like to welcome Jakalah Jones to our Pershing family. She is our new Library Technician and we are excited to have her start on Monday, January 3rd. Jakalah has had a lot of experience in school libraries and is also extremely effective with solving computer problems for our kiddos. I know our students and staff will enjoy working with her. 

This coming Tuesday we will hold a practice Evacuation Drill, as we do each year. The drill will take place at 12:55pm. If you need to pick up your student, please make sure to do so before that time. (UPDATE 1/4/22: Postponed to a later date. TBD TBA)

SSC and Governance will meet on Monday, January 24th (correction) at 3:15pm via zoom. The link will be sent out on Monday morning. 

Rehearsals for “Aladdin” will continue this Tuesday and this Thursday from 3:00-4:30pm. Our choreographer will begin working with students so please make sure your student can attend all rehearsals. If your student is not able to attend a rehearsal, please email me so that I know where he or she is. And thank you for your support. Speaking of support, I will hold a second parent meeting, for all students in the Aladdin production, on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. Please remember to wear a mask. I hope those of you who were unable to attend the first meeting can be there. 

  • Foundation Meeting – January 12th at 6;30 pm in person
  • Aladdin Rehearsals, January 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. 
  • Coffee with the Principal – January 19th – 8:30 am via zoom
  • Henry Cluster Council – January 20th from 5:00-6:00 pm via zoom

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

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