Principal's Sunday Message

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of May 15th. 

Don't Forget!!! The Pershing Panther Challenge Course is coming up on May 25th!  This is Pershing Foundation's only major fundraiser for the year. Thanks to everyone who has made donations so far! We are at 57% of our fundraising goal.
If you have not done so already, please visit the donation website listed here:
Once on the site, click
•    View Experience Page
•    select the students tab and type in your child's last name
•    you can then select to view their page to donate to them individually and copy the link to share with family and friends

With just a $25 donation, students will receive a Pershing water bottle sticker AND a race day T shirt as well as 2 raffle tickets which could win them amazing prizes like a K1 Speed Pass, Art Supplies, Video Game gift cards and so much more!!!
We have another business sponsor we want to acknowledge... VJU Drone and Photo owned by one of our 6th grade parents. They are a Silver Sponsor at $250! Thank you so much. 

The Foundation is also still in need of some help on May 25th. If you have time or items you can donate, please visit the Sign Up Genius: Let's make this Pershing Panther Challenge Course the best it has ever been!!! 

This week we will continue with CAASSP make up testing. Additionally, all 8th graders will be taking the Science Assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. The assessments will be done through their science classes. There will be no change in dismissal time on Tuesday or Thursday. Wednesday, May 18th, will be a typical Minimum Day with dismissal at 1:45pm. 

Wednesday, May 18th is the final Coffee With the Principal at 8:15am. The link will be sent out on Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing you and wishing you a wonderful end of the year!

Thursday, May 19th - Henry Cluster Council from 5:00-6:00pm

Our 6th graders will be treated to a speaker on Thursday, May 26th who survived "The Long Walk To Water", an amazing book that was read by all of the 6th graders this year. We are excited to hear his story and have our students spend some time getting to hear from a survivor and also be able to ask questions. 

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner. School will be closed on Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th. 

Textbook Returns begin on Tuesday, May 31st with 6th graders returning their textbooks. On Thursday, June 2nd - 7th graders will return textbooks and on Friday, June 3rd, 8th graders will return textbooks. If you have any textbooks that were never returned previously, please send them with your students on the appropriate days. Thank you for hunting down any lost textbooks. 

Don't forget our Final Music Concert on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:00pm 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. 


Last week's message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of May 8th. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmas, Aunts, and caregivers!! I hope you are all having a wonderful and richly deserved day!!

Standardized testing is going well. The process has been supportive ensuring extra time for students to finish. Most students had finished in the allotted time. As a result, the Thursday extra time we budgeted was not really needed. Therefore, this week, we will eliminate all school testing on Thursday and yet continue with student make up testing and provide time for any student who needs more time to work. This week the standardized testing is all about math. The schedule is below:

This week we continue with standardized CAASPP testing in Mathematics.  Please take note of the fact that Thursday will be a regular school day. 

This Week's Schedule:

  • Monday, May 9th - Dismissal 2:50 (Non-testing)
  • Tuesday, May 10th - Dismissal 1:45 (Mathematics Testing)
  • Wed May 11th - Dismissal 1:45 (Mathematics Testing)
  • Thursday, May 12th - Dismissal 2:50 REGULAR SCHOOL DAY - Non testing except for make-ups. 
  • Friday, May 13th - Dismissal 2:50 (Non-testing)

Please let the front office know if your student will be out of school on any of those days, especially for health reasons. 

8th grade Science testing will be on Thursday, May 12th to Tuesday, May 17th. (Correction) 

This week, the Foundation will meet on Thursday, May 12th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. This is a very important meeting as voting will take place for the new Executive Board Members. We need as many people as possible to attend this event! 

PLEASE take note of the dates and times for all end of year events and activities below. 

  • The Final SSC meeting will be on Monday, May 16th at 3:15pm. 
  • The Final Coffee With the Principal will be on May 18th at 8:15am
  • The next Henry Cluster Meeting will be on Thursday, May 19th from 5-6pm. 
  • Memorial Day weekend will be from May 27th through May 30th. School Will be closed
  • Textbook returns begin during the week of May 31st
  • Our final Music Concert will be on June 1st at 6:00pm in the auditorium
  • 7th grade Awards Assembly will be on June 7th at 8:00am
  • 6th grade Awards Assembly will be on June 7th at 1:50pm
  • 8th grade Yearbook Signing party will be on June 8th right after school at 2:50pm
  • The Final Foundation Meeting will be on June 8th at 6:30pm
  • 8th grade Awards Night will be on June 9th at 6:00pm in the auditorium
  • 8th grade trip to Dave and Busters will be on Friday June 10th for eligible students -
  • 8th grade Dance will be on June 10th from 6-8 pm for eligible students
  • 6th and 7th grade Panther Challenge will be on Friday, June 10th 
  • 8th grade Promotion will be on Tuesday, June 14th at 8:30am- 8th graders will be released to parents right after the ceremony. 

Tuesday June 14th is the last day of school. Students in 6th and 7th grade will all be released at 12:44pm (Correction)

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


Previous week message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of May 1st. 

It's going to be a busy week ahead! Starting with Monday, we will be celebrating our amazing teachers and staff, with Teacher Appreciation Week! The Foundation is providing fun treats and items for each day of the week. Thank you to all of our parents who have donated to the Foundation in many ways. And thank you Foundation Board and Committees for taking the time to honor our awesome staff! Please know that you are welcome to honor your student's teachers with something special as well. 

And this week we begin standardized CAASPP testing on Tuesday, May 3rd. Just a few reminders as we move into our testing season:

Weekly Schedule:
Monday, May 2nd - Dismissal 2:50 (Non-testing)
Tuesday, May 3rd - Dismissal 1:45 (English Language Arts Testing )
Wed May 4th - Dismissal 1:45 (English Language Arts Testing)
Thursday, May 5th - Dismissal 2:50 (English Language Arts Testing)
Friday, May 6th - Dismissal 2:50 (Non-testing)

The Pershing daily testing session time is from 8:15 AM - 10:10 AM on testing days. Students will be attending a modified daily class schedule after testing to continue with classroom learning. 

  • - Please be sure your child arrives at school on time every day
  • - Please be sure your child brings their district-issued laptop charged on a daily basis. 
  • - Please be sure your child has a personal reading book. Our teachers have encouraged students to check out a book from the Pershing Library if needed. 
  • - Please ensure your child has a good night's rest
  • - And, please make sure your child attends school every day. Let us know if your student is ill so that we can keep track of make up testing. 

Spring Photos have arrived! If your student participated in spring photos, please have your student pick up the photo on Monday, which will be in the student's first period teacher's classroom. 

I want to thank all of the parents of students in the Aladdin Jr. show for their help and support! And I also want to thank our Foundation for their financial support as well. I could not have done it without all of you! We are buying Aladdin T-shirts for your student. If your student has not signed up, please have him/her do so on Monday, which is the last day to sign up. And that includes the Tech Crew! Students must know the size shirt they wear. We will place the order on Tuesday. Thank you all again for the lovely flowers, accolades, hugs and good wishes! This was an amazing show with amazing talent!! 

  • The next Coffee With the Principal will be on May 18th at 8:15am. 
  • The next Henry Cluster Council meeting will be on May 19th from 5-6PM.
  • Memorial Day holiday weekend will be on from May 27th through May 30th. School resumes on May 31st. 
  • The Spring Music concert will be held on June 1st at 6:00pm 
  • Textbook returns are the week of May 31st. 
  • 7th grade Awards will be on June 7th during 1st period (8:00-9:00am)
  • 6th grade awards will be on June 7th during 6th period (1:50 to 2:50pm)
  • 8th grade awards will be on June 9th at 6:00PM

More end-of-year events will be listed on the School Messenger as we move closer. 

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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