Principal's Sunday Message

Good evening parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of September 12th. 

This week we noticed that our students are settling in with the routine of school and are doing very well. Please remind your students that we expect everyone to be respectful of our school campus, (keeping it clean, picking up trash during lunch and at all times), remembering that we have a dress code that was discussed with all students last week, and that we are kind to each other. At Pershing we work hard to be considerate of everyone’s feelings. 

The first East Coast Trip meeting for 8th graders, who have signed up, will be Friday, September 17th at 3:00pm. This meeting is ONLY for students. There will be other meetings for parents. We are excited that the trip is going to happen this year and I am certain that all of our students will have an amazing experience! 

8th graders will receive their textbooks tomorrow, Monday, September 13th. Please make sure you provide a strong bag for them to carry their textbooks throughout the day. And remember, these books stay at home until the end of the school year. 

COVID testing resumes tomorrow, and everyone who signed up will be sent from their classrooms between 12 and 3 pm in order to participate. 

Fall Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 14th throughout the day in PE and Electives. Please make sure your student has his/her envelope with an enclosed payment to give to the Life Touch crew if you plan to purchase photos. Please check with your student to make sure he/she has the envelope (probably stashed in their backpacks!)

Each year we must organize a School Site Council (SSC) and a Governance Team to ensure proper control of spending as well as providing leadership for our school. If you are interested in serving on the committees, please contact me tomorrow. The obligations are limited. We meet once a month with both groups at the same time. We will also need a DAC representative for the district. The District Advisory Council representative will bring back information to us during our SSC and Governance meetings. Thank you for your help!

Our first Foundation meeting was well-attended last week. We discussed 6th grade Camp this year as well as other activities during the year. We welcome anyone who would like to attend to meet with us and help with our student activities. Keep in mind that we do not have a PTA/PTO at Pershing. Our Foundation is one of the only mechanism with which we can fundraise for amazing activities that all students will benefit from. ASB is also a fundraising and "fun-raising" organization. This year ASB will have some great activities as well. Email me if you are interested in helping out!

The first Coffee With the Principal will be on Wednesday, September 22nd at 8:30am. I will send the zoom link out next week. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at

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.

Our first week back was amazing! It was so good to see the faces of our students back on campus. And I want to welcome all of our new 6th, 7th and 8th grade students as well as our returning students! It has been such a joy knowing that we are back “live and in person” at Pershing!

Currently we are still going to need to balance classes since many classes are over the allowable limit. Please understand that we know your student has already made connections with his/her teachers but we cannot have some classes with 25 students and others with 40. It’s a yearly process since we never know who will actually show up to school each year. This year, many of our former families have either moved or are choosing to do school remotely. That presented a balancing problem. Please be patient and thank you. 

Some important information for this coming week:

Many of the masks our students are wearing are much too big for their faces. They are constantly falling off their noses and not making a tight enough seal around their face. There are small size children's masks available for purchase and I have seen them at CVS and other locations. Please make sure your student has a snug fitting mask every day. And if they are disposable, they need to have a fresh mask the next day. If they are made of fabric they will need to be washed every few days. 

Important: Textbook Distribution for 8th grade students has been postponed until Monday, September 13th. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Speaking of textbooks, we definitely need parents to help with textbook distribution. Please contact Mrs. Sabetti in the library if you can volunteer your time. Mrs. Sabetti's email is

Textbooks for 7th graders will be on Thursday, September 9th through Math classes. 

Textbook distribution for 6th grade will be on Friday , September 10th. Please make sure your students bring a strong bag with them to carry their books home. Their backpacks will not be large enough. And if you are able to pick up your student on the appointed day, please do so. Walking home may be a little tedious. 

On Monday, September 13th 8th graders will need bags to take home their books as well. 

PLEASE remember to have your student charge his/her computer every night. We are finding that students are not charging their computers which makes it difficult for them to access materials on a daily basis. Even if the computer has some charge left, make sure they are plugged in every evening.

If your student shows symptoms of COVID and you are taking your student for COVID testing, you will need to make sure they are receiving the “antigen” testing and NOT the Rapid Test. The antigen testing is far more accurate. If you have questions about the test, please contact our nurse, Ms. Kalish at

This coming Friday marks the 20th Anniversary of 9-11. We would love to make it a spirit day in honor of our country.  Please have your students wear Red, White, and Blue on Friday as we honor our country and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that fateful day. We will be observing a moment of silence on Friday morning through announcements. 

I want to wish all of our families who are observing Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, a very happy, sweet and healthy year ahead. 

Lastly, this coming Wednesday evening at 6:30pm, we will hold our first Foundation meeting of the year! We will meet on the lunch arbor so that we are outside. We typically have a large number of people at the first meeting so we are holding the meeting outdoors to be safe. Our Foundation has supported our school in so many amazing ways. Please attend this meeting to find out more about the Foundation and ways in which you can support their work this year! Thank you all so much. 

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 google doc will be available to you at any time once I send you the code. Every Sunday you will see my Sunday Message on School Messenger and here on this google doc. Please make sure you take time to read the message every week. If critical information needs to be sent out, you will see it on both platforms. School Messenger comes across as a typical email and the google doc is always available on your google drive. 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!!! We are back on campus and ready to meet our students and families. We are all hopeful that this year will be a much better year for everyone. Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to make sure we have put safety precautions into everything we do and have followed all guidelines that were initiated by our district. 

Some things to remember for tomorrow’s arrival:

  1. Please DO NOT DRIVE INTO OUR DRIVEWAY IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL to drop students off.  Students will be entering 3 locations and cars will only hinder their access to the site and create more physical contact between students and parents.
  2. All 6th graders will enter through the roundabout
  3. All 7th graders will enter up the stairs 
  4. All 8th graders will enter up the service ramp near the bike rack
  5. The bike rack will be open for bike riders and locked throughout the day. 
  6. Students who walk to school and typically use the field to enter the campus will be able to enter that way. They will NOT be able to exit the campus on their way home. 
  7. When students arrive, we will be waiting for them and helping them find their classes. At first they will wait in a specific “zone” until the bell rings. We will show them the zones. 
  8. We have prepared these zones in order to do contact tracing if needed, and to ensure that 100s of students are not crowded in one place; especially when they are eating without a mask. There are 10 zones. We will send you the map of the zones tomorrow. 
  9. PLEASE make sure your student has a mask and hand sanitizer every day
  10. We have hand washing stations throughout the campus for students to use at any time. 
  11. Masks are required indoors and out, unless the student is eating or has PE
  12. Masks breaks will be offered throughout the day by staff and if your student needs a mask break, just have the student inform the teacher. 
  13. PRIOR to coming to school each day, all students should check the CLEAR PASS information. If the student or parent can answer yes to any of the criteria, they will need to remain at home. We are not checking the CLEAR PASS account. It is on the honor system for contact tracing purposes. 
  14. Please make sure your student has plenty of water and a water bottle every day. We also have water bottle filling stations. It’s going to be hot out and we do not want them to be dehydrated
  15. Lastly - no schedule changes will be made tomorrow. We will work on any problems or concerns throughout the week. If you have a concern, please contact the front office. 619-362-3550

Additional Information for this week:

  • All students must bring their computers with them daily. If they do not have a computer we will supply one. 
  • All students who were previously in one of our SDUSD elementary schools, who have a computer, will return the computer on Thursday, September 2nd and exchange it for a brand new computer. 
  • All textbooks will be in the classrooms for students to share. Textbooks that must also go home will be provided during Week 2. 
  • As always, we have a fire drill during the first week of school in order to be sure our students know where to go in case of an emergency. This year we will practice the fire drill on Wednesday, September 1st. 
  • We will also practice a lockdown drill on Thursday, September 2nd in the afternoon. 
  • Students celebrating the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will not have their absences counted against them. They will have time to make up any missed work. Teachers are aware of the holidays.

Dates to remember:

  • Monday, September 6th is Labor Day and school will be closed
  • As it has been 20 years since the attack on September 11th, we will be holding a moment of silence and honoring those who perished in the September 11th attacks on Friday, September 10th this year. 
  • We do not have a PTA/PTO at Pershing. Instead we have an amazing Foundation. The first Foundation meeting will be on September 8th. We will let you know if it will be virtual or on site. 
  • Fall pictures will take place on Tuesday, September 14th through PE. 
  • Coffee with the Principal will continue to be virtual and always on the 4th Wednesday of the month. September 22nd this month. I will send you the zoom link as we get closer. 

For now, that should be  all the information you will need to start school!! We’re excited to see your students and work with our parents. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help. Have a wonderful evening. And we’ll see you tomorrow!! 

Here we go!!!


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