Principal's Sunday Message

Good evening Pershing families,

It is with a heavy heart that I share that Ms. Levy will not be attending the remainder of the school year due to an emergency medical procedure.  I will be in her role these last couple of days.  Furthermore, I will be stepping in to run the promotion ceremony to ensure that the 8th graders and their families have an appropriate send off with a great ceremony. Of course, this only happens with the incredible dedication and hard work of the entire Pershing staff.

A few reminders for the last two days of school:

  • Dismissal will be at 12:44 both Monday and Tuesday
  • 8th graders have promotion rehearsal 8:00 am Monday in the auditorium
    • Check in with your 1st period teachers first
  • 6th and 7th graders will follow their normal schedules
  • Please return any and all books to the library this week
  • Students will keep their current Chromebook for the summer
    • Please ensure that the Chromebook is in good working condition when we return in August
  • Promotion is on Tuesday at 8:30am on the upper field
    • 6th and 7th graders are not allowed to attend unless they are a sibling and have contacted Mrs. Tolpen at attendance prior to Tuesday.
    • 8th graders must be on-time to their first period at 8:00 am so we can organize to start the ceremony on time. (more details below)

If you have any questions, please call the main office 619-362-3550

8th grade Pershing families:

Some information regarding the 2022 Pershing 8th grade promotion

  • Location: Upper field
  • When: 8:30 am on Tuesday June 14th, 2022 Gates will be open 8:00 am
  • Parking: Street parking is available but will fill up fast. 
  • You will also be able to park on the DG on the north field.
    • The entrance is at the corner of Boulder Lake and Navajo.
    • There will be handicapped parking available on the DG
    • Do not park in the Staff lot on San Carlos drive
  • We will have limited chairs for families. They are first come first serve. If you choose you can bring your own chair.
  • Water, Sunscreen, and hats are recommended
  • No balloons
  • No air horns
  • If your 8th grader has a sibling(s)also at Pershing and you would like them to attend the promotion, please call or email Maddie Tolpen at [email protected] to report they will be out of school to attend the ceremony.
  • Student dress code is expected.  Please no high heeled shoes
  • Students will not be permitted to bring their phones with them during the ceremony
  • Students do not need to bring a backpack
  • Students must be on time to school for an 8:00am check to their first period.
  • Once the ceremony is completed you take your students home

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

*If you have further questions, please call the main office.  619-362-3550


Vice Principal Will Hawthorne


Last week's message:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your Principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of June 5th. 

*Reminder: Tomorrow, Monday, June 6th, is the final day of COVID on-site testing. Please make sure your student attends if they have signed up. 

We are looking forward to our students participating in the "Juneteenth" celebration on Tuesday this week. 7 of our students have signed up for the "Game Show" and we know everyone will enjoy the music and the slide show that was sent out to each 1st period class. Many thanks again to Mrs. Ronni Shannon and Mrs. Christine Najour.

If your student did not return his/her textbooks, please make sure he/she returns them tomorrow! Everyone did a great job this week but we still have a few students who have not returned their books. Thank you parents!

Tuesday, June 7th, is the beginning of the Awards Ceremonies for this year!  7th graders, who are receiving awards, will be brought to the auditorium after attendance is taken. Parents and welcome to arrive between 7:30 and 8:00am for seating.  6th grade students will be receiving their awards at 2:00pm in the auditorium as well. Parents may enter the auditorium beginning at 1:45pm. On Thursday evening at 6:00pm, 8th graders will receive their awards. Parents may feel free to enter the auditorium by 5:45pm. Masks are suggested but not required. 

8th Graders will be getting their yearbooks Wednesday, June 8th during 6th period.  This will ONLY be for the students who are eligible to attend the event.  Any 8th grader who is not eligible can pick up their yearbook after school on that day/or at lunch on the 9th and 10th 

7th and 6th Graders will be getting their yearbooks at lunch on June 9th and 10th.  **Please remind students to bring their ID cards. 

On Friday, June 10th, eligible students in 8th grade will be going to Dave and Busters after the first Promotion rehearsal. They should be leaving around 10:00am. Students do not need money or lunches. Everything will be provided by Dave and Busters. Students should be picked up at 2:50pm as usual. 

On Friday, June 10th, students in 6th and 7th grade will participate in a Fun Day with activities and a pizza and cookie lunch provided! 

June 10th from 6-8 pm, ASB will host the 8th grade semi-formal Dance for eligible students. Please make sure you pickup your student no later than 8:00pm

June 14th - 8th grade Promotion,  for all 8th grade students, begins at 8:45am. All students should go to their first period class and then line up in the auditorium. *Chair seating for parents and families will be limited, so please consider bringing your own outdoor folding chair. After the Promotion ceremony all 8th graders will be permitted to leave the campus with their families. 

June 13th is a minimum day and students will be dismissed at 12:44pm. 
June 14th is the last day of school. it is a modified day and ALL students will be dismissed at 12:44pm
. Prime Time will still be in effect until their usual pickup time. 

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pershing Middle School, I wish you a great evening and a wonderful week ahead! Looking forward to seeing you over the coming 7 days!


Message from the previous week:

Good evening Pershing parents and families. This is your principal, Susan Levy, with announcements for the week of May 29th. 

I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend and having some time to spend with family and friends!  Remember that we are still closed tomorrow. School resumes on May 31st, Tuesday. 

Semester 2 grade window opens this week, which means teachers will begin to enter grades for the semester. Please make sure you and/or your student is in touch with his/her teachers if you have any questions about assignment and grades. More importantly, you should have been taking a look at Power School every week to check on grades, assignments that are not turned in, and other information. If you are having trouble navigating Power School, please contact us and we will walk you through the process. 

I want to thank and commend our amazing Foundation parents and parent volunteers for the incredible Challenge Course and fundraiser this past week! The students had an amazing time, the weather was warm and conducive to water activities and everyone had so much fun!  You can always feel free to donate at any time. This week I'm sure we will see Mr. Salazar with a pie in his face thanks to your donations that totaled more than $17,000!!!!  Incredible!  Keep in mind that the Foundation supports so many activities on campus and off campus for our students and staff. Thank you all again for an incredible turnout and donations! 

I also want to thank our 6th grade teachers for securing an amazing speaker this past Thursday. As you recall, students in 6th grade read the book, "Long Walk to Water" about the trials and triumphs of “the lost boys” of Sudan; refugees who covered the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. One of the boys, who is now a grown man, and who survived the ordeal was our guest speaker!  The harrowing tale and amazing descriptions of family and life before, during and after the ordeal was inspirational. Our students were an excellent audience and applauded our speaker who made the book come to life. Thank you again 6th grade! 

Remember that this week is textbook return:

  • Tuesday - 6th grade 
  • Thursday - 7th grade
  • Friday - 8th grade

And also remember to support our music program by attending the Spring Music Concert on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:00pm in our auditorium. I want to thank and commend our amazing music teacher, Ms. Tamez for the great work that has been done this year with the music program. We will be in the auditorium. Masks are suggested but not required.

On June 7th, we will be celebrating "Juneteenth" during lunchtime activities. I want to thank Ronni Shannon and Christine Nouger for putting together the background information, the fun activities and for sharing the historical information and the establishment of "Juneteenth" as a Federal holiday. 

June 7th also begins our Awards Ceremonies! 

  •  June 7th at 8:00am -  7th grade Awards Assembly
  •   June 7th at 2:00pm (corrected) -  6th grade Awards Assembly
  •   June 9th at 6:00pm -  8th grade Awards Ceremony

Everyone is invited to be there. We will be in the auditorium for each ceremony. Masks are suggested but not required

Wednesday, June 8th is the Yearbook Signing party for 8th graders at 1:45pm. 8th grade students who purchased Yearbooks will receive the books during 6th period. Please make sure your students are picked up or can walk home after 1:45pm. Students in 6th and 7th grade will receive their Yearbooks on June 9th and 10th. 

Friday, June 10th in the morning will be the 1st Promotion Rehearsal and the trip to Dave and Busters for 8th grade students who have at least a 2.0 GPA and no U's. Students will return in time for dismissal. Please pick up your student at 2:50pm that day. This day is also the field activities for 6th and 7th graders and pizza lunch. Thank you Foundation! 

Monday, June 13th - Promotion Rehearsal for 8th graders School. Dismissal for all students is at 12:44pm (corrected)

Tuesday, June 14th - 8th grade Promotion for all 8th grade students. A separate email will go out to all 8th grade parents with information about Promotion Day. 

Tuesday, June 14th - Last day of school for all students. Dismissal is at 12:44pm (corrected)

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



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