Panda Days/ Panda Camp

Spring Break 2018 Tour

Now is the time to enroll for the Spring Break 2018 tour so that you can get the best price.

Don’t miss out on a fantastic custom made tour to Portugal and Spain!

During our tour, we will be doing an activity with an archaeologist while working alongside students from a Spanish school.
More information will be given in August.
In the meantime, click on the following link to get more information and to enroll:


The next informational meeting will not be until September 2017, but you MAY ENROLL NOW!

Just click on the link above to hold your place on this wonderful experience.

Ms. R. Aguilar

Pershing UIL Academic Team Racks Up More Awards!

Pershing UIL Academic Team Racks Up More Awards!

On Saturday, May 6 we competed at our final meet of the academic year. Once again our club members brought home many victories.


Our 6th grade team we won 16 victories across 9 categories.

In Calculator Apps:   Ladi Otun placed 5th; Brandon Sun placed 3rd.

In Dictionary Skills:   Claire Assad placed 5th; Ladi Otun placed 4th.

In Listening:               Ladi Otun placed 6th, & Taryn Morris placed 5th.

In Maps, Graphs, & Charts:  Ava Gami placed 2nd; Taryn Morris placed 1st.

In Mathematics:        Ava Gami placed 5th.

In Numbers Sense:   Ava Gami placed 4th; Ladi Otun placed 3rd.

In Oral Reading:        Taryn Morris placed 4th.

In Science:                  Brandon Sun placd 4th; Angie Pascali placed 1st.

In Spelling:                 Claire Assad placed 5th; Ava Gami placed 3rd.


Our 7th grade student won 2 awards.

In Listening:               David Dzul placed 4th.

In Music Memory:     David Dzul placed 3rd.


Our 8th grade students won 3 awards.

Art:                              Mary Balthazar placed 1st.

In Impromptu:          Tajh Mason placed 6th.

In Listening:               Mary Balthazar placed 6th.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Ms. Midyett for her continuous help in all UIL matters.

If you want to join next year or if you want to lead grade 6, please contact our UIL-Perhsing Liaison and coach, Candace TenBrink

New in 2018: Pershing Art Car

Attention Panda Parents: Next year we are creating an Art Car!
We will enter it in the Art Car Parade in 2018 and yes, it will be an educational and fun experience for the students!   We plan to include many students in the process, such as those involved in: art, robotics, and journalism/creative writing.
We are looking for a car, preferably white and in good working condition.  If anyone has a car that they would like to donate, please contact Dr. Shetzer or Dr. TenBrink.
If you have any special talents, such as lighting, hydraulics, or if you have helped create an art car before and can provide some pointers, or if you are willing to help, please contact Candace at
Many thanks for support and enthusiasm,
Your Art Car Chairs: Candace TenBrink and Anne Lindsay.

Pershing Softball Wins District Championship

HISD held their end of the year softball tournament in early April and this year the winner of the league was… Pershing MS.

Pershing had a regular season record of 13 wins and 2 loses.  They played two preliminary games in the tournament before beating Black MS in the championship game by a score of 8-7.

Congratulations on your big win Pandas!

Pictured kneeling from left to right are: Olivia Alejandro, Rylee Glenn, Emily Alvarado, Adah Marvin, Laura Cantu and Raegan Burns. Standing is: Ellie Plummer, Braidee Glenn, Cole Johnson, Rebecca Windle, Sami Johnson, Coach Brents, Grace Parker, Coach Burgan, Kelsey Koenig, Julia Sanchez, Demi Coronado and Coach Caroline.


Panda Power Hours in the Library!

The Pershing Library is now open to students early in the mornings and during lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – plus after school on Mondays and Wednesdays only. Students are invited to come check it out! During these “Panda Power Hours” students and can use the library to:

  • Check out or return books
  • Read or do homework
  • Use a computer
  • Play a board game with friends
  • Do a puzzle
  • Try out the new Maker Space, stocked with fun tinkering and craft activities
  • And more!

During Panda Power Hours library admission is on a first come, first served basis and numbers are limited. Students must obtain a library pass at the main entrance to the school in the mornings or in the cafeteria during their lunch period after eating. (No food or drink will be permitted in the library.) Library passes are not required after school, but students cannot be admitted once capacity is reached.


Before School (M/W/F), 7:30 am – 8:25am
Lunchtime (M/W/F), 11:50am – 2:00pm (A, B, C, and D lunch periods)
After School (M/W only), 3:45pm – 4:30pm

NOTE: Panda Power Hours will not be available on STAAR testing days.
Panda Power Hours are possible thanks to our wonderful PTO parent volunteers. Email Rahilla Shatto at to become a volunteer and help expand library access to 5 days a week!

Order School Supplies

Save time and money by pre-ordering school supplies now! They will be pre-packaged and ready for you to pick up before school starts.

Online Ordering Only!

You can conveniently place your order online at (Enter the school ID, PER363)

The deadline to order is June 25, 2017.

School Supply Order Flyer and Supply List

Huckleberry Park Update

Proposed Executive Board Slate for 2017-18

Below is the proposed executive board slate for school year 2017-2018. Voting will occur during April 4th PTO general meeting.


President Beth Lane
Treasurer Heather Mee
VP Membership Dana Richardson
VP Fundraising Linda Barcot
VP Communications Ashley Anthony
VP Outreach Ilse Rassin
VP Recruiting Jennifer Knupp
VP School Store Kyrsten Crawford
Secretary Irene Donnelly
SDMC Candace TenBrink
SDMC Anne Kayl
Parlimentarian Renee Marie Hawk
Assistant Treasurer Lee Ann Butler


8th Grade Activities Update

Tuesday, May 23rd – 8TH GRADE YEARBOOK SIGNING   
8th grade students will be able to bring their yearbooks for all their friends to sign during the last period of the school day. We will have an ice cream cart full of frozen treats for all 8th graders to enjoy!
If you have not yet purchased a yearbook they can be purchased from Ms. Harrington in the journalism department.


Wednesday, May 24th – 8th GRADE FIELD DAY * 
(rain or shine) 

Students will have a day of fun on our very own Pershing fields including, inflatables, water slides, dunking booths, slip and slides, obstacle course, and much more!  Details including dress code included in the 8th Grade Flyer below.

A lunch of hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided. If your child does not eat the lunch that will be provided, please have them bring a lunch. Parents welcome to volunteer.  Please click on the link below to the SignUpGenius to volunteer.



Pershing 8th grade students will walk across the podium while being promoted to high school!  Students should report to school as usual.  They will take a bus to Barnett Stadium as a group.

Dress: Pershing administration ask that students’ choice of clothing be appropriate for the occasion (church attire; no strapless, no shorts).

Barnett Stadium
Parents encouraged to attend!
NOTE – Students may checkout and leave with their parents after the ceremony. There will be checkout table. If students return to school after ceremony, they will stay in homeroom class until end of day. 


Congratulations to ALL of our Pershing 8th Grade Students!




Save The Date

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, May 25


Barnett Stadium Field House

Spring 2017 Athletic Physical Exams: May 17 , 2017

Spring 2017 Athletic Physical Exams

May 17 , 2017

PMS Big Gym

4:00 – 5:30pm

Cost: $ 30.00 Cash Only

Please pick up the Athletic Physical Exam Form from the coaches office or download it off our Athletic Website. Any questions or concerns , please contact Coach Burgan or Coach Steptoe.

Monthly Parent Meetings

Below is the Pershing Middle School PTO meeting schedule for the remainder of the school year. All parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend these informative parent meetings, which are held in the school library each month.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:30pm
*Tuesday. March 7,2017 8:30 am
Tuesday. April 4, 2017 6:30 pm
*Tuesday. May 9, 2017 8:30 am

*8:15 am -coffee/social; meeting begins promptly at 8:30 am

2016 Pershing Spaghetti Supper


A HUGE thank you to everyone that attended the Spaghetti Supper, showcasing the Fine Arts Department! Pershing students have such great talent and it was a wonderful night of performances, delicious spaghetti by Gugliani’s, and heavenly desserts! Thank you for coming out to support Pershing!

The winners of the raffle are:

  • Candylicious “Tower of Candy”: Brian Osorio
  • Vera Bradley Backpack: Pearlie Elder
  • Black Nike Apple Watch: Kim Thomas
  • HP Laptop: Sho Furuta
  • Gray Nike Apple Watch: Kathryn Schultz
  • iPad Mini 4: Liam Williams
  • GoPro HERO5: Jeanne Marosis
  • Gift Card Tree: Abby Lester

A special thank you to the Pershing NJHS, Bellaire NHS and all our volunteers that made this event successful!

 In addition, we thank all the families that donated to the raffle items and the 50/50 Club!

NEW Greenhouse for the Garden Program!

pershinggreenhouse_20Pershing may soon have a greenhouse for the Gardening Club!  The club currently grows and sells produce at our own Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in the parking lot on Stella Link.

For his Eagle Scout Project, Max Brigman from Troop 211 is building a greenhouse for the school’s garden program but he needs additional funds.  Please consider helping out and making a donation to this exciting project.

Donate Here


Join the PTO


Be involved.   Be informed.   Be empowered.   Join Team Pershing!

Join the PTO!

Money collected from PTO membership goes back into the school to benefit the entire Pershing community. These benefits include teacher training, grants, classroom materials, campus improvements, and much more.

If you have already joined, membership perks such as magnets and umbrellas are available for pick-up at the school store. Free dress passes will be handed out to students the week of October 24th.
If you have any questions about membership please e-mail Beth Lane, at

Ms. Aguilar’s SPRING BREAK TOUR to Madrid and Southern Spain

Now is the time to enroll for the Spring Break 2017 tour so that you can get the best price.

spainDon’t miss out on a fantastic custom made tour to
Madrid and Southern Spain.
Click on the following link to get more information and to enroll:
Informational meeting on Monday, September 19, 2016.
For more information contact:
Ms. R. Aguilar @

Interested In Hosting a School Social Event?

Several parents have reached out to coordinate social events at and for the school and we encourage parents to continue to do so.  The PTO board has created some guidelines to assist you in coordinating these events.  The goal is to better clarify the process and improve communication.  Thanks for all you do to make our school great!  The guidelines can be found under and guidelines/Event Planning Guidelines.

Support Huckleberry Park

HuckParkMedHuckleberry Park, located in Braeswood Place at the corner of Braes Blvd. and Aberdeen Way, will be transformed into a neighborhood SPARK park and green space that will be available to our community outside of school hours. The goal for improving the park is to provide a neighborhood park that offers the benefits of the outdoors, the ability for all age groups to engage in health and fitness, and foster a stronger sense of community within a secure environment.Phase 1 of the renovation will begin in December 2016.
It will include:
•  Updated play structure  •  Increased shaded areas  •  Fitness areas  •  And More!

Learn more at

Questions???  Please email or call chair Elaina McNulty (713) 857-5000.


Have something school related to share?

plussign-150x150To share information with the Pershing community please follow these procedures:

  • For parents – forward information to our PTO President, Amy Earl at
  • Also e-mail the communication volunteers, Kathryn Schultz and Megan Rose.
  • Web requests should be made 4 days prior to the required posting date.  Requests for creating online payment forms should be made 2 weeks prior to the date sales are to begin.
  • The deadline for submissions to the Pershing Panda Post eNewsletter is every Thursday at 4 pm for inclusion into the following week’s e-newsletter.