Pershing Panda SPOTLIGHT

Pershing Panda 6th grader, Ben Yi, is the National Field Archery Association’s 2018 Texas Indoor State Champion!

Ben competed at the NFAA/TFAA Indoor State Championships in Roanoke, Texas on February 24th and 25th and walked away with top honors in his division, Male, Cub, Freestyle Limited Recurve.
Ben also competes in USA Archery’s Junior Olympic Development Program (JOAD). He’s only been competing since October, 2017,
but is well on his way to his goal of representing the USA at the 2028 Summer Olympics in LA. Way to go, Ben!

Baseball Fundraising

Calling all PANDAs… 


includes take out and dining in from 4-9:00pm

At time of order,  please tell them you are supporting Pershing Baseball and Fajita Pete’s will donate 15% of the proceeds

8th Grade Activities

8th Grade Activities


Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game

 Friday, March 9th, 2:45-3:30.

 We need volunteers to help sell tickets over lunch, sell concessions at the event, and donate items for the concession stand.  Tickets are $5 and will be sold during all lunch periods March 6 – 9th.

To help with this event, please click on the following link:

8th Grade Shirts

8th Grade Class Shirts are being sold in the school store for $10 and can be worn EVERYDAY.  There are a limited number of shirts so please make sure to purchase soon!!

Typhoon Texas Waterpark Tickets

The 8th Grade Class will celebrate their accomplishments on Friday, May 25th with an all-day field trip to Typhoon Texas Waterpark.  Tickets are $35.  Click here to order:

Tickets can also be purchased in cash at the PTO school store for $35.  Students will be required to complete an order form to purchase a ticket.  All tickets purchased through the school store will have a receipt emailed or texted.  Please save this receipt!

Important Note from Dr. Shetzer

Pershing Parents,

As a Principal I have prided myself in being transparent, upfront, and candid with my faculty, staff, students, and the entire school community.  I try my best to share what I know with others so that we can work through anything that we are faced with together as a team.  This past Thursday I met with the SDMC (Site-based Decision Making Committee) to share information about the proposed budget model that HISD Administration has presented to the HISD Board of Trustees.

Last month HISD announced that we will be facing a $208 million deficit in the 2018-2019 school year. There are various reasons for this deficit, including recapture, a drop in home values due to Harvey, and a decrease in district enrollment.  Along with a budget deficit comes the need to change how we do business in HISD, including how we staff our schools.  For the past twenty years HISD has funded schools using a Per Unit Allocation (PUA) model.  Basically this means schools receive so much money for each student enrolled in the school.  You may have heard the term “decentralization,” which means that the budget, staffing, and other decisions are made at the campus level.  The district is proposing that HISD move to a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staffing model as part of the 2018-2019 budget.  This approach essentially centralizes staffing, meaning that schools are allocated a certain number of teachers, administrators, counselors, clerks, etc. based on the number of students enrolled at the school.  It also means that every school in HISD will be allocated essential personnel, including counselors, librarians, and nurses, that some campuses may not already have.

Under the proposed FTE model, Pershing will be faced with a budget cut of more than 20%.  The largest portion of the cut is personnel.  While the district is doing everything they can to lessen the impact to the schools, the bottom line is we will lose teachers and other positions.  Based on the current model provided to me, Pershing will have to cut approximately sixteen (16) teachers.  In addition, cuts will be made to administration, clerical staff, and support staff.  All total we are looking at a loss of twenty-three (23) positions for Pershing Middle School, which equates to a $1.6 million cut to our campus. We are a Title I campus, so the additional federal funding we receive will help offset some of the cuts we are expecting to our non-salary allocation.  Our hope is the proposed model that has been presented is the “worst-case scenario” and that things will look differently as the district continues to have conversations over the next few months.

We expect our magnet program to remain as is; however, we do not know what our magnet funding will look like.  Please note that while we do not know what our future funding for magnet will be, we have been working hard to build and maintain our magnet program by purchasing the needed instruments, equipment, supplies, costumes, materials, etc. over the past year and a half.  With the purchases that have been made we are confident that our program will continue to thrive just as it has been for several years.

As always I will continue to operate with transparency and provide updates to the funding model as it is presented to us.  I have already shared this information with the teachers and know that they are 100% committed to Pershing’s students and community, as am I.  I encourage you to keep up-to-date with the issues surrounding the budget over the next few weeks and months.  District V Trustee, Sue Deigaard, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Bellaire High School.

I am truly blessed to work at Pershing and am proud of the students, faculty, staff, parents, and entire school community.  We are Panda Proud!


Steven Shetzer, Principal

Library Panda Power Hour


The Pershing Library is open to students before school every day starting at 7:30am (Panda Power Hour). Students who attend Panda Power Hour can use the library to read and do homework or they can play board games and spend time with friends. Students who love to tinker can enjoy the legos, circuit sets, origami, and other kits that indulge their inner builder.

To enter the library students must request a Panda Power Hour pass when they arrive on campus in the morning. Sixth graders should obtain passes in the school cafeteria. Seventh and eighth graders can request passes at the school’s front door. Capacity is limited and students are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

In the rare event that Panda Power Hour must be cancelled, we try to notify students in the morning announcements at school.

Panda Power Hour is made possible by parent volunteers. To volunteer in the library contact Rahilla Shatto at

(Please note that the library is also open to students after school, thanks to an after-school program provided by the City of Houston.)

Be a Challenger Buddy!

Want to make a difference?

Need service hours?



What is Challenger?

  • WULL Challengeris a baseball league for kids ages 5-22 with physical or mental challenges

When do we play?

  • All games are played Sundays at 2:00 pm on the WULL fields (Corner of Auden and University)
  • Game days are March 26, April 2, 9, 23, 28 and May 7, 2017 (each game is 2 service hours)

What do buddies do?

  • Each player is assigned a middle or high school volunteer (a “BUDDY”) to help them enjoy the game
  • Buddies are there to engage our players in conversation, help them hit, throw, catch, and run and help keep them safe.

I want to be a BUDDY!   How do I register?

  • Register online at
  • Click the Challenger tab 
  • Click Challenger Buddies and complete the buddy sign up form
  • Registration is free

 Please contact Kristen Leach ( ) if you have questions or would like more information.

Order yearbooks now!

Students can order yearbooks in room 106 or online at

Yearbooks are now $45.

Download the ReplayIT app

to download and share pictures of school events.

Pershing Middle School, password: panda17

Corporate Partner Campaign

Our Corporate Campaign is an important part of our overall PTO fundraising program.  By partnering with businesses in our community, we raise funds for teacher, student, classroom and technology support, curriculum enrichment, staff appreciation, and facility enhancements.

We invite you to become our corporate partner and enrich the educational experience of each child by making a tax-deductible donation to the Pershing PTO.  Click here to learn more about our Pershing Corporate Partners Campaign. Please contact Linda Barcot at for opportunities to sponsor Pershing and receive school-wide newsletter and website recognition, school banners, neighborhood newsletter mentions, marquee signage and much more!

Panda Hurricane Relief Fund

We are glad to be back at school! However, we know many people are struggling after Hurricane Harvey. The PTO is collecting funds that will be specifically earmarked to buy school supplies and uniforms for students that were flooded. Our school social worker, Ms. Belfonte, will be in charge of identifying student needs.

Thank you for your support!

Letter from the PTO President

Dear Parents,
We want to welcome you to Pershing Middle School!
The Pershing PTO is committed to supporting our school administration, teachers, and students.  We invite you to join the PTO and get involved with the various events we have planned for the year. There are several opportunities to volunteer in fundraising and curriculum enrichment. Please stay connected via the Panda Post (weekly email on the PTO website), the Pershing Middle School website and the Pershing PTO website.
I am looking forward to another great year at Pershing!
Beth Lane
PTO President 2017-2018