Testing Dates

STAAR Testing Dates
May 8th – May 11th
Finals Dates
8th Grade- Wednesday, May 17 – May 19th and Monday, May 22nd
6th and 7th Grade-Thursday, May 18 – Friday, May 19th

Grade Level Awards Dates and Times

Grade level Awards Dates and Times

8th Grade- Monday, May 22 at 6pm in the auditorium
7th Grade Cluster Awards- May 24th

11:50am-1:10 pm
2:10-3:35 pm
6th Grade Cluster Awards- May 25th

11:50am-1:10 pm
2:10-3:35 pm
Parents are welcome to attend awards.

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 Start This Week!

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 rahilla.shatto@gmail.com to become a volunteer and help expand library access to 5 days a week!

Recapture on the May 6th ballot

HISD voters will be asked on May 6th how the district should pay its Recapture obligation to the State of Texas: by Purchasing Attendance Credits or through Detachment of Commercial Property.
A vote FOR purchasing attendance credits will allow HISD to make Recapture payments to the State, but the district’s local tax collections will continue to grow to offset these payments as property values rise.

A vote AGAINST purchasing attendance credits will allow commercial properties to be detached from HISD, and the district will lose those tax collections from district operations. As more and more commercial properties are detached, a larger percentage of the responsibility to fund public education would shift to homeowners and remaining business owners. In addition, the district will lose future tax collections on the detached property used to pay back the district’s debt for building schools. These tax collections are not lost under the Purchase of Attendance Credits.

Previously, HISD’s recapture obligation was estimated at $162 million. Under the Texas Education Agency’s recent announcement of recognizing half of the local homestead exemption, along with adjustments made to student enrollment and property value figures, HISD is now subject to a reduced $77.5 million recapture obligation or the removal of about $8 billion dollars’ worth of non-residential property.

The ballot item in May, if passed, would stop the detachment and reassignment of commercial property and authorize the district to send lower recapture payments to the state than those earlier projected. If the measure fails, detachment would begin in July of 2017, unless the Legislature takes action before it adjourns on May 29.

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 www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks (Enter the school ID, PER363)

The deadline to order is June 25, 2017.

School Supply Order Flyer and Supply List

Huckleberry Park Update


6th Grade Transition Parent night

Thursday, April 6, 2017

6:00 PM

Pershing Middle School



  • Meet Administration
  • Learn About Classes and Electives
  • Complete Elective Selection Process
  • Sign up for Volunteer Opportunities
  • Shop the School Store
    • Select sizes available while supplies last
    • School store will be open
    • Select sizes available while supplies last!

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

Great news!  We have nearly reached our fundraising goal for this year’s 8th Grade Activities thanks to the efforts Megan Stidman and all of our wonderful volunteers and donors!  At this time we are looking for volunteers to assist with the 8th Grade Dance &  8th Grade Field Day.  If you can help with either, please contact Amy Earle amy.earle@invesco.com.

The 8th Grade Package is no longer available but you can still take part in all of the 8th Grade End of Year activities (field day fast pass is only available with package).

  • 8th Grade Tshirts are on sale in the school store while supplies last
  • Dance tickets will be sold closer to the event date

What are you wearing to the dance?  Check out the 8th Grade Dance Dress Code HERE

8th Grade Activities Schedule:

8th Grade Dance ($10) – Saturday, May 13 @ 7 – 10pm
8th Grade Yearbook Signing Party – Tuesday, May 23
8th Grade Field Day – Wednesday, May 24
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony – Thursday, May 25 @ 10am
Barnett Stadium Field House

Have fundraiser ideas?  Want to volunteer?  Email amy.earle@invesco.com



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 bethlane91@gmail.com.

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 @ maguila2@houstonisd.org

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 pershingpto.org/ptoinfo/forms 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 huckleberrypark.org

Questions???  Please email huckleberrypark@yahoo.com 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 Amy.Earle@invesco.com
  • 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.