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

Volleyball: Students vs. Faculty – Feb. 23

The annual

Student vs Faculty Volleyball Game 

 is set for

Friday, Feb. 23rd from 2:45 – 3:50

Tickets are $5 and will be sold on a first come,
first serve basis during all lunches from Feb. 20 – 22.
Concessions will be sold at the game!
Buy a ticket and come join the fun!!!

8th Grade Activities

8th Grade Activities

Faculty vs. Student Volleyball Game

8th Grade Parents, please sign up to help with this fundraiser by selling tickets, working the concession stand or making a donation (drinks, candy, chips).  The event is Friday, Feb. 23rd.  All proceeds from this event go to our 8th Grade Activity Fund.  To help with this event, please click on the following link:  Thank You!

Don’t forget to order your 8th grader a YEARBOOK!  Yearbooks can be ordered online at:

8th grade Yearbook Ads
on sale until 2-16-18 


Full page $175.00
1/2 page $90.00
1/4 page 65.00
1/8 page $35.00

Create the ad at

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!

Parent Enrichment – Mar. 22

Pershing Swim Team

Congratulations to the Pershing Swim Team

7th Grade Girls – District Champs (zone championship)

7th grade Boys – 2nd place in district
8th grade girls – 2nd place in district
8th grade boys – 2nd place in district

New district middle school records set by Pershing:
7th grade boys:  individual medley relay
Sami Johnson: 100 free for 7th grade

Pershing Step Team

Congratulations to our
Ladies of Popular Demand Step Team

They came in 2nd place at their first competition


Pershing Dance Company



Saturday, The Pershing Dance Company and the Power Dancers attended the Trendsetters Dance Competition at Klein Collins High School.  The Pershing Dancers walked away as GRAND CHAMPIONS!!!! They received Sweepstakes award for Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jazz.

Sidonye Winbush Received 2nd Place with her solo and Grace Falconer Received 1st  Place.
Everyone’s hard work and dedication paid off!!!!
We hope you’re able to join us on Friday during our Pep Rally to Celebrate!!!!


The Pershing Panda Fine Arts Department
is proud to present:


A part of


Thursday, March 1st at 6:00 pm
Friday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 3rd at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm


Students – $5
Adults – $10

Come on down to the Schoolhouse! We will be rockin’ it!!!

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.

Library Panda Power Hours

Panda Power Hours in the Library have Reopened

Panda Power Hours in the library have re-opened before and after school. Students should know, however, that the library’s computers will not be available for the rest of this semester.
Students using the library during Panda Power Hours will have access to books, study areas, board games, and activities.

As always, library capacity is limited and students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. We need a few more parent volunteers to keep Panda Power Hours open 5 days a week in the spring semester.

If you would like to help, email for details.

Order yearbooks now!

Students can order yearbooks in room 106 or online at

Yearbooks are now $40.

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