MESSAGE FROM DR. JENNIFER CRUZ - SEPTEMBER 2021



Enroll for the 2021-22 School Year

Enroll Today The Pendergast Elementary School District has so much to offer including innovative S.T.E.A.M. Academies. Other programs we have available are...

- FREE FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
- DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
- S.T.E.A.M. ACADEMIES
- FREE & REDUCED BREAKFAST / LUNCH

...and so much more!

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Pendergast Quick Tip

Quick Tip Logo The Pendergast Quick Tip is a system that allows students, parents, staff and community members to submit information to district administrators anonymously or non-anonymously.

Quick Tip allows authorized district administrators to receive tips at any time and have the ability to respond in a timely manner to issues that impacts the school or individual students.

The reported issues range from peer pressure, threats, depression, weapons, suicide and bullying. Anyone with access to the web or a smartphone has access to Quick Tip.

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Pendergast | First Things First Family Resource Center

Pendergast and First Things First Family Resource Center The Pendergast Elementary School District, through a partnership with First Things First, have developed the Pendergast Family Resource Center providing quality, comprehensive, diverse and streamlined services centered on a holistic view of early childhood education with neighborhood outreach as a core component. The services offered create a unique collaboration between the educational environment, families and communities combined with staffing support from caring, knowledgeable professionals.

OUR MISSION: The Pendergast Family Resource Center is a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high quality outreach program that supports the development, health and education of all Pendergast Elementary School District families and the surrounding community with a focus on families with children birth to age five.

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  • Dr. Jennifer Cruz

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    In her September letter, Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Cruz invites everyone to attend and participate in the upcoming Strategic Planning Community Forums.

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  • Early Childhood Education

    Early Childhood Program

    The Pendergast Elementary School District offers high quality half and full day community preschool programs designed to prepare 3 and 4-year-old children for school.

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  • Make a Difference

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  • Make a Payment

    Make a Tax or Gift Donation

    Make a payment for the Use of Facilities, to the P.R.I.D.E. Club or Pre-School online. You can also make a tax or gift Donation online and help make a positive impact in the lives of our students.

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  • Before/After School Care

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    The Pendergast P.R.I.D.E. Club provides high quality and affordable before and after school care at all 12 Pendergast schools.

     

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  • Bond Dollars at Work

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    The District has been using this bond funding to repair and improve our schools and facilities, as well as, to vastly improve and upgrade technology for student learning and District communication.

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What's for Breakfast and Lunch?

Cartwells logoFind out what's being served for breakfast and lunch at your school by accessing our new Online Menus >>

My School Bucks provides parents with a secure, fast and convenient method for adding money to their children's school meal accounts.

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Charlie's Cafe and Catering >>

Financial Transparency

Financial transparency image Pendergast is providing the following financial information in order to give our community with an open view of the financial status of Pendergast.

View the District's FY 2021-22 Revised Budget >>

View the District's FY 2022 Public Hearing Notice >>

 


View the District's FY 2022 Revised Budget and Public Hearing Notice at the AZ Department of Education Website >>

AVERAGE TEACHER SALARIES
(A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §10)
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2022 (budget year): $53,880
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2021 (prior year): $53,359
Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year: $521
Percentage increase: 1%

View the District's Spending Report for FY 2019 prepared by the Arizona Auditor
General: Pendergast Profile | Pendergast Profile - Text Based

View the District's FY 2020 Annual Financial Report at the AZ Department of Education's Website >>

View the District's FY 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report >>

Understanding the Budget: Find out more about how the Pendergast District spends money by watching this fun and informative video. View the Video >>

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Pendergast Title IX Coordinator

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator.

Dr. Gwyn Marr, Pendergast Title IX Coordinator
3802 N. 91st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85037
623-772-2296
gmarr@pesd92.org

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, regardless of whether the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of the reported conduct or not. A report may be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator. The District shall notify students, parents or legal guardians of students, employees, applicants for employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the District, of the name or title, office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number of the Title IX Coordinator. The District will respond promptly when any school employee has notice of sexual harassment. Upon receipt of notice of sexual harassment, the District shall notify students, parents or legal guardians of students, employees, applicants for employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the District, of the District’s grievance procedures and grievance process, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the District shall respond. The District is committed to investigating each formal complaint submitted and to taking appropriate action on all confirmed violations of policy. The District shall follow grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints from students and employees alleging sexual harassment.

Pendergast News & Updates

  • Dr. Jennifer Cruz

    A Note from Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Cruz Regarding Our Return to In-Person Instruction

    As we prepare to begin the 2021-2022 school year, our team has revised our Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan based on Governor Ducey's Executive Orders, recent legislation, and Federal Orders.

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  • Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

    Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan

    The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recommend that reopening decisions be driven by the current prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. The following protocols are to be implemented across all District sites.

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    Student-Parent Handbook 2021-2022

    The purpose of this handbook is to inform parents and students of the policies, procedures, and operations of the Pendergast Elementary School District. It presents information highlighting district policies and guidelines necessary for the academic achievement, safety, welfare, and well-being of our students.

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  • Verizon Innovative Learning - Digital Promise

    Pendergast District Joins Verizon Innovative Learning to Bring Free Tech Education to Local Title I Schools

    In partnership with Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning, students and teachers at Amberlea Elmentary, Desert Horizon Elementary, and Villa de Paz Elementary will receive devices, internet access, and innovative programs.

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    Pendergast District Launches Python Coding Program for Middle School Students at Villa de Paz Elementary

    Pendergast Elementary School District is equipping middle school students with the training and tools to reach success in today’s technology based society. With more than 9,713 computing jobs available in the state of Arizona, the Pendergast District is proud to announce a new computer sciences initiative coming soon to the District.

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  • PRIDE Club

    PRIDE Club is Back for the 2021-22 School Year

    P.R.I.D.E. Club programming will resume in August 2021. Program capacity at each school is dependent on available space and staffing. If you are interested in enrolling your child in the program at your school site, please submit your information on the waitlist. You will be notified when an opening is available at your school site.

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  • John Carlo Tuliano

    Pendergast Teacher Finalist for the 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year Award

    The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) named John Carlo Tulinao, 1st grade teacher at Amberlea Elementary School, as one of the five candidates under consideration for the 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year Award.

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  • Lunch and Learn

    Lunch & Learn with the Pendergast Elementary School District

    We are excited to announce the dates for the 2021-22 Parent and Community Partners Lunch & Learn. Topics are presented that help navigate the world of education. Participants have the opportunity to meet each other and talk about common interests and issues.

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  • Pendergast Board Honored with National Leadership Award

    Pendergast District Annual Review for 2020-21

    The Pendergast Elementary School District values the celebration and promotion of the many great accomplishments of our students, teachers, administrators, and staff. The Annual Review to the Community provides a spotlight on the accomplishments and successes within the District.

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  • Boundaries

    Boundary Changes for the Villa de Paz and Sonoran Sky Communities

    On July 6, 2021, the Pendergast ESD Governing Board approved the following boundary changes that incorporate vacant land into the Villa De Paz and Sonoran Sky Elementary School site communities. The map (linked below) displays the vacant land areas that have been approved for the school site boundaries.

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  • Jeremy Anderson

    Desert Mirage Celebrates the Expansion of the Next Level Academy

    Jeremy Anderson, nationally renowned motivational speaker and education advocate,  is proud to announce the expansion of the Next Level Leadership Academy at Desert Mirage Elementary School.

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  • Bond Election

    Pendergast District Governing Board Calls for Bond Election in November

    The Pendergast Governing Board voted unanimously on June 1, 2021 to authorize PESD to conduct a Bond election for $53.5 million that will not increase taxpayers' tax rate.

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    Bond Facts & Frequently Asked Questions: English | Español

  • ASU Prep Students at Villa de Paz Elementary

    Pendergast District Focuses on Educational Equity with ASU Prep Digital Partnership

    The partnership with ASU Prep Digital offered accredited coursework and instruction for Algebra I, Geometry and English I, taught by a certified teacher virtually across 12 schools twice a week live and asynchronously three days a week.

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    Pendergast District Earns Top Honor in 2021 National Magna Awards Program for Equity Work

    Pendergast was recognized for its commitment to equity as a first place winner in the 27th annual Magna Awards program.

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  • Graduate Bee

    Profile of a Graduate

    We partnered with the community is a sustained conversation leading to shared agreement about a community-owned picture of what graduates need for success.

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  • Amazon

    Amazon Funding Computer Science Education for 11 Elementary Schools in Pendergast District

    Amazon is funding computer science education and teacher professional development for 11 elementary schools in the district, impacting more than 1,650 students.

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    Next-Gen Teacher Preparation in the Pendergast Elementary School District

    Earn your bachelor's degree leading to teacher certification from Arizona State University. ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the Pendergast Elementary School District provide unparalleled support to teacher candidates in schools.

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  • McKinney-Vento/Foster Care

    McKinney-Vento / Foster Care

    The mission of the Homeless Education Program is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate public education, comparable to that provided to the children of any Arizona resident and consistent with Arizona’s mandatory school attendance laws.

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains key provisions to promote educational stability and success for students in foster care.

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    Pendergast District to Receive Microsoft Large Community Empowerment Funds

    The Pendergast District recently received news that The Builder Bees Makerspace Program was made possible with funds from the Microsoft Corporation. The program will serve over 5,500 students throughout the West Valley.

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  • Arizona Department of Education Parental Rights Handbook

    Arizona Department of Education Parental Rights Handbook

    In the 2020 Arizona Legislative Session, the Legislature passed Senate bill (SB) 1061 (Laws 2020, Chapter 64) which the Governor signed on June 5, 2020. SB 1061 established ARS § 15- 249.16 which requires the Arizona Department of Education (Department) to establish and post a statutory handbook of parental rights.

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    Media Releases

    For additional information and past stories about the Pendergast School District, please visit our Media Section.

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