Dear Staff,

Technology is everywhere and with our students becoming more tech-savvy than ever, keeping them safe online is very important. That's why October 16-20 has been designted Digital Citizenship Week - a perfect time for us to discuss with our students the role technology plays in their lives, about digital safety and responsibility, and focus on building positive online habits.

Helping our students understand and maximize smarter, safer, more rewarding decisions online will go far in reducing concerns when it comes to their use of technology.

  1. Encourage children to share their thoughts and awesome people, moments and decisions online, but not their personal information (i.e., address, phone number).
  2. Help children understand the importance of following the rules of the site or app, establishing secure passwords and checking privacy settings often.
  3. Remind children that virtual friends are still strangers and never make plans to meet up offline.
  4. Urge children to tell a trusted adult if they feel in danger and block, delete or hide people who bring them down.
  5. Ensure children unplug or power down when walking or driving or enjoying time with others.

Common Sense Media has a number of activities and resources to engage students, teachers and families in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online.

 

NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE PENDERGAST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Abarca, Rosalie, Instructional Assistant - Villa de Paz
  • Dolezal, Joey, Inst. Assist. Preschool SpEd - Sonoran Sky
  • Draka, Maegan, 5th Grade - Westwind
  • Gomez, Xochitl, Instructional Assistant - Sonoran Sky
  • Lopez, Cassandra,  - Office Assistant I / Playground Assistant - Pendergast
  • Lopez, Jared, Bus Attendant - Transportation
  • Panfilii, Liudmila, Instructional Assistant - Copper King
  • Rede, Maria, Health Office Aide - Desert Horizon

Please help us welcome these new employees to our District!

I am here to serve you. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.



 

We truly appreciate your support for the students in the Houston Independent School District affected by Hurricane Harvey. Ms. Bachner from Amberea and Ms. Wheeler from Desert Horizon have teamed up to do a collection for those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria as well!

Please share the share the flyers below with your school and spread the message that these donations are now being collected for anyone interested in helping.

For any questions, please contact Sabine Bachner sbachner@pesd92.org and Maria Wheeler mwheeler@pesd92.org.

Thank you for your continued support!

Find Out More: English | Español

 

 

Cash or checks can be made payable to the Pendergast Community Education Foundation and can be given to your site/department supervisor or principal. Donations to the Foundation can now be made ONLINE >>

  • Jeans must be tasteful, no tears, rips or worn areas and no leggings.
  • Participation in Dress Down Friday is optional.

 

 

PENDERGAST FOUNDATION MIXER

The Pendergast Education Foundation is hosting the Second Annual Mixer on Thursday October 26th! Staff and Community Members are invited to join in the fun! There will be a costume contest, snacks and drinks and raffle drawings. The Mixer will be from 6-8pm at the Orcutt | Winslow offices 2929 N. Central Ave. Eleventh Floor Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Please RSVP to Dr. Catalina Gonzalez at cgonzalez@azadh.com by Tuesday October 24th.

 

 

 

 

FREE SMOKE ALARMS TO BE INSTALLED ON OCTOBER 14 IN THE PENDERGAST COMMUNITY

On Saturday, October 14, the Phoenix Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Arizona Burn Foundation and a host of volunteers will go door-to-door in the Pendergast School District to install FREE smoke alarms in homes that need them.

Find Out More or Volunteer: English | Español

 

Transportation

The Transportation Department would like to invite all staff to participate in the Maricopa County Travel Reduction Program. Please see the flyer below for program incentives and registration.

Trip Reduction Information Form >>

 

Educational Services

SCHOOL LETTER GRADES

Our schools have received the State Letter Grades. The A-F Accountability System is designed to empower schools to achieve and increase student success in Arizona. It provides schools with feedback on what areas they are excelling and in what areas they may need to focus on. It is a tool to help schools improve, parents to better understand what school is best for their child with empowering quantitative information when making school choices, and to help the state, policy makers and community leaders identify which schools are in need of support and how to better prioritize resources.

The system quantitatively measures student proficiency and annual growth in key areas as well as readiness to take the next step in their education or career. Specifically, schools annually earn a letter grade based on a range of comprehensive measures including:

  • Proficiency in English Language Arts, Math and Science.
  • Growth in English Language Arts and Math.
  • Proficiency and Growth of English Language Learners.
  • Graduation Rate.
  • Acceleration and Readiness Measures, which consists of several measures including chronic absenteeism and the improved growth of subgroups (economically disadvantaged, special education, etc.).
  • College and Career Readiness Indicators, which includes passing the ACT or SAT or earning an industry credential, certificate or license.
Letter
Grade
Level of
Performance
Descriptors

A

Excellent
  • Distinguished performance on the statewide assessment.
  • Significant student growth.
  • High 4 year graduation rates. •Students are on track to proficiency.
  • Overall performance is significantly higher than state average. “A” schools may not meet each of these descriptors

B

Highly Performing
  • High performance on statewide assessment; and/or
  • Significant student growth; and/or
  • Higher 4 year graduation rates; and/or
  • Moving students to proficiency at a higher rate than state average.

C

Performing
  • Adequate performance but needs improvement on some indicators including proficiency, growth or graduation rate.

D

Minimally Performing
  • Inadequate performance in proficiency, growth and/or 4 year graduation rate relative to the state average

F

Failing
  • Systematic failures in proficiency, growth and graduation rates (below 67%).
  • Performance is in bottom 5% of the state

 

 

Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FACILITATE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for your colleagues, please contact Dr. Denise McGloughlin, Director of Curriculum Instruction, and Professional Learning - dmcgloughlin@pesd92.org or 623-772-2290.

A FREE 2-HOUR WORKSHOP TITLED DEEPENING COMPREHENSION THROUGH PURPOSEFUL TALK will be offered on October 19 in our Professional Learning Center. Here’s the link to register and for more information: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15ec918f8b7868c0?projector=1

TWO GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS:

Mini-grant opportunities through Arizona Professional Educators’ Association, due October 31: https://azpe.org/

Wishes for Teachers through the Fiesta Bowl Charities - win up to $5,000: https://fiestabowl.org/charities/wishes-for-teachers/

ENY/MATH CONTENT TRAINING, FOR INCENTIVE HOURS DURING FALL BREAK:

We know many teachers may be out on a well-deserved vacation, but I wanted to offer the opportunity for those who would like...this opportunity. (This is distinct from the NTO training.)

  • October 17 K-2
  • October 18 3-5
  • October 19 6-8

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teachers may sign up on the attached spreadsheet, so that we quickly know how many copies to prepare...

Please indicate where you will be 'in the modules' on October 23...this will help!

Overview: Taking some calm time to preview your lessons, see where students might have upcoming difficulties.

  • Dissecting lessons, so that you know what to present...
  • Facilitator teaching of the content and progression of the math that you are teaching.
  • Prep and planning time with colleagues.
  • Exploring resources that support your instruction.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1C3-pc9k2E6xUmj93ECW2554ikOBztOnKFAjNR0tDTTE/edit#gid=1198177749


School Improvement and Program Development

Blended Learning: The Station Rotation Model

Find out how a blended learning station-focused model can help you differentiate instruction and give ALL students the support they need to tackle grade-level work.

https://achievethecore.org/aligned/blended-learning-the-station-rotation-model/

 

Human Resources

FLU SHOT CLINIC

Number of vaccines administered during the clinic:

  • Flu - 150
  • Tetanus - 18
  • Pneumonia - 15

Thanks to all who participated in the flu shot clinic. Receiving a flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of coming down with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. It is optimal to receive the vaccine prior to the end of October, but receiving it later in the season can still provide protective benefits. It takes your body approximately two weeks to develop protection against the flu after vaccination.

If you did not have an opportunity to attend the clinic, you can still go to participating pharmacies for the vaccine. Be sure to take your insurance card with you.

 

DISCOUNTED GYM MEMBERSHIPS

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ANNUAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE AND MEDICARE NOTICE

Notice about your Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare >>

 

MY NURSE LINE-CARE 24

My Nurse Line-Care 24 provides access to a team of registered nurses that can assist anytime - day or night, seven days a week.

Answers to your medical questions are just a phone call away, resulting in fewer visits to urgent care or the emergency room.

Find Out More >>

 

THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG LIST

The Prescription Drug List (PDL) contains the most commonly prescribed medications on your pharmacy plan. Drugs are listed by common categories or classes and placed in tiers that represent the cost you pay. This makes it easier for you and your doctor to find other options to help you save money.

Find Out More >>

 

VALUE PHARMACY NETWORK

Remember to fill your prescriptions at a participating Value Pharmacy Network location:

  • Fry's Food and Drug
  • Sam's Club
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart

For questions, please contact the Benefits Specialist at 623-772-2233

 

REGISTERING FOR MYUHC.COM

By registering on myuhc.com, you can find the answers to your health and benefits questions and the information you need in one easy-to-use, convenient location online. Registration is quick and easy.

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DISTRICT OFFICE SCHEDULE DURING FALL BREAK

District offices will be on a 4/10 work week during the Fall Break. Offices will be closed on Friday, October 20, 2017.

 

301 GOAL COMPLETION PAYMENT - 2ND HALF

Based upon information provided by the Educational Services department, all schools achieved their school improvement goals and will be paid the second half of the Classroom Site Fund (Prop 301) Performance Pay plan for the 2016-2017 school year. The amount per teacher FTE is $1,175 and will be paid on October 13th.

Note: As a reminder, this payment is based upon performance last school year (2016-2017) and therefore, the payment will be made to teachers who were employed with our district last school year (2016-2017) only.

 

ABSENCE MANAGEMENT FORMALLY AESOP

As you may know, the district is working with ESI to secure substitute/guest teachers. Laura Stockmar in HR is still the district liaison for guest teachers and with ESI. As we coordinate with this outside company, it is important that teachers do not contact guest teachers directly when needing coverage for an absence. To secure the services of a preferred guest teacher, work directly with your school administrator or school secretary.

 

BOOT CAMP IS COMING - FREE FOR ALL PENDERGAST EMPLOYEES

Put on your workout gear and jump into fitness! Classes begin on Tuesday, September 26 and will continue through Thursday, December 7.

WHEN: Tuesdays / Thursday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Pendergast Community Center (PCC) at 10550 W. Mariposa St., Phoenix, AZ 85037

 

 

Pendergast Elementary School District Certified and Classified staff (Sorry! Administrators are not eligible) who make it through the school year without missing a day will be eligible to win one of our GRAND PRIZES! Perfect attendance started on the first day of school.

This year, our GRAND PRIZES will be a car and two Rocky Point Weekend Getaways!

 

Teacher Attendance Report

  Weekly Absences % Attendance
Amberlea 6 96.25%
Canyon Breeze 3 98.18%
Copper King 14 93.91%
Desert Horizon 7 97.31%
Desert Mirage 7 96.22%
Garden Lakes 4 98.14%
Pendergast 5 97.56%
Rio Vista 8 96.00%
Sonoran Sky 10 94.87%
Sunset Ridge 6 96.47%
Villa de Paz 9 95.38%
Westwind 10 96.23%


Stay Connected to Pendergast


Pendergast LogoPendergast Employee Calendar 2017-18

The purpose of the PESD Employee Calendar is to keep all employees aware of important district dates. Schools and departments MUST share any dates to be added that are relevant to the entire district. This includes school events such as parent nights, community events, plays, concerts, tournaments, promotions, etc.

Check this calendar before scheduling activities/events that may impact the attendance of District Personnel and Governing Board members.

Please share any events to be added to the calendar with Kerry Pohlmeyer, Kelly Goodwin or Regina Robles throughout the year.

View Online Employee Calendar >>

View Important District Dates >>

Pendergast LogoGrant & Funding Opportunities

Apply for a Grant!

Here is a fantastic batch of awesome opportunities for principals and teachers - from professional development grants to conservation education!

Find Out More >>

Pendergast LogoPast Bee in the Know

10-2-2017

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