Dear Staff,

American Education Week is celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving and spotlights the importance of providing every child with a quality education. More importantly, it celebrates the contributions of the entire Pendergast staff who, everyday, make a difference in our students and our schools!

This year's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibilty," is something I see reflected throughout our district. Together, we all play an important role in supporting and encouraging our next generation of leaders. With patience, dedication, and understanding, we are building a foundation of success that will follow our students well beyond the classroom. 

Thank you for making a difference!

This Holiday Season, over 300 students in the Pendergast District are in need of our support.  The Arenas Family and the Pendergast Foundation are once again teaming up for the 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Drive.  

Now through December 8th, Santa Bee Tags are available at the district office for you to BEELIEVE in a student!  These tags are similar to the Christmas Angel program we are all familiar with at the malls.

Each Santa Bee tag lists 1 student with 1 wish and 1 need.  Unwrapped donations are to be returned with the tag to the district office by December 8th.

If you are interested in a tag or 2 or if your entire team would like to adopt a family, please stop by the district office to choose your own tags, or we are happy to select the tags for you and place in interoffice mail!

We are also accepting donations of hygiene products and blankets for 100 family baskets, as well as, wrapping paper.

Please contact Kerry or Regina at 623-772-2200 with any questions or concerns.  



Our Risk Management Department provides resources to our district and schools that help in the development of high-quality emergency operations and safety plans. Feeling safe is fundamental for a positive learning environment.

Congratulations to everyone for completing October Fire Drills!

Rio Vista Safety Team for completing  the 3 FEMA courses:

  • Janice L. Morton
  • Martha Garcia
  • Ashley K Baxley
  • Tamara Foster
  • Hilary P Renard
  • Gerald P McNamara
  • Valerie Davis
  • Julie G Osmundsen
  • Siobhan McCarthy
  • Marlene Bennison
  • Kelly Hoth
  • Mary Alvarez
  • Pauline Keen
  • Mark Ambrose
  • Julie Dugan

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




Be a Lumberjack right here in the Valley! Starting in January, Northern Arizona University is offering cohort programs in the Valley for a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification. This 36-hour program can be completed in two years by taking 8-week courses in a hybrid format, one night per week. There are great advantages for enrolling in NAU’s cohort program:
  • Savings on tuition and fees
  • Learn from NAU faculty and local school district administrators
  • Support from a learning community of fellow teachers

For more information on this great opportunity, please contact NAU at 602-776-4663 or



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.





Eligible teachers will be paid this additional one-time payment on their paycheck dated December 8th.  An eligible teacher is one who taught at an Arizona school district or charter school during the 2016-2017 school year and is currently teaching in PESD this school year.  The amount per eligible teacher is based upon the instructional salaries earned last school year 2016-2017.

Instructional Improvement Fund Pay (previously know as Indian Gaming)

Eligible teachers will be paid this annual supplemental pay on their paycheck dated December 8th.  An eligible teacher is one who is also receiving Classroom Site Fund pay.  The amount per FTE teacher is $335 and will be titled Instr. Imprv. Fund on the paycheck.

Human Resources


Do you have questions about how a Health Savings Account (HSA) works?  Please read and watch the video to learn more.

Two Minute Answers - Intro - Week 1 >>





Classes are ongoing 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 95.31%
Canyon Breeze 4 96.97%
Copper King 1 99.50%
Desert Horizon 9 95.67%
Desert Mirage 9 93.92%
Garden Lakes 9 94.77%
Pendergast 12 92.68%
Rio Vista 11 93.13%
Sonoran Sky 11 92.95%
Sunset Ridge 5 96.32%
Villa de Paz 6 96.15%
Westwind 16 92.45%

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


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