Dear Staff,

I hope that each of you spent time with loved ones and had plenty of laughter. It is so hard to bee-lieve that December is right around the corner! Although Winter Recess begins on December 22, there is still so much happening around the district.

I Love Public Education

The AASA I Love Public Education Photo Contest is officially underway. Students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members of all ages are invited to enter the photo contest for a chance to win up to $1,000 at

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. 

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




Give yourself a gift this holiday season!  Order your very own Pendergast Polo Shirt now! Available in a variety of colors for only $21.75 + tax, each with a customized PESD logo for your department or school.

Orders must be placed online and purchased with a personal credit card.  They will be shipped to the location of your choice.  Follow the steps on the link below.

Please call Kerry Pohlmeyer at 623-772-2206 or email any questions





GREAT NEWS - Grand Canyon University (GCU) has scholarships available to those who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree. With increasing interest from education professionals, we are now offering degree programs in an online cohort option for our comprehensive undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs. This will be the last of 2017!  We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to achieve your academic and career objectives.

GCU Master of Education programs are being offered at a discount of 20% just $395 per credit hour.

This is a limited time offer. Contact Trisha Reed-Denmon today at 602-733-0612 or for more information.


You can become a certified teacher in Arizona in less time! By obtaining an Arizona Intern certificate you can earn your Master of Education degree while immediately working in a high-needs area. If you are already a certified teacher, you can change certification areas while obtaining your master's degree with the Arizona Intern certificate program. The Arizona Intern Certificate covers Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education and Secondary Education programs.

Contact Trisha Reed-Denmon today at 602-733-0612 or for more information.



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.



Risk Management

Safety Tips:

With the Holiday's just around the corner please remember these safety tips for your classroom.

Holiday Lights:

Holiday lights are not permitted in the classroom. We often find these strung from ceiling tile grids, thumb tacked to bulletin boards or suspended across a room. Damaged insulation and excessive stress on wires can cause electric faults and fires.

Classroom Decorations:

Personalizing classrooms is a long time tradition in most schools, but maintaining a safe learning environment should not be compromised. Paper decorations and student artwork should be limited to 20% or less of the wall area and should never cover exit signs or exit doorways. Use flame retardant decorations whenever possible.

Decorations and plants should not be suspended from the ceiling or ceiling tile grid. In some cases these may fall during an emergency and delay exit access. Equally important, students and staff often climb on chairs and tables creating a serious fall exposure. Decorations and plants should be mounted within reach of the floor for easy and safe access. Never hang anything from fire sprinkler heads!

Human Resources




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 4 93.75%
Canyon Breeze 5 92.42%
Copper King 2 97.83%
Desert Horizon 3 97.12%
Desert Mirage 1 98.65%
Garden Lakes 3 96.51%
Pendergast 1 98.78%
Rio Vista 0 100%
Sonoran Sky 3 96.15%
Sunset Ridge 5 92.65%
Villa de Paz 3 96.15%
Westwind 6 94.34%

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 >>

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