Dear Staff,

National School Choice Week is January 21-27 and as we begin the second half of the 2017-2018 school year, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate the successes of Arizona public schools. Because of your hard work and dedication, public schools continue to be the number one educational choice of parents across the state.

Even with the multitude of K-12 educational options - more choices than any other state in the United States - parents of more than eight out of ten students in Arizona choose to send their children to local public schools.

Recent research confirms what we have long known instinctively: Families have deep pride, and a sense of commitment, ownership and responsibility to the schools they choose for their children. In the Pendergast Elementary School District, we celebrate that choice, commitment and vote of confidence, and take very seriously the responsibility that comes with it.

Families choose Pendergast schools because our amazing staff offers unique and excelling educational prorogams. Also, excellent education options close to home are not only convenient, but essential to many of our families.

Today's parents have a choice - and I want to thank you for all that you do and for BEE-lieving in our 10,000 students.


Congratulations to Westwind who was awarded a $5000.00 Lowe's Toolkit for Education Grant for their Westwind Community Garden! This will be an amazing opportunity for students, parents and teachers.


This year's Stand Up Speak Up Save A Life Conference was a tremendous success! Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for making it an event to remember.


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



The first Teachers’ Lounge of 2018 will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Fuego (9118 W. Van Buren in Tolleson).

This month’s featured speaker is Paul Barton, President of Phoenix Public Speaking. He will show teachers the power of “Making a Great First Impression.”

January Teachers' Lounge RSVP >>

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 480-242-9673.



The start of a new year is always exciting at GBS Books (formerly Gardner’s Books).  They are opening the 2018 Barbara Park Memorial Literacy Grant. They also have some exciting professional development workshops on the calendar, including January’s special guest Kennedy Center teaching artist Cynthia Elek and February’s Comics 101 event.  Read Across America is ramping up and many more opportunities are available to you.

Find Out More >>




Educational Services

Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning Opportunities! Find Out More >>


Westside Impact Innovations Proposals (Grants for Teachers!) DUE on January 26, 2018!

The Westside Impact Innovative Innovation Proposal Program is a competitive process, providing funding for teachers to design and implement exciting learning events that enhance and enrich the classroom experience.  All proposals must be a) project based, b) process based, or c) a field test.  They must a) contain higher order thinking skills, b) be aligned to the district’s curriculum map, and c) be appropriate for the grade level being considered.   Deadline for these Round Two applications is January 26, 2018; scoring will be on January 31st. Proposal instructions, applications and rubrics are attached. Contact Dr. Denise McGloughlin,, with any questions or concerns.

Innovation Proposal Instructions - these have been expanded to include Team Proposal requirements & possible resource >>

Independent Proposal Application >>

Independent Proposal Scoring Rubric >>

Team Proposal Application >>

Team Proposal Scoring Rubric >>



Financial Services


Just a kind reminder to all, by making a tax credit donation, you are helping to make a positive impact in the lives of our students. If you would like to make a tax credit donation or learn more about how tax credits works, please CLICK HERE >>



The following projects were completed over winter break:

  • Garden Lakes – Resurfaced unlevel concrete
  • Villa De Paz- Restripe Parking Lot
  • Desert Mirage-Flat Roof Recoating

We will continue to provide and share updates of projects that are in process and at their completion.



As the calendar year has ended, the Payroll Department would like to inform all staff that the 2017 W-2 forms will be sent to each site, no later than Wednesday January 31st.  The W​-2 forms for substitutes, employees on leave, and employees that have resigned, will be mailed out to the address that we have on file.  

Should there be any questions, please feel free to contact Lorraine or Josette in Payroll.  



Human Resources


There is still time to get vaccinated.

According to the Department of Health Services, cases of the flu doubled in Arizona with 752 cases reported last week alone and 346 cases reported the previous week.

This significant increase brought the number of lab-confirmed cases this flu season to approximately 3,300.

The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent influenza.

If you are on the District medical insurance plan, there is no cost to the member and eligible dependents for preventative services when using a contracted provider.



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 5 96.09%
Canyon Breeze 4 96.97%
Copper King 11 94.02%
Desert Horizon 15 92.79%
Desert Mirage 6 95.95%
Garden Lakes 5 97.09%
Pendergast 10 93.90%
Rio Vista 3 98.13%
Sonoran Sky 4 97.44%
Sunset Ridge 1 99.26%
Villa de Paz 6 96.15%
Westwind 10 95.28%

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 LogoGet Your Pendergast Polo Shirt!

Order your very own Pendergast Polo Shirt now! Available in a variety of colors, 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

Order Online >>

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