Our Amazing Governing Board!

Dear Staff,

Elections for governing board officers are held during the first board meeting of the New Year. At last week’s governing board meeting, the Pendergast governing board voted Senator Martin Quezada and Susan Serin as school board president and vice-president respectively. I would like to thank Jose Arenas for his service as board president for the past two years. Senator Quezada, an attorney, currently serves as a state senator representing Legislative District #29 in Maryvale and Glendale, and has served as a Pendergast board member since 2011. Susan Serin has served as a board member in Pendergast for the past 30 years! Both are active as community volunteers and educational advocates.

Additionally, at the meeting, we welcomed our newest member, Alan Gaugert, who was appointed to the board to assume the vacancy created when Ruben Gutierrez moved out of the district.



Grant Amount: $2500, with an opportunity to win up to $100,000

Deadline to submit information: Friday, February 23, 2018 (Round 1) There will be three subsequent chances to submit your application this year, so if you miss this round, there will be two more chances!

Details: Each Winner will be awarded a $2,500 credit to be used solely and only for classroom purposes through Adopt A Classroom

Interested in Applying? Please reply to this email and provide:

  1. Your program details  (Describe who, what, where, when - and I will polish the proposal for final submission.)
  2. Once your proposal is submitted, encourage everyone you know to vote for your proposal here. Popular proposals go on to be considered for $100,000 in funding!

Example of a winning proposal: Grant recipient, Lynn Berens was able to use Thank America’s Teachers $2,500 grant to purchase point and shoot cameras for 5th grade students at Castle Elementary. The purchase of these cameras have supported students with multimedia projects and to learn technology and related computer skills. Photographs taken have been used as a tool to allow students to express themselves creatively. Student photography has also provided visual prompts for creative writing, math situations, and environmental exploration. Lastly, students have been able to capture their year in school with memories of friends and building-wide activities.


As a follow-up to the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference, a series of resource nights will be held for parents and educators to learn what resources are available to them in the community.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Pendergast Community Center
10550 West Mariposa Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85037

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Pinnacle High School
3535 East Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, Arizona 85050

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
East Valley Location TBD

For more information, please visit SpeakUpStandUpSaveALife.com >>


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



Thursday, January 25, 2018
Villa de Paz Elementary School
4940 N 103rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037
5:00pm – 6:00 pm

In November 2016, voters approved the Pendergast Elementary School District $59.9 million bond which benefits our students and campuses with various construction and improvement projects.

You are invited to view the recent restroom renovations at Villa de Paz, and receive an update on the progress of all other construction projects, technology, and transportation purchases.  Joanne Fimbres, the Chief Financial Officer for the district will provide the bond updates and share the accomplishments that have occurred with your bond dollars.

We value our community input and support and hope to see you at this important event.



Leadership West is excited to announce their third West-X Summit, Disruption - Personal and professional moments that are breaking the mold.

This is a highly engaging leadership conversation that will provoke, encourage and inspire. Join with other leaders in the West Valley to take your leadership to the next level.



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 Arizona Coyotes are excited to offer Daycare Family Night! This special ticket package is a chance to enjoy a night of hockey with family and friends as the Coyotes take on the Oilers.

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, dmcgloughlin@pesd92.org, 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


This week the following Bond Projects were completed:

Transportation – Three New Trucks for Maintenance Use

Desert Mirage - New Playground and additional wood chips

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



Due to the latest update in the 2018 Federal Tax Tables,  you may notice an increase in the amount of your paycheck. As a reminder, if you would like to make an adjustment to your tax withholding, changes can be made via the iVisions portal.



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 >>



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


Timing matters when it comes to deductibles. Understanding when yours resets and how to check your balance may help you avoid cost surprises when using your UnitedHealthcare benefits.

Our benefits run on a calendar year (January 1 - December 31), so every January 1st, your deductible is set back to zero, and you start over meeting your deductible.

You can view your deductible balance at any time at www.myuhc.com or by downloading the Health4Me mobile app.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Benefits Specialist at 623-772-2233.



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 4 96.88%
Canyon Breeze 7 94.70%
Copper King 11 94.00%
Desert Horizon 15 92.79%
Desert Mirage 10 93.24%
Garden Lakes 4 97.67%
Pendergast 5 96.95%
Rio Vista 12 92.50%
Sonoran Sky 4 97.44%
Sunset Ridge 7 94.85%
Villa de Paz 12 92.31%
Westwind 7 96.70%

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 kpohlmeyer@pesd92.org.

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