Dear Staff,

The Recognition Committee has been hard at work on this year's PESD BEEliever Awards Night. We will continue our Adventures in Pendergast theme by honoring staff for the amazing contributions they have made this year.

The BEEliever Award (an award for any employee or patron of the District) nomination form and FAQ are available here. >>

Award nominations are due by March 2, 2018 to Laura Stockmar in Human Resources. The Recognition Committee will meet and review the nominations, using a scoring rubric to ensure fairness. The winners will be announced through Principals, Department Heads and in Bee in the Know. Be thinking of exemplary staff and community members who go above and BEEyond for our students, families and our communities.

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: The Bee Hive located right behind the Pendergast District Office

Superintendent's Eighth Grade Student Council will be sewing pillows all day! Volunteers needed to cut and sew pillows with a pocket to hold a book for every kindergartner in the district (to be passed out at promotion).

To RSVP and/or to donate fabric, stuffing or thread, please contact Kerry Pohlmeyer ( at the district office.

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



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 >>




Yoobi wanted teachers, schools and administrators to understand exactly HOW they can receive a Yoobi Classroom Pack – so we outlined it in TWO STEPS.

STEP 1: Make sure your classroom qualifies for a classroom pack.

Yoobi supports elementary grade classrooms where at least 70% of the student population is enrolled in the federal free or reduced lunch program. If your classroom is not at an elementary school, or doesn’t quite qualify under the 70% rule – know that this is just the beginning for Yoobi. We hope to reach more classrooms and more grades each year, so please sign up for our teacher email list to get updates on when we will expand our give!

STEP 2: Contact your local Kids in Need Foundation Resource Center

Yoobi donates Classroom Packs through the Kids In Need Foundation’s (KINF) network of Teacher Resource Centers. To receive a Yoobi Classroom Pack, teachers/principals must contact their local KINF resource center. To find your closest KINF resource center, visit their page HERE. If your local resource center is currently out of Classroom Packs, they WILL receive more in the future (because every time a Yoobi item is purchased, a Yoobi item is donated to the KINF network) so keep checking back with your local resource center. If there is no resource center close to you, remember that this is just the beginning for Yoobi! KINF is constantly working to identify new resource centers to reach more classrooms around the country.

Receive a Classroom Pack!

That’s IT! Follow those two steps and YOU can receive a Yoobi Classroom Pack for your classroom. If you have any more questions, email them at




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.


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.

Deadline to purchase - February 16

Find Out More >>



Glendale Workers Receive Life Safety Award





Educational Services

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


Standards Based Grading Advisory Council

As you heard at our January 8th PD, we are calling for teachers and administrators to serve on our Standards Based Grading Advisory Council.  The purpose of this council is to ensure communication with and support of all affected stakeholders as we move to full district-wide implementation of Standards-Based Grading next school year. This council will produce a Pendergast Standards Based Grading Handbook. The process of creating this handbook will include revision of our Pendergast progress reports and report cards to align with our philosophy on Standards-Based Grading.

We are looking for a variety of teachers (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, special area, gifted, special ed.) to serve on this council. If  you would like to make a difference and help in guiding the process, please answer the brief questions at this link to start the application process. Incentive points will be offered to members of this Advisory Council. (Please know we will limit the number of council members in order for this to be a productive group.)


  • Minimum three years teaching experience in Pendergast or experience teaching in another setting using standards based grading.
  • A desire to grow professionally or take on a leadership role.
  • Interest in improving instruction for all students.

Meetings are held from 4:00pm-5:00pm at the PLC on the below dates:

  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 27
  • April 26
  • May 17


Exceptional Student Services


Join us Saturday, February 17 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Pendergast Community Center for the 2nd Annual Special Education Resource Fair.

Come browse the exhibit hall, meet special needs experts, therapists, recreation providers and so much more!

Find Out More >>



"Trauma-informed framework recognizes that our students are struggling with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, self-harm, and suicidal behaviors. Students and adults on campus can be impacted by students who have experienced trauma. By age 16, 2 out of 3 students on average will have experienced a potentially traumatic event such as bullying, divorce, the loss of a parent or loved one, parental incarceration, having a parent deployed, poverty, homelessness, and even witnessing and/or being subjected to abuse. Students who have experienced trauma have higher rates of suspension and unexcused absences and lower rates of graduation. A trauma-informed environment can be applied by schools to help with the individual student experiencing the trauma and as a schoolwide preventative framework. They build resilience by preparing schools to respond to student needs with accessible social, emotional and behavior supports”. ~ Jessica Varney, MPH Maricopa County Department of Public Health


Financial Services


This week the following Bond Projects were completed:

Desert Mirage - Flat Roof Resurfaced


Transportation - New 54 Passenger Special Education Bus


Commenced the HVAC, Lighting and Water Project (Performance Contract) to replace units Districtwide to energy efficient equipment. Project has started with Copper King and will continue into the Fall.

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




The 2017 W-2 forms have been sent to all schools and departments today, Monday the 29th.  Please pick up your W-2 form from your school secretary as soon as possible.  The forms for employees who have resigned, substitutes, and employees on leave will be mailed to the address we have on file.



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.

Human Resources


Teachers are afforded the opportunity to move *one column on the certified salary schedule per school year with the submission of 15 graduate credits (Policy GCI-RA).


With a conferred MA, teachers can move from BA to MA/BA+45 (three- column move)


With a conferred MA, teachers can move from BA+15  to MA/BA+45 (two- column move)

Deadline to submit Notice of Advancement Form is March 10, 2018.

Official transcripts must be submitted to Human Resources on or before September 15, 2018.

Certified Staff Notice of Advancement on Salary Schedule Form >>



Upon the accumulation of 50 Incentive Points, employees can request a $500 Incentive Grant.  In order to qualify for the grant, employees must indicate his/her intent to Human Resources on or before March 10, 2018.  Click on link below to complete the request form.

How are Incentive Points earned? Incentive Points are earned as follows:

  1. You receive two incentive points for each eight (8) hours of unused PTO earned during a school year (If you earn 80 PTO hours in a school year and only use 40, you would earn 10 incentive points for that year). EXAMPLE: Earned 80 hours, Used 40 hours, 40 unused hours divided by 8 = 5 eight hour days - you will earn 2 points for each 8 hour day for a total of 10 incentive points.
  2. Taking a Professional Development Course that has been pre-approved by Educational Services for Incentive Points.  (Note:  Not all professional development courses earn incentive points.  In order to determine if a professional development course is approved for Incentive Points, your course certificate would indicate – good for "X" number of incentive points.)

Incentive Grant Request Form >>



You can earn "increment" toward increases in your hourly wage. An increment is $0.25 increase to your hourly wage for as long as you are employed with the district . Once an increment is earned, it is an increase in your hourly wage even if you transfer to a different position.

For advancement you are required to have 12 credit hours of completed coursework. All coursework for professional growth Must be listed on this form below, for per-approval of the courses.

Verification of satisfactory completion of coursework (Official Transcripts) MUST be submitted to Human Resources Office to Maribel Solano by or before September 14, 2018.

Increment Plan Request Form >>


You have the opportunity to review your job description for job function and/or job requirement changes. You are encouraged to review your job description. If you believe there is a significant change that would impact the responsibility level of your position and would warrant a review of your position.

Support Staff Job Reclassification Request Form >>

Reclassfication request forms are due in HR, Attention Maribel Solano, no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.



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 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 13 91.88%
Canyon Breeze 6 96.36%
Copper King 8 96.52%
Desert Horizon 14 94.62%
Desert Mirage 11 94.05%
Garden Lakes 6 97.21%
Pendergast 9 95.61%
Rio Vista 10 95.00%
Sonoran Sky 10 94.87%
Sunset Ridge 10 94.12%
Villa de Paz 13 93.33%
Westwind 9 96.60%

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 >>

Pendergast LogoPast Bee in the Know


Past Editions >>