Celebrate American Heart Month

Dear Staff,

Get to the heart of your health because February is American Heart Month! Heart disease is a serious problem for both men and women. The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent.

Below are some great articles:

Remember...you can't "BEAT" a healthy heart!


Please help me welcome our new employees for the 2017-2018 school year!

  • Anderson, Heather, Instructional Assistant K-3 - Villa de Paz
  • Arrieta, Cyan, Instructional Assistant K-3 MOWR - Sonoran Sky
  • Awawdeh, Sanaeh, Instructional Assistant Student Specific - Villa de Paz
  • Bennett, Tonya, 5th Grade - Desert Horizon
  • Felix, Makahla, Instructional Assistant K-3 MOWR - Sonoran Sky
  • Flores, Nora, Office Assistant II - Amberlea
  • Garcia, Marlenne, Instructional Assistant SPED - Amberlea
  • Goekler, Windy, Instructional Assistant K-3 MOWR - Sonoran Sky
  • Griego, Genevieve, Instructional Assistant K-3 MOWR - Amberlea
  • Holguin, Selena, Playground Assistant - Villa de Paz
  • Jauregui, Herminia, General Helper - Maintenance
  • Mazon, Mia, Instructional Assistant SPED - Canyon Breeze
  • Parra, Mariana, Instructional Assistant SPED - Canyon Breeze
  • Redfern, Candice, SPED Preschool - Desert Mirage

Arizona Capital Times Article: Real Public Education Crisis is Leadership, Not Funding >>

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Bins are on our campuses year round!  We appreciate the support of the schools and community!  Here is a receipt for you to use for tax purposes if you have donated to the bins!

Receipt >>



The February Teachers’ Lounge will be held on Tuesday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Fuego (9118 W. Van Buren in Tolleson).

This month’s featured speaker will be a tax expert who will give tax tips for 2018.

February Teachers' Lounge RSVP >>

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Lorenzo Sierra, Avondale City Councilman, at 480-242-9673.



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.



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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Desert Ridge Junior High
10211 East Madero Avenue
Mesa, Arizona 85209

For more information, please visit SpeakUpStandUpSaveALife.com >>




Interested applicants should complete the following three questions as thoroughly as possible and submit to jstambaugh@pesd92.org.

  1. Please describe the program you are requesting funds for in detail. What will you be using Phoenix Suns Charities funds for, specifically?
  2. How many students will this grant serve?
  3. How will you proceed with this project if you only receive partial funding? Are there components that are more crucial than others? If so, please itemize the components and corresponding costs.

DUE: MARCH 30, 2018 BY 5:00pm





  • Matific is an online K-6 math resource is here to help you meet your math challenges every day.
  • Join the Matific Math Games from February 14 through to 28th to show the world your students are math champions!
  • To be in the running to win the grand prize of $15,000 cash for your school rally your teachers and students together to play Matific, collect stars, learn math and achieve epic greatness!


  • February 14-20: Join the warm-up
  • February 21-28: Let the games begin!


  • Any school with Kindergarten through 6th grade students in the US.


  • Over $50,000 in cash and prizes with a cash grand prize of $15,000!


Play Matific - Collect stars. Your challenge is to finish with the highest average number of stars collected.

Please respond to jstambaugh@pesd92.org to register for the competition today!




Apply now to receive up to $2,000 in professional development scholarship money over three years. Professional development must support certificated teacher in gaining additional credentials and/or certifications in math, science, technology, engineering or career and technical education.

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an Arizona certified teacher with a current contract at an Arizona public school;
  • Pursue professional development at a regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution in Arizona;
  • Add additional credentials and/or certifications in math, science, technology, engineering or career and technical education; and
  • Agree to teach in a public school in Arizona for three years after completing the coursework or program.

Please email jstambaugh@pesd92.org to apply TODAY.




Registration is open for the Matific Math Games! Matific is an online K to 6 math resource proven to help increase math test scores. We are excited to support this initiative. Matific provides inquiry based math support for elementary teachers and is available in 27 different languages. Perfect for dual immersion schools. The Matific Games are free to enter and designed to encourage a love of math and a positive growth mindset in your students.

The Games kick off on February 14, 2018, with a one week warm up. Students will collect stars by playing fun Matific math activities. The schools, classrooms and students with the highest average number of stars collected will go in the running to win a share of over $50,000 in cash and prizes. One school will even take home a grand prize of $15,000 cash!

Any school with students from K to 6 in the US is eligible to compete. All you have to do to ensure your are in the running to win is register your school today!

Register Your School >>




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.


Summer Agricultural Institute (SAI)

SAI is a five-day, traveling tour designed to teach all K-12 teachers about food and fiber production and help them incorporate that knowledge in the classroom curriculum. SAI combines hands-on learning about agriculture with practical curriculum development.

SAI provides participants with free classroom materials that are aligned to Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. Participants will visit a variety of agricultural operations, spend an entire day at the University of Arizona's research farm, visit schools with active agriculture education programs, and spend an afternoon with a modern-day farming or ranching family.

The 28th SAI will be held Monday, June 4 thru Friday, June 8, 2018. We will begin in the Phoenix area and travel south to the hearty lands of Cochise County visiting agricultural industries along the way.

There is no cost to apply for SAI, but you must be accepted to participate. Apply by March 1 and only pay $85, if you are accepted. Apply after March 1 and pay $125. Accepted applicants will need to provide payment by May 25.

  • What have teachers said about SAI?
  • "An educationally jam-packed week!"
  • "Volumes of information - I'm glad it was fast paced."
  • "Tiring, but very educational!"
  • "Amazing, fast-paced, and informative."
  • "Long, but very intensive about learning how agriculture works."
  • "Packed with interesting info, extremely valuable, exhausting, not to be missed!"

Visit http://cals.arizona.edu/agliteracy/SAI to find more information, such as answers to frequently asked questions, quotes from past participants, resources provided over the years, and a list of tours from the past 25+ years.

Be sure to visit their updated Details webpage. There you’ll see a timeline of events for applying and when to expect what - if you are accepted to participate.

Contact Brandon Moak (BMoak@cals.arizona.edu) with any questions.




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 >>




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



Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning

February 12: Teachers, you are invited to one of the ‘coolest’ STEM events! Night of the Open Door, hosted by ASU, is a large scale event with activities and ‘demos’ in nearly every possible engineering field. Teachers gain knowledge in engineering and math. They experience activities geared toward innovative instruction, which can be applied to K-8 instruction! We recommend this February 24th event in Tempe.

Event Details >>



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 >>



School Improvement and Program Development

PESD has 1,000 FREE student admissions to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) remaining. The MIM currently has mid-April and May dates available.

MIM Field Trip Options >>

Rachel Watson is the contact person between PESD and the MIM.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this amazing opportunity, please email the following information to Rachel Watson at rwatson@pesd92.org on or before February 28, 2018.

  1. School Name
  2. Name of Teacher Organizing MIM Field Trip
  3. Arriving Teacher's Cell Phone Number
  4. Grade Level
  5. Approximate Number of Chaperones Attending
  6. 1st Date Choice
  7. 2nd Date Choice
  8. 3rd Date Choice
  9. Tour Start Time (Field trip times are 9:30 am or 11:00 am)
  10. Tour Type

Please check with Transportation before sending the information to ensure they can accommodate the dates you would like to go.

The MIM grant covers the cost of chaperones at a 5:1 ratio for elementary and 10:1 ratio for secondary.   

The MIM School Tour Coordinator will send you a confirmation email with additional information when your trip has been scheduled.



Financial Services


This week the following Bond Projects were completed:

Completion of Bathroom Renovations at Desert Horizon


Completion of Bathroom Renovations at Garden Lakes


Completion of Bathroom Renovations at Villa de Paz

Human Resources


CLICK HERE for more information and downloadable apps.


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 16, 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 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.


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 8 95.15%
Copper King 14 93.91%
Desert Horizon 21 91.92%
Desert Mirage 15 91.89%
Garden Lakes 7 96.74%
Pendergast 13 93.66%
Rio Vista 16 92.00%
Sonoran Sky 4 97.95%
Sunset Ridge 10 94.12%
Villa de Paz 12 93.85%
Westwind 17 93.58%

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.

Order Online >>

Pendergast LogoPast Bee in the Know


Past Editions >>