Dear Staff,

This past week, I had the pleasure of presenting Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life information with 4 members of the 8th Grade Superintendent's Student Council at the National Conference on Education in Nashville, TN. Throughout the trip, our students made quite an impression on everyone they talked to, while representing the Pendergast Elementary School District.

For example, on the way to Nashville, we had a layover in Dallas. While there, our students struck up a conversation with a flight attendant Danni Blue who was waiting to fly out on different flight. Ms. Blue was so moved by this interaction, she emailed me the message below.

Ms. DeBlieux,

My name is Danni Blue, I’m an American Airlines flight attendant. Today in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport I had the privilege of being randomly approached by one of your amazing Stand up, Speak Up, Save a Life student representatives heading to Nashville. I'm so grateful for this moment to see these young people shine, proud of what they were doing and where they were going.

I didn’t catch this young lady’s name, but I thank her for the bravery to approach me in wanting to share this beautiful movement.

I will wear your District’s bracelet with pride.

Thank you to the District, teachers, counselors, local supporters, and students for sharing in such important issues that do change lives. KUDOS

Always a friend,

Danni Blue
AA Flight Attendant, PHL


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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.




Interested applicants should complete the following three questions as thoroughly as possible and submit to

  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




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 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 ( with any questions.





Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning

ELA Curriculum Cadre Recommends Handwriting and Writing Curriculum Resources:

Our ELA Curriculum Cadre, composed of almost 50 teachers from across the district, used a rubric to evaluate handwriting and writing curriculum resources. This cadre’s review led them to recommend Handwriting without Tears, Being a Writer (K-5), and Write from the Beginning and Beyond (6-8). These recommended curriculum resources are displayed in our Governing Board Room and will be presented to our Board for possible adoption later this Spring.

ASU’s Night of the Open Door:

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. See event details at this link:

AzMERIT/AIMS Science Schedule:

We have made adjustments to the AzMERIT/AIMS Science testing schedule based on the feedback from the practice test and from the most recent Assistant Principals meeting. The link here will take you to the approved testing schedule.  If you have any questions, please see your Assistant Principal or email us at



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 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:

New Truck for Maintenance Use


Cargo Van for Warehouse Use





Please mark your calendars and prepare for the following requisition end of the year cut off dates.

  • 2/28/18   M&O Teacher Discretionary must be spent by 3/30/18
  • 3/05/18   Bond (632) & Capital (610)
  • 3/30/18   M & O (001)
  • 4/27/18   All other funds:  525,526,530; 850
  • 5/11/18   Warehouse requisitions

Please feel free to contact the Purchasing Department with any questions: (623)772-2218 or


Human Resources

The #1 Cause of Workplace Injuries - Slips, Trips and Falls

Keep yourself and others injury-free by:

  • cleaning up all spills immediately
  • marking spills and wet areas
  • mopping or sweeping debris from floors
  • removing obstacles, such as backpacks, from walkways
  • closing file cabinets or storage drawers
  • wearing appropriate footwear
  • focus on where you are walking and not your cellphone

Practice good housekeeping and be mindful of your surroundings.




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 >>




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.


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 96.88%
Canyon Breeze 14 91.52%
Copper King 12 94.80%
Desert Horizon 7 97.31%
Desert Mirage 17 90.81%
Garden Lakes 8 96.28%
Pendergast 3 98.54%
Rio Vista 2 99.00%
Sonoran Sky 4 97.95%
Sunset Ridge 10 94.12%
Villa de Paz 7 96.41%
Westwind 20 92.45%

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 >>