Dear Staff,

OUR HISTORY IS OUR STRENGTH - Learning about women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries.

March is National Women’s History Month and it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the barriers that women have overcome and to celebrate what they have accomplished throughout our nation’s history.

Accounts of the lives of individual women are critically important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman "can do." The stories of women’s lives, the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements, challenges, stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish today.

There is a real power in hearing women’s stories, both personally and in a larger context. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments inspires today’s generations and opens the way to the future.

Below are resources that will help your students recognize and celebrate the many ways that women’s history has become woven into the fabric of our national story.


On Saturday, the Pendergast Education Foundation held their third annual Golf Tournament. Thanks to all of our community partners for "BEE-lieving" in us!

To find out more about the Pendergast Education Foundation and what they do for our staff and students, please visit their website at -

Pendergast Elementary School District neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented above. The distribution of this information is provided as a community service.



Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's Kindergarten Readines Event a huge success!

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


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Last April, Pendergast added another layer of safety to our schools and district by rolling out the Quick Tip help line. It is located on the District homepage or the app can be downloaded for easy access. The system is available 24/7 and can be completely anonymous or the caller can leave contact information, whichever is preferred. The information is connected directly to school administrators to assist in working though any type of situation. The Quick Tip line is another way to help keep our schools safe so we can all focus on an outstanding educational experience for our students. We thank you for your assistance with this important safety measure.

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Interested applicants should submit the following information to

1. Your Project Title:

2. Request Amount:

3. Total Project Amount:

4. How many students will your project serve:

5. Program Description:

- What your project is:
- Who your project will serve (include grade levels and any special needs students):
- How will your project benefit students:
- Why is your project important:

6. What will you be using Phoenix Suns Charities funds for, specifically?

7. How will you proceed with this project if you only receive partial funding? Are there components that are more critical than others?

8. Please itemize the components and corresponding costs



Educational Services

Apply Now! Summer School Program Coordinator Positions Available

Summer School Program Coordinators support the planning, organization and supervision of Kindergarten (incoming Kinders) Jumpstart and Summer School classroom instruction.

A District Summer Program Lead Coordinator is needed:

  • 1 Available Position

Each school site program will be supported by a Summer Program Site Coordinator.

  • 12 Available Positions

The Summer School program will operate from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at each school site between June 25th - July 19th, 2018. Training will be provided to all Summer School Program employees. More information about the program, position qualifications and the application is linked below. Apply now!

To apply -  select the position you are interested in/see link to application below:

1 position - Lead Summer School/Jumpstart Program Coordinator (certified) >>

12 positions - Site Summer School/Jumpstart Coordinator (certified) >>

Completed applications are due by Friday, March 9, 2018 to:

Rachel Watson  
Educational Services



Financial Services


This week the following Bond Projects were completed:

  • Copper King - Completion of all lighting, water and A/C upgrades
  • Villa de Paz - Phase 1 of classroom renovations has commenced
  • Desert Horizon - Progress is being made on the flat roof project

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




The week of Spring Break, paychecks will be released on Wednesday, March 14th.  Employees who do not receive direct deposit may pick up their paycheck on Wednesday, March 14th at the District Office during the hours of 11 AM to 2 PM.  If you should have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact Lorraine Smith at 772-2225.





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

  • 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 Human Resource office will be closed the week of March 12-16 for Spring Break. Wishing all staff a safe and restful Spring Break!



If you are absent from your position five (5) days or more, you must contact Barb Aquino, Benefits Specialist, at 623-772-2233 to arrange for the proper paperwork to be completed.

The District offers three types of leave of absence.  The particular type of leave that should be requested will be determined by Human Resources and is based on various factors such as length of employment, purpose of the leave and the anticipated duration.

Three Types of Leave:

Family & Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA) - provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons.

Medical Leave of Absence - for employees who have a medical condition which makes them unable to perform the functions of their positions, but do not meet the requirements for a FMLA leave.

General Leave of Absence - for reasons other than FMLA or medical.

Appointments are required.




The Governing Board approved the issuance of Teacher contracts at the Board meeting held on February 6, 2018.  Teacher and Counselor contracts for the 2018-2019 school year were issued through the iVisions portal on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Employees issued a contract have until 4:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018 to accept or reject the contract.

Those who sign/electronically accept the contract offer no later than 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018, shall receive a $150 early signing stipend.  Those who sign in March will not receive a signing stipend.

Any teacher who is not appropriately certified or is currently emergency certified, on an improvement plan or under disciplinary action will not be offered the electronic contract at this time, but may be offered one later in the spring when all processes are complete.

The contracts issued will reflect no increase at this time but have language that will allow for an increase if/when legislative action allows for an increase.  PEER will continue to meet and discuss raises based on legislative action and available funding.  Any such raise will be included in the final PEER agreement.

Psychologists, Other Related Services, Exempt, hourly and Administrators contracts or work agreements will be addressed later this spring.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at (623) 772-2235.




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 >>



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 15 90.63%
Canyon Breeze 10 93.94%
Copper King 11 95.22%
Desert Horizon 12 95.38%
Desert Mirage 13 92.97%
Garden Lakes 12 94.42%
Pendergast 14 93.17%
Rio Vista 7 96.50%
Sonoran Sky 9 95.38%
Sunset Ridge 5 97.06%
Villa de Paz 12 93.85%
Westwind 12 95.47%

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

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