Dear Staff,

It's hard to bee-lieve, but we've arrived at the end of another school year. What better time to take a few minutes to reflect back on the past ten months and take stock of what we've been able to do and what that means as we look ahead to the 2017-2018 school year.

The commitment, contributions and passion of everyone in Pendergast is truly remarkable. There are so many accomplishments, it's difficult to capture them all, but they are evident in the success that our students and families experience which would not have been possible without the support of our amazing staff.

Thank you all for everything you have done and will continue to do to create a better future for our students. There is no other profession that so directly shapes the world of tomorrow like education.

I would also like to thank everyone who participated in the Superintendent's Certified and Classified Councils this year. Your input and participation was valued! All meetings are finished for this school year. If you are interested in participating in the 2017/18 school year on either Council, please let your principal know.

Have an amazing summer!



Congratulations to the eligible staff members who have perfect attendance for the 2017-18 school year! Eligible staff members have been sent an individual invite to the celebration. If you did not receive an invite and think you have perfect attendance, please contact Patti Tussey at Human Resources.

If you received an invite, please CONFIRM with Human Resources that you do in fact have perfect attendance and will sign a formal statement on Friday agreeing that you were here every day. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!


Also, one certified and one classified staff member with PERFECT ATTENDANCE will win a weekend trip to Rocky Point and $1000 spending money.

Date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: Pendergast Learning Center

All are welcome to join the fun and light refreshments will be served!

Eligible Staff:

  • Amberlea - 1
  • Canyon Breeze - 4
  • Copper King - 4
  • Desert Horizon - 5
  • Desert Mirage - 3
  • Garden Lakes - 3
  • Pendergast - 2
  • Rio Vista - 7
  • Sonoran Sky - 3
  • Sunset Ridge - 1
  • Villa De Paz - 8
  • Westwind - 3
  • District Staff - 8
  • Classified - 13

A huge thank you to the Pendergast Education Foundation for supporting these prizes and to Sands Chevrolet for partnering with Pendergast!

Sands Chevrolet has been a part of the community since 1934, and we are very pleased to be a part of the end of year perfect attendance celebration, where a very deserving Pendergast Elementary School District employee will win a brand new 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan.

Also, some exciting news: All educators, administrators, faculty and support staff who work in the Pendergast Elementary School District, along with your spouse and dependent children, are eligible for the GM Educator Discount Program, where you receive the GM Supplier Discount on a new 2017 or 2016 Chevrolet purchase or lease, along with most current offers. More details are at WWW.GMEDUCATORDISCOUNT.COM.

Please call Alan Ray, Commercial/Fleet Sales Manager at 623-474-9393 to set up a convenient time to experience a new Chevrolet car or truck. We are located on Grand Ave., one block north of Bethany Home Road.




This intensive seven weekend academy for new and aspiring principals has been designed to meet the challenges of the new millennium. The focus is on developing and refining applied leadership and management skills required of principals at the elementary, middle grades and high school levels.

B.E.E.S. provides the application of theory for site administrators. Seminars, workshops and interactive sessions feature educational administration experts and experienced practicing school principals.

The institute offers 70 hours of instruction over 7 weekend sessions, Friday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The extensive course syllabus and materials provided to participants are exceptional resources for ongoing reference and career planning.

REGISTRATION: $1,700 (A limited number of scholorships may be available. Please contact Dr. Matos DeBlieux for more information) *Includes snacks both days and lunch on Saturday


Participants will earn 70 hours for re-certification from NAU.

DIRECTORS: Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Superintendent, Pendergast Elementary School District & Dora Barrio, Chief Academic Officer, Pendergast Elementary School District

Find Out More About the B.E.E.S. Institute | B.E.E.S. Institute Registration Form


Educational Services


The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) has granted PESD 2,000 FREE student admissions as part of The World of Musical Journeys School Tour Program. The MIM is currently scheduling Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 field trips. Field trip options are attached.

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 May 26, 2017.

  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 Students Attending
  6. Approximate Number of Chaperones Attending
  7. 1st Date Choice
  8. 2nd Date Choice
  9. 3rd Date Choice
  10. Tour Start Time (Field trip times are 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.)
  11. Tour Type

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

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. Please email Rachel Watson ( or Jennifer Cruz ( if you have additional questions.

School and Youth Options >>

Human Resources


All benefit-eligible employees MUST go through the Visions Portal to select their benefits for the 2017-18 school year.


Prescriptions will go through the Value Pharmacy Network (mail order will still be through OptumRX). In order to have your prescriptions covered, you must have it filled at a Value Pharmacy Network location. Those are:

  • Walgreens
  • Fry's Food and Drug
  • Walmart
  • Sam's Club

Non-network claims will not be covered, and you would be responsible for the full price of your medication. If you fill prescriptions at CVS, Costco, Albertson's, Safeway, Bashas's, Food City, K-Mart, etc., you will want to transfer them to a participating Value Pharmacy Network location by July 1, 2017.

For more information, please contact Barb Aquino, Benefits Specialist, at 623-772-2233.




Please view the link below for information regarding the changes to our medical plan with UnitedHealthcare.

Get benefits that make it easier to focus on your health, not your health care >>

For more information, please contact Barb Aquino, Benefits Specialist, at 623-772-2233.




The District will begin working the 4 day/10-hour, work week schedule during the week of June 5, 2017 (the week after Memorial Day) through the week of July 21, 2017 (the last 10 hour Thursday is July 20, 2017 with Friday, July 21, 2017 scheduled as a non-work day.

In addition, the 4th of July Holiday is on a Tuesday - We will exchange Monday July 3, 2017 as the scheduled non-work day that week (rather than the Friday). The work schedule will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 5, 6 and 7, 2017) (10 hours each day).



This information is for employees who have resigned effective at the end of the school year - PTO INSURANCE EXCHANGE / PTO REIMBURSEMENT

Our district policy states that certified staff members who resign at the end of their current contract have the option of using five (5) days of unused paid time off to pay for health insurance through July 31. This extra month of coverage extends to the employee only.

PTO Insurance Request Form >>

Pursuant to district policy, Pendergast provides for reimbursement of unused paid time off to those employees who have been employed five (5) years or more. The percentage of pay is based on the guest teacher daily rate of pay, which is $90 per day, and your years of service with the district.

PTO Reimbursement Form >>

Please complete the form that corresponds with your request(s) and return to Barb Aquino, Benefits Specialist, for processing. For direct questions, please call 623-772-2233.




Annually, teachers may request a transfer to another school for the following school year. In order to be eligible, a teacher must fill out the Transfer Form >>

  • Complete your form, acquire your current supervisor's signature, make a copy for your records and submit the form to Human Resources.

Teachers are eligible to submit a request through June 5, 2017.

PESD92 2017-2018 Job Postings >>


If you choose, you may wear jeans provided you make a $5 donation every Friday you choose to wear jeans.

Donations to the Foundation can now be made ONLINE >>

Cash or checks can also be made payable to the Pendergast Community Education Foundation and can be given to your site/department supervisor or principal. You are welcome to pay in advance.

  • Jeans must be tasteful, no tears, rips or worn areas and no leggings.
  • Participation in Dress Down Friday is optional.

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.

Teacher Attendance Report

  Weekly Absences % Attendance
Amberlea 6 97.0%
Canyon Breeze 3 98.5%
Copper King 10 95.6%
Desert Horizon 9 96.5%
Desert Mirage 5 97.3%
Garden Lakes 5 97.7%
Pendergast 11 93.9%
Rio Vista 0 100.0%
Sonoran Sky 4 97.6%
Sunset Ridge 6 96.3%
Villa de Paz 2 99.0%
Westwind 10 96.6%


Stay Connected to Pendergast

Pendergast LogoPendergast Employee Calendar 2016-17

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.

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May's Pledge Theme is Be Helpful! The Crew is recognizing and honoring teachers.

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Pendergast LogoGrant & Funding Opportunities

Apply for a Grant!

Here is a roundup of educational grants aimed at helping students, classrooms and schools.

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Pendergast LogoDistrict Calendar for the 2017-18 School Year

The district calendar for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year has been approved!

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