Dear Staff,

Today, we honor of all those who lost their lives on 9/11 and our first responders and military who continue to protect us from foreign and domestic threats.

There were 110 floors and 2,071 steps in the Twin Towers. On Friday, September 8, our 8th Grade Superintendent's Student Council remembered the bravery of those who lost their lives on 9/11 by joining hundreds of people in stadiums across Arizona by taking the journey of 2,071 steps and completing the 911 Tower Challenge at Gila River Arena.

Tim Ramsey, 7th grade teacher at Westwind, shared with me "The Healing Power of Children," the first story he had published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book (Teacher Tales, 2009).

"I read it to my college students yesterday - most of them were in preschool when the Towers went down," Tim said, "I plan on reading it to my seventh graders. They were born four years after the attacks."

The Healing Power of Children by Tim Ramsey >>

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

Please help the 8th Grade Superintendent Student Council and the Pendergast Education Foundation SOCK IT to Hurricane Harvey by supporting the Houston Flood Relief Sock Drive. New socks in all sizes will be collected at Pendergast school sites from now until September 29th and will benefit the students of the Houston Independent School District who have been affected by the floods.

Monetary donations can also be made to the Pendergast Education Foundation >>

Also, all jean money donations made in the month of September will be donated the the Houston Flood Relief. Thank you all in advance for your support of this great cause and helping out a fellow school district in need!

Cash or checks can be made payable to the Pendergast Community Education Foundation and can be given to your site/department supervisor or principal. Donations to the Foundation can now be made ONLINE >>

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

YEAR UP - Connects young adults who need opportunity with companies who need their talent.

Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year.

This is an amazing opportunity for students. For more information, please visit or contact Kim Owen at 602-483-3199.


Financial scholarships to support eligible individuals in completing a credential, associate degree, or bachelor's degree in early childhood education or related field.

Find Out More | Scholarship Application Process



The Partnership Grant makes tuition even more affordable. This grant is available to all current employees who are ready to start a master's degree, specialist or doctoral degree, or graduate certificate program at American College of Education.

Find Out More >>

In addition to providing tuition discounts, American College of Education (ACE) is raffling five $250 Target gift cards to educators. Entrants simply have to fill out the short form at There is no purchase necessary. To be eligible for the drawing, enter by Friday, September 29, 2017.



Bond Projects


Bathroom renovations have begun at Desert Horizon, Villa de Paz and Garden Lakes.

Also, the District has placed an order for two 84 passenger buses and one 43 passenger bus.


Guidance and Student Support Services

This week’s Skill of the Week is Accepting a Consequence. Here is video you may share that illustrates the steps, the rationales, and some discussion questions.



School Improvement & Program Development

The American Dream Academy (ADA) would like to invite PESD #92 to our Future Sun Devil Family Day (FSDF) on Saturday, September 16th at our Downtown Phoenix Campus. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to look at the future and see what Arizona State University (ASU) has to offer in terms of College Readiness, Information on How to Pay for College and even chat with us about ASU traditions.


We are willing to credit you back on transportation up to $125.00! This credit will apply to schools and districts who have arranged transportation for students and parents and want to participate in our event, and whose schools have an agreement on file to offer the ADA program at their campus this academic year. ADA will be responsible for up to 3 busses maximum and will offer this credit to the first 12 schools/districts that calls for registration:

Call: 480-965-6060 or email:

You can also request copies of flyers to hand out to parents or even reproduce the attached FSDF Flyer and hand them out at your school.

Feel free to click on the attached flyer for more information about our free event! Link to flyer:



Human Resources


My Nurse Line-Care 24 provides access to a team of registered nurses that can assist anytime-day or night, seven days a week.

Answers to your medical questions are just a phone call away, resulting in fewer visits to urgent care or the emergency room.

Find Out More >>



The Prescription Drug List (PDL) contains the most commonly prescribed medications on your pharmacy plan. Drugs are listed by common categories or classes and placed in tiers that represent the cost you pay. This makes it easier for you and your doctor to find other options to help you save money.

Find Out More >>



Remember to fill your prescriptions at a participating Value Pharmacy Network location:

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

For questions, please contact the Benefits Specialist at 623-772-2233



By registering on, you can find the answers to your health and benefits questions and the information you need in one easy-to-use, convenient location online. Registration is quick and easy.

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MOM is coming.... Mobile On-site Mammography coming to the Pendergast Learning Center on September 14th, 20th and 21st.


Since 1990, Mobile On-Site Mammography has been dedicated to the early detection of Breast Cancer by providing mobile mammography screening services to women where they work and live in the cities and rural communities.

Dates and Times >>

Schedule your appointment now!



WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
WHERE: Pendergast Learning Center (PLC) at 3841 N. 91st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85037

WHEN: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
WHERE: Pendergast Community Center (PCC) at 10550 W. Mariposa Street, Phoenix, AZ 85037

Find Out More >>



The deadline for submitting official transcripts for Salary Advancement is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th, 2017.


  • Previously submitted the intent to advance form (deadline was March 10, 2017)
  • Receipt of your transcripts prior to deadline, September 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm
  • Educational credits are verified as eligible and you have a minimum of 15 credits to move one column on the salary schedule (exception: BA to MA or BA+15 to MA)

All verified advancements will be forwarded to Payroll by the week of October 2, 2017.

For questions, please contact the HR Office at 2235.



During the summer months, the Sick Leave & PTO policy was revised to be in compliance with Proposition 206. We want to take this opportunity now that all employees have returned and our new hires all have access, to share the policy language with you.

The policy was revised to include the statute language of the proposition and add some reason that are valid to use PTO/Sick Leave (also pursuant to the statute). However, in general, since the District already provides employees with more days that the Proposition required, our accrual, request process and payout process have not changed as part of this revision.

Please Review the Policy >>



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 96.09%
Canyon Breeze 4 96.97%
Copper King 1 99.50%
Desert Horizon 6 97.12%
Desert Mirage 8 94.59%
Garden Lakes 7 95.93%
Pendergast 9 94.51%
Rio Vista 3 98.13%
Sonoran Sky 0 100.00%
Sunset Ridge 3 97.79%
Villa de Paz 2 98.72%
Westwind 8 96.43%

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 LogoGrant & Funding Opportunities

Apply for a Grant!

Here is a roundup of educational grants aimed at helping students, classrooms and schools, including the AZ Diamondbacks Give Back School Challenge!

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Pendergast LogoThe Calm Classroom Initiative

FREE mindfulness training tools for every teacher.

"If every 8 year old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation." - Dalai Lama

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Pendergast LogoPast Bee in the Know


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