Dear Staff,

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.

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



Rogers, Neil - Director of Maintenance


Carr, Shiela - Kindergarten
Dawson, Emily - 7th Grade Math
Flores-Moreno, Azalea - Counselor
Landrum-May, Lisa - 6th Grade English Language Arts
Luttrell, Belinda - Psychologist
Mazzone, Lara - 5th Grade
Robertson, Joseph - Technology
Wheeler, Heather - 7th Grade Science


Danache, Cynthia - Instructional Assistant Development Academics
Garcia de Armenta , Ana - General Helper
Hughes, Kathleen - Instructional Assistant Social Skills
Johnson, LeRoy - Bus Driver Trainee
Madrid, Loreto - Bus Driver Trainee
Ortiz, Anabel - K-3 Instructional Assistant / Playground Assistant
Palacios-Mendoza, Linda - K-3 Instructional Assistant
Silvas, Benito - General Helper
Valdivia, Jesus - HVAC Technician


Ginger, Patrick - Bus Driver Trainee to Bus Driver
Perez, Denise - Human Resource Specialist to Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer


$10,000 and $2,000 ALAS Scholarships for an Advanced Degree in Education

ALAS recognizes Latino administrators for their leadership by providing assistance toward an advanced degree in education. If you are an aspiring superintendent enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a college or university, submit your application for this great opportunity. The recipients will be announced prior to the Summit and recognized at the Friday night banquet. All applicants must be current dues-paying members of ALAS.

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

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

Please contact Jeanne Stambaugh at if you would like to apply for any of the following GRANT OPPORTUNITIES >>



VISION CARE - A free service offering a wealth of benefits for Pendergast Elementary School District employees and their families.

  • Get a FREE eyeglass exam and enjoy the following benefits:
  • $150 savings on your entire purchase
  • Over 2000 styles of designer frames to choose from
  • HD digital and progressive lens options - starting at just $24

Find Out More: Vision Card | Back to School Offer | General Information

Guidance and Student Support Services

This week’s social skill of the week is Working with Others. The lesson plan emphasizes the concept of working with others or working as a team so that students can successfully complete tasks as assigned in class. More importantly, learning the skill of Working with Others will enable them to work successfully with others they encounter in life.

Working With Others Lesson Plans >>

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Here is a link to some resources to promote attendance in your classrooms.


School Improvement and Program Development

Congratulations to Amberlea 3rd grade SEI teacher Kelly Neckels!

Kelly has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Arizona EL Teacher of the Year award. If chosen as the 2017 Arizona English Learner (EL) Teacher of the Year, Kelly will be a representative for statewide EL teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Kelly, thank you for your hard work and dedication to students, your fellow teachers and the Amberlea community.


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.

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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.

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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

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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 >>



SITE Delivery Date Training Date
Villa de Paz 8/12 8/16
Sonoran Sky 8/24 8/24
Rio Vista 8/24 8/24
Copper King 8/29 8/30 (1pm)
Garden Lakes 8/30 8/31 (1pm)
Desert Mirage 8/31 9/1 (1pm)
Amberlea 9/5 9/6 (1pm)
Desert Horizon 9/6 9/7 (1pm)
Canyon Breeze 9/7 9/8 (1pm)
Sunset Ridge 9/12 9/13 (1pm)
Westwind 9/13 9/14 (1pm)
Pendergast 9/14 9/15 (1pm)



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 6 96.25%
Canyon Breeze 2 98.79%
Copper King 5 97.83%
Desert Horizon 7 97.31%
Desert Mirage 3 98.38%
Garden Lakes 2 99.07%
Pendergast 9 95.61%
Rio Vista 5 97.50%
Sonoran Sky 2 98.97%
Sunset Ridge 6 96.47%
Villa de Paz 4 97.95%
Westwind 7 97.50%

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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