IMPORTANT NOTICE: Return to In-Person Learning

Distance LearningMarch 3, 2021

Dear Pendergast Families,

Governor Doug Ducey issued a new Executive Order 2021-04 entitled, "Open for In-Person Learning." To remain in compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders, the Pendergast District will offer an in-person learning option starting Monday, March 22, 2021, immediately following Spring Break. We will send a brief online survey regarding your choice to have your student(s) remain with virtual instruction or attend class in the school building. This information is of vital importance to us to ensure accurate planning and staffing.

It is important that you know we have a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.  However, it may not be possible to have students socially distance on the bus, in classrooms, or in the cafeteria depending on the number of students that come to the in person learning option. Students will be required to wear a mask, wash their hands frequently, and follow staff directions regarding social distancing.

We appreciate your support through this challenging year and look forward to a productive rest of the school year.  We will keep you updated as new information about our school reopening plan is available.


Dr. Jennifer Cruz
Acting Superintendent

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Pendergast Quick Tip

Pendergast Partners in Education logo The Pendergast Quick Tip is a system that allows students, parents, staff and community members to submit information to district administrators anonymously or non-anonymously.

Quick Tip allows authorized district administrators to receive tips at any time and have the ability to respond in a timely manner to issues that impacts the school or individual students.

The reported issues range from peer pressure, threats, depression, weapons, suicide and bullying. Anyone with access to the web or a smartphone has access to Quick Tip.

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Desert Mirage Elementary Fast Facts

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Closed Campus Policy
Please be prepared to do the following:

- Sign in
- Get badge

Upon returning, you will be given your IDENTIFICATION back.

Thank you for your time, patience and flexibility as we continue to provide a safe and orderly environment for your chilldren.

Principal: Matt Williams

Assistant Principal: Jon Mitteness

Desert Mirage Elementary School

8605 W. Maryland Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85305
Phone: (623) 772-2550
Fax: (623) 872-8401
Attendance: (623) 772-2565



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    The Pendergast Governing Board and Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux are grateful for your donation and support of our students, staff, families and community. Thank you for helping to make a positive impact in the lives of the children in Pendergast.

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Desert Mirage News & Updates

  • Desert Mirage Newsletter

    The Bobcat Buzz - March

    Check out the latest edition of the Bobcat Buzz. The Bobcat Buzz is your inside look at everything happening at Desert Mirage Elementary and throughout the Pendergast Elementary School District.

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  • Workshops

    Upcoming Parent & Family Engagement Workshops

    PESD parents and guardians are encouraged to register to attend one or more of these FREE workshop sessions. All workshop sessions will be from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Registration is required to attend.

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    Food and Nutrition School Meals

    The Pendergast Elementary School District Food Services Program is providing meals to students Monday through Friday at all 12 of our school campuses. Students will be offered three different options for picking up their breakfast and lunch. School cafeterias will be offering a morning pick up, mid-day pick up, or a bus route pick up. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at the same time for convenience to our students and families.

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  • Student-Parent Handbook 2020-2021

    The purpose of this handbook is to inform parents and students of the policies, procedures, and operations of the Pendergast Elementary School District. It presents information highlighting district policies and guidelines necessary for the academic achievement, safety, welfare, and well-being of our students.

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    Pendergast District School Receives a $20,000 Corning Foundation STEAM Grant

    The Pendergast Elementary School District was awarded a $20K grant from Corning Incorporated Foundation. The Corning Incorporated Foundation is a charitable contributions organization established by Corning Incorporated in 1952. Through leadership and collaboration, the Foundation strives to foster vibrant, enriching, and supportive Corning communities.

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  • Partnership with Jeremy Anderson!

    We are so excited to be partnering with motivational speaker Jeremy Anderson. Jeremy Anderson knows how to connect with students and teachers in an amazing and transparent way. Jeremy is one of America's Top Youth Speakers, and one of the Best Keynote Motivational Speakers for Teachers.

    Next Level Leadership Academy at Desert Mirage >>

    For more information about Jeremy and his services visit his website at  Check out some of Jeremy's motivational videos below.

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