Important Message from the Superintendent

Dear Pendergast families,

With the COVID-19 cases in our state at the substantial level, it is crucial that we follow the metrics set forth by the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Health Department because the safety of our students, families and staff is of the utmost importance to all of us in Pendergast District. Governor Ducey has left the decision to open schools for in person learning up to each district governing board and administration. Although there is nothing more we would like than to reopen our schools, due to the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in our zip codes and in the state, schools will remain virtual only until further notice.

Our teachers and administrators have done an amazing job providing exceptional instruction virtually, using the latest tools and technology, and have connected with each student and family. We are so proud of their work and commend our students for staying on task and being focused learners.

We will be carefully following the metrics provided by the Arizona and Maricopa Departments of Health Services, using them as guide for the benchmarks we must adhere to in order to safely open. They can be found at this link. At this point in time, the risk by the County Health Department has been deemed as significant, and all learning will take place virtually. We carefully follow these guidelines so we can be consistent and up to date, so we can make the right decision for your children and our staff. Thankfully, the county and state have begun to issue COVID-19 vaccines and you can locate current information here.

We are here to serve you and we urge you to reach out to your child’s teacher, principal or school counselor with questions or concerns. We have a wide range of services and resources available to you and we want to be sure you are safe and healthy.

Please remember, we are Pendergast, the district that believes in you.


Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Pendergast Superintendent

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School Began August 5 Through Online Distance Learning

Distance LearningThrough an Executive Order, schools will delay the start of in-person classes for the school year until August 17 or until further notice, however, online learning is permissible and encouraged. For all Pendergast students, school will begin on Wednesday, August 5, through online Distance Learning.

A comprehensive reopening plan for Distance Learning is in place and was adopted at the Pendergast District Zoom Governing Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 30.

We will follow up directly with families and staff to share the information presented and ensure families and students have what they need to be prepared to learn virtually. We continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 in Arizona and seek guidance from the Governor's Office and other agencies as the situation changes.

A Letter from the Pendergast Board to Governor Ducey >>


We invite you to use these links to encourage your children to continue their learning while our school buildings are closed.

Instructional Resources >>

Food and Nutrition Return to School Meals

Food and Nutrition Return to School MealsBeginning Wednesday, September 2, 2020, meals will be provided Monday through Friday for all children ages 18 years and younger, at no charge. Breakfast and lunch meals may be picked up at the same time. Parents (adults) and siblings are welcome to pick up the meals for multiple children.

Meal Distribution will be located in the doorway of each school within the Pendergast Elementary School District. This will provide the opportunity for Grab and Go Meals as conveniently and quickly as possible, while maintaining social distancing for everyone's safety.

Grab and Go Service Times and Procedures >>


In addition, our Food Service and Transportation Departments will be collaborating and distributing meals via specified bus routes within each of our school campus communities. This schedule will be continually updated with the most current information regarding routes, so please be sure to check back periodically.

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The PESD Fall Food Service Stop Map contains all bus stop locations, including descriptions. Families may enter their address to locate the closest Meal Distribution Bus Stop. If there are no stops in your areas, please remember that meals are also being provided at your student's school campus.

Food Service Interactive Stop Map >>

Enroll for the 2020-21 School Year

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Pendergast Quick Tip

Quick Tip 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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Pendergast | First Things First Family Resource Center

Pendergast and First Things First Family Resource Center The Pendergast Elementary School District, through a partnership with First Things First, have developed the Pendergast Family Resource Center providing quality, comprehensive, diverse and streamlined services centered on a holistic view of early childhood education with neighborhood outreach as a core component. The services offered create a unique collaboration between the educational environment, families and communities combined with staffing support from caring, knowledgeable professionals.

OUR MISSION: The Pendergast Family Resource Center is a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high quality outreach program that supports the development, health and education of all Pendergast Elementary School District families and the surrounding community with a focus on families with children birth to age five.

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Family Resource Center Activity Calendar: December | January

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What's for Breakfast and Lunch?

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My School Bucks provides parents with a secure, fast and convenient method for adding money to their children's school meal accounts.

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Financial Transparency

Financial transparency image Pendergast is providing the following financial information in order to give our community with an open view of the financial status of Pendergast.

View the District's FY 2020-21 Revised Budget >>

View the District's FY 2021 Adopted and Revised Budget at the AZ Department of Education's Website >>

(A.R.S. §15-903.E, amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §10)
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2021 (budget year): $52,696
Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2020 (prior year): $50,870
Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year: $1,826
Percentage increase: 4%

View the District's Spending Report for FY 2019 prepared by the Arizona Auditor
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View the District's FY 2020 Annual Financial Report at the AZ Department of Education's Website >>

View the District's FY 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report >>

Understanding the Budget: Find out more about how the Pendergast District spends money by watching this fun and informative video. View the Video >>

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Pendergast Partners in Education

Pendergast Partners in Education logo We would like to thank our Partners in Education who's generosity helps us provide an educational experience beyond what is possible with public dollars. These partnerships are vital in helping the community and Pendergast work and grow together.

If you would like your business to become a Partner in Education, please contact Kerry Pohlmeyer at 623-772-2206 or by email at

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Pendergast Title IX Coordinator

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator.

Dr. Gwyn Marr, Pendergast Title IX Coordinator
3802 N. 91st Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85037

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, regardless of whether the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of the reported conduct or not. A report may be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator. The District shall notify students, parents or legal guardians of students, employees, applicants for employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the District, of the name or title, office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number of the Title IX Coordinator. The District will respond promptly when any school employee has notice of sexual harassment. Upon receipt of notice of sexual harassment, the District shall notify students, parents or legal guardians of students, employees, applicants for employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the District, of the District’s grievance procedures and grievance process, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how the District shall respond. The District is committed to investigating each formal complaint submitted and to taking appropriate action on all confirmed violations of policy. The District shall follow grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints from students and employees alleging sexual harassment.

Pendergast News & Updates

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  • Upcoming Workshops

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    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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    The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recommend that reopening decisions be driven by the current prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. The following protocols are to be implemented across all District sites.

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    The Distance Learning Guide was created by educators in our district in order to help all of our students succeed and do their very best. It includes sections that will provide a step-by-step guide to online learning and everything that you will need to know.

    Distance Learning Guide: English | Español

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    Jill Helland, principal of Garden Lakes Elementary School was awarded the prestigious Exemplary Principal Award from Steve Watson, Maricopa County School Superintendent on September 29, 2020 at a virtual community event in the Pendergast District.

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    We are so proud to achieve the status of Everfi District Champion. The seal, awarded to less than 5% of districts nationally, highlights the dedication that Pendergast has put into preparing students for their brightest possible future both in and out of the classroom!

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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.

    To learn more about parent and student rights and responsibilities, please review the 2020-2021 Student-Parent Handbook.

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    Pendergast Elementary School District Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux hosts a virtual bi-monthly Community Partners Lunch & Learn, as well as, a virtual bi-monthly Parent Lunch & Learn. All from the comfort of home, office, or your favorite spot to relax and learn more about education and the Pendergast District.

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    Shaylyn Savage, Pendergast District Special Education Teacher at Sunset Ridge Elementary School was chosen as a top ten finalist in the competition for the Arizona Teacher of the Year.

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    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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    We invite you to use these links to encourage your children to continue their learning while our school buildings are closed.

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    Stefanie McKee’s second grade students at Desert Mirage School in Glendale have been putting their interest and knowledge of being a Green School into action by forming the Junior Green Team, developed in order to get younger learners involved in the SRP Energy Savings program.


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    A partnership with the Scottsdale startup Zero Mass Water allows students in the Copper King STEAM Academy to explore the off-grid technology behind the company's "hydropanels," which use sunlight to pull water from the air.

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    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.

    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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    Standard-Based Grading is a way for the school or teacher to tell you how your child is progressing toward mastery of a new skill or knowledge. Check out this handy infographic for a better understanding about what SBG is and how it benefits your child.

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    Media Releases

    For additional information and past stories about the Pendergast School District, please visit our Media Section.


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