School Begins 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.

Pendergast Safe Return to School >>
Pendergast Safe Return to School FAQ >>
Distance Learning Guide: English | Español
COVID-19 Information & Updates >>
Enroll for the 2020-21 School Year >>
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 MealsStarting August 5th, the Pendergast Elementary School District Food Services Program will be 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.


In order to serve our students safely, there will be no admittance into the school cafeterias. Meals will be provided at the entry doors of the cafeterias as a "Grab and Go" meal process. This process will provide convenience and safety for each of our students and staff by maintaining social distancing.

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.

Fall Schedule Bus Stop Times for Food Distribution >>

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.

Fall 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: August - English | Español

  • Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

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    Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux and the Pendergast Elementary School District BEE-LIEVES in your child's future! In her August message, Dr. Matos DeBlieux welcomes everyone back discusses the difficult choices ahead during this unprecedented time.

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  • Early Childhood Education

    Early Childhood Program

    The Pendergast Elementary School District offers high quality half and full day community preschool programs designed to prepare 3 and 4-year-old children for school.

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    Make a payment for the Use of Facilities, to the P.R.I.D.E. Club or Pre-School online. You can also make a tax or gift Donation online and help make a positive impact in the lives of our students.

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  • Before/After School Care

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    The Pendergast P.R.I.D.E. Club provides high quality and affordable before and after school care at Canyon Breeze, Copper King, Desert Mirage, Garden Lakes, Rio Vista, Sonoran Sky and Sunset Ridge.

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  • Bond Dollars at Work

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    The District has been using this bond funding to repair and improve our schools and facilities, as well as, to vastly improve and upgrade technology for student learning and District communication.

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What's for Breakfast and Lunch?

Cartwells logoFind out what's being served for breakfast and lunch at your school by accessing our new Online Menus >>

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

Meal Benefits Application >>

Charlie's Cafe and Catering >>

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 2021 Proposed Budget Summary and Hearing Notification at the AZ Department of Education's Website >>

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

View the District's FY 2021 Adopted 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
General: Pendergast Profile | Pendergast Profile - Text Based

Pendergast Annual Financial Report for 2019 >>

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

Visit the Pendergast Financial Services Department >>

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

Visit Our List of Pendergast Partners >>

Pendergast News & Updates

  • COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for Re-Opening Schools icon

    COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan for Re-Opening Schools 2020-2021

    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.

    Find Out More: English | Español

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    2020 Pendergast Distance Learning Guide

    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

  • Safe Place- Distance Learning

    Safe Place - Distance Learning

    To comply with Executive Order 2020-51, PESD will be providing a location for students that have nowhere else to go, to be supervised while they participate in distance learning classes. Beginning August 17, 2020 enrolled students that are pre-registered will be able to attend our on-site supervision located at the Pendergast Community Center.

    Find Out More: English | Español

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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 Teacher Selected as Top Ten Finalist for Teacher of the Year

    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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    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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  • 8th Grade Superintendent Student Council Student

    AZEDNEWS: Student Leadership in the Pendergast School District

    DeBlieux formed the Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council five years ago to actualize a student leadership and mentoring model. The purpose of the Council is to build a strong connection to the schools and the Pendergast School District.


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    A Message from Dr. Matos DeBlieux - Working Against Racism and Injustice

    Our district has always cared deeply about its students, staff, families, and the communities we serve. At times like these, we are conscious of not just our community but also the greater community we are connected to and take seriously our charge to actively work against systemic racism and injustice.


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    The Glendale Star - Schools Act Fast to Serve Families During Crisis

    The rising concerns of COVID-19 prevented the normal resumption of classes as Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all schools closed.

    Now, many students, teachers and parents are attempting to get their balance and find a new normal.


  • Educational Resources

    Online Instructional Resources Available

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

    Instructional Resources >>

  • Desert Mirage 2nd Graders

    Desert Mirage Elementary School Students Win Grant from SRP

    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.


  • Census Lesson at Desert Horizon Elementary

    PHXTV Classroom - Census Lesson at Desert Horizon Elementary

    PHXTV Classroom visits Desert Horizon Elementary School where students learn about the importance of #census2020 in a "bracketology" style lesson. A census specialist also emphasizes the importance of everyone being counted. Each response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

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  • Cox Internet
    Low Cost, Home Internet with WiFi

    Cox is offering high speed Internet for families that have a K-12 student and receive government assistance. No annual contracts, no deposits, free installation and free WiFi modem. Find out if you qualify!

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    Make the 2020 Census Count!

    According to a June 12, 2019 story in AZED News, “School districts and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) are reaching out to community members to let them know how important Census 2020 is and to encourage them to take part in the population count done every 10 years.” Watch this video for more information on the census and its importance.

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  • Sonoran Sky Playground

    Sonoran Sky Elementary Receives Playground Equipment Donation from Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

    Sonoran Sky Elementary was thrilled to receive a donation for seven pieces of primary playground equipment from Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

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  • Students from the Copper King STEAM Academy

    Water from Air: ASU Professor's Technology Produces Clean Drinking Water Around the Globe

    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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    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.

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

    - Top School Motivational Speaker >>
    - Jeremy's School Take Over >>
    - Motivation for Teachers >>

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    What You Need to Know About Standard-Based Grading (SBG)

    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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