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Bee Recognized Award Winner Nov 2023

During the recent meeting of the governing board, we honored our Bee Recognized Award recipients for the month of November 2023. Join us in extending our congratulations to Dr. Rogelio Longoria, who serves as a School Psychologist, Celina Cortez, a dedicated 2nd Grade Teacher at Amberlea Elementary School, and Angie Martinez, Title I Parent & Family Educator. Their invaluable contributions to our schools, district, and community are truly immeasurable!

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Dr. Cruz Awarded the Innovation Alliance Education Impact Award

We are thrilled to congratulate Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Cruz, who, on Thursday, October 26th, was honored at the K-12 Innovation Alliance Summit 2023. Dr. Cruz was awarded with the Innovation Alliance Education Impact Award by the K-12 Innovation Alliance. This prestigious accolade recognizes her exceptional leadership and relentless dedication to the district. Dr. Cruz, with her passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the Pendergast District, serves as a shining example of such impactful and transformative leadership.

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Bee Recognized Award Winner

During the recent meeting of the governing board, we honored our Bee Recognized Award recipients for the month of October 2023. Join us in extending our congratulations to Diane Ganser, who serves as a School Bus Driver, Rebecca Murillo, a dedicated 5th Grade Teacher at Sunset Ridge Elementary School, and Marlene Ramirez, a School Bus Attendant. Their invaluable contributions to our schools, district, and community are truly immeasurable!

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Pendergast District Honored as District of Distinction for Use of Imagine Learning EL Education

Pendergast Elementary School District (PESD) honored as District of Distinction for Use of Imagine Learning English Language (EL) Education.

Pendergast District has been recognized as a 2022-2023 District of Distinction for its exceptional use of Imagine Learning EL Education. The prestigious award was presented to only 301 schools or districts across the country out of over 21,000. The selection was based on the review of the program usage for the current school year, and Pendergast was chosen for meeting the rigorous usage standards required for a District of Distinction designation.

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Copper King at a Glance

Copper King is a Kindergarten - 8th Grade school located in the West Valley of Phoenix. We provide a variety of opportunities for students to grow academically, socially, athletically and artistically. Engineering is the STEAM area of focus that all students will experience at Copper King. FUSE and Makerspace are also integrated into every grade level, allowing students to discover new interests, learn from and with each other, and develop autonomy as learners. Students may participate in team sports that include soccer, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, track and field and eSports. We also offer band, orchestra, choir, dance and much more! Enroll today and join the Copper King family!


Coding a robot to interact with the real world is an empowering experience that gives students valuable 21st Century skills. Robotics helps develop students' technology and engineering skills through hands-on learning with robots. If students know how to code, then they can develop apps, video games, websites, and more, as they watch their coding come to life.

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It is often said that play is the primary work of students. The act of imagining, making, doing, and saying connects our body, mind, and heart - and helps fuel the leaps in learning we value most. Schools in the Pendergast Elementary School District have a long history of outstanding theatre performances. This theatre-based instruction has been developed to serve the individual child, the entire class, and the community beyond the walls of the classroom.

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Participating in sports at an early age offers several benefits that extend well beyond the physical aspects of regular exercise. Specifically, the social benefit of sports participation provides an unparalleled environment for hands-on learning and behavioral growth.

Here are the sports we currently offer throughout the Pendergast Elementary School District:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Cheer
  • Track & Field
  • Flag Football
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In the Pendergast District, you will find robotics, jewelry design, coding, architecture, and music production at every school throughout the Pendergast District. In FUSE, students choose what to work on and set the pace. This means they emerge engaged, excited, and eager for more. STEAM Challenges are designed to get harder as students progress. FUSE teaches students how to use real world technologies while exploring topics they already love. Since challenges are designed around student interests, there is something for everyone to get excited about.

As students learn, they naturally share their new discoveries. A new culture of learning emerges as students celebrate each other's successes and overcome any setbacks along the way.

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Competitive gaming has set the world ablaze! The Pendergast Elementary School District is excited to announce the Pendergast eSports League, which aims to captivate students' passion for video games through organized competition in a safe and secure environment at every school throughout the Pendergast District.

eSports is a form of competition using video games. In most cases, eSports are organized multiplayer video game competitions between competitors, which can take place individually or as teams. eSports are more than just video games; it is community, engagement, and relationship building.

As the eSports industry continues to grow, we are beginning to see an increase in eSports teams as an extracurricular activity in schools. Because eSports revolves around some of the video games that students play at home, many families struggle to understand how this extracurricular activity is beneficial to a student’s education.

Recent studies show that eSports can help a student’s well being, improve their reading skills, help develop problem solving skills, improve their social connections, and will even enhance their imagination and creativity. Furthermore, eSports promotes teamwork and cooperation with others and shows students the importance of community. Giving students early exposure to all facets of the eSports world can spark interest and help prepare them for future opportunities in graphic design, coding, leadership, video production, and even art direction.

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Message from the Principal

Hello Copper King Families,

On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Copper King learning community! We are excited to have you join us for another inspiring year of exploration, discovery, and growth.

As you know, our school is dedicated to the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, and we strive to provide an innovative and engaging learning experience for all students. We are committed to fostering a culture of curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity, and we believe that each and every one of you has the potential to achieve great things.

Our experienced educators are passionate about their work and are dedicated to helping students discover their strengths and pursue their interests. In addition to our rigorous academic program, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, including after-school clubs and sports, that allow students to delve deeper in their areas of interest and develop valuable skills and connections.

We believe that education is a collaborative effort and we encourage students, parents, and faculty members to work together to create a positive and supportive learning environment. We look forward to getting to know you and your family and developing a long-lasting relationship that will benefit our entire community.

Once again, welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We can't wait to see you!


Erica Leonard

Copper King Open Enrollment Capacity