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Desert Mirage at a Glance

Desert Mirage was established in 1993 in Glendale, AZ in the Pendergast Elementary School District. Our dedicated and innovative staff is honored to serve over 750 preschool through eighth grade scholars. We support our scholar community through differentiated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming, rigorous academics, and social emotional support. We serve a diverse population and we pride ourselves on building and maintaining strong relationships. Our motto is One School, One Family and we consistently practice this in our actions with our students, families, partners, with each other, and our community. Desert Mirage has unique opportunities in every grade level that provide project-based learning experiences aligned to the District’s Portrait of a Graduate. Scholars thrive by creating projects and cooking in the Makerspace. Within the FUSE Lab, project-based learning is enriched through scholar interest-based challenges. After school, scholars end their school day with Interscholastic Sports, eSports and a variety of Project-Based after-school clubs. We invite you to join the Desert Mirage family!

Art

Found on every campus throughout the Pendergast District, art classes are designed to build mastery in technique, composition/design, research, experimentation, and creative problem solving. Critical thinking, objective analysis of artwork, and the ability to communicate in the language of art will be developed. Students will be introduced to basic art techniques, which are the building blocks that will provide a solid foundation for future art lovers and artists.

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Sports

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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Computer Science Academy

The STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) at Desert Mirage Elementary School offers a STEAM curriculum that enriches the classroom environment, while helping students foster their special abilities and interests. Students are given the tools that they need to construct their own knowledge and foster their natural curiosity to learn and excel. Our STEAM Academies offer a variety of learning opportunities that excite students and is adaptable to any learning style. Students are challenged to develop intellectual curiosity, creativity, and a love of learning.

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FUSE

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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eSports

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

Dear Scholars, Parents, and Guardians,

I am delighted to announce that this year, we will be introducing several new programs, expansions, and initiatives to enhance the overall learning experience at Desert Mirage:

STEAM Expansion - Construction Academy: We are expanding our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programming to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in our scholars. Through hands-on project-based / interdisciplinary learning, we aim to inspire the next generation of innovators and inventors.

Community Outreach: Desert Mirage will be actively engaging with the local community through various outreach projects. This initiative aims to instill a sense of social responsibility and empathy in our scholars while creating meaningful connections with those around us. Additionally, to further meet the needs of our scholars and families, our school-based family resource hub that started at the end of last year will continue to grow and expand with new and engaging classes.

Enhanced Support Services: We are committed to providing comprehensive support to our scholars. Through Mindfulness First programming, our scholars and teachers will be exposed to training and the practical skills and knowledge needed for lifelong mental health and wellbeing.

As we embark on this academic year, ALL scholars (K-8) will be setting personal academic goals. They will be encouraged throughout this year to embrace challenges and pursue their passions. Remember that success comes not only from achievements but also from the effort, perseverance, and growth that accompany the learning process.

Let us make the 2023-2024 school year a memorable and transformative experience for everyone involved. Together, we will create a positive and inclusive learning environment that prepares our scholars for a bright future.

Sincerely,

Matt Williams 
Proud Principal, Desert Mirage

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