Principal’s Message

Mr Reid

Mr. Reid's Blog

Greetings to the Piñon Hills Elementary School Community!

It is an honor to serve the students, staff and parents at Piñon Hills Elementary School.  I am very proud of the work our staff does with students as well as the effort our students exhibit on a daily basis.  The climate at PHES is one of kindness and respect which is a high priority among staff students and parents.

We strongly encourage parent involvement and as a result have an incredible number of volunteers each week.  We have an amazing Parent Teacher Organization which is committed to supporting improved student achievement.  There are many ways to be involved at our school.

I am looking forward to another amazing school year with a focus on growth in student achievement.

Mighty Mustangs!

Jason R. Reid

Welcome Back To School August 7, 2018

​I write this with excitement and anticipation about seeing all of your wonderful children on Monday August 13th.  We are looking forward to an even better year than previous school years.  My goal is that we are accessible, available and responsive to you and any way we can make the experience over the next 9 months profoundly positive for you and your student(s).  In addition to KINDNESS our focus for the year is help our students develop GRIT! In order to accomplish this, the following is a guide of skills that will help our students have courage and resolve to be more successful each day.

  • Persevere
    • The brain grows when we struggle and fail forward.
  • High Expectations
    • What they will learn and be able to do.
  • Effort
    • Work hard!
  • Stamina
    • Never give up!
Mr. Baligad Serving Lunches May 9, 2018

Thank you Mr. Baligad for helping out in the kitchen!!



Thank You PTO for a Wonderful Breakfast May 9, 2018

Our amazing PTO provide our staff breakfast during staff appreciation week!

Photos are of our staff working in teams participating in the contest!


4th and 5th graders Raise and Release Trout March 15, 2018

Trout ready to be little fish in a big pond!


Students endure the cold to give trout a new home!

Students Releasing Trout

Parents, please claim Nevada College KickStart Money February 5, 2018

Parents of current kindergarten through 4th graders, please see below to claim your free college kick start money.


Claim YOUR CHILD’s Nevada College Kick Start Account

To find your Kick Start ID visit: http://collegekickstart.nv.gov or call 1-888-477-2667 #4

Once you have your childs Kick Start ID visit the URL below to: Register your Account



February News! January 31, 2018

January was filled with teachers spending time analyzing student achievement data, making plans to teach students at their level and providing high quality instruction.  Thanks to the hard work of our staff and parents, we are already seeing growth in the area of reading in primary grades.  Parents, please continue to use the strategies that our teachers have shared to support your students at home.  In addition, keep asking your student’s teacher for ways in which you can support learning.  We are so fortunate to have such involved families!  Our focus during February is to provide targeted instruction and keep a positive trajectory with regards to student growth.  As we near the end of February and head into March, teachers will have second trimester assessment results and grades. This data will be used to plan for instruction during the final trimester.

February 14th will be a late start day.  School will begins at 10:20 and buses will run  90 minutes later than regularly scheduled.

There will be no school the week of February 19th through the 23rd.

A huge thank you to the many parents who volunteer on a regular basis to support learning in our school.

Thanksgiving Break No School November 22, 23, 24 November 20, 2017

Our district was thoughtful in allowing a full day for travel and/or time to prepare for Thanksgiving Day.

Travel safe and enjoy quality time with family and friends!

Blue Ribbon Ceremony November 9, 2017


Our two teachers came back from Washington DC and provided a party for our staff!!

Volunteers Needed For Gobble Wobble Nov. 16th November 6, 2017
It’s almost that time of year for the Annual PHES Gobble Wobble.  For those who have never helped with the Gobble Wobble, it’s a fun event for the students to “strut their stuff” around the PHES track for PE.  As we do every year, we need volunteers to come help out.  Volunteers help time and record runners, take pictures, and cheer the kids on.  
We are using signup.com to coordinate volunteers for the event.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/xnfbgUc
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, or Mr. Nyls (the P.E. teacher) at nrothfus@dcsd.k12.nv.us
As always, we so much appreciate your willingness to serve the kiddos of PHES!
November Principal’s Message November 3, 2017

We have heard from state officials that Influenza cases have increased 300% in Carson City, Douglas County, & Lyon County compared to this time last year. Please make sure to encourage your students to wash their hands frequently, including before eating and after using the restroom/coughing/sneezing.

Traffic safety reminder. We are finding that parents are dropping students off on Stephanie Way while in traffic. In addition, parents are making u-turns in the middle of traffic on Stephanie. We are very concerned that someone might get hurt if this continues. Please be very cautious during arrival and dismissal.

Finally, remember that we will have no school on November 10th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd and 24rd.