Principal's Message

Welcome Message

Dear PHE families,

Welcome to the Portola Hills Elementary (PHE) website. Several of our teachers have changed classrooms and grade levels this school year. Please take a moment to check out our teachers and websites page.

This year we are implementing a new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum from Benchmark Advanced. This curriculum will help our students practice Citing claims, look for Evidence and provide their Reasoning (CER).

This school year we will be continuing the Positive Behavior Inventory Systems (PBIS) program that we began in the Spring of 2017. This program was designed to increase and reward positive student behavior at monthly PBIS assemblies.

The PHE Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Lab continues to go and evolve. Mrs. Chan has spent the summer planning new and exciting learning opportunities from our PHE Explorers. Students will continue to engage in hands on, minds on science lessons that incorporate math and engineering. The "Arts" part of STEAM is well cover by "Dance with Dawn". Both of these wonderful programs are provided by our PHE PTA who fundraises throughout the school year to provide these engaging programs.

Please follow us through social media at PHEexplorers on Twitter and pheexplorers on Instagram.

Go Explorers!

Dr. Ledoux


Here at PHE we are focusing on catching our students doing the right thing or caught being good. We accomplish this goal in the classroom through our behavior expectations and by handing out yellow “S.T.A.R” tickets which stands for Strive to do your best, Take responsibility, Always work together, and Respect yourself and others. Students can also earn yellow “STAR slip” by going out of their way to help another student at recess or by helping out with our ongoing campus beautification projects. Once a month students, teachers, and parents come together for our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) assembly where students are recognized for earning a yellow slip and they are given a certificate. Furthermore, at PHE we also firmly believe in restorative justice if a student makes a poor choice. The student is given an opportunity to address the issue and make it right.

End of the School Year/Summer

Hard to believe the 2017-2018 school year is over. Students have completed all their requirements and are moving on to the next grade level. We will miss our promoting 6th graders, but we wish them of luck in intermediate school. As for our students who will be returning to PHE in the fall, they should definitely read a lot over the summer and keep a writing journal of their adventures. School will resume on Monday, August 27. Go Explorers!

2018-19 Welcome Message

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. Here at PHE we have many exciting things happening. First, we have wrapped up construction on our 10 lower playground classrooms. Each room is outfitted with two floor to ceiling whiteboards, two new 75 in. TV monitors, brand new energy efficient lights, new audio/visual equipment, new carpet, new A/C, and brand new 21st century furniture! Next, two of the new classrooms have been set aside, one as a music room and as our PHE STEAM Lab. Right outside the STEAM Lab is our Outdoor Learning Center where all of our Explorers will be connecting the new NGSS Science standards to the outdoors. In addition, you may have noticed that the blue fences have not come down around the old 3/4 grade wing. Phase two, which includes those classrooms is due to wrap up sometime in December. Finally, class lists will be posted on Friday, August 24 @ 5:00 p.m. You can access your child's teacher through the SVUSD Parent Portal.

I look forward to seeing everyone for the first day of school, Monday, August 27 @ 8:00 a.m..

Go Explorers!