Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent David Figuly

I am honored to serve as the Superintendent of the Placer Hills Union School District.  For the past 8 years, I have had the pleasure to serve the PHUSD students, staff and community.  During my tenure, I have always found myself fortunate to work with our dedicated School Board, staff, and community members to educate our students to become contributing, global citizens in the 21st century.

When asked, I am always proud to share about the Placer Hills Union School District.  The individuals here always strive to do and be their best, thus ensuring our students are receiving only the best education.  PHUSD is committed to student’s social, emotional, and academic well being. This commitment to developing the whole child is supported through programs and ideas like Universal Design for Learning/Accessible Curriculum for All, district wide Wellness Centers, Mental Health Clinicians, 1:1 technology, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Art/Art Docent programs, strong interventions and a highly involved community that can be seen in the site Parent/Teacher Clubs and district foundation, Placer Hills Educational  Foundation (PHEF).  Newly supported this year are developing parent/guardian educational/wellness sessions in which we help strengthen our family partnerships with learning and sharing opportunities.

Our small district size also allows for a personal touch with each of our families. Through this personalized educational approach, collaboration with our families, and dedication to our craft, the Placer Hills Union School District continues to make positive differences in the lives of the students and families we serve.  As the superintendent, I look forward to continuing this partnership of excellence in education and growth, as we continuously work to provide the very best for our students.

School Schedules for the 2023/24 Year

Sierra Hills School         Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:13 - 2:00

                                               Wednesday 8:13 - 1:00        

Weimar Hills School Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 - 3:15

     Wednesday 9:00 - 2:15 

PHUSD Mid-Year Update

Dear Placer Hills Union School District,

It is hard to believe that we are starting our last phase of the school year.  With our third trimester just beginning, we look to buckle down and really focus our energy on continuous improvement in our practice and mastery skills.  I see our staff work tirelessly to provide the students within PHUSD with a top-tier social, emotional, physical, and academic education.  As we navigate through the end of our 2023-2024 academic year, your continued support and involvement are instrumental in shaping the success of the Placer Hills Union School District.

District Update:

I am excited to share that our district is making significant gains in academic achievements, attendance, and fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment. Mid-year academic assessments indicate growth in both math and English Language Arts. Preliminary data shows that by the middle of January, our students' level of achievement was at the same, or better, academically in math and English Language Arts than at the end of the 22/23 school year.

This year you may have noticed an extra emphasis on student attendance.  Each school site has implemented common and unique paths to prioritize daily student attendance.  The approach has come from both a positive recognition and improvement angle, as well as through communication and collaboration with our community.  You will see Woodsy Owls with attendance charms to add to their collection, and Warriors competing in March Madness of Attendance.  I am proud to share that the school and family efforts are paying off, and our daily attendance rates are gaining from roughly 90% in the 2022-23 school year to over 94% in the current school year.  We believe that with our students at school on a more consistent basis, they will be able to engage at a higher level with their academics and their peers, improving our culture socially, emotionally, and academically.

Additionally, our focus on social and emotional well-being (as indicated in our LCAP) has continued our successful implementation of support services, including Wellness Centers and a full-time Mental Health Clinician. These resources aim to provide students with the necessary tools to navigate challenges and thrive emotionally and academically.  Our Family / Youth Liaisons along with our community engagement committees have been instrumental in our many parent engagement evenings.  These evening events have covered topics such as Literacy, Internet Safety (with student art time), Dangers of Vaping, One Pill can Kill,  and other topics to support our families.  Our district has also worked across all grade levels to implement the “Toolbox” project.  This social/emotional curriculum provides a common language for our students to grow with.

Our parent and community groups also play an important role in our District’s success. We are thankful for all the members of our School Site Councils, Parent/Teacher Committee, PHEF (District foundation), Lions Club, and Friendly Neighbors (I hope I didn’t miss any, and if I did, I apologize).  These active organizations are helping develop plans to support our student’s growth, by creating events and opportunities for our school and community.

Ways to Get Involved:

Parental involvement is crucial for the success of our students, and the overall vitality of our school district. It takes a village as we support and elevate our learners to reach their best selves, and that village is not complete without you as  our partner.  We encourage you to actively engage in your child's education through various volunteer opportunities and initiatives. Here are several ways you can get involved:

Your involvement, no matter how big or small, makes a meaningful difference in the lives of our students. The Placer Hills Union School District thrives when there is a strong partnership between the school and parents.

If you are interested in volunteering or have specific skills you would like to share, please contact your child's school office or teacher for more information.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the success of our students and the Placer Hills Union School District. In our partnership, we can continue to create an environment where every child can achieve their full academic, social, and emotional potential.


David Figuly

Placer Hills Union School District

16801 Placer Hills Rd. Meadow Vista, CA 95722

Phone: (530) 878-2606, Fax: (530) 878-2663