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Zephyr Cove Elementary School

Douglas County School District - Nevada

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    Zephyr Cove Elementary School 

    School Hours


    Hours: 8:50 AM - 3:10 PM 
    Breakfast: 8:30-8:45 AM
    (supervised recess begins at 8:30 AM)
    Minimum Day Hours: 8:50 AM - 12:40 PM

    90 Minute Delayed Start Hours: 10:15 AM - 3:10 PM (Supervised recess begins at 10:00 AM and buses will run 90 minutes late on these days.)

    Welcome Back Mighty Cubs! 
    Welcome Back with Mighy Cub logo
    Our Mission

    Every student, Every lesson, Every day.

    • Intimate, small school setting
    • Highly Qualified Teachers
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Gifted & Talented Instruction
    • Music, Art, PE, STEAM programs
    • Reading Specialist, Reading Interventionist, ELL Specialist, Resource Specialist
    • Tahoe Place-Based Education: Science curriculum aligned to NGSS and adapted to each grade level with hands-on inquiry based instruction and escorted field trips designed to teach preservation and stewardship of Lake Tahoe
    • Active and supportive Parent Club

    Family Resources during COVID-19

    Here are some links to some family resources during this time.  If you need anything, please reach out by calling the school at 775-588-4574.  We have access to counselors and social workers in the District to support families.

    AT&T is offering access for limited time - AT&T ACCESSS

    Protecting your mental health - Lifesaver Blog

    Tips for using the Nevada Unemployment Insurance - NUI FAQ

    Nevada Unemployment Insurance - NUI

    F.I.S.H. Gardnerville –Food Bank/Thrift Items
    Address: 1561 U.S. Hwy 395 N, Minden, NV 89423
    Hours: Tues to Fri 9AM–5:30PM
    Saturday 9AM–4PM
    Sunday Closed
    Phone: (775) 783-3474


    Urgent news - 


    Dear Lake Families:

    I wanted to reach out on behalf of Whittell High School and Zephyr Cove Elementary School.  This is a very challenging time for many of us. Our kids might be just as scared and anxious as we are right now. We have never experienced anything like this before. Our children can hear everything that is happening around them. They can feel and see our tension, frustration and nervousness. 

    At first, kids were probably very excited about the idea of being out of school. However, this is not a normal break.  The reality of being stuck at home with very limited outside interaction is very hard for all of us. They aren’t seeing their friends. With this, comes an increase in problem behavior. That is normal. Remember to use the language about being safe, respectful and responsible. 

    What all of our kids need right now, more than ever, is to feel loved and cared for. When we ask, “How are you doing?”, we are sincerely asking.  We have a counselor and administration that are here to support families. If your child(ren) becomes frustrated, overwhelmed or upset, please consider reaching out to utilize them. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips to the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Have dance parties, look through photos of previous adventures, and look at the stars in the night sky together.  I bought my 6 year old his first trampoline, and right now my wife and I and our two kids are having quite the home-bound adventure together!

    Many of us can’t help but think about our children’s academics. There are millions of students in this same situation. We want to continue to engage with students and move them forward. All of our teachers and staff are available to support kids.   Take advantage of weekly or daily Google Meets with teachers.  We all know that there may be some regression and that is okay.  Once things return to normal, please know our staff will do what we do best and help get students back to where they need to be. Be flexible with your child(ren) and take time to enjoy the slower pace of life. 

    At the end of all of this, your child(ren’s) mental health and well-being is more important than academics. How they are feeling and the memories of this time away from school will stay with them far longer than what they did academically. Know that we are here to support in whatever we can through these unique times. Every challenging time provides opportunities for growth and reflection. I know that I want my reflection to be that our school community grew, people cared for each other, and that people were able to spend time together and make great memories.


    Shawn Lear, Lake Principal & Sean Ryan, Vice Principal


    775.588.2446  Whittell High School

    775.588.4574  Zephyr Cove Elementary School

    FooD Distribution for Students - 

    Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at the following locations:

    Kahle Community Center from 9-10 am

    Main bus stop at Tina Ct and Ski Ct from 10:15-11:00 am.

    Kinder picture

    Kindergarten Registration begins on February 24, 2020!

    Kindergarten registration packets will be accepted beginning on February 24, 2020.  Please stop by the school to pick up a copy.  Once completed, return at your convenience.  If you'd like to a tour, please contact the school at 775-588-4574 to schedule one.  We look forward to seeing the Class of 2033 begin their education with us!

    For the latest on winter transportation and school related starting times, please visit the District website - Douglas County School District.

    Garden Domes
    Grow Domes 10/25/19

    Garden DOMES Are a Work in Progress.

    Exciting News!! The garden domes are built at ZCES.

    We've had an amazing group of engineers, excavators, contractors, and volunteers work over the Fall Break and get the garden domes constructed.  We are working on getting the interiors squared away so we can get things growing in the Spring!

    Thank you to all that had a "hand" in getting this accomplished.  A HUGE thank you to Amy Cranch for her hard work and efforts to get this idea to a reality!

    Mr. Lear, Cubby and Mr. Ryan

    And, we are off... 

    The 2019-2020 school year is looking great!


    We want to thank all the families who have introduced themselves to us at the beginning of the school year.  We are humbled by the hospitality shown.

    We are excited to announce that our enrollment has grown overall and have welcomed 21 new kindergarteners to understand what it means to be a Zephyr Cove Cub!

    We also want to pass along the message that anyone is welcome to come in and volunteer.  You will need to complete and submit a volunteer application found in the Parent Resources section of this site before you can assist in the school.  Don't worry, we will work with you in getting that done.

    We look forward to working with the incredible students and families of ZCES to make this the best year ever!

    School Master Calendar


    At ZCES, 6th grade students can participate in the Middle School Sports Programs at Whittell High School.  The sports are as follows:

    Cross Country - Sept - Oct

    Girls Basketball - Sept - Oct

    Boys Basketball - Oct - Dec

    Girls Volleyball - Jan - Feb

    Track & Field - April - May

    Please contact the school for more information regarding these programs.