For the purpose of providing the highest quality learning environment and continuity between grade levels, Picture Rocks Intermediate and Desert Winds Elementary united in fall 2016 to serve preschool and K-6 students in the Picture Rocks community. This decision was made following discussions, analysis, parent input, and public meetings.
Uniting Desert Winds K-3 and Picture Rocks 4-6 provides a seamless and rewarding K-6 experience where students do not have to change schools after third grade. Eliminating an unnecessary transition results in enhanced student learning, and both social and emotional growth.
On Friday, December 4, 2015 students, staff, parents, community, Governing Board members, and Senior Leadership enjoyed a fun-filled groundbreaking celebration. Students shared their excitement about the unification by singing a very special song “This school was made for you and me.” View video.
Construction/renovations of classroom learning environments and age appropriate facilities were completed to ensure exceptional learning environments for all grades. The beautiful Desert Winds campus continues to be maintained to potentially expand community services, in collaboration with resource providers, to residents in the Picture Rocks area.
Made possible through the voter approved 2014 School Improvement Capital Bond.