It’s been years since Desert Winds Elementary and Picture Rocks Intermediate Schools were open for summer school.  

Last year, 75 of their students attended summer classes at Estes School, but this year 180 students worked on reading, math and other needed skills locally.  

Combining their names, the schools called it “Camp Desert Rocks.”  After four intensive weeks of learning, parent-teacher conferences were held June 26, the last day of school.  As a reward for their efforts, students celebrated with a water day, which included slides, movies, games, arts and crafts, and S’mores.  They also received a Camp Desert Rocks T-shirt and a pack with reading and teaching aids, including a guide for parents, to carry learning momentum through July.

Desert Winds Principal Tawnya Caldwell will host an open house on Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to explain the school’s plans for student success.  

Picture Rocks Principal Denise Linsalata’s will host an open house Aug. 22 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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