Canyon Vista team wins second place, Laurel Mountain student places at Supernationals VI Chess Tournament

Canyon Vista team wins second place, Laurel Mountain student places at Supernationals VI Chess Tournament

Students from Laurel Mountain Elementary School and Canyon Vista Middle School were among the top chess players at the Supernationals VI Chess Tournament — the world’s largest chess event — held in Nashville May 11-14. The Canyon Vista chess team earned second place and Laurel Mountain student Rohit Gundham earned second place, eighth place and…

RRISD student athletes rank among top 10 at UIL Track and Field State Meet

RRISD student-athletes rank among top 10 at UIL Track and Field State Meet

Round Rock ISD student-athletes from Cedar Ridge, Round Rock and Stony Point high schools ranked among the top 10 students in their events at the annual University Interscholastic League (UIL) Track and Field State Meet. The three-day meet was held in Austin May 11-13 and invited the top track and field athletes from across Texas…

RRISD students succeed at DECA International competition

RRISD students succeed at DECA International competition

Students from three Round Rock ISD high schools were named finalists at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference. Nearly 50 students from Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Round Rock and Westwood high schools competed at the international event, held in Anaheim, CA in April. Along with the individual student winners, “The Rock…

Cactus Ranch Students

Cactus Ranch Elementary Students Win First Place in Texas Poison Center Poster Contest

Cactus Ranch Elementary School fifth-grade students Monica Zhang and Tanishka Gupta collaboratively won first place in the state for the Texas Poison Center Network Poison Prevention Poster Contest. Students from third to fifth-grade learned about poison prevention in February and were invited to create posters to share what they learned. Monica and Tanishka won first…

Stony Point journalists excel in state competitions

Stony Point journalists excel in state competitions

Stony Point High School journalists earned several state championship titles and program awards at the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC), the journalism division of University Interscholastic League (UIL), in April. Stony Point took 78 individual places including gold, silver, and bronze medals. Stony Point also boasted 24 state champions. The school’s three publications — Touchstone…

Spicewood FLL team wins Research Award at World Championship

The Immortals FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team from Spicewood Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate World School, won the first place research award at the organization’s World Championship competition in April. The FLL World Championship, hosted in Houston, gathered 32,000 teams from 88 countries to compete in the event. The Immortals represented Central Texas at the…

Westwood Latin students succeed at Junior Classical League state competition

Westwood Latin students succeed at Texas State Junior Classical League competition

Latin students from Westwood High School successfully competed at the annual Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) competition, winning first place among multiple categories. The TSJCL fosters the study of ancient Greek and Latin topics in the modern age, according to the organization. The TSJCL is one of more than 1,000 chapters of the National…

Stony Point High School achieves certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Stony Point High School achieves certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Stony Point High School has achieved a Level 1 certification in the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ program for creating a safe and collaborative culture. The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along…

Grisham student earns second place at National Geographic State Bee

After 58 grueling rounds, which included two tiebreakers, Grisham Middle School eighth-grade student Dhruv Nistala earned second place at the National Geographic State Bee. Dhruv also placed second in the 2016 National Geographic State Bee. The competition gathers the top 100 geography students in Texas to test their global knowledge. The latest National Geographic State…

Voigt, Union Hill and Forest North named Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase schools

Voigt, Union Hill and Forest North named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase schools

Voigt, Union Hill and Forest North elementary schools received the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2016-2017 school year from the Flippen Group. Only 53 schools were selected for the national award out of 10,000 schools that host the program across the country. According to the Flippen Group, Capturing Kids’ Hearts is…

RRISD earns GFOA 'Certificate of Achievement'

RRISD earns GFOA ‘Certificate of Achievement’

Round Rock ISD Financial Services has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting…

Cactus Ranch Elementary School Assistant Principal Kim Grubb

Cactus Ranch administrator named TEPSA Region 13 AP of the Year

Cactus Ranch Elementary School Assistant Principal Kim Grubb has been named Region 13 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Grubb was nominated for the award and selected after submitting an application and references from Cactus Ranch Principal Vicki Crain and Cactus Ranch staff. “It’s such an honor…

Union Hill Elementary achieves certificatino in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Union Hill Elementary achieves certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Union Hill Elementary School has achieved a level two certification in the Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative culture. The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading…

Gabehart awarded TCEA Advocacy Award

Gabehart awarded TCEA Advocacy Award

Round Rock ISD Executive Director of Technology and Information Services Mark Gabehart was awarded the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Advocacy Award at the organization’s annual conference in February. Through the Advocacy Award, TCEA recognizes an individual’s efforts to advocate on behalf of students and teachers for technology-rich learning environments and educational experiences that meet…

Kim Hodge awarded College Board AP Award for Administrators

Kim Hodge awarded College Board AP Award for Administrators

Westwood High School Associate Principal Kim Hodge has been named the recipient of the 2017 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Award for Administrators for the Southwest region. The College Board AP Award for Administrators recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant positive impact on the AP Program within their school or district; supports and promotes…

Anderson Mill earns Marzano High Reliability Schools Level Two certification

Anderson Mill earns Marzano High Reliability Schools Level Two certification

Anderson Mill Elementary School has earned the Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) Level Two certification for showcasing effective teaching in every classroom. The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators,…

McNeil senior earns recognition for engineering

McNeil senior earns recognition for engineering

McNeil High School senior Brandon Vo is one of 1,300 students in the nation to be recognized by the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) for his achievement in engineering. Brandon excelled in his PLTW coursework which included Introduction to Engineer and Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and…

Robertson, Berkman Elementary Schools achieve certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Robertson, Berkman achieve Marzano High Reliability Schools certification

Berkman Arts Integration Academy (AIA) and Robertson Elementary School have achieved level one and level two certifications, respectively in Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative culture. The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using…

RRISD succeed at Texas K-12 Chess Championship

RRISD students succeed at Texas K-12 Chess Championship

Students from five Round Rock ISD schools traveled to Houston in November to compete in the 20th annual Texas K-12 Chess Championship. Students from England, Laurel Mountain, Spicewood and Sommer elementary schools, Canyon Vista and Walsh middle schools and Westwood High School joined more than 400 students from across Texas who participated in the championship.…

Brillhart receives TAGT State Educator of the Gifted Award

Brillhart receives TAGT State Educator of the Gifted Award

The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) has named Gattis Elementary School Talented and Gifted teacher Daniel Brillhart as the recipient of its 2016 TAGT State Educator of the Gifted Award. The honor is presented annually to an active teacher who, through the delivery of exemplary curriculum and instruction, meets the intellectual, social…

Cedar Valley science teacher receives NSTA Fellowship honor

Cedar Valley Middle School seventh grade science teacher Marla Menchaca has been named a Fellow in the 2016-2017 New Science Teacher Academy. Menchaca is one of 35 middle and secondary science teachers from across the nation to be selected as a participant in the yearlong program, offered by the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA). Menchaca…