Laurel Mountain propels Innovative School Grants through community partnership

Laurel Mountain Elementary School is maximizing the value of its Round Rock ISD Innovative School Grants, putting in motion environmental, grant-funded projects that will bring new flexible learning spaces to the campus. Laurel Mountain received a $75,000 Tier II Innovative School Grant to develop a natural play area and a $250,000 Tier III Innovative School…

Berkman, Voigt Achieve Marzano High Reliability Schools Certification

Berkman Elementary Arts Integration Academy (AIA) and Voigt Elementary School have achieved level two certifications 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 a research-based five-level…

Isaac Sorenson, 2017 Salutatorian McNeil High School

McNeil Salutatorian to attend BYU, study mechanical engineering

Isaac Sorensen’s approach to learning includes seeing, touching and visualizing the problems he’s tasked to solve. His technique has made him the 2017 McNeil High School Salutatorian and earned him a place at Brigham Young University this fall studying mechanical engineering and pursuing minors in physics and mathematics. Along with McNeil, Isaac also attended Cedar…

Larissa Herold, 2017 Valedictorian McNeil High School

McNeil Valedictorian heads to UT, sees alternative energy as field of choice

The 2017 McNeil High School Valedictorian is Larissa Herold. In the fall, Larissa heads to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a double major of environmental engineering and Plan II honors. “I have been drawn to engineering because it affords the opportunity to combine disciplines and ways of thinking,” Larissa said. “Plan II…

Marissa Maxim Sal CRHS 2017

Cedar Ridge High School Salutatorian to attend A&M, study political science

Cedar Ridge High School Salutatorian Marissa Maxim is fascinated by politics. Combining her fascination with politics and her determination to build a strong foundation for a future career in law, Marissa is set to study political science at Texas A&M University this fall. Along with Cedar Ridge, Marissa also attended Blackland Prairie Elementary and Ridgeview…

Arvind Raghavan CRHS Valedictorian

Cedar Ridge Valedictorian heads to UT, sets sights on computer science industry

Since elementary school Cedar Ridge High School Valedictorian, Arvind Raghavan, immersed himself in the field of computer science by spending countless hours over multiple summers coding, developing, testing and debugging games. His pursuits have put him on a path that now finds him ready to start the University of Texas at Austin as a computer…

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…

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…

WBE AIA Spring Showcase

Wells Branch Arts Integration Academy invites community to Spring Showcase, May 18

Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy welcomes student families, friends and community members to attend its arts integration Spring Showcase, titled “We are Wells Branch” featuring student artists and performers on May 18. When the doors open at 5:30 p.m. community members can take a gallery walk of integrated learning and student artwork, enjoy recital…

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…

RRISD Elementary DAEP staff presents at national conference

Staff members of Round Rock ISD Elementary Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement (DAEP) presented the campus’ learning model at the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) conference in Dallas. The District’s Elementary DAEP restructured its philosophy three years ago to focus on a three-tiered strategy of academic instruction, twice-daily counseling and the introduction of behavior support specialists…

ELL readers

Voigt, Success ELL students partner for literacy

Students from Success High School’s English Language Learners (ELL) program known as Academic Language Academy at Success (ALAS) make regular visits to neighboring Voigt Elementary School to read and mentor ELL Pre-K students with emerging English skills. ALAS lead teacher Kinzie Morgan approached the idea to partner with Voigt as a way for her students…

Theresa Proctor

McNeil journalism teacher recognized by UIL

McNeil High School journalism teacher Theresa Proctor has been chosen by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to receive the Edith Fox King Award from the Interscholastic League Press Conference. “We are fortunate to have Theresa working with our literary Mavericks,” McNeil Principal Courtney Acosta said. “She does a great job of teaching them not only…

Grisham eight-grade student Cassie Beauchamp with a hand-crafted violin.

Grisham student creates low-cost violins for IB MYP project

Grisham Middle School eighth-grade student Cassie Beauchamp created eight hand-crafted violins as part of her International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) community project in an effort to provide access to music for children who cannot afford professionally made instruments. Cassie created the violins out of paper mache newspapers, 3D printed tuning pegs, laminate flooring…

students and dancers on stage at Berkman Arts Integration Academy

Local dance company teaches physics through dance at Berkman and Wells Branch

Students at the Berkman and Wells Branch Arts Integration Academies are learning physics through a unique dance partnership with the Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble Company (AMDE). Dancing into Motion, led by AMDC, is a workshop for kindergarten through fifth-grade students that teaches the concepts of physics, specifically the laws of motion, through dance. Students at…

Elementary students watch Jason Garrett read book

Deep Wood kicks off ‘Texas Reads One Book’

Deep Wood Elementary School students joined nearly 60,000 Texas students April 3 to kick off “Texas Reads One Book” with an online reading led by Dallas Cowboy’s Head Coach Jason Garrett. This is the third year Garrett has helped kick off the statewide reading program. The 2017 “Texas Reads One Book” selection is “The Lemonade…

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…