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…

RRISD students earn awards, advancement in "History Day,' "Geographic Bee' competitions

RRISD students earn awards, advancements in ‘History Day,’ ‘Geographic Bee’ competitions

Round Rock ISD elementary and middle school students have been selected to advance to the Texas State History Day and the state level of the National Geographic Bee after successfully topping the competition in regional contests. Canyon Vista Middle School students earned group and individual awards at the Central Texas Regional History Day, held Feb.…

Pond Spring’s Tech Ninjas get hands-on with Next Gen devices

Fourth-grade and fifth-grade students from Pond Springs Elementary School, or the Tech Ninjas as they like to call themselves, engaged in an immersive technology experience on a recent visit to the Apple and Microsoft stores. Pond Springs furnishes students with a learning model geared toward enrichment activities designed to generate student interest and excitement in…

Teravista hosts third annual Leadership Day

Student leaders at Teravista Elementary School hosted more than 240 community members at the campus’ Leadership Day, held in February. The students gave tours to visitors and explained how The Leader in Me program affects their daily lives both academically and personally. Elected officials, business leaders, parents, District personnel and educators from around Central Texas…

Deerpark students lead Pond Springs language enrichment activities

Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) students at Deerpark Middle School taught Pond Springs Elementary School second-grade students language skills during a collaborative enrichment experience. For the second-grade students it was their first time at Deerpark, the middle school Pond Springs students feed into. The joint experience gave students from both schools the opportunity to…

CTE Month Spotlight: Westwood Health Science Academy leads students to certification, careers

For students in the Westwood High School Health Science Academy, the interactive skills offered within the four branches of study lay a strong foundation for certifications, college credits and a pathway to a health science career. The four pathways consist of Biomedical Science through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Health Science Theory and Practice, Health…

Forest Creek, Laurel Mountain raise funds, books for ‘Libraries of Love’

Forest Creek and Laurel Mountain elementary school students raised more than $9,000 and 1,889 books for Libraries of Love, an organization that builds and supplies libraries for students in Africa. Both campuses hosted “Walk to Read” events and raised money and books through campuswide campaigns. Forest Creek fourth-grade classes integrated Libraries of Love into a…

Spicewood showcases multicultural campus through Inquiry Lab broadcasts

Students at Spicewood Elementary School are showcasing their diverse cultures as part of a student-driven project in the campus’ new Inquiry Lab. To highlight the variety of languages and cultures celebrated at Spicewood, fourth-grade students chose to produce “Mother Tongue” recordings to broadcast in the school news. Each recording features one student who speaks in…

Students learn basketball, goal-setting from Mr. Globetrotter

Students learn basketball, goal-setting from Mr. Globetrotter

Motivational speaker and Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams visited Success High School to share his message of hope and positivity to students from Success, Early College High School, and Hopewell Middle School. “Sometimes life can be overwhelming and the idea of goal-setting can be intimidating,” Success Principal Thomasine Stewart said. “We are grateful to Melvin for…

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CTE Month Spotlight: Stony Point Business and Industry Academy offers interactive career preparation

In Stony Point High School’s Business and Industry Academy, students have the opportunity to spend their day learning interactive skills like raising animals, developing business plans and earning certifications all within the campus. The Business and Industry Academy offers 17 programs of study, including agricultural mechanics and metal technologies, floral design and digital media. The…

District visually impaired academic readers compete in Braille Challenge

District visually impaired academic readers compete in Braille Challenge

District visually impaired students from four campuses competed at the Region 13 Braille Challenge, an academic competition for braille readers. McNeil High School freshman Adhy Singh took home the first-place medal in the junior varsity division. Adhy said he practiced every day to prepare for the competition. Specifically, he concentrated on managing his stress in…

CTE Month Spotlight: Round Rock Public Service Academy prepares future public servants

CTE Month Spotlight: Round Rock Public Service Academy prepares future public servants

Future police officers, lawyers and teachers and educators at Round Rock High School are in the midst of training for their prospective professions, taking advantage of hands-on courses as part of the school’s Public Services Academy. The academy consists of four programs of study — Education and Training, Marine Corps JROTC, Law Enforcement and Law…

District deaf education program shares expertise with visiting educators

District deaf education program shares expertise with visiting educators

Recently, deaf education educators from McAllen Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) visited Round Rock ISD’s deaf education program, Capital Area Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) at Live Oak Elementary School to gain insight and collect new ideas. One of the program’s most successful strategies is classroom inclusion of deaf…

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…

Old Town votes on new school logo

Old Town votes on new school logo

Old Town Elementary School updated its school logo in an effort to update the traditional logo with a modern twist. The new logo features red, white and black and showcases the state of Texas and a star. Both the color scheme and imagery match the campus’ personality and culture of the Old Town Texans. “Old…

Union Hill hosts parent night to showcase motor labs

Union Hill hosts parent night to showcase motor labs

Parents of Union Hill Elementary School Functional Communication Classroom (FCC) students explored the campus’ motor labs and participated in a sensory needs training, funded through a Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation Excellence in Education Grant. Students with sensory processing disorder experience hyposensitive or hypersensitive reactions to sensory input in one or more…

CTE Month Spotlight: McNeil STEM Academy, tech industry partner to build strong student engineers

CTE Month Spotlight: McNeil STEM Academy, tech industry partner to build strong student engineers

McNeil High School’s location in the middle of a slew of tech industry partners offers a unique opportunity for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy to network with professionals and become better prepared for careers in engineering industries. Students in the STEM Academy, which includes engineering and computer science paths, actively…

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,…

Berkman hosts Arts Integration Academy Winter Showcase

Berkman hosts Arts Integration Academy Winter Showcase

The Berkman Elementary Arts Integration Academy (AIA) winter showcase was a celebration of the arts with a night full of performances from Berkman’s after school enrichment classes including dance, theater, violin, drums, and piano. All Berkman AIA students had art work on display at the interactive art gallery where students and families were encouraged to…

CTE Month Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Academy Ambassadors share CTE mission

CTE Month Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Academy Ambassadors share CTE mission

Navigating the five academies of Cedar Ridge High School is standard practice for the campus’ 75 Academy Ambassadors, who collectively help hundreds of prospective students, community members and business partners throughout the year to learn more about academy offerings. Academy Ambassadors work closely with Cedar Ridge Academy Specialist Rachel Sotelo to keep an open dialogue…

Hernandez students attend presidential inauguration

Hernandez students attend presidential inauguration

Fifteen Hernandez Middle School students were among the hundreds of thousands who witnessed the 45th presidential inauguration at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Students did everything from raking leaves to babysitting to raise the $2,300 required for the trip. Along with their chaperones, Hernandez Librarian Wendy Tucker, and Desiree Le, International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator,…