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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

District cheer showcase benefits scholarship program

District cheer showcase benefits scholarship program

On Saturday, Feb. 11, cheer teams from across the District will gather at Round Rock High School’s Dragon Stadium to perform Fusion, a cheer showcase. All proceeds from the showcase will benefit the Susan C. Brown Memorial Scholarship. At the showcase, 17 different cheer teams from the District’s five high schools and ten middle schools…

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…

Caldwell Heights welcomes Argentine principal Ana Maria Juarez

Caldwell Heights welcomes Argentine principal Ana Maria Juarez

Caldwell Heights Elementary School welcomed Argentine principal Ana Maria Juarez to its campus as part of a continuing international partnership to improve international relations and enhance practices in schools across the world. Caldwell Heights Principal Barbara Bergman and Juarez collaborated with students, staff and parents during the three-week visit in January. The two principals met…

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…

Voigt, Great Oaks establish 'sister school' PTA partnership

Voigt, Great Oaks establish ‘sister school’ PTA partnership

The PTA organizations at Great Oaks and Voigt elementary schools have established a new “sister school” partnership in an effort to create equal opportunities and collaboration across Round Rock ISD. The partnership kicked off after Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores spoke at a Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs luncheon and stressed the importance…

Round Rock ISD and Round Rock Chamber partner for K-12 day

Round Rock ISD and Round Rock Chamber partner for K-12 day

The Round Rock Chamber hosted 21 community members at its annual K-12 Day, which visited four Round Rock ISD schools to showcase the innovative programs offered in the District. The group toured the District in a traditional yellow school bus as they visited Berkman Elementary Arts Integration Academy, England Elementary School, Hernandez Middle School and…

RRISD students earn 2K college credit hours through dual credit

RRISD students earn 2K college credit hours through dual credit

Round Rock ISD students at the District’s five comprehensive high schools earned a record breaking total of 2,325 college credit hours during fall 2016 dual credit courses — the equivalent of $1.9 million in tuition at Austin Community College (ACC). Across the high schools, 556 students registered and completed 774 dual credit courses, all available…

RRISD Mentor program receives proclamation from City

In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Round Rock ISD mentor program was recognized with a proclamation by the City of Round Rock Mayor, Alan McGraw, during the Jan. 12 City Council meeting. National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring. District representatives in attendance to accept the honor were…

Spicewood art teacher named finalist for NAEA Award of Excellence

Spicewood Elementary School Art Teacher Jen Raybourn has been named the finalist to receive the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Award of Excellence for her work organizing Texas Youth Art Month exhibitions. Raybourn serves as the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) vice president in charge of Youth Art Month, which yields three exhibitions and five…

Technology immerses Deerpark Language Arts students in the Sixties

Through technology, Next Generation Digital Classroom (NGDC) librarian Amy Lott transported Deerpark Middle School seventh-grade language arts students to the time and place of the coming-of-age novel The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton, published in 1967. In preparation to read the book, students used iPads to launch Aurasma virtual experiences. The auras immerse the…

Cedar Ridge, Baylor Scott & White Health partner for professional panel

A panel of nine health care professionals visited Cedar Ridge High School as part of a question-and-answer session aimed at informing Health Science Academy students about the path to a career in the healthcare field. The panelists from Baylor Scott & White Health included a surgeon, physical therapist, dietician, orthopedist, primary care physician, finance manager,…

Smith named new executive director of teaching and learning — secondary

Round Rock ISD has named Ryan Smith the new Executive Director of Teaching of Learning — Secondary. Smith has served as the District’s Director of Professional Development since 2013 and has previously held the position of assistant principal at Walsh and Deerpark middle schools. Prior to administrative roles, he also served as a special education…

District Digest

January 6, 2017 District Digest – 3 Things to Know In Round Rock ISD

Help Round Rock ISD advocate tirelessly for student success. Here’s what you need to know about our world class District. Download the PDF in English or Spanish. State releases preliminary school accountability grading system The state of Texas will be releasing preliminary grades for every school and district on Jan. 6, 2017, in accordance with…

McNeil student-athletes make a difference as mentors

Every Tuesday morning elementary schools zoned to attend McNeil High School receive visits from McNeil student-athlete mentors. The MavsAreMAD (Making a Difference) mentor program blends the McNeil mascot, the Maverick, with the program’s statement of purpose, to make a difference. MavsAreMAD began last year with 30 athletes at Pond Springs Elementary School. This year there…