RRISD partners with ACC, Round Rock Chamber for HVAC, Plumbing career training

More skilled professionals should hit the Central Texas job market thanks to a new partnership.

Round Rock ISD has partnered with Austin Community College (ACC) and the Round Rock Chamber to start an HVAC and plumbing career training program at Round Rock High School (RRHS).

The organizations signed a memorandum of understanding for the program, which will begin this summer in the back of the RRHS 500 building. The program was created to meet the demands for individuals trained in HVAC and plumbing in the Central Texas community. Courses will be held for free to District students and employees.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Uselman named new Director of Instructional Technology

Round Rock ISD has named Jeff Uselman the new Director of Instructional Technology. Uselman served as the District’s assistant director of instructional technology for secondary schools since 2010 and previously served as an instructional technology specialist at McNeil High School. Uselman has been an educator for 28 years and has worked with educational technology since…

McNeil Deaf Education Staff

Capital Area RDSPD deaf educators recognized at 2017 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindess

Round Rock ISD’s Capital Area Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) was awarded the Marty Murrell Excellence in Education award at the 2017 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindess for providing excellent educational programing for a McNeil High School student with Deafblindness. The Marty Murrell Excellence in Education award is given to an educator or…

RRISD students succeed at 2017 Texas Scholastic Chess Championships

RRISD students succeed at 2017 Texas Scholastic Chess Championships

Students from eight Round Rock ISD campuses earned top honors at the 2017 North/Central Texas Scholastic Chess Championships, held in Arlington in early March. Individual trophy winners represented Spicewood, Laurel Mountain, England and Sommer elementary schools, Canyon Vista and Walsh middle schools and Westwood and Round Rock high schools. Team trophy winners represented Sommer, Laurel…

Round Rock ISD Destination School Guide 2017-2018

RRISD publishes Public School of Choice Destination Guide, accepting transfers

District students and parents have the opportunity to learn more about Round Rock ISD Public Schools of Choice by reading the recently published Destination School Guide. Round Rock ISD Public Schools of Choice provides students with access to innovative programming that engages and taps into their specific interests, aspirations and preferred learning styles.The learning community…

Students with ipad

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…

Brooke Bailey

Round Rock ISD names Bailey Pond Springs principal

Round Rock ISD has named Brooke Bailey the new principal of Pond Springs Elementary School. Bailey has worked in RRISD her entire educational career, most recently serving as the assistant principal at Pond Springs since 2013. She previously served as a teacher at Teravista, Gattis and Blackland Prairie elementary schools. She has 12 years of…

Blackland Prairie teacher named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalist

Blackland Prairie Elementary School Dyslexia and Interventions teacher Denise Johnson has been named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Elementary Leadership Award. H-E-B selected Johnson as one of five finalists in Texas for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Elementary Leadership Award, which honors teachers with 10 to 20 years in the classroom. H-E-B…

McNeil teachers named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalists

McNeil teachers named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalists

McNeil High School teachers Emily Jensen and Kari Teague are finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Secondary Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. H-E-B representatives, Round Rock ISD leaders, and McNeil staff surprised Teague and Jensen Tuesday morning in their classrooms with news of the honor. Along with the accomplishment, H-E-B awarded both educators…

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…

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…

FFA Student with Goat

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…

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…