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…

Four RRISD schools named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools finalists

Canyon Creek, Forest North, Union Hill and Voigt elementary schools have been named finalists by the Flippen Group to receive a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2016-2017 school year. The Flippen Group selected 46 finalists out of 10,000 schools nationwide that host the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program. As part of the…

Jollyville community congregates for Winter Wonderland

Over 450 students and community members enjoyed a festive day of family, fun, and snow at Jollyville Elementary School’s Winter Wonderland event. Winter Wonderland was a free community event held at the Jollyville campus and created to promote family and community togetherness. Families participated in holiday activities that included, cookie decorating, crafts, hayrides, dancing, listening…

Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation Scholarship Applications Open Now

Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation Scholarship applications are now available for current seniors to complete before the deadline of March 8, 2017. Applications are located on the Partners in Education Foundation website where students should apply directly online. PIE Foundation scholarships are open to seniors graduating in 2017 to apply until midnight…

Athletics Report: student-athletes earn scholarships, community comes together in tragedy, winter sports thrive

Thirty student-athletes earn college scholarships, a community comes together in tragedy to raise $8,000 and Winter sports teams continue to thrive in Round Rock ISD. High schools showcase 30 students signing athletic scholarships Round Rock ISD stadiums and gyms are filled with future college athletes. In November the District’s five high schools celebrated five Cedar…

RRISD TAG Independent Study Showcase highlights elementary school student research

Talented and Gifted (TAG) students from across Round Rock ISD highlighted their research projects during the District’s semi-annual TAG Independent Study Showcase.

The event, held Dec. 6 at Cedar Ridge High School, provided an opportunity for elementary school students to present and showcase their work to parents, teachers and community members.

Lowe’s builds relationships with Herrington students

Students at Herrington Elementary School were excitedly using hammers and nails to build ships, ornaments and super heroes with district managers from Lowe’s Home Improvement in an effort to build skills and concepts within school curriculum. Smiles could be seen across the room as 18 community partners from Lowe’s, along with Herrington teachers guided students…

McNeil athletes earn scholarships, sign early letters of intent

Last month, four accomplished student-athletes attending McNeil High School accepted college recruiting offers when they signed letters of intent. November signifies the early signing period for high school athletics, other than football. By signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI), a prospective student-athlete receives a scholarship and agrees to attend the designated college or university…

Athletics Report: Historical season ends for Dragons, Westwood Volleyball earns postseason awards, Stony Point coaching family grieves loss

The Dragons end a historical season, basketball season heats up before the holidays and tragedy strikes Stony Point coaching family. Read more about Round Rock ISD athletics from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4, 2016. Historical Season Ends for Dragons The Round Rock High School football team lost to The Woodlands High School on Dec. 3,…

Canyon Vista students embrace entrepreneurial spirit through Junior Achievement

Business students at Canyon Vista Middle School are getting first-hand experience with entrepreneurship through the Junior Achievement (JA) program, which challenged teams of students to create and market innovative products. The six-week JA It’s My Business! Blended Model program incorporated adult volunteers to teach students the process to create a marketable product. The six session…

Community Partnership gives Success students glimpse of future careers

Success High School students interested in joining the workforce as automotive repair technicians were invited by Christian Brothers Automotive Repair in Round Rock for an on-site tour to learn about the automotive repair business. While on-site, students observed customer service and consultation, parts inventory and business management and appropriate tool and equipment care in addition…

Hernandez student selected to be part of the national conference youth choir

Kallie Smalley, an eighth-grade student from Hernandez Middle School, auditioned with middle school students from all across the United States and was selected to be part of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) national conference youth choir. In addition to auditioning for the youth choir, Kallie wrote an essay describing her interest in music…

Deerpark culturally connects classrooms with project-based partnership

Students at Deerpark Middle School participated in a project-based, cross-curricular activity to complete their sixth-grade World Cultures Latin American folktale assignment. The assignment was a six-week partnership with The Thinkery, a division of the Austin Children’s Museum, and through the art of digital storytelling, students created stop motion videos.

Stony Point journalism students get a lesson from acclaimed photojournalist

Students of Rebecca Plumley’s journalism class at Stony Point High School had the opportunity to visit with acclaimed photojournalist Thomas E. Franklin to talk about real-world projects and experiences. Franklin is an assistant professor at Montclair State University in Multiplatform Journalism and is best known for the picture he captured at ground zero known as…

Athletics Report: Dragons advance, Raiders lose in a thriller

Round Rock ISD student-athletes went into the holiday week thankful for more opportunities to compete in the UIL state championship tournament. The Dragons advanced, the Raiders capped their historic season, and the Tigers fell.   Dragon Playoff Tickets available on November 23 The Round Rock High School football team advanced to the state playoffs, squaring…

Community comes together to purchase wheelchair accessible van for the Favors Family

During the football team sendoff at Stony Point High School on Nov. 11, Stony Point student Jasiel Favors was welcomed by fellow students and the community to receive a crowdfunded donation to pay for his wheelchair-accessible van. Favors, who was paralyzed from the neck down after a helmet-to-helmet collision during a 2015 junior varsity football game,…

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…

Future leaders develop skills at World Class Leadership Conference

Elementary students across Round Rock ISD spent a Saturday morning developing skills that will help them become future leaders during the World Class Student Leadership Conference on Nov. 12. Hosted at Great Oaks Elementary School, the conference offered 340 elementary student council members the opportunity to participate in different leadership sessions throughout the morning and…

Hernandez, Deerpark students participate in ‘Engineer the World’ camp

Thirty students from Hernandez and Deerpark middle schools participated in Mission: Engineer the World camp on Saturday, November 5. The camp, hosted at Hernandez, is an all day middle school camp, created by the Society of Women Engineers (UTSWE) at the University of Texas at Austin . The camp is designed to excite and educate…