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…

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…

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…

PIE Foundation Scholarship Applications open now

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…

Lowe's builds relationships with Herrington students

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…

Canyon Vista students embrace entrepreneurial spirit through Junior Achievement

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

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…

Deerpark culturally connects classrooms with project-based partnership

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

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…

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

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,…

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…

Hernandez partners with Univision to open in-school media center

Hernandez Middle School students were broadcast live across the United States last week as the school celebrated its partnership with Univision at the opening of its state-of-the-art media center. Hernandez is one of six schools nationwide to partner with Univision to empower students to learn more about careers in television broadcasting. The media center is…

Brunson named Superintendent’s RRock Star for August

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores named Rachael Brunson, Round Rock ISD community partnerships supervisor, as the RRock Star for August 2016. Brunson spearheaded the School Supplies Sunday and Kutz4Kids partnership event, which distributed school supplies, health and wellness checks and haircuts to more than 7,000 students in August. The event, which was hosted by…

41 teachers complete RRISD, Round Rock Chamber externship program

41 teachers complete RRISD, Round Rock Chamber externship program

Secondary teachers from across Round Rock ISD and members of the Round Rock Chamber gathered to celebrate the completion of and a record-breaking year for the summer externship program on Aug. 12. The program allows secondary teachers the opportunity to spend three days shadowing a local business/organization and interviewing the employees to get a first-hand…

RRISD seek volunteers, donations for School Supplies Sunday

RRISD seeks volunteers, donations for School Supplies Sunday

Round Rock ISD is seeking volunteers and donations for its annual School Supplies Sunday, held in partnership with the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation and Round Rock Police Department Kutz 4 Kids event, presented by Dream Big. Volunteer opportunities are available for three separate days, which include the sorting day Aug. 10,…

Westwood teacher named ‘UTeach Outstanding Cooperating Teacher’

Westwood High School German Teacher Jennifer Melgar was one of six Texas teachers selected to be recognized as UTeach Liberal Arts Outstanding Cooperating Teachers. Teachers were recognized by UTeach Liberal Arts for their exceptional work with student teachers and interns. Melgar has worked with UTeach German student teachers since 2013 and has hosted interns for…

RRISD announces School Supplies Sunday, Kuts 4 Kids partnership, held Aug. 14

The Round Rock ISD Partnership in Education (PIE)  Foundation, Round Rock ISD and the Round Rock Police Department are partnering this year to host School Supplies Sunday in partnership with Kuts 4 Kids, sponsored by Dream Big Foundation. The event, slated to be held Sunday, Aug. 14, will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.…

RRISD PIE Foundation named TEFN Outstanding Achievement Award finalist

The Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation has been recognized as a finalist for the Texas Education Foundation Network (TEFN) Outstanding Achievement Awards for its Employee Giving Campaign, which raised $112,000 in 2015. The Foundation was awarded $1,000 for its standing as a finalist in the fundraising category. The 2015 Employee Giving Campaign…

A+ FCU awards $12K in scholarships to RRISD students

The A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU) awarded six Round Rock ISD students with a combined $12,000 in scholarships to help further their education. The winners, seniors at Round Rock and Cedar Ridge high schools, were selected for their outstanding academic achievement, as well as for their community involvement. The students, their respective school and collegiate…

RRISD students advance to national PTA Reflections contest

Five students from Round Rock ISD have advanced to the national Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections contest. The students advanced after being judged at the state level. More than 1,000 entries had advanced to the state level to determine if they would move on to the national competition. Out of those submissions only 30 were…