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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

Wells Branch begins Suzuki Strings program

A group of 34 students, Kindergarten through fifth-grade at Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy are studying to play the violin using the Suzuki Method and Philosophy. Beginning with a box violin, students learned and practiced how to hold their instrument and bow, techniques for fingering, bow movement and instrument care. “This is such an…

RRISD Gifted and Advanced Academic Services Department presents Success in College and Life: A Professor’s Perspective

Round Rock ISD students and parents are invited to attend the presentation Success in College and Life: A Professor’s Perspective on Oct. 20. Presented by the RRISD Gifted and Advanced Academic Services Department, the presentation will be given by Jonathan Plucker and provide best practices for transitioning to college. The presentation will be held at…

Westwood, Canyon Vista, Cedar Valley bands honored as ‘Mark of Excellence,’ Citation of Excellence’ winners

The Foundation of Music Education has awarded five Round Rock ISD bands Mark of Excellence and Citation of Excellence awards at three District campuses during its annual award program. Three bands at Westwood High School and the Honors Bands at Canyon Vista and Cedar Valley middle schools were recognized through the awards, which recognize outstanding…

RRISD, BrightBytes partner for district wide technology survey

Round Rock ISD has partnered with BrightBytes to learn more about students’ school and home technology use. BrightBytes, an educational software company, will facilitate a Clarity questionnaire to ensure the District receives a more complete picture of technology use for learning in students’ lives. Parent and guardian participation is essential to fulfill the District’s goal…

RRISD to host 17th Annual Festival of Bands

Band members from across Round Rock ISD will gather October 3 for the District’s 17th Annual Festival of Bands, which showcases the talent of fine arts students at 15 schools.

The event, held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, will begin at 7 p.m. Marching bands and auxiliaries from Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Round Rock, Stony Point, and Westwood high schools will perform marching performances and lead middle school students in group performances.

Public review opens for District of Innovation Plan

Community members now have an opportunity to review a plan that could bring more flexibility to schools, allowing Round Rock ISD to meet students’ needs and align with its Strategic Plan. Round Rock ISD’s District of Innovation (DOI) [roundrockisd.org/district-of-innovation/] design committee concluded their recommendation on September 12 for the District’s exemption from seven Texas Education…

District commences Cedar Ridge auditorium project from Bond 2014

Creativity starts with a blank canvas. The composer doesn’t know the notes. The actor doesn’t have words. It’s only through hard work, commitment and determination that creativity emerges from someplace empty. Just outside of Cedar Ridge High School lies another kind of blank canvas – a large construction site. It can be hard to visualize…

August 18, 2016 Board Briefs: High School #6, Dragon Stadium Upgrades, and Strategic Plan

The Board of Trustees approved a construction manager for High School #6, as well as safety and infrastructure upgrades to Dragon Stadium during the August 18 Regular Meeting. Leadership team presented reports on construction projects tied to the Round Rock ISD Strategic Plan and Public Schools of Choice. Contractor approved for High School #6 project at Pearson Ranch…

Ridgeview Middle School Band members to perform at international music conference

A group of percussion students at Ridgeview Middle school earned an opportunity to perform at The 70th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. The Midwest Clinic is an international music conference with student musicians selected around the world to showcase ideas and talent. The Ridgeview percussion students had competed against hundreds of other groups of musicians.…

RRISD music teachers showcase technology tools at state conference

A group of Round Rock ISD music teachers showcased technology tools used in fine arts classrooms during a panel presentation at the Texas Center for Education and Development of Fine Arts (CEDFA) summit. The Technology in Music Instruction presentation was led by Cedar Ridge High School Piano Teacher Cayla Cardiff, Stony Point High School Choral…