Round Rock ISD Pop-Up Library coming to a park near you this summer.

Round Rock ISD Summer Pop-Up Library keeps families reading

Schools out. Reading is in. Returning this summer, Round Rock ISD Library Services will be hosting “Pop-Up” libraries in multiple locations on different days and times throughout the District. Last summer, Round Rock ISD Pop-Up Libraries put over 10,000 books directly into the hands of students and family members. At Pop-Up Library locations, students and…

Round Rock ISD says thank you to partners, volunteers and mentors

Round Rock ISD says thank you to partners, volunteers and mentors

As the academic year comes to a close, schools across the District are celebrating mentors, partners and volunteers for their selfless donation of time, talents and treasure.  Community Partnerships Supervisor Rachael Brunson said the value of our partners, mentors and volunteers is immeasurable. “At Round Rock ISD, we value the opportunity to form mutually beneficial…

WBE AIA Spring Showcase

Wells Branch Arts Integration Academy invites community to Spring Showcase, May 18

Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy welcomes student families, friends and community members to attend its arts integration Spring Showcase, titled “We are Wells Branch” featuring student artists and performers on May 18. When the doors open at 5:30 p.m. community members can take a gallery walk of integrated learning and student artwork, enjoy recital…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…