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 Laurel Mountain,…

Union Hill Elementary achieves certificatino in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Union Hill Elementary achieves certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Union Hill Elementary School has achieved a level two certification in the Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative culture. The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading…

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…

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…

Teravista hosts third annual Leadership Day

Student leaders at Teravista Elementary School hosted more than 240 community members at the campus’ Leadership Day, held in February. The students gave tours to visitors and explained how The Leader in Me program affects their daily lives both academically and personally. Elected officials, business leaders, parents, District personnel and educators from around Central Texas…

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…

Forest Creek, Laurel Mountain raise funds, books for ‘Libraries of Love’

Forest Creek and Laurel Mountain elementary school students raised more than $9,000 and 1,889 books for Libraries of Love, an organization that builds and supplies libraries for students in Africa. Both campuses hosted “Walk to Read” events and raised money and books through campuswide campaigns. Forest Creek fourth-grade classes integrated Libraries of Love into a…

Spicewood showcases multicultural campus through Inquiry Lab broadcasts

Students at Spicewood Elementary School are showcasing their diverse cultures as part of a student-driven project in the campus’ new Inquiry Lab. To highlight the variety of languages and cultures celebrated at Spicewood, fourth-grade students chose to produce “Mother Tongue” recordings to broadcast in the school news. Each recording features one student who speaks in…

Board of Trustees approve 2017- 2018 academic calendar

Board of Trustees approve 2017- 2018 academic calendar

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees approved the academic calendar for the 2017-2018 school year at its regular meeting Feb. 16. A calendar committee comprised of District and campus administrators, as well as parents, designed the calendars in alignment with the most recent calendars. The calendar committee considered the following parameters when creating the…

Board calls for $572.1 million Bond Election in May 2017

Board calls for $572.1 million Bond Election in May 2017

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously called for a Bond Election to be held May 6, 2017, to address the needs of growth, innovation and safety. “To provide our students with a world-class education, we must provide them with world-class opportunities, resources and facilities,” Board President Diane Cox said. “Our priorities in this…

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…

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…

Old Town votes on new school logo

Old Town votes on new school logo

Old Town Elementary School updated its school logo in an effort to update the traditional logo with a modern twist. The new logo features red, white and black and showcases the state of Texas and a star. Both the color scheme and imagery match the campus’ personality and culture of the Old Town Texans. “Old…

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…

Anderson Mill earns Marzano High Reliability Schools Level Two certification

Anderson Mill earns Marzano High Reliability Schools Level Two certification

Anderson Mill Elementary School has earned the Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) Level Two certification for showcasing effective teaching in every classroom. The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators,…

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…

Westwood debate, Canyon Creek partner for student-led lesson

Westwood debate, Canyon Creek partner for student-led lesson

Westwood High School Debate Club leaders shared their knowledge Jan. 20 and led a lesson on debate preparation for Canyon Creek Elementary School fifth-grade classes. Canyon Creek fifth-grade classes started preparing to participate in a debate as part of a Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative that included environmental science and persuasive writing. While the students…

Caldwell Heights welcomes Argentine principal Ana Maria Juarez

Caldwell Heights welcomes Argentine principal Ana Maria Juarez

Caldwell Heights Elementary School welcomed Argentine principal Ana Maria Juarez to its campus as part of a continuing international partnership to improve international relations and enhance practices in schools across the world. Caldwell Heights Principal Barbara Bergman and Juarez collaborated with students, staff and parents during the three-week visit in January. The two principals met…

Laurel Mountain awarded $3K City of Austin grant to build rain garden

Laurel Mountain awarded $3K City of Austin grant to build rain garden

Laurel Mountain Elementary School has been named the recipient of a $3,000 Bright Green Future grant from the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability to complete the construction of the campus’ rain garden. The grant, funded through Austin Resource Recovery, Watershed Protection, the Public Works Department, Austin Transportation and Austin Energy, was designed to recognize…

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…

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…

Robertson, Berkman Elementary Schools achieve certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Robertson, Berkman achieve Marzano High Reliability Schools certification

Berkman Arts Integration Academy (AIA) and Robertson Elementary School have achieved level one and level two certifications, respectively in Marzano High Reliability Schools (HRS) program for creating a safe and collaborative culture. The HRS program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using…

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…