RRISD campuses earn ‘No Place for Hate’ designation

A total of 32 Round Rock ISD campuses earned designations as “No Place for Hate” campuses for the 2016-2017 school year by the Anti-Defamation League, which certifies the schools to teach lessons such as empowerment against bullying and the virtue of tolerance. To earn the designation, schools commit to creating a student-led coalition, signing the…

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…

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…

Elementary students watch Jason Garrett read book

Deep Wood kicks off ‘Texas Reads One Book’

Deep Wood Elementary School students joined nearly 60,000 Texas students April 3 to kick off “Texas Reads One Book” with an online reading led by Dallas Cowboy’s Head Coach Jason Garrett. This is the third year Garrett has helped kick off the statewide reading program. The 2017 “Texas Reads One Book” selection is “The Lemonade…

Cactus Ranch Elementary School Assistant Principal Kim Grubb

Cactus Ranch administrator named TEPSA Region 13 AP of the Year

Cactus Ranch Elementary School Assistant Principal Kim Grubb has been named Region 13 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Grubb was nominated for the award and selected after submitting an application and references from Cactus Ranch Principal Vicki Crain and Cactus Ranch staff. “It’s such an honor…

Jollyville students with magazines

Jollyville students self-publish magazine

Students at Jollyville Elementary School built new skills and experienced real-world challenges when they published their own magazines. The fifth-grade class self-published individual magazines as part of a Project-Based Learning (PBL) assignment that integrated social and emotional learning with writing and technology. “Students gained a new perspective about themselves through their writings,” said Tiffany Greene,…

The Immortals FLL Team from Spicewood Elementary School

Spicewood, England FLL teams succeed at regionals, ‘The Immortals’ advance to World Festival

The Spicewood Elementary School FIRST Lego League (FLL) team, The Immortals, advanced to the FLL World Festival after successfully competing at the Central Texas Regional Invitational Championship. The Immortals will compete in the FLL World Festival, held in Houston April 19-22. This year, 32,000 teams from 88 countries participated in FLL and 102 teams from…

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England Economics Fair promotes student service

England Elementary School’s third-grade classes raised a record-breaking $2,783 at its annual Project-Based Learning (PBL) Economics Fair. The fair is a result of a year-long project that connects the academia of economics, math and art with collaborative social lessons. At the beginning of each school year, students collectively select the PBL theme. This year, students…

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…

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…

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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…