Caraway Champions Battle of the Bluebonnets for the third year in a row

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…

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…

RRISD succeed at Texas K-12 Chess Championship

RRISD students succeed at Texas K-12 Chess Championship

Students from five Round Rock ISD schools traveled to Houston in November to compete in the 20th annual Texas K-12 Chess Championship. Students from England, Laurel Mountain, Spicewood and Sommer elementary schools, Canyon Vista and Walsh middle schools and Westwood High School joined more than 400 students from across Texas who participated in the championship.…

RRISD students create works of art for future medical center

Students across Round Rock ISD are coming together to create works of art for the new Dell Seton Medical Center that will open in 2017. Students from elementary, middle and high schools are creating pieces of visual art that will be placed into a large art mosaic at the facility. Students were asked to contribute…

RRISD schools earn 115 TEA special distinctions

A total of 35 Round Rock ISD schools earned 115 special distinctions from the Texas Education Agency, including six campuses that earned all available distinctions.

Canyon Creek, Caraway, Great Oaks, Herrington and Spicewood elementary schools and Westwood High School earned all distinctions in all categories for which the schools were eligible, joining more than 400 campuses statewide that also earned all distinctions.

Campus distinctions are aligned with the TEA Accountability Ratings, released in August. RRISD, as well as all District campuses, earned a “Met Standard” designation.

RRISD awards 1.9 million in Innovative School Grants to 34 schools

RRISD awards $1.9 million in Innovative School Grants to 34 schools

Round Rock ISD has awarded $1.9 million in Innovative School Grants to 34 District campuses, challenging the winning schools to explore, enrich or design an exemplary model of innovation to serve students and the community.

The grants, ranging from $7,500 to 100,000, align with Goal 1 of the RRISD Strategic Plan, which states “we will implement, enhance and support innovative teachings and learning models.” Funded through 2016-2017 budget allocations, the grants were awarded through an internal application and interview process.

“To be the Destination District for Public Schools, we must empower our students and staff to create destination schools,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said. “The Innovation School Grants are an exciting opportunity for our schools to be creative and think outside of the box to benefit our students and community.”

Fourteen Round Rock ISD schools named to Texas Honor Roll

The Educational Results Partnership, a nonprofit organization that showcases schools with high academic achievement, has named fourteen schools from Round Rock ISD to the 2015 Texas Honor Roll. The Texas Honor Roll includes 713 state public schools that display academic excellence, continue to improve each year, and show reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority…

RRISD students win 193 awards at Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

Round Rock ISD students earned a total of 193 first-place or special awards at the annual Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, held Feb. 17-20 at the Palmer Events Center. Awards were presented to outstanding student projects from Westwood and McNeil high schools, Canyon Vista Middle School and 23 elementary schools across the district. The Austin…

RRISD PIE Foundation awards $85K in Excellence in Education Grants

The Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation awarded more than $85,000 in Excellence in Education Grants at the district’s annual Kickoff event Aug. 18. This year’s grants funded 50 projects, spanning 47 campuses and departments, which will affect more than 25,000 students. Last year, the Foundation funded 40 projects at 31 campuses, totaling $66,701…

Board celebrates international robotics students, PIEF donations at regular meeting

Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees celebrated the successes of several students, staff and community members during its May regular meeting, including the internationally awarded Laurel Mountain Lego Robotics Team, state champion Round Rock High School SkillsUSA competitors, and the RRISD Partners in Education Foundation, who capped off $300,000 of fundraising during the 2014-2015 school year.…

Elementary TAG students showcase projects

Students at 15 Round Rock ISD elementary school displayed their projects at the Gifted and Advanced Academics Spring Independent Study Project Showcase April 7. The event hosted 318 student projects from Anderson Mill, Brushy Creek, Canyon Creek, Caraway, England, Fern Bluff, Forest North, Great Oaks, Jollyville, Live Oak, Purple Sage, Pond Springs, Sommer, Spicewood and…

RRISD students receive honorable mention in ExploraVision contest

Round Rock ISD students from three schools received honorable mentions in the Exploravision contest, which tasks teams of students to research and develop ideas for what current technology will look like in 20 years. Teams from Laurel Mountain and England elementary schools and Westwood High School were recognized during the regional competition round. ExploraVision, a…

Austin Monthly features 22 RRISD schools among best in area

Austin Monthly featured 22 Round Rock ISD schools among the best Austin area in its April edition. The magazine used 2014 ranking information from Children at Risk, a Texas non-profit organization that annually ranks the top schools in the state by region. This is the ninth year the organization has released rankings, which strives to…

Elementary students showcase art

Selected works from each of our elementary schools is on display at the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Drive, Austin. The 20th Annual Elementary Art Exhibition is a showing of selected works from our thirty-three elementary school campuses representing art students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The show is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through March 31.

England teacher named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalist

England Elementary School teacher Melinda Schermerhorn has been named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education’s Elementary Rising Star Award. Schermerhorn, a fifth-grade teacher, was surprised Tuesday morning by a group of H-E-B representatives with the news of the honor. Along with the finalist designation, Schermerhorn received a $1,000 grant for her classroom and…

Cactus Ranch champions first RRISD elementary UIL contest

More than 300  Round Rock ISD students, staff and community members gathered March 7 for the inaugural elementary UIL academic contest where Cactus Ranch Elementary School took the top spot. “The elementary UIL competition was a great opportunity for students to experience a large showcase,” said Michael Wakefield, event organizer and Forest Creek Elementary School…

RRISD teams advance to state Destination ImagiNation contest

Four Round Rock ISD teams will compete in the state Destination ImagiNation tournament after successfully advancing through the regional competition March 7. Teams from Canyon Creek, Forest North and Spicewood elementary schools and Grisham Middle School will compete in the state tournament to be held April 10-11 in Dallas. The advancing teams competed in two different…

England students test out new lunch entree

Students at England Elementary School gave a collective “thumbs up” to chana masala, a new vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free lunch entree offered earlier this week. Chef Jeff Moll from Round Rock ISD’s Food Services created this flavorful recipe as an opportunity to pilot new and innovative international cuisine for students to enjoy. Implementing Chef’s recipe,…

RRISD students win at Region 6 Chess Championship

Round Rock ISD students took home 12 first place team awards and seven first place individual awards at the February 7 Region 6 Scholastic Chess Championship, held at Patsy Sommer Elementary School. The official Texas Chess Association competition drew more than 630 students from more than 85 schools in the south Central Texas region. There…