RRISD elementary students shine during District A+ UIL academic meet

RRISD elementary students shine during District A+ UIL academic meet

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…

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.…

Laurel Mountain students, landscape architects partner to plan natural play area

Laurel Mountain students, landscape architects partner to plan natural play area

Five groups of students at Laurel Mountain Elementary School worked with professional landscape architects to begin planning the campus’ natural play area, a part of the school’s Tier II Innovative School Grant. Students completed an eight-week enrichment cluster, which provides an opportunity for in-school classes centered on their interests each week, to plan the outdoor…

Laurel Mountain, Purple Sage receive Innovative School Grants for campus-wide programs

Laurel Mountain and Purple Sage elementary schools have been awarded two of the six Tier III Innovative School Grants, which will fund a two-year implementation of campus-wide programs. The Tier III grants, totaling $1.21 million, align with Goal 1 of the RRISD Strategic Plan, which states “we will implement, enhance and support innovative teachings and…

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.

A+ Foundation awards $13K in grants to RRISD teachers

A+ Foundation awards $13K in grants to RRISD teachers

A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union, awarded $13,257 in grants to 14 Round Rock ISD teachers as part of its 2016 Educator Grant Program. This year the Foundation awarded more than $70,000 in grants to 77 educators in Central Texas. Last year, the Foundation awarded $12,350 grants to 13 District…

RRISD students participate in 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps

RRISD students participate in 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps

Advancing their leadership skills this summer, 23 Round Rock ISD students participated in the 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Students were selected to attend one of the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps across Texas, which provided them with the opportunity to learn about state leaders and what it means to be a Texas citizen.…

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.”

‘Children At Risk’ rank RRISD schools among top in Central Texas

A total of eight Round Rock ISD schools were ranked among the top schools in Central Texas by the 2016 CHILDREN AT RISK Annual School Rankings. Cactus Ranch, Spicewood, Laurel Mountain and Canyon Creek elementary schools were named four of the top five elementary schools in the Austin area. Cedar Valley, Walsh and Canyon Vista…

Grisham, Laurel Mountain students place in top 10 at National Geographic Bee

Students from Grisham Middle School and Laurel Mountain Elementary School were among the top competitors at the National Geographic Bee state competition, held April 1. Grisham seventh-grade student Dhruv Nistala finished in second place at the event, which tasks the top 100 geography students in Texas to test their global knowledge. Laurel Mountain fifth-grade student…

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…

Board Briefs – January 21, 2016 Regular Meeting

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session to recognize the all-state high school musicians, celebrate Board Appreciation Month, approve bids for the McNeil Master Plan and for new playgrounds at eight elementary schools.

RRISD students at seven schools advance to Lego Robotics Invitational Tournament

Round Rock ISD students at seven schools have advanced to the FIRST Lego League Central Texas Invitational Tournament, hosted Feb. 20. FIRST Lego League introduces 9 to 14 year-old students to real-world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface, according to the organization. The teams will continue the FLL…

Board Briefs – November 19, 2015 Regular Meeting

Recognitions Students Congratulations to three Round Rock ISD students for being accepted into the ZACH Theatre College Bound Conservatory. McNeil High School freshman Larissa Marks, Westwood High School freshman Rebekah Farris and Round Rock High School sophomore Nya Garner were accepted to the four-year program. Courtney Acosta is principal at McNeil, Laurelyn Arterbury is principal…

A+ Foundation awards $12,000 in grants to 13 RRISD teachers

A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union awarded $12,350 in grants to 13 Round Rock ISD teachers as part of its 2015 Educator Grant Program. This year the Foundation awarded more than $72,000 in grants to 76 educators in Central Texas. For the past 10 years, the Foundation has awarded over…

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…

RRISD campuses, district meet 2015 TEA accountability standards

The Texas Education Agency deemed all Round Rock ISD campuses and the district ‘Met Standards’ for its 2015 State Accountability Ratings, including seven schools who earned special distinctions in all eligible categories. Canyon Creek, Spicewood, Laurel Mountain, Sommer, and Herrington elementary schools earned every distinction for which they were eligible and Canyon Vista Middle School…

RRISD welcomes new students at ‘Pre-K Rodeo’ next week

Round Rock ISD will host four days of Pre-K registration next week at eight locations across the district. Round Rock ISD offers half-day pre-kindergarten classes for children who are four years old on or before September 1, live in the district, and: have a limited ability to speak and/or comprehend the English language; or are…

Laurel Mountain teacher selected for ‘Teacher at Sea’ program

Laurel Mountain Elementary School teacher and outdoor learning specialist Trevor Hance will spend more than two weeks aboard the R/V Hugh V. Sharp research vessel this summer, as part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program. During the program, Hance will support scientists during a sea scallop survey off the…

‘Top 10’ grads shine at RRISD schools, continue education nationwide

Top graduates at Round Rock ISD’s five high schools shined throughout their time in the district and will continue their education at 21 universities in the United States. The RRISD elementary school that produced the most top 10 graduates was Fern Bluff with seven graduates. Great Oaks and Forest Creek each produced five graduates each…