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…

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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…

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…

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 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.

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…

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RRISD Students Raise $95,144 for American Heart Association

This Spring 18 Round Rock ISD elementary schools collectively fundraised $95,144 for the American Heart Association (AHA) through the project Jump Rope for Heart. The Jump Rope for Heart project strengthened student awareness of long-term cardiovascular health by teaching them the AHA’s “Five for Life” recommendations: reducing sodium intake, eating colorful fruits and vegetables, getting…

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…

‘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…

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…

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.

Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Day

It wasn’t unusual to find a bunch of Cat in the Hats, Things and Loraxes roaming the halls and classrooms at our elementary schools last Monday. Elementary schools across Round Rock ISD celebrated Theodor Geisel’s birthday on March 2 by reading their favorite Dr. Seuss book and dressing up as their favorite character. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is celebrated…

RRISD students succeed at Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

A total of 38 Round Rock ISD students earned awards at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, held February 18-21. The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest science fairs with almost 3,000 students from 3rd to 12th grade, according to the organization. School science fair winners from 12 Texas counties were…

Minecraft creates engaging lessons in RRISD schools

Round Rock ISD teachers are re-envisioning the educational value of video games after Minecraft has successfully integrated into language arts, social studies and math curriculums across the district. A pilot program to use Minecraft as a tool was started in 2013 at Laurel Mountain Elementary School and Canyon Vista Middle School. Since its success, the…

Young scientists at work

Young scientists at Pond Springs Elementary School displayed their well-researched results at the school’s recently held Science Fair. Congratulations to the following students for their hard work:   1st Place Winners Michael Scott Wilson, Jr. Pia Harden Malcom Lopez Madison Shields Ashley Gibbons Shannon Barkley David Shoen Trinity Hutchins Alfred Nonis Fairouz Ahmed Ryan Bock Shaphia Arrieta…

Pond Springs performs ‘Nutcracker’ for younger students

Pond Springs Elementary fourth grade students staged a dress rehearsal of the annual production “The Nutcracker” Monday morning for kindergarten through second grade students. The show included singing, costumes and fun as the performers prepared for the featured performance Monday evening for parents. Music teacher Ellen Frazier organized the production that also featured Principal Edie…

Principal Today participants bring world class partnership to schools

Round Rock ISD and the Partners in Education Foundation hosted Principal Today across every Round Rock ISD school on Thursday, bringing community and business leaders into to schools to shadow principals. Each Round Rock ISD school brought in a Principal Today to experience regular duties of a principal like morning drop-off, lunch duty and classroom…

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Caldwell Heights wins RRISD Summer Reading Contest

The reading hours have been counted, and Caldwell Heights stood above the rest, Round Rock ISD elementary students were challenged to a district-wide school reading competition, and Caldwell Heights Elementary School stood above the rest. The number of hours read at each elementary school was calculated in relation to the school’s student population in order…

All RRISD campuses, district meet 2014 TEA accountability standards

All RRISD campuses, district meet 2014 TEA accountability standards Round Rock ISD met the state’s accountability standards as a district and across all of its schools, including six schools who received a special recognition for earning distinctions in all eligible categories. “The Round Rock ISD educators strive to provide relevant and engaging instruction to our…