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.…

Innovation Grant helps students develop passion for storytelling

Elementary, middle and high school students across Round Rock ISD had the opportunity to further their skills in literature and enhance their knowledge of storytelling through a Shakespeare-immersed lesson. Provided by Globe Education, students received a visit from members of the organization who provided a unique lesson to not only teach through the words of…

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

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.”

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…

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…

Kickoff 2015: Elementary Teacher of the Year tells her story, shares philosophy

As part of its Kickoff 2015, Round Rock ISD hosted a series of speakers at the Cedar Park Center. Included in the speaker list were three high school seniors, the two teachers of the year, and the superintendent of schools.

Sommer Elementary School TAG teacher, Round Rock ISD Teacher of the Year and Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist Revathi Balakrishnan shared her philosophy for learning and her personal story with the crowd.

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…

Sommer: Teacher of the Year Revathi Balakrishnan

Sommer Elementary School Talented and Gifted specialist Revathi Balakrishnan has been selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year on her campus. Balakrishnan has been an educator for nine years, six years of which have been at Sommer as a founding staff member. Balakrishnan was raised to take education seriously, but to also put effort into…

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…

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.

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…

Sommer Elementary students grow produce for local nonprofit

Garden beds at Sommer Elementary School, previously reserved for a small gardening club, are now overflowing with ready-to-eat fresh vegetables, all grown by third-grade students. The gardens are part of the Project Based Learning initiative, a method that teaches students through hands-on learning while solving a community problem or issue. Third-grade teachers at Sommer partnered…

$5,000 TAGPAC grant to support Destination Imagination groups

A $5,000 grant from global engineering firm Atkins to the Round Rock ISD Talented and Gifted Parent Advisory Council will be handed down to four elementary schools to fund Destination Imagination teams. The Round Rock ISD TAGPAC received the $5,000 grant to promote science, technology, math and engineering education. Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization…

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…

Arun Gandhi brings lessons on peace, kindness to students

Co-authors Arun Gandhi, grandson of Indian peace activist Mahatma, and Bethany Hegedus capped off their Texas Book Festival visit with a full-day of presentations at Patsy Sommer Elementary School on Monday. The “Grandfather Gandhi” authors read their book while teaching students about the importance of kindness and peace. The illustrated book tells the story of…

Elementary schools win national, state honors at math pentathlon competition

Sommer Elementary School scored big on the national stage, winning first place at the elementary level 2014 National Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournament. “Winning the national title truly celebrates the focus our team has on high academic standards while providing our students with a wide variety of enrichment opportunities,” Sommer Principal Nancy Varljen said. “It is…