RRISD celebrates 2018 Elementary Teachers of the Year

RRISD celebrates 2018 Elementary Teachers of the Year

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…

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.…

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

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.”

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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…

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.