RRISD celebrates 2018 Elementary Teachers of the Year

RRISD celebrates 2018 Elementary Teachers of the Year

The Immortals FLL Team from Spicewood Elementary School

Spicewood, England FLL teams succeed at regionals, ‘The Immortals’ advance to World Festival

The Spicewood Elementary School FIRST Lego League (FLL) team, The Immortals, advanced to the FLL World Festival after successfully competing at the Central Texas Regional Invitational Championship. The Immortals will compete in the FLL World Festival, held in Houston April 19-22. This year, 32,000 teams from 88 countries participated in FLL and 102 teams from…

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…

Round Rock ISD Destination School Guide 2017-2018

RRISD publishes Public School of Choice Destination Guide, accepting transfers

District students and parents have the opportunity to learn more about Round Rock ISD Public Schools of Choice by reading the recently published Destination School Guide. Round Rock ISD Public Schools of Choice provides students with access to innovative programming that engages and taps into their specific interests, aspirations and preferred learning styles.The learning community…

Spicewood showcases multicultural campus through Inquiry Lab broadcasts

Students at Spicewood Elementary School are showcasing their diverse cultures as part of a student-driven project in the campus’ new Inquiry Lab. To highlight the variety of languages and cultures celebrated at Spicewood, fourth-grade students chose to produce “Mother Tongue” recordings to broadcast in the school news. Each recording features one student who speaks in…

Spicewood art teacher named finalist for NAEA Award of Excellence

Spicewood Elementary School Art Teacher Jen Raybourn has been named the finalist to receive the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Award of Excellence for her work organizing Texas Youth Art Month exhibitions. Raybourn serves as the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) vice president in charge of Youth Art Month, which yields three exhibitions and five…

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 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

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

‘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…

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 will now offer breakfast at Canyon Creek, Spicewood

Round Rock ISD Food Services will now offer student breakfast service at Canyon Creek Elementary and Spicewood elementary schools, which will serve more than 1,300 RRISD students. Canyon Creek and Spicewood join 31 other Round Rock ISD elementary schools in offering student breakfast service. Consistently, studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better in…

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…

‘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…

Westwood High School Top 10 — Manasa Manukurthy, No. 9

Westwood High School senior Manasa Kanukurthy ranked No. 9 in the 2015 graduating class. Along with Westwood, Kanukurthy also attended Spicewood Elementary School and Canyon Vista Middle School. Kanukurthy will continue her education at the University of Houston as part of a seven-year B.S./M.D. medical program. Kanukurthy said her most influential teacher has been statistics…

Spicewood: Teacher of the Year Sara Hougham

Spicewood Elementary School counselor Sara Hougham has been selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year on her campus. Hougham has been a Round Rock ISD educator for 10 years, three of which have been at Spicewood. Hougham began her education career as a teacher for six years before transitioning into a counseling role. As…

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.

Elementary IB students learn Spanish language, culture early

Students at four Round Rock ISD elementary schools are getting a head start learning a foreign language with weekly Spanish language and culture lessons. The lessons start as early as kindergarten at Anderson Mill, Caldwell Heights, Chandler Oaks and Spicewood elementary schools as part of the International Baccalaureate Programme. The IB curriculum requires all students…

Walsh, Laurel Mountain students champion chess tournament

Students from Walsh Middle and Laurel Mountain Elementary schools won first place at the March 7 Scholastic Chess Tournament. Approximately 250 students participated in the chess tournament, consisting of 10 sections for the various skill levels. Trophies were awarded to the top three teams and the top four individual players. The group of four Walsh…

Digital Learning Day 2015

Spicewood students explored Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math experiences during the school’s Digital Learning Day. Held the Friday prior to Spring Break, Digital Learning Day provided opportunities for students to explore STEM experiences throughout the school day. Students took part in a variety of STEM courses, including: coding, architecture, engineering, and geology instruction.  The day provided access to…

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…

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…