RRISD to host Bond 2017 public meetings, now accepting questions and presentation requests

RRISD to host Bond 2017 public forums, now accepting questions and presentation requests

Round Rock ISD will host five public forums to share details about its upcoming Bond Election, totaling $572.1 million to address growth and innovation across the District. Community members are also invited to submit feedback and questions regarding the Bond and request future Bond 2017 presentations for community organizations. The public meeting dates, all beginning…

Board calls for $572.1 million Bond Election in May 2017

Board calls for $572.1 million Bond Election in May 2017

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously called for a Bond Election to be held May 6, 2017, to address the needs of growth, innovation and safety. “To provide our students with a world-class education, we must provide them with world-class opportunities, resources and facilities,” Board President Diane Cox said. “Our priorities in this…

Board Briefs

Board Briefs: Public comment open on academic calendar, Trustee Romere completes seven years of service, facility feasibility survey results presented

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees honored Trustee Terri Romere’s seven years of service to the District, opened public input on the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar and heard a presentation on the facility feasibility study at its Jan. 19 regular Board meeting. Public comment now open for 2017-2018 academic calendar The Board opened public comment…

RRISD Demographic Snapshot: Herrington brings nearly one-quarter total growth in District, property values continue to increase

RRISD Demographic Snapshot: Herrington brings nearly one-quarter total growth in District, property value continues to increase

Round Rock ISD continues to grow, with a projected enrollment of nearly 52,000 in 10 years — an increase of more than 3,600 students, according to the latest quarterly demographic reports supplied by Templeton Demographics. The highest growth in the District can be attributed to land in the northeast corner of the RRISD attendance zone,…

District Digest

January 6, 2017 District Digest – 3 Things to Know In Round Rock ISD

Help Round Rock ISD advocate tirelessly for student success. Here’s what you need to know about our world class District. Download the PDF in English or Spanish. State releases preliminary school accountability grading system The state of Texas will be releasing preliminary grades for every school and district on Jan. 6, 2017, in accordance with…

Middle School Attendance Area Proposal 2017-2018

RRISD to present final middle school boundary proposal for Board approval

Round Rock ISD will present its final middle school boundary proposal for action by the Board of Trustees and its Nov. 17 regular meeting. View the presentation. District officials amended the previous boundary plan, presented at the Oct. 20 Board meeting, after community and Board input. Cedar Valley and Chisholm Trail middle schools will be…

Middle School Attendance Area Proposal 2017-2018

District prepares middle school attendance area proposal for October 20 Board meeting

Round Rock ISD will present its updated middle school boundary proposal, including amendments following community input, at the Oct. 20 Board of Trustees regular meeting. The District’s goal in amending the proposal is to minimize demographic balance changes. The District presented the initial proposal at the September 15 Board of Trustees regular meeting in anticipation…

RRISD students named 2016 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Fifty-three Round Rock ISD students were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, following the annual announcement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Westwood High School, with 35 semifinalists, led the District in total semifinalists, earning more than any other school in Texas and among the top five in the United States.

Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation selects the highest achieving students for its program. Approximately 16,000 students were selected as semifinalists among 1.5 million students nationwide who completed the Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the organization.

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 launches Peachjar online flyer distribution

Round Rock ISD has launched an e-flyer distribution system, powered by Peachjar, in an effort to streamline communication between parents, schools and community members. Peachjar allows schools to directly connect with parents and provide them with important information. The District will also be able to connect parents with youth-oriented activities and programs that support the…

Leadership Round Rock ISD Registration open for 2016-2017

Leadership Round Rock ISD registration now open for 2016–2017

Registration for Leadership Round Rock ISD is now open for the 2016–2017 school year.

Leadership RRISD is a monthly presentation series that gives community members a behind-the-scenes look within RRISD schools and District administration. The program will host eight meetings throughout the year, open to up to 35 community members who must register each month based on their interests. Participants are able to register for more than one Leadership RRISD session. Meetings will be held 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. each month from September 2016 to April 2017.

RRISD, Kennedy Center partner for Arts Integration Academy training

RRISD, Kennedy Center partner for Arts Integration Academy training

As Berkman and Wells Branch elementary schools prepare to open as Arts Integration Academies (AIA) in August, Round Rock ISD administrators and school staff partnered with the Kennedy Center ArtsEdge program for intensive professional development sessions. The first of three trainings led the group through brainstorming exercises and allowed for collaboration among academic and fine…

RRISD music teachers showcase technology tools at state conference

RRISD music teachers showcase technology tools at state conference

A group of Round Rock ISD music teachers showcased technology tools used in fine arts classrooms during a panel presentation at the Texas Center for Education and Development of Fine Arts (CEDFA) summit. The Technology in Music Instruction presentation was led by Cedar Ridge High School Piano Teacher Cayla Cardiff, Stony Point High School Choral…

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.”

Hernandez principal Acosta to serve as new Westwood principal

Hernandez Middle School Principal Mario Acosta will serve as the new principal at Westwood High School, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores announced. Acosta served Hernandez for two years as principal, overseeing a growing International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme and award-winning fine arts programs. The school focused on student success by growing partnerships, engaging the community…

RRISD to Live-Stream Virtual Kickoff 2016

RRISD to live-stream Virtual Kickoff 2016

Round Rock ISD Kickoff 2016 is going virtual. A Virtual Kickoff is a start of school year celebration broadcasted live to schools and departments hosting site-based watch parties so as to focus the entire organization to DREAM BIG and TAKE ACTION. Virtual Kickoff 2016 will be exclusively live-streamed to site-based watch parties on August 17…

STAAR results now available for grades 3-8

Test results for the 2016 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) are now available for grades 3-8. Parents and students can receive results in-person at the student’s campus or online at the Texas Assessment Web Portal. Parents will need the student’s access code, also referred to as the portal code to receive online…

RRISD seeks volunteers, donations for School Supplies Sunday

Round Rock ISD is seeking volunteers and donations for its annual School Supplies Sunday, held in partnership with the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation and Round Rock Police Department Kutz 4 Kids event, presented by Dream Big. Volunteer opportunities are available for three separate days, which include the sorting day Aug. 10,…

Board Briefs

June 23 Board Briefs: Budget approved, facilites and District of Innovation move forward

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees adopted a 2016-2017 budget, advised the administration to continue pursuing a District of Innovation (DOI) plan, and approved firms for facility projects, including the Cedar Ridge High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) and C.D. Fulkes Middle School master plan, during its regular meeting.   Board Approves $388 Million…