RRISD campuses earn ‘No Place for Hate’ designation

A total of 32 Round Rock ISD campuses earned designations as “No Place for Hate” campuses for the 2016-2017 school year by the Anti-Defamation League, which certifies the schools to teach lessons such as empowerment against bullying and the virtue of tolerance. To earn the designation, schools commit to creating a student-led coalition, signing the…

ELL readers

Voigt, Success ELL students partner for literacy

Students from Success High School’s English Language Learners (ELL) program known as Academic Language Academy at Success (ALAS) make regular visits to neighboring Voigt Elementary School to read and mentor ELL Pre-K students with emerging English skills. ALAS lead teacher Kinzie Morgan approached the idea to partner with Voigt as a way for her students…

Theresa Proctor

McNeil journalism teacher recognized by UIL

McNeil High School journalism teacher Theresa Proctor has been chosen by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to receive the Edith Fox King Award from the Interscholastic League Press Conference. “We are fortunate to have Theresa working with our literary Mavericks,” McNeil Principal Courtney Acosta said. “She does a great job of teaching them not only…

McNeil Deaf Education Staff

Capital Area RDSPD deaf educators recognized at 2017 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindess

Round Rock ISD’s Capital Area Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) was awarded the Marty Murrell Excellence in Education award at the 2017 Texas Symposium on DeafBlindess for providing excellent educational programing for a McNeil High School student with Deafblindness. The Marty Murrell Excellence in Education award is given to an educator or…

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…

McNeil teachers named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalists

McNeil teachers named H-E-B Excellence in Education finalists

McNeil High School teachers Emily Jensen and Kari Teague are finalists for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Secondary Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. H-E-B representatives, Round Rock ISD leaders, and McNeil staff surprised Teague and Jensen Tuesday morning in their classrooms with news of the honor. Along with the accomplishment, H-E-B awarded both educators…

CTE Month Spotlight: Westwood Health Science Academy leads students to certification, careers

For students in the Westwood High School Health Science Academy, the interactive skills offered within the four branches of study lay a strong foundation for certifications, college credits and a pathway to a health science career. The four pathways consist of Biomedical Science through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Health Science Theory and Practice, Health…

Students learn basketball, goal-setting from Mr. Globetrotter

Students learn basketball, goal-setting from Mr. Globetrotter

Motivational speaker and Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams visited Success High School to share his message of hope and positivity to students from Success, Early College High School, and Hopewell Middle School. “Sometimes life can be overwhelming and the idea of goal-setting can be intimidating,” Success Principal Thomasine Stewart said. “We are grateful to Melvin for…

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CTE Month Spotlight: Stony Point Business and Industry Academy offers interactive career preparation

In Stony Point High School’s Business and Industry Academy, students have the opportunity to spend their day learning interactive skills like raising animals, developing business plans and earning certifications all within the campus. The Business and Industry Academy offers 17 programs of study, including agricultural mechanics and metal technologies, floral design and digital media. The…

Board of Trustees approve 2017- 2018 academic calendar

Board of Trustees approve 2017- 2018 academic calendar

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees approved the academic calendar for the 2017-2018 school year at its regular meeting Feb. 16. A calendar committee comprised of District and campus administrators, as well as parents, designed the calendars in alignment with the most recent calendars. The calendar committee considered the following parameters when creating the…

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…

District visually impaired academic readers compete in Braille Challenge

District visually impaired academic readers compete in Braille Challenge

District visually impaired students from four campuses competed at the Region 13 Braille Challenge, an academic competition for braille readers. McNeil High School freshman Adhy Singh took home the first-place medal in the junior varsity division. Adhy said he practiced every day to prepare for the competition. Specifically, he concentrated on managing his stress in…

CTE Month Spotlight: Round Rock Public Service Academy prepares future public servants

CTE Month Spotlight: Round Rock Public Service Academy prepares future public servants

Future police officers, lawyers and teachers and educators at Round Rock High School are in the midst of training for their prospective professions, taking advantage of hands-on courses as part of the school’s Public Services Academy. The academy consists of four programs of study — Education and Training, Marine Corps JROTC, Law Enforcement and Law…

Kim Hodge awarded College Board AP Award for Administrators

Kim Hodge awarded College Board AP Award for Administrators

Westwood High School Associate Principal Kim Hodge has been named the recipient of the 2017 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Award for Administrators for the Southwest region. The College Board AP Award for Administrators recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant positive impact on the AP Program within their school or district; supports and promotes…

17 RRISD students named Presidential Scholar candidates

17 RRISD students named Presidential Scholar candidates

Seventeen Round Rock ISD students have been named candidates for the Presidential Scholars program, which allows them to apply for selection to the prestigious academic program. Students selected represent four District high schools: Cedar Ridge High School had one student, Westwood High School 11 students, McNeil High School had three students and Round Rock High…

CTE Month Spotlight: McNeil STEM Academy, tech industry partner to build strong student engineers

CTE Month Spotlight: McNeil STEM Academy, tech industry partner to build strong student engineers

McNeil High School’s location in the middle of a slew of tech industry partners offers a unique opportunity for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy to network with professionals and become better prepared for careers in engineering industries. Students in the STEM Academy, which includes engineering and computer science paths, actively…

Round Rock ISD high school students invited to register for 2017 Ethics in Youth Conference

Round Rock ISD high school students invited to register for 2017 Ethics in Youth Conference

Round Rock ISD high school students are invited to meet potential employers and further develop their ethical foundation during the 2017 Ethics in Youth Conference on March 25. Hosted by the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation, RecognizeGood and Round Rock ISD, the conference will feature speakers from RecongizeGood and organizations across Central…

District cheer showcase benefits scholarship program

District cheer showcase benefits scholarship program

On Saturday, Feb. 11, cheer teams from across the District will gather at Round Rock High School’s Dragon Stadium to perform Fusion, a cheer showcase. All proceeds from the showcase will benefit the Susan C. Brown Memorial Scholarship. At the showcase, 17 different cheer teams from the District’s five high schools and ten middle schools…

CTE Month Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Academy Ambassadors share CTE mission

CTE Month Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Academy Ambassadors share CTE mission

Navigating the five academies of Cedar Ridge High School is standard practice for the campus’ 75 Academy Ambassadors, who collectively help hundreds of prospective students, community members and business partners throughout the year to learn more about academy offerings. Academy Ambassadors work closely with Cedar Ridge Academy Specialist Rachel Sotelo to keep an open dialogue…

Westwood debate, Canyon Creek partner for student-led lesson

Westwood debate, Canyon Creek partner for student-led lesson

Westwood High School Debate Club leaders shared their knowledge Jan. 20 and led a lesson on debate preparation for Canyon Creek Elementary School fifth-grade classes. Canyon Creek fifth-grade classes started preparing to participate in a debate as part of a Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative that included environmental science and persuasive writing. While the students…