District grant funds McNeil outdoor classroom project, led by Eagle Scout

After obtaining the appropriate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approvals and the award of a Tier I Innovative School Grant, the McNeil High School courtyard has opened as an outdoor classroom for McNeil’s life and environmental sciences students. In the McNeil courtyard there are two caves known as the Hidden Forest Cave and Millipede Cave.…

RRISD students earn 2K college credit hours through dual credit

RRISD students earn 2K college credit hours through dual credit

Round Rock ISD students at the District’s five comprehensive high schools earned a record breaking total of 2,325 college credit hours during fall 2016 dual credit courses — the equivalent of $1.9 million in tuition at Austin Community College (ACC). Across the high schools, 556 students registered and completed 774 dual credit courses, all available…

McNeil student-athletes make a difference as mentors

Every Tuesday morning elementary schools zoned to attend McNeil High School receive visits from McNeil student-athlete mentors. The MavsAreMAD (Making a Difference) mentor program blends the McNeil mascot, the Maverick, with the program’s statement of purpose, to make a difference. MavsAreMAD began last year with 30 athletes at Pond Springs Elementary School. This year there…

Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation Scholarship Applications Open Now

Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation Scholarship applications are now available for current seniors to complete before the deadline of March 8, 2017. Applications are located on the Partners in Education Foundation website where students should apply directly online. PIE Foundation scholarships are open to seniors graduating in 2017 to apply until midnight…

McNeil athletes earn scholarships, sign early letters of intent

Last month, four accomplished student-athletes attending McNeil High School accepted college recruiting offers when they signed letters of intent. November signifies the early signing period for high school athletics, other than football. By signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI), a prospective student-athlete receives a scholarship and agrees to attend the designated college or university…

RRISD to host 17th Annual Festival of Bands

Band members from across Round Rock ISD will gather October 3 for the District’s 17th Annual Festival of Bands, which showcases the talent of fine arts students at 15 schools.

The event, held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, will begin at 7 p.m. Marching bands and auxiliaries from Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Round Rock, Stony Point, and Westwood high schools will perform marching performances and lead middle school students in group performances.

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.

Round Rock ISD Varsity Football Season Tickets On Sale Now

Round Rock ISD varsity football is just around the corner, but you can reserve your seats for the regular season today. By visiting rrisdtickets.com and clicking on your favorite school, reserving season seats is simple. Every RRISD high school will split its season between Dragon Stadium and the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. Fans will need…

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 find success at DECA International competition

Students from four Round Rock ISD high schools led the competition at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference. A total of 46 students from Cedar Ridge, McNeil, Round Rock and Westwood high schools competed in the international event, held in April in Nashville. Eight students placed within the top 20…

McNeil, Round Rock, Cedar Ridge musical theatre students win GAHSMT Awards

Musical theatre students from Cedar Ridge, McNeil and Round Rock high schools were honored at the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMT), which gathers 28 local schools for a Tony Awards-style ceremony. McNeil student Sophie Niles won Best Female Lead for her role in “Little Shop of Horrors!” “It’s really still surprising to…

RRISD athletes play in ‘All-Star Basketball Game’

Basketball players from three Round Rock ISD high schools showcased their talents at the 2016 All-Central Texas High School All-Star Basketball Game, held March 25 at the Cedar Park Center. The game gathered the top high school basketball athletes from across Central Texas for a friendly competition, highlighting their outstanding athletic skills. RRISD students who…

RRISD students advance to national PTA Reflections contest

Five students from Round Rock ISD have advanced to the national Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections contest. The students advanced after being judged at the state level. More than 1,000 entries had advanced to the state level to determine if they would move on to the national competition. Out of those submissions only 30 were…

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…