Grisham eight-grade student Cassie Beauchamp with a hand-crafted violin.

Grisham student creates low-cost violins for IB MYP project

Grisham Middle School eighth-grade student Cassie Beauchamp created eight hand-crafted violins as part of her International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) community project in an effort to provide access to music for children who cannot afford professionally made instruments. Cassie created the violins out of paper mache newspapers, 3D printed tuning pegs, laminate flooring…

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…

RRISD students earn awards, advancement in "History Day,' "Geographic Bee' competitions

RRISD students earn awards, advancements in ‘History Day,’ ‘Geographic Bee’ competitions

Round Rock ISD elementary and middle school students have been selected to advance to the Texas State History Day and the state level of the National Geographic Bee after successfully topping the competition in regional contests. Canyon Vista Middle School students earned group and individual awards at the Central Texas Regional History Day, held Feb.…

Deerpark students lead Pond Springs language enrichment activities

Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) students at Deerpark Middle School taught Pond Springs Elementary School second-grade students language skills during a collaborative enrichment experience. For the second-grade students it was their first time at Deerpark, the middle school Pond Springs students feed into. The joint experience gave students from both schools the opportunity to…

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…

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…

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…

Hernandez students attend presidential inauguration

Hernandez students attend presidential inauguration

Fifteen Hernandez Middle School students were among the hundreds of thousands who witnessed the 45th presidential inauguration at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Students did everything from raking leaves to babysitting to raise the $2,300 required for the trip. Along with their chaperones, Hernandez Librarian Wendy Tucker, and Desiree Le, International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator,…

Canyon Vista student wins Coding4TX Hackathon

Canyon Vista student wins Coding4TX Hackathon

Canyon Vista Middle School student Rohan Polavaram put his skills to the test and led the competition at the Coding4TX Hackathon in celebration of Computer Science Week. Coding4TX is a coding and computer science education program serving Texas teachers and students, operated by national non-profit Code/Interactive, according to the organization. Rohan spent a full day…

Round Rock ISD and Round Rock Chamber partner for K-12 day

Round Rock ISD and Round Rock Chamber partner for K-12 day

The Round Rock Chamber hosted 21 community members at its annual K-12 Day, which visited four Round Rock ISD schools to showcase the innovative programs offered in the District. The group toured the District in a traditional yellow school bus as they visited Berkman Elementary Arts Integration Academy, England Elementary School, Hernandez Middle School and…

Canyon Vista raises $5K for Scleroderma Foundation in student, faculty volleyball game

Canyon Vista Middle School students and staff raised a total of $5,185 for the Scleroderma Foundation as part of the campus’ “Canyon Vista Cares” initiative, which was celebrated with a student, faculty volleyball game. Canyon Vista staff chose the Scleroderma Foundation as its “Canyon Vista Cares” giving organization this year after hearing the sister of…

Technology immerses Deerpark Language Arts students in the Sixties

Through technology, Next Generation Digital Classroom (NGDC) librarian Amy Lott transported Deerpark Middle School seventh-grade language arts students to the time and place of the coming-of-age novel The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton, published in 1967. In preparation to read the book, students used iPads to launch Aurasma virtual experiences. The auras immerse the…

Round Rock ISD names Hadziselimovic Grisham principal

Round Rock ISD has named Paige Hadziselimovic the new principal of Grisham Middle School. Hadziselimovic has worked in RRISD for eight years, most recently serving as the assistant principal at Grisham since 2012. She previously served both Deerpark Middle School and L.C Anderson High School in Austin as the Director of Theatre Arts. She has…

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.…

Canyon Vista students embrace entrepreneurial spirit through Junior Achievement

Canyon Vista students embrace entrepreneurial spirit through Junior Achievement

Business students at Canyon Vista Middle School are getting first-hand experience with entrepreneurship through the Junior Achievement (JA) program, which challenged teams of students to create and market innovative products. The six-week JA It’s My Business! Blended Model program incorporated adult volunteers to teach students the process to create a marketable product. The six session…

Hernandez student selected to be part of the national conference youth choir

Hernandez student selected to be part of the national conference youth choir

Kallie Smalley, an eighth-grade student from Hernandez Middle School, auditioned with middle school students from all across the United States and was selected to be part of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) national conference youth choir. In addition to auditioning for the youth choir, Kallie wrote an essay describing her interest in music…

Hernandez hosts culture day

Hernandez hosts culture day

As part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, Hernandez Middle School recently hosted Culture Day to build cultural awareness through student and teacher led activities. The IB program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect, according to the organization.…

Deerpark culturally connects classrooms with project-based partnership

Deerpark culturally connects classrooms with project-based partnership

Students at Deerpark Middle School participated in a project-based, cross-curricular activity to complete their sixth-grade World Cultures Latin American folktale assignment. The assignment was a six-week partnership with The Thinkery, a division of the Austin Children’s Museum, and through the art of digital storytelling, students created stop motion videos.

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…

Hernandez, Deerpark students participate in ‘Engineer the World’ camp

Thirty students from Hernandez and Deerpark middle schools participated in Mission: Engineer the World camp on Saturday, November 5. The camp, hosted at Hernandez, is an all day middle school camp, created by the Society of Women Engineers (UTSWE) at the University of Texas at Austin . The camp is designed to excite and educate…