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…

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

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…

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…

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…

Westwood, Canyon Vista, Cedar Valley bands honored as ‘Mark of Excellence,’ Citation of Excellence’ winners

The Foundation of Music Education has awarded five Round Rock ISD bands Mark of Excellence and Citation of Excellence awards at three District campuses during its annual award program. Three bands at Westwood High School and the Honors Bands at Canyon Vista and Cedar Valley middle schools were recognized through the awards, which recognize outstanding…

District launches interactive map for boundary change impact

Families can now search an interactive map to see how the proposed middle school attendance area changes could affect them.

After parents and community members asked for an improved map, Templeton Demographics worked with the Communications team to create a web page for families to look up their address and scan through the District to see the current and proposed middle school attendance areas.

District narrows focus on middle school attendance areas

Round Rock ISD will continue its review for middle school attendance area changes considering updates to Cedar Valley, Chisholm Trail, Deerpark, and Walsh middle schools for the 2017-18 school year. The District hosted its first meeting September 15, 2016, concerning the attendance area changes for middle school with the opening of Pearson Ranch Middle School…

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

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.…

‘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…

Canyon Vista students create video series to curb stereotypes

Canyon Vista Middle School newsmedia students Maggie Findell and Emma Monreal are aiming to curb stereotypes within the school with their new video series, Everyday Canyon Vista. Findell and Monreal, both eighth-grade students who contribute to the Canyon Echoes student news website, started the series after noticing students sharing negative stereotypes about various races, genders…

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 students at seven schools advance to Lego Robotics Invitational Tournament

Round Rock ISD students at seven schools have advanced to the FIRST Lego League Central Texas Invitational Tournament, hosted Feb. 20. FIRST Lego League introduces 9 to 14 year-old students to real-world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface, according to the organization. The teams will continue the FLL…

RRISD teachers aiming to present at SXSWedu

Canyon Vista Middle School teachers Kara Wilkinson and Dustin Binnicker submitted a proposal to present as speakers at SXSWedu March 2016. Their presentation, Finding Success in an Online Student Publication, discusses the importance of journalism in middle school. Canyon Vista’s award-winning online newspaper, Canyon Echoes, will serve as an example for the presentation’s learning objectives.…

First RRISD, Round Rock Chamber externship program successful

Round Rock ISD secondary teachers and the Round Rock Chamber gathered Aug. 12 to celebrate the completion of the first summer externship partnership. Six RRISD teachers participated in the program, which aimed to give educators real world experience to bring into classrooms. Round Rock High School business teacher Melissa Thomas completed her externship at O’Connell Robertson,…

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…

RRISD starts new school year with technology infusion

Students will have an opportunity to work with new technology this school year as a result of the Round Rock ISD Bond 2014 and Next Generation Digital Classroom projects. The latest update on the projects includes the following, which will be completed by the start of school: All high school and middle school campuses will…

‘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…

Westwood High School Top 10 — Nitya Rayapati, No. 8

Westwood High School senior Nitya Rayapati ranked No. 8 in the 2015 graduating class. Along with Westwood, Rayapati also attended Laurel Mountain Elementary School and Canyon Vista Middle School. Rayapati will continue her education at Yale University, to study science and philosophy. Rayapati said her most influential teacher has been International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge…