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…

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.

A+ Foundation awards $13K in grants to RRISD teachers

A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union, awarded $13,257 in grants to 14 Round Rock ISD teachers as part of its 2016 Educator Grant Program. This year the Foundation awarded more than $70,000 in grants to 77 educators in Central Texas. Last year, the Foundation awarded $12,350 grants to 13 District…

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.…

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.”

Grisham librarian continues education with international professional development

Grisham Middle School Librarian Diane Hance has been selected for two international professional development trips, which will take her to the southern hemisphere to bring knowledge back to Round Rock ISD. Hance will travel to Myanmar this summer as part of the Global Exploration for Educators Organization. The two-week experience, which will take educators throughout…

Grisham, Laurel Mountain students place in top 10 at National Geographic Bee

Students from Grisham Middle School and Laurel Mountain Elementary School were among the top competitors at the National Geographic Bee state competition, held April 1. Grisham seventh-grade student Dhruv Nistala finished in second place at the event, which tasks the top 100 geography students in Texas to test their global knowledge. Laurel Mountain fifth-grade student…

Board Briefs – November 19, 2015 Regular Meeting

Recognitions Students Congratulations to three Round Rock ISD students for being accepted into the ZACH Theatre College Bound Conservatory. McNeil High School freshman Larissa Marks, Westwood High School freshman Rebekah Farris and Round Rock High School sophomore Nya Garner were accepted to the four-year program. Courtney Acosta is principal at McNeil, Laurelyn Arterbury is principal…

Grisham librarian brings history alive with technology, architecture

Grisham Middle School Librarian Diane Hance is pairing technology with ancient architecture as she brings lessons from a Roman professional development trip alive with International Baccalaureate students. Hance plans to incorporate new technology with sixth grade IB students during a co-teaching unit on architecture, using information from the four-week “Monuments of Rome in English Culture”…

A+ Foundation awards $12,000 in grants to 13 RRISD teachers

A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union awarded $12,350 in grants to 13 Round Rock ISD teachers as part of its 2015 Educator Grant Program. This year the Foundation awarded more than $72,000 in grants to 76 educators in Central Texas. For the past 10 years, the Foundation has awarded over…

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…

‘Unforgettable’ Destination Imagination team wins first at Global Finals

The Unforgettable Destination Imagination team earned first place at the Destination Imagination Global Finals competition, held last month in Knoxville, Tenn. The team, which also won first place at the state Destination Imagination competition, consists of five students from Grisham — Alyssa Lam, Madison Moore, Jacqueline “Abby” Cravey, Madhuri Neralla, and Aditi Merchant — as…

‘Unforgettable’ Destination Imagination team advances to Global Finals competition

The Unforgettable Destination Imagination team has advanced to the Destination Imagination Global Finals competition, held this week in Knoxville, Tenn. The team, which won first place at the state Destination Imagination competition, consists of five students from Grisham — Alyssa Lam, Madison Moore, Jacqueline “Abby” Cravey, Madhuri Neralla, and Aditi Merchant — as well as…

Grisham librarian awarded grants, selected for course in Rome

Grisham Middle School Librarian Diane Hance has been awarded two grants and will travel to Rome this summer for a month-long professional development course on architecture, literature and society. Hance was awarded an Innovative Teaching Award from the Texas International Baccalaureate Schools Organization, which includes a $1,000 grant to purchase modern books for seventh grade…

Grisham: Teacher of the Year Kim Alexander

Grisham Middle School math teacher Kim Alexander has been selected as the 2016 Teacher of the Year on her campus. Alexander has been an educator for 30 years. Alexander comes from a family of educators and was inspired to become a teacher after seeing the passion her parents and grandparents had for their professions, she…