Friday, December 8, 2017

Former Students Return to Westwood to Share Information

On January 11th, we will have 3 returning students here at Westwood.
-At 11am, we will have a student from UT McCombs School of Business and Business Honors Program here to share with students what the programs are like. They will tell them their experience with applying to the program and how they feel the program has been beneficial to them. This presentation is designed for sophomore and juniors.

-At Noon, we will have a student here from Wellesley. They will talk about Wellesley College, women's colleges in general, applying to private colleges and universities outside of Texas, and the experience of attending a private, liberal arts institution. This presentation is designed for sophomores and juniors.

-At 1pm, we will have a student from UNT TAMS (Texas Academy of Math & Science) program. They will share information with sophomores about the program and what the application process looks like. This presentation is designed for sophomores.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

TAG Referral Window November 13th - December 8th

This is the online registration link, , it will not become active until the 13th. If you are unable to fill out online, please contact Mrs. Browning (D1127) for a paper copy (available in English and Spanish). At the end of the online  form, parents/guardians are required to print the Referral Packet and Permission to Test form  (also page 2 here). This hard copy must be turned into the Mrs. Browning by Dec. 8, 2017.  There is also a Spanish version of the Permission to test. The online form must be completed online AND the Permission to Test form (hard copy) must be completed and turned into Mrs. Browning by Dec. 8, 2017 by 4:00 p.m.

Please visit the RRISD TAG website for more information regarding gifted services and the identification process and procedures. There is also a video you may watch as well, click here.

Please contact Mrs. Browning if you have any other questions.

Monday, November 6, 2017

What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)

The New York Times published an article about the college admissions process on November 1st, thought it was worth the read! Click here for full article

TEDxYouth@ Austin Event

TEDxYouth@Austin, a team of Austin youth that put together a full-day TED talk event in February at Westlake High School that aims to create an engaging environment for youth to explore “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Every year, more than 1000 students from over 85 schools in the area discover topics from speakers and performers that pertain to the chosen theme.

This year, for the 2018 event, we would love to see students from your high school. To give the students a taste of the larger event, we are creating a smaller event at
Anderson High School on November 8th at 5:15pm to 7:15 pm. Specifically, we'd like to show a reel of TED talks for students who are interested and have a few activities used to show the theme for the 2018 main event.

For additional information about TEDxYouth@Austin, our website is

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Texas A&M Society of Women Engineers 42nd Annual High School Conference

Registration opens up Nov.6 and closes on Dec. 6. For registration information click here

The conference is open to high school juniors and seniors, especially those interested in math, science or engineering related fields. This 2 day event will cost $50 and will include engineering competitions, department and lab tours, panel discussions, interactions with Texas A&M engineering students, and much more!

Flyer with more details attached here!

Central Texas Teen Comic Con and Kids' Con

Click here to register, it's completely free-this website has more details as well!

201 Deep Wood Dr
Round Rock, TX 78681

Central Texas Teen Comic Con & Kids' Con will be held on December 2nd, 2017(9am-5pm) in Round Rock, Texas. When students have the opportunity to meet an author or hear them speak in person, we see a much higher independent reading rateThis free event is a graphic novel and comic convention aimed at offering teens, kids, and educators the chance to interact with popular authors and illustrators, participate in workshops, and showcase their creativity.

Teen participants (ages 12-19) will have the opportunity to:
  • listen to and interact with author/artist speaker panels,
  • get books autographed by authors/artists
  • participate in illustration and animation workshops,
  • browse displays of artwork,
  • enter the Cosplay fashion show & contest,
  • submit original artwork for contests,
  • shop for books, art, and costumes for sale in the Exhibits,
  • participate in the gaming hall

Friday, October 20, 2017

Austin Child Guidance Center is offering 2 free parent workshops

November 7th: Internet Safety for Kids and Teens

Parents will learn about general guidelines for online safety and recommendations for elementary-aged children and adolescents. Parents will also leave this presentation with more knowledge on cyber bullying. 
Tuesday, November 7th from 6-7:30PM

Click here for Flyer

December 12th: Effective Parent/ Child Communication

Parents will learn about the impact of modeling healthy communication skills with their children and skills to enhance communication with their children. Suitable for caregivers of children from elementary to high school.
Tuesday, December 12th from 6-7:30PM


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: Health Professions Open House

Friday, December 1, 2017 1-4 p.m.

MD Anderson combines medical care, research and education under one roof and the School of Health Professions is a vital part of our mission.
Discover your pathway to a rewarding career in the health care professions. We welcome high school students, college transfer students, post-baccalaureate students, graduate students and MD Anderson employees. Learn about our Bachelor of Science or Master of Science programs.

Friday, October 13, 2017

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award-Application due Nov. 7th

In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced in February.
During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofilt charitable organizations of their choice. Local Honorees who qualify can also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Click here to fill out application. Needs to be completed by November 7th to be considered.

Dyslexia Parent Night

On Monday, Oct. 16 the District is hosting a Dyslexia Parent Information Night from 6:30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the Old Hopewell Building located at 1311 Round Rock Ave.

The District Dyslexia team will lead discussions about Dyslexia, how students are assessed and accommodated to achieve academic and social success.

Dyslexia impacts each person differently and can influence every part of a student’s life. The effect dyslexia has on a student’s life depends on the severity of dyslexia and whether they have received remediation.

For information about Round Rock ISD, Dyslexia Services visit us online.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

2018 Graduating Native American Senior Honor Feathers

The Native American Senior Honor Feather Society honors graduating Native American seniors by presenting them with an honor feather at an individual ceremony. This is a sacred event. Parents of seniors wishing to participate should contact Betsy McLellan at Parents need to provide name of high school and school colors, name of student’s counselor, gender, tribal affiliation, and parent contact information. Honor feather ceremonies are held prior to graduation. The society will accept information from parents through February 1, 2018.

Also, please visit the scholarship page for scholarship opportunities just for Native American Students!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

ACC Dual Credit Spring ‘18 Timeline

Now-October 11: Pickup Dual Credit forms from Mrs. Kirk in the main office, D1121
October 12 @ noon: Deadline to turn in all completed Dual Credit forms to Mrs. Kirk
Monday, October 16th: ACC Orientation (Advising) from 12:25-2:30 in the Great Room of the Library
This is for new ACC Dual Credit Students only. Please come at the beginning of your lunch.

Monday, October 16th – Online Registration for returning ACC students
Monday, October 30th – Online Registration for new to ACC students

Applications Now Being Accepted for the Texas Youth Preparedness Council

Do you know a high school student who is passionate about emergency preparedness and community resilience? If so, they should apply to be on the Texas Youth Preparedness Council!
The Texas Youth Preparedness Council is a statewide youth group made up of youth leaders from across the state who are interested in preparedness and making their communities more resilient. The mission of the council is to engage and empower youth in individual and community preparedness activities and roles. The council provides an opportunity for Texas high school students to enhance their knowledge of preparedness and develop leadership skills that will help them in addressing the needs of their communities. Youth will work on local preparedness projects, be an ambassador for youth preparedness on the state level, and provide a unique prospective to state agencies interested in preparedness.
Those interested in applying to be on the council should visit the Texas Youth Preparedness Council webpage for more information and to complete the online application. Applications are due by September 30, 2017.
If you have questions, please contact Joe McKenna, Associate Director for Research and Evaluation at the Texas School Safety Center, by email at