Thursday, January 11, 2018

Career Exploration Fair

Round Rock Independent School District is excited to host our 1st Annual District-wide Career Exploration Fair. Our vision for this event is to provide an opportunity for students in grades K-12, with their parents, to explore the various careers that await them in their future. Our goal as educators is to broaden the horizons of the next generation by promoting an atmosphere in which they can explore and gain the knowledge of the vast array of careers available to them. We believe that if we start early with connecting future job seekers with potential employers, we can feel confident that every child in the district has the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and the confidence they need to ensure successful futures. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your child to join us on March 5, 2018 at Round Rock High School from 6pm-8pm.

In addition, if you would be willing to host a free booth, please complete the brief registration form using the link below. We desire for this fair to be an exploratory event for our students and ask that, if possible, you bring items that allow the students to engage in a hands-on experience of your career field. If you have any questions, feel free to contact LaShanda Lewis, Coordinator of Counseling Services for Round Rock ISD at 512-464-6177.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 17th, Parent Information Night, from 5:45pm-8pm

This program will give parents an opportunity to explore/browse elective and endorsement choices, learn about the ACC process and attend academic breakout sessions.

See Agenda Here

Bank of America 2018 Student Leader® internships are open through February 2, 2018

This is a selective and paid internship providing a great platform for your juniors and seniors to build their leadership skills, make a community impact, and earn some money as they are preparing for college.

Student Leaders® recognizes those who lead and serve in their own communities and beyond. Bank of America will connect Student Leaders to tools and resources that will help them make communities better.

As a Student Leader, you will:
-Work as a paid intern at a local nonprofit for eight weeks
-Attend the week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.
-Develop leadership and career skills
-Connect with like-minded students from your own community and across the country

Juniors and Seniors:
Apply from October 30, 2017 to February 2, 2018


Friday, December 15, 2017

Rotary’s Camp RYLA-Applications due January 16

Calling sophomores and juniors. Rotary is putting on a week long, free summer camp that is centered around leadership. Camp RYLA provides you with an opportunity to exchange ideas, opinions, and beliefs with other students, in a relaxed, retreat style setting. You’ll develop new friendships and become a more effective role model, team player, and leader. The days of camp are non-stop with team building activities, river rafting, ropes courses, the RYLA Olympics and community service Projects. Everything including transportation to and from the camp are included. Camp is from July 1st through July 6th.

Application is here. Fill out the simple application, attach your resume and a essay (2 page max.) saying why you want to attend. Turn into Mrs Browning in room D1127 by January 16th.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Texas A&M Prospective Student Night-January 13th

Austin Texas A&M University Mothers’ Club is hosting an event for high school Junior & Senior students to learn more about Texas A&M right here in Austin at 6 PM on January 13th, 2018 at Riverbend Centre!  
Texas A&M Representatives from Academic Affairs/Admissions, The Academic Success Center, The Career Center/Former Student Services, Corps of Cadets, Capital City Aggie Club, Residence Life, Carpool, Aggie Recruitment, Study Abroad & more will be in attendance.  These representatives make themselves available to talk with prospective A&M students before the Texas A&M Singing Cadets Concert.
The Singing Cadets are a Grammy Award winning group that is known as the “Voice of Aggieland” and global ambassadors for Texas A&M. Touring the country and the world singing for audiences at the White House, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall are just small highlights of the honor and tradition of the Texas A&M Singing Cadets. Last summer they sang for President H.W. Bush for his birthday and sang this fall with Paul Greenwood for the televised “One America Appeal Concert” which aided hurricane relief efforts for Texas.
This event will let prospective students meet with the TAMU Representatives and attend the Singing Cadets Concert; it will give students a good look at what Texas A&M is all about.  The Aggie Moms will be offering home-made cookies and a raffle.

Mrs. Browning will have free tickets in her office for students and if parents want to attend there will be $10 tickets available at the event for them. All proceeds benefit scholarships for outstanding Aggie students from the Austin area!

Gifted & Advanced Academic Services Parent Conference

January 20th from 9:00am to Noon @ Pearson Ranch Middle School

There will be a Keynote Speaker and there will be breakout sessions over the following topics: Grit, Perfectionism, College options in HS, Managing stress, Creativity & Makerspace, Transition to middle school, Strategy games, Building independence, Career & Technology, and many more! Click here for more info

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Texas Internship Challenge

The Texas Internship Challenge is a program from the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, as part of the Tri-Agency Initiative, challenging industry and employer partners to offer more paid internships for Texas high school, college, and graduate school students. The Texas Internship Challenge addresses a workforce need which we hear frequently from employers: students need to acquire workplace readiness skills to be more competitive for the full-time job search.
Internships provide students the opportunity to explore in-demand occupations, gain professional experience, and make connections with professionals which can lead to a reference or a job. Internships provide employers the opportunity to explore talent, benefit from different and developing skill sets, train candidates for full-time positions, and, by searching for candidates statewide, diversify their talent pool. Launched in 2017, is designed to meet accessibility guidelines, offers veterans’ preference hiring, and supports technical as well as non-technical positions.

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