Monday, December 12, 2016

ACC Health Science Open House

Find Your Career Path in Healthcare

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in room 8500 at the Eastview Campus, explore options to get on track to an in-demand career in healthcare during ACC's health sciences open house. Training programs are available in areas such as dental hygiene, radiology, sonography, surgical technology, nursing and more! Tour facilities, view demonstrations, and meet the faculty and staff to learn more about the department and degree programs.

Registration is not required to attend, but encouraged. Register here. Get directions here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SXSWedu Student Startup Competition

SXSWedu and LaunchGen are teaming up to host the second SXSWedu Expo Student Startup Competition!

Applications for the startup competition will be open December 5, 2016 - January 27, 2017. Apply to share and potentially fund your latest endeavor! The Student Startup Competition is an opportunity for Central Texas students to solve a real world problem, meet a market need or develop a new product.
All ideas are welcome—from creative ways to address poverty, to the development of a gadget every student would want, to the launch of their own startup. Students are encouraged to think big, and come up with ideas that may exceed their existing skills, network and resources!

Click here for more details.
 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Texas A&M Credential Drop Off

ATTENTION 2017 SENIORS:
Texas A&M Credential Drop Off will be happening this week at a location near you. Do you still need to submit one final thing to complete your Fall 2017 admissions application? Your Regional Advisors will be camped out throughout the area for you to collect any final documents (transcripts, fee waivers, other supporting documents). Please check the following link for more information.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Fair Opportunity Project College Admissions and Financial Aid Guide

The Fair Opportunity Project has provided a guide to assist students with college admissions and financial aid. The guide has sections on the college application, affording college, before college applications and essays that worked. Please download the guide here. It is a great resource for students.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Application Material Drop Off for University of Houston and Texas State University

University of Houston & Texas State University would like to invite students to attend their Application Materials Drop Off Event on November 2nd, 2016  from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. They will be hosting the event at Starbucks Coffee House (500 E. Ben White Blvd, Austin TX (I 35 & 71)). More information can be found below. 

Students are welcome to turn in Applications Fees or Fee Waivers, High School Transcripts, Test Scores, Resumes, Letters of Recommendation, or Essays during the event. Please keep in mind all documents turned in must be official. With the exception of an SAT or ACT print out, they will accept any materials as official given to them by a school official.  As a reminder, the University of Houston’s Scholarship deadline is November 15th, 2016.
  
Application Material Drop Off Event
University of Houston & Texas State University
November 2nd, 2016 (Wednesday)
Starbucks Coffee House
500 E. Ben White Blvd, Austin TX (I 35 & 71)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Finding Engineering!

Finding Engineering!

The Texas A&M University section of the Society of Women Engineers would like to invite high school students, parents, teachers and counselors to their 41st Annual High School Conference. It will be held Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017 at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, TX. The conference is open to all high school juniors and seniors interested in math, science, or engineering related fields. Registration opens Monday, October 10, 2016 and closes Monday, November 17, 2016. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

FAFSA Day

Round Rock ISD is hosting an all day event to support 2017 seniors and their parents in completing the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) on Monday, October 24th from 8AM to 8PM at Round Rock High School.

Drop-ins are welcome, but you can make a thirty minute block appointment by going to https://rrisd2017fafsa.youcanbook.me

The FAFSA is for every 2017 senior. Completing the FAFSA gives students opportunities for campus based scholarships, work-study programs, Pell Grants, student loans and more.

Be sure to bring:
  • Valid ID (of student and parents)
  • Social Security Card (of student and parents)
  • Completed 2015 Taxes
To get started or for more information on the FAFSA visit www.fafsa.ed.gov

All individuals will be required to check in to the main office prior to entering the library. We will do our best to accommodate language preferences.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Business, Engineering, or Hotel & Restaurant Management Students

The University of Houston would love to see you at UH Spotlight 2016 WednesdayOct. 19! We think this event is a great fit for you. This is a unique chance for you to hear presentations and meet staff from the following departments and programs to learn more about the great things going on campus!
  •  Office of Admissions
  • Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • C.T. Bauer College of Business
  • Cullen College of Engineering
Our colleges are home to nationally ranked and competitive degree programs, and you will get an inside look into how we can help you reach your educational and career goals during and after college! You'll also be eligible to win a small scholarship just for attending!

We will provide a full program along with food and refreshments. We request that no more than one parent/guest accompany you.

Austin UH Spotlight 2016
WednesdayOct. 19
L.C. Anderson High School
8403 Mesa Dr.
Austin, TX 78759
Check-In
6 - 6:30 p.m.
UH Presentation6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the event coordinator, Cameron Newton, at clnewton2@central.uh.edu.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

United States Presidential Scholars Program
The United States (U.S.) Presidential Scholars Program honors graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship, achievement and promise of future success. Seniors chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars are selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will be presented with a medallion at a ceremony in their honor. While there, the students will engage with accomplished people and participate in conversations and events over issues that concern America and the world.
TEA invites high school seniors who are graduating between January and June of 2017 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. The Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate ten male and ten female candidates to apply for the honor.
President Obama amended the program by adding a new component in 2015 – recognition for excellence among students in career and technical education (CTE). Therefore, TEA also invites high school seniors who are participants in a CTE program and who are graduating between January and June of 2017 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. In addition to the 20 general application candidates who will be nominated, the Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate five CTE students to apply for the honor.
Only one general program student applicant and one CTE student applicant will be accepted from each Texas high school. Principals are asked to nominate one outstanding student for each of these competitions to be considered for this honor.
Please see TEA’s U.S. Presidential Scholars Program webpage for more information: http://www.tea.texas.gov/Presidential_Scholar/  
Application due date: October 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a unique educational experience for talented junior or senior high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to public service.
Texas will select two student leaders as delegates (and two alternates) who will join others from across the nation in Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long educational program. During their visit, delegates will be immersed in leadership activities and interact with high-level officials, hearing major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense, as well as other federal agencies. The program is sponsored by the Hearst Foundations, who fund all delegate expenses for Washington Week (transportation, hotel, meals). Each delegate is also awarded a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship, with encouragement to pursue careers in public service.
Please see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) USSYP webpage for more information.
Application due date: October 15, 2016
2016 Round Rock ISD College Fair

On Monday, September 26th, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Round Rock High School over 200 Universities and College will be in attendance. Come prepared by registering online for a scanning barcode. You will be able to download your personal information on your registration, then when you visit a college's booth, they can scan your barcode and receive all your contact information. No filling out cards, or taking down contact info. Here is a flyer to explain. For a list of the colleges attending click here.


Follow these steps:

To register for 2016 Central TX TACRAO Fairs students should:

1.       Visit www.gotocollegefairs.com
2.       Click on “Students Register Now”
3.       Click on Texas in the map
4.       Click on “9/26/2016 - 9/30/2016 College Day/Night Fair”
5.       Fill out the questionnaire with their information
6.       Click Submit
7.       Print Bar Code, or have bar code ready on a mobile device

Thursday, August 18, 2016

More College Presentations

Boston University will be hosting receptions in  Austin for high school juniors and seniors and their families. These events are wonderful opportunities for the students to learn more about BU and the college application process

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Registration and refreshments: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM


For more information go to http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/

Washington University in St. Louis will be in Austin on Sunday October 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at 

Embassy Suites - Arboretum
9505 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX 

No Reservation required, but for more information please call (800) 638-0700. 
admissions.wustl.edu

MIT
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30pm
Commons Learning Center
Big Tex Auditorium
10100 Burnet Road

Austin, TX 78758
mitadmissions.org/visit/travel



More College Presentations

Boston University will be hosting receptions in  Austin for high school juniors and seniors and their families. These events are wonderful opportunities for the students to learn more about BU and the college application process

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Registration and refreshments: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM


For more information go to http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/

Washington University in St. Louis will be in Austin on Sunday October 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at 

Embassy Suites - Arboretum
9505 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX 

No Reservation required, but for more information please call (800) 638-0700. 
admissions.wustl.edu

MIT
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30pm
Commons Learning Center
Big Tex Auditorium
10100 Burnet Road

Austin, TX 78758
mitadmissions.org/visit/travel



More College Presentations


University of Houston
Honors Reception in Austin

For outstanding high school seniors!

Honors Scholarship Competition: Students attending the Honors College Reception are eligible to compete for a $6,000 Honors scholarship ($1,500 per year for four years). Students interested in participating in the competition must bring an extracurricular resume and one sealed letter of recommendation to the reception. Students must attend the reception and apply to the Honors College no later than Feb. 1. Students may apply online at www.TheHonorsCollege.com/apply. Students will be notified of their award by Feb. 15.


Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Maggiano's Little Italy
10910 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

Registration and Reception
6:30 p.m.
Presentations
7:00 p.m.

Boston University will be hosting receptions in  Austin for high school juniors and seniors and their families. These events are wonderful opportunities for the students to learn more about BU and the college application process

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


Registration and refreshments: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM


For more information go to http://www.bu.edu/admissions/visit-us/discover-bu-in-the-fall/

Washington University in St. Louis will be in Austin on Sunday October 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at 

Embassy Suites - Arboretum
9505 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX 

No Reservation required, but for more information please call (800) 638-0700. 
admissions.wustl.edu

MIT
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30pm
Commons Learning Center
Big Tex Auditorium
10100 Burnet Road

Austin, TX 78758
mitadmissions.org/visit/travel



Thursday, August 11, 2016

College Information Opportunities

Washington University in St. Louis Admissions Information Session

Sunday, October 23, 2016
2:00-3:00 PM
Embassy Suites Austin-Arboretum
9505 Stonelake Blvd
Austin, TX

No reservation is needed. For additional information, please call 800-638-0700. admissions.wustl.edu


Discover UChicago Fly-In Program
The Discover UChicago Fly-In Program is an all-expense paid opportunity for underrepresented high school seniors (e.g., underrepresented students of color, first-gen, or low income students) to discover the city of Chicago with current UChicago students, spend a night on the UChicago campus, and learn more about the great academic and student life programs the University of Chicago offers. Students will fly into Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday, October 9th, experience an exciting day of programming, and depart Chicago after attending our Columbus Day Open House on Monday, October 10th.
 
Space for the Discover UChicago Fly-In Program is limited and an application (including a short essay, an unofficial transcript, and self-reported SAT/ACT scores) is required. Talented students interested in learning more about UChicago and participating in this program should submit an application by Wednesday, September 7th.
 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Results of the Class of 2016 Senior Survey

Want to know where Westwood graduates attend college? Go to the Senior Survey page of the Westwood Counseling Blog for information from the classes of 2015 and 2016 senior survey results.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

College Application Presentation for Parents and Students

Round Rock ISD is hosting a College Application Presentation for all RRISD students and parents. A general overview of the college application process will be presented by Melissa Morris, Regional Advisor for Texas A&M University and Melinda Ramirez, Admission Counselor for St. Edward's University.

Topics covered will include:

  • ApplyTexas Application
  • Common Application
  • New Coalition Application
  • FAFSA Prior-Prior Year Changes


Date:           August 2, 2016
Location:     RRISD PAC: 5800 McNeil Dr, Austin, TX 78729
Time:           6:30: Doors will open to pick up recruitment materials.
                        7:00: Presentation
                        8:00: Admissions reps available for questions in the PAC Atrium.

Monday, July 18, 2016

ApplyTexas Essay Boot Camp

ApplyTexas Essay Boot Camp 
Aug 3 - 1:30 to 3:30
Westwood High School: 9th Grade Center Classrooms 

Update: Please enter through the Main Westwood Entrance and proceed to the 9th grade center classrooms. 

Students will be assigned to specific classrooms. Please look for the room assignments posted near the entrance. 

With construction ongoing at Westwood High School, The ApplyTexas Essay Boot Camp will be limited to 150 students. Students must sign up to participate by Noon on August 2nd. Please sign up through the link below: 

ApplyTexas Essay Sign Up Form

Students should have a draft of their Apply Texas Essays ready for college admissions representatives to critique. The 2016-2017 Essay Prompts are: 

Essay A:
What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.

Essay B:
Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students , then tell us about yourself.

Essay C:
You've got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Students should check with the universities to which they are applying regarding the required essays. 

If you have questions, please contact Lead Counselor Steve Clark at 512-464-4026 or steven_clark@roundrockisd.org

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ACT Test Report Changes

While the ACT test is not changing, the score reports provided to students and schools will have a few changes this year. 

In addition to the change in report format, the ACT Writing test score will no longer be reported on a 1-36 scale. Writing scores will return to the 2-12 range with a 12 being the highest score. 

For more information about these changes, visit the ACT Continuous Improvement Blog. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

English Summer Reading Requirements

The Westwood English Department encourages students to read books for pleasure and for academic enrichment in the summer.  While only a few courses have a specific summer reading requirement and/or assignment, all students benefit from reading both fiction and nonfiction books that challenge them.
For a list of books that have been included on the College Board's Advanced Placement Literature exam, consult this website:

The following three Westwood English courses have specific readings assigned for the summer, some with assignments to go along with them.  (See instructions attached).

Final Senior Transcripts

Seniors attending college in the fall will need to have a final transcript sent to the college/university they will attend. Transcripts can be ordered in one of two ways.


The preferred method to order your final high school transcript is to complete the WHS Senior Survey. Students must be signed in with their RRISD Google account.

  • If your college plans change after completing the survey, please see Mr. Clark in D1127 to update your college choice.
  • At the end of the survey, enter the name of the college where the transcript should be sent. If the college is out of state, please include the address.
  • Seniors who took dual credit courses at ACC will need to request an additional final transcript to be sent to  ACC. This can be done at the registrar's office.
  • Final transcripts requested through the survey will be mailed, or electronically delivered, by June 22nd.
  • Transcripts ordered through the senior survey will be sent at no cost to the student.


The second method to order a final transcript is to go to the registrar’s office and pay $3.00.


Transcripts ordered for pick up will be available on the following Thursdays:
    • June 9th, June 16th, and June 23rd

Please do not have a hold put on your college enrollment because you have not ordered a final transcript or completed the survey.

Friday, May 13, 2016

2016-2017 Counselor & Administrator Assignments

Before Spring Break, the Counselor/Administrator assignments for next year were released. Beginning next year, all Westwood counselors will be assigned 9th to 12th grade students. The assignments for next year are listed below.


Alpha
Counselor
Administrator
A-Cheq
Michele Koteras
Chantel Morrison
Cher-Gl
Holly Browning
Alan Hildebrand
Go-Ka
Joe Gregg
Alan Hildebrand
Ke-Ma
Keri Douglas
Sal Espinosa
Mc-Po
Marv Schmitt
Sal Espinosa
Pr-Sp
Kim Camardo
Mark Kylar
Sr-Z
Cyndi Fleming
Heath Walz

Banner Signing Photos

The Class of 2016 College Banner was out for students to sign on May 6th and May May 12th. The banner will be installed next week in the Westwood atrium across from the library patio. Here are a few photos from the signing day. 







Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SAT Score Converter

With the release of the scores from the first redesigned SAT, College Board has created an online SAT Score Converter to compare scores from the new SAT with the old SAT and ACT.  

March SAT scores should be available today (May 10th) through student College Board accounts. 

Access the Score Converter at the College Board Website

Monday, April 18, 2016

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, University of Chicago and Rice

If you are interested in Brown, Columbia, Cornell, The University of Chicago or Rice, attend the Exploring Educational Excellence presentation at 

Location
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704

Date
April 26, 2016 
7:00 PM

Register at www.exploringeducationalexcellence.org

Destination ACC

Austin Community College is hosting an enrollment event, Destination ACC: Saturday. 
Destination ACC: Saturday is a great chance for students and parents to get one-on-one help with every step of the ACC enrollment process. It helps students know their options at ACC, and allows them to complete the enrollment process in as little as one day. Whether your student is interested in earning a degree, training for a career, or getting ahead with transfer classes, Destination ACC: Saturday is designed to help get them to the next step in that process.

The events take place on the Saturdays of May 7 and May 15 at the Round Rock, Highland and Riverside campuses.

To sign up, visit austincc.edu/destination. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

Complete the Senior Survey - Get Your Final Transcript

Seniors should have received an email at their RRISD student email account with a link to the senior survey. This final survey is important for many reasons.

  • The survey provides feedback to RRISD and Westwood staff about our students’ experience at Westwood.
  • When completing the survey, students will indicate the college they will attend next year. This is where their free final transcript will be sent. This is the last step of the survey.
    • Students will not be required to request their transcript through the registrar’s office if they complete the online survey.
    • Students should not complete the survey until they have made their final college decision.
    • If a student makes a change to their final college choice after completing the survey, please see Mr. Clark to update your school choice.
  • For colleges outside of Texas, please list the name and address of the college.
  • The survey also provides Westwood with information regarding the colleges/universities the members of the class of 2016 will attend.
  • Link to RRISD Senior Survey. Students will need to be signed in to Google with their RRISD Student account.

If you have any questions about the survey, please see Mr. Clark in D1127.