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


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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RRISD College Fair-September 25, 6:30-8:30pm @ RRHS

Mark your calendars, to date we already have over 180 colleges in attendance!
Make it an easy process to share your contact details at the college fair. Don’t complete prospect cards at every college table, spend more time talking to the admissions representative to know more about their school.     
Simply register one time for a barcode at to easily and securely share your information with the colleges of your choice.
How to registration guide?
·         Navigate to
·         Click “Students Register Now”
·         Select the state of Texas
·         Select the checkbox to attend fair (Fairs are listed by week and not individually)
·         Start the registration form
·         Find your school name using any search option
·         Check the “terms and conditions box” and hit the submit button
·         The barcode is displayed – print the barcode and you’re done!
Two days and on the day of the event, you will receive a reminder email with a copy of the barcode attached which you can either print or display on your smartphone at the fair.  
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Michelle Rogers at GoToCollegeFairs at

609-608-0802 or email her at

Monday, September 18, 2017

Government Meeting this Week!

Are you interested in government? Well here is an event for you!

When:September 19th @ 5pm
Where: City of Austin, District 6 Field Office(10401 Anderson Mill Road, Ste. 101)

"Local Government: Who does what?

How does City Government even work?
Who's job is it to make the decisions that shape your every day? Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and Williamson Co. Commissioner Precinct 1, Terry Cook would like to answer your students questions about how local government works, who does what, and how they can be involved."

Changes to UT Admissions-Official Press Release Below

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin will automatically admit eligible Texas students in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class beginning in the summer and fall of 2019. This change will not impact currently enrolled high school seniors applying for the summer and fall of 2018, who are automatically admitted if they are in the top 7 percent of their class.

The change is due to the continued growth in the number of Texas high school graduates and a steep increase in applications to UT Austin. Applications to the university rose from 38,000 in 2013 to more than 51,000 in 2017. The number of high school graduates in Texas rose by 14,000 during that same period and is projected to increase by almost 50,000 through 2025.
Under state law governing admissions to UT Austin, 75 percent of the first-year in-state students must be automatically admitted. The law requires the university set the threshold for automatic admission on an annual basis to meet these requirements.

The change in the automatic admission threshold from 7 to 6 percent will allow the university to:
  • Maintain the legally mandated proportions of the incoming in-state freshman class at 75 percent automatically admitted students and 25 percent admitted through the holistic review process.
  • Adjust to the projected growth in Texas high school graduates.
  • Continue to provide admissions spots for eligible transfer students.

“UT Austin is committed to providing a world-class education to exceptional students from across Texas,” said President Gregory L. Fenves. “Today, the university is enrolling about 1,000 more freshmen than it did six years ago. We accomplished this by dramatically improving four-year graduation rates, making it possible for us to serve more students. We are committed to even further improvements, which will continue to expand access to UT.”

More information on updates to the UT Austin undergraduate admissions process can be found at
For more information, contact: J.B. Bird, University Communications, 512-471-4550. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Senior College Night-October 17

On October 17th, we will have a senior parent night where we will have a panel of college admission representatives here to give us the ins and outs of college admissions. We have collected frequently asked parent questions that we will have the representatives answer. It will be a unique way to see what college admission officers are looking for. We will have a Texas public school, a Texas private school and a out of state school there. This way we can have different perspectives on all things college admission related. We will be in the Westwood cafeteria. It will go from 6:30-8pm.

*Colleges representatives present will be University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor and Northwestern

Camp Enterprise for Current Juniors

Camp Enterprise is facilitated by enthusiastic, qualified, adult professional entrepreneurs who provide stimulating and invaluable business skills and information.  The students will be immersed in a three-day, fast-paced, intensive learning environment where the realities of business development will be explored and created.  Camp Enterprise is a fabulous opportunity to practice team-building skills, collaborative problem solving, and to meet fellow students in Central Texas with the same interests.
The goal of Camp Enterprise is to inspire students to become the next generation of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs for the City of Austin.

Who:   Juniors in High School from Austin and surrounding areas, hosted by Rotary Club of Austin members
When:  January 26-28, 2018
Where: Camp Enterprise will be held at Camp Buckner, Burnet, TX (bus transportation, lodging, meals for the students will be provided by RCA)

If you are interested, please see Mrs Browning in D1127 by 9/22/17 to pick up an application. Applications will be due back by 9/28/17. The school can only nominate 8 students so if we have more than that, we will pick 8 from the applicant pool to send forward.