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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

UT Engineering Event


Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 09:00 AM until 04:30 PM
Driving Directions >>

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Cockrell School of Engineering
301 E Dean Keeton St
Austin, TX 78712
United States
Your Opportunities are Unlimited at UT!

During this all-day, on-campus event, explore how engineering impacts the world, learn more about the university’s engineering majors and participate in hands-on engineering activities alongside professional engineers, professors and current UT students.  

A parent/guardian email address and a non-refundable fee of $250 (due by Oct. 4) are required to complete your registration.

Click here to register

Monday, September 11, 2017

United States Presidential Scholars Program

The Texas Education Agency invites high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2018 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. 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.
The Texas commissioner of education will nominate 10 male and 10 female candidates to apply for the honor.
Beginning in 2016, outstanding students who demonstrated excellence in career and technical education (CTE) have been included for recognition. Therefore, TEA also invites high school seniors who are participants of a CTE program graduating between January and June of 2018 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. In addition to the 20 general application candidates who will be nominated to apply, the Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate five additional students who are in CTE to apply for the honor.
For more information and the application, please click here.

If you would like to be considered for Westwood's nomination, please turn in completed applications to Mrs Browning by October 2nd in D1127

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

Mark your calendars, to date we already have over 180 colleges in attendance!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Round Rock Chamber's New Site!

Discover Your Career Options

Many students wonder if college is worth it. The answer is….it depends.

To find more answers, visit with your specific career choices in mind. Watch a video of one student’s experience using the Launch My Career Texas website to compare career paths.
Making a good choice from the start can lead to a better career, higher wages, and better personal satisfaction. Making a bad choice can lead to high college debt and difficulty landing a well-paying job. The Launch My Career Texas interactive website identifies well-paying jobs and the best programs to prepare students for them, compares projected earnings to the financial investment needed, and analyzes the earnings potential. It also helps students understand the personal and professional satisfaction that accompanies different careers and courses of study.
Click here to go to the Chamber's website!

Thursday, August 31, 2017


On, Friday, October 6, we are hosting the Texas JAMP Roundup. This free event, held in conjunction with the Texas Med-Dent Roundup is where high school seniors, college freshmen, counselors, advisors, and parents can learn more about the Joint Admission Medical Program and how to prepare for medical school. The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) is a special program created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical education. If you are interested in either becoming a physician or learning about becoming one this event is for you!

Find out more and register for the event here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

ADAP (Adolescent Depression Awareness Program) Parent Night

Please join RRISD Counseling Services for a program about adolescent mood disorders, presented by the John Hopkin’s Adolescent Depression Awareness Program. There are 2 different dates/locations for parents to choose from. Click here for more information.

Monday, August 21, 2017

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."

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Apply Texas Essay Boot Camp

ApplyTexas Essay Boot Camp
On August 2, 2017, Westwood will host an ApplyTexas Essay Boot Camp where students can receive feedback on their college application essays. The bootcamp will be held at Grisham Middle School (because of construction that will be happening at Westwood this summer) from 1:30 to 3:30.

College Fair August 12

Colleges That Change Lives College Fair

August 12th at 7:00pm

Hilton Austin
Salons H, J, K
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX  78701
Check the website below for all the colleges attending.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Global Austin: Diplomacy Begins Here Summit

Funded by a Department of State grant, the Summit will feature expert speakers on US foreign policy priorities and how they affect our communities. Speakers will include community leaders, elected officials, business leaders, and foreign policy experts. We'll focus on current and emerging US foreign policy priorities, their impact on Texas, and the role of local citizens in reaching out to international visitors for an exchange of ideas and perspectives. An important component of the Summit is a Youth Track geared for high school and college students interested in learning about international diplomacy and what it's like to work in the foreign policy arena. High School and College students will have the opportunity to attend simulation exercises during the Summit. Simulation topics include:
  • International Refugees Crisis: Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistanc
  • International HIV/AIDS Crisis: Global Health and Development
  • Freshwater Crisis: Climate Change, Natural Resources and Development
  • International Nuclear Crisis: International Law and National Sovereignty
  • Crisis in our Oceans: Negotiating a Solution to Protect our Food
  • Countering Violent Extremism: Civil Liberties and Security
When: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Where: The Texas State Capitol

Why: To fill a need for civic education in the area of diplomacy by informing Summit participants of diplomacy's role in our nation's history and relevance at home, at school and on the job.

Click here for a Youth Track Participation Contract Form. If a student is interested in attending, they will need a teacher to complete this form, scan and return it to

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Central Texas Aggiebound Workshop

Class of 2018, want a head start on your Texas A&M application? Clink here to learn more about information sessions and application workshops held in the Austin Area.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Camp Brave Heart 2017

The 20th year of Camp Brave Heart is accepting applications. This camp is for students aged 6 to 17 years old who are grieving the death of a loved one. The camp runs from July 31st to August 3rd. There is no cost to attend the overnight camp and they provide transportation to and from camp. For more information and to get an application, please click on this link.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CyberDefenses Apprentice Program for Graduating Seniors

CyberDefenses is pleased to announce the first full apprenticeship program for cyber security specialists. It is a 52 week paid apprenticeship. Must meet the following profile:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have graduated high school
  • Must be based in Austin, TX or surrounding area
  • Strong math and/or science background
  • Strong interest in computers, programming and/or security
  • Ready to work hard to excel in this demanding industry

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Westwood Student Presentation Survey 2017

The Westwood Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is a volunteer organization that organizes events and activities to support students in achieving their educational goals, and to communicate student concerns to the administration.

In 2017-2018, PTSA plans to organize speaker events that address topics our students want to learn more about. By filling out this survey, you can help us learn which topics are most interesting to students. 

Thank you for participating!

Survey link

NCAA Eligibility Center-2017 Graduates

For 2017 Graduates who will be participating in NCAA Division I or II athletics, please check out the following website for everything you need to know.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer PSAT for Class of 2019

More Than a Teacher Summer PSAT has one more promotional offer before the school year ends. Their PSAT Summer classes for the Class of 2019 are 2-for-1, which means students can attend PSAT this summer and come back for SAT. They also offer FREE return privileges to all of their classes - one low price and a student can attend their courses as many times as he or she likes in order to continue to improve their scores. All of their other services are also free of charge - practice testing, tutorials, and free seminars.

For more information, click here to view a promotional flyer.

Free College and Career Exploration Road Trip

Announcing an exciting, free opportunity for high school students in Texas: Texas OnCourse has teamed up with career exploration organization Roadtrip Nation to offer the Texas Youth Roadtrip.

Students will be moving on to summer very shortly, so Texas OnCourse wants to make sure they apply before it's too late (applications close July 3rd). Students can get more info and apply at this link:

Four teams of three high school students will take a mini-adventure through their region of Texas to interview college students and professionals building livelihoods around their passions. With an adult chaperone, these Texans will travel on Roadtrip Nation’s green RV to explore post-secondary paths, and beyond. They’ll also conduct in-depth interviews with working professionals in fields that align with the students’ interests, endorsements, or career aspirations.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Movers & Shakers, Thinkers and Bakers

The changing face of science and engineering reveals that science and engineering is no longer what many think! It now has more interesting applications than ever imagined. UT Austin will be at Westwood High School to talk to Juniors about the STEM education. 

The intent is to talk broadly about Science, Engineering, and beyond, the possibilities and the challenges, and the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of fields today to address societal needs. They will not talk much about specific disciplines; rather, the idea will be to inform high schoolers about what Science and Engineering represent today, and try to build some passion toward STEM fields. But they will also discuss more broadly issues related with learning and education, and how students may get prepared to transition to college in any field of their choosing. They will also arrange for a small group of about 3-4 senior UT-Austin undergraduate students (Westwood alums) make a few remarks about their experiences (especially from when the person was a junior in high school to where s/he is now).

The meeting will be held in the Big Black Box from 12:30-1:45 on May 19th

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Howdy Social

Austin Aggie Moms would like to invite new A&M students including Blinn team, TAMU Galveston and transfer students and their families to their "Howdy Social" on Saturday, June 24th from 1:00-3:00pm at the Riverplace Country Club (4207 River Place Blvd, Austin, TX 78730).

Howdy Social Guest Speaker: Kathleen Speed, Academic Success Center
Door prizes and a $250 scholarship drawing!

Click here for more details and how to RSVP

Senior Walk

All Westwood High School Seniors are invited to join this year's Annual Senior Walk. Seniors wear your cap and gown and reminisce about your K-12 years as you walk through the hallways of your elementary/middle school and inspire our future Warriors. (If you didn't attend a Westwood feeder elementary/middle school campus, don't worry, you are still welcome to participate at any of these campuses.)

Canyon Vista Feeders:
Canyon Vista MS, May 25th at 8:15am
Caraway Elem., May 24th at 8:00am
Laurel Mountain Elem, May 24th at 8:00am updated change
Spicewood Elem., May 26th at 8:00am

Grisham Feeders:
Grisham MS, May 23rd at 8:15am
Canyon Creek Elem, May 24th at 7:20am
Purple Sage Elem., May 22nd at 8:00am
Anderson Mill Elem., May 22nd at 9:15am