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 elliott.nowacky@utexas.edu.

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. https://www.hospiceaustin.org/about-hospice-austin/campbraveheart/

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: rtn.is/texas

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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. Pugh 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 2017 will attend.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Exploring College Options: Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford

Want to learn more about the college admissions process for Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn or Stanford universities. Here is an opportunity in our back yard.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 07:00 PM

Hilton Austin
500 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pre-Med Summer Youth Academy

The Pre-Med Summer Youth Academy is designed for junior and senior high school students who are interested in pursuing pre-medical programs at the university level. Through the selection of 1-4 prep courses, out of seven core subject areas, students will prepare to receive higher grades in medical school prerequisite courses, learn about careers in the medical field, and discover their future as medical doctors. Click here for a flyer of information.

Camp runs from June 5-June 29 for Session I and July 3-August 3 for Session II. Financial need scholarships may be available.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Top Institutions Presenting as a Group

Meet us in your own neighborhood! 

The University of Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University admission representatives look forward to seeing students and parents on May 17th at 7:00 PM at St. Andrews Episcopal School. To register, click here.

St Andrews Episcopal School
5901 Southwest Pkwy
Austin, TX 78735

Learn more about academic programs, student life, admission, and financial aid at these institutions. There will be time for questions and to meet representatives at the end.

Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University, and the University of Chicago admission officers will be at the Hyatt Regency-Austin on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 PM. To register, click here.

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

Learn more about the selective admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs and campus life. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Young Women's Leadership Challenge 2017-2018 Program

The Young Women's Leadership Challenge is a year-long program starting with a summer conference, followed by a fall and spring workshop open to all high school girls who are seeking the tools and resources to be self-confident, globally competent, and financially literate leaders.

They are accepting applications from all high school girls from all backgrounds. They offer scholarships to pay for the entire program cost for 50% of applicants. YWLC is a growing networking with over 100 alumni who have gone through the program since 2012. They are currently recruiting girls and the application is online and open to all 10,11,12 grade girls who are looking to gain leadership skills, learn about social entrepreneurship, global competency, self-confidence, team-work, and financial literacy.

Online application and all other details are here: http://empowered2lead.org

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pathfinder Leadership Summit

Pathfinder is a personal and professional development program aimed at giving incoming 9th-12th grade girls a head start on their road to independence, college and career. These young women will:

  • Find their unique strengths
  • Develop real world skills like interviewing and public speaking
  • Explore different industries and professions
  • Gain access to women leaders and professionals in the area
  • Create bonds and friendships with like-minded peers

June 12-June 17
Scholarships available

Find out more: www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org
512-808-4044 ext. 106

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-18

The Common Application is pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts. The changes reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts
  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]
For more information, click here

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Texas A&M, College of Architecture, will be hosting Camp ARCH this summer from July 9th to 15th. The resident summer camp is designed to give young people an opportunity to experience the professions of Architect, Constructor, Landscape Architecture and Visual Designer. The program accepts high school students who have completed the 9th grade or higher to going into 12th grade. The objective of the camp is for the participants to experience working together in a studio environment just as professionals would in a design or construction firm. The students will be housed in dormitories on the Texas A&M Campus and will be taught by faculty/graduate students from the College of Architecture.

For more details, click here.

Catalyst SAT Boot Camp

SAT Boot Camp

DATES:         Saturdays- April 22nd and April 29th
TIME:            9:00 am-1:00 pm
LOCATION: RRISD Professional Development Tool Box
                       (located within RRHS campus off of North Lake Creek Drive)
COST:           $149.00 per student/Students attend both sessions
REGISTER:  https://roundrockisd.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=RW_SecAfterSchl

Nanotechnology Summer Program at UT's NASCENT Center

UT’s NASCENT Center is facilitating a 1 week pre-college program that will teach students all about the cutting edge field of nanotechnology and how scientific research is performed, as well as expose them to engineering processes and career paths. Students will have an opportunity to work alongside UT Engineering Professors, graduate students and leading industry experts while solving challenging hands on engineering problems. Each day of the program will highlight a different theme within the realm of nanotechnology and feature a different hands on lab. Research themes include: flexible nanoelectronics, nanomedicine, and nanoscale energy systems and the environment. During the week, students will team up and work together on a research project based in one of these thematic areas.

Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9, 2017

Program Highlights
  • Use state of the art nanofabrication cleanroom facilities, nanotech tools and equipment at the NASCENT Engineering Research Center on UT’s Pickle Research Campus
  • Be mentored by internationally recognized faculty, researchers, and industry leaders
  • Learn about cutting edge nanofabrication techniques, nanomaterials, & nano-enabled devices in electronics, healthcare, energy sectors
  • Build your resume and get a jump start on college application preparation
  • Present your work to a scientific audience
  • Gain valuable experience performing research
  • Learn how to think like a true innovator
  • Work in a clean room
  • Have fun!!!!

Research Themes
  • Flexible Nanoelectronics
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanoscale Energy Systems & the Environment

Application Details & Logistics
  • DatesJune 5 (Monday) – June 9 (Friday), 2017.
  • Location:  The NASCENT Center, UT Austin Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Building 160, Austin TX  78758.
  • Designed For:  Rising 10th – 12th graders.
  • Need-based Scholarships are available. Instructions on how to apply for a scholarship are provided in the application form.

Application deadline is April 24, 2017 and we do have a limited number of need based scholarships available. Instructions on how to apply for a scholarship are provided in the application form.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Alateen Group Meeting at Cedar Ridge H.S.

For Students whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, there will be a support Alateen Group Meeting held at Cedar Ridge High School

● Meetings will occur each Thursday at 4:30 in Rm C-210

●First meeting on ​March 23rd at 4:30pm

● Meetings are confidential

*For Additional information email ron_jones@roundrockisd.org

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Salon Professional Academy Open House

The Salon Professional Academy-Georgetown will be hosting an Open House on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. TSPA student stylists invite friends, family, high school seniors, prospective students, and salons to experience their Model Showcase and Art Exhibit.

For more information, click here for a promotional flyer.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

St. David's School of Nursing-Texas State University Round Rock Campus Open House

Open House
Saturday, March 25 2017
10am-12pm at the School of Nursing Building
Texas State University- Round Rock Campus

Information session at 11:00am
Community Health Fair
Meet the Manikins and tour the Simulation Lab
Talk to Students and Faculty about Nursing School and Careers
Learn How to Apply to Nursing School at Texas State

Click here for a flyer

Health Careers Summer Camp 2017

Each year the Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East – Capital Region offers high school students the opportunity to participate in a five day summer camp devoted to educating participants about the different careers in healthcare.  During camp, students are exposed to various careers in healthcare and taught what they need to do to start preparing for their future.  This year’s camp is June 12th-16th and will be held during the day at the ACC-Eastview Campus so students will need transportation to and from camp. The total cost of camp is $50 and includes all meals and activities.

To register for the 2017 Health Careers Summer Camp, complete this form and return it to Texas AHEC East – Capital Region by March 31st.  There is a small essay required. Once you are selected to attend camp you will be asked to submit your payment of $50. Remember space is limited so register TODAY!

Mail your registration form to:
                        Texas AHEC East – Capital Region
                        4400 College Park Dr, Rm 3105.01
                        Round Rock, TX 78665
·        High school student completing 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade
·        Must be 16 years old as of June 1, 2017
·        Attend all five days of camp
·        Must have transportation to and from camp each day
·        Submit your application by March 31, 2017
·        Have a sincere desire to pursue a career in healthcare

Activities Include               
·        Hospital Tours
·        Medical Procedures
·        Shadowing Opportunities
·        Simulation Labs
·        Field Trips
·        And much more!

A selection committee will review applications and students selected to participate will receive a detailed camp packet and payment instructions by April 15th.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Fashion Ambassador Program

Fashion Ambassador Program! The program details are outlined below:

Who: 2017-2018 High Schools Students (11th-12th graders)

What: This is a program for students who are interested in pursuing careers in fashion or with Nordstrom. They are looking to gain more knowledge in areas such as Buying, Trend Forecasting, Visual Merchandising, Leadership, Communication, Interviewing, and much, much more! They will learn the ins and the outs of the industry and be an insider to influence the BP, Savvy, and Topshop buyers because they are our customers! The meetings are held for one hour once a month. Most meetings consist of one of the topics above, hands on activities, and hearing from different Nordstrom Leaders. They also receive a 15% off discount in select departments; BP, Savvy, The Rail & BP Shoes!

Why: The program gives these students a grasp on what it looks like to be in the Fashion Industry and within Nordstrom. They are able to have this insight to help them pursue future careers. A lot of these students end up working for our company. Currently, there are 2 store managers in the Northwest who started on the Fashion Ambassadors program, previously known as the Fashion Board. These students also automatically receive a $1,000 scholarship to FIDM for being a part of the program!

For more information, check out this flyer. Deadline to apply is April 7, 2017

IEEE Workshop for High School Students at UT-Austin Engineering School

IEEE Central Texas Chapter is putting together a 2-half-day workshop that will have a series of lectures by UT Professors and industry experts on several cutting edge technology and science topics. These lectures are tailored for a high school audience and is intended to convey what the recent developments in several fields of engineering and science. High school students who are considering college majors in science/engineering will benefit from the lectures, the discussion and Q&A following the lectures, meeting with the speakers, and meeting other interested high school students from the Austin area. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There will also be opportunities to meet current UT engineering/science students who will come to mingle with the attendees. Some of the topic areas for the lectures include nanotechnology, robotics, .....

Thursday March 16th, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday March 17th, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The event is free. Space is limited and registration will close once capacity is reached. Please indicate the name of your high school in the 'Special Instruction' window during registration.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The Building is CPE (Chemical and Petroleum Engg. Bldg.) and the room is 2.212 200 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX 78712 

Paid Parking is available on Dean Keeton Street and in the UT Garages (the closest is the San Jacinto Garage: 2401 San Jacinto Boulevard).

Here is the link to register.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Horizons Technology Scholars Program

The Horizons Scholarship supports 5 outstanding high school students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving high school students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. The program is 7 weeks (June 12-July 28) during the summer in San Francisco, California.

Our Horizons Speaker Series brings in successful founders, investors, and technologists into the classroom. You'll hear from some of the industry's foremost experts. We've had some amazing speakers like the founders of Zenefits, Coinbase, Digital Ocean, Andela, x.ai, Shapeways, and more. 

The Horizons Mentor Network includes current/past employees of firms such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and more. As a Horizons student/graduate, you will have permanent access to this exceptional group of mentors to help with career choices, general mentorship, and more. 

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We've welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort. 

Application Process/Criteria 

  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Submission of an online application
  • Logic-based technical assessment
  • Finalists will be required to submit an essay on their interest in technology
  • Applications are due by March 15, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Camp College

Camp College is a college-going program for rising seniors to spend 2 nights on a college campus and learn about the college application process.  This program is open to any Texas high school rising senior (class of 2018) who is considered to be college bound.  This year's Camp College will be held at the Southern Methodist University from June 5-7, 2017.  The cost of the program is free to students. Camp College will provide buses for students coming from the Houston, San Antonio, and Austin regions.  Students from outside of the regions must plan on supplying their own transportation to and from SMU.

If you are interested, please complete the  Camp College Student Application no later than April 1, 2017.  Please remember that this deadline includes an additional student recommendation form, the link to which students will receive with their confirmation email.   Please keep in mind that space is limited, so apply as early as possible.

City of Austin 2017 High School Summer Internship Opportunities

Four City of Austin Summer Internship Programs: Emerging Leaders internship program, Get Ready program, Aviation Department Internships, and Austin Convention Center Internship are available at 4 City of Austin Summer Internship Programs: Emerging Leaders internship program, Get Ready program, Aviation Department Internships, and Austin Convention Center Internship. 

The goal is to hire 240 interns, with the bulk being a part of the Get Ready! program. The pay is $8.00 per hour. The internships run twenty hours a week for most of the summer. Click on this link for more details. The deadline to apply has been extended to  March 17, 2017.

Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Community Parent night

Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Community Parent night on Tuesday March 7th at the University of Texas – Austin, from 6:30 – 8:30 (light refreshments provided). We understand the significant role parents play in the transition of students from high school to college, and want to make sure that they are well prepared for this journey. We have prepared a Community Parent Night where we aim to have local colleges present parents and college bound students of color with information regarding admissions, financial aid, and other opportunities offered per each respective institution. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Global Ethics and Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium

The University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution (UTPCR) is putting together the 2017 Global Ethics and Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium. This program is a two week long camp (Sunday, June 18-Friday, June 30) for high school students which explores the issues of ethics and conflict at all levels, from the personal to the international. Students will develop critical and creative strategies needed for problem solving, conflict analysis, negotiation, and much more. They will experience life at the University of Texas while learning about the greater world we live in. Some of the activities they will be involved in are producing videos, debating ethical issues, learning to manage conflict, and meeting with distinguished artists, leaders, and faculty.

Tuition ranges from $635 to $1400, with need-based scholarships available at all levels. For more information, please visit  https://moody.utexas.edu/utpcr/summer-symposium

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NAMI Basics 2017 Spring Class Schedule

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing signs of behavioral or mental health concerns or who have a diagnosis. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.
You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. The course is taught by a trained team  of parents with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.
2017 Spring Class Schedule

If you are interested in a class, you are encouraged to submit a completed registration form. If you are in crisis and feel the need for support, you are encouraged to attend one of their Family Support Groups until you can get into a class.

Saturdays, April 1 – May 13 (no class April 15) from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Southeast Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Dr., Austin, TX 78741. Click here to register.

Classes meet for 2.5 hours for 6 weeks. Registration is required. To register for a NAMI Basics class, please click on the link above to fill out an online registration form. If you have questions about the class, call their office at 512-420-9810 ext 1001. Click on hyperlink of facility name to open flyer with more details.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Quest Bridge

If you are a high-achieving, low-income high school student, you are in the right place. Quest Bridge believes that attending a top college can be affordable and they are committed to helping you attain the college education you deserve.

They have partnerships with the country’s best colleges, all of which are actively seeking successful students that have experienced long-term financial hardship. All of their programs are designed to connect you with top educational, professional, scholarship, and life opportunities.

High School Juniors

Learn more about the College Prep Scholars Program

Student Resource Center

Get started on your college application process with these resources developed specifically for QuestBridge applicants. Learn more >>

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

St.David's Hiring RRISD Graduating Seniors

St. David’s is hiring RRISD graduating seniors who:
  • Want a paid summer job AND
  • Want a paid job while attending a local college/university AND
  • Want to work at St. David’s for at least 2 years after finishing related degree AND
  • Want tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year!
  • NOTE: Qualified students must comply with ALL of the bullets above.
St. David’s is hiring students in entry level positions:
  • Food Services, Housekeeping, etc.
  • St. David’s will also hire Health Science students who qualify for entry level healthcare positions such as Patient Care Technician and Patient Transporter.
To learn more and get an application:
  • Attend an information meeting at Round Rock High School on February 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
    • Meeting will be in the 100 Lecture Hall at Round Rock High School
    • Park on the north side of the 100 building which is located at 300 N. Lake Creek Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681.
  • Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend

2017 Ethics in Youth Conference

Round Rock ISD high school students are invited to meet potential employers and further develop their ethical foundation during the 2017 Ethics in Youth Conference on March 25.
Hosted by the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation, RecognizeGood and Round Rock ISD, the conference will feature speakers from RecongizeGood and organizations across Central Texas to share advice on business ethics, communication and building relationships. After presentations, professional development will also be available for students who wish to have their resume reviewed by a Career and Technical Education professional or receive one-on-one coaching by a member of RecognizeGood. Employers from across the city will also be available to host onsite interviews with students.
The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Westwood High School Cafeteria. To attend, students must register online by March 8.

Students are asked to bring 10-15 copies of their resume and dress in business casual attire. Students who wish to have their resume reviewed will need to bring a copy of the document on a USB drive or have it available through GoogleDocs.
Lunch will be provided. Fill out the registration form here.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Applied Research Laboratories Summer Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

Every summer Applied Research Laboratories with The University of Texas at Austin sponsors a Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program for high school graduates who will be attending a senior college beginning with the Fall semester, and who have applied to UT Austin (preference given to students attending UT Austin, and whose intended majors are electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering, physics, mathematics, and computer science).

This program, which began in 1982, involves summer employment at Applied Research Laboratories in northwest Austin and provides a "hands-on" introduction to research and development.  This is an amazing summer program for graduating seniors, and it gives them the opportunity to earn a competitive salary ($14.30 an hour) for the 11 week program.  This prestigious group of students also write reports that are published and widely distributed at the end of their summer term.  Please check their website for additional information regarding the program:

The application deadline for this program is March 10th, 2017.

Community Financial Education Workshops

The United Way of Williamson County is sponsoring FREE financial education classes that can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to make informed financial decisions. Classes will provide tangible ways to improve your financial stability and understand the products or services that impact your financial health.

Round Rock Public Library
Money Matters
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6:30-8:30

See flyer for more information

Friday, February 3, 2017

Austin Sunshine Camp 2017

Austin Sunshine camps are for children who would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend summer camp. For more information, click here.

Applications are now available on the Sunshine Camps website. For children 7-15 please direct them to the Zilker Park and Lake Travis flyer which provides the web address www.sunshinecamps.org/lake-travis or http://www.sunshinecamps.org/zilker/ for their application.

Applying online is the preferred method as it enables parents to, among other things, view their status, access forms, and easily group siblings together. Parents must have access to a printer to apply online!

Please keep in mind that Zilker Park Applications are for children of ages 7-11 and the Lake Travis Application are for children of ages 12- 15.

Address for returning signed consent forms. No faxes will be accepted, we must have the original signature. Application deadline is April 7, 2017.

Austin Sunshine Camps – Camper Selection
P.O. Box 161270
Austin, TX 78716

Monday, January 30, 2017

Leadership for the Teen Spirit Conference on Saturday, February 4th

Emotion Leadership Enterprises is holding a great leadership conference for teens this Saturday. The conference is called Leadership for the Teen Spirit and will be held on Saturday February 4th, 2017 from 9am - 1pm.

It’s a half-day exploration of the 7 areas of Leadership that will broaden your perspective, determine where you need to focus in your life today and develop a plan to ignite your passion and move toward success. The cost of the event is $25, but scholarships available if needed.

Friday, January 20, 2017

ACC Health Science Open House- February 25, 2017

Austin Community College (ACC) will be hosting a Health Science Open House on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at ACC Eastview Campus.  This will be a great opportunity to tour the ACC health sciences facilities, attend program demonstrations, and meet with faculty and staff.  The event is especially great for juniors and seniors who are considering a health science field upon high school graduation and unsure of the many different programs.

ACC offers 14 different health science programs with certificate and associate of applied science options.  Please refer to this flyer for more information.  Although registration is not required, it’s encouraged so they can ensure there is sufficient staff and space. Click here to register.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ACC Dual Credit Information Sessions

ACC Dual Credit Information Sessions for interested students will be held during all 3 lunches on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25th and 26th in the Lecture Hall.  Please bring your lunch as it will last almost the entire time.  Information regarding "college readiness" testing and the enrollment steps a well as what classes will be offered for RRISD restricted classes both in the summer and fall will be shared. 

If you are a returning Dual Credit student you need to attend, however you will need to be aware of the timeline for getting your Dual Credit form and on campus advising.  Forms with this timeline can be picked up at the session or from Ms. Kirk's office in the main office.  

A Parent Information session will be held at the Parent Night on Wednesday, January 25th.  There will be break out sessions for parents to hear about ACC Dual Credit.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Texas A&M-Singing Cadets Concert

Interested in learning more about Texas A&M? Representatives from TAMU will be available at 6pm on January 14th at the Riverbend Centre, 4214 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX to talk with high school students/parents and at 7pm enjoy the taste of "Aggieland" by attending the Singing Cadets' Concert. This event is for graduating seniors who have been accepted to A&M and would like to ask questions about Admission, Financial Aid and talk with other departments as well as juniors wanting more information about A&M.

Click here for informational flyer and how to get tickets

Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy

Students interested in the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College must first secure admission to ACC. After being admitted to ACC, you must be pre-qualified, and then you will fill out an application to Texas A&M University. A&M applications are being accepted from January 1 through the end of April, and acceptance is on a first-come/first-served basis. Classes begin in Fall 2017. 

The Engineering Academy is for first-time, full-time students and continuing students that have achieved a high school diploma or equivalent and are pre-calculus or calculus ready as determined by ACC. New students must take the SAT or ACT in order to be accepted to A&M.

Pre-qualification is being conducted by the Science, Engineering, and Math department, and that department will be reviewing student records and contacting students who are eligible to apply to Texas A&M. Students may obtain more information at http://sites.austincc.edu/campaigns/texas-am-chevron-engineering-academy-at-austin-community-college/ or by contacting David Fonken or his administrative assistant Susan Dudley if they have questions.

ACC students click here to sign up for consideration

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pilot Internship Program for High School Graduates

Samsung Austin Semiconductor has announced a pilot internship program for high school graduates. The program will give graduates an opportunity to learn the semiconductor industry and gain valuable hands-on experience.

At the end of the 10-week internship, the graduates will have enough knowledge and experience to determine if they are prepared to launch a career with Samsung as a technician. This includes an opportunity to pursue a 2 year degree at AC in four specific degree fields.

Info Session held at Round Rock ISD Administration Building in the Board Room on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:30PM.

School Day SAT for Juniors - March 1, 2017

The school day SAT will be administered to all juniors on March 1, 2017.

SAT School Day Registration
  • Students will register for the test through their English classes on  January 18 and 19.  After January 19, students will register with Mr. Snyder or Mr. Pugh in the main office.
  • Students will be able to send their scores to four colleges for free.
  • Prior to January 18, students will need to have a College Board login in order to register for the test.
  • Please have your College Board log in information available next week.
  • Many students already have a College Board account. Students with an existing account should not create a second account. Duplicate accounts can cause problems with reporting scores.
  • For this administration only, student will not be required to upload a photo but will need a photo ID on the day of testing. This can be a driver’s license or school ID.