Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Applied Research Laboratories- Opportunity for Seniors

Every summer UT's Applied Research Laboratories sponsors a summer  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 ($16.32 an hour) for the 10 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 the website for additional information regarding the program:

The application deadline for this program is March 13th, 2020.  Applications will be available online in early January. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Boys State 2020

This year’s program will be held Sunday June 7th thru Friday June 12th on the UT Austin campus.  To start the application process please go to the Texas Boys State website at https://www.texasboysstate.com/apply and complete the online application and then PRINT the application.  Four signatures are needed on the application – applicant, parent (x2) and a school representative/administrator.  The school representative will be Mrs Browning (D1127).  Once the application has these four signatures, Mrs Browning will scan/email it to Westwood's contact.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

RYLA Summer Camp, applications due January 30th

RYLA is a Leadership Camp which takes place at McKinney Roughs near Bastrop.  This year, it is scheduled for June 28 – July 3.  NW Austin Rotary sponsors all students who we select to attend.  There is no cost to the student.  NW Austin Rotary covers all expenses.

Must print the  application and return it to Mrs Browning by January 30th to apply. After we have all completed applications, there will be interviews to pick our 2 Westwood recipients.

More information on the camp/program is on the attached flyer/application.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety

Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs & WWHS PTA are hosting an awesome program on Mental Health - 'The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety' presented by Dr. Amy Grosso on Dec 9th 6-7pm at Westwood High School Library. Join us and learn more about mental health and what we can do to help ourselves and others. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Free Trip to Washington DC

A Letter from our local Pedernales Electric Company:

At Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), we understand investing in our youth can help ensure a brighter future for the Texas Hill Country. That’s why for more than 60 years, we’ve been proud to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour program.
In June 2020, we’ll be sending 10 high school students on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. They’ll join 1,500 students from electric cooperatives across the country to visit historic sites, learn about U.S. government, and meet their representatives.
As part of the application process, we’d like to focus on putting together a group of diverse and deserving teens who might not have this opportunity without this program. Applications are being accepted today through Dec. 16 at pec.coop/youth-tour!

All applicants must:
·         Be classified as a high school sophomore, junior, or senior by June 2020.
·         Have a parent or legal guardian who is a PEC member in good standing.
·         Submit an online application (including basic student information and completed short answer questions) and two referral letters (one from the education sector, such as a teacher, principal, or counselor, and one from the community sector, such as a boss, church leader, or extracurricular coach).

Monday, November 11, 2019

"Angst" Documentary, February 6th

Please join us in a community screening of the indie documentary, “Angst”.  Angst is a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.  We hope through this screening we can bring kids, parents, and educators together to talk about this universal issue, share personal stories, and provide resources and tools.   This experience is provided by Partners In Education Foundation.  Following the film we will have Dr. Whitney Wheeler and Dr. Diana Damer of Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin speak.  

Westwood Cafeteria on February 6, 2020;  6:30-8:30 pm light refreshments will be provided.  Please do not bring any children younger than 10 years old due to the video content as suggested by the filmmakers.  

She is a post-doctoral fellow with an expertise in anxiety-based disorders. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her MS, EdS, and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. She specializes in assessing and treating (a) the full range of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, panic disorder; (b) co-occurring mood disorders (such as depression); and (c) trauma. She use a holistic, collaborative, and interpersonal approach to therapy with adults, adolescents, and children.

She opened the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin in 2012 after serving as the Anxiety Specialist and Program Director for Group Services at the Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Her 30 years of clinical experience has spanned a wide variety of roles and settings; however, from day one, it has included cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders and a commitment to providing empirically supported treatment. She has published several journal articles and presented numerous workshops with a goal of making anxiety treatment more accessible to the public. She specializes in and am passionate about treating the full range of anxiety disorders, including but not limited to:
Specific Phobias (such as needles, roaches, vomit, driving, flying)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder
Illness Anxiety Disorder
She utilizes a flexible cognitive-behavioral approach which incorporates mindfulness, cognitive techniques, and exposure-based interventions. She often use perfectionism as a conceptual model for treating anxiety and related issues such as depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and anger.

2019-2020 RRISD Referral for TAG Testing is now Open

This form must be completed between 11/11/2019 and 12/06/2019 by 4:00 p.m. Please be sure to enter data ACCURATELY. Use student's six digit school ID, and legal first and last name. Additionally, the last step of this form requires you to print the TAG referral packet and permission to test. This permission to test form MUST be turned into the campus by 12/06/2019.

Click here to access form:


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC

Are you interested in earning an engineering degree from Texas A&M? Would you like to save money while earning it? Then consider the option below:

The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College is an innovative co-enrollment program that provides a pathway to students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M University. Students admitted to the Engineering Academy at Austin Community College are Texas A&M engineering students co-enrolled at Texas A&M University in the College of Engineering and at Austin Community College.