Friday, September 13, 2019

NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open!

HAS is an authentic learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s mission to become the next generation of explorers.  Students are able to learn about different STEM related fields of study they might want to pursue in college.  Following a series of online lessons, highest achieving students will be invited to an all-expenses-paid, week-long visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer. Selected participants will plan a mission to Mars while being mentored and receiving guidance from NASA scientists and engineers. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants.

Applications are available for students beginning September 10, 2019 through October 23, 2019.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

PTSA Student Application

The Westwood High School PTSA is currently seeking student class representatives to act as a connection between the student population of Westwood High School and the Westwood PTSA.  We are seeking candidates who display leadership potential, who would like to explore a civic role in their community and want the opportunity to be involved with the Westwood PTSA.

Student Class Representatives are responsible for:
       Attending PTSA meetings
       Assisting at PTSA events, if available
        Participating in planning of current and upcoming school activities
        Having effective communication skills and promoting a teamwork environment
       Serving as a student class representative for a full school year with the position available upon reapplication annually

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
       Be a current Westwood High School student in good standing in conduct and academics
       Be a current student member of the Westwood PTSA

Application is due to by September 15, 2019

Click here for Application

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Free Mini Medical School at Texas A&M Round Rock

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 I wanted to extend an invitation to you and your students to attend our Mini Medical School starting October 3, 2019.  Our theme this year is “Looking Inside the Human Body”.Our annual Mini Medical School,
brings the college’s clinical and research faculty into the community to offer current health-related information in a relaxed, educational atmosphere.
Sessions are free and open to the public, and everyone from high school to retired seniors turn out to engage with our researchers in thought-provoking conversation on medical and healthcare topics of the day.

*Change from past years - Parking permits will be required to park on campus. A limited number will be available day of the event, so we highly encourage participants to pre-register. Pre-registered participants will be guaranteed a permit. You can sign up here. By attending Mini Medical School sessions, you’ll increase your comfort with medical terminology, enhance your scientific knowledge, gain new insights into medical research, and walk away with ideas and tips to apply to your own life. Each session lasts approximately an hour and a half, which includes a presentation by a faculty expert followed by a Q&A session. Have a great day and we look forward to seeing your students in October. 

Stephanie A. Staggs, MHA, CHCP |  Program Coordinator
Graduate & Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine | Texas A&M University
Round Rock Campus | 3950 North A.W. Grimes Blvd | Round Rock, TX 78665
ph: 512.341.4939  | fax: 512.341.4213 | 
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Great Counseling Parent Nights!

September 26- Internet (Video Game) Addiction, 6:30pm @ WHS
                Scott Roberts, LPC – What to look for and strategies parents can use to help their students with screen time issues. Whether it be video games, computers or cellphones.

November 14-Anxiety in Schools, 6:30pm @ WHS
Wendi Kozlowski, LPC - Anxiety disorders are the most common diagnosis in childhood and early adolescence, yet can present very differently across our youth. Often, these struggles are first identified in the classroom setting and can present unique challenges to teachers and parents. During this presentation we will discuss Anxiety – including what is normal and abnormal – and identify tools to help our youth calm down in the moment and learn to self-regulate in and out of the classroom.

Scott Roberts is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is specializing in the new field of internet addictions.  He received a Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University where he is now an adjunct instructor.  Scott enjoys working with older adolescents and young adults especially those who are having difficulty “adulating.”  Scott has been married for 23 years and with his wife have previously been licensed foster and adoptive parents.  Scott enjoys playing the piano and gardening in his spare time.
Wendi Kozlowski, LPC has worked in a variety of positions in the mental health field for over 13 years.  She obtained her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State in 2010 and is excited to work at Insight Behavioral Health as the Clinical Manager.  Wendi’s passion is working with youth and their families in intensive treatment and believes that connection and the therapeutic relationship are primary foundations required for her clients to grow and thrive.  In her free time, Wendi enjoys being outside, especially around water, reading, and exploring new places.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Students taking ACC summer classes MUST request an ACC  transcript and have it sent to Janet Kirk, Counselor at Westwood so that the credit is given on their Westwood transcript. Please order these as soon as possible but no later than August 20.  Attached are the online instructions for ordering a transcript- there is no need to go in person to get it from ACC and the transcripts are free!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Fifth Annual Central Texas US Service Academy Forum

Please save this date. Event is free and reservations are not needed.

Central Texas US Service Academy Forum
September 21, 2019          9 am - 12 noon
Cedar Ridge High School
Fine Arts Auditorium
2801 Gattis School Road
Round Rock, TX 78664

If you or your 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student are interested in the US Service Academy nomination process or a career in the military as a commissioned officer, this forum will present valuable information for you. Students, parents, educators, and citizens will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to academy admissions representatives, congressional staff members, current academy cadets and ROTC advisors.

The forum is co-hosted by the offices of Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Bill Flores, Congressman Michael McCaul, Congressman Roger Williams and Congressman John R. Carter.

For more information, please contact: Cheryl Hassmann, Office of Congressman John R. Carter – Texas 31; phone 254-933-1392;

Monday, July 22, 2019

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, Yale Information Session

We will host an information session on the five individual schools and some helpful tips on how to navigate the admission process for highly selective institutions. We'll then break out for a college fair at the end if students have questions for or want to pick up materials from individual colleges.

September 18th, 6:00pm in Cafeteria