Thursday, May 28, 2015

Discover Wellesley for Free

If you are a junior female interested in Wellesley College in Massachusetts, apply for a free weekend trip to the campus on October 18-19, 2015. Transportation, meals and housing are all provided free of charge. 

If you are interested, apply at

Priority Deadline: June 30, 2015
Final Deadline: August 31, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

College Admission Process Presentations

There are several events planned for the summer and fall to help students and parents understand the college admissions process. 

ApplyTexas Boot Camp
On August 5, 2015, Westwood and McNeil will host an ApplyTexas Boot Camp where students can work on their ApplyTexas application and receive feedback on their essays. The boot camp will be held at McNeil High School from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please watch the Westwood Counseling Blog for additional details.

College Admissions Process Meetings for Parents
On August 5th, parents are invited to a presentation regarding the college admissions process by the UT-Austin Director of Central Texas Recruitment Nick Howell. Please watch the Westwood Counseling Blog over the summer for additional details. The presentation will be held at the RRISD PAC and is open to all RRISD parents and students.
  • 6:30 PM - Doors open to allow students and parents to sign in and pick up materials from participating presenters.
  • 7:00 PM - Presentation
  • 8:00 PM - Presenters available at their tables to answer questions

On September 16th in the WHS cafeteria, Westwood will host a parent night regarding the college admissions process. Nick Howell will again join us along with Toni Phelps from Texas State University. We are currently working to secure a representative from a private university. This evening is open to any Westwood parent, and student, who would like to learn more about the college admissions process and specific issues related to Westwood students. Please watch the Westwood Counseling Blog for additional information and a link to submit questions in advance.

College Fairs
August 8 - The  Colleges That Change Lives fair will be held at the Austin Sheraton Capital Hotel at 7:00 PM. This fair is organized by a  group of smaller universities from across the United States. For additional information, please visit their website.

October 19 - RRISD College Fair at Round Rock High School.

Applying to College Page
The Applying to College page of the Westwood Counseling website is a great resource. Students and parents are encouraged to view the page and review the contents. Juniors may want to view the one page guide Applying to College: Where to Start.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Passport to Aggieland 2015 - Rising Seniors

Rising seniors (current juniors) are invited to apply for the free Texas A&M Passport to Aggieland 2015 summer program. The event will be held on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station on July 15, 2015. All expenses, including transportation,  are covered. 

Students will:

  • Learn about traditions at Texas A&M.
  • Take part in team building and leadership activities.
  • Tour Texas A&M.
  • Learn about Texas A&M and Texas A&M - Galveston.
  • Receive admissions application tips.
  • Learn about scholarships and financial aid.

Participants will be eligible for a $500 scholarship if they attend Texas A&M. 

Be in the top 10% of their class 
Be in the top 25% of their class with admissible ACT/SAT scores. 
Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Passport to Aggieland Flyer
Passport to Aggieland Application Packet

Space is limited. Apply early. 
Submit applications to Froylan Silva by June 16, 2015.
(361) 571-4998

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fishbowl 2015

To make the introduction to high school special, Westwood is excited to offer Fish Bowl 2015. Fish Bowl is a freshmen orientation program held on August 21, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Westwood High School.
On this evening, freshmen will be grouped and matched with Fish Bowl Counselors, (upperclassmen) who will answer their questions and help prepare them for the opening week of school.  

Students will also have an opportunity to visit with representatives from all our clubs & organizations at Westwood. 

Students will have an opportunity to meet other students and be treated to a pep rally, dance, refreshments, and other activities including volleyball and basketball.

A $5.00 or $10.00 donation is appreciated to help pay for the  disc jockey, decorations, etc..  With a $15.00 donation, students will receive the official CLASS OF 2019 T-SHIRT the week before school begins. 

If you have questions, contact Fish Bowl coordinator Marv Schmitt, WHS Counselor, at 464-4008. 

To make a donation or order a t-shirt, print the Fish Bowl form and return it to the 9th Grade Office at WHS.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Future Aggie Moms

The Texas A&M University Mothers' Club of Austin is one of more than one hundred Aggie Moms’ Clubs across the country. The clubs are organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Austin Aggie Mom Club would like to extend an invitation to all future Texas A&M Aggie Moms to attend their May 12th club meeting at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. This includes Blinn Team Aggie moms, too.  

The hope is that by extending this invitation Aggie Moms can help upcoming Fish moms with any questions they might have and provide support as students transition to college.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact either Denise Isenhour who is one of the Fish Mom Coordinators or Kathy Johnson at our Austin Aggie Mom President.
RSVP at Evite and view their flyer for more information.

Monday, May 4, 2015

College Board Decision Day Contest - $1500

The College Board social media team is celebrating College Decision Day by conducting a video contest. Four winners will receive $1000 to $1500.

Seniors can tag their Instagram or Vine video with #collegiance to enter the contest.

Deadline is May 8th, 2015

More details at

Friday, May 1, 2015

Senior Banner Signing

It was an exciting day at Westwood as seniors signed the 2015 college banner. Many talented artists drew school logos and students signed their names next to their school's logo. It was fun sitting back and listening to the students talk about their college choice and the college choices of their friends. Thank you to the parents who helped supervise the signing.

The banner will be available again on: 

     May 7th, before the Senior Awards Ceremony
     June 4th before graduation practice.