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!