Friday, December 15, 2017

Rotary’s Camp RYLA-Applications due January 16

Calling sophomores and juniors. Rotary is putting on a week long, free summer camp that is centered around leadership. Camp RYLA provides you with an opportunity to exchange ideas, opinions, and beliefs with other students, in a relaxed, retreat style setting. You’ll develop new friendships and become a more effective role model, team player, and leader. The days of camp are non-stop with team building activities, river rafting, ropes courses, the RYLA Olympics and community service Projects. Everything including transportation to and from the camp are included. Camp is from July 1st through July 6th.

Application is here. Fill out the simple application, attach your resume and a essay (2 page max.) saying why you want to attend. Turn into Mrs Browning in room D1127 by January 16th.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Texas A&M Prospective Student Night-January 13th

Austin Texas A&M University Mothers’ Club is hosting an event for high school Junior & Senior students to learn more about Texas A&M right here in Austin at 6 PM on January 13th, 2018 at Riverbend Centre!  
Texas A&M Representatives from Academic Affairs/Admissions, The Academic Success Center, The Career Center/Former Student Services, Corps of Cadets, Capital City Aggie Club, Residence Life, Carpool, Aggie Recruitment, Study Abroad & more will be in attendance.  These representatives make themselves available to talk with prospective A&M students before the Texas A&M Singing Cadets Concert.
The Singing Cadets are a Grammy Award winning group that is known as the “Voice of Aggieland” and global ambassadors for Texas A&M. Touring the country and the world singing for audiences at the White House, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall are just small highlights of the honor and tradition of the Texas A&M Singing Cadets. Last summer they sang for President H.W. Bush for his birthday and sang this fall with Paul Greenwood for the televised “One America Appeal Concert” which aided hurricane relief efforts for Texas.
This event will let prospective students meet with the TAMU Representatives and attend the Singing Cadets Concert; it will give students a good look at what Texas A&M is all about.  The Aggie Moms will be offering home-made cookies and a raffle.

Mrs. Browning will have free tickets in her office for students and if parents want to attend there will be $10 tickets available at the event for them. All proceeds benefit scholarships for outstanding Aggie students from the Austin area!

Gifted & Advanced Academic Services Parent Conference

January 20th from 9:00am to Noon @ Pearson Ranch Middle School

There will be a Keynote Speaker and there will be breakout sessions over the following topics: Grit, Perfectionism, College options in HS, Managing stress, Creativity & Makerspace, Transition to middle school, Strategy games, Building independence, Career & Technology, and many more! Click here for more info

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Texas Internship Challenge

The Texas Internship Challenge is a program from the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, as part of the Tri-Agency Initiative, challenging industry and employer partners to offer more paid internships for Texas high school, college, and graduate school students. The Texas Internship Challenge addresses a workforce need which we hear frequently from employers: students need to acquire workplace readiness skills to be more competitive for the full-time job search.
Internships provide students the opportunity to explore in-demand occupations, gain professional experience, and make connections with professionals which can lead to a reference or a job. Internships provide employers the opportunity to explore talent, benefit from different and developing skill sets, train candidates for full-time positions, and, by searching for candidates statewide, diversify their talent pool. Launched in 2017, is designed to meet accessibility guidelines, offers veterans’ preference hiring, and supports technical as well as non-technical positions.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Former Students Return to Westwood to Share Information

On January 11th, we will have 3 returning students here at Westwood.
-At 11am, we will have a student from UT McCombs School of Business and Business Honors Program here to share with students what the programs are like. They will tell them their experience with applying to the program and how they feel the program has been beneficial to them. This presentation is designed for sophomore and juniors.

-At Noon, we will have a student here from Wellesley. They will talk about Wellesley College, women's colleges in general, applying to private colleges and universities outside of Texas, and the experience of attending a private, liberal arts institution. This presentation is designed for sophomores and juniors.

-At 1pm, we will have a student from UNT TAMS (Texas Academy of Math & Science) program. They will share information with sophomores about the program and what the application process looks like. This presentation is designed for sophomores.