Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

TAG Referral Window November 12th - December 7th

This is the online registration link, , it will not become active until the 12th. If you are unable to fill out online, please contact Mrs. Browning (D1127). At the end of the online form, parents/guardians are required to print the Referral Packet and Permission to Test form (Spanish version of form). This hard copy must be turned into the Mrs. Browning by Dec. 7, 2018 at 4:00pm.  The online form must be completed online AND the Permission to Test form (hard copy) must be completed and turned into Mrs. Browning by Dec. 7, 2018 by 4:00 p.m in order for your child to be tested.

Please visit the RRISD TAG website for more information regarding gifted services and the identification process and procedures. There is also a presentation you might want to read through, click here.

Texas A&M Local Information Night

Monday, October 8, 2018

College Admissions Night, October 10th

Starting at 6pm in the cafeteria, we will have a 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. All grade levels are welcome to attend!

*Colleges representatives present will be Texas State University, Baylor University and Rhodes College

Monday, October 1, 2018

Juniors, NASA Seeks 11th Graders in Texas for Free Program

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open! HAS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Texas high school juniors to explore careers at NASA, learn about what they might want to study in college, and unite with like-minded students across the state. Following a series of online lessons, the 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 receiving guidance from NASA scientists and engineers. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants.

Apply for the program by visiting The website includes detailed program information, the student application, important dates, and a brochure with all the details!

·       You can also learn more about the program by viewing the two available videos on our homepage:

Friday, September 28, 2018

UT is hosting a free College Readiness Workshop

Students and their parents are invited to the UT campus for the day
for workshops covering a variety of topics, such as the college application
process, mock lectures, financial aid, college life and more. The
information presented at these workshops is valuable to all students,
whether they are applying to UT or other schools.This year's Ready,
Set, Go! will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 11am-3pm on
the UT campus in the Jackson School of Geosciences building
(305 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712).Free lunch will be provided to all
attendees, and there will be an optional campus tour afterwards.
Flyer is below

Friday, September 21, 2018

FAFSA-Opens October 1st-Get a Free Tshirt

Hello Seniors!

FAFSA opens up October 1st, please click here to complete:

After you submit, you will receive 2 emails. The first one you receive from FAFSA will be titled "FAFSA Confirmation Page E-mail" stating you successfully submitted your application. The second email you will receive will be titled "FAFSA for 2019-2020-Processed Successfully".

If you print out the second email and bring it to Mrs Browning in D1127, you will get a free Westwood t-shirt (while supplies last).

Please see Mrs Browning if you have any questions.

***Remember Financial Aid night will be held at Westwood on October 2nd at 6pm in the Library if your parents or you have any questions on how to complete the FAFSA.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

United States Presidential Scholars Program-Seniors Only

 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. The selected students will engage with public service officials and participate in conversations and events regarding national and international affairs. 
The Texas Education Agency invites high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2019 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. For the general component, the Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate 10 male and 10 female candidates to apply for the honor. The 20 nominees will then be invited to submit a full application to the U.S. Presidential Scholar Commission.
In addition to the U.S. Presidential Scholar general component, students with demonstrated excellence in career and technical education (CTE) may apply for the U.S. Presidental Scholar CTE component. High school seniors who are participants of a CTE program graduating between January and June of 2019 are eligible to apply. The Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate an additional five CTE students to apply for the honor. The five nominees will then be invited to submit a full application to the U.S. Presidential Scholar Commission.
Seniors, how do you apply?
Download either the General Application or if you are involved in CTE classes, download the CTE Application. Type in all your answers, once everything is filled out, print out your application and obtain all required signatures. Once you have all signatures, turn into Mrs Browning in room D1127 by October 5th at 4:30pm. Mrs Browning will print out the unofficial transcript for the student. Westwood’s 2 nominees will be selected from the completed applications turned in by the deadline. We will pick 1 CTE and 1 General Applicant to nominate. Please see Mrs Browning if you have any questions

Monday, September 17, 2018

Camp Enterprise: Applications due October 7th @ Midnight (for juniors only)

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 25-27, 2019
Where: Camp Enterprise will be held at Camp Buckner, Burnet, TX (bus transportation, lodging, meals for the students will be provided by RCA)
Cost: Free
HOW TO APPLY: Click here to fill out application by Oct 7th @ Midnight. If your application is selected for the second round, you will have a scheduled interview on October 15th at Westwood with a Rotary Official. Westwood’s selected students for Camp Enterprise will be chosen out of the Interview pool.
For more information and all dates associated with Camp Enterprise, click here to print “Student Information” sheet

Reminder, this Wednesday, we will have a Teen Stressors Parent Night

Adolescence is a time of incredible change, and with change, comes stress and often anxiety. Transitioning back to school at the end of summer can mark a particularly difficult change as teens are confronted with many stressors at one time: academics; planning for the future; pressure from themselves, teachers, and parents; peer relationships; sports; and other extracurricular activities. Parents and guardians play a significant role in the lives of their teens, including helping them to learn skillful ways of approaching stress and anxiety.

Please join us with Lauren Garfield, LMFT to hear her present on Teen stressors and how we can support our students as they transition back to school.  Lauren Garfield, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping kids, teens, and young adults to decrease and manage anxiety, and supporting parents in building positive relationships with their children. She currently practices at Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists.

When:  Wednesday, September 19th
Where: Westwood H.S. Library, enter through Main Entrance
Time:   6:30-7:30 p.m.

Please go to the link provided to RSVP indicating you plan to attend:

Please contact Christine Stanton ( or Trissa Williams ( if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award-Application due Nov. 6th

In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named
State Honorees and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an
all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in late April. Runners-up will also
be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other
state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced
in February.
During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year.
These National Honorees will receive $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for
their schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit
charitable organizations of their choice. Local Honorees who qualify can also receive the President’s
Volunteer Service Award.
Click here to fill out application. Once you fill it out, it needs to be completed by November 6th, to be considered. Please put Mr. Acosta down as the "certifier." See Mrs Browning is D1127 is you have any questions.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Parent Night: Teen stressors and how we can support our students as they transition back to school

Adolescence is a time of incredible change, and with change, comes stress and often anxiety. Transitioning back to school at the end of summer can mark a particularly difficult change as teens are confronted with many stressors at one time: academics; planning for the future; pressure from themselves, teachers, and parents; peer relationships; sports; and other extracurricular activities. Parents and guardians play a significant role in the lives of their teens, including helping them to learn skillful ways of approaching stress and anxiety.

Please join us with Lauren Garfield, LMFT to hear her present on Teen stressors and how we can support our students as they transition back to school.  Lauren Garfield, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping kids, teens, and young adults to decrease and manage anxiety, and supporting parents in building positive relationships with their children. She currently practices at Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists.

When:  Wednesday, September 19th
Where: Westwood H.S. Cafetorium
Time:   6:30-7:30 p.m.

Please go to the link provided to RSVP indicating you plan to attend:

Please contact Christine Stanton ( or Trissa Williams ( if you have any questions.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Class Rank

This coming week, if you are not in the top 10% and want to know what your rank would be, you can stop by D1127 and find out. Students only

After next week, the ranks will be gone-they will not appear on any documents. Please see the "Class Rank Policy and Transcripts" tab on the right side of the screen for more details.

D1127 will be open from 8:15am-4:30pm for students to come view.

RRISD F.Y.I Seminar Series

RRISD will be hosting F.Y.I Seminar Series. Each session will be held at the Board Room at RRISD Lily Delgado Administration Building located at 1311 Round Rock Avenue from 6pm-7pm. Parents and highschool students are invited to come. 

Topics to be covered are: Healthy Teen Relationships, Drugs and Teens, Human Trafficking Awareness, Social Media, Stress/Anxiety/Depression and LGBTQIA. Click here for the flyer with more details

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

SAT and ACT Test Prep through RRISD Community Ed

Please click the link to see all the options the district is offering to get your student prepared for the SAT and ACT! Click here for flyers

Friday, August 10, 2018

Class of 2022 Shirt-Final Order

Class of 2022 shirts were ordered back in February during 8th-9th grade registration on our Fish Bowl forms. If you did not order your child a shirt and you would like to now, I will be making a final ( second order) of the shirt. Please fill out this form and submit. Then drop off $ 15 to Westwood's front office by 4pm on August 20th!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Apply Texas Essay Bootcamp

How great would it be to have college admission representatives read your essays before you submit them so you can get feedback and critiques....on August 7th, 10:00am-noon, at Round Rock High School (201 Deep Wood Dr) you can bring all the college essays you have written so far and have that done for free!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Assignments


TAG AP English 3/4- click here

AP English 4 - click here and here


IB Chem SL- click here

IB Chem HL- click here

AP Biology- click here

Social Studies:

AP World History- click here

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Graduating Seniors: RRISD College and Career Action Expo

On June 18th, at Stony Point High School’s Mall from 4-6pm, the RRISD College and Career Action Expo will be held to showcase colleges and technical schools who are still accepting applications for the fall, plus employers who have immediate job openings for recent high school graduates.  Graduates from any RRISD high school are welcome to attend this district-wide event!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Summer US History at ACC and EOC Testing Information

Students taking and passing the ACC US History 1302 course will receive both high school and college credit.  Since ACC US History 1302 students will receive high school credit, they must also take and pass the US History EOC as part of their high school graduation requirement.  We acknowledge that the ACC US History 1302 first summer term course will not finish until July 5th; however, the TEA window is June 25 through the 28th. After the 28th, students will not be allowed to test again until the first week of December.

To minimize the amount of conflicts with other exams, Westwood and McNeil students will be testing at Westwood on Tuesday, June 26th.  In order to accommodate the amount of students taking the ACC US History 1302 course, we are asking students to sign up for a time slot to take the EOC.  Please click on the link below and register for a time slot. Registration will close at the end of the day June 12th.

If you have any questions, please email Raymond Snyder, Test Coordinator, at

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Senior Information Handout

Hello Seniors,

Graduation is upon us and we have lots of events planned for you.  You just received your senior survey email but the attachment below tells you all the things you need to know about all our events. Please read thoroughly and save/print a copy.

Senior Surveys


In order to receive your diploma, you must fill out both senior surveys. In total, it should take you know more than 5-10 minutes to complete. If they are not filled out on "diploma pick up day" your diploma will be withheld. 

If thats not enough motivation to fill them out, we are offering incentives to make sure you get them done ASAP! First, we will send your senior transcript to your college of choice for free upon graduation (I bet a lot of your schools are already sending you reminder emails to do filling out your surveys, you can check this item off your to do list, and we will do it automatically for you). Second, if you fill it out by May 15th, your name will be entered in to a raffle to win a prize. A prize you ask? Yes, we have everything you could possibly need for your dorm room. We have a microwave, a mini fridge, a Keurig Mini, 2 Amazon Fire tablets, 2 Roku Streaming sticks and 2 Amazon Fire TV sticks with Alexa voice control! All you have to do is fill out the 2 surveys below:

First Survey:

Second Survey:

Remember, you must fill out both by May 15th to be eligible for the raffle.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Girls State Interest Form Due by April 9th at 9am is the Girls State Website if you want to learn more about the program.

What is Girls State?
Texas Bluebonnet Girls State is a mythical 51st state where, for one week, participants, or “citizens”, organize their own city, county, and state governments. They elect their own officials, learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices. Citizens introduce and debate their own bills in a mock legislature. The program concludes with a visit to the State Capitol building in Austin where the citizens are given an opportunity to sight-see and meet state officials.

This is open to only junior girls. Juniors were emailed the form they need to fill out. The form includes the dates that they would need to be available for them to participate. Westwood can only chose 4 students to send to interviews, so please fill the form out ASAP!

Friday, March 9, 2018

NACAC College Fair

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) invites sophomores, juniors and seniors to the National College Fair coming to Austin on April 10th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Palmer Events Center. Register for free at

To see what colleges are attending, please visit and click on the Austin Fair.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Westwood HS ranks #15 in Texas for highest SAT scores!

We are number 15 in the state for highest average SAT scores and if you take out the private academies and non-9-12 high schools we are number 4! Great job students, parents and teachers for all your hard work!

Click here to look at the top 50 schools:

Monday, February 26, 2018

ADA Parent Night

When and Where: April 3rd @ 6pm in the Library Great Room

What: ADA Parent Night (students are encouraged to attend as well)

Students, if you receive services through Special Education or Section 504, you might be eligible to receive some services at college through the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

This night will provide you and your family general knowledge on how to navigate the college system. A presenter from ACC will be here to discuss multiple topics including the laws behind the services, differences between high school and college application process, the importance of self advocacy, the parents role, instructional difference and free resources on campuses.

Even though the presenter is from ACC, most of the information is pretty similar for all colleges. This night would be a great way to get an introduction into the college world of ADA....a great starting point for the exciting journey ahead!

We look forward to see you and contact Mrs Browning if you have any questions.

Monday, February 19, 2018

UT Summer Camps

First Bytes is a free week-long camp geared toward rising junior and senior girls;  Code Longhorn is a free week-long camp geared toward rising underrepresented junior and senior boys and girls;  UTCS Robotics Camp is a week-long, fee-based camp geared toward boys and girls entering 9th-12th grades.

The deadline for applying to First Bytes and Code Longhorn is Wednesday, March 23.

For a list of all summer programs (camps and internships) please click the tab on the right side of the screen titled "Summer Enrichment Opportunities."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Camp L.E.A.D

Camp L.E.A.D., Texas Tech University's leadership education and development program, which takes place July 24-27, 2018. During this program, students will participate in activities ranging from individualized leadership sessions to group challenges and team-building activities. Your students will also have an opportunity to explore Texas Tech through an official campus tour and in-depth sessions with their intended field of study.
Transportation, housing and curriculum materials are provided at no cost to students admitted into the program.
Admission to Camp L.E.A.D. is highly selective. Students should apply and submit documentation regarding their leadership abilities no later than the given deadline. To be considered, students must meet the following requirements:
  • Grade Level: must be an incoming high school senior in the Fall of 2018.
  • Academic Performance: student's high school counselor must submit a form regarding their academic performance. Students are also asked to self-report their ACT/SAT scores.
  • Community Involvement: must be an active member of your community and involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Leadership: must have a proven desire to be a leader.
  • Interest in Texas Tech: Applicants must be interested in enrolling at Texas Tech University.
  • Cost: Transportation, housing and event materials provided at no cost if admitted.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018. Please direct any questions about Camp L.E.A.D. to 806.742.1299 or

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SFA Pre-Med Summer Camp for current Juniors

Earning high grades and performing well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is only a part of what will allow a student to become a successful applicant for Medical School. In the competitive environment of the medical school application process, becoming that exceptional applicant also requires professional experience, effective leadership and demonstrated service. Thus, the summer Pre Med camp cosponsored by SFA and JAMP 2018, is meant to be a week of total immersion in and an introduction to what we refer to as the Pre Med "Lifestyle". This "head-start" will give camp attendees the opportunity to preview the course requirements, the time constraints and the journey toward excellence that Pre Med students encounter on the very first day of their freshman year.
Camp Highlights:
FREE Pre Med camp. Housing, meals, books and supplies are provided to the student.
  • academic reviews in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • insights into medical school and the medical profession from talks with current medical students and medical school administrators
  • exposure to the medical profession by spending time in local clinics/hospitals and interacting with the doctors and staff in these facilities
  • sharing in the joy of helping others by cooperative service within the community experience a week of "college life" and enjoy the facilities at Stephen F. Austin State University.
While this camp is open to all outstanding rising seniors (students beginning their senior year of high school in the Fall of 2018) in the state of Texas, preference will be given to those whose family has a financial need and would be excellent future candidates for the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) during their college years.

Engineering Competition

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is calling on all 5th through 12th grade students to submit their engineering design concept for how a robot can help solve an everyday problem. Twelve prizes will be awarded: six for grades 5-8 and six for grades 9-12. The deadline to submit is 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 26. Learn more about how to apply to the design challenge.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Texas Boys State

Boys State Criteria

In the actual selection of Boys State citizens, merit and ability alone are the basis for selection. Boys State is not a program for underprivileged boys nor is it a summer camp for recreation. American Legion Posts or other community-minded organizations often pay fees, or "tuition," with little to no expense to the young men.
We wish to secure equal delegate representation from all areas of the State of Texas; therefore, the Department Boys State Committee asks for one or more boy(s) from each accredited high school (public or private) to be nominated by the school to attend.

Characteristics of the "ideal" Boys Statesman

To be selected for nomination or appointment as a Texas Boys State delegate, the candidate must demonstrate:
  • Strong academic performance (e.g., a quick study) to thrive in this fast moving program
  • Excellent Interpersonal skills (e.g., gets along very well with others from all backgrounds)
  • Exhibited leadership (e.g., a leader of leaders)
  • Solid Oratorical skills (e.g., a persuasive speaker and confidence shown in group settings)
In addition, the candidate must:
  • be a male high school student
  • have successfully completed his junior year
  • have at least one semester remaining
  • have not previously attended Boys State
  • be recommended by his school officials
  • have parents’/guardians’ permission to attend
  • be certified by the sponsoring American Legion post, and
  • sign the Boys State Pledge
  • See Mrs Browning if you are interested

Monday, February 5, 2018

Juniors & Seniors

Students interested in a plumbing career are encouraged to register to earn their plumbing certification. After just four months of hands-on instruction, students may be certified as an NCCER Level 1 Plumber.  

Classes begin Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Round Rock High School. Estimated tuition is $2,793 and includes books and fees. For qualifying students, Workforce Solutions may fund 100% of the tuition.  For more information or to sign up contact Luis Castillo at 512-223-7525 and

Class Dates and Times:
Monday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, June 23. (No classes during Spring Break or holidays.)
Mon. & Wed 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.


The program is a result of a partnership between Round Rock ISD, Austin Community College (ACC) and the Round Rock Chamber and was developed to give participants the opportunity to become certified and to increase the number of skilled professionals in Central Texas.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

March 5th Career Fair-Sign up for a Mock Interview

There will be 90 slots available for high school students to participate in a mock interview to help prepare them for real interviews they may have in the future. Here is the link and QR code below. Students, you can start signing up for these spots. We do suggest that students be in professional attire for these interviews as they will simulate real-world situations. We believe that these interviews will be valuable in helping our HS students better prepare for future jobs and careers. 

Here is the link and QR code for the mock interviews.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

UT Austin Paid Internships for Graduating Seniors

Every summer there is a 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 ($15.13 an hour) for the 12 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 our website for additional information regarding the program:
The application deadline for this program is March 9th, 2018, so if you have interested students please encourage them to apply soon.

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 High School Summer Internship Programs

The City of Austin’s Youth and Family Services Office has 4 paid summer internship programs for Austin area high school students and applications open up January 29th and close March 9th. The internships are in the following areas: Aviation Department, Convention Center, Get Ready! STEAM Based, and Emerging Leaders. General Requirements listed below, click here for more information and website.

General Eligibility Requirements:

· Current Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior

· Between the ages of 15 and 18

· 20 hours a week, Monday-Friday

· $8.00/hour

· Must be available for the full duration of the program with no more than 3 days of absences.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Career Exploration Fair

Round Rock Independent School District is excited to host our 1st Annual District-wide Career Exploration Fair. Our vision for this event is to provide an opportunity for students in grades K-12, with their parents, to explore the various careers that await them in their future. Our goal as educators is to broaden the horizons of the next generation by promoting an atmosphere in which they can explore and gain the knowledge of the vast array of careers available to them. We believe that if we start early with connecting future job seekers with potential employers, we can feel confident that every child in the district has the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and the confidence they need to ensure successful futures. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your child to join us on March 5, 2018 at Round Rock High School from 6pm-8pm.

In addition, if you would be willing to host a free booth, please complete the brief registration form using the link below. We desire for this fair to be an exploratory event for our students and ask that, if possible, you bring items that allow the students to engage in a hands-on experience of your career field. If you have any questions, feel free to contact LaShanda Lewis, Coordinator of Counseling Services for Round Rock ISD at 512-464-6177.