Monday, December 2, 2019

The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety

Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs & WWHS PTA are hosting an awesome program on Mental Health - 'The Difference Between Stress & Anxiety' presented by Dr. Amy Grosso on Dec 9th 6-7pm at Westwood High School Library. Join us and learn more about mental health and what we can do to help ourselves and others. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Free Trip to Washington DC

A Letter from our local Pedernales Electric Company:

At Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), we understand investing in our youth can help ensure a brighter future for the Texas Hill Country. That’s why for more than 60 years, we’ve been proud to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour program.
In June 2020, we’ll be sending 10 high school students on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. They’ll join 1,500 students from electric cooperatives across the country to visit historic sites, learn about U.S. government, and meet their representatives.
As part of the application process, we’d like to focus on putting together a group of diverse and deserving teens who might not have this opportunity without this program. Applications are being accepted today through Dec. 16 at!

All applicants must:
·         Be classified as a high school sophomore, junior, or senior by June 2020.
·         Have a parent or legal guardian who is a PEC member in good standing.
·         Submit an online application (including basic student information and completed short answer questions) and two referral letters (one from the education sector, such as a teacher, principal, or counselor, and one from the community sector, such as a boss, church leader, or extracurricular coach).

Monday, November 11, 2019

"Angst" Documentary, February 6th

Please join us in a community screening of the indie documentary, “Angst”.  Angst is a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.  We hope through this screening we can bring kids, parents, and educators together to talk about this universal issue, share personal stories, and provide resources and tools.   This experience is provided by Partners In Education Foundation.  Following the film we will have Dr. Whitney Wheeler and Dr. Diana Damer of Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin speak.  

Westwood Cafeteria on February 6, 2020;  6:30-8:30 pm light refreshments will be provided.  Please do not bring any children younger than 10 years old due to the video content as suggested by the filmmakers.  

She is a post-doctoral fellow with an expertise in anxiety-based disorders. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her MS, EdS, and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. She specializes in assessing and treating (a) the full range of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, panic disorder; (b) co-occurring mood disorders (such as depression); and (c) trauma. She use a holistic, collaborative, and interpersonal approach to therapy with adults, adolescents, and children.

She opened the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin in 2012 after serving as the Anxiety Specialist and Program Director for Group Services at the Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Her 30 years of clinical experience has spanned a wide variety of roles and settings; however, from day one, it has included cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders and a commitment to providing empirically supported treatment. She has published several journal articles and presented numerous workshops with a goal of making anxiety treatment more accessible to the public. She specializes in and am passionate about treating the full range of anxiety disorders, including but not limited to:
Specific Phobias (such as needles, roaches, vomit, driving, flying)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder
Illness Anxiety Disorder
She utilizes a flexible cognitive-behavioral approach which incorporates mindfulness, cognitive techniques, and exposure-based interventions. She often use perfectionism as a conceptual model for treating anxiety and related issues such as depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and anger.

2019-2020 RRISD Referral for TAG Testing is now Open

This form must be completed between 11/11/2019 and 12/06/2019 by 4:00 p.m. Please be sure to enter data ACCURATELY. Use student's six digit school ID, and legal first and last name. Additionally, the last step of this form requires you to print the TAG referral packet and permission to test. This permission to test form MUST be turned into the campus by 12/06/2019.

Click here to access form:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC

Are you interested in earning an engineering degree from Texas A&M? Would you like to save money while earning it? Then consider the option below:

The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College is an innovative co-enrollment program that provides a pathway to students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M University. Students admitted to the Engineering Academy at Austin Community College are Texas A&M engineering students co-enrolled at Texas A&M University in the College of Engineering and at Austin Community College. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

2 Free Educational events

November 2- Firsthand Operating Room Experience offered by Seton Ascension. Students get to tour surgical sites, see and practice on surgical robots, and much more. Click here for more details. FREE

November 16- Hosted by the Women in Engineering Program at UT and facilitated by women-led engineering student organizations, the STEMinist Camp is a FREE day camp designed for young high school women (9th-10th Grade) interested in exploring engineering as a career. Click here for more details.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Event at UT Austin

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 A&M University, Trinity University and Rhodes College

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Diversity- Fly in Visit Programs

More than 70 colleges offer free summer and fall visits for under-represented and diverse students. Click on the website below to see a list of all them and links to their applications:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

Senior College Essay Bootcamp

Seniors, Mark your calendars for this summers “College Essay Bootcamp”! This is a time where you can bring the drafts of all your college essays you have written and our college reps will read/critique them for you. This way, when you submit, our college reps will see the best, edited version possible!

August 6th from 1:00-3:30pm @ Round Rock High School

Friday, April 12, 2019

Don't Stress or Your Brain will Regress

The Treat Yo-self organization presents "A Day on Biology of Stress" and ways to treat yo-self. Come on down to the dance portable 925 from 4:20 p.m.-5:30 p.m., April 18th 2019 and learn about the ways stress can mess with your body along with stretching techniques to cope with it. Refreshments will be provided!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

April 4th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm: How to help your kids with Anxiety Presentation

On April 4th, we will have Sydney Dickerson here at Westwood in the library great room to give an evening presentation about "How to help your kids with anxiety."

Sydney Dickerson, LCSW-S holds a Master’s degree in Social work from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor. She has been working with adolescents and their families for the past 9 years and specializes in trauma. Sydney is certified in both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused CBT. She has extensive experience working with teens who struggle with anxiety and depression as well as coaching parents around these topics. She currently works at Good Mourning Counseling Center.

Monday, March 11, 2019

RRISD Career Fair-April 1st

On Monday, April 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Dr. in Round Rock, students Pre-K through grade 12 are invited to attend the Districtwide Career Fair, a free event. At the fair, students and parents will enjoy hands-on interactive exhibits that demonstrate a wide array of professional and skilled career choices. Exhibitors from the surrounding business community aim to provide students with access to the necessary knowledge, skills, and the confidence they need to secure successful futures.

Secondary students can experience:
·         Resume and application tips,
·         Networking opportunities,
·         Careers on wheels; including the armed forces,
·         Giveaways,
·         Career discovery software,
·         Interactive photo booth with souvenir photos to take home, and
·         FAFSA assistance.
Elementary students will enjoy:
·         Meet and greet opportunities with community helpers such as EMTs, firefighters, and police officers,
·         Careers on wheels, including the Trailblazer Bus, Texas National Guard Command Center Bus, a Circuit of The Americas car, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and solar training units,
·         Giveaways, and
·         Interactive photo booth with souvenir photos to take home.
The Career Exploration Fair offers students the opportunity to discover, consider and get excited about becoming future ready.

Brought to you by Round Rock ISD counseling services and sponsored in part by the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, Free!

Our Summer Immersion Program is a free​ ​7-week introductory computer science ​program ​for​ ​10th-11th grade girls going into their junior or senior year of high school. During the 7-week program, participants​ ​learn​ about ​computer science,​ ​gain​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​tech​ ​jobs,​ ​and​ ​join​ ​a​ sisterhood​ ​of​ ​girls​ ​who​ ​are​ ​using​ ​computer​ ​science​ ​to​ ​become​ ​change-makers.

March 15th is deadline to apply!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Financial Aid Week at ACC

ACC's mission is to help you achieve your academic goals by providing you with financial resources and valuable information. Learn all about paying for college during Financial Aid Week, March 5-9.
Register to attend the Kick-Off Info Session or get help with FAFSA and TAFSA applications. Click here

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Potential Paid Internships at Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic

Goodwill Central Texas’ program, This Way Ahead: This Way Ahead (TWA) is a partnership with Gap Inc. focused on helping teens gain life skills, jobs skills, and land their first job. The program provides the opportunity for youth, ages 16-22, to participate in job readiness trainings then apply to and interview for paid summer internships at Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic stores. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Free Yoga for our students!

"Take a break, treat yo-self?"
The Treat Yo-self organization presents "Day with Yoga"
Experience the benefits of yoga meditation and breathing techniques, all as a treat to yo-self!
Come to the Dance Portable (925)
February 15th from 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Monday, February 11, 2019

UT Computer Science Camps-2 options are free!

The deadline for applying to First Bytes and Code Longhorn is Wednesday, March 13.  We are still updating the registration site for the Robotics and Cybersecurity camps, and those should be open by the end of February.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Girls State Interest Form-Due February 15th what 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.

Fill out interest form here (all dates for interviews and camp are listed here)

Monday, February 4, 2019

ACC Information Night @ ACC-Feb 7th

The ACC HS Programs office will be hosting an open Dual Credit Information Session this Thursday, February 7th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the ACC Cypress Creek Campus located in Cedar Park. Student and parents are encouraged to attend and learn about the ACC Dual Credit program, enrollment steps, registration timelines & process, and ask any questions they might have. Complete details are below:

ACC HS Programs Dual Credit Information Session
Thursday, 2/7, from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Cypress Creek Campus (CYP) - Multipurpose Room 1102 (Bldg. 1000)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

More Paid Internships

Ladders for Leadership Internship Program

Eligibility Requirements
• Between the ages of 16-18
• Currently enrolled in High School
• Minimum GPA 3.0
• Must attend job readiness training – May 4, 2019 9am-1pm
• Responsible for transportation to and from worksite
• Be a resident of Williamson County
Internship opportunities are available with local business partners. The 2019 program will run from June 10, 2019 – July 19, 2019. The interns will be paid $9 per hour and will work 20 hours per week.
Ladders for Leaders will not only connect students with employment but also provide job readiness training and guidance throughout the employment process. Students will learn how to obtain employment, conduct themselves in a professional manner, value time commitments and develop workplace skills. Click here  Due March 15th

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

RYLA-Due January 17th

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 June 30th through July 5th.

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 17th.

Monday, January 7, 2019

More Paid Internships...

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offers High School internships throughout our organization so that students can develop their professional skills with valuable hands-on, real-world experience.  Interns receive professional development opportunities in their field of study and the opportunity to enhance networking skills with City of Austin Leaders.  Part and full-time year-around internship programs are available for high school students of all majors.

Program Benefits
·       Competitive Pay
·       Free Parking
·       Exposure to Corporate Business Practices
·       Mentoring
·       Career-Related Experience
·       Potential to Transition into a Full-Time Position
·       Resume, Interviewing and Networking Skills
·       Accounting
·       Finance
·       Construction Management
·       Engineering
·       Environmental
·       Customer Service
·       Safety
·       Security
·       Airport Operations
·       Human Resources
·       Public Information
·       Property Management
·       Music
·       Graphic Design
·       Maintenance
·       Airport Planning

Interested in applying?  Great, please have the following ready.
Cover letter (explain how the internship fits with your education, learning plans/objectives and/or future career path)
Official transcript
References or letters of recommendation
Must pass a 10-year criminal history background check and security threat assessment to be accepted into our program
Contact Information:  Please email us at