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Future Readiness Parent Seminars | Spring 2019

The Future Readiness Parent Seminars are made available by Round Rock ISD Community Education and inspired by frequently requested information from our students’ parents/guardians.

Future Readiness Parent Seminars provide valuable information focused on the needs of students as they move through their academic careers and help guide parents and guardians as they consider the important choices that make students future ready.

Pre-registration is required for all seminars.

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Jan 16, 2019 – Study Skills: Organization and Note Taking
Jan 16, 2019 – SAT, PSAT, ACT: Prepare. Achieve. Succeed
Jan 23, 2019 – From Middle School to High School: Realistic Expectations & Transition
Jan 23, 2019 – Apprenticeships after High School – Earn While You Learn
Jan 30, 2019 – Get Your “College” On: How to earn college credit in high school
Feb 6, 2019 – Study Skills: Time and Stress Management
Feb 13, 2019 – Mental Health: Finding a Mental Health Counselor
Feb 13, 2019 – What Does Your Future Look Like: Career Exploration
Mar 13, 2019 – More Than Sad: A look at teen depression
Mar 27, 2019 – RROCK Ready: How to get your child “future ready”
Mar 27, 2019 – Effective Communication
Apr 10, 2019 – College not for you? What’s Your Plan?
Apr 24, 2019 – College Admissions Panel
Apr 24, 2019 – Mindfulness – Learn How to Manage Stress and Recharge


Study Skills: Organization and Note Taking

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Discover the key to effective note-taking. Effective note-taking goes beyond the actual act of taking notes. Developing note-taking skills can aid retention, decrease frustration, improve time management and academic success. At this workshop, students and parents learn together. Students gain proficiency in the essential skills of organization and note-taking while parents/guardians learn how to support their students in the practice of applying these newly acquired skills.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: RRHS Tool Box, 200 Bldg. at Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681.
Presenter:  Angelica Ross, AVID teacher, Round Rock ISD Early College High School
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 7th-11th-grade student(s)

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SAT, PSAT, ACT: Prepare.Achieve.Succeed

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A workshop for college-bound high school students and their parents.  This presentation, being hosted by Huntington Learning Center, is for students taking the SAT, ACT or PSAT/NMSQT and focuses on factors that influence college admission, and how the college admission exams are scored and used.  We will discuss tips on preparing for college entrance exams and strategies to improve test scores.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: RRHS Old Cafeteria, 700 Bldg. at Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681.
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-11th-grade student(s)
Presenter:  Tanuja Deo, Owner, Center Director of Huntington Learning Center

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From Middle School to High School: Realistic Expectations and Transition

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The transition to high school can be an exciting time along with opportunities,  new challenges, and questions.  Join us as we discuss the importance of this transition time for our 8th-grade students and get tips on navigating the academic challenges and opportunities that come with high school.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: RRHS Old Cafeteria, 700 Bldg. at Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681.
Audience: For parents/guardians with their student(s) grades 8.
Presenter:  Lisa Greinert, director, Round Rock ISD Community Education and Rachelle Fink, RRISD Coordinator Social Emotional Learning

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Apprenticeships after High School – Earn While You Learn

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Are you interested in an alternative to college?  Are you interested in working with your hands in trades like construction, electrical, HVAC, or plumbing?  Come learn about Austin area apprenticeship possibilities in these fields and more.  Presenters Leonard Aguilar of the Texas Building & Construction Trades Council and Joe Cooper of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #286 will give you an overview of how apprenticeships work (paid full-time work and evening/weekend classes), how to apply for one, and the opportunities for advancement in the field.  There will be an additional session, College Not for You?  What’s Your Plan? to be held April 10, 2019, that will include multiple trades representatives available for more details specific to given fields.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 100 Building Lecture Hall.
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 11th-12th-grade student(s). Students are welcome to attend alone.
Presenter(s):  Peggy Mica, coordinator, Round Rock ISD Career and Technical Education.

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Get Your “College” On:  How to earn college credit in high school

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Understanding the most appropriate educational pathway for your student can be overwhelming.  Learn about the different programs that offer students the opportunity to earn college credit during high school. These rigorous programs can provide financial benefits and give your student a postsecondary academic advantage. Find out more about college readiness assessments (PSAT/SAT/ACT), which are required for college admission and explore resources to help your student do their best.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: RRHS Old Cafeteria, 700 Bldg. at Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681.
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-11th-grade student(s)
Presenter:  Michelle Swain, director, Round Rock ISD Gifted and Advanced Academic Services
Michelle Swain is an advocate for the District’s diverse student base of advanced learners. In her role, Swain oversees the gifted and talented (TAG), advanced placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), dual credit, UT OnRamps dual enrollment, Texas Virtual School Network, the College Board SAT Suite of Assessments, Duke Talent Search, Enrichment, and examination for acceleration programs. Swain has been in public education for 25 years.

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Study Skills: Time and Stress Management

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

High school years can be a stressful experience for many students.  Although a certain level of stress is normal, balancing heavy academic workloads, extra-curricular activities, jobs, and social commitments can be daunting.  This course aims to provide students and parents with the tools needed to effectively manage time and stress in the school environment to help students be more successful, happy and healthy.

Registration is required: REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681 in the Tool Box (old 200 bldg.).
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 7th-10th-grade student(s)
Presenter(s):  Angelica Ross, Round Rock ISD Early College High School

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Mental Health: Finding a Mental Health Counselor

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A mental health counselor is a medical professional who helps individuals achieve emotional wellness.  Mental health counselors work with individuals, families, groups, and communities to deal with mental health issues and improve mental well-being.  If you are curious about what a mental health counselor can do for you or your child, there are a few important things you should know.  Learn more about what these professionals do and how to find the right mental health counselor.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681 in the Tool Box (old 200 bldg.).
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th-grade student(s).
Presenter: Dr. Amy Grosso, Round Rock ISD Future Readiness

Dr. Amy Grosso’s holds an MSEd in Educational Psychology from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before her work in education, she spent several years as a mental health counselor. Dr. Grosso serves as board chair for the Central Texas chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and leads professional development on mental health topics, assists with AVID, and oversees grants for the District.

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What Does Your Future Look Like: Career Exploration

Wednesday, February 13, 2019,
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Do you know what the hot jobs of the future are?
Learn about careers with the potential to grow at a faster-than-average rate, new occupations in growing industries and the postsecondary pathways towards those careers and occupations.
Discover career exploration tools and review resources that aid with planning for future success beyond high school.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: RRHS Old Cafeteria, 700 Bldg. at Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681.
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th-grade student(s)
Presenter(s):  Lisa Greinert, director, Round Rock ISD Community Education; Peggy Mica, coordinator, Round Rock ISD Career and Technical Education

Lisa Greinert has been a teacher and middle and high school administrator. Her passion lies in ensuring parents and students recognize the importance of preparing early for future success. Greinert has been an educator with the District for 18 years.

Peggy Mica has 32 years of experience as an educator. After more than 22 years as a high school teacher, Mica spent over three years as a campus instructional technology specialist. Currently, Mica coordinates the Career and Technical Education program for the District.

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More Than Sad: A look at teen depression

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s presentation More Than Sad was designed to offer parents a look into teen depression. The story of four teens will be shared and how each of them experienced depression. Participants will gain a better understanding of depression, suicide, and the resources available.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681 in the Tool Box (old 200 bldg.).
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 9th-12th-grade student(s). Due to the sensitive nature of this information, parents/guardians should use their discretion as to bringing their student to this seminar.
Presenter: Dr. Amy Grosso, Round Rock ISD Future Readiness

Dr. Amy Grosso’s holds an MSEd in Educational Psychology from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before her work in education, she spent several years as a mental health counselor. Dr. Grosso serves as board chair for the Central Texas chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and leads professional development on mental health topics, assists with AVID, and oversees grants for the District.

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RROCK Ready: How to get your child “future ready”

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

RROCK Ready is a Round Rock ISD and community partnership fostering early literacy development prior to students entering school.  As Bill Gates once said, “The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 years turn out.” Research proves the first five years are critical to a child’s development. Join us as we discuss strategies and tips to assist you in preparing your child for success in school.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681 in the 700 building cafeteria (old cafe.).
Audience: Parents/Guardians of students ages 5 and under who have not entered school yet.
Presenter: Margo Vogelpohl, RRISD Director Title I Pre-Kindergarten

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Effective Communication

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This presentation will take a look back at the different topics discussed and focus on how parents can effectively communicate topics often avoided with their children. Time will be given to practice and gain practical guidance on strategies easily implemented at home.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681 in the Toolbox (#200 building).
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th-grade student(s)
Presenter: Dr. Amy Grosso, Round Rock ISD Future Readiness & Rachelle Fink, RRISD Coordinator Social Emotional Learning

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College not for you? What’s Your Plan?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

You are about to graduate – what is your plan?  While four-year institutions present an excellent option for many students, other students may want to consider other educational and career possibilities.  Join us as we discuss various opportunities and paths to help you make informed decisions regarding your future.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Stony Point High School, 1801 Tiger Trail, Round Rock 78664 – Cafeteria
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 12th-grade student(s). 12th-grade students are welcome to attend alone.
Presenter:  Lisa Greinert, director, Round Rock ISD Community Education

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College Admissions Officer Panel

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

There are plenty of theories regarding what colleges and universities want in selecting their students, but what do the people who actually engage in holistic review of student applications say? Admissions officers from Texas public and private colleges and universities will respond to questions about the role of advanced academics coursework in the admissions process and provide insight regarding such aspects as strength of schedule, recommendation letters, and student essays. 

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681 in the Toolbox (#200 building).
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th-grade student(s)
Presenter:  Michelle Swain, director, Round Rock ISD Gifted and Advanced Academic Services

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Mindfulness: Learn How to Manage Stress and Recharge Yourself Throughout Your Day

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Schools across the nation are witnessing the benefits of providing staff and students with tools to improve mental clarity and focus, increase self-regulation and manage stress and emotions. Experience an introduction to physiological and reflective processes that make one better able to perform well in complex situations and under high demand with greater personal capacity and increased collaboration and innovation. Take care of yourself first with greater self-management under stress, increased resilience and the ability to mentally detach and recharge throughout your day.

Registration is required:  REGISTER

Location: Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681 in the 200 building (aka Toolbox).
Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th grade student(s).
Presenter: YES! for Schools

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