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Family & Parent Seminars

Family & 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.

Upcoming Seminars:

10/22/19 - Understanding HS Academies & Electives

Tuesday, October 22
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Cafeteria

Why does my child need to choose an Academy? Choosing your high school electives and Academy is an exciting decision because it is an opportunity for students to explore current and new interests. The purpose of the Academies is to ensure all students are prepared for their future when they graduate from high school. This seminar will outline the electives and Academy options that are available at each of the RRISD high school campuses and how to determine which Academy best fits your student’s interests and ultimately their future goals.

Presented by: Sheri Bonds, CTE Director & Peggy Mica, RRISD CTE Coordinator

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-10th grade student(s).

10/22/19 - Social Media Wellness

Tuesday, October 22
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Cafeteria

Social Media is all around and there is no escaping the use of it by our children. Often times the approach of telling kids what not to do builds a wall. The presentation is based on the book Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World by Ana Homayoun which focuses on ways to approach the topic with students to assist them in making healthy choices.

Presented by: Dr. Amy Grosso, RRISD Future Readiness

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th grade student(s).

10/29/19 - What is Gifted Education?

Tuesday, October 29
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Lecture Hall

Learn about Gifted Education in RRISD, identification requirements, referrals, testing process, and the instructional opportunities and other services designed to meet the unique needs of students with significantly advanced general intellectual ability and/or specific subject matter aptitude.

Presented by: Raine Maggio, RRISD Gifted Services Coordinator

Audience: Parents/Guardians of K-12th grade students

10/29/19 - College Admissions Officer Panel

Tuesday, October 29
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Cafeteria

There are plenty of theories regarding what colleges and universities want in selecting their students, but what do the people who actually engage in a 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.

Presented by: Michelle Swain, RRISD Gifted and Advanced Director

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 11th-12th grade student(s).

11/5/19 - How to Earn College Credit in High School

Tuesday, November 5
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School – Cafeteria

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 post-secondary 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.

Presented by: Michelle Swain, RRISD Advanced Academics Director

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th grade student(s).

11/12/19 - Understanding High School Academies & Electives

Tuesday, November 12
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School – Cafeteria

Why does my child need to choose an Academy? Choosing your high school electives and Academy is an exciting decision because it is an opportunity for students to explore current and new interests. The purpose of the Academies is to ensure all students are prepared for their future when they graduate from high school. This seminar will outline the electives and Academy options that are available at each of the RRISD high school campuses and how to determine which Academy best fits your student’s interests and ultimately their future goals.

Presented by: Sheri Bonds, CTE Director & Peggy Mica, RRISD CTE Coordinator

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-10th grade student(s).

12/3/19 - AVID Awareness

Tuesday, December 3
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Lecture Hall

Learn about AVID (Advancement Via Individual determination) in RRISD. AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least-served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple: raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

Presented by: Dr. Lora Darden, Executive Director of Future Readiness

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 5th-10th grade student(s)

12/3/19 - What Does your Future Look Like: Career Exploration

Tuesday, December 3
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Cafeteria

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 post-secondary pathways towards those careers and occupations. Discover career exploration tools and review resources that aid with planning for future success beyond high school.

Presented by: Peggy Mica, RRISD CTE Coordinator & Lisa Greinert, Community Education Director

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th grade student(s).

12/10/19 - How to Earn College Credit in High School

Tuesday, December 10
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School – Cafeteria

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.

Presented by: Michelle Swain, RRISD Advanced Academics Director

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th grade student(s).

Past Seminars:

9/25/19 - Study Skills: Organization & Notetaking

Wednesday, Sept. 25
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Round Rock HS – Cafeteria

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.

Presented by: Angelica Ross, Round Rock ISD Early College High School

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-10th grade student(s).

10/1/19 - AVID Awareness

Tuesday, October 1
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Lecture Hall

Learn about AVID (Advancement Via Individual determination) in RRISD. AVID is a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least-served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple: raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.

Presented by: Dr. Lora Darden, Executive Director of Future Readiness

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 5th-10th grade student(s)

10/1/19 - How to Manage Stress and Anxiety

Tuesday, October 1
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez MS – Cafeteria  

Anxiety is currently the most common mental health issue for students with one out of three dealing with anxiety. Knowing the difference between stress and anxiety can allow parents to better support their children. The presentation will provide information on stress, anxiety, and resources available.

Presented by: Dr. Amy Grosso, RRISD Future Readiness

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-12th grade student(s).

10/8/19 - What is Gifted Education?

Tuesday, October 8
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School – Cafeteria

Learn about Gifted Education in RRISD, identification requirements, referrals, testing process, and the instructional opportunities and other services designed to meet the unique needs of students with significantly advanced general intellectual ability and/or specific subject matter aptitude.

Presented by: Raine Maggio, RRISD Gifted Services Coordinator

Audience: Parents/Guardians of K-12th grade students

10/9/19 - Study Skills: Time & Stress Management

Wednesday, October 9
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Round Rock HS – 700 Cafeteria

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.

Presented by: Angelica Ross, Round Rock ISD Early College High School

Audience: Parents/Guardians and their 8th-10th grade student(s).