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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.

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).

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 - 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).

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

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 - Career Exploration: What Does your Future Look Like?

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).

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1/14/20 - What Does your Future Look Like: Career Exploration

Tuesday, January 14
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark 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

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

Register now

1/21/20 - How to Improve PSAT/SAT Scores: Putting a Plan in Place

Tuesday, January 21
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School – Cafeteria

Students received the results of their October PSAT in December. What do comes next? Learn how to access and analyze PSAT results, link your student’s College Board account with Khan Academy for personalized PSAT/SAT practice targeting areas for improvement, and access other support tools and services like the SAT Question of the Day and campus-based Princeton Review courses. Don’t let those scores live in the bottom of the backpack or in a file somewhere – make the most of them!

Presented by:    Michelle Swain, RRISD Advanced Academics Director

Audience:           Parents/Guardians and their 8th, 10th & 11th grade student(s).

Register now

1/28/20 - Study Skills: Organization & Notetaking

Tuesday, January 28
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School – 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).

Register now

2/4/20 - PSAT, SAT, & ACT: Increasing College Readiness

Tuesday, February 4
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Hernandez Middle School – Cafeteria

College Readiness exams are a part of high school. Learn about the format of each of these exams including what they measure, the range of scores, and tools to prepare for success like Khan Academy, Princeton Review, and the SAT Question of the Day. We will also discuss what they mean for the college admissions process and how they can impact scholarships and certain program opportunities.

Presented by:    Michelle Swain, RRISD Advanced Academics Director

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

Register now

2/11/20 - PSAT, SAT, & ACT: Increasing College Readiness

Tuesday, February 11
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School – Cafeteria

College Readiness exams are a part of high school. Learn about the format of each of these exams including what they measure, the range of scores, and tools to prepare for success like Khan Academy, Princeton Review, and the SAT Question of the Day. We will also discuss what they mean for the college admissions process and how they can impact scholarships and certain program opportunities.

Presented by:    Michelle Swain, RRISD Advanced Academics Director

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

Register now

2/11/20 - More Than Sad - A Look at Teen Depression

Tuesday, February 11
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School Library

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.

Presented by:  Dr. Amy Grosso,Round Rock ISD Director of Behavioral Heath

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

Register now

2/25/20 - What are Apprenticeships?

Tuesday, February 25
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Success High School Cafeteria

Are you interested in an alternative to college? 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.

Presented by:     Peggy Mica, RRISD CTE Coordinator

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

Register now

3/10/20 - College Admissions Panel

Tuesday, March 10
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark 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 Advanced Academics Director

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

Register now

3/10/20 - How to Talk to Our Kids about School Safety

Tuesday, March 10
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Deerpark Middle School Library

With constant media talking about school safety and the need for students to be secure, parents often struggle with knowing how to talk with their children about the issues. Come to learn strategies and information on how to talk with students in a way that helps ease anxiety.

Presented by:    Dr. Amy Grosso, RRISD Director of Behavioral Health

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

Register now