The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon


Westwood High School Lifts Lockdown After External Threat is Cleared

Westwood High School Lifts Lockdown After External Threat is Cleared

By Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor January 19, 2022

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 10:55 a.m., Westwood High School went on lockdown after reports of an external threat in the area. The school then transitioned to a hold-in-place after Austin police reported...

The Omicron variant continues to spread in school, and case numbers have risen significantly since the start of the second semester. Students have expressed concerns about the RRISDs current safety protocols regarding the new variant.

Students Plan Walkout As Concerns Rise About Omicron in School

By Shreya Selvaraju, Reporter January 18, 2022

Amid an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases after winter break, many parents and students have expressed concerns about the safety of returning to in-person school. While the Round Rock Independent School...

Despite Omicron spreading through the country, several students spent their winter break traveling. Others enjoyed their break at home. Photo courtesy of Ruth Georgiev

Students Discuss Winter Break Amid New COVID Variant

By Chloe Boyd, Reporter January 10, 2022

With the COVID-19 situation constantly evolving, and many people contracting the new Omicron variant, many plans were canceled at the start of winter break. But those who were able to travel went to a...

High school students all across the country showed high levels of academic dishonesty during the first year of the pandemic. While many Westwood students participated in this, some did choose this opportunity to stick to their morals.

How Westwood Academic Dishonesty Has Evolved Through COVID

By Kumud Arora, Reporter January 7, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic caused large-scale lockdowns and closures of institutions integral to everyday life, including schools all over the country amidst growing health concerns. Students were asked to...

The We Are Blood bus parked in the band practice parking lot.

UNICEF Hosts Blood Drive to Give Back to the Community

By Shreya Selvaraju, Reporter December 13, 2021

On Friday, Dec. 10th, We Are Blood held a student blood drive in the band practice parking lot. The event was hosted by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) club with...

Demonstrating finger picking, Mr. White performs a song. He performed folk music.

Friday Flex: Folk Musician and Westwood Substitute Teacher Mickey White Discusses Experiences and Career

By Josh Shippen, Reporter December 13, 2021

Former musician and current substitute teacher Mr. Mickey White was interviewed about his musical career by Mr. Bray on Friday, Dec. 3 for a Fun Friday Flex session. White was asked about numerous...

As winter break quickly approaches, many students plan to travel and others plan to stay home as the Omicron variant gains steam in the US.

Students Discuss Plans for Winter Break Amid Onset of New COVID Variant

By Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor December 13, 2021

The countdown to winter break has officially begun, as the last days of school slip away before the end of December. With only midterm exams standing in the way of a two-and-a-half-week vacation, students...

Three Westwood students earned a perfect score, meaning that they received every point possible on each section, on their 2021 AP exams.

Westwood Students Earn Perfect Scores on 2021 AP Exams

By Aanika Hirode, Reporter December 12, 2021

Earning a perfect result in any endeavor is a challenging feat and something to be celebrated. Advanced Placement (AP) exams are notoriously difficult, and students last year were presented with the additional...

Presenting animatedly, a group of students pitch their idea Stematics to the judges of the semester showcase. The Westwood Tech Starters Club held this showcase as a halfway point for the members of their club to get feedback and improve their product ideas.

Westwood Tech Starters Club Holds Semester Showcase for Members

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor December 11, 2021

The Westwood Tech Starters Club held a semester showcase to display the club’s various products and business plans at their halfway points on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Four groups of students presented their...

After returning from the pandemic, Advanced Biology teachers have implemented a student-guided learning cycle to allow each student to choose what works best for them. Graphic by Kumud Arora

Advanced Biology Teachers Implement Student-Driven Learning Cycle

By Kumud Arora, Reporter December 7, 2021

The students in the Advanced Biology classes are doing something different this year: learning in a student-driven environment. Materials required for the class are posted on the education platform Schoology,...

Friday Flex: Local Musician Sophia Johnson Shares Her Journey Through the Music Industry, Inspiring Students

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter December 2, 2021

IB Social Studies teacher Mr. Tim Bray hosted a Flex Q&A session with local bluegrass and western swing musician Sophia Johnson on Friday, Nov. 19. Detailing her unique background, Johnson talked about...

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