The latest news from Dripping Springs ISD

Week of September 13, 2021

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Cypress Springs Elementary held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new school on Thursday, Sept. 9.
CSE Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Campus Tour


Dripping Springs High School has announced the 2021 Homecoming Court. Seniors nominated for king are Preston Alford, Kaden Daulton, Max Levey and Miles Romero. Queen nominees are Greer Gilbraith, Reagan Logsdon, Isabella Roske and Anabel Silva.

The freshman duke and duchess are Walter Bristol and Ava Azua, the sophomore honorees are Cooper McClure and Zara Watts, and the junior duke and duchess are Caden Munguia and Ella Ruff.

The senior members of the Homecoming Court along with the announcement of this year's king and queen will take place during halftime of the football game on Friday, Sept. 24, at Tiger Stadium. The underclass dukes and duchesses will be honored during pre-game; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. against San Antonio McCollum High School.

A Homecoming parade will be held around Dripping Springs High School at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, followed by a community pep rally at 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. A carnival, beginning at 7 p.m. in the parking lot north of Tiger Stadium, will conclude the night’s festivities.

Community members arriving after the parade begins will not be able to turn in and park in the high school lots until the parade has proceeded to Tiger Stadium.

DSHS Teacher Is Finalist for Teaching Excellence Award

Dripping Springs High School teacher Kristina Vannoy has been selected as one of five finalists for the Greater Austin 2021 Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin. Ms. Vannoy is in her seventh year at DSHS and currently teaches Pre-Calculus, University of Texas OnRamps Pre-Calculus, and PALS (Peer Assistance Leadership). Overall, the Texas Tech University graduate is in her 20th year teaching, with stops at Austin ISD, Cypress Fairbanks ISD, and Humble ISD. She currently is completing her Master of Education in Counseling and Development School Counseling degree.

The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes Austin area teachers who have demonstrated instructional expertise, classroom innovation, the ability to cultivate students' love of learning and ability for critical thinking, expand their own knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, and share their classroom success for the benefit of their colleagues.

The winning teacher will be announced in October and will receive an award of $2,500; the winner's school also will receive $500 to be spent on a project directed by the teacher.

Phi Beta Kappa is a national academic honor society that recognizes and celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and has advocated for the value of education in these areas. Other finalists are Joseph Oleniczak (LASA HS), Rachel Preston (Bowie HS), Shannon Reed (Crockett Early College HS), and Molly Walsh (Westwood HS).


Dripping Springs ISD is hosting two free COVID testing sites for any member of the community.

The district has been working with two separate vendors to create testing locations at the former Walnut Springs Elementary campus on Sportsplex Drive and at Sycamore Springs Middle School. Both testing locations provide this service at no charge, but those being tested are being asked for an insurance card if they have one. No appointments or referrals are required at either site. Both companies also plan to offer COVID vaccinations on specified days.

The former Walnut Springs Elementary site has testing available through MD Diagnostics Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., as a drive-through service. Those wishing to test may enter at Parade Way, then drive to the front of the building. Both rapid tests and PCR tests are available.

The second testing site is a mobile pod at Sycamore Springs Middle School offered through Grand Avenue Pharmacy. Testing is offered every day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., as a drive-through service. When entering the main Sycamore Springs campus entrance on Sawyer Ranch Road, those being tested should veer to the left near the stadium/track. For every test, one swab will be used for both rapid testing on-site, then for a PCR test.


  • Former Walnut Springs Elementary, 300 Sportsplex Drive, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., drive through at front of building
  • Sycamore Spring Middle School, 14451 Sawyer Ranch Rd., every day, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., drive through near SSMS Stadium


Dripping Springs ISD is always looking to add to our Tiger Team! For some hard-to-fill positions, a hiring incentive, job training and flexible schedules are offered. Currently, DSISD has several openings for custodians, bus drivers, teacher aides, child nutrition staff, and Kids Club after-school staff and student workers. For more information about joining the DSISD team, visit To see job postings, click here.


The Tiger Tip Line allows students or parents to report concerns about bullying, other social issues, or security matters. The name of the school must be included, and it is requested that details of an incident being reported include location, time, date, and any available information about who was involved to help administrators investigate. Tips can be made anonymously; however, please note that administrators are able to do a more thorough job investigating tips when they can contact the reporting party for additional information.

The Tiger Tip Line can be accessed at


There are multiple tools Dripping Springs ISD uses to communicate with parents and stakeholders. Parents receive notifications by phone call and/or text through Blackboard including school closures or delays, emergencies, and other timely announcements.

News items and event information can be found on the district and campus websites. Parents can click "Register" at the bottom of to subscribe to certain pages and receive notifications when pages are updated.

The DSISD app is an easy way to access DSISD website information from your mobile device. DSISD is active on several social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) where you can find district updates, news, events and more.

Parents can access students' grades and attendance on Family Access and see class information and teacher webpages through Canvas.

More information on parent communication tools can be found here.