Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

February 18, 2019

Hernandez Mission

We will nurture and challenge all students, empower diverse thinking, facilitate the collaborative exchange of ideas, and encourage authentic engagement in the classroom, community, and global society.

Hernandez Vision

It is the vision of HeMS to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, and the community to guide students to be their own HERO by exhibiting Honesty, Excellence, Respect, and Ownership in every situation, every day.

Message from Dr. Ephlin, Principal

I hope you are able to enjoy the long weekend spending precious time with family and friends. On Monday and Tuesday teachers spent their days planning units of study to ensure all of our students are making progress towards their academic goals. Later this week we will celebrate Black History Month with performances by our students at designated assemblies. I am so proud of the work of our teachers and students.


Hernandez Heroes

Hernandez HEROes are honest, demonstrate excellence, show respect, and take ownership every day in every situation.

In the News

Hernandez Dance Team Earns a 1 at DEAL

On Wednesday February 13, 2018 fourteen advance dance 8th grades participated in the annual DEAL (Dance Educators Assignment of Learning). This event is similar to UIL for dance. "The purpose of DEAL is to identify exemplary dance practices aligned with the state TEKS to promote student achievement and success in the Art of Dance Education. The information gained through participation in DEAL will help educators design best practices to implement within their dance programs to enhance student learning and progress in the art of dance." The fourteen dancers participated in learning a two minute dance in 20 minutes by guest teacher. After they had time to ask their dance teacher questions and was able to clean and polish the dance for another 20 minutes. They then had to preform it in front of three judges and get evaluated. Hernandez received a rating of 1, which is the best rating based on their process of learning, technique and performance. After DEAL we went to Gatti town for lunch and games! They did an incredible job and represented Hernandez Middle School with excellence!
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School Health

Attention 6th Grade parents, each student is required to have a Tdap booster and Meningiococcal vaccine to enter 7th grade. Avoid the crowds and get them immunized NOW as clinic appointments become hard to get in August and many (including Williamson County) ran out of vaccine last summer. Your child will NOT be allowed to start classes until proof of immunization has been received.

Please fax records to 512-424-8940 or email to amy_cowan@roundrockisd.org. If you have questions please feel free to call me at 512-424-8817.

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What is IB?

IB stands for International Baccalaureate. The IB is celebrating their 50th year in education and has over 4,000 schools worldwide. It began as a program to provide educational continuity for military and expat families that were moving around the world and wanted a rigorous academic program for their children that would remain constant regardless of the country.

The Primary Years Program (PYP) at the elementary level and the Middle Years Program (MYP) at the middle school level are both an overlay to the district and state aligned curriculum. Each one focuses on the development of the whole student with TEN Learner Profile Traits, and its goal is for students to gain a global perspective while fully participating in their local communities.

At the high school level with the IB Diploma Programme, students participate their junior and senior year with standard level (one year) and high level (two year) courses. Each of the IB courses are now given TWO credits each with AP classes given ONE credit each. The State of Texas only recently made this change Fall of 2018. IB students may earn college credit for courses taken - many universities are looking at whether students took advantage of the most rigorous programs that their schools had to offer - whether that is AP or IB.

IB Corner

On Tuesday 2/12, our students were able to visit many companies and explore many future career opportunities. Hernandez MS partnered with United Way of Williamson County to link students with experts in many fields of study. A few of the locations included ABIA (Austin Bergstrom International Airport), Austin Pets Alive!, Dana Incorporated, ERCOT, University of Texas, Baylor Scott & White, Texas Public Policy, Georgetown Fire and Police, and many more. We'd like to publicly thank all of those who helped make this a worthwhile experience for each of our students!

Our 8th graders are moving forward with the completion of their IB Community Projects. Each one chooses a way to help benefit their community and independently works on the project of investigating, planning, taking action, and reflecting on their experience. They also work with a supervisor who will help guide them through the five-month-long process. They are finishing up with phase 2 of 4 phases. Students will be meeting with their supervisor to fill out checkpoint #2 in the next few weeks. Let's cheer on the 8th graders!

8th Grade IB Community Project UPDATE:

Students are applying the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout their years at Hernandez Middle School and are completing independent community service projects. IB strives to help all students develop deeper understandings of the world in which they live through helping in their local communities. The students should have finished phase one of the project and are ready to check in with their project supervisors for phase 2. Keep up the great work 8th graders!

Fostering Success


Students have been reviewing school-wide expectations. Please remind your student that cell phones are only allowed to be used before zero hour, at lunch and after school. Also, earbuds and/or headphones may only be used during this time as well. Thank you for your help.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, February 18: Student Holiday/Staff Development

Tuesday, February 19: Student Holiday/Staff Development

Wednesday, February 20: Black History Month Celebration 2:45-3:35 p.m.

Thursday, February 21: Black History Month Celebration 2:45-3:35 p.m.

Thursday, February 21: HeMS Track Meet at Cedar Valley MS

Thursday, February 21: Choir Pre-UIL 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Stony Point HS

Monday, February 25: Theatre 2 Dress Rehearsal 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26: Theatre 2 Dress Rehearsal 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26: Theatre 2 Showcase 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27: Theatre 2 Dress Rehearsal 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27: Theatre 2 Showcase 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 28: UIL MS String Orchestra Evaluation @ RRISD PAC

Thursday, February 28: HeMS Track Meet @ Canyon Vista MS