Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

April 8, 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.


The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Message from Dr. Ephlin, Principal

Spring is in the air! We are now in the final six weeks of the school year and while students are preparing to end the year we are preparing for next school year. We have been busy working on the master schedule, planning professional development opportunities for teachers when they return in August and preparing for our newest Bulldogs. One way we are building community for our students is by implementing a new group on campus; 8th grade Ambassadors. These Ambassadors will help transition incoming sixth graders and make them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. These students will be trained as mentors and will lead small groups of sixth graders through team building activities, and tours of the school before school starts. Applications will go out soon to our current seventh graders so that they can apply for this leadership opportunity.


Hernandez Heroes

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

Choir Earns Sweepstakes at UIL

The Hernandez Middle School treble and tenor/bass choirs performed at the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Evaluation on Wednesday, April 3rd. Both groups received the highest possible rating (Superior) from all judges in both concert and sight reading, earning each a Sweepstakes designation! We're very proud of all of the hard work students have done to prepare for this. We're also thankful for our band director Mandy West, who accompanied the treble choir on flute. Choir is directed by Dr. Martinez.
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Band Earns Sweepstakes at UIL

Hernandez Middle School Honors Band earned Sweepstakes at UIL last week. This is the highest ranking students can earn! Great job Bulldogs! Band is conducted by Mr. Ancelet and Mrs.West.
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In the News

STAAR Testing for 7th and 8th Grade

Don't forget that McDonalds is giving free breakfast for the first day of testing, Tuesday April 9th.

Here is the schedule for all STAAR tests this week:

Tuesday, April 9th

7th Grade STAAR Writing

8th Grade STAAR Math

Wednesday, April 10th

7th Graders taking the 8th Grade STAAR Math

8th Grade STAAR Reading

7th Grade STAAR Writing Makeup

Thursday, April 11th

7th/8th Grade Makeup STAAR Math, Reading or Writing

Friday, April 12th

7th/8th Grade Makeup STAAR Math, Reading or Writing

Hernandez MS Presents Willy Wonka Junior

You are invited to Hernandez Middle School's Production of Willy Wonka Jr.

Saturday, April 13th

3:00pm and 6:30pm

Stony Point HS Auditorium

Get your tickets at: www.greateventseats.com/HernandezMS

Adults $10 Students and Seniors $7

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Last Dance of the Year is this Friday!

Join your friends for a fun-filled time at the last dance of the year. You won't want to miss it! Dance is from 3:45-5:45pm

8th Grade EOY Field Trip

All eighth graders are invited to attend the upcoming eighth grade field trip with certain

expectations, established guidelines and understanding that it is an earned privilege.

The Hernandez Middle School eighth grade field trip will take place on Wednesday May

8th at the Twin Lakes Family YMCA. Please see the attached permission form for all the details. If you have any questions please feel free to contact ladee_maxie@roundrockisd.org

Stony Point High School Boys & Girls Soccer Camp - June 3-6 8a.m.-12p.m.

IB Corner

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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 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.

Update on 8th grade IB Community Projects

Parents/guardians, please check in with your 8th grader to see where they are in their IB Community Project. They should be meeting with their supervisor to fill out Checkpoint #3 right now. The detailed project timeline and checklist for the project phases can be found on pages 10 & 11 of the IB Community Project Handbook. Click HERE for the digital version of the handbook.

Attention ALL 8th graders - REGISTER today for the presentation and exhibition of your IB Community Project. You must register with your supervisor by filling out the google form if you plan on presenting or exhibiting your project. The deadline for registering is Friday, April 12. If you have any questions, ask Ms. H (IB Coordinator).

We have many activities for our 2018-2019 school-wide IB Community Service Project with the Austin non-profit Well Aware, and other IB events that are coming soon.

  • Week of April 22 - 29 - SHOWER STRIKE - fundraiser for Well Aware (raising $ for the rehabilitation of a clean water well in Mbalawala, Tanzania) - "Skip showers, raise funds, save lives" Click this link for more information - https://wellawareworld.org/get-involved/shower-strike
  • April 23 (Tuesday) - IB Community Project formal presentations (students present/ teachers rate projects according to rubrics in handbook)
  • April 26 (Friday) - make-up presentations (IB Community Project)
  • April 30 (Tuesday) - EXHIBITION - IB Community Projects (9:00 - 10:00 am in cafeteria). We encourage parents/ guardians/ grandparents/ etc. to join in the celebration exhibition - see what our 8th graders focused on for their 8th grade community projects.

Fostering Success


Here at Hernandez we teach our students to be a HERO. HERO stands for: H-Honesty, E-Excellence, R-Respect, O-Ownership. Students can be a HERO everyday. In the hallway students show they are a HERO when they:

  • walk and talk
  • keep to the right
  • keep electronics and headphones put away
  • manage time
  • keep hoods off
  • keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 9: STAAR 7th Grade Writing and STAAR 8th Grade Math

Wednesday, April 10: STAAR 8th Grade Reading and STAAR Make-Up 7th Only

Thursday, April 11: Boys Soccer: HeMS vs. Walsh @ Walsh MS

Thursday, April 11: Girls Soccer: HeMS vs. Walsh @ Walsh MS

Friday, April 12: School Dance 3:45-5:45 p.m.

Friday, April 12: STAAR Make-Up 7th and 8th

Saturday, April 13: Willy Wonka Jr. Performance @ SPHS 3:00p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: Girls Soccer: HeMS vs. Gateway @ HeMS

Thursday, April 18: Band Instrument Drive 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Band Hall

Friday, April 19: Student and Staff Holiday

Monday, April 22 - Monday, April 29: WELL AWARE Shower Strike

Tuesday, April 23 - IB Project Formal Presentations

Tuesday, April 23 - Catch Night 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. @ HEMS

Wednesday, April 24: Theatre Productions One Acts 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. HeMS Cafeteria

Thursday, April 25: Boys Soccer: HeMS vs. Cedar Valley @ Cedar Valley MS

Thursday, April 25: Girls Soccer: HeMS vs. Cedar Valley @ Cedar Valley MS

Friday, April 26: IB Project Formal Presentations

Friday, April 26: Honor Roll Celebration Day 6th grade @ 8:30 a.m. 7th/8th Grade @9:15 a.m.