Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

May 20, 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.

IB Mission

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

It's the last week of the 2018-2019 school year. We are excited to welcome the Stony Point High School Seniors on Tuesday morning as they take their final walk as RRISD students. This week we will celebrate our Bulldogs at grade level ceremonies and recognize our eighth graders at their bridging ceremony on Wednesday. I am so proud to be the principal of Hernandez Middle School and look forward to a fantastic 2019-2020 school year. Please be safe and have a great Summer Break it will be August 15th (the first day of school) before you know it!!
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Hernandez Heroes

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

In the News

Yearbook 2018/2019

Yearbooks have arrived!!! We will distribute the 2018-2019 Yearbooks (until we sell out). You can still buy a yearbook for $30.00. Pick up order forms in room 618 or the main office. Don't wait until it's too late!

Summer Hours

In order to reduce energy usage and costs, Round Rock ISD will once again implement a four-day summer work schedule. The four-day schedule will begin the week of June 7 and continue through July 26th, with official business hours of Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and closed on Fridays. Ms. Yanez and I will be on vacation from June 22nd until July 7th. The entire district will be closed for those two weeks. If you have questions or need to come by, please don't hesitate to stop by. The main phone number is 512-424-8000.
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8th Grade Bridging and Awards Ceremony

8th Grade Bridging and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


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.

IB MYP Report Card

Hernandez students will be receiving their MYP report card May of 2019. It is a companion to the RRISD report card, and gives parents/guardians additional information as to how their students are performing in the eight IB school subjects. Similar to STAAR testing results, it will be a part of your students profile, but not the RRISD graded report card.

“MYP assessment standards are consistent around the world. In order to maintain the rigour for which the IB is renowned, the MYP assessment model is criterion-related. Teachers structure varied and valid assessment tasks so that students can demonstrate achievement according to objectives defined by the IB. Tasks are assessed against established criteria, not against the work of other students.

A good curriculum develops a range of student skills. The MYP encourages teachers to assess this acquired skill set, including how to succeed in written examinations. Typical MYP assessment tasks include open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations, organized debates, tests and examinations hands-on experimentation, analysis and reflection. MYP assessment is carried out by teachers, according to the criteria by the IB” (The Middle Years Programme pamphlet).

More information can be located at IBO.ORG, or by visiting the IB section of the Hernandez Middle School website HERE.

Fostering Success

Changes for 2019-2020

Next year we will open the doors for students to enter the building at 7:45. This will allow students the opportunity to receive before school tutorials. Students may go to tutoring, eat breakfast or wait in the hallway until the bell rings at 8:15. Our school day will begin as usual at 8:20.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 21: Theatre Banquet 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22: 8th Grade Bridging and Award Ceremony 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 23: EOY Student Celebration / Last Day of School

Thursday, August 15: First Day of School 2019/2020 School Year