Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School
February 25, 2019
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.
Message from Dr. Ephlin, Principal
Anaja is a new bulldog to our Hernandez family, but she has fit in perfectly as a HERO. She is helpful inside and outside the classroom environment and always willing to take on an extra step to succeed! Way to go Anaja! Anaja attended Bluebonnet Elementary.
Jaydon is an enthusiastic self-starter with an amazing scholastic aptitude. He always completes his work on time, has a positive attitude, and encourages his classmates. He is a leader in the classroom and is always ready to take each investigation to the next level. Congratulations Jaydon! Jaydon attended Double File Trail Elementary.
Excellence - Elizabeth always takes great pride in her work and her behavior is also great. Elizabeth attended Herrington Elementary.
Wyatt always does well in class with behavior and academics. Wyatt attended Double File Trail Elementary.
Julius thank you for being respectful we truly appreciate it.
Savannah your respect shows and is an example for others. Savannah attended Double File Trail Elementary.
Track Athletes of the Week
The track athletes of the week are:
Simone M. (1st place high jump, 200m, 4X200 relay; 2nd place 100m)
Serenity L. (1st place 100m, 4X200 relay; 2nd place 200m)
Kylie B. (2nd place 100m, 4X200 relay; 3rd place 200m; 4th place high
Javian T. (1st place shot put, discus; 2nd place 4X200 relay)
Azalie B. (1st place 100m; 2nd place 200m; 5th place high jump)
Maribel D. (2nd place 100m, 4X200 relay; 4th place 200m)
Ray Jean M. (1st triple jump; 2nd 4X200 relay; 3rd high jump; 4th 100m)
Terrance S. (2nd 100m hurdles, 2nd discus; 3rd shot put; 5th 300m hurdles)
HeMS Awarded Grant from City of Austin's Office of Sustainability
Ms. Tucker, our school librarian, received a $1450 grant from the City of Austin’s
Office of Sustainability. The grant is to help restore our school garden and create a
welcoming place for students and staff. Mrs. Cole and our FAC students will be
working hard to make the garden beautiful and sustainable.
In the News
Black History Celebration
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions please feel free to call me at 512-424-8817.
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.
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 #2 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.
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.
- March 6 (Wednesday) - IB FLEX - Well Aware 6th grade presentation on culture and Sub-Saharan Africa
- March 13 (Wednesday) - IB FLEX - Follow-up/ check-in with 8th graders on IB Community Projects (beginning of phase 4 - reflection/ tri-board/ presentation/ exhibition)
- Week of March 25 - 29 - WORLD WATER WEEK/ Dress-up days
- March 26 (Tuesday) - WATER WALK with Well Aware (in PE/ Health classes - a hands-on experience for our students of what students in Tanzania have to do when they carry water for their family).
- 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.
Be a HERO
- Go, Flush, Wash, and Leave
- Respect the Privacy of Others
- Put Electronics and Headphones Away
- Keep Hands, Feet, and Objects to Themselves
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
Friday, March 1: Bulldog Bash
Tuesday, March 6: Choir UIL Concert & Sight Reading @ Georgetown ISD PAC
Thursday, March 7: HeMS Track Meet @ Walsh Middle School
Friday, March 8: Honor Roll Celebration Day 6th Grade 8:30 a.m. 7th/8th Grade 9:15 a.m.
Friday March 8: 8th Grade Formal Dance 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Monday, March 11: Theatre 1 Showcase #1 Dress Rehearsal 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 11: Theatre 1 Showcase #1 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12: Theatre 1 Showcase #2 Dress Rehearsal 2:00-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12: Theatre 1 Showcase #2 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13: Theatre 1 Showcase #3 Dress Rehearsal 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13: Theatre 1 Showcase #3 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 14: HeMS Track Meet @ Stony Point High School
Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22: Spring Break