Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

February 25, 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

Last week I had the opportunity to see our Choir students perform at the Pre-UIL Choir competition. While this was only practice our students were poised and focused. They did an amazing job! Thank you to Dr. Martinez, Choir Director for all of her hard work in preparing these students to do their very best. Also, last week students participated in the Black History Assemblies. We had our very own jazz band perform, Stony Point High School Steppers, a performance of the spoken word entitled "Soul Food" and Ms. Blue, 7th grade ELA teacher sang her heart out in a powerful rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing". Thank you to everyone who helped make the assembly such a great success. It was an amazing week here at HeMs.


Hernandez Heroes

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

Track Athletes of the Week

We had a great showing from many of our student athletes this week. They represented Hernandez with class by displaying appropriate behavior and sportsmanship at their first track meet.

The track athletes of the week are:

7th Grade:

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)

8th Grade:

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)

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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.

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In the News

Black History Celebration

This past week Hernandez Middle School Students participated in our Black History Month celebration. Students from the Hernandez Jazz Band, Choir, and Theatre performed, along with our very own Ms. Blue singing "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing". Hernandez welcomed Ms. Lisa Jordan, a parent from Stony Point High School, who gave a spoken word and the Stony Point Step team performed.

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

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.

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 restroom students show they are a HERO when they:

  • Go, Flush, Wash, and Leave
  • Respect the Privacy of Others
  • Put Electronics and Headphones Away
  • Keep Hands, Feet, and Objects to Themselves

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Upcoming Events

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