Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

April 1, 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

The district track meet was held last week and I am so proud of our student athletes. Our 7th grade girls took 4th place in the district and our 7th and 8th grade boys took 6th place in the district. Way to go Bulldogs!! We also had great success with our Water Walk! We are officially at the end of our World Water Week activities. Thank you to all who dressed up, and walked for water. Our next Well Awareness activity will be the Shower Strike (April 22-29) stay tuned for more information.


National School Breakfast Winner

Congratulations to Christian S. for winning a new bike! The giveaway was hosted by the Food Services department at every middle school in the district. Christian was chosen out of 7000 entries. WOW!!
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Track Highlights

Our District Track Meet that took place over the last two days. Our kids worked very hard all season and we were able to garner some individual awards as well as some decent team placings. Below are some of the stats:

7th Grade Girls: 4th place out of 11 schools - 10 total participants

*The three schools finishing above us each had 25 or more girls participate for them

7th grade boys: 6th place out of 11 schools - 11 total participants

*Five schools above us had no less than 20 participants each

8th Grade Boys: 6th place out of 11 schools - 10 total participants

*Five schools above us had no less than 20 participants each

The following students are DISTRICT CHAMPIONS in their respective events:

Javian Taylor - Shot Put

Serenity Lichtenstien - 100m Dash

The following students placed TOP THREE in District in their respective events:

Javian Taylor - 2nd place Discus

Simone Moore - 3rd place 200m dash

Willie Freeman - 2nd place 800m run, 2nd place Mile Run

Troy Davis - 3rd place High Jump

Simone Moore, Serinity Lichtenstien, Lorryn Johnson, Mykala Spencer - 2nd place in the 4x100m relay, 2nd place in the 4X200m relay

Terrance Showels - 3rd place Shot Put, 3rd place Discus

Peter Osagi - 2nd place High Jump, 2nd place Long Jump

Israel Gonzalez - 3rd place Mile Run

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In the News

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.

Water Walk was a Great Success

A Message from Mrs. Hinegardner-

Thank you to ALL of you who helped make Water Walk so successful!

As you plan a big event, you try to foresee all that could go awry and hope that all of the pieces come together like you have planned. However, until it is set into motion, you never know exactly what will occur. As I shared with the 8th graders, I am so proud of each and every one of them as well as students in all grades!! They were all focused and reflective of the true meaning of "walking for water." Whether they chose to walk with a water bottle, a gallon, several gallons, or for some of the students - the five gallon (forty pound) water cooler bottle, each one participated in their own way.

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.

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