The Weekly Growl

September 15 - 21, 2013

This Week

Monday, September 16
  • 6:00 Parent Involvement Night
  • EGGI Week - "What is College All About?" Wear your favorite college shirt.


Tuesday, September 17

  • 5:30/6:45 Football (7) vs. Ridgeview
  • 5:30/6:45 Football (8) @ Ridgeview
  • EGGI Week - "Where are You Now?" Wear Hernandez shirt.


Wednesday, September 18

  • 7:45 Dog Tag Celebration in Lecture Hall
  • EGGI Week - "Dress for Success - Where are You Going?" Students dress up as future career choice, teachers "Dress to the Nines."
  • 3:45 Committee Meetings


Thursday, September 19

  • 5:30/6:45 Volleyball (7) @ Canyon Vista
  • 5:30/6:45 Volleyball (8) vs. Canyon Vista
  • EGGI Week - Students and staff wear favorite High School shirt.


Friday, September 20

  • Day of Caring
  • 3:30 - 5:30 Back to School Dance
  • EGGI Week - "College Pride Day" Wear your favorite college colors and spirit wear.


Saturday, September 21

  • B team Volleyball Tournaments 7 @ Canyon Vista, 8 @ Deer Park




Next Week

Monday, September 23
  • Mock MYP visit


Tuesday, September 24

  • 5:30/6:45 Football (7) @ Chisholm Trail
  • 5:30/6:45 Football (8) vs. Chisholm Trail


Wednesday, September 25

  • Dress to the Nines Day
  • 1:30 Early Release
  • 1:45 Grade Level Meetings


Thursday, September 26

  • 5:30/6:45 Volleyball (7) vs. Ridgeview
  • 5:30/6:45 Volleyball (8) @ Ridgeview


Friday, September 27

  • Wear Hernandez Staff Shirt


Saturday, September 28

  • A Team Volleyball Tournaments, 7 @ Cedar Valley, 8 @ Deer Park
  • 8:00 - 1:00 MYP Bootcamp, Library







Upcoming Events

October 2 3:45 Faculty Meeting

October 4 End of First Six Weeks


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  • Ashley Brunette 10
  • Casey Gembicki 11
  • Clarissa Lopez 11
  • Michael Bergeron 23
  • Catherine Gutierrez 26
  • Kelly Hutka 26
  • Cherri Urban 27
  • Jonathan Shelby 30


Kudos to Doreen Kennedy who is the go-to girl for 8th grade ELA. Her energy and spirit keep me focused and ready for the next challenge.

- Anna Carter


Kudos to Casey Gembicki and Kristin Morgan who introduced their 8th graders to Google Apps. Kudos to all the 8th grade teachers who got emails from students and asked their students to explain the email.

- Irma Bauer


Kudos to Heather Davis for being a strong advocate for her students. She really cares and wants the best for them! She sets a good example for us all.

- Larissa Ortiz


Kudos to the FAC staff and students. Bulldog Cafe is great. Yummy food, friendly service. The kids have really grown in their customer service skills as well. Very impressive!

- Sofie Vastano


I want to give kudos to Irma Bauer. Anytime I have a question or need help with something, not only does she help me, but she is so quick to respond. I appreciate her so much.

- Patricia McDaniel


Kudos to Kim Pollini for always showing a compassionate heart!!!! ;-) She always takes the time to show she cares and will stop what she's doing to help the staff!

Kudos to Wendy Tucker and Cherri Urban for opening up the library to the orchestra on the last Fridays of each month!

- Clarissa Lopez


A big THANK YOU to Travis, Catherine and Deb for being an awesome, supportive admin team! We really do have it better than most of us realize.

Thanks to Mrs. Le for helping me feel more comfortable with the upcoming MYP visit.

- William Russell


Kudos to:

Jennifer Bloch and Natalie Reale for swapping students without complaint!

Marbel and Hilda for always smiling! It makes such a difference in my day!

Katelyn Barnhart, Kathleen Hoeber and Amber Crow for helping me find solutions!

Stephanie Stoebe and Milton Perez for getting such great data for case managers to use to write effective IEPs!

Fundogs for keeping staff morale up!

Alicia Selestino and Bob Ester, aka the dynamic duo, for being such an amazing team!

Jayson Sherman and Amber Loftis for collaborating on the best way to support a particularly challenging student!

Laurie Stauffer for keeping me in the loop and getting my back!

Laura Terry for just being Laura Terry - that girl is #awesome!

Cherri Urban for her tireless efforts to keep us motivating each other and doing everything with a smile!

Larissa Ortiz for rocking classroom celebrations and championing the process!!

- Nicky Haulotte


Kudos to Laura Terry, Caitlin Moore, and Virginia Cole for being great people, and great people to work with.

- Casey Gembicki


Kudos to...

Dr. Brennan, Ms. Gutierrez, and Mr. Mutscher for being an awesome administrative team.

Maryadele Troxler for being the best partner in crime ever.

Noemi, Hilda, Marbel, Sabi, and Evelyn for always smiling and being a bright spot for any and everyone who comes through the office.

Wendy and Cherri for always welcoming me into the library to scan and pick your brain on reading material.

Denise Blomquist for all your help with everything.

Laura Terry and Jennifer Squires for leading each of your respective departments wonderfully.

Kimberly Pollini -- loved, loved, loved the spoken word mini-performance during your advisory class.

Stephanie Stoebe for the awesome vocabulary lessons.

- Elaine Fowler


Kudos to the fun dog committee!!

Kudos to Ms.Bulnowski for being an awesome long term sub for dance and rockin' the girls off-season!!!

Kudos to Jamie Wells for helping me in my new coaching position!!

I would like to send a shout out to all the staff for welcoming me to Hernandez and for being so supportive and helpful. I feel very welcome!!

- Kelly Smith


Kudos to Ms. Loftis for having my back.

- Milton Perez










NAME: Caroline Branca POSITION AT HeMS: 7th grade math

MY FAMILY: Hubby Bill, kids Clarissa (18), Louie (16), Phillip (12)

I GREW UP IN: Rochester, NY

HS: Spencerport HS COLLEGE: Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Buffalo

FAVORITE MOVIE: Year of the Comet FAVORITE TV SHOW: Shark Tank

I CAN'T BELIEVE I WATCH: The Good Wife

IF I HAD A DIFFERENT CAREER, IT WOULD BE: Wouldn't have done anything different!

IF I COULD LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE, IT WOULD BE: Hawaii - Aloha!

FAVORITE BOOK: Cookbooks, especially Cooks Illustrated

FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST: Coldplay

DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT? Cake decorating or making jewelry

FONDEST MEMORY GROWING UP: Going to McDonald's or Burger King with Mom

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? Laura Welch Bush

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: Hawaii

FAVORITE HOME COOKED MEAL: Pizza

FAVORITE AUSTIN-AREA RESTAURANT/HANGOUT: Mandola's Market

IN MY OFF TIME, I ENJOY: Going to pool, golfing, dining with friends

WATCH TV OR READ A BOOK?: Read a book NIGHT OUT OR EVENING IN? Both

WHAT CHORE DO YOU ABSOLUTELY HATE DOING? Cleaning!

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? My dad's parents. They didn't know English and passed away when I was very young. I would have loved to know their thoughts, beliefs and interests.



NAME: Casey Shuck POSITION AT HeMS: 8th grade Math and Algebra

MY FAMILY: Wife Sarah, 2 kids, Hannah 3 and Elliot 1

I GREW UP IN: Dansville, Michigan

HS: Dansville HS COLLEGE: Michigan State University

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Princess Bride

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Breaking Bad or Big Bang Theory

I CAN'T BELIEVE I WATCH: Michigan State's ineffective offense week after week

IF I HAD A DIFFERENT CAREER, IT WOULD BE: a park ranger

IF I COULD LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE, IT WOULD BE: somewhere with mountains

FAVORITE BOOK: The Shack, 1984, Hunger Games

DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT? Woodworking

FONDEST MEMORY GROWING UP: Playing games with my dad

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: Camping where there are trees

FAVORITE HOME COOKED MEAL: My dad's eggplant parmesan

FAVORITE AUSTIN-AREA RESTAURANT/HANGOUT: Zed's

IN MY OFF TIME, I ENJOY: being with my family or working in the garage

WATCH TV OR READ A BOOK?: What's on? NIGHT OUT OR EVENING IN? In the garage

WHAT CHORE DO YOU ABSOLUTELY HATE DOING? Cleaning bathrooms



Thanks to everyone who has submitted their bio! If you haven't yet, there is still time. You should have found a bright green form in your box - fill it out and leave it in Cherri Urban's box or drop it by the library. We have extra forms if you need one, just let me know!