Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

March 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.


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

I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break! Can you believe it's almost April! Please make sure to take note of the Water Week activities in the IB corner. We are excited to partner with Well Aware a non-profit that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to water scarcity and contamination in Africa. Tuesday-Wear Blue; Wednesday-Wear Bright Colors; Thursday-Dress like a Scientist; and Friday-Wear Rain boots and Rainbows. This is going to be a great week.


Hernandez Heroes

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

In the News

Stony Point High School Boys & Girls Soccer Camp - June 3-6 8a.m.-12p.m.

School Health

Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students,

Students are required to have the following immunizations before entering 7th grade:

  • 1 dose Tdap (if an immunization containing tetanus has not been received in the last 5 years)

  • 1 dose meningococcal vaccine (MCV4)

Your 6th grade student will have an opportunity to receive Tdap and/or MCV4 immunization(s) at school during the school day on Monday, April 1, 2019, with no cost to parents if he/she has not yet received these vaccines. This in-school immunization clinic is being sponsored by Healthy Schools. If you are interested in having your student receive his/her immunizations on the above stated day at school, please print the attached consent form(s) and return the completed form(s) to the school nurse no later than March 27, 2019. Note that each vaccine requires a separate consent form. Sixth grade students will be unable to receive these immunizations at school on the above date without properly completed and signed consent forms.

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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 Corner


On March 6, our 6th graders participated in a presentation about the culture of Sub-Saharan Africa. Our 6th graders are currently studying Sub-Saharan Africa in their Individuals & Societies class and have read A Long Walk to Water (novel) in their Literature & Language class.

Well Aware, the non-profit that Hernandez has partnered with for our school-wide service project this year, invited Theodosia, a woman from their organization who grew up in Tanzania, to speak to our 6th grade students. Theodosia carried water for her family when she was young, and she gave the students a first-hand account of what it was like.

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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.

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.

We are currently working on completing the fourth and final phase of the project (reflection/ presentation/ exhibition).

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.

All 8th graders will meet with Ms. H (IB Coordinator) on Wednesday, March 27 for IB FLEX. She will be giving them an update on where they should be in their IB Community Project and how to finish over the remaining FOUR weeks of the project timeline.

Note: All 8th grade students must register through their supervisor by Friday, April 12 for the presentation and exhibition their IB Community Project.

Project presentations will take place on Tuesday, April 23 and the IB Community Project Exhibition will take place on Tuesday, April 30 (9:00-10:00 am - All parents, guardians, grandparents, etc. are welcome to come celebrate the achievement of our 8th grade students).

Students completing their IB Community Projects will be awarded an IB MYP Certificate recognizing them for completing all of the IB requirements. The IB Community Project grade will also be a part of the IB report card coming in May of 2019.

Have a discussion with your 8th grader on where they are in the process and what they need help with in order to finish. If they are behind, they still have time to make a plan and complete the necessary steps.

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 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


Please talk to your student about the importance of walking straight to class. It is important for students to be on time and ready to learn. Students only have four minutes in between classes. This is plenty of time for students to get to their next class if they go straight there. However, if students are talking with friends, and or in hallways where they shouldn't be they risk the chance of being tardy. Please help us ensure your child is maximizing their learning.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 18 - Friday, March 22: Spring Break

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29: World Water Week

Wednesday, March 27: District Track Meet @ Round Rock High School 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 28: District Track Meet 4:00-6:00 p.m. @ Round Rock High School

Thursday, March 28: Beginner Orchestra & Mariachi Festival 7: p.m. @ Stony Point HS

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