Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

March 11, 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

We have had another great week at Hernandez. Our mixed choir received Sweepstakes recognition, top honors in UIL competition, our student athletes continue to challenge themselves in Track and Field and our eighth graders were treated to a fabulous night at their formal dance thanks to our PTA. As our campus looks at current processes we have identified several areas for improvement, one in particular is discipline. This week a group of staff members will be attending training in restorative practices. This group of teachers will be charged with making recommendations to the campus leadership team for the purpose of improving discipline processes and equity.


Hernandez Heroes

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

Bailes de Mi Tierra Competition

Our girls and boys Folklorico dancers competed at Round Rock High School. Congratulations to Israel Gonzalez on his first place award for his solo. Thank you Mr. Sanchez for your time directing these students.
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Mixed Choir Earns Sweepstakes at UIL Competition

7th and 8th grade mixed choir earned the top rating in UIL competition last week. This means every judge in both concert and sight reading gave our students a Superior rating. Congratulations students and Dr. Martinez.
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In the News

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

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.

All 8th graders will meet with Ms. H (IB Coordinator) on Wednesday, March 13 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 six weeks of the project timeline. 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).

Have a discussion with your 8th grader on where they are in the process and what they need help with in order to finish. They should be meeting with their supervisor to complete Checkpoint #3 starting this week. 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


Tardies to first period will be added as part of your child's daily tardy record. Please remember students earn detention for tardies as follows:

3 Tardies-1 hour detention

6 Tardies-2 hour detention

9 Tardies-3 hour detention

Also, you must have less than 4 tardies to attend the Bulldog Bash.

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Upcoming Events

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

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 @ Round Rock High School