Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

February 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

This past week we celebrated National School Counselor's Week. School counselors are truly superheroes.They are dedicated to the academic, career and social/emotional development of students, and seek ways to engage and inspire the heart of every child. Thank you for all you do Ms. Cohen and Mr. Swords.
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Hernandez Heroes

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

In the News

Teacher of the Year

Hernandez Middle has chosen Nicole Hawkins, 6th grade math teacher as the 2020 Teacher of the Year!! Ms Hawkins is very involved in our school community not only as a math teacher but a basketball coach, and club sponsor. Ms. Hawkins also serves on our campus committee that helps to promote a positive culture for students and teachers. Congratulations Ms. Hawkins.
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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

"What Will IB? Day?" Field Trip - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Middle school should be a time of exploring and dreaming about the future. Young people can’t become what they can’t see. The more students - especially those from underserved communities - are exposed to various career options in a real-world setting, they are on a path that has the power to change lives.

Hernandez Middle School and United Way of Williamson County want to change the odds so that all young people have choices and are successful. Together, we are working to provide a wide range of experiences that allow students to imagine themselves working for a tech company or a research lab or owning a successful house cleaning business. Over twenty local businesses will be hosting our students next week. For those remaining on campus, we also have several companies coming to HEMS. It should be very informational for our students.

8th Grade IB Community Project UPDATE:

Students are applying the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout their years at Hernandez Middle School and are completing independent community service projects. IB strives to help all students develop deeper understandings of the world in which they live through helping in their local communities. The students should have finished phase one of the project and are ready to check in with their project supervisors for phase 2. Keep up the great work 8th graders!

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

Monday, February 11: Pre-UIL Orchestra Rehearsal 3:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12: What Will IB Day

Tuesday, February 12: Pre-UIL Orchestra Rehearsal 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, February 18: Student Holiday/Staff Development

Tuesday, February 19: Student Holiday/Staff Development

Wednesday, February 20: Black History Month Celebration 2:45-3:35 p.m.

Thursday, February 21: Black History Month Celebration 2:45-3:35 p.m.

Thursday, February 21: HeMS Track Meet at Cedar Valley MS

Thursday, February 21: Choir Pre-UIL 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Stony Point HS

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