Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

May 6, 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.

IB Mission

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

Please join me in thanking our AMAZING Teachers. This week is Teacher

Appreciation Week. Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. They play an essential role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their social emotional and academic success. HERNANDEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL THANKS YOU!

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8th Grade Field Trip

Due to inclement weather conditions on Wednesday, May 8th. We will now hold our 8th grade field trip at Main Event Entertainment indoors. This will be no additional cost for your child and lunch will still be provided. Students will receive an all-access pass to play games, laser tag, bowling, rock-climbing and much more fun. Although it is not required, you are more than welcome to send your child with additional spending money if you would like.

If you would like your child to participate in the rock climbing wall, please complete the online waiver at this website: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/598ce076ea427/kiosk/


Hernandez Heroes

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

In the News

Yearbook 2018/2019

Hernandez Middle School Yearbooks will be delivered to the school the week of May 6th! We have a limited number of yearbooks left to purchase - to guarantee your child a yearbook please click the link and purchase a yearbook!

Click here to buy your yearbook

Join us at the Spring Choir Concert

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Your Hernandez PTA needs YOU for the 2019-2020 school year!

If you are interested in volunteering, shadowing, or joining us as an Executive or Chair member please,

email us at: HMSPTA.COMMITTEE@gmail.com

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6th Grade Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 20, 2019

8:25 AM

7th Grade Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 20, 2019

9:15 AM

8th Grade Bridging and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


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.

Update on 8th grade IB Community Exhibition

Thank you for all who supported the IB Community Project Exhibition on Tuesday, April 30! Our 8th grade students had some amazing topics and experiences to share with the visitors of our exhibition. Even Dr. Flores, our RRISD superintendent took time out of his busy schedule to attend. This project is the culminating IB project for our 8th graders before they move on to high school experiences. Great job!!

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IB MYP Report Card

Hernandez students will be receiving their MYP report card May of 2019. It is a companion to the RRISD report card, and gives parents/guardians additional information as to how their students are performing in the eight IB school subjects. Similar to STAAR testing results, it will be a part of your students profile, but not the RRISD graded report card.

“MYP assessment standards are consistent around the world. In order to maintain the rigour for which the IB is renowned, the MYP assessment model is criterion-related. Teachers structure varied and valid assessment tasks so that students can demonstrate achievement according to objectives defined by the IB. Tasks are assessed against established criteria, not against the work of other students.

A good curriculum develops a range of student skills. The MYP encourages teachers to assess this acquired skill set, including how to succeed in written examinations. Typical MYP assessment tasks include open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations, organized debates, tests and examinations hands-on experimentation, analysis and reflection. MYP assessment is carried out by teachers, according to the criteria by the IB” (The Middle Years Programme pamphlet).

More information can be located at IBO.ORG, or by visiting the IB section of the Hernandez Middle School website HERE.

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. Be a hero in the classroom and in the halls by following these phones/electronics expectations.

  • Use phones only before school, after school, and in the cafeteria during lunches.

  • Use phones in the classroom only with teacher permission.

  • Phones are never to be used in the locker rooms or restrooms.

  • Avoid taking pictures or videos while at school.

  • All technology in the hallway must be put away - including headphones, earbuds/Airpods.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, May 6: Theatre 3 Showcase 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7: STAAR EOC Algebar 1

Tuesday, May 7: Orchestra Spring Concert 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8: Band Spring Concert 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 9: Boys Soccer: HeMS vs. Grisham @ Westwood HS

Thursday, May 9: Girls Soccer: HeMS vs. Grisham @ Westwood HS

Thursday, May 9 Choir Concert 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. @ HeMS

Friday, May 10: Orchestra/Band Gattitown Trip/Lock-in

Monday, May 13: STAAR 6th Grad Math

Monday, May 13: STAAR 7th Grade Math

Monday, May 13: STAAR 8th Grade Math Re-Test

Tuesday, May 14: STAAR 6th Grade Reading

Tuesday, May 14: STAAR 7th Grade Reading

Tuesday, May 14: STAAR 8th Grade Reading Re-Test

Wednesday, May 15: STAAR 8th Grade Science

Wednesday, May 15: Make-Up 6th and 7th Grade Only

Thursday, May 16: Boys Soccer: HeMS vs. Chisholm Trail @ HeMS

Thursday, May 16: Girls Soccer: HeMS vs. Chisholm Trail @ HeMS

Thursday, May 16: STAAR 8th Grade Social Studies

Thursday, May 16: STAAR Make-Up 6th and 7th Grade Only

Friday, May 17: STAAR Make-Up All Grades