Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

April 29, 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

We are still working hard as we approach these final 4 weeks of school. We had an amazing IB showcase last week, and we surpassed our goal for the Shower Strike. Please look ahead to our upcoming events. There is still a lot of school left!!! Please make sure your student is present and on time to school each day. We will finish strong!


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 13th. 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

Dance Spring Show Wednesday, May 1, 2019

From 7:00pm


Stony Point High School


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


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8th Grade EOY Field Trip - Permission Slip Deadline Has Passed.

All eighth graders are invited to attend the upcoming eighth grade field trip with certain

expectations, established guidelines and understanding that it is an earned privilege.

The Hernandez Middle School eighth grade field trip will take place on Wednesday, May

8th at the Twin Lakes Family YMCA. If you have any questions please feel free to contact ladee_maxie@roundrockisd.org

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 Projects

The exhibition of the projects will take place on Tuesday, April 30 (from 9-10 am) in our school cafeteria. Please join us in a morning of celebration as our 8th grade students show you what they have accomplished this year!

Update on Shower Strike fundraiser for Well Aware

Grisham Middle School and Hernandez Middle School have been participating in a joint school-wide IB Community Project during the 2018-2019 school year. Dana Browning and Emilee Hinegardner, both IB MYP Coordinators set out to bring our schools together with a common goal in mind. We partnered with Austin non-profit Well Aware and had each of our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes participate in inquiry, action, and service throughout the year.

To kick off World Water Week, 1500 students “Walked for Water.” This was an experience where they carried water in their Physical & Health Education classes – similar to the countries where access to water is limited. Round Rock Independent School District documented the event with this video.

Last week, students from both schools participated in a “Shower Strike” – Well Aware’s yearly fundraiser. This was designed to bring awareness of the importance of water conservation and an opportunity for students to fundraise to fix a broken well in Mbalawala, Tanzania. Our joint goal was to raise $6,500 ($3,250 each school) for this well rehabilitation. We met (and far surpassed our goal)!!! Together, we raised $13,372 ~ almost double our goal!

Due to the generosity of students, parents, and the community, 1,337 people will now have access to CLEAN water. That's worth celebrating - to know that we had a direct effect bettering the lives of so many!!

Here are several Shower Strike TV news stories from last week’s fundraising event:


2. Spectrum News


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

Tuesday, April 30: IB Community Project Exhibition

Tuesday, April 30: Dance Tech Rehearsal @ HeMS 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1: Dance Spring Show 7:00-9:00 p.m. @ SPHS

Thursday, May 2: Boys Soccer: HeMS vs. C.D. Fulkes @ HeMS

Thursday, May 2: Girls Soccer: HeMS vs. C.D. Fulkes @ HeMS

Friday, May 3: Orchestra/Band lock-in 7th and 8th Grade