Hernandez Happenings

Hernandez Middle School an IB Middle Years School

April 22, 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 5 weeks of school. We are preparing for our IB showcase, end of year performances and awards. There is still a lot of school left!!! Please make sure your student is present and on time to school each day. We need to finish strong!


Hernandez Heroes

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

In the News

Family Fun & Fitness Night Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Join us Tuesday April 23rd for Family Fun and Fitness Night

From 5:30-7:00

Free Entry

Free Food (while supplies last)


Free Raffle Prizes

Hope to See You There!

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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8th Grade Bridging and Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


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8th Grade EOY Field Trip

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. Please see the attached permission form for all the details. 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

IB Community Projects will be presented by our 8th graders on Tuesday, April 23. 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!

Details about presenting projects can be located on pages 17-19 of the IB Community Project Handbook. Click HERE for the digital version.

Today began the first day of our Shower Strike fundraiser for Well Aware

Well Aware has a yearly fundraising event to help them fund water projects in Africa. Hernandez and Grisham are going to participate in their Shower Strike (April 22 - 29) in an effort to draw awareness to their cause, and to help them fund the rehabilitation of a current broken well in a village in Mballawalla, Tanzania.

A water well was constructed for Mballawalla ten years ago by an organization other than Well Aware. Unfortunately it was constructed incorrectly and completely failed to continue working a year later.

Since then, the community has been forced to pull water from an from an open hole to just survive. Well Aware has designed a rehabilitation that will re-equip the system with a solar-powered submersible pump and solar panels that will keep the water clean. This system will provide enough extractable water for the 2,500-member community. In order to expand the distribution of the water to schools in the area, we will also be adding an elevated water storage. This project is in Well Aware's queue and will be completed as soon as possible (www.wellawareworld.org).

So, what is our fundraising goal? Our total goal is $6,500 - $3,250 for Hernandez and $3,250 for Grisham. That equals about $5 per student. We are hoping to beat Grisham to our goal! Students received additional information in a Shower Strike packet last week.

Click here for the letter of explanation (students have three ways to shower strike and three ways to donate).

Click here for the link to our shower strike page with up-to-the-minute progress of our fundraising efforts.

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.

  • 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


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 before school by following these expectations.

  • Cafeteria opens at 7:30 am for breakfast.

  • Enter the building through the cafeteria doors only

  • Sitting in the hallway along the wall-must have a teacher monitor

  • Must have a Pass for Library & AM tutorials .

  • Do Not Ride Skateboards, bicycles, or anything with Wheels on Campus.

  • Use the crosswalks!

  • All students will begin entering the building by 8:00 for Zero Hour.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 22 - Monday, April 29: WELL AWARE Shower Strike

Tuesday, April 23 - IB Project Formal Presentations

Tuesday, April 23 - Catch Night 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. @ HEMS

Wednesday, April 24: Theatre Productions One Acts 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. HeMS Cafeteria

Thursday, April 25: Boys Soccer: HeMS vs. Cedar Valley @ Cedar Valley MS

Thursday, April 25: Girls Soccer: HeMS vs. Cedar Valley @ Cedar Valley MS

Friday, April 26: IB Project Formal Presentations

Friday, April 26: Honor Roll Celebration Day 6th grade @ 8:30 a.m. 7th/8th Grade @9:15 a.m.

Saturday, April 27: UIL Theatre Competition @ SPHS

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