Welcome to the Hernandez IB Middle Years Programme

All of our 6th-8th grade children are part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), a 3 year international program for students aged 11-16. We are very proud of our IB MYP, and we encourage our students to go on to IB high schools to complete the DP in 11th-12th grade, especially at our IB feeder school, Stony Point High School. Studies have shown that students who are enrolled in IB have a better chance of going to and staying in college.

Community & Service Early Release

All of our 8th graders will participate in a Community Project this school year. 8th graders can work in groups of up to 3 or individually. We here at Hernandez are very excited to see what our 8th graders will come up with this year. Fundraising has already started for an orphanage outreach project!

All of our students will participate in community, service and action. Our next Community Day will be September 28, 2016. We have had guest speakers such as Mobile Loaves and Fishes that spoke about Community First! a sustainable community built for the homeless of Austin.

Global Context

Community Projects

Community Projects

What is the Community Project?

In the community project, students develop a proposal for action to serve the need in the community. This proposal for action can take many forms, and should address the goal defined as part of objective A. Students may create a written proposal, flow charts, thought mapping, diagrams, or any variety of forms to record their proposal for action. This should be recorded in their process journals and addressed in their oral presentations. The MYP community project (for students in year 3) aim to encourage and enable sustained inquiry within a global context that generates new insights and deeper understanding. In these culminating experiences, students develop confidence as principled, lifelong learners. They grow in their ability to consider their own learning, communicate effectively and take pride in their accomplishments.

As you evolve through the service learning process, you may engage in one or more types of action through the Community Project:

  • Direct service: You will have interaction that involves people, the environment or animals. Examples include one-on-one tutoring, developing a garden alongside refugees, or teaching dogs behaviours to prepare them for adoption.
  • Indirect service: Although you do not see the recipients during indirect service, you have verified that your actions will benefit the community or environment. Examples include redesigning an organization’s website, writing original picture books to teach a language, or raising fish to restore a stream.
  • Advocacy: You speak on behalf of a cause or concern to promote action on an issue of public interest. Examples include initiating an awareness campaign on hunger in the community, performing a play on replacing bullying with respect, or creating a video on sustainable water solutions.
  • Research: You collect information through varied sources, analyze data and report on a topic of importance to influence policy or practice. Examples include conducting environmental surveys to influence your school, contributing to a study of animal migration patterns, or compiling the most effective means to reduce litter in public spaces.

Community Project Plan
Global Contexts
KUT.org Get Involved
DoSomething.org Campaigns
Service Ideas


Your project will be assessed using the following criteria:

Criterion A Investigating Maximum 8
Criterion B Planning Maximum 8
Criterion C Taking Action Maximum 8
Criterion D Reflecting Maximum 8


In the MYP, objectives correspond to assessment criteria. Each criterion has eight possible achievement levels (1–8), divided into four bands that generally represent limited (1–2); adequate (3–4); substantial (5–6); and excellent (7–8) performance. Each band has its own unique descriptor that teachers use to make “best-fit” judgments about students’ progress and achievement.

>> Sample Rubric


The Community Project Exhibition will take place during second semester 2016 during the school day. The eighth graders will present their community project along with Grisham Middle School at Round Rock High School. Students will prepare their presentations following the completion of their projects!

Students just think of your project display as an organized presentation and display of a selection of items. This is a great opportunity to help prepare for high school that is a semester away. Any questions please ask Mrs. Le the IB Coordinator @ mailto:desiree_le@roundrockisd.org

Process Journal

Process Journal Guidance

You are required to keep a process journal for your community project. Your process journal should have all your rough ideas (even if your ideas change over the duration of the project), rough drawings, etc. It is a practical workbook. Record your progress in the journal, and use your notes/drawings to reflect on your ideas, achievements, obstacles, etc.

Here are some headings you could use to help provide a structure to your journal, ensuring you make best use of the journaling process.

Work completed this week – this section should detail all aspects of work completed on the community project in the week.
Resources consulted – you can record bibliographical details in this section. You should also record details of any conversations that took place with sources relating to the project.
Challenges / difficulties faced – you should detail obstacles and indicate how you did or intend to deal with them.
Evaluation of progress – This is where you should refer to your initial goals and indicate whether or not you are achieving them. You may also identify any areas that need improvement at this stage.

A typical journal entry might look like this:
September 23, 2013 I discussed my essay plans again with my supervisor, as I am thinking I would like to adapt them to include more examples. Problem is, if I do that, it will become too long. After discussions and thinking it over, I have decided to cut one of my subtopics in order to leave space for more examples. Over the next week, I need to decide which sub topic to cut, and start researching for more examples. I will start with the library, and then search the internet. Next holidays, I plan to visit the museum and public library to get ideas and check for more resources.

You may choose to write your journal in a Process Journal book or you can use the journal template provided online through ManageBac if you prefer to type your Process Journal. You must however, make bookings with your Supervisor via ManageBac.
Link to Managebac for your process journal:  https://hernandez.managebac.com/login
You will use your student gmail email address and self-selected password to login. 
Video to help you understand what your process journal should look like.

IB Council

Students in grades 6-8 who love community service, school advocacy and all things IB for Hernandez! One meeting each month!

Who can Join – All grade levels

Contact: Desiree Le, IB Coordinator, 512-424-8816

All of our 6th-8th grade children are part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), a 3 year international program for students aged 11-16. We are very proud of our IB MYP, and we encourage our students to go on to IB high schools to complete the DP in 11th-12th grade, especially at our IB feeder school, Stony Point High School. Studies have shown that students who are enrolled in IB have a better chance of going to and staying in college.

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.

Hernandez Middle School IB Policies

IB Resources
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit the following links:

The Innovation Grant Computers will be on our campus at the end of the second semester! In order to check out one of these Chromebook computer carts you will need to teach an IB interdisciplinary lesson. Please attach a link to your lesson along with a computer assignment sheet to get one of these carts! The computer assignment sheet will allow us to know which student has the computer during which class! You can begin reserving the computer carts today for December. Please let the IB Coordinator or ITS know if you have any questions!

Reservation Links:

Learner Profile Award Ceremony

Every six weeks Hernandez Middle hosts a Learner Profile award ceremony to honor students in their demonstration of one of the ten learner profile traits. The learner profile traits are caring, inquirer, knowledgeable, open-minded, principled, balanced, thinker, reflective, risk-taker and communicator.

The student of the month is selected for demonstrating a Learner Profile attribute at Hernandez Middle School from a nominating teacher.  Teachers include a brief description of the student’s actions that support this nomination.  A formal invitation is mailed to the parents along with a phone call to formally invite them to participate in the award ceremony. Award certificate, letter and learner profile dog tags are then presented to the student during the Learner Profile Student of the Six Weeks Ceremony.


Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on and articulate on the process of learning. ATL skills are most powerful when teachers plan and students engage with them in connection with significant and relevant content knowledge to develop transferable understanding.