SPC Rafael Hernando III Middle School has been designated a Texas Schools to Watch campus by the Texas Middle School Association (TMSA) for its high-performance, clear focus on academic growth, and ensuring every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education.
“I’m extremely proud of SPC Rafael Hernando III Middle School for earning this great honor,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “Being named a Texas School to Watch campus, highlights the commitment to excellence in the Cavalier community. Hernando embodies what Team SISD is all about — offering students endless opportunities for academic success.”
The campus is one of seven Texas schools to be selected as a model by the TMSA. The school will be recognized at the association’s annual conference, where Hernando Middle School administrators will present strategies to other middle school educators throughout the state about their ongoing record of student achievement and the unique challenges of their student populations.
“This recognition truly validates our campus commitment to provide timely assistance and interventions so that all our scholars achieve at high levels. Moreover, it is wonderful to see the hard work and dedication of our amazing Cavalier teachers and instructional support team celebrated,” said Venessa Betancourt, Hernando Middle School Principal. “I am honored to work alongside with the best educators and scholars in West Texas and proud to represent Team SISD.”
The campus also was recognized for its strong leadership and highly effective staff that works together to improve curriculum and instruction for students and remains highly committed to assessment and accountability for continuous improvement.