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A.D. Henderson University School &
FAU High School
Community Newsletter


Vol. 3, No. 8, February 2019

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

February 8
Q3 Progress Reports
February 11-15
Used Book Collection
February 15
PTO Color Run
February 18
No School - President's Day
February 20
SAB Meeting
Location TBA - 5:30P
February 22
Family Movie Night
Outdoor Courts - 6:00P
March 1
Noon Dismissal
March 11-15
Spirit Week
March 16-24
No School - Spring Break
March 25
No School - Teacher Work Day

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

January has flown by, and February will be very much the same. This past month, we had the pleasure of hosting Doug Henderson of the Henderson Society and one of the children of our namesake, Alexander D. Henderson. It was a pleasure sharing the school and the legacy of the last 50 years.

Since the start of the year, there has been a lot going on, we celebrated honor roll for the second quarter, the 100th day of school, and literacy week. We continue to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, school, and district. This past month left us beaming with pride as our students were honored in numerous academic, extracurricular, and individual student competitions, from the local spelling bee, to the regional science fair, HOSA leadership summit, Florida State Junior Thespian Festival, to the International Science Olympiad. The school was once again recognized with the Florida Green School Award. Our athletic teams are also hosting senior nights and playing in championship games, so please come out and show your support! A special thank you to all of the kindergarten dads and guardians that took time out of their busy schedules this past Friday to join their kindergarten students for breakfast. We are very grateful to our PTO, as we had a wonderful turnout for the event.

We continue our journey of continuous improvement, and have hosted numerous visitors from the US and abroad. This past week we also had a team of teachers present at FETC. This exchange helps us fulfill our mission of teaching, learning, and sharing through this reflective practice. 

I personally want to extend my gratitude to the parents and guardians that attended the last administrative coffee chat. These conversations provide tremendous insight and opportunities for us to be our best. The ideas and challenges shared are being addressed, so I will keep you posted. As for the Beautification Day, no doubt the rain kept us from working on the campus, however, a new day is being considered and will be shared when finalized.
Remember to review the weekly school announcements, that is an important outlet for upcoming events and general school information. Next week is National School Counselor Week, so look for updates and information from our counseling team. Safety will continue to be a focus for our growth. We have also recently welcomed a second school resource officer. You may see Officer Mackey in the circles, at the games, or in the halls. Please take a moment to introduce yourself, as we are very grateful to have him join our school.

Each week, month, and year provides many opportunities for growth, so we will thoughtfully pursue our path of continuous improvement.


Go Owls!


Mrs. Bees
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” --Steve Jobs

A.D. Henderson Elementary Highlight, Mrs. Rodriguez

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have been busy since returning from Winter Break!  The elementary classrooms are back in full swing.  At the beginning of the month, I was so lucky to be invited to the 1st grade classrooms to celebrate the start of 2019 with their “Noon Years Celebrations”. They spent the day setting goals for 2019 and celebrating learning.  I also had the privilege of learning so many new and interesting facts from my 2nd grade “experts”.  The students had to become an expert on a chosen topic, create a presentation, and share their “expertise” with their fellow 2nd graders. The lessons were very informative. 

Last week, we celebrated Literacy Week with tons of awesome activities. Students enjoyed a visit from an award-winning author, guest readers in the classroom (Mrs. Rodriguez & Mrs. Bees), #owlsread book bags supplied by the PTO, and reading buddies with middle school students, just to name a few.

A.D. Henderson Middle School Highlight

Financial Literacy, Kimmy Hallstrom
The 8th grade Critical Thinking Course has the distinct honor of having retired accounting professor, Sid Breman, and former FAU Assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs, Pat Breman, on campus for a few weeks to discuss financial literacy. Their approach, which was a big hit with the students, involves using the game Monopoly to teach vocabulary, a proper way to keep a ledger, attributes of the stock market, and much more. At the end of the lessons, not only will students have a better understanding of basic financial concepts, but they will also gain a higher appreciation for the adults at home to manage the financial aspects of the household.

Traveling Chemistry Lab
Ms. Milu’s science class got really exciting when Mr. Koch visited! He demonstrated the elements of various gases, components of the Periodic Table, and reactions to heat. As the kids would say, his demonstration was “lit” - Pun intended.

Frog Dissection
While many schools wait until 8th or 9th grade to introduce dissection, we get our young surgeons started with frog dissection in 6th Grade Science with Mrs. Daniels and Mrs. Milu.

Don't Forget to Check Grades in FOCUS!
3rd Quarter Interim Reports are just around the corner. If your child is struggling in a subject, be sure they reach out to their teacher for assistance ASAP. If new organizational methods are needed, they can always see Mrs. Hallstrom for extra help!

Celebrating Literacy Week
Our 8th graders in Mrs. Anderson’s class loved reading to their Kindergarten partners.

FAU High School Highlight

HOSA Competes at Winter Leadership Conference, Dr. Amy Tift
FAU High School's HOSA (Future Health Professionals) team competed in the Winter Leadership Conference on Monday, January 28th. We had 25 9th-11th grade students attend and FAU High School students placed 14 times in the competitions, which was a fantastic result for our first year as a club! Students that placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd automatically move onto the state competition in Orlando, FL this March.

Special thanks to our officers, Hannah Phelps and Angelina Smith (Co-Presidents), Nicholas Pizzo (Secretary), Vivek Sreejihkumar (Treasurer), and team captains, Tiffany Zhang, Daniela Ricardo, Chloe Joseph, Leah Dublino, Marvelle D'Souza, and Melanie Caicedo.

Below are the results:

5th Place:

Aden Eagle - Researched Persuasive Writing

Manal Imran - Pharmacology

Neha Madamanchi - Dental Terminology

Mario Molina - Medical Math

Nicole Neginsky & Kiran Shirazi - Forensic Medicine Team

Zachary Pizzo - Nutrition

4th Place:

Melanie Caicedo - Human Growth and Development

Victoria Karaluz - Pharmacology

3rd Place:

Imtisal Imran - Medical Reading

2nd Place:

Sarina Gomes - Veterinary Science

1st Place:

Leah Dublino - Nutrition

Nicholas Pizzo - Medical Terminology

Tiffany Zhang - Pathophysiology

FAU High School Highlight

FAU High Science Fair Winners, Robin Barkes
Our FAU High students shined at the Palm Beach County Science and Engineering Fair. The following students took home top awards:
Hannah Herbst – 1st place in Biomedical and Health Sciences and best in show
Julianna Lian – 1st place Biochemistry
Alexis Base – 3rd place in Engineering
Vithu Suthakaran – 2nd place in Environmental Engineering

Hannah and Vithu were also selected for the Regeneron Science Talent Search and both earn $2000 for their outstanding work in research. They now could qualify as one of the top 40 Finalists and potentially win $25,000 each!  Good luck Hannah and Vithu!

Upcoming School Reminders

PTO Update

On Friday, the PTO hosted the annual Kindergarten Father’s Day Breakfast. A wonderful time was had by all! Many thanks to the dads, volunteers, and student-athletes that took time out of their busy days to participate in the event.

February 22nd, kicks off the annual Color Run. Students will run on March 15th, so there are plenty of opportunities to secure sponsorship. We are also looking for donations for the annual on-line school auction. Finally, mark your calendars for May 4th, as we will celebrate 50 years of Henderson with an adult-only evening event off campus at . Please check out the details on the PTO website or reach out to your PTO if you have questions on any of these events.
You can always support the PTO by sending in your Box Tops and shopping at Office Depot, Target, or Amazon. These contributors help us raise funds to support the school, faculty, and staff with resources, classroom supplies, technology, sports equipment, and many other school needs.
Every family is encouraged to join the ADHUS PTO, as well as attend events and meetings. You can reach the PTO via e-mail at or by phone 561-297-0491. For more information about the PTO, FAU exclusive ticket packages, or Spirit Items, please register and visit our PTO website

Henderson After School Program - HASP News

Just a reminder, February fees are due by Feb. 8th; late fees will be added after that date. Also, during the general student dismissal process, no one may park in the circles. If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, or if you would like more information, please contact

Spelling Bee Results!

The annual School Spelling Bee took place the last week of January. Congratulations spelling bee participants and school winners! Champions for the Elementary Bee are Caitlin O’Sullivan and Benjamin Slive. The Secondary Bee winners, Mateo Rey and Maryam Inram will represent the school at the Regional Scripps Bee in Palm Beach. Congrats to all of our class winners and good luck to the champs at regionals!

Elementary Bee
Kindergarten - Asher Brammer, Ethan Daniels
First Grade - Adelyn Bautista, Jason Jacobson, Alexander Metcalf
Second Grade - Cayd Grotowski, Hannah Hess, Angela Ostheimer
Third Grade - Paxton Cava, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Benjamin Slive

Secondary Bee
Fourth Grade - Maya Bourak, Marina Joseph, Alexander Labonia
Fifth Grade - Annie Delgado, Tanvi Desai, Emmanuelle Dornevil
Sixth Grade - Nicholas Ostheimer, Mateo Rey, Lyssa Rodrigues, Colton Smith-Nash
Seventh Grade - Graham Herkenrath, Maryam Imran, Valentina Pena, Kayla Walsh
Eighth Grade - Nathanaelle Dornevil, Giulia Fuentes, Nathan Tito, Elise Young

Yearbook Personalization 

SLA Parent Newsletter

Each month our cafeteria service, SLA Management, features a newsletter with health and nutrition information, upcoming features, and other interesting articles.

Upcoming State Required Tests

Students in 8th grade just participated in the NAEP test on January 31st. We are a Florida public school district and will participate in all state tests. The FSA Writing Test is scheduled for the beginning of April. As you plan your second semester, please keep testing dates in mind. Students in grades 3-12 will take a variety of state standardized tests based on student grade and scheduled courses. Students in grades 3-6 will be paper-based testing, and students in grades 7-12 are computer-based testing. Official testing letters for all students will be sent home next Friday, February 8th, with specific days and subjects for grade level testing. The attached overview only indicates which days and grades your students will be testing and is subject to changing as needs change. If you have any specific test-related questions, please direct them to Gina Sands at

ACCESS Testing

English Language Learner (ELL) students in our ESOL Program will soon be taking their state required ACCESS testing. The testing window runs from January 28th- March 22. All active ELL students must take this assessment which tests speaking, listening, reading and writing. Be on the lookout for an Informational flyer which will be sent home soon with your child.  If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsay Tolerton at

FAU High School Research Program

This week our 9th-grade students will participate in a small “facial feedback” experiment to observe how facial expressions influence stress. Our upperclassmen students are working tirelessly at their research so that they can present (and hopefully win) at this year’s Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

OPK12 Research Committee/Research Collaborations

A month into the semester and we are starting to get busier with both new and continuing research collaboration. So far, we have one research project currently in place but look out for flyers and consent forms from other studies in the very near future:

  • Katy Brooks and Dr. Nancy Jones from FAU’s Department of Psychology are studying how well children can recognize emotions to better understand how social skills and emotional abilities develop in children. Flyers and parental consent forms have been distributed to K-3rd graders. If you choose to allow your child to participate, you can contact the researcher directly at

If you have any questions about any future studies or generally about research being conducted at our school, please contact us at

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies Update

Robot Drone League

Congratulations to FAU High School for their 1st place win at the Robot Drone League Championship! The RDL season ended in December. A special thank you to Tech Garage for hosting this fantastic event!

Elementary Competitive First Lego League Club

The First Lego League Club competed in their first tournament on Sunday, January 20. Congratulations to team Owlstranats who won 1st place for Robot Design and 1st Place for their Robot Performance. Also, congratulations to team Space Invaders who won 3rd place overall and will be moving on to the Regional competition February 23. Thank you to Krista Marin and all the amazing parent volunteers that helped with this event!


We will be hosting two SeaPerch competitions this year, February 8-9 and March 8-9. A special thank you to Mr. Nance and Ms. Sutton who have been busy training the students for these tournaments. If anyone is interested in volunteering, for any of these events, please sign up through the PTO website.


Our elementary SECME teams will compete March 2, 2019. The middle and high school SECME competition will be held April 6. Both competitions will be held at Santaluces High School. Thank you to Mr. Nance and Mrs. Kasten who have been guiding the students throughout the year to prepare for these competitions. 


The FRC team will be traveling to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their first tournament of the season. The  event runs from February 27- March 2.  Go Owls!!

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Owls Athletics

Our Winter Sport Seasons are off to a great start.  Please check our website or follow us on Twitter @AthleticOwls to keep up-to-date with our teams. 
As our season is finishing up, we have celebrated our Senior Soccer Student-Athletes this past week. 

Boys Basketball will be hosting a Senior Night Game on 2/7 vs John Carroll Christian School 6:30pm @ DS Sportplex in Deerfield Beach. Good luck to our Girls HS Basketball Team as the compete in their District Tournament beginning 2/5.  Boys District Tournament will be starting 2/11
HS Track and Tennis has begun. Their schedules can be found on our athletic website (
MS Track and Field Tryouts will be 2/6, 2/7, and 2/11 from 3-4pm @ Henderson.  If you have not turned in a physical form already, please make sure to turn it in prior to trying out.
MS Swim will be starting the beginning of March.

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Vision Statement

A.D. Henderson & FAU High School is a national exemplary model for school systems and teacher preparation programs improving education for diverse student populations through innovative, faculty-developed research and curriculum.

Mission Statement

The school has a three-fold mission of (1) being a demonstration site for teacher education; (2) developing curricula; (3) conducting research.
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