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


Vol. 5, No. 2, October 2020

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

October 13
High School Transition Night
Zoom Meeting - 5:00p

October 17
11th Grade Only

November 11
Veteran's Day



September was a busy month as students and faculty began to fill the halls of our school. It has been incredible to see all of your smiling expressions, from your face covering, up, as we start to welcome you back. With October unfolding, I can't wait to greet more and more of you as we continue to phase students into campus. Our faculty and staff have been working hard to make your return a safe and fun experience. 

They say that the light shines brightest in the dark, which is no exception to our school community. We are proud to announce that FAU High School is the Top Public School in Florida for National Merit Semifinalists. To become a National Merit Semifinalist, you must be among the highest score entrant in each state. More than 1.5 million high school juniors take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test, making this selection no easy task. This year, FAU High School has 34 students receiving this distinction. Congratulations Owls! We can't wait to see what lies ahead within this competition and beyond. 

I can't express how proud I am of the faculty and staff at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School who, in the past month, have received distinguished awards, grants, and recognition. These honors come from Extra Yard for Teachers, Golden Bell, Go Reach School-wide STEM, and Go Tech Lab. Awards such as these celebrate their hard work and dedication while providing funding to further faculty and staff research, education, and roles as educators within the classroom. Congratulations!

Our walls reverberate with excitement as we move forward with this incredibly unique school year. Please take a moment with this newsletter to see how our classrooms and teachers have experienced this past month. From creating a vast digital library, new STEM projects heading your way, the start of athletics, and competitions - we look forward to a continued successful year.

We hope to see you all soon!

#owlsimpact #owlsignite

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

PTO Business Sponsorship Program Sponsors

Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt
Builders Plus Tilt Up Contractor

We are excited to continue offering an opportunity to make a lasting impact through the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund. This year, we instituted a crowdfunding platform that will allow you to easily share the annual fund with friends, family, and social media networks and encourage them to support the school!

Gifts to the K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund will impact your child and enhance all school experience areas, including academics, athletics, arts, extra-curricular activities, technology, and student life. Every gift counts regardless of the amount. Please participate at a level that is comfortable for your family. All contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by cash, check, credit card, or donated stock. Gifts can be made with recurring payments online, and most gifts qualify for corporate matching gift programs.

Make Your Impact Felt Today!

Elementary School Updates

Congratulations to Ms. Marin and Mrs. Foster!

You know it's a BIG DAY when Coach Taggert and Owsley join your class. They dropped into Mrs. Foster's class to present a big surprise from CFP Extra Yard and Conference USA, a $1,000 gift card to Michaels for her hard work and dedication to the teaching profession. Way to go, Mrs. Foster!


The celebrations didn't stop there; The Boca Raton Bowl, in conjunction with CFP Extra Yard, honored Ms. Marin, Mrs. Barkes, and Ms. Daniels for going the extra yard. Extra Yard for Teachers Week is a nationwide celebration dedicated to supporting teachers who empower and inspire our youth. 

The Boca Raton Bowl, College Football Playoff Foundation, and Office Depot Office Max thanked these educators with a $200 gift certificate provided by the CFP Foundation. We are so proud of you!

First Grade Fundations & Writer's Workshop

1st-grade students are doing Fundations and Writer's Workshop on paper to help with handwriting so our AMAZING First Grade assistants worked HOURS to prep a second round of supplies for pick up. 


Mrs. Khoury had a surprise guest in Morning Meeting last week. Mrs. Sylvestri introduced Baby Julianna to the class.  

Powerful Third Grade Readers

Our wonderful third graders have been working hard to build powerful reading lives. They have explored their reading patterns, set goals, learned different ways to understand a story, and used their GRIT when they come across a challenge. They've been using digital reading notebooks as a tool to record their thinking! A highlight of the first unit has always been our Book Tasting. This year didn't disappoint! Each student got to explore different titles on Epic! while asking themselves, "Is this a just-right book for me?" The third-grade team is so proud of the vital reading work their students have been doing and are so excited to see where their reading lives will take them this year!

Virtual Fourth Graders

WOW! Fourth grade has been making the best of working virtually and engaging their readers in building their reading lives. They weren't going to let virtual learning prevent their students from experiencing their annual book tasting. While it wasn't the same as sharing beverages and snacks as a class while exploring the books, the students and teachers still had a great time. Students listened to café music, had discussions with partners about the different books and genres they "tasted," and then filled out a reflection form about their favorite new genres they had never tried before. Many students walked away with a newfound love for a genre or new books added to their "to read" lists! A few staff members even had the opportunity to pop in and join the students, which made it even more special! #owlsread

Middle School Updates

Founders' Month

The month of September of each year is designated as "American Founders' Month" and the last week of September is Freedom Week. We participated in this initiative by instructing students on topics relating to the United States of America's founding. During Freedom Week, students participated in in-class activities that reinforce the concepts of freedom and the Declaration of Independence. These activities looked different at each gravel level. Middle school social studies teacher, Ms. Ana Simzer, organized the month of activities. She provided inquiry lessons for elementary, middle, and high school students, and the grade-level teams met to discuss implementation. 

To conclude the celebration of Freedom Week, we recited an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence on Friday, September 25th, during morning meetings/announcements as a school.

High School Updates

The high school welcomed back many of their 9th-grade students for F2F instruction. While teaching students in person, teachers are simultaneously teaching students at home. Teachers are engaging students in both platforms and adjusting their curriculum appropriately to meet all students' needs. In addition, many students are receiving support from upperclassman in tutoring sessions. 

As we move into October and get closer to the end of the semester, all teachers encourage their students to monitor their progress and learning in their classes. Students need to make sure they are continually checking Canvas and Focus and reaching out to their teachers for support. 


  • Please be reminded there are no lunch deliveries during school hours. All 9th graders must plan accordingly, as we will not be allowing any drop-offs.
  • As the phase plan continues, more grade levels will be on campus. As a reminder, 9th grade dismissal will be at 3:45. No 9th-grade cars should be in the pickup line before 3:42. If you arrive before 3:42, you will be asked to loop around again. This will hold up the dismissal process. 


It is the time of year at FAU High School that we begin recruitment for the high school. One of the most distinguishing aspects of FAU High School is our diverse and driven student population. We are contacting our students and parents in hopes that you will assist us in reaching untapped communities who are unaware of the fantastic opportunities at FAU High School. To expand our reach, we are seeking support from our parents and students to assist us in marketing our virtual open houses on your social media accounts and/or assist us in getting into local churches/places of worship, non-profits, and corporations to present to students and parents/guardians about our phenomenal program. 

With the expansion of FAU High School to FAU High School - Jupiter Campus, in Partnership with Max Planck Academy, access to our program has increased, so we need our families and students to assist us in getting the word out, especially about our new Jupiter program!  We know that there is no more powerful strategy for recruitment than testimonials from students and parents. Year after year, when prospective students sign up for Open Houses, they select "word-of-mouth" as the number one way that they learned about our program. Please help us continue this tradition! 

The Cane Institute (TCI) continues to re-envision STEM education by creating, packaging and distributing TCI STEM@Home mailers for K-9 students to help keep students engaged in authentic learning experiences. The first mailer included a Virtual Reality viewer so students can go on virtual field trips, experience virtual labs, and explore outer space! The second mailer included an Augmented Reality Merge Cube for students to explore various science concepts uniquely and engagingly. The third TCI STEM@Home mailer went out last week and included materials to build and test Alka seltzer rockets!  

We just received a GoReach Grant written in collaboration with Kendra Palumbo (Thanks, Kendra!) to help offset our next TCI STEM@Home mailer's cost. We are excited to announce that our 4th mailer will be a joint effort between TCI and the FAUHS Owls Imaging Lab! We look forward to seeing what you find as you take a "close look" at the world around you!  

Students will receive two STEM@Home mailers per month. We invite you all to post pictures using your TCI STEM@Home activities on social media and tag the FAU Cane Institute. We will be giving prizes to the best posts on social media!

Please visit to find download links for materials and instructions to all TCI STEM@Home mailers.

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OPK12 Research Committee / Research Collaborations

The OPK12 Research Committee is exploring innovative ways to engage with current and future research collaborators. Here are the current projects we are involved in: 

  • Katie Miller from FAU's Department of Exceptional Student Education and Lara Costa from UNC Chapel Hill received a grant from the Institute for Educational Sciences. They gather writing samples from 4th-5th grade students to see the relationships between writing skills, writing performance, and writing quality. 
  • We recently began to collaborate on the RESCUE Project with Drs. Fumiko Hoeft, from UCSF & University of Connecticut, and Kenneth Pugh, from Yale & University of Connecticut. The RESCUE Project hopes to prevent the serious adverse effects of "COVID Slide" on reading development; furthermore, the project aims to help K-2nd students learn to read at home using a computer-based game called GraphoLearn. 

The results from our past research collaborations have been published in peer-reviewed articles and presented at national and international conferences. Please review some recent publications and presentations from our past collaborations: Publications and Presentations from Research Collaborations.

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

The FAU High School Research Program and our student researchers continue to excel! Our students have heard from several more guest lecturers, including Dr. Wolfgang Tichy from FAU's Department of Physics, and many of our students are preparing grant proposals to submit to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry's Undergraduate Research Grant. 

2020 Florida Blue Health Challenge - PEACE Project

FAU High School students, Vivek Sreejithkumar, Mariam Rizvi, and Isabella Grande went head-to-head with ten teams of undergraduates, graduate students, and industry professionals from across the state in the 2020 Florida Blue Health Challenge. Vivek, Mariam, and Isabella presented their PEACE project business model for a chance to earn $15,000 to launch their product. The PEACE project seeks to provide greater safety and independence to seniors by using artificial intelligence to detect falls in homes and hospitals using video cameras. In this challenge, Vivek, Mariam, and Isabella presented their PEACE project in a five-minute presentation to a panel of judges and fielded questions. They walked away with one of the highly coveted Judges Choice awards.   

(Virtual) Owls Imaging Lab

As a reminder, The Owls Imaging Lab (OI Lab) is now offering a virtual lab training experience to an unlimited number of students via Canvas. In the course, students are introduced to the equipment in the OI Lab, learn how to operate the equipment, explore the research applications of the lab, and develop their own protocols for their specific research goals. Students involved in this self-guided course can advance their research experience by gaining useful skills for future research experiences, building their CV or resume, and creating a research foundation that will allow them to explore their research interests. Students interested in enrolling in this online training should register here.

Research Meetups

The first FAU High School Research Meetup was a huge success! The research team began hosting monthly Research Meetups at the beginning of the school year for FAU High School students to connect with other student researchers. The next virtual meetup is on October 8th from 1-2 pm. Students can bring their research questions or just come to chat with fellow researchers about hot topics in the FAU research community. Interested students, please register for the meetup here.

Owls Athletics

Owls Athletics hopes everyone is having a great start to the new school year.

High School Cross Country

Cross country began this past month with our teams competing in their first meet of the season. The 21st Annual FLRUNNERS Invitational saw our boys team take 2nd place overall, a mere two points behind the 1st place team. Along with the excellent team success, five students won individual medals at the event - Julia McDuffee in 4th, Maisha Atkinson in 15th, Clyve Gassant in 6th, Daniel Saviano in 12th, and Gavin Hart in 15th.

High School Swimming

Our Owls are anxiously awaiting the beginning of the swim season later this month. Practices will be dry-land only; please keep an eye out for an email from Coach Marin.

Middle School Sport Postponement

At this time, A.D. Henderson middle school sports are postponed until January. Please continue to check our website for updates on winter sports.

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General School Reminders

Mental Health

In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October, the school counseling team will be working together to spread kindness and talk about unity school-wide. shares that "parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying." Talking openly about it and building a positive and safe school culture is essential. In this month's newsletter, you will find information regarding what bullying is, strategies for talking to your child about the topic, and how to best respond.

HenTech Support

A.D. Henderson University School has iPads and Chromebooks being used in school and at home, along with numerous applications that are supported throughout our curriculum. Because of the assortment of tech used in our camps, we have a technology resource designed for families to submit technology questions (ie., Google Classroom, School Pass, Focus, Aristotle, Seesaw, Marketplace, Canvas, etc...). 

Our tech team is ready to help! 

Carpool Tags

Car tags must be posted on the right-hand side of your vehicle's dashboard as you enter the dismissal line at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School. Placing the carpool tag on the vehicle's dashboard before arriving to pick up your student is essential to our dismissal process. If you do not have a carpool tag for your car, need extra tags or replacement tags, please request the carpool tag using this Google Doc link. Please allow two days for a car tag request to be processed.


FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to Florida law enforcement agencies and school officials. Click the appropriate link for information and download instructions in EnglishSpanish, or Creole.


On Saturday, October 17, 2020, FAUHS 11th-grade students will be taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test (NMSQT) on the AD Henderson/FAU High School Boca campus. Due to the social distancing guidelines, students will be tested in two separate, staggered-time groups. Please refer to the PSAT Testing Information Bulletin linked here for details. This year's administration of the PSAT/NMSQT is most vital as it is when 11th-grade students have the opportunity to be identified as National Merit Semifinalists, paving the way for future academic recognition prospects and scholarship opportunities. To help every student maximize their potential, FAUHS has partnered with Kaplan, Inc., with whom 11th-grade students have been preparing for the PSAT during the fall semester. 

Although our original plan was to offer the PSAT/NMSQT to all 10th and 11th graders this October, the current situation has mandated guidelines on social distancing, which subsequently limit the number of students who can test together. As a result, all 10th-grade students will be taking their PSAT on January 26, 2021. The details of this date will be communicated with you in the coming months. 

We are committed to providing each of our students with the resources and tools necessary to excel! Our focus on helping students be recognized through scholarship opportunities elevates our commitment to assisting students in earning a cost-free bachelor's degree and graduating college debt-free. We look forward to seeing the incredible opportunities that open up for our students along their academic journeys!

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Did you know that you can apply for the NSLP at any time during the school year? As your family plans to return to campus, you may consider completing an application for free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch. To apply, click this link

Parent & Family Engagement

Each fall, we typically meet with A.D. Henderson & FAU High School families to review and explain relevant processes required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In place of a face-to-face meeting, this link will take you to a presentation that explains Parents' Right to Know, Parent & Family Engagement Plan, Title I, and support for families experiencing homelessness. 

PTO Update

Join the ADHUS PTO and support our K-12 faculty, staff, and students! 

The PTO helps provide:

  • Masks for the school
  • Funds for classroom supplies
  • Technology
  • Sports equipment
  • Additional music sound system
  • High school outdoor seating area
  • Teacher professional development
  • And many other programs.

Click the link below and sign up today: 


Business Sponsorship Program
The PTO kicked off a new initiative in partnership with the school this year, the A. D. Henderson & FAU High School PTO Business Sponsorship Program. There are four levels of contributions to customize your business donation. You can see their ads online and in the circles.

SLA Family Newsletter

SLA Management has redone the A.D. Henderson & FAU High online cafeteria portal. Please make sure to check the portal and find out about the great offerings our dining services provide.

Each month our cafeteria service, SLA Management, features a newsletter with health and nutrition information, upcoming features, and other interesting articles. This link houses the email archive from SLA Management.

A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Vision & Mission

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.
(F.S. 228.053)
A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Title I Targeted Assistance Program.

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