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


Vol. 3, No. 11, May 2019

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

May 6-7
FSA MATH - 4th - 8th Grade

National Nurses Day
May 8-9
FCAT Science - 5th Grade
FSA Reading - 10th Grade
May 9
FAU High School Graduation
Barry Kaye Auditorium
May 10
Civics - 7th Grade

Kindergarten Mother's Day Breakfast
Cafetorium - 8:15A
May 13-14
May 13-17
FAU High School Interact Club School Supply Drive
Car Lines - Drop-Off & Pick-Up
May 15
SAB Meeting
Media Center - 5:30P

Volunteer Appreciation & PTO General Meeting
May 15-16
FSA Reading - 9th Grade
May 21
1st Grade Art Gallery
FAU Ritter Gallery - 6:00P
May 22
K - 1st Awards
In Classrooms
1st - 8:10A
K - 9:10A
May 22-24
BOGO Book Fair
Media Center - After Award Programs
May 23
2nd & 5th Awards
Location TBD
2nd - 8:10A
5th - 9:10A
May 24
3rd & 4th Awards
Location TBD
4th - 8:10A
3rd - 9:10A
May 27
No School
May 28
6th & 7th Awards
6th - 8:10A
7th - 9:10A
May 29
Elementary Field Day
May 30
Noon Dismissal / No Aftercare

Last Day of School

End of 4th Quarter

8th Grade Promotion
Barry Kaye Auditorium - 7:00P
May 31
Teacher Work Day

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

As the 2018-19 school year draws to a close, there are many opportunities to celebrate and appreciate those around us. This week we will start our senior send off with prom and end the week with graduation.  
Saturday night, we celebrated 50 wonderful years of Henderson with over 200 friends of the school, including President Kelly. Thank you to all of the parents, alumni, faculty, and staff that came to the school to share memories and support the PTO Auction. The event was a tremendous success! We are also celebrating the victory of the HS Girls’ track team, who are already district and regional champions, and just ended a fabulous season by placing fourth in the state. Among the many wins, the girls earned the title of  state champions in the 4 x 800 relay and 400 Meter. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to cheer on our FAU Cane Institute teams at the MATE Florida Regional Championship. I was proud of the team work and effort of all the teams. Congratulations, to Team NOCTIS for winning 3rd in the state. So, as you can see, we have many reasons to celebrate.

This week is Nurses’ Appreciation week and Teacher Appreciation week. We are so fortunate to have Nurse Debra and all the phenomenal educators at ADHUS & FAUHS! Please take a moment to thank them for all that they do each and every day for our children.  

This past week, we again hosted our military guests for Fleet Week. The sailors visited classrooms and shared a message of commitment, leadership, and teamwork. Over the past few weeks, we celebrated our administrative assistants and our administrators on their nationally recognized day. Next week, we will host the FAU Police Department and show our appreciation as they share a demonstration. Then on May 15th, we will celebrate our wonderful volunteers. A.D. Henderson & FAU High School thrives because of the efforts of the entire school community, for that, we must all be appreciative.
As May enters full swing, there are many culminating events occurring at a frenzied pace. Over the next three weeks, we will celebrate each grade with an awards ceremony, host a book fair, welcome incoming students, and the list goes on… Summer will be here before you know it! However, there is a common thread in each of these May events – our people - faculty, staff, students, and volunteers. In the hectic world, that is the end of the school year, remember to slow down, take some time to celebrate, and appreciate each person for their contribution to our school community.


Go Owls!


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

Elementary Welcomes Kindergarten Students, by Alyson Rodriguez

Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2019-2020 school year was a huge success! We had an amazing turnout and were so glad to meet our newest owls. Thank you to the whole team who made this event so amazing- my Kindergarten team, my Specials team, PTO and parent volunteers, Mrs. Rubin, Mrs. Hallstrom, Mrs. Bees and the fabulous Front Office team!

Get ready for 2019-2020 #owlsignite #owlsread

A.D. Henderson Middle School Highlight

NJHS Inducts New Members
The National Junior Honor Society welcomed 36 new members to the organization. In order to be invited, students first had to secure a 3.7 GPA and be in good standing with conduct. The students then completed an application, which is reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Board. Upon completion of the rigorous selection process, members are invited to the spring ceremony. NJHS President, Aislyn Leach was the host of the ceremony and the 8th-grade students shared words of wisdom. Ms. Connie Hoff was the keynote, and challenged the students to lead with their superpowers. The academic service organization now has 74 members.

FAU High School Happenings

FAU High Interact Club Inducts New Members

On April 15th, the FAU High Interact club was proud to induct of over 30 new members to the club. To earn the honor of being inducted into the Interact Club, a potential member must attend meetings and participate in a variety of local and international outreach efforts. Pictured here are this year's outstanding co-presidents of the Interact club.  Mrs.Gail Ambrose, from the Boca Raton Sunset Rotary, was our guest speaker for the event and afterward we all celebrated with Mrs. Barkes's famous grilled cheese sandwiches, chips and drinks. Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to "service above self"! 

2019 National Academic Games

Four of high school students competed Friday to Monday, 10 hour days, at the National Academic Games in conjunction with students from Palm Beach County. We compete in 6 events, and of the six events we brought home four National championship titles.

History Theme. We have the top student in the country and brought home the individual national champion as well as the Team national championship

History Current Events : national championship team

History Presidents: Team National Championship

Linguishtiks (language arts): Team National Championship, as well 2nd place nationally individually after a two hour head to head playoff.

We finished third in our division in Math. With over 900 students competing from all over the United States, our kids did amazing and brought home 4 out of 6 of the available National titles. Go Owls !!!!


  • Sajeev Sarkar (Senior)
  • Colin Dunkley (Senior) individual national Champion History
  • Alex Dowling (Senior) 2nd place Language arts
  • Christopher Cox (Sophomore)

Upcoming School Reminders

ESE Parent Survey

Attention Parents of students with IEPs. Have you completed your annual FLDOE ESE Parent Survey yet? You may complete the paper survey that was sent home with your child or complete the online version of the survey at Please complete the survey so your voice can be heard. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and the results are confidential. Results (which do not contain student names or other identifiers) are shared with districts and schools so we can improve what we do. The deadline to complete the survey is May 31st.  

For more information, please refer to the attached flyer.

Upcoming State Required Tests

This week, students in grade 4-10 will be taking some type of state assessment.
The testing overview indicates which days and grades will be testing, and as the date draws nearer, the weekly schedule for each of the next four weeks is also included. If you have any specific test-related questions, please direct them to Gina Sands at

2019-20 Approved Calendar

The School Advisory Body approved the school calendar for 2019-20 at the February SAB meeting. The final calendar can be found here or downloaded here.

SLA Family Newsletter

Each month, SLA Management, our cafeteria service, shares a monthly newsletter. The newsletter includes nutritional information, trivia, and recipes.

OPK12 Research Committee/Research Collaborations

Most of our collaborations have wrapped up for the year but we still have a few more that are in progress. Here is an update on the current research projects at our school:

  • Katy Brooks and Dr. Nancy Jones from FAU’s Department of Psychology are still looking for more participants for their study on how well children can recognize emotions. If you have a Kindergarten, 1st grader, 2nd grader, or 3rd grader, and would like your child to participate in this study, you can email Katy Brooks at
  • Another student from Dr. Jones’ lab, Nate Shanok, is studying the mental and neurological factors that influence stress and anxiety in preadolescent children (9-11-year-olds) and is looking to recruit more participants for his study. If you choose to allow your child to participate this study, please email Nate at
  • Dr. Necibe Tuncer from the Department of Mathematical Sciences is collaborating with Ms. Timar and Ms. Delmonte to increase interest in mathematics among high school students by demonstrating that math is a common language used by other sciences. If you have any questions about this study, reach out to Ms. Timar (, Dr. Tuncer (, or Ms. Delmonte (

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

PTO Update

50th Anniversary & Spring Auction Celebration

Saturday night, May 4th, over 200 friends of Henderson celebrated with a 50th Anniversary & Spring Auction adult only event. The school’s annual auction was held in the cafeteria and generated close to $12,000. While all around the building, 50th-anniversary celebrants, danced, swapped memories, and shared stories of years gone. The evening opened with the school song and ended with former student Polynesian dancers sharing their skills. The entire campus was transformed, and the night was a wonderful success thanks to the efforts of the PTO, alumni businesses, and the planning committee.

Sailors Visit the School

Once again, we were honored to host the men and women that serve in our military as part of the 2019 Fleet Week outreach program. This year, we hosted a group of Sailors from the U.S.S. Albany.
Each year, when in port the service men and women go out to schools in the local community and share a message of service, commitment, leadership, and hard work with students. For the third year, we were a host school. The students were inspired and honored to share a day with our military and asked some brilliant questions. Our visitors were able to visit many classes and the PTO shared a delicious lunch with our guests! Here at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School, we proudly salute our military for their service!

PTO Yearend Events

The PTO has numerous events in the next nine weeks. The Kindergarten Mother’s Day Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 10. The BOGO Book fair will occur after the Awards ceremony for each grade level, look for a flyer in the coming weeks. Elementary Field Day is in the works, and more information will be forthcoming. As always, for up-to-date information and additional volunteer opportunities check out the

Volunteer Appreciation

Each year, the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School faculty and staff recognize the efforts of the many incredible volunteers. This year Volunteer Appreciation will take place on May 15th immediately following the last PTO meeting at 6:15pm. Invitations to the event have gone out electronically, so please be on the lookout, if you are an active school volunteer.

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FAU High School Research Program

The research team is so proud to highlight several students this month. We had 33 FAUHS students present and another 60 FAUHS students attended the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
A special shout-out should go to two of our previous 9th-grade groups for presenting their observational research projects under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Tift and the FAUHS Research Program. Meaghan Swack, Kylie Long, and Nichole Chien are current 9th-grade students who conducted their research in the fall (pictured below). Another group of current 10th-grade students, Tiffany Zhang, Kelsey Wheeler, Mahaashri Ghosh, and Della Levine, presented their observational research projects from Spring 2018 at this year’s symposium (pictured below).
Also, check out all of our award-winning FAUHS students and alumni below.
Our Winners!!
Vithulan Suthakaran, First Place – Engineering II
Nicholas Weid, Second Place - Music, Art, Literature, Theater, History and Philosophy I
POSTER PRESENTATIONS                     
Alyssa Alvarez, First place – Behavioral, Educational, & Social Sciences
Aaron McFarlane, First Place – Health & Medical Sciences I
Mohamed Abutineh and Nicholas Pizzo, Second Place – Environmental, Ecological & Marine Sciences III

Pictured left to right: Kylie Long, Nichole Chien, and Meaghan Swack
Pictured left to right: Kelsey Wheeler, Tiffany Zhang, Mahaashri Ghosh, and Della Levine

Owls Athletics

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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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