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Vol. 4, No. 7, February 2020

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

February 7
Quarter 3 Progress Reports
February 17
No School - President's Day
February 18
Art of Science Opening
Schmidt Center Art Gallery - 4:30P
Exhibit open from Feb 19-28
February 21
Family Talent Show
Covered Court - 6P

Rainbow Run Kick-Off
February 28
Noon Dismissal

SeaPerch Regional Qualifier Tournament
Pool & Covered Court - 3P
March 9-13
FAU Spring Break
March 20
Noon Dismissal - No Aftercare

End of 3rd Quarter

Rainbow Run (K-12)
March 23-27
No School - Spring Break
March 30
No School - Teacher Work Day

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

January has flown by, and February will be very much the same. 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. Students participated in the local spelling bee, the regional science fair, HOSA leadership summit, the International Science Olympiad, and athletic 'senior nights' and championship games.
This month, I had the opportunity to travel with our new School Duel team, as they were filmed during their portion of the competition. School Duel is an academic quiz show that consists of a 19-show School Duel series featuring twenty high school teams from Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. The four-person teams compete in a single-elimination tournament to determine the South Florida academic champion. Over 70 high schools competed in an online challenge to be part of the show, and the top 20 schools made it to the “televised” rounds. Tune in April 2nd to watch our very own FAU High team compete.

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 an incredible turnout for the event. The fun continues as PTO will be kicking off the Rainbow Run on February 21 at lunchtime - be sure to mark your calendars as the official run day is March 20th. 
We continue our journey of continuous improvement, and have hosted numerous visitors from the US and abroad. This upcoming week we have a team at the FOCUS Annual Conference. These events will help us fulfill our mission of teaching, learning, and sharing through this reflective practice. 
Remember to review the weekly school announcements that are an essential outlet for upcoming events and general school information. Each week, month, and year provides many opportunities for growth, so we will thoughtfully pursue our path of continuous improvement.

#owlsimpact #owlsignite

Wishing my FAUS family a very happy New Year and a fabulous 2020,

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

This year, we are excited to announce another opportunity to make a lasting impact. The K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund, our school’s first annual giving program, will allow us to expand upon the opportunities we currently offer our students and provide the necessary funding to fulfill the school’s most critical needs.

Gifts to the K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund will impact your child and enhance all areas of the school experience, including academics, athletics, arts, extra-curricular activities, technology, and student life. While there is no requirement to give, we believe that our school community will invest in this important initiative and hope that you will participate at a level that is comfortable for your family. Every gift counts! All gifts 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 will qualify for corporate matching gift programs.

Make your impact felt today!

Elementary School Updates

Third Graders commenced their Nonfiction Unit with a Biography Day! They dressed up as the famous person they chose to research and shared all about their lives! Some famous people who joined us on Biography Day were Beyonce, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie, to name a few. 

January 27 to January 31 was “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” where students participated in various fun and engaging reading and writing activities. Students dressed up as their favorite book character, became a vocab word expert, used their coding skills to create a story for Dash the Robot, and dressed up as their favorite Superhero to practice their reading superpowers. These young Owls are fully immersed in literacy as we foster a love of learning! 

Below, see Mrs. Sylvestri’s 1st Grade Class buddy reading with Ms. Wilder’s 4th Grade Class

Middle School Updates

Kennedy Space Center

The 8th Grade field trip to Kennedy Space Center was a huge success! Students spent 2nd Quarter reading The Martian in English class with Mrs. Anderson and studying about space in science class with Ms. Milu, so this end-of-unit field trip was the perfect way to make their learning come to life. Students will finish the cross-curricular unit using their math, ELA, and science skills to plan a trip to Mars.

High School Updates

Rotary Club Scholar of the Month - Yasmine Zerrouki

The Boca Raton Sunset Rotary honored Yasmine Zerrouki as the Florida Atlantic University High School 2019-20 Rotary Scholar for January. The FAU HS staff selects the FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement.  Aspired by her grandmother, a gynecologist, Yasmine’s goals are to become a doctor. She recalls her grandmother's sage advice, "being a physician requires one to assume great responsibility. The generic phrase 'doctors help people' is true, but in a more complex manner."

Yasmine recalled feeling blessed to be accepted in the FAU HS program with the prospect of being allowed to "finish three years of college in high school for free," an essential step in the costly pursuit of becoming a doctor. She expects to complete enough credits for a bachelor's degree in the spring concurrent with her HS graduation. Still, she plans to continue at FAU to earn a master's degree and perhaps be accepted in the FAU medical school program.

Yasmine believes that FAU HS taught her the importance of service to the community. Her first official volunteering activity was to tutor my peers in Advanced Placement World History and Mathematics. She said, "Taking the time to help out fellow students and friends provided me with a sense of fulfillment whenever they succeeded on their quizzes and exams. From then on, I knew that I had to start participating in other fulfilling volunteering positions." 

She continued serving as she began to volunteer at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center on the FAU campus. Here, Yasmine had the opportunity to interact with many elderly patients with different levels of dementia, as well as other neurodegenerative disorders, during each visit. At the center, her duties included catering to the specific social needs of the patients, as their levels of progression affected the activities in which they were able to participate. Taking the time to get to know the patients personally, sometimes even using Spanish or French to speak to them, made it seem as though they had a slightly more enjoyable experience in their lives with their illnesses.

For an additional extra-curricular academic pursuit, Yasmine joined the Commissioner's Academic Challenge, described on their web site as "a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986”. In her Junior year, she began to work as a Teaching Assistant for a math course at FAU. "Helping out my peers was a fulfilling experience and something I will continue to do this semester as a chemistry TA. 
Concluding her story, Yasmine heaped praise on the FAU HS staff and program: "Overall, none of this could have been done without the support system I was given at FAU and FAU High, something I will always be very grateful r. The 200+ hours of volunteer work, the long list of diverse clubs I participated in, the skills to reach out to research mentors, and faculty are all thanks to those who have mentored me along the way."  

Science Fair

Congratulations to the FAU High School Science Fair winners. Of the 22 students invited to the Palm Beach Science and Engineering Awards Ceremony, 7 of the fantastic students earned the privilege of moving on to the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair held in Lakeland March 24 - March 27. 

Below is a list of all 22 and their awards earned. Samantha Collie, Devin Willis, Julianna Lian, Nick Pizzo, Thi-han Nge, Johnathan Fuentes, and Arman Alexis will be attending the state competition.

Name First Award Place Event
Sammy 1 Animal Science
Devin 1 Biomedical & Health Sciences
Julianna 1 Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Nick 1 Plant Sciences
Thi-han 2 Engineering
Johnathan 2 Physics & Astronomy
Numana 3 Animal Science
Saachi 3 Chemistry
Marissa 3 Earth & Environmental Science
Arjun 3 Earth & Environmental Science
Arwen 3 Environmental Engineering
Micheal 3 Earth & Environmental Science
Arman 3 Intelligent Machines, Robotics & Systems Software
Satviki 3 Microbiology
Mikie 4 Behavioral & Social Sciences
Loredana 4 Animal Science
Maria 4 Biomedical & Health Sciences
Thomas 4 Cellular/Molecular Biology
Alexa 4 Chemistry
Daniel 4 Intelligent Machines, Robotics & Systems Software
Nelson 4 Mathematics & Computational Sciences
James   Env. Engineering

Science Olympiad

The FAU High Science Olympiad teams recently competed at the 2020 MIT Science Olympiad Invitational. This invitational is an excellent learning experience for our teams, helping to prepare them for regional competition in February. Thank you, ADHUS PTO and Administration, for all your support for the Science Olympiad students.

Treasure Coast HOSA Competition

On Monday, January 27th, FAU High School's chapter of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) attended the Treasure Coast HOSA competition in West Palm Beach. Forty-two students competed against other high schools from the area, and 27 students won awards. Eighteen of these students are going onto the State competition in Orlando in April! This year is only FAU High School's HOSA chapter's second year of competition.

Name Award Place Event
Melanie 1 Cultural Diversities and Disparities
Leah 1 Human Growth & Development
Ryan 1 Veterinary Science
Seymour 1 Nutrition
Julianna 1 Pharmacology
Hannah 1 Health Education-1
Nicholas 1 Health Education-1
Kayla 1 Extemporaneous Writing
Tiffany 1 Medical Reading
Amy 2 Veterinary Science
Janet 2 Nutrition
Eva 2 Prepared Speaking
Victoria 2 Behavioral Health
Sarah 3 Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking
Mahaasrei 3 HOSA Bowl-1
Alina 3 HOSA Bowl-1
Manal 3 Human Growth & Development
Roshni 3 HOSA Bowl-1
Emily 4 Cultural Diversities and Disparities
Aden 4 Pathophysiology
Imtisal 4 Medical Reading
Dasha 4 Health Career Display-1
Mario 4 Medical Math
Mylinh 4 Health Career Display-1
Katrina 5 Biomedical Laboratory Science
Isabella 5 Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking
Angelina 5 Medical Reading

2020 Spelling Bees

The annual School Spelling Bee took place in the last week of January. Congratulations to all spelling bee class winners and school champions! The champions for the Elementary Bee are Cayd Grotowski and Angela Ostheimer. The Secondary Bee winners, Maryam Inram and Colton Smith-Nash, 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
First Grade - Asher Brammer, Ethan Daniels, Tyler McGirt
Second Grade - Max Cava, Alexander Metcalf, Sophia Smith
Third Grade - Alex Catto, Cayd Grotowski, Angela Ostheimer

Secondary Bee
Fourth Grade - Anya Gupta, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Jayden Rousseau
Fifth Grade - Maya Bourak, Alexander Labonia, Dominic Liuzzo
Sixth Grade - Daniel Duffell, Evan Herkenrath, Ken Liu, Colby Lucas, Caitlin Yaralli
Seventh Grade - Colton Smith-Nash, Jack Switter, Anjelyna Whalen, Emmet Young
Eighth Grade - Mariella Bruek, Maryam Imran, Emma Kunz, Gabe Pettener

Academic Games

On January 24th, our ADHUS and FAU High School students competed in their final round of the FAU Lab School District Academic Games Presidential History Season for 2020. The top 10 students were recognized for their accomplishments and will be competing in the State Competition in February.

In the Elementary Division (Grades 4-6):

  • 5th Place: Delaney Branch 
  • 4th Place: Stefanja Dimova 
  • 3rd Place: Guilmerme Dealmeida
  • 2nd Place: Daniella Fermin  
  • 1st Place: Hannah Harianawalla

In the Middle Division (Grades 6-8):

  • 5th Place: Brianna Chambers  
  • 4th Place: Gavin Diaz 
  • 3rd Place: Bella Lackner
  • 2nd Place: Andres El Khaouli  
  • 1st Place: Patrick O’Leary

In the High School Division (Grades 9-12):

  • 5th Place: Leah Dublino  
  • 4th Place: Cassidy Johnson 
  • 3rd Place: Seymore Hague
  • 2nd Place: Victoria Karaluz  
  • 1st Place: Ayush Gowda

Congratulations to Ayush, Patrick, and Hannah for their amazing first place wins. Also, congratulations to the following student who qualified and will be competing at the Florida State Academic Games Championship. 

High school: 

Abel Abraham, Aislyn Leach, Ayush Gowda, Lara Tunca, Leah Dublino, Marvelle D’Souza Raymond Budoff-Kingsland, Seymour Hague, Victoria Karaluz, Christian Engman, Henrique Ivo Almeida, Joshua Rosen, Lucas Mattos, Mauricio Barba da Costa, Pedro Ivo Almeida, Yasmine Zerrouki, Aaron Haim, Cassidy Johnson, Chris Cox, Ian Dowling, John Charles, Mckhalia Mckenzie, and Shyan Braswell 

Middle School and Elementary:

Tanvi Desai, Andres El Khaouli, Sophia Alvarez, Delaney Branch, Kevin Childs, Guilherme Dealmeida, Stefanja Dimova, Daniella Fermin, Ben Liu, Jameson McMechan, Joshua Scarpinato, Max Trachtenberg, Ava Yallop, Evan Herkenrath, Maarya Harianawalla, Hannah Harianawalla, 

Abigail Speegle, Brianna Chambers, Maryam Imran, Isabella Lackner, Logan Leach, Patrick O'Leary, Olivia Russo, Abigail Trachtenberg, Mark Zagha, and Sabrina Scarpinato.

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies (TCI) had a fantastic start to the year! The TCI brand is getting a tremendous amount of exposure and notoriety, becoming known as the leading K-12 STEM/STEAM program in the country!

On January 6, The Cane Institute billboard went up on southbound I-95 at Congress Avenue (see photo). The billboard has been a big hit around campus and in the community.

On January 15, Dr. Joel Herbst, A.D. Henderson University School’s and FAU High School’s Superintendent, and Dan Cane, CEO and Co-Founder of Modernizing Medicine® + founder of The Cane Institute for Technologies (TCI), sat down to discuss the importance of STEM education at The Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC). The event was moderated by Ch 25's Gianna Caserta, Henderson School Distinguished Alumna. The evening featured live STEM displays of The Cane Institute electric car, go-karts, drones, robots, and more. Thank you, Gianna Caserta and BRiC!

To close out the productive month, A.D. Henderson & FAU High School partnered with the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Golf Club on January 20-26. This tournament was an extraordinary week for everyone involved. Three ADHUS middle school girls, Emma, Valentina, and Angelina, played in the Pro-Am tournament - and they won the competition with a score of 16 under par! On Thursday, January 23, Indy Car Driver, No. 26 Zach Veach, also sponsored by Gainbridge, toured our school, learned about The Cane Institute, and spoke to over 100 of our students in the media center. Zach also partners with EVERFI, an online education platform. A special thank you to Gainbridge and EVERFI.

Finally, The Boca Rio Golf Club, Gainbridge, and the LPGA invited The Cane Institute to bring some of our STEM projects on the road and build a static display at the tournament all weekend. TCI was a big hit all weekend, as golfers, spectators, and media outlets heard and experienced TCI firsthand. A big, BIG, thank you to Mr. Allan Phipps and all the TCI students that helped with this special event.

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OPK12 Research Committee / Research Collaborations

Teachers from 1st-5th grade have helped us implement the second prompts for Katie Miller and Lara Costa’s project this semester. Below is a summary of their project:

  • 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 are gathering writing samples from all 1st-5th grade students to see the relationships among writing skills, writing performance, and writing quality. They gathered writing samples earlier in the year and will be collecting the next set of samples on February 28th


The results from our research collaborations have been published in peer-reviewed articles and presented at national and international conferences. Take a look at some recent publications and presentations from our collaborators:

  • Powers, J., & Musgrove, A. (2018). Teachers’ Instructional Use of One-to-One Computing in Two University Schools. Presented at the Association for Ubiquitous and Collaborative Educators International Annual Meeting, Brunel University, London, England.
  • Dukes, C. (2019). Children’s Moral Sensitivity: An Examination of the Suspected Link Between Altruistic Punishment and Moral Judgments (Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University).
  • Will present at 32nd Annual Conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Detroit, Michigan
  • Porcaro, C.K., Howery, S., Suhandron, A., & Gollery, T. (2019). Impact of Vocal Hygiene Training for Teachers on Willingness to Change Vocal Behaviors. Journal of Voice.
  • Howery, S., Suhandron, A., Porcaro, C.K., & Gollery, T. (2019). Impact of Vocal Hygiene Training on Teachers' Willingness to Change Vocal Behaviors. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL
  • Howery, S., & Suhandron, A. (2019). Impact of Vocal Hygiene Training for Teachers on Willingness to Change Vocal Behaviors. College of Education SAC Research Symposium and Graduate & Professional Student Graduate Research Day-Winning Poster in the Humanities.

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.


To start the spring semester, upperclassmen Hannah Phelps and Nicholas Pizzo taught the 9th-grade Exploring Research class all about nutrition, as part of their Health Education Project for HOSA - Future Health Professionals. The students are in the beginning steps of learning how to research, which includes choosing exciting topics and critically analyzing research articles about those topics. While the class eagerly awaited research presentations from distinguished professors at the university, Dr. Tift spent one class period offering an excellent taste of her doctoral research involving the psychology of infants and language through audiovisual processes. Lastly, our very own Director of Research, Dr. Tricia Meredith, kicked off the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio Golf Club tournament as one of the keynote presenters at the Versant Health Women’s Leadership Summit on Tuesday, January 21.

The Palm Beach Regional Science Fair occurred last month; FAU High School Students secured four 1st place awards, two 2nd place awards, eight 3rd place awards, seven 4th place awards, and numerous special awards from local and national sponsors! The 1st and 2nd place winners will move on to represent FAU High School at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair! Congratulations to all of these students!

Over the past year, the FAU High School Owls Imaging Lab has offered fantastic opportunities for student researchers and faculty mentors alike, even contributing to data being used in peer-reviewed journal publications. Due to its immense success, a more substantial, state-of-the-art histology lab has been incorporated in the FAU High School building. This new space will allow for tissue staining and imaging, in addition to the Scanning Electron Microscopy and micro-CT scanning equipment we previously had. We can’t wait to see all of the exciting research our students, teachers, and university partners will be able to achieve through this lab! To view some of the images coming out of the Imaging Lab, please visit the Art of Science gallery exhibition at the Schmidt Center Art Gallery on the FAU Boca Campus in February. 

Finally, many of our upperclassmen are beginning or continuing faculty-mentored research this semester and will have the opportunity to present at the FAU Undergraduate Research Symposium. We look forward to all of their progress!

Owls Athletics

MS Boys Basketball and Girls soccer have started their season strong with both teams undefeated.

Elementary Track had two great meets.

Our HS Girls Basketball has reached ten wins and will celebrate Senior Night on 1/30 6:00 pm at Grandview vs. Pompano Beach.

HS/MS Track and Tennis have started their season.

Go Owls!

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Henderson After School Program - HASP News

Just a couple of quick reminders: 

  • Second Semester Fees and Quarter 3 Fees are PAST DUE.
  • You should have established a secure payment program; otherwise, your child will be unable to attend aftercare.
  • Pick up time is 6:00 pm. We are trying to avoid late pick-up fees. Please be timely. Late payments or habitual late pickups may result in removal from the program.
  • Q3 and Q4 payments will only be accepted in two-month packages, not three. 
  • Make all payments through the FAU Marketplace
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Tolerton or Mrs. Sands. 
Thank you for being a member of our Aftercare Family. As noted previously, we remain at capacity with enrollment; therefore, any students hoping to register for aftercare will be waitlisted until there is an available spot. Look for information in April regarding next year’s HASP enrollment.

The HASP Parent Manual is available on the school's website and in this article for your convenience. If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, please contact Mrs. Sands or Mrs. Tolerton. You may also reach out to Dr. Tift for high school specific questions or Mr. Cortese for middle school or HASP tutoring questions. Additional information is available on the HASP page on the school's website.

General School Reminders

Safety Reminders

Cell Phones: Please remember that the use of cell phones is not permitted in the school circles during drop-off and pick-up.

School Entry: All visitors must report to the school’s front office and sign in to gain entry to the Henderson and FAU High School campus. The front office is located on the west side of the school building.

Student ID Lanyards - Security First

To keep our students safe, ALL students must have a visible school-issued ID on a breakaway lanyard to enter the A.D. Henderson and FAU High School campus.


Each student receives one ID and lanyard at the beginning of the school year. Students arriving at school without their ID are given a temporary name tag from the front office, and the student’s account will be charged a $10.00 fee for a replacement ID and a $5.00 fee for a lanyard effective January 7, 2020. The cost to replace both ID and lanyard is $15.00. Students may choose to wear a non-school issued lanyard; however, the lanyard must be the breakaway variety with the clip behind their neck.

High School

If 10th - 12th-grade students do not have their owl card on a lanyard, they will not be admitted. If a 9th-grade student does not have an ID, a new one will be issued, and the student’s account will be charged a $10.00 fee for a replacement ID and a $5.00 fee for a lanyard effective January 7, 2020. The cost to replace both ID and lanyard is $15.00. Lanyards have been distributed to students throughout the year. Please use one of those to wear your ID while on campus.

School Calendar - 2020-2021

Please visit the calendar section of our school website to view and download the 2020-2021 School Calendar that was approved by the School Advisory Body

Car Line Pickup Tags

As we start the beginning of the second half of the school year, please check to see if you have enough Car Pick Up tags for all vehicles that may be used to pick up your student. 

If you need additional car tags, please complete this form.

Late Student Pickup Room

As the first day of the second semester of school approaches, and it is time to get back to the daily school day routine, please keep in mind the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School student Pickup Policy: 

For students not enrolled in the After-School Program, parents/legal guardians are responsible for picking up their children as outlined in Florida Statute 1003.31(2) within 30 minutes of dismissal pickup times designated by the school (all students no later than 3:15 pm on regular school days, and 12:30 pm on early-release days). Students who are picked up late are supervised in a late pickup room until the parent/legal guardian arrives. Any family accruing three (3) late pick up fees will be required to have an administrative conference to determine further attendance at ADHUS/FAU High School. To compensate the school for the cost of this program, the following fees are imposed and will be strictly enforced:

First Occurrence Written warning and signed acknowledgment of the school’s policy in Late Room Log
Second Occurrence $20.00 per FAMILY until 4:00pm. An additional $10.00 per FAMILY every 15 minutes after 4:00pm.
Subsequent Occurrences $20.00 per CHILD until 4:00 pm. An additional $10.00 per CHILD for every 15 minutes

After-School employees are not responsible for the administration of these fees. Parents/legal guardians will be billed for these fees according to the student pickup times. Any questions about the charges should be referred in writing to the administration of the school.

Please visit or under School Policies and locate the link "Fee Policy" to familiarize yourself with this fee policy.

FAU President's Gala

Please join President John Kelly and First Lady Carolyn Kelly on Saturday, April 4, at the President’s Gala. This will be a spectacular evening celebrating Florida Atlantic University!

Career Day

Calling all pilots, bakers, athletes, entrepreneurs, and more! Get excited for A.D. Henderson's first Career Day! The month of February is Career Education Month and on Friday, February 7, 2020 you could have the opportunity to showcase your career to our students. If you are interested in presenting your career, please "Save the Date" and use the link on the flyer below to sign-up!

Testing Information

In April, all students in grades 4-10 will participate in the Florida Statewide Assessment (FSA) for Writing. The test is administered in a one – 120-minute session. The grades 4-6 assessment is paper-based, while the grades 7-10 assessment is computer-based.

Each year the school creates a schedule of state assessments. Here you can find the 2019-20 Test Calendar with anticipated dates for grades and state assessments. The document is subject to change based on space, weather, or other events that may influence initial dates. However, you may use the document for planning. Parent testing alert letters can be found here for your convenience. Direct any testing questions to Gina Sands. Parent testing alert letters can be found here for your convenience. Direct any testing questions to Gina Sands.

MS NJHS & SGA Charitable Collection

Each month, NJHS and MS SGA host a collection in the morning circles to benefit a local charitable agency. In January, the group collected animal supplies for Tri-County and the Humane Society. Please look for information on our monthly collections. We have officially kicked-off the Lego collection, where all collected Legos go back to the company to be recycled.

Parent/Guardian and Student FOCUS Accounts

NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR – Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 School year will REQUIRE a parent/guardian account. Now is an excellent time to set up your FOCUS account! RE-ENROLLMENT WILL BEGIN MID-FEBRUARY, 2020, AND WILL CONCLUDE MARCH 15, 2020. 

Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to set up their FOCUS account now!

New parent/guardian FOCUS accounts

  1. Please go to the FOCUS link and select "Parents/Guardians:  Click here to create an account or add a child to your existing account".  
  2. Follow the instructions for creating a new parent/guardian account.  Please select the option: "I DO NOT have an Account Registered on the Parent Portal, but my child is Actively Enrolled."
  3. You must use an email associated with your student's account
  4. Once your account is verified by the school you may download the FOCUS community app – see instructions below!

Student FOCUS accounts

Students who log into FOCUS will use a FIXED user name (10 digit student ID) and a pre-set password (DOB in this format WITH slashes MM/DD/YY).   Students must come into the front office if they need a password reset.  

If you have any questions or concerns regarding using or creating a FOCUS account, please do not hesitate to contact A. D. Henderson University School/FAU High front office at 561-297-3970. They are here to assist you Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm You may also email

A.D. Henderson & FAU HS FOCUS Community App

A.D. Henderson & FAU High School FOCUS now has a community app for iPhone and Android users available through your phone's application store. The app provides easy access to student grades and attendance, plus quick links for activity fee and lunch payments, PTO, Aftercare, Uniforms, Athletics, Calendars, Lunch Menu, and more. See Instructions for the app HERE.

PTO Update

The Kindergarten Father’s Day Breakfast was Friday, January 31st. It was a wonderful celebration for everyone involved! The kindergarten students sang and shared the morning with their fathers and father figures. Gun Club Café, West Palm Beach, provided a delicious breakfast. 

The PTO will also kick-off the Annual Color Run on February 21st at lunchtime with students. The official run day is March 20th. More Color Run information coming home soon!

The next PTO General Meeting is scheduled for the middle of May at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. We will celebrate our school volunteers. A very special thank you to all of the parents that support the PDD Luncheons with food or monetary donations. The teachers and staff appreciate your generosity.  


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.


Remember, please support the PTO by purchasing school merchandise on the PTO Website. Do not miss the new spirit gear - logo socks; proceeds go to support the athletic department. You can support the PTO throughout the year by sending in your Box Tops and when shopping at Office Depot, Target, or Amazon. These contributors help us raise capital to support the school, faculty, and staff with resources.

You might also consider purchasing the photos from school events. Professional photographer Ana Ansarov of Ana’s Creatives captures school events and offers the images for sale to benefit the PTO. Simply visit her website for purchasing pictures of school events. Finally, the PTO introduced a partnership initiative at the beginning of the year, the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School PTO Business Sponsorship Program. There are three levels of contributions to customize your business donation. 

It is never too late to join the PTO, and we encourage each family and teacher to join the ADHUS PTO and attend events and meetings. Participation helps build a sense of community and support for our school. Please volunteer and support one or even two committees; your commitment will have a significant impact on your school. 

Every volunteer hour counts, so please make sure you log your hours! You can reach us via email at or by phone 561-297-0491. For more information, please visit our PTO website.

Best wishes in the New Year! 
-Your PTO Board

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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