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A.D. Henderson University School &
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Vol. 2, No. 7, February 2018

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

February 8
10th Grade Parent Workshop
Cafetorium - 8:15A
February 16
Progress Reports
February 19
No School - President's Day
February 21
SAB Meeting
Media Center - 5:30P

PTO General Meeting
Cafetorium - 6:00P
March 1
FSA Writing (9th Grade)
March 2
FSA Writing (10th Grade)

Rainbow Run Kick-Off
Cafetorium - 1:00P

Principal Spotlight

This has been a very busy month here at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School, that has also made me incredibly proud of our school and students! If you take a moment to look at the impact, we have as an organization I am sure you will feel the same sense of pride:

We hosted a team of educators from a University, a District, as well as a multi-million dollar company to share how we educate our students. While also hosting Ted Deutch, who presented our school with a $2.4 million grant. We held our annual spelling bee and will have representatives go on to the district level competition. Students and their parents had a "STEM"tacular time at STEAM night organized by Allan Phipps and Carol O'Leary. Cara Pavek and Jenny O'Sullivan presented at FETC and were a BIG HIT! I had the opportunity to chaperone a Model UN competition with Robin Barkes, which left me in awe. And just last night, I watched our basketball team play a fierce basketball game, as they celebrated their Senior Night game with their parents. I am constantly amazed and impressed at the level of talent in our program.

As we prepare for the upcoming state testing window, please take some time to become familiar with the testing schedule and review the testing information for each grade below. Students perform better at school when well-rested and prepared for the day. Make sure your student is coming to class on time, fully prepared, and ready to learn! #owlsignite

Go Owls!


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

Campus Highlights

Elementary School Highlight, by Alyson Rodriguez

Thank you to all my elementary teachers that have sent their videos to Ms. Rubin to create their QR code for outside the classroom. I have been checking out all the awesome activities you have been doing with your students and listening to them explain all they have learned. Keep up the great work!  #owlsignite

Secondary Update, by Connie Hoff

The 8th grade students in the critical thinking elective course will have the opportunity to learn about financial literacy using the game of Monopoly. The session is only for a few weeks but it will allow the students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage financial resources. Special thanks to Sid and Patricia Breman for working with our Instructional Specialist, Kimberly Hallstrom, on integrating the financial literacy content into the critical thinking curriculum.

High School Science Olympiad

Thirty students from the FAU High School Science Olympiad Team traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to compete in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament. Teams from around the world participated in over 25 events, including Astronomy, Chemistry Lab, Ecology, Forensics, Hovercraft, Microbe Mission, Remote Sensing, and Thermodynamics. FAU High students experienced visits to historic Boston, Harvard University, and competed in the tournament on the M.I.T. campus in Cambridge. Laureen Meroueh, M.I.T. doctoral student and energy entrepreneur, and FAU High ’10 alumna, provided FAU High students with a personal tour of her research lab and projects. Laureen’s “research is performed under Professor Gang Chen in the Nanoengineering Group on large-scale thermal energy storage systems, characterizing thermal transport in soft materials through modeling and experiment, and first principles calculations of phonon and electron transport.”

United State Senator Marco Rubio (R) Florida visits FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School

On January 12, 2018, Congressman Marco Rubio visited A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School to witness firsthand the innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education being offered to our students. The tour showcased the schools’ robotics and unique dual-enrollment programs. Dr. Joel Herbst demonstrated various projects in the STEM lab including a robotic hand, drones, 3D printing, laser cutting, etching, printing, CAD design, electric vehicle development, as well as autonomous robotics and water robotics.

Congressman Ted Deutch Recognizes FAU Lab Schools

Congressman Deutch Announces $2.24 Million Grant for FAU Lab Schools and Recognizes Devin Willis as Discovery Education 3M Finalist
On Tuesday, January 23, we welcomed Congressman Ted Deutch to A.D. Henderson and FAU High School to recognize Devin Willis as a Discovery Education 3M Finalist. Devin’s award recognizes his outstanding research and cancer detection prototype. The Congressman reveled at Devin’s accomplishments and the innovation of our high school program and partnership with FAU. 
Congressman Deutch also awarded FAU Lab Schools the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. FAU will receive $2.24 million over five years. This grant initiative, FAU Academies of Innovation and Research (FAU-AIR), will expand academic and social emotional services that include enhancing advising and counseling activities, establishing a near-peer mentoring model for students transitioning into university courses, and implementing additional evidence-based activities to meet the unique needs of the school’s gifted and talented population.
We are delighted to be recognized for our groundbreaking education practices and hope that our example will open the door to affordable higher education for more talented students.

Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee was held on Friday, and it was a tense-filled room. The participants were calm and well-prepared. Congratulations to all of the spelling bee classroom winners!

Congratulations to all of the spelling bee classroom winners!
First Grade - Olivia Jacques, Juliette Moccia, Angela Ostheimer 
Second Grade - Mason DeSiato, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Benjamin Slive
Third Grade - Maya Bourak, Marina Joseph, Natalia Carreno Lukasik
Fourth Grade - Reese Celesti, Annie Delgado, Emma Hess
Fifth Grade - Josh Eisen, Nicholas Ostheimer, Cristian Rosado
Sixth Grade - Graham Herkenrath, Gabby Matire, Gabe Pettener, Alexandra To
Seventh Grade - Adam Ahnich, Vinu Suthakaran, Aubrey Waldman, Elise Young
Eighth Grade - Zebedee McKee, Dominic Palomino, Gabriel Taveras, Ashley Ulbrich

Kudos to the winners! Caitlin O’Sullivan and Benjamin Slive emerged as winners of the Elementary Bee. Gabriel Taveras and Ashley Ulbrich won the Secondary Bee, where both students will represent ADHUS at the Regional Bee in Palm Beach.

FAU High School Research Update

Some of our students recently visited the ISense Labs over in Engineering East, where they saw the facilities, equipment, and technology used creating in “smart sensing” solutions for fields from medicine to storm mitigation.  They heard about the summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates program, hosted by ISense, and several students plan to apply for the paid summer internship. Also, a big shout out goes to Rebecca Tesmond and Caralin Branscum. While Caralin is finishing her last semester of her undergraduate degree, the Criminal Justice department has allowed her to take two graduate seminars for dual-credit. Rebecca finished her Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business and Trade and her high school diploma this past fall. This semester she officially begins working towards her Masters of Science in Economics from FAU. Seven FAUHS researchers competed in the Palm Beach County Science and Engineering Fair in mid-December. We were notified that all seven students will win an award at the January 18th ceremony, and several will hopefully qualify for the state competition. Lastly, congrats to those FAUHS student and alum below who recently won FAU Undergraduate Research Grants to fund their research projects.

  • Noa Abiri
  • Gabriela Alvarez
  • Ayse Demircan
  • Willow Hearne
  • Meer Sajida Hossain
  • Natalia Perez Baez
  • Kayla Sloan
  • Alaina Tillman
  • Sydney Yu

Math Team Competes at FAU

Recently, the Math Department sent a select group of students to compete at FAU Math Day. Our students were very competitive and took home several awards. Well done!

General Reminders

Activity Fee and Payment Schedule for 2018-2019

The activity fee payment schedule has been amended to require the first payment for the 2018-2019 school year to be paid no later than March 15, 2018 and the final activity fee payment to be paid no later than July 15, 2018.  Please see the attached letter for detailed information.

Parent & Visitor Parking

Please remember when parking at school to use only spots designated as white spaces or the gravel area on the east side of campus.  Please do not park in the red spots for those designated for FAU faculty and staff or Slattery.

Museum of Discovery and Science

FAU High and The College of Science are hosting a weekend exhibit entitled “Self-Driven” on February 17-19 at the Museum of Discovery Science, Fort Lauderdale. If you are looking for something to do for the long weekend, please bring the family and come out to support this event.  The exhibit will include drones, autonomous rovers, animatronic owls, and more! 

ESOL Program Testing

English Language Learner (ELL) students in our ESOL Program have begun their state required ACCESS testing. The testing window runs from January 29th- March 23. All active ELL students must take this assessment which tests speaking, listening, reading and writing. Informational flyers were sent home with your child on 1/26/2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Lyndsay Tolerton at

PTO Event Update

The PTO General Meeting is scheduled for February 21st at 6:00pm, please try to attend. March 2nd the Color Run fundraiser will kick-off. The MS March Madness Night has been switched to March 16th, 6:00-8:00pm. The Color Run will take place on March 23rd. As always, for up-to-date information and volunteer opportunities check out the PTO Website.

Upcoming State Required Tests

As you plan your second semester, please keep testing dates in mind. Official testing letters are listed below for each grade level. The overview indicates which days and grades will be testing. If you have any specific test-related questions, please direct them to Gina Sands at

Yearbook Personalization, by Nan Hert

STEM Update

STEM Night

STEM Night was another huge success!  Thank you to all the parents, students and staff that came out to support STEM night.  We would like to give a special thank you to the PTO who sponsored the event and coordinated the amazing volunteers! 

Owls Athletics

Sports TryOuts

On Tuesday 2/6/18 and Thursday 2/8/18 Middle School Track try-outs will take place from 3:00 - 4:15 and is open to both boys and girls in grades 6-8.  On Thursday 2/8/18 Elementary Track try-outs will take place from 2:30 - 4:00 and is open to both boys and girls in grades 3-5.  Please go to for more information.

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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.
(F.S. 228.053)
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