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


Vol. 4, No. 2, September 2019

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

September 2
No School - Labor Day
September 5
PTO Room Parent Meeting
Ms. Marin's Classroom - 6P
September 7
PTO Football Tailgate - FAU vs. UCF
A.D. Henderson Parking Lots - 4P
September 13
Quarter 1 Progress Reports
September 24 - 25
Individual Yearbook Photos
Media Center
September 25
Dads Take Your Child to School Day
Drop Off-Circles - 7:30A
September 30
No School - Fall Holiday
October 2
PTO General Meeting
Cafetorium - 6P
October 4
Noon Dismissal
October 9
No School - Fall Holiday

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation as the school year is off to a great start. I was pleased to see so many of you at our August Open House events and the first PTO meeting. These events serve as an excellent opportunity to provide information, review school and classroom policies, and share safety procedures. One of the discussions focused on Code Red and other Safety Drills. The School Counseling team has written a post with some suggestions for addressing safety drills with students. Last year we created a parent resource for families to discuss safety drills with your students that still has a lot of pertinent information. Whenever possible, we will explain and communicate our safety drills through our alert system. To ensure that you receive notification of all happenings on campus, please check your email in the FOCUS system.

As we prepare our families and homes for Hurricane Dorian, I ask all of you to please be safe and to monitor all forms of communication from FAU and A.D. Henderson regarding campus updates. We will be sending out information via our messaging systems, social media, and websites as we monitor the campus. Please check the FAU Advisory webpage for information regarding the FAU campus.

As a reminder, dismissal will continue to become more efficient as all families adhere to the SchoolPass dismissal process and have their car tags on their dashboard when entering the campus. Please make sure that you have signed up for SchoolPass and update changes to your child's daily dismissal in the system no later than 1:00 pm. The system still shows that several parents/guardians have yet to sign-up for the system. Grade level administrators will be contacting you to ensure your information is on file in the system.

With the school year only beginning, there is plenty of time to become a member of our Business Sponsor Program. This new program is a great way to support public education while attracting families to your business. Each level offers different opportunities, allowing you to choose a package that best suits the needs of your business. For more information, please contact Valerie Rivera at or visit the PTO website - we only have a few silver memberships left!

We look ahead to a school year full of continued improvement and many opportunities for you to join in on everything A.D. Henderson & FAU High School has coming up. We have several family events just around the corner where we hope you and your children will be able to join the fun. PTO will be hosting a Tailgate on September 7 starting at 4:00 pm as the FAU Owls take on the UCF Knights! Dads, don't forget that September 25 is Take Your Child to School Day, where you can also get a quick picture with your child before class begins. We can't wait to see you all there!

#owlsimpact #owlsignite


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

New K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund

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.

Read Superintendent, Dr. Joel Herbst’s full letter here

Make your impact felt today!

Elementary School Updates, by Alyson Rodriguez

Reader's Workshop
Our amazing teachers are well underway with Reader's Workshop! 4th Grade Teachers served up a delicious "Book Tasting" where students explored multiple book genres, exposing them beyond the kinds of books they usually pick up. Student engagement was at an all-time high as students flipped through biographies, historical fiction, poetry, and much more. 

1st Grade Book Shopping
1st Grade Teachers kicked off Reader's Workshop with Book Shopping! Students were introduced to the classroom library by filling their book baggies with various fiction and non-fiction books of interest. These first graders admittedly shopped until they dropped - with a good book of course.

Open House 2019
Elementary Open House 2019 was a huge success! We were proud to witness classrooms filled with parents eager to learn about our teacher-generated curriculum, best practices for instruction, school-wide/classroom expectations, and events to foster student achievement. Thank you to all parents that were in attendance - the 19-20 school year is off to a great start!

Middle School Updates, by Connie Hoff

THANK YOU to everyone who was able to attend our Middle School Open House last week! Our teachers were excited to meet with you each class period. We hope we were able to provide a glimpse into your child's life as a middle schooler!

Mrs. Hallstrom and Ms. Hoff pull a grade report every Monday to be sure all students are meeting their potential. Students who fall to a D/F in a class will conference with Mrs. Hallstrom, and, if necessary, a support plan will be put in place to help each child who needs extra assistance. Parents, please continue to monitor FOCUS grades, Google Classroom, and student agendas. If your child is concerned about their progress in class, encourage them to reach out to the teacher for extra help. It takes a village, and we have a great one here at A.D. Henderson! 

Friendly Social Media Reminder
We met with the entire student body recently regarding social media use and how making decisions outside of school can affect their future. Specifically, we reminded them that nothing on the internet is private, and their decisions today can affect them in the coming years as they apply to high schools and colleges. Please continue to discuss social media decisions with your children as they navigate the world of technology.

High School Update, by Christine Rick

The FAU High School welcomes the students back to campus.  We are excited for an awesome year!  

Class Meetings Schedule
As mentioned last month, mandatory class meetings will provide students with information that is extremely important for ALL students. The class meetings and parent workshop schedule can be found on this image.

Welcome back from TCI!

Congratulations to Connor Cane who spent part of his summer at the United Space School in Houston, Texas. Connor was one of only four students to represent the United States and only one of 47 students from across the world to participate in this elite program. To read more about Connor's experience, please visit us here.

TCI Club Schedule

With the approach of STEM-related competitions, we have finalized The Cane Institute club schedule. Please read more here to see the clubs & schedules available to your child.

Robot Drone League

Robot Drone League is kicking off their competitive season on Saturday, September 7 at 1 pm at FAU TechRunway.  Make sure you visit and see the new competition course and experience the new challenge!  

Directions to FAU Tech Runway

Robot Drone League competition dates have also been announced.  We will be competing on the following days at FAU Tech Runway.  Come and support The Cane Institute at the robot drone competitions!

  • Saturday, September 28 
  • Saturday, October 19
  • Saturday, November 23
  • Saturday, December 14 - Championship

JV Underwater Robotics

SeaPerch announced the 2020 course we will be competing in! Visit the SeaPerch website to learn more about the new course.  This year's international SeaPerch competition will be held at the University of Massachusetts, College Park in the Washington, DC area on May 30-31, 2020.  We are looking forward to another great year!

Stay up to date with all events and announcements within The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies by following us on our social media platforms:

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OPK12 Research Committee / Research Collaborations

We are starting the school year with some exciting new collaborations and working on reaching out to potential collaborators in a broad range of departments. Here are the projects we are currently involved in:  

  • Oscar Curet, an ocean engineering researcher, received an NSF CAREER grant to support his research and educational outreach. Dr. Curet will give a  lecture on animal swimming and bio-propulsion to Dr. Tift's Exploring Research class and then supervise a hands-on activity with a robotic fish.
  • 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. If you do not want your child to participate, you may fill out an Opt-Out form and submit that to their teacher. 

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.

FAU High School Research Program

The research program is back in full swing! The 9th-grade students heard from Dr. Amy Tift about her path in research and will participate in a small experiment to analyze how facial expressions influence stress. Additionally, this semester we have upperclassmen taking our Introduction to Research and Research Methods 2 (RM2) courses. Both classes will get to talk to Peer Mentors from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) to learn about all the opportunities available to research students. Finally, we wish the best of luck to our RM2 students who will be applying for their first undergraduate research grants this semester!

Owls Athletics

Our Fall Sports (HS/MS/Ele Cross Country, MS Flag Football, HS Swimming, and HS/MS Girls Volleyball) have officially started.  Please go to our athletic website,, to stay up to date with game/meets/practice schedules.  Also, there is an ALERT section on the main page that will be updated if there are any last-minute changes.  We will also post these changes to our Twitter account so please make sure you are following us there - @Athletic_Owls

Please remember that any forms for athletic participation must be filled out BEFORE showing up at try-outs. All forms can be downloaded from our athletic website.

  1. Elementary- FHSAA EL2 (signed by a doctor) or School Health Entry Form
  2. Middle School- FHSAA EL2 and EL3
  3. High School- FHSAA EL2 and EL3.  If you are a transfer, then GA4 must be completed as well.

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Visit us for all A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Athletics Schedules, Information & News

Henderson After School Program - HASP News

The Henderson After School Program (HASP) is off to a busy start. Thanks to a strong team of counselors, HASP started on Wednesday, August 14. Enrollment in HASP is now closed. Students in different grade levels will participate in a host of activities, and special events as they are available.

Each grade level schedule includes time for homework, outdoor/indoor play, technology, and team building. Enrichment and community programs are incorporated, as available. The FAU High 9th Grade Program also includes Adulting 101, a transitional program facilitated by Dr. Tift. The weekly program will incorporate life skills, university events, and organizational strategies. A.D. Henderson & FAU High School initiated tutoring will be getting underway for HASP students in the next few weeks. 

The HASP Parent Manual is available on the school's website and here 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. Thanks for all you do!

Title I Quarterly Family Newsletter

Last spring, we conducted a survey that helped to determine the success of our Title I Program and the Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP). Results of that survey indicated that families wanted more information about programs, plans (including the PFEP and School Improvement Plan), and services available to students who qualify. In response to the survey results and the desire to constantly improve communication with all our families, we are launching the Title I Quarterly Family Newsletter beginning with this quarters's issue.

Please feel free to provide feedback or suggestions by completing this (very) short survey.

General School Reminders

Who Are School Counselors?

According to the American School Counselor Association (2019), school counselors are “certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. School counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions.”

At A.D. Henderson & FAU High School, our K-12 School Counseling Program seeks to provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate counseling program for all students. Please visit the K-12 School Counseling Program website to learn about counseling services and school counselors available to students and families as part of the comprehensive K-12 team.

Visit the American School Counselor Association website to learn more about school counselors and how they help students.

Parent/Guardian and Student FOCUS Accounts

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.

Safety & Compliance

ID Badges
Students MUST have their ID on at all times. If a student arrives at school without one, they will be given a temporary tag from the front office. If the student has not returned to the office showing proof of ID by 8:00 am the parent's fee account will be charged $10 for a replacement. The charge will occur even if the student has the badge at home or on campus if the office cannot verify they are wearing it before the 8:00 bell. If a student forgets their ID, parents or guardians have until 8:00 am to bring it to their child to not be charged for a replacement ID.

IDs are for your child's security; please reiterate the importance of wearing them at all times while on campus. We appreciate your cooperation and support to ensure safety on our campus.

K-8 parents, please remember to follow the Dress Code when sending students with jackets, sweatshirts, or sweaters over their uniform. Students may wear solid color (red, white, or navy blue) outerwear or FAU / A.D. Henderson outerwear.  All other jackets, sweatshirts, and sweaters are out of Dress Code. We appreciate your support in following these guidelines. The Dress Code can be found on the policies section of the school website.

Traffic & Parking Reminders

Cell phones are not permitted while driving in the drop-off/pick-up circles. NO TEXTING & DRIVING – this is a primary offense that FAU PD will pull you over for.

Traffic circles are for drop-off and pick-up only.  Do not park your car in either of the circular drives at any time, as this is a fire lane. Parents will be ticketed if parking or standing in any other lots on FAU campus.

All red zones are reserved for faculty and staff parking and cars parked in these spots must have a valid FAU parking tag as part of FAU police services.  Parking for parents and guests is limited to the white-lined spaces and back grass lot. 

Drop-off may occur at either circle. Students must then proceed to their grade level's designated area while waiting for the bell to begin the school day. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 am and students will be marked tardy if entering the building after the 8:00 bell. Parents must sign students in when arriving late. 

School Pass

We continue to work through the SchoolPass system to ensure your account is updated.  Parents, please log in to the system to ensure all your children are assigned to your carpool and that their dismissal defaults are correct (either carpool, aftercare [activity] or walker [activity]). You MUST change the Dismissal Default if you want your child attending aftercare or to be a walker. Daily changes will not stay in place permanently. Please email if you are having trouble or need to confirm your child's dismissal default. It is best to use a computer versus the app. Parents that are new to the school will receive an email from SchoolPass when their account has been set up.

Please make sure that there is a valid license plate assigned to your carpool. DO NOT make changes to the child's assigned circle. Their assigned circle is based on their grade level or if they have siblings.

If for some reason, your password was reset and you are having trouble accessing your account, type the word password to access your account.

Please visit the help section for additional information about adding drivers or plate numbers to your account.

Please make sure your child's teacher and your child are aware of how they get home each day to ensure your child is dismissed appropriately.

Dismissal Procedures

Our color-coding system assists the staff in locating your child. Please use car tags daily at dismissal. The front sidewalks are painted to match the circle colors.

Please use the left lane when entering Henderson campus for the Blue (1st) Circle (West-Main Entrance). Students in grades K-2 / 6-7 should be picked up in the Blue (1st) Circle.

Please use the right lane when entering Henderson campus for the Red (2nd) Circle (East Entrance).  Students in grades 3-5 / 8-12 should be picked up in the Red (2nd) Circle.

Car tags are color-coded according to the appropriate grade level. Car tags MUST be visible on the dashboard of your vehicle to pick-up all students. If you do not have a tag for your car, or your tag is not visible, please be prepared to show ID or make sure your SchoolPass account is updated.

Please use this form to order your car tag if you have not received one – or to request additional tags when necessary.

Students riding in carpools or vehicles with siblings must always be picked up at the youngest rider's assigned circle. In this case, please place all car tags on the dash regardless of circle color.

Review the Following Guidelines for Drop-Off and Pick-Up:

  • Enter campus at the Main Entrance.
  • Proceed to the designated circle to drop-off and pick-up children.
  • Use the passenger side of the vehicle for dropping off and picking up.  Do not let children exit through a door that opens into traffic and never get out of your vehicle while in the traffic loop.
  • Do not use cell phones while in a drop-off or pick-up circle.
  • Always display car tags during dismissal.
  • Pull forward in the car line to the first available marker or until the car in front stops.
  • Do not pass other vehicles if you finish before the car in front of you.
  • Avoid opening car trunks in the car line.  If items need to be taken out of the car's trunk, please park in one of the parking lots.
  • Make sure you have a rainy-day plan worked out ahead of time if your child walks or rides a bicycle.  All bikes must be parked at the bike racks in the first and second circle during the school day.
  • The busiest times are 7:50 am - 8:00 am and the first fifteen (15) minutes after the dismissal bell.


FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.

By accessing FortifyFL, students can provide a description of the threat, share pictures, and videos and optionally submit their contact information. Submissions can be anonymous or non-anonymous. Submitting a tip is quick and easy using the mobile app or website

Stellar School Accreditation Review

Last April, an accreditation review team comprised of educators from around the State, conducted a thorough review of our leadership, teaching and learning, and operational practices.  The results were outstanding. Out of 30 standards assessed, 21 received the highest rating of Exceeds Expectations, and nine scored as Meets Expectations. The review team also highlighted the following areas of strength:

  1. intentional use of data to improve instruction
  2. providing students opportunities to be successful and meet their learning goals
  3. authentic use of technology for engagement
  4. commitment to student support through a comprehensive counseling program

A.D. Henderson and FAU High School also far surpassed other school accreditation reviews. The team recognized our dedication to continuous improvement and encouraged maintaining the drive and determination for success that was evident in the feedback provided by staff, faculty, parents, and students. The review team leader stated, "By not resting on their laurels, A.D. Henderson and FAU High will continue to remain one of the premier schools in the nation."

This accreditation review is a direct result of the incredible commitment of our staff, faculty, families, students, partners, and University.  We thank you all and a special thanks to the individuals who participated in the accreditation review.

2019-2020 School Yearbook

Advertising in 2020 School Yearbook
Please show your support by advertising in the 2020 school yearbook. Both full-color business and student recognition ads are available for purchase. Each student receives a yearbook. Advertising payments must be made by December 2. Directions are found on this flyer.


Optional Yearbook Customization
Each student will receive a yearbook. Optional customization is available for an additional fee. Crests, monograms, and student names with or without icons can be printed on the yearbook cover. Pricing begins at $7. Please view the flyer for directions.


PTO Update


The ADHUS PTO is excited about the 2019-20 school year and thank all of the parents that attended our first general meeting. We are very thankful for your past support of PTO events and look forward to your participation and support again this year. Our successful fundraising has enabled us to provide funds for school traditions, needed classroom supplies, technology, sports equipment, fountains, furniture, as well as many other events and programs. 

ADHUS PTO using Remind
Great news! ADHUS PTO is using Remind to send important updates and information easily. Please follow this link to join!

Business Sponsorship Program
The PTO also recently kicked off a new initiative in partnership with the school, the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School PTO Business Sponsorship Program. There are three levels of contributions to customize your business donation.

ADHUS PTO FAU vs. UCF Tailgate
We have our first FAU PTO Tailgate event taking place on 9/7. Our own FAU Owls take on the UCF Knights. The game starts at 7:00 pm and tailgating at A.D. Henderson begins at 4:00 pm. All parents can purchase tickets and parking passes, but there are exclusive deals for PTO members! Please check out the details on this FAU PTO Tailgating Flyer.


FLDOE Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads you are invited to the FLDOE DADS Take Your Child to School Day in the circles on Wednesday morning, September 25, 2019. We will once again have FAU athletes to meet and greet all dads as you get a quick picture with your child before school. While in line, PTO members will be there to share information regarding PTO volunteer opportunities at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School, especially for dads! 

PTO Volunteer Opportunities
The 2019-20 calendar includes many of the family events you have come to enjoy over the last 50 years, as well as new and innovative additions. Please remember, you can always 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.

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 great 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.

The next General PTO Meeting is October 2 at 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

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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