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


Vol. 3, No. 4, October 2018

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

October 9-10
Middle School Hispanic Heritage Month Museum
Media Center
October 11
FAU High School Open House
Barry Kaye Auditorium - 6:00P
October 13
PSAT / NMSQT Test - 10th & 11th Grade Students
October 19
No School - Teacher Work Day
October 26
2:30 Dismissal - No Aftercare
November 7
A.D. Henderson Day @ FAU Women's Basketball
FAU V. Hampton Pirates
FAU Basketball Arena - 11:00A
November 12
No School - Veteran's Day (Observed)

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

The school year is off to an amazing start! Just last week, A. D. Henderson & FAU High School received one of the highest honors bestowed on US Schools, our school has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. The program was created in 1982 to recognize schools that have demonstrated excellence in education and have successfully closed the achievement gap. As a second time recipient (first in 2004) of this honor, Henderson has a long history of excellence, hard work, high standards, and innovative ideas. Our current honor reflects the commitment of our faculty, staff, and students, as well as the many dedicated parents and community members that make our school a top performer. Please view the links to learn more about National Blue Ribbon Schools Program EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982. 


September has been a busy month, beyond our recent honor. We have hosted numerous back to school and PTO events. The first week of September we kicked-off our 50th Anniversary year with a Football Tailgate with over 300 people in attendance. STEM Night was a wonderful success; students in K-8 enjoyed the presentations shared by the high school students. Most recently, we participated in the FLDOE’s Dads Take Your Child to School Day. An event created to encourage dads to be involved with their child’s school. On the morning of 9/26, we welcomed 140 dads. Both events were captured in pictures available through the PTO.

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the parents that joined me at my recent coffee chat. The morning proved to be a positive, open dialogue in an informal setting to share ideas, questions, and concerns. A number of topics were on the agenda, and some of the information is contained below. 

The K-12 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative led by the counseling team recently shared a publication about school safety and code red conversations with children and adolescents. The document was well-received by parents, with suggestions for future topics like communicating with their child about bullying. This month’s topic is in recognition of National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. 

A quick update on the school’s technology including the updated website. As hopefully most of you have noticed, the A.D. Henderson website has undergone some major changes. We believe the new organizational structure allows for easier access and quicker retrieval of information. By embracing the idea of using a longer single webpage, we are able to accommodate for viewing on cell phones and tablets, but still have links down the left side of each page to help you navigate the information on a desktop computer. Website Cheat Sheet

Students continue adjusting well to the devices and platforms being offered. However, we as adults can all use a little help in understanding. New this year, middle and elementary will offer Tech Nights. An opportunity for parents and guardians to come in and learn more about the school’s technology. Please view this flyer and fill out the form if you are interested please see the
Parent Tech Night Flyer/Interest Form

The school has also introduced the email. This resource is designed for you to submit any of your technology questions and they will be directed to the correct person to address. Our transition to School Pass has been progressing nicely. The app will be expanded into aftercare and extracurricular activities in the coming months. Specific information will be sent as the program is implemented. Finally, being a Google District is an honor. The distinction provides opportunities for the school to beta test three Google products, which will be used by schools throughout the world. Not sure if Nicole has more to add. 

Regarding the topic of health and wellness, the school works closely with our cafeteria team from SLA Management to provide healthy choices. The group has done a wonderful job with offering students healthy, delicious food options and supporting the community. We will continue to support healthy habits throughout our school and look for ways we can be even better. SLA Newsletter

With all of these exciting opportunities, programs, and honors, I would like to organize a Campus Beautification Day. This would be a community event to complete a few projects around the school. A Saturday will be scheduled in late January for the event. If you are interested in helping, or perhaps have a company with a particular skill/talent, please complete the Google Form if you are willing and able to support our beautification project.

In closing, there are many reasons why our school continues to excel, but perhaps the most important is the communication between all stakeholders. As the current principal/director, I am very proud of all of the hard work that has gone into making our school a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Congratulations! I look forward to celebrating and collaborating as we continue our Journey of continuous improvement. 

Our different organizations have grown in social media presence, so please follow us on social media to view all we have to celebrate.

A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Twitter
A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Facebook
Principal Bees Twitter
PTO Twitter
PTO Facebook
The Cane Institute Twitter
The Cane Institute Facebook
FAU High School Research Twitter
Athletics Twitter


Go Owls!


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

Elementary School

5th Grade Book Clubs:
As part of the implementation of Readers Workshop in grades K-5, students have the opportunity to participate in book clubs. Books clubs give students an interactive way to discuss texts as well as builds independence, as they are accountable for specific tasks within the group structure. Book clubs help children develop important language skills and its discussions help children practice turn-taking, encourage them to use language to analyze, make predictions and solve problems, and provide them with opportunities to try out new vocabulary words.

Parent Tip: Engaging your children in talking about books is essential. Here are some question to engage your child in beneficial talk about the text they are reading.

Middle School

The Back2School Bash was a huge success! A couple of weeks ago, middle school students were able to come on campus for an evening of fun with friends. Students had a blast with their friends, teachers, counselors, and even FAU athletes. The middle school team is grateful to the PTO and FAU athletes for their support of the event.

Just a quick reminder about the parent website and academic support. Ms. Gamache is sharing the contributions of the middle school team through a Google Site for Middle School communication. On this site, you will find regular announcements, helpful links, calendar/schedules, counselor updates, PTO events, athletic schedules and forms, and a page dedicated to each grade level! Be sure to “favorite” this page and check it often for updates!
Academic support has also started for students in grades 6-8. Various teachers will be on hand every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:50-3:50 to offer support. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Students must register to participate, and it’s suggested to sign up at least one day in advance, so visit the Middle School website for all of the details!

FAU High School

Invitation to FAU High School Open House

National Merit Scholarship Competition

16 FAU High School students have been named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These high school seniors will now have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $31 million.

We are incredibly proud of these students' dedication and hard work and are looking forward to their accomplishments in high school, at FAU and beyond! Congratulations!


FAU Dress Code Reminder
Christine Rick, Assistant Principal

Dress Code Reminder: Although the students have been doing an excellent job with wearing their badges at all times, I have highlighted some of the other dress code violations that I have noticed especially with our young ladies.  As 9th graders on a campus of K-9th students, our high school is the only group that does not wear uniforms. It is important to respect the 9th graders’ choices, as they will be transitioning to the university campus; however, dress code must be followed. Often, we have prominent guests on campus tours that are extremely impressed with our students’ academic experiences, and we would like to put our best foot forward with our dress appearance as well.
Type: Students must wear an appropriate style shirt, such as a polo shirt, t-shirt, etc.
Presentation: Shirts must be appropriately sized.  No clothing item may be faded, frayed, or have holes.
Type prohibited: No tube tops, backless shirts, bare midriffs, or tank tops with straps less than three fingers wide are permitted. Shirts may not advertise or promote gangs, sex, drugs, or alcohol, and/or contain indecent, offensive, or suggestive wording.
Type: Students must wear an appropriate style bottom, such as, shorts, pants, or skorts.
Presentation: Pants must be appropriately sized and securely fastened at the waist. No clothing item may be faded, frayed or have holes.
Type prohibited: Shorts and skorts must not be rolled down at the waist and/or rolled up at the hem line, and must be within 2 inches of the knee.
Identification: Owl Card badges must be worn at all times while on the A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School campus. There is a $10 ID card replacement charge for any 9th grade student not wearing their FAU High School ID card and a $15 Owl card replacement charge.

Thank you on behalf of the FAU High School Interact Club!

The FAU High Interact Club would like to thank the entire Henderson/FAU High family for your support of their recent international outreach to help the flood victims in Kerala, India. The clothing collection drive was a huge success and your clothes are on their way to help people in need. Thank you!

New Technology Resource

A. D. Henderson University School & FAU High have created a technology resource for parents and students – the email. This resource is designed for you to submit any of your technology questions. There are many different devices being used in school and numerous applications that are supported. You are welcome to ask about any of the school’s applications or devices (examples – Google drive, School Pass, Focus, iPads, Kindle, Marketplace, Canvas, Chromebooks, etc.). Questions will be vetted to the proper personnel and you will receive a response within 48 hours. So please save this resource in a safe spot and get answers to your technology questions!

Upcoming School Reminders


Yearbook Personalization 

Henderson After School Program - HASP News

As the website has been updated, the Henderson After School Program (HASP) information has been moved. The 2018-2019 HASP Fee Schedule, Application, and payment link can be found at HASP will also be sharing information on SeeSaw in the coming weeks. Please make sure you secure your student’s QR code for access and updates.
Just a reminder about Aftercare and the new SchoolPass dismissal system, HASP parents are encouraged to come after 3:15pm and reminded that you will need to park in a spot until after 3:15 pm (and 12:45pm on noon dismissal days. Please remember, during the general student dismissal process no one may park in the circles. If you want to pick up at regular time you need to change the information on School Pass before 1:00 pm. If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, or if you would like more information, please contact


The ADHUS PTO has been very busy with the 50th Anniversary Tailgate, Family STEM Night, Dads Take Your Child to School Day, and Middle School Night Back2School Bash. The October general meeting was very informative, with presentations on Title I, SLA Management (our cafeteria), and an overview of the Parent Teacher Organization. All presentations are included for your convenience.
Please remember that 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 and funds for classroom supplies, technology, sports equipment, and many other school needs.
Every family is encouraged to join the ADHUS PTO, as well as attend events and meetings. All teachers have joined. Right now, the PTO is running a membership drive, so please consider joining this year, to build a sense of community and support for our school. You can reach the PTO via e-mail at or by phone 561-297-0491. For more information, please register at our new PTO website

OPK12 Research Committee/Research Collaborations

As a part of our mission to support and conduct research, we have several research collaborations currently happening in our school.  Here’s what’s happening now:

  • Dr. Charles Dukes and Dr. David Bjorkland, from FAU’s Department of Exceptional Student Education and Psychology Department, are investigating children’s moral reasoning and how they make moral judgements.  Parental consent forms have gone home with K, 2nd, and 7th graders and the project will begin very soon.  The study is still accepting consent forms so If you choose to allow your child to participate, please return the signed consent form to school asap.
  • Dr. Gizelle Anzures from FAU’s Department of Psychology is conducting a study to understand how children perceive and respond to different faces. She will be recruiting participants aged 5-10 and 9-14 for two different components of the study by passing out flyers at Halloween Howl. If you choose to allow your child to participate, you will be able to contact her directly and coordinate your child’s involvement.

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

Parent/Guardian FOCUS accounts

Dear Parents and Guardians,
A.D. Henderson University School/FAU High School has removed the parent/guardian account access for any accounts using the  “P72…” as the login/username. Due to this change a new parent/guardian account needs to be created.

***To create a new parent/guardian FOCUS account***

  • Go to the link: Parents/Guardians: Create a new FOCUS account
  • Follow the instructions for creating a new parent/guardian account. 
  • Please select:  “I DO NOT have an Account Registered on the Parent Portal, but my child is Actively Enrolled.”   
  • Please change your PASSWORD with your first log in to ensure ease in using your parent account.  (To change your password select:  My Info; Preferences: Password)
  • Any parent/guardian that uses their email address as the login/username does not have to create a new parent/guardian accountThis change only pertains to account login’s beginning with the letter “P” followed by “72…”.   
  • Student accounts will remain UNCHANGED.
FOCUS Parent Instructions

FAU High School Research Program

Our research students have had a very productive semester so far! Our 9th-grade students have heard from over ten guest speakers and are in the process of their paper presentations. Students also participated in a small psychology “facial feedback” experiment to look at how facial expressions influence stress (pictured below). We wish the best of luck to our Research Method 2 students as they write and submit their first grant proposals by October 15th. A final shout-out goes to Amrita Ghaness (alumni) and Devin Willis (current student) for representing the FAUHS Research Program at FAU’s inaugural Research Showcase, hosted by the Division of Research at Tech Runway (pictured below).

Left to right: Amrita Ghaness (alumni) and Devin Willis (current student)
 9th-grade students participating in a classroom experiment

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies Update

Family STEM Night

Family STEM Night was STEMtastic! Thank you to the amazing volunteers. We would not have been able to accomplish this evening without you. A very special thank you to the PTO for sponsoring this annual event.

Elementary Club Expo

The first Elementary Club Expo, held in conjunction with our Family STEM Night, was a huge success!  We had 195 students sign up for clubs and most were able to get their first or second choice.  These elementary clubs are getting underway and we are looking forward to an amazing year ahead!

Robot Drone League

Our Middle and High School Students competed in their first Robot Drone League event this year.  The next competition will be Saturday, October 20 at Tech Runway.  This is one of the most entertaining robotics events, so come out and cheer on our teams.  Go Owls!!!

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Owls Athletics

Our MS Sports Management classes have been working hard and we are pleased to announce our new athletic website.  Please check out our most up-to-date 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)
A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Title I Targeted Assistance Program.

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