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


Vol. 3, No. 12, June 2019

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

July 1
Free & Reduced Lunch Application Opens
July 15
2019 - 2020 -2nd Semester Activity Fees Due
July 24
Summer Uniform On-Site Sale
Media Center - 9:00A-12:00P
August 13
Meet the Teacher K-8
K-2 - 9:00A-10:00A
3-5 - 10:00A-11:00A
6-8 - 11:00A-12:00P
August 14
First Day of School (1st-9th)
Kindergarten staggered start letters to be sent later this summer

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

What a fabulous celebration our 50th year has been! Over the course of this past year, we celebrated with families, students, alumni, and the University. As a school, we once again proudly secured a National Blue Ribbon designation, and most recently were recognized as a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Recipient. These accolades attest to the tradition of quality educators, rigorous curriculum, and high standard of learning at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School. Your ongoing support and commitment makes this school rich in cultural diversity, fosters long-standing traditions, and encourages new innovative initiatives.
Though I am proud of all of our schoolwide accomplishments, the students are the true hallmark of a great school. In May, we celebrated student achievement – congratulations to all of the students that graduated and went through promotion ceremonies. Even though testing persisted much of May, we were still able to enjoy many end-of-year trips and culminating events. Up until the last days of school, academic and athletic teams were traveling and competing in local, state, and international competitions. All while other community members were preparing for summer programs - HEP, STEM and JROTC camps. You can always follow our proudest moments and amazing events on social media.

I would like to personally thank all the parents that took the time to complete the surveys. Your feedback helps the school know what parts are working well and areas that you feel need to be addressed. Moving forward, we will continue to focus on campus safety, student social-emotional support, and efficient methods of communication. We are making positive progress, but there remains much to do.
Finally, make sure you pay careful attention to summer assignments, school supplies, and important dates for next school year. Report cards will be sent home in the mail, and other information about the upcoming year will be conveyed electronically throughout the summer. This summer, we will debut the FOCUS App. An easy-to-use App that you download to your Smartphone, and just like that, you will be able to monitor your child’s account in the palm of your hand. The 2019-20 school year will be exciting, and I look forward to a year full of opportunities! Together, with an eye towards the future, we proudly embark on the next 50 years of educational innovation.
Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable summer with family and friends!


Go Owls!


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

Elementary Summer Resources, by Alyson Rodriguez

We had an awesome year at A.D. Henderson University School, working hard and enjoying all of the events and activities. Just know, I will miss you all this summer!
Our implementation of Readers Workshop this year just took off, and the kids were on fire with reading!  Keep that love of books alive this summer by continuing to read each day with your children!
Parents, check out this summer resources document for tons of apps, sites, and ideas to get students ready for the next grade. The 2019-20 school year will be here before you know it, and I can’t wait to see all of you back in the Fall. Enjoy the time away from school and have a wonderful summer break! 

Middle School, by Connie Hoff

The 2018-19 school year has come and gone so quickly. I have had the privilege of watching each of your children blossom into young men and women. It is amazing to me how many accomplishments the students have achieved in academics, sports, performing arts, leadership and STEM. Congratulations to our 8th graders, as they move on to the next phase of their educational journey at a new school. Clearly, they have the foundation to be successful at any high school.  


Summer is also a great opportunity to gain real-world experience, build friendships, relax and prepare for the next grade level. Students, remember to read your novel, complete your ALEKS pie and your Science Fair brainstorming activity. Ms. Gass, Mrs. Anderson, and Ms. Gamache are available for support through Google classroom over the summer.  
The 2019-2020 school year will be full of excitement. The teachers and staff are already busy developing innovative academic programs for students. I know it will be another dynamic year, and the middle school team is ready to take education to new levels! #owlsignite

High School Welcome, by Christine Rick

A warm welcome to all of the incoming 9th grade students. Mark your calendars! On August 9th (A-L) and August 12 (M-Z) the High School will host orientation sessions in preparation for the upcoming year. Incoming freshmen and parents will tour the school, attend informational sessions, and interact with current students. We are looking forward to you joining the OWL family. 

Just a reminder to all incoming 9th grade students, remember to complete the summer assignments below. Instructions are available in the links and you may direct any questions to the teacher listed.

Incoming 9th grade Summer Assignments

There is a teacher-moderated blog ALL students can use over the summer to ask questions, participate in discussions, and get to know one another.

United Space School

Congratulations to FAU High School student, Connor Cane! He was one of two students selected to represent the United States, in the planning of a Mars mission with NASA scientists and engineers, at the United Space School. Click here to read about this exciting opportunity.

Science Fair

Congratulations to Hannah Herbst! Hannah was awarded First Place and Best of Fair in her category, Translational Medical Science, at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix. She also received two special awards!


Our middle and high school SECME teams will travel to the University of Florida for the SECME National Competition June 25th - June 27th. Last month, our middle school SECME teams won 1st place in every category and are the District Champions! The high school SECME team won 2nd place overall and 1st place in the mouse trap car! Earlier this year the Elementary team won 1st place overall and 1st place in several events! 

MATE Underwater Robotics

On May 4, 2019, The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies hosted the Florida Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education Underwater Robotics Tournament in collaboration with FAU College of Engineering, FAU College of Science, and TechGarage. This tournament was a huge success with over 47 teams registered from all over the state of Florida. We would like to send a huge thank you to all the volunteers that came out to support this event. We could not have made this a success without you! Our very own A.D. Henderson Middle School team won 3rd place overall, competing against middle and high school students from all over the state. The FAU High School team received the gROVer award, which they earned for showing gracious professionalism while helping to support numerous teams throughout the competition.


The Cane Institute was excited to announce that four-middle school SeaPerch teams qualified for the International Seaperch Challenge that was held at the University of Maryland in the Washington, D.C. area from June 1st to 3rd. Fourteen students traveled to compete and represent ADHUS at this international tournament.  Way to go Owls!

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OPK12 Research Committee / Research Collaborations

We’ve had a very productive year with many interesting collaborations. We’ve already begun to establish more collaborations for the Fall and are starting to reach out to faculty from different departments. In the meantime, two of our researchers are still looking for more participants, so please reach out to them if you are interested in letting your child participate.

  • Katy Brooks and Dr. Nancy Jones from FAU’s Department of Psychology are still looking for more participants for their study on how well children can recognize emotions. If you have a Kindergarten, 1st grader, 2nd grader, or 3rd grader, and would like your child to participate in this study, you can email Katy Brooks
  • Another student from Dr. Jones’ lab, Nate Shanok, is studying the mental and neurological factors that influence stress and anxiety in preadolescent children (9-11-year-olds) and is looking to recruit more participants for his study. If you choose to allow your child to participate in this study, please email Nate.

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

FAU High School Research Program

9th Grade Research

This school year is wrapping up amazingly well for our research students. The upperclassmen have already begun summer courses and continue to pursue their research endeavors. We are proud of all the students who have – or continue to – participate in undergraduate research. The 9th grade students did a fantastic job on their observational research projects. One of our groups observed rule-breaking amongst college students on FAU’s Breezeway. The students can be seen posing next to the rules they were measuring (pictured below). After collecting their data, students were expected to present their findings through a poster presentation. We can confidently say that students constructed beautiful posters and gave insightful reports. The research program is incredibly proud of all our research students this year and we look forward to next year!

Sea Lion Research

From June 13 to 23, a group of eight students traveled to Quito, Ecuador and then to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands to conduct an observational research project on sea lions. The group was led by Dr. Meredith and Mrs. Adam. The project explored human disturbances on several beaches (disturbed, semi-disturbed, and undisturbed) and the impact on sea lion behavior. The goal of the trip was to conduct the study and then write up the results in a manuscript for publication. The students collaborate with several Universidad San Francisco de Quito professors, met and interacted with local high school students, conducted a service project (a beach clean-up), and enjoyed several excursions. Before the trip the students had been brushing up on their Spanish skills, reading scientific articles about sea lions and other pinniped behavior, and started the introduction and methods sections of their manuscript. We wish them much success with their investigation and findings. 

Shark Tagging

On Wednesday, June 5th FAU High School partnered with Nova Southeastern University and the Guy Harvey Research Institute to head out into the Atlantic Ocean to tag sharks. The students were able to get a hands-on look at a day in the life of a field shark researcher. They set baited lines, pulled in the sharks, tagged the sharks, took fin clips, and overall measurements. As part of the experience, the students learned about the importance of sharks in our oceans and the vital role that they play in the health of our planet. The team ended up catching four nurse sharks and one black nose shark. As researchers, the students had an absolute blast on the trip!

Molecular Frontiers Foundation

Congratulations to the following students for earning Honorable Mention on the Molecular Frontiers Foundation essay contest. The essay competition was open for students ages 13 - 18 and hosted by the Molecular Frontiers Foundation.  The challenge of the essay was to discuss obstacles and solutions that the planet may be facing in the future.
Students' essays were judged by the Editorial Board of the Molecular Frontiers Journal, a board which includes many Nobel Laureates in Science, and were judged based on originality, presentation of concept, development of solutions, impact and feasibility of implementation.
Exceptional Mention goes to Kylie Long
Honorable Mention goes to the following:
Connor Cane
Nicole Bui-Poulakos
Sara Desvergunat
Mahaasrei Ghosh
Katherine Horan
Julianna Lian
Mariam Rizvi
Satviki Singh
Vivek Sreejitkumar
Emma Susi
Vithu Suthakaran

The winning students' names are published in the Special Symposium Issue of the Molecular Frontiers Journal. Congratulations!

Owls Athletics

2018-2019 was a year to remember for Owls Athletics. A lot of accomplishments were made on the field, court, track, pool and in the classroom.

High School

  • Girls Track and Field District and Region Champions, 4th overall in the State - State Champions 4x800 Girls (Nora El-Abbar, Maisha Atkinson, Hannah Herbst, Cydni Turner).  Maisha also finished as a State Champion in the 400m and 3rd in the 200m. Cydni Turner finished 3rd in both 800m and 1600m. Maya Smith finished 4th in the 300m Hurdles and girls 4x400m finished 7th (Hannah Herbst, Lucia Giangaspero, Chloe Dohler, Cyndi Turner)
  • Boys Track and Field District Champion
  • Girls Basketball won FHSAA All Academic Team with a GPA of 3.834
  • As a school in Class 3A we finished 4th overall for All-Academic Teams
  • Regional Qualifiers for Boys and Girls Swimming
  • Boys Cross Country District Runner Up and qualified to the State Meet as a team
  • Girls HS Soccer 2nd consecutive year qualifying for District
  • Girls volleyball most wins in 5 years

Middle School

  • Boys Track and Field League Champions for the 4th consecutive year- Ritch Dieujuste finished 2nd in the State Meet for the 200m Hurdles and 4th for Triple Jump while Kamari Moulton finished 3rd in the 200m Hurdles
  • Boys Soccer Team were Semifinalist


  • Boys Elementary Cross-Country State Champions
  • Girls 2nd-3rd Grade Track Team were League Champions

Academic Games

Florida Atlantic University High School students were recently named Division III state champions in the State Commissioner’s Academic Challenge at Walt Disney World in Orlando. These students traveled to Washington DC from June 1st to June 3rd to compete in the International competition. What an amazing accomplishment!

2019-2020 Athletics

Please click here if you are interested in our athletic program for next school year.

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Upcoming School Reminders

Activity Fees

Just a reminder, all 2nd-semester 19-20 Activity Fees are due July 15, 2019. If any parent is applying for Free/Reduced Lunch, the application must be completed after July 1, 2019, at this link.

Qualifying under this process will provide your child with Free or Reduced hot lunch options for the 2019-2020 school year. This application must be completed each year – even if you have qualified in the past. Please make sure you complete the application ASAP as your qualification will provide an adjustment to your child’s Activity Fees for the 2019-2020 school year. Please be advised that the balance of Student Activity Fees for all students are due July 15, 2019. Parents with reduced student activity fees in 2018-2019, that do not qualify for Free/Reduced lunch in 2019-2020, will be responsible for the balance of your student(s) fees. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

7th Grade TDap Vaccine Requirement

The State of Florida requires students entering, repeating, or transferring into 7th grade to provide documentation for the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (TDap)vaccine. This requirement is in addition to the grade-appropriate immunization requirements.

The TDap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). TDap replaces one tetanus booster. Pertussis is a very serious disease that causes coughing spells that make it hard to eat, drink, and even breathe. It can also cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.

The original certificate of documentation from (DH 680) that allows your child's TDap immunization prior to entering 7th grade must be submitted to the school by Monday, August 12, 2019. If you do not provide this form by this date, your child will not be allowed to stay in school until the DH 680 form is turned into the front office.

Talk to your child's health care provider for more information on the TDap vaccine. Do not wait to schedule an appointment. No exceptions will be made for students who cannot get an appointment before the start of school. Immunization appointments can be made at Palm BeachCounty Health Centers or at your child's healthcare provider. For immunization information and van locations call 1.800.810.1225 or visit the Palm Beach Health Center website.

A+ School Supplies

The PTO is once again working with A+ School Supplies this upcoming school year. It is their goal to simplify the ordering of your child(ren)’s school supplies. The company offers a variety of supplies, easy on-line ordering, and free delivery straight to your child(ren)’s classroom for the first day of school.
You can also click here, click on "order now, and enter school code: adhus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact them. You can reach them at or by phone at 954-592-4942.

Uniform Web Store  

The A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Dress Code can be found on our school website. We appreciate your feedback regarding uniforms, and as a result, A.D. Henderson & FAU High School is continuing to work with Wizard Creations as the sole provider of uniforms for the school. The company offers several options for families to receive uniforms for the upcoming school year, including an online store. Representatives from Wizard Creations will be on campus on July 24th, and again on August 13th during our Meet the Teacher event to help families with all uniform needs. All orders placed online between now and July 10th will be available for pick-up for the July 24th Uniform Sale & Pick-up. All orders from July 11th until July 30th will be available for pick-up at the Meet the Teacher event on August 13th.
Any order placed after July 30th will be fulfilled within 2-3 weeks after the Meet the Teacher event, if there is no available inventory on hand.

On-Campus uniform sales are cashless, only credit cards will be accepted by Wizard Creations. Students that qualify for Free or Reduced lunch discounts can easily be verified with appropriate documentation.

Meet The Teacher 2019

A. D. Henderson University School is hosting Meet the Teacher 2019 on Tuesday, August 13th, for families with students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Meet the Teacher 2019 is a great time for you to drop-off any purchased school supplies and greet your child’s teacher(s) for the 2019-20 school year. Classroom assignments and middle school schedules will be available for students and parents in FOCUS, our online school portal on Monday, August 12th. We urge parents to print and bring your child’s schedule to take advantage of Meet the Teacher 2019. Please join parents, faculty, and staff before, after, or during our Meet the Teacher event at the PTO’s Parent Lounge in the Media Center to learn about all things A.D. Henderson University School.

  • K-2 Aug. 13th 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • 3-5 Aug. 13th 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 6-8 Aug. 13th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Substitute Teachers

Are you interested in joining the sub pool at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School?
As stakeholders in the ADHUS/FAU High School community, you have the safety and best interests of the children at heart. Therefore, our parents are an ideal resource to recruit as substitute teachers. If you meet the minimum job requirements (have at least 60 college credits), enjoy a flexible schedule, and are interested in substituting at the school, then this may be a perfect opportunity for you. Our subs ensure that learning continues, while the children are safe and secure. It's a big disruption for students when their teacher is out, as children rely on structure and routines. For more information on being a substitute teacher at the school, please send an interest email to Gina Sands or Jenn Fries.

2019-20 Approved Calendar

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

K-9 Aftercare Update

Thank you for a wonderful year! The aftercare team is listening to parent requests to enhance security, simplify the fee schedule, and offer automatic credit card payments. Therefore, HASP is significantly changing in the 2019-20 school year. Parents will notice changes in student pick-up, fee payment, and available attendance options.
HASP will now use the main school office for dismissal. This upcoming shift allows for secure monitoring of the front door, while providing the same safeguards and security measures in place during the school day. We will also use School Pass to monitor pick-up, so please ensure your School Pass information is accurate and current.
To better align to the school systems in place, HASP will bill through FOCUS, so that you can monitor your account at your convenience. In the 2019-20 school year, all packages are full-time, all day, every day up to 6:00 pm Please realize, there has been NO PRICE INCREASE in the daily rate. The selected fee commitment will be visible under the Aftercare Tab in FOCUS and are included on the enrollment forms below.
K-8 Grade HASP Form
The K-8 payment options include a quarter, semester and yearly commitment with adjustments available for families that qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. Daily aftercare includes a designated homework time, access to technology, snack, and physical activity. Students will also have opportunities to participate in community outreach programs, tutoring, and FAU events as available.
9th Grade HASP Form
High school aftercare is a yearlong commitment and includes a designated homework time, access to technology, snack, and physical activity with adjustments for students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. Additionally, 9th grade students will participate in the Adulting 101 Program with Dr. Tift, as well as have the ability to stay on the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School campus on noon dismissal days. This exciting program affords 9th grade students’ unique opportunities to develop critical life skills. Workshops will focus on the following areas: Financial (budget, taxes, credit score), Housing (leases, mortgages, roommates), Cars (basic maintenance, insurance, buy vs. lease), Health (safety, first aid, insurance, adult nutrition), and Lifestyle (basic sewing/mending, cooking, traveling on a budget, skin care). Participants will also have opportunities to visit FAU for gallery openings, sporting events, and guest speakers as available.

The revisions in HASP billing eliminate late fees and allow you to pay with a credit card in the FAU MarketPlace HASP store, in installments of your choosing. A year-long commitment must be paid in full by May 1, 2020. If you choose a K-8 quarter or semester commitment, your payment must be paid in full by the first day of the last month in that quarter or semester. For example, if you are paying quarterly for the first quarter, the first installment should be made by July 31st and the entire balance must be paid by October 1st.  

The FAU MarketPlace is being updated and will be available after July 15th; all fees must be paid in advance. The first installment must be paid by July 31st to secure your student’s spot for the 19-20 school year, as space is limited. Any applications received after the start of school must be paid by the first of the month in the selected commitment before your child can attend, and the entire amount is due before the first day in the last month of the selected commitment. Please remember, the Henderson After School Program is NOT a drop-off program, as a commitment level must be on file for a student to attend, and the school fee policy, and aftercare handbook apply to collection of aftercare fees.
The 2019-20 Enrollment Forms are included as links above and should be submitted to the HASP email by July 15th to secure your spot. You may direct any questions to the HASP email or reach out to Mrs. Sands or Mrs. Tolerton. Once again, thank you for allowing us to serve you and your children, as we continue to work on ensuring the safety of all participants, offering enriching experiences, and exploring ways to increase efficiency.

PTO Update

The PTO sponsored numerous events in the last month of school, as well as the entire year. The organization supported SeaPerch and STEM competitions, high school and middle school activities, including some family fun events. To highlight a few, we had the Kindergarten Mother’s Day Breakfast that took place on Friday, May 10th with a wonderful showing, the BOGO Book fair which occurred after the Awards Ceremony for each grade level. Also, let us not forget how much dedication and hard work our little ones put into the Elementary Field Day on Wednesday, May 29th, what a tremendous success!
There are already events in the works for next year. Look for more information on football tailgates, family fun events, or volunteering opportunities, and join the PTO at Help the PTO serve the school community even better by completing the PTO Family Survey.
Your ADHUS/FAU PTO is always looking for new ways to reach all members of the school community and share event information with parents across grade levels. Every year, your PTO hosts sporting events, Halloween Howl, Thanksgiving Feast, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day breakfasts, Elementary Field Day, Color Run, Book Fairs, STEM Nights, the annual auction, and so much more. In addition, the PTO actively supports middle & high school dances, field days, and academic events with funding and volunteers. The organization also helps sponsor school events like Fleet Week, Teacher Professional Development Day lunches, charity drives, field trips, school uniforms, Friday Folders, Meet the Teacher Day, grade level Open Houses, and the list goes on. Teachers also seek PTO resources and members for classroom needs, parties, and educational resources. All of these requirements need volunteers and sometimes financial support, so become an active member and help support your school! An easy way to access up-to-date information and additional volunteer opportunities is to check out the PTO Website.

Volunteer Appreciation

Each year, the ADHUS/FAU High faculty and staff recognize the efforts of the many incredible volunteers. This year Volunteer Appreciation took place on May 15th and celebrated 50 years of volunteering. All volunteers were recognized for their support and commitment. This year, the group recognized Emma Khoury as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Thank you to all of the volunteers that contribute in so many ways to the school community! Looking forward to another 50 years!

SLA Family Newsletter

Each year, the cafeteria sends out a satisfaction survey to review their service during the school year. Please take a few moments to review the cafeteria service. SLA Management, our cafeteria service, shares a monthly newsletter. The most recent newsletter includes nutritional information, trivia, and recipes. It’s a great way to be informed about our cafeteria.

50th Anniversary Yearbooks

If you did not have a chance to pick up your yearbook at the end of school, you can pick up your book from the A.D. Henderson front office over the summer. Please call ahead for hours before arriving.

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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