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


Vol. 4, No. 8, March 2020

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

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
April 10
No School
April 13
No School

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement


February was a month filled with reminders of the importance of kindness and others. Students came together to exchange cards, treats, exhibit art, and even deliver hand-painted kindness rocks to FAU President John Kelly.

This past month also saw another opportunity to share the art of our friend and artists Helen Salzberg in our, now, annual tradition, Themes of Love. The fourth-grade students, with the help and support of Mrs. O'Sullivan, created incredible artwork that showcased the techniques of Salzberg. The student work was featured in a Media Center gallery showing that included some of Salzberg's work.

Just last week, members of our community came together as we unveiled the one-of-a-kind Owls Imaging Lab for our high school research program - the only one of its kind in the country! Thanks to the support of the Batchelor Foundation, this lab will provide access to high-level research equipment and will be the training ground for the researchers of tomorrow. In a school where we focus on innovation and student development, we can't wait to see what our young Owls will do.

I am certainly looking forward to March with one of our most anticipated events of the year - the Rainbow Run. The Annual PTO Rainbow Run is a fun and colorful school-wide event that helps raise money to support the great programs and special events we offer at A.D. Henderson and FAU High School. The run will take place on March 20, so continue to look for more information in our weekly emails on how to support our students.
With only a few months left in the school year, I know our students will continue to work hard and end the semester with flying colors. Also, don't forget that Spring Break is only a couple of weeks away, so make sure to make plans for a well-deserved break!

#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

Mrs. Marin's Kindergarten class hosted a Book Store to share and celebrate their student-made - authored and illustrated - books! The Cafe served "cookies" so customers could write compliments to the authors. The Help Desk assisted customers in finding their way around the store, pointing out genres of books, including "Disney," "Animals," and "Sports." 
Kindergarten author Angelina Garcia
Kindergarten author Sophia Gomez
Kindergarten authors Janelle Duncan, Brooklyn Haar, & Ashton Gottlieb
Fifth-grade students visiting the bookstore to read students’ books
Fifth-grade students visiting the bookstore to read students’ books
Student author Miles Weinstein reading for the audience who visited the book store.
Student author Brian Porter reading for the audience who visited the book store.

Middle School Updates

FAU Simulation Center

The 7th and 8th graders had the privilege to participate in a 90-minute training session at the Simulation Center, which "applies sophisticated simulation and trainer technologies to educate medical students, residents, registered nurses, first responders, certified nursing assistants, home health aids and community healthcare providers." Our students were given their stethoscopes and instantly transformed into doctors and nurses as they went from room to room, diagnosing "patients" (life-like mannequins). This visit was the 8th graders' 2nd year to attend, and they were pros!

We are thankful to Mrs. Gloria Fuentes, Program Assistant at the Simulation Center (and an A.D. Henderson parent), for providing this incredible opportunity for our students. 

High School Updates

Rotary Club Scholar of the Month - Luke Schuknecht

The Boca Raton Sunset Rotary honored Luke Schuknecht as the Florida Atlantic University High School 2019-20 Rotary Scholar for February.  The FAU HS staff selects the FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 

Luke is working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science (expected in spring 2021) while achieving High School graduation (expected in spring 2020). Luke is the second Schuknecht to earn this recognition, in October 2014, is brother, Mattison, was recognized for his achievements serving our community while studying English Literature. Luke thanked the Rotary Boca Raton Sunset members for the honor and expressed appreciation for the fantastic opportunities he has had attending A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High. He spoke about his experience at A.D. Henderson University Tech Garage Summer Camp that ultimately helped him identify his preferred area of study and led him to later serve as teacher and mentor for the younger Middle School students.

During his FAU High years, Luke also participated in SeaPerch and FIRST Tech Challenge. Luke said, "SeaPerch has been a major motivator in my life for me to keep pushing myself and furthering my education. In different years, I led multiple teams to compete at the highest level: the national championships." After leading his team to 1st place in his second national championship competition, he wanted to share his experience by providing similar opportunities for others, so he spent time mentoring and helping the new middle school SeaPerch teams.

Luke also talked about First Tech Challenge, a terrestrial robot competition in which he competed at the regional championships and helped six new teams learn skills to build their robots. 

Currently, Luke is planning a new solar cruiser project at FAU High with Mr. Phipps' guidance. With this project, Luke has explored opportunities to do research and get published in FAU's undergraduate research journal and even received a research grant from FAU's Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry. 

The Rotary Boca Raton Sunset FAU HS Rotary Scholar project provides continuing encouragement for high achieving students who realized and demonstrate the value of service to the community through sharing skills, knowledge, and experience. Congratulations Luke

Model United Nations

The FAU High Model United Nations Club attended the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) held in downtown Philadelphia. The competition was fierce, but our students did exceptionally well acting as delegates from Greece debating, caucusing, public speaking on world issues, and writing resolutions to solve them. A fantastic experience for all.

Speech & Debate

The Speech and Debate Team is proud to announce that Michael Evrard-Vescio received 1st place in Congressional Debate in February at the University of Pennsylvania Tournament. He was very happy and was cheered on by many other participants, both in and out of our district. He is also one of the six finalists for the NSDA 2020 Exemplary Student Service Award. 

Also, the NSDA recently named Michael as one of their Academic All Americans, which is only awarded to a small percentage of the 140,000+ students who compete in speech and debate each year.

FAU High School is also being added to Emory University's prestigious Barkley Forum list of member schools. This addition is inspiring and shows the growth and significant momentum the Speech and Debate Team has had since we started in 2017, with just one participant!

Thank you for the opportunity to coach our hardworking students. It is both an honor and a pleasure to work with them and be a part of their academic journeys.

Rotary - Hannah Storrs

Hannah Storrs presented to the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunset on her experience attending the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC). This conference was being held in the historic city of Philadelphia , PA. Hannah thanked the Rotary for their support of the Model United Nations (MUN) program and especially for her opportunity to attend the event, which also gave her opportunity to see the liberty bell and other historic museums.



During the MUN event in Philadelphia, Hannah participated in the World Bank Economic and Social Council discussing poverty and energy solutions in Southeast Asia. She learned a lot about working together to solve problems in foreign countries.  Hannah is currently the President of the FAU HS MUN Chapter.
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunset is proud to have sponsored Hannah's participation in the 2020 ILMUNC event.  

Career Panel

On February 4th and 11th, ninth grade FAU High School students participated in the 2nd Annual Career Panel as part of their career development curriculum through the Steps 2 Success course. During this panel, 12th-grade FAU High students and alumni from various majors came back to the high school to share their unique career experiences with ninth-grade students. The academic advisor and academic school counselor facilitated the panel and discussion, which allowed ninth graders to learn from their older peers about the variety of career paths and majors FAU High students pursue as well as internship, work, and academic experiences. The panel participants provided excellent insight and advice, and all students expressed that they learned valuable information and enjoyed the experience.

Environmental Science Class

In the Environmental Science class, students are examining disparities in food distribution between the wealthy and poor people of the world. To do their part, the group enjoyed a beautiful day gleaning peppers at Bedners Farms for CROS Ministries, which then distributes the produce to food banks around Palm Beach County.

Academic Games

On February 14, our ADHUS and FAU High School students competed in their final round of the FAU Lab School District Academic Games 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):

  • 3rd Place: Maarya Harianawalla
  • 2nd Place: Guilmerme Dealmeida   
  • 1st Place: Hannah Harianawalla 

In the Middle Division (Grades 6-8):

  • 3rd Place: Sabrina Scarpinato
  • 2nd Place: Bella Lackner
  • 1st Place: Isabella Wong

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

  • 3rd Place: Seymore Hague
  • 2nd Place: Christian Engman 
  • 1st Place: Cassidy Johnson

Congratulations to Cassidy, Isabella, and Hannah for their amazing first place wins. 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.

Elementary SECME

Congratulations to our elementary SECME team for winning 1st Place Overall at the Palm Beach Regional SECME Competition. Students designed, built, and competed in 4 engineering categories, including water bottle rockets (1st place), balsa bridges (1st and 2nd place), generators (2nd place), and mousetrap cars. They also made a banner, rocket patches, STEM poem, and STEM essay. A huge thank you to Ms. Kelli Wilder for coaching this team to BACK-TO-BACK DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! GO OWLS!!!

FAU High to Build a Solar Cruiser

A group of ambitious FAUHS students at The Cane Institute have started the design and construction of a full-size four-seater solar car! This will be the first of its kind here in the Sunshine State!!! Thank you to Dr. Amir Abtahi and Mr. Perry Weinthal for offering a 3-credit hour engineering course for our high school upperclassmen in order to get college credit for building this car. We have also designed and built scale models of the carbon-fiber monocoque and our roll cage.


Our aerodynamic team is also conducting virtual wind tunnel testing using software to test and tweak our design. We are optimizing the car's exterior to hold as many solar cells as possible while also being as aerodynamic and aesthetically pleasing.

Thanks to Rob Kornahrens from Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies for his donation of $15,000! Also, a big thank you to JM Families for their donation of $15,000 and to FPL for their donation of $10,000! 

We are still looking for corporate sponsors and private donors for this innovative alternative energy project! Contact Mr. Phipps at for more information. Here is a link to our sponsorship packet with more information about the project.

Rob Kornahrens, from Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies on left, with David Greenberg.

TCI at the FAU Research Experience

The Cane Institute was proud to attend the FAU Research Experience and highlight some of the research projects we have initiated here with our middle and high school students. Our GT-EV and electric go-karts were on display. Also on display were our animatronic Bachman Sparrow project and other collaborative efforts with our own FAU High Owls Imaging Lab and Research program.

SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

The Cane Institute hosted the first SeaPerch underwater robotics competition on Friday, February 28 from 3pm to 5:30p at the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School pool. A total of 18 teams competed for two official qualifying spots at the International SeaPerch Challenge that will be hosted in the Washington, D.C. area in June. We will host a second SeaPerch tournament on Friday, April 17.

Middle & High School Science Olympiad

Our middle and high school Science Olympiad teams competed this past weekend, February 29, at the FAU Science Olympiad Regional competition.

Middle & High School SECME

Our middle and high school SECME teams will be competing at Santaluces High School on Saturday, April 4. We are the reigning District Champions in mousetrap car in elementary, middle, and high school. Last year, our middle school team swept all engineering competitions, winning 1st place across the boards! Good luck this year, and GO OWLS!!!

FIRST Robotics Competition

The FAU High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team Owltonomous will be competing in the Palm Beach FRC Competition from April 2 to April 5! The competition will be held at the Palm Beach Convention Center and is free to attend! 

State Science Fair

We have a total of 10 middle and high school students traveling to Lakeland, FL to compete in the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair during our Spring Break on March 25 - 27, 2020. Good luck to all of our regional winners as they compete at the state championship!!!

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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 brief 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. The remaining writing prompts are scheduled for February 28 and May 22.

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.

The month of February has been full of opportunities for students among all grades engaging in research! On February 10, children in the VPK program at Slattery visited the Owls Imaging Lab to look at the pollinators they are studying under a microscope! 

On Wednesday, February 12, FAU hosted the Research Encounter event to spread awareness to our community of all the fantastic research students are conducting. The FAUHS Research Program hosted a booth to talk about the equipment in the Owls Imaging Lab and students Arman Alexis, Nick Pizzo, Angie Smith, and Hannah Phelps engaged with community members talking about their research experiences. Just a week later, prestigious researchers from the NIH in Maryland visited our school and Owls Imaging Lab to hear from FAUHS student researchers and to discuss opportunities at the NIH for students interested in bettering human health.

On Tuesday, February 12, two images produced in the Owls Imaging Lab were displayed at the Art of Science gallery exhibition at FAU's Schmidt Center Art Gallery. The images of gecko toes, by student Angelina Smith and cleared and stained fish, by former technician Andrea Hernandez, were on display in the gallery until February 28.

In Dr. Tift's 9th grade Exploring Research class, students are continuing their group research presentations while also hearing from FAU faculty and researchers. Many FAU High School students who won at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair in January are doing further experimentation to strengthen their projects for the State Fair at the end of this month. We look forward to everything our students accomplish through the FAUHS Research Program!

Owls Athletics

Congrats to our elementary girls Track and Field team winning their league championship for the 2nd straight year. MS girls soccer had an undefeated regular season and the boys basketball came in 2nd place (school's best finished).

Girls HS Basketball had their best season as well, finishing as District Runner's Up.

Girls HS Track and field had a great start to their season, winning their 1st two meets and boys finishing 2nd.  Also, 8th grader Carlos Santiago qualified for 2 events so far the State Championship and 1 for the New Balance Nationals.

Way to go Owls!

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Henderson After School Program - HASP News

Happy 2020! Hard to believe we have entered the next decade. 
HASP groups enjoyed the holidays with special projects and a holiday sing-along with Dr. T and the band. We spent the month in holiday mode, creating crafts galore! 

  • Second Semester Fees and Quarter 3 Fees are PAST DUE. 
  • Quarter 4 fees are due by March 15. 
  • Please reference the school email sent on Friday, February 21 as any outstanding fees, including aftercare, will impact your re-enrollment to the school for next year. All families should have a $0 fee balance as of March 15, 2020 in order to re-enroll. 
  • 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 can 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.
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. 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.

Finally, a quick note from Mrs. Sands…Thank you for allowing me to serve as the Aftercare Director for the past four years. I have truly enjoyed my time with your children and believe the Aftercare Team has been able to refine the program with payment automation and expanded programs. However, I have resigned from Henderson to get closer to my own daughter in Orlando. Though I did not expect my exit to be at the end of February, crazy circumstances, competing demands, and unintended consequences have led to my earlier than anticipated departure. Mrs. Tolerton, Mr. Cortese and Dr. Tift are committed to the program, and the entire team of amazing counselors remain, as well.

General School Reminders

Re-Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year has begun!


Please follow the step-by-step process to re-enroll your student for next school year.

  1. Pay the Semester 1 Annual Activity Fee AND all other outstanding fees before MARCH 15, 2020, according to the fee policy. Payment is made at FAU Marketplace for GRADES K – 8 or GRADES 9 - 12.
    1. Please note: Students must have a $0.00 balance, including activity, lunch, media, ID/lanyard, aftercare & FAU fees AS OF MARCH 15, 2020.
  2. Complete the 2020-2021 Re-enrollment Form on your FOCUS parent portal by logging into your parent FOCUS account. To log in to FOCUS click here: FOCUS LOGIN. The re-enrollment form will appear upon login. The form will be "pre-populated" with your student's current information – parents may make changes as necessary.
  3. Verify that the device you are using to complete the online re-enrollment form permits you to upload documents, as you will be required to print, complete and upload our Annual Admission and Policies Agreement into the form.

** If you do not have a parent FOCUS account, go to the FOCUS login and click "Parents: Click here to create an account or to add a child to your existing account."

If you are unable to complete the form online or require assistance, there are four re-enrollment help sessions offered. Please remember to bring your driver's license/state ID to sign into the school. 

  • Tuesday, February 25 (7:30AM - 10:00AM)
  • Thursday, February 27 (10:00AM - 2:00PM)
  • Wednesday, March 4 (2:30PM-4:00PM)
  • Wednesday - Friday, March 11-13 (7:30AM - 4:00PM)

For questions about the re-enrollment form, please email For questions about fees or free and reduced lunch, please email Or you may call the front office at 561-297-3970.

Henderson Enrichment Program

Enrollment for the Henderson Enrichment Program is underway, and space is limited. The program is four weeks, June 8-July 2, and costs $900 all day, from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm. Early drop-off is available at 7:30 am for $50 for all four weeks. Please see this flyer and registration form for additional information and complete your registration and payment by clicking on the Henderson Camp Store.

I would also like to introduce the new Camp Director, Ms. Kelli Wilder. Kelli has been with the program for the past four years as an instructor and now takes the helm as Director. She has an abundance of experience working with children and is currently an ADHUS fourth grade teacher. The rest of the team will be there too, with a few new faces! As for me, I have officially resigned after 16 years as the Camp Director and 20+ as a Henderson teacher/parent. In the next few weeks, I will be relocating to be closer to my daughter. Please know, Kelli and I have been planning this year's program together, and any future correspondence should be directed to her. She can be reached at If you have any questions, send an email to Kelli, as it is the most efficient method of communication. Once your registration is processed, additional forms will be sent in mid-April. Please know, it has been a pleasure working with all of you, and I know you will have an amazing summer!

High School Dress Code Reminder

Parents, please review these guidelines with your child.  If a student does not follow these guidelines, the student may need to call home so their parents may bring them appropriate school attire.  

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

Family Empowerment Scholarship Program

The Family Empowerment Scholarship Program (FES) was established to provide children of families that have limited financial resources with educational options to achieve success in their education (FS. 1002.394). Students may be eligible for the FES if they meet the following criteria:

The student's household income qualifies for free or reduced price lunch OR qualifies for the food assistance program (such as TANF) OR the student is currently placed in foster care or in out-of-home care.


The student is eligible to enroll in kindergarten or spent the prior school year in attendance at a Florida public school.

Click on the link to read about the FES program in English or in Spanish or visit the Florida Department of Education's website for more information.

ESE Survey

Attention Parents of students with IEPs. Have you completed your annual FLDOE ESE Parent Survey yet? You may complete the paper survey that was sent home with your child or complete the online version of the survey at Please complete the survey so your voice can be heard. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and the results are confidential. Results (which do not contain student names or other identifiers) are shared with districts and schools so we can improve what we do. The deadline to complete the survey is May 31.  

For more information, please refer to this flyer.

Quarterly Title I Family Newsletter

The Quarterly Title I Family Newsletter is now available by clicking this link

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!

Testing Information

In April, all students in grades 4-10 will participate in the Florida Statewide Assessment (FSA) for Writing and grade 3 will participate in the FSA Reading Assessment. The writing test is administered in one – 120 minute session, while the third grade reading test has two 80 minute sessions over two days. The grades 4-6 writing assessment is paper-based, while the grades 7-10 writing assessment is computer-based. The Grade 3 assessment is a paper-based reading assessment.

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. Student testing letters were distributed to all students in testing grades, so please follow up with your child's teacher if you did not receive the notification. You may also direct any testing questions to Lauren Robinson, as she has assumed the Assessment Coordinator role.

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 February, the group collected books for the Children's Home Society and will host a food drive for Boca Helping Hands in April. Please look for information on our collections. We have officially kicked-off the Lego collection, where all collected Legos go back to the company to be recycled.

PTO Update

On Friday, February 21, the PTO hosted the kickoff for the annual Color Run fundraiser. Information was sent home with the students and electronically in the school's weekly email. Students will run on March 20, so there are plenty of opportunities to secure sponsorship. We are also looking for donations for the annual on-line school auction. These two events raise thousands of dollars for our students, so your support is vital. Please check out the PTO website or reach out to your PTO representatives if you have questions on any of these events.

The next PTO General Meeting is scheduled for the middle of May at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Where we will celebrate our school volunteers. A very special thank you to all 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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