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A.D. Henderson University School &
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Vol. 4, No. 6, January 2020

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

January 1 - 6
No School - Winter Break
January 7
Start of 3rd Quarter
January 11
FAU High School Winter Formal
January 15
PTO General Meeting
Cafetorium - 6P
January 16
Career Day Parent Meeting
Media Center - 6P
January 17
Report Cards Sent Out
January 20
No School - MLK Day
January 31
Noon Dismissal

Kindergarten Dad's Breakfast
Cafetorium - 8:30A
February 7
Quarter 3 Progress Reports
February 17
No School - President's Day
February 21
Family Talent Show
Covered Court - 6P

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

The week before winter break was admittedly a joyous time! We had much to celebrate as the first semester came to an end; the Elementary and Middle School Winter Showcases were truly magical! I am so thankful for the talented Francani team as they launched us into the holiday spirit we all felt throughout the month as we celebrated with sweet and salty treats, wore ugly sweaters, and enjoyed our annual PTO winter movie night. There was no better way to wrap up the calendar year!

The third quarter brings many school events and the beginning of state-required testing. Specific information about testing is included later in this issue. You can always stay up-to-date through the School's Google Calendar and the testing calendar posted on our school website. Next week, report cards go home; however, you can monitor your child's progress, verify your contact information, and check attendance in the FOCUS web application and mobile app. Please, look for details regarding re-enrollment forms and activity fees in the coming weeks.

At A.D. Henderson, your child's safety is our top priority. This priority means having up-to-date student emergency contact information, conducting monthly safety drills, and training our faculty/staff in safety preparedness. As the new year unfolds, we ask that you continue to follow the A.D. Henderson school policies regarding lanyards and student IDs:

  • ALL students must have a visible school-issued ID on a breakaway lanyard to enter the Henderson and FAU High School campus.
  • ALL High School students must have a visible owl card on a breakaway lanyard to enter the Henderson campus. 
  • Students arriving at school without their ID are given a temporary name tag from the front office, and the student account will be charged a $10.00 fee for a replacement ID and a $5.00 fee for a lanyard effective January 7, 2020.  
  • Students may choose to wear a non-school issued lanyard; however, the lanyard must be the breakaway variety with the clip behind their neck. 

Finally, I would like to thank you for the kindness and generosity that you shared with me, the staff, and the faculty. Your gifts, food, special treats, and heartfelt messages were greatly appreciated. But, the best gift is the one you share with us each day, which is your children.

#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

Our fabulous 5th Graders celebrated the end of their Nonfiction unit by sharing their expert topics with their classmates. Earlier in the quarter, students were tasked to research a topic of choice to add to their repertoire of knowledge. With this info, they created a Google slides presentation to demonstrate and share their expertise/new learning on topics like Tom Brady, ocean life, and FortNight. Students refined their research skills, accessed challenging nonfiction texts, and had a great time learning and teaching others about their favorite topics!

Middle School Updates

Regional Science & Engineering Fair 

Congratulations to the below middle school students who were finalists at the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair last month. Students will be eligible to attend awards night in January. First-place winners will move on to the state competition. Thank you to the following teachers for all their hard work: Mrs. Daniels, Dr. Feit, and Mr. Phipps.

  • Mariella Brueck
  • Madelin Duffell
  • Kyan East
  • Harper Greenwald
  • Brooke Hoover
  • Jacob Jlidat
  • Gabriella Matire
  • Deborah Mensah
  • Gavin Murphy
  • Triston Noland
  • Patrick O'Leary
  • Nicholas Ostheimer
  • Valentina Pena
  • Roman Petreccia
  • Grace Phelps
  • Aiden Phipps
  • Carlos Santiago
  • Jenna Saravia
  • Sabrina Scarpinato
  • Colton Smith-Nash
  • Adrian Taveras
  • Alexander To
  • Abigail Trachtenberg
  • Isabella Wong
  • Caitlin Yaralli

High School Updates


Student Government Toy Collection
Last month, our FAU High Student Government Association organized an Ugly Sweater Party for our students in grades 9-12. It was a well-deserved break for our students who have been working extremely hard to ace their finals and a perfect start to winter break for our upperclassman! It was a fun night of dancing, singing, playing games, and even competing in a gingerbread house decorating contest and the ugly sweater competition! The event included the announcement of this year's Winter Formal Royalty Court - we look forward to seeing our students there on January 11. In addition to this, the organization collected over 150 toys for less fortunate children and donated them to Cross Point Elementary! SGA would like to thank all the students and administration that made this event an incredible success and donated to this cause!

Molecular Frontier Inquiry Prize


Congratulations to the following FAU High students for winning the Molecular Frontier Inquiry Prize!

  • Cayla Copeland – Why do different musical chords register as having different "moods" in our brain. Such as how a major chord "sounds happier" than a minor chord. Does our brain associate pitches with feelings?
  • Imtisal Imran - The salt glands above the eyes of seagulls and in the rectum of sharks assist the kidneys in conducting osmoregulation by removing excess salt from the body. Could it be possible for humans to eventually develop a similar structure that could enable us to drink saltwater and survive?
  • Vivek Sreejithkumar - Is human ability (intelligence, talents, skills, personality characteristics) partly genetically inherited, with maximum human achievement limits set by our genes?

The Inquiry Prize is awarded to five girls and five boys from around the world that submit the best questions. They are selected by the board of the Molecular Frontiers Foundation, which includes many Nobel Prize winners. Winners receive a medal, a certificate, an iPad, and potentially a trip to the next Molecular Frontiers symposium!

Rotary Club Scholar of the Month - Aaron Zygala
The Boca Raton Sunset Rotary honored Aaron Zygala as the Florida Atlantic University High School 2019-20 Rotary Scholar for December. The FAU HS staff selects the FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement.
The challenging dual enrollment studies helped Aaron discover his passion for math, which is the basis for his current pursuit of a bachelor's degree in computer science - this passion led him to become a math teacher as a summer job with Mathnasium.  Aaron maintains a 4.0 GPA while participating in a myriad of opportunities offered by the FAU High School program, such as the Science Olympiad competition. The Science Olympiad provides him not merely the competitive factor he desires, but also the exceptional experience of working with a team and competing with some of the top science students at the state level.

Aaron has accumulated more than a hundred hours of community service through peer tutoring, both math and World History, as well as distributing meals with his dad through their church programs. In addition to his volunteer activities, Aaron maintains a part-time job at the local Habit Burger Grill.  

Congratulations Aaron!

Science Fair Finalists


We are all immensely proud of our 30 FAU High finalists in the Palm Beach Engineering and Science Fair. All the scholars worked hard on their projects and did a fantastic job presenting their ideas and findings. Please enjoy this photo gallery of all our finalists. 

STEM Fireside Chat with Dr. Joel Herbst & Mr. Dan Cane

You are invited to join Superintendent, Dr. Joel Herbst, and Mr. Dan Cane from Modernizing Medicine as they discuss STEM education at the Boca Raton Innovation Campus on Wednesday, January 15, at 5:30 pm.

The fireside chat will be moderated by A.D. Henderson alumna and WPBF Channel 25 anchor & reporter Gianna Caserta. They will be discussing the importance of STEM education and examine how The Cane Institute has become a model for all K-12 schools and school districts.

To register for this event, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

To promote the event, The Cane Institute will be highlighted on a billboard on I-95 during January! We are so proud to celebrate our innovative STEM program to the South Florida community. If you see the advertisement, please make sure to snap a picture and share with our social media channels.

Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair

We just received the invitation list for the Palm Beach Regional Science & Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony on January 16, 2020. We are proud to announce that of the 55 students that represented our school, we have 21 middle school students and 21 high school students that have placed in their categories and a total of 15 students who will receive specialty awards! That is a total of 57 awards!!! Winners in their categories advance to the State Science Fair in March.

A HUGE thank you to our middle school science teachers (Ms. Daniels, Ms. Milu, and Dr. Feit), high school biology teacher (Ms. Barkes), research program staff (Dr. Meredith, Ms. Coyle, Dr. Lolavar), The Cane Institute staff (Tahj and Akhil), and all of the volunteer parents for ALL of your support of our young scientists!

Congratulations, and GO OWLS!!! 

FIRST Lego League (FLL)

Our FLL team (Owls Force) did an astounding job at their qualifying tournament on December 14 at South Fork High School in Stuart, FL. Our squad scored another all-time personal best score of 235 points on the field and impressed the judges with their programming! Our students did a fantastic job sharing their project for traffic safety around FAU with other teams as they imagined the cities of the future!

Thank you Ms. Darling for coaching this year! GO OWLS!!!

Robot Drone League

The Robot Drone League teams had their championship on Saturday, December 14, at TechRunway.  

Both the middle school and high school were well represented at the tournament! Our middle school finished in 3rd place and won an All-Star Award for their programming. Our high school team finished in 2nd place and won an award for the drone piloting skills. Thank you, Mr. Nance, for coaching both teams this year! 

We look forward to next year to see what our students build, program, and fly. GO OWLS!!!

FIRST Robotics Competition

The FAU High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team will meet at TechGarage at TechRunway on January 4 at noon for the world-wide release of this year's robotics competition. The team then plans to work on January 4th, 5th, and 6th for extended hours to try and make significant progress on this year's robot. If you are interested in joining the team, please email Devin Willis at

FAU High School Students to Build a Solar Cruiser

A group of ambitious FAU High students have started the design and construction of a full-size four-seater solar car! This team will be the first of its kind here in the Sunshine State! Our students have 3D printed scale models that have gone through rigorous testing in the College of Engineering wind tunnel. The team has also designed and built scale models of the carbon-fiber monocoque and our roll cage.

Austin Scharff, an FAU HS alumnus who co-founded our GT-EV electric supercar team and currently works at Honda Research and Development in Ohio, came and helped us build our custom lithium-ion battery pack for the solar car. Click through to learn more about this innovative project. 

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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. They gathered writing samples earlier in the year and will be gathering the next set of samples in December.

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.

Owls Athletics

Congrats to our Middle School Boys Soccer Team and their Coach Matt Rutledge for finishing the season undefeated and winning the Gold Coast League Championship game 3-1 over St Andrew's.

Our winter sports season 2 for Middle School has begun along with Elementary Track, High School Soccer and Basketball. Please check our athletic website for the most current news.

In January, High School Tennis and Track will begin. The official FHSAA start date is 1/20/20. Make sure to have a valid forms EL2 and EL3 turned in before trying out.

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! 

Just a couple of quick reminders: 

  • Second Semester Fees and Quarter 3 Fees should be paid by January 11. You need to establish a secure payment program before 1/11/20; otherwise, your child will be unable to attend aftercare.  
  • Pick up time is 6:00 pm. We are trying to avoid late pick up fees, so please be timely. Late payments or habitual late pickups may result in removal from the program. 
  • Q3 and Q4 payments will 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 or Mrs. Sands. 
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. 

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. 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.

Happy Holidays from your 2019-20 HASP Team! 

General School Reminders

Title I Family Newsletter

Please click through here to view the January issue of the Title I Family Newsletter.

FAU High School Winter Formal

Winter Formal is Here! 

The Student Government Association is excited to invite you to this year's Glow in the Dark winter formal dance. The dance will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 7–11 pm in the Delray Acura Club above FAU Stadium. This year we will be having a chocolate fountain, top of the line photo booth that allows you to share your picture directly to your phone, and so much more! 

Winter formal tickets are now OPEN for $35! To purchase your tickets, please review the emailed instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Car Line Pickup Tags

As we start the beginning of the second half of the school year, please check to see if you have enough Car Pick Up tags for all vehicles that may be used to pick up your student. 

If you need additional car tags, please complete this form.

Late Student Pickup Room

As the first day of the second semester of school approaches, and it is time to get back to the daily school day routine, please keep in mind the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School student Pickup Policy: 

For students not enrolled in the After-School Program, parents/legal guardians are responsible for picking up their children as outlined in Florida Statute 1003.31(2) within 30 minutes of dismissal pickup times designated by the school (all students no later than 3:15 pm on regular school days, and 12:30 pm on early-release days). Students who are picked up late are supervised in a late pickup room until the parent/legal guardian arrives. Any family accruing three (3) late pick up fees will be required to have an administrative conference to determine further attendance at ADHUS/FAU High School. To compensate the school for the cost of this program, the following fees are imposed and will be strictly enforced:

First Occurrence Written warning and signed acknowledgment of the school’s policy in Late Room Log
Second Occurrence $20.00 per FAMILY until 4:00pm. An additional $10.00 per FAMILY every 15 minutes after 4:00pm.
Subsequent Occurrences $20.00 per CHILD until 4:00 pm. An additional $10.00 per CHILD for every 15 minutes

After-School employees are not responsible for the administration of these fees. Parents/legal guardians will be billed for these fees according to the student pickup times. Any questions about the charges should be referred in writing to the administration of the school.

Please visit or under School Policies and locate the link "Fee Policy" to familiarize yourself with this fee policy.

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!

Career Day

Calling all pilots, bakers, athletes, entrepreneurs, and more! Get excited for A.D. Henderson's first Career Day! The month of February is Career Education Month and on Friday, February 7, 2020 you could have the opportunity to showcase your career to our students. If you are interested in presenting your career, please "Save the Date" and use the link on the flyer below to sign-up!

Morning Arrival Supervision

As a reminder, the school opens at 7:30 am for students to enter the building. Please do not drop your child off prior to 7:30 am, as student supervision is not provided. Any student arriving prior to 7:30 am will NOT be supervised.

Testing Information

In December, 9th-grade Biology students participated in the NGSSS Biology EOC, and the next day, 8th-grade students took part in a DOE Writing Field Test. Both assessments were computer-based and administered under standard testing conditions.  

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. However, you may use the document for planning. Parent testing alert letters can be found here for your convenience. Direct any testing questions to Gina Sands.Parent testing alert letters can be found here for your convenience. Direct any testing questions to Gina Sands.

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 December, the group collected new, unused toys during the Week of Giving. The toys helped The Children's Healing Institute and Boca Helping Hands. Please look for information on our monthly collections. We will begin an ongoing old Lego collection. The blocks will be recycled back to Lego. Our next circle collection is in January and will benefit the Tri-County Animal Shelter. 

The LPGA is Coming to Boca Raton

The Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio is a premier LPGA Tour event that brings 108 of the world’s best female golfers to the Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida from January 20-26, 2020.

Please review the schedule of events here and consider joining FAU on any date!

Parent/Guardian and Student FOCUS Accounts

NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR – Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 School year will REQUIRE a parent/guardian account. Now is an excellent time to set up your FOCUS account! RE-ENROLLMENT WILL BEGIN MID-FEBRUARY, 2020, AND WILL CONCLUDE MARCH 15, 2020. 

Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to set up their FOCUS account now!

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.

2019-2020 School Yearbook

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

Happy 2020! May your year be filled with beautiful memories. 
The next PTO General Meeting is scheduled for January 15 at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria! Start the year off right and attend the PTO meeting. December's PDD teacher luncheon was sponsored by the Brinkman family and Bud's Chicken & Seafood of South Florida. We appreciate their support and encourage our families to patronize our sponsors.  
On December 13, the PTO hosted the annual Movie Night and the Owls' Showcase of the Performing Arts featuring the K-5 artists with an underwater glow-in-the-dark display in the STEAM Lab; the talented performers of the ADHUS/FAU High music department; our equally talented competitive cheer team, and the Disney movie, Aladdin. The evening was a hit and all who attended had loads of fun!


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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