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A.D. Henderson University School &
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Vol. 3, No. 9, March 2019

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

March 11-15
Spirit Week
March 15
Noon Dismissal - No Aftercare

End of 3rd Quarter

K-5 Rainbow Run
6-8 Color Wars
March 16-24
No School - Spring Break
March 25
No School - Teacher Work Day
March 26
Start of the 4th Quarter
March 29
Middle School March Madness
April 1
FSA Writing 5th, 6th & 8th
April 2
FSA Writing 4th & 7th
April 2-3
FSA Reading 3rd Grade
April 3
FSA Writing 9th
April 4
FSA Writing 10th
FSA Writing Make-Ups

NJHS Induction
Cafetorium - 6:00P
April 5
Report Cards

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

Every day schools navigate the daily challenges in a hurried world, however occasionally there are unique opportunities to stop, reflect, and hope. In February, as we remembered the tragic events of a year ago, we also had the opportunity to share the art of Helen Salzberg in an event aptly titled, Themes of Love. The fourth grade students, under the guidance of Mrs. O’Sullivan, created artwork that showcased the techniques of Mrs. Salzberg. The student work was featured in a Media Center Gallery showing that even included some of Salzberg’s paintings. The event reminded all who attended that though the world is complicated, there is always hope. 

As the month slips by, here are some quick updates on topics from the last coffee chat.
Regarding student transition into middle and high school, there are a couple of quick updates. Parent orientation night and an opportunity for the 5th grade students to shadow a 6th grade student will be offered in May, date to be announced. Additionally, last year the middle school teachers introduced a Boot Camp to help orient students to the demands of middle school and address the essential skills, and the event is planned again for the fall. High school will also host transition meetings for all 8th grade parents and students has they receive acceptance notifications. All official dates will be published.  If you have particular grade level questions please contact Alyson Rodriguez for Elementary, Connie Hoff for Middle, or Christine Rick for High School.
This year, we are fortunate to have a cafeteria team that is putting out an exceptional daily menu. The food is presented beautifully and there are always daily healthy options offered. The staff is courteous and polite and we have the best cafeteria team, that we have had in a long time. That noted, servicing a K-9 school can be challenging and there are times when the menu may need to be enhanced. This event can occur because middle and high school do not pre-order lunch and their fluctuating consumption volume causes some lunches to run out of promoted food sooner than anticipated. However, all in all, the cafeteria team does an exceptional job of balancing all of the competing demands.

A quick reminder that the Annual PTO Color Run Fundraiser is going on now, and culminates in the Rainbow Color Run on March 15th. This is a major fundraiser for our school, so please support your student. Remember that all volunteers must pre-register on the PTO website for ALL events.
New this year, we will host a Parent Resource Night on Wednesday, March 27th from 6pm – 7pm. This evening will offer resources on parent involvement activities and information including testing schedules, test-taking tips, safety updates, volunteer opportunities, and more. A flyer was sent home on Friday.
We are also continuing the important work on the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) /Mindfulness front. I hope that you are finding the counselors newsletter helpful.  
The Coffee Chats are proving to be effective, so I will be sending out another survey to see if there is interest in one more chat this year. The format will be a little different, as there will be a general discussion then the group will break up into levels for the remainder of the chat. Though that seems like a lot of information, just remember, Spring Break is only a couple of weeks away!


Go Owls!


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

A.D. Henderson Elementary Highlight

Celebrating Literacy Month, Alyson Rodriguez
Let the elementary celebrations continue! Our staff and students have worked so hard on building a culture of literacy through their units of study. The 3rd grade team brought their learning to life by re-enacting “Because of Winn Dixie” - a day our students will not forget! Then the 2nd graders dressed up as their favorite idioms and even let Mrs. Rubin and Mrs. Rodriguez participate in the fun. This week we wrapped up the month of February “Happily Ever After” with the 5th grade team at their Fantasy Unit Celebration! The students have never been so excited to read and discuss their books with their peers.
Please continue to reinforce this love of reading at home, by reading together or encouraging independent reading each night and discussing the books together. Mrs. Rubin and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year has in store! #owlsread

SPEC Announces Upcoming Performances, Deb Schram
Elementary SPEC Musicals will be performed  at the following times in the cafeteria: 

Tuesday, March 12     8:10 - 8:40am     Kindergarten  The Tadpole and the Butterfly
Tuesday, Marcy 12     8:50 - 9:20am     2nd Grade  Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tuesday, March 12     1:40 - 2:25pm    5th Grade The Internal Organ Hall of Fame   
Wed., March 13           8:10 - 8:40am    3rd Grade Fandango Stew (aka Stone Soup)   
Wed., March 13           1:40 - 2:25pm 4th Grade  The Weather Show     

Very much looking forward to seeing parents and friends!

A.D. Henderson Middle School Highlight

FAU Simulation Center
The 8th grade class 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 aides 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).
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.

FAU High School Highlight

Model United Nations Award for Outstanding Delegate, Robin Barkes
Congratulations to Elijah Bamberg for winning the award of Outstanding Delegate at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference held in Philadelphia!  Eli and all the other FAU High delegates in attendance discussed, debated, agreed on resolutions and resolved numerous world issues.  They worked hard all weekend and did an amazing job.

Scholar of the Month, Robin Barkes
Congratulations to Cydni Turner for being selected the FAU High Scholar of the Month for February.  She was selected by the FAU High School staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. Cydniis concurrently studying to complete high school and earn a college degree as a Software Engineer and 3D Modeler/Animator and expects to earn over 500 hours of service by the time she graduates in the spring. While maintaining high academic status that has earned her a position among the National Merit Semi-finalists, Cydni also plays on the FAU HS Varsity Soccer team and the Sunrise Soccer Club.

High School Science Olympiad, Robin Barkes
The FAU High Science Olympiad team work hard, had a great time, and did well (coming in 8th place) at the Southeast Regional Competition held on the campus of FAU. The top five notable medal winners were:

  • Aaron Zygala in Chem lab, Fermi Questions and Forensics
  • Regina Duchak in Forensics and Water Quality
  • Neo Nguyen in Chem Lab and Fermi Questions
  • Elek Gilmer in Mission Possible and Circuit Lab
  • Adam Greer in Mission Possible and Circuit Lab

FAU High Interact Club, Making a Difference

Environmental Science Class Goes Gleaning, Robin Barkes
The FAU High Environmental Science (EVS) class spent a Friday morning gleaning tomatoes at Mecca farms in Boynton Beach.  In cooperation with CROS Ministries, the students picked over 4000 pounds of tomatoes that would have otherwise gone to waste.  All the produced picked is then distributed by the Palm Beach Country Food Bank to help support local hunger programs like the Caring Kitchen. Currently in EVS, the students are studying food production and inequities in food distribution. Thank you to entire class for all their hard work!

The Secret Garden is Ready for Picking!, Robin Barkes
Carrots and tomatoes are ready for picking!  The high school secret garden, behind Mrs. Barkes's classroom, is growing organic fruits and vegetables.  We grow anything from herbs, sweet peppers, carrots, tomatoes, mangos, papayas, guavas and even mulberries. All of our produce was planted by the students and grown from seed through various sustainable methods like hydroponics, drip down systems and a wall gardens. The garden's water is supplied naturally from collected rain water which is diverted into a cistern and then distributed to all the growing systems. It is an educational and relaxing garden and a nice spot for our high school students to get outside and just enjoy.

Upcoming School Reminders

AdvancED Accreditation Visit (April 29th - 30th), Gracie Diaz

Continuous improvement is at the heart of every quality educational institution.  As a school, we consistently strive to improve educational and social-emotional supports within a safe and secure environment.  One step to ensuring that we continue to excel is by engaging every five years in an accreditation process conducted by a nationally-approved accreditation body, AdvancED.  AdvancED sends a team of educators to visit our school to provide a thorough assessment using a set of standards and processes unique to public schools.
On April 29th and 30th, the accreditation team will be on our campus conducting the evaluation.  They will be reviewing evidence and artifacts, observing student engagement in classrooms, and conducting interviews with groups of students, parents, teachers, school advisory body members, staff and administrators. 
We are extremely proud of our work in improving outcomes and experiences for students and families, and are excited about learning how we can continue to enhance our services and program.  

The FOCUS mobile app for ADHUS & FAU High School is here!
The app is now available for parents from both Google Play and the Apple App stores.

Search   -   FAU LAB SCHOOLS

The FOCUS App provides parents with a streamlined and convenient way to access their students’ grades, attendance, assignments, school news feeds and important links when and where they want it most.  Once the app is downloaded, parents can log in with their FOCUS parent portal user ID and password to see their students’ information. 
New to the FOCUS parent portal?? Visit FOCUS and click create a new parent account. 
Click here for the quick-start guide to the app.
For FOCUS and FOCUS App support please contact:

ESE Parent Survey, Lyndsay Tolerton
Parents of students with IEPs will soon be receiving a paper copy of the FLDOE’s ESE Parent Survey. Please complete the survey so your voice can be heard. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.  If you prefer to complete the survey online, go to The deadline to complete the survey is May 31st.  The survey is confidential. Results (which do not contain student names or other identifiers) are shared with districts and schools so we can improve in what we do.
For more information, please refer to this flyer.​

Parent Resource Night

FAU Presidents' Gala

PTO Newsworthy

On Friday, February 22nd the PTO hosted the kick off for the annual Color Run fundraiser. Students will run on March 15th, so there are plenty of opportunities to secure sponsorship. We are also looking for donations for the annual on-line school auction. Finally, mark your calendars for May 4th, as we will celebrate 50 years of Henderson with an adult-only evening event on campus. Please check out the details on the PTO website or reach out to your PTO if you have questions on any of these events.

You can always support the PTO by sending in your Box Tops and shopping at Office Depot, Target, or Amazon. These contributors help us raise funds to support the school, faculty, and staff with resources, 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. You can reach the PTO via e-mail at or by phone 561-297-0491. For more information about the PTO, FAU exclusive ticket packages, or Spirit Items, please register and visit our PTO website

Henderson After School Program - HASP News

Just a reminder, March fees are due by March 8th; late fees will be added after that date. The payment link is included for your convenience. Also, during the general student dismissal process no one may park in the circles. If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, or if you would like more information, please contact

Upcoming State Required Tests

The FSA ELA Witting test begins April 1, 2019. As you plan your semester, please keep testing dates in mind. Official testing letters were sent home with testing details for each grade level. The overview indicates which days and grades will be testing. If you have any specific test-related questions, please direct them to Gina Sands at

Testing Overview

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.

Activity Fee and Payment for First Semester 2019-2010

First semester activity fees for the 2019 – 2020 school year are due on March15, 2019.  Please use the links below to access marketplace for payments.
K-8 payments
9th - 12th payments

Henderson Enrichment Program

Enrollment for the Henderson Enrichment Program is underway, and space is limited. The program is four weeks, June 3-28 and costs $850. Please see this flyer and registration form for additional information.

SLA Parent Newsletter

Each month our cafeteria service, SLA Management, features a newsletter with health and nutrition information, upcoming features, and other interesting articles.

OPK12 Research Committee/Research Collaborations

We are working on coordinating a lot of new projects so be on the lookout for research flyers and consent forms. One research project is currently active but we expect to see many more in the near future!

  • Katy Brooks and Dr. Nancy Jones from FAU’s Department of Psychology are studying how well children can recognize emotions to better understand how social skills and emotional abilities develop in children. Flyers and parental consent forms have been distributed to K-3rd graders. If you choose to allow your child to participate, you can contact the researcher directly at

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

FAU High School Research Program

9th Grade Researchers
The 9th-grade students are doing a fantastic job with their group presentations. This week we saw an impressive presentation on the effect of sex-stereotyped video game characters on sexual harassment tolerance (pictured below). Recently, Research Methods I students heard from Dr. Mehrdad Nojoumian from the College of Engineering and Computer Science (pictured below). They learned about the basics of block chain and what research looks like in this discipline! Research Methods III students continue to prepare to present at this year’s symposium, which is fast approaching. Let’s keep up the great work research students!

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies Update

Elementary Competitive First LEGO League Club

Team Space Invaders competed at the Regional tournament Saturday, February 23. It was an exciting day for everyone. The team did a fantastic job performing under pressure and overcoming obstacles.  Thank you to Krista Marin and all the wonderful parent volunteers who made this season a tremendous success!


The Cane Institute hosted the first SeaPerch competition at A.D. Henderson on February 9.  Team Noctis won 1st place for their Engineering Notebook.  Team Scuba Doo won 1st place in the Obstacle Course.  Team Kingfishers won 2nd place in the Mission and 3rd place in the overall competition. Team Vindicta won 3rd place for the Engineering Notebook, 3rd place for the Mission and won 1st place in the overall competition.  This team will be traveling to The University of Maryland, in June, to compete in the International Competition.  Congratulations to all the competitors!
The Cane Institute is looking forward to hosting the next competition March 8-9 at Yacht Chandlers 750 West Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up through the link.


Our elementary SECME teams will compete March 2, 2019. The middle and high school SECME competition will be held April 6.  Both competitions will be held at Santaluces High School.  Thank you to Mr. Nance, Mrs. Kasten and Mrs. Wilder who have been guiding the students throughout the year to prepare for these competitions.  Go Owls!


The FAU High FRC team is competing in the first competition of the season.  They are traveling to South Carolina, February 28 – March 2.  This is an exciting event to watch, so if you are available, try to attend the second tournament in Palm Beach to support the Owls!  This tournament will be held at the Palm Beach Convention Center March 28 – 30.   A special thank you to Scooter Willis and Tech Garage for hosting this high school club.

Science Olympiad

The A.D. Henderson Middle School team and FAU High School team did an incredible job representing us at the qualifying tournament.  The Elementary Science Olympiad team will be competing on May 11. Thank you to Robin Barkes, Hannah Darling and Mrs. Celesti for coaching and mentoring these team.

Science Fair

Congratulations to the students that will be representing A.D. Henderson and FAU High at the State Science Fair.  They will be traveling to Lakeland, March 26-March 28.  We wish them lots of luck!

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Owls Athletics

HS Boys and Girls Track are off to a great start with school records being broken in multiple events.  Also, congrats to Cyndi Turner who has qualified for the Florida Relays at the University of Florida.
MS Swim tryouts will be Wednesday, March 6th, and Thursday, March 7th, from 3-4:30pm.  Please make sure to have a physical turned in to the Athletic Department before try outs.
Pick Up- Please remember after practice to pick up at the schedule time and at 2nd Circle.  Parents, a reminder about picking up from an away event, remember not to park in 2nd circle so that the bus can get through. 

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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)
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