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


Vol. 5, No. 5, January 2021

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

January 4
Teacher Work Day
January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 26
PSAT/NMSQT Test - 10th Grade Only
January 29
Teacher Work Day
February 15
President's Day
February 26
Teacher Work Day


We start the new year by welcoming back our students, faculty, and staff into our hallways. I hope you were able to take some time during winter break to reflect, recharge, and hit the ground running as 2021 brings us a renewed sense of hope and accomplishment as we are halfway through the school year!

Despite this year's limitations, our students have proven there is no obstacle they can't overcome. From top performances in every grade level within the Academic Games in both the Propaganda and World events series to participating in the National Playoffs for the CoderZ Virtual Robotics League. They have demonstrated that perseverance is the true mindset that has guided us through 2020.

As the last days before winter break started to dwindle, we surprised our Faculty/Staff with a holiday coffee cart by Cafe a la Carte, where they sipped on festive drinks and had a yummy treat. We also did our last weekly drawings with memorable gifts donated by PTO, Kloset Kouture, and Sweet Treats by Jen

On the last day of school, I had the honor of announcing our 2022 FAU District Teacher of the Year and our FAU 2021 District Employee of the Year through Facebook Live. The winners of this award were Kelli Wilder for TOY and Jimmy Aguilar for EOY. We are grateful for everything they do for our school and, most importantly, our students. We would not be where we are today if it wasn't for our faculty and staff's dedication and hard work. Thank you.

I hope everyone had time to enjoy their STEM Mailers provided by The Cane Institute. The latest mailer was designed to teach students a little about energy, electricity, and the concept of circuits. These were so much fun, and I even had the chance to see one in action! You can read more on them in the sections below.

Next week, report cards go home; however, you can monitor your child's progress in the FOCUS web application and mobile app. Please, look for details regarding re-enrollment forms and activity fees in the coming weeks. Also, please be aware that 10th-grade students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT this month. Specific information about testing is included later in this issue. However, you can always stay up-to-date through the School's Google Calendar and the testing calendar posted on our school website. 

Our PTO has already started working on our 2020-2021 Yearbook! And for the first time, there will be three different options to choose from: a digital version, traditional hardcover print, or both! For more details, please scroll down or visit The deadline for personalization is January 31 and April 1 for hardcover orders.

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. Please read through our newsletter for more information regarding these safety protocols.

Finally, I would like to thank you for the kindness and generosity shared with me, the staff, and the faculty. We all appreciated your heartfelt gifts and messages. But, the best gift is the one you share with us each day, which is your children.

I wish my FAUS family a very happy New Year and a fabulous 2021.

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

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We are excited to continue offering an opportunity to make a lasting impact through the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund. This year, we instituted a crowdfunding platform that will allow you to easily share the annual fund with friends, family, and social media networks and encourage them to support the school!

Gifts to the K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund will impact your child and enhance all school experience areas, including academics, athletics, arts, extra-curricular activities, technology, and student life. Every gift counts regardless of the amount. Please participate at a level that is comfortable for your family. All contributions 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 qualify for corporate matching gift programs.

Make Your Impact Felt Today!

Elementary School Updates

Fairytales in Fourth

The fourth-grade students came together to have their annual fairytale ball celebration. This comes after their hard work learning about archetypes in fairy tales, allusion to myths, and morals/idioms from fables and folktales. The students selected a character from one of the stories and presented it in the first person. They blew the teachers away with their ability to compare and contrast their archetype, myth, or fable to other stories and cultures! The fourth-grade team is so proud of the students' hard work to make this ball as exceptional as the rest despite our circumstances. 

Third Grade Biography Bosses

Third-grade students have been working hard learning how to read narrative nonfiction and biographies like "bosses." Students focused on the essential skills for reading expository nonfiction in this unit, like determining main ideas and recognizing different text structures. They celebrated their hard work with nonfiction with a biography presentation where students, both virtually and in person, had the opportunity to dress up like the person they researched.  We are all so proud of these nonfiction readers!

Middle School Updates

Due to Covid, our otherwise hands-on courses have gotten creative to hold student engagement. Our middle school STEM classes are using a combination of take-home kits and new technology. One new program is Coder Z, and these Owls are naturals. They have already completed "Robotics 101" and launched into the CoderZ League. Our students made it to the National Playoffs for the CoderZ Virtual Robotics League, WINNING their first match against an Oregon team. Go Owls!

Mr. Nance is excited to introduce CoderZ to fifth-grade students after break. 

High School Updates

Congratulations on the ending of a great semester. High school students ended the year by taking final exams, presenting science fair research, engaging in research dissemination, and participating in S2S persuasive speeches. We hope students take the time over winter break to relax and reflect on all that they have learned during their first semester at FAU High School.   
We are proud of all your hard work and look forward to a great next semester.  

FAU High School - Jupiter Campus, in Partnership with Max Planck Academy

The burgeoning field of neuroscience has led to scientific breakthroughs that have rapidly expanded our knowledge of the brain and how it functions, our understanding of psychology and psychiatric diseases. It has reshaped the way that we treat disorders of the brain and body with personalized medicine. Neurophysiology is the study of how the nervous system functions. Our students have the opportunity to record the live activity from neurons to investigate how they respond in different conditions. Starting Spring 2021, the Neurophysiology Lab provides students access to immersive course-based laboratory experiences, training our students in research and electrophysiology techniques to prepare them for research.
As our current technologies become more advanced, our ability to gather scientific data becomes far more significant. Data science provides the specialized tools required to identify trends and solve real-world problems by analyzing an otherwise insurmountable amount of data. With our growing technologies, data science is the next "big" thing for a career in any field. The Data Science Lab, starting Spring 2021, provides students access to immersive course-based laboratory experiences, training our students in research and data science techniques using specialized computers and applications to prepare them for research.

Science Olympiad

The FAU High School Science Olympiad teams successfully competed in their first virtual competition on Saturday, December 12. The Florida Science Olympiad organizers hosted this invitational that had schools from all over the state join in and participate in science-related events that cover all genres of science.

Notable achievements include: 

  • 1st place for Tyler Brack in Gravity Vehicle
  • 2nd place for Mikie Green and Regina Duchak in Ornithology (birds)
  • 4th place for Tyler Brack and Ritvik Kesharaju in Ping Pong Parachute
  • 4th place for Christian Farese and Jimmy Jones in Wright Stuff (two freshmen!)

We are so proud of our Science Olympiad teams! The team captains, Tyler Brack, Regina Duchak, and Aden Eagle, demonstrated true leadership skills to make it that FAU High School SO teams not only persevere but thrive and win.

The Cane Institute continues to engage in undergraduate research and was recently awarded its twelfth OURI Undergraduate Research Grant over the past five years, totaling $14,400 in student-written grants. This year's OURI grant focuses on carbon-fiber sandwich composites material science to provide data-driven decisions for our solar cruiser project. Other TCI OURI grants have focused on the solar car suspension design, solar car aerodynamic design, magnetic coupled underwater robotics thrusters, electric car battery management, and autonomous vehicle design. We are so proud of our high school TCI researchers and scholars!

Happy Holidays from The Cane Institute. We hope you enjoyed your holiday-themed paper circuits TCI STEM@HOME mailer. More mailers to come this Spring!

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Academic Games


The first Academic Games season in Propaganda for this year has been completed. Through the game of Propaganda, students develop and expand the use of context clues and reading comprehension. It is a portion of the Language Arts games. While playing Propaganda, players learn to recognize persuasion techniques often used by advertisers, politicians, editorial writers, and everyday human interaction. Players increase their ability to discern the truth from smokescreens; they learn to figure out the reality of situations rather than getting duped by the techniques. Players become critical thinkers. Players on a team spend a great deal of time studying together and exchanging ideas and notes as part of their learning experience.  

Congratulations to the Top 5 Winners in the 3 Divisions of Academic Games Propaganda Tournament.  

Elementary Division 4-6 (Coach O'Sullivan)  

  • 1st Michael Gomez                             
  • 2nd Maarya Harianawalla                 
  • 3rd Caitlyn O'Sullivan                                         
  • 4th Hannah Harianawalla                  
  • 5th Leia Barnett                                    

Middle School 7-8 (Coach Gass)  

  • 1st Place Daniella Fermin                 
  • 2nd Place Mark Zahga                        
  • 3rd Place Patrick O'Leary                                  
  • 4th Place Isabella Wong                                    
  • 5th Place Isabella Lackner                

High School Division 9-12 (Coach Palumbo)  

  • 1st Luke Carey                      
  • 2nd Victoria Karaluz            
  • 3rd Natasha Mayorga   
  • 4th Cassidy Johnson   
  • 5th Christopher Cox      

World Events

The Second Academic Games Regional Competition for this year has also been completed at ADHUS. Through World Events, students develop and expand the use of context clues and reading comprehension, and identification of salient facts. While preparing for and playing Current Events, players learn about the most recent calendar year's major political and cultural events. They learn to be aware of what is happening to them, their country, and their world. While preparing for and playing Theme, the players learn to research a particular historical theme that varies from year to year and prepare notes and study materials. Examples of past themes include "Women in World History," "The 1960's," "The Civil War," and "American Revolution." Players learn how the Theme's events affected people at the time and how those issues still affect them today. This year's Theme is the decade of the 90's. The knowledge gained from playing World Events leads to more informed and responsible future citizens.

Our next season, Presidential History begins January 11; any students grades 4-12 are welcome to join.  

Congratulations to the Top 5 Winners in the 3 Divisions of Academic Games World Events Tournament.   

Elementary Division 4-6 (Coach O'Sullivan)   

  • 1st Caitlyn O'Sullivan                              
  • 2nd Michael Gomez                  
  • 3rd Hannah Harianawalla                                  
  • 4th Maarya Harianwalla                   
  • 5th Leia Barnett                                     

Middle School 7-8 (Coach Gass)   

  • 1st Place Patrick O'Leary                  
  • 2nd Place Isabella Wong                         
  • 3rd Place Sabrina Scarpinato                                   
  • 4th Place Mark Zahga                                     
  • 5th Place Isabella Lackner                 

High School Division 9-12 (Coach Palumbo)   

  • 1st Elizabeth Insuasti  
  • 2nd Asna Nyani             
  • 3rd Mallory Thomas                                         
  • 4th Cassidy Johnson
  • 5th Luke Carey  

OPK12 Research Committee / Research Collaborations

Our schools continue to support innovative research conducted by faculty at FAU and other universities. Here the current projects we are involved in: 

  • 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 gather writing samples from 4th-5th grade students to see the relationships among writing skills, writing performance, and writing quality.  
  • We are still recruiting for the RESCUE Project with Drs. Fumiko Hoeft, from UCSF & University of Connecticut, and Kenneth Pugh, from Yale & University of Connecticut. The RESCUE Project ( is to help K-2nd students learn to read at home using a computer-based game called GraphoLearn. If you are interested in signing up your child for this project, please follow this link: RESCUE Project Interest and Sign up Form

The results from our past research collaborations have been published in peer-reviewed articles and presented at national and international conferences: Publications and Presentations from Research Collaborations. Here are some recent publications and presentations: 

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 OI Lab offers lab tours and/or in-class presentations to all elementary, middle, and high school classes. During the lab tour, students will visit the lab and get to see the equipment in use and have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with lab staff. The OI Lab is also working with teachers to create lab presentations customized for their lesson plans and provide helpful demonstrations that complement their lessons. Recently, Drs. Tift and Shank's Exploring Research class visited the OI Lab to learn more about the equipment available and the many ways they can incorporate the OI Lab into their future research projects. 

As a reminder, The Owls Imaging Lab (OI Lab) offers a virtual lab training experience to an unlimited number of students via Canvas. In the course, students are introduced to the OI Lab equipment, learn how to operate the equipment and explore the research applications of the lab, and develop their protocols for their specific research goals. Students involved in this self-guided course can advance their research experience by gaining useful skills for future research experiences, building their CV or resume, and creating a research foundation that will allow them to explore their research interests. Students interested in enrolling in this online training should register here: OI Lab Training Registration

Owls Athletics

After careful consideration, the following FHSAA High School Sports will be offered: Soccer, Tennis, and Track & Field. Students must turn in their EL2, EL3, and COVID Waiver forms before participating. You may turn them in electronically to Coach Childs ( Please continue to check the website for try-out information on these sports. 

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K-12 Counseling Newsletter

January is "Get Organized Month!" Because we know the importance of getting organized and setting realistic goals, we wanted to offer some tools and tips on why it's important to start early. This month's topic is reflected through CASEL's competency on self-management. According to CASEL, self-management is "the ability to manage one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations" (CASEL, 2020). As students learn the importance of setting realistic goals, they also begin to develop skills in growth-mindset, time-management, and organization.

Please read more from the counseling team by checking out our December Newsletter through our school counseling website!

General School Reminders

Activity Fee Increase

A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School continues to be recognized as a premier school in Florida and the United States. FAUHS was recently awarded the College Success Award from, the nation's leading nonprofit providing information to parents on outstanding educational opportunities for their children. Additionally, ADHUS has been ranked the No. 2 Best Public Elementary School and the No. 11 Best Public Middle School in America by Niche, the largest website for researching public and private K-12. In part, the resources that support our educational experiences for students are generated from the annual activity fees. The activity fees fund many student activities and resources, and contribute to our student and school success. 

Last school year, the School Advisory Body (SAB) was advised that the activities and services provided from the activity funds were exceeding expenditures, yet fees have not increased in over 10 years. Given the current situation, we chose to delay the increase until 2021-2022 even though the activity fees have been critical in providing health, safety, and technology purchases needed to keep our school thriving.

After careful consideration, we recently obtained SAB's approval to institute a minimal increase of $50 annually to the 2021-2022 activity fees. Please refer to the payment details below. You may also review the entire Fee Policy for more details.

Method of Payment

All fees, including lunch fees, must be paid online using the links below. The school does not accept personal checks. Marketplace will be open for the 2021-2022 school year on January 4, 2021. Click the corresponding links to remit activity fee payments.

On behalf of our SAB, teachers and staff, we thank you for all continued support!

Free School Meals

Did you know ALL students can receive breakfast and lunch free of charge* until the end of the 2020-2021 school year? However, to qualify for other benefits and discounts offered to families eligible for free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), you must apply and receive approval. Here is the link to apply:  NSLP Application.  

*Meals are not served when school is closed (holidays, teacher workdays, weekends). 

Safety Drills

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has provided schools with flexibility and guidance for conducting safety drills that adhere to social distancing and other CDC guidelines. We have put those practices in place and, during the fall semester, have successfully completed required fire drills, a mock tornado drill, and code yellow - lockout drills. The health and safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance. When students return to school in January, you can rest assured we will continue to conduct safety drills while vigilant in following health and safety protocols.

Testing Information

Each year the school creates a schedule of state assessments. Thus far, 11th-grade students have participated in the PSAT/NMSQT test in October, and ninth-grade students participated in EOC's in December. 10th-grade students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT in January. Here is the Draft 2020-2021 Testing Schedule.  Although this document is subject to change based on multiple factors, you may use this to plan.   

What's New in Tech?

Due to Covid, many community pools are currently closed, making it challenging for middle school students in the Maritime Tech (SeaPerch) course to get their robots in the water. Alternative assignments are being piloted on a program called CoSpaces, which offers students the opportunity to use their coding skills they built with their micro-bits earlier this year. Mr. Nance has ideas to bring students' 3D designs in Tinkercad into a live 3D space with CoSpaces. The students already love this new program and have been showing off their creations. Check it out HERE.

Carpool Tags

Car tags must be posted on the right-hand side of your vehicle's dashboard as you enter the dismissal line at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School. Placing the carpool tag on the vehicle's dashboard before arriving to pick up your student is essential to our dismissal process. If you do not have a carpool tag for your car, need extra tags or replacement tags, please request the carpool tag using this Google Doc link. Please allow two days for a car tag request to be processed.


FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to Florida law enforcement agencies and school officials. Click the appropriate link for information and download instructions in EnglishSpanish, or Creole.

PTO Update

The 2020/2021 Yearbook is Now on Sale! 

For the first year of yearbook sales, we bring you three different options to purchase your student's yearbook!

  1. Digital- An app-driven digital yearbook that you can keep with you on your computer, phone, or tablet. Through the app, you can sign, sticker, and send videos to everyone in your yearbook. $10
  2. Traditional- A hardcover print yearbook $50 (must be ordered by April 1, 2021)
  3. Digital and Traditional- Have the best of both worlds! A print copy while trying out the new fun digital options! $55 (must be ordered by April 1, 2021) 

Don't forget to place your student recognition or business ad in the 2020/2021 yearbook! This year, special pricing is being offered for full page, half page, quarter page, and business card size ads/personalization in the back of the yearbook. 

Personalizations must be purchased by January 31, 2021. 

Click here to purchase a yearbook and/or personalization.   

Look for information about individual photos coming soon!

All orders must be purchased through You must make an account to purchase, however you do not have to be a PTO member to create an account. Thank you and we appreciate your support!

Any questions about the products available, please send an email to

Business Sponsorship Program

The PTO kicked off a new initiative in partnership with A. D. Henderson & FAU High School called the PTO Business Sponsorship Program. The annual program offers two (2) levels, allowing partners to choose a package that best suits the needs of their business. All costs below are for the entire calendar year, running from January to December each year.

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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