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


Vol. 3, No. 5, November 2018

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

November 7
A.D. Henderson Day @ FAU Women's Basketball
FAU V. Hampton Pirates
FAU Basketball Arena - 11:00A
November 12
No School - Veteran's Day (Observed)
November 13-16
NJHS Fall Food Drive
1st Circle
November 14
SAB Meeting
November 16
Q2 Progress Reports
November 20
Noon Dismissal - No Aftercare
Thanksgiving Feast
November 21-23
No School - Thanksgiving Break
November 30
Noon Dismissal
December 3-7
NJHS Week of Giving
December 6
Biology EOC
December 7
Family Movie Night & Art Show
Covered Court - 6:00P

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

I am so excited to share my favorite day of the year with you! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!  

The end of Daylight Savings Time is coming and that means we all get that hour back that we painfully gave up last spring. Rather than letting that hour go to waste, here are some things you can do to make the most of your extra hour this weekend.

  1. Sleep
  2. Read
  3. Play Candy Crush/ Angry Birds/ game of the month
  4. Get a mani-pedi
  5. Watch an episode of your favorite show
  6. Meditate
  7. Take a walk
  8. Go shopping
  9. Catch up on your emails
  10. Volunteer
  11. Go for a drive
  12. Yoga
  13. Go for a run
  14. Play a board game
  15. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while
  16. Go for a bike ride
  17. Color
  18. Go out to eat
  19. Work out
  20. Gather items to donate to charity

The upcoming week will be full of excitement as the ENTIRE school will support our Lady Owls as they play against Hampton University on Wednesday.  We will be joined by alumni as we continue our 50th Anniversary celebration year. Regrettably, I will not be able to attend to redeem myself as a coach to the winning team, as faculty and staff will again compete in the halftime basketball game. Thank you PTO team for coordinating this wonderful event with FAU athletics.

Finally, I am so proud to represent A.D. Henderson & FAU High School, as I will travel to Washington D.C. this week to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award on behalf of our school. Each day, I am proud to be part of this one-of-a-kind organization.


Go Owls!


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

FAU High School

Model UN Competes
The FAU High Model United Nations Club competed in the UCF Knight MUN conference and did an outstanding job debating and solving world issues. Special congratulations goes to James Hemmingway for earning the award of Outstanding Delegate and to Carly Blum, Diego Fermin and Eli Bamberg for earning verbal recognitions for their amazing work in their roles of delegates of the United Nations. 

FAU Dress Code Reminder
Christine Rick, Assistant Principal

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.
Identification: Owl Card badges must be worn at all times while on the A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School campus. There is a $10 ID card replacement charge for any 9th grade student not wearing their FAU High School ID card and a $15 Owl card replacement charge.

Safety with ID Badges

Students now use their ID Badge to check out books from the Media Center, scan safely in and out of School Pass, and buy school lunch. Teachers can also use the Badge to confirm their schedule via FOCUS App. Therefore, it is imperative that your child come to school with their ID Badge on daily. After 8:00 am it will be necessary to make an additional badge and your account will be charged accordingly. All accounts must be in good standing for a student to attend a field trip or participate in extracurricular activities, including sports. Please make sure all remaining balances are paid and your student has their badge on each morning.

School Group Pictures

Group pictures will be taken this  week, Tuesday, November 6th and Friday, November 9th. Students should be dressed in uniform. Please refer to the grade level schedule below:

  • Tuesday, November 6th  - Students in Kindergarten 4th, 5th, and 9th through 12th grade
  • Friday, November 9th  - Students in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

New Technology Resource

A. D. Henderson University School & FAU High have created a technology resource for parents and students – the email. This resource is designed for you to submit any of your technology questions. There are many different devices being used in school and numerous applications that are supported. You are welcome to ask about any of the school’s applications or devices (examples – Google drive, School Pass, Focus, iPads, Kindle, Marketplace, Canvas, Chromebooks, etc.). Questions will be vetted to the proper personnel and you will receive a response within 48 hours. So please save this resource in a safe spot and get answers to your technology questions!

Upcoming School Reminders

Basketball Field Trip

Just a reminder, the entire school is celebrating 50 years at the FAU Owl’s Women’s Basketball Game on Wednesday, November 7th. More information is available on the flyer. This will be a memorable school event! All students must have a completed Permission Slip NO LATER than Monday, November 5th at 6:00 pm. Your child’s school fees account must be in good standing. Any student that is unable to attend because there is no Permission Slip on file, or there is a past due fee will remain at the school. All students will return to school for regular dismissal. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Yearbook Personalization 

Henderson After School Program - HASP News

Just a reminder, as the website has been updated, the Henderson After School Program (HASP) information has been moved. The 2018-2019 HASP Fee Schedule, Application, and payment link can be found at HASP is also sharing information on SeeSaw. Please make sure you secure your student’s QR code for access and updates.
Aftercare is experimenting with using the new SchoolPass dismissal system to expedite pick-up times, so please make sure your information in School Pass is correct. Also, during the general student dismissal process no one may park in the circles. If they want to pick up at regular time they need to change on School Pass before 1:00 pm  If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, or if you would like more information, please contact

PTO Update

ADHUS PTO just hosted the most successful Howl ever on Saturday, October 27th. The place looked amazing and was packed with Halloween revelers. Visit the PTO website gallery to purchase pictures of this and other events. This week also marked the end of the Enchanted Scholastic Bookfair. Both events were successful and loads of fun!
With the start of November, the PTO is looking forward to the 50th Anniversary Basketball Game on Wednesday the 7th. The entire school will be going to celebrate and cheer on the FAU Women as they kick-off their season against Hampton University, and you are invited to join them at this high-energy event. Tickets are available on the PTO website. Then in a little over two weeks, the PTO will host the Annual Thanksgiving Feast. As a reminder, volunteers for this event were selected via lottery at the Howl. All volunteers will be notified of their duties.
Please remember that you can always support the PTO throughout the year 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. All teachers have joined. 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

OPK12 Research Committee/Research Collaborations

Research continues to be a big part of our school as we work towards our mission to support and conduct research. Here are the research collaborations currently happening at our school:

  • Dr. Charles Dukes and Dr. David Bjorkland, from FAU’s Department of Exceptional Student Education and Psychology Department, are investigating children’s moral reasoning and how they make moral judgments. Parental consent forms have gone home with K, 2nd, and 7th graders and Dr. Dukes has begun his study on the K and 2nd graders and will begin working with the 7th graders soon. The study is still accepting consent forms so if you choose to allow your child to participate, please return the signed consent form to school.
  • Nate Shanok and Dr. Nancy Jones from FAU’s Department of Psychology are studying the factors that influence stress and anxiety in preadolescent children. Parental consent forms have been distributed to 4th-6th graders. If you choose to allow your child to participate, you can contact the researcher directly at

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

FAU High School Research Program

This semester has been fantastic so far! The 9th grade, Introduction into Research, class has heard from over twenty guest speakers this semester – the most we’ve ever heard from in this class. They are going to spend the rest of the semester collecting observational data around campus for their final group projects. Their first group meetings went extremely well with all of them coming up with unique, inquisitive research ideas. Some of our students are pictured below dressed for Halloween with Dr. Tift! We should all wish our Research Methods 2 students luck since they just submitted their first research grant proposals last week. These grants are hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry and could earn them anywhere from $500-$1,000 for their projects.

Here’s Dr. Tift with some of our 9th grade students all dressed for Halloween!

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies Update

Elementary STEM Clubs

Many of the Elementary STEM Clubs are underway!  A special thank you to the parents and high school students that have volunteered their time to assist the teachers during these clubs. Thank you to all of the Elementary STEM Club sponsors!

Robot Drone League

Please come to support our middle school and high school teams at the next Robot Drone League competition on November 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. This innovative competition was designed by TechGarage and they host this event at FAU Tech Runway. Stop by and see some of the exciting action!

Carl Sagan Day

We hosted Carl Sagan Day on Saturday November 3rd and over 100 students and teachers from Broward and Palm Beach County participated in this team-building workshop. Thank you to Mr. Nance for coordinating this community outreach event and making it such a success!

Visit from Astronaut, Steve Swanson

The 4th and 5th grade students in the competitive First Lego League Club and the 6th grade students in the Technology Elective had the privilege to visit with Astronaut Steven Swanson. He was a three-time Astronaut, Commander of the International Space Station, and spent 195 days in space. Thank you to the College of Engineering for planning this fantastic meet and greet. 

Physics Day

The 5th and 6th students walked to the annual Physics Day at the College of Science. They enjoyed watching pumpkins drop off the roof of the Science building and then participated in Physics Day activities. Thank you to the College of Science for hosting this event.

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Owls Athletics

October was a busy month with our fall sports entering Post-Season.  Our HS Girls Volleyball ended the season winning 3 of their last 4 and falling just short of advancing to the District Semi-finals.  Our HS Cross Country Team had a great showing at Districts- Boys finishing 2nd and Girls 3rd, both teams competed on Halloween at Regionals.  The boys qualified for the State Championship (11/10 in Tallahassee) as a team and Maisha Atkinson qualified as an individual. 

Our Elementary Boys Team were State Champions!  Top Runners were Nathaniel Leslie, Olie Hallstrom, Kenny Haddix, Julian Slive, and Joshua Santiago.  Also in the K-2 Race, Reese Kupstas finished 4th, Cali Castillo 5th and Parker Titcomb 8th. Way to go Owls!

Winter Season has begun with MS Boys Soccer and MS Girls Basketball along with HS Basketball and Soccer. Please check out our most up-to-date information  

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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)
A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Title I Targeted Assistance Program.

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