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A.D. Henderson University School &
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Community Newsletter


Vol. 4, No. 1, August 2019

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

August 13
Uniform On-Campus Sale & Order Pick-Up
Media Center - 9:00A-12:00P

Meet the Teacher K-8
K-2 - 9:00A-10:00A
3-5 - 10:00A-11:00A
6-8 - 11:00A-12:00P
August 14
First Day of School (1st-9th)
Kindergarten staggered start letters were sent home during the summer break
August 19
First Day for FAU classes
August 21
SAB Meeting
STEAM Lab - 5P

K-5 Open House (Parents ONLY)
Campus-Wide - 6P
August 27
PTO General Meeting
Cafetorium - 6P
August 28
Middle School Open House
Media Center - 6P
August 30
Noon Dismissal
September 2
No School - Labor Day
September 5
PTO Room Parent Meeting
Ms. Marin's Classroom - 6P
September 7
PTO Football Tailgate - FAU vs. UCF
A.D. Henderson Parking Lots - 3P
September 13
Quarter 1 Progress Reports

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

As the school year officially begins for students on Wednesday, August 14th, A.D. Henderson & FAU High School faculty and staff cannot wait for our students to return. We look forward to all the events and memories that we will create this year. Last year, we celebrated our school’s 50th anniversary and National Blue Ribbon School designation, and this year, there is even more to come!

We look forward to continuing the celebration as in the Fall we will be recognized as a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District. I am also extremely proud to announce that for the 20th consecutive year, our school has earned a letter grade of an “A.”  

We are so happy to announce that we have several amazing educators joining our phenomenal team this year! Please join me in welcoming our new faculty members:

  • Lauren Adler, ESE Instructor
  • Claire Bresil, MS Math Teacher
  • Teri Deyo, Instructional Facilitator
  • Leyla Losito, 7th Grade ELA
  • Sarah Speegle, 6th Grade ELA
  • Samantha Sylvestri, 1st Grade Teacher
  • Maegan Vick, HS Counselor

Safety and security of our campus continues to be a top priority. For the 2019-2020 school year, we will continue our initiatives that were already in place, such as SchoolPass and school identification. All parents/guardians will be required to register with SchoolPass, our student dismissal program, even if your child is a ‘walker’ or attends our after-school program. In addition, everyone, including students, will be required to wear an ID while on campus. These precautions are in place to ensure the ongoing safety of our school.

Furthermore, our PTO has been avidly working all summer to ensure that we have ample fun-filled activities throughout the school year. The first event to kick-off our year will be the PTO’s Football Tailgate for the FAU vs. UCF football game on September 7th. Please look for ticket order information attached to the weekly reminder. The PTO is also busy planning events for parents to meet and mix, including movie nights, art shows, and auctions as well as school traditions like the Howl and the Feast. There are even a few FAU athletic events coming up. Please support our PTO by being an active member and volunteering to help this fantastic group. Visit the ADHUS PTO website to sign up:

This year, A.D. Henderson & FAU High School has been working hard with your PTO to roll out the Business Sponsorship Program. Becoming a member of this program is a wonderful way to support our school while attracting families to your business. Featuring four different levels of sponsorship, this opportunity allows you to choose a package that best suits your company’s needs. There is something for everyone! For more information, please review the flyer here and read more below.
Finally, as the summer winds down, please make sure your student is fully prepared for the start of school. Now is the time to ensure that summer assignments are completed and review the school supply list. It is also an excellent time to start getting to bed a little earlier to prepare for the morning routines. As always, I am honored to be in such a fantastic place, with such talented educators.

Looking forward to another wonderful school year! Go Owls!



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

New K-12 Student Enrichment Annual Fund

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.

Read Superintendent, Dr. Joel Herbst’s full letter here

Make your impact felt today!

Elementary School Updates, by Alyson Rodriguez

I hope you have all been reading and having fun this summer! Parents, please continue to read each day with your children!

If you haven’t already, check out the summer resources document for tons of apps, sites, and ideas to get students ready for the next grade.

The 2019-20 school year is almost here, and I can’t wait to see all of you at meet the teacher. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! 

Middle School Updates, by Connie Hoff

Summer assignments are due on the first day of class. To ensure a great start to the year, help your child double-check that all assignments have been completed. All middle school 2019 summer assignments can be downloaded from the school's summer assignment website

Middle School Nerves

It is common for students to be nervous about middle school, especially if they are making the transition from 5th grade or if they are a brand new student. Here’s a great Scholastic article that discusses some common fears along with tips on how you can have great discussions at home.

We are excited for the new school year and can’t wait to see all of our middle school students soon!!

High School Update, by Christine Rick

FAU High School is excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to campus on Friday, August 9th and Monday, August 12th for orientation. The new students and families will learn about the various programs, resources, and opportunities we offer. Orientation Leaders will help welcome the new class while guiding them through sessions throughout the day.

Welcome, New Owls!

2020-2021 FAU High School Application

The 2020-2021 FAU High School application for ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades will open on Sunday, September 1st, 2019. Please visit for more information.

2020-2021 FAU Max Planck Academy Application

The 2020-2021 FAU Max Planck Academy application for eleventh grade will open on Sunday, September 1st, 2019. Please visit for more information.

Changes in the Class Meetings Schedule

The class meetings structure will be different for the upcoming school year. This change is being made to better serve all students in response to feedback from both students and parents/guardians. In the past, students were expected to attend a class meeting each month. For the 2019-2020 school year, the 10th - 12th-grade students will have one mandatory meeting in the first semester and one mandatory meeting in the second semester. The mandatory meeting will provide information that is extremely important for ALL students, based on their grade level. All students are expected to attend; no exceptions of work, volunteering, labs, etc. will be made, since the students have the dates so far in advance. All students are expected to schedule around the mandatory meetings. If a student has a class, they will receive an excusal letter to give to their professor. They will need to email Mrs. Rick a copy of their schedule. 
There will be six additional meetings throughout the year offered to all 10th - 12th-grade students focusing on various topics. Each student must pick two (2) of the six (6) optional meetings to attend, based on their interests and needs. Once these dates are confirmed, students will be required to sign up for the sessions.  

Welcome back from TCI!

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over, and it is time for students to come back to school. We have had a busy summer at The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies (TCI). From summer camps to competing on the national and international stages, we have accomplished a lot over the summer. We have also been busy planning for the upcoming school year. Our Family STEAM Night will be on October 11th. We are finalizing all of the TCI STEM clubs that will be offered this year and will make that information available soon. 

We are looking forward to a fantastic year at TCI!!

FAUHS Club Highlights

Congratulations to Kylie Long, one of our sophomores at FAU High School. Kylie participated in an essay competition on Solutions for Future Earth sponsored by Molecular Frontiers. Her essay was selected as an “Exceptional Mention” and will be published in the upcoming book, Solutions for Future Earth: Students’ Ideas for a Better Planet by World Scientific. The following additional FAU High Students also entered the competition and earned Honorable Mentions: Nicole Bui-Poulakos, Connor Cane, Sara Desvergunat, Mahaasrei Ghosh, Katherine Horan, Julianna Lian, Mariam Rizvi, Satviki Singh, Vivek Sreejithkumar, Emma Susi, and Vithu Suthakaran.


TCI was proud to host the 2019 JROTC STEM Summer Camp in June. This year, JROTC cadets from 50 different schools spanning seven school districts attended the week-long residential program. Cadets programmed robots, launched rockets with shuttle gliders, raced CO2 dragsters, and more. Thank you to the FAU High School volunteers who helped make this camp a success. Thank you also to Mr. James Nance and Mrs. Carol O’Leary for their help in organizing and running this camp.

SEAPERCH Underwater Robotics National Championship

TCI was proud to represent A.D. Henderson University School at the International SeaPerch Competition at the University of Maryland in the Washington, D.C. area this past June. A total of 4 ADHUS teams consisting of 14 students qualified for the international championship by winning first place at regional qualifying competitions back in the Spring. One of our teams was invited to give an engineering presentation while another was invited to present on their citizen science project. We finished the tournament in 7th place overall in a field of over 200 teams from around the world! This is the 6th year in a row that TCI and ADHUS placed in the top 10 in the world! A special thank you to Mrs. Emma Khoury and Mrs. Carol O’Leary for chaperoning the trip. A huge thank you to Mr. James Nance, who coached all of our SeaPerch teams.

SECME National Championship

TCI middle school and high school SECME teams represented our school at the SECME National Championship hosted at the University of Florida in Gainesville this past June. Both our middle school and high school teams had the top performance scores and did exceptionally well on their interviews. This year, we finished the season as the 3rd place team in the nation! A huge thank you to all of the parents who came and supported the team at the national championship!

TechGarage Camp

The Cane Institute hosted four weeks of TechGarage camp during June and July, and we had a BLAST!! Each week, we had 75 students who learned how to use the 3D printers, laser cutters, how to CAD, build and program robots, build and program drones, program games in Unity for Virtual Reality, learn to sew their own bags and pillows from laser-cut patterns, and more! Throughout the program, we hosted students from Pearl City Cats, Sheriff PAL, and Boys & Girls Club programs. Some of our FAU High School students were camp counselors and did a phenomenal job! This is yet another example of how The Cane Institute has a positive impact on our community. To date, we have impacted students from over 216 schools from all over Florida!

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OPK12 Research Committee / Research Collaborations

The new school year begins with continued and brand-new research projects. We are working on coordinating several new projects, so please be on the lookout for research flyers and consent forms. While no projects are currently active, expect to see materials for the following projects very soon:

  • Oscar Curet, an ocean engineering researcher, received an NSF CAREER grant to support his research and educational outreach. Dr. Curet will give a lecture on animal swimming and bio-propulsion to Dr. Tift’s Exploring Research class and then supervise a hands-on activity with a robotic fish. 
  • Gizelle Anzures from FAU’s Department of Psychology is conducting a study to understand how children aged 5-10 perceive and respond to different faces. If you choose to allow your child to participate, you will be able to contact her directly and coordinate your child’s involvement.

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.

FAU High School Research Program


The new school year is fast-approaching, and our program is excited to kick off another year of undergraduate research. Many of our research students had incredibly productive summers filled with undergraduate research, course work, and other activities. Additionally, many students took advantage of the summer semester to take a well-deserved break to recharge before the new school year. Regardless of how our students spent their summers, we are confident in the amazing things they will do going into the new school year! In the upcoming year, we plan to spotlight research students’ achievements, including our group of students who participated in our first study abroad trip to the Galápagos Islands.

Owls Athletics

The Owls completed an amazing 2018-19 Athletic Year! Our students achieved success across a broad range of events:
  • Elementary Boys Cross Country won State Championship
  • Elementary Girls Track and Field won the League Championship
  • Boys Middle School Track & Field won their League Championship with Ritch Dieujuste and Kamari Moulton finishing 2nd and 3rd at the State Meet in the 200mH
  • Boys High School Track & Field were District Champions
  • Girls High School Track and Field were District and Region Champions, along with State Champions in the 400m (Maisha Atkinson) and 4x800m (Hannah Herbst, Nora El-Abbar, Cyndi Turner, Atkinson).
  • FAU High School team was named Division III state champions in the State Commissioner's Academic Challenge
  • Girls High School Basketball Team was named FHSAA All-Academic Team Champion
Way to go Owls!!

As we move into the 2019-20 School Year, we only can hope to continue our success. With great pleasure, we would like to announce Coach Kristi Tekavec as our new High School Volleyball Coach. Coach Tekavec was the captain of the FAU Indoor Volleyball Team and a member of the Beach Volleyball Team. I would also like to introduce Coach Japhet Kerr as the new High School Boys Basketball Coach. Coach Kerr was a former player and assistant coach at Johnson and Wales University (Providence, RI).

Don’t forget! High School Fall Sports Season began on July 29th, and please refer to the athletic website for more information.

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Mental Health Training for Staff


We are happy to announce that A.D. Henderson & FAU High School has adopted the Kognito Mental Health Program. This online role-play simulation program includes group discussion that will provide our staff with tools to identify signs of distress. In conjunction with these tools, our team will use conversations to approach a student and discuss concerns, and, if necessary, refer parents/students to the appropriate resources. If at any time you need assistance with your child, please reach out to the school counselor at your child’s grade level.

Upcoming School Reminders

Title I Services

As you may know, our school is classified as a Title I, Targeted Assistance School. This classification means that services are provided to students who are identified as most at-risk of not meeting performance standards.

Last Spring, we conducted a survey that helped to determine the success of our Title I Program and the Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP). Results of that survey indicated that families wanted more information about programs, plans (including the PFEP and School Improvement Plan), and services available to students who qualify. 

To provide additional information to families, a quarterly newsletter will be distributed to children and families who qualify for free and reduced lunch. These newsletters will contain information about programs, plans and policies, events, and academic support available at our school. In early Fall, your child will be bringing home our school’s PFEP. Links to the plan, as well as other resources, will be available in the Title I Family Newsletter.

If you haven’t yet completed your application for Free or Reduced Lunch, click this link to apply. For more information, you may contact the Title I District Liaison, Dr. Tammy Bresnahan, via email or 561-297-3204.

Support for Families Experiencing Homelessness: Every Child Has the Right to an Education

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 defines homeless students (families in transition) as those lacking a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence. This definition includes children (PreK-12) who are sharing the housing of other persons (doubled-up) due to their family’s loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. The primary nighttime residence of students experiencing homelessness may also include hotels, motels, trailer parks, camping grounds, emergency or transitional shelters, cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. Our school offers resources and services to families experiencing homelessness. The school’s policy that outlines the resources available can be found in our approved Homeless Education Program and can be found on our school’s website
If you have questions or need any assistance, please contact our Homeless Education Liaison or your grade level Guidance Counselor.
Dr. Tammy Bresnahan, District Liaison
(561) 297-3204

Breakfast & Lunch Payments Change

Effective August 14th, 2019, A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School will no longer accept cash, as payment for breakfast and lunch. This change is being made to streamline the fee collection process. Payments will ONLY be accepted through Marketplace.

FAU Marketplace offers two payment options:
  • Option #1: Per Semester - Buy breakfast and/or lunch Monday thru Friday. This is a prepaid, paid in full option. The first payment must be made before the start of school, and the second payment is due March 15th.
    • Breakfast: $160 per semester. Lunch: $292.50 per semester
    • Students approved for reduced meals: Breakfast: $27 per semester. Lunch: $36 per semester
    • No charge for students approved for free meals
  • Option #2: Meal Account - Set up a meal account to buy breakfast and/or lunch any day with an initial deposit. You may add to it at any time.
    • Breakfast: $1.75 per day. Lunch: $3.25 per day
    • Students approved for reduced meals: Breakfast: .30 per day. Lunch: .40 per day
    • No charge for students approved for free meals
All payments can be made on the Marketplace webpage. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us via email.

Thank you for your cooperation!

7th Grade TDap Vaccine Requirement

The State of Florida requires students entering, repeating, or transferring into 7th grade to provide documentation for the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (TDap)vaccine. This requirement is in addition to the grade-appropriate immunization requirements.

The TDap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). TDap replaces one tetanus booster. Pertussis is a very serious disease that causes coughing spells that make it hard to eat, drink, and even breathe. It can also cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.

The original certificate of documentation from (DH 680) that allows your child's TDap immunization prior to entering 7th grade must be submitted to the school by Monday, August 12, 2019. If you do not provide this form by this date, your child will not be allowed to stay in school until the DH 680 form is turned into the front office.

Talk to your child's health care provider for more information on the TDap vaccine. Do not wait to schedule an appointment. No exceptions will be made for students who cannot get an appointment before the start of school. Immunization appointments can be made at Palm BeachCounty Health Centers or at your child's healthcare provider. For immunization information and van locations call 1.800.810.1225 or visit the Palm Beach Health Center website.

A+ School Supplies

The PTO is once again working with A+ School Supplies this upcoming school year. It is their goal to simplify the ordering of your child(ren)’s school supplies. The company offers a variety of supplies, easy on-line ordering, and free delivery straight to your child(ren)’s classroom for the first day of school.
You can also click here, click on "order now, and enter school code: adhus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact them. You can reach them at or by phone at 954-592-4942.

Uniform Web Store  

The A.D. Henderson & FAU High School Dress Code can be found on our school website. We appreciate your feedback regarding uniforms, and as a result, A.D. Henderson & FAU High School is continuing to work with Wizard Creations as the sole provider of uniforms for the school. The company offers several options for families to receive uniforms for the upcoming school year, including an online store and samples at It's Owl Time located on NW 20th Street in Boca Raton.

Representatives from Wizard Creations will be on campus on August 13th during our Meet the Teacher event to help families with all uniform needs. All orders placed between July 11th and July 30th will be available for pick-up at the Meet the Teacher event on August 13th.
Any order placed after July 30th will be fulfilled within 2-3 weeks after the Meet the Teacher event if there is no available inventory on hand.

On-Campus uniform sales are cashless, only credit cards will be accepted by Wizard Creations. Students that qualify for Free or Reduced lunch discounts can easily be verified with appropriate documentation during on-campus uniform sale days.

Meet The Teacher 2019

A.D. Henderson University School is hosting Meet the Teacher 2019 on Tuesday, August 13th, for families with students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Meet the Teacher 2019 is a great time for you to drop-off any purchased school supplies and greet your child’s teacher(s) for the 2019-20 school year. Classroom assignments and middle school schedules will be available for students and parents in FOCUS, our online school portal on Monday, August 12th. We urge parents to print and bring your child’s schedule to take advantage of Meet the Teacher 2019. Please join parents, faculty, and staff before, after, or during our Meet the Teacher event at the PTO’s Parent Lounge in the Media Center to learn about all things A.D. Henderson University School.

  • K-2 Aug. 13th 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • 3-5 Aug. 13th 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 6-8 Aug. 13th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

PTO Update

The ADHUS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) extends a warm welcome to the 2019-20 school year, and we hope to see you at the Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday, August 13th. We are thankful for your past support and look forward to your participation and support again this year. Our successful fundraising has enabled us to provide funds for our beautiful school traditions, needed classroom supplies, technology, sports equipment, water fountains, and many other programs.

The 2019-20 calendar includes many of the family events you have come to enjoy over the last 50 years, as well as new and innovative additions. Please remember, you can always 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 funds to support the school, faculty, and staff with resources.

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 great 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 new PTO Website.

An easy way to access up-to-date information and additional volunteer opportunities is to check out the PTO Website.

PTO Business Sponsorship Program

Becoming a member of the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School PTO Business Sponsorship Program is a great way to support public education while attracting families to your business.

To sign up, please visit or contact Valerie. Payments are only accepted online at

The annual Business Sponsorship Program offers four (4) levels, allowing partners to choose a package that best suits the needs of their business. All costs below are for the entire year, running from August to August each school year.

SLA Family Newsletter

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.

Henderson After School Program - HASP News


The Henderson After School Program (HASP) is busy preparing for the year with a strong team of counselors. HASP will start on Wednesday, August 14th. Please make sure to submit your student’s aftercare form and make the first payment before Friday, August 9th. Submitting forms early ensures that your student is properly registered for the first day of school, as space is limited. 

HEach program includes time for homework, outdoor/indoor play, technology, and team building. Enrichment and community programs will be incorporated, as available. The FAU High 9th Grade Program also includes Adulting 101, a transitional program facilitated by Dr. Tift. The weekly schedule will integrate life skills, university events, and organizational strategies. 

The Yearly Commitment is the BEST value, and all commitments may be paid in full or monthly installments on Marketplace with a registered credit card. If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, or if you would like to sign your student up, please contact Mrs. Sands or Mrs. Tolerton. Additional information will be available on the HASP page on the school’s website during the first week in August.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Mrs. Gina Sands & Mrs. Lyndsay Tolerton

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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