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A.D. Henderson University School &
FAU High School
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Vol. 6, No. 1, August 2021

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

August 11
First Day of School
August 18
SAB Meeting
August 30
No School - PDD
September 6
No School - Labor Day
September 7
No School - Fall Holiday


We are excited to welcome all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff back for the 2021-2022 school year. Throughout the challenges we faced last year, everyone did a remarkable job maintaining a positive attitude and focusing on safety measures and healthy practices, all while supporting student learning. We could not be prouder of everything accomplished. 

With that said, we understand that there may be some trepidation about returning to campus in-person; however, last year, we implemented many safeguards that we will continue this upcoming school year:

  • Our HVAC systems were upgraded for enhanced air quality.
  • Sanitization of high-touch surfaces throughout the school day will continue.
  • Face coverings will be provided for any student who needs one.
  • Frequent hand-washing and hand-sanitizing will be required.
  • Lunches will be held in covered, outdoor areas. 
  • Movement between classes will be directed to encourage social distancing practices.
  • Our school nurse will continue to monitor the health of our students and employees when exposed, test positive, or exhibit symptoms.
  • We ask that our parents help us keep our school community safe by keeping their children home if exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms.

In addition, consistent with other Florida school districts, as we begin the school year, we are strongly recommending the use of face coverings; however, we are monitoring the community health conditions regularly. We hope for positive health outcomes but are prepared to implement more stringent protocols should it become necessary. Any changes to the health and safety protocols will be communicated promptly to all of our families. Please continue to monitor ADHUS.FAU.EDU for the most up-to-date information.

As we head into the new school year, we also have a few announcements, reminders, and changes resulting from the construction of our new K-8 building. As you come to campus, it will look slightly different as we are well underway with our construction project. While this is an exciting time for us all, there may be inconveniences that arise throughout the year. One of which is the consolidation of classrooms needed to accommodate this new construction that will impact physical education, the locker rooms, and the pool. Students will participate in PE but will not dress out or have access to the pool. With the construction of a new gym and locker room in phase I, and a new pool in phase II of the project, we know that everyone will weather this inconvenience in anticipation of the exciting facilities to come.

Just like last year, drop-off will continue to begin no earlier than 7:30 am as we expect all students to be in their seats and ready to learn by 8:00 am. We ask that all students be prepared for school upon arrival, in dress code, wearing a school-issued ID and lanyard, and keep all materials and water bottles in their backpack. 

The use of School Pass will also continue to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal process for all students. We ask that all parents and guardians sign up for School Pass before the first day of school and keep their car tags displayed on the passenger side dashboard during each campus visit. Parents, please remember to show up at your designated dismissal time to avoid creating unnecessary delays for all families. 

Lastly, we are excited to announce that the National School Lunch Program will continue to offer breakfast and lunch, free-of-charge, once again, to all students this school year. There are many other benefits to the National School Lunch program, so we encourage parents who believe they may be eligible to sign up at Please read more about the program below in our general school announcements section.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

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PTO Business Sponsorship Program Sponsors

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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!

Middle School Updates

Summer Assignments

We know it must have felt good for students to finish their math summer assignment by August 1. Now, they are in the home stretch with reading assignments due on the first day of school!

Students can show you their summer assignment classes on Google Classroom, and if there are any last-minute questions, be sure to have them email their teachers.

New Accelerated Courses

We are excited this year to add accelerated ELA and science courses to the 6-8th grade schedule. Students were selected for these courses based on their former academic performance and will see the designation of honors on their course schedule. In 8th grade, the honors science course is Physical Science, a 9th-grade course that will earn high school credit. 

We can't wait to see our middle schoolers soon! 

High School Updates

This summer, incoming FAU High School students engaged in the Summer Bridge Program. This program gave students an opportunity to meet our incredible teachers and staff, learn about the Research Program and The Cane Institute, get help with summer assignments, and get time management tips from upper-level students. The high school team had a wonderful time meeting the incoming students and offer their support.

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

We're incredibly excited to start another fantastic year! The Jupiter campus is rapidly growing, with about 55 students next year – more than doubling our previous student population. Rising seniors spent this summer conducting research and volunteering with a ton of our University Partners, like the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Wilkes Honors College, Scripps Research, Florida Atlantic University, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, FAU iHealth, FAU Brain Institute, and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Rising Sophomores and Juniors are getting oriented and onboarded to the program and will start their research pursuits soon – if they haven't already.

We are looking forward to another great year in Jupiter!

MPFI's Summer 2021 Magar Fellows Aden Eagle, Kate Maier, and Seth Goldin

Kaylin Weinrich, Class of 2023 Regional Surfing Champion

Kaylin Weinrich won the title "Surfer of the week" for her many accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Last April, her big championship triumph came with her first Regional title in the Explorer Women's Longboard division at the 2021 East Coast Championships. Kaylin's passion for surfing is well-balanced by her remarkable work academically, "Although my passion for surfing is strong, school always comes first," she said. "I have always pushed myself hard throughout my studies, and my goal is to maintain my 4.0 GPA. I am currently majoring in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and am extremely interested in becoming a sports physical therapist, which would allow me to rehabilitate professional surfers." Click through to read the complete Surfer of the Week profile on Kaylin.

Pathfinder Award Winners

Congratulations to our Pathfinder Awards winners from the FAU High Class of 2021!

  • 1st Place Science & $3,000 scholarship: Zachariah John
  • 2nd Place Business & $2,000 scholarship: Devin Willis 

We are incredibly proud of your achievements! If you would like to watch the Pathfinders Palm Beach Post Award ceremony, please click this link.

Friends of Daggerwing Nature Center

Friends of Daggerwing Nature Center, Inc. (FOD) announced the 2021 Scott Cowan Memorial scholarship award to FAU High junior Mallory Thomas. Mallory became a butterfly garden volunteer at the nature center in 2020.

"Mallory is very deserving and I am excited to learn that she won the scholarship award this year." says Sean Mallee, Daggerwing Nature Center Manger. "She is an extremely committed volunteer who dedicates her time to help beautify the nature center's butterfly garden.  The butterflies and our guests are rewarded with her efforts all year long and it is heartwarming to know she has earned this prestigious scholarship to continue her academic goals.  We appreciate all of the volunteers at Daggerwing Nature Center and are fortunate to work with such giving individuals!"

Leadership Palm Beach County's (LPBC) Leadership Grow Class of 2022

We are pleased to announce that FAU High junior Mallory Thomas has also been accepted into the Leadership Palm Beach County's (LPBC) Leadership Grow Class of 2022!

The Leadership Grow Program, now in its 30th year, gives students unparalleled access to our county's industries and leaders. Mallory is one of only 50 high school juniors accepted into this program each year.

SeaPerch Underwater Robotics are INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!

Congratulations to Team Kingfishers for their 1st place win at the International Seaperch Underwater Robotics Championship! Team Kingfishers, including Patrick O'Leary, Isabella Lackner, Hudson Whitehurst, Sabrina Scarpinato, and Nicholas Ostheimer, won 1st place in the Middle School Division for their Team Interview and Engineering Presentation.

The Kingfishers' engineering project involved innovative work with Artificial Intelligence in collaboration with the Chasing Coral Project at the University of Queensland, Australia. Their project uses a seaperch robot to scan a reef and compare pictures of the reef with a neural network of photos from healthy reefs to determine the reef's health the seaperch is swimming over. 

Not only did their project win first place internationally, but it was developed in a way that makes sharing limitless. The project can be implemented by anyone, regardless of location, with an inexpensive SeaPerch ROV and an underwater camera.

STEM@Home Mailer

We hope you enjoyed receiving The Cane Institute STEM@Home mailers last school year! Throughout the year, The Cane Institute sent home over 10,000 mailers to our students! Thank you to everyone who provided feedback; we are incredibly excited about the numbers and interest in these mailers.:

  • 95.9% enjoyed receiving the TCI STEM@Home mailers
  • 93.5% rated their overall experience with the TCI STEM@Home mailers as satisfied or extremely satisfied
  • 76.1% were pleased with the number and frequency of kits (once a month). 
    • 17% wanted more TCI STEM@Home kits  
    • 6.5% said we offered too many kits
  • 82.6% felt the activities were age-appropriate
  • 93% felt the activities were fun and engaging
  • 93% felt the activities were easy to understand
  • 93% felt the activities were easy to use
  • 95% felt the TCI STEM@Home kits helped connect them with school during the pandemic

A very special thank you to all of the volunteers (teachers, faculty, staff, and students) who helped stuff and label envelopes! And a big thank you to our FAU Lab School administration for supporting our students in this innovative way during the pandemic!

The Cane Institute & Artificial Intelligence

Thanks to a grant written by Mr. Nance, two students from his Marine Robotics Class received an invitation to complete the Nvidia AI specialist certification. Patrick O'Leary and Isabella Lackner were provided Nvidia Jetson Nano 2G development boards and diligently worked on developing their artificial intelligence projects throughout the summer. We can't wait to see what they created! As the summer nears a close, they are waiting for feedback on their AI projects. 

Congratulations to Patrick and Isabella on completing their Nvidia Artificial Intelligence specialist certification!

MATE Underwater Robotics Teacher Professional Development

TCI Director and K-12 District STEM Coordinator, Allan Phipps, attended a week-long Marine Advanced Technologies Education (MATE) Underwater Robotics training in Kingsport, Tennessee, over the summer.  Mr. Phipps won a grant that paid for all training fees and all hotel expenses for this professional development. By the end of the training, Mr. Phipps and his assistant, and his son, Aiden Phipps, built a fully functional underwater robot, complete with a working camera and articulating gripper.

We can't wait for Mr. Phipps and Aiden to bring this training to life as The Cane Institute prepares several MATE underwater robotics teams this school year!

STEM Club Schedule

Cane Institute STEM Clubs Are Back!

STEM Clubs will begin meeting once again in September After last years hiatus. Once we gauge student interest and develop schedules, we will send out further information. Please have your student complete this Google Form to express their interest in any specific clubs and receive notifications for their interests.

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OPK12 Research Committee / Research Collaborations

Our collaborators, Jordon Beckler, Veronica Ruiz Xomchuk, and Tim Moore from FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, recently received a NASA-Minority University Research and Education Project grant. This grant will provide FAU High School students with workshops and internships focused on remote sensing. Along with these opportunities, students will assist with image analysis of coastal marine data collected by NASA.

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 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

As a reminder, The Owls Imaging Lab (OI Lab) offers lab tours and/or in-class presentations to all elementary, middle, and high school classes. During the lab tour, students visit the lab, see the equipment in use, ask questions, and interact with lab staff. The OI Lab is also working with teachers to create lab presentations customized for their lesson plans while providing helpful demonstrations that complement their lessons. This summer, The Owls Imaging Lab hosted Ms. Celesti's class, and we learned all about different kinds of marine animals. Ms. Celesti's budding scientists looked at sharks using virtual reality and the surfaces of different marine organisms under the scanning electron microscope and dissecting microscope. 

Julianna Lian places 2nd at Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair

Julianna Lian, 17, a junior at Florida Atlantic University High School, recently placed second in the biochemistry category at the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF), the world's largest international high school competition. The 1,833 Regeneron ISEF 2021 finalists represent 49 states and 64 countries across the world. Lian's project proposes that Sargassum, brown seaweed, is a viable treatment for mitigating chronic human inflammation related to diabetes, cancer and other diseases. "Growing up close to the beach, I was there all the time," said Lian. "I took inspiration from the seaweed I saw, which was growing more abundant, and began researching what it could be used for." Read the rest of the article here.

Student Publications

We are also very excited to share some new student publications. Sanjana Chandran has a new publication entitled "Hypoxia Tolerance Declines with Age in the Absence of Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase (MSR) in Drosophila melanogaster" in Antioxidants. Michael Green also has a recent publication titled "State Record Thornbush Dashers (Micrathyria hagenii) in Florida" in the journal ARGIA. Michael Green's paper highlights his discovery of a dragonfly species in Florida previously thought only to be found in the Caribbean, South America, Central America, and Southwestern North America. For a comprehensive list of past student publications and presentations, you can visit Student Publications and Presentations

Virtual Lab Training via Canvas

The OI Lab offers a virtual lab training experience to an unlimited number of students via Canvas. In the course, students are introduced to the equipment in the OI Lab, learn how to operate the equipment, explore the research applications of the lab, and develop protocols for their specific research goals. Students involved in this self-guided course can advance their research experience by gaining valuable 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.

Owls Athletics

The Athletic Department is excited for the 2021-22 school year! Fall sports will start in August for elementary, middle, and high school teams. As we get closer to athletic seasons starting up, we will update the Owls Athletics website with tryout information. Before trying out, all students must turn in their EL2 and EL3 forms either digitally or physically.

Last week, FAU High School held tryouts for Cross Country, Golf, and Volleyball. If that is any sign, we are excited for the future of the season for these Owls.

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K-12 Counseling Newsletter

The goal of the FAU K-12 School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate counseling program that addresses the academic, social-emotional, and college/career development of all students. Each month, we share developments, updates, and resources on our K-12 School Counseling Program website to keep you informed about how we are adapting and implementing our comprehensive school counseling program to fit the needs of our students. Follow the link below as we introduce you to the members of our Student Support Team! 

Welcome Back

General School Reminders

Faculty Award & Recognition Opportunities

Our teachers do an extraordinary job every day, if you are interested in nominating anyone at the FAU Lab Schools, don't hesitate to contact our school's Student Achievement Coordinator, Pilar Taylor.

2021 Golden Bell Grant

Congratulations to our school as a whole, but especially Krista Marin, who, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Golden Bell Education Foundation, was selected to receive a 2021 Golden Bell Grant to purchase the TCRWP Classroom Library. The grant funds will be awarded at the Boca Chamber's September Membership Breakfast later this year.

Safety Updates & Reminders

Each year, the Florida Department of Education mandates that schools conduct several safety drills to protect students and staff in case of an emergency. These include evacuation (fire), severe weather (tornado), and lock-down drills. The health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance. When students return to school, you can rest assured that we have planned drills that meet the mandate's requirements while adhering to social distancing and other CDC guidelines.

School Pass Car Tag

The dismissal system, School Pass, will continue to be used to ensure we conduct dismissal as safely and efficiently as possible. As your vehicle enters our campus, cameras read your license plate, the software identifies the children leaving in that car, and your children walk through the building to their appropriate dismissal circle. 

When arriving for dismissal, please make sure your students' car tag is prominently displayed on your passenger-side dashboard. Carline staff members read this tag to ensure your student enters the correct vehicle promptly.

Car Tag Distribution by Grades:

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade - will receive two pink or blue car tags per student on Friday, August 6, during your scheduled Meet the Teacher time.
  • 6th to 8th grade - will receive two pink or blue car tags per student from their grade level English/Language Arts teacher on Wednesday, August 11, the first day of school.
  • 9th grade - FAU High School students will receive two pink or blue car tags per student on Saturday, August 7, at their designated pick-up time.

If you find you need additional car tags for your family's needs, please complete this Google Form. Please allow up to 3 full school days for the completion of your request. The car tag(s) will go home with the student referenced on the form.


With the instructional year beginning very soon, please take a long summer moment to review our attendance and tardy policy. 

Reporting an Absence or Tardy

If, for any reason, you need to report an absence or tardy, please get in touch with our attendance telephone message line or email our attendance department by 9 am each school day.


  • Telephone 561-297-3970, select Option #3.  
  • When leaving a message, please speak slowly and clearly. Share the day and time of your call, your contact information, your student's name you are reporting an absence or tardy, and the reason for the student's absence or tardy.  

- OR -


  • State the absence or tardy date, time, contact information, the name and grade of your student you are reporting an absence or tardy, and the reason for the student's absence or tardy.

School Meals

To ensure that families have access to healthy meals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved free breakfast and lunch for all school-aged students. Through this program, All students can receive a free breakfast and lunch daily. This program applies to free meals only; additional meals or snack items will be subject to charge. 

This benefit begins on the first day of school and continues until the end of the school year.

For additional benefits, including reduced activity fees and reduced cost for uniforms, you must qualify for free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). To apply for the NSLP, please follow these steps.

1. Go to this website:

2. In the box that asks for zip code, enter 33431. Our school, A.D. Henderson University School/FAU High School, will appear.


4. To get started, you'll need:

  • The names and incomes of every member of your household
  • The school, grade, and birthdate of every member of your household
  • Your social security number and electronic signature

Families Experiencing Homelessness

If you or someone you know is experiencing housing transition, there may be support that we can provide. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 defines homelessness (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, pandemic, 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 policy outlines resources available in our approved Homeless Education Program and can be found on our school's website by following this link. 

If you would like additional information or assistance, please feel free to contact the District Title I Liaison, Dr. Tammy Bresnahan at 561-297-3204 or


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.

Technology Integration

While last school year was undoubtedly challenging, we certainly learned a lot and are excited for the lessons learned! For one, we realized that issuing students their own devices helped keep kids on track at home and school, and teachers reported they were able to start class quicker because they didn't have to issue devices before a lesson could begin. For these reasons and more, every child at A.D. Henderson will receive their own device for the 2021-2022 school year. 

While this is exciting, as a reminder, for your child to take home their device, you must have filled out the Device Agreement Form in FOCUS by Friday, August 6, 2021.

The Device Agreement form can be found on the parent FOCUS main portal page.

  • Log in to your Parent FOCUS account:
  • On the main portal page, find the electronic form labeled "A.D. Henderson School Device Agreement."

Statewide Assessment Testing Schedule

The Florida Department of Education released the statewide assessment windows for the 20021-2022 school year. Students in grades 3-10 will test in various subjects in the winter and/or spring. A more detailed schedule will be forthcoming.

The Florida Statewide Assessment Program 2021-2022 Schedule

PTO Update

We can't wait to start the new school year with all the exciting things we have planned. Our successful fundraising events have allowed us to provide needed classroom supplies, technology, sports equipment, and many other programs. 

Support PTO by becoming a member for $10 per family for the year. Visit our website to sign up and to stay up to date on all upcoming events.

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.

SLA Food Services

SLA is ready to provide our school community with an exceptional café dining experience for the 2021–2022 school year. As we begin transitioning back toward normal service, we look forward to offering your child(ren) healthy, delicious meal options in a safe and clean environment.

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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