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Vol. 3, No. 10, April 2019

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

April 8-12
NJHS Spring Food Drive
April 11
NJHS Induction
Cafetorium - 6P
April 17
K-5 Music Concert
Cafetorium - 6P
April 19
No School
April 24
SAB Meeting
Location TBD - 5:30P
April 26
Noon Dismissal - PDD

4th Quarter Progress Reports
April 27
Auction Kick-Off
May 1-2
FSA Math - 3rd Grade
FSA Reading - 4th & 5th Grade
FSA Reading - 7th & 8th Grade
May 3
8th Grade Science
Biology EOC
FSA Make-Ups

Middle School Glow Dance
Cafetorium - 3:30P
May 4
Online Auction Closes

50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion
A.D. Henderson School - 6P

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

The start of the fourth quarter reminds us that the end of the school year is in sight. Culminating events are well beyond the planning stage including the prom, graduation, and promotion ceremonies. Over the next two weeks, we will welcome future ninth grade and kindergarten students. 

This time of year also serves as a pinnacle for all of the faculty, staff, students, athletic teams, and competitive groups that are finishing the year strong. I am so very proud of the students that have performed well in the science fair, won at track, garnered recognition at HOSA, and all of the other groups and students showcased in the newsletter below. Equally proud of Mrs. Jenny O’Sullivan, District Teacher of the Year, and Mr. Cesar Carnero, the School Related Employee of the Year, as they represent our school in the coming year.

Another hallmark of this time of year is state testing. As April began, so too did the testing. Students in grades 4-10th have completed the FSA Writing and 3rd grade has finished the reading. The remaining FSA Reading, Math, EOCs, and NGSSS Science, Biology, and Civics are on the horizon. The remaining tests are scheduled for the first few weeks in May, so plan accordingly.
As this year begins to wrap up, there are some general reminders for the remainder of the school year. Please ensure that fees are paid to confirm your child is able to participate in all of the end-of-year festivities. Also, join your Henderson family as we celebrate 50 years on May 4th, with an adult only PTO sponsored event at the school.
Finally, the last week in April, we will host the Accreditation Team from AdvancEd, the governing body that ensures that our school meets rigorous research-based standards and fully demonstrates the tenets of our mission. The team will observe classroom practice and hold interviews with students, parents, faculty and staff. 
I look forward to sharing all of these joyous occasions with you and our children. Please ensure you don’t miss out and stay up-to-date with the weekly emails.


Go Owls!


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

A.D. Henderson Elementary Highlight

Building a culture of literacy continues… Our kids are on “Fire” with reading!  Leading up to spring break we had so many amazing events happening on campus. Mrs. Rubin and I started off with an invite to the 4th Grade “VIP” Event to view their trailers that tried to hook us into reading historical fiction. Students focused on plot, character, and theme to highlight the elements of the genre. Next, we visited Ms. Marin’s class to listen to some of our Kindergarten authors read their self-illustrated stories to the class. We were so impressed! The last stop of our visits were in 2nd Grade to attend “Camp Read A Lot”. Students were able to move between all three classrooms to practice oral fluency, building stamina, and talking about their reading with partners. It was so cool to sit by the campfire, relax in sleeping bags, and camp out in tents all under the stars! Please continue to reinforce this love of reading at home, by reading together,  encouraging independent reading each night, and discussing the books together. Mrs. Rubin and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year has in store! #owlsread

A.D. Henderson Middle School Highlight

March Madness 2019
ADHUS middle school students enjoyed the March Madness event on Friday, March 29th. They danced the night away and played games on the hardcourt. Students especially enjoyed the vintage video games and line dancing. The students enjoyed the PTO sponsored pizza and a wonderful assortment of treats. Special thanks to the middle school teachers, HASP counselors, and FAU Men’s Basketball Team for supervising the event. All of the students were able to relax with friends and had a blast.

National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members
On April 11th, this coming Thursday, 35 middle school students will be inducted into the ADHUS National Junior Honor Society, Scientia Est Potentia. This organization, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is at middle and junior high schools across the country. The purpose of NJHS is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, develop character, and encourage citizenship. Congratulations inductees!

NJHS & MSGA Spring Food Drive
The middle school groups will host a Non-Perishable Food Collection this week in the circles to support Boca Helping Hands, a not-for-profit organization. The food bank has a mission to provide food and emergency assistance to meet basic human needs and long-term solutions to break the cycle of dependence. Direct any questions to Mrs. Sands at Please review the below flyer for specific items and do not donate any opened or expired items. 


FAU High School Happenings

FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month - March, Robin Barkes
Erin Ravindran was honored by the Boca Raton Sunset Rotary as the Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar for March 2019. The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. Congratulations Erin!

FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month - April, Robin Barkes
The FAU High Senior of the Month for April is Courtney Baer and was honored by the Boca Raton Sunset Rotary. The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement.  Courtney is majoring in Accounting and Criminal Justice and is expected to graduate in May 2019.  She is national Merit Scholar and stays actively involved in FAU High as a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association and volunteers as a Near Peer Mentor. Congratulations Courtney!

Environmental Science, Robin Barkes
The students in FAU High Environmental Science class are exploring the benefits of renewable resources and discovering options to overcome obstacles that various renewable resources pose. Over the next few weeks, they are testing the energy efficiency of renewable resources by collaborating in small groups to design and build solar ovens, wind turbines and solar cars. Thank you to Mr. Phipps for donating his resources, supplies and help!

FAU High Learns about Climate Change
Dr. Marguerita Koch from FAU's Department of Biological Sciences, along with seven of her Environmental Science graduate students, visited the FAU High's Environmental Science class to discuss the science and consequences of a rapidly changing climate.  Students posed questions about the potential consequences of global warming and developed an appreciation for how climate change affects not only ecosystems but also our economy.

Brain Bowl Competition
The 34th Annual Brain Bowl Competition and Florida National Achievers Society Statewide Summit was held on March 22-23, 2019 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  The Brain Bowl Competition is for students from 3rd through 12th grade and has several competitions going on simultaneously with students competing in Mathematics, History & Culture, Coding, Word Wizard, and Speech and Oratory.
"Team Pentatron" (including FAU High students, McKhaila McKenzie, Team Captain; Shyan Braswell, Team Co-captain; and Malcolm McKenzie) competed in the 9th - 10th Mathematics competition and won 1st place against students from across the state of Florida.  Team Pentatron is part of the Florida National Achievers Society program representing the Atlantic Coast Center of Excellence through the Urban League of Broward County.

Kylie Long Wins Molecule Frontiers Inquiry Prize
Thrilled to announce that Kylie Long is this year's winner of the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry prize. This prize recognizes the role of curiosity as an important aspect of the scientific process and Kylie's insightful and thought-provoking question was chosen as one of 10 winners. She has won an iPad, an Inquiry Prize medal and a trip to Stockholm, Sweden to attend the Molecular Frontier Symposium. The trip to Stockholm is generously sponsored by the Boynton Beach Rotary. Congratulations Kylie!

HOSA Future Leaders
FAU High School's chapter of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) attended the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, where five of our students competed. This is the first year that FAU High School has had a HOSA chapter.
Sarina Gomes placed 5th in Veterinary Science, Leah Dublino placed 4th in Nutrition, and Nicholas Pizzo placed 2nd in Medical Terminology. Nicholas now moves onto the International competition in June! Congratulations HOSA members!

(from left to right): Imtisal Imran, Tiffany Zhang, Leah Dublino, Nicholas Pizzo, Dr. Amy Tift, Sarina Gomes

Upcoming School Reminders

ESE Parent Survey

Attention Parents of students with IEPs. Have you completed your annual FLDOE ESE Parent Survey yet?  You may complete the paper survey that was sent home with your child or complete the online version of the survey at Please complete the survey so your voice can be heard. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and the results are confidential. Results (which do not contain student names or other identifiers) are shared with districts and schools so we can improve what we do. The deadline to complete the survey is May 31st. For more information, please refer to the below flyer.

Annual Parent/Guardian Survey
It’s that time of year when we collect your feedback about the school year and ask for your input on ideas for next year. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey.  If you prefer a paper copy, you may pick one up in the front office or one can be emailed to you. Any questions, contact

Parent Resource Night

A couple of weeks ago, ADHUS hosted a Parent Resource Night to share some of the services and resources available at the school. If you were unable to attend the March 27th event, you can see the resources shared at the Parent Resource Night using the link to the presentation.

Earth Day 2019 Shirt Order

We are so excited to celebrate Earth Day at Henderson on April 22, 2019. We will have activities during the week of April 15th to raise awareness on how we can help protect several species that are endangered in the world. The 100% cotton shirt is heavy duty and imprinted on with the school logo and Earth Day design by Reid Morris from Mrs. Foster’s 3rd grade class. Students are able to wear it for spirit days and on this year’s Earth Day Celebration. Shirts are $10 and can be purchased through the PTO website (orders must be placed by Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 10:00p.m.)

AdvancED Accreditation Visit (April 29th-30th)

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

PTO Newsworthy

The 2019 Color Run was a phenomenal success! Thank you for raising over $40,000 to support the school community. You can view pictures generously taken at many school events by Ana Ansarov by visiting  ANA Creatives | ADHUS.
The PTO has also added text alerts to upcoming events and important information by joining the PTO on Remind. Refer to the below flyer for more information. In an effort to get information out, the group has also added a link to current flyers and information.

Just a reminder, the PTO is looking for donations for the annual on-line school auction. Finally, mark your calendars for May 4th, as we will celebrate 50 years of Henderson with an adult-only evening event on campus. Please check out the details on the PTO website or reach out to your PTO if you have questions on any of these events.

You can always support the PTO by sending in your Box Tops and shopping at Office Depot, Target, or Amazon. These contributors help us raise funds to support the school, faculty, and staff with resources, classroom supplies, technology, sports equipment, and many other school needs. Every family is encouraged to join the ADHUS PTO, as well as attend events and meetings. You can reach the PTO via e-mail at or by phone 561-297-0491. For more information about the PTO, FAU exclusive ticket packages, or Spirit Items, please register and visit our PTO website

Henderson After School Program - HASP News

Just a reminder, April fees were due by April 4, and late fees will be added Monday. The payment link is included for your convenience. Also, during the general student dismissal process, no one may park in the circles. If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, or if you would like more information, please contact

FAU Spring Game Set for April 13

The Florida Atlantic University football team will host the 2019 Spring Game on Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in FAU Stadium. The Spring Game is free and open to the public. Gates to FAU Stadium will open at 1 p.m. 

The Spring Game will be the first opportunity to see the Owls in action as the football team will be divided into two teams. New to this year's slate is an FAU Football Alumni Game. The "old timers" will play two four-minute halves at halftime.  

Fans interested in joining the Owl Family can be among the first to select from available season ticket inventory for the 2019 season. FAU's athletic ticket staff will be on hand to assist with a Select-A-Seat opportunity. Fans will be able to experience the view from their seats for the first time during the Spring Game. ​

Upcoming State Required Tests

The FSA ELA Writing test took place last week. The rest of the state tests will take place in May, starting on May 1, 2019. As you plan the rest of your semester, please keep testing dates in mind. Parent letters were sent home with testing details for each grade level. The overview indicates which days and grades will be testing. If you have any specific test-related questions, please direct them to Gina Sands at ​

Testing Overview

2019-20 Approved Calendar

The School Advisory Body approved the school calendar for 2019-20 at the February SAB meeting. The final calendar can be found here or downloaded here.

Henderson Enrichment Program

Enrollment for the Henderson Enrichment Program is complete, and camp is FULL. The program filled faster than any year ever! Thank you!

Other FAU Summer Camps

The list includes camps that have reached out to the school in an effort to share information.

Dear Owl Fans,
It’s nice to have the days longer and the sun shining bright here in Paradise. Our department and student-athletes have been busy representing Owl Nation on the playing courts and fields and out in the community. We couldn’t do any of this without your support and on behalf of our entire athletic department, we want to thank you for your unconditional support and give you a quick update on what’s going on in the FAU athletic department.
Spring Football Practice is Underway
The FAU football team has begun preparations for the 2019 football season with spring practice. The Owls opened the spring practice schedule March 20 with plenty of new faces and several key returners. This marks FAU’s third spring practice under the direction of head coach Lane Kiffin. The Owls will practice three times each week for the 15 NCAA-permissible spring practices. While weekday practices are not open to the public, there will be several opportunities for the public to get a sneak peek at the 2019 team, including the April 13 Spring Game at FAU Stadium and an open scrimmage at Miami’s Moore Park on April 6.
Practices Open to the Public
April 6
 – 11:30 AM – Miami’s Moore Park (765 NW 34th Street, Miami, FL, 33127)
April 13 – 2:00 PM – 2019 Spring Game (FAU Stadium)
April 20 – 11:30 AM – Final Scrimmage (FAU Stadium)
Save the Date for the 2019 Owlspy’s 
FAU fans make sure you Save the Date for the 2019 Owlspy’s. This annual celebration of FAU Athletics will take place on Monday April 8 from 6-8 pm at the Barry Kaye Auditorium. It’s $5 for students and $10 for general public. We invite you to come and help us celebrate FAU Athletics. [ Details ]
Upcoming Events
April 6 – FAU Football Open Practice – Moore Park (Miami) – 11:30 AM
April 8 – Owlspy’s – Barry Kaye Auditorium – 6-8 PM 
April 13  FAU Spring Game/Select-A-Seat - FAU Stadium -  2 PM
April 20  FAU Final Scrimmage – FAU Stadium – 11:30 AM
April 29  Captain’s Cup Classic (Paradise Club Golf Outing) – Royal Palm Yacht Club (Boca Raton)
May 6  FAU Paradise Club  (Paradise Club Golf Outing) – Addison Reserve Country Club (Delray Beach)
May 6 – Football Mini Plans on sale
May 13  Phil Smith ’69 Invitational (Paradise Club Golf Outing) – Coral Ridge Country Club (Fort Lauderdale)
June 6 – Football Single Game/Groups on sale
We look forward to seeing you around campus and at our sporting events as we continue #WinningInParadise!
Brian White
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Go Owls!

SLA Parent Information

The breakfast and lunch provided at A.D. Henderson University School follows all of the requirements of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. Not only are meals fresh and delicious, they are healthy and balanced. On a daily basis, in addition to multiple entrée options students are offered fruit choices, several vegetable options, and plain and flavored milk to build a custom meal to their liking. Students must take the minimum requirements for a complete meal but are encouraged to take additional fruit and vegetable items if they would like. The lunch menu can be viewed on the Cafeteria Hub where there is also information on the lunch program and a survey link that can be used at any time of the year to share feedback. If you have any questions, please email Lucy Mawhinney at
Each month our cafeteria service, SLA Management, features a newsletter with health and nutrition information, upcoming features, and other interesting articles.

OPK12 Research Committee/Research Collaborations

We are still in the process of coordinating new projects. One research project that focuses on certified educators is currently active but we expect to see many more in the near future.

  • Kasey Nored, a doctoral student from Piedmont College, is assessing educator knowledge of federal special education requirements. The instrument will become a part of the body of research designed to assist educators with determining their areas of weakness. If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the researcher at

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

FAU High School Research Program

9th Grade Researchers
Last week the Exploring Research students returned from spring break and quickly began working on their final projects – conducting observational research. Everything the students have learned throughout the course of the semester has been leading up to this project. Students will get out of the classroom to collect original data and present their findings at the end of the semester. We are very proud of our upperclassmen students, who will be giving oral and poster presentations on Monday, April 8th at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. For some, it will be their first ever research presentation! This year, for the first time, our 9th grade students will get to attend the symposium as spectators to support their fellow students and see the innovative research undergraduate students are conducting across disciplines! Great job research students!

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies Update


The Cane Institute is excited to announce four middle school SeaPerch teams have qualified for the International Seaperch Challenge to be held at the University of Maryland in the Washington, D.C. area on June 1st -3rd.  Fourteen students will travel to compete and represent ADHUS at this international tournament.


Our middle and high school SECME teams will compete Saturday, April 6th, in the Palm Beach Regional SECME Competition.  Last month, our elementary SECME team won 1st place overall in the district beating out 82 other elementary school teams!  Thank you to Mr. Nance, Mrs. Kasten and Mrs. Wilder who have been guiding the students throughout the year to prepare for these competitions.  Go Owls!


The FAU High FRC team competed at the South Florida Regional FIRST Robotics Competition tournament March 28-30. They finished the day in 36th place out of 64 teams with a record of 4-5-0. Our team was a finalist for the Chairman’s Award. Team captain, Devin Willis, was a finalist for the Dean’s Award. A special thank you to Scooter Willis and Tech Garage for mentoring this high school club.

Science Fair

Congratulations to the students that represented A.D. Henderson and FAU High at the State Science Fair.  All nine ADHUS & FAUHS students who advanced from the Palm Beach Regional Science Fair to represent their school at the State Science & Engineering Fair were recognized with awards. What an amazing accomplishment!

High School Senior Division
Hannah Herbst:               1st Place in Biomedical & Health Sciences, BEST IN SHOW!!
Alexis Base:                     2nd Place in Engineering
                                         FAU Wilkes Honors College Scholarship
                                         Chuck Skoch Florida Sea Grant Scholarship
                                         Florida Association for Water Quality Control
Vithulan Suthakaran:      3rd Place in Environmental Engineering
Julianne Lian:                  3rd  Place in Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
High School Seniors, Hannah Herbst and Alexis Base, will be attending the International Science & Engineering Fair this May in Phoenix, AZ.
Middle School Junior Division
Makayla Giggey Duncan        2nd place in Engineering, USDA Agricultural Specialty Award
Arman Alexis,                         2nd place in Intelligent Machines, Robotics, & Systems Software
Mariella Brueck:                     3rd place in Behavioral & Social Sciences
Vinu Suthakaran:                    3rd place in Environmental Engineering
Patrick O’Leary:                      6th place in Physics & Astronomy and NASA Specialty Award

MATE Underwater Robotics

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies will be hosting the Florida Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education Underwater Robotics Tournament in collaboration with FAU College of Engineering, FAU College of Science, and TechGarage.  We expect 20 Ranger Class teams and 20 Scout Class teams from across the state to converge on the FAU Aquatic Center on May 4th, 2019. 
We are looking for volunteers to:

  1. Help build the obstacles for the competition on Saturday, April 13th at FAU Techrunway from 9am to noon (breakfast provided).  Click here to volunteer: 
  2. Help run the tournament that will be hosted at the FAU Aquatic Center from 8am until 3pm (breakfast and lunch provided).  Click here to volunteer:

Volunteers Needed in the STEAM Lab

It is a busy spring in the STEAM Lab! There are several upcoming projects that will require volunteers in order to be successful.
Our First Grade Garden Art show is not until late May, but the students are already painting their canvases. Volunteers are needed to help with supplies and materials during the painting process. To sign up, please visit this link:

The fourth quarter STEAM SPEC class is Cardboard Arcade. Each SPEC class will be designing, creating, and decorating three arcade games using cardboard and recycled materials. Volunteers are needed to help each group with their creation. To sign up, please visit this link:
Mrs. O’Sullivan is also collecting TV boxes for the cardboard arcade. If you have an empty TV box, please send it to the STEAM Lab.

All volunteers are asked to log their hours on the PTO website. Thank you for your help!

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Owls Athletics

MS Swim will have their 1st meet on the season on April 8th. 
MS Boys Track Team started the season off strong- Co-Champions at Calvary Christian Invitational and 1st at St Andrew’s Invitational.  Congrats to Ritch Dieujuste and Kamari Moulton qualifying for the State Championship.
Congrats to the boys and girls competing in the Palm Beach County Track and Field Championship.  Cydni Turner won the 800m, Maisha Atkinson set school record in the 100m with a time of 12.43 (4th) and in the 200m with a time of 24.98 as well finishing 3rd in 400m.  Maya Smith set school record in the 100mH with a time of 17.29.  Girls 4x400 (Chloe Dohler, Lucia Giangaspero, Cydni Turner, Hannah Herbst) set school record of 4:15.25.  Girls 4x800 (Nora El-Abbar, Maisha Atkinson, Hannah Herbst, Cydni Turner) finished 3rd overall.
12 Student-Athletes competed in the Florida Relays over this past weekend.  Turner and Atkinson took 2nd and 3rd in the 800m and girls 4x800 ran an impressive 9:55.41 which ranks them currently 3rd  in the state and the boys 4x800 had a season best at 8:35.42 which places them 4th in the state rankings.

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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.
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