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


Vol. 2, No. 10, May 2018

In this issue...

Upcoming Important Dates

May 10
FAU High School Graduation
Barry Kaye Auditorium - 6:00P
May 11
Noon Dismissal

Kindergarten Mother's Breakfast
May 16
Volunteer Appreciation Day
May 21-24
BOGO Book Fair
May 25
Elementary Field Day
May 28
No School - Memorial Day
May 29
6th Grade Awards Ceremony
By Invitation Only
May 30
Noon Dismissal - No Aftercare

End of 4th Quarter

Last Day of School
June 1
Report Cards Go Home

Principal Spotlight

As the 2017-18 school year draws to a close, there are many opportunities to appreciate those around us. This past week, we once again hosted our military personnel in for Fleet Week, as they visited classrooms and shared a message of commitment & teamwork with our students. In the past few weeks, we celebrated our administrative assistants, the school nurse, and our administrators on their nationally recognized day. This week, we will recognize our dedicated teachers. On May 16th, we will celebrate our wonderful volunteers. A.D. Henderson & FAU High School thrives because of the efforts of the entire school community, for that, we must all be appreciative. 

As May enters full swing, there are many culminating events occurring at a frenzied pace. FAU High School had their prom this weekend, and earlier many students walked the aisle for their college diplomas. The track team went to states. The music department had their play. STEM sent a team to nationals. Middle school had their last dance, and the entire school has been participating in end of year state testing. This coming week, high school seniors will be awarded their high school diplomas. Over the next three weeks, we will celebrate each grade with an awards ceremony, host a book fair, welcome incoming students, and the list goes on… Summer will be here before you know it! However, there is a common thread in each of these May events – our people - faculty, staff, students, and volunteers. In the hectic world, that is the end of the school year, remember to slow down, take some time, and appreciate each person for their contribution to our school community. It really does take a village to raise a child, and close out a school year.


Go Owls!


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

Campus Highlights

Research Update, by Dr. Tricia Meredith

Our school’s research efforts have grown substantially this year!  In an effort to keep you all in the loop on the research happening in our school at any given time, we will provide updates periodically and keep the link below up-to-date for your reference. At this link, you will also be able to find out whether research studies have been approved by the OPK12 Research Committee. Please let me (Tricia Meredith, know if you have any questions or suggestions. Thank you!

Research currently being conducted at A.D. Henderson & FAU High School:

Andres Ramirez from the College of Education is conducting a study on the language teachers use to teach concepts in the classroom. Participating teachers include Rachel Marbach, Caitlin Guthrie, Hannah Darling, Kelli Wilder, Lauren Robinson, Christina Brinkman, Cheri Celesti, and Robin Barkes. Participating teachers are currently being observed and video-recorded while teaching a curricular unit. 

Ann Musgrove from the College of Education is investigating the factors that motivate K-12 teachers using 1:1 computing for classroom instruction and how 1:1 devices are used. She is currently surveying teachers that use 1:1 computing (all ADHUS & FAUHS teachers received the email invitation to participate) and will begin interviewing select participants soon. 

Charles Dukes from the Colleges of Science and Education is conducting a study on moral reasoning in children in kindergarten, 2nd, and 8th grades. Recruitment flyers have gone home in Friday folders for students in the targeted grades, and those grade level teachers are assisting with collection of parental consent forms.  Soon, we will be coordinating logistics of the research study with the teacher teams in those 3 grades.

To view a complete list of current and past projects, please click on this link: Research Projects 

Students Exploring Research

The research team is proud to have a dozen student highlights for this month. Our 9th grade, Exploring Research class is finishing up their observational research projects and will be delivering their first poster presentation soon. As for the upper-classmen, Natalia Perez and Sydney Yu (pictured below) were awarded FAUHS Research Scholarships and Sydney was named Research Scholar of the Year for FAUHS! On March 30th, we had 38 FAUHS students and alumni present at the 8th Annual FAU Undergraduate Research Symposium. A special shout-out should go to Maya Khazem and Michelle Rodriguez-Gonzalez, for winning second place in their category while still in 9th GRADE! They presented their observational research projects from last semester, showing that even in 9th grade, students are able to conduct prize-worthy research. Out of the entire competition, we are honored to say that FAUHS students and alumni took home 10 top awards!

Also, check out the award-winning students pictured below. The asterisks highlight FAUHS students and alumni who were on collaborative projects with other FAU undergraduate presenters.

Our Winners!!
Oral Presentations

Amrita Ghaness* & Nicole Fitzgerald, First Place – Category: Behavioral, Educational, & Social Sciences

Caralin Branscum, First Place – Category: Behavioral, Educational, & Social Sciences II

Janet Weinthal, First Place – Category: Behavioral, Educational, & Social Sciences III

Alexis Base, Second Place – Category: Engineering



Danielle Gordon, Samin Nuhin*, and Katherine Llanos, First Place Tie – Category: Business, Marketing, Finance, & Public Administration

Kira Wolak, Second Place – Category: Business, Marketing, Finance, & Public Administration

Maya Khazem and Michelle Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Second Place – Category: Classroom Research Project/Assignment

Cara Savoy, Second Place Tie – Category: Engineering

Meer Sajida Hossain, Second Place Tie – Category: Health & Medical Sciences 

Natalia Perez (left) and Sydney Yu (right) receiving FAUHS Research Scholarships

Caralin Branscum (top left), Kira Wolak (bottom left), Meer Sajida Hossain (top right), Amrita Ghaness (middle right), Janet Weinthal (bottom right)

Maya Khazem and Michelle Rodriguez-Gonzalez (top right), Sylvia Frydman (bottom left), Cara Savoy (top right), Alexis Base (middle right), Samin Nuhin (bottom right)  

Military Personnel Visit School

Once again, we were selected to host the honorable men and women that serve in our military as part of the Fleet Week outreach program. The men and women that visited represented the Navy and the Marines. Each year, when in port the service men and women go out to schools in the local community and share a message of service, commitment, leadership, and hard work with students. For the second year in a row, we were a host school. The students were inspired and honored to share a day with our military and asked some brilliant questions Our visitors were able to visit every class in the building! A.D. Henderson & FAU High School proudly salute our military for their service!

Middle School GLOW Dance

Friday, May 4, Middle School students enjoyed the Glow Dance…May the 4th Be with You! Students had a blast hanging out with their friends while enjoying their favorite treats. The room was covered in black light and glowing shapes…students had loads of FUN!

General Reminders

National School Nurse Day

May 9th is National School Nurse Day and we want to share a message we recently received about our School Nurse, Nurse Deborah.

"Nurse Deborah is truly an angel and if your child ever need[s] her help you know that. Her work and dedication to our kids" is unparalleled.
Anna Ansarov

ESE Update, by Lyndsay Tolerton

ESE Parent Information Session

Monday, May 7th at 6pm in the Media Center               
Session Topic: Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination for all ages
All parents of ESE students in grades K-12 are invited to learn more about this important topic. Childcare will be provided. Self-advocacy is an individual's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. Self-determination is important for all people, including students with disabilities. The skills leading to enhanced self-determination, like goal setting, problem-solving, and decision making, enable students to assume greater responsibility and control.

Digital Tools FREE Webinar for Parents

The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System Administration Project is pleased to announce that a webinar entitled, “Digital Tools to Support Learning” is being offered for parents of students with learning disabilities. This one-hour webinar is through Adobe® Connect™ on May 22, 2018, at either 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. EST. Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar on May 21, 2018. Please refer to the attached flyer.

  • To register for the 10A session, go to
  • To register for the 7P session, go to

ESE Parent Survey

Reminder! Please complete the Florida Department of Education’s ESE Parent Survey so your voice can be heard. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to The deadline to complete the survey is May 31st.  The survey is confidential. Results (which do not contain student names or other identifiers) are shared with districts and schools so we can improve in what we do!

2018-2019 Approved School Calendar

The School Advisory Body approved the school calendar for 2018-19 at the January SAB meeting. The calendar is attached for your convenience.

PTO Update

Auction & Movie Night
On Friday - April 27th the PTO Auction Finale and Family Movie Night was cancelled because of weather. The online auction continued, appears to have been very successful earning over $10,000.

PTO Year-End Events
The PTO has numerous events in the next nine weeks. The Kindergarten Mother’s Day Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 11. The BOGO Book fair will occur after the Awards ceremony for each grade level, look for a flyer in the coming weeks. Elementary Field Day is in the works, and more information will be forthcoming. As always, for up-to-date information and additional volunteer opportunities check out the PTO Website.

Volunteer Appreciation

Each year, the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School faculty and staff recognize the efforts of the many incredible volunteers. This year Volunteer Appreciation will take place on May 16th immediately following the PTO meeting at 6:15pm. Invitations to the event have gone out electronically, so please be on the lookout if you are an active school volunteer.

Upcoming State Required Tests

This week, the 9th & 10th Grade students will complete their FSA ELA Reading assessment. Then, there is only one more week of testing. Administrative and support staff are needed to help with quiet transitions. Please wish these students good luck and be respectful of their testing environment.
The testing overview indicates which days and grades will be testing, and as the date draws nearer, the weekly schedule for each of the next four weeks is also included. If you have any specific test-related questions, please direct them to Gina Sands at

SLA Family Newsletter

Each month, SLA Management, our cafeteria service, shares a monthly newsletter. The newsletter includes nutritional information, trivia, and recipes.


STEM Competition Scholar of the Year

Congratulations to our VERY FIRST STEM Competition Scholar of the Year:  Danny Dasilva put in hundreds of hours into competitive robotics and has been recognized for his outstanding achievements.


Our team did amazing at Worlds. They worked so hard in their rookie year, and finished as part of the 5th place alliance. They made it to the quarterfinals, and won the Rookie Inspiration Award! So proud of FAU High and Techgarage!!! GO OWLS!!! We want to thank everyone for their continuous support.  A huge thank you to our sponsors.  We really couldn't have done it without you. Our team made everyone very proud to be an Owl this week.


We are excited to announce AquaGrove has featured us in their blog post of the month. Click this link to read the article.

Science Fair

Congratulations to Vithulan Suthakaran who won the following awards at the 2018 Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. 

  • 1st place in the category of Environmental Engineering  
  • Best in Fair Grand Award “Dr. Nelson Ying Grand Award”  
  • Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College Science Merit Scholarship  
  • Sierra Club Florida Cantwell Award for Outstanding Environmental Sciences Project  
  • Florida Engineering Foundation Committed to Engineering Education Award  
  • Intel ISEF Nominee for Florida (8 top projects are chosen each year to represent the Florida State Science Fair at ISEF) 


Congratulations to our Middle School SECME team who won 1st place overall in the competition. They won 1st and 2nd place for the Mousetrap Car, 1st and 2nd place for the Generator, 2nd and 3rd place for the Rocket and 2nd and Honorable Mention for the Bridge. The team will be heading to Nationals at Embry Riddle University in June. Way to go Owls!

Max Planck Brain Bee

After hours of grueling neuroscience questions, the amazing team of Noor Shirazi, Mohammed Khan, and Ajay Desai placed third out of all schools in Martin and Palm Beach County at the Max Planck Brain Bee.


FAU High will host the MATE State Championship May 12, 2018, 8am – 5pm.   

TechGarage Summer Camp is now open for registration

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Avoiding the Summer Slide, by Kimberly Hallstrom & Nicole Rubin

As we approach the end of another school year, many parents and teachers begin to worry about the summer slide. How do we keep our kids engaged in learning over the summer? How do we prevent them from losing things they have learned? The answer does not have to be flashcards and books (although those things are still helpful). Visits to museums, cultural experiences and keeping a journal are just a few of the other ways to keep your child engaged this summer. Take a look at the article below to learn more about how to prevent the “summer slide”.
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Additionally, Elementary students will be receiving a resource guide for the summer, complete with their access codes for multiple programs available to them to work on. Middle Schoolers will be receiving their summer assignments over the next few weeks in order to give them ample time to complete the work before returning in the fall. We wish you a fun, restful and engaging summer break!

Owls Athletics

High School Track had a great showing in the Class 1A State Championship in Jacksonville this week. Robert Ramsey finished 2nd in the 300H and 7th in Long Jump. Other great times were Maya Smith finishing 11th in 300H, Hannah Mendez finishing 12th in Triple Jump, Boys 4x800 (Robert, Alex Winter, Zach John and Clyve Gassant) finishing 12th and Girls 4x800 (Hannah Herbst, Chloe Doehler, Lucia Giangaspero, and Nora El Abbar) finishing 18th. Many school records were made set along with personal records. Great job Owls.

Middle School Track State Championship is May 12th at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
Middle School Swim had a great showing at their Championship Meet finishing 2nd behind Boca Middle.

SAVE THE DATE: HS Sport's Banquet is May 8th and ELE/MS Sport's Banquet is May 15th. If any faculty/staff member would like to attend, please email Coach Childs ( 

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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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