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


Vol. 3, No. 6, December 2018

In this issue...

  • Fourth Grade Gets a Visit
  • Middle School Speech and Debate
  • Peer Mentors
  • Technology Resource
  • High School EOC Testing
  • Yearbook Personalization
  • PTO
  • Homeless Education: Every Child Has the Right to an Education
  • OPK12 Research Committee Collaborations
  • FAU High School Research Program
  • The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies
  • Owls Athletics
  • Vision & Mission Statement

Upcoming Important Dates

Google Calendar

December 3-7
NJHS Week of Giving
December 6
Biology EOC
December 6-12
FAU Exams
December 7
Family Movie Night & Art Show
Covered Court - 6:00P
December 10-11
Algebra I & Geometry EOC
December 13
K-5 Music Concert
Cafetorium - 6:00P
December 18
2:30 Dismissal - No Aftercare
Boca Bowl
December 19
SAB Meeting
Media Center - 5:30P
December 20
FAU High School Exams
December 21
Noon Dismissal  - No Aftercare
End of 2nd Quarter
December 22-31
No School - Winter Break
January 1-6
No School - Winter Break
January 7
No School - Teacher Work Day
January 8
Beginning of 2nd Quarter
January 12
FAU High School Winter Formal
FAU Stadium - Delray Acura Club - 7:00P

On the Journey to Continuous Improvement

December has officially begun, and there are a number of notable celebrations, traditions, and events deserving of recognition.

We have a lot to celebrate. Happily, we are in the middle of the 50th anniversary year, a true milestone for any institution. In November, we were formally recognized for the second time as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, an amazing accomplishment. Most recently, FAU and Max Planck have committed to creating the Max Planck Academy in Jupiter. These accomplishments reflect the high standards of our school.

A.D. Henderson & FAU High School is a community steeped in tradition. The Thanksgiving Feast was a sight to behold, as the halls were filled with the sounds of the holiday. Students performed the traditional musical program and wrote letters of gratitude to our service men and women. This week, we will host the annual Week of Giving by collecting toys for local charitable agencies. The PTO will also sponsor the Annual Family Movie Night & Art Show Friday, December 7th. As a school rich with tradition, commitment to our community, and teeming with support from our PTO, we are very grateful for the service of others.

The tenets of our school’s mission are threefold, with a focus on curriculum development, mentoring future educators, and conducting research. The faculty works tirelessly on developing curriculum, reflecting on practice, and sharing innovation through presentations. Our educators continue to present at local, state, and national conferences, capturing the innovation happening at our school.

Please join me for my second Parent Coffee Chat, Wednesday, January 23, 2019, from 8:10 - 9:00 a.m. in the media center. Our first chat was a great start as we met to discuss growth opportunities, celebrate successes, and address important topics that impact the school. Please consider taking some time to attend and be part of our continuous improvement. 

In closing, I want to wish each and every member of the A.D. Henderson & FAU High School community a warm and wonderful holiday season and a very happy 2019!


Go Owls!


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

A.D. Henderson Elementary Highlight

Fourth Grade Gets a Visit
Recently, our fourth graders completed a unit on non-fiction where they became “experts” on a certain topic. In an effort to build real world application of ideas for our students, they were visited by meteorologist Britley Ritz from WBPF. Britley spent time discussing what it means to be a meteorologist and how she has become an “expert” in her field. Britley demonstrated some of the lingo that meteorologists use on the job and why she decided to pursue the profession. Students made connections to the work they had just completed in their reading unit, where they were asked to present on types of severe weather. Additionally, they were able to generate questions based on the presentation that incorporated new knowledge with knowledge they had obtained during the reading unit. Through this work they realized that everyone is always learning and no one is ever an “expert”, even Britley. This real-world application of school-based curriculum gave our students the opportunity to see how their knowledge can be applied outside the classroom.

A.D. Henderson Middle School Highlight

Digital Design with Geometry
Digital design students had the opportunity to apply geometric concepts to their graphic designs. They applied their understanding of transformations, symmetry and angle relationships to draw various Mandala designs. Great Job Ms. Hert and students!

Middle School Tip
Parents, please remember to check Focus and Google Classroom daily with your child for assignments and grades. The end of 2nd quarter is December 21, 2018. All middle school students must earn four quality points in each core academic class to be promoted. We are still offering after-school tutoring and homework help, please go to the middle school family site for more information.

Middle School Speech and Debate
Our Middle School Speech and Debate team had an outstanding performance at our 2nd District Competition. The competition was held at The Weiss School on November 14, 2018. 
The awards are as follows:
• Anya Cane won 1st Place in Impromptu Speaking 
• Celina Detwiler Gray won 2nd Place in Impromptu Speaking
• Grace Phelps won 3rd Place in Impromptu Speaking
• Luna Forero and Claire Sanders won 1st Place in Duo Interpretation
• Elizabeth Cane won 3rd Place in Congress House B
• Marc Strelitz won 3rd Place in Congress House A
• Giulia Fuentes won 1st Place in Dramatic Performance

Science Fair Night
All middle school science students were required to complete a science fair project to help them understand the scientific process and develop higher level thinking skills. Twenty-seven of those students will be presenting their science fair projects at the Palm Beach Regional Science Fair Competition. Congratulations to all our students and Thank You to the teachers!

FAU High School Highlight

Academic Games Success
Congratulations to our amazing Language arts academic games team. We are so proud of our students finishing second overall in Palm Beach County. Four additional students have now qualified to compete at the State Tournament in March. Senior Alex Dowling, Sophomore  Chris Cox, Sophomore Cassidy Johnson, and Freshman Boone Douglas. This means that ten students from FAU High will now be competing at the Florida State Tournament in March and three have already qualified to compete at the National Tournament in April representing Florida. Fingers crossed we will have even more in History. Go Owls!

Peer Mentors
FAU High School (FAUHS) Peer Mentors and 10th-grade students celebrated the last day of mentoring for the Fall semester on Friday, November 30th! The FAUHS Near-Peer Mentoring Program is designed to provide academic and social-emotional support to 10th-grade FAUHS students transitioning to a full-time college course load on the FAU campus. The program is focused on assisting students with making a smooth transition to college, managing the stress of the coursework, and assimilating socially at the college. In the program's first semester of implementation, 33 highly-qualified and carefully selected peers mentors (11th and 12th-grade student, and 2 recent graduates of FAUHS) provided 12-weeks of mentoring to 100% of the 10th-grade students. With the support of the recently awarded $2.24 million Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Grant, the FAUHS School Counseling Team collaborated with FAU Department of Counselor Education to design and implement the mentoring program utilizing evidence-based best practices. 

As Fall mentoring came to a close, mentor Kassidi Smith shared feedback on the experience and stated, "Thank you for the opportunity to help guide other students and provide them with the resources I wish I had known about when I was in their shoes". Looking forward to the Spring semester, 10th-grade students will continue their relationship with their mentors through monthly mentoring sessions. FAUHS would like the thank the 33 Peer Mentors who have committed to this project and our students.
If you have any questions about the FAUHS Near-Peer Mentoring Program, please contact Dr. Ellen Chance.

Technology Resource

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

Upcoming School Reminders

High School EOC Testing

Just a reminder that students in Biology and any students that have to makeup Civics from last year will have their EOC test this Thursday, December 6th at 8:00am in the Middle School Labs. Please be on time and ready to test. High school Geometry students will test next Monday and Tuesday on December 10th & 11th in the High School Lab. Good luck to all students participating in Winter Testing.

Yearbook Personalization 

Henderson After School Program - HASP News

Just a reminder, aftercare is experimenting with using the new SchoolPass dismissal system to expedite pick-up times, so please make sure your information in School Pass is correct. Also, during the general student dismissal process no one may park in the circles. If they want to pick up at regular time they need to change on School Pass before 1:00 pm  If your child is registered in HASP and you have questions, or if you would like more information, please contact

PTO Update

The 50th Anniversary Basketball Game on November 7th was amazing and students had a wonderful time. The entire school cheered on the FAU Owls against Hampton University. The Annual Thanksgiving Feast was also held in November. The day was a wonderful celebration of tradition with good food and a delightful musical program.

The next event is the Movie Night and Art Show this Friday night, December 7th. Please refer to the weekly flyer for details or visit the PTO website.
You can always support the PTO during the holidays by sending in your Box Tops and shopping at Office Depot, Target, or Amazon. These contributors help us raise funds to support the school, faculty, and staff with resources, classroom supplies, technology, sports equipment, and many other school needs.
Every family is encouraged to join the ADHUS PTO, as well as attend events and meetings. All teachers have joined. You can reach the PTO via e-mail at or by phone 561-297-0491. For more information about the PTO, FAU exclusive ticket packages, or Spirit Items, please register and visit our PTO website

Homeless Education: 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 students (PreK-12) who are “doubled-up” sharing the housing of other persons due to their family’s loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. The primary nighttime residence of students experiencing homelessness may also include motels, camping grounds, residing in emergency or transitional shelters and in some instances, living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus stations, or other public places.

What Services are Available?

  • School supplies and uniform items
  • Coordination of transportation to school
  • Referrals to school and community Services   
  • Retrieval of immunization records and state of Florida birth certificates
  • After School Care Services (K-9th)
  • Cap and gown rentals at no cost to graduating high school students
  • Verification letters needed to apply for college and FAFSA

 If you need any assistance or resources, please contact our school/district liaison. Additional information can be found at
Dr. Tammy Bresnahan
School/District Homeless Liaison                             
(561) 297-3402                                       

OPK12 Research Committee/Research Collaborations

We have made a lot of progress towards our mission to support and conduct research. Many of our project collaborations have concluded and researchers will share their exciting results with us once they have finished analyzing the data. Currently, there is one research collaboration still happening at our school:

  • Dr. Charles Dukes and Dr. David Bjorkland, from FAU’s Department of Exceptional Student Education and Psychology Department, are investigating children’s moral reasoning and how they make moral judgments. Parental consent forms have gone home with K, 2nd, and 7th graders and Dr. Dukes has begun his study on the K and 2nd graders and is beginning to work with the 7th graders.

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

FAU High School Research Program

The Exploring Research students are finishing up their observational data collection, which they will transform into a poster presentation (pictured below). Hopefully, some of our students will be featured in this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Introduction to Research students are doing amazing with their group paper presentations. Lastly, the Research Methods 2 students are working on their resumes, writing abstracts for their projects, finding grant and presentation opportunities outside of FAU, and learning about graduate school. It is truly great to see students learning these research and inquiry skills early in their academic careers! Next semester, we are projected to have our largest Research Methods 1 group ever! We also have a great group for Research Methods 3 but there are still spots left – so please let interested students know they can still sign up. All you need is a research mentor and the class will walk students through how to apply for, prepare, and present at this year’s Symposium!

The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies Update

Science Fair

A strong group from FAU High and ADHUS Middle school will be competing in the Regional Science Fair December 11-13. A very special thank you to Mrs. Milu, Mrs. Daniels Mr. Nance, Mrs. Barkes, Mrs. Coyle, and Dr. Meredith for all their hard work preparing the students for this event. 

High School Science Olympiad

Our two High School Science Olympiad teams will be competing at the State Invitational Tournament in Orlando on Saturday, December 2. Best of luck to Mrs. Barkes and her teams!

Elementary Competitive First Lego League Club

The First Lego League Club is off to their first tournament at North Broward Prep December 2. Good luck to team Space Invaders and Owlstronauts!

Robot Drone League

Please come support our middle school and high school teams at the Robot Drone League Championship Tournament on Saturday, December 15. This innovative competition was designed by TechGarage and they host this event at Tech Runway 901 NW 35th Street. 

SeaPerch Educator Workshop

The Cane Institute at ADHUS/FAUHS will host a SeaPerch workshop for STEM educators from several Palm Beach County Schools on Saturday, December 8. This initiative will hopefully encourage other schools to become involved in the underwater robotics program. Currently, The Cane Institute supports over 50 regional schools through our SeaPerch underwater robotics program! We are excited to support growth in STEM education.

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Owls Athletics

Our Winter Sport Seasons are off to a great start. The Boys MS Soccer Team is currently in first place with a 5-0-1 record, and need one more win to clinch a playoff spot. Our HS Girls soccer team won their first two games of the season. Please check our website or follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with our teams.  

Elementary Track & Field
Track and field for grades 2nd - 5th boys and girls. Turn physical forms into Coach Castillo or Coach Santiago. Digital forms can be found on our athletics website. Students may not participate without a physical. If you have already turned in a physical form to try out for another sport this year you do not need to submit another one.

Tryouts will be Tuesday, December 4th & Wednesday, December 5th from 2:30pm-4:00pm (students only, no parents).
The team will be selected based on times from tryouts.
Parents can email Coach Castillo with any questions. Meets are on Saturdays at Bethany Christian School in Ft. Lauderdale.
Jan 12
Jan 26
Feb 2
Feb 9 (Championship meet)

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Vision Statement

A.D. Henderson & FAU High School is a national exemplary model for school systems and teacher preparation programs improving education for diverse student populations through innovative, faculty-developed research and curriculum.

Mission Statement

The school has a three-fold mission of (1) being a demonstration site for teacher education; (2) developing curricula; (3) conducting research.
(F.S. 228.053)
A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Title I Targeted Assistance Program.

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