Archive for September, 2012

Project Zero, an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, has been working for years to improve education based on research. They have found that critical thinking is a core aspect of learning. Learning to think critically helps generate confidence within a person to evaluate, analyze and interpret any kind of information/event/circumstance more efficiently.

When helping your child learn, it is important to make thinking a more central part of your teaching. You can begin by identifying the types of thinking you want to promote, like making connections, looking at things from different perspectives, constructing explanations and interpretations, reasoning with evidence, wondering and asking questions, and forming conclusions.

Another way to teach critical thinking is to involve your child in a discussion or debate. Ask them what they think about any issue and then probe further, asking them to defend their opinion.

Critical thinking is highly valued at Henderson International School. Our core curriculum and its accompanying extra- and co-curricular activities equip every student with the fundamentals to succeed.

Yesterday we announced some exciting news about Findlay Prep’s Head Coach Michael Peck. He has just been named by the Portland Trail Blazers organization as the new head coach of its NBA Development League team, the Idaho Stampede.

Coach Peck has been the head basketball coach of the Findlay Prep program at Henderson International School for the past five seasons. Coach Peck and his staff led Findlay Prep to three national titles, accumulating a 157-8 record and maintained a perfect 65-0 record at home.

“My time at Findlay Prep has been unforgettable,” said Peck. “During these past few seasons, I’ve had the opportunity to coach some amazing young talent. I’m excited to start this new chapter in my career with another incredible organization.”

Findlay Prep Associate Head Coach Todd Simon will replace Coach Peck as head coach. Coach Simon worked with Peck for seven years and played a key role in building the program from the time it was founded.

Findlay Prep has an impressive basketball program has produced six McDonald’s All-Americans, six Jordan Brand All-Americans and six Parade All-Americans. A number of Findlay Prep athletes have gone on to play in the NBA, including Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Avery Bradley (Boston), Corey Joseph (San Antonio), DeAndre Liggins (Orlando), Joel Anthony (Miami) and Louis Amundson (Indiana).

“Findlay Prep is a world-class program and a valued asset to our community.” said our headmaster Seth Ahlborn, “Our focus on excellence in athletics and academics in the Henderson International and Findlay Prep programs prepare young people for entry into the nation’s best colleges and careers.”

Have you ever been to a Findlay Prep game? They play right here on campus inside the Henderson International School gymnasium. Their next game is on November 8 against Impact Academy! See you there!


[Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Sun]

Middle Schoolers at AstroCamp

September 7th, 2012

Henderson International middle schoolers spent the past three days at AstroCamp learning about physical science, astronomy and space exploration.

The kids traveled to the San Jacinto Mountains in Idyllwild, California on Wednesday where they enjoyed classes on astronomy and rocketry, as well as “Mission to Mars” adventures.

AstroCamp is one of the highlights of the year for fifth- to eight-graders at Henderson International.


The kids waiting for the zip line!


Fun on the Sky Coaster!