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We Are Over The Moon!

March 29th, 2016

We are quite literally over the moon here at HIS!
We are thrilled to announce our Middle School students came 2nd place in the 3rd Annual Meritas – Nord Anglia Film Competition!
Congratulations to Sydney, Liza, Jordyn and Ryan who created a magnificent short film, called “The Blob”.
Please join us in celebrating the achievements and creativity of our very talented film students. Each student will shortly receive a certificate of participation.
A special thank you goes out to the judges, who selected our winners.
Once again, well done to our students and off course teachers, who participated! (more…)

Living History Museum

February 24th, 2016

4th grade students are working hard in preparation for their Living History Museum, next Friday, March 4th. Aligned to our Social Studies, Writing, and Reading standards, they each have been researching a famous American, including many Nevadans, and are creating a performance, a visual, and a technology presentation for the Museum. (more…)

One of our Guiding Principles is Collaborative Efforts. This principle is strongly evident this year in our Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), in which every teacher on our staff is a member of one team, or PLC, organized this year around the subject areas. Last June, each group brainstormed possible goals for the year. In August, after feedback from the Leadership Team, the PLCs zeroed in on two goals each for the year, along with an action plan to achieve those goals. PLCs meet once a month to work toward their goals. (more…)

Flag Raising Ceremony

February 10th, 2016

Henderson International School Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.

Henderson International School Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.

The first day of each week, all students and teachers from elementary and middle school come together in our courtyard for a flag raising ceremony and flag salute. Our color guard, made up of 4th – 8th graders, under the direction of Mr. Mike, raise first the U.S. flag, followed by the Nevada flag, then finally our HIS flag, while the Star Spangled Banner plays over the sound system. Finally, one of the color guard leads the entire school in the flag salute. (more…)

Guiding Principles In Action!

February 3rd, 2016

Guiding Principles in Action!

Here at Henderson International School, our Guiding Principles are:

  • Student-Centric Focus
  • Collaborative Efforts
  • Deliberate Practice.

An example of all three of these occurred last week when Mr. Cadena invited a special guest teacher to come in for the day and share her expertise with our elementary musicians. We asked our Musicianship teacher to tell us about this special event:

Mr. Cadena: “On Thursday we had a special guest join our musicianship class. Ms. Groberg is a middle school choir teacher who asked me to observe her and offer her tips on her teaching techniques. In return, I asked Ms. Groberg to visit with my students and facilitate some vocalization games and tricks with them.

I took this as an opportunity to get a fresh point of view from a new colleague on my classes and how I teach them. It was refreshing to hear my students answering her tough questions, with me realizing just how much they’ve learned here at Henderson International School. It was also a nice change of pace to see a different approach taken with my students, as she introduced them to some of her own techniques and methods. It is important for me to keep watching other teachers, to constantly learn so that I may offer my students new lessons, new ways for old lessons and watch them continually grow.”

This combination of putting the best interests of his students first, working collaboratively with like-minded professional peers, and seeking to improve the quality of the instruction he provides, is an excellent example of our Guiding Principles in action and the first-rate learning environment that our teachers provide every day here at Henderson International School.

Mr. John Heffron, Lower School Principal

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.04.11 AMThree HIS students, Kaitlyn , Jackson, and Emma, attended the National Clean Energy Summit 8.0. The keynote speaker this year was POTUS Barack Obama. (more…)

Why we returned to HIS

April 16th, 2015

We asked one of our families, the Wingards, why they decided to come back to HIS after trying another school. The following response was written by Jessie Wingard.

Our family is one of the lucky few who have had the chance to experience both the public school system and private school.

All three of our children started their education at Henderson International School in the preschool and pre-k programs. In our opinion, they received the biggest and best introduction to school and went into kindergarten with so much knowledge. (more…)

Reading Week at HIS

March 6th, 2015

IMG_2824This past week HIS celebrated all things literary during our annual Reading Week celebration.  Activities and guest readers were scheduled for each day, many involving the whole school.

  • Monday was our Pancakes and PJ’s kickoff when our campus came together to enjoy breakfast in our comfiest pajamas.  It was also Dr. Seuss’ birthday, so classes read popular Dr. Seuss books, including Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.
  • Tuesday was our school-wide poetry appreciation day.  Every hour a member of the staff read a poem over the school PA system by popular children’s poets Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky.  Mr. Heffron, Mrs. Pizzuto, Mr. Ahlborn and Mrs. Raucher lent their voices to bring these snippets of rhyme to life.
  • Wednesday we hosted Nevada author Suzanne M. Williams for a full day of assemblies.  Our youngest writers enjoyed learning how the ideas for books come about and how writers begin the writing process.  Elementary students were given the opportunity to learn techniques to improve their writing using pictures prompts, and our middle school writers refined their writing skills by writing stories and sharing them with their classes.
  • On Thursday, station 98 of the Henderson Fire Department was on hand to read to preschool and elementary school students and answer questions about being a fire department member.
  • Friday was our annual “Guess that Book” competition.  This event is the highlight of Reading Week, as classes compete against each other for an ice cream party.  Readers share excerpts from popular books and classes must guess the book.  This is always a spirited competition for classroom bragging rights and a sweet treat to follow.

Thanks to Mr. Ahlborn and Mr. Heffron for reading to classes during the week and to the PTA for their support in bringing Mrs. Williams to our campus.

Here at HIS, we believe that:

  • our social curriculum is as important as our academic curriculum
  • how children learn is as important as what they learn
  • the greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.

An integral part of our Social/Emotional curriculum is our use of Morning Meeting in the Lower School and Early Years, and Circle of Power and Respect in the Middle School.  Starting with MM or CPR allows us to begin each day as a classroom community of caring and respectful learners.  It establishes a climate of trust and motivates our students by addressing two human needs:

  • the need to feel a sense of significance and belonging
  • the need to have fun. (more…)

Raising children to be kind, thoughtful individuals sounds easier than it is. It takes daily practice and reinforcement from parents, which is why we think it’s a good resolution for the new year.

We found this great article by Amy Joyce in the Washington Post called “are you raising nice kids?” It features five strategies for raising kind kids from Harvard professor Richard Weissbourd.  Weissbourd runs the Making Caring Common Project, which recently released a study that found 80 percent of youth believe their parents are more concerned with their achievements than whether they are good members of the community. Kids were three times more likely to agree with the notion that parents are  prouder of good grades than community service.

So what does Weissbourd recommend for raising kind kids?

1. Make caring for others a priority. Rather than promoting your child’s own happiness, emphasize the need to be kind to others. Watch to see if they treat all people with respect and discuss it with them. Ask the teacher about your child’s moral character and behavior in the classroom.

2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude. Don’t reward every helpful act. The expectation is that they should be helpful and care about others. Only reward truly exceptional behaviors. Talk to your children about kind and unkind acts they see in public and on TV. Make gratitude a daily ritual by routinely saying “thank you.”

3. Expand your child’s circle of concern. Most children care about their friends and family, but how do they interact with people outside of their circle? Talk to them about how their behaviors impact other people in the community. Ask them how they can they aid a person who is vulnerable, such as a new child in class. Encourage them to say “thank you” to cashiers, bus drivers, and other members of the public.

4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor. As a parent, you must practice honesty, fairness and caring. When you make a mistake (which you will) it is imperative that you admit it. You should also pay careful attention and listen to your child. Listening is a key trait of kindness.

5. Guide children in managing destructive behaviors. Children need to know that negative feelings are okay, but there are good and bad ways of dealing with those feelings. Teach your child to stop and breathe when they become upset. Practice this while they are calm, then remind them when they get excited. This technique will be helpful as they enter adulthood.

Read the entire article by clicking this link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/18/are-you-raising-nice-kids-a-harvard-psychologist-gives-5-ways-to-raise-them-to-be-kind/

Have a great new year and we’ll see our students back on January 6!