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Our 4th grade students capped off their fun year of engaging field trips with a bus ride to the Techatticup Mine at Eldorado Canyon, near the state border with Arizona.  This famous gold mine is the oldest and richest in Southern Nevada. (more…)

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…)

4th Grade’s Living History Museum

A living history museum is an amazing opportunity for students to shine while making history come alive. Throughout this project students were taught research techniques, how to write a biography, and the importance of preserving our history and heritage. Students researched, created presentations, and became a famous figure from either Nevada or American history. Students researched their famous American, from their lives and accomplishments to the way they dressed, and then became their historical figure. This culminated on March 4th with our second annual Living History Museum. (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…)

Our first trimester has been wonderful! We started with the strongest results from last year’s Educational Record Bureau (ERB) tests, and have already built upon that success across the grades. Strong teaching leads to solid learning, and I thank our teachers for all of their work to design and implement personalized learning plans while achieving excellent results. Success of the last trimester are below:

First trimester measures of success

We started the year with some impressive results from the spring ERB tests on which 73% of students in grades 3-8 scored 90% or better on at least one subtest of this assessment, qualifying them for consideration by The Center for Bright Kids’ Western Academic Talent Search (WATS). Henderson International School is in process of becoming a testing site for the region. More on this soon, but we are targeting the test dates in January and February. Taking the Explore, SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), or ACT (American College Testing) at a young age prepares exceptional students to be challenged above the confines of grade level assessments, letting them know about challenges above and beyond.

Grades 5 and 6 attended Astrocamp in Idyllwild, CA and grades 7 and 8 went to Pali Adventures in Running Springs, CA.  These annual outdoor education experiences, which rotate among several venues, provide exceptional opportunities for class bonding, off campus study with different instructors than our faculty, and a trip away from the comforts of home. It provides the opportunity to develop independence and personal responsibility, which are necessary to expand executive functioning during late childhood and early adolescence. Within our Mission of developing Global Citizens finding personal confidence and appreciation for our opportunities and obligations seems an obvious rationale.

We have experienced several on-campus “field trips” and science explorations in Early Childhood classes, including parents sharing their international connections with our young Wolverines.  This term the 4th graders traveled to Carson City and Virginia City for their on site study of the Capital Region of Nevada – an experience many adults have not had.

Our Learning Commons is now complete. The transition from a secondary school library to a primary school learning commons is noticeable in the appropriately sized shelving units, color scheme, updated technology, and comfortable seating. During this process many older volumes were donated to local Title I schools and organizations, along with the former furnishings. Our goal has been to help others at each step of the transformation!

Pumpkin plants are growing in the Elementary School garden and we are planning for our Henderson Arbor Day and second annual Earth Day celebrations in April.

We are delighted that 3D printers are in use, as is our Maker Space for learning how things work. Students are designing and printing on the two PTA sponsored 3D printers.


Grade 7 and 8 created a magnificent recycled art project that will be on display at The Palazzo, and we are entered into the statewide art competition.

Grade 4 has completed their first arts rotation among Musical Theatre, Band, and Visual Art.  This rotation exposes each child to all three programs over the final year of lower school, and in 5th grade they will choose one area of art study for the year. Performance season is upon us, and the children have been vigorous in their rehearsals to make wonderful music and perform in public.

Our kindergarten has been working on their Thanksgiving show that will debut on Friday, November 20.

Student artwork has been on display at the Henderson Pavilion on several occasions this first trimester.

In our first trimester bridge building elective, the lightest design carried over 200 times it’s weight before breaking. These engineering design projects had to be no more than 500 grams, and were created entirely from popsicle sticks and glue.  The held weight of 113 pounds more than doubled last year’s most sturdy design.


Preparations are complete for the Meritas Games competition in Orlando, Florida, which will take place the week after Thanksgiving. The largest contingent of student-athletes will compete this year, 62 strong! A new individual sport has been added – Archery. Several of our middle school overnight trips have included archery, scouts have studied archery for their merit badge, and a few students regularly shoot at archery ranges. We are very excited about this addition!

And so to basketball! The Findlay Prep team defeated the 2015 Jr. College National Champions in Arizona. This was a preseason game. The athletes have started the regular season off well winning the first two games by double the opponent’s score. NCAA College team commitments: Carlos Johnson – UNLV Rebels, Skylar Mays – Lousiana State Univ. Tigers and Tristan Clark – Baylor Univ. Bears.

Our 7th grade flag football team earned their stripes in the 11-12 year old league played on Saturdays at Frias Field in Las Vegas. Thank you to their dedication in making the season happen!

Grade 5/6 volleyball played well all season, and grade 7/8 volleyball earned a spot in the post-season tournament. Our grade 5/6 flag football also earned 2nd place in the league. Congratulations to everyone! During trimester one, we also hosted our first cross-country race on campus, receiving rave reviews about our campus and the organization!

We hosted our Henderson International School Triathlon, thanks to organization by the PTA and Mr. Mike Chinn. We also hosted our annual Autumn Fun Run with varying distances based on grade level.


While standardized testing is only one metric of many we use to personalize academic progress, it is a reality that taking tests is something that our generation of students will be doing for most, if not all, of their academic and professional careers. In addition to starting the year with strong ERB results from the spring we have additional strong indicators about our curricula and programs:

 Initial writing assessment (WrAP test) results in grades 3-8 were very strong relative to Independent School norms (the strongest comparison/competition across the country). While we have a range of abilities demonstrated, the strong majority are in the middle to top Stanines, with over half of each MS grade in the top half of the top 2% of the country! Students will take these again in late winter at which time we look for improvements and also have time for further growth prior to the end of the year.

Elementary grades on the CPAA:

  • In the area of Phonemic Awareness, 42% of Kinder students met or exceeded expectations back in late August. Now, by the end of Trimester 1, 81% of students meet or exceedThe number who exceeded expectations has risen from 28% in August to 67% now.
  • In the area of Phonics/Writing, 42% of Kinder students met or exceeded expectations back in August. Now, that number is at 78%. Those who exceed has risen from 22% to 47%.
  • In the area of Reading, 64% met or exceeded back in September. Now that number is at 81%. Those exceeding has risen from 8% to 39%.
  • In the area of Phonemic Awareness, 80% of 1st grade students met or exceeded expectations back in late August. Now, by the end of Trimester 1, 91% of students meet or exceedThe number who exceeded expectations has risen from 23% in August to 43% now.
  • In the area of Phonics/Writing, 77% of 1st grade students met or exceeded expectations back in late August. Now that number is at 95%. Those who exceed has risen from 34% to 50%.
  • In the area of Reading, 77% met or exceeded back in September. Now that number is at 95%. Those exceeding has risen from 18% to 43%.
  • In the area of Phonics/Writing, 70% of 2nd grade students met or exceeded expectations back in late August. Now, by the end of Trimester 1, 84% of students meet or exceedThe number who exceeded expectations has risen from 24% in August to 43% now.
  • In the area of Reading Mechanics, 60% of 2nd grade students met or exceeded expectations back in August. Now that number is at 67%. Those who exceed has risen from 30% to 51%.
  • In the area of Reading, 67% met or exceeded back in August. Now that number is at 84%. Those exceeding has risen from 16% to 38%.

This has been a remarkable first trimester, and we look ahead to the following months, where more great progress and activities is expected.


Earth day every day

May 8th, 2015

Our first Earth Day educational celebration was an amazing success.  Lower School students were given individual schedules and spent the day rotating to different informational and experiment-based Earth Day activities. Our first through fourth graders exceeded our expectations, traveling to each session demonstrating responsibility, inquisitiveness, collaboration, and a passion for learning.

Each session had a mixture of age groups participating. With sixteen activities provided, many of which aligned with our Touchpoints topics that focus on biodiversity, ecosystem loss, and deforestation, students had a very busy day of global awareness and scientific learning. (more…)

Since its start in 2008, the Meritas Academic Olympiad has brought the spirit of competition to academics through the assembly of outstanding middle school students from Meritas schools around the world. Seven outstanding students from each of the ten Meritas Schools gather together to compete in Oration, Declamation, Music, Spelling, Chess, Geography, and Math. The MAO celebrates brainpower, determination, and hard work!

This year’s MAO was held this week at Rancho Solano Preparatory School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our MAO team consisted of:

Christopher  (8th grade) – Math

Emma  (6th grade) – Oration

Lea (8th grade) – Geography

Liza  (7th grade) – Music

Olivia  (8th grade) – Declamation

Sheen  (8th grade) – Spelling

William  (6th grade) – Chess

Award Winners from HIS

Oration, 3rd place – Emma

Declamation, 3rd place – Olivia

Spelling, 2nd place – Sheen

It DOES take brainpower, determination, and hard work just to be selected for the MAO team, and we are proud of each of our representatives and their talented faculty-advisor Tara Cadena. Congratulations to the entire team!

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.

Last week artist Scott Cohen visited with students in grades 4-8 to speak to the students about art, goal setting, and the Las Vegas LifeCube Project. The Life Cube Project is an interactive community art installation created by Scott. (more…)

Our AWESOME Science Fair

February 27th, 2014

Congratulations to all of our scientists and inventors who participated in this year’s HIS Science Fair. Projects from each grade were selected to move on to the regional science fair at UNLV. (more…)