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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…)

The Learning Support Team 

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The role of the Learning Support Team at Henderson International School is to support students at all ability levels and with different learning styles by providing intervention, remediation and enrichment opportunities. We collaborate with teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs within the classroom, and we work with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better advocate for the needs of all students, in Early Childhood through 8th grades. (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…)

5th Grade Eco Columns

February 9th, 2016

Our 5th grade students have been busy creating eco-columns!

The purpose of the experiment is to observe how the eco-column functions as a self-sustaining, closed system. It replicates planet Earth and demonstrates what factors Earth requires to function and survive.

These factors include food chains, as well as chemical and nutrient cycles. Over time the columns will be tested for certain nutrients using probe sensors and carefully observe the changes, which could take place within the columns.

The results of this experiment will take time to realize, but hopefully demonstrate the actual events that could take place in nature as a result of certain changes in the environment and will show the significance of natural relationships found on Earth.

Students have constructed their eco-columns out of soda bottles and one large water jug. The soda bottles were cut to form a column consisting of divided sections and where then stacked on top of the water jug. The components for each section, aquatic, terrestrial, and decomposition, were collected and added accordingly. They consisted of organisms such as insects and fish for consumers, grass for producers, decomposers, and dead leaves, twigs, dirt, and water for the environment.

Once each level was filled and stacked, students taped off the system except for one slit for testing the water. This made the eco-column not a completely closed system; being sealed the majority of the time except for student testing periods.

The eco columns demonstrate that if the system becomes open and exposed to the external system out side the bottle, external factors could enter the ecosystem and influence it by adding or releasing certain elements.

Mrs. Ninnette Patzik, 5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher.


Box Exchange

At Henderson International School we have a deep respect for the abilities of our youngest students. We believe that if we provide them with opportunities to connect with others and develop a greater awareness of the world they live in, they will show us insights into how we can all communicate and grow together. We have constantly been impressed with the work young students do when collaborating with students in another country or from another culture, particularly when we ask them to reflect on the experience and share their discoveries.

This year we’ve been very busy exposing our young children to different parts of our planet. We have done so through collaborations with schools around the world via a box. Our international box exchange project has been very successful. Sharing cultures through a box full of typical items from each country has allowed our students to engage, form global relationships, and discover the value of working with students who have different perspectives and ways of being. We think it is our job as educators to foster these experiences so that, as our students grow older, they can start seeking out similar opportunities and sharing their knowledge and experiences with others. To date we have exchanged boxes with India, Slovakia and Colombia. We hope to continue to find more schools around the world to join us in this experience.

Technology is a powerful tool for global collaboration as well. Our box project works well and was easy to get started, but we have also shared videos and pictures of our friends overseas via our iPads and computers. There are also many websites such as National Geographic Kids that allow us to explore other places and cultures without traveling. It has made the experience so much more real and valuable.

Ms. Lizette Fiumara, Early Childhood Team Leader

Math Differentiation in 4th Grade!


One way that 4th grade is Differentiating our students’ Math experience is by integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into our weekly program.  Through STEM we are exposing our higher-performing mathematicians to more challenging and enriching real-world experiences, while helping to prepare them for the careers of the future.  Right now, 4th grade students are spending time in our new MakersLab, using the app 123Design to design three-dimensional shapes and then create them using our new 3D printer.  This experience aligns to our Math strands of Geometry and Measurement.  It is also cross-curricular in nature, in that students learn and practice Math concepts and skills through the use of Technology and Science.

By differentiating our math lessons to meet the needs of various groups of students, we are able to push our students to new heights. We do this through technology integration, project-based learning, a focus on STEM, and challenging units of student that enrich our students’ learning experience. By making use of our new MakersLab, students and teachers are given a variety of tools with which to explore and learn in new and exciting ways. With the introduction of our new 3D printer and special design software, students work toward mastery of the standards, while creating new and useful designs and learning the real world uses of mathematics.

Mr. Michael Euken, 4th grade teacher