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Quick Facts

  • Henderson, NV USA
  • 14 acre campus
  • Preschool (3 yrs) - 8th grade
  • school community representing over 30 countries
  • Personalized learning plan for each student
  • 100% of graduates accepted to high school of their choice

Our Stories

“The #1 benefit is the "personalized learning plan" where the teacher works with the parents to identify areas of improvement for each individual child, because each subject is not one-size-fits-all. I love the "specials" that my daughter never had before like music, art, science lab, Spanish and PE. I also...” read more

- Jen Grant, Current Lower School Parent

“When considering a school for our daughters six years ago, the quality of the education was the primary concern for my partner and me as parents. But for our family, of equal importance was the sense of community and a welcoming environment. With Henderson International School, we had a feeling...” read more

- John Pinocci, Current Middle School Parent

“Every day I watch students examine new things and delight in the knowledge of what is waiting for them. I've watched children in awe of what lies under a ladybug's spots, inside a leaf, discovering that microbes silently swim in a pond or amazed at the beauty of all things...” read more

- Jill Brown, Lower School Science Teacher

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Teacher Highlight

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 eighth grades. The principal members of our Learning Support Team are Becky Wagner and Crista Sokolow. We bring years of combined classroom experience, as well as advanced degrees in Education. Under the direction of the Leadership Team, we help differentiate instructional strategies in order to personalize the learning for all of our students. Part of our role includes the use of formative and summative assessments to monitor student progress and achievement, assess and analyze student strengths and needs, and then design and implement appropriate instructional strategies to facilitate learning and growth. Our Learning Support Team has been pushing-in to the classrooms since the beginning of last school year to help teachers do small-group instruction targeting specific Literacy skills.  In kindergarten, first, and second grades, this small-group Literacy instruction happens three to four days a week, for 20-30 minutes each day.  The classroom teacher works with a small group while the Learning Support teacher works with another small group.  This structure allows us to differentiate the activities that each group is doing, based on the needs of those particular students, with an experienced educator facilitating each small group.  This year, we are expanding the model to include 3rd grade, focusing on Mathematics by helping teachers facilitate Math Centers. As students’ abilities grow, they are transitioned either to a higher level of activities, a different group, or to independent activities.  In this way, we keep the groups flexible and adaptive – no student is locked into any given group for the entire year. Another key aspect of what we do is our partnership and communication with parents. It is not uncommon for one of our members to participate in conferences with parents and teachers. Through these collaborations we can help identify ways to support the specific needs of a particular student.  This structure can also provide the students with continuity of support as they progress through the grade levels here at HIS. We occasionally lead professional development for our faculty, supporting them in their use of data analysis, along with helping them with differentiation and the writing of Personal Learning Plan goals. Our Learning Support Team is always working behind the scenes to ensure that students’ needs are being met across the grade levels. We strive to be an integral and valued part of our collaborative learning team, helping to fulfill our promise of a personalized learning environment here at Henderson International School.

How the Learning Support Team provides differentiated learning at HIS

Student Highlight

Mindfulness is a big word for young kids to understand. Put simply, mindfulness is awareness. It is noticing our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and anything that is around us and happening right now. Our Early Childhood Teachers attended a “Mindfulness for Children” training this month. The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to recognize their thoughts as “just thoughts,” to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies, to recognize when their attention has wandered, and to provide tools for impulse control. One of the activities our teachers learned from the class was: Practice with a breathing buddy. For young children, an instruction to simply “pay attention to the breath” can be hard to follow. In this picture, students in a PreK classroom do a “breathing buddy” exercise: Each student grabs a stuffed animal, and then lies down on their back with their buddy on their belly. They focus their attention on the rise and fall of the stuffed animal as they breathe in and out. Lizette Fiumara, Early Childhood Team Leader and Carrie Roszell, Preschool Teacher

Mindfulness in Early Childhood

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  • Phone
  • Main Office: 702.818.2100
  • Admissions: 702.818.2122
  • Address
  • 1165 Sandy Ridge Ave.
  • Henderson, Nevada 89052
  • USA

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