The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of April 15 - 19!

Message from the principal

Important reminder about 2019-20 scheduling at UHS: The time for changes to 2019-2020 schedules has passed. We are currently working on the master schedule for next year and determine the number of sections and courses based on the requests made before break. As a result, we are no longer making changes to student requests.

Important reminder about ISASP at UHS: The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (formerly known as the Iowa Assessments) will be administered to students in grades 9 - 11 during the week of April 22nd.

Below are the times we will have the on ISASP testing days April 22nd and 23rd:

    • Monday, April 22nd - Day 1
      • Testing in Connections area - 8:00-11:33am (READING and MATH tests)
      • 5th period - 11:38-12:49 (Normal time)
      • 4th period - 12:54-1:36 (Normal class length but after lunch)
      • 7th period - 1:41-2:23 (Normal time)
      • 8th period - 2:28-3:10 (Normal time)
    • Tuesday, April 23rd - Day 1
      • Testing in Connections area - 8:00-11:33am (LANGUAGE/WRITING tests)
      • 6th period - 11:38-12:49 (Wednesday lunch classes)
      • 1st period - 12:54-1:36 (Normal class length but afternoon)
      • 2nd period - 1:41-2:23 (Normal class length but afternoon)
      • 3rd period - 2:28-3:10 (Normal class length but afternoon)

Our 10th graders will test in their science classes on block day that week for the science portion of the tests.

Seniors are not expected to arrive in the building until 11:38am on April 22nd and 23rd unless they need to make up CPR.


Tim Carver





Be Present. UHS attendance rate for the past week of school.

UHS attendance - 93%

This is a reminder that if a student has an unexcused absence for any period, our automated system will be sending out a call as well as an email as means to notifying you of the absence. If you feel it is in error, please contact Mrs. Chavez in our attendance office at 457-6805.

Student Announcements and Day 1/ Day 2 for the week

Stay updated on daily student announcements for the past week by clicking here.

This week Monday, April 15th, is a Day 1. Tuesday, April 16th, is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. Friday is a Day 2.

UHS Silver Cord planning Meals from the Heartland packaging event!

All UHS students and staff are invited to join us at an all-school service event in the UHS Commons on April 24. We will be packaging 30,000 meals to feed hungry people in Iowa and all over the world with Meals From the Heartland! Shifts are available from 1:30-6:00 pm, and no training is necessary. Just sign up at the link below, and come help!

Pictured here is Deb Bremser, Silver Cord community volunteer, who's helped organize all things Silver Cord, including this event. She was at the UHS lunchroom last week on Wednesday and Thursday collecting donations and signing up volunteers. Thank you!

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Senior graduation and senior pictures

UHS graduation for the Class of 2019 will be on Wednesday, May 29th, at 7:00pm at the Drake University Knapp Center.

UHS senior pictures to be included in the yearbook are due to Mrs. Oda-Lawler by March 14th. Link to more information about senior pictures in the yearbook.

Link to the senior Baby Advertisement for the yearbook

CPR requirement for Graduating Seniors

The State of Iowa requires all graduates from Iowa high schools to complete a class in CPR that
could lead towards certification. Most students complete this requirement in PE class during

their high school years.

Letters were mailed home this week to those seniors that still have not completed the
requirement. Please follow up with Mrs. Ness, confirming your student will be attending the
assigned class, or bring a copy of their approved CPR certificate, by April 15 th.

Prom 2019 Q and A from Mrs. Brown-Luke

When is Prom?
Saturday May 11th

Where is Prom?
State Historical Building- Downtown

What time is Prom?

What if I want to bring a guest?
Guest forms are located with Mrs. Brown-Luke or Mrs. Veenstra. They must be filled out and returned by Friday May 10th.They will be available starting April 22nd- that way they have 3 weeks to fill them out.

What if my guest isn’t in high school?
Fill out a form and have a responsible adult sign for them- (Lines where an administrator might have signed)

How much is Prom?
$20 per person- cash or check is fine. Checks made out to UHS
Tickets will be on sale April 29th- May 10th with Brown-Luke and Veenstra

If any other questions come up let me know and I’ll be happy to address them.

Amy Luke
AP Social Studies and Student Senate
Urbandale High School
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Post Prom - DONATION and VOLUNTEER - sign up info

I'm sending this out on behalf of our volunteer parents who are organizing Post Prom again this year.

Hello Junior and Senior parents! This year "We're Rolling out the Red Carpet" for your students! The 2019 Post Prom Event will be held at UHS on Saturday, May 11th from 11pm until 4:30am. It's sure to be a night filled with food, prizes, and lots of fun, but most importantly a supervised and safe night! Please get your students registered now! See attached registration form for more information.

Also, please consider donating and/or volunteering to help make this event a success! Post Prom is ran soley by parent volunteers, donations, and registration fees. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chastity Price at (515)745-0806 or Thanks in advance for your support!

Post Prom Donations:

Post Prom Volunteers:

Urbandale Post Prom is a Nonprofit organization solely ran by parent volunteers and funded by parent donations, fundraising, and registration fees. Also, with the cooperation and support of UHS, which provides us a free, safe, and chaperoned place to host this event."

Important information about vaping

Please click on this link to read important information about vaping, and it's many negative impacts for users and as it relates to students at UHS.

Mr. Wilkins & Mrs. Ness

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UHS Student Clubs & Organizations...get involved!

The UHS Counseling Office recently released the list of Student Clubs & Organizations for the 2018-19 school year. Here is the link to the list of UHS clubs. All students are encouraged to get involved one or more club/organization that aligns with a passion or interest.
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UHS Athletics and Activities for the week! Go J-Hawks!!

Click here for link to for upcoming events this week. Go J-Hawks!!

Message Monday - Transportation Matters for Iowa

Message Monday - Life is a highway - drive safely all day long from the Iowa Department of Transportation

Cops & Teens: Coffee & Convos April 17 4:30pm – 5:30pm Urbandale Public Library

The Urbandale Police Department hosts regular “Coffee With A Cop” events geared toward “breaking bread” with Urbandale citizens and encouraging an open forum of dialogue in order for community members to feel more and more comfortable around officers. This month, UPD is co-hosting an event at the Urbandale Public Library geared specifically toward connecting with teens.

UPD will be filling coffee orders for teens (youth ages 12-17 years) who attend and it will be a great opportunity for youth to sit down with officers, ask questions, and have a conversation. Officers are open to all questions, but a few examples include: What do I do if I get pulled over? How fast do you have to be going over the speed limit for an officer to stop you? Pre-Registration is required and FREE.

Cops & Teens: Coffee & Convos
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Urbandale Public Library Meeting Room A
Pre-Registration is required.

UPD and UPL look forward to welcoming you!

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Shout Outs

UHS track seniors recognized at Gary DouBrava Invite! Soccer keeps rolling! Girls golf swinging ahead!

The Boys and Girls track teams hosted the Gary DouBrava Coed Track Invitational on Tuesday, April 9th! The Urbandale Girls Track Team placed 4th and the Boys 3rd. It was also senior night where all track seniors were recognized and are pictured below.

The J-Hawks were back on the track on Saturday at the Blue Oval Classic at Drake University. Harrison Waylee won the 100 and 200 meter dash while Payton Marrs (2nd in 3200m), Jay Marcotte (3rd in 400m), and David Odunsi (long jump), placed in the top three as well. Great job, J-Hawks!!

Both Boys and Girls soccer teams each picked up wins this past week! Great job, J-Hawks!

The Girls Golf team will hosted their first home meet of the season on Tuesday at Urbandale Golf and Country Club. They are pictured below. Good work, girls!

AP Biology students present at DUCURS at Drake University!

Nine students from College AP Biology were selected to participate in the 16th annual Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (DUCURS). These students were selected by a group of collegiate judges at the UHS Biology Research Fair in February 2019. On April 11, 2019, the selected students presented their posters during the morning DUCURS session. It was a great celebration of science learning! Great work, students!!

Senior quiz bowl honors

Congratulations to two of our senior quiz bowl team members who earned significant honors during this past year. Alec Albrecht was selected to Team Iowa, a selection of the best high school quiz bowl players in the state! Team Iowa will compete in the 2019 National All-Star Academic Tournament June 22-23 in Lexington, KY. Cole Janssen was awarded Second Team All-State Honors, a distinction requiring nomination and voting by all the quiz bowl coaches of Iowa.

Key Club spreads shares kind words through happiness project!

The UHS Key Club spent time Tuesday night writing individual notes on sticky notes to students and placed them on each locker for students to read when they arrived Wednesday morning. Positive and inspiring messages and words were shared. Thank you, Key Club!

Learning around UHS

Mrs. Hanson's College Chemistry students engage in a variety of projects!

Students chose their own projects. Each project had to fit within one of three options. Option 1: a demonstration and explanation of the chemistry behind something that was built/produced, such as homemade lava lamps, lead-acid batteries (like what is used for cars), and "from scratch" pudding versus instant pudding. Option 2: a slideshow about an issue such as plastics pollution, nuclear weapons, lead poisoning from water pipes, etc. Option 3: a poster on a historical topic, such as the history of alchemy, and the history and chemistry of vinyl records (the music kind!).

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