The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of May 20 - 24!

Message from the principal

UHS Class of 2019,

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to supporting each other and to helping be leaders around our school and community this year. It's been an honor to serve as your principal. I appreciate your dedication to your learning, to our teachers, to our school, and to each other, as you've worked not only to meet our expectations but also to go above them in so many ways over the past four years. Please continue to focus on your passions, give of yourself to others, and make a positive difference for those around you.

We are grateful for you and all of the ways you have led and helped reach our vision, "UHS will change the world!" Continue to lead and make a difference for others.

Tim Carver




PS a couple of reminders:

We look forward to seeing everyone participating in graduation at our graduation rehearsal (bring your salmon orange colored sheet signed by your teachers) in the South Gym at 9:00am on Friday, May 24th, followed up by the senior lunch/bbq hosted by UHS Student Senate at the shelter at Walker Johnston Park (by the tennis courts). Also, we look forward to seeing those being recognized at the Senior Awards Ceremony at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 28th, in the PAC (get there early for parking). Of course, graduation is at the Knapp Center on Wednesday night, May 29th, at 7:00pm. Be in the Bell Center that Wednesday by 6:15pm. An optional Baccalaureate is set for Thursday, May 30th, at 7pm in the PAC at UHS. All Urbandale seniors and their families are invited. Seniors choosing to attend should wear their cap and gown...NEW THIS YEAR...seniors will get to keep their cap and gowns after graduation is over.


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

UHS attendance - 94%

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, May 20th, is a Day 2. Tuesday, May 21th, is a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.

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

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

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement

IMPORTANT: All 12th grade students need to show documentation of
receiving the meningitis vaccine prior to the first day of school on August
23, 2019, or they will not be allowed to attend school or participate in any
school related activities, including sports. Please read the information
below for more details and contact our UHS School Nurse with any


Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement

Seniors – fall 2019
The state of Iowa requires that all students entering or transferring into 12th
grade and born after September 15, 1999, will need to provide vaccine
documentation of two doses of the meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY). One
dose of the meningococcal vaccine is required if the vaccine was administered
when the student was 16 years of age or older.
We encourage you to contact your healthcare provider and make an
appointment to complete the meningococcal vaccine requirement and/or Tdap
booster requirement soon. Please forward documentation of the completed

vaccines to our school nurse when the requirement is completed.

Thank you!

Urbandale High School Nurse
Brenda Ness, RN, BS
515-457-6810 (FAX)
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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

Shout Outs

J-Hawk track & field teams do great state meet! Czarnecki earns State Championship in discus! Girls tennis players qualify for State!

Members from the Boys and Girls track teams competed at the State meet Thursday through Saturday at Drake University's "Blue Oval" in 11 events and 6 events respectively. All competed hard and represented our school well with the meet being highlighted by April Czarnecki's championship in the discus. Congratulation, April, and to all who competed!! Congratulations also to the Boys Sprint Medley team of Josh Neyens, Ian Neyens, Harrison Waylee, and Jay Marcotte, for placing 3rd at the state meet as well!!

On Wednesday, four members for the Girls tennis team qualified for the state meet. Brooke Dannenfeldt and Mylea Cole won their regional meet and will compete at state for the third straight year. Katie Carver and Kate Meade advanced to state by placing 1st and 2nd respectively in singles. Great job, J-Hawks!

UHS students participate in first week of AP exams!

Again last week, UHS students who participate in AP courses at UHS began taking their end-of-year AP exams as a way to demonstrate their learning with the chance of earning college credit depending on their school on their exams. Great job, students!

UHS Students excel at 2019 Industrial Tech EXPO

Please congratulate the students that attended the EXPO this year. They all worked hard to complete their projects and did very well.

2019 Quiz Bowl Champions - Blake Arntzen, Trevor Elfvin, Hayden Friedrichsen, Evan Smith

Division 3 (5 - 1st Place, 6 - 2nd Place, 1 3rd Place)

Izzy Lichtenberger - Wine Rack - 1st Place and Bronze Medal

Kara Darr - Mini Farmhouse Nightstand - 1st Place

Spencer Daves - Sofa Snack Table - 1st Place

Brandon King - Nantucket Bench - 1st Place

Armin Hasancevic - Mini Farmhouse Nightstand - 1st Place

Izzy Lichtenberger - Mountain Wall Art - 2nd Place

Cade Hoover - Jupiter Table - 2nd Place

Faith Hope - Address Planter - 2nd Place

Tyler Koning - Turned Segmented Bowl - 2nd Place

Alec Vogt - River Top Side Table - 2nd Place

Paden Klein - Folding Table - 2nd Place

Ethan Knight - Catalina Wall Cabinet - 3rd Place

Division 4 (2 - 1st Place, 5 - 2nd Place, 1 - 3rd Place)

Blake Arntzen - Folding Coffee/Game Table - 1st Place

Tyler Koning - Turned Segmented Bowl - 1st Place

Trevor Elfvin - Epoxy River Clock - 2nd Place

Evan Smith - Birch Coffee Table with welded metal base - 2nd Place

Cal Baethke - Sawbuck Desk - 2nd Place

Noah Wessling - Storage Bench - 2nd Place

Jose Hernandez - Folding Table - 2nd Place

Trey Sharon - River Desk - 3rd Place

C-SPAN visits UHS to recognize UHS seniors for video contest award!

On Wednesday, the UHS senior class was invited to the PAC as members from the C-SPAN (government TV station) presented UHS seniors, Matt Moran, Jacob Sammon, and Riley Vander Hart, with special recognition and scholarship money for their winning entry in the "What does it mean to be an American?" contest this spring. The Urbandale mayor, school board members, and other elected officials were on hand as well.

After the presentation, students were able to visit the C-SPAN bus to see how shows are made. Congratulations to Matt, Jacob, and Riley, for doing such a great job and representing UHS so well!!

UHS student recognized with Jonathan Hintz Scholarship

Congratulations to UHS senior, Felix Martinez, for being awarded a memorial scholarship in honor of Jonathan Hintz, UHS alumnus whose family has established a scholarship in his honor. Here is Felix pictured with Jon's mom and dad as well as one of Felix's teachers, Mr. Monson. Congrats, Felix!

UHS vocal music recognizes 83 seniors at spring concert!

The UHS Vocal Music Program held their final concert of the year on Sunday. At the end of the concert, they recognized 83 seniors for their contribution and work over the past four years. The seniors are at the front of the stage in this picture. Great job, seniors!

Learning around UHS

2019 Automata Projects in IED

Students in Mr. Hermon and Mrs. Jacques' classes had a brand new very difficult project that was incorporated into their Intro to Engineering and Design courses this year. The students not only animated their computer models of their Automata projects but also built actual prototypes as well. Here is a video of their projects for your viewing pleasure.

UHS Fashion Show (in the PAC)

Wednesday, May 22nd, 7pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

UHS Graduation

Wednesday, May 29th, 7pm

2601 Forest Avenue

Des Moines, IA

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