The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of March 11 - March 14!

Message from the principal

Two quick reminders for UHS students regarding your future:

  • For current freshmen through juniors: if you haven't submitted your 2019-20 course requests to your counselor, be sure to submit those requests with a parent's signature this week.
  • For current seniors, please read the announcement below from UHS Dollars for Scholars and fill out your online application for scholarship money. All are encouraged to apply!

"UHS Seniors: Complete Your Online Application By April 1st For Urbandale Dollars For Scholars Scholarships

Interested in scholarships but concerned about the time it takes to apply? The Urbandale Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program makes it easier than ever. Urbandale High School students may create an online profile which enables students to apply for and be matched to multiple local and national scholarships. By creating an online profile, students will be able to see scholarships available to them and choose the scholarships they wish to apply for—parents can also view student progress on the application.

Be sure to develop your online profile on the Urbandale Dollars for Scholars website in order to be alerted about scholarship opportunities. Applications are due April 1 of every year."


Tim Carver




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

UHS attendance - 90%

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, March 11, is a Day 1. Tuesday, March 12, is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. NO SCHOOL on Friday.

No School March 18-22 for Spring Break.

UHS Seniors reminded to turn in their senior picture to yearbook by Thursday, March 14.

Senior photos and baby advertisements are due on Thursday, March 14th. They can
either email photos and advertisements to Mrs. Oda-Lawler or drop it by her room,
205, in the English Pod. Anything received after March 14th will have a late fee attached to it. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please see Mrs. Oda-Lawler.

They can be submitted to .

Also, seniors on Wednesday, March 13, Herff Jones will be here distributing graduation
announcements and other items purchased. Be sure to stop by and see them. If you
haven't ordered your cap & gown you should also make sure you visit their table in the
commons. If you aren’t sure you ordered anything, stop by to check!

UHS Strength and Conditioning offering two information sessions

Pete Traynor, Director of Strength and Conditioning will offer two information sessions for students currently in grades 8-11 and their parents as well as all coaches on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 7:00pm in the Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center. This information session is designed to provide students, parents, and coaches with an overview of our Athletic Performance Program and will touch on strength training, conditioning, recovery, outside work, nutrition, overuse, and more. Please make plans to attend this session to learn more about the great things Coach Traynor is doing with our students. The session will last approximately one hour.
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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

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Post Prom - parent sign up info

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

"Calling all UHS Parents:

Please join our 2019 Post Prom Committee with planning and hosting a safe, fun-filled night for UHS Juniors, Seniors and their dates! This year's Post Prom will be held on Saturday, May 11th. We are looking for several Committee Chairs to shadow/assist our current Chairpersons for the 2019 Post Prom and then to take over for the 2020 Post Prom. We are also looking for many Committee members to assist our current Committee Chairs. See link below:

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."

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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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Urbandale Silver Cord meets to plan 5 year anniversary meal packaging event

Student participants in the Urbandale Silver Cord program met in the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday with Mrs. Strong (UHS Spanish teacher and Silver Cord sponsor) and Mrs. Bremser (Urbandale Silver Cord sponsor and leader) to learn about plans for a meal packaging event. This will be happening in honor of the 5 year anniversary of the Urbandale Silver Cord program on April 24th after school in the UHS Commons. Since it's inception, UHS Students have volunteered over 30,000 service hours to the community in connection with the Silver Cord program. They will package meals through the Meals from the Heartland organization.

Students are now raising funds to the meal packaging event and seeking more volunteers. Anyone interested in donating money or donating time to this event should contact a Silver Cord students, Mrs. Strong, or Mrs. Bremser.

Parents and family members turn out for college and career planning night!

Parents and family members came out to the UHS Library Media Center on Monday, March 4th, for a college planning night hosted by the UHS Counseling department. A representative from ICAN spoke about college and career planning as well as paying for college.

More information can be found at .

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

UHS Wind Symphony performs piece by UHS junior, Peter Schumacher!

At Tuesday night's band concert, audience members were not only treated to the wonderful sounds they are used to hearing at UHS concerts, but also they had a chance to hear something wonderful and rare...a piece composed by one of our UHS students. During the Wind Symphony's section of the concert, Mr. Peterson shared that the first piece of music they performed, "Genesis," was composed by UHS junior, Peter Schumacher. The piece was terrific and a delight for all. Mr. Peterson and Peter are pictured here. Great work, Peter!

The performance is streamed here.

Then on Friday, the Wind Symphony had the opportunity to hear from a former UHS band member, Jillian Whitaker, who now lives in Los Angeles and works professionally as a music and sound composer for movies, TV shows, and commercials. She is pictured below with Mr. Peterson.

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UHS Boys Track runs at UNI with Waylee taking 1st place in the 60m dash! UHS wrestling celebrates successful season and seniors at banquet!

Members of the UHS Boys Track team traveled to Cedar Fall last week to compete in an indoor track meet in the UNI Dome. Congratulations to Harrison Waylee for getting 1st place in the 60 meter day with a time of 6.93! Jay Marcotte placed second in the 400 meter dash. Great running, J-Hawks! They are pictured below.

The UHS wrestling celebrated a successful season at their end of season banquet where they specifically recognized their seniors for leadership and success throughout the year. Great job, seniors! They are pictured below.

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Mock Trial teams from UHS advances to State!

On Tuesday March 5, 2019, a total of four teams from Urbandale, consisting of nearly 40 Urbandale High School students, competed at the Regional Mock Trial Competition in Des Moines, Iowa. A total of 38 teams from the Des Moines metro area competed in this regional, which known for being a very difficult region to compete in. Two Urbandale teams (ACE and Invicta) competed exceptionally well in the first two rounds but were unfortunately eliminated after the first day. A third Urbandale team, Vytas, went 2-0 in the first two rounds and advanced to a sudden death playoff round on March 6, 2018, for a chance to go to the State competition. Vytas performed incredibly well, but lost a tight round to a team from Johnston.

A fourth Urbandale team, Veritas, also performed incredibly well and went 2-0 in their first two rounds at the regional competition. Due to their scoring, Veritas earned the number 1 seed in the Des Moines region and also earned one of three automatic bids to the State Mock Trial Competition on April 4 and 5, 2018. This automatic bid allowed them to bypass the sudden death playoff on March 6. Veritas is a team of 9 seniors and 1 sophmore. The seniors are Aleka Hickman, Varun Vepa, Audrey Krukow, Laura Parsons, Josie Tyler, Aditya Kotla, Anna Perdue, Lindsey Ingraham, and Jacob Sammon. The sophomore is Shay Kent.

Great work, J-Hawks!

UHS Academic Decathlon competes at state!

The Urbandale High School Academic Decathlon team advanced to the State Competition held in Adel over March 1-2. Students competed in 10 events related to the theme, The 1960's: A Transformational Decade. The team, comprised of Alec Albrecht, Michelle Beeman, Lexie Carter, Devin Ensley, Cole Janssen, Emma Johansen, Shay Kent, Ben Moeckly, Chloe McFarlane, and Teona Rainey (with Yordanos Gebremeskel at Regionals), studied very challenging materials to test their academic strength in Art, Music, Literature, Economics, Science, Social Science, Math, Essay, Speech, and Interviews. In the individual awards, Ben Moeckly won gold for his interview, Cole Janssen won silver for his essay, and Teona Rainey won bronze for her interview. Extra congratulations to Ben for winning the $500 IAD Board Essay scholarship!

UHS Leos volunteer at Dollars for Scholars Brunch!

A large group of UHS Leo Club members gathered last Sunday morning at the Urbandale Senior Center to volunteer their time at the Dollars for Scholars Brunch to raise funds for scholars for UHS students. They were joined by members from the Urbandale Lions Club as well as Lionness Club. Members from the Urbandale Education Foundation along with members of the Urbandale Alumni Association were on hand to help, too.

Pictured here are members for the UHS Leo Club who were there to help. Great work!

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UHS Speech Team has great success at Individual State Speech competition!

The UHS Speech Team had a terrific day at the State IE competition on Saturday with UHS students participating in 16 events. Of those 16, we had 12 events earn a Division 1 rating at state! By doing this, they are now eligible to be named to all-state. Great job, J-Hawks!

Here is a recap of the results:

Overall 1s

Varun Vepa-After Dinner Speaking "Supervillains Convention"

Monica Lewandowski-Reviewing "Tiger Lily"

Laura Parsons-Radio News Announcing

Keegan Cottington- Radio News Announcing

Anna Perdue-Acting

Keegan Cottington-After Dinner Speaking "Gamemaster Convention G.M.C."

Madison Pulica-Solo Musical Theatre "Screw Loose"

Anna Perdue-Public Address "Should Men Vote"

Laura Parsons-Spontaneous Speaking

Kaecee Topolinski-Poetry "Perfect"

Varun Vepa-Spontaneous Speaking

Logan Boyles-Poetry "English is Tough Stuff"

Overall 2's

Logan Boyles-Storytelling "Azathoth"

Audrey Krukow-Solo Musical Theatre "Before It's Over"

Devin Ensley-Prose "Don't Ask Jack"

Devin Ensley-After Dinner Speaking "Conspiring Against Siblings"

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