The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of April 22 - 26!

Message from the principal

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.

Students WILL NOT be allowed to use phones or computers (other that for testing) while ISASP testing is going on in the classroom. Students need to bring something to read or work on otherwise during that time.

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.

UHS Silver Cord planning Meals from the Heartland packaging event:

Meals from the Heartland packaging event is on Wednesday, April 24th, after school to help celebrate the 5th year anniversary of UHS Silver Cord. Sign up below can come be a part!

All UHS students and staff are invited to join us at an all-school service event. Shifts are available from 1:30-6:00 pm, and no training is necessary.

Just sign up at the link below, and come help!


Tim Carver




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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 22nd, is a Day 1. Tuesday, April 23rd, is also a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.

UHS Drama presents "The Addams Family" for spring production

Come out this weekend to see the UHS Drama Department's musical production of "The Addams Family" at the UHS PAC! They will Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. It's sure to entertain!

A bit about this musical: "The Addams Family: the musical takes you inside the funny, kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family! There, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and suffering is the stuff of dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family: the Addams kids are growing up!"

For more details about this event and advance ticket purchasing, click on this link.

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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

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

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."

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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

UHS spring sports on the move! Track on the sweeps tops two!

Last Saturday at the Blue Oval Classic- April Czarnecki placed 1st in Shot Put and 3rd in Discuss. Great job, April! Also on the track last week, the J-Hawk Boys and Girls teams placed 2nd and 5th respectively in the team scoring while having many winning events! Great job, runners!! A host of J-Hawk track athletes will be competing at the Drake Relays late in the week. Good luck, runners!!

On Friday, the Boys and Girls soccer teams each beat DM Roosevelt by scores of 2-1! The Boys team improved to 9-2 on the season. Great work, J-Hawks!!

Early in the week, the girls tennis team won a pair of matches over Ankeny and Fort Dodge. Great job, girls!

NHS project "UHS Will Change the World!" student mural goes up!

In December, the UHS National Honor Society came up with the idea of hosting a student contest to design a mural that would tie our school vision "UHS will change the world!" by brightening and beautifying the hallways of UHS. Students submitted designs, and then students had the chance to vote on them. UHS junior, Lauren Jannsen, had the winning design, incorporating, "The sky is the limit," as well.

This week, her design went up on the wall NHS had selected to receive the design (a long stretch of wall between the industrial tech room and the lunchroom). It was a digital design that was then print and stuck to the wall like a sticker.

Great work to all involved! #UHSpride

Lauren is pictured below next to the new addition...UHS will change the world!

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UHS Special Olympics district meet a success!

We had a great day on Tuesday, and everyone did really well at our Special Olympics regional track meet. Thank you to everyone who allowed peer helpers to go, and everyone who supported us. We truly have some really great students and staff here at UHS! We had about 6 first place finishers in different events, who will all be going on to compete at the state meet Ames. GO J-Hawks!

Burbs Art Show at Drake University...UHS artists claim 13 awards

The Burbs Art Show took place today at Drake (basically our conference art show) and UHS won 13 awards out of 20 art pieces sent. Great showing by our UHS artists!

Great work!!

2D Best of Show

Megan Eastwood

Best in Category

Isabel Dora

Lauren Janssen

Megan Eastwood

Elizabeth Bartels

Honorable Mention

Laural Stice

Nora Burroughs

Morgan Freeman

Lydia Burg

Cindy To

Alexandria Hickman

Erna Mehmedovic

Autumn Sheppard

UHS Physics students take home awards at ISU Roller Coaster competition!

The 19th annual Tau Beta Pi Roller Coaster Engineering competition was held on Friday, April 12th in the Howe Hall Atrium on the Iowa State University campus. Urbandale Physics teams captured the following 4 awards. All UHS coasters can be viewed at
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1st Place Overall: “Super Mario” (Pictured L to R: Olivia Sobek, Anna Kerr, Sera Veeder, Lydia Burg)

UHS students participate in Student TEAMS at Bridgestone!

Students from UHS participated in Student TEAMS experience at the Bridgestone/Firestone in Des Moines where they learning quality tools and problem solving processes. They then put learning to use by developing and sharing possible solutions to real issues at the plant. They presented to almost 30 staff after being at the site for three days last week. Great work!

Learning around UHS

Students in AP Euro, US History, and Government, prep for upcoming AP exams

On Saturday morning, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. LaPietra hosted a large group of students in the UHS LMC from their AP European History, AP U.S. History and AP Government and Economics classes to engage in practice exams and additional studying for the upcoming AP exams.

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