Uplifting Urbandale

UCSD Newsletter 10.28.22 #upliftingU

We invite you to read the UCSD bi-weekly newsletter, “Uplifting Urbandale." Newsletters are archived on the Newsletter section of the District website. Please make note of the accessibility options which can be used to enlarge the text and/or translate this email. Mah hi Hakha holh in don na duh ahcun, Zaangfahnak tein Dar Lian ah peh tlai te.

UHS Students Celebrate Global Cultures During Culture Week

Throughout the week of October 17, Urbandale High School students enjoyed tasting global foods, dressing in cultural garb, learning about the multiple cultures living in the Urbandale community, and coming together for the first annual Culture Fair. The UHS CORE x Culture Week brought learning to life by providing opportunities for students to learn more about various cultures and celebrate diversity and inclusion at UHS and throughout the entire Urbandale community. Learn More

Share Your Feedback: Community Recreation Complex

The City of Urbandale is working on design ideas for a proposed Community Recreation Complex which would be constructed in the Walnut Creek Regional Park (Meredith Drive and 152nd Street). The City needs your help in selecting the amenities you would most like to see in this new Recreation Complex. Please consider sharing your feedback in this brief survey.

All Smiles! UHS Students Help Valerius Students Learn the Art of Fishing

Thank you to our UHS students for supporting and encouraging our younger J-Hawks at Valerius Elementary during a recent outing with the Fishing Club at Lake Hallice. UHS students, club sponsors, and Valerius parents shared their joy of fishing with Valerius students. What a great day for fishing with friends! Learn More

We Thank All Who Have Served: Veterans Day November 11, 2022

Veterans Day, observed annually on the 11th day of November, is a time for honoring all men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of all those who have served and their families. School is in session on November 11. Please review our school calendars for upcoming holidays.

Board Approved 2023–24 and 2024–25 Academic Calendars and Adjustments

During the October 24 School Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved the academic calendars for the 2023–2024 and 2024–2025 academic years for Traditional, Extended (year-round) and Metro West Learning Academy. We would like to acknowledge all stakeholders who provided feedback which helped to inform priorities, and stakeholders who served on the calendar committee and the School Improvement Advisory Committee made up of parents, staff, and students for their feedback and suggestions throughout the process.

In addition to the calendars being approved, several adjustments were made to the elementary start and end times as well as student contact days (i.e. the number of days students are in school). These items include:

  • Adjustments were made to the elementary start and end times to make them consistent across all elementary schools and balance the student contact time between elementary and secondary.

  • Beginning in the fall of 2023, all elementary start and end times will be 8:50 a.m.–3:40 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9:55 a.m.–3:40 p.m. on Late Start Mondays.

  • The number of student contact days for PreK-12 will be reduced from 179 to 177. This decision was supported by the majority of respondents on the stakeholder and staff survey and will increase the likelihood of ending the school year by Memorial Day most years.

  • Moving to 177 student contact days also better aligns with our neighboring school districts who have a similar number of student contact days.

Urbandale Winter Apparel: Orders Due By November 10

Urbandale Winter Apparel is now available for purchase! Please visit this link to place an order. All orders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Questions may be directed to Adam Fraher at adam.fraher@j-hawks.com.

Reminder: No School Dates November 2022

Please make note of the following dates in November 2022 when school will not be in session.


  • Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25: No school due to Thanksgiving Holiday

  • Register your Preschool–5th Grade student by 11:59 p.m. November 2 for the All-Day Adventuretime Program taking place on November 23

  • Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25: District Administration Office closed due to Thanksgiving Holiday

Rolling Green Elementary (only)

  • Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22: No school due to Intersession

City of Urbandale Uplift Project

Members of our UCSD team enjoyed participating in the City of Urbandale and Urbandale Chamber UpLift Project on October 20 to help beautify the UMS courtyard! The Urbandale UpLift Project was a one-afternoon event for volunteer teams from Urbandale businesses who donated a few hours of time and completed rewarding projects in the community for the benefit of area nonprofits, parks, and service providers. It was a great afternoon to be outside and put our gardening skills to work! #UCSDpride

Design and Construction Progress Update October 2022

Click here for an updated summary of the construction progress at the new Valerius Elementary School.

Free, Confidential Counseling For All Members Of Your Household

All UCSD students and their household family members (parents, guardians and siblings) have access to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) provided by Employee and Family Resources. The Student Assistance Program is here to help you and your family members manage the concerns in your life through free, confidential counseling. The SAP is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is strictly confidential. Call (515) 244-6090 or 800-327-4692 if you’re outside of the Des Moines area.
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Cancellations & Delays

When UCSD needs to delay, dismiss early, or cancel school due to inclement weather or emergency situations, UCSD will notify families directly via email, phone, and text*, post an alert on the district website, district Facebook, district Twitter, and communicate with media outlets (WHO 13, KCCI 8, WOI 5). Please make note of the following two-hour delay, early dismissal and cancellation information. Be sure to keep your contact information updated with your school in order to stay aware, updated, and informed. *SMS (text): Parents/guardians can opt-in at any time to receive text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to 67587. The “67587” number is the “short code” that connects to our notification provider, School Messenger.

Student Meal Pricing and Payments

The federal waiver for free school meals was not extended to the 2022-23 school year; thus, families will need to carry a positive balance in their children’s school meal accounts in order for children to access breakfast and lunch while at school. Funds can be loaded onto student accounts electronically through TITAN or by bringing cash/check to your student’s building (please place in an envelope and include your student’s first and last name so the money is credited to the correct account). Online payments are preferred because they happen instantaneously. You can also add payments through the Titan app available on the App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play Store (for Android). Learn More

Ticketing Moves Online in 2022-2023

Purchasing tickets for all Athletic and Performing Arts Events in grades 7–12 must be done online. Those wishing to attend events are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.j-hawks.com/tickets. If you purchase tickets at the event, we will only be accepting credit card payments as there will no longer be a cash option at the gate. The only venue where cash payment will still be accepted this year will be for Urbandale Middle School football games. This is due to the lack of infrastructure at that venue. All other Athletic and Performing Arts Events will only be accepting online payments in advance or credit card payments at the gate. When attending events away from our home venues, we anticipate most opponents in the CIML will also be only offering online ticketing. To aid in the process of purchasing tickets in advance for away events, you may wish to visit www.cimltickets.com.
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Join Our Team! We’re hiring for various positions and we’d like to hear from you!

Are you interested in making a positive difference in the lives of Urbandale students? Do you like building relationships and helping others reach their potential? Would you enjoy hours within a school-day schedule while being a member of IPERS (the state’s largest public retirement system)? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you! We’re currently seeking team members for a variety of positions. Our newly posted positions include: Administrative Assistant to the Director of Quality/Continual Improvement and Communications Manager Learn More

UCSD Return To Learn / COVID-19 Guidance

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must remain home for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). Individuals may return to school on day 6 if they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. It is highly recommended that individuals wear a mask when around others at home and in public for an additional 5 days. Learn More

Come On Out & Support Your J-Hawks!

You can find information about all activities to include athletics, the performing arts, and the Booster Club right at your fingertips. Be sure to visit j-hawks.com for all of the latest information, upcoming events, and highlights. Plus, purchase your fan gear online at the J-Hawk Shop. Let’s go J-Hawks!

Check Out What’s New In The Flyer Hub

The UCSD Flyer Hub is a great resource for finding information about community activities, opportunities, and services. We post flyers from our district, community education, and organizations within our community. Flyers are frequently updated so be sure to check back often.

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Educational Equity Statement

It is the policy of the Urbandale Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, marital status (for program), ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (for employment), or socio-economic background (for program) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the District office at 11152 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, IA or call 515-457-5000. The District’s Equity Coordinator is Dr. Ryan Williamson, williamsonr@urbandaleschools.com.