The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of September 9-13

Message from the principal

As we settle into fall, it's time to set our sights ahead to an exciting UHS tradition...Homecoming Week 2019! During the week of September 16-21, our Urbandale schools and community will come together to celebrate our J-Hawk spirit and welcome home alumni. We will have many events for current UHS students and past students to have fun and show pride in our school. This year's theme for the week is Welcome to the Jungle.

We have included information about dress up days for UHS students, optional events like Powderpuff football/Ironman volleyball, as well as the Street Party, Lions Club Pancake Supper, football game...and much more!

Homecoming Dress up theme days

Monday, September 16 - Denim Monday

Tuesday, September 17 - Twin Tuesday

Wednesday, September 18 - Wildlife Wednesday

Thursday, September 19 - Tourist Thursday

Friday, September 20 - J-Hawk Spirit Day

UHS Student Senate will be be sending a video to Connections groups to tell more about each theme day.

Homecoming activities will take place the week of September 16, 2019.


  • 6:30pm - Ironman volleyball Boys from each grade compete against each other in volleyball in the UHS South Gym.
  • 7:30pm - Powderpuff football Girls from each grade compete against each other in football on Frerichs Field.
  • Click on this link to order Powderpuff/Ironman class t-shirts for anyone who wants to a class t-shirt. ALL ORDERS are due by noon on Monday, September 9th. No exceptions.


  • 5:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. UHS Street Party We’re hosting a Street Party in the UHS Parking Lot before and after the Homecoming Parade. This is a free event with lots of fun activities planned including games, J-Hawk tattoos, football team autographs, DJ, and food trucks (food is for purchase)! Stop by the Urbandale Alumni Association booth by 7:30 p.m. to turn in your stamped “Find the J-Hawk” card. All Urbandale students, families, staff, alumni, and community supporters are welcome to attend. Go J-Hawks!
  • 6:00 p.m. Homecoming Parade (Begins at Urbandale Middle School and ends at Urbandale High School.)


  • 4:30 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. Urbandale Lions Club Annual Homecoming Pancake Supper at UHS Commons (Tickets available at the door; 13 years old and up – $5.00; 12 years old and younger – $3.00)
  • 4:30 p.m. UHS 1979 Football Team (State Runner up) celebration at UHS Commons. Help welcome and honor the last J-Hawk football team to play in the state championship game.
  • 7:00 p.m. Football Varsity Game vs. Linn-Mar at UHS Frerichs Field. Cheer on your J-Hawks! UHS Marching Band at halftime.


  • 8:00 p.m.– 11:00 p.m. UHS Homecoming Dance at UHS Commons
  • Cost is $10/person
  • Must have a School ID to get into the dance; School IDs required for all attendees (even guests from other schools).
  • Homecoming Dance tickets will be on sale September 9–20 in Room 105, Room 211, and at the door the night of the dance, but tickets will NOT be sold Friday, Sept 20 after school.
  • Non-UHS students must have a guest form filled out by a UHS student and a ticket purchased prior to Friday 9/20 at 3:30 p.m. Guest forms are available in room 105 and 211.

We wish everyone a safe, fun, and memorable Homecoming 2019!

Tim Carver




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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.

School Picture Retakes on Monday, September 9th

School pictures can still be taken. They will be on Monday, September 9th, in the UHS commons starting in the morning. Pictures forms are located in the main office or on the main webpage of Urbandale High School. For those who have already taken their school picture, they can pick up their pictures in the front office.

"Find the J-Hawk" game returns to Homecoming Week in 2019

The Urbandale J-Hawk will be displayed in local businesses around the Urbandale area from Thursday, September 12th through Thursday, September 19th. The object of the game is to go to businesses listed on the game card, locate the J-Hawk, and have the business stamp your card and proceed to the next business.

To obtain your game card, go to one of the participating businesses mentioned below. You’ll be able to spot the J-Hawk and collect your stamp at each of the businesses. Collect 12 or more stamps to complete the card.

Finished cards can be turned in at the Urbandale Alumni table by 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th during the UHS Homecoming Street Party at Urbandale High School, or at the Urbandale Chamber located at 2830 100th Suite 110, by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th. (Note: In case of inclement weather, The Homecoming Street Party will be held inside the high school).

Game cards with 12 or more stamps will be entered into a random prize drawing. The drawing will take place on September 20th and winners will be notified by phone. Prizes can be picked up at the business location of the prize. Your prize must be picked up no later than three weeks from the date of notification. Have fun finding those J-Hawks!

Participating Businesses

  • Amish Haus Furniture
  • BMW of DM
  • Cookies by Design
  • EKGolf
  • Felix & Oscar’s
  • Flix Brewhouse
  • Friedrich’s Coffee
  • Hungry Boyz
  • Hy-Vee (Urbandale)
  • Midland Credit Union
  • Plaza Florist
  • R. Jones Collision 1
  • The Range Grill & Golf
  • The Urban Grill
  • Urban Pet Hospital
  • Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
  • Vision Park Family Eye Care
  • Westside Appliance

Sponsored by: Urbandale Alumni Association, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, and UHS Student Senate

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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, September 9, is a Day 2. Tuesday, September 10th is a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.

Daily schedule reminder

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, are our non-block days with eight periods meeting along with I.E.S. and Wednesday and Thursday are block days. Even periods meet on Wednesdays along with Connections and odd periods meet on Thursdays along with Connections.

Click here for Daily bell schedule

Lunch Schedule 5th period (6th period on Wednesdays)

UHS has two lunches each day, A lunch and B lunch. Included is the link to our lunch schedule, indicating which teacher will have each lunch. Students will know which lunch to attend based on their 5th period class. On Wednesday block days, a student's 6th period teacher will determine their lunch.

Lunch periods

5A Lunch - 11:38 - 12:03

5A Class - 12:08 - 12:49

5B Class - 11:38 - 12:19

5B Lunch - 12:24 12:49

Parking lot safety

To help provide a safer parking lot experience at UHS, I wanted to remind students, families, and staff, about a few parking lot items to be sure everyone takes care of each other:

1. There is to be no student parking at any time in the East Lot next to the stadium.

2. The universal speed limit in a parking lot is 5 mph.

3. Students crossing any streets and parking lots are reminded to use designated crosswalks.

3. New this year, speed bumps have been added in the parking lot by the baseball field to remind drivers to slow speeds at all times.

WHEN PARKING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, remember to park legally. This includes following all parking signs and NOT parking in front of mailboxes. Thank you!

Academic Eligibility - Information for students in activities

Academic Eligibility

Athletic Rule (Scholarship Rule 36.15). Students must pass all classes and make adequate progress toward graduation. If not passing all at the end of a final grading period, student is ineligible to dress for and compete for the first period of thirty (30) consecutive calendar days in the interscholastic event in which the student is a contestant. There is no requirement that the student competed in the sport previously. Students in Baseball and Softball have the same penalty as all other students. The first date is figured as the first date of official competition or the first date in which grades are released. Students in Cheer and Dance will be handled in Urbandale within this rule (Board Policy 510) with their “season” commencing the first day of each semester or in accordance with the actual sport season in which they are participating.

Music/Speech Association Rules. Outlined in the Constitutions of the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) and Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA). Students must pass all classes and make adequate progress toward graduation. If not passing, a student must sit out thirty (30) calendar days from the point in time when grades are released or the first thirty (30) calendar days of the semester.

In addition, Urbandale High School students must take and pass 4.0 credits to remain eligible each semester.

Reference Iowa Administrative Code 36.15 and Urbandale Community School District Board Policy 510.

Conduct Eligibility - Information for students in activities

Conduct Eligibility

  • Any student, whose conduct either in or out of school, is such as to make him or her unworthy to represent the Urbandale Community School District shall be declared ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities by the administration.
  • These rules apply to students both during and outside of the regularly scheduled season or activity period.
  • The commission of a crime under any governmental law or ordinance except laws and ordinances regulating the use of motor vehicles under which a violation is classified as a simple misdemeanor will be grounds for review relative to the co-curricular eligibility code. A determination relative to eligibility may be made without regard to whether the student is prosecuted or convicted of such crime by other authorities.
  • Included in this policy is the use, consumption, possession or distribution of alcoholic liquor, wine, beer or any controlled substance. Furthermore, presence at a function where such substances are served illegally to minors shall also be a violation of the Eligibility Code, even if the student does not consume the substance.
  • Reference Urbandale Community School District Board Policy 510.

Exciting changes at UHS continue in fall 2019 with I.E.S.!

As we continue to expand and enhance opportunities for access to teachers to support learning, UHS is rolling out some exciting changes to support students learning. We will continue to have a modified-block schedule (8 classes on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and 4 block periods on Wednesday and Thursday along with Connections).

However, we have created time in school day on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, to have guaranteed access for teachers to have with students. Students sign up on Thursdays (started August 29th) during Connections for their I.E.S. time for the next three days (Friday, Monday, Tuesday). A student will attend the same location during that three day cycle and then sign up on Thursday for a new offering for the upcoming Friday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Students largely have choice of where they go during this time, including having intervention for additional learning, extensions of learning, and study table to further learning. Intervention, Extension, and Study table, are the heart of our additional time, resulting in the name "I.E.S." There will be no additional homework tied to this time though additional learning is the focus of it.

Class Meeting with Activities Department

The Activities Department will be holding informational meetings for senior students involved in activities next week during Connections. Please remind your student about this information session.

12th Grade – Wednesday, September 11 – during Connections

Student Activities Ticket

Student Activities Ticket. If your student ordered an SAT, please ensure that their ID has the mark indicating such. If not, please have the student check in at the Main Office or the Activities Office to get that changed. Please do not wait until gameday to make the change. Students wishing to purchase an SAT may do so in the Activities Office. Cash or check (payable to UHS) in the amount of $50.00 is accepted during normal office hours.
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UHS Student Clubs & Organizations...get involved!

The UHS Counseling Office released the list of Student Clubs & Organizations for the 2019-20 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.

Join Best Buddies!

Best Buddies is an organization that seeks to promote friendship between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and peers. This club meets every other Tuesday from 6:00-7:30. Everyone is welcome to join!
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A note from Silver Cord Committe to UHS students

Welcome back to school! From the stack of hours turned in during schedule pickup and Open House, we can tell many of you did a TON of volunteer work this summer, and you invited your friends. The senior class has volunteered almost 11,000 hours during high school, and the freshmen are off to a great start with 654 hours this summer. Way to go!

Hours were updated last week -- check them here: Silver Cord Ladder If you have 40 or more hours, go see Mrs. Strong in Room 212 to pick up a free Silver Cord Volunteer t-shirt!

Do you love working with younger kids? We have lots of fun opportunities coming up, including Urbandale Team J-Hawk Football and Girls On The Run, where you can work with and inspire elementary age students. You can always find opportunities and current information at our Silver Cord information page. We try to put the current events at the top, with ongoing volunteer opportunities towards the bottom. This year, try setting up a weekly volunteering job, and see how fast your hours add up! Just read about each opportunity, choose something and sign up, and show up with an Hours Verification Form (attached). When you're done volunteering, have the adult in charge sign your form and turn your form in at the UHS Main Office. It's easy!

Remember, this is the only Silver Cord email address that is checked on a regular basis. Please send hours and questions to us!

Please turn in your summer volunteer hours to the UHS Main Office as soon as possible so we can get them added, and keep on doing good!

Deb Bremser

Silver Cord volunteer

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

2020 Page Program- Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, Legislative Services Agency

The Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, and Legislative Services Agency invite Iowa high school juniors and seniors to apply for Page positions for the 2020 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Serving as a legislative page is a great opportunity for students.

The Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, and Legislative Services Agency invite Iowa high school juniors and seniors to apply for Page positions for the 2020 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Serving as a legislative page is a great opportunity for students.

Included in this email is a link to the online application. The application forms can be found here:

Please note that living arrangements for Pages are not supervised or provided. We ask parents, guardians, and school personnel to carefully consider this aspect of the program and not recommend students who may need a supervised environment.

Please disseminate this information at your earliest convenience. The deadline for receipt of applications is, October 4th, 2019.

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact one of the persons listed below. Thank you for your assistance in making this opportunity known to your students.


W. Charles Smithson Meghan Nelson

Secretary of the Senate Chief Clerk of the House


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Shout Outs

J-Hawk teams battle!

The J-Hawk Boys and Girls Cross Country teams hosted an invite on Saturday, September 7th, at UMS. The Boys took 2nd place as a team while the Girls team took 4th overall. The J-Hawks were led by Peyton Marrs who placed 2nd in the boys race. For the girls, Erin Van Quathem was the top runner, placing 4th. Great work!

Congrats to Grant Dekruyf placing 6th and Cody Pearce 11th individually, and The U Golf team

finishing 7th out of the 18 team Invite played on Tuesday at Ft. Dodge CC. Great job, golfers!

The UHS football team competed hard against the Ankeny Centennial Jags but came up short. They travel to Des Moines Lincoln on Friday as they look to move into the win column. Good luck, J-Hawks!

Get out and support the J-Hawks volleyball team this we as they host their first home match of year against Marshalltown on Tuesday, September 10th, at 7:30pm. Good luck, girls!

Leo Club hosts Food Drive!

Leo Club hosted a canned food and personal care item drive on
Friday, September 6. They collected 253 canned food/personal care items and $73 cash. All proceeds of this event go to the Urbandale Food Pantry. Great job!
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UHS Marching Band kicks off its season with a terrific performance at halftime of the football game!

The UHS Marching Band performed their show to the delight of UHS students, parents, and community members. They have been working hard to bring their new show to life under the direction of Mr. Dupuis, Mr. Doggett, and Mr. Andrews. Great work!

Learning around UHS

IED students build "cars" this week

Students from Mr. Hermon and Mrs. Jacques' Introduction to Engineering classes tried to build cars this week in class. Here is the results of their work. Great learning!

For your viewing pleasure:

School Picture Re-takes

Monday, Sep. 9th, 7:30am-12pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

Student and staff picture retakes will be on Monday, September 9th, during the day in the entry near the cafeteria. Any student who missed pictures in August or would like to retake his/her picture can have it taken on September 9th. Any staff who has not had his/her picture taken needs to have it taken that day.

Inspire Iowa's Future Speaker Event

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 5:30-8:45pm

2601 Forest Avenue

Des Moines, IA

On September 18th at the Knapp Center, located on the campus of Drake University for a night of FREE food, FREE entertainment, and inspiration. Doors open at 5:30 pm. You'll be inspired by incredible music from "American Idol" winner Maddie Poppe and "The Voice" contestant Jon Mero. Our featured speaker is Sadie Penn, who will be speaking about suicide prevention and what inspires her. This is not a school sponsored event.

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