The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of May 27 - 31!

Message from the principal

As our seniors wrapped up their final week of classes and rehearsed for graduation, we look forward to an exciting week at UHS with senior honors assembly and graduation along with our last week of regular classes for all other students (followed by finals the following week on June 3, 4, and 5). The Class of 2019 has done a tremendous job leading both in and out of the classroom in many ways. They were recognized in local and national arenas for their work on class projects, they have qualified teams for state tournaments and won titles, they have performed at national conferences for many to see and hear their amazing performances. Thank you, UHS Class of 2019!

Last week, we had the chance to practice for graduation on Friday and then have an exciting senior picnic. UHS Class of 2004 alum, Zach Benson, spoke to seniors about following their passions and dreams, acknowledging that there will be struggles but to keep focused on positive relationships and to move forward with interest areas to have success. Seniors then enjoyed their last lunch together before they graduate next week.

Also, it is important to remember that we take today off from school and work for Memorial Day, where we honor those people who have passed on before us. In particular, we honor and recognize the courageous individuals who served and sacrificed for our country.


Tim Carver




PS reminders to seniors:

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 8pm in the PAC at UHS (time for Baccalaureate MOVED TO 8PM due to state soccer game). 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.

Thank you, Class of 2019, for your service to each other, to our school community, and to the world around you! I included a few "Senior Selfies" I was able to get last week before seniors finished up classes. Thanks to all!!


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 27th, NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day. Tuesday, May 28th, is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. Friday is a Day 2.

Free back to school health clinics for fall 2019

Please go to the following link to learn more information about free "Back to School" health clinic for the fall of 2019.

Senior graduation - Live streaming of ceremony

UHS graduation for the Class of 2019 will be on Wednesday, May 29th, at 7:00pm at the Drake University Knapp Center.

The ceremony will be streamed live at the following link. Feel free to share with family members and friends who can't attend graduation.

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.

SCAN Club --- Get involved!

Interested in learning to be an advocate for kids? Interested in helping kids who like in conflict areas such as Syria? Do you believe that every child should get a strong start in life? Come to the annual SCAN advocacy summit on June 8th at the Botanical Garden to learn all these things and more. Click here to register. If you have any questions email Kylie at bakkekyl@urbandaleschools,com. Everyone is welcome to attend

Boys Golf informational meeting

There will be a meeting for all 8-11th grade boys and their parents who are interested in going out for Boys Golf next fall Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 pm in the High School Media Center. Please make a point to be there if you can.


Coach Henkenius

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

Boys soccer qualifies for State! Girls tennis advances to State! Baseball starts season with three wins!

The Boys soccer team advanced to the substate final on Saturday where they beat Valley 2-1 to advance to the state tournament! Great job, J-Hawks!! They play at Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines at 5:05pm on Thursday, May 30th, against Bettendorf. Good luck, J-Hawks!!

The Girls tennis team beat Valley 5-4 on Monday to advance to the team state tournament for the 10th straight year. They fell to Ames on Tuesday but represented UHS with class. Congratulations to Coach White and the J-Hawk Girls Tennis Team!! Good luck to girls playing in the individual and doubles state tournament on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Mylea Cole and Brooke Dannenfeldt will play doubles, Katie Carver and Kate Meade will play singles. Go J-Hawks!

The J-Hawk Baseball team opened the season by splitting games with Valley and sweeping DC-G. Good work, J-Hawks!

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UHS textlies and design department hosts first Fashion Show

On Wednesday, May 22nd, students from the UHS textiles and design department hosted its first fashion show at the PAC. It featured four UHS designers, Sarah Pattschull, Emily Scieszinski, Lydia Burg, and Lily Ojendyk, who designed and made each of the outfits that were modeled for a host of UHS student models. Mrs. Maharry, UHS fashion and design teacher, helped make it all possible with the work of many student in front of and behind the scenes. Congratulations to all on a fantastic show!

UHS students recognized in National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2019!

Four female students from the UHS Hyperstream team were recently recognized for their work in Cyber Defense and coding. The students are Nellie Leaverton, Julie Pham, Catherine Clifford and Kaylee Fletcher.

Celebrate the schools who are through to the National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2019…

Learning around UHS

POE Bridge Presentations

Students in Mr. Hermon's Principles of Engineering class created bridge designs. Below is the POE video playlist for your viewing pleasure. 2019 West Point Bridge Designs.

UHS Graduation

Wednesday, May 29th, 7pm

2601 Forest Avenue

Des Moines, IA

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