The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of January 22 - 25!

Message from the principal

There is no school for students or staff on Monday, January 21st, as we observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Students begin in Connections on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 8:00am.

As we begin our 2nd semester on Tuesday, this is a reminder that it will be the first day of 2nd semester. Students will start on Tuesday in their Connections teacher at 8:00am for this day only. Starting in Connections allows for students to confirm their 2nd semester schedule on PowerSchool before going to their first class of the 2nd semester. Tuesday will be a Day 1.

For the first time in over a decade, UHS student and staff ended our1st semester after our winter break. Though this change was met with some concerns and adjustments needed to be made by everyone, it helped us to balance the number of days between the 1st and 2nd semesters to a more equal 89 and 90 days respectively instead of 82 and 97 days.

Had we continued with our old schedule, a single semester class like Health would have had three additional weeks in the 2nd semester. This would have created great learning discrepancy for students. I appreciate everyone's flexibility as we made this adjustment to help make learning time equitable for everyone.

The schedule for Tuesday will be as follows (there will be no I.E.S. on Tuesday):

Tuesday, January 22nd:

Connections 8:00 - 8:25
Period 1 8:30 - 9:12
Period 2 9:17 - 9:59
Period 3 10:04 - 10:46
Periods 4-8 As usual for a Tuesday

Tim Carver





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

UHS attendance - 97%

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 there is no school on Monday. Tuesday, January 22nd, is a Day 1. Block days are a DAY 2. Friday is a Day 1.

2nd Semester Lunch Schedule

Please click on this link to see teachers' lunch schedules for 2nd semester. Students will know when they have lunch based on which teacher they have for 5th period (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday lunch) and 6th period (Wednesday lunch).

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

NCYL applications being taken now for 2019-20 school year!

Attention current UHS juniors (members of the Class of 2020): The National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) is a leadership recognition program for high school seniors. The program is designed to reward young people who are good citizens, good students and who have been active in a leadership position in their school, community or faith community.

To be selected to represent Urbandale High School for the National Council on Youth Leadership is an extreme honor. Applicants are screened, and all candidates are evaluated based on their leadership and strength of character. Those applying must be a junior, have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and be in good character standing. This honor is focused on finding well-rounded individuals who rise to the top when called upon to serve and to lead.

Click here for link to more details about NCYL and how to apply

Resumés must be turned in to Mrs. Joanne Hale (room 108) no later than 3:30 PM Wednesday, February 13. No late resumés will be accepted for any reason. You will be notified on/before Wednesday, February 20 if you have been accepted. Please contact Mrs. Hale with any questions.

Information from Dr. Watson regarding Academic Eligibility

Academic Eligibility

Students in Activities that fail a class as identified on their semester transcript are subject to the Scholarship Rules outlined by the Iowa Department of Education, the rules of the Music and Speech Association, and Urbandale Board Policy 510. In general, a failing grade results in a suspension for thirty calendar days from activities. The specific suspension varies based upon the activity based upon the rules set forth by each organization.

Individual students who find themselves in this situation will be contacted by the Activities Office during their season (for those in-season at the semester) or in the first few weeks of their season prior to the suspension period commencing if not in season (i.e a Spring participant will be notified in the first or second week of practice).

For additional information on these rules with specific dates, visit: or contact the Activities Director, Dr. Watson, at

Thank you.

William R. Watson, Ph.D., CAA

Director of Activities and Community Education

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.

Iowa Biliteracy Seal...Applications being taken now!

On April 17, 2018, Iowa became one of 34 states to offer a Seal of Biliteracy for students who show proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy appears on a student’s transcript. Iowa legislators recognize the increasing need for biliterate citizens in our workforce. Thus, the Seal of Biliteracy was approved to showcase biliteracy of students to colleges and potential employers.

Urbandale High School is excited to offer the opportunity for seniors to earn a Seal of Biliteracy. Each year seniors will have the option to demonstrate their proficiency through a series of tests. Students need to demonstrate proficiency in two languages to earn the Seal of Biliteracy. Proficiency may be demonstrated on a series of English and non-English assessments. Specific assessments will be determined based on student needs and language(s) desired.

Seniors wishing to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy need to fill out this application by February 1, 2019. Applications should be submitted to the student’s counselor.

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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."

DMACC Career Discovery Days...sign up

DISCOVER your unique interests and skills while exploring various career paths.

Attend a Career Discovery Day at one of DMACC’s campuses or centers. Events include hands-on activity sessions, business tours, and educational and career information from instructors and business professionals.

Open to 9th–12th grade students, educators and parents.

Leaving the building after school

After School at UHS

In order to maintain an orderly, supervised environment at UHS after the school day ends, it is important that students who do not have after school activities at the high school leave the building and campus. There is not adequate supervision for students to simply roam the building or hang out with their friends on school grounds.

Parents, we are asking your help in making UHS more secure after school. Have a plan for what your student(s) is doing after school. Make plans for your children to ride a bus, walk, or be picked up from UHS. There is not supervision at UHS past 3:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and 2:30 on Wednesday and Thursday for students who are waiting for a ride. Students who do not have after school activities will be asked to leave the building by the times stated above.

After school computer hours at UHS

The computer lab in the media center will be open the following times:

Wednesday, Thursday – 2:30-3:30

After evening games and activities

After events, students should vacate the building no later than 20 minutes after the conclusion of the 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

J-Hawk wrestlers beat Ames in dual! Bowlers split with Roosevelt! Girls basketball wins at Ankeny while boys come up just short!

Coach Moreno's wrestlers earned a hard fought, team victory at Ames on Thursday night by the score of 35-30. Many wrestlers came up big both in individual wins and losses. Great job, wrestlers!

UHS bowlers rolled on Thursday with the boys team improving their record to 7-1 after beating Roosevelt. The girls lost in a close match, moving their record to 4--4. Good work, bowlers!

The girl basketball team won a tough game at Ankeny in a game moved to Thursday night due to Friday's storm. The boys came up just short as Ankeny made a shot in the last seconds to win. Great job, basketball players!!

Come out on Tuesday, January 22nd, to the South Gym to support our basketball players for senior night!

UHS concert bands delight audience in their inaugural performance with the PAC Sound Cloud!

The UHS concert bands performed shows on two different dates last week, playing for the first time with the backing of our new Sound Cloud. On Tuesday, January 15th, the UMS 8th grade band played followed by each of our three concert bands. Great work!

UHS show choir programs with sweep again this week!

Studio and Vitality again swept competition in prep and varsity divisions at Johnston Showzam on Saturday. Both teams won their respective divisions with Studio sweeping all awards for best vocals, best choreography, and best band in the varsity division. Great work, performers!

UHS Fan of the Game!

You could be the next UHS Fan of the Game and win some cool prizes... Here is how it works. The Urbandale Booster Club is sponsoring a raffle at each of the home Girl/Boy Basketball contests that remain this season.

To be eligible to win, you must be a UHS Student, be seated and get a raffle ticket no later than the end of the first quarter of the Girls Basketball Game, and be present for the drawing of the Prize between the 3rd and 4th quarter of the Boys Basketball Game that same evening.

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Therapy pets a success over finals!

All agreed that the UHS Counseling office's therapy pets project was an absolute success again this year! Here are a few photos from the certified therapy dogs and cats that visited over finals. Thank you to all the staff who helped organize and students and staff who took part of visiting these dogs.

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