The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of January 28 - February 1!

Message from the principal

UHS Counselors course and career planning on Naviance with students---Scheduling for 2019-20 begins next week! Over the next six weeks, UHS students in grades 9, 10, and 11, will begin verifying course requests for the 2019-20 school year. You can access Naviance by going to our website at and choosing the Naviance link under the column titled "UHS Counseling Department Info".

  • UHS Counselors will be meeting with 11th graders in American History classes on Monday, February 4th, and will be working to make sure they are scheduled appropriate classes for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Every student will have a scheduling sheet that needs to be signed by a parent or guardian before counselors meet with them individually on February 6th and 7th.
  • Juniors have worked on 4 year plans on Naviance and have a great start on course selection, but we want families to be involved in the process as well.

Our course directory is available at If you have questions, please contact your student’s counselor.

Current sophomores and freshmen will work on scheduling in weeks following next week.

This is a great opportunity to review interests and request courses that align with them.

As always, if there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor at UHS.

Last names A-E - Counselor Jill Duffield
Last names F-K - Counselor Tracy Edwards
Last names L-Q - Counselor Darlene Wagner
Last names R-Z - Counselor Eric Sackett

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

UHS attendance - 95%

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, January 28th, is a Day 1. Tuesday, January 29th, is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. Friday is a Day 2.

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.

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.

Iowa Biliteracy Seal...Applications being taken now...due February 1st!

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 bowlers win conference! Five wrestlers place at CIML meet!!

On Thursday night, the UHS boys bowling team beat Johnston High School by just 23 pins to secure an outright conference championship! Congratulations to Coach Richardson and the boys bowlers!!

The J-Hawk wrestlers had five wrestlers place at the 17 team CIML meet on Friday at Southeast Polk. The J-Hawks were paced by Owen Towers and Hayden Friedrichsen who placed 3rd, and Cal Baethke who placed 4th. Mason Sherwood placed 7th at 170 and Caleb German 8th at 113. Great job, wrestlers!

UHS Academic Decathlon put forth a strong showing at regionals!

UHS's Academic Decathlon put forth a strong showing

UHS's Academic Decathlon put on a strong showing at regional competition on Friday. They came in 5th in our region and two students came home with individual awards.

Alec Albrecht:

Bronze overall score, Large school Honors division

Silver award in Music

Bronze awards in Literature, Science & Social Science

Lexie Carter:

Bronze award in Art

Great work!!

Nine groups from Urbandale High School have advanced to the Large Group State Speech Contest!

Nine groups from Urbandale High School have advanced to the Large Group State Speech Contest on February 2, 2019.

The nine groups advancing after earning a Division I Rating at the District Contest are:

Reader's Theatre (10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse)- Logan Boyles, Kaecee Topolinski, Varun Vepa, Anna Perdue, Kyel Peterson, Laura Parsons, Monica Lewandowski, Karina Zepeda

Solo Mime(Drunken Silence)- Isaac Bleich-Sisco

Group Improv- Varun Vepa, Jonah Larsen, Katie Campbell

Ensemble Acting (Roll Over Beethoven)- Matt Moran, Jacob Sammon

Musical Theatre(Cell Block Tango)- Oliva Sobek, Lydia Burg, Carol Ann Burns, Erin Valle, Karina Zepeda, Jenna Booth, Logan Ingraham, Kenny Flory

Musical Theatre (Addams Family)- Matt Moran, Lindsey Ingraham, Madison Pulica, Bickley Riley, Kyel Peterson,Jonah Larsen, Jenna Brady, Jon Meyer

Musical Theatre(American Idiot)- Aditya Kotla, Kit Stoelk, Megan Eastwood, Isaac Bleich-Sisco, Barnaba Wilondja, Kaecee Topolinski, Kenji Bachmann, Audrey Krukow

Choral Reading(Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God)- Logan Boyles, Lindsey Ingraham, Logan Ingraham, Emily Guzman, Erin Valle, Emma Kellogg, Brianna Krueger, Carol Ann Burns.

These groups received a Divison II Rating at the District Contest:

Group Mime(Chicken Coop Catastrophe)- Brianna Krueger, Katie Campbell, Mahayla Claiser

Radio Broadcasting(KPAC)- Devin Ensley, Quinten Burnett, Blake Arntzen, Julia Gyure, Anna Kerr

Group Improv- Ella Darsee, Madison Pulica, Olivia Sobek

One Act Play (A Cold Day in Hell)- Anna Perdue, Jacob Sammon, Monica Lewandowski, Laura Parsons, Audrey Krukow, Emily Guzman, Kenny Flory, Jenna Brady, Sanketh Narmnoda, Emma Kellogg, Devin Ensley, Blake Arntzen, Quinten Burnett.

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.

Learning around UHS

AP Goverment final projects and C-SPAN project...What does it mean to be an American?

These were the top 6 videos voting on by students on the AP Government project for their 1st semester final.

They had to make a documentary answering the question, "What does it mean to be an American?"

2019 Marble Sorter projects from Principles of Engineering

Below is the playlist of the 2019 Marble Sorter projects for your viewing pleasure.

2019 Physics Catapult Cars from Physics classes

Here is a short video from Mr. Hermon for your Physics viewing enjoyment.

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