The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of April 8 - 12!

Message from the principal

Below is a note from Christine Watson, UHS Librarian, regarding National School Library Week!

Special thanks to Ms. Watson and Ms. Fullmer (library associate) for all they do to engage students and staff in "all things" related to our LMC (Library Media Center) and beyond into our classrooms!!

"April 7th-13th is National Library Week 2019, when we promote the LMC as a place of learning, engagement, and belonging. The theme this year is "Everyone Belongs" @ your School Library. We have planned a series of activities (listed below) for students to participate in throughout the week.

General Activities: NLW19 coloring pages and dot-2-dots as usual, LEGO build challenge, collaborative 3Doodler art project, Green Screen photo booth, collaborative Raspberry Pi project, and several art projects to brighten up the LMC space with student art.

Monday: Library Trivia Challenge *prizes

Tuesday: Book trailers played all day (Great time to encourage students to get a book for ISASP testing)

Wednesday & Thursday: challenge FlappyBird Coding*prizes

*We will have the large touch screen board out for students to try

Friday: Photo Gallery Showcase

April Book Displays: Disabilities, Diverse Authors, Miss Watson's Favorites, Miss Fullmer's Favorites, and Technology

Thank you for your continued support of the LMC and our students,

Watson & Fullmer

More information about National School Library Month

Dave Pilkey PSA video

Christine G. Watson

Teacher Librarian

Urbandale High School"


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.

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, April 8th, is a Day 2. Tuesday, April 9th, is a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.

UHS Silver Cord planning Meals from the Heartland packaging event!

All UHS students and staff are invited to join us at an all-school service event in the UHS Commons on April 24. We will be packaging 30,000 meals to feed hungry people in Iowa and all over the world with Meals From the Heartland! Shifts are available from 1:30-6:00 pm, and no training is necessary. Just sign up at the link below, and come help!

Pictured here is Deb Bremser, Silver Cord community volunteer, who's helped organize all things Silver Cord, including this event. She was at the UHS lunchroom last week on Wednesday and Thursday collecting donations and signing up volunteers. Thank you!

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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

CPR requirement for Graduating Seniors

The State of Iowa requires all graduates from Iowa high schools to complete a class in CPR that
could lead towards certification. Most students complete this requirement in PE class during

their high school years.

Letters were mailed home this week to those seniors that still have not completed the
requirement. Please follow up with Mrs. Ness, confirming your student will be attending the
assigned class, or bring a copy of their approved CPR certificate, by April 15 th.

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Class of 2020

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 questions.

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement
Seniors – fall 2019 - Class of 2020

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
515-457-6808 (FAX)

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Post Prom - DONATION and VOLUNTEER - sign up info

I'm sending this out on behalf of our volunteer parents who are organizing Post Prom again this year.

Hello Junior and Senior parents! This year "We're Rolling out the Red Carpet" for your students! The 2019 Post Prom Event will be held at UHS on Saturday, May 11th from 11pm until 4:30am. It's sure to be a night filled with food, prizes, and lots of fun, but most importantly a supervised and safe night! Please get your students registered now! See attached registration form for more information.

Also, please consider donating and/or volunteering to help make this event a success! Post Prom is ran soley by parent volunteers, donations, and registration fees. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chastity Price at (515)745-0806 or Thanks in advance for your support!

Post Prom Donations:

Post Prom Volunteers:

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."

School driving permits

Below is a link to a reminder about rules around from the Iowa Department of Transportation around student drivers and school permits.

Vocal Music Garage Sale and Bake Sale is April 13!

The Vocal Music Garage Sale and Bake Sale is on Saturday, April 13 from 8am-2pm in the UHS Commons. We invite you stop by and check out all of the bargains, treasures and goodies and help support vocal music at Urbandale High School!

We will be accepting donations for the garage sale on Friday, April 12 from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Please feel free to contact Kari McLaren at or 515-238-3482 with any questions regarding whether an item will be accepted. Also contact Kari to arrange large item pick up. Arrangements for item pickup must be made by Wednesday, April 10.

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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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Booster Club -- Spring Apparel order

A new line of Spring J-Hawk Apparel is here! This spring we are providing an e-flyer, meaning orders are all placed online and will be bundled and sent to the high school after production. Please check out the new items at The order deadline will be April 7th at 11:59pm. Orders will be filled and available for pickup in the Activities Office at the high school 2-4 weeks from the deadline. Email communication will inform you of exact pick up times.

Any questions about the apparel can be directed to Andy Hoverson at

Sizing charts can be found at

Thanks in advance for supporting the Urbandale Booster Club.

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

UHS Boys medly qualifies for Drake Relays! Boys and Girls to host home invite!! Boys and Girls soccer, Boys and Girls tennis all have wins as seasons get started!!!

Congratulations to the relay team of Joshua Neyens, Ian Neyens, Harrison Waylee, and Jay Marcotte for winning the 1600 meter medley at Dowling Thursday night. They met the BLUE standard to automatically qualify for the Drake Relays. Great job!!

The Boys and Girls track teams will host the Gary DouBrava Coed Track Invitational on Tuesday, April 9th, at 4:30pm! Good luck, J-Hawks!!

Both Boys and Girls soccer teams each picked up wins this past week as their season got underway! Great job! They play at home this week on with the Boys playing on Monday and Girls on Friday! Good luck, J-Hawks!!

The Boys and Girls tennis teams picked up wins last week and head into this week with home matches at Walker Johnston Park on Monday and Tuesday for the girls and Thursday for the boys. Good luck!

The Girls Golf team will host it's first home meet of the season at 2:00pm at Urbandale Golf and Country Club. Good luck, girls!

UHS National Honor Society inducts 48 new members!

On Sunday, April 7th, the UHS National Honor Society inducted 48 new members to it's chapter! The event was attended by family, friends, staff, and community members. Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg was the guest speaking, talking on the four core values of NHS: Character, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. Congratulations to all!

Special thanks to current NHS members and teacher sponsor, Mrs. Forristall and Mr. Dirks, for all their work preparing for this event and that they do all year long!

Pictured here are current members of NHS setting up for the induction ceremony today.

UHS Student Senate preps for Prom!

Members of the UHS Student Sentate met on Saturday to begin assembly of decorations and other preparatory materials for this year's prom on Saturday, May 11th, at the State Historical Building. Great job, student leaders!

Sophomore basketball banquet

Congratulations to the 10th grade Boys Basketball team for a great season. Here they are at their banquet, having fun and recapping their 15-6 season this past winter. Great work, J-Hawks!

Mock Trial of UHS students do great at State!

On April 4 and April 5, the Urbandale mock trial team Veritas competed at the State Mock Trial Competition in Des Moines. Urbandale defeated a team from from Carroll in the first round and a team from Johnston in the second round, before narrowly losing the third round to Marion Home School Association. Based upon their outstanding performance, the team finished in 6th place out of 34 teams from across the state. In addition, two members earned individual honors, with senior Laura Parsons earning an outstanding witness award and senior Lindsey Ingraham earning an outstanding attorney award.

The competition marked the end of successful high school mock trial careers for seniors Anna Perdue, Lindsey Ingraham, Jacob Sammon, Aditya Kotla, Aleka Hickman, Laura Parsons, Josie Tyler, Varun Vepa and Audrey Krukow. In addition, the team included sophomore Shay Kent.

Great job, students!!

Learning around UHS

Students in School Age Child visit DMACC Career Day on Education

Students from Mrs. Maharry's School Age Child class visit DMACC Career Day on Education last week. They learned about different aspects of going into the teaching profession as well as information that DMACC has to offer in this area. These students are cadet teachers during the week at Urbandale elementary school classrooms.

Urbandale Singers have visit from composer!

The Urbandale Singers group was visited by composer, Elaine Hagenberg, last week at UHS. They sang one of her new compositions, Through Love to Light, this year as part of their set. Always exciting to have a composer visit!
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For updates, news, and info, about Urbandale High School, follow our Twitter account @UHS_UCSD