The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of May 6 - 10!

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Message from the principal

At UHS, we are blessed to have so many wonderful teachers and staff to care for students and develop their learning. As we enter Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6th-10th, I wanted to share a special note of appreciation for the teachers at UHS for all they do for our students.

Besides leading learning and promoting academic development in students, our teachers do so much more in terms of inspiring passion in students and being there to support them when life's challenges arise. Our vision is to change the world, and I believe our teachers work each day to help that happen through their work with students, including the hours and work they invest in our students beyond the school day through coaching, advising clubs, directing, meeting, and working, in general, to help students have success.

This week on Wednesday, May 8th, we also have a chance to celebrate National School Nurse's Day and honor our school nurse, Mrs. Ness. We are grateful for the daily support she provides our students and staff in so many ways. Whether it be helping with medications, attending meetings for students, helping with students who are ill, or much, much more, Mrs. Ness provides tremendous care and support for so many.

I am truly grateful for the service our teachers and Mrs. Ness provide to our students and community as a whole.

#UHSteachersRock! #UHSnurseRocks!


Tim Carver




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

UHS attendance - 93%

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 6th, is a Day 2. Tuesday, May 7th, is a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.

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

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

Prom 2019 Q and A from Mrs. Brown-Luke

When is Prom?
Saturday May 11th

Where is Prom?
State Historical Building- Downtown

What time is Prom?

What if I want to bring a guest?
Guest forms are located with Mrs. Brown-Luke or Mrs. Veenstra. They must be filled out and returned by Friday May 10th.They will be available starting April 22nd- that way they have 3 weeks to fill them out.

What if my guest isn’t in high school?
Fill out a form and have a responsible adult sign for them- (Lines where an administrator might have signed)

How much is Prom?
$20 per person- cash or check is fine. Checks made out to UHS
Tickets will be on sale April 29th- May 10th with Brown-Luke and Veenstra

If any other questions come up let me know and I’ll be happy to address them.

Amy Luke
AP Social Studies and Student Senate
Urbandale High School
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Post Prom - REGISTRATION FORM for Students - 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.

STUDENT Post Prom REGISTRATION FORM - Click here for form

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."

Library Media Center Survey

The LMC staff has been working all year to classify the fiction collection into genre specific categories to help students locate books more independently. We are surveying students, teachers, and parents to determine if we will reorganize the fiction collections by genre or keep them in traditional alphabetical order by the author's surname. Please view the video and respond to the 1 question survey linked below/to the side.

Link to the 1 question survey:

Link to just the video:

Thanks with your help in making this happen,

Christine G. Watson

Teacher Librarian

Urbandale High School


Twitter @Watson_LMS

Instagram Watson_LMS

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 to host UHS state legislators!

Come meet your state legislators! Senator Brad Zaun and Representative John Forbes will be visiting Urbandale High School's Save the Children Action Network club in Mrs. Forristall's room, 236, on May 7th to answer questions and meet students. Snacks will be provided and everyone is welcome, we hope to see you there!

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 tennis teams sweep dual meets! Many home events this week!! Track teams headed to Fort Dodge on Thursday to qualify for state!!!

On Thursday, the Boys and Girls tennis teams played Ottumwa on Thursday night and each came away with dual meet victories. The Girls team then swept three dual meets on Friday. Great work on the court, J-Hawks!

Lots of activities at home this week --- The Girls golf team hosts Roosevelt at Urbandale Golf and Country Club on Monday afternoon. The Boys and Girls soccer teams host Dowling on Tuesday for UHS senior night. Girls tennis is at home on Tuesday, and the Boys are at home on Thursday. Good luck, J-Hawks!

Good luck to the Boys and Girls track teams travel to Fort Dodge on Thursday for their district meet where athletes have a chance to qualify for the State meet. Good luck, J-Hawks!

UHS Band and Vocal music host state large group contest at UHS!

The UHS Band and Vocal music programs hosted the State Large Group Festivals at UHS on Saturday! Ensembles from all over came to UHS to perform and receive ratings for their performances. Many UHS ensembles received Division I ratings and all represented our school well. Great work!

Special thanks to all of the parent, student, and community volunteers, who helped make this event possible along with the work of Dr. Watson and the entire activities staff. Thanks also to our directors, Mr. Brimeyer, Mr. Edgeton, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Doggett, and Mr. Dupuis, for all of their coordination and work to help this be a successful event for all!

UHS Students recognized at World Food Prize!

five UHS students attended the Iowa Youth Institute in Ames presented by World Food Prize. Thea Alex, Damon Drury, Emma Johansen, Shay Kent, and Brielle Ruch presented their research papers focused on solving problems related to global food insecurity. Each student earned a $500 scholarship to Iowa State University for their work and spent time engaged in activities such as networking with other students interested in these issues, learning from experts in the field of food security and global hunger, and answering questions about the research they conducted to qualify for this event.

To quote sophomore Emma Johansen, "It's a great experience to learn about hardships in other countries and find ways to help solve those hardships."

Three UHS students compete at National DECA Competition in Florida!

Three UHS students competed at National DECA Competition last week in Florida. Gus Lichtenberger, Cole Janssen, and Ethan Paul, competed in their respective events and represented UHS well. Great job!

Learning around UHS

UHS seniors share their new school colors on National College Decision Day!

On Wednesday, May 1st, the UHS counseling office helped recognize our seniors who will be attending college by posting their names outside of the counseling office with what school they will be attending after high school graduation. UHS staff also shared their college by wearing clothing of whichever school they graduated from.This was done in conjunction with Wednesday being the National College Decision Day.

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