The J-Hawk Experience!
Info you need to know for week of March 4 - March 8!
Message from the principal
With increases in illnesses like the flu in recent weeks, our school nurse, Mrs. Ness, asked that I included this important communication regarding student health and wellness so as to prevent more illnesses from being spread. I also included a couple of reminders below regarding Parent/Teacher Conferences and a college planning event at UHS tomorrow evening. Later in the newsletter, there is also reference to informational sessions being offered by our strength coach at UHS that are open to all regarding athletic performance training.
From Mrs. Ness:
"Illnesses and Missing School
It is always difficult to determine when your student is ill enough to stay home from school and when your student should attend. We find there is a positive correlation between good attendance in school and success in learning.
While most illnesses do not require exclusion from school, there are times when students should not be here. The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education suggest these criteria in determining when a student may be temporarily excluded.
Temporary exclusion from school is recommended when:
The illness prevents the student from participating comfortably in activities as observed by the school staff.
The illness results in a greater need for care than the school staff determines they can provide without compromising their ability to care for other students.
The student has the following conditions, unless a health professional determines the student’s condition does not require exclusion.
The student appears severely ill; may include lethargy, lack of responsiveness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or quickly spreading rash.
Fever (temperature above 100 degrees F orally) and behavior change or other signs and symptoms, such as a sore throat, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea. Fever as a single symptom may not be a valid reason for exclusion.
Students should be fever free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
When calling your student in ill, it is helpful to know the student’s name, your name, and the symptoms of the illness, such as fever, sore throat, vomiting, etc.
As always, good hand washing, a healthy diet, and a good night’s sleep are our best defenses against illness.
We encourage you to visit with your student’s school nurse if you have further questions or concerns."
I also wanted to put out another reminder about our final night of Parent/Teacher Conferences. I hope to see you all there!
Our 2nd round of parent/teacher conferences will take place on Monday, March 4th, from 4:00-8:15pm in the UHS Commons (lunchroom). Our traditional Parent/Teacher Conferences offer families two opportunities to connect with teachers and school staff in a more face-to-face way.
I have attached a link to the teacher dinner schedule here. Here is a link to the list of the teachers who will be not be available some or all of the time because of coaching or other extra curricular responsibilities.
We welcome all family members and students to come be a part of these opportunities for connecting and improving our partnership aimed at helping improve students' overall experience and learning."
Also regarding tomorrow night, the UHS Counseling Department asked that I include this timely message about a special presentation concerning college planning that's going on tomorrow evening at the UHS Library Media Center.
From UHS Counseling:
"Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) Presentations
You are invited to attend the following ICAN presentations on Monday, March 4, 2019, in the UHS Media Center:
6:00-7:00 p.m. Career and College Planning
This presentation, for parents and students in grades 9-11, will focus on college planning and preparing for the next step after high school.
7:00-8:00 p.m. Financial Aid
This presentation, for parents and students in grades 11-12, will be geared towards paying for college and specifically the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
ICAN offers Career and College Planning Assistance at no charge. Call (877) 272-4692 or visit www.icansucceed.org for more information.
We hope to see you Monday evening.
UHS Counseling Office"
Parent Survey -- UHS feedback requested
The Parent Satisfaction Survey allows parents to provide feedback on their experience with their child’s school. Please communicate with your parents in the most effective way and ask them to complete this short survey (about 10 minutes).
The survey can be accessed online at this link: Urbandale Parent Satisfaction Survey.
UHS attendance - 92%
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
This week Monday, March 4, is a Day 2. Tuesday, March 5, is a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.
UHS Strength and Conditioning offering two information sessions
Scholarships -- Rotary Club Scholoarship and more
Please be sure you are going to UHS Counseling website at www.uhsguidance.com and clicking on the "Scholarship Info!" link in the middle of the page to sign up for scholarships. Below, we have highlighted one of those potential scholarship opportunities.
Once again the Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines is asking for your assistance in getting the word out. We will be sponsoring two students to attend a leadership conference this summer, July 14-19 at Grinnell College. High school sophomores and juniors (2018-19 school year) may apply. Generally, applicants selected have excelled in one or more areas of high school involvement, have proven leadership experience or have shown leadership potential. Applicants must be able to stay for all 6 days of the conference.
Students may apply www.iowaryla.org/about-ryla
Applications are due April 30, 2019.
Please help us get the word out. If you would like me to come and talk with you and/or students about this amazing all expenses paid conference please email me.
Students and/or parents with questions may call me at 515-681-4327 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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."
UHS Student Clubs & Organizations...get involved!
Girls basketball competes hard at state tournament!! UHS students out in force to cheer them on!
The Urbandale Girls Basketball Team advanced to the State tournament, playing Johnston in a hard fought game that saw the J-Hawks leading at half but then getting edged out by the end of the game. The UHS student body was out in full force, cheering and encouraging on the girls in a positive way along with the UHS Cheer Squad. Congratulations to Coach Tennal and his staff along with all of the girls for a very successful year!!
A special "shout out" goes to UHS senior, Dee Dee Pryor, who scored her 1000th point during the game. She is just the second girls UHS basketball player to eclipse 1000 points in a career. Great job, Dee Dee!
Urbandale Singers perform at the American Choral Directors Association national conference in Kansas City!
Congratulations to the Urbandale Singers for their hard work and dedication in performing at the 2019 ACDA National Conference in Kansas City on Friday, March 1st. This event brought together high school and college vocal music directors and performers from all over the country and from around the world. Being selected to sing at this event is a great honor.
On Friday, the Urbandale Singers sang before a packed house at the famed Kauffman Center's Helzberg Hall at 2:00pm then again in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at 5:15pm. Special thanks also goes to Mr. Brimeyer for not only directing this tremendous group but also for helping to secure this well deserved honor for our top vocal group! Great work, Singers!!
Pictured here are the members of this year's Urbandale Singers along with Mr. Brimeyer.
J-Hawks compete at Quiz Bowl Winter Open
UHS Academic Decathlon competes at state!
UHS student leaders and staff members speak to UMS 8th graders at "What To Expect Night"
Shey Kent and Deylin Chambes talk about transitioning to freshman year!
Dr. Powers and Mr. Wilkins highlight 14 key points to the freshman year transition!
Jacob speaks on earning DMACC credits while Cole Janssen talks about being a National Merit Finalist!
Learning around UHS
African American Read-In in the LMC
2019 Rube Goldberg Physics Projects
Physics students have completed their Rube Goldberg Physics Projects. Enjoy viewing them! Pictured here are members of the winning team from 2018.
UCSD interpreter shares cancer survivor experience
Mr. Birdwell's American History class works on a project
Mr. Clark leads learning in Physical Science class
UHS Yearbook encourages seniors to participate in yearbook superlatives
Students in Ms. Hansen's Advanced Lang and Lit class learning on Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
Students in business class learn about starting their own business
Students in Mrs. Moore's Lang and Lit class design their own cups demostrating learning on Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
Spanish I PLC teacher team engaged in learning together
Students in Mr. Bachmann's students engage in group learning in Japanese
Mr. Bachmann leads learning in Japanese
Mrs. Gyure leads lesson in Spanish II
Parents and teachers engage at conferences
For APUSH, Juniors Riley Groth and Damon Drury demonstrating why the Meat Inspection Act was a key piece of Progressive Era legislation