UCSD Newsletter 8.05.22 #upliftingU
First Day of School Dates & School Year Calendars
UCSD (except Rolling Green)
The first day of school for UCSD K-12 students (except Rolling Green) is Tuesday, August 23, 2022 (Note: UHS “early out” days will be replaced with a “late start” every Monday beginning in the 2022-23 school year. All UCSD schools, preschool–12th grades, will have a late start every Monday.)
The first day of school for Olmsted and Webster preschool students is Thursday, August 25, 2022
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First Day of School at Rolling Green
Reminder: ‘No School’ Dates In August 2022 (Rolling Green)
Please make note of the following dates in August 2022 when school will not be in session and when school resumes:
Rolling Green Elementary (only)
Rolling Green Recess Day: Friday, August 12 (no school)
Rolling Green Professional Development Day: Friday, August 19 (no school)
Rolling Green Professional Development Day: Monday, August 22 (no school)
School resumes for Rolling Green students: Tuesday, August 23
Reminder: Every Monday is a late start for preschool–12th grade students
Announcing Our UHS Deans of Students
We’re excited to introduce our two new Deans of Students at Urbandale High School. Jared Power has accepted the position of Dean of Students and Johanna Russell has accepted the position of Interim Dean of Students.
UHS Dean of Students Jared Power
Most recently, Jared Power served as a Student Engagement Coordinator, Behavior Strategist, and Special Education Teacher at Goodrell Middle School for Des Moines Public Schools. Prior to that, he was an Elementary Principal in the Chariton Community School District, a Special Education Teacher in the Johnston Community School District, a Special Education and English Language Arts Teacher at Woodward Academy, and an English Language Arts Teacher and At Risk Coordinator at Moravia Community School District. Mr. Power holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Drake University, a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education and Athletic Program Management from Morningside University, a Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program from Buena Vista University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Iowa State University.
“As an Urbandale resident, I am proud to be serving the community where I live and I'm excited to work with the team at UHS to form a deeper bond with our students, staff, and community,” said Power. “Being a parent of children who will be attending Urbandale Schools, I want to foster an environment where all students and staff have a strong sense of belonging and feel physically and emotionally safe because that's what I want for my own family. I believe our words and actions should align with continual improvement of our schools and community, and I look forward to finding ways to further engage our students and families at UHS.”
UHS Interim Dean of Students Johanna Russell
Prior to joining the UHS team, Johanna Russell served as a Student Building and Support Specialist, Building Master Instructional Mentor, Master Mentor Teacher, and Art Teacher in the Ankeny Community School District. She has also served as a K-12 Curriculum Advisor in the Knoxville School District, an Iowa Area Education Agencies Instructor, an Iowa State Education Association Instructor, a Grand View University Student-Teaching Supervisor, and an Art of Education University Graduate Instructor.
Next summer, Ms. Russell will be receiving her Doctor of Education with Principal Licensure from Drake University. She holds a K-8 Instructional Strategist 1 License from Morningside College, a Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University, is a License Master Educator, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Iowa.
“Urbandale has had a special place in my heart since I attended my first 4th of July parade when I was in high school,” said Russell. “The Urbandale community has a tight and powerful bond where I remember instantly feeling welcome. As an educational leader, I purposely sought out UCSD because success and growth are carefully planned. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join this community and to work in service for students, staff, and families. I believe in Urbandale High School’s vision of changing the world and I can’t wait to learn and grow with this community!”
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Power and Ms. Russell to our UHS Administrative Team. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with these outstanding leaders!
Iowa Dept of Ed Highlights UCSD Nutrition Services Summer Meal Program
Provide Feedback By August 6: Elementary Boundaries
The UCSD Elementary Boundary Committee has incorporated community survey results and priorities established by the Board of Directors in the development of an elementary boundary option. On July 25 and July 26, we hosted two public feedback sessions in order to present the elementary boundary option being considered and gather input from District residents.
If you were unable to attend the sessions you can still provide feedback via a brief survey. Please review the presentation information below and then complete the survey (Note: The survey will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6.).
The Boundary Committee will review and discuss feedback received in order to bring a comprehensive elementary boundary proposal to the Board of Directors in September. The proposal will outline new elementary school attendance boundaries to be implemented in the 2023-24 school year. The new elementary boundaries will coincide with the opening of the new Valerius Elementary School.
District Notification System Test: 4:15 p.m. August 31, 2022
UCSD will be conducting a district-wide notification test at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. During this test, parents/guardians and staff will receive an email, phone call, and text message (if you have opted-in to receive text messages). The District Notification Test will be sent to parents/guardians who registered to receive notifications; it will NOT include emergency contacts. We will also post an alert on the District Facebook, District Twitter and District website.
The notification test is to ensure we have your correct contact information in our system. If you do not receive the text/phone/email message, parents/guardians should contact their school to request their contact information be updated; staff should contact Kate Johnson to request their contact information be updated.
As a reminder, if you’d like to opt-in to receive text message notifications, please text “Y” or “YES” to 67587. The 67587 is a short code that connects directly with School Messenger (our district notification system).
Join Our Team! We’re hiring for various positions and we’d like to hear from you!
Are you interested in making a positive difference in the lives of Urbandale students? Do you like building relationships and helping others reach their potential? Would you enjoy hours within a school-day schedule while being a member of IPERS (the state’s largest public retirement system)? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you! We’re currently seeking team members for a variety of positions which include the following:
Full-Time with Benefits:
Elementary & Secondary Special Education Teacher positions
Math Teacher - Metro West Learning Academy
Counselor - Valerius Elementary
Spanish Teacher - Urbandale High School
Special Education Associates
General Workers - Production Kitchen
Physical Education Teacher - Metro West Learning Academy
Special Education Associates
General Education Associates
General Workers - Production Kitchen & Serving Kitchen
Various High School and Middle School Coaching positions
Before/After School Adventuretime Childcare Associates
UCAN Annual Back to School Supplies Event August 10
The Urbandale Community Action Network (UCAN) has multiple programs which can assist with school supplies, clothing, shoes, and more for your family. All families are required to register with UCAN once a year. The UCAN Annual Back to School event will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at the UCAN Office located at Aldersgate Church (lower level) 3600 75th Street, Urbandale.
Pre-registration for the Back to School Supplies event is not required. However, walk-in registration will only be accepted starting at 6:00 p.m. on August 10 and will be based on availability. Walk-in registration still requires the following: 1) identification for everyone in your household (e.g. driver’s license, passport, school ID, medical card, birth certificate, or correspondence from school that includes your children’s names), 2) proof of residency (e.g. utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage statement), and 3) income verification (e.g. two week pay stub or income tax return from last year).
If time permits, please complete the following two forms:
2022 UCAN Annual Client Application Please fill out the Client Application form and include all supporting documentation. You’re welcome to take photos of your supporting documentation (proof of residence, income, etc.) and upload those photos in the application. All information requested must be provided in order to be eligible for assistance. If you have not completed a Client Application with UCAN before July 31, 2021, please contact UCAN at 515-334-2684 or Admin@UrbandaleNetwork.org to schedule an appointment.
Back to School 2022 Once you have completed the Client Application, please register for the Back to School 2022 event (click ‘Register Here’) on the link provided for Back to School 2022.
Grading for Learning at UHS
UHS will implement Grading for Learning (standards referenced grading) that better communicates a student’s progress of learning toward course outcomes. We will continue to have traditional grades (A, A-, B+, B, etc) and grade point averages for students (4.0 scale that we’ve always had). Students and families will continue to be able to see grades on PowerSchool as in the past. However, they will also now be able to see a more direct tie between the standard the student is learning and the degree to which the student has demonstrated learning around that standard.
One difference from the past will be that grades will now be based on a student’s progress toward a standard on a 4 point scale with 3 being proficient (3 will be an “A”). We will still have A-, B+, B, B-, etc that is correlated to a number (A= 3.0-3.49; B+ = 2.84-2.99; B = 2.67- 2.83, etc). You will not see grades based on a 100, 90, 80, percent scale like many of our classes had been doing. More information will be sent out to families in the coming weeks regarding more details about how we are communicating learning through grading.
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Minor School License/School Permit Information
Processing of school permits will now take place at the high school, instead of the District Administration Office, in hopes of making the school permit process more convenient for UHS families. If your student is interested in obtaining a Minor School License, also known as a school permit, please bring this form with section 1 completed to the UHS main office. Any questions, please contact Brittany Hogue firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: to qualify for a Minor School License (school permit) the Iowa DOT will verify that students:
Have had their Instructional Permit for at least 6 months
Have a clean driving record for 6 months
Have completed Driver’s Education
Live at least 1 mile away from UHS
In addition, information about parking at UHS can be found here.
Save the Date! UHS Distinguished Alumnus Award and Celebration September 17
Join Our Adventuretime Team! Before & After School Associate Positions Now Earning $15.03/hour
UCSD Late Start Every Monday: Start Times Per Building
Beginning in the 2022–23 school year, every Monday is a “Late Start Monday” for all UCSD students (preschool through 12th grades). The previously scheduled “early out” days at Urbandale High School will be replaced with a “late start” every Monday. Our preschool program, elementary schools, middle school, and high school utilize this time for professional learning and collaboration. Bus routes will run later to coincide with the late start time. Dismissal time at the end of the day remains the same. Thank you for making adjustments in your schedule to accommodate this time.
Kindergarten – 12th Grade “Late Start Monday” Times:
Karen Acres — 10:00 AM
Olmsted — 10:10 AM
Rolling Green — 10:05 AM
Valerius (at Jensen) — 10:00 AM
Webster — 10:00 AM
Urbandale Middle School — 9:15 AM
Urbandale High School — 9:20 AM
Metro West Learning Academy — 8:40 AM (Note: Metro West AM Session will begin at the regular time on Mondays as Metro West does not have a late start on Mondays.)
Preschool “Late Start Monday” Information:
NO instructional preschool will be offered on Monday for three or four-year-olds who attend half-day AM or PM preschool.
Three-year-old students who attend half-day instructional preschool, half-day wrap-around care and before/after programming may be dropped off between 6:30 AM - 9:15 AM on Monday mornings.
Three and four-year-old students who are enrolled to attend all day instructional preschool from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, will start preschool at 10:00 AM on Monday mornings.
Four-year-old students who attend all day preschool from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM and before/after school programming, may be dropped off between 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM on Monday mornings.
Adventuretime Before School Childcare:
Our Adventuretime Before School Childcare program still opens at the regular start time of 6:30 AM on Late Start Mondays. Late Start student drop off will be from 6:30 AM - 9:15 AM (Note: there will be no Adventuretime staff at the door past 9:15 AM).
Complete an Application for Free & Reduced Meals, plus Fee Waivers
UCSD Nutrition Services recognizes the important connection between a healthy lifestyle and a student’s ability to learn effectively which is why we ensure all students have access to a healthy breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the federal waiver for free school meals was not extended to the 2022-23 school year; thus, families will need to carry a positive balance in their children’s school meal accounts in order for children to access breakfast and lunch while at school.
To see if your child(ren) qualifies for free and reduced price meals—plus other benefits such as free or reduced fees for books and materials, driver's education, busing, activities, and other district services—please review the following information.
Complete an Application for Free & Reduced Meals
The 2022-23 Iowa Eligibility Application (also known as Free & Reduced Meals Application) is now open. Even if you completed the 2021-2022 application, you will still need to complete the 2022-2023 application. Only one Iowa Eligibility Application per household is required. To learn more about applying for free or reduced meals, please visit the Nutrition Services website. For assistance in completing the application or for questions, please contact the Nutrition Department at 515-457-6911. The Urbandale Community School District is an equal opportunity provider.
Student Fee Waiver Program
UCSD offers financial assistance to families qualifying for the district’s free and reduced meal program. If your child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced price meals, you may also be eligible for other benefits such as free or reduced fees for books and materials, driver's education, busing, activities, and other district services.
In order to receive these additional benefits, make sure you complete the Waiver of Confidentiality portion of the 2022-23 Iowa Eligibility Application (which is located on tab 2, “Additional Questions” within the online application form). If you have already completed the application and did not select “yes” for this option, or if you received an email or letter stating that you were Directly Certified by the State, you can complete the waiver separately by using this form. By completing the waiver form, you waive your right to confidentiality of your eligibility status for the selected programs. Please note: The application and waiver forms need to be completed each school year.
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Join the UCSD School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)
The Urbandale Community School District School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) consists of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members who learn about and discuss student achievement, programs, and practices. Members of the committee collaborate to develop school and district improvement recommendations for consideration by the School Board.
SIAC typically meets on a quarterly basis from 6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. at the Urbandale High School Media Center. If you would like to participate on this voluntary committee, please email Julie Mitchell email@example.com by September 1, 2022. Thank you!
Adventuretime Before & After School Program Registration For The 2022-23 School Year
Register Today! Student Registration For The 2022-23 School Year
Be sure to register your student(s) for the 2022-23 school year!
Returning Students—if your student(s) was registered in UCSD last school year (2021–2022), click here for specific information about registering your returning student.
Preschool Students—if your child will be 3 years old or 4 years old by September 15, 2022, click here for specific information about registering your preschool student.
Kindergarten Students—if your child will be 5 years old by September 15, 2022, click here for specific information about registering your kindergarten student.
New Students—if your student(s) is new to UCSD, click here for specific information about registering your new student.
Tonight! Urbandale Community Invited To Attend U-Fest August 5
The Urbandale Education Foundation and Urbandale Alumni Association are excited to announce that the third annual U-Fest is set for tonight, Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Walker Johnston Softball Diamonds. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.
U-Fest is a fun, family-friendly event featuring food trucks, beverages, live music performed by Faculty Lounge and bounce houses among other activities. Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships and classroom grants throughout the Urbandale Community School District, providing funds for projects and initiatives not supported within existing school budgets. At last year’s U-Fest, roughly $5,000 was raised as part of the $16,000 awarded for classroom grants for Urbandale educators and $26,000 for scholarships for Urbandale students.
“We are looking forward to hosting another festive U-Fest event in support of our mission to enhance educational opportunities for Urbandale Community School District students, teachers and staff,” said Meribeth Haynes, president of the Urbandale Education Foundation and co-chair of Urbandale Alumni Association. “U-Fest is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy a casual social environment together and alumni to reconnect.”
Admission to U-Fest is $10 for adults 18 and over and $3 for individuals age 13-18. Children 12 and younger will receive free entrance. Admission may be purchased at the event’s gates with cash or card. Entrance fees also include one free drink ticket. Parking will be available off of Douglas Avenue at Walker Johnston Softball Diamonds and on the eastside by the shelter house. The southside by Valerius Elementary will be fenced off and not accessible. Attendees are welcome to bring portable chairs or a blanket to relax and enjoy all of the festivities.
Please check UrbandaleEducationFoundation.com and UrbandaleAlumni.com for the latest updates and information regarding this year’s event. RSVP on Facebook!
Register Today! Urbandale Community Education Summer Camp Series
The Urbandale Community Education Summer Camp Series is open for registration.
Choose one of three convenient ways to register:
Online at UrbandaleCommunityEd.com (click on “Register” located in the top navigation on the UCE website)
In person at Urbandale High School (East entrance near stadium)
Mail to Urbandale Community Ed, 7111 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322
Be sure to register in a timely manner as classes do have capacity limits.