The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of February 18 - February 22!

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Message from the principal

UHS will not have school for students on Monday, February 18th, not only in honor of Presidents Day but also so that UHS staff members can come together for a day of learning called Cabin Fever Day.

This will be the 8th annual hosting of this event in the Urbandale Community School District. It is a day of learning that features a host of sessions in the morning that staff choose from that are taught primarily by other UCSD teachers and staff members. Sessions align with our pillars of learning for our district. In the afternoon, staff then have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other teachers not only from their school but also those from around the district and area.

We are grateful for this day of learning so that we can continually work to improve as individual teachers and learners as well as an entire team.

Tim Carver




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Parent Survey -- UHS feedback requested

UCSD is committed to engaging our parents and families in every child’s education. To continue our journey to excellence in this area, we gather data from stakeholders to determine where we are as a district and to set and act on realistic, measurable goals for continuous improvement.

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.


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.

LUNCH UPDATE: On Friday, February 22, we have a slight change to our lunch menu. We will be serving corn dogs and fries in place of mini corn dogs and mashed potatoes. This has been updated on our online menu, but in case you are viewing a previously printed menu we wanted to inform you of this change. Thank you!

This week Monday, February 18th, NO SCHOOL. Tuesday, February 19th is a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.


On behalf of parent volunteers:

Conferences at UHS are about 2 weeks away. UHS parents are providing the meals during conference nights for the teachers and are in need volunteers to provide food. Please see the links below to sign up. The teachers really appreciate the hot meal on a long day. Thanks for your help.

Soup & Salad Dinner - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Maidrite Dinner - Monday, March 4, 2019

Highlighted book selection for Black History Month

Students are encouraged to browse through the book selection for Black History Month in the UHS library media center. The selection pictured here is located inside the main entry of the LMC.

Blackout Poetry is Makerspace STEAM Challenge for February

Back again this year the Makerspace STEAM Challenge for February is blackout poetry with some of the books we weeded as a way to encourage recycling, art, and expression, while highlighting important contemporary issues our students currently face or experience within their circle of family and friends. To incorporate the 'challenge' we would like to our students to enhance their poetry creations with art in addition to the themes of hunger, race, and immigration. I have attached some examples below(art only, not theme).

Poem submissions are due Wednesday, February 27th to Miss Fullmer or Miss Watson for photographing (the students can keep their artwork). Teachers will vote for the winning submission by the end of Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, February 28th. Submissions or creations by students which do not meet the requirements are still encouraged.

ASVAB testing offered on February 28th

UHS Counselors will offer the opportunity to take the ASVAB test on February 28 from 2:00-4:00 pm. The ASVAB offers high quality, cost-free career exploration and planning materials and services. It can give students an opportunity to identify skills and interests that may be required for careers they would like to pursue. It can also help identify strengths and weaknesses as they relate to career planning.

If you are interested in taking the ASVAB, please come to the Counseling Office and sign up. We have materials available if you would like to learn more about the test before taking it.

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

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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.

ISASP information

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) will replace the Iowa Assessments beginning this spring. Below is a table showing the ISASP assessments students in UCSD will take:

ISASP Test Name - Grade Levels

Reading - 3rd - 11th

Language & Writing - 3rd - 11th

Mathematics - 3rd - 11th

Science - 5th, 8th, & 10th

Some notable changes that are also part of the new ISASP assessments include online testing, untimed testing sessions, and testing later in the school year.

All students, except those with specific accommodations that necessitate consumable testing materials as part of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan, will take assessments online this year. All other accommodations that are part of IEP or 504 plans will be available online. UCSD students in grades three through nine have all taken the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments online this year, so there will be a level of familiarity with online testing for those students. Many UHS students have experience taking class assessments through Moodle, an online learning management system.

ISASP assessments are untimed. Schedules for testing will be developed and communicated as the test window approaches, but students who do not finish their assessments in the alloted time will be allowed more time to finish. Again, this is very similar with what students in grades three through nine have already experienced with MAP tests.

Finally, the ISASP testing window will be in April, 2019. In past years, UCSD administered Iowa Assessments in February. The movement of the assessment window to April was due to a new state law requiring all schools in the state of Iowa to administer the ISASP assessments during the last quarter of the school year. The UCSD testing window was carefully set to avoid end-of-year conflicts with school activities and other assessments such as Advanced Placement testing.

More information regarding the ISASP assessments will be communicated as the April testing window approaches.

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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

Moore and Blum qualify for bowling state tournament! Girls basketball advances to regional final! Boys basketball win final two home games!!

Mackenzie Blum punched her ticket to the State Bowling Tournament Thursday by winning the Regional Tournament. Devon Moore placed 3rd at the District Meet. Blum and Moore qualified for the 2019 Boys and Girls State Bowling Meets respectively at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo next Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Good luck, J-Hawk bowlers!

The Urbandale Girls Basketball Team advances to the Regional Final following a 57-29 victory over Council Bluffs, AL, on Saturday afternoon in the South Gym. With the win, Urbandale will travel to Cedar Rapids Prairie on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 7:00pm. The winner of the Regional Final will advance to the 2019 Girls State Basketball Tournament. Great work, J-Hawks! Good luck at the regional final!

The Boys Basketball team won their final two home games on Tuesday and Thursday last week! They will play at Des Moines Lincoln on Monday, January 18th, on their march to the state tournament. Good luck!

UHS wrestlers, Friedrichsen and Towers, place at state tournament!

Seniors Hayden Friedrichsen and Owen Towers will capped off their high school wrestling careers on the podium on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena at the state tournament!

Friedrichsen placed 4th at 160lbs, and Towers placed 6th at 152lbs. Great work, J-Hawks!!

Here they are pictured with Coach Moreno and the rest of the J-Hawk wrestling coaching staff.

Students perform at IHSSA All-State Festival on Saturday!

Jacob Sammon and Matt Moran performed their Ensemble Acting piece Roll Over Beethoven at the All-State IHSSA (Iowa High School Speech Association) Large Group State Festival on Saturday in Ames. Isaac Bleich Sisco also performed his solo mime (that he wrote himself) "A Drunken Silence" as well

Congratulations to these boys for this great honor to be selected to perform at this special event at which few students around the students around the state get to perform. Great work!

UHS Jazz musicians shine at JazzFest!

Jazz One and Jazz II performed over the weekend at SE Polk High School for the SE Polk JazzFest. In addition to a day of clinics and performances, Individual Outstanding Performance Awards were given to:

Alec Albrecht

Reed Andrews

Nathan Boorman

Elias Fefchak

Michael Frederickson

Anne Gage

Ethan Giles

Cody Iwig

Peter Schumacher

Autumn Sheppard

Logan Valle

Great work!!

Vocalists and musicians put their favorite popular music on display during the Pops Concert!

Members from Concert Choir, Bass Choir, and Treble Choir, along with Vitality and Studio, delighted audience members at the Pops Concert on Thursday night! Many soloists and duet performers also put their hard work and talents on display by playing popular songs. It was a great night for all!

The second Pops Concert will be made up on Monday, February 18th. All are welcome and student activity passes work to get in.

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Pops Concert - RESCHEDULE from February 11th

Monday, Feb. 18th, 7pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

The Vocal Music Department will present its annual Pops Concerts next week at 7:00
PM in the PAC: Pops I will be Monday, 2/18 - UMS Pizzazz, Urbandale Singers,
Vitality, Studio. Solo and duet acts will also perform in between the large choirs.
Admission is $5. SAT’s are accepted.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 4-8:15pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, March 4th, 4-8:15pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

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