UCSD Newsletter 11.11.22 #upliftingU
UMS Students Visit Iowa State University During Women in Science and Engineering “Go Further” Day
Each year, Urbandale Middle School offers an opportunity for 8th grade girls to attend “Go Further,” a day hosted by the W.I.S.E (Women In Science and Engineering) organization at Iowa State University. Students enjoy traveling north to the prestigious Iowa State campus to explore science, technology, engineering, and math.
"I didn't expect to feel so encouraged,” said UMS 8th grade student Myrsa Sarmiento. “I learned a lot and was motivated to continue my interest in architectural engineering. When we toured the campus I saw so many buildings that were dedicated to engineering and even a building called the Sloss Building that is for women and the support of them on campus. There was a question/answer portion at the end and I heard from women who look like me—women of color."
While some students have siblings or family members who can bring them onto a university campus for a first-hand view of a college experience, others may not have those connections. This school field trip to a university campus just might be a catalyst for students to begin seeing the world of opportunities that await them. Learn More
Metro West Academy Gives Back By Raking Leaves And Yard Clean Up At The Olmsted-Urban House
Year-Round Learning—Year-Round Fun! Learn More About Our Year-Round Elementary School
UHS National Honor Society Students Trick-or-Treat For A Cause
We Thank All Who Have Served: Veterans Day November 11, 2022
PreK-12 Math Curriculum Review Underway: Share Your Feedback
Last school year significant work was carried out to both understand the current state of math instruction and student performance within our system and to understand the current landscape and best practices in math instruction. This year a leadership team of PreK-12 teachers have been engaged in learning and will be field testing two sets of instructional materials with students within our system. The two curriculum materials that are being field tested are: Illustrative Mathematics and Eureka Math²
During fall conferences, all staff and parents/guardians were able to review samples of materials and provide feedback as part of the curriculum review process. Materials were available to review at each school within our system. Following field testing and our learning communities’ feedback, the math leadership team will evaluate and make a recommendation for the adoption of new instructional materials. If you would like to provide feedback, please use this form.
From January through May of 2023 professional learning will be provided to prepare for implementation of the new instructional materials with the intent of having these materials in teachers’ hands by April of 2023 to prepare for initial implementation in August of 2023.
UMS Students Collaborate In Celebration Of Día de los Muertos
UMS CORE and Al Exito students collaborated together in the creation of the altar, the "ofrenda" table for "Día de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead). Day of the Dead is widely observed in Mexico, but is also celebrated in other Latin American countries, on November 1st and 2nd. In Mexican culture, the altar usually has traditional dishes, candles, pictures of families and friends who have passed away, colorful skulls and decorations. The Day of the Dead is a time for families and friends to gather and remember joyful memories of those close to them who have passed. Thank you to our UMS students for sharing this special tradition! Learn more about this Mexican tradition. #UMSpride
UHS iJAG Students Take Home 2nd Place & Represent Iowa In National Conference
URBSAF Awards Over $23,000 in Grants To Urbandale Educators
Reminder: No School Dates November 2022
Please make note of the following dates in November 2022 when school will not be in session.
Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25: No school due to Thanksgiving Holiday
The All-Day Adventuretime Program for preschool - 5th grade students is taking place on November 23
Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25: District Administration Office closed due to Thanksgiving Holiday
Rolling Green Elementary (only)
Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22: No school due to Intersession
Free, Confidential Counseling For All Members Of Your Household
Cancellations & Delays
When UCSD needs to delay, dismiss early, or cancel school due to inclement weather or emergency situations, UCSD will notify families directly via email, phone, and text*, post an alert on the district website, district Facebook, district Twitter, and communicate with media outlets (WHO 13, KCCI 8, WOI 5). Please make note of the following two-hour delay, early dismissal and cancellation information. Be sure to keep your contact information updated with your school in order to stay aware, updated, and informed. *SMS (text): Parents/guardians can opt-in at any time to receive text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to 67587. The “67587” number is the “short code” that connects to our notification provider, School Messenger.
Student Meal Pricing and Payments
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. Funds can be loaded onto student accounts electronically through TITAN or by bringing cash/check to your student’s building (please place in an envelope and include your student’s first and last name so the money is credited to the correct account). Online payments are preferred because they happen instantaneously. You can also add payments through the Titan app available on the App Store (for iPhone) or Google Play Store (for Android). Learn More
Ticketing Moves Online in 2022-2023
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. Our newly posted positions include: General Maintenance and Full-Time Special Education Associate at Rolling Green Learn More