UCSD Newsletter 10.6.23 #upliftingU
UHS Best Buddies Nominated As Champion Program
Get To Know Our UCSD School Board Candidates: School Board Election Day 11/07/23
Every two years we hold School Board Elections and this year UCSD has four open seats on the ballot. All four seats are four-year terms. We requested our six school board candidates respond to the following three questions:
How will your experiences as a leader support your work on the UCSD Board?
What do you believe are the most pressing issues facing the District?
How will the UCSD Mission and Vision guide your work as a leader in the District?
Enjoy learning more about each candidate by reviewing this article and save the date to VOTE in the upcoming School Board Election on November 7!
Celebrating National Custodial Appreciation Day October 2
Celebrating World Teachers Day October 5
Celebrating National Instructional Coach Day October 6
Celebrating National Principals Month—October 2023
During National Principals Month, we celebrate our Principals and Associate Principals for their outstanding support of students, families, teachers, and staff. When you see these leaders in your building, please extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for the countless hours they have dedicated, and continue to dedicate, to planning, preparing, and leading learning environments that are welcoming and inclusive for all students. We are grateful to have such outstanding leaders, partners, and advocates in education throughout all of our schools. Our schools are stronger because of their leadership. #ThankAPrincipal Learn More
Celebrating National School Lunch Week October 9–13
Join us in celebrating National School Lunch Week (NSLW) October 9–October 13! This year’s NSLW theme, “Level Up with School Lunch,” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom.
We thank our Nutrition Services Team for their dedication to ensuring all students have access to healthy meals. The time, energy, and focus they put into creating menus that are nutritionally balanced and appetizing is nothing short of exceptional. When you see our Nutrition Services team members, please thank them for all they do in support of our students and schools. We are most definitely #betterwithU! #NSLW2023 #UBELONG Learn More
Valerius Elementary 6th Annual Fall Festival October 14
Curriculum Reviews Underway
The following areas are under curriculum review and we will be welcoming parent feedback during the following weeks. If your school has conferences a table will be set up to visit, review the materials under consideration and provide feedback.
6-12 Social Emotional & Character Development Skills - October 23-November 2
6-12 Science - October 23-November 2
9-12 Social Studies - October 23-November 2
PreK-5 Social Emotional & Character Development Skills - November 6-November 17
What does an Illustrative Math lesson look like?
Students Kindergarten through Algebra II are thinking mathematically as they do math. Last January following a comprehensive curriculum review in the area of mathematics which included opportunities for our staff, students, and community to provide feedback Illustrative Math was the high quality instructional material identified to support math instruction. All math teachers received training throughout the spring and during the summer to support the transition to new instructional materials. The video below walks through the structure of a secondary math lesson.
Computer Science is Elementary!
Seeking Applicants for Instructional & Library Reconsideration Committee
Per Board Regulation Policy 0631C-R(1)-R(1) the board appoints annually members of the community to be part of the Instructional & Library Reconsideration Committee. This committee meets as needed when materials are under reconsideration. We are looking for interested individuals that would like to be part of this committee. The Board of Directors will then determine the four individuals from the community to be part of this committee should it need to meet to reconsider instructional or library materials. If you would like to be considered for this committee please fill out the form below.
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Flu Vaccine Clinic: October 25 at Urbandale High School
The Polk County Health Department will offer Flu Vaccine Clinics for Urbandale students, staff, parents, siblings, and community members.
Date: October 25, 2023
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Urbandale High School Commons (cafeteria) (Note: Please enter the high school through the main entrance and turn right to walk toward the Commons.)
Reserve Your Flu Vaccine Appointment Online
It is highly recommended that you visit the website and pre-register to make your visit quicker – thank you!
Please make note:
Most major insurance plans accepted.
Please bring your insurance card.
Flu vaccine for uninsured is $25 or what you can pay.
Parent/guardian of students under 18 must be present and sign consent.
Do your part to stop the flu!
WASH your hands
COVER your cough
STAY home if you’re sick
Valerius Elementary Community Open House October 11
Reminder: No School Dates October 2023
Please make note of the following dates in October 2023 when school will not be in session.
- Monday, October 23: No school due to a teacher in-service/professional development day
Karen Acres Elementary
- October 9 – October 13: No school due to Intersession
- October 16 – October 20: No school due to Intersession
Student Assistance Program—Free, Confidential Counseling
All UCSD students and their household family members (parents, guardians and siblings) have access to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) provided by Employee and Family Resources. The Student Assistance Program is here to help you and your family members manage the concerns in your life through free, confidential counseling. You can count on your SAP for guidance and support when it comes to assessing your concerns and developing strategies for addressing any of the following:
Family or relationship issues
Alcohol and drug-related issues
Other issues that interfere with your daily living, happiness, and overall well-being
You do not need a referral. The SAP is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is strictly confidential. You can call the number directly, let them know you are an Urbandale Schools family, and request assistance. Phones answered by a masters-level clinician. Make as many calls as needed (no limit). Call (515) 244-6090 or 800-327-4692 if you’re outside of the Des Moines area. Learn More
Voter-Approved Physical Plant & Equipment Levy: Vote November 7
On November 7, 2023, eligible voters living within the Urbandale Community School District (UCSD) boundaries will have an opportunity to vote on the renewal of the Voter-Approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (VPPEL). The VPPEL is a voter-approved levy that serves as one of the most important revenue sources for Iowa school districts. VPPEL funds can be used to enhance school safety and security, upgrade technology equipment, improve school buildings and grounds, and purchase items such as playground equipment and musical instruments.
The VPPEL has been in place since 2015 at a rate of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. The VPPEL is an annual property tax levy, not a bond referendum. The authorization for UCSD to levy this tax must be renewed by public vote every 10 years. The current authorization expires June 2025. Voters will be asked to consider the renewal of the voter-approved PPEL at the same rate of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The VPPEL is projected to provide $15 million to $20 million over its 10-year span. Renewing the VPPEL will NOT increase the property tax rate. Learn More
“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band Performing At UHS October 12
Join Our Team! We’re hiring for various positions and we’d like to hear from you!
Our newly posted positions include: Full-Time Substitute Teacher and UMS Math/Science Teacher Learn More