The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of April 29 - May 3!

Message from the principal

This past Wednesday after school, a host of UHS students, staff, and community volunteers, helped celebrate the 5th anniversary of Silver Cord at Urbandale High School by conducting a meal packaging event through Meals from the Heartland! The Urbandale Silver Cord was started by volunteers from the Urbandale Community Action Network (UCAN) and members of the UHS faculty as a way to promote, track, and recognize volunteerism from our students. It is open to all UHS students. Each year, UHS students participating in the program give their time and talents to help others in the community. To date, UHS student have accounted for more than 30,000 hours as part of our Silver Cord program.

In total, the group of over 60 student volunteers not only raised funds but also packaged more than 20,000 meals that will be distributed to people in need.

Thank you go everyone who not only helped with event but also with many volunteer experiences that make up Silver Cord!


Tim Carver




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Be Present. UHS attendance rate for the past week of school.

UHS attendance - 95%

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.

This week Monday, April 29th, is a Day 1. Tuesday, April 30th, is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. Friday is a Day 2.

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

Important information about vaping

Please click on this link to read important information about vaping, and it's many negative impacts for users and as it relates to students at UHS.

Mr. Wilkins & Mrs. Ness

Prom 2019 Q and A from Mrs. Brown-Luke

When is Prom?
Saturday May 11th

Where is Prom?
State Historical Building- Downtown

What time is Prom?

What if I want to bring a guest?
Guest forms are located with Mrs. Brown-Luke or Mrs. Veenstra. They must be filled out and returned by Friday May 10th.They will be available starting April 22nd- that way they have 3 weeks to fill them out.

What if my guest isn’t in high school?
Fill out a form and have a responsible adult sign for them- (Lines where an administrator might have signed)

How much is Prom?
$20 per person- cash or check is fine. Checks made out to UHS
Tickets will be on sale April 29th- May 10th with Brown-Luke and Veenstra

If any other questions come up let me know and I’ll be happy to address them.

Amy Luke
AP Social Studies and Student Senate
Urbandale High School
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Post Prom - REGISTRATION FORM for Students - DONATION and VOLUNTEER - sign up info

I'm sending this out on behalf of our volunteer parents who are organizing Post Prom again this year.

Hello Junior and Senior parents! This year "We're Rolling out the Red Carpet" for your students! The 2019 Post Prom Event will be held at UHS on Saturday, May 11th from 11pm until 4:30am. It's sure to be a night filled with food, prizes, and lots of fun, but most importantly a supervised and safe night! Please get your students registered now! See attached registration form for more information.

STUDENT Post Prom REGISTRATION FORM - Click here for form

Also, please consider donating and/or volunteering to help make this event a success! Post Prom is ran soley by parent volunteers, donations, and registration fees. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chastity Price at (515)745-0806 or Thanks in advance for your support!

Post Prom Donations:

Post Prom Volunteers:

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."

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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

UHS runners shine on the Blue Oval at the Drake Relays! Boys 1600m Medley takes home championship for 2nd straight year! Girls golf victorious!!

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, members of the UHS boys and girls track teams competed at the Drake Relays! The Distance Medley Relay of Josh Neyens, Ian Neyens, Harrison Waylee, and Jay Marcotte were Drake Relays Champions! They ran a time of 3:28.33. This is the 2nd straight year the J-Hawks have won this event.

On Friday, Waylee, also finished 2nd in the 100 meter dash in a photo finish. Cal Watson placed 15th in the discus. The 4 x 200 team of Josh Neyens, Ian Neyens, Harrison Waylee, and Jay Marcotte placed 4th and set a new school record in that event! Great job, J-Hawks!

The UHS Girls Golf team had it's first dual victory of the year, beating East by a score of 218-245. Great job, girls!

UHS Drama Department delights crowds with the musical, "The Addams Family"

The UHS Drama Department performed to large crowds in the PAC over the weekend with their musical offering of, "The Addams Family." This musical comedy provided laughs and fun for all in attendance! The cast and crew of UHS students worked many hours to bring this performance together. Great job, J-Hawks!

UHS Battle of the Books teams take 1st and 3rd at State competition!!

Congratulations to the Guardians of the Library for winning 1st place in the 2019 Iowa High School Battle of the Books Competition. Over the past three years the Guardians have been holding the 2nd place racking against fierce Iowa high school competitors. The Bus Drivers also won 3rd place in the final Grand Battle and out performed all other Iowa teams in the qualifying rounds in March. Both UHS teams held the top two positions going into the final round, which is a testament to their dedication to battle of the books here at UHS.

The 2019 season began last September and teams have been working to read the 28 required titles and practice weekly as a team to ensure their success. Six book battling seniors will graduate this year: Lydia Burg, Lindsey Ingraham, Cole Janssen, Aditya Kotla, Anna Perdue, and Varun Vepa. The 2020 season will begin for interested upperclassmen in May. Any incoming freshmen are encouraged to join the ranks next fall.

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UHS Hyperstream Cyber Defense team takes 2nd at IT Olympics at Iowa State University!

The UHS Hyperstream team earned 2nd place in only the second year of competing at the IT Olympics at ISU! They had to set up a network and then defend it from outside "hackers" trying to break in. Great work!!

Back row left to right:

Jack Tigue, Alex Young(2018 team leader), Sanketh Narmnada, Alec Albrecht, Elijah Gunde

Front row left to right: Julie Pham, Blake Arntzen (2019 team leader), Nellie Leaverton, Catherine Clifford, Kaleb Luse (Corteva mentor)

Not pictured: Matt Herman (Corteva mentor)

NHS project "UHS Will Change the World!" student mural goes up!

In December, the UHS National Honor Society came up with the idea of hosting a student contest to design a mural that would tie our school vision "UHS will change the world!" by brightening and beautifying the hallways of UHS. Students submitted designs, and then students had the chance to vote on them. UHS junior, Lauren Jannsen, had the winning design, incorporating, "The sky is the limit," as well.

This week, her design went up on the wall NHS had selected to receive the design (a long stretch of wall between the industrial tech room and the lunchroom). It was a digital design that was then print and stuck to the wall like a sticker.

Great work to all involved! #UHSpride

Lauren is pictured below next to the new addition...UHS will change the world!

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