The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of April 1 - 5!

Message from the principal

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) information:

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (formerly known as the Iowa Assessments) will be administered to students in grades 9 - 11 during the week of April 22nd. UHS students taking classes at Central Campus and DMACC will test at UHS those mornings, and those schools have been notified that our students will be absent.

Most students will test with their Connections teacher or with teacher close by their Connections. We will share that information with students in the coming weeks.

Below are the times we will have the on ISASP testing days April 22nd and 23rd:

    • Monday, April 22nd
      • Testing in Connections area - 8:00-11:33am
      • 5th period - 11:38-12:49 (Normal time)
      • 4th period - 12:54-1:36 (Normal class length but after lunch)
      • 7th period - 1:41-2:23 (Normal time)
      • 8th period - 2:28-3:10 (Normal time)
    • Tuesday, April 23rd
      • Testing in Connections area - 8:00-11:33am
      • 6th period - 11:38-12:49 (Wednesday lunch classes)
      • 1st period - 12:54-1:36 (Normal class length but afternoon)
      • 2nd period - 1:41-2:23 (Normal class length but afternoon)
      • 3rd period - 2:28-3:10 (Normal class length but afternoon)

Our 10th graders will test in their science classes on block day that week for the science portion of the tests.

Seniors are not expected to arrive in the building until 11:38am on April 22nd and 23rd unless they need to make up CPR.

Conditions for Learning Survey information:

The Conditions for Learning Survey (which you received information about earlier this week in an email from our district office) will be administered in Connections on Thursday, April 11th. If you have questions about it, please let me know. It is another method for us to receive feedback how we are doing as a school.


Tim Carver





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.

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

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UHS Silver Cord planning Meals from the Heartland packaging event!

All UHS students and staff are invited to join us at an all-school service event in the UHS Commons on April 24. We will be packaging 30,000 meals to feed hungry people in Iowa and all over the world with Meals From the Heartland! Shifts are available from 1:30-6:00 pm, and no training is necessary. Just sign up at the link below, and come help!

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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

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Class of 2020

IMPORTANT: All 12th grade students need to show documentation of receiving the meningitis vaccine prior to the first day of school on August 23, 2019, or they will not be allowed to attend school or participate in any school related activities, including sports. Please read the information below for more details and contact our UHS School Nurse with any questions.

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement
Seniors – fall 2019 - Class of 2020

The state of Iowa requires that all students entering or transferring into 12th grade and born after September 15, 1999, will need to provide vaccine documentation of two doses of the meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY). One dose of the meningococcal vaccine is required if the vaccine was administered when the student was 16 years of age or older.

We encourage you to contact your healthcare provider and make an appointment to complete the meningococcal vaccine requirement and/or Tdap booster requirement soon. Please forward documentation of the completed vaccines to our school nurse when the requirement is completed. Thank you!

Urbandale High School Nurse
Brenda Ness, RN, BS
515-457-6808 (FAX)

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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."

School driving permits

Below is a link to a reminder about rules around from the Iowa Department of Transportation around student drivers and school permits.

PEOPEL PE applications being

Applications are now being accepted for PEOPEL PE for the 2019/2020 school year.
Physical Education Opportunities for Exceptional Learners (PEOPEL PE) is an adaptive
PE class designed for students with unique physical and/or health needs. General
education and special education students are partners in this class. General education

students must submit an application to serve as buddy and be accepted into the course.

Acceptance is based on the application form, a past pattern of good attendance,
patience, and a desire to work with special needs peers. Applications are available from
Coach Moreno, in the main office, or Mrs. Steel, in room 502. Applications must be
turned in to Coach Moreno or room 502 NO LATER than Wednesday, April 3rd.
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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.

Students gather for Political Action Club on Wednesday morning

Students gathered for Political Action Club on Wednesday morning in Mrs. LaPietra's room. They discussed an upcoming effort to sign up eligible students to vote.
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Booster Club -- Spring Apparel order

A new line of Spring J-Hawk Apparel is here! This spring we are providing an e-flyer, meaning orders are all placed online and will be bundled and sent to the high school after production. Please check out the new items at The order deadline will be April 7th at 11:59pm. Orders will be filled and available for pickup in the Activities Office at the high school 2-4 weeks from the deadline. Email communication will inform you of exact pick up times.

Any questions about the apparel can be directed to Andy Hoverson at

Sizing charts can be found at

Thanks in advance for supporting the Urbandale Booster Club.

UHS Athletics and Activities for the week! Go J-Hawks!!

Click here for link to for upcoming events this week. Go J-Hawks!!

Coach Traynor speaks to a large audiance about UHS Athletic Performance Program

Pete Traynor, Director of Strength and Conditioning, spoke at his 2nd information session of over 300 students and their parents as well as all coaches on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in the Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center. This information session was designed to provide students, parents, and coaches with an overview of our Athletic Performance Program and touched on strength training, conditioning, recovery, outside work, nutrition, overuse, and more.

Thank you, Coach Traynor!

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 Boys Track and Girls Track begin outdoor meet season at Waukee!

Members of the UHS Boys and Girls Track teams competed at Waukee this week for their first outdoor meets of the season. Congratulations to all the runners and field event members for having great meets! Special shout out to Harrison Waylee for setting a new meet record in the 400 meters! Great job!!

Quiz bowl

Congratulations to the UHS Quiz Bowl team of Alec Albrecht, Blake Arntzen, Quinten Burnett, Damon Drury, and Cole Janssen who won the small school division Quiz Bowl TV tournament on Monday afternoon at Grand View University. Their tournament win will be televised at a later date on Mediacom channel 22.
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STEAM winners for March Chellange in the UHS LMC!

Thank you, Jennifer Du and Nornubari Kiobel, for participating in the March Makerspace STEAM Challenge Origami Adventures in the UHS LMC. They were voted on as the prize winners. Great work!
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UHS Drama Department hosts "A Night of Musical Theatre" on Saturday!

On Saturday, March 30th, the UHS Drama Department hosts "A Night of Musical Theatre" where UHS drama students and staff performed a variety of show tunes for the audience members to enjoy! Great work, performers!!

UHS show choir seniors celebrate a successful season!

UHS show choirs recently held their end of year ice cream social. At that event, UHS senior members of show choir were able to recognize fellow members, directors, and family. Great job to these seniors for an outstanding season!

UHS Battle of the Books teams qualify for state competition!

Two of the three UHS Battle of the Books teams qualified for state competition! Each team is made up of a group of students who have read a number of books throughout the year and then compete against teams from around the area in their knowledge of those books they've read.

The Guardians of the Library 3rd place in online battle, and the Bus Drivers 1st place in online battle.

Great work, Battle Teams!
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Learning around UHS

Students in AP US History host 1920's Speakeasy

Students in Mrs. Hale's AP US History class host 1920's Speakeasy last week. Students dressed as iconic characters from the 1920's and 1930's. Following presentations, they went on "speed dates" to get to know other characters.

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