UCSD Newsletter 4.07.23 #upliftingU
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Announcing Our Director Of Athletics And Activities
We’re excited to announce our UCSD Director of Athletics and Activities beginning in the 2023–24 school year. Mr. Josh Frey has accepted the position of Director of Athletics and Activities. We look forward to welcoming him to the position beginning July 1, 2023.
Mr. Frey brings an abundance of leadership experience both inside and outside the classroom. Since 2020, he has been serving as the Assistant Activities Director in the Waukee Community School District. Prior to that, he served as an instructional coach for one year in West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS), a behavior interventionist for one year in WDMCS, and a special education teacher in both WDMCS and Des Moines Public Schools for six years.
Mr. Frey holds a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), an endorsement in 5–12 Level 1 Special Education from Morningside College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Upper Iowa University. He is working on obtaining his Certified Athletic Administrator endorsement from the NIAAA.
“No one person can replace Dr. Watson; the accolades Urbandale has achieved under his leadership are truly admirable,” said Frey. “I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to build off the foundations he has built and push our programs to enhance the educational experience for J-Hawk Nation.”
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Frey as our new Director of Athletics and Activities. We look forward to working alongside this exceptional leader.
Give A Shout Out To Our Lunch Heroes For National School Lunch Hero Day
Between preparing delicious food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Urbandale nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. Urbandale students were served over 83,000 meals in the 2021-2022 school year. A tremendous effort from a tremendous team!
To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Urbandale schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 5. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to nearly 30 million of America’s students each school day.
We invite you to honor and recognize the balancing act performed by our school nutrition staff by filling out this Nutrition Staff Appreciation Form, or by sending handwritten cards or letters to your school’s Nutrition Team. If using the form, please submit ‘shout outs’ by May 3, 2023. We will share shout outs on social media and directly with the Nutrition Services Team.
Learn more about School Lunch Hero Day and our fantastic UCSD Nutrition Services Program. #SchoolLunchHeroes
Happy Paraprofessional Appreciation Day April 3!
Rolling Green Intersession Week: Full Of Learning, Art, And Fun!
Happy National School Librarian Day April 4!
Celebrate Associate Principals and Deans during National Assistant Principals Week
Students Represent UHS At State Career Development Conference
Six Urbandale iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) students qualified for the State Career Development Conference on March 23rd at the Iowa Events Center. The iJAG program teaches 37 core competencies comprised of six skill sets: personal skills, leadership skills, communication skills, job attainment skills, job success skills, and career development skills.
The qualifiers from Urbandale High School include: Beltrain Nshizirungu, Simion Hendricks, Finn Sanders for Creative Decision Making, Yara Nasser for Career Preparation, Ryan Knight for Prepared Speaking, and Justin Carper for Financial Literacy. Congratulations to these students for representing Urbandale at the State Career Development Conference! Well-done! #proudofU
Last Day Of School June 1; Rolling Green Last Day June 15
As of April 7, our last day of school remains the same for both the traditional calendar and year-round calendar.
Last day for students is Thursday, June 1, 2023
Last day for certified staff is Monday, June 5, 2023
Last day for students is Thursday, June 15, 2023
Last day for certified staff is Friday, June 16, 2023
Note: May 26 will be a work day for certified staff at Rolling Green
As we have had one early dismissal (January 18) and one cancellation (February 16) day this school year due to inclement weather, we will not need to make up additional days. However, this would need to be reassessed if we were to have an additional inclement weather or no school day(s). School calendars can be viewed here.
Safe+Sound Iowa: Safety Reporting Tool
The Iowa Governor’s School Safety Bureau developed Safe+Sound Iowa—an anonymous reporting tool for students, teachers, parents, and community members to help identify and provide intervention for students in crisis before they harm themselves or others. The school safety reporting tool is available state-wide to help prevent violence, unlawful possession of weapons, self-harm and other forms of victimization and threatening behaviors in schools.
Reports of safety concerns can be made securely and anonymously three ways:
Download the free Safe+Sound Iowa mobile app
By reaching out anonymously about something you've seen or heard, you could help someone before they harm themselves or others. Safe+Sound Iowa will make sure the right people are notified of your report within seconds. Learn more at SafeandSoundIowa.gov
Class of 2023! Urbandale High School & Metro West Learning Academy Graduation Events
Urbandale High School Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Knapp Center, Drake University
Congratulations to the Class of 2023! We are #proudofU!
Metro West Learning Academy Class of 2023 Graduation Celebration
Wednesday, May 17th at 5:00 p.m. at the Lion’s Park Gazebo (please bring your own chair for an outdoor ceremony). To help us ensure we have enough space, please RSVP to Jamie Evans or (515) 727-6301 if you are planning to attend. Congratulations to the Class of 2023! We are #proudofU!
Student Registration For The 2023-24 School Year
Families with students in kindergarten through 11th grade currently enrolled in the district will receive an email between May 1 – May 14, 2023, with instructions for online registration. For families without email, a letter will be mailed to you with instructions for registering your returning student(s).
Returning Students—if your student(s) is registered in UCSD this school year (2022–2023), click here for specific information about registering your returning student. (Note: You’ll receive the registration email between May 1 – May 14 which will include your student’s unique Snap Code.)
Preschool Students—if your child will be 3 years old or 4 years old by September 15, 2023, click here for specific information about registering your preschool student.
Kindergarten Students—if your child will be 5 years old by September 15, 2023, click here for specific information about registering your kindergarten student.
New Students—if your student(s) is new to UCSD, click here for specific information about registering your new student.
2023-24 Bus Transportation Request Form
Valerius Construction Progress Update Video
Join Principal Lara Justmann and Dean of Students Derek Wilkins for a brief tour highlighting areas within the new Valerius Elementary building in the latest construction progress update video. #ValeriusRising
Conditions for Learning Survey
During April 17-28, 2023, if your child is in grades 3-12, they will be invited to complete a brief Conditions for Learning Survey online. Student participation in the Survey is highly encouraged, but is voluntary and no student is required to fill out the Survey. If you do not want your student to participate please notify your school principal. The Survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. The purpose of the Survey is to obtain information about how students feel about the culture and climate of their school and teachers, as well as the safety of their school. The information collected will help the state, our schools, and local community improve the school. It is important to ask children to tell us what is good and working about their experience in school, and what needs to be improved, in their eyes. The Survey questions are available using the links below, or you may request copies from your school:
Iowa Statewide Assessment of Academic Progress
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) is an assessment that must be administered to all Iowa students in grades three through eleven. To comply with the state of Iowa law requiring all school districts to conduct this test during the last quarter of the school year, Urbandale students in grades three through eleven will take the ISASP assessments from April 17-28, 2023. Specific schedules for each school building have been developed and will be shared by the school principal prior to the start of testing. 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
More information regarding the ISASP assessments, including practice tests, may be found by visiting the following website: https://iowa.pearsonaccess.com/test-prep/
Join the Fun During the UMS Color Run
The Urbandale Middle School PTO is hosting the first annual “Color Run” on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Participants can choose to walk or run a 3.5K or 5K route around Urbandale with stops at various elementary schools and Urbandale High School. The run will start and end at the Urbandale Middle School parking lot located at 7701 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. with the race beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 12:00 p.m. Registration is $30 per person and includes a race kit (t-shirt, sunglasses, stickers, tattoos and more!). Participants must register by April 6 in order to receive a race kit (note: race registrations still accepted after April 6). Proceeds will support students and teachers at Urbandale Middle School. All are welcome to participate. Come out and join the fun during the UMS Color Run! Register Today
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Reminder: ‘No School’ Dates In April 2023
Please make note of the following dates in April 2023 when school will not be in session.
Friday, April 28: District-wide Teacher In-Service / Professional Development Day (no school)
Reminder: Every Monday is a late start
Rolling Green Elementary (only)
Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 5: Rolling Green Intersession (no school for Rolling Green only)
Reminder: Every Monday is a late start
Year-Round Learning—Year-Round Fun! Learn More About Our Year-Round Elementary School
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: Administrative Assistant to Special Education & Student Services Learn More