The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of February 4 - February 8!

Message from the principal

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) will replace the Iowa Assessments beginning this spring. 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

Some notable changes that are also part of the new ISASP assessments include online testing, untimed testing sessions, and testing later in the school year.

All students, except those with specific accommodations that necessitate consumable testing materials as part of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan, will take assessments online this year. All other accommodations that are part of IEP or 504 plans will be available online. UCSD students in grades three through nine have all taken the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments online this year, so there will be a level of familiarity with online testing for those students. Many UHS students have experience taking class assessments through Moodle, an online learning management system.

ISASP assessments are untimed. Schedules for testing will be developed and communicated as the test window approaches, but students who do not finish their assessments in the alloted time will be allowed more time to finish. Again, this is very similar with what students in grades three through nine have already experienced with MAP tests.

Finally, the ISASP testing window will be in April, 2019. In past years, UCSD administered Iowa Assessments in February. The movement of the assessment window to April was due to a new state law requiring all schools in the state of Iowa to administer the ISASP assessments during the last quarter of the school year. The UCSD testing window was carefully set to avoid end-of-year conflicts with school activities and other assessments such as Advanced Placement testing.

More information regarding the ISASP assessments will be communicated as the April testing window approaches.

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Tim Carver





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, February 4th, is a Day 2. Tuesday, February 5th is a Day 1. Block days are a Day 2. Friday is a Day 1.

NCYL applications being taken now for 2019-20 school year!

Attention current UHS juniors (members of the Class of 2020): The National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) is a leadership recognition program for high school seniors. The program is designed to reward young people who are good citizens, good students and who have been active in a leadership position in their school, community or faith community.

To be selected to represent Urbandale High School for the National Council on Youth Leadership is an extreme honor. Applicants are screened, and all candidates are evaluated based on their leadership and strength of character. Those applying must be a junior, have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and be in good character standing. This honor is focused on finding well-rounded individuals who rise to the top when called upon to serve and to lead.

Click here for link to more details about NCYL and how to apply

Resumés must be turned in to Mrs. Joanne Hale (room 108) no later than 3:30 PM Wednesday, February 13. No late resumés will be accepted for any reason. You will be notified on/before Wednesday, February 20 if you have been accepted. Please contact Mrs. Hale with any questions.

Blackout Poetry is Makerspace STEAM Challenge for February

Back again this year the Makerspace STEAM Challenge for February is blackout poetry with some of the books we weeded as a way to encourage recycling, art, and expression, while highlighting important contemporary issues our students currently face or experience within their circle of family and friends. To incorporate the 'challenge' we would like to our students to enhance their poetry creations with art in addition to the themes of hunger, race, and immigration. I have attached some examples below(art only, not theme).

Poem submissions are due Wednesday, February 27th to Miss Fullmer or Miss Watson for photographing (the students can keep their artwork). Teachers will vote for the winning submission by the end of Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, February 28th. Submissions or creations by students which do not meet the requirements are still encouraged.

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

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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."

DMACC Career Discovery Days...sign up

DISCOVER your unique interests and skills while exploring various career paths.

Attend a Career Discovery Day at one of DMACC’s campuses or centers. Events include hands-on activity sessions, business tours, and educational and career information from instructors and business professionals.

Open to 9th–12th grade students, educators and parents.

Boys Tennis Meeting – February 12

Boys Tennis Meeting – February 12

There will be a Boys Tennis Meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, immediately after school in Room 237 (Mr. White’s Room) for the upcoming season. This would be a great opportunity to join a team, improve your fitness, and learn a lifetime sport. Come to the meeting on February 12 to learn more.

Leaving the building after school

After School at UHS

In order to maintain an orderly, supervised environment at UHS after the school day ends, it is important that students who do not have after school activities at the high school leave the building and campus. There is not adequate supervision for students to simply roam the building or hang out with their friends on school grounds.

Parents, we are asking your help in making UHS more secure after school. Have a plan for what your student(s) is doing after school. Make plans for your children to ride a bus, walk, or be picked up from UHS. There is not supervision at UHS past 3:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and 2:30 on Wednesday and Thursday for students who are waiting for a ride. Students who do not have after school activities will be asked to leave the building by the times stated above.

After school computer hours at UHS

The computer lab in the media center will be open the following times:

Wednesday, Thursday – 2:30-3:30

After evening games and activities

After events, students should vacate the building no later than 20 minutes after the conclusion of the 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

J-Hawk bowlers close out home season with wins!

On Thursday afternoon, the boys and girls bowling teams swept the Southeast Polk Rams in our seniors final dual match up at their home venue, Merle Hay Lanes! Congratulations bowlers!!

UHS Key Club sells roses for Valentine's Day...extended to next week

The UHS Key Club again this year is selling roses during lunch to be delivered during Connections on Valentine's Day. This is a great fundraiser for this important service club who use this money to give back to others in the community.

Due to the snow days last week, they will have a couple of extra days to sell roses this coming week, too. Great work!

Winter activities on display during last Friday afternoon's pep assembly!

The UHS Student Senate members organized a wonderful assembly on Friday afternoon where winter activities were highlighted and many groups performed. Thank you all for all your hard work and offering your hard work and talents for our student body to see.

Great work, UHS students!

UHS Fan of the Game!

You could be the next UHS Fan of the Game and win some cool prizes... Here is how it works. The Urbandale Booster Club is sponsoring a raffle at each of the home Girl/Boy Basketball contests that remain this season.

To be eligible to win, you must be a UHS Student, be seated and get a raffle ticket no later than the end of the first quarter of the Girls Basketball Game, and be present for the drawing of the Prize between the 3rd and 4th quarter of the Boys Basketball Game that same evening.

Learning around UHS

UHS students travel to DMACC Friday afternoon to visit campus and see programs

UHS counselors, Mrs. Wagner and Mr. Sackett, took a group of students to DMACC in Ankeny Friday afternoon. They explored the campus and were able to see different programs that might fit into their future college and career explorations. Pictures below of students on their tour.

2019 Physics Catapult Cars from Physics classes

Here is a short video for your Physics viewing enjoyment.

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