The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of September 3-6!

Message from the principal

I want to thank all of our students and staff for a fantastic start to the school year! Students and staff have enjoyed reconnecting after summer as they begin to experience new learning for this year! Thank you to everyone for helping make this happen!

We have had focus on improving visibility and safety to start the year. Throughout the halls, classrooms, and lunchroom, at UHS, people have taken to heart our focus on changing the world in part through a focus on a framework established by student and staff committees over the past two years, TEAM UHS. It is a framework for establishing the type of culture and behavior we want to see from all of us.

TEAM UHS stands for the following:





We appreciate everyone's help in making our environment one that we can all be proud of each day at UHS!


Tim Carver




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

UHS attendance - 96%

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.

School Supplies and School Pictures

Students only need basic materials like notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils, when starting the school year. Their teachers have shared more details about what they need in the first few days of classes.

School pictures can still be taken. They will be on Monday, September 9th, in the UHS commons starting in the morning. Pictures forms are located in the main office or on the main webpage of Urbandale High School. For those who have already taken their school picture, they can pick up their pictures in the front office.

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 No School Monday (Labor Day). Tuesday, September 3rd, is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. Friday is a Day 2.

Daily schedule reminder

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, are our non-block days with eight periods meeting along with I.E.S. and Wednesday and Thursday are block days. Even periods meet on Wednesdays along with Connections and odd periods meet on Thursdays along with Connections.

Click here for Daily bell schedule

Lunch Schedule 5th period (6th period on Wednesdays)

UHS has two lunches each day, A lunch and B lunch. Included is the link to our lunch schedule, indicating which teacher will have each lunch. Students will know which lunch to attend based on their 5th period class. On Wednesday block days, a student's 6th period teacher will determine their lunch.

Lunch periods

5A Lunch - 11:38 - 12:03

5A Class - 12:08 - 12:49

5B Class - 11:38 - 12:19

5B Lunch - 12:24 12:49

Leo Club to host Food Drive at September 6 football game vs Ankeny Cenntenial!

Leo Club is hosting a canned food and personal care item drive on
Friday, September 6, from 5:15-7:15 pm at the home football game.
Donations can be dropped off at a table near the entrance of the

Items of most need are bars of soap, shampoo, canned
fruits/vegetables/soup, and cereal. All proceeds of this event go to
the Urbandale Food Pantry.

Parking lot safety

To help provide a safer parking lot experience at UHS, I wanted to remind students, families, and staff, about a few parking lot items to be sure everyone takes care of each other:

1. There is to be no student parking at any time in the East Lot next to the stadium.

2. The universal speed limit in a parking lot is 5 mph.

3. Students crossing any streets and parking lots are reminded to use designated crosswalks.

3. New this year, speed bumps have been added in the parking lot by the baseball field to remind drivers to slow speeds at all times.

Exciting changes at UHS continue in fall 2019 with I.E.S.!

As we continue to expand and enhance opportunities for access to teachers to support learning, UHS is rolling out some exciting changes to support students learning. We will continue to have a modified-block schedule (8 classes on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and 4 block periods on Wednesday and Thursday along with Connections).

However, we have created time in school day on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, to have guaranteed access for teachers to have with students. Students sign up on Thursdays (started August 29th) during Connections for their I.E.S. time for the next three days (Friday, Monday, Tuesday). A student will attend the same location during that three day cycle and then sign up on Thursday for a new offering for the upcoming Friday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Students largely have choice of where they go during this time, including having intervention for additional learning, extensions of learning, and study table to further learning. Intervention, Extension, and Study table, are the heart of our additional time, resulting in the name "I.E.S." There will be no additional homework tied to this time though additional learning is the focus of it.

Class Meetings with Activities Department

The Activities Department will be holding informational meetings for students involved in Activities the next two weeks during Connections. Please remind your student about this information session.

10th / 11th Grade – Thursday, September 5 – during Connections

12th Grade – Wednesday, September 11 – during Connections

Student Activities Ticket

Student Activities Ticket. If your student ordered an SAT, please ensure that their ID has the mark indicating such. If not, please have the student check in at the Main Office or the Activities Office to get that changed. Please do not wait until gameday to make the change. Students wishing to purchase an SAT may do so in the Activities Office. Cash or check (payable to UHS) in the amount of $50.00 is accepted during normal office hours.
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UHS Student Clubs & Organizations...get involved!

The UHS Counseling Office recently released the list of Student Clubs & Organizations for the 2019-20 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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A note from Silver Cord Committe to UHS students

Welcome back to school! We hope you are all planning a year of learning, service, and fun. From the stack of hours turned in during schedule pickup and Open House, we can tell many of you did a TON of volunteer work this summer, and you invited your friends. Way to go!

Hours are up to date today -- check them here: Silver Cord Ladder If you have 40 or more hours, go see Mrs. Strong in Room 212 to pick up a free Silver Cord Volunteer t-shirt!

We have lots of fun opportunities coming up in the next two weeks. You can always find opportunities and current information at our Silver Cord information page.

Remember, this is the only Silver Cord email address that is checked on a regular basis. Please send hours and questions to us!

Please turn in your summer volunteer hours to the UHS Main Office as soon as possible so we can get them added, and keep on doing good!

Deb Bremser

Silver Cord volunteer

Jaywalkers offering UHS Spirit...Homecoming Apparel

Homecoming Apparel -

Are you ready for Urbandale's Homecoming (Friday, Sept. 20)? Make sure to order your homecoming t-shirt and sweatshirt by using the following links (Adult and Youth sizes are available)! **All orders due by 4:00PM on Tuesday, September 3rd


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

2020 Page Program- Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, Legislative Services Agency

The Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, and Legislative Services Agency invite Iowa high school juniors and seniors to apply for Page positions for the 2020 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Serving as a legislative page is a great opportunity for students.

The Iowa Senate, House of Representatives, and Legislative Services Agency invite Iowa high school juniors and seniors to apply for Page positions for the 2020 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Serving as a legislative page is a great opportunity for students.

Included in this email is a link to the online application. The application forms can be found here:

Please note that living arrangements for Pages are not supervised or provided. We ask parents, guardians, and school personnel to carefully consider this aspect of the program and not recommend students who may need a supervised environment.

Please disseminate this information at your earliest convenience. The deadline for receipt of applications is, October 4th, 2019.

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact one of the persons listed below. Thank you for your assistance in making this opportunity known to your students.


W. Charles Smithson Meghan Nelson

Secretary of the Senate Chief Clerk of the House


Shout Outs

J-Hawk programs off to strong start!

The J-Hawk Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to Marshalltown on Thursday. The boys took 2nd while the girls team took 3rd. Payton Marrs led all J-Hawk runners by winning the boys race. Great job, J-Hawks!! Come out Saturday, September 7th, to UMS at 9:00am as they host boys and girls teams from around the Metro at the Urbandale Invite

The boys' golf team placed 10th at the Johnston Invite at Jester Park last week. They travel to Fort Dodge on Tuesday. Good luck, golfers!

The girls volleyball team moved to 4-5 record on the season after their tournament at Ankeny Centennial on Saturday! Good luck as they travel to Des Moines Roosevelt on Tuesday!

The UHS football team looks to move into the win column as they host Ankeny Centennial at Frerichs Field on Friday, September 6th, at 7:00pm! Good luck, J-Hawks!!

UHS Student Senate welcomes students to kick off the 2019-20 year!

Great job by UHS Student Senate members along with their teacher sponsors, Mrs. Brown-Luke and Ms. Lubbers, for helping set a great tone with decorations welcoming all students as they entered UHS in their first days of school for 2019-20! The UHS Student Senate continues to work hard to be a voice for the student body while also organizing and hosting great events like pep assemblies, Homecoming events like the Street Party and Homecoming Dance, as well as much more!! Thank you, UHS Senate!!!

Learning around UHS

School Picture Re-takes

Monday, Sep. 9th, 7:30am-12pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

Student and staff picture retakes will be on Monday, September 9th, during the day in the entry near the cafeteria. Any student who missed pictures in August or would like to retake his/her picture can have it taken on September 9th. Any staff who has not had his/her picture taken needs to have it taken that day.

Inspire Iowa's Future Speaker Event

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 5:30-8:45pm

2601 Forest Avenue

Des Moines, IA

On September 18th at the Knapp Center, located on the campus of Drake University for a night of FREE food, FREE entertainment, and inspiration. Doors open at 5:30 pm. You'll be inspired by incredible music from "American Idol" winner Maddie Poppe and "The Voice" contestant Jon Mero. Our featured speaker is Sadie Penn, who will be speaking about suicide prevention and what inspires her. This is not a school sponsored event.

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