UCSD Newsletter 1.27.23 #upliftingU
Metro West Students Enjoy Learning A Cultural Tradition Dating Back 5,000+ Years
Metro West Learning Academy recently began their seven-week group workshop with CultureALL, an organization that provides educational sessions for participants to learn about various cultural traditions. Throughout the seven weeks, students will get to learn about different cultures from CultureAll ambassadors who will share personal stories, music, art, artifacts, and other activities. During the first workshop, Metro West students learned how Henna art is made, the origin of Henna art, and even tried it out themselves (note: the dye wears off after a week or two). It was a fun and engaging way for students to develop a greater appreciation for a tradition that dates back over 5,000 years. #MWpride #empoweringU
Olmsted Enjoys A Fantastic Morning Of Breakfast, Books & Buddies
Good Times Are Poppin’ At Rolling Green
A reminder that this is our year-round elementary school. Any family living within the UCSD boundaries, or outside the UCSD boundaries, can choose to attend our year-round elementary school. Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, the year-round program will move to Karen Acres Elementary. Bus transportation is available anywhere within district boundaries outside of the walk zone. We would love the opportunity to share more about our year-round school with you and all it has to offer your child and family. Please reach out to Principal Dania Wilson to learn more.
UMS 6th Grade Class Party: An Epic Celebration
Riding the bus next year? Complete this brief Bus Request Form by January 31
Design and Construction Progress Update January 2023
Reminder: ‘No School’ Dates In February 2023
Please make note of the following dates in February 2023 when school will not be in session.
Monday, February 20: No school due to a teacher in-service/professional development day.
Rolling Green Elementary (only)
Friday, February 17: No school due to a recess day.
Community Ed “Think Safe Self-Defense” Class February 24
6th–12th Health Curriculum Review
The Teaching and Learning Department is beginning its next phase in the curriculum review process for 6-12 and 4th-9th Human Growth and Development. As part of the review of this curriculum topic an ad hoc committee is being formed and we are looking for parents and community members that would like to volunteer to serve to support the development of the health scope and sequence along with providing feedback in the selection of instructional materials to support health instruction in Urbandale. This ad hoc committee will meet on the following dates/times:
February 22 3:45-5:15 pm
March 8 3:45-5:15 pm
March 29 3:45-5:15 pm
April 12 3:45-5:15 pm
April 26 3:45-5:15 pm
Interested individuals should visit this link: Health Curriculum Review Ad Hoc Interest Form
6th-12th English Language Arts Curriculum Review
Beginning in the Fall of 2022 the Teaching and Learning Department began the curriculum review 6th-12th grade English Language Arts. This review is evaluating current and future practices in the area of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The English Language Arts Teachers 6-12 have engaged in learning and an ELA leadership team representing grade levels will field test instructional materials to support ELA instruction. During spring conferences, all ELA staff and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to provide feedback as part of the curriculum review process. Materials will be available for review at Urbandale Middle School and High School. Following field testing and our learning communities' feedback, the ELA leadership team will evaluate and make a recommendation for the adoption of new instructional materials. The following materials will be field tested in select 6-11 English Language Arts classrooms.
6th-8th Grade Social Studies Curriculum Review
Beginning in the Fall of 2022 the Teaching and Learning Department began the curriculum review of 6th-8th grade Social Studies. This review began with learning for all social studies educators around the inquiry design model along with observation of a fifth-grade classroom within the district to ensure K-8 alignment in instructional experiences for our students. The 6th-8th grade teachers then used existing materials to implement instructional shifts to align with the inquiry model. In the next phase, teachers will field test instructional materials for 6th-8th grade materials. During spring conferences, materials will be available for review at Urbandale Middle School Following field testing and our learning communities' feedback, the team will evaluate and make a recommendation for the adoption of new instructional materials. The following materials will be field tested in select 6-8 social studies classrooms.
Community Ed: Adult First Aid / CPR / AED Certification
Need to obtain or renew your CPR certification? Join us! Participants will learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation (AED) use of ventilations with a barrier device and relief of choking. This is a great way to stay ready in case an emergency happens and someone needs your help. Don’t delay, sign up today and get CPR certified to keep your loved ones safe. Visit urbandalecommunityed.com for more information or to register!
Preschool Pre-Registration Now Open
Preschool Pre-Registration began January 24, 2023. Click here to review detailed Preschool Pre-Registration information for the 2023–2024 school year. Please note: Preschool Pre-Registration will not only pre-register your student, but will play a key role in determining facility and programming needs for the 2023–2024 school year. Pre-registering your student does not guarantee your student a spot in the Urbandale Preschool Program. Once all facility and programming decisions are confirmed, you will be contacted regarding your acceptance into the Urbandale Preschool Program by April 14, 2023. https://urbandaleschools.com/learn
Kindergarten Pre-Registration Now Open
UHS Seniors: Apply For Scholarships By April 1, 2023
Attention UHS SENIORS: Applications are now being accepted for the Urbandale Dollars for Scholars scholarship program! Scholarships will be awarded to graduating UHS seniors. Many scholarships will be available and students can apply for multiple scholarships with just one profile and application! Scholarships to be awarded include, but may not be limited to:
Dollars for Scholars – Merit-based (multiple to be awarded)
Dollars for Scholars – Need and Merit-based (multiple to be awarded)
Dollars for Scholars – Trades
George & Helen Newsom Scholarship – Need and Merit-based (two $2,500 awards to one male and one female student)
Richard L Haynes Memorial Scholarship – Merit-based (one $1,000 award for (grand)child of a military veteran or servicemember)
Urbandale Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship – Merit-based (award(s) for (grand)child of an Urbandale High School alumnus)
Students and parents can learn more about Urbandale Dollars for Scholars by clicking HERE. Last year, Urbandale Dollars for Scholars awarded $18,600 in scholarship awards to graduating UHS seniors!
In addition, learn about financial aid and more scholarship opportunities by visiting the UHS Counseling site.
Year-Round Learning—Year-Round Fun! Learn More About Our Year-Round Elementary School
Cancellations & Delays
When UCSD needs to delay, dismiss early, or cancel school due to inclement weather or emergency situations, UCSD will notify families directly via email, phone, and text*, post an alert on the district website, district Facebook, district Twitter, and communicate with media outlets (WHO 13, KCCI 8, WOI 5). Please make note of the following two-hour delay, early dismissal and cancellation information. Be sure to keep your contact information updated with your school in order to stay aware, updated, and informed. *SMS (text): Parents/guardians can opt-in at any time to receive text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to 67587. The “67587” number is the “short code” that connects to our notification provider, School Messenger.
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 posted positions for this school year include: General Maintenance and Adventuretime Team Leader Learn More