The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of February 11 - February 15!

Message from the principal

UHS Parents,

As we continue to work on improving our programming at UHS, I am sharing an email below that I received from Mr. Bass, our superintendent, requesting your feedback by completing a survey to help us learn and grow.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below.

Thank you!


"UCSD is committed to engaging our parents and families in every child’s education. To continue our journey to excellence in this area, we gather data from stakeholders to determine where we are as a district and to set and act on realistic, measurable goals for continuous improvement.

The Parent Satisfaction Survey allows parents to provide feedback on their experience with their child’s school. Please communicate with your parents in the most effective way and ask them to complete this short survey (about 10 minutes).

The survey can be accessed online at this link: Urbandale Parent Satisfaction Survey."

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, February 11th, is a Day 1. Tuesday, February 12th is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. Friday is a Day 2.

NCYL applications being taken now for 2019-20 school year! This is the LAST WEEK TO APPLY!

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.


On behalf of parent volunteers:

Conferences at UHS are about 2 weeks away. UHS parents are providing the meals during conference nights for the teachers and are in need volunteers to provide food. Please see the links below to sign up. The teachers really appreciate the hot meal on a long day. Thanks for your help.

Soup & Salad Dinner - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Maidrite Dinner - Monday, March 4, 2019

Highlighted book selection for Black History Month

Students are encouraged to browse through the book selection for Black History Month in the UHS library media center. The selection pictured here is located inside the main entry of the LMC.

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.

ASVAB testing offered on February 28th

UHS Counselors will offer the opportunity to take the ASVAB test on February 28 from 2:00-4:00 pm. The ASVAB offers high quality, cost-free career exploration and planning materials and services. It can give students an opportunity to identify skills and interests that may be required for careers they would like to pursue. It can also help identify strengths and weaknesses as they relate to career planning.

If you are interested in taking the ASVAB, please come to the Counseling Office and sign up. We have materials available if you would like to learn more about the test before taking it.

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.

ISASP information

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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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

UHS girls basketball tops #9 team to finish regular season! Boys bowlers win conference!!

The UHS girls basketball team beat #9 rated Ankeny Centennial on Friday to finish their season 11-9. Congratulations for finishing with a winning record! The girls will compete on Saturday night, February 16th, at 7:00pm at home. Come out and support the girls then!

The boys bowling won the Central Conference Meet on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

The J-Hawks were led by Conference Champion, Devon Moore (462), and Conference Runner-Up, Drake Kimmer (452) in route to the victory. Great job, bowlers!

Come out to support the UHS boys basketball team on Tuesday, February 12th, as the finish their home season against Des Moines Roosevelt!

UHS wrestlers, Friedrichsen and Towers, qualify for state tournament! State tournament information for students included as well.

Hayden Friedrichsen and Owen Towers will begin their pursuit of a State Title at 9:00am on Thursday. Tickets are only available at the Box Office at Wells Fargo Arena or online at; all Tickets are $10.00 and the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office DOES NOT accept checks.

The schedule for Thursday includes matches beginning at 9:00am. The session times for Friday are 9:00am and 2:30pm.

Thursday / Friday Dismissal

High School Students wishing to attend the State Wrestling Tournament must have a parent / guardian call and have them excused as a school activity for the entire day on Thursday. This same process would apply on Friday should wrestlers advance.

State T-Shirt

Order your 2019 State Wrestling T-Shirt Here:

Orders are due by 10:00am on Monday, February 11, 2019

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"Shout out" to UHS counselors during National School Counseling Week!

Last week was National School Counseling Week! A big shout out and thank you to our school counselors, Jill Duffield, Tracy Edwards, Darlene Wagner, and Eric Sackett, for all they do to support our students, families, and staff!

They are currently working with students on scheduling for the 2019-20 school year. Thank you for all you do!

UHS shines as hosts the 36th annual Urbandale School Choir Invitational!

On Friday and Saturday, the Urbandale music department hosted the 36th annual Urbandale School Choir Invitational where 39 show choirs from 32 schools participated. A host of students, parents, staff, alumni, and community members, helped make it another terrific event! Great work to all!!

Learning around UHS

Pops Concert

Monday, Feb. 11th, 7pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

The Vocal Music Department will present its annual Pops Concerts next week at 7:00
PM in the PAC: Pops I will be Monday, 2/11 - UMS Pizzazz, Urbandale Singers,
Vitality, Studio. Pops II will be Thursday, 2/14 - Concert Choir, Bass Choir, Treble Choir,
Vitality, Studio. Solo and duet acts will also perform in between the large choirs.
Admission is $5. SAT’s are accepted.

Pops Concert

Thursday, Feb. 14th, 7pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

The Vocal Music Department will present its annual Pops Concerts next week at 7:00
PM in the PAC: Pops I will be Monday, 2/11 - UMS Pizzazz, Urbandale Singers,
Vitality, Studio. Pops II will be Thursday, 2/14 - Concert Choir, Bass Choir, Treble Choir,
Vitality, Studio. Solo and duet acts will also perform in between the large choirs.
Admission is $5. SAT’s are accepted.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 4-8:15pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, March 4th, 4-8:15pm

7111 Aurora Avenue

Urbandale, IA

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