The J-Hawk Experience!

Info you need to know for week of February 25 - March 1!

Message from the principal

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Our 1st round of parent/teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, February 28th, from 4:00-8:15pm in the UHS Commons (lunchroom). Our traditional Parent/Teacher Conferences offer families two opportunities to connect with teachers and school staff in a more face-to-face way.

I have attached a link to the teacher dinner schedule here. Here is a link to the list of the teachers who will be not be available some or all of the time because of coaching or other extra curricular responsibilities.

We welcome all family members and students to come be a part of these opportunities for connecting and improving our partnership aimed at helping improve students' overall experience and learning.

Tim Carver




Parent Survey -- UHS feedback requested

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.


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

UHS attendance - 93%

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 25th, is a Day 1. Tuesday, February 26th is a Day 2. Block days are a Day 1. Friday is a Day 2.


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."

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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

Girls basketball advances to the state tournament!!!!

The Urbandale Girls Basketball Team advances to the State following a victory over Cedar Rapids Prairie on Tuesday. The Urbandale Girls Basketball Team will make its first appearance in the Girls State Basketball Tournament in 25 years when they square off with Johnston on Monday, February 25, 2019, at Wells Fargo Arena. Game time is set for 10:00am; doors open at the Arena at 9:00am. Students attending are encouraged to wear red!

Great job, girls! Lots of hard work!! Congratulations to Coach Tennal, his staff, and all of the girls!!

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J-Hawks compete at Quiz Bowl Winter Open

On Saturday, February 16, Alec Albrecht (not pictured), Cole Janssen, Damon Drury, Quinten Burnett, and Blake Arntzen comprised a team for Urbandale High School to compete in the Iowa Quiz Bowl League's Winter Open at Ankeny Southview Middle School. Congratulations to the team for representing our school and to Alec for scoring well enough to be named part of the All-Tournament Team.

Learning around UHS

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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