We thank our Webster Elementary students this month for sharing their Encouraging Words:

  • “Come on! You’ve got this! You’re doing awesome! I KNOW you can do this!” - Hallie M./3rd Grade

  • “No class is perfect…we have disagreements, we have imperfectness. But in the end, classmates are classmates. The kindness and forgiveness will always be there.” - Ainsley M./5th Grade

  • “If you work hard, you will accomplish a lot. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. NOTHING is impossible in school.” - Colin C./4th Grade

  • “I want students to know that it is always important to work hard and to never give up! Even if it seems hard to do, keep on going!” - Lauren L./5th Grade

  • “The hardest part of life is accepting failure. But it’s at times like these you need to get up and push through!” - Kieran S./4th Grade
Over the past six weeks, we have seen numerous hashtags, marches and movements as our nation continues processing the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Children and adults in our community, state, nation, and world are demanding stricter gun control laws in order to bring an end to the growing number of tragedies where gun violence is involved. No matter where you stand on the issue, one area that we can all likely agree on is the need to ensure all children, and adults, feel a true sense of connection and belonging in their lives. 

One way that we can help each other is to check in with a person who may seem isolated or struggling. Showing compassion, empathy and inclusion to a person feeling marginalized can often lead to seismic change. While the idea is simple, sometimes it can be daunting to check in with someone and reach out. To follow, you’ll find a few ideas to help you to simply check in with one another. Continue Reading

Michele Hamilton
Urbandale CSD
Coordinator of Student, Family & Community Services
Destiny Discover and Destiny Quest online tools allow students to view the library collections at UMS and UHS via any smart device or computer.The online tools also allow students to place holds on library materials, renew their materials, and access the thousands of eBooks and audiobooks available from Heartland Area Education Agency.

For Android users, both the Destiny Quest app and Destiny Discover app are available free in the Google Play Store. For Apple users, the Destiny Discover app is available in the App Store, also free to download.To gain access to student’s personal accounts, please contact your Teacher Librarian to ensure your password is up to date. To follow is a short set of instructions to help you gain access to both the UMS and UHS library collections using Destiny Quest or Discover.  Continue Reading

Christine Watson
UHS Teacher Librarian


  • District Calendars (1-page quick-view calendars; remember 'Late Start Wednesday' dates noted with blue boxes for grades K - 5; noted with * for grades 6 - 8)

  • Flyer Hub (flyers for community activities and events)
Educational Equity Statement
It is the policy of the Urbandale Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, marital status (for program), ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (for employment), or socio-economic background (for program) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the District office at 11152 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, IA or call 515-457-5000. The District’s Equity Coordinators are Dr. Keri Schlueter, Coordinator of Student Services (schlueterk@urbandaleschools.com), Mark Lane, Director of Human Resources (lanem@urbandaleschools.com), and Crista Carlile, Director of Teaching and Learning (carlilec@urbandaleschools.com).
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