Jensen Elementary Students Receive Mensa Excellence In Reading Award
What do “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo have in common? They were two of 60 selections, consisting of novels and poetry, read by three Jensen Elementary students during their third grade year in order to achieve the Mensa Excellence in Reading Award . Learn More

Governor Branstad Visits Urbandale Highlighting District’s Literacy Achievements

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Urbandale Community School District had the honor of hosting the Governor’s Special Assistant for Education Linda Fandel, Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise, and Governor Terry Branstad during the Governor’s fall reading tour highlighting school districts’ success improving third-grade reading skills Learn More

Urbandale High School Student Named National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalist

Urbandale High School is proud to announce the selection of senior Thomas O’Donnell as a National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalist. Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest­-scoring entrants in each state.  Learn More
Flu Vaccine Clinics: October 5 & October 19 @ UHS 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Polk County Health Department will offer Flu Vaccine Clinics for Urbandale students, staff, parents, siblings, and community members. Learn More

Centennial "Spotlight" Celebrations: Webster Elementary

Throughout the 2016–2017 school year, we’ll be highlighting a school each month that is celebrating Urbandale Community School District’s Centennial Anniversary. In September, Webster Elementary combined a celebration of the District’s 100th birthday with Homecoming Week festivities. See all the fun here!

Do You Know About The Urbandale Education Foundation?

The Urbandale Education Foundation (UEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to enhancing the educational experience of all students in the Urbandale Community School District by funding projects and initiatives not supported within existing school budgets. Urbandale Dollars for Scholars® and the Urbandale Alumni Association are part of the UEF. Together, they raise funds to support student scholarships, educator grants, and alumni connections. Stay informed of all UEF activities: opt-in to receive UEF communications.

"The thing that encourages me most is when someone helps to motivate me—for example they say “good job,” “you can do it,” and “good luck.” Being noticed and encouraged to do a good job in the classroom makes me feel like people care about me. It feels really good to be supported and motivated by teammates, coaches, as well as my teachers."

7th Grade Student, Urbandale Middle School

This month, as we continue sharing information and resources about student health and well-being, we’d like to bring attention to substance use and abuse. Of course, this is a very broad and complex topic so we will only mention a few things on the rise and provide resources for additional information.

Two specific areas to bring greater attention to are “designer” and prescription drug abuse. Designer drugs, such as synthetic marijuana (e.g. Spice and K2) and bath salts (e.g. synthetic cathinones used as inexpensive substitutes for meth or cocaine), can be marketed as harmless but are incredibly dangerous drugs that often have unpredictable results when taken. People typically swallow, snort, smoke, or inject designer drugs.

The second area is prescription drug abuse with more than 50% of drugs being obtained from family or friends for free. Safely disposing of unwanted or expired medications can help decrease the availability of prescription drugs. The West Des Moines Police Department is available for prescription drug drop off 24/7 (note: they do not accept syringes or inhalers). As with many issues knowledge is power, so please review these resources for more information: Prescription Drug Abuse; National Institute on Drug Abuse; Teens and Drug Abuse and reach out to your school counselors if you have questions or concerns about your child. We are here to help. 

As parents and educators, we know the challenge of keeping up on the latest social media apps in order to help keep our kids safe online. The nature of social media apps are that they are highly interactive, dynamic & constantly evolving. Change occurs at an alarming pace and keeping up on it can be daunting for even the most avid social media pros. One thing is certain though: our children have been born with this technology as 'the norm'—they are digital natives—and we must do our best to learn about these apps in order to help provide guidance for how to be responsible and safe digital citizens. Here are two resources to help educate ourselves about popular social media apps and terminology —we hope you find them useful:

(Note: Both of these social media PDF files may take a few seconds longer to open.)
Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Education President Graham Giles and newly elected Board of Education Vice President Tanya Ruden.

We appreciate the dedication and leadership of all UCSD Board members. Thank you for ALL you do!

Educational Equity Statement

No student enrolled in the Urbandale Community School District shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the District’s programs on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status (for program), ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (for employment) or socio-economic background (for program). The policy of the District shall be to provide educational programs and opportunities for students as needed on the basis of individual interests, values, abilities and potential. If you have questions please contact the District office at 11152 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA or call 515.457.5000. The District’s Equity Coordinators are Dr. Keri Schlueter, Coordinator of Student Services; Mark Lane, Director of Human Resources; and Crista Carlile, Director of Teaching and Learning.