Welcome to the Urbandale Community School District's monthly eNewsletter, "Keeping U Updated."  Go J-Hawks!    
Celebrating 100 Years of World-Class Education
The Urbandale Community School District and the City of Urbandale  are celebrating a very special anniversary this year: 100 years serving Urbandale students, families and community members!  Such a momentous anniversary compels us to pause and reflect on our shared history, celebrate our present achievements and imagine our future for generations to come. Learn More

Karen Acres Elementary Ribbon Cutting: September 12

Please join us for a ribbon cutting as we celebrate our new construction and remodel. We reconfigured the building to improve safety and security, remodeled classrooms to better support learning, and added a new gymnasium—all to be enjoyed now and for years to come! Monday, September 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Learn More

Homecoming Week: September 19 through September 24

We'll be celebrating Homecoming the week of September 19 through September 24, 2016. Come cheer on your J-Hawks and catch up with classmates and community members. Check out a list of Homecoming activities here.
Rotary Club Presents Hero In Education Award

The Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines  recently celebrated the outstanding leadership, keen expertise and wholehearted compassion Brenda Ness provides students, families and colleagues at Urbandale High School  by presenting her with the 2016 Ken Lepley Memorial Hero in Education Award as well as $500 to use toward professional development or school supplies. The annual Hero in Education Award is presented to an educator that has gone above and beyond the responsibilities of a professional educator. Learn More

UHS Receives Award For Excellence Inside & Outside the Classroom

In addition to students recently receiving top awards in support of the exemplary Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program, students partnering with leading industry experts to solve business challenges and students achieving numerous division, regional, district and state team titles, UHS has yet another reason to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of students inside and outside the classroom. Out of 364 teams, Urbandale High School placed third in the Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup Competition for the 2015­­­­–16 school year. Learn More

18th Annual ELL Clothing Drive: Donate By September 23

The 18th Annual ELL (English Language Learners) Clothing Drive is underway! This event is designed to offer newcomer ELL families clean and free items such as clothing, toys, books, etc. The success of this program relies on the generous donations of Urbandale families and friends of our community. NOTE: WE ARE IN HIGH NEED OF CHILDREN’S CLOTHES & WARM WINTER CLOTHING. Learn More

"With the beginning of another school year already upon us, a plethora of thoughts and emotions are sure to be at a forefront in all of our minds. It is imperative to realize that there will be moments when we will feel as if the world is against us, but I can assure you, each one of us possesses the strength to keep fighting and moving forward. There will be times when dark clouds are looming above our heads, but it’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, rather, it’s about learning to dance in the rain, instead. Don’t allow gloomy occasions to seize control of your life and tempt you to give up, because you have the wisdom to know what is true, the strength to keep pushing forward, and the love of everyone behind you, helping you to achieve the greatness only  you can attain."

Jacob Sammon
Sophomore, Urbandale High School 
"Through working with Best Buddies and PEOPEL (Physical Education Opportunities Program for Exceptional Learners) P.E., I've realized that even on the tough days there's something for me to smile about when I walk in and see my P.E. buddies or my Buddy. There's nothing like walking in the room and being greeted by a smiling face. The happiness in Best Buddies and PEOPEL P.E. is contagious. You never know who can and will make your day!" 

Jessica Field
Senior, Urbandale High School
The health and well-being of our students are top priorities. We strive to ensure all students feel heard, understood and valued. We care deeply about every single student which is why we believe it's important to raise awareness and build understanding for suicide prevention. September is Suicide Prevention Month and we are reminded of a startling statistic: suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34 in our state. There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping ability of someone in need of support. Please  view this powerful video  and reach out to your school counselors and principals if you believe your child would benefit from additional support. You'll also find  resources on the suicide prevention page on our district website . An upcoming event for suicide prevention to make you aware of is the  Out of the Darkness Walk  in Ankeny on September 18 at the DMACC Campus.  You and your family are not alone—please reach out—we are here to help.
During the first days of the new school year the Urbandale Middle School Physical Education team decided to introduce our course expectations by incorporating the very popular Pokémon Go game into our activity.  Students were placed in groups and asked to move around the different physical education areas and locate Pokémon Go characters. At each station students were asked to complete a 'get to know you' social task, read about a physical education expectation, and complete a team building fitness task.

Students enjoyed searching for the popular characters and working together to complete the different tasks. Our goal was to get students up and moving and to foster a positive, engaging learning environment. It was a big hit!

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.