We thank our Urbandale Middle School students this month for sharing their Encouraging Words:

  • "You don't have to be good at everything. You are good at your own things."- Dayna S., 6th grade

  • “Try your hardest. That’s the most important thing you can do. Don’t get too stressed and remember to relax.” -Breckin G., 7th grade

  • “Every day at Urbandale Middle School, teachers provide meaningful advice, along with an excellent education. Throughout my three years at UMS, my teachers and counselors have helped me solve personal problems and cleared up confusion in the classroom. Most impactful and important to me is encouraging us to look into our future and eliminating uncertainties and insecurities of what could happen.” - Brooklyn D., 8th Grade

“I always say that kindness is the greatest beauty that you can have,” said actor Andie MacDowell. Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. In my role as a Facilitator of Family Outreach Services (FFO), I often talk with students about the importance of kindness. I share with them that a person’s whole day can change by giving and receiving one act of kindness. Kindness doesn’t have to cost a thing and each and every one of us has the ability to share kindness.  

At Karen Acres, we practice kindness in a variety of ways which include:

  • Facilitating a “lunch bunch” where we have a group of students who eat lunch together and play games together. We practice taking turns, having good sportsmanship, allowing others to go first, and encouraging each other.

  • Painting rocks with encouraging words written on them and placing them in the rock bed located in the front of our school. When students, staff, and families walk by them, they see kind and positive words which they absolutely love and want to be a part of this positive environment.

  • Setting goals with students to give three compliments a day that are kind to their peers. Students often times report back to me how they gave more than three compliments and will continue to do so after they met their goal. Continue Reading

Brittany Cooley
Urbandale CSD FFO
Social Media and Teen Anxiety 

For this month’s Tech Talk, we offer this article about “ Social Media and Teen Anxiety” from the Harvard School of Education as particularly insightful and worth the read. As parents and educators, we often reflect on the best approach to help children find a healthy balance between the time they spend online and offline. Knowing how to self-manage online and offline interactions is becoming an increasingly important life skill. So how can we help our teens and children navigate these complex times? Learn More


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  • Flyer Hub (flyers for community activities and events)
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. 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 Ave, 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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