Online Preschool Pre-Registration for 2017-2018

Preschool Pre-Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. To pre-register your child for 3-year or 4-year preschool for the 2017-2018 school year, review the following Preschool Pre-Registration information. We look forward to welcoming your family!

Plan On Attending A Kindergarten Registration Meeting: February 16th or February 21st

All families with kindergarten-age students for the 2017–2018 school year are invited to attend an upcoming Kindergarten Registration Meeting at your neighborhood school. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by September 15, 2017. All elementary schools within the Urbandale Community School District will provide full-day kindergarten programs. We're excited to welcome you!

UHS Seeds of Success Program Fosters Character & Leadership Skills With Fifth Grade Students

The Seeds of Success Program is led by students in grades 10–12 who are part of the J-Hawk Foundations, Emerging Leaders Program. These students visit fifth grade classrooms six times a year to share important leadership and growth mindset skills that have helped them to overcome obstacles in order to lead more effective and successful lives. See what fifth grade and high school students have to say about the program

We're hiring! Join Our Adventuretime Before/After School Child Care Team

Join the UCSD Adventuretime Before and After School Child Care Program as an Associate. You’ll enjoy a flexible schedule while contributing valuable support as a child care professional. Our program is located at all six Urbandale elementary schools and runs before school (6:30 a.m. until the start of the school day) and after school (until 6:00 p.m.). We also provide all-day child care programs when school is not in session due to holidays and/or breaks. Adventuretime Associates may work both morning and afternoon shifts, only mornings or afternoons, or only certain days of the week. To apply, please visit our Career Opportunities site. Contact Ashley or Kellie at 515-457-5855 with questions about the program. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

UHS Graduate Named Iowa State University Marching Band Drum Major
In addition to Urbandale High School (UHS) receiving recognition for its award-winning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs, developing custom-designed, research-based student leadership programs and boasting a 99% graduation rate—one of the highest in the country—it now has another reason to celebrate: UHS alumnus Brian Carrier, Class of 2014, was selected as a 2017 Drum Major for the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band. Hear from Brian and UHS Director of Bands Myron Peterson.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No School & No Adventuretime Monday, January 16, 2017

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there will be no school and no Adventuretime on Monday, January 16, 2017. Set aside a few minutes to view this short video about MLK Jr. Day: Legacy of Service and honor Dr. King's legacy by making this national holiday a day full of acts of kindness through service to others. Who could you help? What could you lend a hand on? How will you use your day off as a day to lift another up?

"One positive encouragement I received this year was that I was told to never give up and do my best. Those are the two phrases I would recommend because they’re simple yet strong words. This year we had the mile run and the pacer in P.E. I have asthma which is a disease that makes it hard for me to breathe and affects my lungs. During the mile run Caleb was telling me the entire race to push myself harder and cheer me on. Once Caleb started doing it the entire class cheered, chanted, and yelled for me. It was my best personal mile time ever. Without my classmates encouraging me I wouldn’t have ran it as fast." - Christian Kelly, 5th Grade Student, Karen Acres Elementary

"I can do it if I work hard. Kids focus and work together. My teachers help me. - Breiner Morales-Fierros, 3rd Grade Student, Karen Acres Elementary

"Mrs. Baedke, my third grade teacher, always inspires me and encourages me to do a good job on my schoolwork. She taught me how to be a good reader and showed me how to read at a faster speed. She helped me feel better when I was sad about friend issues. When I’m older I want to be just like her and encourage others the way she did. I still go visit her in her classroom and thank her for teaching me everything I know."  - Nejra Nezic, 5th Grade Student, Karen Acres Elementary

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. Resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary; it is not a trait that people have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. 

The APA shares that many studies show the primary factor in resilience is having caring and supportive relationships within and outside the family. Relationships that create love and trust, provide role models, and offer encouragement and reassurance help bolster a person's resilience. Several additional factors are associated with resilience, including: the capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out, a positive view of yourself and confidence in your strengths and abilities, skills in problem solving and communication, and the capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses. All of these are factors that people can develop, build, grow, and enhance within themselves.

APA's 10 Tips for Building Resilience in Youth
  1. Make connections.
  2. Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems.
  3. Accept that change is a part of living. 
  4. Move toward your goals.
  5. Take decisive actions. 
  6. Look for opportunities for self-discovery.
  7. Nurture a positive view of yourself.
  8. Keep things in perspective.
  9. Maintain a hopeful outlook.
  10. Take care of yourself. 
The key is to identify ways that are likely to work well for you as part of your own personal strategy for fostering resilience. If you’re going through a difficult time and are feeling stuck, if you’ve tried to incorporate some of the strategies above but aren’t feeling any better, or are having feelings of hopelessness, please reach out. Remember, resilience is learned—you aren’t expected to have all the answers. We are here to help. 

The new Makerspace at UHS was created to expose our students to new technologies, a variety of creation techniques, and 21st Century skills they may not cover in other curricular areas. While the Makerspace was created with the goal to increase Library Media Center (LMC) use for academic purposes, we quickly discovered the space has the potential to be so much more.

Our students have opportunities to use a 3D printer, music generation software, green screen technology, a variety of crafts, coding robots, puzzles, stress relieving coloring, and much more. Students who are looking to have a bit of fun are the most engaged in using the Makerspace, but quickly their chosen activities incorporate 21st Century skills. Many students do not realize they are learning skills that will help them in the future.

As the year continues, the library staff will be incorporating a digital Makerspace to mimic the physical space to provide students with opportunities to explore and 'make' without having to be in the LMC physically, in an effort to teach all and reach all of our students. 

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.