Don't Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow,

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Anonymous

If you seem to be swatting and dodging gnats and mosquitoes this month while enjoying the summer-time weather, you’re not alone. Take an early morning walk or stay outside for an evening activity and you’re sure to see a few mosquitoes, but how much do we know about what attracts mosquitoes? Do certain blood types or clothing tend to be more inviting? Find out a few myths about mosquitoes as well as a few tips from UnityPoint Health for preventing and treating bug bites. Safety Note: Please be sure to check with your family doctor prior to using any alternative, homeopathic, or over-the-counter bug repellent. 

With summer in full swing, your family may be finding a balance between work, activities, rest, play, and of course...screen time. Here's an infographic by Common Sense Media about  creating healthy media habits . You'll also find numerous articles and videos with suggestions you may like to consider when determining the best approach for managing screen time with your family.

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,, Mark Lane, Director of Human Resources, and Crista Carlile, Director of Teaching and Learning,