“If you are having fear this word has two meanings: forget everything and run or face everything and rise. These words can help you in times of fear.”
- Max Obrecht, Fifth Grade, Rolling Green Elementary

“Something that has helped me is, "Your only limit is you" this quote helped me to work harder in school. I was struggling with reading but..."  Continue Reading

Many of us have heard about tryptophan making us sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner; but have we ever thought about the impact food can have on our everyday moods? The area of nutritional psychiatry is quickly developing and we are learning more about how the foods we eat impact how we feel and behave.

Antioxidants help our body defend itself from free radicals and environmental toxins, but they also assist the body in the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that facilitates sleep and appetite regulation, mediates moods, and inhibits pain. Continue Reading

Are you fluent in Emoji?

Since the dawn of time, humans have communicated by assigning meaning to sound, smell, touch, designs, characters, and objects. As civilizations have evolved, so too have the tools we use to communicate our intended meanings. In the past several years, one could make the case that we as a society are moving toward communicating with fewer and fewer words. What once was the 1-page executive summary, became the 30-second elevator pitch, which has evolved to the 140 character tweet…so what’s next?  Continue Reading

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.