Lilly Hill, UHS Student
I would like to give a big, big shout-out to Mrs. Ibrahim! She shows her students every day how every person should be. She is an amazing teacher and I love having her as one of the CORE Faculty Facilitators (thanks Maestra Hoesly for being the other 🙂 Ibra has helped me grow as an individual and made me more conscious of the people around me in my life, at school, and within our world. My appreciation to you for all you have done, which I will never forget. I truly appreciate you and the time you spent helping me on many occasions. You also have the best humor! Standing ovation for Ibrahim, because as Auggie Pullman said, “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” – R.J. Palacio, Wonder
Kara Decker, Middle School Parent
I would just like to thank Mrs. Mueller for all of her hard work this year. She has gone above and beyond all year long. The love she has for her students is palpable. She has been such a blessing to our family, and to the district. My daughter’s confidence level and excitement to come to school have increased dramatically this year, thanks to her!
I would also like to thank Mr. Lighter and Mrs. Callahan for being such awesome role models for the students. It has been so nice for my daughter to have trusted adults that she could open up to, receive advice from, and just have fun with! Thank you both so much! Your kindness and compassion have not gone unnoticed and will no doubt leave a lasting impression on my daughter!
Andrea Aylsworth – UHS Parent
I want to give a huge shout out to Katherine Carman! She is my daughter’s chemistry teacher and this entire year she has given everything she has to make sure her students are successful. I’m talking ZOOM calls at 9 pm whenever a student needs her, meetings after school, teaching her heart out and on top of it never makes a student feel like she doesn’t have time. I’m sure she is exhausted with this hybrid learning but the grit she has shown is amazing. My daughter has said since day 1 in her class and many times since that she is one of the best and smartest teachers she has ever had. That’s a big compliment! Keep it up Ms. Carman….you are making a big difference. Thank you!
Kelly Bakke – Urbandale Parent
The UHS band had a FANTASTIC performance during the football game but what made it even better was the support from the football team when they stayed and watched!
Melinda Ennis – UMS Parent
This morning I went to the middle school to pick up my kids’ (6th and 8th grader) belongings. Everything was boxed up and put together, labelled, and ready to go. The entire process was seamless, quick, and with the music playing outside and the staff’s smiling faces (even through the masks), it was even a fun experience for my 6th grader (who went with me) to see everyone, although from a distance. I’ve also loved that Mr. Braden is right in the middle of the activity. He’s the most visible principal we’ve had in any school, and in a positive way. I’ve been impressed by Urbandale since we’ve moved here almost 2 years ago, and the middle school has been an exceptional experience for my two youngest kids that have attended.
Evan Witke – UHS Student
I would like to thank Coach Hammerand and Coach Sand for making my last year of cross country such a blast. They helped me improve so much, and I can’t thank them enough for all that they did.
Bond Hageman – UHS Student
I would like to thank everyone for coming to the varsity basketball games this year. I also would like to say please come and watch both boys and girls during sub-state and at state.
Steve Bass; Superintendent of Schools
I appreciate the Jensen and Karen Acres staff members for continuing to offer positive learning experiences for our students during this two-year time period of transition. Thank you for making a positive difference!
Hailie Bonz – UMS Student
I’d like to thank my sixth grade language arts teacher, Mrs. Herrera for showing me how amazing writing is! I’m going on to be an author or editor and I wouldn’t be where I am today without you! I’m sad being an 8th grader means its my last year here, but knowing you have made these three years amazing!
Derek Wilkins, Dean of Students at UHS
Shout out to Evan Whitke for helping pick up the trays in the lunchroom! This shows great character, and going above and beyond for excellence in the lunchroom!