School News


Welcome Students! We’re so glad you’re here! Please read these messages from teachers & staff throughout our entire district. #1stDayAug23

Welcome back students! We are ready to improve the world!
Derek Wilkins, Student Support Specialist, UHS

Welcome back, Valerius Students. I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces again! Let’s walk down our hallways to a great year filled with learning new things, working together, and having a lot of fun! I wonder how many students remember our three Valerius behavior expectations (Hint: R, R and S). See you soon!
Smiles~ Mrs. MacGregor, Valerius School Counselor

I’m looking forward to seeing my former 1st grade students as we begin 3rd grade.  I’m so lucky to have you back in my life! 🙂
Diane Gruba, 3rd grade, Webster

Welcome Urbandale students! Please know as you walk through the hallways of your school that you are surrounded by people who deeply care about you, who are guided by a passion for helping you to reach your potential, and who wholeheartedly believe in you…every day…always.
Dena Soenke, Communications Manager

Urbandale Students and Families, Welcome back!  We can’t wait to see all of you and work with you this year!  Our goal is to provide support and encouragement for each of you in your journey to improve the world.  Don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything we can do to help during the process.  Have a GREAT start to the school year and we’re so glad you’re here!
Kristi Powers, Student Support Specialist, UHS

KA Students, We can’t wait to see all of you walk through our doors!  Get ready to have a blast this school year with all of our biggest fans, the staff at KA!  We promise to bring learning to life for each and every one of you!
Lara Justmann, KA Principal

Welcome to a new school year, Students! We look forward to serving you and making sure you have an enjoyable and successful year.  Make this year incredible!
Your Superintendent of Schools,
Steve Bass

You are capable of amazing things!
Kali Brinker, 5th Grade, Karen Acres

Welcome back everyone! May the 2017-2018 school year be the most engaging, inspiring, rewarding, and memorable year yet.
Leah Cole, Special Education, Karen Acres Elementary

We are so excited to start this school year off with you! Remember, you can do anything you put your mind to! We believe in YOU!!
Brittany Cooley FFO

I can’t wait to see your smiles and connect with you again!  Welcome back to a great new year!
Jill Duffield, UHS Counselor

Welcome from Mrs. Fausch! I look forward to a new challenge of teaching 1st grade. I am here for you and proud to be a J-Hawk!
Melanie Fausch, 1st Grade, Webster Elementary

Terri Muehlenthaler-Holmes, Kindergarten Teacher, Jensen Elementary
Welcome to Kindergarten…
The magic is about to begin.
“You can find magic wherever you look,
sit back, and relax, all you need is a book.”
-Dr. Seuss-

I hope something you experienced this summer got you thinking about science.  Your science classes at Urbandale Public Schools will help you explore all the amazing things around us!
Julie Goldman, Science Teacher at Urbandale High School

Welcome back to a wonderful year full of learning! Enjoy each day and know that you are surrounded by support. Try your best in everything you do, stay positive, have fun, and keep smiling! You’ll do great!
Ms. Scherber, 4th grade teacher, Valerius Elementary

UHS Students and staff! Get ready to experience the best year ever! I believe each and every one of you is going to make a year you’ll treasure.
Cindy Taylor, At-risk RECESS teacher, Urbandale High School

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  It’s going to be a fantastic year full of learning and growing together!
Andria Nelson, ELP, Karen Acres/Olmsted

Here’s to a great start to the year to all students and staff within the Urbandale Community School District.
William R. Watson, Ph.D., CAA, Director of Activities and Community Education

Happy first day of school, everyone!  So anxious to see all of you at UMS!  Cheers to a great year of making new friends and making everyone feel a part of the UMS team!
Patty Coppess, UMS Student Achievement Coordinator

YOU are the reason we are here!
Renee Assink, 1st grade teacher, Webster

I am so excited to have you back in our hallways and classes! UHS is on pace already for the best year ever. Remember: “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”  Chinese Proverb
Mrs. Cutler, EL Instructor, UHS

Welcome back to the best year ever! Be awesome, be yourself, be ready to do great things! We are lucky you are here!
Mrs. Squires, 2nd Grade, Valerius

This year you will embrace new challenges with opportunities for you to grow.
Hollie Nord, 3rd grade, Webster

Welcome back to school Urbandale students! We are excited to begin another great school year with you. “A new journey to be started.  A new promise to be fulfilled.  A new page to be written.” -Wonder Woman.
Ashley Muilenburg, Kindergarten teacher, Webster Elementary

Welcome back and welcome to Urbandale Schools! We’re glad you’re a part of this team; and I promise to do my best to make sure you learn, grow, and have a place where you feel you belong. Have an awesome year!
Mrs. McCulley, ELL Teacher, Urbandale High School

It’s a great opportunity to be your teacher!  I’m excited to be inspired by you and to inspire you! Welcome to our learning community!
Patty Alexander, First grade teacher, Webster Elementary

YOU are the BEST part of my job!  I can’t wait to hear about all of my former students, and meet new ones.  Stay positive, and have an amazing year!
Lindsay Casey, 6th grade Language Arts, UMS

All of your teachers and coaches care about you.
Mark Klaus, UHS Social Sciences Teacher, UHS Head Wrestling Coach, UHS Freshman Football Coach

I look forward to seeing all the new faces in our school! I love what we learn in FCS, and enjoy sharing with you. Seventh graders will learn about baby care, sewing, and cooking, and eighth graders will focus on families, interior design, and foods and nutrition.  It’s all of the best for managing our lives and families.
Carla Madson, Family &Consumer Sciences teacher, UMS

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to have you here and cannot wait to help make 2017-2018 the best year you have ever experienced!  Best wishes and best of luck to you…..have a fantastic year!
Mike Moran, Director, Metro West Academy

Always remember you are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem and SMARTER than you think.
Rebecca Alkema, SPED Associate, Valerius Elementary

Everyone have a great 2017-2018 school year!  Once a J-Hawk, Always a J-Hawk, Everywhere a J-Hawk!
Gary J. Birdwell, Urbandale High School, Social Science Department, Head Girls’ Basketball Coach

Welcome back! We can’t wait for you to continue your adventure in learning with us! Have a spectacular school year!
Amanda Drescher, Kindergarten Teacher, Karen Acres Elementary

またあうのをすごくたのしみにしています!ことしもがんばりましょう!”Looking forward to seeing you again! Let’s do our best this year too!”
Mr. Bachmann, Japanese Instructor, Urbandale High School

Welcome Back! Here is a quote that encourages me I hope it encourages you too this school year. “Reach for the moon if you fall short you’ll land among the stars.”
Tiffany Braxton, Facilitator of Family Outreach, Jensen, Olmsted and Valerius Elementary

Welcome, students!  I hope you have a great year.  I can’t wait to share great books and fun times at the library!
Melissa Marwedel, Teacher Librarian for Rolling Green, Olmsted, and Karen Acres

Dear Karen Acres Students, I missed all of you and cannot wait to see your happy faces on Wednesday.  Let’s make this a great year of learning and growing together!!  Mrs. Erickson
Judi Erickson, Reading Teacher, Karen Acres Elementary

Welcome/¡Bienvenidos! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer vacation, and is as excited as I am to be starting this new year. Like the Freshmen, this will be my first year at UHS, and I couldn’t be more excited to get to know all of you. ¡Que les pase un año maravilloso!
Emily Hoesly, Spanish Teacher, UHS

Welcome to the 17-18 school year.  Hope everyone has an awesome year! Go J-Hawks!!
Kayla Sandmann, 2nd Grade Webster Elementary

I’m so excited to start a new school year and have a chance to meet new students. I’m really looking forward to a great year of making music with the UMS bands!
Daphne Monson, 7-8 Band, Urbandale Middle School

Students, I am so glad you are here. You are valued and your contributions are important. I hope you have an awesome year!
Dr. Keri Schlueter, Coordinator of Student Services

I am looking forward to meeting my new sixth grade students and getting to know all of you. I am so excited for the school year to begin and to have lots of fun learning. Here’s to a great school year at UMS!
Mrs. Goodwin, Sixth Grade Literacy Teacher, Middle School

Welcome back “Team U!”  Thanks in advance for making this a great year to be a J-Hawk!
Myron Peterson, Band Director, Urbandale High School

Welcome back J-Hawks! Can’t wait to start working together to change the world with music.
Ted Brimeyer, Choir Director, Urbandale High School

I want to welcome all of my students and families. I am so glad that you are here, and it is going to be a great year!
Dottie Abrahamson, 1st Grade Teacher, Jensen

Happy start of the school year!! I’m excited to see all your faces again, learn new things – and of course, have some fun!
Ashley Danner Dove, 8th Grade Counselor, UMS

Welcome back to school! We are so excited to watch you grow this coming year and we can’t wait to see all your amazing accomplishments!
Mrs. Baedke and Mrs. Kadoun, 2nd grade teachers, Karen Acres Elementary

Welcome back! I’m eager to see what this year has in store, as each year brings its own excitement and adventure! As I start my 7th year teaching 7th grade math at UMS, I cannot wait to meet and work with even more J-Hawks! Together, we all make the Urbandale community a great one!
Karli Crooks, 7th Grade Math at UMS

¡Bienvenidos a la escuela! Que tengan un primer día de clase excelente 🙂
Lois McCarty

Welcome back, J-Hawks! Make 2017-2018 the best year yet!
Mrs. Birdwell, 6th Grade Social Studies, UMS

Welcome to another great year at UHS! We are so excited to see returning students and the many new faces who are new to our district. Make 2017-2018 the best!
Darlene Wagner, School Counselor, Urbandale High School

My best wishes to everyone for an amazing school year! Remember…”The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.”
Lisa West, Secretary, Jensen Elementary

Looking forward to a great year as UHS prepares to “Change the World”!  Go and make a difference!
Melissa Gyure, Spanish, Urbandale High School

Welcome Back! Looking forward to a great year of learning!!
Mrs. VanderLeest, 8th Grade Science, Urbandale Middle School

There is a Chinese Proverb that says, “Learning is a treasure that will follow it’s owner everywhere.” I have found this to be true. Even more importantly, what I have also found to be true is that treasuring the people and the moments, right while we are with them and in them, is crucial! I treasure each of my colleagues and each of our wonderful students! Have an awesome school year!
Brenda Briggs, Secretary/Paraeducator, Webster Elementary

Welcome back UMS students! I hope you all have a wonderful year. Remember to be Respectful, Responsible, Caring, and Safe!
Jennifer Silvay, Associate Principal, Urbandale Middle School

Awesome time of year! There will be lots of energy in the building. We can’t wait for the start of 2017-18…let’s make it a special year. Best of luck to all Fall activities that are already started!
Jon Schmitz, Science, Urbandale High School

Willkommen zurück! Wir freuen uns auf ein tolles Jahr mit euch!
Welcome back! We’re looking forward to a great year with you!
Alex Lubbers, German, Urbandale High School

Welcome back to school! Looking forward to a great year of growing, learning, and building relationships…the opportunities are endless!
Carrie Bagley, Second Grade Teacher, Olmsted

The moment all our UMS students come rushing through the door the first day is one of my favorite moments of the year! My students are the best part of every day. I can’t wait to know my new ones and catch up on the lives of my former ones!
Lindsey Herrera, 6th Grade Language Arts, Urbandale Middle School

Welcome Physics Family 2018! I appreciate you challenging yourselves during your final year. I’m confident you will do great things!
Marc Hermon, PLTW Engineering & Physics Teacher, Urbandale High School

Welcome Back!  I am so excited to share in your lives by getting the opportunity to be a counselor to your most precious gifts, your children.  I am also privileged to be a colleague and friend to some of the finest and most passionate educators in the state.  I am looking forward to a great year and I hope you all are too!
Joleen Brady, School Counselor, Jensen Elementary

Welcome back Valerius students!  This is going to be an amazing year full of smiles, laughs, and learning!
Jill Miller, Instructional Coach, Valerius

Glad to have you all here! We will be on a journey this year to gain knowledge, make ourselves better and make the world a better place to live. I’m looking forward to traveling this year with you.
Gretta Richardson, Science Teacher, Urbandale High School

“Welcome back UHS students for a great 17-18 school year! My advice to you would be to get involved, be active, participate in clubs, organizations and activities. Not only that, but go out and support all the UHS activities, even if you aren’t in them …. have fun with it, and enjoy the school year, it will go fast!”
Patrick Henkenius, Business Education, 10th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, Head Boys Golf Coach, Head Girls Golf Coach, Urbandale High School

Dear 2017-2018 students of UCSD- I hope that this school year provides you the opportunity to fail, so you learn how to persevere and the opportunity to shine, so you know how to feel proud. Make it your best year yet!
Michelle Cole, Facilitator of Curriculum and Professional Learning

When you feel those little butterflies in your body as you anxiously walk through those school and classroom doors today, just remember your teachers are also feeling them! We can’t wait to get to know you and watch you grow this year. Welcome back!
Katy Severe, Special Education, Jensen Elementary

Welcome back to school! I am so excited to meet all my students, and I am looking forward to a great school year!
Ashley Swett, English, Urbandale High School

Zelim sretan i uspjesan pocetak nove skolske godine!
Azra Beganovic, ESL Associate