From the Principal's Office
Dowell Families - 
I cannot believe that next week is the last week of the 3rd nine weeks. Students and teachers have been working so hard this past nine weeks. We are very proud of the growth that we have seen and cannot wait to see all that students will accomplish in the final quarter. Thank you so much to the parents who came last night to our registration meetings. If we were not able to answer your question or if you had to miss for other obligations, all of the information is posted on our Dowell website . Please do not forget that we will be hosting our annual Open House on Monday, February 27 from 5:30-7:00pm. We invite you to come and see some of the great things that your children are doing at school. Finally, our Mom and Pop Popcorn Fundraiser is in the last weekend. Please have your child return their orders and money on Tuesday, February 28 as that will be the final day that orders will be accepted. The delivery date for the popcorn is Monday, March 20. Thank you so much to all who have participated! Have such a great weekend.

Holly Rogers
Principal, Dowell Middle School 
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The Black History "Hidden Figures" luncheon was a huge success and featured the Honorable Angela Tucker from the 199th District Court, sharing her inspirational story.
What's Happening at Dowell
Friday, 2/24
- Youth and Government Dowell Showcase in the Cafeteria from 5:00 - 8:30 PM.
- High School Cheer Clinic for 8th Grade Cheer from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Gym.
Saturday, 2/25
- Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Festival all day at Faubion Middle School.
Monday, 2/27
- Youth and Government before and after school in G129.
- Band Wind Ensemble recordings from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the DMS Band Hall.
- Dowell Drama Spring Play Auditions from 4:00 - 5:30 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM in E100.
- 6th Grade Band Ensemble Recitals from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the DMS Band Hall. 
- A Night at the Museum - 8th Social Studies from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the Learning Commons.
- Dowell Spring Open House from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.
Tuesday, 2/28
- STUCO meeting at 8:15 AM in F Hall Commons area.
- Concert Choir UIL Competition from 10:20 - 11:20 AM at McKinney North High School.
- Men's Choir UIL Competition from 3:40 - 4:40 PM at McKinney North High School.
- Dowell Drama Spring Play Auditions from 4:00 - 7:00 PM in E100.
- Tennis and Track Parent Meeting from 6:00 - 7:30 PM in the Gyms and Cafeteria.
- Last day of Mom and Popcorn Fundraiser. All orders MUST be turned in by end of day.
Thursday, 3/2
- Chamber Choir UIL Competition from 2:00 - 3:00 PM at McKinney North High School.
- STUCO meeting at 3:50 PM in F Hall Commons area.
- National Junior Honor Society Meeting at 3:50 PM in F103.
- Dowell Drama Spring Play Auditions from 4:00 - 6:00 PM in E100.
Friday, 3/3
- Dowell Spirit Wear for sale in front of Cafeteria before school from 8:15 - 8:45 AM.
- Youth in Government State Competition in Austin.
Saturday, 3/4
- Youth in Government State Competition in Austin.
Sunday, 3/5
- Youth in Government State Competition in Austin.
SPRING BREAK from March 6 - 10: School will be closed all week.
Monday, 3/13
- Youth and Government before and after school in G129.
- Dowell Advanced Drama Parent Meeting (2017-18) from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the DMS Cafeteria.
Tuesday, 3/14
- STUCO meeting at 8:15 AM in F Hall Commons area.
- National Junior Honor Society make-up meeting at 8:15 AM in F103.
- Dowell Drama Spring Play Rehearsal from 4:00 - 6:00 PM in the DMS Cafeteria.
- Dowell Tennis Teams take on Rogers MS at McKinney Boyd HS starting at 4:00 PM.
Thursday, 3/16
- "Coffee and Choir" at 8:45 AM in the DMS Cafeteria.
- PTO meeting from 9:00 - 10:30 AM in the DMS Teacher's Lounge.
- STUCO meeting at 3:50 PM in F Hall Commons area.
- Dowell Drama Spring Play Rehearsal from 4:00 - 6:00 PM in the DMS Cafeteria.
Friday, 3/17
- Beginning Orchestra Movie Night from 4:00 - 6:00 PM in the DMS Orchestra Room (C111).
Saturday, 3/18
- Dowell Drama Spring Play Rehearsal from 9:00 AM - Noon in the DMS Cafeteria.
- Third Quarter Grades will be visible in the Home Access Center (HAC).

*Dates and times may change. Please check the calendar below for most recent events. 
~ Spring Open House ~
Monday Evening, 2/27 from  5:30-7:00 PM

Dowell Middle School Achieves Level 1 Certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools

Bloomington, Ind., [February 6, 2017]
Dowell Middle School is pleased to announce the achievement of Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools™. Level 1 certification means Dowell Middle School has created a "Safe and Collaborative Culture," which is the foundation for every level that follows. Without such a culture, student achievement will be compromised. Day-to-day school operations are addressed and evaluated in Level 1.

The high reliability school (HRS) program was created by Marzano Research to help transform schools into organizations that take proactive steps to ensure student success. Using a research-based five-level hierarchy, along with leading and lagging indicators, educators learn to assess, monitor, and confirm the effectiveness of their schools.

This framework, based on 40 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of performance that a school must master to become an HRS-where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers, and beyond.

"As you move through the levels, it represents a complete transformation in how schools are run," says CEO Robert J. Marzano.

Schools must collect data and validate their performance to climb each level of the hierarchy. Certification is determined by Marzano Research analysts in cooperation with school data teams.

Using the HRS framework and indicators, schools can drive sustained, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.

About Marzano Research
Marzano Research is a joint venture between Solution Tree and Dr. Robert J. Marzano. In service to educators, the company synthesizes Dr. Marzano's scope of educational research, world-renowned for its breadth and depth, into accessible components teachers and principals can use for concrete gains in student learning. Continuous action research ensures Marzano Research strategies are always at the forefront of best practice.

School Sponsored Popcorn Fundraiser
  • Mom and Popcorn fundraiser ends on Tuesday, 2/28.
  • Orders are due on Tuesday, 2/28 to meet popcorn production schedules.
  • If using a check, make out to Dowell Middle School (NOT Mom and Popcorn).
  • Please write legible when filling out the forms.
  • Parents will keep the pink form. The yellow and white are returned back to Dowell with the  money collected in the envelope provided.
  • The gold bag contains 15 cups of delicious popcorn.
  • For every bag you sell, your child gets $1.00 on a gift card from Mom and Popcorn on the square, to be used in their store.
  • 20 bags sold = Golden Ticket: Allows you to arrange for a private tour of Mom and Popcorn.
  • If you need a packet, we have a few left in the DMS front office.
  • Orders will be delivered on Monday, 3/20.
*T hank you for your participation in this once a year fundraiser sponsored by Dowell. We will use the funds to keep improving programs and activities offered to students during the school year. 
Texas Student Success Initiative
The grade advancement requirements of the Texas Student Success Initiative (SSI), requires that grade 5 and grade 8 students meet the passing standards on STAAR tests in mathematics and reading before they can be promoted to the next grade. The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that every student makes the academic progress necessary to show a sufficient understanding of the knowledge and skills taught and tested at each grade level. 

Each student is given three opportunities to pass the state assessment, with the first assessment date being Tuesday, March 28, 2017 for mathematics and Wednesday, March 29, 2017 for reading. Your child's teacher depend upon and look forward to working with you to help your child succeed. If you have any questions about your child's progress, please feel free to contact your child's teacher.
Iniciativa de éxito de estudiantes de Texas
Los requisitos de la ley estatal La Iniciativa para el Éxito Estudiantil (SSI, por sus siglas en inglés) requiere que los estudiantes de 5 y 8 grado pasen las pruebas de STAAR de lectura y matemáticas antes de pasar a al siguiente grado. El propósito de esta iniciativa es asegurar que cada estudiante ha hecho el progreso académico necesario para mostrar una comprensión suficiente de los conocimientos y destrezas enseñados y evaluado en cada nivel de grado.

Cada estudiante tiene tres oportunidades para pasar la prueba estatal, con la primera fecha de evaluación siendo el martes, 28 de marzo de 2017 para matemáticas y para lectura el miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2017.  El maestro de su hijo depende, y espera trabajar junto con usted para ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito.  Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca del progreso de su hijo, no dude en ponerse en contacto con el maestro de su hijo.
2017-2018 Student Transfer Request Due 2/28

The deadline for parents to submit a transfer petition for the 2017 - 2018 school year is fast approaching. Click HERE to download MISD Transfer Guidelines and the Form. Print the application and complete, then follow instructions for where to submit. 

Dowell Spring Open House on Monday, 2/27

Monday, 2/27 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Come and see all the great things that make us proud to be a Dowell Lion!

Course Registration Forms for 2017-18 are due on Monday, 2/27

Monday, 2/27 - Please have your student turn in the course registration forms to their math teachers for next year.

From the Nurse's Office

Sodium is an element that is found in many foods. The body requires a small amount of sodium in the diet to control blood pressure and blood volume. However, most people consume more sodium than needed. A healthy level of sodium is less than 2300 milligrams per day (about the amount of sodium in one teaspoon of salt). People with certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, and heart problems can benefit from a diet that is lower in sodium.

Here are some ways to decrease your sodium intake:
  • Put down the salt shaker and reduce or eliminate salt in cooking. Experiment with herbs, spices, garlic, onions, or lemon instead.
  • Look for low-sodium products and read labels for serving size and sodium content. 
  • When dining out, request dressings or sauces on the side, and avoid bacon bits, cheese, and croutons at the salad bar.
  • Teach family members to taste food before adding salt.
  • When purchasing bottled water, check the label to ensure that it does not contain sodium.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally low in sodium. In addition, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides additional benefits in lowering blood pressure. 
Spirit Wear For Sale on Friday Mornings Before School
Every Friday between now and spring break, the Dowell PTO will be selling spirit wear in front of the cafeteria, before school. Don't miss a chance to get your Lion gear!
McKinney Police Teen Academy Summer Camps
1:World Freshman Laptop Information Meetings

Parents, you only need to come to one meeting and can come to any location, regardless of your home campus for 17-18.
Contact Us

Dowell Main Number 
Front Office - Pat Gilchrist 469-302-6702,
Registrar/Records, - Kim Oberlender 469-302-6709, 
Nurse - Martha Anderson 469-302-6716,
Principal - Holly Rogers 469-302-6700,
Office ManagerChristy Howley 469-302-6704,
Assistant Principal (Last name A-L) - Jesse Abel 469-302-6718,
Counselor (Last name A-L) - Jennifer Morse 469-302-6713,
AP Secretary (Last name A-L) - Pamela Coats 469-302-6707,
Assistant Principal (Last name M-Z) - Aretha Jackson 469-302-6711,
Counselor (Last name M-Z), Rayshana Adams 469-302-6801,
Special Education Lead - Lori Wilson 469-302-6754,
Gifted and Talented Services, Karen Green 469-302-7913, 
Durham Bus Services  - 972-542-8316
Athletic Coordinator - Tim Knowles  469-302-6728 
Band - Tiffany Lisko 469-302-6777,
Choir - Rebecca Sigman 469-302-6874,
Drama - Colin Wells 469-302-6750,
Orchestra - Beth Lawrence 469-302-6738,