From the Principal's Office
Dowell Families - 
I cannot believe that today is the last day of the 3rd nine weeks! This year is flying by. It was so great to see so many families at our Open House this past Monday. Thank you so much for being so supportive of what we do here at Dowell. We could not be successful without you always supporting us. I want to say thank you to everyone who sold popcorn for our fundraiser. We had a great turnout and will be able to utilize the funds to support different initiatives here on campus. The popcorn will be delivered on March 20, 2017 and we will send out more details after Spring Break. I hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break.
Holly Rogers
Principal, Dowell Middle School 
Our Dowell Lions participating in Special Olympics competition this week.
What's Happening at Dowell
Friday, 3/3
- 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 March 6th - 10th
(The Dowell Campus will be closed all week)
Monday, 3/13
- Youth and Government before and after school in G129.
- Advanced Drama (Future) Parent Meeting (2017-18) 6:30 - 7:00 PM in the DMS Cafeteria.
- Drama New York Trip Information Meeting 7:00 - 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.
Wednesday, 3/15
- "Coffee and Choir" at 8:45 AM in the DMS Cafeteria.
Thursday, 3/16
- 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).
Monday, 3/20
- Youth and Government before and after school in G129.
- Spring Book Fair begins today in the Learning Commons from 8:15 - 4:15 PM.
- Dowell Tennis vs Faubion @ McKinney Boyd High School from 4:00 - 8:30 PM.
- Mom and Popcorn fundraiser orders are scheduled to arrive at Dowell.
Tuesday, 3/21
- STUCO meeting at 8:15 AM in F Hall Commons area.
- Spring Book Fair in the Learning Commons from 8:15 - 4:15 PM.
Wednesday, 3/22
- Spring Book Fair in the Learning Commons from 8:15 - 4:15 PM.
- Dowell Orchestra Pre-UIL Clinic in Cafeteria and Fine Arts rooms from 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, 3/23
- Spring Book Fair in the Learning Commons from 8:15 - 4:15 PM.
- 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.
- Dowell Track Meet vs. Evans, Faubion, Johnson at Ron Poe Stadium starting at 4:00 PM.
- Dowell Robotics Sack Attack in the DMS Cafeteria from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. 
Friday, 3/24
- Spring Book Fair ends today in the Learning Commons from 8:15 AM - Noon.
- Band Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Pre-UIL Concert at McKinney Boyd HS at 7:00 PM.

*Dates and times may change. Please check the calendar below for most recent events. 
Dowell estará cerrada el lunes, 6 de marzo  a viernes, 10 de marzo.
Get Involved

There are a lot of wonderful programs and activities outside of school for students to participate in during spring break.

Participating in group activities with friends and family is great but it is also important to do things that you enjoy doing by yourself. Volunteering at nursing homes, animal shelters or even charity events is also a great way to have fun and do something worthwhile. During your spring break we hope you get much needed rest but take time to develop some personal hobbies and skills.  Here are just a few things that you can do on your own:  Cook, read, dance, play sports, build something, make jewelry, go site seeing, take pictures, knit, draw, sew, play your instrument, exercise, listen to music, enjoy your pet, etc.


Enjoy your Spring Break!!
From the Nurse's Office

More than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind. According to the CDC, food allergies are estimated to affect 4% - 6% of children and 4% of adults. Food allergy symptoms are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. You can even develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problems. While any food can cause an adverse reaction, eight types of food account for about 90% of all reactions. These 8 foods are:  eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe. A food that triggered only mild symptoms on one occasion may cause more severe symptoms at another time. The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis -- a life-threatening whole-body allergic reaction that can impair your breathing, cause a dramatic drop in your blood pressure and affect your heart rate. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency fatal and must be treated promptly.

If you suspect that you may have a food allergy, speak with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to determine the best course of action to ensure your safety.

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.
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,