From the Principal's Office
Dowell Families -
Our last big state testing week is complete. I am so proud of the work ethic of our students and staff. We have a jammed packed three weeks left of school with end of the year concerts, banquets, field trips, etc. Please refer to our calendar below to make sure you have these important dates on the calendar. I want to take a moment to wish all of the moms out there a very Happy Mother's Day and hope that you have a wonderful weekend.  
Holly Rogers
Principal, Dowell Middle School 
What's Happening at Dowell
Monday, 5/15
- Youth and Government before and after school in G129.
Tuesday, 5/16
- 6th Grade Boys Athletic Orientation from 6:30 - 8:05 AM in the DMS Competition Gym.
- STUCO meeting at 8:15 AM in F Hall Commons area. 
- Cheer practice from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the DMS Competition Gym.
- Orchestra Spring Concert in the McKinney North Auditorium from 7:30 - 9:00 PM.
Wednesday, 5/17
- 6th Grade Boys Athletic Orientation from 6:30 - 8:05 AM in the DMS Competition Gym.
- 7th Grade Social Studies trip to the Mesquite Rodeo during school hours.
Thursday, 5/18
- 6th Grade Boys Athletic Orientation from 6:30 - 8:05 AM in the DMS Competition Gym.
- Dowell Advanced Drama Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 - 8:30 AM on the DMS Stage.
- PTO meeting in the DMS Teachers Lounge from 9:00 - 10:30 AM.
- Pasta for Pennies luncheon on the DMS Stage from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.
- STUCO meeting at 3:50 PM in F Hall Commons area.
- MISD Band Solo Festival starting at 4:00 PM at Dowell in various rooms.
Friday, 5/19
- Youth in Government banquet in the DMS Cafeteria from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.
Monday, 5/22
- Youth and Government before and after school in G129.
- NRH2O Beginner Music Festival - Band/Orchestra during school day.
- 7th Grade will go to lunch at 12:26 PM and take the 8th grade lunch time.
- 8th Grade Beach Bash at the Stonebridge Ranch Beach Club during school day.
- 8th Grade Yearbook Signing Party from 3:00 - 3:45 PM.
Tuesday, 5/23
- STUCO meeting at 8:15 AM in F Hall Commons area. 
- 4th Annual Dowell Cup Soccer Tournament from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Dowell.
- Cheer practice from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the DMS Competition Gym.
- Dowell Robotics End of Year Celebration from 6:00 - 7:30 PM in the DMS Cafeteria.
Wednesday, 5/24
- Dowell Band Spring Concert on the Lawn (or Gym if raining) from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
Thursday, 5/25
- Band/Orchestra and Cheer to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor during school day.
- STUCO meeting at 3:50 PM in F Hall Commons area.
- Choir Spring Concert from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the DMS Cafeteria.

*Dates and times may change. Please check the calendar below for most recent events. 
Please take a moment to fill out our Dowell Feedback Form
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The 4th Annual Dowell Cup on May 23rd
Extra 2016-2017 Yearbooks are available!
Yearbooks have been printed and the publisher overprinted some copies.  It's not too late to get yours. Bring $40 cash or check made out to Dowell to the front office before they are all gone. Students will receive yearbooks the week of May 22.
Yearbooks from 2015-2016 are available!
We've been cleaning out closets and found a box of yearbooks from last (the 2015-2016) school year. If interested in buying one of these books for $25 please email the yearbook adviser Amy Dougherty. 

Attention: Current 6th Grade Athletes!
Subject: Future Athletes of DMS  Athletic Orientation Days
Dear 6th grade parent,
This letter is to introduce you and your prospective student athlete to the upcoming 6th
Grade Athletic Orientation we are holding in McKinney ISD.  You are about to begin your journey as an athlete in MISD. Our goal at the middle school level is to prepare your mind and body to meet the challenges you will face as you strive to become a future MHS Lion, MNHS Bulldog or MBHS Bronco student athlete!
Your future coaches are anxiously waiting for the opportunity to teach you all about the requirements of middle school athletics.
1.      The orientation will include 3 days for males:  May 16th , 17th , 18th
2.      Doors will open each day at 6:30 am. The Orientation will begin at 6:45 am, and boys will hit the showers at 8:04am and then be able to get to breakfast in the cafeteria at 8:25am - then go to 1st period at 8:40am to start their education.
3.      The following forms are REQUIRED prior to day one of Orientation.  The forms, except for the physical, can all be filled out online at 

a.     MISD Signature Page
b.     UIL Signature Page
c.      Emergency Contact Form
d.     Physical - Must be done in person at Dr's office.  

We hope this orientation will relieve some of the anxiety associated with 6th graders entering into the middle school athletic programs.  Our plan is to lay out expectations in regards to participation, effort, attendance, eligibility & accountability.  We are also hoping the Student Athletes will see the effort and intensity involved with middle school athletics on a daily basis. 
We hope your 6th grader will participate and find out if they truly are ready to be a McKinney ISD middle school student athlete.
*Come dressed in workout clothing, bring towel, soap, deodorant , school clothes to change into after showering - use an athletic bag to carry their needs.  Buy or bring their own breakfast after workouts.  Tennis shoes to work out in will be fine all 3 days.   
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact  Coach Knowles @  

Thank you,
Dowell Boys Coaches 

It's Textbook Turn-In Time!
Parents, it's time for students to turn in any textbooks they have checked out. Please have your student bring any textbooks they have to school next week, starting May 15th. There will be a cart in the Front Office. Thank you!
Want to see a competition between the students and the teachers??? Join us on Wednesday, May 31st for The Great Replay event during first period! Teachers will take on the students in a hilarious game of FAMILY FEUD! It will be lots of excitement and laughs! Tickets to the event are just $5! You can buy your tickets during lunch beginning Monday, May 15th thru Friday May 19th! Want to be a contestant and actually PLAY in the game??? Donate $5 per chance to PLAY in the game! Chances are just $5 each and you can buy as many as you'd like! Names will be drawn at the event!

We've set a goal to raise $5,000 for the American Heart Association! Help us reach it for a good cause! Besides game show tickets, you can also go to to raise money online! All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and their fight against heart diseases and stroke!
8th Grade Commemorative Walk at MBHS
Pride Camp for Incoming 6th Grade Students to Dowell.
From the Nurse's Office

All current 6th grade students are required by law to have the following immunizations prior to the start of their 7th grade year.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis-containing vaccine (unless a booster dose received within the past five years)
  • Meningococcal vaccine (one dose)
  • Varicella vaccine (two doses received on or after 1st birthday)
The vaccines listed above are required in addition to those required by earlier laws. A signed statement of Varicella disease will count towards the Varicella requirement.
The Care Van offers FREE vaccines to children (Infants to 18 years of age) who are uninsured, have Medicaid, are American Indian or Alaskan Native or who have private insurance that does not cover vaccines. Passport Health will be available to vaccinate children ages 6 months to 18 years with AETNA, Blue Cross Blue Shield or United Healthcare insurances.
The next Care Van event is scheduled for:
WHEN: May 18, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
WHERE: Lawson Early Childhood Center, 500 Dowell St., McKinney, Texas
It is necessary for your child to be in compliance before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Please send updated shot records to Nurse Martha as soon as possible. Without a record of these vaccinations your student will not be able to start 7th grade.
Love and Logic Parenting
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,