From the Principal's Office
Dowell Families - 

Next week is our last round of state testing for the year. Our 6th and 7th graders will take Math on Monday and Reading on Tuesday. Our 8th graders will take Science on Wednesday and Social Studies on Thursday. Please make sure that you have your child to school on time so that they are ready to get started. The campus will be closed during STAAR testing. We will have goldfish and Nutrigrain bars for the students for a snack. If they would like to bring their own they are free to do so, but please make sure that is a healthy one-handed snack. NO CHIPS OR CANDY. They may also bring a water bottle for testing days. Hope everyone enjoys this beautiful weekend!
Holly Rogers
Principal, Dowell Middle School 
Congratulations to our 6th and 7th grade honor roll recipients. We will celebrate our 8th graders on Tuesday, May 30th at McKinney Boyd HS beginning at 6:30 PM.
What's Happening at Dowell
Saturday, 5/6
Youth and Government Newbie Camp from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM at Dowell.
Monday, 5/8
- Youth and Government before and after school in G129.
- STAAR Testing - 6th/7th Grade Math.
Tuesday, 5/9
- NJHS make-up meeting if you missed last Thursday in F103 at 8:15 AM.
- STUCO meeting at 8:15 AM in F Hall Commons area.
- STAAR Testing - 6th/7th Grade Reading.
- Cheer practice from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the DMS Competition Gym.
Wednesday, 5/10
- STAAR Testing - 8th Grade Science.
Thursday, 5/11
- STAAR Testing - 8th Grade Social Studies.
- STUCO meeting at 3:50 PM in F Hall Commons area.
- Cheer practice from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the DMS Competition Gym.
- Dowell Robotics event in the DMS Cafeteria from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
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 7:00 - 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.

*Dates and times may change. Please check the calendar below for most recent events. 
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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. 

8th Grade Commemorative Walk at MBHS
Pride Camp for Incoming 6th Grade Students to Dowell.
From the Nurse's Office
Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month. CDC's Vision Health Initiative (VHI) is partnering with the National Eye Institute to encourage all Americans to make vision a health priority. This year, there's a particular focus on women's eye health, as women are at greater risk for vision loss than men.  Did you know 2/3 of blindness and visual impairment occur in women?
Look Out For Your Eyes
Here are some eye-opening facts about vision health:
* Approximately 12 million people in the United States have vision impairment.
* Many eye conditions are age-related, like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Women generally live longer than men, so they are more likely to be affected by these conditions.
* Some eye conditions are linked to hormonal imbalances across a woman's life span, from pregnancy to post-menopause. An example is dry eye syndrome.
What You Can Do
Here are some ways to take care of your eyes:
* Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam, especially if it's been some time since the last one. Vision loss can be prevented when eye diseases are caught early. 
* Talk to your family to learn about your family history of eye diseases. It is important to share your family history with your eye care professional.
* Quit or never start smoking because smoking increases your risk for AMD, cataracts, and glaucoma, which all can lead to blindness.
* Eat a healthy diet, rich in leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, and fish.
* Maintain a healthy weight to reduce your risk of eye disease and other chronic conditions like diabetes.
* Use them or lose them: use protective eyewear like sunglasses and goggles or risk losing your vision.
This May, take steps towards protecting your eyes and the vision health of your loved ones by learning about your risk for eye diseases. Look out for those eyes!
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.
The Last Chance to Attend is May 8th!
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,