From the Principal's Office
Hello Dowell Families
Today was the last day of the 9 weeks. I am very proud of the work students have put in this first 9 weeks. Students and teachers have worked especially hard this week to make up work and retake tests if needed. Please remind your child as we head into the second 9 weeks of the importance of staying on top of their school work and asking for help when needed. Our conference day is coming up on October 24. Teachers will be contacting you if they would like a conference. If you have a specific teacher you would like to meet with , please check their weekly communication to sign up for a time to visit. Red Ribbon Week begins next Friday, October 21. Please see the flyer in this newsletter for our dress up days. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Holly Rogers
Principal, Dowell Middle School 
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What's Happening at Dowell
Monday, 10/17
- Dowell Cross Country District Meet @ Cockrill.
- Before school and after school Youth and Government practice.
Tuesday, 10/18
- Before school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- Orchestra Concert rehearsal on stage @8:15 am.
- 7th Dowell Football vs. Rogers @ Prosper HS.
- 8th Dowell Football vs.Rogers @ McKinney Boyd HS.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Wednesday, 10/19
- Choir Fall Concert at 6:30 pm.
- Wear pink -  Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness .
Thursday, 10/20
- Orchestra Beginner String Fling at 7:00 pm.
- After school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- 7th/8th Grade Dowell Volleyball vs. Rogers @ Rogers Middle School.
Friday, 10/21
Wear red for Red Ribbon Week (starting today) .
- Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsal all day.
Saturday, 10/22
- Girl's Volleyball Tournament all day in the Dowell Gyms.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsal from 9:00 - noon.
Monday, 10/24
- Parent/Teacher Meeting - No School and Office Closed.
- Band Wind Ensemble All District Auditions - various times.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 7:30 pm.
- 1st Quarter Grades are visible in HAC.
Tuesday, 10/25
- Before school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- 7th Dowell Football vs. Highland Park @ McKinney Boyd HS.
- 8th Dowell Football vs.Highland Park @ Highland Park.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 7:30 pm.
- Wear crazy hair or crazy hat for Red Ribbon Week .
Wednesday, 10/26
- Cross Country Celebration in Cafeteria after school. 
- Cheer Team Building Pumpkin Carving Party at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria.
- Wear your favorite team jersey for Red Ribbon Week.
Thursday, 10/27
Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 7:30 pm.
- After school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- 7th/8th Grade Dowell Volleyball vs. Highland Park @ Dowell.
- Glimpsed Through The Sawdust live performance by Dowell Drama at 7:00 pm.
- Wear pajamas for Red Ribbon Week.
Friday, 10/28
- Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsals all day.
Glimpsed Through The Sawdust  live performance by Dowell Drama at 7:00 pm.
- Band Fall Trip to Pinstack Bowling from 4:00 - 8:00 pm.
- Dress as your favorite book character (no scary costumes or masks) for Red Ribbon Week.
Saturday, 10/22
- 7th/8th Volleyball A District Tournament - schedule TBD.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play rehearsals all day.
Glimpsed Through The Sawdust  live performance by Dowell Drama at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.

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

NJHS and StuCo Clothing Drive

Attention Dowell parents, guardians, faculty and students. It's that time of year again to start cleaning out your wardrobes to make room for the new season's fashions. Dowell NJHS and StuCo are joining forces to coordinate a clothing drive for the Samaritan Inn. The students are very excited to help their community out in this way. The drive will go from October 17 - 28. The students are collecting new or GENTLY used jeans, shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, outwear, and all other miscellaneous clothing items. They are also accepting NEW shoes, no used shoes at this time. Collection bins will be located outside of the cafeteria. Please help our community by donating to this great cause! Please email Jill Bowman at if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 
Fundraiser with Nothing Bundt Cakes!
Dowell Middle School is having a fundraiser!  All week, please visit Nothing Bundt Cakes and be sure  to mention Dowell Middle School when purchasing your delicious cakes. They will give back 30% of all proceeds that were purchased by our Dowell community. Tell your friends and remember, Fall is the perfect time for cake!

Dowell Drama Presents
Glimpsed Through The Sawdust
Get Tickets HERE 
Upcoming Choir Concert and Popcorn Sales
Choir has been busy, busy, busy! We have been selling our gourmet popcorn for $10 a bag. Our sales end on Monday, October 17th, so if you haven't bought any yet, make sure you find a Choir student to buy from this weekend! Parents, please don't forget to send your order forms and money to school with your students on Monday, October 17th! Our Fall Concert is this coming Wednesday, October 19th in the Dowell Middle School Cafeteria. Students will need to meet in the choir room, in uniform, at 5:45 pm. The Concert will start promptly at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you all there! #choirstrong
From the Nurse's Office

CDC estimates that each year two million Americans get an infection caused by an antibiotic resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance is one of today's greatest health threats. The way we use antibiotics today impacts how useful they will be tomorrow. We all have a responsibility to be vigilant. Here are some ways that you can take action: 
  • Get smart about antibiotics - Take your antibiotics as prescribed. Do not share or save doses for the 'next illness'. Don't skip doses or stop taking the medication unless instructed to do so by your physician.
  • Prevent infections by practicing good hand hygiene - Be sure to wash your hands under running water with soap for 15-20 seconds. If that is not possible, rub them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and let them dry thoroughly.
  • Protect yourself - Get vaccinated against the flu and other vaccine-preventable infections to avoid complications or the need for antibiotics in the first place.
Counselor's Corner

October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS Month!! Think Pink!

Hope is one of the greatest gifts we can give because it carries no price tag but its value is priceless.  Please show your support for people around  the world fighting this disease by wearing  PINK on both Wednesday, October 12th and October 19th.  Promoting awareness can help save lives!

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.  It is the second most common cancer in women but millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
Many people do not realize that men have breast tissues and that they too can develop breast cancer so let's all help make a difference, be proactive, and help raise awareness about the importance of early detection. 
Help for Today....Hope for Tomorrow
City of McKinney Drug Take Back Event
The City of McKinney will be have a drug take-back event on Saturday, October 22. Parents, please clean out your medicine cabinets and do one easy thing to help prevent drug use in our community by starting in your own homes. For more info:  Also, Deidre Vetterick, McKinney North High School Impact Counselor, and Jennifer Akins, Director of Guidance and Counseling, will be doing a one-hour talk for parents, "Managing Stress Without Substances: Coping with Life's Pressures," on October 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Faubion MS, and they will have Spanish translators present.
National Dyslexia Awareness Month
In the spirit of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, Decoding Dyslexia Texas - McKinney, with support from McKinney ISD, will host a special screening of the film:

"Roadtrip Nation - Being You"

Wednesday, Oct. 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the MISD Greer Annex.
"Being You" is a documentary film produced by career exploration organization, Roadtrip Nation, in partnership with, the leading online resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues. 

This event is free and open to all people interested in learning more about dyslexia and learning differences.

You can learn more about the film here:

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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,