From the Principal's Office
We had a great time at our first pep rally of the year! It was such a pleasure watching our student body come together to celebrate all the great activities going on at Dowell. Thank you parents for supporting your children as they attended extra practices to get ready for today. We are very proud of all they do. I know that plenty of pictures were taken and have been posted on our DMS Facebook page. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.
Holly Rogers
Principal, Dowell Middle School 

What's Happening at Dowell

Friday, 9/30
- Lion's Pep Rally! 6th grade from 2:00 - 2:45 pm. 7th and 8th grade from 2:55 - 3:35 pm.
- Dowell's Got Talent from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Monday, 10/3
- Before and after school Youth and Government practice. 
- Academic UIL Kick-Off after school in the Learning Commons.
- Dowell Cross County @ Evans Middle School.
Tuesday, 10/4
- Before school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- 7th Dowell Football vs. Faubion @ Ron Poe Stadium.
- 8th Dowell Football vs. Faubion @ McKinney Boyd HS.
- Dowell Band at 8th Dowell Football @ McKinney Boyd HS.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Thursday, 10/6
- After school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- After school National Junior Honor Society Meeting (NJHS) in F103.
- 7th/8th Grade Dowell Volleyball vs. Faubion @ Faubion.
Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Friday, 10/7
- Band Parent Showcase concert during scheduled band classes.
Monday, 10/10
- Staff Development - school will be closed.
Tuesday, 10/11
- Before school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- Group photos will be taken during school hours.
- 7th Dowell Football vs. Johnson @ McKinney North HS.
- 8th Dowell Football vs.Johnson @ McKinney Boyd HS.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
- Dowell Cross Country Elite Meet @ Cockrill Middle School.
Thursday, 10/13
- PTO meeting at 9:00 am in the teachers lounge.
- After school STUCO meeting in F Hall Commons Area.
- 7th/8th Grade Dowell Volleyball vs. Johnson @ Johnson Middle School.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Friday, 10/14
- School picture retake day.
- 6th grade Mixer after school in the cafeteria from 3:45 - 5:30 pm.
- 7th/8th grade bands will join high schools at football games..."Band Feeder Night"

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

School Will Be Closed on Monday, Oct. 10th
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Free & Reduced Drop Date for Benefits
All students who have yet to complete a new 2016-2017 Free & Reduced application will automatically be dropped from the program effective October 4, 2016. This is in accordance with USDA regulations regarding the 30 day carryover eligibility. If you need to submit an application, go to: 

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Academic UIL Starts Monday, 10/3
Students, meet us in the learning commons after school on 10/3 to learn more about Academic UIL. Come meet the coaches and sign-up for the events you're interested in. 

What is Academic UIL?

Academic UIL is where students compete with other students in the area of academics. There are events for all the core content areas (math, science, social studies, language arts; NEW EVENTS: Art and Music Memory).  We have events for everyone's talents - visit our website ( ) for the complete list of events, practice times and sign up today!
Academic UIL is open for all 6th, 7th & 8th graders, so come join our team!
If you would like to volunteer to help with the 6th Grade Mixer, please sign up here: 
Support Dowell Special Olympics!
Tee shirts are $12.00 each. Order forms (in the front office) will be accepted until October 11th.
Students that purchase a shirt will get to make a tunnel for our athletes on competition days! Proceeds benefit the McKinney ISD Special Olympic teams.
From the Nurses Office

With flu season just around the corner, this is a wonderful time to talk with your children about ways to prevent illness and infections. Here are some easy ways to stay healthy:  
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks and eating utensils
  • Cover your cough and sneeze (use your elbow)
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Stay well nourished and hydrated
  • Don't forget to get your flu shot!
We want our students to stay healthy and in school but when your student is ill, please keep them home until they are free from fever, vomiting and/ or diarrhea for at least 24 hours without the use of any medications.   
We value and appreciate all our Dowell volunteers. If you plan to volunteer in any capacity this year, please click below to learn more about becoming a Dowell volunteer. You will need to complete the online volunteer application. It must be completed once a year. When approved, you can volunteer for special events, field trips or on campus activities. We look forward to working with you and thank you in advance for your participation!
Parents, please let your students know if they are missing anything to come see Ms. Pat in the front office. The last Friday of each month we will donate the lost and found to charity. 
Help us to better meet the safety needs of our student body.
Please take a moment to fill out the MISD Safety Survey below.

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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,