From the Principal's Office
Today marks the end of the first three weeks of school. You will be able to access your child's progress report in HAC next Tuesday, September 13th after 10 am. If your student has any missing grades, please make sure that you are sending them to tutoring with their teacher. All teachers have several tutoring times throughout the week for students to get help or make up missed work. We had picture day today for the yearbook. If your child missed school for any reason, there will be a makeup day soon. Athletics, Drama and Youth in Government are off to a great start.  I hope that you get up to Dowell soon to support our great kids and their talents.  Have a great weekend!
 
Holly Rogers
Principal, Dowell Middle School 
What's Happening at Dowell


Saturday, 9/10
- 7th/8th Volleyball A Team Tourney starting at 8:00 am. 7th/Reedy HS and 8th/Liberty HS.
- Dowell Cross Country at Myers Park from 8:00 - Noon.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on the DMS Stage from 9:00 - Noon.
Monday, 9/12
- Before and after school Youth in Government practice. 
- After school Dowell Soccer Club meeting in F214.
Tuesday, 9/13
- Before school STUCO meeting in G217.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
- 7th Dowell Football vs. Evans @ Evans (McKinney HS)
- 8th Dowell Football vs. Evans @ Dowell (McKinney Boyd HS) 
Wednesday, 9/14
- Dowell Talent Show Auditions 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Thursday, 9/15
- After school STUCO meeting in G217.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
- 7th/8th Grade Dowell Volleyball vs. Evans @ Dowell from 5:00 - 9:30 pm.
- AVID Parent Meeting from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Cafeteria.
Friday, 9/16
- Dowell Talent Show Auditions 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
Monday, 9/19
- Before and after school Youth in Government practice. 
- Dowell Cross County @ Prosper ISD Meet
- 8th Dowell Football vs. Cockrill @ McKinney North HS
Tuesday, 9/20
- Before school STUCO meeting in G217.
- 7th Dowell Football vs. Cockrill @ McKinney Boyd HS
Thursday, 9/22
- After school STUCO meeting in G217.
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on DMS Stage from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
- 7th/8th Grade Dowell Volleyball vs. Cockrill @ Dowell
Friday, 9/23
- Dowell Band All-Region Boot Camp from 4:00 - 6:30 pm.
Saturday, 9/24
- Dowell Drama Fall Play Rehearsal on the DMS Stage from 9:00 - Noon.

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


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!
 
Tryout Packets HERE or in Front Office
Tryouts are Wednesday, 9/14 and Friday, 9/16
Dowell Soccer Club Meeting Monday, 9/12
Dowell Soccer Club will hold their first meeting on Monday, September 12th from 3:50 - 4:20 pm in room F214. This is for all members 6th - 8th grade. It is important that any student interested in joining attends this meeting. If your student can't make it, please have them come see Mr. Boysen (E109) or Dr. Cuellar (F214).
National Junior Honor Society

NJHS applications are now available. NJHS is open to all 7th and 8th grade students who maintained at least a 90% average in the Spring 2016 semester. Please see the Dowell website or have your student stop by the front office for a form packet. All applications and documents are due by 4 pm, Friday September 16. No late applications will be accepted. If you have any questions, contact Jill Bowman:

Robotics Club Sign-Up

It's that time of year again, welcome back to all our returning Robotics Club Roboteers! We are now accepting applications for new and renewal memberships. If you are interested in joining the After School Robotics Club, please ask your parents to visit our webpage at:

  We meet once a week after school and we participate in four competitions throughout the school year. We would love to have you join us.
It's a Yearbook FLASH SALE!
Order your 2016-2017 Yearbook by September 16th and CHOOSE personalization and get 4 FREE icons of your choice (a $14 value)!
 
3 Ways to Order:
  • Go to Jostensyearbook.com and type in Dowell Middle School to order online,
  • Print the form below and turn in to front office OR
  • Come by the front office and pick up an order form today!
BOOK PRICE: $30.00
ORDER DEADLINE: 09/16/2016

*Yearbook is on sale for the lowest price of the year. Order now to save $5.00.
Symphonic Band Sectionals Begin

Symphonic Band Sectional Schedule:

Tuesdays (7:30 - 8:30 AM):  Percussion Sectional
 
Wednesdays
(7:30 - 8:30 AM):  Low Brass Sectional (All Trombones/Euphoniums/Tubas)
(4:00 - 5:00 PM):  Low Woodwind Sectional (All Bassoons/Saxophones)
 
Thursdays
(7:30 - 8:30 AM): High Brass Sectional (All Trumpets/French Horns)
 
Fridays
(7:30 - 8:30 AM): Upper Woodwind Sectional (All Flutes/Oboes/Clarinets)
 
*Please drop off or pick up your son or daughter behind the school by the back door entrance.  

**Students are to make up missed sectional(s) whether the absence is excused or unexcused. 
From the Nurses Office
The Benefits & Tricks to Having a Family Dinner

Studies show that eating at least three family meals together each week is associated with healthier kids. Trying to put together a healthy meal between all the extracurricular activities can be very challenging. Here are 5 benefits of eating a family meal:
  • Family meals prevent excessive weight gain - Family meals can result in a lower likelihood of children being overweight.
  • Family meals teach healthy food choices - Teaching your children to enjoy healthy foods rather than junk food is a gift that will stay with them through adulthood.
  • Family meals prevent eating disorders - such as anorexia and bulimia.
  • Family dinner improves social-emotional health - just eat together regularly and talk about your day.
  • Family dinner can help kids deal with bullying - Adolescents who eat regular family dinners handle bullying better and are less likely to engage in substance abuse or develop psychiatric health concerns.
Still concerned about how to make it work? Well here are some tried-and-true tricks to keep family dinner a reality on busy evenings:
  • Freezer cooking: On nights when you are making an all-out dinner, double it and freeze the other half.
  • Love your crock pot: Get all the cooking done earlier in the day, plug it in, and have it all ready to go at dinner time.
  • Use paper plates: Don't be afraid to use disposable plates and cups at home. One of the appeals of fast food is easy clean-up and no dishes. It's better to eat healthy food on paper plates than buy fast food.
Support Your Dowell PTO!
- All Dowell parents are invited to attend the Dowell PTO meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 9:00 am in the Dowell Teacher's Lounge. 
 
- Be sure to check out our new website - www.dowellpto.com.  On the website you can join the PTO, sign up to volunteer, purchase spirit wear and more! 

- Facebook users, please like our new Facebook page for great PTO information and more, https://www.facebook.com/groups/dowellpto/

- There will be a school wide talent show on September 30 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. We need your help! Please click below and sign up to help!

MISD to offer Love and Logic Classes!
McKinney ISD to offer parenting classes based on the Love and Logic program. 

Becoming a Love and Logic Parent 
Sessions:

September 8-29
October 6-27
January 5-26
February 2-23
March 2-30



Click Below for MISD Technology "Plug-In"
Contact Us

Dowell Main Number 
469-302-6700

Front Office - Pat Gilchrist 469-302-6702,  pgilchrist@mckinneyisd.net
Registrar/Records, - Kim Oberlender 469-302-6709, koberlender@mckinneyisd.net
Nurse - Martha Anderson 469-302-6716, manderson@mckinneyisd.net
Principal - Holly Rogers 469-302-6700, hrogers@mckinneyisd.net
Office Manager -  Christy Howley 469-302-6704, chowley@mckinneyisd.net
Assistant Principal (Last name A-L) - Jesse Abel 469-302-6718, jabel@mckinneyisd.net
Counselor (Last name A-L) - Jennifer Morse 469-302-6713, jmorse@mckinneyisd.net
AP Secretary (Last name A-L) - Pamela Coats 469-302-6707, pcoats@mckinneyisd.net
Assistant Principal (Last name M-Z) - Aretha Jackson 469-302-6711, arjackson@mckinneyisd.net
Counselor (Last name M-Z), Rayshana Adams 469-302-6801, radams@mckinneyisd.net
Special Education Lead - Lori Wilson 469-302-6754,   lwilson@mckinneyisd.net
Gifted and Talented Services, Karen Green 469-302-7913, 
kjgreen@mckinneyisd.net
Durham Bus Services - 972-542-8316
Boys Athletic Coordinator - Tim Knowles 469-302-6728
Girls Athletic Coordinator - Monica Taylor 469-302-6724
Band - Tiffany Lisko 469-302-6777,   tlisko@mckinneyisd.net
Choir - Rebecca Sigman 469-302-6874,   rsigman@mckinneyisd.net
Drama - Colin Wells 469-302-6750,   cwells@mckinneyisd.net
Orchestra - Beth Lawrence 469-302-6738,   blawrence@mckinneyisd.net

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