2019 - 2020 School Year
First Day of School ~ Thursday, August 15th ~ 8:45 AM
Proof of Residency
In McKinney ISD it is very important that we work to make sure that students are attending school in the appropriate attendance zone, understanding that it can be confusing. In order to accomplish this, we are requiring you provide proof of residence annually to your student's school upon enrollment. Acceptable proof of residence is one of the following:
This is very important, so please make every effort to provide the documentation. Students who are unable to produce documentation to verify residency by August 30, 2019, may not be able to attend a McKinney ISD school and will be subject to withdrawal.
The Dowell PTO is a volunteer based group whose goal is to provide a setting where open dialogue between parents and teachers is encouraged and supported. The PTO strives to work together with parents and teachers to provide an enriching and collaborative educational experience for Dowell Middle School students.
We invite you to become an active participant in your student's education by becoming a member of the Dowell PTO - the level of involvement is up to you! Whether it is contributing to a teacher luncheon or assisting with event planning, we would love to have you involved.
For your convenience, we have attached several important forms to this email. The forms can be filled out in advance and handed in at the PTO table during “Back to School Night” on August 12th. You can also go online to dowellpto.com at any time to activate your PTO membership, volunteer, or purchase spirit wear.
Dowell PTO employs a “one check” fundraiser. Your $35.00* tax deductible donation, covers not only the PTO membership dues for your entire family, but also helps reduce the need for other PTO fundraising throughout the year. You can see all the great activities and events provided by the PTO on the membership form attached. Best of all, 100% of contributions raised stays on campus.
PTO MEMBERSHIP FORM
Volunteers are needed and appreciated at Dowell - please consider offering your time! You can select your areas of interest on the attached volunteer sheet.
PTO VOLUNTEER FORM
There are great new designs for this year! The new designs will be available for sale at Back to School night.
SPIRIT WEAR ORDER FORM
Please visit our website at dowellpto.com for up to date information. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dowellpto, Instagram at www.instagram.com/dowelllionspto/ and Twitter twitter.com/DowellPto .
I look forward to a wonderful school year! You may contact me at any time regarding PTO events and activities; I’m glad to help in any way possible. Thank you again for your support of the Dowell PTO!
DMS PTO President 2019-2020
STEAM Sign up HERE
Dowell MS Art to be Displayed at Central Office
New STAAR Testing Dates
April 7, 2020 – 7th Writing, 8th Math
April 8, 2020 – 8th Reading
May 5, 2020 – EOC Algebra
May 7, 2020 – 8th Science
May 8, 2020 – 8th Social Studies(this is a Friday)
May 12, 2020 – 6th and 7th Math and 8th Retakes
May 13, 2020 – 6th and 7th Reading and 8th Retakes
2019 Schools Transforming Learning
We are honored to receive the distinction of 2019 Schools Transforming Learning and privileged to have an amazing team of leaders and educators to make this a possibility!
Dowell Middle School Advances to National Finals of World’s Largest Rocket Contest
DMS1 from Ruth Dowell Middle School has qualified to compete in the national finals of the 17th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The team will face 101 of the top rocketry teams from across the country to claim the title of national champion. The TARC Final Fly-Off will take place May 18 at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA, outside of Washington, D.C.
“The students worked incredibly hard to meet the requirements for this year’s competition, which are even more challenging than in recent years” said Vicki Mason, who also teaches Principles of Applied Engineering at Dowell Middle School. “These are truly innovative kids who have gained experience with problem-solving, teamwork and creativity. I’m very proud of what they’ve achieved.”
TARC is the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The competition challenges middle and high school students to design, build and fly a rocket that meets specific altitude and flight duration parameters. This year's rules require a rocket carrying three raw eggs to reach 856 feet before returning the eggs to Earth, uncracked, all within 43 to 46 seconds and under strict weight and height requirements.
This is the second year that Dowell Middle School has entered the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Both last year’s team and this year’s team completed the qualifying flights. However, this is the first time the team is invited to the Fly-Off Finals.
DMS1 will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes and scholarships, and the opportunity to represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Paris Air Show, in Paris, France in July. At the international fly-off, teams from the United Kingdom, France and Japan will face the U.S. champions for the international title. The top 20 teams will be invited to next year’s NASA Student Launch Competition.
Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry and more than 20 industry partners, TARC is the world’s largest rocket contest. Now in its 17th year, TARC has inspired more than 70,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in STEM fields. This year, 830 teams representing 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands designed and built model rockets in hopes of qualifying for the National Finals.
For more information about TARC 2019 please visit www.rocketcontest.org.
The Care Van offers FREE vaccines to children who are uninsured, have Medicaid, are American Indian or Alaskan Native or who have private insurance that does not cover vaccines. Infants to 18 years of age.
Vaccinations Needed for 7th Grade
School Report Card
Linked below you will find a copy of the State of Texas 2016–17 School Report Card for Ruth Dowell Middle School. This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. A more complete report about Ruth Dowell Middle School, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), is also available.
School Report Card (SRC) SRC Definitions
Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)
Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
Box Tops for Education
Google Apps for Education
McKinney ISD is partnering with Google to become a Google district. Our teachers will start using Google apps and collaboration tools to enhance our student learning experience.
Student Login Instructions
Our goal at Dowell Middle School is to maximize learning time. One of the ways we do this is by establishing a standard of students' arrival in the classroom. When a student arrives late to class, we call this "tardy”.
This year we are using a new communication tool, which will email a parent each time the student is tardy to a class. The tardy count resets each quarter.
· First Unexcused Tardy is a warning
· Second Unexcused Tardy is a 30 minute after-school detention
· Third Unexcused Tardy is a hour after-school detention
· Fourth Unexcused Tardy is a two hour after-school detention
· Five or more Unexcused Tardies per quarter, are a three hour after-school detention each occurrence
* All detentions are served on Thursday afternoons
as of 02/09/2017
Student & Parent Resources
- Fine Arts
- Learning Commons