ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS AND STUDENTS:
8th grade parent meetings regarding graduation requirements will be held at the middle schools Dec. 9th-Dec. 11th. These meetings will be led by Jennifer Akins & Melanie Magee. High school and middle school counselors will be on hand to answer questions.
All the information will be the same at all meetings.
AVID is Collecting Plastic Bags ~ 4 Nov - 6 Dec
The North Texas Pantry fills 600 + plastic bags with food items for homeless people in North Texas each week. Dowell AVID is collecting bags to support their outreach.
Winter Break, 23 December - 6 January
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
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
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!
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