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!
2019 - 2020 School Year
Back to School Night ~ Monday, August 12th
4:00 PM - Last Names A-L
5:00 PM - Last Names M-Z
First Day of School ~ Thursday, August 15th ~ 8:45 AM
Registration Nights for RETURNING STUDENTS
MISD will be hosting two evenings where parents can register their RETURNING students for the 2019-20 school year. Computers and registrars will be available to assist with this process. Please bring with you a current Proof of Residence and your “snap code” that you will receive via email the week of July 8.
** These evenings are ONLY for students who completed the 2018-19 school year at MISD.
Any students new to McKinney ISD should consult the website for New Student registration dates.
Tuesday, July 16th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, July 30th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
These evening events will be held at Faubion Middle School, 2000 Rollins Street, McKinney, TX 75069.
1 – If your student will not be returning to an MISD campus for the 2019-2020 school year please contact Kim Oberlender at email@example.com or (469) 302-6709 to find out withdrawal procedures.
2 – If your student will need a VOE (Verification of Enrollment) over the summer to get their driver’s permit, please contact the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the last day of school. Please remember that a VOE is only good for 30 days. A final report card can also be used over the summer as a VOE.
There will be limited staff at the campus over the summer, so please plan ahead.
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.
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
New MISD Policy for Entering All Schools
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