"Our standard is excellence"

                                 Welcome to the 2016-1017 school year! 

McDowell serves over 340 students in grades K-5.  Thank you for choosing McDowell as the building block of your child’s education. I am proud to say that we have a wonderful, highly qualified staff.  They take great care in providing a balanced curriculum, which incorporates the academic, social, and emotional well-being of each student.  You have begun a great partnership between home and school that allows your student to grow and develop as a learner. 

The school schedule is as follows: 

8:15 am   Students may enter the building
8:35 am   School begins
8:35-8:55 am  Breakfast in the classroom for all students
3:22 pm   Dismissal
Half day dismissal time is 11:39 am
Physical Education and Music is for all students two times a week.
Library is for all students once a week. 

McDowell has a full time reading specialist who works both in classrooms and with small groups of students to enhance literacy skills.  

Discipline at McDowell is proactive.  All classrooms participate in the PBS-Positive Behavior Support grant through Wayne RESA.  The proactive approach to behavior involves expectations in the classroom as well as throughout the building to Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful.  Every day is a fresh start where students are provided opportunities to make good choices and follow expectations. 

Families have opportunities to volunteer in the classroom based on teacher need and chaperone field trips.  If you are interested, you may fill out a request to volunteer in the main office. Please consider joining the PTA which works to provide materials and special activities for students.

You are your child’s most valuable resource.  I look forward to partnering with you to advance your child’s learning.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  


Ms. Borg

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We are exited to have an amazing 2016-17 school year. At this time, we would like to provide you with updated information regarding the Champions before and after school program for the newsletter and any other communications sent to parents. 
Below you will find the updated and important upcoming information regarding Champions before- and after- school programs:
We are currently enrolling for fall 2016-2017 school year.
We are excited to provide our famlies with the best before and after care program for the 2016-17 school year. With a new curriculum filled with learning and fun, we are sure to keep the students engaged and ready for more. We are also here for no school days, early release days, and inclememnt weather days.
 Speaking of no school days have you started thinking about Winter break? We have, which is why we would like to let you know that we are currently enrolling for our full day winter break program. Taylor Champions  families are able to bring students to Wayne-Westland site for break programs. For pricing information please visit www.discoverchampions.com



Last Month October 2016 Next Month
2 3 4 5
Oct 5
Official Student Count Day
District Calendar
6 7 8
9 10
Oct 10
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
School Board Regular Meeting
District Calendar
11 12 13 14
Oct 14
*PSAT Pending Junior Testing
District Calendar
16 17
Oct 17
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
School Board Meeting-Committee of the Whole
District Calendar
18 19 20 21
Oct 21
2:30 PM to 2:50 PM
Students of the Month Assembly
McDowell Calendar

Celebration of Students that have shown good behavior waiting for the bus and on the bus.

23 24
Oct 24
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
School Board Regular Meeting
District Calendar
25 26
Oct 26
6th -8th Grade Parent Conferences in PM & Evening - No School in PM for Grades 6-8
District Calendar
Oct 27
9th -12th Grade Parent Conferences in PM & Evening - No School in PM for Grades 9-12
Kennedy's Conferences are 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
District Calendar
Oct 28
NO School in PM for Grades 6-12
District Calendar
30 31          

October 21 - Student of the Week Assembly 2:30pm
October 28 - PTA Meeting

November 4 - Student of the Week Assembly 2:30pm
November 8 - Teacher Professional Development - No School
November 11 - Musical Celebratiion for Veteran's Day
November 18 - Student of the Week Assembly 2:30pm
November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Recess - No School​
November 28 - Teacher Record Day - No School
November 29 - "Look Day" Scholastic Book Fair begins
November 30 - Scholastic Book Fair  "Park and Peek" and Teacher Conferences - No School in the PM

December 1 - Scholastic Book Fair KISS (Kids Inviting Someone Special) and Teacher Conferences  - No School in the PM
December 2
- Scholastic Book Fair  - No School in the PM
December 5 -
Scholastic Book Fair Make-up morning/ Pack-up afternoon
December 16 - 
Student of the Week Assembly 2:30pm
December 26 to January 6 - Holiday Break - No School