Saturday, August 20, 2022

DMS Bands Play Successful Competition Season

The competition season winds down with big honors for band students at Dawson Middle School.

The Wind Ensemble had a successful performance at the Peak Music Festival at the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center. The students received straight superior ratings from all three judges and won Best in Class for CCC. The DMS Ensemble also took home the top award: Outstanding Middle School Band.

The judges also recognized outstanding individuals and sections:

  • Outstanding Flute Solo- Elizabeth File and Allison Semadeni
  • Outstanding Tuba- Jacob Ammermann
  • Outstanding French Horn Section- Carys Sutherland, Sahaj Singh, Caitlyn Hanlon, and Sophia Deras
  • Outstanding Percussion Section- Claire Casey, Spencer Foster, Luke Havener, Chaya Hemanth, Naysan Sahba, Anna Su, Erica Warner, and Desi West

The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band competed last week at the Beach Within Reach Band Contest. Both bands earned straight superior ratings from all three judges.

On April 24, the Concert Band competed at the Peak Music Festival at Wakeland High School and also earned straight superior ratings from all three judges.

The DMS Jazz Band competed at the Chet Baker Educational Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 18. This was Dawson Jazz band’s first ever competition. They receive straight superior ratings from all three judges. In addition, they were won the Premiere Performance award (outstanding band).

The judges also recognized outstanding soloists:

  • Braden Pecora, Alto Sax
  • Kristina Kepic, Alto Sax
  • Natalie Whalen, Trumpet
  • Carson Gleim, Piano
  • Luke Wilkerson, Drumset
  • Nikash Tekkem, Drumset
  • Emilio Schroeder, Drumset

Dawson Middle School invites the community to the final performance of the year, scheduled for next Tuesday, May 12. The band’s annual spring concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Senior High Auditorium. The performance will feature the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Eubanks Intermediate Band.

Traffic Changes & No U-Turn Signs Coming to S. Kimball Ave. near CISD Schools Monday (4/14)

On Monday, April 14, 2014 changes are coming to the drop-off patterns for both Dawson Middle and Eubanks Intermediate Schools, located in the 400-500 blocks of S. Kimball Avenue.

Drivers in the area should be aware of the following changes to the schools’ drop-off patterns (see map below):

  • Dawson Middle School (red arrows) drop-off point and pattern will remain as it currently is.  Student drop-off traffic will enter school property via the driveway that is located north of the school. After drop off of the Dawson students, vehicles will exit school property via the same driveway onto Kimball Avenue.
  • Eubanks Intermediate 5th grade students (blue arrows) will be dropped off in front of the school utilizing the circular driveway located in front of the school.
  • Eubanks Intermediate 6th grade students (blue arrows) will be dropped off behind the school utilizing the driveway located on the south side of the Eubanks School. After drop off of the Eubanks 6th grade students, vehicles will exit school property via the same driveway onto Kimball Avenue.

Due to decreased visibility caused by heavy traffic to the schools’ driveways, the City has posted two new “No U-turn” signs that will be in effect 7-9 am only, Monday-Friday.

NEW EIS-DMS (AM) drop off zones

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Dawson Theatre Students Receive "Excellent" Rating

Dawson OAP 2014Dawson Middle School Theatre Arts competed in their UIL One Act Play on February 25th at Byron Nelson High School.

Their production of The Crucible received an “Excellent” rating after competing against Medlin Middle School (The Magic Well) and Tidwell Middle School (Persephone).

“Overall the competition was a huge success and Dawson staff and directors are incredibly proud of their hard work,” said Dawson Theatre Teacher, Michael McNay.

Peyton Proksch was recognized as Best Technician for Dawson Middle School. Allie Coates and Emmy Pratt received Honorable Mention acting awards. Anna Chase Lanier and Obinna Megwa received All-Star Cast recognition. Miranda Campin was recognized as the Best Actress of the entire festival.

CISD Middle School Choirs Earn Sweepstakes

UIL Men's ChoirTwo months of preparation lead to top awards for the combined Carroll and Dawson Middle School Men’s Choir.

During competition held on Friday, Feb. 28 the students performed three songs for judges followed by sightreading a piece the students had never seen before.

With 1 being the best, each of the six judges gave the 9-member choir a “1” rating. This results in a sweepstakes, which only 5 out of the 25 choirs that were there that day received.UIL Boys 1

“I could not be more proud of these gentlemen,” said Whitney Anderson, Carroll and Dawson Choir Director. “They worked so hard to get to this point and to achieve their goal.”

Students who are members of the Carroll and Dawson Choir are: Matthew Chaplowe, Mitchell Groff, Bill Kahn, Will Meagher, Saunders Penn, Sebastian Poorman, Ryan Stevens, Cole Sullivan and Pierson Van den Dyssel.

Due to the recent winter weather, the UIL rescheduled the women’s portion of the competition for the end of March. The combined Carroll and Dawson Middle School Women’s Choir will continue to rehearse until the competition date is official.