Friday , 25 May 2018

Minshew Elementary and Dowell Middle School Named Intel Schools of Distinction Finalists

Dowell Middle School and Minshew Elementary School were named finalists this week in Intel Corporation’s 2012 Schools of Distinction Awards for their excellence in mathematics and science.

The Intel Schools of Distinction recognized Minshew Elementary for its achievement in science, providing a rich curriculum incorporating hands-on investigative experiences that prepare students for 21st century jobs. Minshew’s program encourages student achievement in sciences and engineering, while simultaneously helping students become knowledgeable consumers of news and data in order to be active and informed citizens.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our achievement in science,” said Minshew Elementary Principal Susie Towber.

The Intel Schools of Distinction recognized Dowell Middle School for its achievement in mathematics, offering students a rigorous, challenging and engaging program that teaches mathematics skills and how to apply them to real-life problems, approach projects as a member of a team and communicate succinctly on the subject.

“We are very proud of the Math Department at Dowell, who strive for excellence in the classroom.  Their dedication to excellence has earned this prestigious recognition,” said Principal Logan Faris. “We are very excited to continue to design innovative learning strategies that benefit our students in their learning,” he said.

“The schools selected as Intel Schools of Distinction are leaders in              preparing their students to become America’s next generation of thinkers and doers,” said Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and president of the Intel Foundation. “Intel is recognizing these schools as exemplary models of what can be achieved through hard work and innovation in the areas of math and science.”

Dowell and Minshew along with the 16 other finalist schools will receive a $5,000 award from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C. in September, when six schools will be named Intel Schools of Distinction. These six schools will each win an additional $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a package of goods and services with a total value of approximately $500,000 split among the schools.

The winning schools, to be honored in September at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., serve as outstanding examples of leaders in preparing tomorrow’s innovators.

One of the six schools will also be selected as “Star Innovator” and will receive $25,000 from the Intel Foundation, and additional prizes and services from sponsors.

Intel’s sponsorship of the Schools of Distinction Awards is part of the Intel® Education Initiative, a sustained public-private partnership with governments in more than 50 countries. Through this $100 million a year initiative, Intel delivers programs which improve the effective use of technology to enhance 21st century skills and encourages excellence in mathematics, science and engineering. For more information, visit:

For more information on the Intel Schools of Distinctions Awards visit:

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Specialist, at 469-742-4007 or

Portions of this release provided by Intel Corporation.

Top Photo:  Minshew Elementary 1st grade teacher Kim Moody guides students through hands-on investigation as they identify the parts of an egg. Minshew’s 1st graders are studying the life-cycle of oviparous animals. Along with engaging learning experiences such as this one, they have been carefully monitoring incubating chicken eggs that are expected to hatch next week.

Middle Photo:  Students in Karen Hartford’s 1st grade class check the status of the incubator that is home to 21 chicken eggs the students hope will hatch sometime next week. Once they emerge, the chicks will be donated to a local farm.

Bottom Photo: Dowell Middle School teacher Jennifer Yon’s 8th grade Algebra I students put the TI Navigator system to work. “This system creates a fully interactive environment,” said Yon. “I can send students questions on their calculators, and the students are able to send back the answers.  The system will then create a bar graph displaying the answers given by the class. I am able to correct any student’s misconceptions immediately. The calculators give all of my students a chance to share their answers to a problem, not just one student answering a question. Through this technology, all students are actively engaged in class and given a voice.”



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