Welcome to the Dawson family! We're excited that your family has decided to join us at The Alexander Dawson School. Here you will find important information, links and resources to help simplify the process.

Nurse's Corner: Required Forms & Information

Looking ahead to the 2020-2021 school year, we'd like to provide you with the important health requirements for your students, currently due by Monday, August 3. Because things are changing on a month-to-month basis due to COVID-19, we ask that all families remain flexible. As of right now, our School health specifications remain the same and must be completed before school begins, although exact dates may change.

For details about immunization requirements, annual physicals, and medication forms, please visit the Nurse's Corner.

General Information

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  • Campus Safety

    • Carpool signs are required to enter campus and must remain visible at all times while on school grounds. Carpool signs will be distributed at orientation in August.
    • Please observe the speed limit on campus of 15 MPH.
    • To visit campus outside of drop off or pick up times, enter via the main front gate on Desert Inn Road
  • Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures

    Morning Drop-Off
    • Before-Care starts at 7 a.m. in the Library.
    • Morning drop-off starts at 7:50 a.m. and school starts at 8:15 a.m.
    • For EC-4 drop-off: cars should enter campus through the back gate off of Garden Park Drive
    • For 5-8 drop-off: cars should enter campus through the main gate off of West Desert Inn Road
    • For families with students in multiple divisions, children can be dropped off together at the youngest child's division for both drop off and pick up.
    • Students who arrive after 8:15 a.m. must sign-in in the Lobby.

    Afternoon Pick-Up
    • School is dismissed at 3:20 p.m. and afternoon carpool Silent Dismissal starts at 3:25 p.m.
    • If your child is not picked up by 3:40 p.m., they will be safely escorted to after-care.

    Entry During School Hours:
    • To visit campus outside of drop off or pick up times, enter through the main gate on West Desert Inn Road
  • SAGE Dining Lunch Menus

    We know that healthy minds and healthy bodies work in tandem, so providing high-quality and delicious food choices is a priority. Research shows that improved nutrition in schools leads to increased focus and attention, improved test scores and better classroom behavior. Nutritious food options encourage lifelong healthy eating habits. 

    We use SAGE Dining Services to provide healthy snacks and meals for our students. Click here to explore our lunch menus
  • School Uniforms and Bear Wear

    • New Dawson Uniforms: Dawson uniforms can be purchased directly from Dennis Uniform or at the local store located at 5275 S Arville St Ste B124, Las Vegas, NV 89118. 

    • Bear Wear: Every Friday is Bear Wear Day, an opportunity for students to show school pride and an essential way to support the Dawson Parent Association. On Bear Wear Fridays, students may wear a Bear Wear top with either Bear Wear bottoms or Dawson uniform-approved bottoms.

    • Spirit Days: The School also has five Spirit Days throughout the year when students may wear a Bear Wear top with either Bear Wear bottoms, jeans or uniform-approved bottoms. 

    • How to Purchase Bear Wear: Bear Wear is available via the Gear Up By Design website and will not be available to purchase on campus. Most items come in multiple colors and can also be personalized with different logos, glitter, rhinestones, names, and numbers. Please be aware that Bear Wear orders from Gear Up By Design will take two to three weeks and can be shipped directly to your house (for an additional fee) or sent to the school for pick up (at no charge).

For Dawson Parents

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  • Dawson Parent Association

    Dawson parents are critical to the life and community of the School. The relationship between parents and the School is one of reciprocity: Dawson provides services and communications; in turn, the School often relies on upon enthusiastic parents to volunteer their time and talents. 

    Throughout the school year, the Dawson Parent Association organizes and hosts several community-building events, which rely solely on parent volunteers. The proceeds of these events are used to fund important educational and recognition initiatives at the school. 

    Volunteer opportunities will be shared at orientation. For a list of Parent Association-sponsored community events and initiatives, click here.
  • Parent Education Piece

    At the heart of The Alexander Dawson School is the wonderfully warm and caring relationship formed between teachers and parents as they become powerful educational partners.

    The goal of the Parent Education Piece series is to provide a glimpse into the intentional instructional practices we use and the research behind our curriculum selections.

    Together, we help children express their own ideas, giving them the tools to build skills and navigate new learning possibilities. For more information about the Parent Education Piece, click here
  • Parent University Series

    Although families are the primary educators of their children, student achievement throughout life is increased when the School and families work together as partners.

    In conjunction with the Parent Association Executive Committee, The Alexander Dawson School hosts and facilitates Parent University workshops to provide current research in parenting and child development. For more information about Parent University, click here

Middle School Electives

Click the link below to browse the 2020-2021 Electives Catalog for grades 5-8. 

Summer Reading

As a Challenge Success school, we encourage students to use their summer break to rest and rejuvenate. Ideally, summer is a gift of time when children can explore new hobbies and interests, enjoy the outdoors, read for fun, and foster deeper connections with family and friends. The learning that happens during these experiences is as important as the skills and content learned during the school year.
 
We invite students to participate in our “Favorite Places to Read” showcase over the summer: Students can email Librarian Kelly McNamara pictures of themselves enjoying various books in their favorite places during the break. This initiative challenges students to enjoy a variety of authors and illustrators across different genres they have never before read, and the photos will be shared within our community when students return to school in the fall.
 
A voracious love of reading remains a major priority, and our summer reading assignments include choice options. 
  
We encourage our students to read every day over the summer break and allow diverse book selections to take them on interesting journeys and adventures. 
 
Below is the required summer reading by grade level:

Summer Reading List

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  • Incoming First Grade

    The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  • Incoming Second Grade

    Any two books from the following series: King and Kayla by Dori Hillestad Butler, Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina, or Ling & Ting by Grace Lin
  • Incoming Third Grade

    • Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty.
    • Students will also be assigned a collection of books on EPIC to read by the third-grade teachers.
  • Incoming Fourth Grade

    I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
  • Incoming Fifth Grade

    One book of the student's choosing and one by Avi from the following list: Strange Happenings, The Good Dog, The Secret School, Poppy (or any book in this series), Crispin (or any book in this series), Midnight Magic, or The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • Incoming Sixth Grade

    • One book of the student's choosing
    • One by Brian Falkner from the following list: Northwood, The Real Thing, Super Freak, The Most Boring Book in the World, Tomorrow Code, or Brain Jack
  • Incoming Seventh Grade

    • One book of the student's choosing
    • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Incoming Eighth Grade

    • A choice of one of the following books for English/critical literacies class: The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard, We All Fall Down by Eric Walters, Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan, or The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner (with incentives to read extra titles as well; click here for more information from Ms. Lindley).
      For humanities class: 
    • For humanities class: Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson

MyDawson

MyDawson will be your main resource for accessing school calendars, news and updates, the resource board, and other important details about your student such as grades, assignments, and progress reports. As a new family, you will receive your MyDawson login information in June.

The Alexander Dawson School

The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student wellbeing and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners. 
Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.