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 2021-2022 school year, we'd like to provide you with the important health requirements for your students, currently due by Monday, August 2. 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.

Summer Reading 2021

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 through 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 at kmcnamara@adsrm.org pictures of themselves enjoying various books in creative places during the break, such as a treehouse, at the beach, or any exciting location around the globe! This initiative challenges students to enjoy a variety of authors and illustrators across different genres, and the photos will be shared within our community when students return to school in the fall.
A voracious love of reading is always a major priority for Dawson, and our summer reading assignments include diverse literature and 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:

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  • Incoming First Grade

    Students choose one of the following books: Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonya Sotomayor, Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, Under My Hijab by Hena Khan, or Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • Incoming Second Grade

    Students choose 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

    • Students are required to read The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
    • Plus, choose one of the following picture books by Andrea Beatty: Rosie Revere, EngineerAda Twist, ScientistIggy Peck, Architect; or Sofie Valdez, Future Prez
  • Incoming Fourth Grade

    • Students are required to read I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day.
    • Suggested additional reading is The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • Incoming Fifth Grade

    One book of the student's choosing and one by Avi from the following list: Strange Happenings, The Good DogThe Secret SchoolPoppy (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: NorthwoodThe Real ThingSuper FreakThe Most Boring Book in the WorldTomorrow Code, or Brain Jack
  • Incoming Seventh Grade

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

    • Students choose one of the following books: 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.
    • Plus, incentives to read extra titles as well: click here for more information from Ms. Lindley.

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

    • Before-Care starts at 7 a.m. in the Library.
    • K-8 morning drop-off starts at 7:50 a.m. and school starts at 8:15 a.m.
    • EC morning drop-off starts at 8:45 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 and afternoon carpool begins at 3:15 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 several 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).
  • Dawson's Student & Family Guide

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 2021-2022 Electives Catalog for grades 5-8.

MyDawson & Canvas

MyDawson is our parent portal and student information system. It will be your main resource for accessing school calendars, news and updates, the resource board, and other important details about your student. As a new family, you will receive your MyDawson login information upon enrollment.

Canvas is our learning management system. It is your K-8 student's one-stop-shop for their assignments, lessons, classroom-related information, and our distance education platform. 

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 academics, wellbeing, and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners and leaders. At Dawson, students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.