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James I Dawson Elementary
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5308 Mastin Lake Road

Letter from Principal Howard

Dear James Dawson Parents, Guardians and Community,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at James I. Dawson Elementary! We have been anxiously preparing for your child’s return and can’t wait to hear about their summer adventures! I look forward to continuing to serve you and your children, and the Dawson community. Our staff and community are excited to have students back in the classrooms filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning.

Dawson is committed to providing the best education for each student that walk through our doors. Know that we strive to build well-balanced students by strengthening them academically, socially, and emotionally to become global learners and leaders. Our teachers are planning and have spent hours preparing engaging classroom activities when  your students return to our campus.

We hope that you will find our school website helpful and informative. All important dates and activities can be found on our website calendar. A weekly SMORE newsletter, text, and voice message is sent through our communication platform BlackBoard that contains all the school’s happenings for the week. Make sure that your contact information is up-to-date and accurate to receive this information. Additionally, we have a Facebook and twitter account that is used to send out updates and announcements throughout the year.

We cannot do what we do without you, please make sure that your student is registered through PowerSchools for the 2022-2023 school year. The enrollment link can be found on our school website under student enrollment. Meet the Teacher has been set for Friday, July 29, 2022- 1:00pm for grades K, 2, 4, and 6th and 2:00pm for grades 1st, 3rd, and 5th. The first day of school is Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

I am once again honored to serve as the principal of James I. Dawson Elementary School. It is a true privilege to be part of sure a great community where students come first, and parents are part of the engine that makes Dawson such as great place to work.  We cannot do this without your support. Please feel free to contact me at 256-428-7500 or by email

Let’s make it another great year at Dawson, where we learn and grow together!


Belissa G. Howard

DES Principal